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SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Nuggets overcome Nikola Jokic suspension to beat Suns Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Fourth quarter, I’m trying to take over the game and dominate,” Towns said. “I’m trying to give us a chance to win. I was just being a little aggressive all around and trying to make plays everywhere.”Anthony Tolliver hit his second 3 of the final four minutes to get the Timberwolves within one at 103-102, but Luol Deng missed an open 3-pointer in the corner for a chance to give Minnesota its first lead since the first quarter.Joe Ingles, who had 12 points, snatched the rebound and hit two free throws. On the next possession, Gobert got a piece of Tolliver’s 3-point attempt. Mitchell rebounded and hit one free throw to clinch the win.“I had to make a play and block that shot,” said Gobert, who had four blocks. “We had to lock in.”Mitchell, who has scored at least 24 points in 11 consecutive games, was forced to play the point for six games while all three Jazz point guards were injured. Even though Rubio has returned, Mitchell has continued his playmaking ways and marked the first double-double of his career.ADVERTISEMENT Gibson doesn’t have a problem with official James Williams, even though it looked as though he wanted to fight him when he got ejected.“I know James,” Gibson said. “He’s a like big brother. … You get used to seeing him all the time, so you’ve got a relationship. Sometimes, tempers flare and kind of lose it a little. But at the end of the day, you know he means well. It’s part of the job. It was just one of those times I lost it.”Gibson, who scored his 7,000th career point before his meltdown, continued: “Like I said, I’m human. But I got a lot of respect for James. Like I said, he’s been reffing my games 10-plus years in the NBA. It’s up to me just to go talk to him and apologize.”TIP-INSTimberwolves: Minnesota fumbled its way to 12 turnovers in the first half. … Towns was limited to six first-half minutes because of foul trouble. … The Timberwolves outscored the Jazz in the paint 48-38.Jazz: Ingles got a technical in the fourth quarter. … A bat flew around the arena, interrupting some of the players’ pregame shooting routines. The Jazz Bear mascot finally caught the bat.“That was scary,” Mitchell said. “I was not cool with that at all. I’m glad the Bear got him because I would not have finished my warmup. I would have gone to locker room if he was still flying around out there.” … Brandon Flowers of the rock band The Killers sat courtside.UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host Utah on Sunday.Jazz: Visit Minnesota on Sunday. Mitchell scored 24 points but the Utah Jazz frittered away a 23-point lead and barely outlasted the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves 106-102 on Friday night.“I don’t think we were happy with the game ended and we weren’t happy with the way we played in the fourth,” Mitchell said. “We got complacent in ways.”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 starsRudy Gobert, who was a game-time decision with a sore hamstring, had 18 points and 16 rebounds, and Kyle Korver scored 16 for the Jazz, who have won eight of their last nine.Karl-Anthony Towns had 33 points and 10 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points on 8-of-26 shooting and had a season-high 11 rebounds for Minnesota, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped on the second game of a back-to-back. LATEST STORIES “I’m just making good reads and having confidence in my passes,” Mitchell said. “When we had three point guards out, you got to be able to make those plays, that’s where it started. I had no choice.”In the second quarter, Mitchell – the son of former minor league pitcher Donovan Sr., the New York Mets’ director of player relations – threw the surprising cross-court fastball with one hand to Niang for a 3.“At this time last year, he wasn’t even throwing those passes to the corner and now he’s throwing left hand, right hand, one, two, whatever he needs to do to get it there,” Ingles said.In the third quarter, the Timberwolves took another hit when Taj Gibson went after the officials and got two technicals and had to be restrained by his teammates after a foul call as Ingles went to the basket.The Jazz then shot five free throws, three by Mitchell (as Towns also got a technical) and two by Ingles. With 4:46 left in the third, Mitchell hit two more foul shots to cap the 13-0 run and the Jazz led 75-54.The Jazz led by as many as 23 in the third period, but the Timberwolves scored the first 13 points of the fourth quarter. When Towns followed his own missed jumper with a layup, the Timberwolves had closed within eight at 90-82.Utah barely survived while shooting 5 of 28 in the fourth quarter and was saved by some hustle plays and defensive stops. The Jazz made only two field goals in the final five minutes.“We lost focus,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “Just a lot of mental mistakes.”The Timberwolves were missing Derrick Rose (sore ankle), Tyus Jones (ankle sprain) and Jeff Teague (sore foot), which caused some trouble in executing the offense and players getting the ball in unfamiliar positions.GIBSON: ‘I JUST LOST IT’ Fans reach for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell was finding his teammates in all sorts of ways. One of his career-high 11 assists looked as if it belonged on the diamond instead of the court.“I got back to my old ways,” said Mitchell, who pitched and played shortstop in high school. “It was just making a play, making a read and Georges (Niang) was wide open and a two-hand pass just wouldn’t have worked.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments
A street scene in Hanoi: Under the new dispensation bicycles outnumber carsThe austere city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, was host to a veteran Indian journalist last month, Pran Chopra, 61, visiting professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, was in Hanoi for eight days, as one,A street scene in Hanoi: Under the new dispensation bicycles outnumber carsThe austere city of Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, was host to a veteran Indian journalist last month, Pran Chopra, 61, visiting professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, was in Hanoi for eight days, as one of Foreign Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao’s party. This was the second time that Chopra has been in Vietnam; in 1945 he had spent over a year in the region as a war correspondent for All India Radio (AIR), covering China, Indo-China, Thailand, Burma and the Indian north-east. During that time Chopra often had long conversations with Ho Chi Minh, the legendary father of Vietnamese nationalism.Between 1945 and 1982, Chopra has had an illustrious innings in journalism spanning four decades. He was chief news editor at AIR, editorial director of the Press Foundation of Asia and Editor of The Statesman. In this report, he documents the changes and the present character of Hanoi and the Vietnamese.In basic outward appearance, Hanoi still looks like the city it was when I first saw it in 1945, at the time of the Viet Minh revolution. Revisiting it now, with Foreign Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, I rejoiced to see that at least outwardly all the landmarks I remembered had been left untouched by the war or had recovered from it. Hotel Metropole still stand, under the new name of Hotel Reunification which it acquired in 1976; I had spent several memorable weeks in it 37 years ago.Around it still stand all the main buildings which had then constituted the heart of French colonial Hanoi as distinct from the older, native city a short distance away. To the right and rear of the hotel, the Opera House still overlooks the large public square in which I had witnessed some thunderous