first_imgThey survived a serious scare in the 76th minute when Inigo Perez snatched the ball from Marcos Llorente and launched a 40-yard shot over the head of keeper Kiko Cassila that thumped the crossbar and came agonisingly close to crossing the line.Real sealed the win with another spot kick a minute from the end, again won by Vasquez but this time slammed home by substitute Isco, and Baroja Mayoral completed the rout a minute later with a close range header.“We had a few problems in the second half but it’s the result that counts,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane. “It’s a good result for us.”Shorn of attacking stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde also left out captain Andres Iniesta and others including goalkeeper Ter Stegen, centre-back Samuel Umtiti and midfielder Ivan Rakitic from the starting line-up for their match at Celta.However striker Ousmane Dembele made his first appearance, as a 71st-minute substitute, since tearing his hamstring at Getafe on September 16, just three games into his Barca career following a 105-million-euro ($124 million) move from Borussia Dortmund.Despite the raft of absences Barca took the lead after 15 minutes through a neat Jose Arnaiz finish, but after a bright start they ceded control to the hosts.Celta hit back 16 minutes later through Pione Sisto, who reacted quickest after Iago Aspas hit the bar from close range and rifled a shot past Barca keeper Jasper Cillessen from a tight angle to give his side a chance in the return leg at the Camp Nou next Thursday.In Thursday’s other matches, Leganes beat Villareal 1-0 thanks to an Nordin Amrabat goal while strikes from José Luis Morales and Ivan Lopez Álvarez saw Levante come back from a goal down to win 2-1 at Espanyol.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Jose Arnaiz (L) celebrates a goal with teammates during their Copa del Rey match against Celta Vigo © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAMADRID, Spain, Jan 4 – Two penalties helped Real Madrid to a healthy 3-0 win in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey tie with second-tier Numancia on Thursday, while Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw as the La Liga giants rested their stars.Gareth Bale was one of a handful of Real first-team regulars on display at the Estadio Los Pajaritos, and was on hand to slot home the first from the penalty spot ten minutes before the break after Lucas Vazques was clumsily brought down in the box by Carlos Gutierrez.last_img read more

first_img1Sarah P. Otto, “Two steps forward, one step back: the pleiotropic effects of favoured alleles,” Proceedings: Biological Sciences, The Royal Society, Issue: Volume 271, Number 1540, April 07, 2004 Pages: 705 – 714 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2003.2635 (published online before print).2Robert Irion, “Surveys Scour the Cosmic Deep,” Science Vol 303, Issue 5665, 1750-1752 , 19 March 2004, [DOI: 10.126/science.303.5665.1750]3Nigel Williams, “In Darwin’s Shadow,” Current Biology, Vol 14, R216-R217, 23 March 2004.4Q&A: Hugo J. Bellen, Current Biology, Vol 14, R218, 23 March 2004.5David Carling, “:Magazine: AMPK,” Current Biology, Vol 14, R220, 23 March 2004.6Brian Charlesworth and Nick Barton, “Genome Size: Does Bigger Mean Worse?” Current Biology, Vol 14, R233-R235, 23 March 2004.7Sadusky et al., “Exon Junction Sequences as Cryptic Splice Sites: Implications for Intron Origin,” Current Biology Vol 14, 505-509, 23 March 2004.8Martin S. Banks, “Neuroscience: What You See and Hear Is What You Get,” Current BiologyVol 14, R236-R238, 23 March 2004.Plenty of research material above for the curious.  We hope Creation-Evolution Headlines demonstrates to young people that there are still many scientific puzzles to solve and will stimulate a few to become scientists.  Despite their bluff and bravado, the Darwin Party clearly doesn’t have answers to some of the most basic questions about stars, life, cells, and genes.  Let’s roll.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Too many stories came in too fast at the end of March.  Here are some we would have liked to explore in more detail.  They’re all interesting and some have amazing facts and quotes.DNA vs. Evolution:  A paper in the Royal Society Biology Proceedings1 warned that pleiotropy, the antagonistic effect of genes that need to mutate together, inhibits natural selection more than is usually realized.  Sarah P. Otto writes,Pleiotropy is one of the most commonly observed attributes of genes.  Yet the extent and influence of pleiotropy have been underexplored in population genetics models. … Under the assumption that pleiotropic effects are extensive and deleterious, the fraction of alleles that are beneficial overall is severely limited by pleiotropy and rises nearly linearly with the strength of directional selection on the focal trait.  