After four long years, Magnolia is back in the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT The Hotshots imposed their will on the undermanned NLEX to finish off their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series with a 96-89 Game 6 victory Tuesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Magnolia earned a return to the championship for the first time since its Grand Slam-clinching triumph in the 2014 Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIan Sangalang poured 15 points and 11 rebounds in the balanced attack for the Hotshots, while Mark Barroca also added 14 markers, 10 boards, and five assists.Jio Jalalon also came up big with his 11 points, 13 assists, and five rebounds, while Aldrech Ramos and Kyle Pascual both logged 10 apiece. MOST READ “It was very hard for us to get this Game 6 and this series, but NLEX really readied us for the Finals,” said coach Chito Victolero, who finally gets a chance to coach in the big dance for the storied franchise after only settling in the semifinals in all three conferences last year.True to Victolero’s words, it was Magnolia’s defense which did the trick late.Mark Barroca intercepted Kiefer Ravena’s pass and finished the three-point play to put his side up, 94-89, with 1:32 remaining, before Jalalon stole the ball off of Larry Fonacier and went all the way to give the Hotshots a 96-89 advantage with 1:25 left.“Since last season, I’m always trying to convince my players that our defense will win games and we’ll go to the Finals. And they committed. Now, that will be our ace going into the Finals,” said the mentor.The finals series between defending three-time titlist San Miguel and Magnolia starts on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Miranda carried NLEX with 20 points and eight rebounds, while Fonacier got 17 markers and seven boards.Kiefer Ravena was limited to nine points on a paltry 3-of-17 shooting, while also collecting five rebounds and five assists.The Road Warriors sorely missed the services of Kevin Alas, who tore his right ACL back in Game 5, and JR Quiñahan, who was ejected after whacking Jalalon in the face with less than eight minutes remaining in the second quarter.The Scores:MAGNOLIA 96 — Sangalang 15, Barroca 14, Jalalon 11, Pascual 10, Ramos 10, Dela Rosa 9, Lee 9, Reavis 6, Simon 6, Herndon 4, Brondial 2.NLEX 89 — Miranda 20, Fonacier 17, Baguio 10, Ravena 9, Mallari 8, Taulava 7, Soyud 6, Tiongson 5, Quiñahan 4, Ighalo 3.Quarters: 20-29, 49-46, 71-68, 96-89.RELATED VIDEO Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery PSL: Sta. Lucia overcomes Silva, Smart
A multimillion-dollar venture is presently ongoing at the National Psychiatric Hospital situated at Fort Canje, East Berbice.The facility, which is the only one in the country, is getting a much-needed facelift. The once famous playfield, which is situated in the compound, is also being upgraded.The rehabilitation is being undertaken by the Public Health Ministry and the Regional Administration, according to acting Administrator Luana Sulker. She explained that the decision to carry out enhancement works to elevate the standard of the hospital was taken following a visit to the facility in June 2015, by the then Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton.During that visit, several issues were highlighted, including the Acute Centre being improperly constructed and persons who are brought from the prisons being let loose in the Hospital, with no police guard.Sulker disclosed, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI), that a Mental Health Unit is being installed at the facility and once fully functional, would have clinical psychologists and psychiatrists.She said too that the hospital administration was currently awaiting a decision to demolish the old dilapidated and unsightly structures that still stand in the compound.HistoryThe Hospital, when first constructed in the early 18th Century, was small, uncomfortable and not conducive to patients and staff. After a number of years, it was relocated to small buildings in the Fort Canje area named Fort Look Out. It was then named the Fort Canje Mental Hospital.In 1899, four female wards named the Victoria Block wards (named after the Queen) were constructed. There were also six chalets for male patients. The staff comprised both male and female attendants, one Medical Superintendent, one Doctor, maids, porters and guards.The compound at that time housed one female and a male mess hall for members of staff.In 1957, the Victoria Block was burnt and later rebuilt. In 1995, that particular block was condemned and three new wards were built. Soon after, one of the female chalets was again destroyed by fire.To date, the institution – the only national one – still receives transfers from all other hospitals throughout the country and has approximately 200 inmates of which two-thirds are men.
