LATEST STORIES Laos and Brunei wound up with bronze medals.It was the second silver medal for the Philippines in the sport after the team’s second place finish last August 16 in the chinlone (linking) event. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Read Next View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Pacquiao’s new basketball league gets off ground Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Philippines bowed to host Malaysia in the final of men’s regu event of sepak takraw in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Tuesday night at Stadium Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The Filipinos dropped a 23-25, 13-21, decision to the Malaysians to salvage the silver near the close of the competitions. ADVERTISEMENT
BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The half brothers carried the Bull Squad in the final round including the championship game where they edged an all-Filipino side in Sta. Rosa, 27-20, to capture the title.“We took advantage of the fact that we’re bigger than them so we just used our size,” said the 6-foot-1 Gravengard.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe Bull Squad, which bested the Willie Miller-led G3 to make the finals due to superior quotient, flaunted a mean inside and out game with both Gravengard and the 6-foot-4 Crellin able to create shots for themselves whether it’s attacking the basket or pulling up from deep or in the low block.“We were shooting threes really well and scoring in the post really well too,” Gravengard, who also helped lock down Sta. Rosa’s sharpshooting guard. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:35Panelo 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 MOST READ The Bull Squad rules Red Bull Reign Philippines 3-on-3 tournament. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netThe first-ever Red Bull Reign tournament in the Philippines has just crowned its champions.The Bull Squad, led by Fil-Canadians Clay Crellin and Glenn Gravengard, ruled the Red Bull 3-on-3 tournament on Saturday to earn a ticket to the World Finals in Washington DC that will be held later in the year.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vettel shows speed again with fastest time in final practice Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The Bull Squad, which also drew contributions from Nigerian Obinna Ezeike and reserve Kitt Balmori, topped seven other finalists.“It’s so amazing. We’re actually representing our country in the world stage,” Crellin said.The event drew a packed crowd at Nagtahan Bridge court.High-flyer David Carlos put on a show, winning the slam dunk contest with a one-handed windmill over a motorcycle and leaping over two people in his final dunk.ADVERTISEMENT
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For almost a couple of minutes, Suzuki had Pacio in his control and he applied the rear-naked choke around the three-minute mark.“Suzuki had the better position and he knew how to properly place his legs and arms to prevent me from moving,” said Pacio. “He knew how to position himself and that’s where he got me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think I was too aggressive because I was really looking for that early knockout,” said Pacio (9-2), whose first strike attempt was a looping roundhouse kick right off the bell, in Filipino.“My first roundhouse didn’t have any setup, I just wanted to throw it away because I was expecting that we will exchange in striking but this is MMA.”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 starsPacio’s first defeat was against strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito in October of 2016 and a win over Suzuki was meant to be a stepping stone for the 21-year-old to vie for the belt once more.Photo from ONE ChampionshipSuzuki (17-0-2) found the opening right about the first minute mark when he got Pacio’s back and the Japanese eventually dragged the fight to the ground. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pacio admits being too aggressive in loss to Suzuki893 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 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 Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Torres on Ishige: ‘I can easily take her punches’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MACAU—Joshua Pacio could’ve booked himself another title shot in the ONE Championship strawweight division, but that wouldn’t be the case after he bowed out in the first round of his fight against Hayato Suzuki.The Filipino fighter admitted he was to aggressive in his Saturday fight against Suzuki in ONE Championship: Kings & Conquerors at Cotai Arena here and that led to his eventual defeat.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I categorically deny any kind of relation to this organization,” Marquez said in a statement, adding “today is my most difficult match; I will try to clear all of this up.”Flores Hernandez allegedly operated independently in the northern city of Guadalajara but maintained alliances with the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation cartels. The attorney general’s office said Flores Hernandez was arrested July 20 and is being held while his extradition is pending.The Mexican Attorney General’s Office also seized related assets Wednesday, including the Grand Casino near Guadalajara, according to the U.S. statement.Mexican prosecutors said they were working closely with U.S. authorities on the investigation and added that Marquez came voluntarily to the Attorney General’s Office to provide a statement.Mike Vigil, former chief of international operations for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and author of the book “Deal,” said the 64-year old Flores Hernandez has been in the business since the 1980s.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Kobe’s in-game used Air Jordan 3s sell for $30k NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers The sanctions freeze all U.S. assets of the people and entities named and forbid U.S. citizens from doing business with them.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It will also sanction 43 entities in Mexico, including a soccer team and casino.It is the single largest such designation of a drug trafficking organization ever by its Office of Foreign Assets Control, the statement said.