ScienceShot: Asian Bird Is a True Loner

first_imgA small, nondescript bird that spends most of its life heard but not seen is the sole member of a newly recognized group of perching birds. The spotted wren-babbler, formerly known as Spelaeornis formosus (shown), lives in Southeast Asia and spends much of its time flitting through dense undergrowth. At first glance, the drab creature—about the same size and shape as North America’s winter wren—looks, behaves, and inhabits the same sort of ecosystems as many other species in a particularly vocal group of warblerlike songbirds called babblers. But its high-pitched, multisyllabic song (listen above) is markedly different from those of other babblers, researchers note, and now they know why: Analyses reported online today in Biology Letters reveal that the bird is the lone species in a genetically distinct group of songbirds. As of now, it’s unclear when this bird’s lineage first evolved or whether other closely related species have died out, the researchers say. Because the genetic makeup of the spotted wren-babbler (based on two segments of mitochondrial DNA and five segments of nuclear DNA) is so different from that of other perching birds, the researchers suggest placing the bird in its own family and changing its Latin name to Elachura formosa.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

Satellites reveal hidden features at the bottom of Earth’s seas

first_imgOceanographers have a saying: Scientists know more about the surface of Mars than they do about the landscape at the bottom of our oceans. But that may soon change. Using data from satellites that measure variations in Earth’s gravitational field, researchers have found a new and more accurate way to map the sea floor. The improved resolution has already allowed them to identify previously hidden features—including thousands of extinct volcanoes more than 1000 meters tall—as well as piece together some lingering uncertainties in Earth’s ancient history.Roughly 90% of the deep-ocean sea floor remains unmapped, a fact that’s been thrown into sharp relief by searchers’ inability to locate Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which is thought to have crashed somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean in March. What maps do exist have been largely generated by instruments such as ship-based multibeam sonar systems, which take soundings of the depth to the sea floor as they crisscross select areas of ocean. That leaves “big holes hundreds of kilometers across with no data,” says David Sandwell, a geophysicist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California.Satellite-based radar altimeters can help fill in those gaps. These instruments bounce signals off the surface of the ocean as they pass over it multiple times a day. When corrected for wave heights and tides, the repeated pinging of the ocean surface builds up a picture of its overall topography, its bumps and valleys. Those bumps at the surface of the ocean, Sandwell says, reflect features—such as seamounts or extinct volcanoes—on the sea floor below. “A seamount, for example, exerts a gravitational pull, and warps the sea surface outward,” he says. “So we can map the bottom of the ocean indirectly, using sea-surface topography.”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(*)Right now, four satellites have high-resolution radar altimeter data sets available to scientists: the U.S. Navy’s aging Geosat and Geosat Follow-On missions; the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) ERS-1; Jason-1, a joint mission between NASA and CNES, the French national space research center; and CryoSat-2, the youngest of the four, an ESA satellite launched in 2010 to study the polar ice caps. Until recently, seafloor gravity maps relied on declassified data from the Geosat missions (launched in 1985 and 1998, respectively) and on ERS-1 data. But those instruments were unable to resolve some features of tectonic plate boundaries, particularly if they were covered by sediment layers. “We could see ridges and transform [faults] that weren’t buried by sediment”—but anything under sediments was basically blurry.But now, new data from Jason-1 and CryoSat-2 are sharpening the focus. The difference, Sandwell says, is like the difference between ordinary and high-definition television. In particular, CryoSat-2’s high-range precision altimeter—as well as its 4 years of amassed data (each of the other missions collected data for only a couple of years)—makes it the star of the show. Using those data—as well as significantly improved analysis techniques—Sandwell and his colleagues built a new marine gravity model that is at least twice as accurate as existing models, they report online today in Science.Among the new features they’re now able to detect, Sandwell says, are thousands of previously unknown seamounts between 1000 and 2000 meters tall dotting the ocean floor. They also discovered an 800-kilometer-long now-extinct (i.e., no longer actively spreading) ridge in the South Atlantic Ocean that formed after Africa and North America rifted apart. The team also reports the exact location of a now-extinct seafloor spreading ridge, a zone where two tectonic plates began pulling apart 180 million years ago to form the deep basin that became the Gulf of Mexico. “That was a surprise to me—you’d think everyone would know everything about the Gulf because it’s so well-studied,” he says. “Of course, people knew it opened from seafloor spreading, but they didn’t know exactly where the ridge and transform faults were.” Those features were so deeply buried by sediment that the gravity signals were extremely faint.The authors “have dramatically improved the signal-to-noise ratio in their marine gravity grid, allowing very subtle features to be resolved,” says geophysicist Paul Wessel, a geophysicist at the University of Hawaii, M­anoa, who was not involved in the study. “This work brings home the importance of collecting new data, as well as applying expert processing to older data—squeezing out more information than was thought possible.”Oil companies—and, Sandwell notes, the Chinese government, which is exploring the South China Sea—are keenly interested in the new gravity maps as a reconnaissance tool. Oil and gas exploration focuses along continental margins where the sea floor is relatively flat under thick layers of accumulated sediment, and the new gravity maps make it possible to “see” the sediment basins that are possible reservoirs.One thing the new maps won’t do, Sandwell notes, is locate the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. Satellite-based instruments—even the high-range precision radar altimeter aboard CryoSat-2—just don’t have high enough resolution to spot a plane-sized object in the vast, 60,000-square-kilometer swath of southern Indian Ocean now identified as the priority search area. “If you want to find an airplane, you’ve got to resolve to maybe 10 meters,” he says. “Even the best a ship’s multibeam sonar can do is about 100 meters [resolution].” The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which is leading the search for the lost plane, last week released new data from its bathymetric survey of the priority search area, which used shipboard multibeam sonar; when the survey is complete, searchers will use towed deep-sea submersibles to continue the search, scanning the sea floor at even greater resolutions.But there are more than enough new seafloor data from Jason-1 and CryoSat-2 to keep the marine science community busy for the next 5 years, Sandwell says. “It’s a lot of new information, and it’s all very detailed”—and buried in there, somewhere, are probably hundreds of new discoveries waiting to be uncovered.last_img read more

