Heart disease reversed

first_img Clots in arteries are the main cause of heart attacks. Big ones are treated with angioplasty to flatten them or surgery to bypass them, but doctors have long sought a less drastic solution that also treats small buildups that can slowly worsen until they squeeze a vessel shut. Statins such as Lipitor, Zocor and Pravachol have become the world’s top-selling drugs by dramatically lowering LDL or “bad cholesterol,” a culprit in clot formation. In the study, Crestor not only dropped average LDL levels from 130 milligrams per deciliter of blood at the start to around 60, but also raised HDL or “good cholesterol” from 43 to 49. Doctors think this dual effect may be what caused blockages to shrink, as documented by ultrasound measurements before and two years after treatment. The volume of each patient’s main blockage decreased a modest 1 percent. The amount of buildup in the most clogged artery decreased 9 percent, and in the entire length of the vessel, 7 percent, on average. “The results are very, very exciting and break new ground,” said Dr. David Williams of Rhode Island Cardiology Center, who had no role in the study. It would have been better if it had tested Crestor against a lower dose of another statin, Dr. Roger Blumenthal of Johns Hopkins University wrote in an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The journal will publish the study in its April 5 issue. The maximum dose for Crestor is 40 milligrams a day; it is 80 milligrams for the other, less powerful statins. Insurers already are restricting use of specific brands, something likely to escalate in the next few months as Pravachol and Zocor lose patent protection and cheaper generics become available. The study also renews debate about how low LDL should go. Federal guidelines recommend aiming for 70 in people at high risk of heart disease, but Nissen said the benefits seen when it is pushed to 60 suggest that “as low as we can go might make more sense.” “The body needs about 40 LDL, so we’re getting pretty close to what the body needs for general repair,” said Dr. Christopher O’Connor, a Duke University cardiologist who had no role in the research. Also at the conference: A hoped-for cure for migraine headaches – putting a patch over a hole in the heart like the one Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has – failed to work in its first major test. Only three of the 74 patients whose holes were plugged had no more migraines six months later, the same cure rate as the 71 people who got a sham procedure to make them think their hearts were being repaired, said study leader Dr. Peter Wilmshurst of Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in England. However, more people whose hearts were patched had a significant reduction in their number of headaches – a result that gives hope to the device’s maker, Boston-based NMT Medical Inc., which has commissioned a larger study of it in the United States. Doctors reported encouraging early results with the first totally absorbable stent, a tiny mesh scaffold used to prop open an artery. No deaths, heart attacks or blood clots in the first 63 patients to get the experimental device, made by Berlin, Germany-based Biotronik, said Dr. Raimund Erbel of University Clinic in Essen, Germany. If further studies prove the stent safe and successful, it could become the first one usable in children, who can’t use current metal and drug-coated plastic stents because the devices don’t grow as they do. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ATLANTA – High doses of a powerful cholesterol-lowering drug seemed to actually reverse heart disease – not just keep it from getting worse – new research showed. People in the study got their “bad cholesterol” to the lowest levels ever achieved and saw blockages in their blood vessels shrink as a result. It’s too soon to tell whether the shrinkage of artery deposits will mean fewer heart attacks, but doctors were excited by the possibility. “The holy grail has always been to try to reverse the disease,” and this shows a way, said Dr. Steven Nissen, the Cleveland Clinic cardiologist who led the nationwide experiment and reported results at a meeting of heart doctors Monday. “This is a paper to take seriously. It’s another chapter in the story, a proof of principle,” said Dr. Elizabeth Nabel, director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Two-thirds of the 349 study participants had regression of heart artery buildups when they took the maximum dose of Crestor, the strongest of the cholesterol-lowering statin drugs on the market and one under fire by the consumer group Public Citizen, which contends it has more side effects than its competitors. The group said Monday that the study “does not alter our assessment that Crestor has unique risks without evidence of unique benefits” and should not be prescribed, especially at the doses used in this study unless lower doses and other drugs failed to help. The study was paid for by AstraZeneca PLC, the maker of Crestor. Some reports have linked it to higher rates of serious muscle problems and kidney damage, especially among Asians, and the Food and Drug Administration last year required a warning on its label. No big safety issues emerged in the new study, but doctors said it was too small to detect rare side effects and was not designed for that purpose. The aim was to see whether people who already had heart disease, not just high cholesterol, could turn back the clock back. last_img read more

