British Research Charities See Funds Dry Up

first_imgIn the United Kingdom, medical charities provide a vital supplement to government funding of biomedical research, with organizations such as the Wellcome Trust and Cancer Research UK investing heavily in lab facilities and research grants. But with the economy in tatters, their coffers are taking major hits as investments go sour and donations dry up. The Independent today offers a new wrap-up of how the financial downturn will hamper the research efforts of the Wellcome Trust, CRUK, the Leukaemia Foundation, and the British Heart Foundation.last_img read more

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Asia is the cradle of almost every cholera epidemic, genome studies show

first_img In the 1970s, however, Rita Colwell of the University of Maryland in College Park suggested that outbreaks could originate in the local environment. She showed that V. cholerae lives in many rivers and coastal waters, including the Chesapeake Bay, a large estuary on the east coast of the United States. The bacteria attach themselves to plankton; Colwell argued that when climatic events such as El Niño trigger plankton blooms, cholera can erupt in areas with bad sanitation. Climate change could make such outbreaks more frequent, she warned.Since then experts have debated how many big cholera outbreaks are caused by such local events rather than brought in by travelers. “The community has been completely fractured by this,” says Nicholas Thomson, a researcher at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, U.K. Some have proposed combinations of the two scenarios; Africa, for instance, has had about a dozen big outbreaks in the past 50 years, and one theory holds that an Asian strain of V. cholerae was introduced once and then established itself in the environment, says Marco Salemi, a molecular epidemiologist at the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute in Gainesville. Imported microbes could also swap genes with local populations to create new strains. “If you spent time going though all the literature, you’d simply be confused,” Thomson says. Cholera’s travels The two major cholera epidemics that occurred in the Americas in the past 50 years were both caused by imported strains. So were 11 African epidemics. (GRAPHIC) J. YOU/SCIENCE; (DATA) D. DOMMAN ET AL. To solve the problem, Thomson and an international team of researchers spent years assembling a collection of 714 bacterial isolates spanning half a century in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. They sequenced all of them and compared the genomes, along with hundreds more that had been published before.The picture that emerged is strikingly clear. The Americas have seen two major cholera outbreaks in the past half-century: one that began in Peru and raced through almost all of Latin America between 1991 and 1993, and another in Haiti that started in 2010 and is ongoing. The analysis confirms previous strong evidence that the Haiti outbreak was inadvertently introduced by United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal, and it shows that the ’90s outbreak was also caused by Asian strains, both introduced in 1991. One arrived in Peru by way of Africa, and the other landed in Mexico, having traveled from southern Asia, possibly via Eastern Europe. In Africa, the researchers could pinpoint 11 separate introductions of cholera from Asia that went on to cause massive outbreaks. Local strains did sometimes cause disease in both Africa and Latin America, but none led to an explosive epidemic.The two papers “make the environmental hypothesis untenable, at least in the form that has been most aggressively promoted,” says microbiologist John Mekalanos of Harvard Medical School in Boston. “I certainly hope this puts this theory to rest.” Salemi says he was surprised by the results, particularly in Africa. “I would have expected to see more locally generated outbreaks,” he says, but “the analysis they do and the data they show are very clear.”Colwell—whose cholera research and advocacy for clean water have earned her many plaudits, including the National Medal of Science—told Science she did not want to publicly discuss the new research. Colwell says she has been “treated terribly” by her opponents in the long-running debate: “I’ve had 30 years of being dumped on and I don’t want to be dumped on anymore.” In perhaps the most famous example of shoe-leather epidemiology, U.K. physician John Snow mapped cholera cases in London in 1854 to pinpoint a water pump on Broad Street as the likely source of a deadly outbreak. Removing the pump handle helped stop its spread. Now, scientists have done similar detective work on a global scale, using 21st-century techniques. By sequencing and comparing hundreds of bacterial genomes, they have shown that all of the explosive epidemics of cholera in Africa and the Americas in the past half-century arose after the arrival of new strains that had evolved in Asia.The work, published in two Science papers this week, could put to rest an old debate about the role of environmental factors in cholera’s global burden. It could also have a big impact on the battle against the disease, because it allows public health officials to concentrate their efforts on the imported strains that are likely to be the most dangerous. And it suggests there is no local reservoir for major outbreaks in Africa or the Americas, which means “elimination of cholera in these places is completely achievable,” says Dominique Legros, a cholera expert at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. “This is music to my ears.”Cholera is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae, which spreads through water contaminated with feces. Over the centuries, dangerous strains of the bacterium appear to have spread from Asia to the rest of the world in several waves. 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The new research will help those efforts, Legros says. When a new cholera case appears, researchers can now sequence the bacterium to determine whether it belongs to the pandemic lineage from Asia. That could help pinpoint truly dangerous outbreaks that most warrant use of the limited vaccine stocks, Thomson says: “The simple fact that you can now distinguish this form from all other cholera means that we have a chance to do something about it.”But the research also highlights the importance of eliminating natural reservoirs of pandemic V. cholerae in Asia. “If we want to control cholera at the global level, we must control it in that part of the world,” Legros says. Something in the region allows new strains to evolve and spread across the world, and scientists aren’t sure what it is. “The ecology there is almost certainly different from elsewhere,” Thomson says. It’s as if scientists have identified the pump, but not yet a handle they can pull. ALEJANDRO BALANGUER/AP IMAGES By Kai KupferschmidtNov. 9, 2017 , 2:00 PM Asia is the cradle of almost every cholera epidemic, genome studies showlast_img read more

