China unveils plans for x-ray satellite to probe most violent corners of the universe

first_img The eXTP mission would fill a unique niche in x-ray astronomy. Two pioneering x-ray telescopes launched in 1999, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Europe’s XMM-Newton, capture x-rays from the distant universe, gleaning clues to the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. eXTP will probe neutron stars and black holes closer to home and monitor how they and their environments change on short timescales. “The goal is to study fundamental physics in the most extreme conditions in terms of density of matter, magnetic fields and gravity that you cannot reproduce in labs,” Santangelo says.eXTP would be able to collect more photons at a wider range of energies than previous telescopes. Three of its instruments would simultaneously measure energy spectra and polarization of x-rays from cosmic sources, and track how emissions change over microseconds to milliseconds as objects pulsate or rotate. “This powerful payload is absolutely unique,” Santangelo says. Paul Ray of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., principal investigator of a similar proposed mission called STROBE-X, says: “Recent advances in solid-state x-ray detector technologies have been incorporated into several mission concepts including … STROBE-X and eXTP. … These new instruments will be critical in the era of time domain astronomy.”Such data would provide clues to how matter behaves when compressed to the extreme densities thought to exist in the cores of neutron stars, and could reveal whether the stars really are made of neutrons or whether the particles have disintegrated into their constituent quarks or other exotic states. eXTP could also measure how matter behaves in the strong gravity close to black holes. Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which describes gravity, makes predictions, but these have never been tested under such extreme conditions. And eXTP’s suite of instruments would look for evidence to support predictions about how light and matter interact in the powerful magnetic fields associated with certain neutron stars.The eXTP Wide Field Monitor, in the meantime, would observe a large swath of sky for flashes of x-rays from transient events, for example from merging black holes and neutron stars. Other eXTP instruments, as well as visible light and gravitational wave observatories on the ground, could then train their sights on the object of interest.Europe and China had each contemplated going it alone on a next-generation x-ray satellite before opting to team up. A European consortium has pledged to build two of the satellite’s four scientific instruments. And European and Chinese scientists will provide electronics and detectors for each other’s instruments. Europe could ante up further hardware or even funding if the European Space Agency (ESA) comes in on the project, which Santangelo calls “desirable and probable.”eXTP will be “a flagship mission for astrophysics” until other observatories come online, Santangelo says. These include ESA’s Advanced Telescope for High-Energy Astrophysics, which, if given a final go-ahead, could be launched around 2028.Ray and his colleagues are working on a science case and design for STROBE-X which will then be assessed by the decadal survey for astrophysics in 2020. It has similar aims as eXTP, but could have up to twice the budget. “eXTP will get good estimates of the radii of a few neutron stars, but really mapping out the parameter space nature provides will require STROBE-X,” says team member Thomas Maccarone of Texas Tech University in Lubbock. A handful of U.S.-based scientists are helping define eXTP’s science objectives and will likely analyze data, which Lu expects to share openly.With reporting by Daniel Clery. The enhanced X-Ray Timing and Polarimetry mission, planned for launch around 2025, would probe x-rays from violent, fast-changing cosmic events. China unveils plans for x-ray satellite to probe most violent corners of the universe INSTITUTE OF HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS center_img China is raising the stakes in its bid to become a major player in space science. At a kick-off meeting in Beijing last week, China’s National Space Science Center, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), began detailed design studies for a satellite that would round out an array of orbiting platforms for probing x-rays from the most violent corners of the cosmos.The enhanced X-Ray Timing and Polarimetry (eXTP) mission would be China’s most ambitious space science satellite yet—and its most expensive, with an estimated price tag of $473 million. To pull it off, China is assembling a collaboration involving more than 200 scientists so far from dozens of institutions in 20 countries. If the eXTP mission passes a final review next year, it would launch around 2025.Chinese scientists “are becoming leaders in the field of x-ray astrophysics,” says Andrea Santangelo, an astrophysicist at the University of Tübingen in Germany and eXTP’s international coordinator. Last year, the National Space Science Center launched the Hard X-ray Modulation Telescope, which is observing high-energy objects such as black holes and neutron stars. As early as 2021 it will be joined by the Einstein Probe, a wide-field x-ray sentinel for transient phenomena such as gamma ray bursts and the titanic collisions of neutron stars or black holes that generate gravitational waves. “For years we have used data from U.S. and European missions,” says eXTP Project Manager Lu Fangjun, an astrophysicist at the CAS Institute of High Energy Physics in Beijing. 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Vanderbilt panel weighs in against tenure for #MeToo scientist

