It is quite normal to wonder about the universe. Its vastness and majesty trigger awe. But its nature is still a lingering mystery. Is the universe finite or infinite?Most deliberations on this topic seem like word games. But, one thing is certain. The history — and knowledge — of the universe carved by humans, based on the information we received, is a small part of the big picture: a universe of our own creation, one that is plagued by dark forces and our ignorance.When we talk about the universe, we mean everything. In fact there is much beyond what we, or even our most advanced telescopes, can see. Researchers can trace the history of the universe to any point since the first light penetrated the fabric of the cosmos and reached us. However, there is a fundamental limit to this conundrum. We do not and will not have any idea about any of the regions in the universe from where the light, carrying valuable information that helps us to carve the history, hasn’t reached us.Our most acceptable model of the universe says it has a finite origin, but is expanding. Though it has enormous volume that we can perceive, it remains finite now, and that volume will increase, so only in the infinite future will it actually be infinite. It opens up the question about the geometric shape of our universe. Is it flat like a sheet of paper or closed like a football or an open entity without any limits? Actually, there are conflicting answers to this question even as cosmologists scan through the huge data they have been collecting to nail down this perplexing issue.In an infinite universe, a photon (light) will never find its way back unless it is forced to do so. But in a finite universe, it must end up in the same location from where it started. The density of matter in the universe would play a critical role in deciding which of them is correct. Even now astronomers are not completely confident about either of these possibilities.Yet, it is completely within the limits of scientific inquiry to think about the unknown. So what lies beyond the known borders of the known universe? Even if light began its voyage immediately after the big bang, it could have so far traveled only about 13.7 billion light years of distance. To make matters worse, the same light has to encounter an expanding universe during its trip, making it unable to reach us. Are there any structures and patterns out there like or unlike what we have in our observable universe?Though we can’t ever see such patterns, there is a way that we could feel the effect of such entities if they exist. That’s exactly what astrophysicist Alexander Kashlinsky of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center suggests. By studying the giant clusters of galaxies and their scattering, he and his team noticed a peculiar phenomenon. They concluded that something from way beyond the edge seems to be pulling powerfully on galaxies in our universe, yanking them along in a motion he calls “dark flow.” This has nothing to do with the known effects of dark energy that causes the galaxies to expand from each other. These researchers say, there’s evidence that galaxy clusters are being pulled along by a force outside the visible universe.As if dark matter and dark energy are not enough to complicate the mystery surrounding the universe, the new phenomenon of dark flow, though many scientists disagree, has added another dimension to the already incomprehensible picture of the cosmos. However, Kashlinsky estimates the effects that dark flow extends all across the universe. In other words, our galaxies are pulled by matter that is beyond our known universe. Some even suggest that this could be from other universes that float like bubbles in the cosmic ocean along with our own, unknown to us. At this point, such thoughts do not merit any serious consideration as an observational science.Not surprisingly, Sir Arthur Eddington, the English astronomer whose experiments verified Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, once said : “Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.”Is there anything special about our location in the universe? According to the Copernican principle, which is the foundation of modern astronomy, it must not be so. Whatever we experience in this part of space-time must be more or less the same everywhere even if we can’t observe it. This must be true for any observer anywhere in the universe. The inability to discern the parts of the universe gives rise to the impression that the universe must be infinite in every direction we look.The universe may be infinite, but its origin, as we understand, demands it has a finite age. All we can say is there is much more than what we see out there.The concept of infinity is vividly described in Vedic cosmology. In Sanskrit ananta means infinity and the universe, though cyclic in nature, is anaadi and anant, which implies something without beginning and end. Hinduism subscribes to the theory that the universe is beginning-less and endless. It also maintains that there are many more worlds and universes than there are drops of water in the ocean. These universes are made by Lord Brahma, the Creator, maintained by Lord Vishnu, the Preserver, and destroyed by Lord Shiva.After the destruction of each universe, there will be a vast ocean left. Lord Vishnu, resting on the great snake Ananta, floats on this ocean. Some scriptures suggest that a lotus flower springs from his navel and from this emerges Lord Brahma. And it is from Lord Brahma that all manifest, to be destroyed eventually.Any discussion about the nature of the universe underscores the human limitations and ignorance. As Einstein once remarked, “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Related Items
