Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We haven’t registered a single win so I know I still have to improve because even if I produce quality numbers and we’re still losing, my games won’t matter to me.”READ: Sablan: UST will be one of the top teams next seasonLee and the Tigers could’ve walked out of Smart Araneta Coliseum with a 1-7 record if only he converted one of his, potential, game-winners in the final seconds.The third year guard had a clear shot from the top of the key in his first attempt but the ball bounced in and out of the rim with about two seconds left in the game clock.His second was far more difficult as he only had a fraction of a second to get it off.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments “I felt that my shot would’ve went in, because whe I released it the ball had the perfect trajectory,” said Lee who finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and four assists. “When it bounced out I thought to myself that this game wasn’t for us.” It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Gilbert Arenas to co-host sports show with ex-porn star Mia Khalifa LATEST STORIES And even though Marvin Lee has been producing career numbers, he can’t help but think about the good of the team.READ: UP ends slump, sends UST reeling to eighth straight lossFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“So far I’m happy with my performance but I am in no way contented with it because we haven’t won a game,” said Lee in Filipino Wednesday after UST lost to University of the Philippines, 71-69.Lee is averaging 13.5 points, 3.75 rebounds, and 3.5 assists for UST, the first time in his career that he broke the 10-point average with both of his rebound and assist marks career-highs. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s no secret that University of Santo Tomas is the picture of futility in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.That 0-8 record encapsulates everything that is wrong about the Growling Tigers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
A man who confessed to stealing seven bottles of perfume was on Wednesday fined by Magistrate Fabayo Azore when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Ram Narine, 56, of Lot 25 Garnett Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, told the Magistrate that on April 29, 2018 at Aubrey Barker road, he found the perfumes in a yard.However, the Police Prosecutor told the court that the accused reportedly stole the items from a storage bin where the Virtual Complainant (VC), Ganesh Mangal stored them for safe keeping.The Prosecutor added that after stealing the items, a neighbour alerted Mangal and Narine attempted to escape but was apprehended.Magistrate Fabayo Azore warned him not to touch things that do not belong to him even if they are not secured. He was fined $15,000 or a default of two weeks imprisonment.Narine was granted until May 18 to pay the fine.
As efforts continue to push Guyana as an eco-tourism destination, local stakeholders are simultaneously working to promote domestic tourism.Business MinisterHaimraj RajkumarGCAA Director GeneralEgbert FieldAffordability and accessibility continue to be among the major hindrances to exploring many of the country’s mostly untapped hinterland region but this is something authorities are working to change.In fact, Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Lieutenant Colonel (ret’d) Egbert Field, recently told reporters that his agency is currently in discussions and working along with counterparts in the tourism sector to ensure that more Guyanese get the opportunity to see their country first before visiting others.“We have step up a team and they are working together [with the tourism sector] to look at the increase in domestic tourism and having Guyanese moving around Guyana more regularly. So we’re working with them. We’ve had a meeting and we’ve put out a document together, and this is all towards helping domestic tourism,” Field stated.Currently, tourism is Guyana’s third largest export sector, bringing some $30.1 billion into the economy in 2018.Recognising this industry is the major money earner in many of Guyana’s neighbours in the region, the GCAA Director General underscored the importance of building the industry here.“So we’re working closely with the tourism department ‘cause we also recognise that it’s not just to bring in tourists from overseas but also the local residents – some of whom have never gone to Kaieteur or Annai but find themselves in New York and Toronto, and can’t answer the question what Lethem looks like,” he posited.The development of domestic tourism is something, Business Minister Haimraj Rajkumar, who has responsibility for Tourism, has been pushing since his appointment earlier this year. In fact, he believes that in order for the country to be successfully marketed abroad, it first needs to be promoted locally.“I do believe that citizens of Guyana can act as ambassadors of our country and help sell our tourism product. But when you look carefully, you find that people spend (their) vacations in other countries rather than in Guyana, and many of those persons would have hardly visited a place in another county (other) than (the one) which they live in,” Minister Rajkumar pointed out at a reception hosted by stakeholders in the tourism sector back in June.However, he noted that for the initiative of promoting Guyana’s tourism to succeed, a collaborative approach is needed.