rallies of the Viet Minh Front a few days before Vietnam proclaimed itself independent.advertisementCheerful chiidren playing cards: Simple amusementsIn front of the hotel is the historic building, seat of the French administration in Hanoi till 1945, which Ho Chi Minh took over as the seat of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Vietnam. In it I had spent hours in conversation with him, his diminutive frame hidden behind a table too large for him, only his face peeping over it – the face of a philosopher who enjoys his reputation as an uncle with a puckish sense of humour. The total modesty of his style – a coat frayed at the collar, a pair of trousers often washed but never pressed, a sola pith hat which was once white, and bare feet in flip-flop rubber chappals – made a mockery of the aloof style of the colonial architecture around him.Simplicity: This time I saw him embalmed and still, in an imposing black mausoleum built by the Russians, and I wondered what he would say if he ever saw himself there, because when I met him in New Delhi after he had been to see Rajghat, he said with feeling: “This memorial to Gandhi is as beautiful in its simplicity as Gandhi himself.” Much more in character with Ho Chi Minh is the nearby house in which he lived; very simple, and made beautiful by its proportions and regard for orderliness.Behind the mausoleum is a large tree – once a sapling he brought from India – and all around is Ba Dinh, an enormous empty space once, but now paved with stone and landscaped, where in September 1945 Ho Chi Minh read the Proclamation Of Independence at the largest public meeting I have seen outside India.The writing of the proclamation was itself an act typical of Ho Chi Minh. He wrote it by hand and then typed it himself, squatting on the floor in the backyard of an inconspicuous house in the Vietnamese part of Hanoi, taking forty winks in between on a wooden bench. At that time he was still underground. A day or so later he surfaced, and this had an electrifying effect on the Vietnamese population, although the effect weakened as one moved from the native city to the graceful, shady, broad, well-proportioned boulevards and avenues of the French quarter.These roads are still as beautiful as they were earlier. Perhaps more so, because the trees are forty years older, taller and more stately. Most buildings on either side are still very elegant in an unpretentious kind of way, and it was delightful recalling how chic it all was despite the three years or so of Japanese occupation.advertisementBut the place which was once famous for its beauty, and later for the deathless heroism of its people, has now been forgotten by the world. Everything betrays this fact. A country which was so much on the front pages in every capital is rarely heard of now. Fewer airlines fly to it in a week than fly in a day to each of the three cities which surround Vietnam in a triangle – Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong.The airport of Hanoi is like an abandoned barracks. The arrival hall would be too humble for an ordinary school. The departure lounge is of framed mats and cracking plywood. Access to the town is over a 2 km-long bridge which miraculously hangs together but cannot do much more. The few lorries and buses which pass over it are rusty hulks with spluttering engines which often fail and block the narrow bridge.Emptiness: The commercial quarter of the city is drab in any season, but more so in Hanoi’s very cold and grey winter. Nothing remains of the styles of France it sported once. There are fewer cars on the roads than in any suburb of New Delhi. Most of them are either diplomatic or governmental; and if the latter, they are invariably of Russian make.The buildings are run down, because though care is taken the money required for their proper upkeep is hard to spare. Some have been occupied, in an empty sort of way, by the form-filling bureaucracy of a socialist state. Some have been equipped with the modest amenities provided by a socialist state which has yet to make a go of it.Privately run establishments are not much more lively. Restaurants wait emptily for customers, drapers wait for both customers and cloth. Consumer goods stores have more consumers than goods, and such goods as they have – are tawdry. Things give the impression that time passes but nothing ever changes.There is a greater bustle of people in the older and more Vietnamese part of Hanoi: long bazaars of small shops, lines of pavement vendors in their conical hats of ‘nons’ and an unending stream of bicycle traffic. There are probably more bicycles here per hundred of population than anywhere else in the world.Most of them are of an older vintage than anywhere except in an Indian village, because even a middle-ranking civil servant would need his full salary for two years to be able to buy a new cycle. But the bicycle carries all manner of things, and it claims and gets the right of the way over everything – pedestrians, cars, crowded buses and trams. Only acrobatic children get the better of it!But in the Vietnamese part of the city too, commercial life is of the most elementary kind. In few shops are there goods worth more than a couple of thousand rupees. Most vendors carry only small head or hand baskets with things worth no more than a score of rupees or so. What would any of these people think if they saw the burgeoning supermarkets of other South-east Asian capitals? This is further evidence that the tide of commerce which has swept through the rest of that region has only pushed Hanoi further to the sidelines of the region’s economy.advertisementEgalitarian Society: But there is a third aspect of life in Hanoi which takes longer to come into focus than either the state of its commerce or the still surviving beauty of the old French administrative quarter. And, this aspect displays the better face of socialism. There is almost total absence of any great disparities – and this does not mean that everyone has been levelled down; there is a great deal of levelling up as well.My own attention was drawn sharply to this aspect, unintentionally, by a man who seemed to be complaining that Vietnam was sliding away from socialism. Trying to substantiate this charge he said: “Look at it even now. Some people cannot afford even bicycles while others ride about on motorcycles.” His scale of disparities was wholly unrelated to what happens elsewhere, and he gave more evidence of this.He is a middle-level government employee and has a basic salary of just under 300’dongs’, which is roughly equal to Rs 300. That puts him at just about the middle of the salary spread in government service, where the lowest salary (and this is the minimum wage everywhere and it is enforced) is about 160 dongs and the highest is just over twice as much. Beyond the salary come certain perks at very senior levels, such as an office car.But his grouse was that some people paid 5 per cent of their salaries as house rent while others had to pay only 2 or 3 per cent! Then we talked about entertainment, such as taking a friend out for dinner. “A modestly good meal would cost us 10 dongs per head, but a really good one such as a successful merchant may buy would cost 60 or 70 dongs.” How rich would this rich merchant be? “A good one can make 5,000 dongs a month.”This absence of excessive riches at the upper level, plus the government’s pricing policies for essentials explains why a dong goes much further in Hanoi than a rupee does in New Delhi. There are some aberrations at both the lowest and highest ends of the pricing range, like a house for less than five rupees a month! These are unhealthy, and the Government is now grappling with them. But a durable aspect of Vietnamese socialism is that Hanoi shows none of the glaring contrasts between extreme riches and extreme poverty which mar the glamour – so popular with tourists – of almost every other Asian