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first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday conducted an aerial survey of Puri and Khurdha districts to get first hand information about the devastation caused by extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani.Expressing shock over the magnitude of damage during a review at Biju Patnaik International Airport, Mr. Modi offered all possible helps to the State to tide over the crisis and wanted the Odisha government to share its disaster management skills so that other States could be apprised on this.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan were present at the meeting. Odisha government sought immediate release of ₹1,000 crore as adhoc assistance. A detail memorandum will be submitted after assessment of the damage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Biju Patnaik airport in Bhubaneswar on Monday.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement  Seeking central assistance for building disaster resilient infrastructure, Mr. Patnaik laid emphasis on power sector. The coastal Odisha need a fund amounting ₹10,000 crore for disaster resilient infrastructure, he said.Similarly, provision of five lakh disaster resilient affordable houses which would require ₹7,000 crore was sought on behalf of the State government at the review meeting. Odisha government demanded special allotment under Prime Minister Awas Yojna with 90:10 funding ratio.Special interventions such as permission for FCRA clearance for contribution to Chief Minister Relief Fund and contribution of corporates to CMRF should be recognized as corporate social responsibility as allowed in case of PMNRF were sought in the meeting.Taking this opportunity, Mr. Patnaik said the State deserved special category status for being the most disaster prone State in the country. Since 2013, the State government has witnessed disaster of different kinds almost every year.In 2013, the State was hit by cyclone Phailin which was followed by flood, next year in 2014 cyclone Hudhud had caused extensive damage and in 2015, 2016 and 2017, droughts and heavy rain had triggered massive damage. Cyclone Titli in 2018 and Fani this year have impacted the State’s economy badly.Meanwhile, the death toll due to Fani rose 35. Puri is worst affected district leading the table with 21 deaths, according to Special Relief Commissioners office. “The extent of damage could be gauged from the fact that 5030 km of 33 kv lines, 38613 km of 11 kv lines and 11077 number of distribution transformers and 79485 km of low tension lines were damaged,” said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.last_img read more


first_imgSaving Darwin’s finches could be as simple as arming them with an insecticide. When researchers left pesticide-soaked cotton balls in the birds’ habitats, the finches added bits of the treated cotton to their nests and nearly eliminated one of their chief enemies: parasitic flies.“This is one of the most incredibly clever bits of practical conservation I’ve seen in my entire career,” says conservation ecologist Stuart Pimm of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, who was not involved in the new study.The parasitic nest fly (Philornis downsi), which looks similar to a typical house fly, lays its eggs in the nests of Darwin’s finches—the 15 species of bird on the Galápagos that helped inspire the famed biologist to formulate his ideas about natural selection. When the flies’ eggs hatch, the larvae—each about the size of a grain of rice—suck blood from newborn finch nestlings, often killing them. The parasite has been prevalent on the South American mainland throughout history, where birds have adapted to survive even in its presence. But it wasn’t noticed in nests in the Galápagos until the 1990s, and over the decades since, it has increased in prevalence and has gradually had a larger negative impact on finches.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(*)“Some years, we’ve seen no nestlings at all in an area survive,” says evolutionary biologist Dale Clayton of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, senior author of the new work. “And some species are getting absolutely hammered by this fly.” The mangrove finch (Camarhynchus heliobates) population, for example, has declined to less than a hundred birds, making it critically endangered. Scientists have tried to fight the parasite by spraying the insecticide permethrin—also used in flea collars for dogs and in lice shampoos—onto nests. But many of the finches’ nests are hard to find, or high in trees and difficult to reach.While working in the Galápagos, Sarah Knutie—a graduate student in Clayton’s lab—saw finches pulling bits of fiber off a clothing line for their nests. She wondered whether the birds would collect permethrin-treated fibers and carry the pesticide into their nests themselves. To test the idea, Knutie and Clayton set up 30 cotton dispensers, half untreated and half with permethrin-soaked balls, near 26 finch nests. At the end of the nesting and breeding season, 22 of the nests contained cotton, and the birds were just as likely to have collected the permethrin-treated fibers as the untreated ones. Among all nests with the soaked fibers, parasite numbers were lower, and in seven of eight nests that had at least a gram of treated cotton, not a single parasite was found, the team reports today in Current Biology.“This approach is way easier and just as effective as spraying nests,” Clayton says. “I don’t necessarily think that it’s a long-term permanent solution, but we think of it as a stopgap measure to slow the population declines of finches.”      The method is creative and could make a crucial difference for the finches, adds Jeff Podos, a biologist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who has studied the bird populations of the Galápagos. “This parasite is a pretty formidable opponent.”But to protect bird populations throughout the Galápagos, Podos says, someone will have to step up to install and manage the cotton dispensers, which would have to be installed within 20 meters of every nest on the 18 islands of the Galápagos. Getting full coverage of Isabela Island—where the most endangered species of finch lives—would take about 60 cotton dispensers. “These cotton stations have to be spread all over the place,” he says. “What I’m curious about is whether there will be anyone who follows through on the recommendations of this paper.”last_img read more


