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Electronic Smog Disorients European Robins

first_imgThe traffic reports on AM radio might help humans navigate, but the electromagnetic waves they travel on could have the opposite effect on birds. A 7-year investigation has discovered that radio waves disrupt the piloting systems of migratory European robins. The work, experts say, provides convincing evidence that such transmissions can alter animal behavior.For decades, people have feared that cellphones, power lines, and other sources of electromagnetic radiation might harm both human health and nature. But don’t fret. Your cellphones are still safe to use in the wild. “Modern-day charlatans will try to exploit this study to claim that cellphone radiation causes damage, but it’s not screwing up the robins,” says geobiologist Joseph Kirschvink of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, who was not involved in the study. “It’s telling them to use a different sense.”European robins, like many migratory birds, can navigate via Earth’s magnetic fields—but they don’t have to. Scientists have known for 30 years that robins’ magnetosense deactivates when it might lead them astray, for instance if they hit a spot where Earth’s geomagnetic field dramatically changes strength. Low-intensity radio waves now join this group of negative triggers.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Biologists at the University of Oldenburg in Germany stumbled upon the phenomenon by accident in 2004 while they were testing a basic feature of European robin behavior. During the spring and autumn, the birds’ urge to travel is so strong that captured individuals will reflexively start jumping in the direction of their migration, even scratching up the bottom of their cages. But when the robins were held in wooden huts on campus, they were suddenly clueless as to which way they were supposed to be going.So the researchers started experimenting to see why the birds’ compasses appeared to have shut off. Change their food? No difference. Tweak their sleep cycles with artificial lighting? Nada. Finally, they started wondering if the magnetic fields produced by electronic devices on campus might be the culprit.To find out, the researchers installed aluminum wallpaper inside the birds’ wooden huts. The metal sidings were linked by means of wires to metal rods buried in the dirt outside. When electromagnetic noise struck the aluminum, it was soaked up and passed into the land. Known as “grounding,” this canceled out the electromagnetic noise coming through the huts’ walls, leaving a signal from only Earth’s magnetic field. After the screens were built, the robins aligned in the right direction, the team reports online today in Nature. But when the shields were switched off, the birds became disoriented again.Given the skepticism surrounding prior research into electromagnetic noise and animal habits, the project leaders used double-blind experiments to replicate the finding. Undergraduate and graduate volunteers ran the trials. Some worked in wooden huts with the shields turned on, while others had them off—but to eliminate bias, the students didn’t know who was working where.“We added a number of securities to protect ourselves from wishful thinking,” says neurosensory biologist Henrik Mouritsen of the University of Oldenburg, who led the study. “The conditions were repeated with different generations of students, and experiments were blinded on all levels.”Artificially reintroducing magnetic fields into a screened hut allowed the researchers to pinpoint possible sources of the misguiding noise. The most disorienting electromagnetic noise had frequencies matching those produced by AM radio stations and small devices like electronic article surveillance—those little magnetic tags for clothing at department stores. This is 1000 times less powerful than the frequencies emitted by cellphones and 400 times higher than those produced by power lines. Moving the birds to a rural location without electronic noise immediately restored their navigation skills.European migratory bird populations are declining. Though habitat destruction is the main suspect, the findings raise questions as to whether humanmade electromagnetic pollution from radio stations and home electronics is a general problem across Europe, or if this phenomenon is specific to Oldenburg.“I just wonder where this strong field originates,” says retired zoologist Roswitha Wiltschko, who co-discovered the avian magnetic compass with her husband Wolfgang in the 1970s and who was not involved in the work. “We were doing these experiments in the central district of Frankfurt, a major city, and we never had problems with magnetic fields disrupting the orientation of our birds.” Wiltschko feels the study is “really well done” but thinks more research is needed before claiming that this is a general occurrence.If it is, the effect should be short-ranged and limited to within 5 to 10 km of AM stations, says Kirschvink, who thinks that birds may have evolved this off switch for their magnetic compass long before Guglielmo Marconi invented the radio in order to combat radiation fluxes created by the sun’s activity.last_img read more

