Congress demands ban on export of fish from Goa

first_imgThe Opposition Congress on Sunday said that the Goa government’s decision to impose a six-month ban on the import of fish from Monday, should be accompanied by a ban on export of fish from the State, fearing shortage for Goans.Non-compliance Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Saturday announced the six-month “import” ban after traders failed to comply with license requirements of the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) in the aftermath of the scare over formalin being used to preserve fish. It will be enforced till measures are in place to check the quality of fish. “I have taken this decision in the interest of the peopletill all requirements are met and independent labs for quality checks are in place, import of fish into Goa will be banned for six months.It may be extended by another six months till all measures like labs from Quality Council of India and Export Inspection Council are set up,” he said.Addressing a press conference at the Congress headquarters, spokesperson Sankalp Amonkar said, dubbed the import ban a Tiatr (a Konkani musical drama) enacted by two prominent ministers — Mr. Rane and Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai. Both are responsible for playing with the life of the people over the issue, he said. Referring to local media reports, he pointed out that the ban without an export ban would lead to shortage of fish, a staple food of Goans. “Already, the media has started reporting about fish being brought in clandestinely through interstate public buses and trucks, and how soon it will be smuggled in boats from neighbouring regions,” he said.The ban was announced after the government decided to ignore threats by two Maharashtra leaders to stop Goa vehicles entering Sindhudurg district over restrictions on fish import.Worry about healthThis is the second time this year that a such ban has been imposed in the State. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had banned import of fish for 15 days in July, which after reports of use of formalin in fish from south Indian States, had surfaced. The ban was lifted after a check of fish-carrying vehicles was introduced on State borders.Meanwhile, Mr. Rane said that he was not so worried about possible shortage of fish, but more concerned about people’s health. Vijai Sardesai, from BJP’s alliance partner Goa Forward Party, who had initially faced flak for suspected tacit support to some of the big fish traders from South Goa, has endorsed Mr. Rane’s action.last_img read more

FDA Moves to Reduce Antibiotics in Livestock

first_imgThere are many culprits in the growing problem of microbial resistance to antibiotics—which renders these valuable drugs ineffective—but public health advocates often point to agriculture. Farmers administer more than 70% of the antibiotics used in the United States to improve health and promote the growth of livestock and poultry. Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced changes in farm use of antibiotics designed to safeguard the drugs for medical use.The American Society for Microbiology applauded the move in an e-mail, calling it “a major step to address antibiotic resistance comprehensively.” But critics worry about what they see as a large loophole, and they say the steps don’t go far enough.Farm animals are often given a constant dose of antibiotics, added to their feed, in order to boost growth and prevent outbreaks of disease. Unfortunately, the practice raises the risk of microbes evolving resistance and eventually spreading to humans. In final guidance released on 11 December, FDA is asking companies that produce drugs for animals to voluntarily change their labels. 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Instead, farmers or feed mills would require a prescription from a veterinarian, who could approve use for treating sick animals or preventing disease in those considered “at risk.” FDA wants to hear from companies within 3 months about their plans to change labels and will give them 3 years to put them in place. The agency preferred a voluntary approach because it says regulatory action would take longer, cost more, and be more disruptive to industry. Companies are supporting the plan.The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF), which recently released a report critical of the use of antibiotics in agriculture, is skeptical that the voluntary action will be enough to protect public health. “[T]he guidelines will likely fail to change how these drugs are used in food animals,” according to a statement released today. “The FDA may care whether companies call it growth promotion or disease prevention, but the bacteria do not,” said Keeve Nachman, an environmental health scientist with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, in the statement. “If antibiotics are used in the same ways, they will have the same effects.”Christine Hoang, assistant director for scientific affairs at the American Veterinary Medical Association, expects that the change will lead to less use of antibiotics overall. FDA guidance spells out when the drugs should be employed for medical use, she notes, such as providing antibiotics to piglets that are being shipped to a facility with a disease circulating. “All veterinarians know you can’t deviate from the label,” she tells ScienceInsider. “You could lose your license.” Nearly all states require a prescribing vet to be familiar with the keeping and care of animals by a client, even if they don’t require a visit for each prescription.CLF wants FDA to eliminate all uses of antibiotics for disease prevention. Hoang, however, says that such a ban could pose a “very serious problem for food safety.” If animals get sick, she says, disease can toughen their gastrointestinal tissue, which increases the chance of fecal contamination during slaughter, potentially adding to the spread of resistant microbes. Healthy animals are important for food safety, Hoang says.Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) a longtime proponent in Congress of stricter restrictions on antibiotics in agriculture, said in a statement that FDA is falling short. “The FDA’s voluntary guidance is an inadequate response to the overuse of antibiotics on the farm with no mechanism for enforcement and no metric for success,” she wrote. “Sadly, this guidance is the biggest step the FDA has taken in a generation to combat the overuse of antibiotics in corporate agriculture, and it falls woefully short of what is needed to address a public health crisis.”last_img read more

