La Salle bounces back, clobbers UST

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle remained in second seed with a 4-1 record behind undefeated Ateneo.Green Archers assistant coach Miggy Solitaria said their win all depended on the team’s ball movement and stingy defense that has been La Salle’s staple since Aldin Ayo took over.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“We played unselfish basketball and we had 26 assists the whole game and it was very impressive because it was a very fast-paced game,” said Solitaria.The Green Archers bamboozled the Growling Tigers on the defensive end and forced the latter to turn the ball over 35 times, leading to 37 points for La Salle. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Giants’ Beckham fined $12,154 for ‘dog pee’ TD celebration Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next MOST READ 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 La Salle built an 18-point lead, 60-42, at the break in what became as the Green Archers’ foundation until the final buzzer.Ben Mbala had a game-high 29 points with nine rebounds and three blocks to lead the Green Archers while Andrei Caracut orchestrated the La Salle offense and finished with 14 points and five assists.Wendell De Guzman led UST with 18 points, a career-high, while Steve Akomo finished with a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion La Salle went back to its dominating ways and wallopped University of Santo Tomas, 115-86, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After losing to University of the Philippines, 98-87, last week, the Green Archers vented their frustration on the miserable Growling Tigers, who have yet to win in six matches in what became as the team’s worst start since the 1993-1994 academic year.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Durant drops triple-double, Warriors hit 21 3s to beat Wolves

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Timberwolves: Thibodeau said before the game that Butler, an All-Star reserve, is “close” to returning, Minnesota is 2-2 in the four games Butler has missed.Warriors: Curry became the fifth player in Warriors history to score 14,000 points, ending the game with 14,023. Curry, who is in his ninth season, trails Wilt Chamberlain (17,783), Rick Barry (16,447), Paul Arizin (16,266) and Chris Mullin (16,235) on the franchise list.GRAND TIMESZaza Pachulia played in his 1,000th regular-season game, becoming the third Warriors player to reach that mark this season, joining David West and Andre Iguodala. It was game No. 109 for Pachulia in a Warriors jersey. Most of his games, 556, were played with the Atlanta Hawks.BAD MATCHUPTowns was unstoppable near the basket at times and the Timberwolves had a 60-44 advantage on points in the paint. But that didn’t matter against the Warriors’ outside marksmanship. “You can’t beat the Warriors if you’re playing 2 versus 3. You can’t trade 2s for 3s,” Towns said. “We did a great job fighting all night, but it seemed like we got so close, they just started raining 3s again. No matter, uncontested, contested, it didn’t matter. They hit them when they needed to hit them. That’s the sign of a championship team right there.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host Brooklyn on Saturday, seeking a 10th straight home win.Warriors: Host the Boston Celtics on Saturday. Harris scores 23 points as Nuggets beat Knicks LATEST STORIES Minnesota’s Jamal Crawford said Durant has become a better passer, making him even more of an offensive threat.“He’s even more dangerous. He’s already the best scorer in the world,” Crawford said. “If he has the assists, that just makes it tough to deal with.”The Warriors matched their previous season high of 18 3-pointers by the end of the third quarter. They made 57 percent from behind the arc in the game, with Thompson hitting seven and Curry connecting on five. That pinpoint shooting allowed Warriors coach Steve Kerr to forgive his team for 15 turnovers and inconsistent defense.“Our guys are so talented they lit up the scoreboard. They can win a lot of games without being totally dialed in and defending at a high level and that’s what happened tonight,” Kerr said. “It wasn’t our best effort, but talent wins.”Karl-Anthony Towns led Minnesota with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Crawford added 21 points and Jeff Teague had 17 points and seven assists for Minnesota, which played its fourth straight game without Jimmy Butler, who has a sore right knee.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns, left, fights for the ball with Golden State Warriors’ David West, right, and Klay Thompson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant called himself a “jerk.” The Minnesota Timberwolves had a different description of the Golden State Warriors’ All-Star forward, calling him “the best scorer in the world.”Durant had 28 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Warriors made a season-high 21 3-pointers in a 126-113 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson each added 25 points for Golden State.Durant was fined $15,000 by the NBA earlier in the day for his comments about referee James Williams after being ejected from Tuesday’s win against the New York Knicks. He later apologized and said he had acted like a “diva” and a “jerk.” Also on Thursday, Durant said he was the first pick in the NBA All-Star draft conducted by team captains Curry and LeBron James.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Life could be much worse. It was definitely a fun day,” Durant said. “I was looking forward to seeing who was going to be on the All-Star teams, looking forward to my fine and most of all looking forward to playing tonight.”Durant went 6 of 9 on 3-pointers and continually pushed the ball down the court to create open shots for Curry and Thompson. Durant hit two 3s and Curry added a third in a 67-second span late in the third quarter, during which the Warriors (39-10) went 8 of 11 on 3-pointers, leading Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau to throw up his arms in frustration. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:29Police 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 MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

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Breaking rackets along the way, Kyrgios exits French Open

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View comments MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds 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. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Those exiting included No. 12 Madison Keys — bothered by her surgically repaired left wrist, the American was eliminated by 290th-ranked qualifier Petra Martic of Croatia 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 — No. 20 Barbora Strycova and No. 29 Ana Konjuh among the women, and 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych and 2013 French Open runner-up David Ferrer among the men.None, though, departed quite as destructively as Kyrgios, who has proven capable of beating stars such as Federer and Nadal, but also been prone to fits of pique, not to mention losses before the fourth round at six of the past seven Grand Slam tournaments.After taking the opening set and leading 4-2 in the second Thursday, Kyrgios fell apart.Down 5-4 and serving, he smacked a 136 mph (219 kph) ace — one of his many skills — to get within a point of 5-all. But then a poor drop shot hit his side of the net tape. Next came a double-fault that gave Anderson a set point and prompted Kyrgios to spike his racket, which got mangled and bounced so far it landed at the feet of a line judge behind the baseline.That drew a warning from the chair umpire for racket abuse. But Kyrgios was hardly done. After gifting Anderson the set with a second consecutive double-fault, Kyrgios trudged to the sideline, head bowed, sat down and proceeded to whack his racket six times against a metal box. The loud reverberations caused Anderson to turn to his right and check out what was going on — and drew a point penalty, assessed at the beginning of the third set.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t know if that’s the best role model you want,” Kyrgios acknowledged with a smile, after being told by a reporter that a boy sitting in the front row at Court 3 was following this display from close-up. “But, I mean, I’m not trying to show anybody, really, my frustration. I just do it for myself.“I’ve been doing it my whole career, really. I think it’s just a habit now.”As for getting in his own way during the course of a match, well, that has become something of a habit, too.And opponents are aware.Here was the way Anderson described his own mindset as they moved into the third set: “I really felt if I could stay on top of him early on, there was a chance that maybe he would give me a couple games here and there.”Kyrgios’ explanation for his collapse was that he hadn’t been able to have the proper practice or preparation heading into Roland Garros, in part because he was troubled by injury issues. He hit only four aces over the last two sets after producing 12 over the first two, but dismissed the idea that he was dealing with something physical.“The surprising thing is, I was in a winning position today,” Kyrgios said, “and I still could have won.”What really matters, of course, is that he did not. As men’s tennis searches for the face of its next generation, perhaps someone who one day will fill a void left by folks such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, there are those who believe Kyrgios, 22, has the flashy game and attention-attracting personality to fit the bill.Still, it takes on-court success to lead a sport, and Kyrgios’ uneven attitude during matches can derail him at a moment’s notice. That happened Thursday, and it was noticed by Anderson — a 31-year-old South African ranked 56th and only once a quarterfinalist in 31 appearances at Grand Slam tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“While he was sort of getting into his own head and struggling with some (of) his own battles,” Anderson said, “I didn’t give him a way to get back in the match.”Other seeded players lost on Day 5 of the clay-court major, when No. 1 Andy Murray and No. 3 Stan Wawrinka moved into the third round. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Battle for top 2 ends here Australia’s Nick Kyrgios breaks his racket in his second round match against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. APPARIS — Nick Kyrgios’ talent is undeniable. So is his temperament.Docked a point for smashing rackets, the 18th-seeded Kyrgios went from a set and a break up in the French Open’s second round to a swift loss, ceding 16 of the last 19 games while being beaten 5-7, 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday (Friday Manila time) by Kevin Anderson.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