first_img Shun Ahmed/Vanderbilt Hustler A faculty grievance committee last month upheld a decision to deny tenure to BethAnn McLaughlin, a neuroscientist at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville who has become a prominent spokesperson for the #MeToo movement in science.“We do not find any justification to overturn the recommendation … to deny tenure,” the five-member, ad hoc Grievance Committee, composed of professors from diverse disciplines at the university and its graduate schools, wrote in a report obtained by ScienceInsider.The committee’s word in the 12 February report is not final. 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She alleged an “egregious delay” in her tenure decision, violations of her civil rights including retaliation by the university after she served as a witness in a sexual harassment investigation, ethics violations by a colleague who “made baseless allegations” about her tweeting, and failure by the university to follow reasonable procedures when it twice hired outside law firms “to delve into my life, emails, and social media. … a grave misuse of power and an unreasonable inquiry.”“Vanderbilt’s actions are illegal and should be rescinded. Dr. McLaughlin should be given tenure and restored to her proper place on Vanderbilt’s faculty,” says her lawyer, Ann Olivarius, of McAllister Olivarius in Saratoga Springs, New York. But the Grievance Committee says it “found no irregularities in the process” that led to McLaughlin’s tenure bid being voted down.Vanderbilt has declined to comment on the particulars of the case, citing the need to hold personnel matters in confidence. But Susan Wente, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Vanderbilt, said in this statement on 6 March: “We do not tolerate sexual discrimination or misconduct, nor do we tolerate retaliation against those that stand up against it.” She added: “The tenure review case driving recent conversations is ongoing and under close review.”McLaughlin, 51, has in the past 10 months become an outspoken advocate for women in science, particularly those who have been sexually harassed. Tweeting as @McLNeuro, she has assailed scientific societies and agencies, urging them to eject harassers. She also launched a nonprofit called #MeTooSTEM to support survivors. She met personally last month with Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). On 28 February, Collins flagged McLaughlin’s advocacy in a statement apologizing for the agency’s slow response to sexual harassment.McLaughlin became a tenure track neuroscientist at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2005. In 2015, her department and the Faculty Appointments & Promotions Committee approved her tenure, according to university documents. The Grievance Committee report describes two evaluations by committee reviewers. One wrote: “Her department is very supportive and manuscript productivity is high.” The other wrote: “I support this promotion, but with modest enthusiasm. The publication record is more modest than I would like. … but the key aspect is the upward trajectory.”But after that approval, McLaughlin’s tenure process was derailed. First, it was frozen for 17 months in 2015 to 2017 while a three-member Faculty Investigation Committee conducted a disciplinary probe of her for allegedly posting anonymous, derogatory tweets about colleagues. The probe was launched after complaints by Aurelio Galli, a neuroscientist then at Vanderbilt, against whom McLaughlin testified in a sexual harassment case in 2015. (A Vanderbilt investigator eventually told Galli’s accuser that the evidence couldn’t support a finding of sexual harassment. A judge dismissed a separate sexual harassment lawsuit against Galli by a former graduate student in December 2014.) “I have never been found guilty of sexual harassment or retaliation,” says Galli, now a neuroscientist at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.The committee investigating McLaughlin’s behavior split two to one in her favor, and Vanderbilt closed the probe without taking disciplinary action against her, according to university documents.When the tenure process restarted in spring of 2017, the next review body in the tenure process, the Executive Committee of the Executive Faculty (ECEF) at the School of Medicine, was instructed to ignore the 17-month delay, which it was told was due to an “administrative matter.” According to the grievance report, initially five of the nine ECEF members voted for tenure (two with “modest enthusiasm and one with “reservations”); three members voted against tenure and one did not vote but expressed “concerns.” Among the negative and concerned voters, one wrote that McLaughlin’s portfolio showed “little to no impact on the field”; another “did not agree … that Dr. McLaughlin’s publications and internal and external service placed her in top 10% of scientists.”After that mixed vote, Jeffrey Balser, dean of Vanderbilt’s School of Medicine who is now also CEO of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), where McLaughlin is formally employed, asked the ECEF to vote again. In a letter to the committee, he noted “allegations of violations of the Faculty Standards of Conduct” by McLaughlin, and he circulated to the committee the report of the disciplinary probe.The Grievance Committee members write that Balser told them he intervened for two reasons: McLaughlin’s research productivity “was not consistent with promotions he had seen,” and “He was aware of the disciplinary proceedings. He views his role as managing the culture of the Medical School and finds personal attributes very important. … He did not feel that the ECEF had the full view,” according to the report. The committee concludes: “The Dean is entitled to ask for a reconsideration and given the mixed vote and comments it is not surprising that he did so.”The second ECEF vote went unanimously against tenure. The Grievance Committee concluded that the disciplinary investigation of McLaughlin, and two additional probes by outside law firms hired by the university in 2016 and 2018, played no role. The investigations “all began after Dr. McLaughlin’s tenure dossier was complete,” their report says. The committee also notes that on the second vote, “seven of the nine members of the ECEF said they paid no attention to the Faculty Investigation report.” As a result, “We do not believe that these circumstances affected the tenure decision.” Olivarius disputes their conclusion. “This process looks highly irregular to me and to every academic we have consulted. It dragged on for years. Three different committees voted yes, but the dean intervened—and it is impossible to think that BethAnn’s complaint about Aurelio Galli’s behavior and her support of others who complained about discrimination had nothing to do with this.”   The Grievance Committee is also charged with making recommendations to the chancellor. In addition to urging that the tenure grievance process be sped up, the committee concludes that “the culture for women in at least some areas of the [medical] school requires [Balser’s] attention.” The Grievance Committee report also catalogs McLaughlin’s recent work in, and recognition for, #MeTooSTEM advocacy, including pressure that propelled AAAS, which publishes Science, to adopt a policy last fall allowing proven sexual harassers to be stripped of honorary AAAS fellowships. The panel writes that it has received 17 letters of support for her tenure, including from Science Editor-in-Chief Jeremy Berg; “several suggest that both accomplishments in research and advocacy merit tenure.”Zeppos is under pressure to spare McLaughlin’s job. On 27 February, Vanderbilt students staged a sit-in at his office. A petition urging Zeppos to grant McLaughlin tenure has gathered more than 10,600 signatures since 15 February.Vanderbilt last week issued a statement noting that, contrary to earlier reporting in Science, McLaughlin remains on the VUMC payroll. “Although it has been reported publicly that Dr. McLaughlin’s employment ends on February 28, we are not aware of any deadlines tied to that date. The matter is ongoing and under careful review.”McLaughlin says she has had conflicting communications from Vanderbilt, one indicating a 28 February end date, and another stating that her employment will end on 29 March, the same date that, according to an NIH database, her current grant expires. The Grievance Committee recommends that, if she is terminated, she be given one more year on the faculty, allowing her to complete a job search. “Faculty who are denied tenure ordinarily have a year to find other opportunities.”*Correction, 11 March, 5:55 p.m.: This story has been updated to correct Jeffrey Balser’s name. By Meredith WadmanMar. 11, 2019 , 4:45 PMcenter_img Students sat in on 27 February at the office of Vanderbilt University Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos in Nashville in support of #MeToo advocate BethAnn McLaughlin. Vanderbilt panel weighs in against tenure for #MeToo scientistlast_img read more

