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Podcast: Floating paint pollution, hypoallergenic nuts, and why worms may be to thank for life on Earth

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first_imgWhat’s lurking in the very top layer of the ocean? Could scientists be on the way to creating hypoallergenic nuts? And did ancient burrowing worms save the world?Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.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

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Seismic mystery: What’s causing the ground to rumble in Italy?

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first_imgFor years, seismologists in Italy have puzzled over odd and persistent seismic signals, seemingly caused by subterranean magma movements but far from active volcanoes. Now, a new analysis has unveiled a concrete and much more prosaic trigger: the machinery in huge cement factories. Researchers analyzed the patterns of hundreds of low-frequency rumbles and discovered ties to many of the country’s 57 cement plants. For instance, 342 events (yellow circles) occurred within 150 meters of the Ghigiano factory. Moreover, there were far fewer occurrences at night, on weekends, and in August, when the giant plants are shuttered. The vibrations may rattle up to half the country, researchers report online this week in Geophysical Research Letters, so seismologists must take them into account when they analyze other low-level seismic signals—yet another example of earthly noise caused by humans.last_img read more

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The money chase, 2016: New head of key House science spending panel likes limited government, unlimited exploration

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first_imgNext week, the Obama administration will kick off the annual U.S. budget process by sending Congress its spending request for the 2016 fiscal year that begins in October. Researchers will be watching the 2 February budget rollout carefully to see where science ranks in the White House’s priorities. But the request is just the beginning, because Congress determines final spending levels in a process that isn’t likely to be finalized until late in the year.This week, ScienceInsider is running a few stories that offer varying perspectives on the process of setting science budgets—and the people involved. On Friday, we’ll follow the money and look at some of the numbers. Tomorrow, we’ll meet Representative Tom Cole (R–OK), a Ph.D. historian who is the new head of a House of Representatives spending panel that oversees the budget of the National Institutes of Health, the major government funder of basic biomedical research. Today, we meet another House appropriations “cardinal,” a lawyer and science enthusiast who is overseeing NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other key research agencies.    Space exploration is not in the U.S. Constitution. But “promoting the progress of science” is. That makes it easy for Representative John Culberson (R–TX) to reconcile his allegiance to the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution—which states that all powers not vested in the federal government are reserved for the states—with his passionate support for multibillion-dollar scientific missions to distant objects, such as Jupiter’s moon Europa.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(*)As the new chair of the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS), and Related Agencies spending panel in the U.S. House of Representatives, what Culberson thinks matters a great deal to the U.S. scientific community. That’s because CJS oversees a good chunk of nondefense, nonmedical federal research; its jurisdiction includes NASA, the NSF, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology within the Commerce Department.Last week, Culberson, 58, sat down with ScienceInsider in his Capitol Hill office to discuss his love affair with science, his commitment to small government, and the relationship between the legislative and executive branches. A lawyer and former Texas state representative, the seven-term congressman represents a staunchly conservative district in west Houston, where he grew up.The search for lifeCulberson and Europa go back a long time. He’s been captivated by the jovian moon ever since he viewed it through his classic Celestron 8 telescope, a high school graduation present to himself. As an undergraduate, he was wowed when NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft sent back pictures of its vast frozen oceans during a 1979 flyby.“You could see the cracks—it looked like the Arctic ice cap on Earth,” he gushes.A quarter-century later, a few years after he was elected to Congress in 2000, he visited NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, just as the lab’s Opportunity rover landed on Mars. But for Culberson, the highlight of his January 2004 trip was a briefing on a proposed Europa mission by the project scientist for Galileo, which had orbited Jupiter in the 1990s and bolstered the theory that there is a liquid ocean under Europa’s thick ice shell.“That’s when it all gelled for me,” Culberson recalls. “All the light bulbs went off in my head, and it made spectacular good sense.”As a new member on the appropriations panel he now chairs, Culberson went back to Washington and proposed that NASA begin planning that next mission, called Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO). The money was allocated, but the next year the agency canceled JIMO, pleading poverty.Culberson cares deeply about Europa because he believes it could be harboring extraterrestrial life. “I think it’s inevitable that one day, and I hope it’s in our lifetime, we will discover life in another world,” he says. “And the place mostly likely to find it is in the Europan oceans. It keeps me up at night just thinking about it, it’s so thrilling.”But “Europa needs an advocate,” he says. And it now has a well-placed one, with Culberson taking over CJS from the retired Representative Frank Wolf (R–VA). Culberson gave up leading a panel that funds veterans affairs and military construction to take what he calls “his dream job,” and for work he describes as “pure joy.”