Of Planets and People

first_imgHere’s a quick tour of the planets to see what’s newsworthy.Mercury:  Planets with oddball orbits like Mercury, so close to the sun, seem unlikely locations for life, but Astrobiology Magazinebegs to differ.  Mercury (and exoplanets with similar “oddball” orbits) could get into a resonant state that might allow sunlight to support photosynthesis, the article says.  Conclusion: there could be thousands of other locations for life in the universe.  Closer reading shows admissions that it would be “challenging” for life to exist under those conditions.  For example, “the threat of prolonged periods of darkness and cold on these planets would present significant challenges to life, and could even potentially freeze their atmospheres,” yet a thick atmosphere would be needed to protect the planet from radiation, since slow spin would likely mean a weak magnetic field.  A photo caption adds another difficulty: “It is difficult to form Mercury in solar system simulations, suggesting that some of our assumptions about the small planet’s formation might be wrong, a new study suggests.”Venus:  Astronomers at San Francisco State think they have learned how to detect a “Venus zone” about any given exoplanet.  This can help them distinguish between habitable planets around other stars from those “likely to exhibit the unlivable conditions found on the planet Venus.”  In current thinking, Earth and Venus had similar starting conditions.  “Knowing how common Venus-like planets are elsewhere will also help astronomers understand why Earth’s atmosphere evolved in ways vastly different from its neighbor.”Earth:  Geomagnetic storm?  Not to worry:  A couple of weeks ago, a major geomagnetic storm from the sun hit the Earth.  Nothing happened.  Life went on, most people oblivious to the danger.  In advance of the arrival, Science Magazine explained in “A geomagnetic storm is coming—should I worry?” that the only effect people might notice is some especially beautiful displays of auroras.   An idea posted on PhysOrg suggests that Mars became barren and lifeless when its atmosphere was stripped from coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from the sun; Earth, by contrast, has always been protected because of its strong, global magnetic field.  Why Venus retains a thick atmosphere without a strong magnetic field was not explained.  For more about Earth, see today’s other entry, “Earth as a Habitable Planet.”Mars:  The big news at Mars has been the arrival of NASA’s new MAVEN spacecraft (PhysOrg) and India’s first venture into Martian exploration, the Mars Orbital Mission, or MOM (PhysOrg).  Aside from that, the rovers continue roving and the previous orbiters continue orbiting.   Astrobiology Magazine shows that hope for life on Mars seen in meteorites has not disappeared: “A tiny fragment of Martian meteorite 1.3 billion years old is helping to make the case for the possibility of life on Mars, say scientists.”  A similar announcement launched the new “science” of astrobiology in 1996.  This new article’s perhapsimaybecouldness index is high: “Life as we know it, in the form of bacteria, for example, could be there, although we haven’t found it yet. It’s about piecing together the case for life on Mars – it may have existed and in some form could exist still.”Jupiter:  Since the story about possible plate tectonics on Europa (see 9/08/14), Jupiter has been a relatively silent planet in the news.Saturn, however, is a newsy place.  NASA awarded the Cassini Team high honors as an “excellent” mission, handily beating out the Mars Curiosity Rover, whose team has lacked focus (PhysOrg).  What’s new in Saturn science?Rings:  Cassini scientists are baffled over the reduction in bright clumps in the rings since Voyager flew by in 1981, a JPL press release says.  “Compared to the age of the solar system — about four-and-a-half billion years — a couple of decades are next to nothing.” Yet “Saturn’s F ring looks fundamentally different from the time of Voyager to the Cassini era,” one scientist said.  Astrobiology Magazine also discussed this mystery.  Despite the puzzle, the article presented a positive spin, saying that the observed processes are helping astronomers understand the origin of our solar system.“In addition to the drama of moons that come and go over less than a human lifetime, studies of the ring system give insight into how solar systems in general are built.“The sort of processes going on around Saturn are very similar to those that took place here 4.6 billion years ago, when the Earth and the other large planets were formed,” notes [Robert] French [SETI Institute]. “It’s an important process to understand.“Titan:  January will mark the 10th anniversary of the Huygens Probe landing on Titan (see PhysOrg for Cassini firsts).  