“I think we, as stakeholders in this sector, should put our heads together and somehow try to encourage local tourism; tourism that our citizens can be able to afford – a destination that can be affordable and a destination that can be easily accessible; so that when they leave and go to another destination, they will be able to sell the things we have. It’s highly unlikely for someone to sell the things that they don’t know about, and it’s somewhat shameful to know that you know about Manhattan and (all those places) abroad, but you cannot sell Fort Island, you can’t sell Sloth Island,” the Minister posited.He said Guyana’s brand of tourism product is different from anything that is being offered by its Caribbean neighbours; that is, the usual sand, sun and sea.“We have something different, and we have an opportunity to create a different package and product. But even though it’s different, we must be able to package it in such a manner that it becomes desirable, so that people would want to be part of this. We must be able to put our energies together to become one of the leading sustainable tourism destinations,” he noted.The Business Minister, further clarified that in order for the tourism industry to move forward, it is necessary to analyse and see where its strengths and weaknesses are so that it can be capitalised on and developed.Already, Guyana is making its mark in sustainable tourism, having been named the ‘Best in Sustainable Tourism’ at LATA Achievement Awards back in June, taking place during ‘Experience Latin America’, Europe’s largest B2B travel conference focused on the Latin America region. read more
After watching Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez produce THAT cheeky penalty routine, Zimbawbe footballers Roderick Mutuma and Valentine Ndaba decided to have a go at pulling off the same trick. But they are no Messi and Suarez, as you can see from the video above!
The 17-year-old figure skating phenom from Granada Hills has switched coaches to spend more time with her ailing grandmother; adjusted her training leading up to this weekend’s U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Louis to let a painful ankle injury heal; and chosen home schooling over the school she has attended most of her life – Faith Baptist of Canoga Park – in order to focus more on skating. After a dazzling performance in Thursday’s short program, which left her in third place behind Sasha Cohen and Emily Hughes going into tonight’s long program, the adult decisions are getting more challenging. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita This would seem to be the year Beatrisa Liang started to grow up. Sure, she’s still got braces, freckles and the refreshing exuberance found in such abundance by those making their first trip to the national spotlight. But in the past 12 months, she’s been making some pretty adult decisions. Through no fault of her own, Liang’s performance has left her in the middle of controversy. Normally, the top three finishers at this weekend’s event would earn a spot to the Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. But nine-time U.S. champion Michelle Kwan has petitioned for one of those spots because she is unable to compete in St. Louis due to a groin injury. There’s a precedent for Kwan’s petition. In 1994, Nancy Kerrigan successfully petitioned for a spot in the Winter Olympics after being attacked by associates of her rival, Tonya Harding. The young skater who was left off in favor of Kerrigan: a 13-year old named Michelle Kwan. Only in figure skating could the controversy be so deliciously ironic. Kwan’s petition has been the topic of discussion in St. Louis this week. Even male figure skaters are being asked to weigh in. But because of her third-place finish Thursday, it’s Liang who stands to be most affected by the controversy. So far, she’s handling the situation like an experienced pro, telling reporters that she can only control what she does on the ice, that she can’t worry about the judging, and that she’s not focusing on the controversy. Such aplomb is rare in a 17-year-old. But Liang, nicknamed Bebe by her friends and family, is no average 17-year-old. Aside from her figure skating talent, she’s an accomplished pianist, a straight-A student and a voracious reader. She’s been making adult decisions like this for over a decade. According to her mother Alice, it was Bebe who decided to forgo a promising gymnastics career and switch to figure skating. “Even though she was young, I wanted it to be her that made the decision,” Alice Liang said. “She was very good at gymnastics. My sister even said, ‘I think you might’ve made a mistake,’ but it was her choice. And she chose figure skating.” Of course, Alice Liang isn’t sure Bebe’s thinking on that decision was as mature as it is now. “I’m still not sure if she chose figure skating because they had fancier outfits,” she joked. “At the time, the leotards in gymnastics were pretty boring and the figure skating costumes were very pretty.” Still, it took a lot of guts to entrust an 8-year-old with such an important decision. By choosing figure skating, Bebe was giving up on a promising gymnastics career. She’d been trained by 1984 Olympic gold medalist Li Ming and offered a scholarship to train in China. Bebe was just as decisive in her decision to switch coaches two years ago. She’d trained for nine years with Tiffany Chin in Simi Valley, but felt she needed a change to take her career to an Olympic level. Although she was close with Chin, Bebe made the switch