first_imgA flock of starlings flies as one, a spectacular display in which each bird flits about as if in a well-choreographed dance. Everyone seems to know exactly when and where to turn. Now, for the first time, researchers have measured how that knowledge moves through the flock—a behavior that mirrors certain quantum phenomena of liquid helium.”This is one of the first studies that gets to the details of how groups move in unison,” says David Sumpter of Uppsala University in Sweden, who was not part of the study.The remarkable accord with which starling flocks fly has long puzzled researchers and bird watchers alike. In the 1930s, the ornithologist Edmund Selous even suggested that the birds cooperate via telepathy. Researchers have since turned to more scientifically sound ideas, using mathematical models.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(*)In the 1990s, physicist Tamás Vicsek of Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest came up with one of the more successful models, which is based on the principle that each bird flies in the same direction as its neighbors. If a bird angles right, the ones next to it will turn to stay aligned. Although this model reproduces many features well—how a flock swiftly aligns itself from a random arrangement, for example—a team of researchers from Italy and Argentina has now discovered that it doesn’t accurately describe in detail how flocks turn.In their new study, the team, led by physicists Andrea Cavagna and Asja Jelic of the Institute for Complex Systems in Rome, used high-speed cameras to film starlings—which are common in Rome and form spectacular flocks—flying near a local train station. Using tracking software on the recorded video, the team could pinpoint when and where individuals decide to turn, information that enabled them to follow how the decision sweeps through the flock. The tracking data showed that the message to turn started from a handful of birds and swept through the flock at a constant speed between 20 and 40 meters per second. That means that for a group of 400 birds, it takes just a little more than a half-second for the whole flock to turn.”It’s a real tour de force of measurement,” says Sriram Ramaswamy of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Sciences in Hyderabad, India, who wasn’t part of the research.The fact that the information telling each bird to turn moves at a constant speed contradicts the Vicsek model, Cavagna says. That model predicts that the information dissipates, he explains. If it were correct, not all the birds would get the message to turn in time, and the flock wouldn’t be able to fly as one.The team proposes that instead of copying the direction in which a neighbor flies, a bird copies how sharply a neighbor turns. The researchers derived a mathematical description of how a turn moves through the flock. They assumed each bird had a property called spin, similar to the spins of elementary particles in physics. By matching one another’s spin, the birds conserved the total spin of the flock. As a result of that conservation, the equations showed that the information telling birds to change direction travels through the flock at a constant speed—exactly as the researchers observed. It’s this constant speed that enables everyone to turn in near-unison, the team reports online today in Nature Physics.The new model also predicts that information travels faster if the flock is well aligned—something else the team observed, Cavagna says. Other models don’t predict or explain that relationship. “This could be the evolutionary drive to have an ordered flock,” he says, because the birds would be able to maneuver more rapidly and elude potential predators, among other things.Interestingly, Cavagna adds, the new model is mathematically identical to the equations that describe superfluid helium. When helium is cooled close to absolute zero, it becomes a liquid with no viscosity at all, as dictated by the laws of quantum physics. Every atom in the superfluid is in the same quantum state, exhibiting a cohesion that’s mathematically similar to a starling flock.The similarities are an example of how deep principles in physics and math apply to many physical systems, Cavagna says. Indeed, the theory could apply to other types of group behavior, such as fish schools or assemblages of moving cells, Sumpter says.Other models, such as the Vicsek model or others that treat the flock as a sort of fluid, probably still describe flock behavior over longer time and length scales, Ramaswamy says. But it’s notable that the new model, which is still based on relatively simple principles, can accurately reproduce behavior at shorter scales. “I think that’s cool,” he says. “That’s an achievement, really.”Sumpter agrees. “It’s kind of reassuring we don’t need to think about the telepathic explanation,” he says.last_img read more


first_imgEASING RESEARCH REGULATION FUSION SCIENCE R&D TAX CREDIT This story is the first in ScienceInsider’s After Election 2014 series. Through Election Day on 4 November, we will periodically examine research issues that will face U.S. lawmakers when they return to Washington, D.C., for a lame-duck session and when a new Congress convenes in January. Click here to see all the stories published so far; click here for a list of published and planned stories.Today, a look at a perennial concern: funding for biomedical science.Biomedical lobbyists are hoping that Congress will soon give the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a big budget increase, despite tight caps that lawmakers have placed on overall federal spending. But even if that campaign succeeds—and the odds are very long—victory could come with some undesirable side effects.Before digging into the details, it’s worth noting that trying to predict funding trends can be a fool’s errand. Numerous factors, from domestic politics to foreign crises, affect how Congress divvies up the federal budget pie in any given year.The disintegration of the regular appropriations process, with now-routine extensions beyond the 1 October start of the next fiscal year, makes prognostication even harder. This year, for example, Congress has frozen spending at existing levels until at least mid-December, in part because of uncertainty about whether Republicans will win back the Senate in next month’s election and, with it, control of both houses of Congress come January. And in February, the White House will weigh in when President Barack Obama releases his proposed budget for the 2016 fiscal year (even if there’s been no agreement on the final 2015 budget numbers).Should NIH be exempt?Against that backdrop, a major topic of discussion on all sides will be how to deal with the spending caps mandated under the 2011 Budget Control Act. That law requires annual spending reductions of $110 billion through 2021, which are automatically apportioned across all defense and civilian programs unless Congress acts otherwise. In the spring of 2013, these automatic cuts, known as the sequester, hit some research budgets hard: NIH saw a 5% cut to its $30 billion budget. After a major political showdown, Congress and the White House agreed last December to suspend the sequester for the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years. But it will come roaring back in FY 2016 (which begins on 1 October 2015).That prospect has research leaders worried—especially about NIH, which accounts for about one-half of all U.S. civilian science spending. They argue that such automatic cuts will only exacerbate what they have dubbed the innovation