Antismoking campaign pays off in Beijing

first_imgIn 2009, China’s estimated 300 million smokers consumed a staggering 2.3 trillion cigarettes: more than the number smoked in the next four top tobacco-consuming countries—Indonesia, Japan, Russia, and the United States—combined. The health toll is enormous as well: Tobacco causes roughly 1 million deaths in China each year, including 100,000 fatalities blamed on secondhand smoke, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). If tobacco use is not curtailed, WHO warns, China’s death toll could rise to 3 million each year by 2050.The nation’s capital, Beijing, is taking that chilling message to heart. On 28 November, the Beijing Municipal Government adopted a ban on smoking in all indoor public places—”with no loopholes and no exemptions,” crowed Bernhard Schwartländer, the WHO representative in China, in a press release. The new law will take effect on 1 June 2015.And what Schwartländer called “a quantum leap forward on tobacco control” is in the works. Last week, the Legislative Affairs Office of China’s State Council published a draft national tobacco control law that would make all indoor and some outdoor public places smoke-free; ban tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship; and require graphic health warnings on cigarette packages. Observers expect that the nationwide law will be adopted next year.The bans will face resistance from inveterate smokers, and enforcement remains an open question. In the runup to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the city forbade smoking in taxis, sports arenas, museums, government buildings, parks, and restaurants. Shanghai followed suit with antismoking regulations centered on the 2010 World Expo. But enforcement has been half-hearted. The politically powerful China National Tobacco Corporation, a state-owned firm with a virtual monopoly, has resisted controls, and taxes on tobacco sales help fill government coffers. Authorities have been torn between promoting public health and minding the public purse.This time could be different. Previous laws were weak, “and it is difficult to enforce a weak law,” says Angela Pratt, who leads WHO’s Tobacco Free Initiative in China. The new Beijing law has teeth, including stringent fines for business managers who don’t comply, she says. Moreover, she says, the Beijing government has “strong determination … to tackle a problem which right now is very negatively impacting the health of its citizens.”Another important factor that could help the ban succeed is “a cultural change” in attitudes toward smoking, says Xiao Shuiyuan, a public health specialist at Central South University in Changsha. “People, including high-ranking officials, are finally recognizing the damage [caused by] tobacco use, not just to the health of people, but also to the image of the country and of their cities,” he says. The number of smokers appears to be declining in cosmopolitan cities like Beijing and Shanghai, he says. But that enlightenment hasn’t penetrated rural China, he says.Nevertheless, “Beijing’s smoke-free law is a major victory for public health in China,” Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, said in a statement. Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and other groups have financed antismoking research and public education campaigns in China.last_img read more

Sikh Doctor in US Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit

first_imgA Sikh doctor in the US has filed a lawsuit against an American medical organisation alleging he was denied a neurology job for his religious appearance. Related Itemslast_img

Why have Australian publishers been visiting India every year for the past six years

first_imgThe India Literature Exploratory delegation started in 2015 following exploratory visits in 2013 and 2014, and has become an annual programme which is a key part of the Australia Council’s international arts development strategy in this region. The purpose of this delegation is to investigate artistic and market development and exchange for Australian and Indian authors and the broader Australian and Indian publishing and literature sector.Read it at Scroll Related Itemslast_img

Trade will be an irritant in US-India ties, reciprocal taxes likely: White House

first_imgThe United States has said it expects “free, fair and reciprocal” trade with India, and acknowledged it could cause the “most friction” in ties between the two countries which are otherwise on a “very strong footing”.Although the US government committed to “expanding the strategic partnership”, President Donald Trump has railed against Indian tariffs on Harley-Davidson motorcycles and threatened to impose “reciprocal taxes”. On Wednesday, his administration challenged a bunch of Indian export subsidies at the World Trade Organization (WTO).Read it at Hindustan Times Related Itemslast_img