“Europa is the only mission that it’s illegal for NASA not to fly,” he says, pointing proudly to language he and Wolf crafted as part of the agency’s 2015 budget, which allocates “not less than $100 million” for planning the mission and developing related technologies. The agency’s current plan is a so-called clipper mission that would make 45 passes of the moon while orbiting Jupiter, and then drop a probe that would penetrate Europa’s surface and explore its frozen underworld. The goal is to launch it sometime in the next decade, ideally on NASA’s new heavy-lift rocket.The Europa mission has other allies, including Representative Adam Schiff (D–CA), whose district includes JPL, and the nonprofit Planetary Society, now led by science education celebrity Bill Nye. Last summer, at a Capitol Hill pep rally for Europa sponsored by the society, Culberson thanked the group for “lighting a fire under the American people.”Europa “is one of the most exciting and meaningful things I’ve ever worked on,” he said. He also described to an audience of space buffs how much he thinks is at stake. “That moment when we realize that we are not alone will be a transformational moment, just like when Columbus reached the shores of North America.”Nye is thrilled to have Culberson as any ally. “He quotes the Bible and he believes that a higher power has put life on other worlds,” he says. “He wants to find it on his watch. And he’s in a position to convince other people in Congress.”Subcommittee chairs are in a good position to make things happen, Wolf agrees. “That’s the reason to be the chairman, isn’t it?” Wolf tells ScienceInsider. “Wherever he wants to take the subcommittee, that’s where it will go.”Limited governmentCulberson says that he’s been interested in science “for as long as I can remember.” He recalls a family vacation to Meteor crater in northern Arizona spent trolling for iron filings with a magnet on a string. As a child he subscribed to several popular science and astronomy magazines, following their recipes to build cloud chambers and a carbon dioxide laser for school science fairs. Spending summers during college as a mud logger on an oil rig—preparing a log that characterized the rock formation based on mud samples coming to the surface—gave him a chance “to be sort of a well-site geologist.”Culberson can’t recall a particular teacher that influenced his scientific studies. “I was pretty much self-directed,” he says. And the only science he took at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he graduated in 1981 with a history degree, was an introductory astronomy course “that was so basic it was kinda boring.”He chose law instead, following the advice of his grandfather, a probate lawyer. “He said it was a way to help folks, and to make a dramatic difference in people’s lives.”Culberson says he grew up in a family that was “fiscally conservative, devoted to the Constitution, and believed the American republic is a special inheritance.” His father was a graphic designer who, he says, worked only for candidates who shared that philosophy.Founding father Thomas Jefferson is his “guiding light,” Culberson says. After spending “a lot of time studying” what Jefferson said about the purpose of government,” Culberson reached this conclusion: “Government is a necessary evil, and its sole purpose is to protect our liberty. It should give us the freedom and ability to do what God meant us to do, and stay away from my wallet, my gun case, my home, my kids, my church. Just leave me alone.”Still, he believes that keeping the government out of one’s life requires constant vigilance. While still in law school, he jumped into a race for an open seat in the Texas legislature. “I’ve never been a good spectator,” he explains.During his campaign, he turned his youth and relative inexperience into an asset by saying his candidacy demonstrated his eagerness to fulfill his civic obligation. Despite a small campaign chest and a crowded field, Culberson won the seat in 1986 and held it for 14 years before launching a successful bid in 2000 to succeed retiring Representative Bill Archer in Congress.“Elections are fundamentally about trust and whether people like you,” he says. “So I knocked on a lot of doors and built a network.”In 2003, then–Majority Leader Tom DeLay, another influential Texan Republican, offered him a seat on the powerful House appropriations committee. Culberson says he got the post after telling DeLay: “I’m going to say no to everything except science and national defense.”The story is clearly meant to burnish his credentials as a fiscal conservative. But it also reflects how, in the course of rising through the political ranks, Culberson has never lost his interest in, and enthusiasm for, science.A scientific hierarchyCulberson sees science as a way to explore what he calls “the great mysteries of the universe.” Those mysteries include the “96% of the universe we cannot see”—a combination of dark energy and dark matter—as well as “the fundamental building blocks of matter, like the Higgs boson that they just discovered at CERN.” He would also include new medical technologies that aim to improve human health and cure dreaded diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.But Culberson’s enthusiasm doesn’t seem to extend to the social and behavioral sciences. Those areas, not coincidentally, are hot-button issues with many conservatives. Culberson says he stands squarely with Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX), a fellow Texan and chair of the House science committee, in his campaign to crack down on what they see as wasteful spending by NSF and NASA on low-priority research areas.Most scientists have accused Smith of waging a war against science. But Culberson says it’s actually a prudent course for NSF to follow.