Sena ridiculed for attending NDA meet

first_imgDays after boasting of hosting a ‘delicious dinner’ at Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s residence Matoshri, the party’s sudden U-turn in accepting BJP chief Amit Shah’s dinner invitation at Delhi is an act of submission and has raised questions over its intention, said the Opposition on Tuesday.Mr. Thackeray on Monday joined the dinner hosted by Mr. Shah for the members of ruling NDA, following which he held a brief meeting with him in which both leaders are said to have discussed the upcoming presidential election.Ironically, last month Sena had ridiculed the talks about dinner at Delhi saying those who want party’s support are welcome to visit Matoshri where delicious food is served. The Sena’s aggressive stand against the BJP since the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation polls had ignited talks about a possible break-up between the two old-time allies. In the recently concluded budget session of the State Legislature, Sena MLAs were in the forefront along with the Opposition to demand farm loan waiver.“In his talks with Prime Minister, Uddhavji aggressively put forward the demand of farm loan waiver. While he congratulated the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision, he asked the PM to implement the same in Maharashtra as well,” said a Sena leader. Speaking about the presidential poll, the leader said that the Sena has made no commitments as of now. “Let us first know who the candidate is. We will declare our stand after that,” he said. According to other sources in the Sena, Mr. Modi’s visit with Mr. Thackeray is also to cool down heated relations between both the parties. “We do not have ideological differences with the BJP. We have been demanding respect from the other side which was given to us in this meeting,” he said.‘Double standards’The Opposition, however, did not leave the opportunity to target the Sena for its ‘double standards’. “Sena was never honest about its stand over the farm loan waiver. Had it been honest, it would have stepped down from the State and Central governments without delay,” said Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil.last_img read more

Goa to seek revised target for iron ore extraction

first_imgPanaji: The Goa Mines and Geology Department will seek an enhanced target of 8 million tonnes for iron ore extraction and exports till June this year before the advent of monsoon. This move comes in the wake of the Goa leaseholders reaching the cap of 20 million tonnes in the financial year 2016-2017 for the first time since Supreme Court partially lifted ban on iron ore extraction and exports in May 2013.The Director of Mines and Geology, Prasanna Acharya, told The Hindu on Tuesday that the government has moved the Supreme Court for enhanced production limit to raise the annual cap to 30 million tonnes, based on the recommendation of the expert committee set up by the court. He said if the approval is received, his department would equitably distribute the target among the leaseholders over eight months as mining activity comes to a halt in the monsoon months of June to September.Zero toleranceMr. Acharya said that at a meeting of the representatives of the miners\leaseholders last week, he stressed on regulation and monitoring of the extraction and transportation of the ore. There would be “zero tolerance” to reckless driving and fatal accidents, he said. Emphasis would also be laid, he added, on efficient and scientific mining and transportation, with minimal dust pollution, to the jetties where the ore is taken over by river transport.Fixing responsibilityHe said for the first time his department has decided to use “carrot and stick policy” to incentivise leaseholders for reporting illegalities and irregularities in the sector. “We have put it in the minutes that while the reporting leaseholder would be rewarded and confidentiality maintained, the erring leaseholder would be penalised with cut in the allotted annual extraction quota.”Mr. Acharya said it has been mandated that the leaseholder will own responsibility for compensation in case of accident during transportation of ore. He said the Director of Mines would come into the picture later to hear the various parties involved including leaseholder, trader, transport contractor, owner of vehicle and driver before fixing responsibility and the decision of the Director would be final.In case of a fatal accident the leaseholder would immediately be required to deposit ₹10 lakh with the mining department, ₹5 lakh in case of serious injuries and ₹1 lakh for simple injuries to be paid to the victim or dependents.Moreover, in case of a fatal accident involving even an empty truck on the ore transportation route, the department will deduct immediately one lakh tonnes from the annual quota allotted to the leaseholder. The meeting was attended by representatives of eight mining lease-holders.Genesis of the banThe initial ban by the Supreme Court followed submission of thee Justice M. B. Shah Commission Inquiry report on illegal mining which estimated a ₹35,000 crore loss to Goa State exchequer due to illegal mining. The report had also directed the Centre and State to probe the illegalities and irregularities in the mining sector and punish the guilty.Activists opposed to illegal mining, Claude Alvares and Ramesh Gawas, who have been fighting the State legally as well as through the village communities, have expressed disappointment that nobody has been held accountable by the government so far for all the illegalities. They have also approached the Bombay High Court questioning the decision of the State to allot mining leases to most of those miners who were indicted in the report.Goa exported around 50-54 million tonnes of iron ore, annually, at the peak of boom in Chinese steel industry, earning foreign exchange worth over ₹20,000 crores. The ban by the Supreme Court ban grounded the industry.last_img read more