Exoskeleton boot reduces cost of walking by 7%

first_imgEver wish that early morning walk to work could be just a little bit easier? Scientists are working on it, but it’s hard to improve on the body’s natural gait—humans are already fine-tuned walking machines. Researchers have struggled to improve the efficiency of walking using external devices, achieving small performance boosts with assistive hardware powered by batteries. Now, scientists have developed a simple, bootlike exoskeleton that can boost a walker’s efficiency without any external power source. The gadget consists of a spring that runs up the back of the calf to a clutch, which releases when the foot lifts off the ground. The spring takes some of the work away from the calf muscles, and the clutch allows the leg to move freely when in the air. The researchers tested the boot with the setup shown in the video above, measuring subjects’ respiration while walking on a treadmill. The contraption reduced the cost of walking by 7%, compared with walking without assistance, according to an article published online today in Nature. The device is lighter than powered devices, weighing about half a kilogram (1.1 pounds), and the performance boost is comparable. You’d be lucky to walk a mile in these shoes.(Video credit: Bruce Wiggin and Steve Collins)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

Brexit Adds zing to UK-India Year of Culture

first_imgThe UK-India Year of Culture was announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s November 2015 visit to London but the Brexit vote has prompted extra focus. Related Itemslast_img

The 10 richest Indian Americans

first_imgThe 2018 Forbes list on world’s billionaires, topped by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has 10 Indian Americans, including two new faces: CEO and cofounder of Wayfair Niraj Shah and Arista Networks CEO Jayshree Ullal.Of the 10, four were born in India (Rakesh Gangwal, Vinod Khosla, Kavitark Ram Shriram and John Kapoor); three were born in the United States (Brian Sheth, Shah and Aneel Bhusri); one in the present-day Pakistan (Romesh Wadhwani); one in England (Ullal) and one in Kenya (Bharat Desai).Read it at American Bazar Online Related Itemslast_img read more

