Escape of dangerous bacterium leads to halt of risky studies at Tulane

first_imgThe apparent escape from a high-security lab of a dangerous bacterium that led federal officials last month to suspend research on certain high-risk pathogens at Tulane University has left questions about an ongoing investigation of the incident and broader risks.According to a lengthy 1 March news article in USA Today, two rhesus macaques at the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, Louisiana, that fell ill in early November later tested positive for infection with Burkholderia pseudomallei, which is found naturally in soil and water in Southeast Asia and northern Australia. Center researchers had been working with rodents on a vaccine for the bacterium, which can cause a sometimes serious illness called melioidosis in animals and people. The two macaques, which later had to be euthanized, and two other rhesus macaques that tested positive for the bacterium may have been exposed while being treated at the center’s hospital.Adding to concerns, a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigator who visited the site in late January fell seriously ill a day later and tested positive for Burkholderia pseudomallei. It is not clear whether the investigator, who has since recovered, was infected at Tulane or earlier during travel abroad, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced in February. The agency said it had suspended all studies at the center involving select agents, a list of dangerous viruses, bacteria, and toxins that are tightly regulated. 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According to the article, federal officials are still investigating the release of the bacterium. It has not been found in soil or water samples from the site, but USA Today cites studies and documents suggesting that the sampling was not done properly.Tulane University said in a statement today: “Our work with Select Agents was suspended in February as a result of the USDA investigator falling ill after visiting the Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC). Initial blood tests indicate that this investigator, who has since recovered, was not exposed to Burkholderia pseudomallei at the TNRPC. At present there is no evidence of Burkholderia pseudomallei in any human or non-human primate at the TNPRC.”The Tulane incident follows several accidents with risky pathogens last year at U.S. high-containment labs that have fueled concerns about dual-use research, or studies of agents that could potential be used as bioweapons. Last summer, the government called for a nationwide search for forgotten pathogen samples in federally funded labs and a review of safety and security procedures.And in October, U.S. officials halted new federal funding for 18 projects that tweak the influenza, SARS, or MERS viruses to make them more pathogenic or likely to spread among mammals. Federal officials and outside experts are now reviewing the risks and benefits of such “gain-of-function” studies to decide whether they should be allowed to resume.last_img read more

India Rejects Rollout Of Google’s Street View Service

first_imgIndia said on Tuesday it rejected a proposal from Google to roll out its Street View service, which shows panoramic images of roads and other sites.Junior home minister Hansraj Ahir did not give a reason for the decision – though Indian media reported in October that the defense ministry had raised security concerns. Read it at OAN Related Itemslast_img

FDI Via Mauritius Dives In First Half, Singapore Gains

first_imgMauritius, the favourite hotspot of foreign investors to route their investments to India, has witnessed a 69.3 per cent decline in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first six months ended September 2018, according to data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Singapore which overtook Mauritius has turned out to be the preferred country for routing FDI with a 77.77 per cent jump in investments.Read it at Indian Express Related Itemslast_img