How life blossomed after the dinosaurs died

first_imgRaccoon-size Loxolophus and other mammals evolved surprisingly quickly after the end-Cretaceous extinction. By Elizabeth PennisiOct. 24, 2019 , 2:00 PM DENVER MUSEUM OF NATURE & SCIENCE, ADAPTED BY C. BICKEL/SCIENCE How life blossomed after the dinosaurs died In 2014, when Ian Miller and Tyler Lyson first visited Corral Bluffs, a fossil site 100 kilometers south of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where they work, Lyson was not impressed by the few vertebrate fossils he saw. But on a return trip later that year, he split open small boulders called concretions—and found dozens of skulls. Now, he, Miller, and their colleagues have combined the site’s trove of plant and animal fossils with a detailed chronology of the rock layers to tell a momentous story: how life recovered from the asteroid impact that killed off the dinosaurs 66 million years ago.Plants and animals came back much faster than thought, with plants spurring mammals to diversify, the team reports today in Science. “They get almost the whole picture, which is quite exciting,” says functional anatomist Amy Chew of Brown University. “This high-resolution integrated record really tells us what’s going on.”When the asteroid slammed into Earth, it wiped out 75% of living species, including any mammal much larger than a rat. Half the plant species died out. With the great dinosaurs gone, mammals expanded, and the new study traces that process in exquisite detail.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(*)Most fossil sites from after the impact have gaps, but sediment accumulated nearly continuously for 1 million years on the flood plain that is now the Corral Bluffs site. So the site preserves a full record of ancient life and the environment.Such sites can be hard to date. But Miller, a paleobotanist, and his colleagues collected 37,000 grains of pollen and spores, which revealed a clear marker of the asteroid impact: a surge in the growth of ferns, which thrive in disturbed environments. The site also includes two layers of ash from nearby volcanoes. Volcanic ash includes radioactive minerals whose decay can be used as a precise geochronological clock, providing two time markers. The known flips in Earth’s magnetic poles, which some minerals in the layers had recorded, add detail to the chronology. “They have a very strong geochronological framework,” says David Fastovsky, a paleontologist at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.The record confirms the devastation wrought by the impact. Raccoon-size mammal species had swarmed the site before the catastrophe, but for 1000 years afterward just a few furry creatures no bigger than 600-gram rats roamed a ferny world where flowering plants, with their nutritious seeds and fruits, were scarce.By 100,000 years later, twice as many mammal species roamed, and they were back to raccoon size. These critters foraged in the palm forests that replaced the ferns. “It’s a world that’s coming back from complete and utter devastation,” Miller says.Over the next 200,000 years, what he calls the “palm period” gave way to the “pecan pie” period, when walnutlike plants arose. New mammals evolved to take advantage of the nutritious seeds. Mammal diversity increased threefold, and the biggest of the new species reached 25 kilograms—beaver size.center_img A stepwise recovery After an asteroid wiped out much of life on Earth, mammals—responding to changes in plants—grew in size and diversity surprisingly quickly. HHMI Tangled Bank Studios After about 700,000 years, legumes showed up; their fossil pea pods are North America’s oldest discovered to date. Pea and bean species from the “protein bar period” provided protein-rich meals that further boosted mammalian size and diversity, Lyson says. Mammals topped 50 kilograms—a 100-fold increase over those that survived the asteroid. The forests, too, had recovered. “The biggest message is how fast the recovery was … and how closely the vegetation and fauna are tied together,” says Vivi Vajda, a paleobiologist at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm.The team also classified 6000 leaves, counting how many species at each time interval had smooth or toothed edges. Smooth-edged species are more common in hot climates. The team concluded that the site underwent three warming periods. They estimate that the first, just after the impact, saw temperatures rise about 5°C, agreeing with earlier work. This period coincides with the massive volcanic eruptions of India’s Deccan Traps, which could have warmed Earth by belching carbon dioxide. “At each warming period you see a change in the plant community and subsequently, changes in the mammals,” says Lyson, who thinks temperature drove the stepwise recovery.Vajda thinks no matter what happened to temperature and plant life, the loss of dinosaurs alone might have opened the door to bigger, more diverse mammals. But Jukka Jernvall, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Helsinki, says the team’s analysis of ancient ecosystems shows just how the recovery unfolded. “We are starting to get the time and spatial resolution to reconstruct the environment and what happened in a way that can be linked to ecological processes.”The record also holds a sobering message about the future, and how quickly ecosystems might recover from ongoing, human-driven extinctions. Even a recovery that geologists call “fast” took hundreds of thousands of years, and the world was never the same. “A very dramatic resetting of the ecosystem could be in our future,” Chew says.last_img read more

Man Utd reject €15m for Smalling

first_imgManchester United have reportedly rejected a €15m offer from Roma to make Chris Smalling’s transfer permanent. The English defender has impressed at his new club during the loan spell and the Giallorossi are trying to tie him down on a permanent deal in the Italian capital. But the negotiations will continue as Manchester United’s valuation wasn’t matched by Roma. The Daily Mail reports that the Red Devils are asking for €20m to complete the deal. Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira claims that Roma are trying to convince Manchester United with an offer of €12m plus €3m bonuses, but it seems like they need to put more money on the table to tempt the English club into selling the defender. The defender has played seven matches in the League this season and Roma have kept a clean sheet in four of them, whilst Smalling proved to be decisive also against Napoli last weekend – when he cleared an attempt from Giovanni Di Lorenzo off the line. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

India seek quick acclimatisation in 1st warm-up game

first_imgBarely four days after a hectic series against the West Indies, India begin their tour of Australia with a two-day warm-up game against CA Chairman’s XI here on Thursday with focus on acclimatising to conditions ahead of the gruelling Test series beginning later this month.India are high on confidence after their 2-0 and 4-1 wins in the Test and ODI series against the West Indies and they would straightaway get down to their task of getting a feel of Australian conditions which would be much different from what they had faced at home.Sniffing India’s best chance to beat a weakened and demoralised Australian side at their own backyard, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had stressed upon the importance of acclimatising to the conditions as fast as possible in the 12 days ahead of first Test starting in Melbourne on December 26.The Indian Cricket Board had also sent seven players, including the trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman five days in advance to train in Melbourne, to prepare for what would certainly be their last tour of Australia.The remaining players, including Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher landed in Australia last night and straightaway left for Canberra for the first warm-up game tomorrow.It is to be seen if India will roll out a star-studded team for the first warm-up match at Manuka Oval, given that there is a three-day game starting on Monday against another CA Chairman’s XI boasting of Australian players like David Warner, Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes.advertisementWith the tour coming in four years after the acrimonious series in 2008, Dhoni had indicated that the team management would want to use the 12 days before the first Test as much as possible and in that case he would want to use as many players as possible from his 17-man squad.One concern though would be not to rush players like pacer Zaheer Khan, on whom the Indian team could rely on heavily in the tour in the bowling department.From what coach Fletcher had said in Chennai before departing for Australia, Zaheer could be rested for the first game tomorrow and fielded in the second game starting on Monday.”Zaheer has got these two games. It will be preparation for him. We do not want to rush him too quickly. The one three day game there will be important for him before the first Test,” Fletcher had said.Dhoni had also said that remaining injury-free would be crucial in the Test series, more so after pacers Praveen Kumar and Varun Aaron have been ruled out due to injuries after being named in the touring squad.”We had enough time for some preparation also before the start of the first Test. Looking good as of now. Hopefully we do not have too many injuries before the start of the Test series,” he had said before team departure.Most of the batsmen are among runs in the Test and ODI series against the West Indies at home with the likes of Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli fresh from impressive show in the limited-overs format.Tendulkar, who is just one short of a historic 100 international tons, was below-par against the West Indies considering the high standards he sets for himself and he would be eager to knock down some runs before he gets into the groove for Test series.The same would be the case for Laxman, who has also not been in his best form against the West Indies. Dravid, who was the stand-out performer against the West Indies and England before that, would want to straightaway be in the thick of things.In the bowling department, Ishant Sharma would be raring to go for the first warm-up game tomorrow as he would look for another memorable tour after an impressive show three years ago when he tormented Ricky Ponting no ends in Perth.India’s opponents tomorrow do not have many prominent Australian cricketers with Test hopeful Ed Cowan being replaced by Queensland opening batsman Ryan Broad at the last minute.Broad will captain the side, which has no Australian Test player and is composed of players not involved in the Big Bash Twenty20 League.It won’t, however, be easy for the visitors to be at their best under cold conditions and seaming wicket expected to be found at Manuka Oval.The teamsIndia (From): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag (vc), Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav.advertisementCA Chairman’s XI: Ryan Broad (c), Joe Burns, Tom Cooper, Alex Doolan, Peter George, Jake Haberfield, Josh Lalor, Tim Ludeman, Glenn Maxwell, Joe Mennie, Wes Robinson, Dean Solway.last_img read more