capital.Wholesome Life-styles: There is some begging, but very little, being entirely limited to the very aged or disabled, and there also the begging bowl is concealed as a basket containing odds and ends for sale. Hardly any ill health is seen on the street, and when it is, it goes more with age than poverty. Totally absent are two scourges of city life in most places: delinquent youth and vagrant children.Hanoi has more than its measure of the two ‘opposites’, mostly seen in socialist societies: clean and good behaviour among young people and good health and bursting cheerfulness among children. Their amusements are simple, inexpensive and clean and comprise very full sources of fun for them without becoming causes of urban problems, as they certainly are in most South-east Asian cities, the more so in the nearest one, Bangkok.Hardly ever is a very well dressesd woman seen in Hanoi, and fewer still are attired expensively. In that respect too, life on the boulevards of Hanoi has certainly been toned down from what it was.The human condition seems to be good in the countryside as well. Visibly, life in the villages along the roads is almost uniformly healthy, perhaps more than in Hanoi. Signs of prosperity are even fewer than in Hanoi, but the welfare average seems higher, and probably higher than in the villages of some of the richer countries of this region.Be it in the capital or in the villages: the dominant impression which even a brief visit provides is that Vietnam – can and intends to – build its future upon an ample supply of good manpower, positive in its outlook, of healthy physique, of orderly behaviour and discipline and uncorrupted as yet by the social symptoms which are sweeping through the rest of South-east Asia in the wake of brilliantly successful commercialism.It is true that there are some weaknesses creeping in here and there. Problems of staying power may arise if food shortages are not remedied soon. There are signs of lethargy and unconcern at lower levels of administration. But these are as yet only pimples on the smooth surface of Vietnam’s largest asset: its manpower, which has a capacity to suffer without losing resolve.INDO-VIETNAMESE RELATIONS: TIES ACROSS THE OCEAN Vietnam has made it as plain as it can that it desires a very close relationship with India, both economic and political. Closer than it has with any country outside the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance, (Comecon).This was explicitly said during the Indian Foreign Minister Narasimha Rao’s recent visit to Vietnam, and was made even plainer by the unreserved warmth of the reception accorded him. On his part, Rao also became more forthcoming than India has been of late. He announced some economic assistance on the spot and promised some more.In a far-reaching move, the two sides also agreed that instead of ad hoc steps, as hitherto, a long-term plan of across-the-board assistance should be drawn up on the basis of a report on Vietnam’s needs. The report is being prepared by a team India sent there under the very competent leadership of G.V.K. Rao, a former secretary to the Indian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Reconstruction.The economic reasons for Vietnam desiring such closeness with India are evident. The simplest and most compelling is that a country which has suffered such utter devastation for so long needs help from all the sources it can tap-and Vietnam can tap only a few. The US, which broke all records in raining destruction upon Vietnam, has not only refused the assistance it (in Hanoi’s eyes) had promised; it has also applied every diplomatic pressure it can to prevent its friends, allies and international aid agencies from helping Vietnam.China has used not only diplomatic pressure but military onslaughts, too, for disrupting Vietnam’s economic recovery. Vietnam’s neighbours in the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) have also suspended economic relations – either, as Hanoi sees it, because of these pressures or, as they claim, because of their opposition to the “invasion” of Kampuchea.That leaves Vietnam with only the Comecon as a major source of aid which in fact, means the Soviet Union. Cuba is too far away. Many East European allies have their own problems, and Hanoi is daily reminded of this by a huge railway workshop on the outskirts of the city which Poland started to build but has not been able to complete.Of the West Europeans, Sweden has been steadily generous and bold in resisting American pressure, and now France is stepping in to some extent. But the others are lukewarm. So is Japan. That only leaves India, and Vietnam turns to her in very obvious need.Test Case: In fact Vietnam wants India to be the foremost non-communist source, because it believes India’s help would be very apt. Vietnam’s foremost needs are in agriculture and rail transportation, and India’s experience and resources are the most relevant, apart from being nearest.Vietnam also thinks India’s help can be a test case of South-South cooperation, for two reasons: unlike many developing countries, Vietnam has consciously opted for less advanced technology for its industrialisation, partly because it lacks the money for the more advanced technology and partly because it realises it can absorb the less advanced kind more cost-effectively. Secondly, of all Third World countries opting for Third World help, Vietnam has the most highly motivated population, an important assest for the more labour intensive technologies that India can offer.There are also some political reasons for seeking an Indian connection. Vietnam hotly denies any differences with Moscow, but surely realises that if it were not seen as wholly dependent upon Russia its relations with Asean neighbours might become less difficult.More important, India is a good bridgehead with the Third World and the non-aligned – perhaps also with Asean on the Kampuchea question. Of all countries which have recognised Kampuchea, India is the least unpopular with Asean. Those which have not recognised it are, of course, not popular with Vietnam.But what is in the deal for India? Two fears are expressed by some. One is that for many years Vietnam will only receive, not give,and a poor country like India cannot afford that. Second, Asean’s displeasure will cost India more than Vietnam’s goodwill is worth. There is substance in both fears, but they are exaggerated.Potential Power: Anything can happen of course, but the greater likelihood is that Vietnam is going to be an important power factor in South-east Asia, and one fairly congenial to the overall pursuance of Indian foreign policy both in this region as well as globally. On the other hand, the collapse of Vietnam is not in India’s interests (nor in Asean’s, as some members of this group recognise).Therefore, India’s enlightened self-interest advocates some help for Vietnam as it struggles to get out of its present difficulties, especially economic ones. An important question for India is, of course, whether this would harm India’s economic interests within Asean, which are at least as important.The Asean countries have always had only those economic relations with India which make good economic sense to them. This has been so for two good reasons. One is that India has never had the kind of political closeness with the West which would persuade the Asean countries to give some political backing to economic relations with India, or which would persuade the West to use its leverage with Asean in India’s favour. The second is that India does not have such political clout with Asean that it may use it to promote its economic interests.On the other hand, with Indo-China states you can only have economic relations to the extent that they harmonise with the political. The best thing for India would be that relations between the Asean and Indo-China groups are such that India can safely have good relations with both.
LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Matthew Wright against Blackwater defenders. PBA IMAGESTwo teams made their tournament debuts in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Friday night, but only one ended up satisfied with the result.Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas, in fact, seemed pretty amazed at how his team held off a young and pesky Blackwater side, 103-98, at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra has picked up veteran Jared Dillinger after the former national team standout was dropped to the unrestricted free agent pool by Meralco.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ The Bolts leaned on a strong third quarter to seize control of the game and not even the 31-point output of Rain or Shine import Denzel Bowles could alter the outcome.Matthew Wright scored a team-best 22 points for Phoenix, 16 of which came in the third period, where he lit the wick of a strong breakaway for the Fuel Masters, who also exploited the sudden absence of leadership on the Elite’s bench.Former best import Rob Dozier and Jason Perkins then took charge in the final period, holding off repeated rallies by Blackwater there.“I expected it,” Alas said when asked about Blackwater’s rally down the stretch. “They’re not 3-0 for nothing. They worked for it. They’re deep. They have three marquee players for nearly every position.”Blackwater, which lost for the first time in four games, kept it close for two quarters before losing momentum when coach Aris Dimaunahan was ejected for flagrant misconduct.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue “I was looking at the stat sheet and we nearly did everything we had hoped to do,” Alas said.The Fuel Masters were the No. 1 team at the end of the elimination round of the Philippine Cup but lost in a semifinal duel with eventual champion San Miguel Beer.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, logisticsThe No. 2 team at the end of the same round then was Rain or Shine, which lost to eventual all-Filipino runner-up Magnolia also in the semifinals.Unlike the Fuel Masters, though, the Elasto Painters didn’t get the midseason conference debut they wanted after dropping a 91-84 to steady Meralco in the second game. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:24Group urges Senate to pass bill on liquor, vape tax hike before yearend02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:42PH 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 Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Thurman must be told why he’s ‘B’ side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Caroline Garcia was forced to retire from her first round match against Alize Cornet at the Brisbane International on Sunday due to a lower back injury.The fourth seed struggled with a back injury last season as well and was seen leaving the court teary eyed on Sunday.The 24-year-old won the first set 6-3 before Cornet claimed the second set 6-3 to force the all-French encounter go into a decider.Garcia was suffering from some discomfort and decided to take a medical timeout before the final set. Following that, she tried to hit a couple of serves before deciding to retire.WATCH”I’ve always had some issues with my back,” Garcia told reporters.”At the beginning of the match I felt a pain in my lower back and it was different than it is normally. It was getting worse and worse and in the end I couldn’t really move. There was no point to keep going.”However, she remains hopeful of playing the Australian Open next month.”I mean, it’s in two weeks, so it’s a long time…with the back it’s always complicated,” she added. “Especially mine, it’s really something I take care of, so it’s kind of surprising for it to show up like this. But we’ll do the best that we can.”It’s a sad sight for Garcia as she’s forced to retire from her match with Cornet at the start of the 3rd setGet well soon, Caro! #BrisbaneTENnis pic.twitter.com/as94hZHKSE- #BrisbaneTennis (@BrisbaneTennis) December 31, 2017Cornet will met Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round after the Croatian, who travels full-time with her daughter, overcame Germany’s Tatjana Maria 6-4 4-6 6-0.advertisement”I’m very sorry for Caroline. I know what it’s like to have back pain,” Cornet, who went down to Karolina Pliskova in last year’s final, said in a courtside interview.”I hope she recovers for the next tournament in the Australian Open. I cannot say I’m glad to be through this way, but the adventure continues for me.”Last year, I had a super run to the final and I have very good memories. I hope to go as far as possible.”Elsewhere, seventh seed Anastasija Sevastova beat local favourite Sam Stosur 6-1 6-3, while Ana Konjuh tamed Kiki Bertens 6-1 6-2.In the men’s section, Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov caused a minor upset with a hard fought victory over sixth seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-4 7-6(3).(With inputs from Reuters)ALSO WATCH:
TweetPinShare0 Shares EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan saw enough to finally reveal the New York Jets’ worst-kept secret. Yes, Geno Smith — and not Michael Vick — will be the team’s starting quarterback this season.“He’s done everything that we’ve asked,” Ryan said after Smith threw a touchdown pass in the Jets’ 35-24 preseason loss to the Giants on the night of Aug. 22.Smith had a solid preseason and took about 80 percent of the snaps with the starters over Vick during training camp, making the announcement a mere formality. But Smith looked every bit like a cool and confident starting quarterback in this one, finishing 9-of-14 for 137 yards, including a 1-yard scoring toss to rookie Jace Amaro.“This is no slight to Mike Vick, believe me,” Ryan said. “I wanted to come out of this knowing we had two really good quarterbacks that we can win games with, and I know, in my heart, that we have two we can win with.”Smith was given every opportunity this summer to show he has progressed from a shaky rookie season that ended with three wins in the last four games. “I think he’s taken off from where he left off,” Ryan said.Smith, who threw 12 touchdown passes and 21 interceptions last year, was happy to get the official nod from Ryan.“It’s a big deal,” he said. “But nothing’s going to change for me. … I think I did some good things, but I’ve got work to do.”Vick, who signed in March and immediately labeled Smith the starter, showed he can still make things happen on offense, too. He also threw for a touchdown with the Jets’ starters, and the defense mostly shut down Eli Manning before the Giants’ backups rallied.Vick replaced Smith to start the second half, and after a rough first series in which he was sacked and then lost a fumble, led an 11-play, 76-yard drive that was capped by a go-ahead 3-yard TD toss to Eric Decker against the Giants’ backups. Vick finished 4-of-5 for 35 yards in his two series against the Giants (4-0).“I think it’s great for Geno,” Vick said. “I knew the entire time that Geno was going to be the starter, but Geno went out and proved that he’s capable of running this team and putting this team in a position to win.”Manning, still adjusting to new coordinator Ben McAdoo’s offense, struggled most of the way but hit Rueben Randle for a 15-yard touchdown with 5 seconds left in the first half. Manning was 12 of 21 for 139 yards, including his first scoring pass of the pre-season.“The last drive of the first half was very welcomed, obviously,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “We could finally move the ball. Eli made some great plays. I thought we ran the ball well early in the game, but didn’t have anything to show for it.”Much of Manning’s production came on the scoring drive, during which he was 7-of-10 for 89 yards. He came in struggling, going a combined 7-of-16 for 49 yards in the Giants’ first three games.