Integration Of Ayurveda Into Modern Medicine: Mixopathy- The Unrealistic And Unguided Mixing

first_imgColumnsIntegration Of Ayurveda Into Modern Medicine: Mixopathy- The Unrealistic And Unguided Mixing Dr. Adv. Pauly Mathew Muricken16 Dec 2020 10:49 PMShare This – xThe recent changes brought into the Indian Medicine Central Council(Post Graduate Ayurveda Education)Regulations, 2016 framed in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 36(1)(i), (j) and (k) of Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 and in supersession of the Indian Medicine Central Council(Post Graduate Education) Regulations, 1979 and the Indian Medicine Central…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe recent changes brought into the Indian Medicine Central Council(Post Graduate Ayurveda Education)Regulations, 2016 framed in exercise of the powers conferred by Section 36(1)(i), (j) and (k) of Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 and in supersession of the Indian Medicine Central Council(Post Graduate Education) Regulations, 1979 and the Indian Medicine Central Council(Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations, 2012 has sparked controversy and confusion among medicos and other stakeholders in the health sector in the country. The changes have been notified by the Central Council of Indian Medicine, a statutory body, with the sanction of the Central Government. Though the Amendment to the Regulations notified by the Gazette Notification dated November 20, 2020 have been made as an attempt to regulate the education of post-graduate course in Ayurveda system of medicine, the manner in which it has been worked out shows that what it actually intends to achieve is nothing but the slow integration of Ayurveda into Modern Medicine at least to the limited extent, a purpose beyond the reach of the rulemaking power of the regulator, as the Post Graduate Ayurveda Education Regulations or its parent enactment, namely, Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 do not empower the rulemaking authority to adopt such a course to integrate one system of medicine with the other, when the knowledge, training, application, exposure, approach and path of both systems are clearly exclusive, varying, distinct and separate. In Ayurveda, healing is facilitated with the amalgamation of elements of nature, whereas in Allopathy, the disease is primarily treated and managed with the help of drugs. Section 36(1) of the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 deals with the power of the Central Council of Indian Medicine to make regulations generally to carry out the purposes of the Act. Under Section 36(2), regulations thus framed require the approval of both Houses of Parliament. Parliament can approve, disapprove or make modifications to the regulations. The purpose of the Act is to facilitate constitution of a Central Council of Indian Medicine and maintenance of Central Register of Indian Medicine and its connected matters. The Act inter alia envisages detailed provisions regarding composition of the Central Council and its committees; permission for establishment of new medical institutions, courses etc.; recognition of medical qualifications; withdrawal of recognition; prescribing minimum standards of education in Indian medicine; professional conduct; privileges, etc. Section 2(e) of the Act defines Indian Medicine as including Ayurveda, Siddha. Section 36(1)(i) of the Act authorizes the Central Council to prescribe regulations on the courses and period of study and of practical training to be undertaken, the subjects of examination and the standards of proficiency therein to be obtained, in any University, Board or medical institutions for grant of recognized medical qualifications. Similarly, Section 36(1)(j) of the Act empowers the Council to make regulations on the standards of staff, equipment, accommodation, training and other facilities for education in Indian medicine; and sub-clause(k) enables rule making for the conduct of professional examinations, qualifications of examiners and the conditions of admission to such examinations. But the issue precisely raised is where lies the power of the Central Council to prescribe training conditions in surgical procedures in such a manner as to enable the PG scholars in Ayurveda in the mentioned disciplines to acquaint with and perform the listed surgical procedures independently. A casual exercise, not a cautious choice: Every rule making exercise has to pass the constitutional muster of rationality, legality, propriety and proportionality. The validity of the rule making power has to be determined not only with reference to its object, but also looking at its effect on the affected class. Rule making power has to be harmonized with the principles of natural justice and due process in its substantive and procedural essence. The instant changes appear to have been introduced in a unilateral manner without effective consultation with the stakeholders including the general public, medico-legal, insurance, etc. The changes seem to have been brought in a mechanical manner, without proper application of mind. No legislative authorization could be traced to the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 for integrating one system of medicine with the other. In the legal context, one cannot be faulted for thinking that it is a colourable exercise of legislative power or delegated power, apparently for the reason that relevant considerations have escaped from the zone of consideration of the rule making body before introducing such paradigm shift in approach, which has far reaching consequences not only on the medical practitioners, but on the public at large who are the ultimate beneficiaries of the different systems of