No Patent for Dolly the Cloned Sheep, Court Rules, Adding to Industry Jitters

first_imgDolly the sheep enjoyed a brief and highly publicized life as the first mammal cloned from an adult cell before succumbing to lung disease in 2003 at age 6. But an attempt to patent Dolly, and lay commercial claim to animals produced by cloning, survived much longer. But that nearly 10-year-long saga also appears to have ended last week when a U.S. federal appeals court ruled against giving a patent to Dolly’s creators. Although the ruling did not surprise patent experts, it is adding to the jitters that some biotech firms and patent attorneys are feeling over the broader fate of U.S. biomedical patents in the wake of recent court decisions.In 2009, the Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh, where Dolly’s creators Keith Campbell and Ian Wilmut made their discovery, received a U.S. patent on the method used to make her: somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). But they had also submitted a second claim on the product: Dolly herself, and any other cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats produced using SCNT. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) turned down that application, however, citing a federal law that restricts the subject matter of a patent to exclude “laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas.”Roslin later appealed PTO’s rejection, but it was upheld by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in February 2013. On 8 May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, which specializes in patent cases, agreed with that decision. Dolly and other cloned animals cannot be patented, a three-judge panel ruled, because they are identical to animals found in nature—namely, the animals whose DNA is used to make them. “Dolly’s genetic identity to her donor parent renders her unpatentable,” Judge Timothy Dyk wrote in the decision.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“This seems like a pretty straightforward interpretation of the most recent Supreme Court cases, and I don’t find it terribly surprising,” says Robert Cook-Deegan, a genetics policy expert at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. And it is in keeping with past decisions, he notes. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled—in the high-profile case Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics—that isolated sequences of human DNA are not patentable. And in a much older case, Diamond v. Chakrabarty in 1980, the high court established that a natural product could be patented only if it had “markedly different characteristics from any found in nature.”The Roslin Institute argued that Dolly and other clones did, in fact, differ in meaningful ways from the donor animals. Environmental influences on their appearance and behavior might make them unique, as would the mitochondrial DNA they carry, which comes from the egg cell donor, not the somatic cell donor. But such differences were not stated in the broad claims of Roslin’s patent application, the appeals court judges decided.The decision could have some short-run effects in the world of animal cloning, says Gregory Graff, an economist at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, who specializes in intellectual property for the life sciences. For example, the Food and Drug Administration is evaluating ways to use cloned animals in livestock, and the inability to patent such products could influence that industry, if it ever takes off.Alarming trend?Others, however, see the Roslin decision as evidence of a more alarming and wide-ranging trend. “The whole area of personalized medicine is going to get impacted by this sort of rationale,” says Carl Gulbrandsen, managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in Madison, which works to commercialize academic discoveries.The fear, he says, is that if PTO is hostile to granting patents on humanmade products that are identical to products of nature, then investors might back away from promising areas of biomedical research. If similar logic were applied to patent applications on cells modified to resemble human stem cells, for example, or (maybe someday) lab-grown organs, such products might not receive patent protection, he tells ScienceInsider. Although inventors could still patent the methods used to create such products, Gulbrandsen says his own experience suggests “a product patent is much more valuable, and investors are much more comfortable with that than with a method of use” patent.These long-standing anxieties were amplified after this past Thursday’s ruling. “This storm front is about to become even more threatening. Take cover!” wrote patent attorney Warren Woessner in a response to the decision, published online on Friday in The National Law Review. Gene Quinn, a patent attorney and founder of intellectual property blog IPWatchdog, concluded a Dolly-themed post with the pronouncement, “Sadly, until further notice, personalized medicine is dead!”That anxiety is likely misplaced, Cook-Deegan says. “I don’t think [this case] is probably going to have a big echo effect,” he tells ScienceInsider. “I don’t think it has huge implications for other cases.” As for the Roslin Institute, he says its patent on the SCNT method has been enough to protect it from cloning competition. A product patent on Dolly herself would be useful only if the institute wanted to try to sue a company that managed to create cloned mammals by some other technique.Margo Bagley, a law professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, also can’t relate to the “sky is falling” mentality. Roslin’s broad claim to a variety of cloned animals conflicts with long-standing Supreme Court precedent, she says, but a more narrow claim would have stood a better chance. And she predicts that innovations will still find their way to patent protection. “For a while now, people have been able to patent, in a sense, the low-hanging fruit,” she says. “The fruit may be little higher up on the tree, but the fruit is still definitely on the tree.”PTO guidelines draw fireBagley is, however, somewhat more concerned about a new set of guidelines for patent eligibility that PTO issued this past March in the wake of the Myriad case. The Dolly decision came down just as those guidelines were being discussed at a public hearing on Friday in Alexandria, Virginia. At the event, the agency took heat from patent attorneys who felt its interpretation of that decision was too broad. Hans Sauer, an intellectual property counsel for the Biotechnology Industry Organization called PTO’s approach “draconian,” claiming the new guidelines are leading patent examiners to reject applications in fields such as pharmaceutical composition, which are outside of the genetics and diagnostics applications discussed in the Myriad case.PTO officials say they’ll welcome input before finalizing the guidelines and encourage the public to submit written comments through the end of June.last_img read more