to Christy Ness, an Oakland-based trainer who used to train another skating darling, Kristy Yamaguchi. The decision was a good one in terms of career development, but driving to Oakland every week wasn’t easy. Bebe and her mother would leave Sunday night and return the following Friday. Bebe would have the weekend at home to hang out with her two sisters and friends, but during the week, she was all business. When her grandmother started having kidney problems, however, Bebe decided it was better to switch coaches so she and her mother could be at home more. In April, she began training with well-respected El Segundo-based trainers Ken Cogemi and Frank Carroll. It can be jarring for a young athlete to make so many changes in such a short period, even more so when that short period falls right before the biggest competition of her life. But Liang didn’t hesitate. “As I get older, I see more of what I need to do and how I can bring it about,” she said. “It’s good to be able to make your own decisions. You’re the one who knows yourself the best.” If she competes as well tonight as she did Thursday and makes the Olympic team, hopefully the rest of the world will get a chance to know her as well. Staff Writer Ramona Shelburne’s column appears on Saturdays. She can be reached at (818) 713-3617 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more
Naomh Columba 11.09.2012 We start this week by thanking each and every person who made our charity cycle on Sunday such a resounding success, from the moment we pulled out of the Diamond, until the quiz winners were announced in the Glen Head Tavern that night. The support received was unbelievable, and preliminary figures indicate that we have collected well in excess of €10,000 for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. A formal thank you will be issued at a later date, when all monies are in and we have a final figure.The following items have been handed into the club: a pair of grey shoes, left behind on the Diamond, and a black & turquoise coloured jacket, with sunglasses and armband in the pocket, left on a fencing post in the Bruckless area.If you own either item, or know who does, please contact any member of the club committee. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.In football news, well done to Odi Mc Bride and our third team, who overcame St Eunans in the second leg of the Junior Championship B opener in Letterkenny last Saturday. In underage news, Friday was a mixture of joy and disappointment for our teams. Well done to Kieran, Kevin and the minor lads, who have progressed to the Division 2 regional championship final, after defeating Naomh Bríd on a scoreline of 1.15 to 1.05. At the time of going to press we are awaiting details of the final. Commiserations to Gabriel, Andrew and all the under 14 team, who narrowly missed out on a county final spot after a fantastic season, losing out to Fanad Gaels by a single point in Glenties. Our under 13 team will be in action at home this Friday evening, where they host Na Cealla Beaga at 6.30pm. The Coláiste na Carraige teams are back in training for the new school season, and we wish Gareth, Paddy, Noel, Damien, Neilly and the lads the best of luck, and we look forward to following their exploits around the county in the coming months. Tá duaischiste de €5500 anois againn sa lotto, de bharr nach raibh buaiteoir ann le linn na seachtaine seo caite. 9 15 16 29 na huimhreacha a tairgníodh amach.GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: September 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWS read more
moving on LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father targets “The cost of the transfer is off €31 million with €9 million in variables.“The player will sign a contract with the Club for the following six seasons, until the end of the 2023/24 campaign; his buyout clause is to be set at €400 million. Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Gremio midfielder Arthur.After months of pursuing the starlet, the Catalan giants confirmed the news via their official Twitter site. Latest Transfer News The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 👋 ¡Bienvenido @arthurmeloreal! Bem-vindo!⚽️ #EnjoyArthur🔵🔴 #EnjoyBarça pic.twitter.com/16IzLvVcFB— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) July 9, 2018The deal was confirmed back in March, although it was always going to be officially completed this month.A club statement on their website read: “FC Barcelona and Gremio de Porto Alegre have agreed the transfer of the player Arthur Henrique Ramos de Oliveira Melo, following the agreement the two clubs reached in March.“The agreement will see the Brazilian player immediately join the squad. targets Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade RANKED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti IN DEMAND read more