deficit. That phrase refers to an alleged shortfall in realizing the full potential of scientific advances because of anemic spending on research. In a particularly dramatic example of this line of argument—which some have questioned—NIH Director Francis Collins has said that progress on an Ebola vaccine has been hindered by flat budgets.Similar arguments have gotten a friendly hearing from some members of Congress. A few Democratic legislators, for instance, have suggested exempting NIH from the 2011 law on the grounds that biomedical research is too important to be the victim of arbitrary reductions. Senator Tom Harkin (D–IA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D–CT) have sponsored identical bills that would designate NIH as “emergency spending” and boost its authorized budget by 10% annually in 2015 and 2016 and by 5% for each of the next 5 years. “This bill will put a plan in place for the Appropriations Committee to reverse the 10-year retrenchment in biomedical research funding over the remaining years of the Budget Control Act,” Harkin said in July when he introduced the legislation, called the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act.In March, Senator Richard Durbin (D–IL) proposed reaching a similar goal through a different funding mechanism. His American Cures Act calls for a 5% annual increase after inflation for NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several military biomedical research programs. The money would be drawn from a newly created trust fund, although the bill doesn’t specify how the fund would be financed.The bills stand almost no chance of becoming law this year. But Harkin’s mechanism is potentially attractive to legislators, because it offers them a free lunch—that is, a chance to support NIH without having to take money from another federal agency. Specifically, the bill would eliminate the often fierce competition for money between NIH and other agencies overseen by the appropriations subcommittee that funds health, education, and welfare programs, as well as between that panel and the 11 other subcommittees that make up the overall federal budget pie.Harkin is retiring in December after 40 years in Congress. But biomedical lobbyists hope that he will use his clout as chair of both the Senate spending panel that controls NIH’s budget and the authorizing committee that sets policy for the agency to make things happen when the lame-duck Congress returns after the fall election. One veteran advocate who asked to remain unnamed estimates that Harkin’s approach has a one-in-five chance of being folded into an omnibus spending bill that covers the rest of the 2015 fiscal year if Democrats maintain control of the Senate. Of course, that would be only a 1-year fix, because Congress appropriates on an annual basis.Those odds grow longer, however, if Republicans take charge of the Senate. Under that scenario, pundits say, the election would be seen as a vote for continued fiscal restraint. In addition, spending decisions would likely be delayed until after the new Congress is seated.Has steady funding ever existed?Regardless of which party ends up controlling the Senate, the research community is unlikely to abandon its embrace of the innovation deficit as a persuasive tool in funding battles. (A coalition of scientific societies, including AAAS, publisher of ScienceInsider, has even created a website for the concept.) More money for research is only part of the pitch, however; groups are also using the phrase to highlight the importance of steady, predictable growth in the research enterprise.In applauding Harkin’s bill, for example, the Association of American Medical Colleges touches on both ideas. Its leaders cite the need “not only to restore the purchasing power the NIH has lost to inflation over the past decade, but also to provide the sustained, long-term predictable funding growth essential to catalyze scientific momentum and address current and emerging health challenges.”But is there really such a thing as steady, sustained growth? An analysis of federal spending over the past 20 years for what amounts to basic research suggests that the answer is no (see graph, below). In the case of NIH, for example, the 2 recent decades include two sharp rises—a 5-year doubling between 1998 to 2003 and a one-time bolus of money in 2009 that increased NIH’s budget by roughly one-third. Those peaks are interspersed with stretches of essentially flat budgets and punctuated with a dip from the 2013 sequester. ADVANCED MANUFACTURING STEM EDUCATIONcenter_img STREAM AND WETLAND PROTECTION NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION POLICY Matthew Hourihan, AAASThat history poses a potential dilemma for policy wonks concerned about U.S. research funding. On one hand, for instance, legislation such as Harkin’s bill would bring much desired additional funding to NIH. At the same time, however, it would trigger yet another dramatic upward budget swing. Research leaders have long argued that such sudden swings are quite disruptive and make long-range planning nearly impossible. In addition, a sudden upturn can send a false message of hope to aspiring scientists that the good times will last into the foreseeable future.Biomedical advocates readily acknowledge the dilemma. But it isn’t stopping them from pushing for Harkin’s bill. Jennifer Zeitzer, a lobbyist for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology in Bethesda, Maryland, says the decision to embrace Harkin’s bill was easy. “We support anything that helps NIH. It’s our No. 1 priority,” she explains.Other biomedical lobbyists say they try to cast a big net when talking with legislators about the importance of more research funding, but that NIH is a logical place to start. “We’re advocating for the bill because of the need to get NIH back on track,” says Jennifer Poulakidas of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in Washington, D.C. “If there’s the possibility of expanding that approach to all federally funded research, then we’d be in favor of that, too. But the key is to take that first step. And you can make a special case for NIH because of the importance of finding cures and better treatments for a host of deadly diseases.”Lobbyists outside of the biomedical field say the community’s fervent support for the Harkin bill is understandable, even if its prospects may be slim. “Biomedical advocates are so beaten down by a decade of flat funding that they will grab for anything they can get,” says Joel Widder of Federal Science Partners, a boutique government relations firm in Washington, D.C.An end to the sequester?The effort to exempt NIH from the Budget Control Act assumes that the law will remain in place. But one major player in the budget game, President Obama, appears to be preparing a major push to unplug the automatic sequestration mechanism that enforces it. Last week, Shaun Donovan, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), told reporters that “we’ve cut too much” and that the White House is looking to