“We were able to get into a little rhythm and showed what we could do,” wide receiver Victor Cruz said. “It’s something to build on, no question.”After some mild trash talk during the week spiced up the matchup, the Giants’ victory gave them bragging rights over their stadium co-inhabitants in the MetLife Bowl — aka, the “Snoopy Bowl.”Coughlin received the trophy that features a bronze football-playing Snoopy after the game, as well as $30,000 from MetLife to the team’s charity of choice. The Jets (2-1) also received $20,000 for charity.Rookie running back Andre Williams, who fueled some of the hype for the game by saying the Giants are “the real New York team,” had a 1-yard touchdown run with 6:12 left that put the Giants up 28-24.Giants backup Ryan Nassib threw three touchdown passes in the second half: 3 yards to Henry Hynoski, 39 yards to Preston Parker and 31 yards to Corey Washington. Nassib finished 8-of-12 for 103 yards.Third-stringer Matt Simms threw an 11-yard scoring pass to Greg Salas to give the Jets a short-lived 24-21 lead with 10:50 remaining.Vick started the second half with the starters and was sacked by Damontre Moore on his first play. He then fumbled a handoff on the next play — with Moore recovering for the Giants.“I was just going out there and trying to humiliate the opponent in the worst way possible, when I realized it was Michael Vick,” Moore said. “I didn’t know it was a sack at first, then I realized that I just sacked Michael Vick.”Nassib and the Giants took advantage, scoring five plays later on Hynoski’s touchdown catch on which he reached over the goal line and touched the pylon.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)
ATHENS (AP) — Dimitris Pelkas scored twice as PAOK thrashed Panathinaikos 4-0 Sunday in the Greek league.Pelkas scored in the eight minute with a swerving long-range shot and made it 2-0 in the 51st from close up after evading three defenders.Efthimis Coulouris added a penalty in the 67th and Aleksandar Prijovic completed the rout in the 78th.Panathinaikos lost Emanuel Insua to a second yellow card in the 66th for handling the ball inside the area, just before PAOK’s third goal. Ten minutes later, PAOK’s Robert Mak was dismissed for pushing an opponent.Second-place PAOK is a point behind leader Olympiakos and one point ahead of Atromitos and AEK. Atromitos beat Levadiakos 1-0, and AEK hosts Kerkyra on Monday.Also, Asteras won 3-1 at Apollon, and Lamia drew 1-1 at Giannena.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Rishabh Pant got one back at Tim Paine for the banter he was subjected to while he was batting as the Australian captain came to the crease to bat on Day 4 of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne on Saturday. Pant was teased by Paine over MS Dhoni’s inclusion back in the T20I side and his exclusion, telling him they could use him at Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.On Saturday, Pant welcomed Paine to the crease with some banter of his own calling him a “temporary captain” and telling Ravindra Jadeja that Paine only knows how to talk.”We have got a special guest here. Have you heard the word temporary captain ever. You [Jadeja] don’t need anything to get him out. Come on lads.”He loves to talk, that’s the only thing he can do. Only talking talking,” Pant sledged from behind the stumps which was picked up by the stump mic.It was Rishabh Pant’s turn for some fun on the stump mic today… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/RS8I6kI55fcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2018After the end of the over, on-field umpire Ian Gould had a word with Pant and was seen explaining him something.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test Day 4: Live Cricket ScoreThe behind-the-stumps banter has been a regular feature of the last two Tests matches between India and Australia.On Friday, Pant used Dhoni’s reference to sledge Pant and asked him if he could babysit for him.advertisement”Tell you what big MS is back in the one day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes.. They need a batter.”Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a water front apartment””Have him over for dinner.”Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids,” Pant bantered.Earlier in the match, Paine even sledged Rohit Sharma and tried to distract him by having IPL conversations with Aaron Finch, who was fielding at short leg.This is what Paine said behind Rohit Sharma:”It’s a bit of a toss up between Royals and Indians for me. But if Rohit hits a six now, I’m changing to Mumbai.””You’ve nearly played for every team now,” Paine said. “Except Bangalore,” replied Finch.”Except Bangalore?” Paine questioned.Paine also took to sledging during the Perth Test against Murali Vijay saying, “Murali, I know he’s your captain. But you can’t seriously like him as a bloke.”Paine had a run-in with Indian captain Virat Kohli as well, something that created a bit of a controversy with the idea if things crossed the line. However, both captains played down the incident by saying it was all on the field.Kohli was rumoured to have said to Paine that he was the best player in the world while Paine was just a stand-in captain. However, BCCI negated the rumours saying Kohli had said nothing of that sort.”If he messes it up, it’s 2-0,” Kohli was heard saying, which was picked up by the microphone after he and his teammates made a loud caught-behind appeal for Paine in the final over of the day.Paine did not hold himself back and replied “You’ve got to bat first, big head”.On Day 4, Kohli even almost ran into Paine while fielding with Paine saying, “You’re the one that lost it yesterday. Why are you trying to be cool today?”After the incident, on-field umpire Chris Gaffaney had to intervene and tell them to behave like captains.Also Read | Tim Paine trolls Rishabh Pant: MS Dhoni back in the ODI side, want to play for Hobart?Also Read | Rohit Sharma responds to Tim Paine’s IPL banter: If he gets a hundred, we’ll buy himAlso See:
Romelu Lukaku will be a “big loss” for Manchester United, says Paul Ince, with the Red Devils taking a risk in “copying a Liverpool model” and parting with an old school striker.A Belgium international frontman has been allowed to leave Old Trafford for Serie A giants Inter.Lukaku has taken a proven record in the Premier League with him and those left behind at Old Trafford have opted against bringing in a like-for-like replacement. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Ince fears that could cost United, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly taking inspiration from arch-rivals at Anfield when it comes to piecing together a new-look attacking unit.The former Red Devils, Liverpool and Inter midfielder told Paddy Power: “It’s a tough one with Romelu Lukaku, because the fact of the matter is he is always going to score you goals. Last season you could see the signs that he wasn’t happy, that he wanted to leave.”There were signs that the end was approaching for him, but what he does offer is guaranteed goals in the net.”As a club, for United to suddenly lose 20 or so goals that he nets, that’s a big loss and they should have replaced him – his goals will be missed.”It puts a lot of pressure on Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. In my eyes, for United to be performing well, Rashford needs to be netting 20-25 goals this season and I’m not yet sure if he’ll do that.”I look at United and I feel like they’re almost copying a Liverpool model. They got Virgil van Dijk in and United got Harry Maguire in, and it seems they’ve gone for three forwards too, pacey players like [Anthony] Martial, [Jesse] Lingard and [Marcus] Rashford – I don’t see where Lukaku fits into that – so I’m not surprised Ole let him go.”But that does put extra pressure on the younger lads to find the net. The fact is, Lukaku is a goalscorer, he’s always been a natural goalscorer but the ball has to be placed right in front of him.”He has to be fed and he will score you goals, and I’m sure he’ll show that at Inter Milan.”Having played there myself, it’s a great move for him. It’s a wonderful club and a wonderful place to live, it’ll be a great experience. The expectations will be huge on him because he’s come from United, and there’ll be nowhere to hide, but he should relish that.”Solskjaer’s side had no problem finding goals without Lukaku in their 2019-20 season opener against Chelsea, as they ran out 4-0 winners on home soil, but there will be tougher tests to come.