7 Himalayan Treks to Challenge the Adventurer in You

first_imgAs autumn sets in, so does the trekking season for most destinations in the Himalayas. While India offers various options all through the year to travel geeks who venture out on foot, October-November is the most popular time of year for trekking activities, perhaps because the season allows easier access to the base camps.If you are planning to embark upon an exciting trek in the lofty mountain ranges in the north, we have a list right here. Do remember that these are high-altitude treks for which sufficient precautions must be taken beforehand. So read up on mountain sickness, carry medicines for altitude, get in shape to brace through the thin air… Well, that’s about it. Before all this, however, you have to decide on a trek, and that’s why, read on:GoechalaGoechala trekThis is a trek where you get close to the South Face of the third highest mountain in the world — Kangchenjunga. It has already taken over popular imagination as an alternative to trekking among the big mountains of Nepal. The trail, which begins from the quaint town of Yuksom in Sikkim, starts under a rhododendron cover, moves to exposed meadow and alpine lake, and then goes higher into glacial moraine as you get closer to the Pass and into raw mountain environment. As it turns out, Kangchenjunga is not the only mountain you see. You see a whole host of mountains from the range and the ones that stand out prominently are My Pandim, Kabru North and South. Pandim is a mountain you will see to the last detail — from its glaciers on the top to its foot.April-May is great for rhododendron bloom while the Oct-Nov season offers crisp clear skies with picture-postcard mountain views.Base camp: Yuksom, Sikkim Altitude: 16,000 ft Duration: 10-11 days Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult Season: April- early May, Oct-NovKuari PassRunning through the Nanda Devi Biosphere, this is one of the few “easy” treks with rewarding mountain views. Nanda Devi is seen in a grandiose fashion right from the beginning of the trek at the ski resort of Auli. As you enter the meadows of Gorson Bugyal, an amphitheater of mountains greets you from all sides: Ghoda and Hathi Parvath, Nanda Devi, Dunagiri, Neelkanth, Chaukhambha.Further into the trek, you will see Trishul and Nanda Ghunti on the other side. From the meadows, you get into dense oak forests of Chitrakantha and set out for the Pass the next day.Base camp: Auli, Uttarakhand Altitude: 13,000 ft Duration: 6 days Difficulty: Easy Season: Accessible all season except during monsoon (July-early September) and peak winters (January-February)Gaumukh-TapovanThe trek, which is also a pilgrimage, takes you close to the source of the river Ganga — the glacier Gaumukh. Standing in front of the mouth of an enormous glacier and hear it calving is an experience that needs to be had. Further ahead from the glacier are the alpine meadows of Tapovan where you can see Mt Shivling from its base to the top. Mt Shivling is one of those perfectly shaped mountains that you would have drawn in your notebook as a child.You also see Mt Meru, which is behind Shivling, after a small hike up a ridge. Mt Meru recently came into annals of mountaineering history when three mountaineers — Conrad Anker, Renan Ozturk, and Jimmy Chin — conquered Shark’s Fin, the most difficult route to the top of the “Anti-Everest”.You would need an extremely good local guide for this route, specifically to negotiate the Gaumukh Glacier and for the steep climb to the Tapovan meadows.Base camp: Gangotri, Uttarakhand Altitude: 14,000 ft Duration: 8 days Difficulty: Moderate Season: April-May, Sep-OctRupin PassRupin Pass trekThis shepherd’s trail is popular among the Indian trekking community for the rapid scenery changes it gives each day. From hanging villages that reflect Kinnauri architecture (a mix of Hindu and Buddhist influences) and dense forests to lush bowl-shaped valley made by a glacier eons ago, snow bridges and a thrilling climb up a waterfall and over the narrow gully of a pass, the trek does not let a dull moment seep into the itinerary. ‘The Pass, at its 70-degree angle, looks extremely intimidating but can be done with help of guides who can