Over a broad class of distribution of pleiotropic effects, the mean selective effect of those alleles that are beneficial overall is halved, on average, by pleiotropy. Thus the simplistic notion that a beneficial mutation will be acted on by natural selection is “severely limited” by the effect of pleiotropy.Starbirth:  In an article in the 19 March issue of Science.2 Robert Irion puzzles over why recent surveys of the heavens seem to indicate star formation was rapid in the early universe yet so slow today:As findings from these surveys cascade into the literature, they are shaking up notions about the evolution of star birth in the young cosmos.  Observers have found that some galaxies matured quickly after the big bang and then flamed out, forming giant blobs of stars that may have barely changed in at least 10 billion years.  Another population of galaxies kept evolving, churning out new stars for eons and gradually settling into mature but mildly fertile galaxies such as our Milky Way.But these claims seem to belie the uncertainty in the minds of modelers.  The following admissions of ignorance are startling, considering the ease with which the textbooks present the story of starbirth and galaxy evolution:Current theories of galaxy formation can’t explain why concussive waves of star birth swept through some early galaxies but not others–and why some of those fierce stellar fires got snuffed after a few billion years.  Startled by their own data, a few observers have implied that modelers of the cosmos need new ideas to describe our universe’s combustive childhood (Science, 23 January, p. 460).    Theorists aren’t yet ready to revise equations on their cluttered whiteboards, but they agree that the surveys illuminate serious flaws.  “We’re starting from a shaky foundation,” says cosmologist Carlos Frenk of the University of Durham, U.K.  “We don’t understand how a single star forms, yet we want to understand how 10 billion stars form.”  Fellow theorist Simon White of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching, Germany, concurs: “The simple recipes in published models do not reproduce the star formation we see.  Theorists are now having to grow up.”Irion doesn’t contradict the predicament; he just hopes that new sky surveys will clear up the mess.Alfred Russell Wallace:  Nigel Williams reviews Michael Shermer’s bio of the man who independently “discovered” the “law” of natural selection.Wallace was a colorful but tragic character.  He went on some legendary adventures in Malaysia and elsewhere, and graciously played second fiddle to Charlie, but was also suckered by spiritualism and the fallacies of his own beliefs.  He was another victim of loss of faith in the credibility of the Bible during his youth.  Janet Browne, in Charles Darwin: The Power of Place (Princeton, 2002) has many interesting insights into the Wallace-Darwin relationship, practically accusing Charlie of intrigue to prevent him getting glory for the discovery of natural selection.  Whether either of them deserved any credit is debatable.  In the March-May 2004 issue of Creation Ex Nihilo magazine, Russell Grigg argues that Charlie knew about and plagiarized the idea of natural selection from half a dozen predecessors and peers.Charlie Worship:  In the 23 March issue of Current Biology,4 interviewee Hugo J. Bellen (Baylor College of Medicine) is asked if he has a scientific hero:Yes: Charles Darwin.  His ‘Origin of Species’ is in my opinion the most important text in biology that has been published so far.  I have read The Origin three times and every time I am in awe at Darwin’s ability to integrate so many different facts in a simple coherent theory.  The principle of natural selection has stood for over 150 years now.  Its implications for biology and genetics are far reaching, and the theory still hugely dominates our thinking as biologists.Follow the chain links on “Darwin” for differing views about this hero.Another Thing You Can’t Live Without:  David Carling (Imperial College) provides a quick review of AMPK in the 23 March issue of Current Biology.5  If you don’t know what AMPK is (AMP-activated protein kinase), just be glad you (and everything else alive) has it:AMPK has been dubbed the cellular fuel gauge, because it is activated by a drop in the energy status of the cell.  If ATP is used up faster than it can be re-synthesized, ATP levels fall and this leads to a rise in AMP.  The increase in the AMP:ATP ratio triggers the activation of AMPK and leads to the phosphorylation of a large number of downstream targets.  The overall effect of AMPK activation is to switch off energy-using pathways and switch on energy-generating pathways, thus helping to restore the energy balance within the cell.  