strike a “larger agreement [with Congress] around relieving sequester.” The carrot for Republicans, he said, would be cuts in some mandatory spending programs.Administration officials argue that the 2011 law has done its job: Last week, OMB announced that the budget deficit for 2014 was $483 billion, the lowest since 2008; at 2.8% of GDP, it’s below the average for the past 40 years. Instead of levying further cuts, they add, it’s time to make the sort of investments—in research, education, and infrastructure—that will produce long-term economic growth.How large an investment Obama will propose is hard to predict—as is whether Congress would be willing to go along. But given the president’s plummeting popularity and the likely Republican gains in next month’s election, some observers say, the White House may find itself on the sidelines as a Republican Congress tackles federal spending over the next 2 years.ScienceInsider’s After Election 2014 series will look at a range of issues that will be on policymakers’ agenda once the voters have spoken on 4 November. Look for stories on:BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH FUNDING 21ST CENTURY CURESlast_img read more


first_imgThe amount of clinical data that drug companies must share with the public could soon vastly expand under a U.S. regulation proposed today. Trial sponsors would need to report summary results for drugs and devices that are never approved—and not just for products that reach the market—under the proposal.The goal of the plan, released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is to ensure that summary results for drugs that fail in trials, or are dropped for other reasons, still make it into a public database: ClinicalTrials.gov. Sharing these results should not only be useful for researchers, but also “helps fulfill society’s ethical responsibility” to people who volunteer for trials, said National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins during a press teleconference. “We owe to our patients, to our participants in these trials, the explanation of what happened.” Sharing the data may also help researchers avoid duplicating failed trials, officials say.Launched at Congress’s request in 2000, NIH’s ClinicalTrials.gov now contains registration data for more than 178,000 trials; all sponsors of trials regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are supposed to register. As a result of a 2007 law, within 1 year of the completion of a trial, drug companies must also submit summary results that include information such as the number of participants, their age and gender, outcomes, and adverse events. These results have been submitted for more than 15,000 trials.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(*)But the summary results requirement only applies to drugs and devices approved by FDA. Under the new rule proposed by HHS, companies will also need to report results for unapproved products. That should add another 100 to 150 reports to the 100 summaries the database now receives each week, said Deborah Zarin, director of ClinicalTrials.gov.Trial sponsors can ask for an extension of up to 3 years if they are still seeking approval for a product. And results still won’t be required for early trials, known as phase I, which test a product’s safety.NIH also plans to require that results for all clinical trials that it funds, no matter how early or small, be submitted to ClinicalTrials.gov. At the moment, only investigators conducting trials of products regulated by FDA must register the trial and report results. A draft policy released today will mean that results for another 650 trials per year will be added, NIH officials say.Both the NIH and HHS draft rules also clarify such details as who should submit data and when it must come in; trials must be registered within 21 days of enrolling the first patient, for example. This will make it easier to enforce compliance with the rules, for example by withholding funding for NIH grantees or imposing fines on companies regulated by FDA, said Kathy Hudson, NIH’s deputy director for science, outreach, and policy. The public may eventually be able to check the database to see if researchers have met the deadlines, providing a “wall of shame,” NIH officials joked.One advocate of clinical data sharing, Peter Doshi of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore, says he welcomes the new requirements. Some NIH-funded trials “are not published for years and years,” he notes. And often negative results never appear in a journal. “That’s not good from an evidence perspective and it’s embarrassing from a policy perspective. There’s an interest in trying to close these gaps.”Requiring that trial results for unapproved drugs be shared is also a positive step, Doshi says. “You’re reducing the chance that somebody will redo experiments that were already done and put people in harm’s way because the research wasn’t shared,” he says.However, the summary results in ClinicalTrials.gov can be confusing—they sometimes conflict with results reported in journals—and they lack details that could help researchers understand the data, Doshi notes. By contrast, the European Medicines Agency plans to make detailed clinical data reports publicly available and to provide data on individual patients to researchers—albeit only for approved drugs.“The white elephant in the room is that FDA sits on more data, across more drugs, across more therapeutic indications than anybody else on the planet,” Doshi says. “And their attitude is, ‘Great idea [to make the data public], let somebody else take care of this.’ ” Doshi is an associate editor of The BMJ, which is part of a group called AllTrials that is pushing for release of detailed clinical trial data.NIH’s Hudson said the agency is looking at whether to require access to data on individual patients without compromising privacy. The proposal also asks for input on whether trial sponsors should be required to submit their protocol to help the public understand the results.NIH and HHS are taking public comment on the two proposed policies until 19 February.*Correction, 20 November, 7:56 a.m.: The number of additional weekly submissions the new rule is expected to generate has been corrected. The correct numbers are 100 to 150 addtional submissions, not 200 to 250.last_img read more


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first_imgPeople in India and China are more optimistic about 2018 as compared to their Europeans counterparts. In a satisfaction survey performed by market research and consulting firm Ipsos, 87 percent of Indians and 88 percent of Chinese people believe that 2018 will be better than 2017.On average, 76 percent of the world’s population feels that 2018 will be better than 2017.Read it at Money Control Related Itemslast_img