Prior permission for private jets to fly out of India will no longer be required each time, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said. The move will come into effect from Dec. 15.“These revised regulations shall come into effect from 15.12.2017, and thereafter, Indian aircraft operators approved/authorized to undertake international operations shall not be required to obtain prior permission from DGCA for undertaking international non-scheduled flights from/to airports with custom/immigration facilities,” the regulator said in an official statement.Scheduled and non-scheduled operators are certified by DGCA for undertaking international operations in compliance with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and are given “area of operations” based on their operational capabilities. “Such operators approved for ‘international’ area of operations can henceforth operate international non-scheduled flights as per the area of operations endorsed on their Air Operator Certificate/Permit after filing a flight plan with ATC unit concerned,” the DGCA statement said.Until now a precondition existed, where private jet operators who were flying India-registered aircraft to foreign countries, had to obtain DGCA’s permission. This is called “YA number” and it is mandatory before each flight for ensuring that the aircraft is suitable for operations.The DGCA will also issue an authorization valid for five years for private aircraft operators to fly overseas. “The private aircraft operators shall also be issued an authorization with a validity of five years for undertaking international operations upon compliance of the laid down requirements as per ICAO SARPs. They can also undertake international flights as per authorization issued by DGCA, by filing a flight plan with ATC unit concerned,” the DGCA statement said.“Doing away with YA number will ensure that Indian operators can fly overseas without delay and will help maintain the essence of business aviation,” Rohit Kapur, President, Business Aircraft Operators Association (BAOA), said, Livemint.com reported. He added that the move has been welcomed by the industry body and it will assist in the ease of doing business.Kapur said that business jets are not only a luxury, but in many cases, they are also a necessity. Business jets help in gaining quick access and connectivity and allows business leaders to be productive, efficient as well as flexible, the report added. Related ItemsAviation
An eight-member team of mountaineers, including seven foreign nationals, has gone missing on its way to Nanda Devi East peak in Pithoragarh district in Uttarakhand, prompting the administration to launch a massive search-and-rescue operation.The team, which includes seven mountaineers from the U.K., the U.S. and Australia besides a liaison officer from the Indian Institute of Mountaineering, left Munsiyari on May 13 to scale the 7,434-metre peak.The team is said to have been missing since May 25 when it was supposed to return to the base camp, Pithoragarh District Magistrate V.K. Jogdande told reporters on June 1.The route to the peak begins from Munsiyari, about 132 km from the district headquarters. From Munsiyari to the Nanda Devi base camp, mountaineers have to traverse a distance of about 90km on foot.“Besides the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) search teams, we have sent a 14-member search-and-rescue team from Munsiyari to the spot this morning. The team comprises State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), medical personnel, revenue police and local villagers,” the district magistrate (DM) said.A SDRF team also left Dehradun in a helicopter on Saturday morning to conduct an aerial survey of the area but inclement weather hampered the operation, Mr. Jogdande said.“The team will make another attempt to carry out an aerial survey to trace the missing mountaineers as the weather improves,” the DM said.“An ITBP search team has reached Martoli village about 21km from Nanda Devi base camp. It will soon reach the base camp,” he said.“We have also sought helicopter sorties from neighbouring districts of Chamoli and Rudraprayag to trace the exact location of the mountaineers,” he said.The team leader, Martin Mortain, is a well-known mountaineer from Britain.
With moderate to heavy rains expected to lash various parts of Goa over the next few days, Drishti Marine, the State-appointed lifeguard agency has issued a monsoon advisory instructing visitors to the beach not to venture into the sea during the monsoon months extending from June till the end of September.The Goa government shuts the beaches in the coastal tourist State for swimming and all water sports activities during the monsoon months from June to August each year as the sea during this season tends to be extremely rough and choppy. Goa is also observing a 61-day fishing ban from June 1 to July 31 where nearly 1,500 trawlers pull their nets off the territorial waters for the entire period of the ban.According to the Indian Meteorological Department(IMD), heavy rainfall with high-speed winds is likely to occur at isolated places over north and south Goa. Pre-monsoon showers commenced in the State earlier this week with light showers witnessed across the State. With the onset of the monsoon, the State will witness strong winds and thundershowers.Drishti’s nearly 600-strong lifeguard force man the Goa’s beaches through the year. Owing to the oncoming monsoons and the present weather conditions, red flags have been posted across all beaches under Drishti’s surveillance indicating that these are strictly non-swim zones.Ravi Shankar, CEO, Drishti Marine said on Monday, “Even wading into the waters is not advisable during monsoons. Our team of lifeguards present along the coast is monitoring the weather conditions. The team is trained to carry out rescues even in rough weather.”Drishti advises visitors to avoid rocky areas, cliffs, and hills on the shoreline. These are very slippery during monsoon season and also wave height, intensity and frequencies are very high and one can easily get washed out. All rocky areas around the fort areas in Anjuna, Vagator in North coastal belt and Tiracol in South coastal belt are out of bounds during monsoons.River bathing including water sports activities is restricted and can only be done under the supervision of trained and certified operators.In case of a dry spell over the next few months and depending on weather conditions, Drishti may open up a few beach stretches so that visitors can wade into the waters.“Goa’s coastline is quite complex and requires mapping every morning. If weather conditions are favourable, we may open up the zones on some of the beaches for visitors who want to wade into the water. These zones can be identified by the red and yellow flags and will be decided on a daily basis depending on the day’s weather. However, even in such conditions, swimming is not advisable due to the presence of underwater currents and rip tides,” cautions Mr. Ravi Shankar.Drishti especially cautioned adults to keep a very close eye on children while on the beach and to not allow children to venture into the waters unattended, no matter how shallow it may be.