A paper in Icarus wrestles with the brightness of parts of Saturn’s giant moon.  Some areas look like fresh bedrock of water ice, while others seem consistent with solid organic compounds precipitated out of the atmosphere.  There appears to be more water ice than earlier thought.  For instance, the vast equatorial dune fields seem enriched in water ice, and so must not be primarily piles of precipitated atmospheric hydrocarbons.  Another paper on Icarus wrestles with the nature and fate of evaporite deposits.  Space.com attempts to find whether missing Titan rains might be stored in underground reservoirs.Uranus and Neptune: the “water giants” don’t get much press because the last flyby missions took place in 1986 and 1989 (see 8/25/14 story about Neptune’s active moon Triton).  Planetary scientists, however, continue to model them on computers.  A French team now claims success explaining Uranus and Neptune in their models, according to PhysOrg.  Speaking of problems with accretion, location and deuterium-to-hydrogen ratios, the new French model “solves all of these problems at once.”  PhysOrg puts a question mark at the end of “The origin of Uranus and Neptune elucidated?”  If history is any guide, the success will be short-lived, until the next team addresses the mysteries of these two planets (cf 5/30/02).  Meanwhile, a paper in Nature thinks that water absorption lines in Neptune are in “good agreement with the core-accretion theory of planet formation”—a bit of a stretch for a spectral line.Miranda, a small moon of Uranus, made news recently, even though the one-and-only encounter was by Voyager 2 back in 1986.  And a famous encounter it was, showing one of the most bizarre moon surfaces in the solar system, decked out with dramatic “coronae” or raised regions completely different from the cratered surroundings.  Leading theories at the time invoked multiple impact scenarios to account for the strange surface, claiming the moon must have disrupted and re-accreted several times.  Now, a new team publishing in Geology claims it can account for the coronae with a variation on plate tectonics driven by tidal heating.  The new theory was summarized on Astrobiology Magazine and PhysOrg.  To work, it had to occur when the small moon was in an eccentric orbit some time in the unobservable past, the scientists say.  The summaries do not explain why the coronae are less cratered than the surrounding terrain, nor why they have sharp boundaries and high cliffs.Pluto:  The outermost “planet” or “dwarf planet” (most people still want to call Pluto a “planet,” according to Space.com and National Geographic) is awaiting its first NASA visit next July.  The New Horizons spacecraft is getting close enough for distant pictures; it has imaged Pluto’s small moon Hydra, PhysOrg reported.  Meantime, Icarus reported evidence for “longitudinal variability of ethane ice on the surface of Pluto” from Earth-based telescopes.  “Ethane ice is seen to vary with longitude in an unexpected way,” the team says.  “Volatile transport is responsible for the observed distribution.” Any observations should be considered tentative till the spacecraft arrives for a closer look.Comets:  The Philae lander on the Rosetta spacecraft is getting ready for its historic landing on 7P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in November.  PhysOrg printed an interview with Claudia Alexander, one of the planetary scientists working on the Rosetta mission, about what the year-long orbiting mission and three-day landing mission hopes to find.Exoplanets:  A paper in Nature and an article on PhysOrg deal with planet formation.  Both struggle with the problem of dust and small pebbles accreting into bodies large enough to attract more material by gravity before they migrate into a death spiral into the star.  PhysOrg takes some comfort from the fact that exoplanets are common, and from a recent discovery of possible pebble-sized objects in the Orion Nebula, but advises caution, because astronomers are not sure if the pebbles (if that’s what are observed) are growing by accretion, or “if they are debris remnants from another process.”  Nature says that “models of migration have not successfully predicted any populations of planets before they were observed.”  In another surprise, Astrobiology Magazine reported an exoplanet that makes its parent star look “deceptively old.”  According to one astronomer, “We think the planet is aging the star by wreaking havoc on its innards.”Is it the planets (Gr. planetai, wanderers) who wander, or the scientists who wander as they wonder about the universe, without a God to plan it? 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New lease on life for Joburg buildings