We need Mamata in fight against BJP, says CPI(M) leader

first_imgAt a time when there is a tussle between the State and Central Committees of the CPI(M) over joining forces with the Congress, Central Committee member Gautam Deb has hinted that the party may join forces with the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to keep the BJP out of power in Bengal.TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee, however, brushed aside Mr. Deb’s remarks.“If Mamata Banerjee is honest about fighting the BJP’s communal politics, then she can talk to us and we can discuss the issue. We want to ensure that the BJP does not get a single seat in Bengal,” Mr. Deb told The Hindu on Sunday.The CPI(M) wanted to “unify all the secular democratic forces against the BJP” and the TMC was “necessary” for the purpose. “Currently the main danger to the country and Bengal is the BJP. If such a right wing party gains influence in the State, there will be no democracy and minority rights. We need Mamata Banerjee in our fight [against the BJP],” he said.However, CPI(M) insiders told The Hindu that Mr. Deb’s remarks had not gone down well with a large number of State Committee members. “Several State Committee members have opposed the comments,” said a State Committee member.The TMC leadership, however, said it was “too early” to comment on Mr. Deb’s remarks. “We don’t see any reason to take his [Mr. Deb’s] remarks seriously. I don’t have any reaction,” party Secretary General Partha Chatterjee said.last_img read more

TMC wins four out of seven civic bodies in West Bengal

first_imgThe Trinamool Congress (TMC) continued its political dominance in West Bengal by winning four of the seven civic bodies that went to the polls on May 14.The ruling party not only swept Domkal, Raiganj and Pujal in the plains, but also won the Mirik Notified Area in the Darjeeling hills. This is the first time in the last three decades that a political party from the plains has been able to snatch victory from the hill parties that have dominated the political scene in the hills.Of the nine wards in Mirik, TMC won six wards and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) three. The GJM won three other civic bodies in the hills of Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong.Neither the BJP nor the Left Front and Congress combine was able to put up any resistance to the TMC in the polls. Interestingly, a Congress councillor, after winning the Domkal Municipality, switched sides and joined the TMC soon after results were announced.Allegations of irregularities and violence in Domkal, Raiganj and Pujali were raised by the Opposition. The Congress has approached the Calcutta High Court seeking the cancellation of the elections in the three civic bodies.last_img read more

Kejriwal in Punjab after poll rout

first_imgThe AAP’s national convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visited Punjab on Monday, over two months after the party faced a drubbing in the State Assembly election. The results, he said, may have been below expectations, but the people had chosen the AAP to represent them as the main Opposition party and the party would do complete justice to this role. “AAP has been formed with the aim of cleansing the corrupt political system. We will be continue our fight with public welfare as our sole aim,” he said. He said the restructuring of the party organisation in Punjab would be completed very soon.last_img read more

MP alleges plot to kill Bimal Gurung

first_imgBJP MP from Darjeeling district S.S. Ahluwalia has alleged that an unknown agency is trying to eliminate Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) president Bimal Gurung in an encounter. “Some agency wants to eliminate him [Mr. Gurung], but I will not allow this to happen. As long as I am a public representative of the area, I will not allow this to happen,” Mr. Ahluwalia said on Saturday. This is Mr. Ahluwalia’s first visit to the constituency after the hills plunged into political instability in June 2017 when agitations broke out demanding Gorkhaland. He inaugurated a passport office at Siliguri and promised to visit the Darjeeling hills soon. Mr. Ahluwalia was elected to the Lok Sabha from Darjeeling in 2014 with the support of Mr. Gurung. In the changed political circumstances, Mr. Gurung, who has a number of cases filed against him by the West Bengal government, is on the run and GJM leader Benoy Tamang has been appointed chairperson of the regional autonomous Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) by the government.Reacting to the allegations, Mr. Tamang said the political culture in Darjeeling had changed and there was no threat to anyone’s life.last_img read more

Case filed against woman for vulgar Facebook post on Assam legislator

first_imgA case has been filed against a woman in Assam’s Nagaon district for an alleged Facebook post with vulgar comments on an actor-turned-Assam BJP legislator.A BJP supporter on Sunday filed an FIR against one Priyanka Kalita for uploading two photos of BJP legislator Angoorlata Deka on social media and questioning her morality, besides calling her names. Ms. Kalita, who claims to be from Tinsukia in eastern Assam, deleted the post after it generated outrage.The BJP supporter said Ms. Deka had asked him to file the case against the woman. “We are taking up this case with all seriousness but have to find out whether Ms. Kalita’s is a fake or genuine account. The process has been started for requesting social media platforms to help,” Shankar Brata Rai Medhi, Nagaon district’s Superintendent of Police, said.Another abusive videoLast week, the police had detained a 16-year-old boy from Golaghat town for an abusive YouTube video on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. The video, peppered with slangs, criticised the BJP for trying to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.The police said the boy, who deactivated his account, was booked under Section 500 and 505 of the Indian Penal Code pertaining to defamation and public mischief in addition to Section 67 of the Information that deals with publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form. “We have sent him to the Juvenile Justice Board that let him go after counselling in an observation home,” a Golaghat district police officer said.last_img read more