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Gene-edited foods are safe, Japanese panel concludes

first_img Japan will allow gene-edited foodstuffs to be sold to consumers without safety evaluations as long as the techniques involved meet certain criteria, if recommendations agreed on by an advisory panel yesterday are adopted by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. This would open the door to using CRISPR and other techniques on plants and animals intended for human consumption in the country.“There is little difference between traditional breeding methods and gene editing in terms of safety,” Hirohito Sone, an endocrinologist at Niigata University who chaired the expert panel, told NHK, Japan’s national public broadcaster.How to regulate gene-edited food is a hotly debated issue internationally. Scientists and regulators have recognized a difference between genetic modification, which typically involves transferring a gene from one organism to another, and gene editing, in which certain genes within an organism are disabled or altered using new techniques such as CRISPR. That’s why a year ago, the U.S.Department of Agriculture concluded that most gene-edited foods would not need regulation. 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Gene-edited foods are safe, Japanese panel concludes Shiho Fukada/Bloomberg/Getty Images center_img By Dennis NormileMar. 19, 2019 , 1:15 PM Now, Japan appears set to follow the U.S. example. The final report, approved yesterday, was not immediately available, but an earlier draft was posted on the ministry website. The report says no safety screening should be required provided the techniques used do not leave foreign genes or parts of genes in the target organism. In light of that objective, the panel concluded it would be reasonable to require information on the editing technique, the genes targeted for modification, and other details from developers or users that would be made public while respecting proprietary information.The recommendations leave open the possibility of requiring safety evaluations if there are insufficient details on the editing technique. The draft report does not directly tackle the issue of whether such foods should be labeled. The ministry is expected to largely follow the recommendations in finalizing a policy on gene-edited foods later this year.Consumer groups had voiced opposition to the draft recommendations, which were released for public comment in December 2018. Using the slogan “No need for genetically modified food!” the Consumers Union of Japan joined other groups circulating a petition calling for regulating the cultivation of all gene-edited crops, and safety reviews and labeling of all gene-edited foods.Whether consumers will embrace the new technology remains to be seen. Japan has approved the sale of genetically modified (GM) foods that have passed safety tests as long as they are labeled. But public wariness has limited consumption and has led most Japanese farmers to shun GM crops. The country does import sizable volumes of GM processed food and livestock feed, however. Japanese researchers are reportedly working on gene-edited potatoes, tomatoes, rice, chicken, and fish. “Thorough explanations [of the new technologies] are needed to ease public concerns,” Sone said.*Correction, 22 March, 3:25 p.m.: This story has been updated to note that the U.S. Department of Agriculture, not the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, decided not to regulate gene-edited foods.last_img read more