first_imgA parliamentary panel has urged the ministries of external affairs, labour and employment, and home, along with state governments, to develop a strong mechanism to protect overseas Indian workers from exploitation and punish the unregistered agents who lure them.The Standing Committee on Labour, in its report, tabled in Parliament on overseas employment of women workers including nurses and maids, issues and regulatory framework, said it has come to light that thousands of workers are lured in the name of overseas jobs by illegal agents and are exploited in foreign countries.Read it at New Indian Express Related Itemslast_img read more


first_imgA computer engineer is accused of planting a logic bomb to wipe out all 4,000 servers at mortgage finance company Fannie Mae, potentially causing millions of dollars in damage and shutting down Fannie Mae for a week. Unix engineer Rajendrasinh Babubha Makwana, 35, was indicted on charges of computer sabotage for planting the malicious code after he was fired from his job at the end of October. The virus was set to detonate at 9:00 a.m. on Jan. 31, but was discovered by another engineer.Makwana, who had worked for Fannie Mae for three years, was told he was being fired because of a scripting error he’d made earlier in the month. According to an FBI affidavit, “Despite Makwana’s termination, Makwana’s computer access was not immediately terminated,” allowing him time to enter the malicious code into the company’s computer system. Related Itemslast_img read more


first_imgIndian investment is crucial to post-Brexit growth in the United Kingdom, according to a new report that showed that nearly 800 Indian companies in the country had a combined revenue of £46.4 billion last year. The firms employed nearly 105,000 people and paid £360 million in corporation tax last year, the report, titled “India Meets Britain Tracker 2018,” said.It also identified 87 fast-growing Indian companies in the United Kingdom, the top five being TMT Metal Holdings Ltd, Wipro Holdings UK Ltd, Piramal Imaging Ltd, Tata Group firm TCNA UK Ltd, and Route Mobile UK Ltd. Of these 87 companies, 22 had been featured in last year’s list.One-third of the total number of firms also recorded an impressive growth rate of over 50 percent, and over half of the fast-growing firms are based in London. Observing that the British capital is now becoming a leading destination for investment, the report noted that this is a jump from 44 per cent of companies headquartered there in 2017 and 39 per cent in 2016.The report, in its fifth year now, is released annually by professional services major Grant Thornton with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). “The report clearly shows that the UK remains a highly attractive destination for Indian investors,” Anuj Chande, head of South Asia Group at Grant Thornton UK, was quoted as saying by PTI.Noting that the United Kingdom cannot overlook Indian economy, which is growing to be the third largest in the world by 2030, he added: “Following the Brexit vote, the UK economy is in a period of flux as it looks at how to reinvigorate its role as a global trading nation and seeks to forge new trade deals. The UK must ensure that, beyond Brexit, it (India) remains a leading investment destination.”The current report highlights not only the 87 Indian companies in the United Kingdom, but also the top Indian employers, with insights into the company’s evolving scale, business activities, locations and their performance that impact the UK economy. The report also observed that 19 per cent of these fast growing Indian companies in the UK had women on their boards.“The phenomenal growth rate just goes to show that Brexit or no Brexit, the UK remains a very important partner for India,” YK Sinha, the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, was quoted as saying by the news agency.The report only lists Indian companies which have a minimum two-year track record in the United Kingdom, turnover of more than £5 million and year-on-year revenue growth of at least 10 per cent as per the latest published accounts filed as on Feb. 28 this year. The companies that are on the current list have an an average annual growth rate of 44 per cent, with seven companies seeing turnover growth of more than 100 percent. These companies include TMT Metal Holdings Ltd, Route Mobile (UK) Ltd and Accord Healthcare Ltd. Four of these companies are on the list for the fifth consecutive year – Accord Healthcare Ltd, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Europe Ltd, Milpharm Ltd, and Secure Meters (UK) Ltd.The current list heavily features companies in technology and telecom, and pharmaceutical and chemicals sectors prominently, as they make up 20 per cent and 16 per cent of the list, respectively.According to the report, Indian companies in the United Kingdom saw operating profits of £2.25 billion. “At a time when the UK is forging a future outside of the European Union, it will be looking to strengthen its ties with long-standing partners like India. The Indian economy is forecast to grow substantially and what the UK must focus on is both creating new and maintaining existing investment opportunities as it competes for India’s investment on a global platform,” Shuchita Sonalika, director and head of CII UK, was quoted as saying in the report. Related ItemsBrexitLondonUnited Kingdomlast_img read more


first_imgThe scarcity of jobs in the Indian aviation sector is forcing pilots to move overseas in search of jobs. While there are jobs available abroad for Indian pilots, working conditions may not be suitable for forcing them to elsewhere or come back to India.According to a report in the Statesman newspaper, Indian pilots often reach out to airlines in the Middle East or South-East Asia as countries there have several domestic and international airlines that readily hire Indian pilots. Lion Air, Silk Air, Scoot, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways are a few top airlines that offer jobs to Indian pilots.This news comes at a time when an Indonesia Lion Air flight captained by Indian Bhavye Suneja crashed into the sea two days ago killing everyone onboard. He had joined the low-cost carrier in March 2011.The newspaper quotes Captain Vikram Yadav, a former official of Indian Commercial Pilots Association, as saying, “Job security is just one of the primary reasons why pilots go abroad.”He told the publication that as pilots are facing job shortage in India, they are attracted toward the aviation job markets of other countries. To work as a pilot abroad, Indian pilots need a license from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).With India having a good domestic aviation safety record, foreign airlines are inclined to hire Indian pilots.After obtaining a commercial pilot license (CPL), pilots need to accumulate flying hours to keep their license intact so many pilots end up taking jobs at every available airline or country. Aviation is a risky and costly business. There was a time when Indian airlines hired foreign pilots due to lack of domestic pilots and there have been times when foreign airlines hire Indian pilots due to a shortage of pilots in their own countries.A pilot who did not want his name to be revealed told the newspaper that “Small countries are short of skilled airline pilots, so they hire from India and other countries.”The pilot also said that as bigger airlines prefer pilots from their own countries, Indian pilots are left with only nine airlines across the world. He also said, “Lion Airlines has a contract with a flying academy in India and there are many more Indian pilots working in the airline.”In another news report, India’s largest airline IndiGo has asked French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR to postpone the delivery of aircraft because of the shortage of pilots that can fly ATR turboprops.A senior official of IndiGo confirmed to Economic Times that airline is facing a shortage of pilots that can fly ATR aircraft. Related Itemslast_img read more