Sikkim Gets Its First Airport at Pakyong

first_imgIndia’s Northeastern state of Sikkim entered the aviation map of the country on Sept. 24, with the inauguration of its first airport. The Pakyong Airport, inaugurate by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is 33 km from the state capital, Gangtok, and around 60 km from the Indo-China border.Until now, Sikkim was the only state in the country that did not have an operational airport, NDTV reported. People travelling from or to Sikkim had to go to the Bagdogra airport in West Bengal, which is 124 km from the state. Now Pakyong Airport has joined the land-locked state with the rest of the country via air travel, which will not only ease the travel-related hardships but also promote tourism in the state.The foundation stone of the Pakyong Airport was laid in 2009 by the then Civil Aviation Minister, Praful Patel.The greenfield airport terminal can cater to 50 in-bound and as many out-bound passengers. The first commercial flight from the airport will take off on Oct.4, which will be operated by SpiceJet, PTI reported.While inaugurating the airport, Modi congratulated the people of the state and the rest of the country, saying “Today, it is not only a historic day for Sikkim but also for the country. With the inauguration of the Pakyong airport in the state, the country got its 100th operational airport.”In the Pakyong Airport, Sikkim gets its first airport and India its one hundredth. Today is a momentous day for the aviation sector.Delighted to have inaugurated the airport in Sikkim. Come, visit Sikkim and experience the beauty and hospitality of the state! pic.twitter.com/fZ6ZxIitRj— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 24, 2018The airport is spread over 201 acres, Sikkim Chief Secretary AK Srivastava said, according to PTI. It is located on top of a hill at a height of 4,500 feet above sea level. Built by the Airports Authority of India at a cost of Rs  605 crore, the airport has a 1.75 km runway. It is an “engineering marvel” on account of the soil reinforcement and slope stabilization techniques used in its construction keeping the altitude in mind, the report cited Srivastava as saying.The airport is one of the five highest airports in India, Punj Lloyd, which was awarded the contract for its development, says on its website.Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling also posted the news on his Twitter handle.Ho’nble PM @narendramodi ji dedicates the Pakyong Airport to the Nation,bringing Sikkim in the civil avaiation map. A historic day for us in the State. Also thankful for the gesture of Hon’ble PM for consenting to inaugurate the Airport inspite of his busy schedule. pic.twitter.com/MrGXYIvqrW— Pawan Chamling (@pawanchamling5) September 24, 2018SpiceJet will operate its 78-seater Bombardier Q400 flights to and from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati every day under the Civil Aviation Ministry’s Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme, which aims to enhance regional connectivity, Pakyong Airport Director R Manjunatha was cited as saying by the news agency.He added that initially only domestic flights will be operated from the airport but later it will also provide international flight services, which will connect Sikkim with neighboring countries like Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh.The flight schedule given on SpiceJet’s website says that its flight will leave from Kolkata at 9:30 am daily to reach Pakyong at 10:55 am. From Pakyong, the flight for Kolkata will leave at 11:15 am to reach Kolkata at 12:45 am. The schedule for Pakyong to Kolkata will be changed from Oct.16, when the flight will leave Pakyong airport at 2:50 pm.SpiceJet shared the news on its Twitter handle, saying it takes pride in being the first carrier to operate at Pakyong Airport.The country gets its 100th airport and Sikkim, its 1st. Pakyong, Gangtok is the proud city to earn this laurel. With this inauguration, #SpiceJet will continue to connect the unconnected. We take immense pride in being the first carrier to operate at #PakyongAirport pic.twitter.com/XCvruy7NaY— SpiceJet (@flyspicejet) September 24, 2018 Related ItemsAviationsikkimlast_img read more

8 Indian Companies In Fortune 500 Global List

first_imgIndian Oil Corporation and Reliance Industries are among eight Indian companies to make the 2010 Fortune magazine’s list of the 500 largest companies in the world. The list was topped by Wal-Mart, which had $408.21 billon in revenues. 139 U.S. companies made the list, followed by Japan with 71 and China with 46. Rank CompanyRevenues Billions  125 IOC $54.28 175 RIL $41.08 282 SBI $28.21 307 BPCL $26.59 354 HPCL $23.88 410 Tata Steel $21.58 413 ONGC $21.44   442 Tata Motors $19.51  Related Itemslast_img read more