“The Northridge Earthquake (in 1994) shifted some of the stones and increased the water that came in,” Garges said. “Other than that, it came out fine. The engineering skill that went into the digging of it was great. … On each side, they were digging uphill, and they met up there within four inches. That’s considered dead-on.” There are actually three railroad tunnels in that area – Tunnels 27 and 28 in Chatsworth, and Tunnel 26, the longer, 7,369-foot tube between Chatsworth and Simi that is getting the makeover. The completion of the long tunnel brought new prosperity to the Simi Valley agricultural industry, just as the completion of the Ronald Reagan Freeway in the 1970s helped lead to dramatic population growth in Simi Valley and Moorpark. When the Simi-San Fernando Valley tunnel was being built, about a dozen workers were killed in various accidents, including cave-ins, electrocutions and collisions with work trains, Garges said. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – The century-old railroad tunnel connecting the Simi and San Fernando valleys is scheduled to undergo about $7 million worth of renovations to make it safer during earthquakes. Authorities said they believe the tunnel itself would survive a temblor, but that the concrete lining needs to be reinforced with grout and bolts. Gray Crary, assistant director of engineering and construction for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority, said the work is expected to start in March and last about nine months. “Some of those timbers originally holding the liner are starting to rot out,” Crary said. “This work is to make sure the tunnel is as safe as we can make it.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The tunnel is used throughout the day by freight, Amtrak and Metrolink trains. The rail authority, which operates Metrolink, is seeking bids for the renovation. All the work will occur at night and will be done by 4 a.m. each day, so there should be no disruption of rail service, Crary said. It will barely be noticeable when completed because most of it will occur behind the existing concrete liner. Ken Garges, who wrote the railroad history chapter in the book “Simi Valley, A Journey Through Time,” said the tunnel has held up well. It was called “the great tunnel” and was among the longest in the world when completed in 1904, according to Sunset magazine. Garges and Crary said its construction is notable because it was blasted out from the San Fernando Valley on one side and Simi Valley on the other to a high point midway inside the mountain. Water that seeps from the rocks inside runs down the tracks downhill to one side or the other. read more
Cheers and hugs erupted at JPL again last night when the Deep Impact spacecraft successfully sent its washing-machine size copper probe plunging into Comet Tempel 1. A somewhat unexpected plume of powdery material was ejected, so opaque it was difficult to image the crater. Speaking of craters, the camera aboard the probe revealed a surface different than other comets, littered with plains and impact craters. The nature of the ejecta plume indicates the material must be as fine as talcum powder (see BBC News update on July 11). The Planetary Society, echoing most of the press releases, explains that this was a big surprise. The surface is fluffy, light, and relatively dry. Scientists long thought that comets were dirty snowballs. The water ice and other volatiles must be deep beneath the surface. Since no water gushed out of the surface, “Theories about the volatile layers below the surface of short-period comets are going to have to be revised,” said one researcher quoted in a Nature news item.It’s too early to evaluate the meaning of these exciting new data, but at first glance it seems hard to believe this fine, powdery material could have survived many orbits, or that it represents pristine material from billions of years ago. Comets provide evidence of rapid erosion in the solar system (see 03/27/2003 entry). For now it is worthwhile to congratulate the Deep Impact team on their success at building and navigating this historic mission. Actual samples of dust from the tail of Comet Wild-2 will be returned from the Stardust spacecraft next January.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more
A young PhD has been awarded grand prize in an essay contest by Science Magazine for studying a complex system and deciding it evolved one way or another.1 Richard Benton won the Eppendorf Grand Prize for Essays on Science and Society, beating out two others who studied neurons but failed to give pre-eminence to evolutionary theory.2 The winner is a member of a group who “studies the genetic, neural, and evolutionary basis of chemosensation in the fruit fly, Drosophila.” In his prize-winning essay, entitled “Evolution and Revolution in Odor Detection,”3 Benton maintained a running theme of evolution from the title onward. “Molecular neuroscientists have a tendency to seek evolutionarily conserved mechanisms underlying the construction and function of animal brains,” he began. He critiqued that approach briefly only to point out another insight into evolution it might miss: “a focus on commonalities overlooks the fact that different animal nervous systems have evolved to operate in distinct ecological contexts.” Benton studies the fruit fly nose because “Animal olfactory systems display enormous evolutionary capacity, as species acquire and discard olfactory receptor genes, neurons, and behaviors in an everchanging landscape of external chemical stimuli.” Evolution is all-encompassing in his vision. “These modifications often reflect the fact that most relevant odors for a species are themselves derived from evolving organisms such as plant food sources, animal predators, and potential mates.” Heraclitus, who said you can never step in the same river twice, must be listening from the grave with interest. With the theme of evolution thoroughly ensconced in the first paragraph, Benton went on to describe his own research seeking out the “codes” in olfactory signalling, particularly in the fruit fly. He noted three common features between insect