The conservation of AMPK throughout evolution emphasises its importance: homologs have been identified in all eukaryotic species examined to date, including plants.Other recent articles have focused on this cellular “fuel gauge” as a means of controlling appetite and obesity (see, for instance, Nature April 1, 2004).  When asked “Can we live without it,” Carlin answers immediately, “Almost certainly not.”  Mice without it die in embryo, and it cannot be mutated much: “Although a complete loss of AMPK activity is lethal, subtle changes in AMPK activity can lead to serious clinical consequences.”  You don’t say.  How the first organisms got about without it, he doesn’t say.Genome Size:  Also in Current Biology,6 Brian Charlesworth and Nick Barton examine the question of why genome sizes differ so much between organisms, and offer a suggestion:Genome sizes vary enormously.  This variation in DNA content correlates with effective population size, suggesting that deleterious additions to the genome can accumulate in small populations.  On this view, the increased complexity of biological functions associated with large genomes partly reflects evolutionary degeneration.But judging from the many puzzles, contradictory evidences and lack of observations mentioned in the article, it doesn’t appear that evolutionists or creationists quite have a handle on this one yet.Intron Origins:  Another paper in the same issue of Current Biology7 attempts to put forward a hypothesis about intron origin and evolution (see 09/23/2003 headline). Phylogenetic evidence indicates that these sequences have been targeted by numerous intron insertions during evolution , but little is known about this process.  Here, we test the prediction that exon junction sequences were functional splice sites that existed in the coding sequence of genes prior to the insertion of introns. Again, neither side seems to have scored a touchdown on this question.  What are introns there for?  If they evolved, why doesn’t the cell get rid of them, instead of using such complicated machinery to process them?  As to “phylogenetic evidence,” it is subject to evolutionary presuppositions.  Until we know more, we should not rule out the possibility that introns have a function.Integrating Your Eyes and Ears:  Martin S. Banks (psychologist, Berkeley), explores the interaction of eyes and ears to help us make decisions.  In Current Biology,8, he gives an example of this complex process we take for granted:You enter a crowded room and someone calls your name.  You turn to see who it is.  You now see several people in the general direction the voice came from.  Many are talking.  Which one called your name?  You hear it again and now the sound seems to come from straight ahead or nearly so.  There are still a handful of candidates in your field of view, so you look from one to the other.  Finally, you see one whose lips move as you hear your name once more.  Sound and sight have come together and you identify the speaker as your college roommate.  How does this work?  That is, how does the brain find the appropriate auditory-visual correspondence to determine that a sound and sight have come from the same source?He points to a recent study by Alais and Burr that produces an “important and seemingly pervasive rule for the combination of visual and auditory cues to spatial location.”  Whatever it is, it’s amazing.Thank God for Our Moon:  Lastly, an article in New Scientist argues that without a moon like earth has, life could not exist.last_img read more

first_imgThe expo gives students a chance to learn about the many different stages of film and television production, like how green screens allow editors almost limitlessly manipulate an actor and his or her suroundings. (Image: M-Net)There is much about the broadcasting industry that has the potential to pique the interest of the youth, whether it be a fascination with the stars they watch every day on their television screens, a curiosity about the industry’s inner workings, or how the images get to their screens in the first place.In an attempt to ignite this potential and expose schoolchildren to the possibilities of a career in the industry, television network M-Net will extend its Magic in Motion (MiM) career expo from Johannesburg to Durban and Cape Town. The expo began at Johannesburg’s Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown on 11 August, and ends today. It then moves to Durban, where it will be hosted at the KZN Science Centre from 18 to 21 August; finally it will be at the Cape Town Science Centre from 25 to 28 August.“Our new partnership with M-Net is an exciting achievement for Sci-Bono, and we are thrilled to work with Africa’s leading television broadcaster,” said David Kramer, the chief executive officer of the discovery centre.The expo gives students a chance to learn about the many different stages of film and television production, and how a programme or film makes it from concept to finished product. Pupils interested in pursuing a career in the industry can understand how and where they feel they belong in the bigger picture.