cut steps for you up the gully. The gully is so narrow that your sound echoes.The May and June season is lovely for the expanse of snowfields you experience above the Rupin waterfall. The September-October season is greener, lusher, and lets you enjoy the sight of 7-8 tiny waterfalls beside the main Rupin waterfall. This is a crossover trek that moves from Uttarakhand to the region of Kinnaur in Himachal.Base camp: Dhaula, Uttarakhand (Trek moves into Himachal Pradesh after Day 4) Duration: 8-9 days Altitude: 15,350 ft Difficulty: Moderate-Difficult Season: May-June, Sep-OctPin ParvatiAnother shepherd route, this trail was formally opened by the British in 1884 to the remote Spiti Valley. This trek is full of heart-in-the-mouth sections from the beginning to the end. It begins innocently from the dense forest of Kheerganga, before moving to the rock formations of Patthar Ghatti.The rocks are above the roaring Parvati river and sure-footing on these sections is a must. The trail goes into the meadows of Odi Thach, then to the marshes of Mantalai and climbs higher up close to the Pass. The Pass, has a glacier has a lot of hidden crevasses, and the company of a good guide is essential here. The trek then moves into the barren Spiti valley, the land of Gods, as Rudyard Kipling puts it, and the trail is loose-soiled, and scree-ridden. The trek ends at the first village you see in these remote lands — Mudh.This is a difficult trek and once you are on this trail, evacuation is close to impossible. There is only one route in and out. It needs sufficient preparation, and high altitude trek experience is essential.Base camp: Barshaini, Himachal Pradesh Duration: 11-12 days Altitude: 17,457 ft Difficulty: Extremely difficult Season: July-SeptemberAlpine Lakes of Aru/Tarsar MarsarTarsar MarsarThe grasslands of Kashmir are very European in their stature. Being a latitude more northern than the rest of the country, the geography of Kashmir behaves differently. On the trek, you will find that the title “Paradise on Earth”, given by Mughal emperor Jahangir, is justified.The route, beginning from the hamlet of Aru that is surrounded by pine trees, involves a trek on the grasslands beside the Lidder river. If you follow the river, you can see Mount Kolahoi, known as India’s Matterhorn.Aru is a region endowed with about 20 alpine lakes, including Tarsar, Sundersar, Tabakhsar, Marsar and Yamsar, all of which are uniquely shaped. Marsar, called the lake of death, is hidden inside a mountain crater. You have to take the trek early in the morning to see the lake before a cloud cover rushes in to hover over it. Only a few treks give you the opportunity to camp beside alpine lakes — and this is one.Base camp: Aru, Kashmir Duration: 7-8 days Altitude: 13201 ft Difficulty: Easy Season: July-SeptemberChadar TrekThis is a unique trek to do and because of climate change, experts say it won’t be around for long. The Zanskari people of Ladakh are cut off from the main Ladakh region by snow for more than six months a year. Their only access to the outside world is a 14-day trek (most trek companies shorten it to a 7-day trek, and you return from a midway point) from Padum across the frozen sheet of ice on the Zanskar river.Chadar, which means blanket, demands that you shuffle across it like a penguin. No day on Chadar is the same. Sometimes the ice is thin, sometimes the ice is thick, sometimes the ice melts so you have to climb on the gorge’s rock faces to go across the section. All in all, it is difficult to find a trek that can give you the experience Chadar does.While the trek itself is moderate, the conditions on Chadar are difficult. You need to be prepared to face temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius and lower, as it is peak winter time in a cold desert.Base camp: Leh, Ladakh Duration: 7-8 days Altitude: 11400 ft Difficulty: Moderate Season: January-February Related ItemsAlpine lakes IndiaAnti-EverestAruChadar trekGaumukhGaumukh TapovanGoechalaHimachal pradeshHimalaya treksKangchenjunga SikkimKinnaurKuari PassLadakhLehLittle IndiaMeruNanda Devi BiospherePandimRupin PassSanglaShark FinShivlingSpiti ValleySundersarTabakhsarTarsar MarsarYamsarZanskar riverZanskar valleylast_img read more