Mom’s environment during pregnancy can affect her grandchildren

first_imgStarving a pregnant mouse can cause changes in the sperm of her sons that apparently warp the health of her grandchildren, according to a new study. The finding offers some of the strongest evidence yet that a mother’s environment during pregnancy can alter the expression of DNA in ways that are passed on to future generations.A number of studies have suggested that environmental stresses in a parent may harm the health of subsequent generations. For example, women who were pregnant during a 1944 famine in the Netherlands known as the Dutch Hunger Winter had children and grandchildren who were unusually small or prone to diabetes and obesity. Animal studies have also found that a stress to a parent, such as exposing a pregnant mouse to toxic chemicals or mildly shocking a mouse father to make it fear an odor, can result in effects such as infertility or changes in behavior that persist for two generations or more yet can’t be explained by genetic mutations.Some scientists suspect that the effects are passed down via so-called epigenetic changes, chemical modifications of DNA that can turn genes on or off. A team led by geneticist Anne Ferguson-Smith of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and diabetes researcher Mary-Elizabeth Patti of Harvard Medical School has now explored this idea by studying the DNA of two generations of mice descended from an undernourished mother.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The researchers gave pregnant mice chow containing only half the calories they needed during the last week of gestation—a time when the epigenetic patterns in a male embryo’s primordial sperm are erased, then reset. As Patti’s group had previously shown, this treatment resulted in offspring and grandchildren that were underweight and prone to diabetes.The group next examined DNA from the sperm of the males born to the starved moms. Compared with sons of control mice, their sperm had fewer chemical tags known as methyl groups on about 110 stretches of DNA. Often, the methyl groups were missing near genes involved in metabolism that may play a role in obesity and diabetes. The expression of these genes was also altered in some body tissues.However, although fetal tissues from the mother mouse’s grandchildren also had similar changes in gene expression, surprisingly, the DNA in these tissues did not carry these methylation differences. That suggests that the changes eventually disappear, the team reports online today in Science. Ferguson-Smith thinks methylation changes in the son’s sperm reflect the legacy of his undernutrition in the womb but, because they do not persist, would not directly explain the grandchildren’s disease. The methylation marks “are not the long-term memory that links one generation’s disease to the next,” she says.“This is a very nice study” linking ancestral exposures to epigenetic changes, “but I wouldn’t say the book is closed on how these things work,” says epigenetics researcher Oliver Rando of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. To show that such methylation patterns cause the health effects seen in the male sons and their offspring, one needs to artificially turn off or on the suspect genes and show that this leads to the same result, he says. “Perturbing the epigenome is the big challenge for the field.”What’s more, the study does not rule out that the DNA methylation patterns are inherited for multiple generations because the researchers didn’t look for them in the sperm of the grandsons, Rando adds.Some are more skeptical. Columbia University geneticist Timothy Bestor has “a number of issues” with the study. Among them is that instead of studying inbred mice that were genetically identical, the researchers used a strain in which individual mice vary genetically. Although that may have made the mice more similar to the human population, it raises the possibility that in the womb, only fetal mice with a particular genetic makeup may have survived starvation. Because genetics also shapes methylation patterns, these genetic differences could be why their sperm DNA methylation patterns differed from those of control mice, Bestor says—not because malnutrition directly altered the patterns.last_img read more