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 starsMarquez, 38, is a former defender for Barcelona, Monaco and New York Red Bulls who currently plays for the Mexican soccer club Atlas in Guadalajara and is captain of the Mexican national team. He did not practice with Atlas on Wednesday.Later in the day, Marquez denied having any links to drug traffickers. Mexican football star Rafael Marquez Alvarez, center, arrives to give a press conference to deny accusations of ties to drug trafficking, at Atlas Football Club in Guadalajara, Mexico, Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017. Marquez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz)MEXICO CITY — Legendary Mexican soccer player Rafael Marquez Alvarez and a well-known band leader are among 22 people sanctioned for alleged ties to a drug trafficking organization, the U.S. Treasury Department announced Wednesday.The sanctions are the result of a multi-year investigation of the drug trafficking organization allegedly headed by Raul Flores Hernandez, the department said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT President Enrique Pena Nieto’s office confirmed Wednesday that a photo of the president and Alvarez had been removed from Pena Nieto’s Instagram account. The office declined further comment.The U.S. statement did not say that Marquez or Alvarez face charges in the United States.Marquez is famed as a tenacious defender whose crunching tackles have sometimes seen him sent off in high-profile matches. In Mexico he is revered as one of the country’s all-time greats, though many U.S. fans remember him for a studs-up, head-butt foul on Cobi Jones that earned him a red card at the 2002 World Cup.Marquez debuted in Mexico’s top-flight league in 1996 with Atlas and moved to AS Monaco of France’s Ligue 1 three years later. In 2003, Marquez joined Barcelona and spent 10 years there, helping the Catalonia super-club win Spanish league and Champions League trophies.Advancing into his 30s, Marquez then had stints with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer, Leon of Mexico and Hellas Verona in Italy’s Serie A before returning to Atlas.A longtime fixture of Mexico’s national team, he led “El Tri” at four World Cups and has hoped to become only the third player ever to compete in five. Marquez has scored 13 goals wearing the green jersey in 158 appearances between 1997 and 2017, according to statistics published by the Mexican Soccer Federation.Speaking in a briefing to reporters, a high-level Treasury Department official said the association between Marquez and Flores Hernandez went back at least 20 years and Marquez served as “an important” frontman for money laundering. Under the terms of the briefing, the official could not be named. Among the entities that the department cited were his soccer academy and health and rehabilitation clinics.Marquez’s children’s foundation was also linked to Flores Hernandez, though it also had a number of corporate sponsors. It claimed to have provided food, educational and sports programs for about 1,000 low-income kids.Vigil said cartel figures have long been drawn to soccer stars and musicians.“They love soccer … so they love to associate with sports figures,” Vigil said. “Who else do they like? They like these norteno singers, because these guys create ballads about their exploits and it adds to their legend, to the folklore.” “He is extraordinarily crafty in the way he strategizes and the way that he navigates between cartels,” Vigil said.But, the former agent added, Flores Hernandez has remained a mid-level drug trafficker, never forming what one would call a cartel, and of late had aligned himself with Nemesio Oseguera of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.Vigil said Flores Hernandez had a real talent for laundering drug proceeds by setting up front companies. He said it would be difficult to imagine that Marquez didn’t know who he was dealing with because Flores Hernandez has been around for so long.“Raul Flores Hernandez has operated for decades because of his longstanding relationships with other drug cartels and his use of financial front persons to mask his investments of illegal drug proceeds,” John E. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in the statement.Federal drug trafficking indictments against Flores Hernandez were returned in March in Washington and the southern district of California.The U.S. government referred to Marquez and 34-year-old norteno singer Julio Cesar Alvarez, better known as Julion Alvarez, as people with longstanding relationships with Flores Hernandez who “have acted as front persons for him and his (drug trafficking organization) and held assets on their behalf.”Alvarez has been nominated for Latin Grammys and has won Billboard awards. His latest album, “Not a Devil, nor a Saint,” released in May was his fifth No. 1 on the Billboard list of regional Mexican music.Alvarez’s manager did not immediately respond to an email request for comment. A spokesman for Universal Music, the parent company of Alvarez’s record label Fonovisa, declined to comment.But Alvarez posted a video to his Facebook page saying “absolutely nothing is going on.”Alvarez called Marquez a friend and sent him a hug: “Everything they are saying there can be cleared up.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDave Yu waited years to finally get a shot to show what he’s capable of.His moment came on Saturday and he relished every minute of it.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Adamson gets 2nd wins, trumps NCAA champ Arellano Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “It’s really a great feeling because I worked so hard for this for three years,” the National University guard told INQUIRER.net.READ: NU opens UAAP Season 80 bid with rout of UE FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingYu was shelved in his first three years in the league due to limited playing time and a slew of major injuries, including an ACL tear in Season 78.He made up for lost time as he reintroduced himself at the start of Season 80 against University of the East. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yu scored 14 points, hitting 5-of-8 from the field, grabbed eight rebounds and had two steals in just 15 minutes off the bench.“I don’t know what he ate today but he just played so well,” said NU coach Jamike Jarin.He unleashed eight points in the third quarter, where the Bulldogs broke the game wide open with a 17-3 run after a 42-deadlock.“I could say all my hard work paid off but it’s still not enough. It’s only the start of the season and I have a lot more to show,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ View comments
If you thought only cricketers take a plunge into the swimming pool to cool their heels or de-stress themselves, you are right only up to a point.They are provided such luxuries when they stay at star hotels and it has been the envy of several other sportspersons of the country. But even they would be jealous of the Games Village swimming pool.Indian CWG athletes are making the best of it, though.On Monday, hockey players and wrestlers had their swimming sessions at the Village pool. Sandeep Singh ( in picture), Sardar Singh and Bharat Chikara made their pool entry to de- stress.”It’s a great feeling,” Bharat and Sardar said, almost in unison.”We don’t get such facilities elsewhere even when we travel abroad for tournaments.”