Quarrying doom foreseen in Kaziranga

first_imgA report by the divisional forest officer has underlined the imminent threat that Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and prime one-horned rhino habitat, faces from unscientific stone quarrying in its vicinity.The 884 sq. km. Kaziranga is also a tiger reserve with one of the highest population densities of the striped cat. The National Tiger Conservation Authority had on April 20 asked the Assam government to immediately stop all mining, quarrying and stone crushing activities in the Kaziranga-Karbi Anglong landscape.The southern edge of Kaziranga adjoins the hilly Karbi Anglong — the park’s animals flee there during high floods.“There are numerous waterbodies and streams flowing down the Karbi Anglong hills and joining larger streams, including the Diffolu river, to flow into the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve area. The stone quarrying process is affecting the water quality and thereby affecting the wildlife habitat in and around Kaziranga, and the environment as a whole,” the June 26 report by the DFO of the Eastern Assam Wildlife Division to the National Park’s director said.Recently, environment activist Rohit Choudhury obtained this and other similar reports by officials submitted after field visits. He had petitioned for them via the Right to Information Act.“The [stone quarrying] process will also affect soil quality and will have an impact on the vegetation and agricultural fields downstream and around the area,” the DFO’s report said, adding that the threats had been outlined in a letter to the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council in October last year.Natural springs The report further said the unscientific quarries were blocking natural springs originating from the hills and physically changing the course of water flow. “There is also a higher degree of siltation and increase in turbidity of water due to the carrying of unfertile soil from the quarrying sites by the rains during monsoon season,” it said.“The quarrying process is also causing noise pollution in and around the southern boundary of the Bagori, Kohora and Burapahar ranges [of the KazirangaNational Park]. Noise pollution is adversely affecting animal behaviour and their movement in these areas,” the report said.B.V. Sandeep, assistant conservator of forests, Eastern Assam Wildlife Division, had made similar observations in his report on February 28.“These reports are evidence that the Assam government ignored the NTCA recommendations and made a mockery of Kaziranga’s World Heritage Site tag by not taking any action to close down the illegal stone quarries operating in the Karbi Anglong hills within 10 km from the boundary of the National Park,” Mr. Choudhury told The Hindu.last_img read more

Sanatan Sanstha protests calls for ban

first_imgA day after the Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (ANiS) launched the ‘Jawab Do’ campaign on the fifth anniversary of Dr. Narendra Dabholkar’s murder, a number of fringe right-wing outfits under the umbrella of the Sanatan Sanshtha staged a march in the old part of the city, protesting against calls for outlawing the outfit.The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) and the Veer Savarkar Yuva Sena, among others, participated in the two-hour march, which began at the Bajirao Road area and ended at the Kasba Peth area.Targeting the late Dr. Dabholkar’s anti-superstition outfit, the demonstrators carried placards which read ‘Jawab Do ANiS’ and ‘We are all Hindus’. “We will not let the government proscribe us at any cost. The agencies are persecuting our members, who are innocent. We are a legal outfit and have always abided by the Constitution,” said Parag Gokhale of the HJS.On the arrest of Sanatan sympathiser and terror suspect Vaibhav Raut, Mr. Gokhale said a large number of people attend programmes hosted by the Sanstha, and it doesn’t mean they were activists of the organisation. The repeated allegations against them was a deliberate ploy to malign the organisation, Mr. Gokhale said.Sanstha members further denied allegations that the outfit had any connection with the murders of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, Communist leader and writer Govind Pansare, scholar M.M. Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh.“Without concrete evidence, the then chief minister Prithviraj Chavan put the blame on the Sanatan Sanstha for Dr. Dabholkar’s death. If he had not acted so rashly, then perhaps the real killers would have been found today,” said Mr. Gokhale. In 2011, when the Congress-led UPA government was in power at the Centre, Mr. Chavan, as the Chief Minister, had sought for a ban on the Sanstha under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act on grounds that it was ‘divisive’ and ‘violent’.On Monday, Mr. Chavan, along with senior Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, had reiterated his call for a ban on the Goa-based outfit while alleging that the real masterminds of the crimes were being protected.At the same time, Mr. Chavan questioned the timing of arrests (of Raut, Sharad Kalaskar, Sudhanwa Gondhalekar and Sachin Andure) made by the probing agencies just before August 20 on Dr. Dabholkar’s fifth death anniversary, pointing out sudden changes in the investigation narrative. “Each time, new names are coming up in the investigation, giving it a completely new direction,” he said.last_img read more