Moville GAA News: LOTTOThere was no jackpot winner this week. The winning numbers were 1, 20, 21, 23. The €50 runner-up prize goes to Aidan Sweeney. Next week’s jackpot will be €7,100. Thank you for your continued support. We would like to appeal for more Lotto sellers as it is out main source of income.CLUB DINNER DANCEThe club dinner dance will take place in the Redcastle Hotel on Saturday 24th January. Adult tickets are €25 and U16 tickets are €12.50. Tickets are available from any committee member so why not come along and enjoy the post festive dinner dance, it promises to be a great night.UNDERAGE TRAININGThe under 8 players of the week from last Saturday were Sean McLaughlin and Kelsey McLaughlin and the under 10 player of the week was Kevin McLaughlin. The underage training is on every Saturday morning. For future reference the times are as follows: Toddlers, U6s & U8s boys and girls from 10am-11am. U10 boys from 11-12 and U10 & U12 girls from 11-12. The under 16 boys also train on a Saturday at 11am. U12 boys training takes place on Wednesday evenings from 7 – 8pm and will not resume on January 28th. All new children welcome.MEMBERSHIPClub membership is now open for anyone who wishes to sign up: Juveniles €5, student €10, adult €20, family (up to 18 years) €30 and family with lotto for a year €100. County Board levies must be paid before end of January so important that all memberships are paid before that time.GARDA VETTINGAnyone willing to coach at end level within the club needs to complete a New Garda Veeting Form regardless if they have already completed one last year. There are new procedures and stringent guidelines as to how to complete the form. Forms and guidelines will be posted to the Clubs website or alternatively you can get one form Margaret Mulhall on Saturday mornings. This is a MUST for all coaches or anyone helping managers to take a team.FOUNDATION LEVEL COACHING AWARDA Foundation coaching award will take place in Urris clubhouse Febuary 6/7. Anyone coaching within the club MUST have the Foundation level done, this includes child protection. Contact Gerard Faulkner (086) 317 6516 to book your place.CONGRATULATIONSCongratulations to the Donegal senior team on their first win of 2015 in Ballybofey on Sunday against Queens University in the Dr. McKenna cup. GAA NEWS: MOVILLE GAA DINNER DANCE WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT was last modified: January 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAAmovilleNoticesSport
Colombian World Cup star Yerry Mina is set to leave Barcelona this summer. 1 Boca Juniors have lodged an offer for West Ham and Everton target Yerry Mina.The Colombian defender has been linked with a move away from Barcelona this summer as he takes up one of the vital non-EU spots in their squad. With Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and new signing Clement Lenglet ahead of him in the pecking order, it is difficult to see him playing much first-team football at the Nou Camp this term.A loan move seems most likely and both Everton and West Ham are said to be circling this summer.But now Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo has revealed that Boca Juniors are leading the charge having made Barca a formal offer.The Argentine giants have offered a loan fee of around £4.5million with an option to buy for just under £9m.
Frank Butler with Martin Mullin as they cut Corn with Cobs, Tom and Charlie at Ballyconnolly, Letterkenny assisted by Harry Friel, Geoffrey Mullin, John Crossan, Denis Friel and George Black. Photo- Clive WassonWhat a difference a day makes.Yesterday this group of men had to roll up their sleeves in warm sunshine in Letterkenny to cut and gather corn.The picture was a throw-back to another time. Today’s heavy downpours would certainly have dampened their spirits.Many thanks to photographer Clive Wasson for the stunning pictures.Frank Butler with Martin Mullin as they cut corn with Cobs, Tom and Charlie at Ballyconnolly, Letterkenny. Photo- Clive Wasson.EARNING THEIR CORN THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY – PIC SPECIAL! was last modified: September 15th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:cutting cornletterkenny
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University’s Vinny Gillespie was named Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Gillespie went a combined 4-0 to lead the Bulldogs past George Washington and Northern Illinois on Jan. 21. In doubles, Gillespie and Calum MacGeoch put together two dominant performances at No. 1, beating GW’s Julius Tverijonas and Chris Reynolds 6-2 and NIU’s Eric Marbach and Georg Lundkvist 6-1. Gillespie secured the match clinching point against GW with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Tverijonas. He capped off his day by defeating NIU’s Lundvist 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1. Gillespie and the rest of the Bulldogs will take on No. 4 Texas in the first match at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend event on Saturday at 1 p.m. Print Friendly Version