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Lokpal Bill: Congress takes the fight to civil society camp

first_imgPushed to a corner, the Congress has now decided to come out fighting against Team Anna. The party has decided to adopt a tough stand against the civil society members and has advised the government to draft only one Lokpal Bill and then hold a series of discussions in the cabinet, the Parliament, the standing committee and with other political parties.The shift comes in the wake of growing endorsement of its view from leaders such as Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad, among others.The UPA allies – NCP, DMK and Trinamool Congress – too have asked the party to take a stern stand against the civil society members saying “pandering to them beyond a point is dangerous to parliamentary democracy”, a source said.Hours after Anna Hazare threatened to go on another fast, AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh and HRD minister Kapil Sibal had a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh where he is understood to have discussed the issues.It is believed that Congress leaders have advised the PM that there is no need to capitulate before a bunch of “self-styled” civil society members.Digvijay, who claimed the meeting was a routine affair, said the government should prepare one report. Asked about the differences between Team Anna and the government, he said: “There can be unanimity on many provisions. You can give two or three options. Intentions of both sides should not be suspected.”The government has an open mind but the civil society members should also understand that there is a Parliament that frames rules. All their concerns could be discussed by the Parliament, standing committee and political parties.” Being pushed to the wall till recently, the party now feels that while the government has walked the extra mile to engage them, the civil society members themselves have exposed their “political leanings”. “If they insist that only their draft should be adopted, it is not democratic,” AICC spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan said.advertisementThe party is crafting a two-pronged strategy to deal with what it calls a campaign by ” a section of civil society propped up the BJP- RSS combine” to destabilise the UPA government.While the Centre will try to counter Team Anna through legal, parliamentary and Constitutional means, the party will launch a nationwide campaign to create awareness about the steps taken by the government on various graft cases even as the BJP continues to “shield” its corrupt CMs.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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Temple treasure to remain its assets: Kerala govt

first_imgThe Kerala government has clarified that the treasure trove discovered in the Sri Padmanabha Swami temple will continue as the assets of the shrine.  Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said the government would assist the ancient shrine to safeguard its treasure by providing foolproof security.  The state will provide a permanent security arrangement after receiving consent from the Supreme Court, the royal family and the chief priest of the temple. The chief minister, however, declined to provide the actual worth of the wealth.  Precious gems, lakhs of ancient gold coins, diamond studded crowns, gold idols and ornaments were discovered in previously unopened cellars of the temple. The treasure is estimated to be over Rs one lakh crore. On Sunday, a high-level meeting chaired by Chandy, during which various steps to provide befitting security to the richest temple in the country were chalked out, came to the conclusion that the state police were not well equipped to protect such an invaluable treasure. The meeting was attended by state Devaswom minister V. P. Sivakumar, director general of police Jacob Punnose and police intelligence chief Hemachandran among others. It was decided that the help of the Army and the paramilitary forces would be sought as they have specially trained groups to safeguard places of such high importance.Meanwhile, one of the observers, Justice M.K. Krishnan said that the inventories found on Monday from the ‘E’ vault of the Padmanabha Temple were puja material used in the temple. However, the sixth or the ‘B’ vault, which is one of the oldest, is yet to be opened. The observers could not open its lock on Monday. The decision to break open the lock will now be taken on July 8 after SC’s clearance.advertisementThe richest temple? Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram, one of the oldest temples in India, could now be the world’s richest. A week after the stock-taking process began at the temple in Kerala, articles worth Rs one lakh crore have already been recovered. Two underground vaults of the temple that have remained shut since the 19th century were opened at the Supreme Court’s insistence. The SC, taking note of a private petition, passed orders to open the temple vaults. The petition was to seek greater transparency and accountability in management of the temple. The SC appointed a 7-member team to take stock at the temple. The committee consists of two former Kerala High Court judges. The actual worth of treasure will only be revealed in a report to the SC.  The treasure trove has dazzled everyone while one more vault was yet to be opened. Heaps of gold, silver, diamonds, rubies and vintage coins – some as old as 1732 – have been discovered.  The items include gold sheaf weighing 500 kilos, 18-foot gold chain weighing 10.5 kilos, three-and-a-half feet tall Lord Vishnu idol studded with diamonds, emeralds and rubies, 36-kilo golden veil, 1200 ‘Sarappalli’ golden chains, some sporting ‘navaratnas’, three gold stone-studded crowns, diamonds, precious stones, including cat’s eye, rubies and emeralds and 1,000 kg of gold coins.last_img read more