The gorgeous model and actor, having beaten her illness, is right on top now.Her 38th birthday celebrations this year were a grand affair, full of life and new-found joy. She had just conquered cancer to be gifted with a new lease of life. One that she calls her second innings; one she intends to live better, having realised its preciousness. Diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2009, the incredibly gorgeous Indo-Canadian model and actress Lisa Ray has become a poster girl for cancer survival ever since she battled her illness to emerge completely drug-free and on top of herself earlier this year.Back to her routine of shuttling between India and Canada, Lisa has now taken it upon herself to champion the cause of cancer and stem cell transplants amidst other plans: starting work on a book, public speaking across North America, ad campaigns and revisiting her film career. However, even as she juggles roles with lan, she has slowed down. Before her illness, she was “always racing against time”. She now makes sure she has time for herself, which she says is key to good health. Here, Lisa shares with us her journey through cancer.The EncounterEven though I practised yoga regularly, I would feel fatigued all the time. However, with a packed work schedule and loads of travelling, like most people I too had been ignoring the signals my body had been trying to send for a very long time. Disaster struck when I was at a yoga retreat in Kerala last year. Suddenly at the end of my second yoga session, I just wasn’t able to get up from the floor: I lay there shivering for almost an hour. My partner flew down from Canada, and immediately took me back, booking me into a full body Medscan which revealed drastically low haemoglobin levels. My RBC count had fallen to 30, way below the normal range of 90-120. Almost immediately, I was asked to go in for a blood transfusion, after which I started feeling better again.However, a relapse occurred within a very short time and I was asked to go in for a battery of tests again. The last was a bone marrow biopsy that involved drilling into my hip. My partner, who had come with me, fainted at the sight. However, I went through it all with much grit and determination 2010 and waited for the results. All the while, we had a feeling the outcome wouldn’t be all that great. Finally, my partner came back with the reports. Without making it sound overwhelming, he told me I had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a malignancy of the plasma cells in the bone marrow, considered fatal.Face to faceIt may sound a bit unusual, but I felt a strange sense of relief initially. At least I knew what had been wrong with my body for many, many years now. Immediately I wanted to know more about it.Mine was a form of cancer that mostly affected people over 60. Its very rare among people of my age group. This was, of course, difficult to accept, and I later realised that the sense of relief that had come over me initially was actually denial in another form. It was hard to accept that it had happened to me and I was dying. I remained in this state of denial, and sometimes anger, for a good two months, just reading a lot and thinking. Slowly, I gathered my senses, collected myself and knew something had to be done before it was too late. It was then that I miraculously met my Canada-based haematologist Dr Ahmed Galal, whom I now consider my guardian angel. When I met him for the very first time, he told me,”Let’s kick the cancer together”. His fabulous attitude and unorthodox method of treatment helped me cope with things almost instantly. I knew this was the “new normal” and gradually accepted my condition. And thus began a series of chemotherapy sessions and steroid doses.The battle for survivalAlthough I did not lose hair in the initial round of the chemo sessions, being on steroids had caused me to put on a lot of weight. So much so that I couldn’t bear to look at myself. The Toronto International Film Festival was coming up and I was scheduled to walk the red carpet. But I could see I wasn’t glamorous any more, something that had been the basis of my career for many, many years. A lot of people told me not to come out in the open about my illness and to just skip the event. But I followed my heart and decided to use the media attention as a platform to reach out to people about my illness and make multiple myeloma sexy.I wanted to share with everyone that being famous doesn’t ensure a ‘perfect’ life and that we are as vulnerable as anybody else is. It was also the time that I started writing about my condition. Being able to reach out to so many people was empowering and the overwhelming response I received actually gave me the strength to carry on with my treatment which only got intense by the day.I also knew the next round of chemotherapies would cause me to lose my hair, as a result of which I chopped it off myself. I found that so liberating! Having come out in the open about my condition, I was no longer under pressure to sport a glamorous image. Through all this, I had the unflinching support of my partner, a well-known philanthropist in Canada, who has been a cancer survivor himself. We would read together, laugh together and also travel together in the initial months. However, the best part was that he kept me going with his endless positivity throughout the course of the treatment. And after four months of regular chemotherapy sessions, I finally went in for a stem cell transplant on December 25 last year, which was the last stage in my treatment. Yes, I was afraid, but I had to take a chance. I believed in myself and I believed in my doctors. And I survived: I was reborn. After being in hospital a little while longer, I was back in India in February,cancer-free and raring to go.A new lifeWith my cancer in remission, I’m back. Not to just an ordinary life, but an extraordinary one. I’m now more content and aware about every single moment. And I’m completely comfortable with my body without being overtly obsessive about it. Thanks to the insights, I’ve now brought about certain changes to my lifestyle. In short, I have simplified it. I now spend a lot of time with nature rediscovering myself. Cancer has just been one aspect of my life, an experience, not a condition, from which I have emerged wiser. It has been like a wake-up call for me.advertisementadvertisement
Sachin Tendulkar missed out on his much-anticipated 50th Test hundred yet again after being dismissed at 61 on the third day of the second cricket Test against New Zealand at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here today.Resuming at his overnight score of 57 runs, Tendulkar just added four runs to his innings.The 37-year-old was dismissed by debutant pacer Andy McKay, whose short of a length delivery angled across Tendulkar and got an outside edge of his bat and flew straight to wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins, much to the disappointment of the fans.Tendulkar will get a chance to achieve the feat again only next month in the three-match Test series against South Africa.The first Test starts on December 16 at SuperSport Park, Centurion.With PTI inputs