and mammalian noses: single-function neurons, axons that converge into a glomerulus, and “that odors are recognized by specific combinations of ORs [olfactory receptors] to create a spatial ‘code’ of glomerular activation.” The word code did not connote to Benton any sense of intelligent design or functional purpose. On the contrary, he began his research “Justified by this apparent conservation in olfactory system organization across 500 million years of evolution….” But then, lo and behold, he found a stench in the evolutionary conservation story. He expected to find the same seven G protein-coupled receptors in fruit flies that are found in vertebrates. “However, upon bioinformatic reexamination of insect OR sequences, we noted that these receptors exhibited no significant similarity to vertebrate ORs or other GPCRs and, unexpectedly, were predicted to have an inverted membrane topology.” This “provocative” result (that a model organism used “receptors that were unique to insects” had to be explained in an evolutionary way. He punned that they “decided to fly in the face of this insect-specificity by designing a bioinformatics screen to identify additional factors acting in peripheral odor detection.” What they found was a different transmembrane protein that seems to perform a similar function to the one in mammals, and also for pathogen recognition in the immune response. “Molecular homologies have also been noted in pheromone and immune detection in mammals; a future challenge is to understand the evolutionary basis of such connections.” So whether traits are homologous or analogous, evolution wins. Benton’s team also found a new family of olfactory receptors – “a previously unappreciated ‘second nose’ in insects.” The receptors in this new family “are present across animals, plants, and prokaryotes, which hints that these receptors may represent an ancient mechanism for sensing both intercellular and external chemical cues.” In his final paragraph of this grand prize essay, Benton noted that olfactory systems have a “common design” and “logic” across diverse animal phyla. Whether the toolkit for a nose was present in the common ancestor, or whether these similar mechanisms arose by convergent evolution, the only explanation had to be an evolutionary one:Our studies of the biology of Drosophila odor detection have revealed molecular surprises that invite reconsideration of the basis of the striking similarities in olfactory system organization and function across species. Was there a primitive olfactory system in the common ancestor of insects and vertebrates, in which subsequent drastic divergence of the odor-detecting receptors was uncoupled from the maintenance of neuroanatomical and physiological logic? Or, does the common design of olfactory systems across different phyla reflect convergent evolution, indicative of the essential properties of a sensory system responsible for detecting innumerable chemical stimuli? Distinguishing these possibilities is not trivial, but either would yield insight into the mechanisms by which at least this part of the nervous system arose and evolved.By inserting the phrase “yield insight” Benton fulfilled the unwritten rule that an evolutionary paper must end with a promise that future evolution-based research will “shed light on evolution.”1. Eppendorf Winner: 2009 Grand Prize Winner, Science, 16 October 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5951, p. 383, DOI: 10.1126/science.326_383.2. The other two finalist essays are published at Science Features. One of them mentioned evolution only once. It was concerned with how dendrites and axons grow during development. Quoting Buckminster Fuller, the author was impressed by the “elegant and exquisitely exact mathematical coordinate system [nature uses to] formulate and mass-produce all the botanical and zoological phenomena.” The other entry did not mention evolution at all. Instead, it began by appreciating “just how complicated this circuitry must be” to allow simple movements like walking down the street.3. Richard Benton, “Evolution and Revolution in Odor Detection,” Science, 16 October 2009: Vol. 326. no. 5951, pp. 382-383, DOI: 10.1126/science.1181998.It appears that the priests of the Temple of Charlie need male cult prostitutes as well as female ones (cf. 12/11/2006). Is it any wonder scientists can look design in the face, and sniff it in the snout, and still come up with Darwinian miracle stories that such-and-such a code or engineering system “arose”? Look at the clear evidence of divination training in his article. He looks into the genes and the molecules for visions of common ancestors. If the common ancestor interpretation looks weak, he conjures up the vision of convergent evolution. Because both homologous and analogous designs have been swallowed by the Darwin Blob Corporation, design explanations can’t get out. It’s impossible to falsify their beliefs because no matter what you show them, they perform a hostile takeover of the data and dedicate it to their idol. All the property around the Temple has been bought out by the monopoly – even the competition and the media. The populace is promised that the Temple Industries, Inc. will “yield insight” and provide understanding about how everything “arose and evolved.” Each year a new crop of inductees learns the Temple secrets and code words and gets job security for life. It’s a racket and a cult. Don’t drink the kool-aid.(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 read more