SC dismisses plea filed by general category students in Maharashtra

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday dismissed applications filed by general category candidates for modification of the court’s June 4 order, which restrained candidates from changing their original preference/option of seats in postgraduate medical courses in Maharashtra after the scrapping of 10% economic reservation in admissions for the academic year 2019-2020.A Vacation Bench led by Justice Indira Banerjee further recorded that no reserved category candidate should be excluded if he or she is found eligible to compete from the general category.The general category candidates’ pleas had sought the apex court to allow them to seek a fresh choice of seats, including seats reverted from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) category to general category.‘Accordance with merit’The applicants had submitted that seats should be allotted to already registered and qualified medical students during manual (physical) counselling, in accordance with merit, without insisting upon previous choice/ options exercised by them.One of the applications filed by Sagar Damodar Sarda said the original exercise of options by the applicants and other qualified students “cannot be termed as valid exercise in facts of the given case when the said exercise was itself restricted by operation of EWS quota which is now not applicable for the current academic year”.‘Not in 2019-2020’It said the “provisional seat position of postgraduate courses in government/ government-aided/ BMC and central government medical colleges, published by the Government of Maharashtra, State Common Entrance Cell would further reveal that there were several seats, discipline wise – college wise which were earmarked for EWS students (only); before the said reservation scheme (for EWS) was directed not to be applicable for this academic year 2019-2020” by the apex court on May 30.The candidates had alleged the authorities, even after issuance of directions by the Supreme Court, did not call for fresh choice filling, to enable students in order of merit to participate afresh in the re-counselling process. “The inaction has seriously prejudiced rights of the applicants and is arbitrary and malfide exercise of powers; antithesis to the concept of rule of law,” Mr. Sarda’s application had submitted.On June 4, the Supreme Court had directed the Maharashtra government to hold the last round of physical counselling for postgraduate medical and dental seats by June 14.Interim directionThe June 4 order had followed an interim direction in May to the State to not implement the 10% economic quota for the PG medical and dental admissions for the 2019-20 academic year. The Maharashtra government had issued two notifications in February and March 2019 to implement the 10% reservation for the economically-deprived classes. They were stayed by the apex court in a recent order.The court had slammed the Maharashtra government for “creating a mess” and troubling candidates who aspire to complete their post-graduation.last_img read more

25,000 evacuated in Kolhapur, Sangli

first_imgWhile the flood situation due to discharge of excess water from dams improved in Pune city, it remained extremely grim in urban and rural pockets of Kolhapur and Sangli districts in on Tuesday where continuing showers completely threw life and communications out of gear.Authorities said an estimated 25,000 people stranded in Sangli, Kolhapur and Satara were evacuated by locals and disaster management teams, including those of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF).Milk supply to these districts will be hit as the Kolhapur District Milk Cooperative, known as Gokul, has decided to shut supply operations on Wednesday in view of the adverse rain and water-logging situation.People in low-lying areas were taken out in boats and shifted to schools run by the civic bodies of these districts even as water began flooding urban pockets of Kolhapur and Sangli. Schools and colleges in these districts remained shut on Tuesday and are likely to remain closed on Wednesday too.Power supply to more than 85,000 consumers in Kolhapur was temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure, said officials from the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company (MSEDCL).Residents of Gaganbawda, Panhala and Karvir tehsils in Kolhapur were hit hard by the rains.More than 105 earthen dams and other water systems in Kolhapur, including canals, have been submerged by the rising river water levels, while more than 20 bridges in Sangli have gone under water. With the swollen Panchganaga river flowing well above the danger mark at 51 feet, residents and authorities in Kolhapur fear a repeat, or worse, of the 1989 and 2005 floods.Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil in a statement said, “I appeal to the residents of Kolhapur not to panic and cooperate with the district administration in their rescue efforts… NDRF teams are trying to move people to safe zones. A Navy team and an Army column of 80 personnel with four boats are on their way.” He said the situation in Kolhapur was worse than in 1989.“In 2005, the Panchanganga touched 53.5 feet mark. Going by the present situation, it could well exceed that figure…with communications with other districts severed, Sangli and Kolhapur could face an acute milk and fuel crisis if this situation persists for the next 48 hours,” advocate Amit Shinde, a resident of Sangli district, told The Hindu.While water from dams paralysed traffic on national and state highways and internal roads, Kolhapur was completely cut-off from Pune, Bengaluru and the Konkan region.Inter-district trains like those connecting Sangli with Karad (in Satara) were suspended as rail tracks were flooded.Meanwhile, Satara district authorities said the discharge from Koyna dam was increased to 1,19,777 cusecs (cubic foot per second) late in the afternoon, leading to heavy flooding in several talukas.A team of around 25 NDRF jawans was involved in rescue operations alongwith district authorities, especially in the Patan and Karad talukas of Satara.In contrast, the situation seemed slightly better for residents in Pune city, as discharges from major dams were considerably reduced on Tuesday.P.B. Shelar, executive engineer of the Khadakwasla irrigation division, told The Hindu that discharge from the had been brought down to 18,491 cusecs by late afternoon from 45,000 cusecs.Discharge from the Mulshi and Pavana dams too were reduced, easing the flood-like situation in the city’s low-lying areas.On Monday, rising levels of the Mula River had led to some connecting bridges between Pune and the Pimpri-Chinchwad being temporarily shut. However, with the water levels going down today, traffic police opened up six bridges in the Aundh-Baner area.Meanwhile, Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram declared a holiday on Wednesday for schools and educational establishments in Bhor, Velhe, Maval and Mulshi talukas of Pune district.last_img read more