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Milan to sell Calabria?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Milan are giving serious consideration to selling right-back Davide Calabria abroad, reports Tuttosport. The defender, who grew up in Milan’s youth academy, has been in poor form recently and this has led to the hierarchy at the club pondering a transfer. Calabria has already been sent off twice this season for Milan, against Hellas Verona and Genoa, and his misplaced pass gave away a goal against Roma at the Stadio Olimpico last weekend. The 23-year-old, born in Brescia, would represent a considerable profit for the Rossoneri, much in the same manner as other youth products Patrick Cutrone and Manuel Locatelli did when they were sold on. Locatelli was sold to Sassuolo for €10m two summers ago, whilst Cutrone was sold to Wolves for an estimated €22m in July 2019.last_img read more

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Greg Chappell’s presence won’t benefit Aussies, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgSourav Ganguly (left) and Greg Chappell.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that Greg Chappell’s presence in the Australian dressing room, trying to plot the downfall of Indian batsmen, won’t be of much benefit for the home team. A report in the Daily Telegraph stated that former India coach Chappell has been invited to address the Aussie players on how to tackle Sachin Tendulkar.”If you look back at the 2008 series which happened to be my last, Chappell was present in Australian team’s support staff. Yet we won the series 2-0. Therefore, I don’t think his presence would make any difference this time also,” Ganguly told Aaj Tak.last_img read more

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NADA conducts dope tests at Kerala athletics meet

first_imgNational Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted tests at the recent 55th Kerala State School Athletics Championship at Ernakulam, the first time it has been done at this level.In all, 29 samples were taken and the National Dope Testing Laboratory has revealed that no banned substances were detected. During the Championships, the athletes were distributed education materials in English and Malayalam.The fact that not a single athlete at these School Games tested positive is very reassuring and NADA is confident that with all the efforts and counselling programmes, the incidences of doping will be minimal at the school level, a release said.NADA, however, will continue to monitor similar events in the future and also organise educational programmes for young sportspersons who assemble in one place from different states.last_img read more

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Women’s hockey team ready to start afresh

first_imgThe Indian women’s hockey team went through a bad phase when they could not meet their own expectations, finishing outside the medal bracket at the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) and the Asian Games.Since then a new coach in CR Kumar has taken over and the team has recovered some lost ground. As the team went through the paces at the camp at the National Stadium in Delhi, preparing for the difficult assignment of qualifying for the Olympics, seasoned forward Jasjeet Kaur Handa said that they have put the past behind and there is a new energy in the team.”The morale of the team was low after those tournaments in 2010. We were medal winners in the 2006 CWG and the Asian Games and we were confident of repeating the success. But it came as a big jolt and it seemed that the team was falling apart. It was a difficult time,” Jasjeet told Mail Today.”We had to build from scratch. The confidence of the girls was low and nothing was going right for us. Last year was relatively better and we got our act together in the Test series in Australia and also the four-nation tournament in Argentina,” she said.”We will be playing in front of the home crowd in the Olympic qualifiers and that’s a motivation. It is a big chance for us to compete at the Olympics – something that every player dreams of,” said Jasjeet, a member of the team that won the 2004 Asia Cup. She was also a member of the silver- winning team at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.advertisementThe Haryana girl, however, has been out of action for some time. She fractured her nose in Australia and also opted out of the trip to Argentina.”I did not play much last year, but I am in good shape and looking forward to the Olympic qualifiers,” said Jasjeet.With coach Kumar making it clear that the seniors cannot take their places for granted, Jasjeet knows she cannot get complacent.”I have set specific targets for every player and nobody should take their place for granted. We are not going to select players on reputation alone. We have to see how they fare in this camp. There are quite a few youngsters in the team who have done well. They need more exposure at the international level,” Kumar told Mail Tody.last_img read more