“I think NSF should focus more on the pure sciences, on the fundamentals, and be careful to avoid funding research projects that would damage its sterling reputation in the eyes of the public,” Culberson says. “I’d encourage them to avoid funding studies like shrimps on a treadmill—I hope we never see anything like that again—or alcoholism among prostitutes in Thailand.” (Culberson is referring to two federal grants that have become notorious in conservative circles.)“If the private sector is interested in funding obscure or obtuse social science question, then let them,” he adds. “But NSF needs to be keenly aware of how these grants would look on the front page of the local newspaper. They are just not a productive use of our tax dollars.”Research on global climate falls into the same category, he argues. “I think human activity has contributed in some way [to climate change]. But there have been dramatic changes in our climate over the planet’s history. We’ve been frozen solid, and we’ve been far, far hotter. I read all the time about scientific evidence of dramatically higher temperatures that are completely unrelated to human activity. There’s also a tremendous amount of data out there that is still in conflict, so I think it’s essential that we follow the facts and the science.”Culberson says those facts also dovetail with his views of the 10th Amendment—and expose what he sees as the real reasons behind the administration’s climate change policies. “The whole thrust of President Obama’s program, and the liberal obsession with climate change, is driven by their desire to raise more money for the government,” he says. “The carbon taxes in Europe, the administration’s efforts to impose costs on industry and the public to mitigate climate change, that’s all about collecting money.”There’s an old adage that politicians are entitled to their own opinions but not to their own facts. And following the facts is exactly what most scientists say they are doing when they submit grant proposals to NSF and other agencies on politically sensitive subjects. Those grants are then reviewed and scored by experts as part of the agency’s highly regarded merit review process, which culminates in a final thumbs-up or thumbs-down decision by NSF officials.Culberson’s stance leaves him open to the charge that he is substituting his judgment for that of scientific experts. That’s especially problematic for a lawmaker who emphasizes that his support for the Europa mission is driven not by his own fascination with its frozen oceans but by his desire to reinforce the consensus of the scientific community.The consensus Culberson is referring to is a 2011 decadal study for planetary science, written by a panel convened by the U.S. National Academies. He regards such decadal studies, which identify high-priority research areas and often help set agency spending priorities, as “the gold standard” for setting NASA’s direction. And he vows that the CJS bills his panel produces will continue to require NASA “to fund and fly” the survey’s priority missions. (At the top of the report’s list was a trip to collect, and eventually return, samples from Mars, part of a multistep approach to exploring the Red Planet that NASA is pursuing.)“I didn’t decide to put that $100 million into NASA’s budget this year for the Europa mission,” he tells ScienceInsider. “The decadal study decided it. And I put in the technology money so that NASA could develop the penetrator that we’ll need to get below the ice and down into its ocean.”Culberson is also a big supporter of NSF’s activities to improve science and math education. He sees the work as a key element in creating a tech-savvy workforce and a scientifically literate population.Some might see that view as being in conflict with the 10th Amendment, which is generally seen as giving states complete control over education. But not Culberson, who emphasized the difference during a conversation that began with his criticism of NASA for straying from what he sees as its main purpose.“OMB [The White House Office of Management and Budget] has been driving NASA for far too long … and diverting it into all these activities that are not part of NASA’s core missions, including education,” he began. “Instead, NSF should take the lead in helping to design a model science curriculum. That’s not NASA’s job. And it ought not to be done at the Department of Education, either.”“I’d prefer to see NSF help to design, or recommend—that’s the key word—an ideal science curriculum for our public schools and universities,” he continues. “And then states would be free to adopt it, of their own volition. But not mandate, never. In fact, I authored legislation that passed the House last year that would eliminate all federal education grants in 5 years, and eliminate all federal control over education and return it to the states.”Nye, who is best known by his self-moniker, “the science guy,” says he’s “fascinated” by the interaction of Culberson’s faith-based political beliefs and his interest in scientific discovery. As CEO of the Planetary Society, Nye says, he sticks to the latter. “When we are in his office, we focus on Europa,” he says.That strategy has worked well for the society: Culberson has championed its goal of boosting NASA’s spending on planetary sciences to $1.5 billion a year and takes credit for lifting up its budget to within $65 million of that amount. But NASA’s overall science budget tops $5 billion, including almost $1.8 billion for the earth sciences. And in an era of fiscal constraints, climate scientists and those in the social and behavioral sciences are hoping that Culberson will make room on his science bandwagon for their disciplines, too.Click here to see all of our Budget 2016 coverage.last_img read more

