Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES The women’s volleyball team, back in the Games for the first time in 36 years, will forego its chance to march in front of close to 100,000 fans at Bung Karno Stadium here as it needs to buckle down to serious work with a match with bitter Southeast Asian region rival Thailand up on Sunday.“We need this practice because our game on Sunday will be very tough,” said Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas president Peter Cayco. “We also want to make a point that we belong here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The wushu team will also do the same and will instead focus on getting its athletes in their sharpest form yet for their competition that also starts Sunday.“Our athletes will have to make their weight limits on Saturday, so some of them will be very hungry on that day,” said national sparring coach Jessie Aligaga in Filipino. “They will all be very tired after the weigh-in and training (on Saturday).” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ JAKARTA—A huge chunk of the 272-strong Philippine delegation arrived in this version of Asia’s Big Apple on Friday, but some athletes will be missing what many consider to be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the parade of athletes that will open the 18th Asian Games Saturday night.It’s duty to country first, before anything else.ADVERTISEMENT NLEX upends TNT to open PBA Govs’ Cup campaign 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 Aby Marano skippers the volleyball squad that also has Jaja Santiago, Dawn Macandili, Kim Fajardo, Mika Reyes, Cha Cruz, Majoy Baron, Kianna Dy, Julia Morado, Maika Ortiz, Dindin Manabat and the enigmatic Alyssa Valdez.Shaq Delos Santos is the coach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Philippines being able to send a volleyball team here reaffirms the new-found popularity of the sport back home and the development of some of its players that are now international level in status.“Our players weren’t even born the last time we played in the Asian Games,” Cayco said before the team left home. “So making it here is already a major achievement.”Team Philippines is bracketed together with Indonesia and Hong Kong in the Group play phase and the Filipinos would need to win at least one to make it to the quarterfinals, which Cayco said is the ultimate goal.An upset of the Thais would assure Team Philippines of a spot in the next round, but if that doesn’t happen, the Filipinos would need to split their last two games.“I think we can handle Indonesia,” Cayco said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – As the Gary Matthews Jr. situation drags on, the Angels front office impatiently waits for some kind of resolution. Owner Arte Moreno is upset, general manager Bill Stoneman is shaking his head and Matthews is keeping quiet. “It’s certainly not an ideal way to start a five-year relationship with a guy,” Stoneman said before Tuesday’s game against San Francisco. A week ago, Matthews’ name surfaced in an investigation of Internet pharmacies accused of illegally selling human growth hormone. A day later, Sports Illustrated’s Web site reported Matthews not only had ordered human growth hormone, but also reported when the order took place and where it was shipped. USA Today reported Tuesday that Major League Baseball attorneys will be in Albany, N.Y., today to speak with the district attorney that initiated the first investigation that brought Matthews’ name to the forefront. Moreno was quoted in Tuesday’s edition of the Arizona Republic sounding like he is just about at wits end. Moreno doesn’t want the team’s fans to be left in the dark, and he is unable to provide answers to many of their questions. “It’s very frustrating,” Moreno said. “(Matthews) needs to make a statement to the fans. Our feelings were the best way was to be proactive and talk to the fans immediately.” Moreno promises some type of resolution before the regular seasons begins, but they clearly are unable to force their will on Matthews, who has hired high-profile attorney Robert Shapiro to defend him. Matthews is following Shapiro’s advice with his no-comment stance. “Our involvement right now is to bring pressure to those who are involved,” Stoneman said. What does that mean? “Keep reminding people that we’d like this to be brought to a quick conclusion,” he said. Matthews did not make the trip to to face the Giants. Sports Illustrated’s story on the subject, in its March 12 edition, hits the newsstands in some areas as early as today. Scottsdale Colon throws in bullpen: Bartolo Colon had an eight-minute bullpen session and reported no discomfort. Colon, who had rotator cuff damage last season, was on a mound for the first time since July. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Monaco, who were runners-up to PSG last season, are now 24 points adrift of the reigning champions after they cruised to a 5-0 thrashing of Amiens at the Parc des Princes despite resting several key players.A dreadful error by Monaco’s third-choice goalkeeper Seydou Sy gifted Strasbourg midfielder Adrien Thomasson an early opener, and substitute Samuel Grandsir was sent off midway through the second half.Lebo Mothiba doubled the advantage, and a late Youri Tielemans penalty was a mere consolation for the 2017 Ligue 1 title-winners.“It wasn’t easy, we tried to put something in place which worked at the beginning, and then we conceded that goal that I don’t need to describe… Human error, I don’t want to wipe the floor with anyone,” said the 41-year-old Henry.