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South Asia’s other Rahuls

first_imgIn June, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, accompanied his father, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, to a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Just last year, he was in the Oval Office as his father met US President Barack Obama. There aren’t many 22-year-olds who sit in on meetings at 10,In June, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, accompanied his father, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, to a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Just last year, he was in the Oval Office as his father met US President Barack Obama. There aren’t many 22-year-olds who sit in on meetings at 10 Downing Street and the White House. But such meetings are part of the political grooming of the third-generation successor to the Bhutto legacy. Even as Rahul Gandhi, 41, heir to the world’s only fifth-generation political dynasty grapples with the grime of Uttar Pradesh, second and third-generation political leaders are understanding the complexities of power in four of South Asia’s democracies.PakistanBilawal Bhutto ZardariPrep school to PM-in-waitingAre good leaders born or made? This young Pakistani scion was never given the chance to ponder the question. As a student at Dubai’s Rashid School for Boys in 2004, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had categorically stated that politics was not on his mind. “We will see. I would like to help the people of Pakistan, so I will decide when I complete my studies,” he said. Ultimately the choice was not his to make, as in the case of many others born to powerful political dynasties in the Indian subcontinent.The son of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto stepped in as leader of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) after her assassination in Rawalpindi on December 26, 2007. The shy, reticent 19-year-old modern history student from Christ Church College at Oxford University found himself in the midst of the biggest storm of his life. Not only did he have to deal with his mother’s brutal death, but also with the future of her political party.advertisementBILAWAL BHUTTO ZARDARI, 22 Chairman,Pakistan Peoples PartyGenealogy Son of Benazir Bhutto and Asif Ali Zardari, Grandson of Zulfiqar Ali BhuttoInterests Taekwondo, cricket, horse riding, swimming, squash and target shootingOperates from Oxford University and Islamabad.Non-starter Launched an email address for direct contact with party workers but failed to make any tangible impactDream project Internet access for all in PakistanAt a press conference in central London, days after Benazir’s murder, his father Asif Ali Zardari presented him to the world media as Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, co-chair of the ppp and heir apparent of the country once he graduated from Oxford. Inserting the ‘Bhutto’ was a shrewd move by his father to wipe out his own corrupt “Mr 10 Per Cent” image and present a new, clean, pedigreed leader.The aim was to groom the grieving boy of December 2007, who simply said, “My mother always said democracy is the best revenge”, into an angry young man by the time he took over the reins of the party last year. In 2009, while addressing party workers in Islamabad, his hyperbole was clearly designed to tug at emotions that have the potential of being converted into sympathy votes. He screamed: “We have sacrificed my uncles, we have sacrificed my grandfather, we have sacrificed my mother. You want blood, I’ll give blood.” Never mind his clipped British accent and his apparent inexperience.According to Oxford University rules, which frown upon students being involved in mainstream politics until they earn their degree, he will be ready for active politics only by September. The next parliamentary polls are due in the country in 2013. Addressing a meeting of his party’s coordination committee on July 25, Zardari said Bilawal will return to Pakistan in September and contest elections in future from Lyari, a neighbourhood of Karachi. But Bilawal tweeted saying he will not contest the “next elections” in 2013.Far removed from his carefree college days of partying with friends, one whom he called ‘Boozie Suzie’ on Facebook, the young prime minister-in-waiting has been tipped to take up official party responsibilities in September with a visit to China. But it will take a lot more groundwork for this reluctant politician to be taken seriously.Sri LankaNamal RajapakshaContact sports to political contactsIn January 2010, Sri Lanka’s former army commander, Sarath Fonseka, lost an election bid to oust Mahinda Rajapaksa, the incumbent president. An Internet chainmail ’10 reasons not to slit your wrists over the election result’ encouraged Fonseka supporters to “do creative things like undermining Namal Rajapaksa’s ascendancy to pass the time”.The eldest of President Rajapaksa’s three sons, Namal wasn’t even a member of parliament at the time. He was a domestic rugby player, though he didn’t play for the country. He gained a third class law degree from London’s City University and continues to study law in Colombo. Namal is not known for his erudition. His website claims he enjoys reading. He has yet to be pictured with his nose in a book. His attraction comes from a carefully nurtured boy-next-door demeanour. What he lacks in academic depth, he makes up for with skilful PR. Although sociable and unpretentious, Namal did not initially seem destined for greatness. For one, he was too young. And it was widely assumed that Basil, President Rajapaksa’s politically savvy younger brother, would succeed him.advertisementThen, in 2007, Namal staged his soft launch in mainstream politics with a press conference to promote a youth organisation that he started with his brother Yoshitha. It was called Tharunyata Hetak (A Tomorrow for Youth). Rather aptly, it helped forge young Namal’s future in politics. Donations supported projects such as scholarships, employment training and sports events. Each initiative also achieved a more insidious objective-enhancing Namal’s profile.Namal’s greatest assets, though, are his political legacy and the investment of a powerful father who believes firmly in birthright. His late grandfather, Don Alwin Rajapaksa, was an MP and a minister. His late grand uncle, Don Matthew Rajapaksa, was a state councillor in the 1930s. His uncle, Gotabaya, is the defence secretary in the present administration. Another uncle, Basil, is minister of economic development while a third, Chamal, is the speaker of Parliament. Many other relatives hold government positions through presidential patronage.NAMAL RAJAPAKSA, 24 Member of ParliamentGenealogy Son of President Mahinda RajapaksaFavourite ride Air Force helicopterOperates from Temple Trees, the president’s official home in ColomboNon-starter Luxury train from Colombo to Kattunayaka airport began at his suggestion. Wound up after a few months.Dream project Wants Lanka to host the 2018 Commonwealth GamesIn April 2010, Namal was nominated by the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to contest the parliamentary election from Beliatta in Hambantota district. It was his father’s and grandfather’s constituency and he won with the largest percentage of preferential votes. Since then, the presidential progeny has been extensively, and expensively, promoted as successor to the head of state. He gets privileges new MPs can only dream of. State media fawn over his every move. He attends state functions and is invited as chief guest to inaugurate roads, government buildings, schools and bridges. He optimises these occasions to proclaim views about everything from governance and religion to education and, his personal favourite, youth empowerment. With a bureau at Temple Trees, the president’s official home, Namal uses vehicles from his father’s pool and travels by air force helicopter for trips out of the city. Government officials and ministers scramble to do his bidding and the president assigns him duties to enhance his public standing.Coincidentally, Hambantota is the site of a mega Chinese port project and a new international stadium which recently hosted two cricket World Cup matches. It will also soon have an international airport, as the government continues to lavish cash on the Rajapaksa constituency. As for Namal, unless a family feud shatters the grip of the ruling family on Sri Lankan politics, this young man will be the answer to an enduring dynasty.advertisementSajith PremadasaParty power to absolute controlWhatever else Sajith Premadasa might be admired for, it is not team playing. The son of Sri Lanka’s third president, Ranasinghe Premadasa-assassinated in 1993 by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber-is impatient to take over the reins of the United National Party (UNP) and the country. He exudes confidence. In an August 2010 interview with an online newspaper, Sajith asserted that the reins of the UNP, of which he is co-deputy leader, aren’t enough. He aspires to govern the country.This self-assuredness might be what prompted the 44-year-old to challenge seasoned politician Ranil Wickremesinghe for leadership of the UNP. Twice prime minister of Sri Lanka, 62-year-old Wickremesinghe has been at the helm of the party since 1994, the year Sajith entered politics. But sections within the UNP were increasingly unhappy with Wickremesinghe, branding his style of inner-party governance as dictatorial. They were also sick of repeated electoral losses which they blamed on his aloofness towards grassroots membership. Sniffing around for alternative leadership, these disgruntled elements gradually settled on Sajith. He is, after all, son of a president who was much loved by the common man.So, while Sajith did not have the immediate backing of a rich, powerful, and surviving, head of state like Namal Rajapaksa, the dissidents in the UNP considered him a good candidate to send Wickremesinghe packing. The battle came to a head before local government polls in March 2011 when Sajith openly contested against Wickremesinghe and effectively split party loyalties in two. But after a charged factional tussle, the party’s governing body voted to retain Wickremesinghe as leader. But because of the split Sajith created, there are fireworks at every UNP working committee meeting now.”Sajith is a little impatient with others,” reflects a colleague of his late father, choosing his words cautiously. “He wants to be leader. Ranasinghe Premadasa had that too. He wanted to occupy the top slot and couldn’t stand competition at that level.” “I don’t tolerate incompetence,” Sajith counters. “I’m a team player as far as people who contribute meaningfully are concerned. I don’t waste time with people who have a detrimental impact on our country.”AJITH PREMADASA, 44 Co-Deputy Leader, UNPGenealogy son of Ranasinghe Premadasa, former president of Sri LankaInheritance of loss Joined politics in 1994, a year after his father was killedSignificant other Wife Jalani Premadasa runs a beauty salon in ColomboCan be spotted in public playing Electric guitarAnimal lover Wildlife photography and horse riding among favourite activitiesSajith has chosen to live in rural Hambantota, the bastion of the ruling Rajapaksa family. He does a lot of work in the villages through his grassroots organisation Janasuwaya. He is an arresting and persuasive speaker in both Sinhala and English, a distinct plus. He has performed exceptionally during the elections too. Sajith first entered politics in 2000, when he was elected to Parliament from Hambantota with 83 per cent of the UNP preferential votes. He won 89 per cent of the preferential votes in the 2010 election.Those who knew his father say Sajith shares with Premadasa the determination to “just get on with it”. He is decisive and unfazed by obstacles. If anything, he welcomes a good challenge. He can sing and plays several musical instruments. “I’m not great,” he confesses, “but I can hold my own.” Sajith was educated at Mill Hill School, London, where he played cricket and served as prefect. He graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in economics, politics and international relations. While he was pursuing a Masters in Public Management at the University of Maryland, Washington D.C. in 1993, his father was killed and young Sajith returned to Sri Lanka.For Sajith, the immediate challenge is reviving the party after the drubbing it received in the July 23 local council elections. Mahinda Rajapaksa’s United Freedom Alliance defeated the UNP in all the 39 Sinhala-majority regions.Sajith claims to “enjoy walking up to the wild elephant and holding its trunk”. When your party symbol is also an elephant, this takes on a whole new meaning.BangladeshSajeeb WazedIt Boy or Eternal Leader?It is difficult to predict when Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed aka ‘Joy’ will formally enter politics. The Virginia-based it professional holds no official position in the ruling Awami League, except a simple party membership and tag of ‘adviser’ to his mother Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, 63, who is also party chief. Perhaps it has to do with the vocal opposition of his wife, US-born Kristine Ann Overmire, who fears the violence hardwired into Bangladesh’s political history. Sajeeb’s grandfather was assassinated in a military putsch and his mother escaped death in 2004. The Wazeds hold dual nationality-Kristine became a Bangladeshi citizen after Hasina’s government brought in a special amendment.Dhaka-based political historian Muntassir Mamoon believes Sajeeb will not take over the party. Bangladeshi expatriate leaders say Sajeeb has put the brakes on his political appearances in Bangladesh after queries were raised on his assets and his meetings with US officials in 2009. He visited the country this July for the Digital Innovation Fair, afer a two-year gap-the last visit was in 2009, when he attended the funeral of his nuclear scientist father, Wazed Miah. In December 2009, a pro-opposition newspaper quoted documents alleging kickbacks from an American firm for a $52 million energy project. The charges have not been investigated by the government. Sajeeb then attracted flak for a factually flawed critique of Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus in newspapers and blogs after the chairman of Grameen Bank was dismissed from office. None of these allegations has stuck to Sajeeb but they have tarnished his reputation.SAJEEB WAZED, 40Special Adviser to Awami League president Sheikh HasinaGenealogy Son of Sheikh Hasina, grandson of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding leader of BangladeshLives in Virginia,USPolitical moment Lobbying US lawmakers to restore democracy in BangladeshDream project Digital Bangladesh, to link the country through fibre optic cableSajeeb boasts impressive academic credentials-schooled in St. Joseph’s, Nainital, and at the Kodaikanal International School in Tamil Nadu, he has a BSc in computer engineering from the University of Arlington, Texas, and a degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University. Awami League leaders whisper about how Sajeeb dislikes being fawned upon by party leaders and is openly uncomfortable with South Asia’s full-contact politics of being hugged and garlanded in public. The lax attitude to punctuality also irritates him.Sajeeb and Bangladeshi civil rights groups lobbied with US policy makers in Washington D.C. to ensure Bangladesh returned to democracy. The military is back in the barracks but secularism is a casualty. Under Sheikh Hasina, the 158 million Sunni-majority country is switching to an Islamic constitution, retaining Islam as state religion. Sheikh Hasina’s policies contradict Sajeeb’s vision of a secular nation. Writing on ‘Stemming the rise of Islamic extremism in Bangladesh’ in the Harvard International Review in November 2008, Sajeeb says the Awami League must implement certain changes to check Islamism if it hopes to secure long-lasting secularism and democracy. He wants Bangladesh to be the global leader for secular governance in a Muslim country.Where he has been able to convince his mother is on the need for the Digital Bangladesh project that aims to link the country using fibre optic cables. The project which hopes to bring in an it revolution, usher in accountability, transparency and good governance has now become part of the ruling party’s political agenda.Tareque RahmanLeader to prince in exileMonths after a landslide victory in the 2001 elections swept Begum Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) to power, she anointed her son Tareque Rahman as senior vice- chairperson. The 36-year-old college dropout quickly emerged as the power behind the throne. Like his father and party founder, General Ziaur Rahman, who ruled Bangladesh between 1975 and 1982, Tareque steered the party towards Islamic chauvinism. During the 2001 election, he convinced his mother to ally with the right-wing Islamist parties for a majority. Moving like an adroit chess player, he quietly nominated nearly a 100 young Turks, who rose from student politics, to run for the 2001 elections. Khaleda Zia conceded a third of the government’s ministerial positions to Tareque’s legion. A day after the election verdict, the party unleashed a wave of terror against opposition party workers and minorities. It became the subject of international human rights investigations.Tareque’s home, Hawa Bhaban, in Dhaka’s diplomatic area, emerged as an alternative power centre. Political rivals termed it a centre of crime and corruption, and where a conspiracy to assassinate his mother’s political rival, Sheikh Hasina, was hatched in 2004. The young vice-chairman attended only a few meetings at the party headquarters. Party leaders and ministers instead came to hold parleys at his home. Nobody dared to question a man described as Bangladesh’s de facto political leader.TAREQUE RAHMAN, 45Senior Vice Chairman, BNPGenealogy Son of ex-president Ziaur Rahman and ex-prime minister Khaleda ZiaComeback kid Announced retirement from politics in September 2008. Unanimously elected BNP senior vicechairman in 2009.No early return Charged for 2004 conspiracy to assassinate Sheikh Hasina. Accused of money laundering.Then, a military-backed caretaker government took over Bangladesh in January 2007. Khaleda Zia, who months earlier had publicly denied she encouraged dynastic politics, was detained. Tareque was arrested for money laundering as well as graft and spent 18 months in prison in Dhaka. Members of his clique were either jailed or fled overseas. Tareque now lives in exile in the north London suburb of Edmonton where he went for treatment for his worsening physical condition. He suffered a broken spinal cord, reportedly caused by torture while in military detention. Despite the army opting for a back seat in the present government, the Zia scion is unlikely to return while Sheikh Hasina rules, for fear of persecution.Despite the corruption taint, Tareque’s popularity with bnp grassroots leaders and supporters is intact. Most political events in Dhaka and district towns sport three portraits: General Ziaur Rahman, Khaleda Zia and Tareque Rahman. Political scientist Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah says Bangladesh politics revolves around two families, which gave birth to two cults and two assassinated iconic leaders. The bnp suffered a crushing defeat in 2008, winning just 30 seats. The party has regrouped under Khaleda Zia but political observers say if her heir refuses to return, the party will disintegrate, an indication of the importance of dynastic politics in Bangladesh.NepalPrakash DahalRebel to public servantNepal politics has been dominated for the last few years by Big P-Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka Prachanda, the fierce one, a top Maoist leader who led his party to power after a decade-long struggle. Now it has a Small P-Prakash Dahal, Prachanda’s son. The son is now rising over the Himalayan nation, amid allegations of corruption and nepotism.He is currently a member of the Newa state committee of the Unified Communist Party of Nepal, one of the 14 Maoist state committees. However, his influence over Prachanda is creating tensions within the Maoist party. Hardline Maoist leader Mohan Vaidya had come up with a document alleging a neo-feudal group has emerged within the party due to protection given by the party leadership to smugglers, illegal traders and the corrupt. Many of the allegations are against Prakash.PRAKASH DAHAL, 29Member, Newa state committee, UCPNGenealogy Son of top Maoist leader PrachandaMystery trip In May, he accompanied his father to Thailand amid media speculation that they were discussing the political situation with Chinese and Indian intelligence officersHigh life Has developed a taste for Blue Label whiskyDream project Plans to climb Mount Everest and hoist the Maoist flag therePrakash, 29, only son of Prachanda, was active in the party during the bloody struggle between 1996 and 2006 when a Maoist insurrection led to over 13,000 deaths. However, he rose to power when his father was appointed prime minister in 2008. He had to drop out of school in Kathmandu when he was in Class VII. During the ‘People’s War’, the name the Maoists have given to their decade-long battle against the government, security forces were looking for students with the Dahal surname. He completed his schooling in Jalandhar in India. He later became a powerful member of the prime minister’s office, taking charge of Prachanda’s appointments and often accompanying him during his foreign trips. While accompanying his father to Kathmandu University in 2009, he engaged in a drunken binge in the university premises. He had reportedly coaxed party members, journalists and even traffic policemen to join him. This led to red faces in the party leadership, which issued a no-drinking policy among its cadre and even led to comparisons with the drunken fits of the unpopular erstwhile crown prince Paras. His association with top telecom industrialist Ajay Sumargi has also drawn flak in the party. 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Sandy Hurricane spins death and a lot of tears along path