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The Yadav Family Drama Gripping Indian Politics

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The story seems like a good script for a Bollywood film, or as one observer put it, “something straight out of the hit US TV series House of Cards”. Related Items

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Chicago Man Sentenced For Millions of Dollars of Fraud on New York Company

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first_imgAn Indian-American man from Chicago was the second person to be sentenced for defrauding a New York company of millions of dollars.Debashis Ghosh, 54, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced April 16, to 57 months in prison, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, for conspiring to defraud a Plattsburgh, New York, company of $2.5 million. Related Itemslast_img

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US Assures it Will Start Allowing Import of Table Grapes From India

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first_imgThe Indian Minister for Agriculture, Radha Mohan Singh, has stated that the US will soon clear all obstacles and start importing Indian table grapes. The issue was discussed in a meeting with US Ambassador in India, Kenneth I. Juster.Read it at Fresh Plaza Related Itemslast_img

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US Says it Could Remove India From Currency Monitoring List

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first_imgIndia moved a step closer to getting off the US Treasury’s watchlist on currency after the central bank’s reserves accumulation showed a reversal of trend this year and the Rupee depreciated against the Greenback. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

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Green Card Blues

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first_imgIt has been nearly a quarter century since I reached the shores of this “promised land” and almost 20 years since I began holding the inappropriately named green card. For reasons untold and impossible to comprehend, it is now time to seek citizenship. As a permanent resident alien, a status one acquires in a morgue or a prison, the benefits were palpable. There was nothing to worry about in terms of legal residency in this country and no particular loss for not being a citizen. I worked hard as all citizens did and perhaps a lot harder than some of them. I paid my taxes and deductions and enjoyed all the other penalties or benefits of social security and the paltry and inhuman healthcare. The citizens were blessed with the same problems. On a daily basis, there is precious little that was different between a normal citizen who did not really test or taste the limits of what he had and a permanent resident alien.This country, this great inheritor of the Enlightenment, offered a lot to immigrants. There was not just a promise of making money, but of living in a culture, which could demonstrate an essential ingredient of humanity in freedom.It is not the kind of freedom that employs bomb and instruments of torture as our president believes, but a freedom of the spirit and freedom to think to test its limits. Green card holders knew that and practiced it well.As the saying goes, in a country with full freedom to speak, people have nothing to say. That is the case with citizens as well as immigrants. But in the case of citizens, it is particularly embarrassing.One clear advantage citizens have is the power to vote. Democracy means a lot more than voting, of course, but to the extent it means that, voting is important.As a green card holder, the choices that have come our way over the last 20 years have not been exciting, to say the least. One is caught between the proverbial twiddle de and twiddle dum. It is their SOB or our SOB. Politics is more about money, less about ideas and hardly ever about making real changes.Missing one vote may mean a lot in principle, but in the absurd world of the electoral college, it means even less. So if you could afford to snooze every two or four years when democracy awakens, you wish you were a citizen, but not for long. Travel was not very different for green card holders either. Traveling to India as a citizen is, as many know, more of an effort. There was some straight-shoulder joy in going to India as a citizen of that country and for a while at least put your sold-out identity aside.But these days, our brown skin comes into play more than ever. To be an American citizen presents clear advantages and equally urgent dangers. In some parts of the world, it is not exactly a matter of ease and comfort to be an American citizen. It was quite a sight in Brazil last year to see Americans being fingerprinted in retaliation for similar measures here. Stories abound about Americans being confronted about its international policies, particularly since the war against terrorism.Then there was the mishandled mirage of dual citizenship. That seemed like a cure for all ills for people who wanted to belong to both, without giving up either. Clearly the forces driving it were financial rather than cultural, but it offered a lot to those who could not think of surrendering an identity that was deep in their hearts for ease in travel or in voting, given that all other things were the same.As one unravels all this, it is evident that citizenship is a state of mind. More so in a globalized world. We come here, become American citizens and still practice our culture and wear clothes bought in American malls, which are made in India. One could be a citizen without being a rabid patriot and a green card holder with fierce loyalty to the fundamental values of this country.The promise of this country is precisely enshrined in the best principles humanity has ever endorsed. One could belong without blind submission and with full loyalty that included the right to oppose. It is still possible to live in that world and many of us still prefer to.But now in this inhumane world, with a hypersensitive superpower poised to struggle with terrorism the rest of our lives, it is difficult to remain a green card holder for long. One could go on about the clear and present dangers of not being a citizen in this country as the noose of homeland security tightens and as we become a society given to suspicion and surveillance. But the practical reasons often overwhelm principles.  It seems now that travel is easiest in terms of actual logistics for American citizens. They can move in the entire European Union and most of the American continent. To be an Indian citizen with the once coveted permanent resident alien status, is to seek, glaringly ridiculously, a visa to be anywhere.For example, as some Indians unhappily know, there is now a category of “transit-visa” for London airports. Think about it. You are already on a plane after security checks, and then you land in London, merely race to catch another flight in less than two hours. For that innocuous travel on your own feet, when you are spending your own money and lugging around bags that have been checked, you need the permission of the British Government to exist as a person in “transit.”If for some reason, you conduct this exercise of changing planes in Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland or France, you are exempt from it. They have their own list of suspicious nationalities, but as an Indian you are not among them.Surely there must be reasons for doing so, but for any common person, they are hard to fathom. After all, the most damaging terrorist acts were pulled off by people with legitimate visas. There must be something that we should be looking for other than transit visas to spot suspects.That reason alone is justification to take out citizenship. It beats the bureaucracy at airports at least. And perhaps things will get better here too.Perhaps there will be health care for all and it will be worth it just to have a feeling that we are a citizen of a country that cares. Maybe all this hoopla about the United States become a monotheistic and almost theocratic state will fade and the nation will awaken to the finest ideals on which it was founded.There is a possibility that we will throw up better politicians who run on their vision and ideas instead of the slash and burn warfare during political campaigns and voting will be worth it again. Until then, our limbo of wanting to belong somewhere, but not being able to make a full commitment, will endure.   Related Itemslast_img read more