“Then we tried to change the game, and unfortunately Sam (Grandsir) is sent off. After that it was even harder, but we still tried to keep playing.“But I want to keep positive despite the negatives… The game could have turned in our favour, but it didn’t. In addition, we lost (Radamel) Falcao at the beginning. It wasn’t the dream scenario.”– Miserable bow for Henry –Henry — a World Cup winner and Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer who started his playing career at Monaco — made four changes to the team which lost to Rennes before the international break, with former Manchester City and Inter Milan striker Stevan Jovetic restored up front.But his new side got off to the worst possible start as they handed Strasbourg a 17th-minute lead.Kenny Lala’s long ball forward was nodded hopefully towards goal by Thomasson, but Senegalese ‘keeper Sy — who was only playing due to injures to Diego Benaglio and Danijel Subasic — comically fumbled the ball over his own line.A disappointing first half ended poorly for Henry and Monaco, as captain and star striker Radamel Falcao was forced off injured.It was proving a miserable debut for Henry, as just two minutes after being brought on as a substitute, Grandsir was given a straight red card for catching Anthony Goncalves in the hip with a high boot, with the Strasbourg winger collapsing to the ground holding his face.As the visitors pushed for an equaliser, they were hit on the counter-attack in the 84th minute as South African international Mothiba raced clear before a cute lob gave him his seventh goal of the season for club and country.Tielemans pulled one back with an injury-time spot-kick after Moussa Sylla was brought down in the area, but it proved too little, too late.– PSG make it 10/10 –Mbappe scored his fifth goal in two games as PSG romped to a 5-0 thrashing © AFP / FRANCK FIFEParis Saint-Germain continued the blistering start to their Ligue 1 title defence as Kylian Mbappe scored again earlier on Saturday.Coach Thomas Tuchel left key men Neymar, Thiago Silva and Thomas Meunier out of the squad altogether at the Parc des Princes with Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Napoli in mind, but PSG had more than enough to see off Amiens.“Everyone thinks that Ligue 1 might be too easy to prepare for the Champions League, but it’s not like that,” insisted Tuchel, who took over the reins from Unai Emery in the close-season.“That would mean you’re blaming the other teams, but we focus on ourselves. Nobody won 10 games in a row, and we did it.”Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos nodded the hosts into a 12th-minute lead and Adrien Rabiot made it two shortly before half-time.Germany winger Julian Draxler grabbed the third headed goal of the game, and the 19-year-old Mbappe fired in late on to score his ninth goal in just six league outings this season.Moussa Diaby came off the bench to complete the rout as the capital-city giants maintained their eight-point lead over Lille at the top of the table.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thierry Henry endured a miserable first match as a head coach © AFP / Frederick FLORINPARIS, France, Oct 20 – A “positive” Thierry Henry suffered defeat in his first match as a head coach when his 10-man Monaco side slumped to a 2-1 loss at Strasbourg on Saturday to drop into the Ligue 1 relegation zone, while Paris Saint-Germain eased to a 10th straight victory to start their title defence.The principality club have failed to win in 11 games in all competitions since the opening weekend of the French top-flight season, and are only above bottom team Guingamp on goal difference.
NASA throws money at origin-of-life (OOL) studies that are doomed to failure, and at education programs to tell students that futility is good science.NASA Funds Rutgers Scientists’ Pursuit of the Origins of Life (Astrobiology Magazine). Protein nanomachines are anything but simple. They were essential for the first living cells, but so was DNA. A cell could not survive without both, but NASA is giving money to Rutgers in a vain quest to find out if chance could construct proteins from the ground up. It’s an ENIGMA—the name of the project and an apt description of the quest.What are the origins of life on Earth and possibly elsewhere? Did “protein nanomachines” evolve here before life began to catalyze and support the development of living things? Could the same thing have happened on Mars, the moons of Jupiter and Neptune, and elsewhere in the universe?A Rutgers University-led team of scientists called ENIGMA, for “Evolution of Nanomachines in Geospheres and Microbial Ancestors,” will try to answer those questions over the next five years, thanks to an approximately $6 million NASA grant and membership in the NASA Astrobiology Institute.New cartoon by Brett Miller for CEH, published here for the first time with appreciation.It’s bad enough that these evolutionists are going to spend taxpayer money for five years to accomplish nothing, but they also want to indoctrinate the next generation of students into the cult of astrobiology (or, as we call it, bio-astrology).We want to develop an education and outreach program at Rutgers that leads to an astrobiology minor for undergraduate students and helps inform K-12 schoolchildren about the origins of life on Earth and what we know and don’t know about the potential for life on other planets. We also want to help make Rutgers a center of excellence in this field so future undergraduate and graduate students and