A day after his arrest on corruption charges, Suresh Kalmadi’s 15-year tenure as the IOA president came to an abrupt end after he was sacked from the post and veteran sports administrator V.K. Malhotra was ‘unanimously’ named as the acting president. The swift action to end Kalmadi’s reign as the supremo was taken by the IOA officials in a meeting chaired by Malhotra himself, citing clause 13B of the constitution which empowers the vice-president to take interim charge in the absence of the president.Acting IOA president V. K. Malhotra.Malhotra said he will call a meeting of the IOA Executive Board at the earliest in consultation with the Secretary General Randhir Singh, who is out of town, and discuss the situation arising out of the arrest of Kalmadi. “IOA constitution is very clear, there cannot be vacuum and work of the IOA will have to continue. So I have accepted to work as the acting president of the IOA,” Malhotra told reporters after the meeting. “I will call a meeting of the Executive Committee as soon as possible which is prescribed under the constitution. Secretary General (Randhir Singh) is returning to Delhi and after consulting him I will call a meeting of the Executive Board. We will discuss all the issues at length in the Board meeting,” he said. Kalmadi, former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman, was on Tuesday arrested by CBI for allegedly awarding a contract for the mega event to a Swiss company at an inflated rate of Rs 141 crore in a “pre-meditated” manner.But, the haste shown in removing Kalmadi came as a surprise to many of the IOA office bearers, particularly when its Secretary General Randhir Singh was out of station. It was not clear whether the meeting, where 15 members are said to have attended, has legal validity. The IOA officials, however, maintained that senior members were consulted over telephone before taking the decision to appoint Malhotra as acting president. Vice President Tarlochan Singh, who was also present at the meeting, said that many of the members could not be present at the conclave because of the short notice but they have consulted them on phone. “Under Article 13B of IOA constitution, the senior vice president will chair all the meeting during the absence of the president. In case of the long absence of the president, the senior vice president will discharge all the responsibilities of the president. So we have decided to appoint Mr Malhotra as the acting president,” Tarlochan said. Minister of State of Sports Ajay Maken on Monday had indicated that Suresh Kalmadi’s days as Indian Olympic Association head may soon be over in the wake of his arrest in the Commonwealth Games scam case. “While we have asked the IOA to take action against Kalmadi, we are also seeking legal opinions and the views of Attorney General G.E. Vahanwati. So, even if the IOA doesn’t taken action, we will remove Kalmadi if the AG gives the go-ahead,” Maken had told Headlines Today. On being asked if he believes that a tainted person should not head the IOA, Maken had said, “I entirely agree. A tainted person should not represent India at the international fora. However, since IOA is an autonomous body, we need to be careful about the IOC guidelines.” After his arrest on Monday, Kalmadi was immediately suspended from the Congress.advertisementWhy Gill and Sports ministry officials not questioned: Kalmadi’s lawyerSuresh Kalmadi’s lawyer on Tuesday wondered why CBI was not questioning the former Sports Minister M S Gill and other officials in the CWG scam as the ultimate decision on TSR contract in the Commonwealth Games were taken by them.Advocate Hitesh Jain, who appeared for Kalmadi along with Amit Desai, told reporters after the days proceedings, “all the decisions were taken by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the then minister M S Gill. No summons have been issued to them to join the investigation.””No officials of the ministry has been called by the CBI to record their statement,” Jain said.Slipper thrown at Kalmadi On Tuesday, when Kalmadi was being taken to court by the CBI, a man flung a slipper at him. Although Kalmadi was not hurt in the incident, the alleged attacker was immediately taken into custody. He was identified as Manoj Sharma and was being questioned by the police. Manoj is a Gwalior-based lawyer, whose license was revoked earlier for rowdy behaviour inside court. He reportedly came to Delhi two days ago, with an affidavit demanding Kalmadi’s arrest. He has reportedly told the police that he is a warrior against corruption.advertisement- With inputs from PTI
Indian-American record-setting astronaut Sunita Williams along with her two colleagues on Sunday took off for her second space odyssey on a Russian Soyuz rocket, which blasted off successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.46-year-old NASA astronaut Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Akihiko Hoshide started their two-day voyage at O8.10 am IST for a four-month mission on the International Space Station (ISS).The Soyuz TMA spacecraft is due to dock with the ISS’s Zvezda service module at 10.22 am IST on Tuesday.Born in Euclid in Ohio and raised in Massachusetts, Williams, who had earlier lived and worked aboard the ISS for six months in 2006-07, will further extend the record for the longest stay in space for a woman astronaut.Ahead of the launch, she told reporters that the test mission laid the ground for a long-standing friendship and collaboration in the space programme.She also said that she will be excited to watch the London Summer Olympics from the station and put a much more global perspective on the mega sporting event beginning July 27.Williams, a flight engineer on the station’s Expedition 32 crew, will take over as commander of Expedition 33 on reaching the space station.The trio will join the current ISS occupants – Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin and NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, who have been in orbit since May 17.The six crew members will work together for about two months. Acaba, Padalka and Revin are scheduled to return to Earth on September 17.advertisementBefore they depart, Padalka will hand over command of the station and Expedition 33 to Williams. She, Malenchenko and Hoshide will return home in mid-November, NASA said.The new crew members are expected to conduct over 30 scientific missions during their stay aboard the ISS.Williams, whose father hailed from Gujarat, was selected as an astronaut by NASA in 1998. She was assigned to the ISS as a member of Expedition 14 and then joined Expedition 15.She holds the record of the longest spaceflight — 195 days — for woman space travellers.She received a Master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995.In the space, Williams and her team of astronauts plan an orbital sporting event to mark the Summer Olympics in London.Both Williams and Akihiko have experience on board the space station but had never before travelled on the Soyuz.Earlier they had travelled aboard a US space shuttle.”Getting my haircut. Next one will be on ISS!” Akihiko tweeted on the eve of the launch.For Malenchenko, one of the most experienced Russian cosmonauts, it is his fifth long-duration spaceflight.Malenchenko, who is piloting the Soyuz spaceship, was a member of three long expeditions to the Mir orbital station, the International Space Station and one shuttle flight.Russian Soyuz-family spacecraft remain the only means of transportation for crew members to and from the orbital station until at least 2015.