Burglary at The Hindu’s Pune office

first_imgBurglars broke into a number of offices including that of The Hindu newspaper in the city’s Rasta Peth area late Thursday.According to the police, the break-in occurred sometime after 10 p.m. on Thursday. Around half-a-dozen offices, including those of a couple of medical practitioners, located inside the Mittal Court building were broken into.Office sources at The Hindu said that desk drawers were damaged and a small amount of cash was stolen. However, laptops and other valuables remained untouched.“It appears that the miscreants broke in through the wash rooms of some of the offices. We are examining the CCTV footage for further clues. We are yet to ascertain the exact amount of cash stolen from other offices,” said an official attached to the Samarth Police Station. A complaint of theft has been lodged at the Samarth police station. Authorities are investigating further.last_img read more

Modi govt more responsible for CBI tussle: Mayawati

first_imgBahujan Samajwadi Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Wednesday said that the Narendra Modi-led government was “more responsible” for the crisis in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) than its officers.Ms. Mayawati said more than the officers of the CBI, the Central government was “responsible” for the current crisis and tussle within the CBI.The four-time former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in a statement issued said “due to the malicious, casteist and communal policies and functioning” of the BJP government, “every high-level government, constitutional and autonomous institution has been put in crisis and under stress.”Ms. Mayawati said the crisis within the CBI had become a “matter of concern for the nation,” and with the continuous debates over its internal wrangling, people’s trust in the agency had shaken.last_img read more

Assam killings: Sadiya top cop transferred

first_imgThe Assam government on Monday transferred Sadiya Superintendent of Police Prasanta Sagar Changmai in an expected move after unidentified gunmen killed five Bengali people at Bisonimukh-Kherbari, about 45 km from Tinsukia, five days ago. Mr. Changmai was made to swap charge with Debajit Deuri, the commandant of the 24th Assam Police Battalion in western Assam’s Baksa district. The transfer order came after Mr. Changmai ordered a probe against the officer-in-charge of the Saikhowaghat police outpost who allegedly ignored a call for help from the villagers soon after the five were killed.The outpost, set up around the time the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge – India’s longest at 9.15 km – was opened, is barely 500 metres from the village. The outpost adjoins a helipad constructed for the chopper that flew Prime Minister Narendra Modi in for the inauguration of the bridge in May 2017. “The villagers complained that those manning the Saikhowaghat outpost did not receive phone calls after the incident happened. They then called up the police station at Dhala (about 7 km away), whose personnel arrived some time later,” Mr. Changmai told The Hindu.The Saikhowaghat outpost personnel also “inexplicably” failed to hear the gunfire. Some 30 empty cartridges had been recovered from near a culvert where the five were killed.ULFA leaders’ visitA team of pro-talks United Liberation Front of Asom leaders, headed by its general secretary Anup Chetia, would visit Bisonimukh-Kherbari village to meet the families of the victims. The ULFA leaders on ceasefire mode would be going as members of the Khilonjia Mancha, a forum of the indigenous. “We don’t want the blood of innocent people to be spilled over a political issue. We want to share the grief of the villagers,” Mr. Chetia said.The anti-talks faction of ULFA (ULFA-Independent) headed by the fugitive Paresh Baruah, is believed to have struck at the minority Bengali village by taking advantage of the unrest in Assam over the Centre’s bid to pass the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.Many in Assam fear that the Bill, if cleared by Parliament, would lead to the dumping of Bangladeshi Hindus on Assam. The bill proposes to give citizenship to non-Muslims who came from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan till December 2014 fleeing religious persecution.last_img read more

Bihar seat-sharing: Upendra Kushwaha serves ultimatum on BJP

first_imgRashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) president Upendra Kushwaha on Saturday said he would wait till November 30 for a final decision on seat-sharing.Mr. Kushwaha said he would not make any move from his side to approach any BJP leader to discuss the issue of seat-sharing, except Prime Minister Narendra Modi.“Once I would like to meet the Prime Minister and apprise him about everything…it was because of him I’d come into the NDA”, Mr Kushwaha told journalists after the party’s executive meeting in Patna.At the meeting, his party leaders “rejected” the seats offered to them by the BJP for 2019 Lok Sabha election.However, he refused to disclose the number of seats offered to his party by the BJP.“Until November 30, I’ll not disclose anything on the seat-sharing issue…it was an internal issue”, he said.Slams Nitish KumarMr. Kushwaha slammed Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his party leaders for making efforts to divide the RLSP. “Such an act is deplorable and condemnable…Nitish Kumar should refrain from such activities.” There was a “group of NDA leaders in Bihar who doesn’t like to see Narendra Modi as PM again,” he alleged.Mr Kushwaha said the law and order situation in the State had “worsened”. “Everyday murders, kidnappings and rape incidents are taking place in the State…several of my party leaders too have been killed but it seems there is no one to take notice of it”, he charged.At the meeting, the RLSP also made proposals to set off a campaign “siksha mein sudhar, jan jan ka adhikar (reform in education, right of everyone) from November 28 at every district headquarter. “Party will also organize unch-neech virodh diwas (anti upper and lower caste day) from November 28”, he said.2 party MLAs absent at meetingParty MLAs Lallan Paswan and Sudhanshu Shekhar were absent at the meeting. However, party MP Ram Kumar Sharma was present.Earlier, both the RLSP legislators had a meeting with ruling party JD(U) leader Prashant Kishor and Mr. Nitish Kumar.The buzz in political corridors is that both are likely to join the JD(U) with a ministerial berth to Sudhanshu Shekhar and a parliamentary ticket to Lallan Paswan from Sasaram.“I’m also hearing all these things from media…but yes, both my party MLAs were absent from the party meeting today”, said Mr. Kushwaha.last_img read more