Governor calls to resolve crisisNotably, over 300 senior doctors across various state-run medical college and hospitals resigned from their services in solidarity with their agitating colleagues.Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi last evening invited Ms. Banerjee to Raj Bhawan for a meeting to resolve the crisis. Ms. Banerjee, however, did not respond.“I tried to contact the Chief Minister. I called her up. Till this moment there is no response from her. If she calls me up, we will discuss the matter,” the Governor told reporters after visiting Paribaha Mukhopadhyay, the doctor who was assaulted, at a hospital on Friday night.Meanwhile, resident doctors of AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi have given a 48-hour ultimatum to Ms. Banerjee to meet the demands of the agitating doctors, failing which they said they would go on an indefinite strike.48-hour ultimatum to MamataResident doctors of AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital, who boycotted work on Friday, have now given a 48-hour ultimatum to Ms. Banerjee to meet the demands of the State’s agitating doctors, failing which they said they would go on indefinite strike. Members of the AIIMS Resident Doctors Association (RDA), who resumed work on Saturday, said that if the demands of the West Bengal doctors were not met within 48 hours, they would be forced to resort to an indefinite strike.“We condemn the hostile and unapologetic attitude of the government of West Bengal. Our protest at AIIMS, New Delhi continues until justice is meted out.“According to the decision taken in a general body meeting held on June 14, RDA issues an ultimatum of 48 hours to the West Bengal government to meet the demands of the striking doctors there, failing which we would be forced to resort to an indefinite strike at AIIMS, New Delhi. We hope that our colleagues across the nation will join us in this hour of need,” the AIIMS RDA said in a statement. Watch | Why are doctors protesting across the country? Medical services hit as doctors’ agitation spreads “If she can go to the SSKM she can also come to the NRS… or else this agitation will go on,” Mr. Dutta said.Ms. Banerjee, who visited the state-run SSKM Hospital on Thursday amid slogans of “we want justice”, had contended that outsiders were creating disturbances in the medical colleges and the ongoing agitation is a conspiracy by the CPI(M) and the BJP.On Friday night, the agitating junior doctors declined to attend a meeting called by the Chief Minister at the State Secretariat, saying it was a ploy to break their stir.After seeing that the protesting doctors did not turn up on Friday night, Ms. Banerjee asked the students to come to Nabanna, the State Secretariat, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, senior physician Sukumar Mukherjee said.Mr. Mukherjee along with other senior doctors, who were not part of the agitation, met Ms. Banerjee on Friday.They held a two-hour-long meeting with the Chief Minister at the Secretariat to find a solution to the ongoing problem. Striking junior doctors turned down West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s invitation for a meeting at the State Secretariat, which was called to resolved the impasse, and continued their protest for the fifth consecutive day on Saturday.The doctors, who are protesting against the assault on two of their colleagues at NRS Medical College and Hospital, had on Friday sought unconditional apology from Banerjee and set six conditions for the State government in order to withdraw their stir.“We are not going to the secretariat upon the invitation of the Chief Minister for the meeting. She will have to come to the Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital and deliver an unconditional apology for her comments made during her visit to the SSKM Hospital on Thursday,” Arindam Dutta, spokesperson of the joint forum of junior doctors, told PTI.Also Read
Stunning the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is exulting over the collapse of the Congress government in Karnataka, two of its MLAs on Wednesday voted in favour of an amendment to the criminal procedure code in the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha.Terming it a ghar waapsi (homecoming), Maihar legislator Narayan Tripathi told reporters, “In the previous government, Shivraj Singh Chouhan had made tall promises in my constituency, but delivered nothing. There was also an attempt within the party to sabotage my election. The Congress is my old home and I am headed back to it. I’ll do whatever is the best for my constituency.” The MLA had switched to the BJP in 2014.With the positive vote of Beohari MLA Sharad Kol as well, the Criminal Law (Madhya Pradesh Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed in the Assembly with the support of 122 MLAs, even though the ruling coalition has the support of 121 MLAs, including Speaker N.P. Prajapati, who didn’t vote. The Congress enjoys the support of one Samajwadi Party, two Bahujan Samaj Party and four independent MLAs, whereas the BJP has 109 MLAs in the Assembly.Later in the day, Chief Minister Kamal Nath, sitting with the dissenting MLAs, told reporters, “The BJP claims we are a minority government which can fall any day. But today, during the voting on the amendment, two of their MLAs voted in our favour.” Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath is flanked by BJP MLAs Narayan Tripathi (right) and Sharad Kol as he addresses a press conference at the State Assembly in Bhopal July 24, 2019. | Photo Credit: A.M. Faruqui Congratulating the MLAs on their homecoming, Congress leader Jyotiraditya M. Scindia tweeted that their vote in favour of the party showed their faith in its government’s policies. “Moreover, they had shown the mirror to BJP leaders who say ours is a minority government… We have full faith that our government will push forward development with conviction.”The developments come hours after Mr. Nath and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Gopal Bhargava parlayed over the stability of the government. Mr. Bhargava had hinted at the government’s wobbly foundation, given the Congress lost the trust vote to the BJP in the Karnataka Assembly on Tuesday.On the floor of the house, Mr. Bhargava claimed one instruction from the top leadership of the BJP was enough to topple the Congress government in the State within 24 hours.Stating that the Congress was ready to prove its majority any time, Mr. Nath hit back: “The number one and two at your top are wise. That’s why they are not giving any orders.”Contrasting Mr. Bhargava’s statement, former Chief Minister and BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chauhan in June had said his party was not attempting to dislodge the government. It may fall on its own “due to infighting”. The Congress was ready for a floor test in the Assembly any time, but the BJP shied away from it, claimed State Congress media Chief Shobha Oza, “Whenever we had an opportunity to prove our majority, they walked away under some pretext or the other. Even after the budget was presented, they had an opportunity to challenge us. But they didn’t.”She said the BJP was trying to create a threat perception by claiming the coalition partners could be pulled away easily. “They are just spreading rumours and trying to lure our MLAs for the past seven months. They even tried to lure one of our tribal MLAs with ₹50 crore recently. But our MLAs understand their responsibility in serving the people who voted for them for their Congress ticket.”BJP State media chief Lokendra Parashar refused to comment.
While the State Cabinet on Tuesday decided to seek ₹6,813 crore from the Centre to tackle the flood crisis, the government is facing several demands from the Opposition. The welfare trust of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday handed over a cheque worth ₹50 lakh to the CM relief fund, and the party also submitted a list of 25 demands. Key demands include a complete waiver of farm loans up to June 2019 in areas affected by floods, and provision of new crop loans at the earliest. The NCP has also demanded compensation for crop damage: ₹1 lakh per hectare for horticulture, ₹50,000 for rice and ₹40,000 for finger millet, and ₹25,000 per hectare to make the land cultivable again. It said ₹40,000 in cash should be given to farmers and agricultural labourers as no crop can be taken for the next six months on land affected by floodwater. The NCP has also demanded cash compensation for houses, shops and businesses damaged by flood. The government should also compensate owners for lost cattle, it said. The party demanded a special fund for zilla parishads, municipal councils and municipal corporations to ensure medical facilities for post-flood treatment, and construction of roads and bridges. Other demands include a toll waiver on the national highway stretch in the flood-affected areas, fee waiver for students, and a chance for them to appear for entrance examinations that were to be held during the period. On Wednesday, a delegation of Maharashtra Congress will meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis with a charter of demands. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not even tweeted about the floods in Maharashtra to show that he has taken note of the tragedy. There are losses in farming and also in businesses. We demand that the State government ensures total compensation to the affected,” State Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said. Meanwhile, Congress leader Milind Deora has asked former MPs, MLAs, MLCs, and corporators and former corporators from Mumbai to donate one month’s salary or pension for the relief work. He also urged Congress workers to help the affected people in any way possible. Mumbai Congress is also in the process of sending supplies and relief items to the affected areas in the next few days.
An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped at a government primary school in Kakripur village of Baghpat on August 16 but the police did not take action for almost 12 days. Instead, the Station House Officer allegedly tried to negotiate a ‘compromise’ between the families of the victim and the perpetrators. On Tuesday, SP Pratap Gopendra Yadav attached SHO Naresh Kumar of Ramala police station to police lines and asked the CO to hold an inquiry into his role.Nawaz (name changed), uncle of the girl who studies in Class III, said that on August 16 she was playing on the school premises when three boys of Classes IV and V forcibly took her to the washroom and allegedly raped her. “She had reported the matter to her teacher but she asked her not to share it with anybody,” alleged Nawaz. The police said the boys were all siblings aged 10, 11 and 14. “The role of the eldest is being said to be the most heinous,” said SP Yadav.After a couple of days, Nawaz told The Hindu, when the girl’s mother noticed abscess in her private parts, her parents took her to a private doctor who said she had been raped. “We went to the Ramala police station where SHO Naresh Kumar put pressure on my brother to compromise with the boys’ family. The family has ties with influential people in the village panchayat. My brother was made to sign on a paper which said that the abscess was because of an allergy,” Nawaz further alleged.Victim hospitalisedMeanwhile, he added, the infection spread and the girl had to be admitted to the district hospital. “People started taunting us for taking money. We are poor people who work as labourers but we could not make eye contact with our daughter. We felt that the girl should get justice and approached the SP through the local media.”Mr. Yadav said he came to know about the case on Monday and took action by getting her medical examination done and getting a case registered under Sections 376 and 342 of the IPC.