13 killed in two road accidents in Bengal

first_imgA total of 13 people were killed and 11 injured in two road accidents in as many districts of West Bengal on Thursday, the police said.While seven persons died in South 24 Parganas district, six others lost their life in an accident in Malda.Five members of a family and two others returning from the Kolkata airport were killed when their MUV fell into a roadside pond at Ucchekhali under Bishnupur police station area in South 24 Parganas, the police said.Driver abscondingThe accident occurred at around 6 a.m. after the driver lost control of the vehicle during rain. All the seven persons, including three women, died on the spot due to drowning, the police said. The driver fled after the accident.The deceased have been identified as Akkas Ali, his wife Salina Bibi, son Altab, daughter Esmatara, brother Munnaf, and two others — Meeraj Sheikh and Fulijan Bibi.In Malda, six persons were killed and 11 injured when a speeding lorry rammed a stationary SUV carrying wedding guests, the police said. The accident occurred at Bakharpur under Kaliachak police station area. The SUV was waiting by the side of National Highway-34 for other vehicles going to the same wedding. The guests were on their way from Kaliachak to Gajol in the same district, Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria said.The SUV fell into a roadside ditch after it was hit by the lorry at around 12.30 a.m. and three of its 17 occupants were killed on the spot. Two others succumbed to their injuries in the Malda Medical College and Hospital where all the victims were initially taken.Mr. Rajoria said six of them were later referred to a hospital in Kolkata and one died on the way. The other injured persons were under treatment at the Malda hospital. The driver fled with the lorry after the accident but was later arrested from Gajol, the SP added.last_img read more

Drunken men in LS Speaker’s train compartment create ruckus, 5 held

first_imgFive men were arrested for allegedly drinking and creating a ruckus in a train compartment which was also occupied by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. The arrests were made on 12416 Intercity Express, travelling from Delhi to Indore, at the Mathura station around 1 a.m. on Monday, an Inspector of the Railway Protection Force said.Travelling from DelhiShortly after the train left Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station, the five men from Delhi and Gurugram, who were in an AC coach coupe adjacent to the one in which Mr. Birla was travelling to Kota, started creating a ruckus, the police said.When the Speaker sent his PA, Raghavendra, to look into the matter, the five men got into a spat with the assistant. Mr. Birla then asked Mr. Raghavendra to inform the railway authorities about the incident.A railway police squad arrested the five men when the train arrived in Mathura, they said. Liquor bottles were recovered from the AC-I coupe occupied by the men, police said.Vikas Dagar, Rajeev, Manoj Kumar, residents of New Delhi, and Preetam and Amarjeet Singh from Gurugram were booked under Section 145 of the Railways Act, which deals with drunken behaviour in trains, the RPF inspector said. On interrogation, the arrested men confessed to creating a ruckus after consuming liquor, he added.last_img read more

Fadnavis, Uddhav tour rain-hit areas in Maharashtra amid impasse over govt.