zoom Although its combined container throughput increased in the third quarter of 2017, Singapore-listed container port business trust Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust) saw a drop in its earnings for the period.The company’s profit for the three months ended September 30 was down by 16.4 percent and stood at HKD 678.5 million at the end of the period, compared to HKD 812 million reported in the third quarter of 2016. Revenue and other income for the quarter decreased by 1.3 percent to HKD 3.22 billion, from HKD 3.26 billion seen a year earlier.Combined container throughput of Hongkong International Terminals Limited (HIT), COSCO-HIT Terminals and Asia Container Terminals Limited (ACT) (collectively HPHT Kwai Tsing) increased by 12.8 percent as compared to the same quarter in 2016, primarily due to higher transshipment cargoes and additional throughput from a new customer. The container throughput of Yantian International Container Terminals (YICT) increased by 13.8 percent as compared to the same quarter in 2016, mainly due to growth in the US, Europe, empty and transshipment cargoes.Average revenue per TEU for Hong Kong and China were below last year mainly attributed to greater volume of concessions offered to certain liners, as well as, certain revision on tariffs following the mergers and acquisitions of some liners.HPH Trust informed that its profit for the first nine months of 2017 was at HKD 1.61 billion, decreasing by 27.7 percent from HKD 2.23 billion seen in the same period a year earlier. The company’s revenue and other income was down by 2.9 percent to HKD 8.69 billion, against HKD 8.95 billion reported in the corresponding nine-month period of 2016.Combined container throughput of HPHT Kwai Tsing increased by 6.6 percent for the nine months ended September 30 as compared to the same period in 2016, while container throughput of YICT increased by 7.9 percent.In a separate announcement, Hutchison Port Holdings Management unveiled its plans to voluntarily wind up a number of dormant wholly-owned subsidiaries as part of the efforts of HPH Trust to rationalise its structure and that of its subsidiaries.The dormant subsidiaries include Classic Outlook Investments Limited, Keen Source Limited, Senior Win Limited, Southocean Resources Limited, and Tonsan Limited.The winding-up of these dormant wholly-owned subsidiaries is not expected to have a material effect on the earnings per unit and the net tangible asset value per unit of the group for the financial year ending December 31, 2017, the company informed.
Washington: YouTube has recently made “significant revisions” to its hate speech policy and removed over nine million videos in the last quarter as part of a process to reduce the spread of harmful content, according to Google’s Indian-American CEO Sundar Pichai. But he acknowledged that the platform was too big to completely fix the problem. YouTube, which is owned by Google, has come under fire in the last couple of years, as controversial and supremacist content has continued to show up on the popular site despite the company’s attempts to filter it out. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “We work hard to get right, and every few years we feel the need to evolve them because we see changes in how the platform is getting used,” Pichai told CNN. “Just last week, we had significant revisions to our hate speech policy (which) appear(ed) to be very focused on removing harmful content and reducing the spread of what we think of as borderline content,” the 46-year-old Indian-American CEO said. “Just last quarter, we removed over nine million videos. And so, it’s an ongoing process, but there’s more we need to do and we acknowledge that, Pichai said. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails When asked whether there will ever be enough humans to filter through and remove such content, Pichai said, “We’ve gotten much better at using a combination of machines and humans.” “So it’s one of those things, let’s say we’re getting it right 99 per cent of the time, you’ll still be able to find examples. Our goal is to take that to a very, very small percentage well below 1 per cent.” “Any large scale systems, it’s tough,” Pichai said. “Think about credit card systems, there’s some fraud in that. … Anything when you run at that scale, you have to think about percentages,” he said. When asked why it took them seven years to realise that those videos should not be up and ads should not be running next to those videos, Pichai said, “It’s heartbreaking for sure and, all of us would look back and we wish we had gotten to the problems sooner than we did.” “But I think we became aware collectively of some of the pitfalls here… We’ve changed our priorities and we have put in a lot of head front there and we’ll continue to do that, Pichai asserted. Responding to another question, Pichai acknowledged that privacy in itself has become a crisis. “I think it’s very, very – you know, given the scale at which information is flowing, I don’t think users have a good sense for how their data is being used,” he said. “We need better frameworks where users get that comfort that they are in control of their data, how it’s used, and they feel like they have agency over it. And so, I think it’s an important moment for all of us to do better here,” Pichai said.
HALIFAX – A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge will allow constitutional arguments in a case where the province decided a man’s personalized licence plate was offensive to women.Lorne Grabher had his licence plate with the text “GRABHER” — his last name — revoked last year after government officials agreed with a complainant that it was a “socially unacceptable slogan.”In a court hearing on Wednesday, lawyer Jay Cameron of the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms asked for the right to argue that the wording of regulations for personal licences are so vague that they violate the guarantee of freedom of expression in the Charter of Rights.Cameron said in an interview that Justice James Chipman allowed Grabher amend his original motion.Grabher’s lawyers can now make constitutional arguments against the regulation, rather than simply seek to have the government’s ruling overturned.The court also set fresh dates for a trial, with the matter now scheduled for one year from now, on Sept. 5 and 6, 2018.
A spokesman said today Mr. Annan expects Razali Ismail to discuss with Prime Minister General Khin Nyunt and other Government leaders ways to revive the process, which came to a standstill after Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was detained on 30 May.”The Secretary-General remains concerned about the well-being of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and other NLD (National League for Democracy) leaders and reiterates his call that they should be released without further delay,” the spokesman said.”He expects his Special Envoy to meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, find out her condition and work with Government officials towards her immediate and unconditional release,” he added.Mr. Annan has called for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s release ever since her latest detention. Mr. Razali will visit Myanmar from 30 September to 2 October 2003 – his 11th mission.
Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, Farhan Haq said Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed had spoken to the press in Geneva last night, and had said that the significance of having in Geneva both delegations to the Yemen consultations should not be underestimated. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended the opening of the consultations on Monday and told the press that the parties in Yemen had a responsibility to end the fighting and begin a real process of peace and reconciliation. “Yemen’s very existence hangs in the balance. While parties bicker, Yemen burns,” Mr. Ban underscored at that time. Today, Mr, Haq noted that Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said that after meetings with both parties, he clearly communicated to both delegations that the number of participants should be limited to an overall number of 10 persons per delegation. According to the spokesperson, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed said both the Yemeni and international community are looking to the Geneva consultations as a peaceful way out of the conflict and to safeguard the achievement of Yemen’s transition as set out in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) agreement and its implementation mechanism, and supported and followed by various Security Council Resolutions, including Security Council resolution 2216 (2015) and the outcome of the National Dialogue. “He added that discussions will hopefully foster mechanisms that create confidence, increase the chances of implementation of the different Security Council resolutions and ensure that compromises on one side will not be abused by the other,” said Mr. Haq.
Brock University student Jessica LewisFourth-year Brock University Recreation and Leisure Studies student Jessica Lewis won a gold medal for Bermuda Thursday night at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games.After finishing sixth in the 800m T53 final earlier in the day, the 22-year-old dominated the 100m T53 final Thursday night.Lewis’ Parapan record-breaking time of 17.67 seconds was nearly a full second faster than silver-medal winner Ilana Dupont of Canada. Another Canadian, Jessica Frotten, finished third in the race.“It’s an absolute honour to be able to bring home a medal and for it to be gold,” Lewis said Friday. “Para sport isn’t that big in Bermuda yet, so I’m hoping it will get things going and more people will become aware of para sport.”It was an historic night for Bermuda as Lewis’ gold was the first medal ever won by the country in a major para games. She went on to finish fifth in the 400m T53 final Friday night.Though originally from Bermuda, Lewis trains five days a week at Brock and spends her weekends in Mississauga.After the Parapan Am games wrap up, Lewis is heading home to Bermuda Monday for a brief break before returning Sept. 4 to prepare for her fourth year at Brock.Click here to watch video of Lewis taking gold in the 100m final.Click here to read an interview with Lewis in Bermuda’s Royal Gazette newspaper.Earlier in the week, Brock University alumnus Joel Dembe (BSM ’07) won a bronze medal in wheelchair tennis doubles. Dembe and partner Philippe Bedard, of Quebec, beat an American duo 6-4, 6-2 to take the medal.Dembe, from Hamilton, has said he is retiring from the sport and won’t try to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
By now you are probably well aware that one of America’s most beloved science fiction writers, Ray Bradbury, passed away at his Los Angeles home, at the age of 91, on June 5th. While some people think it to be a coincidence that Bradbury died during the recent transit of Venus across the sun, fans of his work find it fitting that he would pass during a notable scientific event. Bradbury had a large impact on not only the sci-fi literature genre, but also on the children and teenagers that would grow up to be the driving force towards humanity reaching out into the solar system in hope of one day traveling to planets like Mars.A testament to this impact is the fact that NASA saw fit to affix a digital version of Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles the hull of the Phoenix Martian Rover in the form of a burned DVD. Written in 1950, The Martian Chronicles is a collection of loosely related fictional stories depicting humanities struggle to flee from the potential of nuclear war on Earth to try and find refuge on the Red Planet. Many of the ideas Bradbury put forth in the novels seemed fantastical at the time, but modern day efforts to explore Mars smack of the science fiction writer’s vision of what it would be like to visit there.What’s interesting is that this reflects the widely used term called the “butterfly effect,” which was coined from Bradbury’s novel The Sound of Thunder in which a man on safari steps on and crushes a butterfly causing drastic change on the future. It can be argued that Bradbury’s passion and vision for space travel that is communicated in the Martian Chronicles had a large role in the fact that humanity now has rovers traversing the planet’s surface.Bradbury’s penchant for predicting the future doesn’t exist solely with the his Mars writings, in fact those pale in comparison to the number of things that Bradbury talked about in his novel Fahrenheit 451. Take a look at following list of things that he successfully predicted:Earphones and Bluetooth headsets. Characters in the book walk around sporting “seashells” and “thimble radios” attached to their ears that they use to communicate with each other.Flat screen televisions. The central character in the book fears for his wife who spends all her time interacting with her “parlor walls” which indeed are large televisions. She is able to acquire scripts and act out the lines of the characters that are missing in her drama shows since she doesn’t have enough of the walls to display everything.Self driving cars. In his short story The Pedestrian (which is speculated to be loosely tied to Fahrenheit 451), Bradbury talks about the idea of an intelligent vehicle that can both drive itself and arrest people (Knight Rider anyone?). This past year we have seen Google get approval in Nevada for its autonomous vehicles to be on the road legally.ATM machines. Characters in the novel make use of automated banking machines, technology that didn’t exist in the 1950’s. They are very similar to what we use in modern times.The death of the physical newspaper and novel. The entire basis of Fahrenheit 451 is the idea that books and newspapers fall victim to television entertainment as the populations main source of information absorption. With online retailers reporting that sales of e-books are beginning to outpace printed novels and with the dropout in readership of the printed word in newspapers, Bradbury’s prediction of the dominance of electronic media is another that has come true in modern times.While Bradbury is seen primarily as an author who had a profound effect on his literary genre, in reality his reach has been much wider. While his novels may not be required reading in our schools anymore (which blows my mind), his ideas are talked about everyday with the people uttering the words usually not knowing the origins of the topics they are discussing. Ray Bradbury will certainly be missed, not just for his amazing science fiction writing, but also for his visionary foresight into cultural phenomenons.
An education bill the U.S. Senate passed last week includes several provisions that boost the role of Alaska Native tribes. The bill, called “Every Child Achieves” re-writes the law known as “No Child Left Behind,” a key piece of the domestic legacy of President George W. Bush.Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who sits on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, says she added a provision requiring states and school districts to consult with tribes and Native parents as they develop education plans.Download Audio“I think it’s time that our tribes and our Native organizations throughout the country will be part of designing the plans and shaping the programs used to improve schools that serve our Native students,” she said on the Senate floor.The bill establishes a competitive grant program to support Native language immersion schools. The legislation doesn’t authorize a specific amount of money for the grants.Murkowski also used the bill to revise the Alaska Native Educational Equity Program. The long-standing grant program last year gave some $30 million to Alaska school districts, the University of Alaska, tribal groups and non-profits. Murkowski says if the bill becomes law, future grants will go directly to tribes and Native organizations that have expertise running education programs, or to tribes that partner with school districts.“This will not only honor our constitutional relationship to Alaska Natives but ensure that they can take on more responsibility for helping their children succeed,” she said.The bill passed the Senate by a wide margin. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised it for easing the mandates of No Child Left Behind and reducing the amount of testing that eats up classroom time. But Duncan also says the bill doesn’t do enough for low-performing schools.