Man Acquitted After 14 Years on Run in UK

first_imgSamir Vinu Patel, an accused in the 2002 Ode massacre case who fled to the UK and absconded from the trial for 14 years, has been acquitted by a special court in Anand.The SIT judge R M Sarin granted Patel the benefit of doubt, because the Supreme Court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) could not furnish substantial evidence to prove his involvement in the communal violence in Malav Bhagol area of Ode town on March 1, 2002, in which three persons were killed.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more

A Family Remembers

first_imgFor family members, the pain of Sunil Dutt’s death is softened by the treasured memories they can still cherish. Sunil Dutt with daughter Priya Dutt Says nephew Kamal Dutt, a Chicago businessman, with whom Sunil Dutt was especially close: ” I had spoken to uncle two-three days earlier and he sounded exhausted having come back from a political rally in Kanpur, in the sweltering heat of May. But then that was how he was. If you were to ask him to fly across the seven seas, for just a day for a noble cause, he would come without any consideration for his personal well being, and his loyalty to Congress was unquestionable even though we all feel he never got his due.”For Kamal, who lost his father at a relatively young age, Sunil Dutt became a key figure in his life from the 1980s. “The family was very close, but then we migrated to the U.S. in the 70s, and uncle remained busy with his film career in Bombay. Nargis aunty and he were the magic couple. Their aura was dazzling. It was only in the 80s after Nargis aunty was diagnosed with cancer and was treated in New York that uncle started coming regularly to the U.S. and we bonded. We spoke every week no matter where he was.”Kamal’s most precious memories are waking up at 6 a.m. and jogging with Sunil Dutt in Central Park and sharing thoughts on everything, except films.“Uncle was an avid photographer and he loved to cook. Many times he would ask my wife Priya, to chop stuff, and then he would cook some wonderful dishes and ask me to invite friends over. He loved to sit in our backyard, sip red wine that he had developed a penchant for in recent years, after having quit smoking and alcohol after Nargis aunty’s death. He would reminisce or just chill out. He was also a man who never asked for favors from any one-ever, while he did so much for others. In fact he single-handedly helped the careers of so many actors, from Amitabh Bachchan to Vinod Khanna, to Ranjit, Johnny Lever and so many others, by launching some of them and giving a fresh shot of blood to the careers of others. In fact if I ever wanted to see a film shooting I would never ask uncle. I didn’t want to put him in a situation where he had to ask someone for a favor.”  Sunil Dutt with Satya DuttKamal’s mother Satya Dutt recalls that she first met Sunil Dutt as a tall and handsome 20-year-old when she married his cousin. “He was very affectionate and respectful. He looked up to my late husband, and both Nargis and he were two of the humblest people you would meet.”Satya Dutt says Sunil Dutt loved to write. “He would often run over and say Bhabhiji listen to what I just wrote and recite it with great passion. His mother was an amazing woman, a saint and all accepting. I used to tease her after Sunil married Nargis, whom she accepted lovingly, about how she a pure vegetarian had to eat on a table where non vegetarian dishes were served. She laughed and said that she closed her eyes when she ate! What she didn’t see didn’t hurt her. Sunil worshipped his mother. Nargis turned out to be everything he thought she would be, a respectful daughter in law, a wonderful mother and the perfect partner for him. She did spoil Sunju and would go to Sanawar and fight with the teachers if they complained against him. Her death devastated the whole family. But Sunil accepted this tragedy by becoming both mother and father for his children. He started taking better care of his health and became softer and mellower.”Priya, Sunil Dutt’s youngest daughter, echoes the sentiment. “Dad was perceived as this disciplinarian. He was actually a total softie inside and that façade of being strict just remained until mom was alive. When she passed away, he became both father and