For U.S. Ecologists, Shutdown Could Have Long-Term Effects

first_imgNature doesn’t stand still. For scientists who keep tabs on important but constantly changing ecosystems, that fact looms large as the U.S. government shutdown continues.Ecosystem studies often depend on extensive time-series data sets to tease out sometimes subtle shifts, and missing even a single field season can create unfillable gaps. Scientists are used to having peers pull the plug on their research as part of the merit review process, and they also know that some research interruptions are inevitable. But they’re bristling at the prospect of losing data as a side effect of an unrelated political brawl.One casualty of the shutdown is a 23-year study based at Palmer Station in Antarctica that tracks how fluctuations in annual sea ice affect the polar biota, including the continent’s penguins. The project is led by Hugh Ducklow, a biological oceanographer at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, New York. And this week the team, some of whom just arrived, learned that they would have to turn around and go home next week unless Congress resolves the spending showdown by Monday.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)“In the past, bad weather might have meant we lost days or weeks of data,” Ducklow says. “But we’ve never had an entire year’s interruption.”Ducklow’s study is one of 26 Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). And although many LTER sites have sufficient money in the bank to operate despite the shutdown, they aren’t immune from the crisis.Getting the cold shoulderThe Palmer LTER site, established in 1990, is on standby because of NSF’s decision this week to put all three U.S. Antarctic stations on caretaker status. The agency has no money to pay the contractor, Lockheed Martin, which provides logistical support to the stations.The timing couldn’t be worse for Ducklow and his team, which studies how fluctuations in annual sea ice affect the polar biota, including the continent’s penguins. Several members showed up this week at the station after a 4-day transit of the Southern Ocean to prepare for the start of the penguins’ breeding season later this month. It’s a very dynamic situation: The native Adélie population crashed in the late 1990s and is down to about 2000 breeding pairs. At the same time, Gentoo penguins, a non-native species whose range has been expanded because of the warming temperatures at the pole, have become dominant.The researchers would normally be getting ready for 5 months of fieldwork that includes observing the adult birds’ foraging behavior, recording nesting sites and the birth of chicks, and monitoring the offspring’s development. But instead, they have been frozen out: All of their equipment has gone into cold storage, and at press time they were scheduled to return to Chile via ship before flying backing home in the United States.Ducklow’s research also involves a 5-week research cruise up and down the Antarctic Peninsula starting in early January that collects oceanographic data to correlate sea ice fluctuations with the birds’ breeding cycles. The cruise, which he’s done for 22 consecutive years, is on the U.S. research icebreaker Laurence M. Gould, the same ship that ferries scientists and supplies between Chile and Palmer. Of course, the Gould’s schedule will need to be rearranged after the shutdown ends, and it’s anybody’s guess whether Ducklow and his team will retain their place in the queue.Being hung out to dryAnother shutdown victim is Scott Collins, an ecologist at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. His LTER project is based at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge south of Albuquerque, which is now closed as a result of the shutdown.Collins’s team is examining how climate variability affects this confluence of urban and arid biomes. Fall is also a very active time for the project, which since 1988 has tracked how flora and fauna fluctuate in response to rainfall, the region’s lifeblood. This summer’s monsoon season was 50% heavier than normal, and the deluge has triggered explosive growth in net primary production—or the total growth of plants and other organisms.October is when his team would be out measuring that production—tallying the increase in biomass and doing a census of small mammals, among other things—so it could be compared with data from previous years taken in the same month. And timing is important, Collins says: “If we wait too long, the plants will have started dying, and the data will be goofy.”One of Collins’s goals is to understand how climate variability affects the soil’s ability to sequester carbon. “We think it sucks in a bunch of carbon during a big wet year and then exhales it slowly,” he explains. “So the question is, ‘What would it take for the soil to accumulate carbon over time, rather than lose it all the next year?’  ”But this year, Collins may not be able to collect data to help answer that question. “Closed means closed,” he’s been told by refuge managers, which translates into no access for researchers.Location has become a major concern for several sites, says Collins, who is also chair of the science council that sets policy for the entire network. A total of 10 LTER sites are on land managed by federal agencies, he says, and each agency has its own response to the shutdown. For example, the Forest Service, a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is allowing research to continue at five sites even though almost all of its employees have been furloughed, he notes. In contrast, scientists working at Sevilleta and a site in the Florida coastal Everglades, which is managed by the National Park Service, “have been kicked out.” Both are on lands owned by the U.S. Department of the Interior.Many LTER projects use automatic sensors and remote telemetry to collect some of their data. But sensors don’t obviate the need for humans to be onsite. Last month, for example, feral dogs hunted down and killed a Barbary sheep in an area of the Sevilleta site that houses a thermal heating installation. The savage nighttime attack uprooted several components and left a mess that researchers had to clean up. “You just never know what could go wrong,” Collins says, shaking his head. “And sensors need to be tweaked regularly.”Political peer reviewCollins and Ducklow don’t expect their projects to continue forever, of course. But they do expect that any decision to defund their research will be made by their peers, as part of a scientific assessment, rather than because of a partisan battle that has nothing to do with science.Ecologist John Moore, who directs the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, is acutely aware of how gaps in a time series are a fact of scientific life. Three years ago, he lost funding for an LTER-based time series that goes back 30 years. “It’s never desirable to have gaps in our data,” he admits. “But I don’t think it’s an irrevocable loss.”Moore is principal investigator for the Shortgrass Steppe (SGS) LTER site in northern Colorado, which NSF declined to renew in 2010. Since then, Moore says, he and his team have used close-out money “to prioritize what we can measure, and adjust our sampling schedules to fit our reduced resources.”The loss of the SGS LTER “sent shock waves through the community,” Collins says, and Moore agrees that it was a major setback for the lab. But it hasn’t ended his research on rangelands ecosystems, work he began as a graduate student in zoology at CSU in 1982.“I can guarantee you that everybody has had a gap in their data for some reason—a storm, a vacation, a temporary loss of funding, or whatever,” Moore says. “I’ve worked in the Arctic, and there have been times when I’ve brought back ice cores and found that the airline had left the cooler sitting on the tarmac, in 90° weather.”“If people are honest with themselves,” he adds, “they will admit that it’s not the end of the world.”last_img read more