first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The 6-foot Seavmey, who enjoyed a big height advantage over Alora, also beat the Filipino in the Asian Olympic Qualifying Tournament last 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 shutout SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Kirstie Elaine Alora of the Philippines (red) competes against Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia (blue) in the finals of the women’s -73 kg category of the 29th Southeast Asian Games competition Tuesday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. Alora lost, 6-13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLRio Olympian Kirstie Alora ran into a familiar tormentor and suffered the same fate to settle for silver in the women’s +67kg class in taekwondo in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Alora, who was the country’s flag-bearer, fell to Sorn Seavmey of Cambodia, 13-6, in the final.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd JRU fends off Mapua, finishes first round with 4th win MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more


first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:08‘Partido Galing at Puso’ slate launched01:51Poe will get ‘overwhelming support’ from voters—Kapunan01:37Protesters 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. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH As the day’s practice wraps up, Alapag notes it’s all about fine-tuning, now that it’s only a week away before Alab opens its campaign versus Hong Kong Eastern.“Anytime you get an opportunity to play the defending champion on opening night, it’s going to be a challenge,” he says. “It will give us a great barometer of where we are as a team. Whatever happens, it’s a long season.”Definitely, there’s still time for Alapag to learn. But hopefully, it won’t take long for him to start listing those wins. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa First-timers, Soguilon make their mark Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThere’s a whiteboard in the gym that neatly lists the team’s task for the day. Below the date, there’s an outline that starts with a warm up and goes down to the drills and different plays—pinky, zipper side, shirt.It’s a detailed to-do list crafted by a leader so meticulous but at the same time creative.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC But his new role as head coach of the country’s lone representative in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) has opened another set of challenges.“For so long, you’re playing on the court and you’re trying to make the big shots, you’re trying to give the correct assists. Now, being on the sideline, the focus is how can I put the team in the best position possible to be successful,” says the six-time PBA champion.“It’s almost like you’re back in school. You study how you can help the team, study your next opponent. But I don’t think there’s anything I didn’t expect. I think just in terms of planning, a lot of time goes into it.”But then, there’s a bit of worry: Remember when they said great athletes make horrible coaches?ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES “I’m definitely very detailed, but at the same time, I want to give these guys the freedom to play,” says Jimmy Alapag, the new coach of Tanduay Alab Pilipinas. “I want them to play to their strengths.”“I feel like the best basketball players are focused and disciplined, but there’s also the freedom to let them do what they do best,” he adds. “That’s what I encourage the guys [to] just play and do what [they] feel will make our team successful. I don’t want to give any limitations to what they can do.”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 shutoutFor some, it might take some getting used to seeing Alapag orchestrating plays from the sidelines instead of the hardcourt where his leadership, on-court vision and incredible will to win made him a Philippine basketball legend.New role MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Alapag thinks how he is as a coach is pretty much how he was as a player—the kind that drops by early in the gym and stays late “to sustain that edge.”“Every year there are new players always wanting to prove themselves. And as you get older, you want to keep that edge. And the only way to do that is to continue putting in the work, continue to be consistent with your work ethic. I want to apply that same thing in terms of coaching,” he says. “But now, instead of doing the shooting, the ball handling, it’s now watching videos, now it’s studying. Again, it’s like I’m back in school, learning.”And Alapag can get meticulous in learning. His passion for perfecting that stroke from beyond the arc—which, by the way, led to a PBA record for most number of career three-point shots made—runs similar to his current passion of wanting all coaching bases covered.Clearly, it’s one reason he tapped another PBA great, Danny Seigle, as one of his deputies.A different perspective“He’s one of the best players who ever played in the PBA. His basketball mind is very, very helpful to me,” says Alapag. “He’s another set of eyes. He might see something that I don’t, especially because he was a big guy in his career and I was never really much down there in the post in my career. It’s just a different perspective.”Alapag also doesn’t mind having around Mac Cuan, last year’s coach who slid down as assistant after steering Alab to a third-place finish.“His experience with the team last year is so important because this is my first time,” he says. “I’m leaning on him a lot in terms of his experience with the team.”Alapag, too, wants his relationship with his players—from young guns like Ray Parks to veterans like Dondon Hontiveros—to be just as smooth.“I want to establish relationships with these guys so that it’s not just a player-coach,” says Alapag. “I really want it to be a family environment. When you can create that environment, and then there are tough times later on, you can get through it. Just like any family that deals with hardship or any struggle.” No basketball-loving Pinoy fan, for sure, wants that to happen to Alapag. Not to this smallest guy with the biggest heart who unleashed dagger triples against long-time nemesis South Korea. Not to this captain who personified the Gilas Pilipinas team chant puso (heart) when he carried the country to its first World Cup victory in 40 years.Coaching perilsAlapag, though, knows the perils of coaching. He’s not too nervous, he says, since he tries to equip himself as much as he can.