mother for us, and never let us feel the vacuum that comes with the loss of a mother.”Priya says her parents had a wonderful relationship. “They were close, but they also gave each other plenty of space to grow individually as people. There was tremendous respect for each other. In fact when I got married, dad told me, never lose your individuality and your identity and always respect each other. Dad was a great supporter of women empowerment and always there to support that in whatever way he could. “Satya Dutt says the Congress Party Sunil Dutt and she fell in love with when Jawaharlal Nehru, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and other stalwarts were at the helm, lost its authenticity in her eyes, but Sunil Dutt remained loyal to it till the end. Sunil Dutt with Kamal Dutt The disgust in Kamal’s voice is palpable when he complains, “The Congress used uncle whenever they needed help. They knew he was their lucky mascot and yet he was bypassed for key posts in spite of winning five straight elections…. I don’t think the Congress Party ever gave him his due, but what devastated him was when Sunjay was framed and no one helped him. But he would say ‘I believe that when you marry, you remain with that person through good and bad, and till the end. I feel the same way about the Congress Party. I won’t leave even when I feel they have mistreated me.’ Even when every one let him down he defended them. He was going to be bypassed again until Sonia Gandhi for whom he had a soft corner intervened and he became the Sports Minister.”Priya Dutt says she had incessant arguments with her father over the fact that his loyalty was not being appreciated, and why was he breaking his back over people who didn’t really care. “Dad said to me, ‘I believe in the ideology of the party more than the people, many of whom will come and go. But if all of us give up and not try to make a difference then what is the point of having any kind of value system.’ Dad was one of those few people who delivered what he promised during the campaign. He braved terrorism and death threats, undertook the padyatra across Punjab though he kept teasing me that I was accompanying him only to skip my college exams! I did go back and take them!“Dad could be stubborn and he was a man of such strong values and convictions, he refused to budge no matter what happened. He knew all he had to do was to give in a little and many of his problems would be solved but he refused.”Both Priya and Kamal say the one key lesson they learnt from Sunil Dutt was to have the courage of conviction and do the right thing without worrying about other people’s opinion.“I think my dad inspired all three of us to be better human beings. His approval meant a lot. He touched the heart of everyone he met even once,” says Priya. “At the funeral we had so many people come up to us and say your father did this for us, he did that for us.”Adds Kamal, “I’m told that since Pundit Nehru, Bombay never saw the kind of turnout that it did when uncle passed away. People were seen sobbing by themselves watching the funeral on television. Big corporate houses put up huge billboards honoring him and his memory. Politicians come and go, but Dutt Sahib left a huge legacy of not just his philanthropic work, he tied people across the world in an invisible bond of love.”Kamal concludes, “Not a day goes by when his voice, his memories don’t haunt me. I miss him so much, but I know he had no regrets in life. He never complained about the tragedies he faced, but always reveled in the grace and the many gifts God had blessed him with. He worked with Sunjay in Munna Bhai MBBS. In fact he was to shoot for a sequel. His daughter Anju’s two girls were his life, and he was so proud of his kids, although I think the world was his extended family. Anyone who met him came away feeling they had known him forever.”Priya Dutt, who has been asked to take over her father¹s works, says, “feel so privileged that I got to spend so much time with him and learn somuch, but I also tell people I cannot take over from where he left, nor canI step into his shoes, because he taught me to walk in my own, to be my ownperson. All I can do is try my best to uphold his principles and the valueshe taught me, and walk the path he paved for me.”  Related Itemslast_img read more