Outsource’s In Source

first_imgMost people are likely tired of the interminable debate over outsourcing. But for me – a government employee fending off the protests of an enraged public – there is no escape.I work for the state of New Jersey, which has taken a serious hit from the mass outsourcing of American jobs.Irate citizens of our state complain to our governor and his appointed officials, sometimes admonishing them for policies that allow businesses to take operations abroad, and often imploring them to punish offenders by levying punitive taxes and other measures.My personal dilemma comes from the fact that I am Indian American. While it gives me joy to learn that my brethren in India are reaping the benefits of well-paying jobs and a newly-found source of income from outsourcing, it saddens me equally that my fellow Americans are paying a heavy price for it. The affected Americans include a large number of Indian American professionals as well, especially those in the information technology sector.I am frustrated by the term “outsourcing,” not just because it is the current buzz word in business circles, and not even because so many of my friends, relatives and acquaintances have been affected by it (both adversely and in rare cases favorably), but because I am caught in the outsourcing controversy in a rather unique way.My Indian side gets defensive when I hear derogatory comments about India stealing jobs from the United States. But as I watch the morale of workers here plummeting, my patriotic American side begins to bristle. The guilt as well as the indignation hover just beneath the surface of my skin, each emotion equally compelling. In one communication to the state, a woman complained that it was bad enough that Indians came here by the hordes and earned dollars, which they sent home to their families, but they’re now adding insult to injury by taking the jobs to India. With such liberal trade laws they don’t even have to travel to America anymore to exploit the country, she concluded.Every time another inflamed letter arrives in our offices the standard joke resurfaces: “It’s those damn Indians again.” I take the ribbing good-naturedly, because my coworkers are genuinely decent professionals; they treat me with respect and kindness and their comments are not directed at me. I attempt to explain that outsourcing boils down to simple economics: companies will find the cheapest labor and the best services for their investments. If not India, it is some other place on earth with the necessary talent and lower costs that these companies will seek and solicit.Occasionally, while I ride the elevator to my office, I overhear piqued comments about how India is robbing America blind. At this rate the country will become a land of paupers pandering to third world countries. “Some damn Indian chic pretending to be American with a fake name and phony accent tried to pull a fast one on me when I called for service,” one man remarked in disgust to his coworker recently.   I was the only Indian American in that crowded elevator and heard several supportive comments and observed a number of heads nodding in agreement with that sentiment. I was mortified. How could I respond to such comments? Getting on my soapbox to deliver a solemn lecture on the principles of economics and the pros and cons of global trade was not realistic. Quietly exiting the elevator at my floor was my only option.“Punish them,” “Hit the businesses where it hurts,” “Do something to stop the outflow of jobs,” are examples of sentiments I encounter frequently. I empathize with their authors, but I also know that punitive measures rarely work. Like the child that rebels against excessive discipline, chastisement can often backfire; instead of partial outsourcing, businesses may leave the state entirely and relocate to a more business-friendly state or country.Although I do not belong to the upper echelons of the government bureaucracy, a small number of these angry missives from the public trickle down to my desk for a suitable reaction. The letters require tactful, delicate, inoffensive, non-confrontational responses. My job is to draft replies that smooth the writers’ ruffled feathers and yet defend the administration’s stance on global trade and outsourcing. Not an easy job, considering the validity of some of the public’s concerns and the alarming statistics on outsourcing pumped forth every day. And certainly not a pleasant duty given the fact that it is India, my country of birth, that is under fire. Millions of angry Americans think outsourcing is a satanic term. India, because it is the current Mecca of information technology and call center outsourcing, is considered akin to an evil empire by dislocated workers, a not so enviable appellation that Russia bore in the 1980s. Naturally, by association, some of the animosity gets redirected toward us – Indian Americans.Japan experienced a similarly abhorrent reputation in the 1970s, when it challenged the American automobile and electronics industries. China and Korea, too, are currently on the receiving end of American hostility, but to a lesser degree than India, because it is mainly the manufacturing sector that has shifted there, an industry that has eroded gradually over the last 20 years.As I sit at my computer and compose the response letters, a multitude of thoughts and images flash through my mind. I envision a group of dapper Indians in India dining out or partying, or sending their children to better schools, all courtesy of an American company that provided them jobs. At the same time, I breathe a regretful sigh at the anguish, the desperation and the rage hreflected in the letters I hold in my hand. My fellow Americans, the people who accepted me and took me into their hearts, are hurting, and in turn that hurts me.But, as an optimist, I have immense faith in the American spirit of ingenuity and entrepreneurship, the capacity to rise to the occasion when necessary, the ability to heal and forge ahead, the belief in self-worth, and the need to discover and create. History proves that global commerce is good for the world. It is hard to predict where the next outsourcing destinations will be. The Middle East? South America? Africa?I have no doubt that America will regroup and rise up with fresh ideas to survive and flourish. In a society that fosters independent thinking and rewards innovation, ambition and free enterprise, the emergence of a better “mousetrap” is inevitable. The selling of that mousetrap to “those damn Indians,” who are making all that money, is predictable. Meanwhile, as a loyal American citizen as well as a staunch Indian, I try to do my part to keep the wheels turning. Related Itemslast_img read more

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Radical Sikh outfit seeks U.S. intervention in Kashmir issue

first_imgEndorsing “right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people”, radical Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa has urged the U.S. to intervene to resolve the prolonged dispute with the help of the U.N. in the Security Council and tripartite mediation at the political level among India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris.In an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, the outfit has expressed concern regarding the political status of Kashmir and the resulting geopolitical situation in South Asia as a result of the Indo-Pak tensions.“We endorse the Kashmiri’s unequivocal right to self-determination and stand-in solidarity with them..Your [Mr. Trump] offer for mediation twice in the last two weeks attains significance as it is quite evident from the history of the last seven decades that India and Pakistan cannot resolve the issue bilaterally, it is time for the U.S. to lead the campaign for mediation as any delay can be disastrous,” wrote Harpal Singh Cheema, president, Dal Khalsa.Dal Khalsa along with the Simranjit Singh Mann-led Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) had criticised the scrapping of Article 370, saying the move would further alienate the people of Kashmir and that peace would be a casualty.Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh on Saturday said the outfit alongwith the SAD (Amritsar) and the United Akali Dal would stage protest in Punjab on August 15.“Our members will peacefully march across 15 districts to lodge our protest against injustices and political subjugation. Also, we will protest against the inconclusive probe into Bargari sacrilege cases of 2015 and the closure report filed by the CBI. The Punjab government’s decision of granting pardon to four police personnel, who were convicted of abduction and killing of a Sikh youth in 1993, is another issue that we will highlight,” said Mr. Kanwar Pal.last_img read more

Spurt in instant triple talaq cases in U.P.