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The Salahi Way

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first_imgThere are many theories on how the Salahis “Salahied” their way into the White House state dinner for Indian prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Security lapses, staff goof-ups, lack of “adult” supervision and a general mood of getting caught into the naughtie-ness of a couple, which could get to the most powerful seat on the planet, not to terrorize, but for simple, pure party fun. Everyone is tied up in knots trying to figure out what happened, how it happened and could it happen again.It may, if we are allowed to find out!Perhaps the most challenging and intriguing aspect of the break-in had to do with the dress, the complexion and the mannerisms of Michaele Salahi. She was the perky one of the Virginia duo, accompanying a rather spaid, tux-wearing other-half, Tareq Salahi. The most striking peculiarity evident was her appearance. Sure, one can admire her brazenness, but the dress takes the cake, or the burfi, if you prefer. President Barack Obama greets party crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi during a receiving line in the Blue Room of the White House before the State Dinner with Prime MinisterManmohan Singh of India, Nov. 24, 2009. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd plays on this crucial aspect of the story in her piece “Who’s Sari Now?” which targeted White House social secretary Desiree Rogers, and provides the most explicit hint of how the comedy of errors worked through fashion. Most of us have seen the tirelessly repeated pictures of the modern day “Bonnie and Clyde” walking into the glare of cameras at the White House banquet. You cannot but notice the bright red whatever that Micheale Salahi was wearing that night. It is a startling Indian outfit. It seems borrowed or bought in a hurry as it does not quite fit the slim figure that Michaele maintains for her reality show try-outs.The bright red dress, one could well call it blood-red, is bound to pop in the dull and monotonous environment of Washington D.C. Red has long been the preferred color of power-housewives who want to glow in the corridors of power. It fits her body as clothes that are not made for you fit. Cholis are so particular in Indian clothing that women have them tailored or, if they get one ready-made, they have them altered to fit snugly around the body. There is enough midriff on Michaele’s waist to expose the right amount of skin, allowing more of her originality to shine through. Michaele’s skin-color screams out foreign-ness in a costume she has just picked up.To top it all, she carries herself clumsily, floating in the air like she is strutting on a college campus, waving her arms around, grinning with a sense of accomplishment at the secret that only she and her husband then knew. Tareq Salahi provided the stark contrast with his mainstream costume, and had the look of wanting to blend in even as his wife engaged the light meters on the cameras.Everything about Michaele that night was screaming for attention. Some of it had to be on her face, which proclaimed some sort of victory, underscoring the confidence of an intruder who had succeeded at her game. Ofcourse, all these interpretations come after-the-fact, as we re-read the pictures once their con has been exposed.But there is much to see through her attire, clumsy body-language and glaring claim of being “authentically” Indian or at least a friend of India and Indians. She went through the trouble to look Indian, a classy move considering it was a state dinner for the Indian Prime Minister. Anyone even slightly empathetic to the ethos of the evening had to be sensitive to India and she surely did her share. If this event had hosted the King of Saudi Arabia, Michaele would have surely donned appropriately Saudi garbs, culture and customs.It is clear that her efforts paid off with the dinner crowd, even the security guards who gleefully posed for pictures with her, as well as Vice President Joe Biden, who obliged her with a warm and friendly embrace. The weasels and slobs of Washington, D.C., seem to take her act for what it was – a genuine declaration of allegiance to a culture that has to be easy to adapt and mimic. Let the fools be fools; we want to be in our own acts. Tareq Salahi and Michaele Salahi arriving for the State Dinner in honor of India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.One wonders whether Michaele would have succeeded by wearing conventional Western clothing that night. She would have made her buddy Tareq more nervous and nosy security guards just might have pursued their bona fides more closely.One way to interpret Michaele’s strategy that night is to see her dress as the first move to learn about India. It is like walking into an Indian restaurant for a buffet lunch. Many Americans claim to know a little bit of India this way. The first step always matters, especially if it is the beginning of a long, purposeful journey. For all this hoopla about the gate-crashing couple, we see little appreciation of the couple’s talents in their selections of clothes, gestures, and postures to establish connections with India.It is insulting that such grand, magnanimous gestures of authenticity and cross-cultural understanding should be allowed to fade into obscurity in the age of Obama when the mantra of global relations is dialog, conversation and exchange. We are caught between rewarding them for their wonderful efforts and prosecuting them for their brazen breach of security in the age of terror. Wall Street Journal’s Mark Helprin and Politico’s Michael Falcone have coined a “new functional verb, to salahi-to audaciously gatecrash a ‘secure’ event.” As we catalog the decade of the noughties, ring that up as a new contribution to our vocabulary. Only, be sure the definition of the term “to salahi” is “to look authentic to gatecrash.” Related Itemslast_img read more

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Indian American Woman Gets 4-Year Prison Sentence for Visa Fraud

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first_imgSunitha Guntipally was sentenced to 52 months in prison for playing a role in a conspiracy to commit several crimes in the United States, including visa fraud, obstruction of justice, use of false documents, mail fraud, and witness-tampering.Guntipally, the 44-year-old resident of Fremont, pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charges on May 3. The sentence was given on Nov. 29 by U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh. The jury also indicted three co-defendants — Venkat Guntipally from Fremont, Pratap “Bob” Kondamoori from Incline Village, Nev and Sandhya Ramireddi of Pleasanton — in an indictment filed on May 5 last year. The indictment contains charges in association with the submission of fraudulent applications for H-1B specialty-occupation work visas.During Guntipally’s sentencing, Judge Koh stated that the defendant’s crime does damage to the rule of law. “The defendant’s conduct undermines respect for our legal immigration system and does tremendous damage to our institutions and affects the rights of others to immigrate to the United States,” said Judge Koh.Guntipally admitted that she and Venkat were a husband and wife team who founded and owned DS Soft Tech and Equinett — two employment-staffing companies for technology firms, in her guilty plea.She admitted to obstructing justice, and mislead the agents and concealed the conspiracy. She also directed her co-defendant to do the same.Guntipally also admitted that between approximately 2010 and 2014, she and her co-defendants had submitted more than a hundred additional fraudulent petitions for foreign workers to be placed at other purported companies. These end-client companies that were listed in the fraudulent H-1B applications either never received the proposed H-1B workers or never existed. They did not intend to receive these H-1B workers.The scheme helped Guntipally and her co-conspirators to gain an unfair advantage over competing employment-staffing firms. Consequently, she and her husband earned money from these themselves as well as their companies.She was charged with one count of conspiracy, 10 counts of substantive visa fraud, seven counts of using false statements, four counts of mail fraud, and four counts of witness tampering. Guntipally pleaded guilty to the conspiracy charge while the remaining charges were dismissed.Judge Koh ordered Sunitha Guntipally to serve three years of supervised release and to pay a fine of $50,000, along with the prison term. Each of her co-defendants has already pleaded guilty to their respective roles in the scheme. While Ramireddi was sentenced to 14 months in jail, Kondamoori has been sentenced to a prison term of 20 months. The sentencing of Venkat Guntipally is scheduled for March 21, 2018. Related ItemsFraudIndian AmericanUnited Stateslast_img read more