MOST READ View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Robert Bolick signs 2-year max deal with NorthPort 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 Aliah Marce and Lency Duarte paced the Eagles with 14 and 13 points, respectively. CSA also wrapped up the tournament with a 1-4 slate. LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The Lady Patriots had three players in double figures led by Eunice Castillo, who scored a game-high 16 points.Rain Ramos and Basilyn Delfin added 14 points each for La Salle-Dasma, which ended its stint with a 1-4 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefIt was an all-around effort by Castillo, who had three blocks and six service aces.After an error-prone third set, the Lady Patriots regrouped and went back to their strengths. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting De La Salle University-Dasmariñas avoided a winless campaign after beating Colegio San Agustin-Biñan, 25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 25-16, in the inaugural Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT
Nigeria’s Ramon Azeez goes up against Iran’s Reza Ghoochannejhad (16) and Andranik Teymourian during the group F World Cup soccer match between Iran and Nigeria at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba on Monday, June 16, 2014. Photo: APNigeria and Iran delivered the first draw of the World Cup on Monday as they ground out a scrappy 0-0 stalemate in their opening match in Group F. The draw at the Arena da Baixada in the southern Brazilian city of Curitiba followed 12 mostly high scoring and attacking games.After a first half in which Nigeria failed to capitalize on its dominance, chances were few and far between in the second.In the early passages of play, Nigeria had shown menace, with much of its attacking thrust coming down the left with Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses combining to cause problems for the defensively-minded Iran side.Nigeria came closest to scoring in the seventh minute when an Ahmed Musa goal was disallowed after John Obi Mikel was adjudged to have fouled Iran goalkeeper Alireza Haghighi at a corner.Iran grew more confident as the game progressed and came close to scoring in the 34th when a Reza Ghoochannejhad header required a sharp save from Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.In the second half, both sides were guilty of sloppy passages of play, to the growing annoyance of the mainly Brazilian crowd. Players from both sides snatched at chances, and neither goalkeeper was troubled despite some frantic late pressure in the final minutes.Nigeria’s Kunle Odunlami, left, and Iran’s Reza Ghoochannejhad challenge for the ball during the group F World Cup soccer match between Iran and Nigeria. Photo: APBoth sides must now look to beat tournament debutant Bosnia-Herzegovina in a group that most expect to be won by Argentina. Lionel Messi scored one of the tournament’s best goals in Argentina’s 2-1 victory over the Bosnians on Sunday.Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said the result was “fair” and that his players deserved “sympathy and respect” for performing on the biggest stage despite the impact of economic sanctions on the country – which made it difficult to arrange friendlies.advertisement”We’re not here to perform the role of the happy loser,” Queiroz said. “The fans need to know the conditions we have endured for three years to get here.”Queiroz wouldn’t talk about the team’s next game against Argentina.”Now I’m so tired just let me enjoy this point we collected from Nigeria,” he said.The result will be a disappointment for Nigeria, the current Africa Cup of Nations champion. Following a long slump, the team had been showing signs of some of the flair and power that had marked the country’s football in the 1990s.The draw means the winless World Cup runs of both teams continues, dating back to France 1998. For Iran, though, this was the first time it had not conceded a goal at the World Cup finals.
Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES View comments 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 MOST READ The 21-year-old Kuthaisong scored 25 points for Generika-Ayala, which dropped its first five matches.Generika setter Jamie Lavitoria also had an impressive game, tossing 23 excellent sets, feeding Fiola Ceballos and Kseniya Kocyigit, who responded with 20 and 11 points, respectively.“I’m very happy for one and the whole team, we really worked it out today,” said Lavitoria.“We finally got the monkey off our backs. It is a win that we badly need,” said Meneses. “We finally found the right combinations and Jamie did a great job for us.”ADVERTISEMENT Petron repulses F2 Logistics in PSL Grand Prix finals rematch P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Earlier, Generika-Ayala finally notched its first victory but not after toiling against a determined Foton side to prevail, 25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 15-11.The Lifesavers quickly established a two sets to none lead largely through the efforts of Thai import Kanjana Kuthaisong, who replaced Brazilian Nikolle del Rio last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut the Tornadoes made a run for it and, through import Courtney Felinski, slowly got back into the game and forced a deciding set.Foton led, 4-1, at the start of the fifth but Kuthaisong soon caught fire and ignited a 7-0 run which the Lifesavers rode all the way to victory. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Generika-Ayala’s Fiola Ceballos towers over Foton’s Maika Ortiz (left) and Selime Ilyasoglu for a kill. —Sherwin VardeleonUnited Volleyball Club and Generika-Ayala eked out much-needed victories against separate rivals Thursday night in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.UVC tripped PLDT Home, 25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 25-17, for its fourth win in seven games, while sending its foe to a 3-3 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy
Danny Kingad. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Danny Kingad is considered to be among ONE Championship’s promising fighters.Kingad’s impressive 9-1 record tells a bright future ahead of the Filipino warrior.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants “Before, I was only able to watch him, and even used him as a character in some console and mobile games. I never would have imagined that he would be here in ONE,” Kingad said.“Even back then, he was on my wish list of dream match-ups, so hopefully, I can fulfill that dream.” Johnson is regarded as one of the best to ever do it in the mixed martial arts scene.But despite Johnson’s stature, Kingad remains unfazed.“I respect him because he was able to compete against some of the best in the sport, proving just how strong he is,” Kingad said. “But of course, I want to test his skills because I believe that when it comes to the flyweight division, the best are really here in Asia.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Not bad for someone who describes his former self as a “troublemaker” before he discovered martial arts.“Back then, I was really a troublemaker,” Kingad admitted.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, logistics“However, when I got into the gym, that’s when I learned how to respect others. When you respect your fellow man, you will be successful, and it will steer you away from harm.”Now, Kingad is set for another big fight against Senzo Ikeda in the quarterfinals of ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan as part of the ONE: A New Era card. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director Conor McGregor under investigation for sex assault – report MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad PLAY LIST 01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad01:51Osenio offers no excuse for loss to Chinese foe01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy02:42PH 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 Kingad said martial arts transformed him to become a better person.And it starts with every training session under the guidance of Team Lakay headmaster Mark Sangiao.“Every time we talk to each other, he shares and teaches us [respect],” Kingad explained.“After every training session, we get in line, and he tells us how to salute our seniors and fellow gym mates.”Kingad is in the same Grand Prix tournament as his idol Demetrious Johnson and he hopes to cross paths with the American legend along the way for his dream matchup to finally come to fruition.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES
San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria has never been a boastful kind of guy.He just speaks the truth each and every time.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “Winning is a habit, it’s a lifestyle,” Austria said Monday as the PBA drummed up the Philippine Cup title series at Sambukojin in Eastwood, Libis, by having Austria and Magnolia counterpart Chito Victolero talk about their respective chances in the best-of-seven series tipping off Wednesday.San Miguel booked yet another trip to the Finals of the season’s most prestigious conference by flaunting its depth—that comes with remarkable poise—to overwhelm foes in the playoffs.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, logisticsThe Beermen will come into their latest clash with the Hotshots again as the overwhelming favorites to prevail, not only denying Magnolia the chance to get even after last season, but also to extend the conference’s unprecedented streak of title runs to five.Austria, though, is aware that he would have to guard against complacency and overconfidence. 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 MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Shades of the greatest Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “Nowadays, it’s really hard. Like I’ve always said, other teams in the PBA have become more competitive. They’re all improving in terms of skill and personnel,” he said.Magnolia has shown a lot of improvement of late, but the Hotshots will obviously come into this series as the more fatigued side.The Hotshots won their first championship under Victolero by ruling the Governors’ Cup last season against Alaska. Making it two straight is definitely a great motivation for this bunch.But Victolero knows what he’s up against, and promptly labeled the enemy as the “mighty” Beermen.“We experienced winning a championship last conference, and hopefully, that gives us motivation or boost our confidence going into the series,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
DefinitionA herniated (slipped) disk occurs when all or part of a disk is forced through a weakened part of the disk. This may place pressure on nearby nerves or the spinal cord.Alternative NamesLumbar radiculopathy; Cervical radiculopathy; Herniated intervertebral disk; Prolapsed intervertebral disk; Slipped disk; Ruptured disk; Herniated nucleus pulposusCausesThe bones (vertebrae) of the spinal column protect nerves that come out of the brain and travel down your back to form the spinal cord. Nerve roots are large nerves that branch out from the spinal cord and leave your spinal column between each vertebrae.The spinal bones are separated by disks. These disks cushion the spinal column and put space between your vertebrae. The disks allow movement between the vertebrae, which lets you bend and reach.With herniated disk:The disk may move out of place (herniate) or break open (rupture) from injury or strain. When this happens, there may be pressure on the spinal nerves. This can lead to pain, numbness, or weakness.The lower back (lumbar area) of the spine is the most common area for a slipped disk. The neck (cervical) disks are sometimes affected. The upper-to-mid-back (thoracic) disks are rarely involved.A herniated disk is one cause of radiculopathy. This is any disease that affects the spinal nerve roots.Slipped disks occur more often in middle-aged and older men, usually after strenuous activity. Other risk factors include conditions present at birth (congenital) that affect the size of the lumbar spinal canal.SymptomsadvertisementThe pain most often occurs on one side of the body.With a slipped disk in your lower back, you may have sharp pain in one part of the leg, hip, or buttocks and numbness in other parts. You may also feel pain or numbness on the back of the calf or sole of the foot. The same leg may also feel weak.With a slipped disk in your neck, you may have pain when moving your neck, deep pain near or over the shoulder blade, or pain that moves to the upper arm, forearm,and fingers. You can also have numbness along your shoulder, elbow, forearm, and fingers.The pain often starts slowly. It may get worse:After standing or sittingAt nightWhen sneezing, coughing, or laughingWhen bending backward or walking more than a few yardsYou may also have weakness in certain muscles. Sometimes, you may not notice it until your doctor examines you. In other cases, you will notice that you have a hard time lifting your leg or arm, standing on your toes on one side, squeezing tightly with one of your hands, or other problems.The pain, numbness, or weakness often goes away or improves