faculty will gravitate towards this university to try to understand the evolution and origin of the molecules that derive energy for life.It may sound nice for them to teach “what we don’t know” about the origin of life. What this means in practice, though, is that instructors will tantalize them with visions of the “potential” for life, with the goal of attracting them to join the cult of bio-astrology. Initiates into the cult will then be tempted to go to the secular universities for further indoctrination. Learning facts about organic chemistry will be included, but that is only window dressing. It cannot address the core issue: can life arise by chance? Initiates will be carefully shielded from honest critiques of the bio-astrology cult, and will be led to believe that the Stuff Happens Law is scientific.Study reveals simple chemical process that may have led to the origin of life on Earth (Astrobiology Magazine). This article celebrates work in Tokyo that is also doomed to failure. Even if they get alpha-hydroxy acids to link up, chance would have neither the desire nor the power to make a wholesale change over to the amino acids which make up life, which degrade in water.While environments of early Earth might have had monomers that could give rise to life, it would have been difficult for polymers to arise from these without the help of enzymes. In this case, the team showed these polymers could have formed with alpha-hydroxy acids before the existence of enzymes on early Earth.This multi-national team showed that hydroxy acids polymerize more easily than amino acids, and that they could have provided the necessary toolkit to kick-start the formation of more complex molecules for the origin of life on Earth.Toolkits are used by toolmakers and builders who use intelligent design. Enzymes and proteins simply will not arise by chance; the sequence space is far too fast compared to the functional space, and further, nature has no way to select one-handed amino acids required for proteins. Biblical miracles require far less faith than thinking that proteins will arise by chance (see “The Amoeba’s Journey” from the Illustra film, Origin). The perhapsimaybecouldness index of this article is nearly as astronomical.We’ve got to stop the storytellers before they indoctrinate another generation into their cult. And how do you stop a cult? YOU TELL STUDENTS THE TRUTH. Cultist storytellers don’t want students to hear the truth. They want to corner the market and forbid alternatives. We are not the ones trying to silence academic freedom. We want academic freedom! The totalitarian dogmatists are the bio-astrologists and Darwinians. Their cult can only succeed if they are the only ones at the microphone. Their faith CANNOT STAND UP to the truth. Will you let another generation be sold this hopelessly anti-scientific, anti-rational bill of goods? The cult leaders will win by default, and you will have another generation rise up believing that Stuff Happens, and that is how we got here. Get angry enough to do something, or else the flag of science will continue to look like this new cartoon by Brett Miller (below). (Visited 480 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
27 January 2014South Africa mounted a successful defence of their Las Vegas Sevens title, beating New Zealand 14-7 in the Cup final on Sunday to claim victory in the USA for the third time in the past four years.The victory was the Blitzbokke’s fifth successive win over the New Zealanders in Cup finals in the HSBC World Sevens Series.At half-time the teams were level at 7-7 after Scott Curry opened the scoring for the Kiwis and Branco du Preez replied for the Springbok Sevens.Werner Kok, who excelled in only his fourth tournament, scored the winning try soon after replacing the injured Justin Geduld in the second half.StandingsThe victory helped South Africa into a slender lead on the HSBC Sevens World Series standings. They trailed New Zealand by two points at the start of the tournament, but after taking out the title in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas the Blitzbokke top the log on 78 points, just one ahead of the men in black.With strong support from an appreciative crowd at the Sam Boyd Stadium, the Springbok Sevens team and management found themselves mobbed by jubilant fans on the field immediately after the final whistle had sounded.The key to the team’s success was their defence. They conceded only two tries throughout the tournament as they went unbeaten through the pool and knockout stages. They also overcame the loss of ace try scorer Seabelo Senatla, who was ruled out of action because of an ankle injury, while Geduld and speedster Sampie Mastriet both left the Cup final action early because of injury.‘Very intense’After clinching the title, a jubilant South Africa Sevens coach, Neil Powell said: “It was very intense and what a gutsy performance that was from the guys. They all played for each other. Just the way they showed the commitment was tremendous.“There is still a long way to go to keep us at the top,” he added, looking ahead.Under the guidance of Powell, who took over the coaching duties from the long- serving Paul Treu at the beginning of the season, South Africa have now reached three Cup finals in a row this season, and won successive titles in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas.WinsEarlier, South Africa crushed Argentina 36-0 in the quarterfinals before seeing off a strong Samoa team 14-0 to book their place in the final against New Zealand.In their group games, they thumped Wales 43-0, beat eventual third place finishers Canada 29-0, and ran out 19-7 winners over Kenta.The next round of the HSBC Sevens World Series takes place in Wellington, New Zealand, on 7 and 8 February at the Westpac Stadium. The Blitzbokke have been drawn in Group A with England, Wales and Portugal.SAinfo reporter and SA Rugby