India Ranks 44 out of 50 on Global Intellectual Property Index

first_imgIndia’s overall score has increased from 25 per cent in the 5th edition of the Global Intellectual Property (IP) Index to 30 per cent in the latest edition, bringing it to rank 44 out of 50, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce report released on Feb. 8. The U.S. agency has attributed the positive change on reform efforts on patentability of Computer Implemented Inventions (CII) and registration procedures of well-known marks.India, for the first time, rose from the bottom 10 per cent of economies measured, due to the passage of guidelines to improve the patentability environment for technological innovations, and implementation of some tenets of the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy. Earlier, India’s rank was 43 out of 45. The country’s score, however, continues to suggest that additional, meaningful reforms are needed, the report said.The “Guidelines for Examination of Computer Related Inventions (CRIs)” was revised in July 2017 in India and it included that there would be no requirement of innovation in hardware. “Local legal analysis suggests that although they do not carry the force of primary or secondary legislation, these new guidelines should create more certainty for innovators in the computer software space,” the report said.The U.S. agency, calling the Indian copyright environment as “challenging,” also added that “rights holders are increasingly able to defend and enforce their copyrights through injunctive relief. Since 2012, there have been a number of cases in which access to websites offering pirated andinfringing content — including notorious international sites like The Pirate Bay — has been disabled through court orders.”Taking note of court injunctions given in India for disabling certain URLs, the report said that India still has a long way to go. “Indian rights holders suffer as much at the hand of online piracy as do foreign entities. In fact, one of the major cases brought to the High Court involved the illegal broadcasting of Indian cricket matches on non-sanctioned websites,” the report said.The report also added that while the office of the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks (CGPDTM) permits companies to register their marks since May 2017, there is no clarity over what the supporting documents should be.Among the top 10 countries in the global intellectual property index are the United States, United Kingdom, EU economies, Singapore and Japan. Related Itemsinnovationlast_img read more

Assault on Indian Students in Italy: Consulate Issues Advisory

first_imgExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Oct. 31 told Indian students in Milan, Italy, not to panic after a string of assaults on them in the northern region of the city. The Indian Consulate in Milan published an advisory but did not mention if the attacks were racially motivated.Swaraj said she was monitoring the situation. She also said that other Indian students must be alerted about the areas to be avoided in the city. The Consulate General of India in Milan assured the students in Milan that the incidents have been taken up with higher authorities in Italy. In the advisory, students were told to keep in touch with each other and the consulate to ensure better safety.The consulate general released his cellphone number for students to call in case they go through such incidents again.Attack on Indian students in Milan : I have got the detailed report. Pls do not worry. I am monitoring the situation personally. @cgmilan1— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 31, 2017In two separate incidents, three students claimed that they were asked to go back to their country and were abused because of their color by the assaulters. They were also beaten with broken beer bottles. The latest attack took place on Oct. 29 while another one had taken place on Oct. 17.The students also claimed that this was not the first time and that such incidents have been taking place for a few months.Attack on Indian students in Milan pic.twitter.com/kY0qwfePm8— India in Milan (@cgmilan1) October 30, 2017The latest of the attacks was reported to have taken place during Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni’s visit to India. Gentiloni met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj, and spoke about the common interests that the two countries hold in issues related to tackling terrorism and climate change. Related Itemsindian students attacked MilanIndian students italyItaly attacks IndiansMilan Indian studentssushma swaraj Milan studentslast_img read more

‘Provide a solution for unemployment’

first_imgSwaraj India president Yogendra Yadav on Saturday said that in the run up to the Assembly polls in Haryana, there should be a meaningful debate on the issue of unemployment in the State. “The BJP government must answer the public on the question of unemployment and other political parties must come up with alternative solutions,” said Mr. Yadav.He said that Swaraj India will come up with a concrete alternative roadmap for full employment within next few days.last_img