first_imgThe Casa Mia building in Berea, Johannesburg, has been given a new lease on life. (Image: Joshco) Tenants do have to abide by a strict set of house rules, but as a result the buildings are kept clean and in good repair. Communal cooking facilities in Joshco buildings are scrupulously clean and well equipped. An all too common scene in the inner city – washing strewn over balconies, cramped accommodation and buildings in need of care.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lizette Stokes  Account director, Jenni Newman PR  +27 82 322 5162 or +27 11 506 7354• Rory Gallocher  CEO, Joshco  +27 11 406 7303 RELATED ARTICLES • Drive to clear housing backlog • SA housing innovation on show in US • SA’s housing drive ‘taking shape’ • New technologies for social housing • Sustainable building on the rise in SAJanine ErasmusThe Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) is addressing a need for affordable, safe and clean housing in the inner city and nearby suburbs.Joshco is a council-owned body run by an independent board, and is both a developer and a rental agent. It was established in 2004 in response to the growing demand for well-managed accommodation in the city.Joshco acquires and converts buildings ranging from residential houses to multi-storey apartment blocks and entire housing estates, and then offers them to residents at monthly rates that start at under R1 000 (US$123) and go up to between R4 000 ($492) and R5 000 ($615), depending on the sizes and facilities available.The organisation says that with the 7 500 units spread across its 22 projects in the city and greater Johannesburg, about 25 000 tenants now have a roof over their heads. It has also stated that it’s working towards a goal of 15 000 units.Joshco is also able to provide emergency accommodation in the event of, for instance, shack fires, but stresses that this is not its core business.Prospective tenants must be South African residents of a legal age to enter into a contract, with dependants – for which they must provide proof – and a total household income of not more than R7 500 ($923) per month. Applicants must also already have registered with the national housing waiting list.Bringing life back into the inner cityIn 2010 Joshco won the UN Scroll of Honour, a prestigious award for work done in the field of human settlements. The organisation was unanimously selected as the winner by that year’s judging panel.Recently Joshco showed off some of its 10 inner city projects to a media group.While inner city living can be noisy, smelly and dangerous – just as it is in any number of big cities around the world – the tenants in Joshco buildings are comfortable in the knowledge that their buildings are properly maintained and safe.“All our buildings are secure,” said Joshco CEO Rory Gallocher, “and it’s often the tenants themselves who ask for it to be stepped up, although this could lead to an increase in costs.”Every Joshco building has a 24-hour guard on duty, and access is controlled with a fingerprint scanner. Visitors have to check in and have their print scanned and logged into the system for a certain period. If, by the end of this period, the visitor has not yet left the building, the guard can easily track down the visitor and follow up on the situation.Many of the rooms are communal, meaning that at the least tenants share a toilet and bathroom and may also share a kitchen, but these are large and well equipped. In some rooms cooking is allowed but where it is not, an alarm will alert the building supervisor.The organisation is also strict when it comes to crowding the rooms with more tenants than are allowed – if overcrowding is noticed, the lessee will receive notice promptly.The 11-floor Casa Mia building in the bustling suburb of Berea was once a hotel, and then an old-age home. Since Joshco took it over in April 2011, it offers 179 units ranging from studio apartments to two-bedroom flats. Rent starts at R750 ($92) per month.MBV, close to Joubert Park, the city’s oldest park, was once a military hospital but now can accommodate tenants in 184 communal housing units.The run-down old Chelsea Hotel in the densely populated suburb of Hillbrow today bears a fresh coat of paint and has undergone extensive maintenance since Joshco took it over back in 2008. It has 80 communal rooms and rent starts at R675 ($83).These are just a few of the current opportunities available for tenants.Other projects include the conversion of the former men-only City Deep hostel into family units, and the formalisation of the entire Sol Plaatjie settlement, in Roodepoort on Gauteng’s west rand, into a low-cost housing development complete with utilities and proper roads.Next on the list is the previously derelict AA House in Wanderers Street on the northern edge of the Johannesburg CBD. The building, restored to the tune of R40-million ($4.9-million), will offer 215 bachelor units and bigger rooms, and can also accommodate emergency tenants. It’s due to be officially opened later in July.Joshco is also finishing off the Linatex building in New Doornfontein, east of the CBD. This is an emergency shelter with 160 beds, each of which has its own locker, and a transitional shelter for tenants who are between buildings.Gallocher said that these refurbishments are just the beginning, as city management has identified over 130 so-called bad buildings in the inner city alone, which are ripe for redevelopment. Joshco’s efforts are helping to bring life back into Johannesburg and restore some of its lost respectability.This falls in line with the city’s 2040 growth and development strategy, which outlines a plan of incremental development goals to be fully rolled out by 2040.last_img read more