first_imgWhen Nazreen, a resident of Lisadi Gate area of Meerut, filed a case against her husband Salman on August 2 for giving her instant triple talaq, she expected the police to arrest him.“It has been 17 days, and he is still at large. My guess is that he fled to Saudi Arabia where his father is working as a driver. He used to beat me, asked for dowry and on July 29, he gave me instant triple talaq over the phone,” Nazreen told The Hindu.The police registered an FIR under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code, Sections 3 and 4 of Dowry Prohibition Act, 1961, but Nazreen said it didn’t meet her expectations from the law.Tanveer, brother of Bushra, who was given instant triple talaq by her husband Mohsin in Jaani area of Meerut, had similar expectations from the police. “There has been no movement in the case. I want to see him [Bushra’s husband] behind bars,” said Tanveer. Like Nazreen, Bushra also allegedly faced domestic violence and dowry demands.FIRs against husbandsIt has almost been three weeks since The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 came into practice and Uttar Pradesh is seeing a spurt in cases where Muslim women are lodging FIRs to put their husbands behind bars for giving them instant triple talaq.According to an agency report, three dozen cases of instant triple talaq have been filed in the State since August 1, when the President put his seal on the Bill.In Hapur, a woman was allegedly given instant triple talaq on August 13 after she asked her husband to provide ₹30 to buy medicines. In Bareilly, Chand Bi was allegedly given instant triple talaq by her husband because she didn’t know how to cook. On August 9, three cases of instant triple talaq were registered in Bareilly in a day.In Etah, Aamir allegedly said talaq thrice to his wife Seema in the court of a Chief Judicial Magistrate where the two had gone for the hearing of a domestic violence case.Going by the number of cases, it seems, either the Act is not working as a deterrent, or women are filing complaints under sections of the new Act to add bite to already existing cases of domestic violence and dowry.Criminal proceedings Superintendent of Police (Rural), Meerut, Avinash Pandey said criminal proceedings have been started in the case that is under his domain. “There could be a perception that the FIR will lead to immediate arrest in such cases but the due investigation process needs to be followed. In Sections, which attract punishment of fewer than seven years, an immediate arrest is not necessary unless there is a threat to the life of the victim.”On the triple talaq law, he said it definitely has more teeth than Section 498A which asks for a period of mediation. “If used with the right intentions, it could be an empowering tool,” Mr. Pandey said.An anti-triple talaq crusader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, differed. “When we took the fight to the Supreme Court, we expected to get a fortified Act on the lines of the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955. What we have got at the end is a politically motivated legislation that seeks to put more Muslim men in jail.”Harvard-trained lawyer and gender activist Nazia Izuddin said, “The triple talaq law, if aimed at reformation, must be able to empower lawyers to get monetary relief/alimony, custody of children and safety and protection of the life of the woman and children. In its current form, the law doesn’t provide these remedies or restitution of marital rights to the woman.”last_img read more

Punjab to canalise rivers with help from World Bank, ADB

first_imgWith Punjab facing the flood fury, the Amarinder Singh government has decided to canalise all rivers in the State, taking technical support from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. The Chief Minister, who on Thursday conducted an aerial survey to assess the damage caused by floods in Sultanpur Lodhi (Kapurthala) and Jalandhar areas, announced a project to realign river streams and courses, besides strengthening and widening of river embankments for a permanent solution to the problem of floods.In Sarupwal of Sultanpur Lodhi, where the overflowing Sutlej led to a breach in the embankment, affecting 62 villages, the Chief Minister promised due compensation to the affected farmers as soon as the water receded and a special ‘girdawari’ (crop loss assessment) was completed.He also announced dedicated relief teams in the affected areas. Each team will comprise officials from the health, civil supplies and animal husbandry departments and ensure regular and timely supply of food, medicines and fodder.CM inspects breachCapt. Amarinder also inspected the breach at Gidderpindi in Jalandhar, resulting from the release of excess water from the Bhakra dam. For the first time, the Bhakra, which is normally filled to its permissible storage level of 1,680 feet by September, was overflowing in August, he said. The Chief Minister told reporters that even if the central government fails to extend support, the State would ensure full support to every person affected by the floods. Letter to PM The Chief Minister had written to the Prime Minister on Tuesday, seeking a special flood relief package for the State.Meanwhile, Capt. Amarinder was briefed about the current situation arising out of the Satluj breach by the Deputy Commissioners of Jalandhar and Kapurthala. They informed him that more than 18,000 packets of dry ration besides water bottles were airdropped on Wednesday in all the affected villages with the help from Army and NDRF. Another 5,000 food packets and water would be distributed on Thursday. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