Indians Fourth Largest Immigrant Group In Australia

first_imgThe Indian population in Australia doubled in the last six years, displacing Italians as the fourth largest immigrant group in the country.Indians are the fastest growing ethnic group in Australia, rising from 110,563 in mid-2002 to 239,295 in mid-2008.The British are the largest immigrant group in Australia with 1.166 million residents, constituting 6 per cent of the population, followed by New Zealanders with 494,579.  Related Itemslast_img

Million Job Vacancies in India

first_imgThe Indian government is unable to fill almost one million jobs, including almost 700, 000 in the defense and police sectors and 300,000 in the health sector.“Most ministries and departments are understaffed and despite efforts at hiring the rate of filling vacancies is not adequate. People with specialised knowledge are few and there are many other lucrative offers from the private sector,” a finance ministry official told the media.  Related Itemslast_img

Pass percentage in Maharashtra HSC exam results is lowest in three years

first_imgWhile the girls outperformed boys yet again in the class 12 results declared on Tuesday, there was a dip in the overall pass percentage figure as compared to last year’s Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC).The overall pass percentage figure of 85.88 announced by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) was the lowest in the HSC results of the last three years.In 2018, the cumulative pass percentage figure stood at 88. 41 — a slide in little more than one percentage point from 2017’s overall pass figure of 89.50%. The HSC pass percentage recorded in 2016 was 86.60.“This year, the cumulative pass percentage dipped by 2.53 percentage points as compared with the figure recorded in 2018. However, there is nothing unnatural in this as the overall pass percentages keep varying each year and are generally robust,” said Shakuntala Kale, Chairperson, MSBSHSE.This year, girl students recorded a robust pass figure 90.25%, far outclassing the boys of whom only 82.40% could clear the exams.Ms. Kale informed that this year, there were 22 categories of invalid students who cumulatively recorded a creditable pass percentage figure of 92.60.This year, a total of 12.21 lakh students cleared successfully out of the 14.23 lakh students across the nine HSC divisions in Maharashtra who appeared for the examinations held over a course of month between February 21 and March 20.7, 91,682 male students and 6, 30, 254 female students had appeared for the exams of which 6,52,379 male and 5,68,780 female students passed the exam.The Science stream recorded a pass percentage of 92.60 — a decrease in three percentage points as compared to the 95.85 % students who had passed last year.The Arts stream, too, recorded a dip of nearly two percentage points, with 76.45% students clearing as compared with 78.93% who had passed in 2018.Likewise, the Commerce stream recorded a slide of more than one percentage point, with 88.28% students clearing the exam as compared with 89.50% students who had passed last year.The pass percentage figure for vocational candidates was 78.93 as opposed to 82.18% of the students in this stream who had successfully cleared their exams last year.“This year, in a bid to combat incidents of pre-exam tension, we recruited a total of 57 councillors to help students suffering bouts of extreme stress and prolonged despair. In a bid to preclude any malpractices during the conduct of the exams, 252 flying squads were deployed across the nine divisions in the State,” said Ms. Kale, expressing satisfaction at the successful conduct of the exams. The Konkan division, where the least number of students appeared (31,764), notched up the highest pass percentage in the State among the nine HSC divisions recording 93.23%.The Pune division — where 2.4 lakh students appeared — came a commendable second after the Konkan division, with 87.88% students clearing their exams.The Mumbai division, where the maximum number of students appeared (3.16 lakh), registered the second lowest pass percentage with 83.84% — way below its pass figure of 87.44% in 2018.This time, the Nagpur division, where 1.58 lakh students appeared, had the dubious honour of recording the lowest pass percentage figure of 82.51.The Nashik division (where 1.59 lakh students appeared) recorded 84.77% pass. Incidentally, the division had recorded the lowest in 2018, with 86.13% passing.last_img read more

Manipur man detects WhatsApp bug, enters Facebook ‘Hall of Fame’

first_imgIn this March 29, 2018 file photo, the logo for social media giant Facebook, appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York’s Times Square.  | Photo Credit: AP Facebook has honoured a Manipuri man for discovering a WhatsApp bug that violated the privacy of a user.Zonel Sougaijam, a 22-year-old civil engineer, said that the social media giant awarded $5000 to him and also included him in the ‘Facebook Hall of Fame 2019’, for detecting the WhatsApp bug. Mr. Sougaijam’s name is currently at the 16th position in a list of 94 people, in the ‘Facebook Hall of Fame’ for this year.  “During a voice call through WhatsApp, the bug used to allow the caller to upgrade it to a video call without the authorisation and knowledge of the receiver. The caller was then able to see what the other person was doing, violating the privacy of the receiver,” Mr. Sougaijam told PTI. After discovering the bug, Mr. Sougaijam said, he had reported the matter to the Bug Bounty Program of the Facebook, which deals with violation of privacy matters, in March. He said his report was acknowledged by the Facebook Security team the very next day and its technical department fixed the bug within 15-20 days.“After reviewing this issue, we have decided to award you a bounty of $5000,” Facebook said in an e-mail sent to Mr. Sougaijam. The man said he found his name in the Facebook ‘ Hall of Fame’ page this month. Facebook, owned by Mark Zuckerberg, purchased the messaging service WhatsApp for a staggerring $19 billion in February 2014.last_img read more

Hindu Mahasabha wants Godse’s court statements in Madhya Pradesh school syllabus

first_imgThe Hindu Mahasabha on November 15 demanded that Nathuram Godse’s statements during the Mahatma Gandhi assassination trial be included in school curriculum in Madhya Pradesh. The right-wing organisation made the demand while observing Godse’s death anniversary here. Godse, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, was hanged at Ambala jail on November 15, 1949.Hindu Mahasabha members on November 16 gathered at its office here and performed ‘aarti’ of Godse and Narayan Apte, the co- conspirator who too was hanged for Gandhi’s assassination. Hindu Mahasabha national vice-president Jaiveer Bharadwaj said the organisation observed the death anniversary of two “leaders”, whose “contribution to Indian freedom struggle has been forgotten”, like every year.“We also submitted a memorandum, addressed to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, and to the district administration. We have demanded inclusion of Godse’s statements, recorded during his trial, in school curriculum,” Mr. Bharadwaj said.Congress governments at the Centre did not disclose Godse’s court statements for 50 years, he alleged. On November 15, 2017, the Mahasabha had installed a bust of Godse at its Gwalior office after performing the ritual of ‘pran pratishtha’ (consecration). Following widespread outrage, the district administration confiscated the bust.“In the memorandum, we also demanded that the bust, seized by the district administration, be returned to us,” Mr. Bharadwaj said. The ruling Congress in Madhya Pradesh condemned the event. “The event glorified violence. This is condemnable.These people don’t believe in the Indian Constitution as Godse himself had filed a mercy petition before the British Queen despite the country having a Supreme Court,” said Bhupendra Gupta, vice president of state Congress Media Cell.last_img read more