“The MiM Career Expo provides an eye-opening view of the many roles that exist within the film and television industry,” explained M-Net chief executive officer Yolisa Phahle.Stages of production demonstrated during the expo include production commissioning, concept creation, script writing, producing, directing, cinematography, sound, art direction (décor, wardrobe, make-up), editing, post-production and broadcasting. It includes business support functions such as human resources, finance, legal services and IT, and technical support, which covers the role of engineers in the filmmaking process.Phahle pointed out that the film industries in Nigeria and the United States made significant contributions to their respective economies. “Our industry has the potential to do the same, yet many do not realise the opportunities that exist.“M-Net is passionate about developing local talent and we are looking forward to meeting the next generation of South African filmmakers. Additionally we have seen how entrepreneurial this business is and [we] are committed to providing opportunities that will allow new production companies to enter the industry as this is how jobs are created.”Essentially, growing interest in the industry of film and television production may lead to the industry itself growing. In turn, this will create more jobs for the youth, who struggle to find employment. It will also help to strengthen South Africa’s economy.EXPECTATIONSM-Net’s human resources director, Fhulufhelo Badugela, said the expo facilitators expected to see about 7 200 students, more than twice the number that came through the door in 2014 because this year the expo was visiting three of the country’s major cities.“We are also very pleased that our 12 Magic in Motion Academy interns, who are halfway through their 12-month programme, will also be functioning as technical support at the MiM Career Expo, putting into practice some what they have learnt so far,” said Badugela.Explaining the function of Sci-Bono, Kramer said the aim was to increase the youth’s awareness of the options they had in the fields of science and technology once they completed school. “As a major player in the broadcasting industry and an esteemed content provider, M-Net is in the best position to give young people a broad view of the television industry,” he added.FAMILIAR FACESActors Zakhele Stanley Mabasa-Mokone and Enest Thabani Gumede, as Skhaleni and Ntandane on the set of M-Net’s Mzansi Magic show Isibaya. (Image: M-Net)To lend a hand in bringing the expo to life, actors Zakhele Stanley Mabasa-Mokone and Enest Thabani Gumede, perhaps better known as Skhaleni and Ntandane from M-Net’s Mzansi Magic show Isibaya, are taking part in the Johannesburg leg of the expo. The colleagues are offering interested students a chance to work alongside them in a mock shoot, in which the pupils play the role of extras.This adds a practical element to their experience and helps to build a further understanding of the processes involved in production and the art of post-production.For more information on the MiM Career Expo, visit M-Net Magic in Motion or find it on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgIt takes time to frame these windowsNormally, the window framing would be complete at this point (except that the sill is missing in the image at left). With our construction, the window frame spans two walls — the SIP wall and the stud wall — so there’s quite a bit more to do. The two walls must be bridged in a way that is airtight and moisture-repellent. Don and a helper spent much of the week finishing the extra steps to frame the windows, and reported that the process was somewhat elaborate and time-consuming. But we’re not finished. Outside (a first-floor window is pictured here), the SIP is affixed to the interior window frame with gigantically long screws, and then tape is applied where the Zip meets the SIP. As far as I can tell, this location — the outside of the SIP — is the primary air barrier. The window will sit right on the edge of the innermost 2x10s. RELATED ARTICLES The Potwine Passivhaus in AmherstCold Weather Slows Progress at the Potwine PassivhausPlacing Concrete for a Passivhaus FoundationFraming Begins at the Potwine PassivhausAttaching SIPs to Structural 2×6 StudsSetting Roof Trusses at the Potwine PassivhausFirst, if you look closely at the SIP part of the frame, you’ll see a gap between exterior OSB panel and the foam insulation. That gap is meant to allow 2×2 wood pieces to be wedged there, to provide somewhere to nail the rest of the framing to the SIP.Next, the green Zip sheathing is nailed to the frame, bridging the two walls. Caulking is applied under the Zip to prevent water and air from migrating horizontally. As they set out to build a single-family Passivhaus on Potwine Lane in Amherst, Massachusetts, Alexi Arango and LeeAnn Kim asked themselves, “Is it possible to live without burning fossil fuels?” One measure of success would be meeting their goal of net-zero energy performance. This is the seventh blog in a series. Alexi Arango is an assistant professor of physics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where he and his students conduct research on next-generation photovoltaic cells. Arango teaches a joint physics/environmental studies course on renewable energy. Arango’s blog is called Potwine Passive House. 