first_imgEven as government formation in Maharashtra is in a limbo, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray are touring parts of the State which suffered crop damage due to unseasonal rains last month.Also read: Villager ‘nominates’ himself for Maharashtra CM jobMr. Fadnavis is in Akola on Sunday to meet farmers and review the crop damage caused in the district due to untimely rains, an official in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said.Mr. Thackeray is touring Aurangabad district on Sunday where he will take stock of the crop losses in Kannad and Vaijapur talukas, a statement by the Sena said. The State government on Saturday approved ₹10,000 crore as a special provision to provide immediate assistance to farmers affected by unseasonal rains. Crops like jowar, paddy, cotton, maize, tur and soyabean on 54.22 lakh hectares spread across 325 talukas in some districts have been damaged, Mr. Fadnavis said after a review meeting on Friday. During a Cabinet sub-committee meeting on Saturday, Mr. Fadnavis directed the officials concerned to review the ground situation in their respective areas and finalise details of the assistance to be provided. The State witnessed unprecedented post monsoon showers this year, especially due to cyclones in the Arabian Sea. Most of the crop damage due to untimely showers was caused in the second and third weeks of October. State Transport Minister Diwakar Raote on Saturday visited farmlands affected by heavy rains in Akola to assess crop damage. The opposition Congress earlier dubbed the provision of ₹10,000 crore for farmers as a “mere eyewash”, while NCP leader Ajit Pawar said it was “inadequate” and that the BJP and Shiv Sena should come together and form government to provide relief to farmers hit by untimely rains. The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena are currently at loggerheads over sharing of power in the new government. There was also speculation that the Shiv Sena may join hands with the NCP and form government with outside support from the Congress. Some State Congress leaders have said the party should back the Sena to keep the BJP out of power. In the last month’s polls to 288-member State Assembly, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena-56, NCP-54 and Congress-44.last_img read more

After Punjab CM asks, Google removes ‘Sikh Referendum’ app from Play Store

first_imgDays after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked the IT giant Google to remove a mobile application — ‘2020 Sikh Referendum’ — from its Play Store, the mobile app has been removed, said a government statement on Tuesday.A press release from Punjab Chief Minister’s office said that ‘2020 Sikh Referendum’ was not available any more on Google Play Store for mobile users in India.The Chief Minister, who had also urged the central government to persuade Google in the matter, had asked State’s Director General of Police to coordinate with central security agencies to tackle the threat resulting from the launch of the App.Notably, the app invited general public to register themselves to vote in the ‘referendum’. The statement said, that during analysis of the said application and an associated website in the Digital Investigation Training and Analysis Centre (DITAC) Lab, Punjab, it was found that the data of voters registered through the app was also linked and stored in the web server of the website, namely www.yes2Khalistan.org, created and handled by ‘Sikhs For Justice’ (SFJ), an outfit banned by India.“Based on these findings, the Cyber Crime Centre of Bureau of Investigation, Punjab, had moved to get the App removed from the Google play store and the website blocked for usage in India. On November 8, 2019, a notice under Section 79 (3) B of Information Technology Act was sent to the Google Legal Cell for immediate removal of the Mobile Application from the Google Play Store,” said the statement.last_img read more