Tree felling ahead of Modi’s Pune rally annoys Opposition, activists

first_imgOpposition parties, including the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), along with other outfits and activists have alleged that a number of trees were felled on the campus of Sir Parshurambhau (S.P.) College in Pune ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally on Thursday.While local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders refuted allegations that the cutting of trees had any connection with the PM’s event, college authorities claimed that only dangerously dangling branches that could cause a mishap during rain or inclement weather were pruned for the safety of the students.While the Congress claimed around 25 subabul trees had been chopped without permission from the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Monday night, NCP MP Vandana Chavan demanded a probe into the felling of trees.“As per PMC norms, permission has to be sought from its Tree Authority before cutting trees. This is the second such incident. Earlier, trees were being cut along the route of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s Mahajanadesh Yatra. At that time, the CM had brushed off the allegations that trees had merely been pruned and only their branches were cut,” Pune district Congress secretary and spokesperson Ramesh Iyer said.Mr. Iyer rubbished the claims of the Shikshan Prasarak Mandali, which runs S.P. College, that only branches were cut. “How is it that suddenly you realise trees as old as 25-30 years have to be cut overnight? Obviously, it is to make space for the PM’s event. On one hand, this BJP government makes tall claims on planting saplings, and on the other, it ruthlessly fells trees for its party events. This is sheer doublespeak.”Lawyer Asim Sarode pointed out that unlike the Aarey tree felling, where the government gave the excuse of ‘development’, there was no such pretext to be made in this case. “By its very nature, this action is illegal and is purely for the political purposes of staging a massive rally. The procedure for felling any tree is that an application must first be sent to the PMC’s tree authority. Only after a survey is done by authorities, can the process [of cutting trees] commence.”Hitting out at the “double standards” of the BJP government at the Centre and in the State, Santosh Shinde of the Sambhaji Brigade said it appeared that the PM was bent upon “giving carbon dioxide to Pune city by destroying its sources of oxygen.” “This incident has pulled the mask off the BJP ‘eco-friendly’ claims…it shows that the Fadnavis government’s figures of planting lakhs of saplings are a sham.”The BJP’s Pune unit chief, Madhuri Misal, said the PMC had indeed given its assent to cut trees and that the action had no connection whatsoever with the PM’s event.last_img read more

Ex-Congress MP’s son found dead

first_imgThe body of a former Congress MP’s son was found outside a mall in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Tuesday, police said. Mahendra Kumar Yadav, the 60-year-old son of former Lok Sabha MP Ghasi Ram Yadav, was found lying dead with head injuries below a bench outside the Cross Point Mall in Alwar, officers said. A few local residents had seen him in a drunken state loitering in the area on Monday night, they said. The following morning, he was found dead, presumably after falling from the bench, sources said.Yadav’s body was taken to a hospital where a post-mortem was conducted, following which his body was handed over to his family, ASI Prem Singh said.last_img read more

Insurance firms holding up claims, say Gujarat farmers

first_imgFarmers across Gujarat have launched State-wide protests demanding immediate disbursal of crop insurance claims for damage to their standing crops due to unseasonal rains in October and November. The protests have been launched against crop insurance companies, which are apparently not passing claims filed by farmers in more than 20 districts, which were lashed by the unseasonal rains that left damaged crops like groundnut, cotton, pulses and paddy. After the protests, Nitin Patel, Deputy Chief Minister, warned of action against insurance companies if they did not process claims and compensate farmers who paid premiums to insure their crops. “We have received several representations and even complaints against insurance companies. The government will be forced to take actions against insurance companies if they don’t act and compensate the farmers,” Mr. Patel told media persons in Gandhinagar. Some insurance companies are indulging in malpractices by curtailing claim amounts to just 20-30 % of what farmers have claimed, he added. Before Mr. Patel, senior BJP leader and former agriculture minister Dilip Sanghani also slammed insurance companies for not settling farmers claims. “I have come across several instances where crops have completely been destroyed but insurance companies have approved only 20 % of the total claim amount. This is not acceptable and government should hold them accountable,” Mr. Sanghani said. This year, Gujarat witnessed a prolonged monsoon with total rainfall touching 146 %, leading to extensive damage to crops in Saurashtra, North Gujarat and Central Gujarat districts. “Gujarat farmers have suffered extensive damage but are not getting compensation from insurance companies,” said Gujarat Congress farmers’ wing Pala Ambalia. Gujarat Congress has supported protests that are being organised at taluka level in affected districts. Meanwhile, the State government has announced a financial package of ₹3,795 crore for the farmers whose crops were damaged between the October 15 and November 20 during which several parts of the State received unseasonal rains. “The package will cover almost all the 56.36 lakh farmers whose crops suffered damage due to rains after the (south-west) monsoon (retreated),” Mr. Patel told media persons.Farmers in areas where rains were recorded in excess of 100 mm will get compensation at ₹6,800 per hectare up to two hectares, as per the package.last_img read more