2x10s are nailed to the Zip to provide a solid wood frame, to which the window can be attached. Again, caulking is applied under the boards. A look at the scissor roof trussesHere’s a cool shot of the scissor trusses. Zip panels will be attached to the underside, forming the air barrier as well as the gabled ceiling of the two front rooms. Almost 2 feet of blown-in cellulose insulation will go on top of the Zip panels, outside the airtight envelope. There is some reduction in the insulating ability of the cellulose due to the fact that cold air will be able to move through the insulation, but the advantage is that moisture will not get trapped. April 28, 2014: Starting on the drivewayThis week, work began on excavating the driveway to connect the utilities to the street. Everything was supposed to be done by the end of the week, but it looks like we’re only about halfway there. Work on the house slowed down substantially, although some window framing got done and some of the building wrap went up. April 23, 2014: The roof is upThe week involved finishing the roof sheathing, working on the window frames and building a temporary staircase. Things are starting to get detailed, and are taking more time. Below, I’ll show how the windows are framed since the process appears to be non-standard (and important).center_img Here’s the location of my future vegetable and native plant garden, under which lie an electrical conduit. I’m hoping the soil doesn’t get too disturbed or compacted, but I guess that’s far-fetched. The entire window frame has the appearance of being over-engineered — it’s three boards thick in some places. I wonder if this bomb-proof structure is by design — to reduce load stresses and sheer stress from the windows — or if it’s just a function of having to deal with the SIP wall and stud wall discontinuity. As you might imagine, measuring all these boards, caulking and nailing takes a substantial amount of time. On Monday, Don put up the building wrap around the first floor. The Typar housewrap is meant to allow water vapor to exit from inside the walls without letting any liquid water into the walls. I have no idea how that is possible, but apparently it works.Believe it or not, the building wrap that you see is one single piece! It defies logic how Don managed to string up the wrap by himself, holding it up while taping it to the wall while making sure that it is flush and wrinkle-free. Not to mention, it was getting windy that day. Roof almost done before the snowDon almost had the roof complete before the wind picked up and nearly blew him off (according to how he tells it). The next day, the rain and snow ended up getting everywhere. Above, a little bit of snow is still left on the roof after the storm. I love this shot of the back of the house from the apple orchard. As architect Todd said: “the house sits nicely on the land.” Buried under the dirt are water lines, sewer lines, electricity, phone, and cable, each spaced apart a certain distance specified by the code. The end result is a wide area that needs to be dug up even though the actual pipes aren’t that big.The good news is that the sewer at the street turned out to be 15 feet deep, allowing us to drain into the sewer using gravity rather than a pump. The bad news is that it must have been quite a challenge to get down there. Excavation got started on Wednesday. Tractors and diggers arrived, as did piles of gravel and engineered dirt. I missed most of the action, but the neighbors said there was lots of activity. The roof truss at the eave sits on the ZIP air barrier. The ZIP will continue along the scissor truss. Notice how the floor joists are angled to accommodate the ZIP and drywall.last_img read more