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Centre derailing NRC, says Gogoi

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first_imgFormer Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Saturday said the Narendra Modi government was trying to derail the exercise to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) by disclosing data and attacking NRC State Coordinator Prateek Hajela.Mr. Gogoi, who had been the Chief Minister for three terms, said this was an indication that the BJP was not interested in resolving the foreigners’ issue.“The BJP government has focussed on certain districts to claim that the names of Bangladeshi-origin people have been registered in the NRC. If Hajela, conducting the exercise, is doing this, why is he not being removed or transferred? After all, he is not a constitutional authority but a government servant and is directly answerable to the administration,” Mr. Gogoi said.He reiterated that the NRC would end up as “waste paper” and leave out many genuine citizens belonging to different communities.  “This exercise will only be 50% successful. Many among the Bengali Muslims, tea garden workers, Gorkhas and others will miss out while some foreigners will be included,” he said.The Sarbananda Sonowal government in the State , he said, must ensure the inclusion of all legal citizens in the NRC.last_img read more

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Phoolka’s resignation accepted

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first_imgPunjab Assembly Speaker Rana K.P. Singh has accepted the resignation of former Aam Aadmi Party leader and MLA from Dakha constituency H.S. Phoolka.An official from the Speaker’s office on Friday confirmed that the resignation of Mr. Phoolka has been accepted.The former AAP leader, who had quit as legislator last year, recently wrote to the Speaker asking him to immediately accept his resignation or else he would be “constrained to approach the Supreme Court”.In his letter, Mr. Phoolka wrote: “In the event you (Speaker) do not take any decision on my resignation, I will be constrained to approach the Supreme Court of India.”Protest against ‘inaction’Mr. Phoolka had resigned from the position of MLA in October last year. He had quit expressing displeasure over the Congress government’s alleged failure to take action against all those named in the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report for their alleged role in incidents of police firing that led to deaths in the wake of sacrilege cases. Later, Mr. Phoolka also quit AAP.last_img read more

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‘No Odisha policeman found guilty of rights violation, corruption’

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first_imgAt a time when the Odisha Police is getting ready to be rated by complainants and victims of crimes, none of its 976 police inspectors facing human rights violation and corruption allegations has been found guilty in the last five years.In response to an RTI application, the State police headquarters acknowledged that 976 such allegations had been received against inspectors and reserve inspectors between 2014 and 2019.Human rights activist Biswapriya Kanungo had submitted RTI applications seeking information on such allegations and action taken on them.“We have been sending all allegations to the district Senior Superintendent of Police as well as Deputy Commissioner for submission of inquiry and action taken reports. As many as 574 inquiry reports have been received at the HQ,” said the PHQ Public Information Officer.No response “No allegation or complaint against police inspectors has been substantiated or established. No administrative or penal action has been taken against any inspector,” informed the PIO.In case of the remaining 402 cases, the PIO did not say anything. Similarly, 102 allegations were received against Assistant Commissioner of Police and Deputy Superintendent of Police during the same period. But, the PHQ again kept mum.In case of allegations of corruption against serving IPS officers in Odisha, the Vigilance Department refused to divulge anything.“The State government specifies that nothing contained in the Act shall apply to General Administration (Vigilance), Department and its organisation,” said Vigilance Department PIO.“The piece of information is disturbing. It indicates as if all allegations against police officers were false. We believe that allegations were thrown to dustbins and no proper inquiry was held. The much-talked-about transparency and accountability has lost its meaning,” said Mr. Kanungo.last_img read more

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SEA Games: PH pugs start gold medal hunt

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first_imgRead Next Back then, the Philippines went home with five gold medals but there were more boxing events.Marcial will vie in 69kg-75kg, Fernandez in 52kg-56kg, and Kazakhstan President’s Cup champion Carlo Paalam in 46kg-49kg in the preliminaries starting at 3 p.m.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 shutoutJoining them is two-time champion and Olympian Charly Suarez who will also vie for honor in 69kg-75kg.Bautista will go straight to the quarterfinals in 49kg-52kg division, needing just one victory to ensure at least a medal finish. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ The same thing with 75kg-81kg bet Marvin John Tupaz, who like Bautista will start his quest on Monday.center_img PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Glittering start to Tabal’s journey to Tokyo Olympics View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, right, celebrates winning the fight against Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei. Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee /KUALA LUMPUR — Four of boxing’s “Super Six” begin their quest for gold medals Sunday in preliminary bouts in the Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 8.Eumir Felix Marcial, Mario Fernandez and Ian Clark Bautista, champions of their respective divisions two years ago in Singapore, will lead the crew tasked to duplicate a daunting feat.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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NBA: Ever improving DeRozan looks to further develop ‘much better’