The African basketball championship: Unique and entertaining

first_imgMOST READ Arenas are abuzz with drumming, dancing, and flag waving. Boisterous Senegalese supporters packed Marius Ndiaye Stadium on Friday hours before their team took the floor, a floor that was freshly painted just three days earlier.Even referees seem to feel it. In a March qualifier, a Malian player sank a game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer against Senegal, pulled off his jersey and sprinted toward fans as if he had scored a goal at the soccer World Cup. No technical foul.Wearing national colors is serious business for players, some of whom have grandparents who lived under colonial oppression.“I take pride in it,” said Senegal’s Maurice Ndour, who played for the New York Knicks last season. “It will be my first time playing in Senegal in front of the home crowd. It’s huge.”South Africa’s Chris Gabriel, center front, launches a hook shot over Senegal’s Gorgui Dieng during AfroBasket tournament at Marius Ndiaye stadium in Dakar, Senegal, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The African basketball championship may lack star power, even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains. AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can’t be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal’s aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. A recent women’s AfroBasket game in Mali was paused because of a power cut. (AP Photo/ Ken Maguire)Senegal, with Minnesota Timberwolves big man Gorgui Dieng on board, will be under pressure to win the title, something it hasn’t done since 1997. Angola is the 11-time African champion and hasn’t missed the final since 1997. Nigeria captured its first title at the last AfroBasket in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Despite Africa’s basketball potential, Ujiri warns that mismanagement threatens to stall progress. Uriji said governments must take responsibility for neglected stadiums and subpar sports programs. Leaks in the Dakar stadium’s roof were patched up 48 hours before the tournament. It’s the rainy season here.“We’re (Africa) moving forward in technology, we’re moving forward in banking, we’re moving forward in real estate,” Uriji said. “While these things are getting better, sports are being left behind. How is that possible?”The NBA has seen opportunity in Africa and has an academy outside Dakar to train the continent’s top young players. The NBA has put on exhibition games in South Africa and says a regular-season game is coming to Africa at some point.Ujiri said it’s also a good sign that Africans — like him — are earning jobs in leadership positions, including coaching and scouting.“I see that as growth of the game that’s going to help get kids playing at a younger age,” he said. Senegal’s supporters drum during an AfroBasket match between Senegal against South Africa at Marius Ndiaye stadium in Dakar, Senegal, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. The African basketball championship may lack star power, even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains. AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can’t be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal’s aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. A recent women’s AfroBasket game in Mali was paused because of a power cut. (AP Photo/ Ken Maguire)DAKAR, Senegal — The African basketball championship may lack star power — even electrical power on occasion. But with national pride at stake, it almost always entertains.AfroBasket, which tipped off Friday in Senegal and Tunisia, can’t be compared to a glitzy event like the NCAA tournament. Senegal’s aging national stadium in the capital Dakar, for example, has no air conditioning. 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Tunisia hosts the knockout phase after this weekend’s flurry of games in Dakar and Rades. AfroBasket also provides a qualification path to FIBA’s world championship in 2019 and the 2020 Olympics.Top players sometimes opt out because of scheduling conflicts and, especially, their national federations’ unwillingness to pay for insurance. Other NBA players not coming are Cameroonians Joel Embiid, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Pascal Siakam, as well as Congo’s Bismack Biyombo and Emmanuel Mudiay.The delayed tournament also makes it hard for Africans in American schools. Angolan Bruno Fernando, identified by FIBA as Bruno “Fernandes,” has begun his freshman year at the University of Maryland.Still, NBA and other scouts are expected, so players like 25-year-old Ndour, now a free agent, can help themselves as they help their teams. Carlos Morais of Angola was invited to the Raptors’ training camp after earning MVP honors at the 2013 African championship.Silvio De Sousa, who has committed to Kansas for 2018, is suiting up for Angola.Joe Lopez, president of the SEED Academy, said many participants play professionally, “but you have two or three that will be discovered.” He pointed to SEED student Privat Koyamba, 19, of Central African Republic.“This will be for him a golden opportunity to showcase his talent,” said Lopez, who was the starting center on Senegal’s victorious team in 1978.SEED is an international NGO in Senegal that trains promising young players with a goal to build future leaders.Reggie Moore, born and raised in California and a naturalized Angolan, said AfroBasket play is “very physical” but he wasn’t worried about the lack of air conditioning.“It’s not a big deal. We’re used to it,” said Moore, a 6-foot-7 power forward and Oral Roberts University alum. McGrady, Lobo, Self and McGraw headline Hall of Fame class LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary International basketball federation FIBA turned to Senegal and Tunisia as emergency co-hosts of this men’s championship just two months ago because Republic of Congo backed out, as did replacement host Angola. The 16-team tournament was pushed back to September, too close to training camps for many Africans who play in the NBA.Tunisia hosted in August 2015, two months after 38 people were killed in a terrorist attack at a beach resort. As a precaution, games were moved to Rades, outside the capital Tunis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe tournament still carries on, as it has done since 1962.“They always end up finding a way, and it always ends up being a great tournament, so we must find a way to improve it, to get more out of it,” said Masai Ujiri, a Nigerian who is president of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. “I’ve played in that tournament. I’ve coached in it. It’s an unbelievable feeling. There’s a remarkable atmosphere. I wish more people knew about it.”last_img read more