Chooks-to-go Pilipinas winds up 5th in Fiba Asia Champions Cup

first_imgThe Philippines had an 83-76 lead with 3:38 left in the game but Michael Singletary hit a quick three with just 10 seconds elapsed on the clock to cut the margin to four, 83-79.Ravena then scored four straight points, a jumper and a couple of free throws, to hike Chooks-to-go’s lead to eight, 87-79 with 2:10 left. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines shrugged of a slow start against its fellow Southeast Asian foe after it fell 45-42 at the break. A strong third quarter propelled Chooks-to-go to 66-57 lead after outscoring Mono Vampire, 24-12, in the penultimate period. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Isaiah Austin had 37 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Philippines while Ravena had 18 points.Singletary led Mono Vampire with 30 points and 12 boards. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Thunder’s Westbrook signs record $205M deal LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo from Fiba.comChooks-to-go Pilipinas salvaged the fifth place in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup after fending off Mono Vampire Basketball Club, 89-79, Saturday at Chenzhou Sports Center in China.Kiefer Ravena came up big in the clutch for the Philippine side after the Thai Club threatened a late comeback.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Marvin Lee ‘frustrated, pressured’ as UST nears winless season

first_img“I’m really pressured right now because this might the be the first time in my career that I will finish with a 0-14 record,” said Lee in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Lee played 34 minutes, the most of all the players on both teams, and looked downtrodden when the final buzzer sounded signaling UST’s worst loss of the 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 shutoutAnd although Lee shot the bulk of UST’s attempts, going 10-of-20 from the field, he still felt he could’ve done more to lift his team and his teammates.“I’m really frustrated right now because I feel that I can’t carry my teammates, I feel that I can’t help them enough,” said Lee. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Guiao hails Ravena-Alas backcourt as NLEX’s future Marvin Lee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas is two games away from a possible 0-14 finish in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, and no one feels the pressure more to avoid such embarrassment than captain Marvin Lee.The third-year guard practically left his heart out in the Growling Tigers’ 94-59 loss to La Salle putting up 25 points, 10 coming in the fourth, and seven boards in a bid to show that UST still has the heart to put up a fight.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