Rahul, Priyanka Gandhi campaign in style; Varun goes low-profile

first_imgThe clothes are going up in hangers after being ironed. Four-year-old Rehan is peeping out of the guest house as one of the 50 wireless wielding SPG men shoos him inside. Soon enough his mother Priyanka Vadra steps into a Toyota Qualis and is driven off for a long day,The clothes are going up in hangers after being ironed. Four-year-old Rehan is peeping out of the guest house as one of the 50 wireless wielding SPG men shoos him inside. Soon enough his mother Priyanka Vadra steps into a Toyota Qualis and is driven off for a long day of meetings at Rae Bareli. Rehan’s uncle, 34-year-old Rahul Gandhi, clad in his customary white kurta pyjama and olive green sports shoes, is in Amethi, meeting scores of citizens before setting out on a series of nukkad (street corner) meetings. One old man falls at his feet. To another he says good humouredly: “Arre, aap phir aa gaye (You have come again).” For yet another, he has a hand on the shoulder and a little walk about.It is 10 a.m. at the Gandhi fiefdom, just another day in the life of Congress’ First Family on the campaign trail.It is the closest thing Indian politics has to a rock tour. If Rahul is the rock star, Priyanka is the diva, her husband (and Rahul’s designated driver) Robert Vadra is the chorus, and journalists are the reluctantly star-struck groupies. DESTINY’S CHILDREN: Rahul Gandhi (left) and hold people in thrallAt a rally in Gauriganj, Vadra gestures to the crowd: “Mere aage bolo, Rahul Gandhi zindabad. Mere peeche bolo, Rahul Gandhi zindabad (Those in front of me, those behind me, everybody say Rahul Gandhi will live forever).” The 500-odd people break out in applause. “Inse picture zaroor le lena (Make sure he sends you the photograph),” says Rahul to a young boy, gesturing to the photographer trailing his cavalcade.The other Gandhi has no such paraphernalia. There is no fleet of SPG cars for Feroze Varun Gandhi (or FVG as he likes to call himself). His only companion on a rickety five-seater Beechcraft which hurtles its way into Chhindwara is a personal assistant who shakily advises him to put on his seat-belt. Even as his mother, Maneka Gandhi, fights to be six-time MP from Pilibhit, her 24-year-old son, a year too young to contest elections, is earning his spurs by campaigning for the BJP. Having covered over 40 constituencies, he is running a mild temperature and his throat is showing signs of rebellion, but the will to prove himself is too strong.That confession comes with difficulty as his return flight circles over Delhi: “You think I have had it easy?You think my mother has had it easy?”No one, not even his cousin, will ever say that. Tell Varun that Rahul mentioned his uncle in the same breath as his father and his eyebrows shoot up. “Really?” For Varun, the surname which he maintains he is “blessed” with is also a constant reminder of what might have been. “My father was my grandmother’s chosen son. He passed away and my uncle inherited his political mantle. The whole nation knows that,” he says at one point. His memories of his dadi are as sharp-or so he says- as his cousins’ though he was just five when she passed away. “She saw me as a sort of replacement for my father. She spent two to three hours with me everyday and took me to the garden to teach me the names of flowers and trees,” he says.Memories of his dadi move his older cousin Rahul to tears as well. Ask what made him choose politics and he says haltingly, “To be honest, it was a scene with my grandmother, just before she died. She held me in front of the mirror and said ‘Raja beta, if something happens to me, don’t cry’.”The Gandhi campaign is the closest India has to a rock tour. If Rahul is the big star, Priyanka is the diva.The circumstances of their lives have been unique. For Rahul and Priyanka, adversity has been an adhesive that is indestructible. Says Rahul, “My sister and I have shared a lot. We have been through experiences-very difficult ones-that very few people have been through. We also know we have to stand together.” Ask Priyanka and she repeats how proud she is of him. Ask both of them about comparisons with the late Indira Gandhi (for her) and the late Rajiv Gandhi (for him) and they get somewhat irritated. Says Priyanka, who rolls her eyes, albeit in a well bred way, about being a candidate for the Lok Sabha elections, “I have been asked that question for the past 15 years.” Ask him whether his father was his role model and he retorts: “What sort of question is that?”DESTINY’S CHILDREN: Priyanka Gandhi hold people in thrallFor Varun, a baby when his father died, it is a question that surfaces repeatedly. The BJP opposed the Emergency. His father was seen as its prime architect. “My father and my grandmother apologised for the Emergency and they were voted back to power. I think that answered a lot of questions,” he says. At rallies in Chhindwara, he even jokes about it. “Ek kamal kaam ka hai, ek Kamal naam ka hai (One is a kamal by its work, another only by name),” he says, adding he is there to atone for the mistake his father made by initiating Kamal Nath into politics.His great grandfather is a hero. He has read books by him and about him. His mother is another hero, the only person whose feet he touches. “A lot of the traits I saw in my grandmother are in my mother: nationalism, hard work, intellectual brilliance, sensitivity. My mother has fulfilled the traditional role of the Nehru-Gandhi family,” he points out. Suddenly, the young man who talked excitedly about the time he met Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo at his club in Rio de Janeiro is altogether different-brooding, almost enraged until the cheerful mask is quickly in place again.Rahul is less studied, less practised. Ask him to pin a TV mike onto his kurta, and he calmly lifts his kurta. He has to be told to brush the toast crumbs from his face. “My mother keeps telling me I should be bothered by these things but I am not,” he laughs. At another point, someone asks him why he gave up a relaxed lifestyle for the hurly burly of politics and he guffaws, “I was not relaxed. I was working 18-19 hours at Monitor, a Harvard Business School company. They don’t joke around. If you don’t deliver, you are sacked.”Yet when he has to talk to large crowds, he has to be coaxed into saying more than his scripted lines of coming to Amethi as a brother and a son, not as a neta. He has a dil ka rishta (relationship of love), not a rajniti ka rishta (political relationship) with Amethi. When the crowds get physical with him he has an air of quiet resignation- which may have something to do with how easily he gets exhausted. His sister, clearly the more energetic of the two, fairly glows as a gaggle of journalists stands behind an Oscar ceremony-style barricade thrusting tape recorders and mikes at her. All she has to do is flash her dimples and make that one immortal statement of the day. “Why is the Congress not able to market its argument on Bofors as well as the BJP?” asks a TV journalist. “Truth does not need to be marketed. It has its own voice,” she says. The meltdown, after a three-hour wait in the sun, is complete.THE CROWD MAGNET: Varun Gandhi bonds with people on the campaign trailFor Varun, the surname which he maintains he is “blessed” with is also a constant reminder of what might have been.Their mother is campaigning elsewhere: Maharashtra one day, Bihar another. Yet Sonia Gandhi’s presence is inescapable-in slogans (Sonia nahin aandhi hai, doosri Indira Gandhi hai), in posters and in spirit. When she went to Rae Bareli to file her nomination papers, she passed by Takia, the seat of the late Muslim scholar Maulana Ali Mian,and the women in his household swore they would vote for her.In the connecting constituencies of Sultanpur (where Satish Sharma is contesting), Rae Bareli (home to Sonia this time) and Amethi (where Candidate Rahul will test his mettle), Gandhi is more than a surname. It is a responsibility, a history and a duty. One that makes the reported underachiever of Narendra Modi’s tirades bask in glory. “But I am not euphoric at all,” says Rahul.He has read a lot of Rajiv’s speeches She has clearly studied her grandmother’s style.Yet Priyanka says, “We are individuals in our own right. It is an honour if we are even a little bit like Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. I hope we have imbibed their ideology and their will to do something.” For Rahul, the name symbolises the way they were brought up, all of them, “our father, our uncle, our grandmother, our great grandfather”. We were brought up with one religion in mind, he says, and that religion is India.What the world calls dynasty for them may ultimately just be about family: a handful of memories and a whole load of expectations. As a slogan on a Rae Bareli wall says: “Sangharsh hai na ladai hain, vote to rasm adai hai (It is neither a struggle nor a battle, voting for the Congress is a ritual).” The pity for them is that just a tiny part of India feels that way.Pity also that their cousin says in Chhindwara that this election is between apno (us) and begano (them).advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Music channel MTV, Maxim magazine indulge in tasteless Gandhi-bashing