medicine. Regulation 10 of the Indian Medicine Central Council (Post Graduate Ayurveda Education) Regulations,2016 deals with method of training. The provision which has invited the present controversy, namely Regulation 10(9) was added to the Regulations by the recent amendment and it states during the period of study, the Post Graduate scholar of Shalya and Shalakya shall be practically trained to acquaint with as well as to independently perform the listed activities so that after completion of PG Degree, he is able to perform the mentioned procedures independently. Under the various categories so left open for independent surgical pursuit by Ayurveda PG Graduates of the above mentioned specialties come various surgical procedures forming part of General Surgery, Eye, ENT related surgeries and Dental procedures. Out of the delineated surgical procedures, 39 procedures form part of general surgery and 19 procedures involve the eye, ear, nose, throat and tooth. The listed procedures include removal of metallic and non-metallic foreign bodies from non-vital organs, excision of simple cyst or benign tumors of non-vital organs, excision/amputation of gangrene, traumatic wound management, foreign body removal from stomach, squint surgery, cataract surgery, functional endoscopic sinus surgery, etc. The 58 categories of surgical procedures thus made mention of in the amended regulations speaks in volume the sudden twist in law which may adversely affect the interest of the practitioners in modern medicine and goes against their legitimate expectations. But the ultimate question is whether the changes have constitutional footing and what is the immediate need and reasons for the changes. Whether the country and its people can approve it? Policy and policy matters are the domains of the Government and the ruler. But if the change in PG Medical Education policy is contrary to public interest and the health and well-being of the public at large, it calls for retrospection. The unique right to healthcare and treatment: Right to healthcare and treatment has passed through different stages of evolution to reach the present state of recognition and justiciability as a fundamental right. Its development is traceable from jurisprudential and international perspectives and both have cast a positive obligation on the State to protect peoples’ health and public health. Yet, the often raised question is whether the ‘State obligation’ is something that can easily be knocked out. Legalist thoughts would explain that citizen’s life means not mere life, but living well. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are self-evident eternal truths. It is to secure the same that governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from consent of the governed. Constitutional limitations exist on the exercise of powers of each of the organs set up by the Constitution to make it enforceable by the Courts and to invalidate legislative and the executive despotism and its in-built tendency to authoritarianism. Inalienable and sacred individual rights of the people such as right to health, treatment, medicare and its access which are far superior to civil rights will have to be duly protected in the arms of the State. Rulers and lawmakers must do good to the sick, ill-nourished, infirm and the disabled. Conferment of the right to health and Medicare on the subjects which is more important than the other rights mean a corresponding duty on the State to effectuate the exercise of the right, which means taking preventive and curative measures by the State. Consequently, State may need to refrain from conduct injurious to the enjoyment of physical and mental health of its people. From human right to fundamental right: The right to life is the most fundamental of all the rights and it is the very core of humanity. It is therefore, being considered as the sanctum sanctorum of human rights. It is the right from which all other rights stem out. Life means the state of being alive as a human being. It also means the qualities, events and experiences of human existence. Aristotle, while explaining the origin and purpose of “State”, observed that State came into being for fulfillment of bare needs of men and continues in existence for the sake of good life. Hobbes also justified man’s natural right to life. The desire to stay alive is man’s paramount wish, and the one that demands from other, their most unfailing respect. Equally important was that Locke also acknowledged that “life, liberty and estate” of one person can be limited only to make effective the equally valid claims of another person to the same right. Emphasizing on the role of the State, Rousseau justified the existence of the State for protecting the rights of the subjects, the most important of which being the right to life. It is the heart of all fundamental rights and has received expanded meaning from time to time at national and international levels. Right to health and Medicare – Evolution from international instruments: A facet of the right to health finds a place in Article 25(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control. Article 25(2) of the Universal Declaration emphasizes on the protection of motherhood and childhood by declaring that motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. The Preamble to the Constitution of World Health Organization, which was drafted more or less during the same time as that of the Universal Declaration states that enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political, economic or social condition. Article 12 of the ICESCR forms the international base for the emergence of the right to health. It recognized explicitly the right of everyone to enjoy the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health. Tackling