Amajimbos defeat Nigeria to make CAF Youth final

first_img26 February 2015The Amajimbos, the South African national under-17 team, sailed into the final of the 2015 CAF u17 African Youth Championships with a 1-0 win over Nigeria in Niamey, Niger, on Wednesday afternoon.It was a solid performance from the South Africans, and a goal from mercurial goal- poacher Khanyisa Mayo was all the Amajimbos needed to overcome probably their biggest obstacle on their way to being crowned the African champions.HungryBoth teams had already sealed their place at the World Cup in Chile and started the match at a high tempo. It was the South Africans who looked hungrier to win the match.Mbatha started the attack for Amajimbos as early as the third minute of the game but his shot did little to trouble the Nigerians.When the Amajimbos went on the attack in the 26th minute, Mayo swept home the single crucial goal.Tight defenceNigeria came back a rejuvenated side in the second half, pushing for the elusive equaliser. However, a combination of good goalkeeping from Mpoto and tight defence put paid to any of their chances pulling things back.Amajimbos coach Molefi Ntseki was over the moon about the victory – but said he was not surprised by the outcome.“We watched Nigeria throughout the tournament, because there was a chance of us playing them. We identified a lot of mistakes in their game and this victory was down to our homework and our players playing to instructions. Nigeria are a good team, make no mistake about that, but this is a culmination of our plans coming together,” said Ntseki.The South Africans will face the victor of Thursday’s semi-final, when Mali and Guinea face off. The final is scheduled for Sunday.By reaching the semi-finals, all four countries qualified for the Fifa U-17 World Cup, taking place in Chile from 17 October 17 to 8 November.South African u17 starting line-up: Mondli Mpoto, Katlego Mohamme, Keanu Cupido, Reeve Frosler, Notha Ngcobo, Thendo Mukumela, Athenkosi Dlala, Sibongakonke Mbatha, Nelson Maluleke (c), Luvuyo Mkatshana, Khanyisa Mayo.Source: South African Football Associationlast_img read more

Top Gear films new series in South Africa, Lesotho

first_img7 March 2016Known for travelling the world with great cars and adventure in its heart, the Top Gear motoring show has always had a knack for finding the perfect destination.New #TopGear presenters Chris Evans & Matt LeBlanc are like a “modern-style odd couple” https://t.co/liINJYL9DB pic.twitter.com/cE21TQrBj7— RTÉ TEN (@RTE_TEN) February 23, 2016For the show’s new season, the first following the departure of original hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, the new team features the British radio DJ Chris Evans and former Friends star Matt LeBlanc. And they kick off the series by touring the highlands on the border between South Africa and Lesotho during the first week of March this year, filming the show’s first episode.Shooting on TopGear in South Africa. Great day. pic.twitter.com/v1RLrolY9F— Matt LeBlanc (@Matt_LeBlanc) March 1, 2016The team also featured special guests, singers Sharleen Spiteri, from the group Texas; Seasick Steve, and Tinie Tempah. They spent a week travelling the majestic beauty of one of Southern Africa’s most remote areas, including the beautiful Sani Pass.It’s a Top Gear WRAP. Or WRAP an’ ROLL more appropriately. Thank you Lesotho and South Africa. Peace & Love. X. pic.twitter.com/HvRorHgyDC— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) March 3, 2016They also found time to visit the Bokong Nature Reserve and Durban, all while driving some of the world’s best cars.Traffic on the Sani pass in Lesotho, South Africa. @TopGear_BBCA @achrisevans @TinieTempah @sharspiteri pic.twitter.com/a9Cb921lZd— Matt LeBlanc (@Matt_LeBlanc) March 2, 2016LeBlanc and Evans have been tweeting photos of the South African shoot. The team will travel to Kazakhstan next, making the show a truly global event. The new series of Top Gear will be broadcast from the middle of 2016.Top Gear top goats. pic.twitter.com/y0cUo72zzx— Chris Evans (@achrisevans) March 2, 2016Source: News24last_img read more