first_imgMaxim’s illustrationIt’s enough for a collective “Hai Ram”. American irreverence – and ignorance – knows no boundaries.Nothing else explains the tasteless Gandhi-bashing indulged in by two symbols of American cultural influence: music channel MTV and Maxim, a magazine that focuses mainly on sex and sports. Maxim’s article titled “Maxim’s Kick-ass,Maxim’s illustrationIt’s enough for a collective “Hai Ram”. American irreverence – and ignorance – knows no boundaries.Nothing else explains the tasteless Gandhi-bashing indulged in by two symbols of American cultural influence: music channel MTV and Maxim, a magazine that focuses mainly on sex and sports. Maxim’s article titled “Maxim’s Kick-ass Workout” depicts a muscle-bound hunk beating up an image of Gandhi. To add insult to injury, it has another piece titled “Oh! Calcutta” which lists “Three reasons to Hate Gandhi” (he was a lousy husband, a rotten father and a poor role model).IN POOR TASTE: MTV’s G-manMTV, not widely known for its taste either, followed with G-Man, a clone of the Mahatma who wears earrings, eats junk food and whose favourite phrase is “yo man”. Groups of American PIO’s have shot off angry protests while Tushar Gandhi, the Mahatma’s grandson, has written to Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee seeking “strict action” against the erring media outlets. MTV India, meanwhile, professes ignorance about the series put out by its American unit, while Maxim is yet to react.The last word hasn’t been heard yet on the issue but Gandhian Nirmala Deshpande came close when she declared, “Gandhi is so great that such pygmies who try to ridicule him only expose themselves.”last_img read more

NBA: Warriors to repeat as champs, LeBron to win MVP, GM survey says

first_imgWinter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Coming in at a far second are the team’s bitter rivals, the re-tooled Cleveland Cavaliers, who only managed to score 7 percent from the survey.The result marked the highest margin in the 16-year history of the survey, the report 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 openingLast year, 69 percent of GMs correctly predicted that the Warriors would capture the title, while 53 percent said the Cavs would win it all, a season prior.Meanwhile, the league’s premier superstar, LeBron James, is still pegged by most executives as the front runner for the 2017-2018 NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year Award. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Azkals lose Ott to injury 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 LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ A four-time winner of the league’s most prestigious individual honor, James is expected to carry a bigger load for the Cavaliers after the departure of fellow superstar Kyrie Irving.Surprisingly, reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook wasn’t even in the top 5 selection for GMs. His exclusion is most likely due to the arrival of two ball dominant stars in Oklahoma City—Carmelo Anthony and Paul George—which could mean less touches and a dip in overall statistical production for the explosive guard.Other categories included “Most likely to have a breakout year” (Karl Anthony Towns), “Best Point Guard in the NBA” (Steph Curry) and “Most Improved Team” (Minnesota Timberwolves), among others.Check out the full list of categories here. /raADVERTISEMENTcenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, drives between Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, top, and guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, California, Thursday, June 1, 2017.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Less than a week before the highly anticipated opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA regular season, the league’s 30 General Managers have given their predictions for the upcoming tourney.According to NBA.com’s annual GM survey, the defending champions Golden State Warriors are expected to once again hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy—garnering an astonishing 93 percent of total votes from the league executives.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READlast_img read more