health challenges through optimized health service: It is the duty of the State to provide optimized health service so that everyone can realize the right to health. This must be achieved by assuring to all medical service and medical attention in the event of sickness. States must equally act to enhance the welfare of children in general, such as reduction in still birth rate and infant mortality and health development of the child. It is also the obligation of the State to prevent and treat epidemic, endemic, occupational and other diseases. Thus, a multi-faceted approach to health has to be shown by the State. It means creating duties under State responsibility to contribute to the satisfaction of the individual aspirations of citizens. Life is not mere living but living in health. The health of the individual, as of nations is of primary concern to all of us. Health is not absence of illness but a glowing vitality, a feeling of wholeness with a capacity for continuous intellectual and spiritual growth. State must recognize health as a public good. Right to healthcare embraces right to health services in relation to disease prevention, health promotion, therapeutic services and rehabilitation. Health basically entails four essential elements, viz., availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of health facilities. It is thus clear that State has certain specific obligations to fulfill in reference to the right to health which are in the nature of obligations to respect, protect and fulfill. The obligation to protect means that States are required to take action to prevent third parties from interfering with the Constitutional guarantee. This includes a responsibility to ensure that harmful or traditional practices which relate to any system of medicine do not impinge on the healthy development of women. The obligation to fulfill requires States to adopt appropriate legislative, administrative, budgetary, judicial, promotional and other measures to realize fully the right to health. The obligation consists of three specific elements, viz., the obligation to adopt positive measures capable of assuring individuals and communities to enjoy fully the right to health; the obligation to provide a specific right guaranteed in the ICESCR; and the obligation to promote, calling on States to undertake action that create, maintain and restore the health of citizens. Right to access to health as a social right: The crowning glory of Vincent Panikulangara decision was that health was seen by the Court as part and parcel of life. The activist attitude shown by the court in Consumer Education Research Centre case should be exalted. The Court had definitely played a decisive role in sketching the contours of the right to health. Judiciary acknowledged that a vibrant constitutional synthesis exists between social justice and individual freedom and in that process, it elevated right to health to the status of fundamental right. In the process, it has articulated access to public health also as part of Article 21 of the Constitution of India. The expanded meaning of right to life is wholly justified, for without health of a person being protected and his well-being taken care of, it would be impossible for him to enjoy other fundamental rights in a positive manner. A change without jurisprudential footing: The legal distribution of public power consists ultimately in a dynamic settlement. In the end, it is not a matter of what it is, but of what ought to be. The journey to find it is a search for principle, not the unfolding of a rule book. Education should be used cautiously as an instrument to change the rules relating to the game of life. In the attempt to preserve the quality of life, apart from the jurisprudential values, we should also follow the community values and heritage of Indian culture to make living healthy and productive and to allow peace and prosperity to prevail over mankind. State should not evade the fulfillment of the minimum obligation in relation to health and medical care. Public interest is the paramount law. Right to health is a composite right which means right to highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, human right to equal access to adequate healthcare and health related services. Medical treatment should be accessible, affordable and qualitative. This cannot be compromised. Modern healthcare should embrace the best technologies and adopt best practices, without waiving its identities. Mixopathy, the slow mixing of different forms of medical practices and education is not good for the country and its people. Its implications on code of ethics and preservation of life cannot be lightly viewed. If the patient suffers infection or goes blind due to mixopathy, whom to be blamed – Whether the system permitting it or the medical professional performing it? Surgery involves harmonious fusion of knowledge, experience and skill. Integration of systems cannot bring vitality or vigour to it, nor does it provide required learning and skill for independent pursuit. The dilemma projected by the issue will definitely continue for some time with groups and systems contradicting each other, unless the State appropriately intervenes in public interest and give a quietus to the issue by taking remedial action alleviating the genuine apprehensions of the medicos and other stakeholders including the general public. Ultimately people should be benefited from the treatment methods without risking efficacy and safety. However, the choice is of the lawmakers who must act circumscribed by constitutional limitations and guided exercise of power.Views are personal.(The Author is a practicing Lawyer, a public health law expert, and an adjunct Professor based in Kochi)Next Storylast_img read more