Disarm the criminals or arm people to fight them

first_imgThe death, on Tuesday, of Radhika Tanwar at the hands of a stalker is heart- rending. A young life has been snuffed out for no fault of her own. A cowardly killer used the easiest method to kill her – shot the unsuspecting victim at close range with a country- made pistol and walked away. On Wednesday, a gun was used to shoot a couple and injure them grievously. Almost every other day a murder is committed with the use of a gun. It takes something to bludgeon or knife a person to death, pressing the trigger of pistol is much easier. The state has done little or nothing to make it difficult to get one and so, for the homicidally inclined, the gun has become the weapon of choice.HistoryGuns were not always so easily available. In the 1960s when the Maoists decided to take on the Indian state in Naxalbari, in West Bengal, the only firearms they could muster were some 12 bore guns and hunting rifles looted from tea estates. In fact many of the Naxalites used pipe-guns made of ordinary water pipes.Chambal had its dacoits and Mumbai its gangsters, but the easy availability of guns in northern India is a relatively recent phenomenon. Its epicenter lies in the badlands of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar where the breakdown of administration in the 1960s and 1970s led to the proliferation of workshops churning out country- made weapons. Today’s Naxalites, of course, are armed with a variety of weapons – .303 rifles, SLR and INSAS carbines – many of which have come from government armouries by means that are not easy to determine.advertisementParallel to this has been the exponential growth in the availability of licensed arms. Till the 1960s, getting a gun license was quite difficult in India because of the hang-over of British colonial laws where the issue of licenses was closely linked to loyalty to the empire. But the rise of democratic politics saw a proliferation of gun licenses as newly rising castes saw gun ownership as much an issue of prestige, as to offset the perceived advantage of their upper caste rivals.In India strict gun-control laws were an outcome of the imperial necessity. The eighteenth century, in which the British fought their way to dominance in the Indian subcontinent, was a very violent one. Given the Mughal mansabdari system, armed men owing allegiance to their feudatories were scattered across India. With the breakdown of Mughal authority, India, particularly in the north, saw a long period of anarchy where petty rajas and landlords vied with each other for control, and the British by virtue of their superior military organisation and world view managed to prevail. Once they came to power, and especially after the 1857 uprising, they undertook a policy of systematically disarming the people through tough legislation and laws that made the ownership of weapons without license a major crime.This was not very different from the system they had back home. In the seventeenth century, the British aristocracy created laws restricting hunting and gun ownership to the upper classes and denying them to the poor. The legacy of this continues to this day and UK has some of the toughest laws against owning guns. Civilians, regardless of the circumstances, cannot own handguns.Other guns, mainly for hunting and sport are strictly licensed. But by themselves guns don’t kill. As the slogan goes, ” guns don’t kill, people do.” It is true that the easy availability of guns promotes its use in crime in the US. The American right to bear arms is written into their constitution and has as its basis the history of the country which was liberated from the colonial yoke because the people had the firearms to turn against their British overlords.But, Switzerland with a similar history, i. e. where people fought for their freedom and were able to defend their country against their bigger European neighbours because they remained armed and ready for war, does not have the kind of crime statistics you see in the US. It is a certain kind of a social and political milieu that provides the backdrop of their usage for violent ends.In the US it is obvious in its stratified social system and ghettoisation of the minorities. Unfortunately, the ambiance in India with its burgeoning urbanisation, poverty and social tensions make for an incendiary situation. Layer upon this a ruthlessly predatory attitude towards women and the weak, compounded by the breakdown in effective policing in most parts of India.advertisementProliferationThe big threat lies from unlicensed weapons. And these have proliferated widely. Making the weapon itself is not the problem, even the technology available to a village craftsman can do the needful. Ammunition is an issue, but leakages from the licensed system as well as from the police and the armed forces have created the problem. Last year, this paper reported how ammunition from CRPF armouries in UP managed to find its way to Maoists in the jungles of Chhattisgarh.Given the rapid urbanisation of the country and the emergence of large unpoliced or poorly policed areas can result in the rise of criminal gangs who are not afraid of taking on the police. We already see some aspects of this phenomenon in the Ghaziabad- Meerut area of the national capital region. If something is not done to check the proliferation of country- made weapons, things could go from bad to worse.The police need to first understand that there is a problem. The issue of misuse of licensed weapons is straightforward enough. Here the police need to not only strengthen the processes relating to the issue of licenses, but to also institute a process whereby which licenses can be withdrawn from people who could become a threat to society because of their possession of a licensed weapon. In other words, the licensing process should involve much more continuous monitoring.As far as the country- made gun phenomenon is concerned, the challenge is vaster. One aspect of it is the location and destruction of workshops that produce them. The second is to break the supply chains of ammunition for such weapons.LeachingThe third, and most doable, is to leach away the weapons from those who possess them. Countries have tried different ways of doing this-Brazil, Zambia, South Africa have experimented with amnesty and cash bounties to encourage people to turn in illegal weapons.What the Delhi police can easily do is to offer an amnesty, to start with, and then undertake a sustained drive to locate and seize these weapons. One way to do this is surprise search and seize drives where the police can seal off a mall, a market or a bus stand and search every person for hidden weapons. This will deter people from carrying the weapons around. For its part, the union government needs to pass laws that will enhance punishment for the manufacture, transportation and possession of illegal weapons.If the police and the government throw up their hands and claim they cannot do anything, it may be a better idea to make licensing easier and encourage the ordinary citizen to become a gun-owner and train them in the use of guns.At least this will be able to equalise the advantage that the criminals have vis- vis the common folk as of now.last_img read more