Namajunas ready for what comes next as UFC’s new superstar

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rose Namajunas is announced before fighting Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, in a women’s strawweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 217 Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in New York. Namajunas won the fight. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Rose Namajunas posed with a UFC championship belt around her waist and a tomato plucked from her garden in her hands.Namajunas has always had a bit of a green thumb, a labor of love passed on from her mother who could make strawberries blossom even in a tiny patch of yard in Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads LATEST STORIES Antetokounmpo leads Bucks past Spurs in Bledsoe’s debut “This was the fight I had been fighting for,” she said. “Yes, the belt is a goal. But in this fight in particular, I wasn’t fighting for the belt but the bigger picture. Ever since I lost to (Karolina Kowalkiewicz), I decided I wanted to change the world.”Namajunas has said she was a victim of abuse and violence in a childhood complicated by watching her father suffer from schizophrenia. She also spoke out against the toxic atmosphere she found early in her MMA training at Roufusport. As Namajunas takes a turn trying to steer the women’s division into the future, she hoped she could serve as role model for someone looking for a voice.“Of course I want to leave things, especially negative things, in the past,” she said. “But if it can help somebody overcome something, then I want to make sure it ends up on a positive note. I don’t want to dwell on negative things.”The big negative in New York? Someone played the wrong walkout song. She requested “Sweet Freedom” by Michael McDonald.“They played some Oasis song or something,” Barry said.“It was definitely not my type of music,” Namajunas said.Namajunas planned to take some time off headed into the holidays and had no contender or timeframe in mind for her first title defense.She just knows that next time, everyone will be watching for her. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown02:49Robredo: 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 “When they asked us what we wanted to be when we grow up, in kindergarten I always said I wanted to be a farmer,” she said.She’ll have to settle for the baddest woman in UFC.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 openingNamajunas plowed through her competitors and landed in the biggest garden of ’em all — Madison Square Garden, and in the fight of her life at UFC 217. She left Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a battered heap and walked out the 115-pound UFC strawweight champion. With a buzzcut and steely determination that made a hybrid of some sort of Ripley meets Eleven sci-fi character, Namajunas dominated in a flash and thrust herself into the conversation as the new face of UFC.“I was the talk of the town that night,” she said. “I’ve always felt that I was a star. I always knew that I am a star. The only thing that was missing was the belt.” MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021center_img Oh, Namajunas has the belt in the suburban Denver home she shares with fiancee and training partner, Pat Barry. It’s in her closet.“It’s got an energy to it, you know? We want to make sure we don’t too wrapped up in it,” she said. “But we’ll shine it up. Give it some love.”Namajunas has felt nothing but love since winning a title on a card that fans, starting with UFC President Dana White, widely called one of the best in the company’s 25-year history. Namajunas, T.J. Dillashaw and Georges St. Pierre all won belts as challengers.“The UFC in general, we’ve been in kind of a weird spot lately,” she said. “That card is something that doesn’t come by very often. We haven’t seen a card like that in a really long time and it was something special to remember.”UFC has spent the year craving a new box office star that can carry the promotion into 2018 and beyond while stalwarts Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Jon Jones are on the bench. UFC’s promotional push had been all-in on Jedrzejczyk, the Polish fighter who was a win away from matching Rousey with six straight title defenses.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ View comments Namajunas is used to taking the shine off UFC’s brightest female stars.Paige VanZant’s rise into championship contention was chopped when Namajunas choked her out in 2015.Michelle Waterson was pegged as the next one until Namajunas choked her out, too, in April.And Jedrzejczyk?She was never a factor in their fight. Namajunas dropped her early in the first round with a big right hand, finished off a combination with a vicious left and pounced on a fallen Jedrzejczyk to finish her off.The MSG crowd that was solidly behind Jedrzejczyk during the walk to the cage roared with cheers whenNamajunas won. Namajunas choked back tears as White placed the championship belt on her shoulder.“I make my environment what I want it to be,” Namajunas said. “I went to her castle where she felt comfortable, where she wanted to be in New York City and I took it from her.”UFC announcer Joe Rogan said a superstar was born in New York.“I hope the UFC realizes, and I think they do, that’s a … star. That’s a real star,” he said this week on his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “She’s a genuinely nice person. When you look like her and you’re 115 pounds and you’re a woman and you (mess) up the Boogeyman, yeah, crowds are going to gravitate to that. If she doesn’t become as a big a star as any other woman in MMA, I would be stunned.”Namajunas said that as champ, she wants to skip the brash trash talk that shot McGregor to mainstream stardom and has been imitated throughout UFC, including by the champions Jedrzejczyk, Michael Bisping and Cody Garbrandt, who all lost at UFC 217.Namajunas, who said she earned the nickname “Thug” as a kid from one of her neighbors, used her post-fightinterview to preach kindness.last_img read more

Four Filipinos to see action in ONE: Warriors of the World in Bangkok

first_imgPhoto from ONE ChampionshipFour Filipinos will proudly hoist the country’s flag when they enter the cage at ONE Warriors of the World at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on December 9.Female fighters April Osenio and Rome Trinidad banner the Philippine delegation as they take on different opponents in the undercard.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH LATEST STORIES The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay The 23-year-old Osenio (2-2) is seeking to bounce back from her loss to Jenny Huang last year as Team Lakay pins its hopes on her when she faces the debuting Xiong Jingnan of China in their flyweight bout.Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Trinidad will be making her ONE debut as she showcases her Sikaran background and shoots for an upset against Thai contender Rika Ishige in their atomweight showdown.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 openingCebuano featherweight Jimmy Yabo (5-5) is also seeking to end his three-match skid when he tangles with Muay Thai specialist Sagetdao Petpayathai.Wushu expert Rabin Catalan (4-3) is also motivated to snap his own slump as he faces strawweight contender Kritsada Kongsrichai of Thailand. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Malditas save PH from shutout ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pangilinan: PH ‘putting very good bid’ to host 2023 Fiba World Cup The Bangkok fightcard will see ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito defend his title against Brazilian Alex Silva in the main event, while Shannon Wiratchai and Rasul Yakhyaev figure in a ONE Lightweight World Championship title eliminator.Singapore’s Christian Lee will also lock horns with Kotetsu Buku of South Korea, former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke going up against Riku Shibuya, hometown bet Yodsanan Sityodtong taking on Dodi Mardian of Indonesia, and Chinese bantamweight Tang De Pan facing Asraful Islam of Bangladesh.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021last_img read more

With no size to match Fajardo, Slaughter, TNT banks on quickness

first_imgMalditas save PH from shutout TNT forward Kelly Williams knows that trying to match Fajardo and Slaughter’s strength is practically a useless endeavor, but what they can do though is blitz around their bigger opponents as they dart in and out of the shaded area.“There really is no matchup, those guys are huge, and we’ve always been undersized,” said the 6-foot-7 Williams Friday at Moro Lorenzo Sports Center in Ateneo after TNT’s practice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“We’ll take advantage of what we have and that is our quickness and being able to work well within the system.”Unlike San Miguel and Ginebra, TNT does not have a dominating big who plays in the post. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The KaTropa has the versatile trio of Williams, Troy Rosario, and Moala Tautuaa in their big man rotation and all three are capable of playing outside the paint that usually stretches out opposing teams’ defenses.And this ability to spread the floor is the biggest edge the TNT has over Ginebra or San Miguel. “As far as trying to go pound for pound, strength for strength, inch for inch with those guys, it’s not really possible with Greg or June Mar,” said Williams, the PBA 2008 MVP. “We’ll just take advantage of our strength where we can play outside and finish strong inside.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT apparently knows when to stay on its lane.In a PBA Philippine Cup where behemoths such as 6-foot-10 June Mar Fajardo and 7-footer Greg Slaughter wreak havoc, the KaTropa big men are aware where their spots are and where they can nullify the size advantage of the lumbering giants.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:49Robredo: 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 Gamescenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads NBA: Dirk Nowitzki leaning toward playing again next season The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View commentslast_img read more