Did you notice how many times the Darwinian arguments were vacuous stories, leaving the real questions begging? This kind of storytelling masquerading as explanation will, unfortunately, be with us until the Darwinian edifice implodes, a long-overdue event. You can help hasten its eventuality by drawing attention to the design specifications scientists find in nature, to the observation that biomimetics (one of the hottest trends in science) assumes good design, and that dysteleological arguments are appeals to religion. Science will get along just fine without the tacked-on personifications and just-so stories that are the besetting sins of the Darwin Party. The rest of us can simply delight in the never-ending wonders of living things. Let’s help put the fascination back in biology with intelligent design.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 1. Elizabeth Pennisi, “Bio-Inspired Engineering: Manta Machines,” Science, 27 May 2011: Vol. 332 no. 6033 pp. 1028-1029, DOI: 10.1126/science.332.6033.1028. The plants and animals around us seem so ordinary, but they all are so extraordinary, the extraordinary becomes ordinary simply because of their numbers. But if you expanded the sample space to include the entire solar system, what we have in earth’s biosphere should astonish everyone. Here are some notable fellow creatures. Monarch butterflies: You can raise Monarchs in your garden. Loretta Downs does it, and told her experience on PhysOrg. The article speaks of “the miracle of the monarch,” its “unlikely story,” its “stained-glass wings of orange and black with drips of white,” and “the most uncanny butterfly with so much wisdom tucked deep inside its jade-green chrysalis, the transformation chamber that dangles from a leaf, where striped caterpillar unfolds into winged beauty, catching drifts of wind.” Poetic excess? Not for her. “It’s a mystery, and we don’t get so close to these kinds of mysteries,” says Downs. “To watch this unfolding, it’s a miracle. There is no better symbol for transformation, for the mystery of death” that metamorphoses into “something altogether new” – a rebirth. She finds it a healing, comforting experience to watch her butterflies. Monarchs are featured in the new Illustra Media documentary Metamorphosis, to be released on DVD June 15 and on Blu-Ray on July 6. Flowering plants: PhysOrg “What makes leaves sprout in the spring?” In Canada a few weeks ago, trees were barren, but now they are bursting with buds. There’s a transformation you won’t find on Mars or Venus. The question was answered by Malcolm Campbell of University of Toronto – at least to the extent science understands this “complex program” the article claims was “designed by the trees over tens of thousands of years,” years Campbell obviously never experienced. He described how day length, temperature and water availability are factors. Trees key on a cold snap in autumn being long enough to trigger the program, followed by a sufficient number of warm days in the spring. Then global warming entered the discussion, but despite the triggers mentioned by Campbell, the question remains: what makes leaves sprout in the spring? Wired seeds: Cute seedlings in the process of sprouting decorate an article on Science Daily promising, “Genetic ‘Wiring’ of Seeds Revealed.” Work at the University of Nottingham has discovered that “the same mechanism that controls germination is responsible for another important decision in the life cycle of plants — when to start flowering.” Once again, environmental cues like temperature, light, moisture and nutrients trigger a complex program to unfold. The researchers found a gene network, which they dubbed SeedNet, that’s involved in both seed germination and plant flowering. The internal and external factors ensure that “the decision for a seed to germinate is made at the perfect moment to ensure survival,” the article said. How could such a wonder arise? The article attributed it to purposeless causes, rooted in chance, that act like a goddess: “evolution has genetically ‘wired’ seeds in a very complex way to avoid making potentially deadly mistakes,” the article claimed (see 04/23/2011). Similarly, evolution took credit for the double duty of the genetic network: “Given that seeds were evolved long after plants developed their ability to withstand environmental stress, this indicated that plants have adapted existing genes to fulfil a different role.” Modular design is usually thought of as good planning and foresight. Cicadas: Those noisy cricket-like bugs called cicadas will be emerging from their underground hideouts in the American south this summer. Some will live underground for 13 years before celebrating their brief above-ground mating rituals; others 17 years. Why are these intervals prime numbers? Live Science explained: “It is no mere coincidence that cicadas have evolved indivisible life cycles,” Natalie Wolchover wrote. “As explained by the entomologist Stephen Jay Gould, prime cycles have a major evolutionary advantage over cycles that are multiples of smaller numbers of years, and for a simple reason: They make cicadas more elusive.” If they came up in 18 years, for instance, predators with life cycles of two, three or six years could get lucky every third or ninth, sixth, or third generation. There are fewer coincidences with prime numbers because they are not divisible by any other integer. As plausible as this sounds, it avoids the question of what the ninth, sixth, and third generations of predators would eat in between the lucky coincidences. It also says nothing about how the pupae survive these many years underground, and even more amazing, how they all wake up on cue for a few weeks of frenzied mating, only to bury themselves as eggs once again for another Brigadoon sleep underground. Dinosaur necking: Matt Walker had an unusual blog entry for his feature “Nature Wonder Monkey” on the BBC News. He was going to explain the tremendously long necks of sauropods (and of giraffes, for that matter). Enter the theory of sexual selection. While it seemed Walker might present a triumphal account of how sexual selection produced these long necks, the ending was rather different. He debunked the idea. He quoted evolutionists who have discredited the idea that sexual selection produced long necks and other flashy traits like peacock tails. In particular, Mike Taylor [U of Bristol] tested sexual selection on 39 giraffes and found no correlation between neck length and sexual success. While Matt Walker left room for sexual selection in crabs and birds, he accepted Taylor’s extended conclusion, “There is no example, anywhere, of a type of four-legged animal, of which there are many species, that has evolved a single trait to be sexy.” For sauropods, too, “A sexy neck just didn’t get