Jordan Spieth holes bunker shot to win Travelers playoff

first_imgMOST READ “Jordan does Jordan things,” Berger said. “So there’s not really much you can say. I’m obviously disappointed, but happy to be in the position I was in today.”Berger began the round in third place, three shots back. He tied Spieth for a lead with a 5-foot birdie putt on 15 as Spieth was making bogey on 14 and tied him again with a birdie from 8 feet at 17.The pair, playing a group apart, both hit their approach shots on 18 into the same greenside bunker. Both chipped out close to the hole and both saved par to force the playoff.Berger hit his drive on the first playoff hole left and into the crowd behind a fairway bunker. Spieth’s drive clipped a tree to the left and landed in the fairway, but about 150 yards short of his normal drive and 230 yards from the hole.Spieth’s approach fell into bunker. Berger’s ran off the green to the left.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Boo Weekley, who began the round a shot back in second place, shot 37 on the back nine to tie for fifth at 9 under, despite the support of a large gallery, which could be heard cheering “Boooo!” and “Boo-S-A!” every time he did something good.Rory McIlroy tried to find his short game this week and used his third putter Sunday to help him shoot a 64, his lowest round on the tour this season. He tied for 17th at 6 under.“I must say I felt a little more comfortable on the greens than I did the previous three days,” McIlroy said. “So, this might be one that stays (in the bag) for a few weeks.”Defending champion Russell Knox had a poor round, with six bogeys on his first 10 holes. He shot a 73 to finish at even par.Grayson Murray had the tournament’s only hole-in-one, acing the 177 yard eighth hole with an 8-iron. It also was the first on tour for the 23-year-old North Carolinian. He shot a 68 to finish at 5 under.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Spieth had to back up after hitting his bunker shot to see the hole. When the ball rolled straight in the cup he threw his club and did a flying chest bump into caddie Michael Greller.“If I was in Berger’s shoes, I be cursing Jordan Spieth right now for the break off the tee and then holing a 30-yard bunker shot, that’s a lot of luck,” Spieth said.Spieth didn’t waste any time extending his lead to three strokes Sunday. He hit his approach shot to 6 feet on the first hole and made the birdie putt, then made a 5-footer at No. 2. But those would be his final two birdies until a 16-footer on the 15th hole.He also survived a couple of big scares. The first came when his drive on 13 went right but stuck on the side of a hill to stay out of the water. He missed a 7-foot birdie putt, but saved par.He then hit his tee shot on the 15th left, just avoiding the water and the hazard line in the rough. He chipped to the middle of the green and made a 16-foot putt for birdie, which he thought he had missed. .His second shot at 17 also looked as if it might hit the course’s signature lake, but landed just on the edge of the green and he made par.“That’s a lot of luck,” Spieth said. “But I took advantage of the good breaks and am happy to come out on top.”He’s the third player to go wire-to-wire alone in the lead at the Connecticut event. Gene Littler did it in 1959 and Tim Morris in 1982. Spieth’s only other wire-to-wire win was the 2015 Masters.Sunday’s win was also his first win in a tournament debut. The last player to win in Cromwell in his first start was Phil Blackmar in 1985.Charley Hoffman (66) and Danny Lee (67) tied for third, three strokes back. Big3 begins: 3-on-3 league has close games, not much Iverson The 23-year-old Texan joined Tiger Woods as the only PGA Tour players with 10 victories in the era since World War II. Woods won 15 times before he turned 24.“That was one for the ages,” said Spieth, also the winner at Pebble Beach in February.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSpieth held a one-stroke edge after each of the first three rounds. He closed with an even-par 70 to match Berger — who birdied three of the final six holes for a 67 — at 12-under 268.Berger, the Memphis winner two weeks ago before missing the cut last week at the U.S. Open, just missed a 50-foot putt from off the 18th green left that would have forced a second playoff hole. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan Spieth tips his hat to fans as he is introduced at the first hole during the final round of the Travelers Championship golf tournament, Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Cromwell, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)CROMWELL, Conn. — Jordan Spieth needed an extra hole, a little bit of luck and an amazing final shot to finish off a wire-to-wire victory in the Travelers Championship.The two-time major champion holed out from 60 feet for birdie from a greenside bunker on the first hole of a playoff with Daniel Berger on Sunday at TPC River Highlands.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