NBA Rockets star Harden fined $25K for ripping referees

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ With 32 consecutive games of 30 points or more, Harden is on the second-longest such streak in NBA history. He scored 30 in the loss to the Lakers. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Final push PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town James Harden (right) of the Houston Rockets argues with referee Michael Smith after getting three fouls during the first quarter in a 111-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 21, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. AFPNEW YORK, United States – Houston Rockets guard James Harden was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Saturday for public criticism of officiating, the league announced.Harden made his comments to reporters after the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the visiting Rockets 111-106 on Thursday at Staples Center.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Referee Scott Foster aroused Harden’s anger, the versatile All-Star saying Foster has a “personal” issue with the Rockets and should not be permitted to officiate any more of their games.Four offensive fouls were called against Harden, the last sending him out of the game with Houston down by six points with 84 seconds remaining, although it was not whistled by Foster.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHarden called Foster “rude” and “arrogant” and added, “You aren’t able to talk to him throughout the course of the game. It’s like, how do you build that relationship with officials? It’s pretty frustrating.”Harden leads the NBA in scoring with 36.5 points a game. He also averages 7.7 assists and 6.7 rebounds per contest as well as ranking third in the league with 2.15 steals a game. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Terrence Romeo dedicates game to ‘best friends’ and former TNT teammates Jericho Cruz, RR Garcia

first_img‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Coconut thrown on field during soccer’s Edinburgh derby Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew When asked why he offered his game to Cruz and Garcia, Romeo simply said the two are his “best friends.”The 27-year-old Romeo also said the best-of-three series against TNT is just like any other game to him and the matchup is about the Beermen and KaTropa and not about himself and his former squad.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer guard Terrence Romeo had his family to thank following his performance in Game 1 of the PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals against TNT on Saturday.He also cryptically dedicated his game to his former TNT teammates RR Garcia and Jericho Cruz during the post-game interview after he was adjudged as the Best Player of the Game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “Binabati ko rin Jericho Cruz at tsaka si RR Garcia. Para sa inyong dalawa ‘to mga ‘tol,” Romeo told ESPN5’s Selina Dagdag during a TV interview.(I also want to greet Jericho Cruz and RR Garcia. This one is for you both brothers.)FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsCruz is currently in the injury list while Garcia was let go by the KaTropa in the middle of the conference.Romeo had 15 points off the bench in his first game against TNT since his trade to San Miguel last December following a fallout. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ View commentslast_img read more