“It’s about the same as playing, or maybe a little harder just because your perspective of the game is much broader when you’re a coach,” says the 39-year-old Alapag. “You’re not on the court so you’re able to see what’s happening. And you have to do your best to break it all down and teach it to the team.”So maybe Alapag does know better, never mind the horror coaching stories. And perhaps, as some would think, isn’t there a Phil Jackson for every Magic Johnson?“It depends on the person, the player’s transition to coaching,” Alapag points out. “My approach going to this first head coaching job is leaning on the coaches that I played for, especially coach Chot (Reyes) and coach Norman (Black).”“A lot of my coaching influence is between the two of them—just picking their brains, their knowledge of the game,” he says. “I just feel very fortunate that in the last 14 years of my playing career, I’ve been able to be near them, learn from them and win with them. Hopefully, I can apply their advice this coming season.”As much as he has picked up pointers from Reyes, his coach in Gilas Pilipinas and Talk ’N Text, and Black, his mentor in Meralco, Alapag has also put in a lot of himself in formulating his own Xs and Os.“I’ve learned from them, and at the same time, I’m going by my experience—what made the teams I played for successful in terms of culture, environment. And of course, just working hard. Throughout my career that was really something I held on to very strongly—my work ethic,” says the former PBA Most Valuable Player.Sustain edgelast_img read more


first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Alaska survives skidding Blackwater for 4th straight win “It’s a dream come true. Every fighter dreams to have this title,” he said, before reiterating that he shares the glory with the whole country. “One more time: This is not mine. This is ours. This is a product of teamwork. It’s not just about ‘Gravity,’ it’s about the people who cheer, who believed, and who watch on their TVs because they all helped this sport grow to what it is today.”Geje Eustaquio reiterates that the ONE Interim Flyweight Championship isn’t just his. “It’s ours,” he said. @ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/URPfFEeukU— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ “If he’s ready, I’m ready. Rock and roll, let’s go,” he said.New ONE Interim Flyweight Champion Geje Eustaquio says that he’s ready to face current Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes anytime. “Rock and roll,” he said. @ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/UdB2Knoqr6FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018 ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City It was a different Eustaquio who entered the cage on Friday as the Team Lakay veteran was in control of the match for the full five rounds and showed tremendous poise in times when his Kazakh foe put him in dangerous situations.And all of that is a testament to his stringent training going to his rematch with Akhmetov, improving every facet of his game to avenge his split decision loss in Jakarta last September.Aside from his usual training in the Team Lakay Gym in Benguet, Eustaquio also worked on his wrestling under coach Ali Heydarabadi and developed his jiu-jitsu, making the victory over the former ONE Flyweight Champion indisputable this time out.“Coach Mark (Sangiao) always makes sure that every time I win or lose, I learn,” he said.That’s why Eustaquio is positive that the next time he and Moraes cross paths, it will be a different story compared to their first clash back in September 2014 in Phnom Penh, where the Brazilian bet won the vacant flyweight title he submitted the Filipino challenger with a guillotine choke in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT ONE Flyweight Champion Adriano Moraes and ONE Interim Flyweight Champion Geje Eustaquio face off. Photo from ONE Championship.New ONE Interim Flyweight Champion Geje Eustaquio is ready to move on after proving his doubters wrong with his unanimous decision win over Kairat Akhmetov in the main event of ONE: Global Superheroes on Friday.The 28-year-old had no second thoughts when asked if he’s ready to unify the titles against current champion Adriano Moraes in a potential mega-match in the near future.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more


first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) works against Atlanta Hawks guard Isaiah Taylor (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — LeBron James had a triple-double and Kyle Korver scored a season-high 30 points, including four straight 3-pointers to close the third period, as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-107 on Friday night for a successful start to their reboot.One day after unloading six players, including guards Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade, in three trades, the Cavaliers were in a state of transition. They had only nine available players against the Hawks, but Korver more than made up for a short bench.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cavaliers: Cedi Osman, making his first start, had 16 points but struggled at the free-throw line. He made only two of seven free throws, twice missing each of two attempts. … London Perrantes and John Holland played limited roles to add depth to the temporarily short-handed roster.Hawks: Coach Mike Budenholzer says the team bought out Marco Belinelli’s contract both for the veteran 3-point specialist and to give younger players, including rookie Tyler Dorsey, more playing time. Dorsey had 14 points and made three 3-pointers. The move with Belinelli, 31, was announced before the game. … G DeAndre Bembry posted bond and was with the team following his arrest early Friday for speeding on an Atlanta interstate. He was clocked driving a purple Dodge Charger at 128 mph on Interstate 85 about 12:20 a.m. Bembry, who has a left abductor strain, has not played since Dec. 22. … Former Braves standout Chipper Jones, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, sat courtside near the Hawks bench.UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit Boston on Sunday.Hawks: Host Pistons on Sunday. Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Luis Suarez has Barcelona on course to win 2 titles in Spain Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Korver, the former Hawks fan favorite, made 7 of 13 from 3-point range and finished two points from matching his career high of 32.James had 22 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds. Jeff Green, also coming off the bench, had 24 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNewcomers George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood joined the Cavs, but remained in the locker room during the game. They are expected to make their debuts with Cleveland on Sunday in Boston.The team sent medical staff to Atlanta to complete physicals with the four players as quickly as possible. The team planned a practice on Saturday to begin what coach Tyronn Lue said would be a re-introduction of the offense and defense.