Williamson equals Crowe record with 17th Test century

first_img(REUTERS) – Captain Kane Williamson equalled the New Zealand record for Test centuries as his side reached 321 for four at the close of day three of the third Test against South Africa in Hamilton yesterday.The 26-year-old joined former captain Martin Crowe on 17 Test centuries when he hit a full toss from Dean Elgar to the fence for his 10th boundary.Williamson had moved to 148 at stumps with Mitchell Santner on 13, the home side holding a seven-run lead over South Africa’s first-innings of 314.Williamson also surpassed 5 000 Test runs, the fastest New Zealander to do so in his 110th innings. Just five other of his countrymen have reached the mark.The skipper shared in a 190-run partnership with opener Jeet Raval, who passed 50 for the fifth time and proved the perfect foil to the New Zealand skipper during a knock of 88.The left-hander was dropped on 83 by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis and then got bogged down as he battled against the second new ball.He failed to score a run for 25 deliveries before hitting Kagiso Rabada for a boundary but he fell shortly after when wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock took a brilliant, diving catch with one hand from an inside edge off Morne Morkel.Tom Latham was the first wicket to fall when the opener became Morkel’s 250th Test scalp during the first session which was delayed for 90 minutes due to overnight rain.Rabada slowed New Zealand’s momentum in the final hour of play when he trapped Neil Broom in front for 12 then had Henry Nicholls caught by de Kock on his next delivery. Santner, however, thwarted the hat-trick ball.South Africa lead the series 1-0 having won the second game in Wellington by eight wickets. The rain-hit first Test in Dunedin ended in a draw. SOUTH AFRICA 1st innings 314 (Q. de Kock 90, F. du Plessis 53, H. Amla 50; M. Henry 4-93)NEW ZEALAND 1st innings (o/n 67-0)T. Latham c de Kock b M. Morkel 50J. Raval c de Kock b M. Morkel 88K. Williamson not out 148N. Broom lbw b Rabada 12H. Nichollsc de Kock b Rabada 0M. Santner not out 13Extras: (lb-3, nb-7) 10Total: (for 4 wickets, 104 overs) 321Fall of wickets: 1-83, 2-273, 3-293, 4-293.Bowling: V. Philander 25-6-59-0 (nb-2), M. Morkel 24-5-74-2, K. Rabada 21-1-83-2 (nb-5), K. Maharaj 29-2-71-0,J. Duminy 4-0-18-0, D. Elgar 1-0-13-0.last_img read more