ScienceShot: The First-Known Comet to Strike Earth

first_imgA black, diamond-spackled pebble just a few centimeters across is the remainder of a comet that struck Earth almost 29 million years ago—making it the first direct evidence of a comet exploding in our atmosphere, scientists say. The stone, which the scientists named “Hypatia” after an Alexandrine mathematician and philosopher, was found in 1996 among tumbled bits of yellow sand glass (also known as the Libyan Desert Glass) scattered across tens of kilometers in southwestern Egypt, near the border with Libya. The glass itself, one large polished piece of which has a prominent place in a necklace that belonged to Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen, has been dated to 28.5 million years and has long been thought to be the result of a meteorite impact or an airburst caused by a comet breaking up in Earth’s atmosphere. To determine its origin, scientists performed a range of tests on the tiny pebble, examining its mineralogy, bulk chemistry, carbon isotope, and noble gas content. The stone’s noble gas content supports an extraterrestrial origin, while the presence of tiny diamonds—larger than nanodiamonds found in a common kind of meteorite called chondrites, but similar in size to diamond aggregates known to be formed by impacts—supports a cometary origin. The stone is also markedly carbon-rich, more so than other known extraterrestrial material aside from comets, the researchers will report in an upcoming issue of Earth and Planetary Science Letters. All of this, they say, points to a cometlike object entering Earth’s atmosphere, where it exploded, cooking the desert sand below to 2000°C and forming the Libyan Desert Glass.See more ScienceShots.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(*)last_img read more