“It can be good for us offensively and defensively, starting all over and breaking everything down from scratch will be good for this team,” Lue said. “Even guys who have been here, I think it will be good. It will take some time to do that but we’ve got the All-Star break coming up. … We’ll try to get those guys up to speed as quickly as possible.”Dennis Schroder led Atlanta with 25 points. Taurean Prince had 15 points.Cleveland led 83-80 late in the third period when James scored and was fouled by John Collins. James’ momentum carried him into a section of fans under the basket, and he was limping when he emerged. He made the free throw, remained in the game and then had assists on back-to-back 3s by Korver for a 91-80 lead.Korver made a third straight 3-pointer following a timeout to stretch the lead to 14 points. Following a basket by Atlanta’s Malcolm Delaney, Korver added his fourth 3 of the period, a buzzer-beater.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more


first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES The Warriors improved to 3-0 since the All-Star break and beat the Knicks for the eighth straight time, one shy of their longest winning streak in the series. They won nine straight in 1963-64.A night shy of the five-year anniversary of Curry’s 54-point Madison Square Garden masterpiece, the Warriors showed how many weapons they have around him now, making 15 3-pointers and putting six players in double figures.The third quarter has been when the Warriors separate themselves from opponents, and this was the fifth time they outscored a team by 20 or more in the period.“I still don’t have an answer as to why the third quarter is what it is, like anything specific, beyond just the fact that we can wear teams down over the course of 48 minutes,” Curry said. And it might take 24, 26 minutes to really create that separation and gain that momentum, and we come out of the halftime with some juice, some energy and it’s winning time. So that’s my best explanation for it and hopefully it continues.”This onslaught started innocently enough, with Green banking in a 3-pointer. Curry and Thompson followed with much prettier ones, and when JaVale McGee followed with a basket it was an 11-0 start to the second half and a double-digit lead in about 2 ½ minutes.ADVERTISEMENT New York Knicks guard Courtney Lee, right, defends against Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 in New York. Knicks forward Michael Beasley (8) watches the action. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — Draymond Green threw his arms up in triumph, celebrating his go-ahead 3-pointer.Never mind that it banked in, a rather ugly look on a team that shoots it beautifully.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Davis explodes for 53 as Pelicans trump Suns for 6th straight win John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “It sparked the run, didn’t it?” Green said. “It got everybody going by an amazing shooter.”And the Warriors didn’t slow down the rest of another awesome third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKlay Thompson scored 26 points and Stephen Curry had 14 of his 21 in the period, when Golden State ran another opponent off the floor on its way to a 125-111 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.Kevin Durant added 22 points and nine rebounds for Golden State, which trailed by one at halftime before outscoring New York 39-18 in the third to end things early. The highlight show continued from there, with center Zaza Pachulia dribbling behind his back to lead a fast break and Curry converting a four-point play for a 20-point bulge later in the period.“It’s tough. Those guys were so big and athletic, anyone in their team could switch,” the Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. said. “So it was tough to get around them.”Emmanuel Mudiay scored 20 points and Trey Burke had 18 for the Knicks.Mudiay had 13 points in the first seven minutes and 14 in the first quarter to lead all scorers and give the Knicks a 39-37 edge.TIP-INSWarriors: Rookie Jordan Bell returned after missing 14 games with inflammation in his left ankle. He had three points. … Green’s technical assessed with 1:04 left in the first half of Saturday’s rout against Oklahoma City was rescinded by the NBA on Monday, putting him back at 14 for the season and two away from an automatic suspension.Knicks: F Michael Beasley received five stitches for a cut on his right eyebrow after he was hit in the second quarter but returned to play in the third. … New York is off until Friday, when it visits the Los Angeles Clippers to open a four-game road trip.MAGIC MSG MOMENTCurry’s 54-point game is still his career high, as he went 11 for 13 from 3-point range. The Knicks ended up winning it though, as Raymond Felton blocked his jumper to lead to J.R. Smith’s tiebreaking basket with 1:10 left in a 109-105 victory. That remains New York’s last home win over Golden State.CAN’T BE BADKnicks coach Jeff Hornacek, on the challenge of defending the Warriors:“Can’t have any ‘my bads,’” he said. “‘My bads’ turn into 3-point shots that they knock in.”UP NEXTcenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Warriors: Visit Washington on Wednesday.Knicks: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgLATEST STORIES Inactive since suiting up in his final game with Kaohsiung Truth in the ASEAN Basketball League back in March, Jose came out with a leaner body in his first game in a Hawkeyes jersey.“I really slimmed down when I was in Taiwan because we were dieting there,” he said with a chuckle, while saying that he’s still far from his desired game shape. “I’ll try to bring back my old size.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingJose also didn’t look like he missed a beat, displaying his signature grit as he racked 19 points and 14 rebounds in his 28 minutes on the floor.Unfortunately, the game ended in a sorry 86-84 defeat to Flying V after Jeron Teng drained the game-winning play. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Avenido on playing coach role: ‘I’m not Jawo’ Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESRaymar Jose felt good hitting the hardcourt once again as he made his debut for Cignal HD in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.“It was great. I felt great to play once again,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img “It was unfortunate. We played good but we fell a little short. I think we’ll be able to bounce back,” he said.Jose and the rest of Cignal will try to bounce back on Thursday against Tanduay. MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gameslast_img read more