first_imgDeath blew in on the superstorm’s wild winds and sea water torrents, claiming 90-year-olds and children with capriciously toppling trees, taking tall-ship adventurers in mountainous Atlantic waves and average folks just trying to deal with a freakish snowstorm. It felled both heroes rushing into harm’s way and, ironically, people simply following advice to play it safe at home.At least 72 died as the shape-shifting hurricane and winter storm ravaged the eastern US, and searchers continued looking for victims Wednesday.In New York City, a college student went out to take pictures in the borough of Queens and was electrocuted by a downed power line, while across town on Staten Island, an off-duty policeman drowned after moving his family to safety.Lauren Abraham, who went by the nickname LolaDiva on YouTube, was a makeup artist who worked out of a studio in her parents’ Queens home. The recent beauty school graduate was studying at City University of New York’s Lehman College, according to her Facebook page. “In her time of reflection she learned to find the beauty in even the darkest situations,” her online bio reads.As the superstorm ravaged New York and floodwater surged into his Staten Island house on Monday evening, off-duty NYPD officer Artur Kasprzak, 28, shepherded six adult relatives and a baby to the attic.Then, according to police, Kasprzak, a six-year veteran of the force, told one of the women he was going to check the basement. When he didn’t return, she called 911. Police came quickly with a SCUBA unit, but couldn’t access the home because power lines had fallen into the water.”He went to the basement. And the water just started washing in,” his sister Marta told the Daily News. “He was pushed into a window. … The water just kept coming in.”Bunting draped a firehouse in Easton, Conn., honoring another first responder who rushed to help. Lt. Russell Neary was killed when an enormous tree crashed down on his fire truck as he and others tried to clear storm debris.”We’re a small volunteer department, and so everybody knew everybody,” said Casey Meskers, the department vice president. Neary was the president. An insurance executive, he had volunteered for 13 years, and also helped with his children’s sports teams.”We’ve been on the soccer fields with each other with our kids,” Meskers said on Wednesday. “There’s been a lot of tears shed, I’ll tell you.”So many times, trees and heavy limbs that fell to the storm’s powerful gusts left mourners along its path.Two people died when a tree fell on their vehicle in Morris County, N.J., and many others perished inside homes, where they thought they’d be safe – from North Salem, N.Y., where two boys, 11 and 13, were killed when a tree fell on their home, to Pasadena, Md.Donald Cannata Sr., 73, was at home in Pasadena, a leafy suburb between Baltimore and Annapolis, when the storm knocked a large tree into his house. The retired civil engineer lived alone with his cat and dog and had stepped into the kitchen just when the tree fell.He loved photography and opera and was considerate, hardworking and selfless, said his son, Donald Jr., an opinion shared by neighbors. Cannata’s son said his father’s death “shook me so to the core,” partly because they had talked about taking down the tree.”We talked about it so many times. I said, ‘Pop, the tree’s getting pretty old,'” Cannata said.An elderly man trimming a tree in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County was killed when a limb broke and fell on him, authorities said.A limb fall also killed John Rose Sr. as he and his wife checked fences on his snow-covered 100-acre farm near Philippi, W.Va., on Tuesday. The storm had dumped about seven inches of snow in the region, where Rose was a Republican candidate for the House of Delegates. He had traveled to Charleston regularly to lobby lawmakers on farming and other issues, and he hoped to continue making the trip as a member.Rose, 60, had previously run a power-washing business and worked as a coal miner, his son George Rose said.”The whole county knew him,” he said.The storm’s blizzard threat was still far off when, churning in the relatively warm Atlantic off Cape Hatteras, N.C., on Monday, Hurricane Sandy engulfed the replica tall ship HMS Bounty. The ship, which was featured in the films “Mutiny on the Bounty” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” took on water and eventually went down.Coast Guard rescuers saved most of the 17 crew members, but a search continues for the ship’s captain, Robin Wallbridge.Swept overboard with him was Claudene Christian, 42, who said she was a direct descendant of the man who led the infamous 1789 mutiny on the real HMS Bounty. In the 1962 Bounty film, Marlon Brando starred as lead mutineer Fletcher Christian.Searchers found Christian – a novice sailor who was wearing an orange survival suit – unresponsive in the water late Monday, about eight nautical miles from where the Bounty sank. She was flown by helicopter to a hospital on the mainland, where she was pronounced dead.A marketing specialist, she had lived in Alaska, Oklahoma and California. She was a member of the University of Southern California cheering squad, the Song Girls, from 1989 to 1991, said coach Lori Nelson. “Claudene will always be remembered for her energetic and bubbly personality on and off the field,” the team posted on its Facebook page.Endless accidents that would be described as freak twists of fate spun off from the superstorm.Eugene “Rusty” Brooks, 42, of Woodstock, N.H., died on Tuesday morning when a hillside construction site in the state’s White Mountains collapsed beneath him. Brooks, owner of Pemmi Contracting, had been preparing a cellar on a home site on Loon Mountain in the ski resort town of Lincoln, said Police Chief Ted Smith. The cellar hole had filled up with rain from Sandy, and Brooks had just thrown a hose in to drain it off when the ground gave way.”The retaining wall just liquefied with him standing there,” Smith said. “He washed down with all the boulders, mud and water into the street.”When police and rescue workers arrived, they found a bystander performing CPR on Brooks, who could not be revived.”It just basically was a freak, bizarre accident,” the chief said. “It could have given way prior to him being there or afterwards.”The massive storm’s unrelenting stress was blamed as a contributor to death by some loved ones, and in other cases the paralyzing wind and water compounded medical problems.An Atlantic City, N.J., woman had a heart attack while she was being evacuated on Monday, officials reported.In Pennsylvania’s Lehigh County, an 86-year-old woman was pronounced dead of hypothermia after being found unresponsive in her yard following exposure to the storm, and a 48-year-old woman died of carbon monoxide poisoning in her home, the coroner’s office reported.A 90-year-old woman also died of carbon monoxide poisoning from a generator in the Philadelphia area, one of two claimed by the storm at age 90. The other was a Mansfield, Conn., woman who neighbors said left her home after a small tree snapped and was killed by a larger one.In New York City, Herminia St. John, a 75-year-old grandmother of 14 who suffered from congestive heart failure and diabetes, died after her oxygen machine lost power and a backup failed. Her grandson, Claudio St. John, rushed into the street and tried unsuccessfully to flag down an ambulance. Finally, he went around the corner to Bellevue Hospital, where his mother worked as a food supervisor for 30 years. But by the time someone came it was too late.”I hugged her and she hugged and kissed me,” Elsa St. John, 54, told the Daily News. “She asked me to turn her to the window and she was gone.”advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Manny Pacquiao’s Los Angeles home robbed