Those coming from Hyderabad with moneybags are biggest allies of BJP, says Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee again made a veiled attack on the AIMIM on Wednesday saying, leaders visiting the state from Hyderabad with moneybags and claiming to be sympathisers of Muslims are the “biggest allies” of the BJP.Also Read AIMIM likely to contest Bengal polls in 2021: Owaisi  Ms. Banerjee urged the Muslim community not to trust leaders visiting from outside and only repose faith on leaders from the state as they can only fight for the cause of the people of West Bengal.“Don’t trust leaders who come from outisde and try to present themselves as your (minority) sympathisers. Only leaders from Bengal can fight for your cause. Those who are visiting from Hyderabad with money bags and claiming to be sympathizers of Muslims are biggest allies of BJP,” Ms. Banerjee said while addressing a public meeting.Marking a shift in her rhetoric on religious extremism, Ms. Banerjee had, at an event in Cooch Behar on Monday, asked people to refrain from listening to “minority extremists” who have their base in Hyderabad, apparently targeting Asaduddin Owaisi, a Lok Sabha MP from that city.The comment drew sharp reactions from Mr. Owaisi who hit back on Tuesday saying, Muslims in the TMC chief’s state are ranked “worst” on development indicators.last_img read more

Kerber goes from champ to 1st-round loser at rainy US Open

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments US Open fashion: Crystals, shapes and knee-high socks Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kerber’s exit further thins the women’s bracket, which was missing 23-time major champion Serena Williams to begin with because she is expecting a baby. Three of the top seven seeded women were gone before dinnertime on Day 2, with No. 6 Kerber joining Monday’s losers, No. 2 Simona Halep — beaten by Maria Sharapova in her first Grand Slam match since a 15-month doping suspension — and No. 7 Johanna Konta.While Kerber’s quick departure was stunning in and of itself, that Osaka would be the one to do it might not be quite so remarkable, even if she is just 19 and never won before against a top-10 woman.Osaka is comfortable around the grounds at Flushing Meadows, where she has been spending time, and even occasionally practicing, since she was a kid: She was born in Osaka, Japan, so represents that country, but moved to the U.S. when she was 3, has dual citizenship, and used to live on Long Island.“The site,” Osaka said, “feels really familiar to me.”She nearly upended Keys in the U.S. Open’s third round last year, leading 5-1 in the third set before losing in a tiebreaker, a collapse on her mind in the latter stages Tuesday.This time, Osaka held steady, using her powerful baseline game to bully Kerber.Osaka accumulated a 22-9 edge in winners, broke in half of Kerber’s eight service games and saved all four break points she faced.“It was not my day,” Kerber summed up. “Completely not my day.”Hasn’t been her year, either. Angelique Kerber, of Germany, returns a shot from Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The question was rather simple after Angelique Kerber became only the second defending U.S. Open champion in the professional era to lose in the first round.The surprisingly lopsided 6-3, 6-1 loss to 45th-ranked Naomi Osaka of Japan under the closed roof in Arthur Ashe Stadium at a rainy Flushing Meadows on Tuesday was former No. 1 Kerber’s latest in a long list of disappointing performances in 2017, so she was asked what she thinks went wrong this season.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I know that I’m strong and I know that I will come back stronger, for sure. I know that I will not (be) giving up,” said Kerber, the first defending champion to lose in the U.S. Open’s first round since Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2005.Showers showed up before noon Tuesday and led to the postponements of dozens of matches. The only court used in the afternoon and evening was Ashe, thanks to the retractable cover constructed ahead of last year’s tournament.Pliskova, who is seeded No. 1, easily advanced by beating Magda Linette 6-2, 6-1, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko got past Lara Arruabarrena 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in a match that started on Court 17 then was moved indoors at Ashe, and No. 23 Barbora Strycova defeated Misaki Doi 6-1, 6-3. Yet another seeded woman was eliminated when No. 28 Lesia Tsurenko lost to Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-1.At night in Ashe, No. 15 Madison Keys was to face Elise Mertens of Belgium.The only men’s matches completed were at Ashe, where No. 1 Rafael Nadal overcame a first-set hiccup before overpowering Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-2. Nadal’s possible semifinal foe and chief rival for the title, Roger Federer, was to face 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe at night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next She sighed, shrugged her shoulders and began to answer: “I don’t know.”Moments later, her eyes darting around the room, she added, “This year is a completely different year.”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 shutoutTalk about an understatement. In 2016, Kerber broke through to the top of tennis in a spectacular way. A player with only one previous Grand Slam semifinal appearance reached the first three major title matches of her career, winning two of them: She stunned Serena Williams in the Australian Open final, lost to Williams in the Wimbledon final, and then beat Karolina Pliskova in the U.S. Open final to rise atop the WTA rankings for the first time.Her follow-up has been quite a flop. Kerber, a 29-year-old German, hasn’t won any title of any sort this season. She is only 25-18 overall, 0-9 against opponents ranked in the top 20, and Monday’s loss assured her of falling out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2015. At Grand Slam tournaments she is 6-4, including another first-round loss in May at the French Open, where she became that tournament’s first No. 1 seed to lose so early. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