first_imgWordPress for Enterprise – How This Open-… Related Posts Kickstarting a Stagnant Company Peter Daisyme We’ve all heard the complaints about artificial intelligence: It’s going to steal human jobs. AI bots like Alexa are trying to take over our lives (and probably know more about us than they should). Even tech superstars like Elon Musk and Bill Gates are concerned about AI and its abilities.But focusing on AI and emerging tech’s worst-case scenarios prevents us from being able to capitalize on the best-case outcomes. Robots enhance manufacturing, and Deloitte predicts AI can save governments large sums of money. And while AI may force some jobs to adapt to a new set of needs, it actually helps humans at work by saving their lives through predictive maintenance.Perhaps the most exciting possible outcome of advancing AI is the time savings. What with streamlined workflows, automated processes, and the elimination of low-level work, this technology can give us back hours of time. It may even deliver a three-day workweek.Are We Ready for Four-Day Weekends?Three-day workweeks sound glorious to some, but they inspire fear in others. In the U.S., where people work longer hours than their international counterparts, long hours are a badge of honor. With an average 44-hour workweek in 2017, Americans have become notorious for squandering vacation time — even after receiving very little of it.This culture of workaholism believes that the future of work is built on people working hard and making progress. But relying on long hours and dogged determination to fuel an economy overlooks the fact that progress actually comes from higher-level work being performed. Working exhausting hours and prioritizing face time over forward movement is a recipe for stagnation; workers have very little time, energy, or focus for the efforts that will genuinely impact the work their industries perform.Enabling AI to automate and upgrade our businesses means we also have to be willing to take a more expansive view of what work looks like and ask ourselves tough questions. Which is more valuable: a five-day workweek focused on running routine processes and maintaining momentum or a three-day workweek centered on deep thinking and innovation? Each industry likely has its own answer, and it should have nothing to do with maintaining tradition — only serving needs.Surrendering to AIFor those industries in which a three-day workweek is ideal, technology aims to help. “My vision of an AI-driven future is one where we will have a three-day workweek because machines would take care of the transactional activities that take up a large chunk of our working hours,” says K.R. Sanjiv, chief technology officer for Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology company. “This will give us more time to meditate on problems of a much higher order, meet friends, go out with the family, watch movies, read books, and, of course, pack our bags to go off to Kotor or Outer Mongolia to expand human consciousness.”Sanjiv points out that fears that AI is a “gigantic steamroller that is flattening the IT jobs landscape” are not only false, but they also distract people from the fact that AI makes jobs better by eliminating mundane tasks that lead to burnout and boredom. He cites the example of digital photography, which initially greatly increased the number of people taking pictures, then caused sales of mobile phones to shoot through the roof when cameras were bundled into the devices.“This cycle required two things: one, innovative companies and their smart workforce who could find ways of putting a camera on the phone at the lowest cost. Two, purchasing power all round had to go up for people to afford a $700 mobile phone. Both those things happened, creating a virtuous cycle. This is just one evidence of the fact that technology disrupts the job market in a positive way rather than destroying it.”As the saying goes, nobody does anything great if she can’t find her keys. AI is ensuring that we can finally do what we’ve always said: allow time-saving technology to give us time back. With the “little things” taken care of, we’ll not only have fewer things to worry about, but we’ll also have regained mental capacity and flexibility to address problems in a new way, improving our work beyond mere efficiency.How AI Will Take OverBefore the Industrial Revolution, people worked 60-hour weeks. Technology simply made it possible for us to get the same work done in 40 hours. This coming revolution — the AI era — aims to do the same, albeit in a more cerebral way. The Industrial Revolution was welcomed because it visibly made a difference in physical tasks. The AI era, in turn, will focus on eliminating low-level intellectual tasks.Here are the ways we can anticipate AI changing our workweeks:1. AI will take on quality control.IBM Watson detects flaws and tests products for safety and performance. This saves brands millions of dollars in lawsuits, and it also enables human beings to focus on production, product innovation, and quality assurance advancements that can then be applied to the AI’s processes.2. AI will automate to-do lists.Spiro, an AI-driven CRM, has built a system that collects information from a salesperson’s email, calendar, and more to create