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Rupa Gurunath on how she got her game on

first_imgRupa GurunathRupa Gurunath’s office does not have that business-like atmosphere usually associated with a large corporation. While the wholetime director of India Cements does have a stack of memos and emails to read on her desk, one can’t help but notice the drawings her children made specially for her, stuck,Rupa GurunathRupa Gurunath’s office does not have that business-like atmosphere usually associated with a large corporation. While the wholetime director of India Cements does have a stack of memos and emails to read on her desk, one can’t help but notice the drawings her children made specially for her, stuck to the back of her office door. It signifies a healthy balance between her work life as the inheritor of south India’s largest cement company, and a loving mother to her two daughters Tara and Sharada.No matter who you are in the office, Gurunath, 38, daughter of India Cements’ vice chairman and managing director, N Srinivasan, greets you with the same disarming smile and a warm hello. One picture that does stand out in her office in RA Puram, Chennai, is of her with her husband, Gurunath Meiyappan of AVM, one of the oldest and leading film and TV production houses in the south. Both are dressed in bright yellow Chennai Super Kings (CSK) jerseys, holding the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2011 trophy.This season, there is a lot to look forward to for Gurunath, who is pregnant with her third child at the moment. To add to that, CSK, owned by India Cements and worth Rs 943.95 crore, is the IPL’s most successful team, shaving won the title twice (2010 and 2011). CSK is captained by Team India’s Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In a recent statement to the media, Meiyappan, team principal of CSK, said they were going in for a hat-trick and was excited about the team’s recent acquisition of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Family ties: Gurunath at a CSK game with her family in 2010″Jadeja is a good utility cricketer who will add to our spin bowling as the second spinner in the middle period. We were missing such a bowler. He is also a useful batsman,” said Meiyappan, who is seen at every match CSK plays, cheering on his players, with Gurunath by his side.An avid cricket fan herself, Gurunath says that she goes to the matches as a spectator and nothing more. “Although I have no favourites as such, I must confess that my older daughter is a diehard fan of captain Dhoni and the younger one is an ardent Suresh Raina follower,” she says. Visibly pumped up about the team’s continuing success she says,”I am excited by the way Super Kings are performing from both a sporting and a business perspective.”Apart from the sporting talent in the team, she believes that every sporting activity needs the support of professional managers. “Given India Cements’ long association with the game, we have an able internal team of professional managers to handle the sports division and I strongly believe that they are one of the key reasons for our success,” she says.Gurunath’s association with sports does not end there. One of the top women golfers in the state, she applies the rules of the game to running the company. “In golf, you begin each game by visualising the playing of a hole completely, but once you’ve done that, you detach yourself from the big picture and focus your entire being only on getting your next stroke right,” she says, adding, “the same thing I think applies to handling a business as well. Once you break your goals down to bite-sized pieces, it helps you focus better and is much less daunting.”advertisementThe fountainhead: Gurunath with father N SrinivasanThese are the rules she has been applying to her business since the day she joined in 2007, after her father was slated to become chairman of India Cements. Already familiar with the company, her first day wasn’t awkward. “From 1990, I was always running in and out of our office just to visit my father or to be a part of office pujas. I have spent short periods of time in different departments including the shipping division. My first day was just an extension of that,” says Gurunath Her first task was to learn about the various departments in the company and understand its workings. For the first few months, she did not even have a desk of her own.Gurunath, who has a computer science degree from Anna University, went on to do an MBA from the Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai. The entrepreneurship course gave her a lot of grounding, she says, but her biggest lessons have been learnt on the job, from the people in the company. “Their understanding of the sector, company and function have enriched my perspective tremendously. The perspective they gave me is not an economic one alone, since it includes the culture of the organisation and its value systems,” she says. Gurunath admits that she’s still learning everything there is to know of the business. She is supporting the senior management team for the company’s expansion in the western and northern markets. “We are looking at setting up of production facilities but also want to strengthen our distribution and marketing,” she says. At the same time, Gurunath adds, one of the key challenges is to ensure that the core culture and value system of the company will not be diluted in this expansion process. Her goal is to make India Cements a leader in cement across the country in the years to come. Rupa Gurunath”We are also looking at backward integration in terms of power and fuel which we believe will give us a competitive edge,” she says. Her goal, she says, is to make India Cements a pan Indian leader in cement in the years to come. “We are also looking at backward integration in terms of power and fuel which we believe will give us a competitive edge,” she says.Gurunath’s grandfather, T.S. Narayanaswami, founded India Cements in 1946. Being part of the third generation to take over the company, she understands the weight of her responsibilities. “There is a sense of need which inspires me to look after the company, to nurture it and not just focus on the growth aspect. The reason behind the success of the company is sheer vision and a lot of hard work,” she says. Her father is her biggest inspiration and she has learnt much from his leadership style. “He has the ability,” she says, “to share his vision and carry the team forward with him. And he never acts against his beliefs.” Gurunath also cites T.S. Raghupathy, the executive president of India Cements, as a mentor in helping her learn the business and act as a sounding board for her ideas and thoughts. “Of course, my husband has always been a strong pillar of support in enabling me to pursue my dreams,” she adds. In her five years at India Cements, she says there hasn’t ever been a dull moment, thanks to the advice her father gave her on never being afraid of asking questions and looking ignorant. “You cannot be expected to know everything. There are experts in each field to guide you and the important thing is to take a decision based on the assessment of information given to you.” This is the very advice that helps Gurunath in running her empire. ScoreboardCSK earned Rs 1.4 billion in the previous edition of the IPL and is targeting a 15-20 per cent growth from season 5 of the cash-rich league.The team has long-term deals with some of the biggest brands such as Aircel, Gulf Oil, Amrapali Group, Reebok and Pepsi.CSK plans to launch an entire range of apparel at various prices across 380 outlets in Tamil Nadu and is also opening a store at the Chennai airport soon.Their Facebook membership has crossed 1 million currently. The aim is to make it to 2 million by the middle of the IPL 5 season.The team bagged allrounder Ravinder Jadeja through the highest bid of $ 2 million in the IPL players auction for the season.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Trump’s comments on anthem, Curry resonate across sports