Adamson clips UST for first win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University snatched its first win in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after tripping University of Santo Tomas, 88-81, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Falcons improved to 1-1 while the Growling Tigers are still winless after two games.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers00:50Trending 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 Games UST quietly went on a 14-4 run in the final five minutes of the game to cut Adamson’s 81-66 lead to five, 85-80, but time wasn’t on the Growling Tigers’ side as the Falcons held on until the final buzzer. Adamson also forced UST to turn the ball over 41 times, the most since Far Eastern University had 44 errors in 2003, and Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren said his team’s defense made it all happen. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I have to give credit to our players, the 41 turnovers is a testament to the defense our players put on,” said Pumaren.“Although we’re still struggling and we made a lot of mistakes down the stretch so I have to give credit to UST for playing hard.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ateneo bounces back, brushes off Lyceum for 2nd win Robbie Manalang led Adamson with 19 points and five assists while Kurt Lojera added 16.Papi Sarr returned to action after recovering from a groin injury and put up 10 points and grabbed four boards in limited minutes. Jeepy Faundo led put up 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead UST while Steve Akomo also finished with his own double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Soon-to-be dad Smith gets added inspiration to go home a champ

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter losing two straight games in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, TNT was in dire need of an inspiration.Little do they know that it would come all the way from Seattle, Washington, where Joshua Smith’s girlfriend is due to give birth within the next 24 hours.ADVERTISEMENT “The team know what I’m sacrificing outside of my foot, which is the birth of my daughter,” said the reinforcement.The KaTropa even went out of their way to commemorate the game to the Smiths, wearing a tape on the left side of their jersey bearing the name of Smith’s girlfriend Kristy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a rallying point because Josh has been playing hurt and his girlfriend is giving birth,” said Racela.“If you are hurt, you could use that as an excuse to go home so that you’ll be there beside your girlfriend giving birth, but he chose to stay here and play in the Finals and work for the championship. We just want to honor Joshua and his girlfriend.”With his family on his mind, Smith delivered a performance to remember, dropping 20 points, 15 rebounds, and two assists to carry the KaTropa to a 102-97 Game 4 win over San Miguel and equalize the best-of-seven championship series to two games apiece. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games 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 LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Smith shared that tasting the victory has helped in alleviating his woes and is pushing him harder to come home to the Smith household with a championship to boot.“I’m feeling a lot better that we won, but I’ll try to get some rest and be ready for tomorrow,” he said. “The way I look at it, there’s two more games, with a chance to three, and I’ll have a chance to relax and be a dad after that. So I might as well give it all I can.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong No fireworks, but Pacquiao, Horn promise a good bout for fans View commentslast_img read more

Fajardo fine with sitting out 4th quarter as Beermen goes for speed

first_imgThat move from Beermen head coach Leo Austria, though, was actually one way of stopping the KaTropa.To counteract the power of TNT’s hulking 300-pounder Joshua Smith, Austria chose speed over strength and that meant sitting out Fajardo.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 starsBut the reigning PBA MVP said he doesn’t mind sitting on the bench, as long as they walked away with the 111-102 and took a 3-2 series lead.“That’s okay with me, we won right? We just have to believe in coach’s system and of course we have to support coach,” said Fajardo, who finished nine points and five rebounds. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What resulted was San Miguel holding on in the fourth quarter after pounding TNT 36-18 in the third period.San Miguel also put up 23 points off TNT’s 24 turnovers and 28 points in transition.“The game sped up, that was the game plan, it worked and we won,” said Fajardo. “We’re happy but it doesn’t mean we’ll start celebrating because we still have to win on Sunday.”ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Knowing what went wrong in 1st half, Beermen were quick to adjust Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLeague MVP June Mar Fajardo is usually a matchup problem for teams with his combination of size and speed.And yet on Friday in the crucial Game 5 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between San Miguel and TNT, Fajardo was on the bench for the pivotal fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentslast_img read more