San Miguel wins 5th title in 3 years, conquers PBA Comm’s Cup

first_imgThe Beermen picked up their fifth title in three years, all under coach Leo Austria, and hiked the franchise’s overall championships to a league-best 24 in 38 Finals appearances.San Miguel also claimed its first Commissioner’s Cup title since 2000, when it topped Sta. Lucia in five games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe championship also brings the Beermen closer to a Grand Slam this season with only the Governor’s Cup title left to win.Alex Cabagnot registered a rare triple-double in the game-clinching conquest with his 19 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, and three steals to be adjudged as the Cignal-PBA Press Corps Finals MVP. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motivated to seal his first title in his professional career, Charles Rhodes came out smoking to open the game as he dropped 14 of his 30 markers in the first quarter. He also had 11 boards, four blocks, three assists, and two steals.Marcio Lassiter also had his best game to date, shooting 5-of-13 from thres to finish with 24 points, alongside five boards and four dimes.With Rhodes leading the charge, the Beermen turned a close 23-21 lead to a 37-26 edge to end the opening frame.They continued to pounce on the hapless KaTropa, sharing the rock with 24 assists and shooting 12-of-29 from beyond the arc, to extend the lead to as high as 28, 94-66, late in the third period.Arwind Santos came off the bench and dropped 17 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks, while Chris Ross got 14 markers, seven boards, three dimes, and three steals to make up for June Mar Fajardo’s struggles in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Troy Rosario topped TNT with 21 points and five rebounds, while Roger Pogoy got 16 in the loss.The Scores:SAN MIGUEL 115 – Rhodes 30, Lassiter 24, Cabagnot 19, Santos 17, Ross 14, Espinas 5, Semerad 4, Fajardo 2, Agovida 0, Heruela 0, McCarthy 0, Van Opstal 0, De Ocampo 0.TNT 91 – Rosario 21, Pogoy 16, Smith 15, Castro 13, De Ocampo 7, Garcia 7, Tautuaa 4, Williams 4, Rosales 2, Semerad 2, Reyes 0.Quarters: 37-26, 62-42, 94-69, 115-91. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Visayan fans stunned by Pacquiao loss to Horn Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLooking back at San Miguel’s second conference struggles in the past, coach Leo Austria called his team’s Finals appearance this season as destiny.And on Sunday, that destiny became a reality as the Beermen closed out the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals in style, dominating TNT in Game 6, 115-91, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Star taps Malcolm Hill to replace import Cinmeon Bowers

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sources: Blatche reluctant to join Gilas in Lebanon Fiba Asia View comments El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Hill last played with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the recently concluded Orlando Summer League.He will make his debut for the Hotshots in their next game against Alaska on Friday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hill, meanwhile, went undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft after four years in Illinois.He averaged a team-best 17.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.2 steals in his senior year with the Fighting Illini. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Cinmeon Bowers. PBA IMAGESStar is leaving no stone unturned this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup as the team decided to replace Cinmeon Bowers with Malcolm Hill on Monday.Coach Chito Victolero confirmed the news as the Hotshots are set to parade the 21-year-old Hill after just one game with Bowers.ADVERTISEMENT “Yes, nagpalit na po kami (Yes, we’ve already changed our imports.),” the soft-spoken mentor in Filipino when asked if the development was indeed true.Bowers posted 15 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in Star’s 103-86 victory over Blackwater on Sunday but left a lot of pundits unimpressed with his style of play, with the most notable being his lackluster showing in the team’s tuneup game against Ginebra in the offseason.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starslast_img read more