first_imgView comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hurting after shock loss to Dyip, Beermen redeem selves by beating Gin Kings Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Now questions were raised why nobody among Pacquiao’s large crew was assigned to take care of the property which is reportedly worth $3 million excluding its content.Pacquiao soundly defeated Broner via unanimous decision Saturday night at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Team Pacquiao members, however, said it was the LAPD which discovered the break-in upon a routine drive by.Bobby Pacquiao, the brother of the eight-division world champ, said it was already the second time the house was burglarized.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAuthorities have not yet accounted the missing items from the house but his US-based publicist Fred Sternburg said “nothing substantial was stolen.”The house was left unattended for one week as all members of Team Pacquiao left for Las Vegas for the Broner fight.center_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:17Keith Thurman gambling on himself to KO Manny Pacquiao in 1st round01:47Pacquiao: Majority of senators back death penalty but only for drugs02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Manny Pacquiao poses on the scale during a weigh-in Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Adrien Broner in a welterweight championship bout on Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)HOLLYWOOD — Manny Pacquiao’s posh Larchmont area residence has been reported ransacked Sunday evening just when he was returning from triumph over Adrien Broner in Las Vegas the previous day.Police cordoned off the house on North Plymouth Blvd after a private citizen reported of a burglary, according to reports.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

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Nikola Vucevic, Magic send Pacers reeling to 4th straight loss

first_imgOrlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic, right, passes the ball as he is defended by Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida. — After making his first All-Star team earlier in the day, Nikola Vucevic delivered another solid performance for the Orlando Magic.Meanwhile, the Indiana Pacers are struggling without their own All-Star as Victor Oladipo recovers from knee surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES TIP-INSPacers: Evans missed his third game with a sore back. He will join the team in Miami and hopes to play Saturday. … G Corey Joseph started his first game of the season. … After posting the NBA’s best record in December, the Pacers went 7-7 in January.Magic: F Jonathan Isaac had a career-high 13 rebounds. … Ross has made at least three 3-pointers in 24 games.UP NEXTPacers: At the Miami Heat on Saturday night.Magic: Home against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer clinches spot as All-Star Game coach Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I thought we played harder than in the previous games,” said Darren Collison, who had 16 points and 10 assists. “I thought we got back to ourselves tonight and we made up for missing some open shots. But we still had some inexcusable mental lapses down the stretch, including me. We have to figure out a way to get out of this slump.”The long-term loss of Oladipo and the short-term loss of Tyreke Evans were obviously weighing on the Pacers.“You’re talking about something you have developed over the course of a year and a half and all of a sudden, that piece is missing,” coach Nate McMillan said. “We’re not panicking, even though it seems like everybody else is.”Ross came off the bench and shot 11 of 18, including five 3-pointers. He made three steals in the fourth quarter.Vucevic scored six points while the Magic were taking an 11-0 lead. The Pacers erased that deficit quickly, but never went ahead until Collison drove for a layup and three-point play with 9:56 left in the third quarter. That came during a 17-4 run in which Turner scored 10 points, lifting Indiana to a 65-57 lead, its largest of the game.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ross converted two straight steals into points to pull Orlando back in front early in the fourth, and Vucevic’s basket put the Magic ahead for good at 91-89 with 5:08 left.Augustin followed with a 3-pointer and clinched the victory for Orlando at the foul line.HONOREDVucevic was selected Thursday to his first All-Star Game in his eighth NBA season. He was chosen as an Eastern Conference reserve, becoming the Magic’s first All-Star since Dwight Howard in 2012.“This is really an emotional night for me,” Vucevic said. “It’s hard to describe when you put so much work into it for so many years and then it finally pays off. That is really satisfying. My teammates and coaches share just as much credit for this.”Vucevic is averaging 20.6 points and 12 rebounds per game.“He does it every single night, no matter what,” Augustin said. “That’s why he’s an All-Star. A lot of guys can’t do that every night.”STILL THE ONEOladipo was picked as an All-Star reserve even though he won’t be able to play in the game.“I talked to some coaches and they basically said they were going to vote the right way, and the right way was they felt he was an All-Star and they kept their word,” McMillan said. “They have a great deal of respect for how he plays and how this team has played this season.” Terrence Ross scored 13 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Vucevic added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the Magic beat Indiana 107-100 on Thursday night to hand the Pacers their fourth straight loss.“When you lose your best player,” Orlando coach Steve Clifford said, “your world changes.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesD.J. Augustin scored 20 points for the Magic, including nine straight free throws in the final 1:26. Orlando broke a four-game losing streak and snapped an eight-game skid against Indiana.Myles Turner had 27 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who haven’t won since Oladipo went down during a victory against Toronto on Jan. 23. It was their first loss at Orlando in almost five years. MOST READlast_img read more