LOOK: Paul Millsap bids farewell to Atlanta on Instagram

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WBO says it will re-score Pacquiao-Horn fight; result stands MOST READ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection “Tried to find the words to better help explain how much the fans and the city of Atlanta has meant to me but words can not explain it,” Millsap wrote, along with a photo of himself in a Hawks uniform.“From an average Joe to a 4 time All ⭐️(star) Atlanta I could not have done it without you.”“Thank you for an amazing 4 years! Thank you for embrace me and my family and for always having my back. I will always hold a special place in my heart for you,” he added, with the hashtags #truetoatlanta #anchormanout #untilnexttime.Since transferring to Atlanta from the Utah Jazz in 2013, Millsap had anchored the team down low with his versatility on both ends of the floor.Although considered undersized at the power forward position, the 6’8 forward has averaged solid numbers of 17.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game during his tenure in Atlanta.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ever the consummate professional, the 32-year-old forward recently penned a heartfelt goodbye to the entire city of Atlanta and paid homage to its loyal fans. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments After his fruitful four seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Paul Millsap is headed West to join Nikola Jokic and the rest of the Denver Nuggets.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 four-time All-Star recently signed a reported three-year, $90-million contract with the “Mile High City,” in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and the Los Angeles Clippers’ 2018 first-round draft pick.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

Tara Borlain, Juan Baniqued eye fitting end to IronKids stint

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 Cebu to host Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific C’ship anew in 2018 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games However, Karen Andrea Manayon and Everly Jana Macalalad emerge as the biggest threat to snare away her tiara.A total of 335 young triathletes, including 72 participants (24 teams) in the relays, will partake in the 400-meter swim, 9-kilometer bike, and 3-kilometer run course which will start and end at the Shangri-La Mactan parking lot.All in all, 263 budding triathletes answered the challenge, comprised of 155 boys and 108 girls divided into four age groups.Younger triathletes will join in the Category 1 (short) and Category 2 (long) races.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ IronKids champion Juan Francisco Baniqued. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonLAPU-LAPU CITY — Dominating their age group for the past few years, Juan Francisco Baniqued and Tara Borlain are both out for a fitting curtain call as they join in their final Alaska IronKids on Saturday at the Shangri-La Mactan here.Graduating from the 14-and-below age group, the former champions seek for one last victory lap as they banner the young triathletes for one last time.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant As in the past stagings of the event, the Biñan, Laguna-born Baniqued is once again the favorite to win the boys’ 13-14 category after ruling for the past two years.Out to deny him of a three-peat are Joe Bernard Sarmiento and Jose Manuel Arao, as the field gun to dislodge Baniqued out of his throne in the grueling 12.4-kilometer course.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 starsTara, meanwhile, bested her older sister Sam last year as the Borlains once again finished 1-2 in the girls’ 13-14 category.Ruling the swim-bike-run event since joining the field five years ago, Borlain hopes to extend that reign in her final IronKids run. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Pingris rejoins Star practice, set for return

first_imgPBA IMAGESStar, the team tipped to give Grand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer a run for its money in the PBA Governors’ Cup, is about to get a much-needed boost.Marc Pingris, the hard-nosed anchor of the Hotshots’ defense, is set to make a return to active play within the next two games at the soonest as Star tries to crack a championship series for the first time this season.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Busmen seek repeat over Tajik club Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pingris went to the United States for rehab and therapy and will definitely be of big use to the Hotshots, who were ousted in painful manners in the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup.Star has the tools to go all the way and has been in all pre-conference hypes because of a solid roster that could rival San Miguel, which claimed the Hotshots’ scalps in the Commissioner’s Cup Final Four before winning the championship over TNT KaTropa.With a 3-0 record, Star is the only unbeaten team in the ongoing season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Out for more than six months because of a hip injury, Pingris practiced for the first time on Monday as the Hotshots were preparing to slug it out with Phoenix Petroleum in two days, seeking to keep their immaculate elimination round slate intact.But coach Chito Victolero is not about to rush his ace power forward back into action.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 opening“He needs to get his timing back,” Victolero said.“Relatively, he played well (in practice), but we will not rush him. He needs to get his rhythm back and hopefully, he can rejoin us soon.” MOST READ 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 Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more