a to-do list. That then frees up the salesperson to spend less time analyzing the right touchpoint or time to reach out to a prospect and more time building relationships.3. AI will seek out problems for humans to solve.IT and DevOps teams are wary of AI, which sounds suspiciously similar to the analytical and problem-solving skills they apply to their daily work. But AI will instead do the dirty work of highlighting problems in code, log entries, and more to identify the problem humans need to solve — saving them time so they can focus on developing the right solution.It’s easy to stick with the doom-and-gloom story of AI, lamenting its ability to displace workers and collect invasive amounts of data. But this new way of looking at things can be just what we need to finally shift to short workweeks and long weekends, allowing humans to live their best possible lives — all thanks to robots.center_img How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… Tags:#workweek last_img read more

first_imgMOST READ LeBron’s ‘superhuman’ powers will eventually go away, Draymond Green says Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Lauri Markkanen and Antonio Blakeney each scored 16 points for Chicago, and Denzel Valentine added 13. The Bulls shot 34.7 percent from the field.“We fought from the second quarter on, but again, we’re down 20 in the first quarter with a seven-point quarter,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “You’re not breeding any confidence for yourselves. So it’s a mindset. You’ve got to come out and see that thing go through the hoop. It’s going to give you a little confidence. Right now, we don’t have a lot, especially early in games.”The Thunder led 58-34 at halftime. Westbrook didn’t score until 6:43 remained in the second quarter, but finished the half with 17 points.“He does that to a lot of people,” Hoiberg said. “He’s so explosive. There’s a reason he was the MVP last season.”Though the Thunder were never threatened in the second half, they had hoped to finish better. They shot 22 percent after the break.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Oklahoma City had high hopes coming into the season after trading for All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, but the Thunder had lost four straight before getting things turned around to even their record at 7-7.“From here, we’re kind of gaining some momentum,” George said. “We’re getting consistency from our level of play standpoint. I think we’re starting to come together for the most part. Again, we’re obviously not where we want to be. There’s always going to be a level of improvement, but we’re trending in the right direction.”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 shutoutAnthony returned to the lineup after missing the previous game with a sore lower back and finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jerami Grant added 15 points and 11 rebounds.The Thunder led 27-7 at the end of the first quarter to match the fewest points they have allowed in a quarter since the franchise moved from Seattle in 2008. The Bulls made 2 of 16 field goals in the period.“Just setting the tone,” Westbrook said. “Thought we did a good job of being aggressive, using our hands.That’s how we win games.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “In the second half, we never got into a rhythm,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “Never played to an identity. I thought our defense, for the most part, was pretty good for the full 48. We had some lapses. But I thought offensively, that’s where we got to really move the ball and make them work and find ways to break the defense down better than we did in the third and the fourth.”TIP-INSBulls: Were coming off a 133-94 loss to San Antonio. … Starters shot 1 for 11 from the field in the first quarter. … Valentine was the only Bulls player to make more than two field goals in the first half.Thunder: C Steven Adams missed his third straight game with a right calf contusion. … Won the firstmeeting with the Bulls 101-69 on Oct. 28. … Grant made a layup off an inbounds pass in the final second of the first half. … George finished with 13 points after scoring 42 and 37 points in his previous two games.STAT LINESOklahoma City’s wins during the current streak have come by an average of 11.7 points. All of the Thunder’s wins this season have been by at least nine points. All the losses have been by nine or fewer.QUOTABLEWestbrook, on being focused against a struggling team: “We did a good job of just coming out and being consistent, staying with our principles, playing Thunder basketball and not worrying about the opponents.”UP NEXTBulls: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.Thunder: At San Antonio Spurs on Friday night. 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(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Things are starting to click for the Oklahoma City Thunder.Russell Westbrook had 21 points and seven assists and the Thunder beat the Chicago Bulls 92-79 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