Progressive Donegal women launch focus group with aim of ‘Empowering Women’

first_imgWomen in Donegal are invited to take part in a focus group to share their experiences, to explore the issues that affect their participation in public life and to look at how their participation can be increased.The focus groups will be conducted by Empowering Women in Donegal in Moville and Burtonport on 13th November, and Bundoran on 21st November.The focus group will allow participants the chance to share their valuable insights about factors affecting life in Donegal with other women. They want to hear from women from all backgrounds including refugees, asylums seekers, migrants and immigrants to add to the richness of this research.Empowering Women in Donegal is part of the ‘The Next Chapter’ cross-border PEACE funded project that looks to improve the representation of women in public and political life.Empowering Women in Donegal highlighted the low female representation in council, according to a CSO report released earlier this year: with only three out of 37 sitting Donegal County Councillors’ were female.After the May local elections, the number rose to four, which is the highest number of Council seats held by women in local history. This group aims to support and encourage women from all walks of life in Donegal to live fully and courageously. We are bringing together women who are interested in becoming involved with issues that affect them in regards female representation and participation.We shall come together and support each other in calling for women’s equality and to bring about change for the Donegal region on civic issues.Public Participation is where those affected by decisions have a right to be involved in the decision-making process. The Public must have a contribution and influence in decisions, so that is the principle that Empowering Women in Donegal is based on. It sets out to mobilise social change in communities across Donegal so to nurture aspirations for a better, shared future.“We are very excited that our Donegal Chapter of women as part of our The Next Chapter Project is now on its way to become the independent Empowering Women in Donegal group and reaching out to other women in the county as part of their work.“This is particularly important given both the rural isolation that these women might experience and the isolation of County Donegal within an Irish national context,” says Mary McDonald, the Regional Co-ordinator of The Next Chapter Project. Discussions in the focus group will be focused to help understand the issues and concerns affecting the communities.This will then be compiled into a report intended to prompt change by having it sent out to local and national representatives.Progressive Donegal women launch focus group with aim of ‘Empowering Women’ was last modified: November 4th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal womenlast_img read more

Dating of Crater Rays Needs Overhaul

first_imgA dating method relied on by planetary geologists needs drastic revision, according to Planetary Science Research Discoveries (PSRD) scientists at the University of Hawaii.  Crater rays are the streaks that extend radially from impact craters.  Previously, planetary scientists assumed they darken over time under bombardment from the solar wind and can be used as indicators of young and old craters.  This overlooks factors like the brightness and composition of the underlying material, the effect of secondary craters, and the amount of mixing of new and existing material, and the actual darkening rate.  Dates estimated without knowledge of these conditions can apparently be in error by large margins.    The researchers compared data on lunar crater rays from the Clementine lunar spacecraft, Apollo moon samples, and spectra from Arecibo radar and other instruments, and found that “the mere presence of crater rays is not a reliable indicator that the crater is young, as once thought,” according to the press release by Linda M. V. Martel.  The lunar crater Copernicus had often been used as a model for classifying craters as older or younger than the so-called C/E boundary between two conventional lunar epochs labeled Copernicus and Eratosthenes.  The younger, “Copernican” craters have sharp rims and bright rays.  But estimates from crater counts on lava flows around a classic “Copernican” crater, Lichtenberg, are much older.  “It follows that the mere presence of rays is not a reliable indicator of crater age,” Martel concludes,And it is no longer valid to assign a Copernican age to craters based only on the presence of rays.    [B. Ray] Hawke [U of Hawaii] and others conclude that a new method using the optical maturity parameter is required to distinguish Copernican from Eratosthenian craters.  They acknowledge a problem of not knowing the time required for a surface to reach full optical maturity; no such age has been firmly established.    A possible solution was proposed by Jennifer Grier (formerly at the University of Arizona and now at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and Al McEwen (University of Arizona) and colleagues.  Their work showed that if the ejecta of Copernicus crater were slightly more mature, it would be impossible to tell apart from the optically mature bedrock.  Since the commonly accepted age of Copernicus is about 0.8 billion years, then perhaps full optical maturity occurs at about 0.8 billion years.  More work is necessary and future studies will look more closely at optical maturity maps of the Copernicus crater region to better define the C/E boundary in the lunar time scale.Unfortunately, pinning down absolute ages by radioactive dating methods will require more samples from the moon, Martel says, so the uncertainty will be around awhile.Another dating method is found to be deficient by the daters themselves.  Ask yourself the next logical question.  How are we to know that the “commonly accepted” ages of these formations have any validity?  After all, the previous estimates were considered valid till now.  How can anyone have confidence that the assumptions used to determine these dates, the dates remaining after this latest “whoops” report, are just as flawed as the assumptions that were used to date crater rays?   You can’t calibrate assumptions against assumptions, and nobody was there with a stopwatch to provide a real absolute age.  There are some things science cannot know for sure, such as processes extrapolated back in time when there were no observers.    Readers had better be armed with good baloney detectors before swallowing the millions and billions tossed out so glibly by “experts” who weren’t there and can’t possibly know such things without assuming the very things they need to prove (see 10/09/2003 headline).   We’ve indicated many times that the assumed age of the solar system (4.6 billion years) is rarely if ever questioned; it is taken on faith by most researchers as a given (see, for example, the 05/13/2003 headline), yet is based on flawed, assumption-ridden premises (see 08/12/2003, 06/05/2003, 02/22/2002 and 10/25/2001 headlines).  As a consequence, they are often found force-fitting uncooperative data into it, just like they are doing here with lunar craters.  Who cares whether “most scientists accept” a date that fits into the currently fashionable (i.e., evolutionary) timeline, especially when it was arrived at by ignoring other dates that don’t fit?  Consensus doesn’t cut it in science (see 12/27/2003 editorial).  Let this latest admission be a lesson: geological dating is a splintered reed that will pierce the hand of anyone who leans on it.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Linda’s Lion sleeps – at last