It’s Paswan kin versus Cong. veteran in Samastipur

first_imgThe National Democratic Alliance candidate Prince Raj of the Lok Janshakti Party is in a direct contest with mahagathbandhan nominee Ashok Kumar of the Congress for the Samastipur (reserved) Lok Sabha seat for which bypoll is scheduled to be held on October 21.The by-election was necessitated after the sudden demise of the sitting MP Ramchandra Paswan, father of Prince Raj. Ramchandra Paswan who had defeated Ashok Kumar in the last Parliamentary election, was the younger brother of LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan.While Prince Raj is making his electoral debut on an emotional pitch, Ashok Kumar, Congress MLA from Rosera (reserved) Assembly constituency, is appealing to the people to vote for him to raise their voice in Parliament. Joint campaigningOn Thursday, all three top Bihar NDA leaders — Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi — campaigned together for Prince Raj and addressed a public meeting in Samastipur. The NDA leaders appealed to the people to vote for young Prince Raj for the development of the constituency. There are a total of eight candidates in the fray for the bypoll. Before delimitation the Samastipur seat was known as Rosera (reserved) Lok Sabha seat.In the 2019 election, Ramchandra Paswan had defeated Ashok Kumar by over 2.5 lakh votes. Along with the Samastipur Lok Sabha bypoll, five Assembly constituencies — Nathanagar, Simri Bakhtiyarpur, Darounda, Belhar and Kishanganj — will also go to poll on October 21 as the sitting MLAs had won in the Lok Sabha election.last_img read more

Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief It may be the start of a new season, but the usual suspects still emerged as the favorites this year.Defending champion La Salle was the unanimous choice by UAAP coaches as the team to beat.ADVERTISEMENT View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80973 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven the favorites admit that last year’s contenders are still primed for huge runs in this campaign, but also said other teams that can pull off surprises.“NU should also be there because of coach Jamike. We also haven’t won against UP this season, so we’re in danger against coach Bo,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo.“I think that UP shouldn’t be a dark horses now, but rather, they’re one of the contenders also. NU, I think, is also now the dark horse of the league,” shared Ateneo deputy Sandy Arespacochaga.But for the other coaches, they believe that it’s a pretty even competition this year in the UAAP that no teams can be considered as a pushover.“All teams are competitive, they all have equal chances,” said UST coach Boy Sablan.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 But the Green Archers are not alone in that discussion, with the bench tacticians also put last year’s runner-up Ateneo and semifinalist Far Eastern University are in the discussion as well together with Adamson.“Like last year, [the teams to beat are] still the top four from last year,” said National University coach Jamike Jarin.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“Of course, the top four teams last season will still be there,” added University of the East mentor Derrick Pumaren.“The ones who were in the championship last year are still it. La Salle and Ateneo are there, FEU is still there. They’re the usual suspects. It’s always them because they have the program year in and year out and they’re always in the pipeline,” said University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol. Read Next La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s very competitive this year, a well-balanced field. All of the teams we saw in the Filoil were strong, so you can’t say that only a handful of teams are contenders because we expect everyone to give it their all this year,” said new FEU coach Olsen Racela.last_img read more

MMA star McGregor wants to fight a boxer on his turf

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor, speaking ahead of the Dublin premiere of “Conor McGregor: Notorious” — a documentary about the fighter — said his next fight would be to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title.“Right now I am focused on my world, the world of true fighting,” he told the BBC.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“Ideally I would like to take one of the boxers into an MMA bout — someone come into my world now.“I went into their platform and faced the so-called best-of-the-best and I handled him pretty easily in the early rounds, before I got fatigued and got stopped.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “My sparring in the lead-up to the camp was always against fast-twitch, light-on-their-toes opponents. I was never against forward pressure because he (Mayweather) had never fought like that. That took us by surprise and I got beat.“But if we had a rematch I would correct that and beat him.”Referring to a possible Mayweather rematch, he added: “He’s retired. I will not call him out. I respect what he has done.”Asked if he would get back in a boxing ring, McGregor replied: “Of course. Boxing is certainly an interest of mine. But the next fight will be to defend my UFC lightweight belt.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kyrie Irving to ’flat Earth’ theory doubters: ‘Do your own research’ Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again PLAY LIST 01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor stands on stage during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor says he wants a boxer to “come into his world”, insisting he would beat Floyd Mayweather in a rematch, the BBC reported Wednesday.The 29-year-old Irishman lost to ex-welterweight champion Mayweather in Las Vegas in August in one of the richest boxing bouts of all time.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Mayweather, who returned after two years of retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star, bided his time before exerting his superiority from the middle rounds onwards at the T-Mobile Arena.The match ended with a 10th-round stoppage as Mayweather ended his career with a perfect 50-0 record.But McGregor, nicknamed “The Notorious”, said he would beat the 40-year-old American in a rematch by changing his training regime.“He (Mayweather) was a tactical genius in there. He changed his gameplan three times and that is the sign of a true champion,” said McGregor.“If it happened in a rematch, it’s a simple adjustment of me having a heavier sparring partner coming in the later rounds, leaning on me and walking me down.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Federer, Nadal drawn for Wimbledon final, 11 years after 1st