the reptilian juices flowing,” he quipped. That leaves any evolutionary explanation for the “even more remarkable species such as Argentinosaurus, which holds the record for being both the heaviest land animal ever, and the longest,” dangling with no support. Decorative spiders: Did you know that some orb-weaving spiders decorate their webs? The BBC News explored this phenomenon for answers, but admitted that “exactly why the spiders adorn their webs is unclear.” Leading contender for this “tricky area” is that the spider adds highly-visible webbing in the center where it resides to make the web more visible to animals that might accidentally damage them. A researcher in Australia said, “The debate about [its] function has lasted for over 100 years and is still highly controversial.” Another theory is that the decorations attract prey with the decorations. What reporter Victoria Gill left out was any explanation for how a lowly spider could calculate costs, strategize, be motivated, or “tactically use the decorations” by an evolutionary process. Those are the verbs of teleonomy. Smallest flying insect: The smallest flying insect is a parasitic wasp. PhysOrg has a photo of one of these little guys with a 1mm wingspan walking up a tiny egg of a cabbage white butterfly. Using a 22,000-frame-per-second Phantom camera, the Flight Artists team from Wageningen University in the Netherlands recorded their acrobatics: “The high speed movies show how the parasitic wasp jumps up into the air, elegantly flaps around, and then somehow lands – the insect sometimes boldly lands face-first” but can also land on its feet and head butt other wasps. Time for some stats: wings beat at 350 strokes per second. Weighs one 40,000th of a gram. Hitchhikes rides on other insects, such as butterflies. What this means is that the hardware and software for controlled flight, navigation and reproduction is all packaged into a very tiny animal. The article includes a short video of the wasps in slow motion. On a small white butterfly, the wasp shows up as a speck on the butterfly’s face bristles under its compound eye. The Flight Artists team next wants to take its “extraordinary camera” to investigate how birds, bats, bees and even seeds fly, to “make the invisible visible” and “to shoot images of fliers in Nature that fascinate them.” See their website at FlightArtists.com. Manta ray: A contest was held last month at the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center in West Bethesda, Maryland. It was between two robot-building teams trying to imitate the elegant swimming of the manta ray. “Swimming like butterflies underwater, with mesmerizing ease and grace, manta rays are the envy of engineers seeking more efficient underwater vehicles,” Elisabeth Pennisi wrote for Science this week.1 In an article under the category “Bio-Inspired Engineering,” she detailed how teams from Princeton and University of Virginia both failed, ending in a draw. One of the contestants has long been enraptured with these gentle giants that can grow up to five meters wide. “They are such self-possessed, graceful animals,” Alexander Smits said. “It was almost mystical,” he added, thinking about his swim with these creatures years ago in Australia. “I decided I’ve got to know something about them.” No wonder; here’s what Pennisi wrote about their specifications: Mantas are everything one could want in an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). “I’ve thought for a long time that the people who are interested in robotic mimicry were missing the boat in not looking at manta rays,” says Adam Summers, a comparative biomechanist at Friday Harbor Laboratories in Washington state. Most fish swing their body from side to side, and “that’s not very handy if you are trying to stuff [instruments] inside.” The manta body is stiff. Mantas are also quiet, efficient swimmers—AUVs tend to be one or the other. The best AUVs have a turning radius of 0.7 body lengths; the manta needs just 0.27 its body length and maneuvers like a fighter plane. Based on the two robots’ performance, “in terms of maneuverability, we’re on the right track” in understanding how mantas achieve such grace, says Frank Fish, a functional morphologist at West Chester University in Pennsylvania who is working with UVa and Princeton on the manta project. Snipe hunt: Want to know the world speed-distance record for migratory birds? According to PhysOrg, it’s the great snipe, an endangered species. Arctic terns fly farther at slower speeds, and peregrine falcons fly faster for shorter distances, but this winner excels at both speed and distance. “Swedish scientists found that the birds fly non-stop over a distance of around 4,200 miles at a phenomenal 60 mph.” Some took off in Sweden and landed in central Africa, 4,225 miles away, in just 3.5 days. This was a surprise. “We never expected record-breaking flights for this ordinary bird,” they said. They had no idea where this species went after leaving Scandinavia, either. Tracking devices on some of the birds revealed their secret. The article ended with a list of other speed records in the animal kingdom. Trivia provided by article: “The word ‘sniper’ originated in the 1770s among soldiers in British India: if a hunter was skilled enough to kill an elusive snipe, he was called a sniper.” After the snipe article, someone left a comment, noting “the total absense [sic] of any evolutionary talk in this article.” He said, “I guess the researchers know that there’s really no evolutionary explanation for this phenomenal ability and so they keep their minds focused on what works in reality. No side-tracking into nonsense speculation of evolutionary origins here.” An evolutionist immediately retorted with an example of bad design – i.e., why God would not have made the world the way it is. He apparently didn’t notice or care that he made a religious, not scientific, argument (see Darwin’s God blog).