first_imgThis is a story about numbers: 10 shillings, US$15-million, 70 years, over 160 covers and three centuries of continuous radio air play. It’s the story of a song we all know, the impoverished Zulu migrant worker who wrote it, the musicians and record companies who raked in millions for it, and the almost 70 years it has taken for his family to see justice done.full story: southafrica.infolast_img

When on an African safari, lock your doors

first_imgWhile visiting South Africa, the Sutherland family had a one-of-a-kind experience with an inquisitive lioness. The bold big cat ambled up to their car, and unexpectedly opened the door. A wild lioness decided to open a family’s car door while they while they were on a safari. (Image: Screengrab via, YouTube)• Durban: A place to visit• Rare elephant twins born at Pongola Game Reserve • Watch: First trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s new film Chappie• Gallery: South Africa’s rich and colourful heritage • So this giraffe walks into a restaurant … and the video goes viral Priya PitamberImagine driving along on safari in an African game reserve, on the look-out for the Big Five.You stop to take photos when you spot a pride of magnificent lionesses. And while you’re filming the felines, one of them casually ambles over to your vehicle – and gets a little too close for comfort.That is exactly what happened to the family of Joshua Sutherland when they were on holiday in South Africa. “Did you know lions could open car doors?” Sutherland wrote in the accompanying text to his video. “My sisters were visiting our parents, while serving a mission in South Africa, and had an experience of a lifetime.”The video, taken in 2014, has gained traction and had had more than 8 million views at the time of publishing this story. The reaction has been quick in coming, with the The Huffington Post noting that they hapless holidaymakers had definitely learned a lesson. “A family watching lions from the supposed safety of their car learned you should always lock your door.”Watch:Luckily for the family, the car door closed automatically. A female is heard on the video: “Oh my gosh I didn’t know they could do that,” she says, followed by nervous laughter. The video has gone viral and has set social media platforms abuzz:Anyone who owns a cat is NOT surprised by this (mine can open the fridge, drawers etc…) https://t.co/5r6lHgzZyp (Lion opens car door)— Scott Galloway (@scottgal) March 4, 2015‘Lion opens car door’ omg I love thishttp://t.co/0E0bU36Jqq— Hattie (@HattieButtriss) March 4, 2015Good kitty –> Lion opens family’s car door with his teeth http://bit.ly/2R7VY5— Ritu (@ritubpant) November 18, 2009Eeeeek. Smart creatures! http://t.co/O0nNZVW7Pj— B98.5 (@B985COUNTRY) March 9, 2015last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: England pacers’ height not a big factor, says MS Dhoni