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain (left) and Roger Federer of Switzerland (right) pose with their trophies after Federer defeated Nadal in the men’s final match on day 14 of the Miami Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on April 2, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPLONDON — Like a couple of old friends gathering for a reunion, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could face each other in the Wimbledon final more than a decade after their first such meeting.The draw at the All England Club on Friday established plenty of intriguing matchups along the way, too, including what appears to be a particularly tricky path for three-time champion Novak Djokovic, who’s been struggling for much of the past 12 months or so.ADVERTISEMENT Murray’s spot at No. 1 in the ATP rankings is up for grabs this fortnight: He, Nadal, Wawrinka or Djokovic could all leave the All England Club with the top spot.The WTA No. 1 ranking, which currently belongs to Angelique Kerber, also could change hands at tournament’s end. Four other women have a chance to take it: Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozniacki, who already has spent time at No. 1.The potential women’s quarterfinals are Kerber vs. Svetlanta Kuznetsova in a matchup between a pair of two-time major champions; 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Pliskova vs. two-time U.S. Open finalist Wozniacki; Svitolina vs. Dominika Cibulkova; and Halep vs. Johanna Konta, Britain’s best hope for its first women’s champion since Virginia Wade in 1977.Konta withdrew from a grass-court tuneup in Eastbourne on Friday after hurting herself during a fall a day earlier, when she pulled off two big victories in one day after rain had jumbled the schedule, beating Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, seeded 10th in her 20th appearance at the tournament, was drawn to face Elise Mertens of Belgium in the first round. A publicist for Williams said that the former No. 1 will play at Wimbledon after a police report in Florida said the tennis star caused a car crash in early June that led to the death, two weeks later, of a passenger in another vehicle.ADVERTISEMENT Venus Williams sued by estate of man fatally hurt in crash Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Djokovic will start against big-hitting Martin Klizan, and then could face another power player in the third round: 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who stunned the Serb at the Rio Olympics last year. Get past that, and Djokovic might play the mercurial Gael Monfils or Fernando Lopez, who is coming off a grass-court title at Queen’s Club. His quarterfinal foe could be Dominic Thiem, who eliminated Djokovic in straight sets at the French Open.Other potential men’s quarterfinals are seven-time champion Federer against 2016 runner-up Milos Raonic, who beat Federer in last year’s semifinals; two-time winner Nadal against 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic; and defending champ Andy Murray against three-time major titlist Stan Wawrinka.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIf the seedings hold, Federer would meet Djokovic in the semifinals, with Nadal taking on Murray. That quartet has combined to win each of the past 14 titles at Wimbledon; Federer beat Nadal in the 2006 and 2007 finals, then lost to him in the 2008 title match .Federer turns 36 on Aug. 8, and Nadal just turned 31, but both are back to playing quite well this year. They met in the Australian Open final in January, won by Federer, and Nadal earned his record 10th French Open title in June. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Williams and Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, are the only two past champions in the women’s field: Williams’ sister, Serena, is taking the rest of the year off because she is pregnant, while Maria Sharapova is injured.Victoria Azarenka, a former No. 1 and two-time Australian Open champion, is appearing in a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in more than a year after giving birth to her first child. Her first-round match should be interesting — it’s against 18-year-old CiCi Bellis, an up-and-coming Californian. The winner could eventually take on Halep in the fourth round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Teng drops 30 pts anew

first_imgMuch as he had done for most of the tournament, Jeron Teng took charge in the second half as Flying V turned back Tanduay, 104-89, on Thursday to extend its unbeaten start to six games in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teng poured 19 of his 30 points in the last two quarters as the Thunder put away the Rhum Masters with a blistering second half to tighten their grip of the top spot ahead of Cignal HD, which held off Batangas, 70-66, in the first game.It marked the third time in the tournament that the former De La Salle standout breached the 30-point mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We knew that in the first half the defense was concentrated on Jeron,” said Thunder coach Eric Altamirano. “So we wanted to move the ball around first and be unpredictable.”Teng scored or assisted on the Thunder’s last 14 points in the third period, which Flying V closed out with a 12-0 run. —WITH CARLO ANOLIN AND KRISTOFER PURNELL LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Filipino-German stars in Gilas PH tuneuplast_img read more