Arum targeting Crawford-Horn card in April for Pacquiao return

first_imgRobredo: 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 “ESPN has a way to solve [the main event issue], so it will be very interesting when we announce it.”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’ MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The availability of the venue, however, is still questionable with Las Vegas’ NHL team the Golden Knights could be using the arena for the NHL playoffs, which is set to begin on April 11. The Knights are currently the top squad in their division.READ: Pacquiao says in talks to fight Lomachenko FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Unless they can get some clearance from the league, we can’t do it in Las Vegas because none of the other arenas are available and we would have to do it somewhere else,” Arum said.If there won’t be any particular deal or agreement to settle the impending conflict made, the bout could staged at Madison Square Garden in New York on April 14. Jokic’s big night helps Nuggets hold off Mavericks Apart from the location, Arum is still in search for the Filipino champion’s next opponent.Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) hasn’t fought since July last year when he suffered a controversial upset to Jeff Horn in Brisbane, Australia.“We’re working on an opponent. Don’t want to be too premature about that, but we’re working on it as we speak. Pacquiao seems like he wants to come back, so we’re trying to get that finalized,” he said.Pacquiao, though, told Agence France-Presse that his camp is in talks to set up a fight with world champion Vasyl Lomachenko, but they are still negotiating on the weight.As far as who gets to be in the main event, Arum said ESPN would be the one to deal with it.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridcenter_img BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netManny Pacquiao’s ring return is imminent but there are still some issues yet to be resolved.In an interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal, Top Rank chief Bob Arum said he is looking at inserting Pacquiao into the same card as the Terence Crawford and Jeff Horn title fight on April 21 possibly at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas which will be televised by ESPN.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View commentslast_img read more

Cousins’ 44 points, 24 rebounds, 10 assists lift Pelicans over Bulls

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “My strength coach had the nerve to ask me, do I want to lift after this game? I almost lost it. If I had some energy, we would have fought,” Cousins said. “I’m just glad it’s over. Seriously. I think (the Bulls) feel the same way, too.”In between several moments of brilliance in the second overtime, Cousins’ body language suggested he could barely stand. His feet hardly left the floor on a 3-pointer that rolled around the rim and in. He also managed to hit a turnaround jumper and calmly made two free throws to ice the game with eight seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingDavis, who fouled out in the first overtime, called Cousins’ performance “legendary,” adding that his fellow big man — more than anyone — earned the day off from practice the Pelicans were given on Tuesday.When the game was finally over, an excited Davis jumped on Cousins and wrapped his arms around his neck. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Mertens reaches semifinals on debut at Australian Open “He played his heart out,” Davis said.Cousins became the first NBA player since Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1972 to have as many as 40 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists in a game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Few others have done it.Cousins’ assists included alley-oop lobs to Davis and a couple of long passes to him for breakaway baskets.“You dream about moments like that as a kid — a game coming down to the line and just making big plays down the stretch,” Cousins said. “I think we just willed our way through this game.”And yet Cousins’ heroics nearly never happened. Even after the Pelicans’ stunning 23-4 run in the last five minutes of regulation gave them a 114-112 lead on Davis’ free throws with 3.2 seconds left, Chicago’s Justin Holiday was fouled by Darius Miller attempting a 3-pointer in the final second of the period.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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Markkanen tied it with a driving layup before Davis and Justin Holiday each hit two free throws in the final seconds.New Orleans had a chance to win at the end of the first overtime, but Ian Clark’s 3-point attempt was short and Jrue Holiday’s rushed putback also rattled out.UP NEXTBulls: Visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.Pelicans: Visit the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday._Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins (0) goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. The Pelicans won in double overtime, 132-128. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins considered the most impressive statistical night of his career and only half-jokingly asserted that he was most proud of the stamina he needed to log a career high of more than 51 minutes on the court.Cousins had 44 points, 24 rebounds and 10 assists, Anthony Davis scored 34, and the All-Star pair led a 17-point New Orleans comeback in the final five minutes of regulation before the Pelicans pulled out a 132-128 victory over the Chicago Bulls in double overtime Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Holiday’s first two free throws looked perfect. His last, for the win, rattled out.“It wasn’t meant to happen,” Holiday said. “I had the opportunity. I don’t miss free throws. Obviously after the game we can talk about things we did wrong, but when we get an opportunity like that, that’s what is on my mind right now.”After Holiday had swished the second free throw, Davis recalled, “I looked at DeMarcus and we both just shook our head with sad faces, like, ‘We had this one.’“And then he missed, and it was, ‘All right. Let’s go get it.’”Jerian Grant had 22 points and 13 assists, and Robin Lopez also scored 22 for the Bulls, who appeared well on their way to their fifth victory in six games when they opened the fourth quarter with a 23-5 run to take their largest lead at 104-86.“A lot of good things and obviously we had a chance to win it at the end,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “A lot of things we can learn as well and grow from.”TIP-INSBulls: Lauri Markkanen had 14 points and 17 rebounds. Zach LaVine had 19 points, Holiday 15 and Nikola Mirotic 14. … Came in having made at least 10 3s in 10 straight games and in 32 games total this season, but went 8 of 31 from deep in New Orleans. … Chicago shot 48.9 percent (45 of 92) overall.Pelicans: E’Twaun Moore scored 15 points, including a 3 in the second overtime to help the Pelicans win for the fifth time in six games. …. Often guarded by his brother, Jrue Holiday had one of his lowest recent scoring totals, with 12 points, after averaging 25.6 points in his previous five games. … Miller scored 10 points. … Won despite shooting only 41.6 percent (47 of 113).STUNNING FINISHChicago still led by 17 when Bobby Portis hit a pair of free throws with 5:06 left in the fourth quarter, but New Orleans tied it at 110 on Jrue Holiday’s 3 with 46 seconds left. Davis gave New Orleans its first lead of the fourth quarter with an alley-oop dunk of Jrue Holiday’s lob. 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Wizards’ John Wall expected out 6-8 weeks after knee surgery

first_imgIf Wall is sidelined for two months, he would sit out more than 25 games and return for the last half-dozen or so of the regular season.He already missed Washington’s past two games, both victories, including 102-96 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night.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 openingIn all this season, Washington is 7-6 without their All-Star guard, and 28-22 overall, which puts them fifth in the Eastern Conference.Wall is second on the Wizards in scoring, averaging 19.4 points, and is second in the league with 9.3 assists per game. MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 10.5-second goal sets Spurs on way to win over Man United FILE – In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) pauses on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Washington. Wall will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Wednesday and could miss much of the rest of the regular season, the Wizards announced Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is expected to miss about six to eight weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.The team announced the predicted timeline after Wall’s operation on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View comments SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais LATEST STORIES BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives 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’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid 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 Gameslast_img read more