first_imgSkipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday rubbished suggestions that the height of England pacers could pose problems to the the star-studded Indian batting line-up during the four-match Test series, starting at Lord’s on Thursday.”Their fast bowling attack is pretty similar (as in 2007). They had (Chris) Tremlett, (James) Anderson and (Ryan) Sidebottom who all are very tall. It’s not a big factor,” said Dhoni about the bowling attack whose height is said to give the home team a major advantage.Anderson, at 6’2″, is the “smallest” among England’s fast-bowling unit that has Stuart Broad (6’6″) and Chris Tremlett (6’7″) among others.India have long shed the tag of poor travellers thanks to their consistent record over the past few years, and Dhoni attributed this to the team’s ability to enjoy the game and situations rather than worry about results.”In the last 4-5 years, what we wanted was to enjoy the o game and situation. Every conditions is different, every country is challenging. As long as you look to improve as a cricketer, learn to enjoy the game more and not take it as a pressure, it would be alright.”The expectations with Indian cricket is pretty high -it’s not easy to satisfy 1.2 billion people. It’s better not to focus on result. You could play to your best and still be outplayed,” Dhoni said on the eve of the first Test at the Lord’s.Sachin TendulkarTalking about Sachin Tendulkar, who is chasing a record 100 international centuries, Dhoni had only words of admiration for the senior batsman.”Whenever he turns up on the field, he wants to improve.advertisementHe may spend an hour and a half on the field but he makes sure he is learning something new. When he goes back to his room, he has the satisfaction that he has utilised today’s time to the best.”I think that keeps him going ? keep it simple, don’t complicate things. He is an ideal cricketer to look up to, both on and off the field. When he made his debut, he was a superstar and it hasn’t changed in the last 22 years,” the India skipper said.Dhoni believed both the number one Test ranking and the tag of world champions in one-day cricket is important to him and his players.”It shows you have been consistent over a period of time. You don’t reach that level unless you have been consistent over a period of say two years. It’s special for us.”One often gets to hear that luck always played a part in Dhoni’s success and when asked, he admitted that as he is yet to lose a Test series in his stint as skipper.”When I was playing state cricket in 1999, if somebody had told me you would play with Sachin, I would have termed it a lie. “I never thought I would play for India and share the same dressing room with Tendulkar and some other legends of Indian cricket. As long as the team is winning, I don’t mind what they call me.”With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Muntinlupa nears semis

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Google Philippines names new country director Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Read Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snagcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ View comments The Athletics clipped Imus Bandera, 77-69, also for 1-0. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED 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, logistics Allan Mangahas missed all of his five shots from the field but dished out a record 17 assists as Muntinlupa overwhelmed Zamboanga, 89-78, on Wednesday night to close in on a South division semifinal clash with Batangas City in the MPBL Datu Cup.Mangahas finished with only a point, but his playmaking proved key as the Cagers gained the head start in their series with No. 6 Zamboanga, which has won five of its last six games before losing the series opener.ADVERTISEMENT SEAG caging gets venue it deserves SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparclast_img read more

Political civil and nonprofit leaders blame Feds for release of asylumseeking families

first_imgPolitical, civil, and non-profit leaders blame Feds for release of asylum-seeking families into San Diego KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: March 8, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A group of San Diego political and civic leaders say the federal government has dumped a huge problem into their laps, how to care for legal asylum-seeking families released onto the streets of San Diego.KUSI’s John Soderman is downtown at the newly opened migrant shelter with more on this story. March 8, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more