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PBA D-League: CEU drubs Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill

first_imgCentro Escolar University went on a blistering third quarter run en route to a 93-76 drubbing of Diliman College-Gerry’s Grill in the 2019 PBA D-League Tuesday at Paco Arena in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Kobe Bryant to attend Fiba World Cup 2019 draw next month Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Kevin Gandjeto paced Diliman-Gerry’s with 18 points and nine rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Senegalese big man Maodo Malick Diouf shone on both ends with 15 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and two blocks while Tyron Chan and Rich Guinitaran were instrumental in CEU’s pivotal 12-0 tear at the start of the third period.“Actually, I’m surprised with the way we played today. I’m surprised with the energy and I’m happy with the way the boys were able to block out the NCRAA and come out with a lot of energy,” said CEU coach Derrick Pumaren.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesChan registered 15 points, 11 coming in the third quarter. He also grabbed six rebounds while Guinitaran had 13 points, five boards and two steals.The Scorpions kept their foot on the gas pedal to stretch the lead to 25 in the final frame. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Team USA among No. 1 seeds for FIBA World Cup in China

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte FIBA announced the eight top seeds Tuesday, based on the latest world rankings that were updated following the end of qualifying for the World Cup. China got a No. 1 seed as the host nation. The other No. 1 seeds will be Spain, France, Serbia, Argentina, Lithuania and Greece.Each of those eight nations will lead a four-team pod when the World Cup begins Aug. 31.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe U.S. remains No. 1 in the world rankings, with Spain, France, Serbia, Argentina, Lithuania, Slovenia, Greece, Croatia and Russia rounding out the top 10.Neither Slovenia nor Croatia qualified for the World Cup. No. 51 Tunisia and No. 64 Ivory Coast were the lowest-ranked nations to earn a spot in the 32-team World Cup field. MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief The United States will have a No. 1 seed for the FIBA World Cup this summer in China.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Jordan Clarkson fuels Gilas Pilipinas’ #LetJordanPlay World Cup clamor ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The World Cup draw is March 16.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

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Devin Booker scores 50 in back-to-back games but Suns lose again

first_imgPhoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrates his dunk against the Washington Wizards with guard Jamal Crawford (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX — Devin Booker has scored 109 points in the past two games and every last one of them went to waste.Status quo for the last-place Phoenix Suns.ADVERTISEMENT The 22-year-old Booker finished with 50 points and 10 rebounds as the Suns, with the worst record in the Western Conference at 17-59, dropped their fifth straight. Booker scored 59 points in a 125-92 loss Monday night at Utah.It was the first time a Phoenix player reached 50 in back-to-back games. Tom Chambers had been the only member of the Suns to score even 40 in successive games.“It’s a blessing. It’s an honor, I say it every day, to lace it up and play a sport that I love,” Booker said. “I think right now it’s time for me to be more aggressive, being down a couple of men. Teammates helping me, setting good screens. … Fell short, but a lot better fight today than we did have in the last game.”Beal and Jabari Parker had 28 points apiece for the Wizards, who snapped a five-game skid. Bryant added 18 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.The game featured 23 lead changes and neither team led by more than seven points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Booker scored his 46th point when he missed his initial shot, fell to the floor, got back up to catch the rebound and rattled in a second shot with 5:08 to play. His 50th point came on a layup with 1:30 left, tying the score at 118.He tied the highest-scoring game for a Suns player at Talking Stick Resort Arena, matching Amare Stoudemire (2005) and Clifford Robinson (2000).Booker missed a 3 that could have put Phoenix ahead with 48 seconds left, and Bryant drained a 3 at the other end to give the Wizards a 121-118 lead with 28.6 seconds to go.“I give it all to my teammates because they believe in me to make that shot, time and time again after I’ve missed so many shots this month and year,” Bryant said. “Knowing they have that confidence in me to shoot the ball, it feels great.”Jamal Crawford tied it again on a 3 with 17.1 seconds to go before Beal’s drive and dish to Bryant for the winner.Phoenix center Deandre Ayton broke Alvan Adams’ franchise record for most double-doubles in a rookie season (37) when he reached double digits in points and rebounds in the third quarter. Ayton finished with 14 points and 10 boards.Booker’s layup and free throw with 0.7 seconds left in the first gave the Suns a 30-27 lead going into the second period. Booker scored 18 points in the opening 12 minutes.His transition 3 with 44.1 seconds left in the first half gave the Suns a 59-56 lead and gave him 30 first-half points. Washington’s Jordan McRae dropped in a layup just before the halftime buzzer, tying it at 59.GREEN MEANS GOWizards forward Jeff Green made the hustle play of the night in the second quarter, tip-toeing along the sideline to keep a loose ball from going out of bounds, then continuing to run the floor after passing the ball. He got a return pass from Parker and dunked hard over Bender, causing teammates to leap off the bench in celebration. LATEST STORIES Emotional night for Joe Ingles as Jazz blow out depleted Lakers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Booker became the youngest player in NBA history with consecutive 50-point games, but his latest scoring binge was squandered once again by the Suns in a 124-121 loss to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.“The fans in Phoenix have been behind us the past four years since I’ve been here,” Booker said. “They deserve that. It’s entertainment for them. They come to the game and hopefully I try to put on a show for them and hope they enjoy, and make memories that last forever.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThomas Bryant’s three-point play with 2.8 seconds left put Washington ahead for good in a back-and-forth game. Bryant caught Bradley Beal’s pass off a baseline drive and banked in the winning bucket while getting fouled. After he added the free throw, Phoenix had one more chance to tie it, but Troy Daniels missed a 3-pointer from the corner just before the final buzzer.“Luckily he saw me just going down the lane and everybody committed to him and he saw me right there close to the basket, where I’m able to make that shot,” Bryant said of Beal. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving “I’m glad I was on the good end of it this time,” Green said.TIP-INSWizards: Washington (31-45) avoided being eliminated from playoff contention. … McRae, who spent seven games with the Suns in 2015-16, had a career-high 21 points. … Trevor Ariza sat out against his former team with a strained left groin.Suns: F Josh Jackson missed his third straight game with a sprained right ankle. … F Kelly Oubre Jr. didn’t get to face his former team because of a thumb injury that required surgery and will sideline him for the rest of the season. … G Jimmer Fredette didn’t play in what could have been his home debut, five days and two road games after signing with Phoenix.UP NEXTWizards: At the Utah Jazz on Friday night.Suns: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Double trouble: Pair of Game 7s await to end Round 2

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid There may be nothing better in sports than a Game 7 — and the second round of these NBA playoffs ends Sunday with a pair of deciders: third-seeded Philadelphia at second-seeded Toronto in an Eastern Conference semifinal; third-seeded Portland at second-seeded Denver in a Western Conference semifinal.The Portland-Denver winner will visit top-seeded Golden State in Game 1 of the West finals Tuesday. The Philadelphia-Toronto winner goes to top-seeded Milwaukee for Game 1 of the East finals Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’ve been fortunate to be in a few Game 7s and they’re very unique,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. “They’re special. They are a life lesson, a life opportunity.”There have been 133 Game 7s in NBA history — home teams have won 105, or 79%. Roughly one of every four Game 7s has been decided by three points or less; 56% have been decided by a single-digit margin. Blowouts are rare, with only 14 Game 7s getting decided by more than 20 points. Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry reacts after getting up from the floor following a collision with Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Kyle Lowry was talking in Toronto on Saturday, discussing any number of topics, offering eloquent answers to every question that came his way. His last sentence was all that really needed to be said.“Nothing matters,” the Raptors guard said, “but Game 7.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PORTLAND VS. DENVERTrail Blazers: 1-2 all-time, 0-2 on roadNuggets: 2-2 all-time, 2-0 at homeHead-to-head in Game 7: First meetingNotable: Portland hasn’t played in a Game 7 since 2003, and that was Arvydas Sabonis’ last game in the NBA. Denver is aiming to become the fifth team in the current playoff format to win Game 7s in each of the first two playoff rounds joining Toronto in 2016, Boston in 2008, Phoenix in 2006 and Dallas in 2003.PHILADELPHIA VS. TORONTO76ers: 6-9 all-time, 1-8 on roadRaptors: 2-2 all-time, 2-1 at homeHead-to-head in Game 7: Philadelphia, 1-0 (88-87, 2001, East 2nd round, in Philadelphia)Notable: Philly’s Jimmy Butler has never trailed in a Game 7 — his Chicago Bulls won at Brooklyn in 2013, a game the Nets never led. Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard is 1-2 in his previous Game 7s, shooting 45 percent and averaging 15.7 points. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Read Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hasslescenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ SUNDAY’S GAMESTRAIL BLAZERS AT NUGGETSSeries tied 3-3. Game 7, 3:30 p.m. EDT, ABCNEED TO KNOW: A series that had a four-overtime game is going to go the distance, and that’s fitting. Portland’s two top scorers, Lillard and CJ McCollum, have combined for 311 points in the series. Denver’s two top scorers, Jokic and Jamal Murray, have combined for 309. Given how the star power seems to cancel out, expect Game 7 to be decided by a third option or role player who steps up.INJURY WATCH: Rotations aren’t expected to change much, if at all, for either team going into Game 7.KEEP AN EYE ON: Denver’s 3-point shooting. The Nuggets beat the Spurs in a Game 7 despite going 2 for 20 from beyond the arc. They can’t expect to do that again and beat the Blazers.PRESSURE IS ON: Slightly more on Denver, simply because the Nuggets are home. Being on the road may actually keep Portland somewhat loose.76ERS AT RAPTORSSeries tied 3-3. Game 7, 7 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: Both teams have a five-point road win already in this series, and the other four games have all been double-digit victories by the home club. Having two days off between Game 6 and Game 7 probably was welcomed by everybody, particularly 76ers star Joel Embiid, who will likely need to play very big minutes Sunday. The 76ers have outscored the Raptors by 80 points in 192 minutes with Embiid on the floor in this series, and the Raptors have outscored the 76ers by 97 points in the 96 minutes that he’s been on the bench. INJURY WATCH: All the usual names are expected to play.KEEP AN EYE ON: The first few minutes. Nerves get amped up in Game 7 and the first team to settle into a rhythm will have a major edge. Toronto is 7-0 in the playoffs when leading at halftime, 0-4 when trailing at the break.PRESSURE IS ON: Everybody, of course, but Philadelphia has only four players who know what Game 7 feels like. Toronto has nine Game 7 veterans. Rafael Nadal loses to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Madrid as clay slump continues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s for our season, for all the marbles,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said.Denver has already won a Game 7 this season, also at home, topping San Antonio in the first round. Nikola Jokic had a triple-double — 21 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists — in that game for the Nuggets, and coach Michael Malone is fond of saying his team has the best home-court advantage in the NBA.But Jokic isn’t banking on home court being enough of an edge. He says it’s imperative to bring more energy Sunday — and adds there’s no reason to get nervous.“I’ve played basketball for 15 years,” Jokic said. “That’s what I’ve done my whole life. Why would I be nervous right now? … You control the game. You’re the one who’s playing. As long as you’re giving 100 percent, you can’t be nervous because you’re focused on the plays and actions and whatever you’re doing on the floor. You don’t have time to be nervous.”GAME 7 HISTORIESADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Bursitis of the shoulder