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Samples purchased and tested by outside labsAnderson spoke with Denny Larson, identified as the executive director of a nonprofit called Global Community Monitor. Larson said that he and environmental attorney Richard Drury bought 150 boxes of laminate flooring around the state and had them tested by three labs.“The results? While laminate flooring from Home Depot and Lowe’s had acceptable levels of formaldehyde, as did Lumber Liquidators American-made laminates, every single sample of Chinese-made laminate flooring from Lumber Liquidators failed to meet California formaldehyde emissions standards,” the report said. “Many by a large margin.”On average, the flooring samples from Lumber Liquidators outlets had six or seven times as much formaldehyde as state standards allowed, but some showed levels 20 times as high as permitted. One of the labs, Drury said, was so startled by the results that technicians “thought their machine was broken.” Problem extends beyond California60 Minutes wondered whether the problem extended beyond California, Cooper reported, so producers purchased 31 boxes of Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring at stores in Virginia, Florida, Texas, Illinois and New York.“We sent the samples for testing at two certified labs,” he said. “It turns out of the 31 samples of Chinese-made laminate flooring, only one was compliant with formaldehyde emissions standards. Some were more than 13x over the California limit. Both labs told us they had never seen formaldehyde levels that high.“But when we took those test results to Lumber Liquidators’ founder and chairman Tom Sullivan, he refused to accept the methodology as valid and points out the company is not required by law to test their finished products like we did.”When interviewed, Sullivan said the lab tests were “not a real world test of the laminate,” and said the tests were originally prompted by a group of lawyers who are suing the company and short-selling the stock (that is, betting the stock’s value will decline).The company’s stock rose from $13 a share in 2011 to $119 a share two years later as profit margins doubled, the report said, leading one hedge fund manager 60 Minutes interviewed to suspect it might be breaking the law. Whitney Tilson told Cooper he had been tipped that Lumber Liquidators was buying formaldehyde tainted flooring in China because it was cheaper and allowed a fatter profit margin.A 60 Minutes undercover trip to Chinese factoring making the flooring confirmed Tilson’s claims, Cooper said. A report by the television news program 60 Minutes claims samples of Chinese-made laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators contained six or seven times as much formaldehyde as permitted by California regulations and may pose a health threat to unsuspecting homeowners. In a program that was broadcast on March 1, correspondent Anderson Cooper was told that the problem affected tens of thousands of households in California and hundreds of thousands around the country.Cooper said that Lumber Liquidators, a national chain with more than 360 stores in 46 states, sells 100 million square feet of laminate flooring a year, much of it made in China.The flooring, “as we discovered during our investigation,” he said, “may fail to meet health and safety standards because it contains high levels of formaldehyde, a known cancer causing chemical.”The company says that its flooring is safe, he adds, “but it doesn’t appear that way.”
Police on Tuesday arrested a 21-year-old woman who killed her mother as she objected to her lesbian relationship with her teacher. On March 9, Rashmi Rana’s father Satish Kumar complained to police against his daughter and her teacher Nisha Gautama for battering his wife Pushpa Devi with an iron rod, which caused her death. Rana confessed that her mother had opposed the union.