Geje Eustaquio exacts revenge, wins ONE interim flyweight title

first_imgMOST READ Eustqauio lost via split decision in their first match at ONE: Total Victory last September.He also became the third fighter out of the Benguet stable to win a championship in the promotion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Sweet revenge for Geje! @ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/uC2a9OetME— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Hayato Suzuki def. Yago Bryan – submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1 (4:03)Emilio Urrutia def. Bruno Pucci – KO (punches) – Round 1 (3:33)Prelims:Edward Kelly def. Meas Meul – KO (knee) – Round 1Jomary Torres def. April Osenio – KO (slam) – Round 1 (0:40)Rajinder Singh Meena def. Zhang Ze Hao – submission (guillotine) – Round 1 (0:42)Adrian Matheis def. Eddey Kalai – submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1 (4:15) Philippines’ Geje Eustaquio celebrates after defeating Kazakhstan’s Kairat Akhmetov to claim the Interim Flyweight World Championship. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonGeje Eustaquio gained a measure of revenge as he claimed the ONE Interim Flyweight Championship and outclassed Kairat Akhmetov in the main event of ONE: Global Superheroes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Team Lakay stalwart made sure that the result was definitive this time, winning via unanimous decision to avenge his past defeat to the Kazakh.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “This belt is not mine. It’s ours,” he proudly exclaimed as he shared his triumph with the adoring Filipino fans.Learning from his mistakes in Jakarta, Eustaquio entered the cage with a purpose as he attempted to ground Akhmetov and nearly got him with a kneebar in the first round.It was a complete opposite in the succeeding rounds as the fighters stayed upright and banked on their striking abilities in hopes of sending each other to the ground.The 28-year-old Filipino, however, showed poise as he wiggled his way out of danger and survived the former champion’s flurry late in the fifth round.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH With the win, Eustaquio improved to 10-6 and now has his sights set on unifying the ONE Flyweight titles against Adriano Moraes.“Give me one more try, Adriano. I hope I give you a better fight!,” he said.Akhmetov suffered only his second defeat to fall to 24-2.Results:Main Card:Geje Eustaquio def. Kairat Akhmetov – Unanimous DecisionJoshua Pacio def. Lan Ming Qiang – submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1 (4:01)Rafael Nunes def. Eric Kelly – submission (D’arce choke) – Round 2 (1:31)Sam-A Gaiyanghadao def. Joseph Lasiri – TKO (strikes) – Round 2 (2:30)Ma Hao Bin def. Sotir Kichukov – Unanimous Decision Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pacio chokes out Lan in ONE Manila co-main event ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy PLAY LIST 01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy01:22Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight01:29Police 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Coming off bench ‘good experience’ for injured Valdez

first_imgSEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo But it was a necessary move for Creamline, as the three-time UAAP MVP got a chance to rest as she recovered from a minor right ankle sprain.“That was originally the plan, to come off the bench. The PTs said that what I needed was just rest and therapy, but I knew that when my number is called, I should be able to perform,” she said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingValdez, though, struggled mightily, contributing only two points in the Cool Smashers’ sorry five-set defeat to BaliPure, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, Tuesday in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.Still, the league’s leading scorer would rather look at Creamline’s defeat as a chance for the team to rectify its miscues going into the quarterfinals, where it will play as the fifth-seed. View comments Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time BaliPure pulls off comeback win vs Creamline, books semis seat Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPlaying as a starter all her life, Alyssa Valdez admitted that it took time for her to adjust to her role coming off the bench.“It’s very new to me. I’m not usually inserted for receive and defense, but it was a good experience for me,” she said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay MOST READcenter_img “More than the loss, we’re looking at the improvement for all of the players in our team,” she said. “Everyone is adjusting. Ceska (Racraquin) played as a libero today, so there were lots of adjustments we have going to the next round. But the coaches said that we’re showing good signs and what we need is just a small push.”And Valdez is hopeful that Creamline can apply its learnings from this match to its last game of the eliminations against Perlas Spikers on Thursday.“We need to play as a team there, correct all our mistakes, and click in the latter part of the game so that we can finish strong,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’

first_imgView comments Giannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGiannis Antetokounmpo may spend just a couple of days here, but he left a lasting imprint in the minds of those who witnessed his fun-loving, childish charisma. The 2017 Most Improved Player in in town for King Bally Entertainment Group’s “Greek Freak Invades Manila” as Antetokounmpo spearheaded a charity project with Makati Science High School as the main benefactor. ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’944 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet RELATED VIDEO Giannis didn’t hear trash talk from KG, just good advice Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Antetokounmpo, who’s set to leave the Philippines on Monday, held exhibition games on Sunday at Glorietta Activity Center. PBA players Gabe Norwood and Ranidel De Ocampo joined Antetokounmpo during the exhibition games where the NBA All-Star dunked, joked, and shot jumpers to the delight of the crowd. 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 starsAntetokoumpo told one of the students of Makati Science High School that he’ll try to visit them and their new basketball court before he leaves. The INQUIRER is one of “Greek Freak Invades Manila’s” media partners.  LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more