a lot over weeks to months.Exams and TestsA careful physical exam and history is almost always the first step. Depending on where you have symptoms, your doctor examines your neck, shoulder, arms, and hands, or your lower back, hips, legs, and feet.Your doctor will check:For numbness or loss of feelingYour muscle reflexes, which may be slower or missingYour muscle strength, which may be weakerYour posture, or the way your spine curvesYour doctor may also ask you to:Sit, stand, and walk. While you walk, your doctor may ask you to try walking on your toes and then your heels.Bend forward, backward, and sidewaysMove your neck forward, backward, and sidewaysRaise your shoulders, elbow, wrist, and hand and check your strength during these tasksLeg pain that occurs when you sit down on an exam table and lift your leg straight up usually suggests a slipped disk in your lower back.In another test, you will bend your head forward and to the sides while the health care provider puts slight downward pressure on the top of your head. Increased pain or numbness during this test is usually a sign of pressure on a nerve in your neck.DIAGNOSTIC TESTSEMG may be done to determine the exact nerve root that is involved.Myelogram may be done to determine the size and location of disk herniation.Nerve conduction velocity test may also be done.Spine MRI or spine CT will show that the herniated disk is pressing on the spinal canal.Spine x-ray may be done to rule out other causes of back or neck pain. However, it is not possible to diagnose a herniated disk by a spine x-ray alone.TreatmentThe first treatment for a slipped disk is a short period of rest with medicines for the pain. This isfollowed by physical therapy. Most people who follow these treatments recover and return to normal activities.Some personswill need to have more treatment. This may include steroid injections or surgery.advertisementMEDICATIONSMedicines can help with your pain. Your doctor may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs for long-term pain control. Narcotics may be prescribed if the pain is severe and does not respond to NSAIDs.If you have back spasms, you will usually receive muscle relaxants. In rare cases, steroid medicinesmay be given, either by pill or through a vein(IV), to control your back pain.LIFESTYLE CHANGESDiet and exercise arevery important for improving back pain if you are overweight.Physical therapy is important for nearly everyone with disk disease. Therapists will teach you how to properly lift, dress, walk, and perform other activities. They teach you how to strengthen muscles that help support the spine. You will also learn how to increase flexibility in your spine and legs.Take care of your back at home:Reduce activity for the first few days. Slowly restart your usual activities.Avoid heavy lifting or twisting your back for the first 6 weeks after the pain starts.After 2 to 3 weeks, gradually start exercising again.INJECTIONSSteroid medicine injections into the back in the area of the herniated disk may help control pain for several months. These injections reduce swelling around the disk and relieve many symptoms. Spinal injections are usually done in your doctors office.SURGERYSurgery may be an optionif yoursymptoms do not go away with other treatments and time.Diskectomyis surgery to remove all or part of a disk.Discuss with your doctor which treatment options are best for you.Outlook (Prognosis)Most people improve with treatment.But you may have long-term back pain even after treatment.It may take several months to a year or more to go back to all of your activities without having pain or straining your back. People who work in jobs that involve heavy lifting or back strain may need to change their job activities to avoid injuring their back again.Possible ComplicationsIn rare cases, the following problems can occur:Long-term back pain or leg painLoss of movement or feeling in the legs or feetLoss of bowel and bladder functionPermanent spinal cord injury (very rare)When to Contact a Medical ProfessionalCall your health care provider if:You have severe back pain that does not go awayYou have any numbness, loss of movement, weakness, or bowel or bladder changesPreventionBeing safe at work and play, using proper lifting techniques, and controlling weight may help prevent back injury.Your health care provider mayrecommend aback brace to help support the spine.A brace can help prevent injuries in people who lift heavy objects at work. But using these devices too much can weaken the muscles that support your spine and make the problem worse.ReferencesJegede KA, Ndu A, Grauer JN. Contemporary management of symptomatic lumbar disc herniations. Orthop Clin North Am. 2010;41:217-224.Chou R, Atlas SJ, Stanos SP, Rosenquist RW. Nonsurgical interventional therapies for low back pain: a review of the evidence for an American Pain Society clinical practice guideline. Spine. 2009;34(10):1078-93. Review.advertisementReview Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
DefinitionSpinal fusion is surgery to permanentlyjoin together two or more bones in the spine so there is no movement between them. These bones are called vertebrae.Alternative NamesVertebral interbody fusion; Posterior spinal fusion; Arthrodesis; Anterior spinal fusion; Spine surgery – spinal fusionDescriptionYou will be asleep and feel no pain (general anesthesia).The doctor will make a surgical cut (incision)to view the spine. This may be done:On your back or neck over the spine. You will be lying face down. Muscles and tissue will be separated to expose the spine.On one side of your belly, if you are having surgery on your lower back. The surgeon will use tools called retractors to gently separate, hold the soft tissues and blood vessels apart, and have room to work.With a cut on the front of the neck, toward the side.Other surgery, such as a diskectomy, laminectomy, or a foraminotomy, is almost always done first.The surgeon will use a graft (such as bone) to hold (or fuse) the bones together permanently. There are several ways of fusing vertebrae together:Strips of bone graft materialmay be placed over the back part of the spine.Bone graft material may be placed between the vertebrae.Special cages may be placed between the vertebrae. These cages are packed with bone graft material.The surgeon may get the graft from different places:From another part of your body (usually around your pelvic bone). This is called an autograft. Your surgeon will make a small cut over your hip and remove some bone from the back of the rim of the pelvis.From a bone bank. This is called an allograft.A synthetic bone substitute can also