Miley displays topless love in a crop top

first_imgMiley Cyrus was recently spotted wearing a cheeky pink and white crop top. The crooner was sporting the graphic top with denim cutoffs while rehearsing for Tommy Hilfiger’s Art Basel party. Her look was accessorized by an awkward looking pink braided hair band and barely there jewellery. Miley’s friend, Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne also joined her for the soundcheck during the rehearsal. Coyne paired his multicoloured top with grey coloured trousers.Image credits: Manuel Munoz, Pacific Coast NewsMiley jetted to Florida city with her rumoured boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger. The singer chose to wear a black top with denim hotpants and a matching jacket for the flight. A pair of Marijuana earrings accessorized her look. While the two have been reportedly dating for some time now, they spent Thanksgiving with their respective families.The couple was seen indulging in a lot of merrymaking as they partied together on Miley’s 22nd birthday. The pictures of the party seem to have come across as a shock for Patrick Schwarzenegger’s mother Maria Shriver. Apparently the former First Lady of California, doesn’t approve of her son’s relationship with Miley and is troubled about the influence the singer will have on her son. However, a source informed a leading magazine that, “It’s untrue that Maria is unhappy. If Patrick’s happy. She’s happy.” Nevertheless with all the time they are spending together, the couple seems to be headed towards a long term romance.last_img read more

HTC One M9+ with physical home button launched

first_imgTaiwanese tech major HTC has launched a new and bigger variant of its One M9 flagship smartphone at an event in China. HTC has finally taken the wraps off of its long-rumored One M9+ smartphone, with the ‘plus’ sign clearly indicative of the device’s bigger form factor.Let’s take a brief look at the specifications of the newly launched device. The HTC One M9+ smartphone features a 5.2-inch Quad-HD display with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6795K processor coupled with 3GB of RAM.It comes with 32GB of internal storage and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out-of-the-box with the company’s new Sense 7 UI on top. It sports a 20MP duo camera set up on the rear along with a 13MP camera on the front. It is backed by a 2840 mAh battery and features HTC’s BoomSound front stereo speaker with Dolby Audio.That said the most striking feature of the One M9+ is the prominent presence of a large physical home button on the front. As expected it houses a fingerprint sensor.We have no word yet about the device’s availability and pricing yet, although it is expected that the said device will be exclusive to China for sometime before hitting other Asian markets, including India. The One M9+ also seems to be an Asia-specific release because it uses a MediaTek chipset.HTC may launch a variant of the One M9+ with Snapdragon 810 on-board for the U.S but there’s no official word from the company over this matter.  advertisementlast_img read more

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Srinivasan re-elected as Tamil Nadu Cricket Association President

first_imgFormer BCCI chief and current ICC Chairman N Srinivasan was, on Friday, unanimously re-elected President of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. The decision was taken at the 85th Annual General Meeting of TNCA today.Srinivasan, who was forced to step aside from BCCI President’s post and later withdraw from a possible re-election, has been elected in the TNCA for a one-year term.Incumbent Secretary Kashi Viswanathan also held on to his position for another term. V P Narsimhan was elected Treasurer.last_img read more

Argentina crush Paraguay to reach Copa America final

first_imgArgentina produced their best performance of the Copa America so far to crush Paraguay 6-1 on Tuesday and set up a classic final against hosts Chile.Angel di Maria scored twice and Marcos Rojo, Javier Pastore, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain also found the net in a brilliant display orchestrated by an inspired Lionel Messi.Argentina had scored only four goals in their four previous matches but Messi said it was not because the team had not been playing well.”We talked about that just before the match and we said it was just chance that we hadn’t scored more because weve been playing well,” Messi said.”Today all the goals came at once.”Gerardo Martino’s side took the lead after 15 minutes when Messi swung a free kick in from the left, Rojo failed to connect cleanly with his first touch but swept the ball home from close range with his second.Argentina doubled their lead 12 minutes later and again Messi was the provider, threading an inch-perfect pass through the Paraguayan defence for Pastore to run on to. His powerful low shot gave goalkeeper Justo Villar no chance.Things went from bad to worse for Paraguay when both their strikers, Derliz Gonzalez and Roque Santa Cruz, limped off injured. Santa Cruz’s replacement, Lucas Barrios, gave them hope with a goal just before the break but in the second half Argentina were unstoppable.Minutes into the second half Pastore burst through midfield and fed Di Maria, who buried a left-foot shot into the bottom corner of the net. Six minutes later Messi destroyed the Paraguayan defence with a mazy run to set up Pastore. His shot was parried by Villar but Di Maria was on hand to slot home the rebound.advertisementOn 80 minutes Di Maria turned provider, crossing from the left for Aguero to head home, and minutes later Higuain came off the bench to score a sixth.Argentina will face Chile at Santiago’s national stadium on Saturday.last_img read more

Pakistan will survive without playing India: Shahryar Khan

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Sep 8 (PTI) PCB chief Shahryar Khan has asserted that Pakistan cricket in past few years has survived without playing India and it will continue to survive in case the BCCI backs out of the series slated to be held in the UAE in December. The PCB and BCCI has signed an MoU to play six series between 2015 and 2023. However PCB is yet to get the Indian boards response on its letter last week, asking them to honour the binding agreement. Asked whether he sees the arch-rivals resuming on field ties in December, Khan told PTI:”Well, it depends on your government. Your board has signed an agreement with us that we will play in December. They said we will have to get permission from the government. We have written to the BCCI, asking them honour the agreement. We are not running after them. We are just saying you have signed something so please honour your signature.” The PCB has often been criticised at home for reaching out to BCCI time and again for resumption of ties. The great Javed Miandad went on to say that PCB must not play India at the cost of self-respect. Reiterating that politics and sports should not be mixed, Khan made it clear that Pakistan will survive irrespective of the future of the high-voltage series. “Suppose for political reasons, the Indian government decides against playing Pakistan, it doesnt mean we will go bankrupt. We will survive. If we have survived without India-Pakistan cricket for the last so many years, we will continue to survive. Yes, it will be a setback but that is about it,” said the 81-year-old candidly. Like in the past, the Indian government will have a final say on the popular matter but going by the recent tweet of BCCI secretary and BJP MP Anurag Thakur, it doesnt make the fans on either of the side of border any more hopeful. “We have nothing to do with Dawood Ibrahim. Our government has made it clear time and again that he is not in Pakistan. It is a part of political ups and downs. Cricket is one way we can build up better relations,” said Khan when asked about Thakurs controversial tweet last month. “Dawood in Karachi. NSA wants to meet separatists here. Are you really serious about peace and you expect well play cricket with you?” Thakur had posted. PTI BS KHS ATadvertisementlast_img read more