Static Electricity Defies Simple Explanation

first_imgIf you’ve ever wiggled a balloon against your hair, you know that rubbing together two different materials can generate static electricity. But rubbing bits of the same material can create static, too. Now, researchers have shot down a decades-old idea of how that same-stuff static comes about.The same-material phenomenon produces important real-world effects, such as generating lightning in volcanic eruptions, gumming up the processing of powders in manufacturing, and causing explosions in grain elevators. Physicists thought they understood what was going on, but suddenly “the dominant theory appears to be dead,” says Troy Shinbrot, an applied physicist at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, in New Jersey who was not involved in the new work.The balloon trick involves rubbing two different insulating materials—your hair and the latex of the balloon—that hold on to electric charges with different strengths. So more positive electric charge builds up on one and more negative charge collects on the other. Like charges repel one another, which explains why your hair then stands on end. You might think that rubbing pieces of the same material wouldn’t create static, as they hold charges with the same strength. But charging can happen if the pieces are of different sizes. In 1986, John Lowell and William Truscott of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the United Kingdom explained how that might work.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(*)They imagined rubbing a small insulating sphere across a plane of the same material, which stands in for a large object. They assumed that the two surfaces were speckled with energetic electrons trapped at random spots, presumably because they had been kicked out of their usual lower energy niches within the material. When surfaces touch, the negatively charged electrons can jump from their high-energy perches on one surface to low-energy states on the other.If equal numbers of electrons hopped in both directions, nothing much would change. But that’s where the size difference comes in. As Lowell and Truscott explained it, only one point of the sphere touches the plane, and it has just a few electrons to give and a larger number of empty states with which to absorb them. In contrast, a larger streak of the plane comes in contact with the sphere, so it has plenty of electrons to give. So more electrons hop from plane to sphere than vice versa, leaving the sphere negatively charged and the plane positively charged and creating the static. Other researchers showed how the theory could apply to grains of two different sizes.Unfortunately, the theory doesn’t work, report Heinrich Jaeger, a physicist at the University of Chicago in Illinois, and colleagues. They mixed grains of insulating zirconium dioxide-silicate with diameters of 251 micrometers and 326 micrometers and dropped them through a horizontal electric field, which pushed positively charged particles one way and negatively charged particles the other. They tracked tens of thousands of particles—by dropping an $85,000 high-speed camera alongside them. (See video above.) Sure enough, the smaller ones tended to be charged negatively and the larger ones positively, each accumulating 2 million charges on average.Then the researchers probed whether those charges could come from electrons already trapped on the grains’ surfaces. They gently heated fresh grains to liberate the trapped electrons and let them “relax” back into less energetic states. As an electron undergoes such a transition, it emits a photon. So by counting photons, the researchers could tally the trapped electrons. “It’s pretty amazing to me that they count every electron on a particle,” Shinbrot says.The tally showed that the beads start out with far too few trapped electrons to explain the static buildup, Jaeger says. In fact, even if the researchers try to make trapped electrons boil up to the surface by exposing the grains to light, the density of trapped electrons remains less than 1/100,000 of what would be needed to explain the effect, the researchers report in a paper in press at Physical Review Letters.”They show pretty convincingly that the idea of the transfer of these trapped electrons is not valid,” says Daniel Lacks, a chemical engineer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, who applied the Lowell and Truscott theory to granular materials.If the grains aren’t swapping electrons, then where do the charges come from? They could come from hydroxide ions in a layer of water a molecule thick that inevitably coats the grains, Jaeger speculates. Or the charging could involve the transfer of the zirconium material from grain to grain, notes Keith Forward, a chemical engineer at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.Determining which scenario is right may be tough. Repeating the experiment under conditions that would eliminate any water would be very difficult, Jaeger says. Forward suggests that it might be easier to try to detect the presence of hydroxide ions using chemistry. Solving this little mystery could help materials scientists and engineers control the effect, which could be a boon to drug manufacturers and other industries.(Video credit: Scott Waitukaitis and Heinrich Jaeger, the University of Chicago)last_img read more

Indian Court Jails Spiritual Guru For Life in Rape Case

first_imgAn Indian court on Wednesday found a high-profile spiritual guru guilty of raping a teenage female devotee in 2013 and sentenced him to life in prison.The verdict against 77-year-old Asaram Bapu was read out inside the prison where he is being held in Jodhpur in Rajasthan state because of fears that his followers might resort to violence.Read it at Washington Post Related Itemslast_img

Rain-related toll in Rajasthan touches 22

first_imgThe toll in rain-related incidents in Rajasthan touched 22 on Sunday with nine more causalities reported from various parts of the State as Kota and its nearby areas faced flood-like situation due to heavy rain since Saturday night. An elderly woman died in Bhilwara after the roof of her house collapsed, while a man was swept away in a swollen drain and three boys were drowned in another drain in Pali, an official said.Boys drown In Bundi, a 17-year-old boy was drowned in a drain. In Jaipur’s Sanganer area, two boys drowned in a waterbody while one death was also reported from Jodhpur, the official said. Kota is the worst-affected district in the State, where nearly 250 people living in low-lying areas were shifted to safer places by SDRF teams. “Many colonies are inundated. The trapped residents have been shifted to safer places,” Kota District Collector Muktanand Agrawal said. Relief Secretary Ashotosh Pednekar said with nine more deaths in different districts, the toll in rain-related incidents had increased to 22. Kota recorded the maximum 151.8 mm of rainfall till Sunday morning while Sawaimadhopur registered 68 mm of rainfall. Heavy rain occurred in isolated parts of the State, including Bundi, till this morning since Saturday, the meteorological department said. Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer, Ganganagar, Kota registered 113.8 mm, 19.1 mm, 11.7 mm, 10 mm, 9.4 mm and 6.6 mm of rainfall respectively on Sunday. The weatherman has predicted heavy to extremely heavy rain in isolated places of the State till Monday.last_img read more