be used.The vertebrae may also fixed together with rods, screws, plates, or cages. They are used to keep the vertebrae from moving until the bone grafts are fully healed.advertisementSurgery can take 3to 4 hours.Why the Procedure Is PerformedSpinal fusion is most often done along with other surgical procedures of the spine. It maybe done:With other surgical procedures for spinal stenosis, such as foraminotomy or laminectomyAfter diskectomy in the neckSpinal fusion may be done if you have:Injury or fractures to the bones in the spineWeak or unstable spine caused by infections or tumorsSpondylolisthesis, a condition in which one vertebrae slips forward on top of anotherAbnormal curvatures, such as those from scoliosis or kyphosisArthritis in the spine, such as spinal stenosis.You and your doctor can decide when you need to have surgery.RisksRisks of any surgery are:Blood clots in the legs that may travel to the lungsBreathing problemsInfection, including in the lungs (pneumonia), bladder, or kidneyBlood lossHeart attack or stroke during surgeryReactions to medicationsRisks of spine surgery are:Infection in the wound or vertebral bonesDamage to a spinal nerve, causing weakness, pain, loss of sensation, problems with your bowels or bladderThe vertebrae above and below the fusion are more likely to wear away, leading to more problems laterBefore the ProcedureTell your doctor or nurse what medicines you are taking. Theseinclude medicines, herbs, and supplements you bought without a prescription.During the days before the surgery:If you are a smoker, you need to stop. Patients who have spinal fusion and continue to smoke may not heal as well. Ask your doctor or nursefor help.Two weeks before surgery, your doctor or nurse may ask you to stop taking medicines that make it harder for your blood to clot. These include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn), and other drugs like these.If you have diabetes, heart disease, or other medical problems, your surgeon will ask you to see your regular doctor.Talk with your doctor if you have been drinking a lot of alcohol.Ask your doctor which medicines you should still take on the day of the surgery.Let your surgeon know about any cold, flu, fever, herpes breakout, or other illnesses you may have.On the day of the surgery:You will likely be asked not to drink or eat anything for 6to 12 hours before the procedure.Take the medicines your doctor told you to take with a small sip of water.Arrive at the hospital on time.After the ProcedureYou will stay in the hospital for 3to 4 days after surgery.You will receive pain medicines in the hospital. You may take pain medicine by mouth or have a shot or an intravenous line(IV). You may have a pump that allows you to control how much pain medicine you get.advertisementYou will be taught how to move properly and how to sit, stand, and walk. You will be told to use a “log-rolling” technique when getting out of bed. This means that you move your entire body at once, without twisting your spine.You may not be able to eat for 2to 3 days. You will be given nutrients through an IV. When you leave the hospital, you may need to wear a back brace or cast.Your healthcare team will tell you how to take care of yourself at home after spine surgery. Follow instructions on how to take care of your back at home.Outlook (Prognosis)If you had chronic back pain before surgery, you willlikely still have some pain afterward. Spinal fusion is unlikely to take away all your pain and other symptoms.Itis hard for a surgeon to predict which patients will improve and how much relief surgery will provide, even when using MRI scans or other tests.Losing weight and getting exercise increases your chances of feeling better.Future spine problems are possible after spine surgery. After spinal fusion, the area that was fused together can no longer move. Therefore, the spinal column above and below the fusion are more likely to be stressed when the spine moves, and may have problems later on.ReferencesDaubs MD, Norvell DC, McGuire R, et al. Fusion versus nonoperative care for chronic low back pain: do psychological factors affect outcomes? Spine. 2011;36:S96-109.Weinstein JN, Tosteson TD, Lurie JD, et al. Surgical versus nonoperative treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis four-year results of the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial. Spine. 2010;35(14):1329-38.Wood GW III. Arthrodesis of the spine In: Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Mosby; 2012:chap 39.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
Suresh Raina will look to get some batting practice ahead of the upcoming South Africa series along with some of the other fringe players as India A take on full-strength Bangladesh A in a three-match one day series, starting tomorrow.Some of the other players, who will be aiming to impress the selectors are Karun Nair, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Dhawal Kulkarni and Karn Sharma to name a few.Jadhav and Pandey had in fact played well in India’s last limited overs series in Zimbabwe and are in the 30-member probables lost announced for the South Africa series.Also read: Current Indian pacers lack skill and discipline, says Thomson With all the senior players set to be available provided they are injury free, at the most couple of slots will be up for grabs, when Sandeep Patil led selection committee sit down to pick squads for the three T20 Internationals and five ODIs against the Proteas starting next month.On Wednesday, all eyes will be on Raina, who will be returning to competitive cricket after a three-month break having last played during India’s disastrous tour of Bangladesh.No longer in the scheme of things as far as longer format is concerned, Raina would like to quickly hit the straps against a quality Bangladesh side where all but one player (Saqlain Sajib) had made their international debut.Raina can expect some quality pace bowling with senior team trio of Taskin Ahmed, Al Amin Hossain and Rubel Hossain expected to be in action at the Chinnaswamy Stadium tomorrow.advertisementWhile Raina’s tormentor during the Bangladesh series Mustafizur Rahaman is not a part of the attack, the neighbouring country will be hoping that the players do well before their home series against Australia kicks off.Apart from Raina, Jadhav and Pandey, it will also be a test of character for young India A captain Unmukt Chand, who had a good tri-series in Chennai recently scoring three half-centuries along with Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal whose had scores of 130, 61 and 176 against the South Africa A and Australia A sides.