GIFs have been given new life with the popularity of the cinemagraph. Here are two quick ways to create cinemagraphs, either in Photoshop or Final Cut Pro X.Don’t get left behind. Cinemagraphs are a hot new visual tool and they’re perfect for catching the attention of your target audience. Here’s everything you need to know to create a cinemagraph in Final Cut Pro X and Photoshop.What Is a Cinemagraph?Wikipedia defines a cinemagraph as a “still photograph in which a minor and repeated movement occurs.”Cinemagraphs are essentially GIFs that are frozen, but with one area of the image showcasing movement. These “moving photographs” make images dynamic and add visual interest and a creative touch.Take a look at this example from Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg, the NYC-based visual artists who helped popularize this photographic technique.Image from Cinemagraphs.com.How to Make a CinemagraphSo at this point you’re surely wondering — how do I create my own cinemagraph?Cinemagraphs are created from a short snippet of video or a series of consecutive still images. By masking the part of the image you want frozen, you can reveal the area in the image where you’d like the motion to occur.You can create a cinemagraph using the Animation tools in Photoshop. This blog post by Spoon Graphics walks you through the steps of creating a cinemagraph effect in PS.If you’re more comfortable in a video editing application, the following video tutorial by Peter Wiggins from FCP.co will show you how to create a cinemagraph in Final Cut Pro and Motion.If you’d like to learn more about working in FCPX, spend a few minutes exploring the Final Cut Pro X section of the PremiumBeat blog. We’ve compiled plenty of tips, tricks, and techniques with your workflow in mind.Have any of your own cinemagraphs that you’d like to share? Do so in the comments below!
OSU 40-Yard DashBraxton Miller’s throwing arm is yet to reach full strength – the Ohio State senior quarterback is working his way back from a torn labrum – but his legs appear to be good-to-go. Saturday afternoon, the two-time Big Ten MVP accepted on Twitter a fan’s challenge to a race. We’re not sure if Miller is joking or serious. Hopefully he’s the latter. @BraxtonMiller5 you ready to race big dog— Alex Gies (@AGies3) April 11, 2015You think u gonna win? https://t.co/KlFfvFomED— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) April 11, 2015Next Saturday? https://t.co/idlmES3Gi0— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) April 11, [email protected] I’ll give you a 10 yard head start pic.twitter.com/VizcXE35Dt— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) April 11, 2015Please let this happen, Ohio State. The Buckeyes spring game is set to occur next Saturday at Ohio Stadium.
ESPN’s pre-season Football Power Index (FPI), defined as “a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season” has debuted. The rankings are compiled based off the results of 10,000 simulations. One of the categories you can rank teams in order of is remaining strength of schedule. Since the 2015 season hasn’t begun, the FPI strength of schedule rankings represent which teams have the toughest slates this year. Alabama tops the FPI strength of schedule rankings, and the top 20 is not surprisingly SEC-heavy. Twelve of the 20 programs are members of the SEC. ESPN SOS RankingThe full FPI rankings are available here.
SOUTH BEND, IN – OCTOBER 28: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reacts after a play in the fourth quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly’s sideline shove of assistant strength coach David Grimes drew national attention over the weekend. Kelly said on Tuesday he “regretted” that the incident took place. Kelly’s hotheadedness and sideline demonstrations are well-documented, but ESPN SportsNation host Marcellus Wiley accused the veteran head coach of racism for his treatment of Grimes. Speaking on SportsNation yesterday, Wiley had the following to say: “This is racial. You know I don’t like to play the race card, but I’m going to go here on this one,” he said. “When you see a black coach getting emasculated basically, undermined on the sidelines, when he’s a coach with authority over those players, they’re going to say, ‘Huh, there are very few images and likenesses of a black player with the position of authority on the coaching staff.’ Very few. And when you see one treated like that, your imagination starts to take over and says ‘Brian Kelly, we tried to respect all of you guys on a level playing field, despite the fact that most of us on the field are black, but then most of you on the sidelines are white.’ But when you undermine one of the few figures that we can actually see a likeness, now that speaks volumes to those players…”Wiley’s co-hosts Michelle Beadle and Max Kellerman seemed to support his point. You can view all of their comments and the full video of the exchange below. We’ve seen Kelly scream at quarterbacks both white (Dayne Crist, Tommy Rees) and black (Everett Golson, DeShone Kizer) on the sideline in recent years. He’s berated officials as well. Was his behavior towards Grimes racially motivated? We’ll let you be the judge. [ MediaIte ]