Golovkin, Alvarez make weight for blockbuster fight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Signature move Alvarez, who was the more stonefaced of the two, sent the crowd into a frenzy as he shadowboxed briefly at the front of the stage — his new signature weigh-in move.Hundreds of people stood on line for hours outside the Grand Garden for the chance to see the weigh-in, chanting and signing along with a neatly-attired Mariachi band.For many, it represented their only hope of seeing either fighter in the flesh as the bout has been sold out for weeks.Las Vegas construction worker Harvey Hernandez attended the weigh-in with his friend Roger Ramirez and said Alvarez has a better boxing style.“I am picking Canelo,” the 26-year-old said. “He is better than Triple G. He is going to outclass him and he is from Mexico.“It won’t go the distance. He is going to get knocked out or he will knock Golovkin out.”READ: Alvarez promises fireworks for Golovkin boutSaid El-Tahan flew all the way from Sweden to watch the fight and says Golovkin must avoid having the decision in the hands of the judges.“Golovkin will win,” said the Malmo police officer. “He is a great fighter and a strong puncher. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Boxer Canelo Alvarez (L) and WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin pose during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. AFP/GETTY IMAGESLAS VEGAS—Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin stepped on the scales at the MGM Grand Garden Arena then came face-to-face for the cameras on Friday (Saturday, Manila), one day before they meet in one of the most anticipated fights in years.Three-belt Champion Golovkin wore black shorts and smiled as he stepped on the scale first weighing the 160-pound (72.5 kg) middleweight limit for Saturday’s world title fight against Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kazakhstan’s Golovkin is putting his World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation, belts on the line but to the uninitiated it might have seemed more like Alvarez was the champ.Alvarez drew louder cheers from the pro-Mexican crowd, stepped on the scale last and made Golovkin wait several minutes on stage before making his initial appearance, which was preceded by a video tribute on the jumbotron screen.The fighters, who once sparred together at Golovkin’s gym in Big Bear, California, then posed amicably during their staredown in front of a crowd of 9,400.That has been consistent with the buildup to the sold-out fight, which has lacked the vitriolic trash talk typical of world title fights.“See you tomorrow. I have been champion a long time. This is boxing and I am a very true guy,” said Golovkin, who goes by the nickname ‘Triple G’ on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT “It won’t go 12 rounds so he must finish him off. If it goes to the judges Golovkin won’t get a fair decision.”Phoenix’s Lorenzo Ventura, 29, said he put a lot of thought into who will win Saturday’s bout which many feel could be the start of a the latest boxing trilogy.“Canelo is going to tire out around the fifth or sixth round,” said Ventura, a part-time boxer, as he headed to his seat in the Garden arena. “Triple G is going to establish his jab and is going to finish him in the 11th round.“When you study both fighters and you see Canelo consistently tire out in the fifth or sixth round fighting smaller men and now he is going to come up in weight class and knock out the most dangerous fighter in that weight class.“The dude (Golovkin) has proven himself over and over again. Jabs win fights. Golovkin lands more jabs accurately than any other fighter in the game. It is that simple.” LATEST STORIES Lyceum rallies to keep slate clean Alvarez was up next, climbing onto the scales in his blue shorts and registering the same 160 pounds for a bout that has all the ingredients to produce a fight of the year.READ: Alvarez, Golovkin seek their places in boxing historyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I am very happy for all the love and support of these fans,” Alvarez told the crowd. “I am going to give them 100 percent. I trained hard and I am disciplined.“I take all this responsibility seriously and I am going to give them a great fight.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Pasaol ready for ‘unli rice’ after torching UST

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES And with a performance to remember, since this came in UE’s lone win in the first round, Pasaol got the green light to indulge on something his coach Derrick Pumaren stopped him from enjoying since the start of the tournament.READ: Alvin unleashed: After scoring 49, Pasaol hopes for 50 next timeFEATURED 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“Manong [Pumaren] gave me a reward today and that is I get to eat an unli [unlimited] rice meal,” said Pasaol in Filipino Saturday. “He won’t stop me now and he really didn’t allow to eat that much because I bulk up easily.”Pasaol’s walking, and playing, weight usually dances between 80 and 90 kilograms but the high-scoring forward doesn’t mind the heft he carries during games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol sat down on his padded chair inside the pressroom of Mall of Asia Arena with sweat dripping from his shoulders as he wiped off his wet forehead.The chunky forward just put up a game-high 32 points days after dropping 49 to pace the Red Warriors to their 96-91 win over hapless University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sablan: UST will be one of the top teams next season MOST READ READ: Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game“I’m really comfortable with my body because I’m a stretch four and I can also bang underneath,” said Pasaol who averaged 40.5 points and 10 rebounds in his past two games.And of the 32 points Pasaol scored against UST, none were bigger than the two that came with only 22.7 seconds left when he gave UE a 94-91 lead en route to the win.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more