first_imgBursae are fluid-filled cavities located at tissue sites where tendons or muscles pass over bony prominences near joints. Their function is to facilitate movement and reduce friction between moving parts. When a bursa becomes infected, traumatized, or injured it is referred to as bursitis.Review Date:8/14/2011Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img read more

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Virtual colonoscopy

first_imgDefinitionVirtual colonoscopy (VC)is an imaging or x-ray test that looks for cancer, polyps, or other disease in the large intestine (colon).Alternative NamesColonoscopy – virtual; CT colonography; Computed tomographic colonography; Colography – virtualHow the Test is PerformedVirtual colonoscopy is different from a regular colonoscopy. Regular colonoscopy uses a long, lighted tool called a colonoscope that is inserted into the rectum and large intestine.Virtual colonoscopy is done in the radiology department of a hospital or medical center. No sedatives are needed and no colonoscope is used.The exam is done as follows:You lie on your left side on a narrow table that is connected to an MRI or CT machine.Your knees are drawn up toward your chest.A small, flexible tube is inserted into the rectum. Air is pumped through the tube to make the colon bigger and easier to see.You then lie on your back.The table slides into a large tunnel in the CT or MRI machine. X-rays of your colon are taken.X-rays are also taken while you lie on your stomach.You must stay very still during this procedure, since movement can blur the x-rays. You may be asked to hold your breath briefly while each x-ray is taken.A computer combines all the images to form three-dimensional pictures of the colon. The doctor can then view the images on a video monitor.How to Prepare for the TestYour bowels need to be completely empty for the exam. A problem in your large intestine that needs to be treated may be missed if your intestines are not cleaned out.advertisementYour health care provider will give you the steps for cleansing your bowels. This is called bowel preparation. Steps may include using enemas, not eating solid foods for 2 or 3 days before the test, and taking laxatives.You need to drink plenty of clear liquids for 1 to 3 days before the test. Examples of clear liquids are:Clear coffee or teaFat-free bouillon or brothGelatinSports drinksStrained fruit juicesWaterYou will likely be told to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other blood-thinning medicines for several days before the test. Keep taking your other medicines unless your doctor tells you otherwise.You will need to stop taking iron pills or liquids a few days before the test, unless your health care provider tells you it is okay to continue. Iron can make your stool dark black. This makes it harder for the doctor to view inside your bowel.CT and MRI scanners are very sensitive to metals. Do not wear jewelry the day of your exam. You will be asked to wear a hospital gown for the procedure.How the Test will FeelThe x-rays are painless. Pumping air into the colon can create cramping or gas pains.Why the Test is PerformedVirtual colonoscopy may done for the following reasons:Follow-up on colon cancer or polypsAbdominal pain, changes in bowel movements, or weight lossAnemia due to low ironBlood in the stool or black, tarry stoolsScreen for cancer of the colon or rectum (should be done every 5 years)Your doctor may want to do aregular colonoscopy instead of a virtual colonoscopy. The reason is that virtual colonoscopy does not allow the doctor to remove tissue samples or polyps.Other times, a virtual colonoscopy is done if your doctor was not able to move the flexible tube all the way through the colon during aregular colonoscopy.Normal ResultsNormal findings are images of a healthy intestinal tract.What Abnormal Results MeanColorectal cancerDiverticulosisInflammatory bowel diseaseLower gastrointestinal (GI) bleedingPolypsTumorRegular colonoscopy may be done (on a different day) after a virtual colonoscopy if:No cause for bleeding or other symptoms were found. Virtual colonoscopy can miss some smaller problems in the colon.Problems that need a biopsy were seen on a virtual colonoscopyRisksRisks of virtual colonoscopy include:Exposure to radiation from the CT scanNausea, vomiting, bloating, or rectal irritation from medicines used to prepare for the test.ConsiderationsDifferences between virtual and conventional colonoscopy include:Virtual colonoscopy can view the colon from many different angles. This is not as easy with regular colonoscopy.Virtual colonoscopy does not require sedation. You can usually go back to your normal activities right away after the test. Regular colonoscopy uses sedation and often the loss of a work day.Virtual colonoscopy using CT scanners expose you to radiation.Regular colonoscopy has a small risk of bowel perforation (creating a small tear). There is almost no such risk from virtual colonoscopy.Virtual colonoscopy is often not able to detect polyps smaller than 10 mm. Regular colonoscopy can detect polyps of all sizes.ReferencesadvertisementItzkowitz SH, Potack J. Colonic polyps and polyposis syndromes. In: Feldman M, Friedman LS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger and Fordtrans Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease Pathophysiology/Diagnosis/Management. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders; 2010:chap 122.National Comprehensive Cancer Network. NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines): Colorectal cancer screening. Version 2.2013. Available at: www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/pdf/colorectal_screening.pdf. Accessed October 2013.Philip AK, Lubner MG, Harms B. Computed tomographic colonography. Surg Clin N Am. 2011;91:127-139.Review Date:10/14/2013Reviewed By:George F. Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img read more

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Perth Scorchers beat Lahore, guide MSD’s Chennai into CLT20 semifinals