first_imgThe School Sports Australia Combined Touch Tournament commenced on Monday, 20 October 2008 at Prospect Park, Launceston.Master of Ceremonies, Maree Tomlin welcomed the participants to the Opening Ceremony as the junior referees lead the march past. Hosts, Tasmania where introduced last to the applause of the home crowd.School Sport Australia Life Member, Ray Grieshaber wished everyone the best of luck for the tournament and expressed his gratitude to Maree and Steve Tomlin for the work they had put in for the event.Tasmanian 15’s Captains, Rosie Downer and Patrick Fisher, read the Players Oath stating a desire to achieve the highest level of personal performance and conduct.The crowd was treated to a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem  by Tasmanian 12’s player, Ellie Couch. The performance was even more considerable since Ellie’s usual acoustic accompany was sick on the morning and a replacement had to be made very hastily. Tasmanian Australian 20’s Mixed representative, Emma Haines, declared the games open with results going to script on the opening day.For full results, visit read more

first_imgReal Madrid president Florentino: Brahim Diaz has quality, magic and personalityby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid president Florentino Perez has welcomed new arrival Brahim Diaz from Manchester City.Los Blancos completed the signing of the 19-year-old from City on Sunday evening and he was presented on Monday.”It’s a special and exciting day,” Perez said.”We are working to strengthen the present and the future with talent of the highest quality.”Brahim Diaz has special talent, the values of this club, quality, magic and personality.”He dreams of winning with this club.”He has chosen this club ahead of other big clubs that wanted to sign him and the Madridistas are going to realise why he came here.”Perez also turned and addressed the player directly.”You’re coming from a friendly club like Manchester City,” he said.”You are arriving at the most demanding club in the world and it will require all your determination.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgCody Riley dunks so hard the rim breaks.YouTube/Marcus WilliamsFew basketball players have the raw power to destroy a basketball hoop with a dunk. Add 2017 power forward Cody Riley to that small fraternity. The 6-foot-7 five-star out of California went up for a big slam at this weekend’s 2015 Summer Block Party, and brought the rim down with him. Try not to be impressed by the raw power here—it is impossible. Riley is rated as a four star player by Scout and five stars by Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN. His impressive list of suitors includes offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Connecticut, Kansas, Maryland, UCLA, and USC. He is also receiving interest from Duke and Kentucky.[Scout]last_img

first_imgCardale Jones swings and misses at a softball.Twitter/@STN_Sports Every year, NCAA member schools have to self-report dozens of violations, the vast majority of which are quite inane. Ohio State’s student newspaper The Lantern reports that the school reported 29 minor violations, six of which came from the football program. The most interesting of them centers on quarterback Cardale Jones’ attendance as a celebrity softball game hosted by Cleveland Browns star Joe Haden.Cardale Jones and Prime Time at Joe Haden’s Celebrity softball game— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) June 6, 2015In one case, an OSU football player was told that he was neither permitted to participate in nor attend the Joe Haden Celebrity Charity Softball game in Cleveland on June 6. However, on the morning of the event he called his position coach and was told he could attend the event but not participate.Because the school had not provided written approval to attend, a violation had occurred. An OSU spokesman could not confirm the identity of the player, but redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones was documented to have attended the game.In response to the violation, a letter of education was provided to all football coaches and staff emphasizing the rules regarding promotional activities, as well as reviewed with football student-athletes.Braxton Miller’s Instagram photo promoting AdvoCare from the spring was also included in the report. It should be noted that there should not be an repercussions for minor offenses like these, but it is always interesting to look at the things that are deemed violations by the NCAA. Many of them are pretty ridiculous.[The Lantern via Eleven Warriors]last_img read more