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first_imgView comments Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges PLAY LIST 01:43Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief With the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics expected to rule the East once more this coming season, DeRozan understands that his improvement will be vital if the Raptors will be contenders once more.“It’s great to have this opportunity to carry a franchise, and just show them that I come back every year much better,” he shared.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses This year, the 6’7″ athletic specimen aims to become a better playmaker and a more accurate three-point threat.He recently posted an Instagram story of his midnight shooting session, which was posted on Twitter by Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewnberg.DeMar DeRozan hit 64% of his 700 3pt attempts during a late-night workout, according to his IG story pic.twitter.com/why2crAqoQ— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) July 25, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather-McGregor is a pay-per-view smash WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, right, shoots past Denver Nuggets’ Wilson Chandler during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto.  APToronto Raptors superstar DeMar DeRozan has made significant strides in his game since entering the NBA in 2009.The 28-year-old shooting guard has blossomed into a three-time NBA All Star, displaying incredible foot work and a mid-range arsenal seldom used in today’s game.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES After averaging a career-best 27 points per game last season, the former USC Trojan expressed his desire to keep improving on other aspects of his craft.“Continue to get better, continue to win,” DeRozan told ESPN’ Carl Champion when asked of his goals for the upcoming season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Continue to grow as a player, as a leader, and keep pushing the envelope. Understand my flaws from the year previously and come back better this year.”Entering the league primarily a slasher and a dunker, DeRozan worked hard on his ball-handling skills, which eventually translated into a formidable mid-range game.last_img read more

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San Beda coach livid over disqualifying foul on Bolick

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first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Kobe Bryant recites retirement poem with composer John Williams For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fernandez said San Beda will file an appeal to downgrade Bolick’s disqualifying foul in time for its game against Mapua on Friday.“We’ll appeal that for sure, but how can we appeal if there’s no report? We want to know what happened, why they called it for Robert? Why? They have to justify it,” he said.Fernandez then turned his ire towards commissioner Bai Cristobal, noting that the official could have handled the matter better knowing that decisions made from that situation gravely impact some of the players’ career in the long run.Bolick is in the running for the Most Valuable Player plum, with him currently sixth in the race with averages of 13.56 points, 7.56 rebounds, and 4.67 assists.He also posted a near triple-double performance in the game with 14 markers, 11 dimes, and seven boards, but him being sent to the showers in the game against St. Benilde already rules him out of any individual plum at the end of the season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “Why would you throw him out? My God, the guy was running for MVP. He destroyed the future of that guy,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With the Red Lions leading, 71-57, and the game already out of reach, Blazers guard Carlo Young took down Bolick, who was driving to the basket, hard late in the game. But Bolick and Clint Doliguez were also thrown out with 2:28 to play.“It’s unethical. We were already up by 14 points and it’s a fastbreak. Why endanger a guy? And then punish a guy? I really don’t know what’s happening,” said Fernandez.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 shutoutFernandez couldn’t stop himself from wondering how the officials were able to come up with their decisions during the scuffle, sensing that there might be some kind of bias against San Beda.“I don’t want to insinuate things. I don’t want to speculate, but it’s a won game already, and then that incident happened and they penalized the other team that did not start it,” he said. “If they want us to lose ball games, then let us lose that ball game in a proper way. God, it’s so bad. It’s wrong. (We had) six fouls in fourth quarter and the other team only has one foul, and then that happens. They tackle a player? Should he be thrown out? Yes, it should be an [ejection]. But why penalize the other guy?” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda coach Boyet Fernandez leapt to Robert Bolick’s defense after he felt his star playmaker was unjustly ejected in his team’s 72-56 win over St. Benilde on Tuesday.“You have to see that. You throw out a guy who is tackled, (who the other player is) trying to get injured, and then you call him and throw him out again? I really don’t know,” the mentor fumed in the press room.ADVERTISEMENT Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick PLAY LIST 01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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WWE star Enzo Amore fired after rape allegation

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first_imgMOST READ ‘Everybody’s team’: Tigresses ready to operate without Laure, says Reyes RELATED STORIES:Exhibit of rape victims’ clothes shows clothing choice isn’t to blame for sexual assaultWWE legend asks internet if it’s OK to have sex with ‘daughter’ ADVERTISEMENT Enzo Amore. Image: WWEPHOENIX (AP) — WWE star Enzo Amore has been fired by the wrestling promotion after a woman alleged on Twitter that he raped her and police opened a sexual assault investigation.The company said in a statement that Amore, whose real name is Eric Arndt, was fired Tuesday after initially being suspended.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Police told Phoenix television station ABC-TV that Arndt is being investigated in an alleged assault at a downtown hotel in October. Police say the accusation was reported to authorities from a local hospital several days after the alleged assault but did not release other details.A lawyer representing Arndt says he denies the accusations and is cooperating with authorities.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWWE said in its statement suspending Arndt that it has zero tolerance for matters involving sexual harassment or sexual assault.The woman who made the accusation shared a graphic account on Twitter, saying she was plied with drugs and left alone with the wrestler by his friends. NVG Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