Download AudioBiologist Ian Hewson with a striped sun star. (Photo courtesy Elliot Jackson)Starfish from Mexico to Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula have been hammered by a wasting disease that causes their arms to melt into goo and fall off.Researchers believe a virus called a densovirus is behind the widespread outbreak.Cornell University microbiologist Ian Hewson has come to one of the last starfish strongholds, the Aleutian Islands, to suss out what makes this disease so virulent.“It is definitely the most geographically extensive marine disease ever seen. It’s huge,” he said standing on a beach on Unalaska Island. “It’s wiped out millions and millions of sea stars. In some cases, up to 95 percent of the sea stars are gone—completely changed the coastal ecosystem structure. But fortunately, it hasn’t been out here yet.”With help from local divers, Hewson has collected healthy sea stars from several bays around Unalaska.Divers brought up sun stars, mottled stars, and other species from as deep as 130 feet underwater.Hewson is shipping the healthy invertebrates back to his lab in Ithaca, New York.He said the long trip to the Aleutians and the hassle of shipping water bags with live sea stars across the continent is worth it to find out what’s driving the disease.”This is the only population that’s left, pretty much, that’s unexposed,” Hewson said.Researchers have peered into the disease’s gruesome outcome as the sea stars slowly liquefy.“They’re basically undergoing what’s known as programmed cell death,” Hewson said. “They’re killing themselves.”Without healthy sea stars to study, scientists have little hope of understanding how the disease takes hold.Many sea stars are considered “keystone species”: remove them, and whole ecosystems can change dramatically. Hewson said in many areas hit by the wasting disease, sea urchins and mussel populations have exploded in the absence of a key predator.Brenda Konar with the University of Alaska Fairbanks reports that the sea star wasting disease has been spotted in a couple of sunflower stars found off Adak in the western Aleutians this summer.Konar said UAF graduate student Ben Weitzman saw hundreds of sea stars, of many different species, as he did sea urchin surveys on various islands in the Aleutian chain. None of the sea stars showed signs of disease, except for the two sunflower stars, which are normally only found hundreds of miles to the east.“Historically, they weren’t found on Adak,” Konar said of the pizza-sized sunflower stars that have up to two dozen arms. Their once-dense populations have wasted away in the Lower 48 and British Columbia.Before the outbreak, populations of the predatory sunflower stars were “just ridiculous” in the inland seas of Washington and British Columbia, according to Hewson.“There were undersea mountains of sea stars,” he said. “Divers were afraid of avalanches of sea stars down slopes.” Crab fishing became a waste of time: Crab pots would come up overrun with sunflower stars.But sunflower stars aren’t native or common out in the western Aleutian Islands. Konar thinks the few seen there may have arrived in the ballast water of a big ship. None of the hundreds of native sea stars spotted off Adak showed signs of the wasting disease.According to Ian Hewson, citizen scientists have played a big role in keeping tabs on the underwater outbreak.“So if you see diseased sea stars, by all means, take a photo of it,” he said.Hewson said to send photos to a site like seastarwasting.org or to a local scientist, like Melissa Good of UAF in Unalaska, who works on ocean conservation.“That will help us a lot in figuring out when it actually hits this island,” Hewson said. “Hopefully, it won’t hit for a while, but from what we know about this disease, it will probably sweep through here at some stage in the future.”Scientists still don’t know whether other widespread changes, like climate change or ocean acidification, have fueled the rapid spread of this disease in the past two years. Konar said the virus does better in warmer water; Hewson said the disease appears to have spread to new areas in the winter, not the summer.“We know so little about the disease and how it spreads that it’s hard to predict,” Konar said.
Amaravati: The AP government has issued orders transferring seven IPS officers in the state. Y Rishanth Reddy is appointed as Narsipatnam ASP, K Arif Hafeez as OSD Rampachodavaram, Vakul Jindal as ASP Rampachodavaram, Rahul Dev Singh as Commander of Greyhound squadron, Ajitha Vejendla as Additional SP (Admin) Visakhapatnam, Gouthami Sali as Bobbili ASP Grade-1 and Garud Sumit Sunil as Parvathipuram ASP Grade-1.
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SAN SALVADOR — El Salvador has vowed to arrest 17 retired soldiers accused of killing six Jesuit priests and two women in 1989.The announcement came two days after a Spanish judge sent a new request to international police agency Interpol demanding their arrest.“We consider compliance with international arrest warrants to be mandatory, and we must proceed with immediate implementation by the Salvadoran authorities,” Salvador’s human rights ombudsman David Morales said late Wednesday.In 2011, the former soldiers evaded a Spanish order for their arrest by taking refuge in military barracks in San Salvador.They also secured a ruling from El Salvador’s Supreme Court saying they were protected by an amnesty that pardoned the atrocities committed during the 1980-1992 civil war.See also: Remembering the Jesuits: Seeking justice in El Salvador after a quarter-century A rose garden planted at the site of the 1989 murders by the school’s gardener, Obdulio Lozano, husband of Julia Elba Ramos. Photo by Joeff DavisBut this time, Morales urged the High Court to “proceed immediately to ensure the arrest of the accused.”Spanish High Court Judge Eloy Velasco has reissued the orders for the arrest of the former soldiers.They include Col. Inocente Montano, a former vice minister of public safety who is serving a 21-month sentence in the United States for immigration fraud.Morales urged the United States to allow his extradition to Spain.He also called on the military to “abstain” from blocking the arrest of the former soldiers.Five of the priests killed in November 1989 were Spanish and one was Salvadoran. The soldiers also killed the priests’ housekeeper and her daughter. Facebook Comments Related posts:On 35th anniversary of Romero’s murder, Salvadorans remember him finally as a martyr The pen against the swords: Author Jorge Galán seeks asylum after threats in El Salvador El Salvador’s ‘voice of the voiceless’ beatified El Salvador ex-President Francisco Flores in a coma after stroke