first_imgLahore Lions, needed a 46-run win against Perth, to push Chennai out of the contentionPerth Scorchers’ Mitchell Marsh not just stopped Lahore Lions from making it to the semifinals of the Champions League Twenty20 with a three-wicket win in their last group match here today but also paved the way for Chennai Super Kings’ entry into the last-four stage.Marsh scored an unbeaten 63 off just 38 balls with the help of seven boundaries and three sixes, besides putting up a crucial unbroken 68 runs with Brad Hogg (28 no; 19b 2X4 2X6)) to overhaul a modest target of 125 with six balls to spare at the Chinnaswamy stadium here. Earlier, the Scorchers had restricted the Pakistani side for a mere 124 for six in their allotted 20 overs and then reached 130 for seven in 19 overs.Had the Lahore Lions pulled off a victory by a margin of 46 runs against the Scorchers, they would have progressed to the semifinals by displacing Chennai Super Kings from second place in the Group A standings. Hogg hit Adnan Rosool for a six in the 14th over to knock Lahore out of the tournament, while sending CSK into the last-four stage.Kolkata Knight Riders were already through to the semifinals after topping Group A, having registered four victory in as many matches. The Lions needed to bundle out the Scorchers for 78 to make the semis but failed to contain their opponents. It was Scorchers bowlers who wreaked havoc as paceman Joel Paris (3/22) and Mitchell Marsh (2/12) shared five wickets between them.advertisementSaad Nasim top-scored for the Pakistani side with an unbeaten 69 off 55 balls, studded with five fours and a six. Put into bat, Lions lost three early wickets with just two runs on the board. Paris accounted for the wickets of the two openers in Nasir Jamshed (1) and Umar Siddiq (1), while Marsh saw off skipper Mohammad Hafeez (0) and Wahab Riaz (0) for a nought each to leave the Lions reeling at 11 for four.Nasim shared a 43-run fifth wicket stand with Umar Akmal (26) and then put on a solid 48 with Mohammad Saeed for the sixth wicket to bring the Pakistani outfit back on track and cross the 100-run mark.Meanwhile, play was interrupted for a brief while due to rain. Chasing a modest target, the Scorchers also did not have an ideal start as they lost seven wickets for just 62 runs on the board. The Scorchers kept losing wickets at regular interval with the top and middle order, barring opener Cameron Bancroft (22), failing to reach the double digit mark.At 62 for seven, the Lions had a realistic chance of bundling the Aussie unit out below 78 and advance to the next stage, but Marsh and Hogg combined to consolidate the innings and guide their team to a rather comfortable victory in the end. In the 19th over, Scorchers hit three sixes off Wahab Riaz — two by Hogg and one by Marsh — to wrap up the match quickly.For Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez was the pick of the bowlers with impressive figures of two for eight in his allotted four overs.last_img read more

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NY police chief apologises to arrested ex-tennis player James Blake

first_imgNew York City Police Commissioner William Bratton apologised on Thursday to former US tennis star James Blake, who was arrested after being wrongly identified as a suspect in a fraud ring and said he was concerned over how much force was used.Blake, who is black, was surrounded by six plainclothes officers outside a Midtown Manhattan hotel on Wednesday while waiting for a car to take him to the US Tennis Open. One of the officers slammed the 35-year-old man to the ground before handcuffing him.The incident involving a well-known athlete revived questions over excessive police force that reverberated around the country after a series of police killings of unarmed black men that sparked sometimes violent protests.”I spoke to Mr. Blake a short time ago and personally apologised for yesterday’s incident,” Bratton said in a statement. “Mr. Blake indicated he would be willing to meet with the Internal Affairs Bureau as our investigation continues.”Bratton earlier told reporters the officer who tackled Blake had been put on desk duty while the department reviewed the incident.”I have concerns about the takedown,” said Bratton, adding he had seen a video of the arrest.”The concern we had: Was the force used appropriate, and the initial review – we believe it may not have been,” added Bratton, who was appointed by Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio at a time when he was trying to improve relations between police and minority residents of the city.Police said Blake, at one time ranked fourth in the world, had been mistakenly identified by a cooperating witness as a suspect in a fraud ring.advertisementBratton said he was also concerned that no report had been made of Blake’s arrest and detention, which became public after the former player reported it to the New York Daily News.Blake told ABC’s “Good Morning America” he decided to go public with the incident after discussing it with his wife and imagining how he would have felt if she had been treated in that way.”I was furious because I thought about what I would be thinking if someone did that to my wife, if someone tackled her in broad daylight, paraded her around in a busy, crowded sidewalk in New York City with handcuffs,” Blake said.Blake added that he had cooperated throughout the incident with the officers, who did not immediately identify themselves as law enforcement.”The first words out of my mouth were, ‘I’m going to 100 per cent cooperate. I don’t want any incident or whatever,’ just out of reaction from what I’ve seen in the media,'” said Blake, who was on his way on Wednesday to the US Open, which is being played at Flushing Meadows in the borough of Queens.Bratton said Blake had been mistakenly identified as a suspect by a witness, adding he did not believe race influenced how he was treated by white officers.”This rush to put a race tag on it, I’m sorry, that’s not involved in this incident at all,” Bratton told reporters. “That doesn’t denote there’s a racial angle to this at all.”The police department last year promised to revamp how it trained officers after 43-year-old Eric Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by officers who were trying to arrest him for suspected illegal cigarette sales on Staten Island in July 2014.Garner’s death was one of a string of cases in the past year involving the deaths of black men in confrontations with police – including in Baltimore, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri – that sparked a national debate over race and justice.Federal data show that US police routinely use force when making stops of pedestrians, doing so in one out of every four non-traffic stops, according to a 2013 Justice Department report.Some 57 percent of black respondents in a Pew Research Center poll last year said police do a poor job of using the right amount of force when they respond to situations, more than double the 22 percent of white respondents who reported that view.That poll, of 1,501 US adults, including 1,082 white adults and 153 black adults, was conducted in August 2014, days after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The margin of error for white respondents was 3.4 percentage points and for black respondents 9.1 percentage points.last_img read more

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Mary Kom fails to qualify for Rio Olympics

first_imgMARY_KOM   –  THE HINDU SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Loses in World Championship second round COMMENT × RELATED Published on sport Mary Kom sets sights on Rio Games Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom’s hopes of a second successive Olympic appearance ended today after she went down in the second round of the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships here.Mary Kom (51kg), who was a bronze-medallist at the 2012 London Olympics, lost 0-2 to Germany’s Azize Nimani in the second round of an event from where only the semifinalists would make the cut for the upcoming Rio Games.Nimani will next be up against top seed Davide Marzia of Italy who got the better of Hungary’s Katalin Ancsin.In an exciting contest, Mary Kom took off aggressively but Nimani managed to keep her at bay by fighting from a distance.In fact, Nimani hardly attempted any attack on the Indian in the opening two minutes but managed to connect a few counter-jabs to take the initial edge.Mary Kom continued to be aggressive in the second round as well, connected much better but failed to get the judges’ nod, who again ruled in favour of Nimani on a split decision.Gaining in confidence, Nimani stuck to her gameplan and forced Mary Kom to let her guard down.The diminutive Manipuri threw herself aggressively at the German, whose punching was far from clean. Nimani’s defensive tactics frustrated Mary Kom, who quite literally threw herself at the German to connect.However, the determined attack failed to yield the desired results for her as Nimani was declared winner on a split vote.The tournament is the final qualifying event for women boxers in the three Olympic categories of 51kg, 60kg, and 75kg and has 12 Rio tickets on offer. SHARE India at Rio: Biggest contingent eyes richest medal haul May 21, 2016 Mary Kom settles for a bronze null MARY_KOM   –  THE HINDUlast_img read more

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Indians advance at Australian Open

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL January 18, 2018 tennis Veteran Leander Paes and Purav Raja outplayed their opponents to progress to the men’s doubles second round at the Australian Open and were joined by Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan with their respective partners.Paes and Raja dispatched the pair of Nikoloz Basilashvili and Andreas Haider-Maurer 6-2 6-3 in their opening round.They have a tough job at hand as now they are up against fifth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, one of the most consistent teams in the previous season.Left-handed Divij, who had a great 2017 season, and American Rajeev Ram, seeded 16th, edged out Marius Copil of Romania and Serbia’s Viktor Troicki 7-6(5) 6-4 in their opening round. They will now fight it out with Fabio Fognini and Marcel Granollers.Meanwhile, 10th seeds Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin fought off a late charge from Ryan Harrison and Vasek Pospisil to prevail 6-2 7-6(5). Bopanna saved a break chance in the sixth game of the second set to remain unbroken, forcing a tie-breaker. Pospisil, who was broken in the sixth game of the opening set, served consecutive double-faults in the tie-breaker to hand advantage to Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin. COMMENT SHAREcenter_img Published on sport 0 COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Cricket: Cameron Bancroft faces an injury scare following throat hit

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Image Courtesy: Daily Telegraph)Australian opener Cameron Bancroft who is currently facing a ban following the ball tempering incident suffered a throat hit while batting today. He was immediately rushed to the hospital for further scans.Bancroft who was representing Desert Blaze in the NT Strike League competition following his nine month ban from international cricket was struck on his throat while attempting to play a lap sweep shot.The 25 year old who had scored an half century attempted to play the lap sweep against a full ball from seamer Kurt Johnston. The full delivery took the top edge of Bancroft’s bat and flew directly into the under-side of his jaw and windpipe, which caused him to go down in discomfort.He then crawled back onto his feet to continue his innings but was dismissed 4 balls later by Joel Logan. Following his dismissal he was quickly rushed to the Royal Darwin Hospital for a precautionary scan.This injury scare rules him out of tomorrow’s marquee match-up with his former Test opening partner David Warner.Also Read:Cricket: MS Dhoni attends wedding with family!last_img read more

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