Moreno, PH Archers hope to put gold-less past behind them

first_imgPH Archery team. Photo by Marc ReyesKUALA LUMPUR—For Youth Olympic Games champion archer Luis Gabriel Moreno, studies will take the back seat for the time being.The 2014 YOG champ—in tandem with Chinese Li JiaMan—said he took a sabbatical from his marketing course at La Salle to prepare for the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT “It will be just for one term,” said Moreno, who, along with 15 other members of the Philippine archery team, sees action starting Wednesday.He admitted feeling the pressure to perform after the country went home without a gold in Singapore two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“For me personally I will just try to remember what I practice and hope for the best,” he said.The team had five international trips, including a week-long training camp in San Diego before competing in the World Cup in Salt Lake City in the United States. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Also comprising the team are four-time champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, who delivered the lone silver two years ago, and two-time Olympian Mark Javier.Completing the lineup are Rogelio Miguel Tremedal, Joseph Benjamin Vicencio, Niron Brylle dela Cruz, Florante Matan and Earl Benjamin Yap in the men’s team.The women’s squad is also composed of Pia Elizabeth Angela Bidaure, Nicole Marie Tagle, Jennifer Chan, Kim Concepcion, Kareel Meer Hongitan, Mbigail Tindugan and Mary Queen Ybanez.Two gold medals will be at stake in compound events Wednesday at Synthetic Turf Field, KL Sports City. ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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first_imgAs part of the strategy to nail dope cheats, National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) officials came unannounced at the Bangalore centre of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Monday and raided the rooms of athletes and coaches. The NADA team, headed by project officer V Jayaraman, found four supplements that were not supplied by the SAI.”The NADA team also collected samples of four supplements from the hostel rooms that were not supplied by the SAI. The samples have been seized and will be brought back to Delhi for testing at the National Dope-Testing Laboratory,” a source told MAIL TODAY on Monday.The NADA officials, including a lady doctor, took the athletes at the Bangalore centre by surprise when they began searching the hostel rooms and collected urine samples of 20 swimmers and weightlifters. A four-member NADA team had earlier made a surprise visit to the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, on Saturday and returned with 22 samples.The raids come in the backdrop of eight positive dope cases among Indian athletes, including Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose who won gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth and Asian Games last year. “The NADA team reached the SAI centre at 8:00am and checked rooms of athletes and coaches for banned substances and also took urine samples on a random basis,” read a statement from NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar.”The team checked 51 rooms in the hostels, belonging to 30 women and 21 men. Samples of food supplements and other medicines found in four rooms were sealed and will be brought for testing. Twenty urine samples of weightlifters and swimmers were also taken on a random basis and will be sent to NDTL for testing,” Bhatnagar added.advertisementIt is alleged that coaches and support staff have a role in facilitating doping among athletes, and this was the reason that the rooms of coaches were also searched by the NADA team.’B’ samples return positiveAsian Games double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji faces a two-year ban after her ‘B’ sample test returned positive for anabolic steroid methandienone on Monday. Another quarter-miler Priyanka Panwar, who, along with Ashwini, was pulled out of India’s squad for the Asian Athletics Championships in Kobe at the eleventh hour after failing a dope test, also had her ‘B’ sample returning positive.The NADA has notified the athletics federation and asked the chairman of the national anti-doping disciplinary panel to fix a date for the hearing of the two athletes.last_img read more

London Olympics: Kim Un Guk wins gold in men’s 62kg wieghtlifting

first_imgNorth Korea’s Kim Un Guk broke the world record in men’s 62kg category weightlifting on the way to win gold at the London Olympics on Monday.Kim opened up a big lead by snatching 153kg, equalling the world record held by Chinese lifter Shi Zhiyong since 2002, Xinhua reported. He held on to his lead in the clean and jerk, lifting 174kg to notch a world and Olympic record total of 327kg. The previous world mark of 326kg was set by Chinese lifter Zhang Jie in 2008 at the Asian Championships.Kim, who stands 1.58 metres tall, saluted to a cheering audience with standing ovation as he won the second weightlifting gold for his country.”I want to lift up the world,” the 23-year-old said.”(North Korean leader) Kim Jong-un is waiting for the news so I will be pleased to get the news to him. The whole country will be happy, and the father of the country will be very happy too.”Zhang Jie, the 2011 world champion, succeeded in only two lifts during the competition, with 140kg in his first snatch attempt and 174kg in first clean and jerk. He twice failed to jerk 178kg, an Olympic record, and had to settle for fourth.After the match, Zhang said he was happy with his snatch results, but his clean and jerk was a problem.”I felt a bit nervous,” he admitted. “In the first clean and jerk I felt something strange about the way I was holding the bar, so I tried to change it. It didn’t work.”advertisementThe silver medal went to Colombia’s Oscar Albeiro Figueroa Mosquera, who was on brink of elimination when he failed to lift 177kg in the clean and jerk but managed to deliver a successful lift on his final attempt and set an Olympic record.”Concentration. Somehow I managed to maintain my concentration even after my first failure,” Figueroa said.Indonesian lifter Irawan Eko Yuli won the bronze medal with a total of 317kg, the same as Figueroa, but was placed behind the Colombian because of heavier bodyweight.Earlier in the women’s 58kg category, China’s Li Xueying won gold with a 246kg total, surpassing the previous Olympic record of 244kg.Pimsiri Sirikaew of Thailand grabbed silver with a total of 236kg, and Ukrainian Yuliya Kalina took bronze with 235kg.last_img read more