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Pumaren sees PBA potential in Espeleta

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “My teammates were just trying to find me cause I was hot I just had to keep shooting. They just happened to fall in,” he said as he went on a perfect 3-of-3 sniping from threes.Expected to take a bigger responsibility for the Falcons this upcoming collegiate season, Espeleta isn’t putting much pressure on himself or to even fill up the absence left by Manganti as he hopes to continue being a part of something great under the tutelage of Pumaren.“We know what were capable of doing. All of us are just looking to contribute every night,” he said. “There’s no star player. We’re just playing as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The Fil-Am swingman on Tuesday showed a glimpse of what he can do, lighting up for Akari-Adamson with 19 points in the first quarter in the team’s 98-92 victory over Go for Gold in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Given the keys to the starting role, Espeleta made Pumaren look like a genius, leading his crew with 24 points, on an efficient 8-of-11 shooting from the field, while also grabbing five rebounds and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run Win-win situation for Macaraya as CEU, San Sebastian thrive in D-Leaguecenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The first time I took over Adamson, I really felt that he has a lot of potential. He has the PBA potential, but he just has to be in a better shape,” remarked the Falcons coach.The 21-year-old, though, shrugged off the praise and noted that his early explosion wouldn’t be possible if not for his teammates helping him as Akari-Adamson rode his blistering hands early. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESIt seems like coach Franz Pumaren didn’t really need much time to find a replacement for Sean Manganti.Left looking for someone to plug in the small forward position left by the senior high-flyer, Pumaren may have stumbled upon a gem in Jonathan Espeleta with the incoming third year ashowing signs of promise.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Red-hot Alab torches lowly Formosa for 8th straight win

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas couldn’t be stopped as it ran roughshod over Formosa Dreamers, 117-93, for its eighth straight victory in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Laguna.The hottest team in the league banked on its versatile imports to improve to 11-4 in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Familiarity helped Meralco’s Ballesteros in career game vs Ginebra NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Justin Brownlee was as lethal as ever, firing 27 points and scattering 13 rebounds, five assists, four blocks, and two steals to stuff the stat sheets in the rout.Renaldo Balkman also registered another double-double of 21 markers and 14 boards that went with six dimes, and five rejections, while Lawrence Domingo fired a season-high 16 points and seven rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBobby Ray Parks Jr. also shone as he helped Alab break away for good in the third quarter, where he unloaded eight of his 15 points that triggered a 19-7 tear for a decisive 79-62 lead. The reigning Local MVP also got three rebounds, two assists, and two steals.The tailspin continued for the Dreamers, who have now lost 12 games in a row and stayed at the cellar with a 1-14 slate.center_img AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Cameron Forte topped Formosa with 29 points and 21 rebounds, Ronnie Aguilar had 20 markers and 11 boards, and local Wu Sung Wei got 18 points and five assists off the bench.The scores:SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 117 — Brownlee 27, Balkman 21, Domingo 16, Parks 15, Hontiveros 11, Sumalinog 11, Urbiztondo 9, Raymundo 3, Alabanza 2, Javelona 2, Celiz 0.FORMOSA DREAMERS 93 — Forte 29, Aguilar 20, Wu 18, Chen 10, Chien 7, Chou 4, Barratt 3, Yang 2, Cheng 0, Li C 0, Li P 0, Tsai 0.Quarters: 28-19, 52-38, 79-66, 117-93.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

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Lassiter: Beermen got good looks, shots just didn’t go in

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first_imgMOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We got to keep on looking on what we got to do to correct our mistakes because we got 23 turnovers. If we cut that in half, we could turn the other way,” he said. “I couldn’t blame the shots. The 23 turnovers, I could blame. That’s just on us not being responsible taking care of it.”Still, the tight two-point decision should serve as a silver lining for San Miguel considering how badly the team played in the game.“We didn’t play our regular game today. But we’ll make adjustments,” he said.The Fil-Am sniper believes that San Miguel should do a better job preparing itself for Game 2 on Friday.“It’s Game 1 and we lost by a bucket. I’ll check the film tomorrow to see what they really did, but we didn’t play enough to win,” he said. “We’ll see what we did wrong and see what they did to make that adjustment and go from there. We have to bounce back in Game 2.”ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Villacencio wrests early lead at ICTSI Forest Hills Marcio Lassiter. PBA IMAGESIt was just one days when the shots weren’t falling.Tested gunslinger Marcio Lassiter is no stranger to off nights but it couldn’t have come at a worse time in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, where he went 0-for-6 from beyond the arc.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Sometimes you make it, sometimes you don’t,” he said, moments after San Miguel dropped the series opener, 104-102 to TNT on Wednesday.But that off day wasn’t limited to just Lassiter, as the usually high-octane Beermen crew found themselves firing blanks as they went 6-of-29 from rainbow country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We got good looks, but we just got to make them,” he said.But Lassiter thinks the poor shooting wasn’t the main culprit for the Beermen’s Game 1 downfall, Instead, it was their error prone game they did them in as they committed 23 turnovers in the tiff. What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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