first_imgScreenshot of LeBron James’ tweetReactions to President Donald Trump’s comments about football players who kneel during the national anthem, and his decision to rescind a White House invitation to Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors:At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump suggested that NFL owners fire players who kneel during the anthem, and fans should consider walking out in protest. On Saturday morning, Trump tweeted that he withdrew the invitation to Curry because the two-time NBA MVP hesitated to attend the traditional trip by the NBA champions. Hours later, the Warriors said they would skip the White House visit as a team.ADVERTISEMENT “By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country and what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye to.” — Stephen Curry, on skipping the White House visit, during the Warriors’ media day on Friday.____Curry on Lebron’s tweet against Trump: Bold, Courageous1.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 ____“With everything that’s going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who’s kneeling and visiting the White House??? #StayInYoLane.” — Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets.___“Our country needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness. We need to seek to understand each other and have civil discourse instead of condemnation and sound bites. I know our players who kneeled for the anthem and these are smart young men of character who want to make our world a better place for everyone. They wanted to start a conversation and are making a difference in our community, including working with law enforcement to bring people together. We all can benefit from learning, listening and respecting each other.” — Stephen Ross, Miami Dolphins owner and founder of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality.____“Steph very well thought, and eloquently presented. Thank you for speaking for the majority. A Mr October tip of the cap.” — baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.____“The callous and offensive comments made by the president are contradictory to what this great country stands for. Our players have exercised their rights as United States citizens in order to spark conversation and action to address social injustice. We will continue to support them in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in our country and around the world. The San Francisco 49ers will continue to work toward bringing communities, and those who serve them, closer together.” — San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York.____“That’s why this is the best country in the world. And that’s why I want to be in this country for the rest of my life because you have freedom of speech and it shouldn’t go away.” — Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner, a Swede who wore a Trump sticker on the back of his goalie mask in November. ____“Stick together, stand up for each other, ride with each other, because believe me we all we got. It has nothing to do with football or business. Y’all are our stars. You represent us. Y’all are our strong heroes. Let’s show that strength, please.” — music mogul Diddy.___“It’s unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL. We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact. We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.” — Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy.RELATED VIDEOStephen Curry: Trump tweet ‘further cemented’ stance on White House1.9K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ayo rues La Salle defense in loss to UP ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groupscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ ____“This is the supremacist attitude at its worst. Trump is dishonoring the country and the flag with such a bold threat.” — the Rev. Jesse Jackson in an interview with The Associated Press.____“I was in favor of the team visiting the White House and thought it was a rare opportunity for these players to share their views directly with the president. I am disappointed that that will not happen. More importantly, I am proud of our players for taking an active role in their communities and continuing to speak out on critically important issues.” — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.____“I support my son 100 percent. I know he respects the Office of the Presidency and I applaud him for standing up for what he believes in.” — former NBA player Dell Curry, Stephen Curry’s father.____“Comments like we heard last night from the president are inappropriate, offensive and divisive. We are proud of our players, the vast majority of whom use their NFL platform to make a positive difference in our society.” — New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch.____“The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!!” — Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!” — LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.____“In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we’ll constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.” — Statement by the Golden State Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players.” — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.____FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“The peaceful demonstrations by some of our players have generated a wide array of responses. Those opinions are protected speech and a freedom that has been paid for by the sacrifice of men and women throughout history.” — DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association.____last_img read more