A conference of sports ministers of various States is likely to be held in November at Gujarat’s Kevadiya, the site of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s memorial, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Sunday.Mr. Rijiju said Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had agreed to his proposal and the conference will also allow participants to visit the world’s tallest statue and learn about the culture of the State. The minister was here to take part in the inauguration ceremony of Sanskar Dham Sports Academy, an outfit run by a trust, and attend the opening ceremony of the State government’s 10th edition of annual Khel Mahakumbh.Apart from Mr. Rupani and Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, sports icons Mary Kom, Vishwanathan Anand, Pullela Gopichand, Deepa Malik, Gagan Narang, and Elavenil Valarivan were present.“I have proposed to hold an all-India sports ministers’ conference in November at Kevadiya, and the CM has agreed. Not only sports, but we will also get to know about Gujarat’s culture and a chance to see the world’s tallest statue,” he said.Mr. Rijiju praised the State for taking steps to improve its sports infrastructure. He said changes in the sports sector in the last five years have started to yield results and claimed the country is no longer satisfied with just a few medals in international events.“In the past, India would participate in Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth, and world championships, and would feel happy after winning 2-4 medals. But in New India, we are not going to settle for one or two medals,” he said.Mr. Rupani said government initiatives like ‘Shaktidoot Yojana’ have produced results with beneficiary players from the State winning 337 gold, 208 silver, and 108 bronze medals at various levels.He said 47 lakh students will take part in the Khel Mahakumbh, with around 1.6 lakh students getting ₹40 crore worth of awards.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s “good governance and development plank” suffered badly in the Assembly byelections in the State. The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal gained substantially while Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) made its debut by winning one seat. One seat went to an Independent candidate.However, in the bypoll to Samastipur Lok Sabha (reserved) seat, NDA candidate Prince Raj of the Lok Janshakti Party emerged victorious defeating Congress candidate Ashok Kumar by over one lakh votes. In the last parliamentary election, Ram Chandra Paswan, father of Mr. Prince Raj, defeated the same Congress candidate. The bypoll was necessitated following Paswan’s death. Mr. Prince Raj is nephew of LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan.Mostly relativesIn the 2015 Assembly elections, the ruling JD(U) won all four Assembly seats of Nathnagar, Belhar, Simri-Bakhtiyarpur and Daraunda. Since all the party MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha in the 2019 election, these seats had fallen vacant and the JD(U) had put up its candidates, mostly relatives of those elected MPs. The BJP had fielded its lone candidate in Kishanganj, which was bagged by the Congress candidate, Mohd. Javed in 2015. Later, in 2019, Mr. Javed too got elected to the Lok Sabha on Congress ticket and a bypoll was necessitated there.Out of four contested seats, the JD(U) could retain only one seat of Nathnagar from where party candidate Laxmikant Mandal defeated RJD’s Rabiya Khatun in a keenly contested poll. RJD nominees Ramdeo Yadav and Zafar Alam registered win in Belhar and Simri-Bakhtiyarpur seats defeating JD(U) candidates Laldhari Yadav and Arun Yadav. In Daraunda, Independent candidate Karanjit Singh alias Vyasji Singh won the poll by over 27,000 votes. Mr. Singh, a rebel BJP candidate, was recently expelled from the party for contesting the by-poll against NDA’s official candidate Ajay Singh of the JD(U). Mr. Ajay Singh, against whom many criminal cases are pending in Siwan, is husband of JD(U) MP Kavita Singh. The RJD had fielded Umesh Singh as its candidate there.However, the real surprise came from the Seemanchal area of Kishanganj, where AIMIM candidate Qamrul Hoda won the poll defeating BJP’s Sweety Singh. With this win, Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM made its debut in the Bihar Assembly. The Congress had fielded Sayeeda Bano, 72, mother of party MP Mohd. Javed from the seat. “I think we lost the poll as local party workers and voters were not enthused by the candidate who is relative of party MP,” senior State Congress leader Sadanand Singh told journalists in Patna.
Haryana Deputy Chief Minister Dushyant Chautala on Friday said that Jannayak Janta Party will get one more ministerial berth in the next Cabinet expansion and the party’s other legislators will also get major responsibilities. Mr. Chautala, who was speaking to journalists in Sirsa, said that the decision of State government to empower the village panchayat to ban the sale of liquor in its jurisdiction will show revolutionary results in the coming days. “It’s just the beginning of a new era and the government will ensure unprecedented development in Haryana,” he said. Panel for CMPResponding to the common minimum programme, the Deputy Chief Minister said that all development works which had been announced will be completed and a committee has been set up for the purpose. Mr. Chautala said the committee will prepare a road map to give further impetus to the announcements of the common minimum programme.Hitting out at the Opposition, he said the State government has procured more paddy than its target.
Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next “This was the first place, the first organization, the first group of fans in the league that didn’t take one look at me, take one look at my size, and put me into the same role as always,” Thomas wrote. “The Boston Celtics let me have a chance to be great. And I’ll never forget that.”But an expiring contract — coupled with a desire for a new, maximum deal — and a hip injury that itself almost derailed the trade led Celtics boss Danny Ainge to trade Thomas to Cleveland along with Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a first-round draft pick. Irving had asked for a trade to a team where he wouldn’t have second-billing.Thomas said he is excited about playing with James, a four-time MVP, and Kevin Love, a former AAU teammate .“I’mma just say this here, point-blank, to get it over with — and then you can go ahead and post it on whatever bulletin boards you want to: You are not going to want to mess with the Cavs this year,” he said.“Me on the Cavs is a match made in heaven. If you’ve watched any Celtics games last year, then you know how many times I would have to go through double and even triple teams, just to get my shot off. … But this year . man, it’s not even going to be a thing. You really going to throw three guys on me, when I’m sharing a court with the best basketball player on the planet? Nah, I don’t think so.”ADVERTISEMENT After moving from the Celtics to their top rival in the East, Thomas said his job is now to destroy the team he helped build.“It’s sad, man. It’s just sad,” he said. “But I didn’t come to Cleveland to lose.”Among the messages Thomas received after the trade was one from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wishing him luck and telling him “You’re gonna do great.” That was bittersweet, Thomas said: He had hoped to build a Brady-like career as an unheralded draft pick who went on to become an all-time Boston great.“In my mind, I wanted to be the Celtics version of Brady and (Red Sox slugger David) Ortiz,” he wrote. “So when I got that text from Tom, you know, there was part of me that felt a little down.“But then I thought about the text some more,” he wrote. “Tom Brady isn’t sending a text like that to guys who played in Boston for only two and a half years — unless they did something very special. So maybe, I don’t know … maybe that’s something to be proud of. And maybe, my time here . even if, in the end, I guess it wasn’t quite what I’d dreamed it would be — maybe it still meant something to some people.” E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics talks with LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers after the Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 135-102 in Game Five of the 2017 NBA Eastern Conference Finals at TD Garden on May 25, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Boston Celtics 4-1 in the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the 2017 NBA Finals. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — Isaiah Thomas’ two sons had different reactions to his trade from the Celtics to the Cavaliers.His older son, James, is excited that his dad will get to play alongside LeBron James. Thomas’ younger son, Jaiden, had fallen in love with Boston and was afraid that Cleveland won’t have any skate parks.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Everything about that trade, everything that I was feeling in my heart in those moments — they got it down to the only two things that mattered,” Thomas said in a 3,500-word post on The Players Tribune about the deal that sent him to the Cavaliers for fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving.“And so when I say this hurts, man — just know that it isn’t because of anything anyone else did. It’s only because of something I did,” he said. “I fell in love with Boston.”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 shutoutA 5-foot-8 point guard who was the final pick in the 2011 draft, Thomas was a role player for three teams before he came to Boston at the 2015 trade deadline.He developed into a two-time All-Star and a fan favorite with the Celtics, leading them to the No. 1 seed in the East and an Eastern Conference finals matchup with Cleveland in last season’s playoffs. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Del Potro stuns Federer at US Open
Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LeBron James ‘would love’ to have Dwyane Wade in Cleveland Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 28: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates with Enes Kanter #11 against the New York Knicks during the second half at Madison Square Garden on November 28, 2016 in New York City. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPEnes Kanter had dinner with Russell Westbrook the night he learned he was traded.Kanter doesn’t think his former teammate will be following him out of Oklahoma City anytime soon.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kanter said Monday at the Knicks media day that he believes Westbrook will sign a contract extension worth more than $200 million, rather than become a free agent next summer.The new Knicks center says Westbrook told him how much he loves Oklahoma City and how much he sees Oklahoma City like his family.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 shutoutKanter adds: “So I think, I feel like he’s going to sign with them. I mean, that’s his legacy. That’s his team and he’s not going to leave his legacy behind.”Kanter dined with Westbrook and Thunder center Steven Adams on Saturday after the Thunder agreed to trade him to New York in the deal to acquire Carmelo Anthony. The native of Turkey joked that his former teammates told him to be careful in New York, and to watch out for the media. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:37Protesters 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes off his glove during qualifying for the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via APSUZUKA, Japan — Championship leader Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes drivers on Saturday.Hamilton posted a lap record time of 1 minute, 27.319 seconds to finish 0.332 ahead of Valtteri Bottas.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Hamilton’s title rival, Sebastian Vettel, was third but the Ferrari driver will move up to second afterBottas’s penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change. Bottas drops to seventh.Hamilton struggled for pace in the previous race in Malaysia but that wasn’t the case in Saturday’squalifying.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“It’s been a really great day, every lap was fantastic, I never really got a great balance in the past so never did a great qualifying here,” Hamilton said.Hamilton smashed Michael Schumacher’s qualifying lap record, set during Q2 in 2006, by 1.365 seconds to take his 71st F1 pole and first in 10 attempts at this circuit. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “It has been a great car in qualifying this year, and qualifying for me is the most enjoyable part of the weekend,” said Hamilton, who had previously secured pole at every current F1 circuit except Suzuka.“It’s incredible for me, 10 years or whatever it is and my first pole at Suzuka,” Hamilton said.With five races remaining, Hamilton leads Vettel by 34 points in the drivers’ championship.Hamilton has won twice before here at Suzuka, in 2014 and 2015, and was runner-up to former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in last year’s race. Hamilton also won the Japanese GP with McLaren in 2007 when it was held at the Fuji Speedway.A win in Suzuka would move Hamilton a step closer to a third F1 title in four years with Mercedes and his fourth overall.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Pasaol ready for ‘unli rice’ after torching UST BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vettel was happy to be on the front row after starting the Malaysia GP from the back of the grid and working his way up to a fourth-place finish.“The car is quick and, as last weekend shows, if you start out of position you can still get back,” Vettel said.Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest — and now starts third — just 0.026 clear of teammate Max Verstappen, who won last week’s Malaysia GP.Kimi Raikkonen was sixth but, like Bottas, will also drop five places on the grid after requiring a new gearbox.Esteban Ocon edged Force India teammate Sergio Perez to finish seventh, while Williams driver Felipe Massa and McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso rounded out the top 10.
Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort UP mounted an 11-0 blast to tie the game at 79 with all the momentum on its side but a controversial call near the four-minute mark turned the tide.READ: Down but not out: Maroons still fighting for Final Four spot The referees missed what should’ve been an 8-second violation on Ateneo guard Jolo Mendoza, who fell just before crossing center court. Instead, a foul was called on UP playmaker Jun Manzo.Juan Gomez de Liaño topscored with 21 points while Paul Desiderio had 16 but went 6-of-18 from the field.ADVERTISEMENT No limbs, no problem for Italy’s fencing firebrand Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “We showed a lot of character in the end. It was a tough game, we were challenged from the start and I’m happy that the players stepped up to the challenge,” said Ateneo coach Sandy Arespacochaga.READ: Perasol welcomes solid support from alumni: ‘It pressure us to deliver’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 shutoutMatt Nieto scored a team-high 19 points, including seven inside the last three minutes, while Isaac Go and Gian Mamuyac added 13 points each for Ateneo, which out-rebounded UP, 49-34.Thirdy Ravena struggled from the field but did a little bit of everything to still finish with 10 points, nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and a block. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Read Next View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo moved a win away from an elimination round sweep after holding off University of the Philippines, 96-82, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The No. 1 Blue Eagles, who will shoot for a 14-0 record against defending champion De La Salle on Sunday, went on a 17-3 run in the final four minutes and 11 seconds to break away from a 79-deadlock.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
Jomary Torres chokes out here opponent in their atomweight match. PHOTO FROM ONE CHAMPIONSHIPMACAU—Jomary Torres announced her arrival in the premier MMA promotion in Asia with a dominant victory over Rika Ishige in their atomweight bout in ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors Saturday at Cotai Arena here.The 21-year-old shook off a sluggish first round and leveled Ishige with brutal right hands and eventually ended the fight with a rear-naked choke 1:58 into the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Torres is now 2-0 in her professional career, 1-0 in ONE, while Ishige slipped to 2-1.Ishige almost had Torres in the first round when she nearly put the Filipino in an armbar after several takedowns in the opening period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRELATED VIDEOTorres on Ishige: ‘I can easily take her punches’2.2K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Baniqued caps off fruitful IronKids stint with tightest triumph yet LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Philippines was hoping for a win that would have given the team a lighter semifinal opponent but will now have to deal with Thailand, which experts have tagged as the gold favorite in this event.But the Filipinos continue to hold on to hope.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“We can never tell, the ball is round,” said PH coach Francis Vicente. “We tend to play better when we are up against the wall.”Vietnam overcame the Philippines’ tough stand in the first and third sets to score the victory and set up a semifinal duel with Indonesia. Alyssa Valdez of the Philippines attacks the defense of Vietnam during their women’s volleyball match in the 29th Southeast Asian Games. The Vietnamese prevailed, 26-24, 25-12, 25-23. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippine women’s volleyball team must now take the road it had hoped to avoid in the semifinals.The Nationals are now headed to a semifinal showdown against world-class Thailand after absorbing a stinging 26-24, 25-12, 25-23 defeat to Vietnam Friday at MITEC Hall 11.ADVERTISEMENT Vietnam, the 2015 SEA Games silver winner, relied on Tran Thi Thanh Thuy, who had 14 points and team captain Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa, who made 11.Alyssa Valdez topscored with 11 points, while Jaja Santiago added 10. Jovelyn Gonzaga had seven, and Aby Marano five. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Arellano pulls rug from under St. Benilde, ends four-game skid Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Vietnamese will face Indonesia in the other group that Thailand swept. Semis is on Saturday.“Everybody played well. We fought well except in the second set,” said Vicente.Down by two sets, the star-studded Philippines stormed to a 16-12 lead in the third but soon encountered problems in service receives and failed to close out the frame.“We should be happy with the result, they did their best but in the second set I don’t know what happened,” bared the mentor.“We lost by a big margin and I was surprised because we used the same combinations,” he said. “In the third set we changed, it clicked but we couldn’t sustain it.”ADVERTISEMENT
Sania Mirza and Somdev Devvarman had an easy outing in the second round of the singles on Wednesday as they beat lesser-known opponents to proceed to the quarter finals. But there was bad news for the Indian fans as Rohan Bopanna lost to Australian Peter Luczak.Sania Mirza, who got a bye in the first round, defeated Cook Islands’ Brittany Teei 6-0, 6-2. Sania went for the kill from the start itself. Her dominance could be gauged from the first set, which she won in just 20 minutes after breaking Brittany’s first two serves. Sania was exceptionally impressive with her forehands. In the second set, too, Sania took a 4-0 lead. The set looked poised for the same scoreline as the first but Brittany tried to make a comeback. She took away two games back to back with brilliant back hands and close net play. But Sania lapped up the next two games to ensure that things don’t go otherwise.”I am very happy to win this match as this was my first singles match after quite a time in India,” Sania said. “But I need to be focused as anything can happen in tennis. Like in the second set I lost my concentration for a moment and gifted a couple of games to my opponent.” Sania said a wrist injury that had been her constant worry was “no problem and that it was “holding up” well. Later in the day, she paired up with Rushmi Chakravarthi to proceed to the women’s doubles semi-final by defeating Scotland’s Mhairi Brown and Jocelyn Rae 6-1, 7-6. Rushmi, in turn, won her singles match, too, against third seed Katie O’Brien of England 1-6, 7-6, 7-5.advertisementIn the men’s singles, Somdev Devvarman made a short work of his Sri Lankan opponent Amresh Jayawickreme by wrapping up the match in less than an hour with a score of 6-0, 6-1. In his first-round match, Somdev stumbled a bit initially, but on Wednesday it seemed he was out to prove his mettle. Devvarman’s fast moves smothered Jayawickreme’s challenge. The Sri Lankan could do nothing as Somdev raced to win the first set in 19 minutes. It never really looked like Wickreme could make a comeback but he clinched the first game of the second set. But again, Somdev proved too good for the Lankan as he grabbed the next six games to take the set 6-1.”I think I played better tennis than yesterday but still there are more matches and I need to keep up the form,” Somdev said after the match. In the third match of the day, Rohan Bopanna, whose Davis cup win had raised expectations, went down to Peter Luczak 2-6, 6-7(5). In the last match of the day, though, Bopanna and Somdev beat Scotland’s Jamie Murray and Colin Fleming 6-3, 6-1 to enter the men’s doubles quarter finals. In the other women’s singles match, Poojashree Venkatesh was beaten by Heather Watson of Guernsey 7-6, 6-3.
Shooting fetched yet another medal for India as Vijay Kumar won the bronze in the 10m air pistol individual event of the Asian Games, even as Gurpreet Kumar and Omkar Singh failed to qualify for the finals in Guangzhou on Sunday.Vijay just about made the cut for the finals by finishing eighth in the qualification round but shot the highest score of 101.4 in the medal round for a total of 680.4 to take India’s medal tally to three.He shot a series of 97, 98, 98, 96, 97, 93 after managing 579 in the qualifying.Lee Daem-Yung of South Korea won the gold with a total of 685.8 while Chinese veteran Tang Zongliang totalled 684.5 for silver.Earlier in the qualification round, Gurpreet Singh totalled 573 to finish 20th while Omkar scored 568 to settle for the 28th position.Yesterday, Gagang Narang combined with Abhinav Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput to win silver in the 10m air rifle team event before also clinching the individual silver.