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UP suffers big blow with injury to Manzo in loss to NU

first_imgMOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sharapova gets red-hot Garcia in tough Tianjin opener Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49Robredo: 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines was poised to gain a share of the fourth spot in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament against National University at the end of the first round.The Fighting Maroons were ahead 43-39 in the third and were keeping the Bulldogs at bay when NU center Issa Gaye accidentally landed on Jun Manzo’s right ankle causing the Maroon to leave the game at the 7:55 mark of the quarter.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Unfortunately for UP, the Bulldogs were able to capitalize on Manzo’s absence and took the 77-70 victory.The Fighting Maroons settled for a 3-4 record, a game behind fourth seed Far Eastern University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“That was a big blow for us,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol in Filipino. “Manzo is someone we rely on in the end, that’s his role. We had to pick somebody and somebody had to step up in his place.”Manzo has been a reliable scoring option for the Maroons late in games and he showed that in UP’s 98-87 win over defending champion La Salle where he put up nine of his 17 points in the final period. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “He’s hurting right now,” said Perasol. “I’m just hoping he’s going to be able to play in the next games. We all know he’s going to be needed this campaign.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Determined to make up for miscue, Kiefer Ravena rescues NLEX

first_img“Honestly, no,” Ravena said. “For the fans, these types of game are very good. But for the players and the coaching staff, it’s not.”Whether he wanted it or not though, he showed tremendous poise down the stretch and towed the Road Warriors  from 10-points down in the final period against the Bolts courtesy of his big plays in the final minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFirst, he drilled the lead-grabbing three with 43.4 seconds remaining to put his side up, 83-82. He would later on deliver the dagger, dropping the turnaround jumper with 0.9 ticks left to decide the outcome.“I was fortunate enough to get it. You wouldn’t know the outcome of the game if you won’t try to shoot it,” said the 24-year-old, who relieved to redeem himself after fouling Chris Newsome in the last 15.3 seconds that tied the game at 85. “I didn’t want that the team’s effort will go to waste because of my wrong play, so I had to make up to the whole team and I’m glad that the last shot went in.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEverybody wants to be a hero — except for Kiefer Ravena.Just moments after drilling the game-winner in NLEX’s 87-85 come-from-behind triumph over Meralco on Friday, the second overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft said that he’d rather win games before the final buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT Yeng Guiao all praise for ‘veteran’ Kiefer Ravena ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ravena was just grateful for the trust given to him by the team and coach Yeng Guiao in the game coming off a career-low seven point-performance in the 81-79 squeaker over Ginebra last Saturday, where he shot a paltry 1-of-12 clip from the field.“Imagine that, shooting 8-percent in the previous game but still, coach Yeng trusted me with the last shot. How can you not have the confidence in yourself after that? I’m just lucky that I was able to make up for probably my worst shooting night in this game,” he said.At 4-4, NLEX has already gotten itself back in the race as it sits tied at fifth with Phoenix, TNT, and Ginebra.And after a confidence-boosting game like this one, Ravena is wishing that more wins will come the Road Warriors’ way as they make a final sprint to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.“Hopefully, it won’t be a trend like the last time. We win two straight and then lose four,” he said. “Hopefully, we get to ride this victory throughout the conference because we know that it’s just gonna get tougher now.”ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid 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 Gamescenter_img MOST READ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto NLEX will now brace for joint leader Alaska on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaislast_img read more

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