A Final hurdle

first_img“But then again, we would want that. We want that tag that UP doesn’t stand a chance against Ateneo,” Perasol said. “The courage, the resilience, our feeling that we need to keep moving and keep fighting no matter what the odds are. That had been our team principle.”Ateneo, meanwhile, refuses to see their No. 1 seed as an edge.“In the finals, your record in the elimination round is not a factor anymore,” said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “We finished as No. 1 but that doesn’t mean we’re still the No. 1 team [in the] Finals.”“We’ve reset [our mentality]. Our attitude heading into the finals is that we cannot take this UP team for granted,” he added.  “They certainly deserve to be in the finals. They had an excellent last two games. That certainly helped them become tougher heading into the [series].”The Eagles, in fact, don’t even want to ride on the whole defending champion label.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “[The label] doesn’t help us in any way, it doesn’t benefit us … We don’t worry about what other people say. We worry about playing through basketball and just trying to live up to our potential,” said head coach Tab Baldwin.Ateneo went on an undefeated run in the second round before dismissing Far Eastern U in the Final Four.With Angelo Kouame, Thirdy Ravena, and a host of effective complementary players, the Blue Eagles have looked like a seamless singularity on the floor. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP takes the gold as UAAP 81 top story ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt has been long established: Ateneo has been virtually an immovable object in UAAP Season 81, its losses in the elimination round viewed as aberrations more than anything else. And as the curtains are lifted off the men’s basketball championship series, there is no unstoppable force rushing to meet the Blue Eagles.But there is a rising tide, and University of the Philippines relishes taking on that role.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk UP, after all, has been taking down hurdle after hurdle this season, that Maroons coach Bo Perasol doesn’t mind taking on another one.“No basketball aficionado in his right mind would probably give us a good chance,” Perasol said of the duel against Ateneo that kicks off Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut few gave the Maroons a chance, too, against No. 2 Adamson and its twice-to-beat edge. But UP still stands, adding at least a couple more games to what’s already a remarkable season, where it barged into the Finals for the first time in 32 years.They have dubbed the championship duel as “The Battle of Katipunan” and fittingly, it opens a day after the country celebrated the supreme Katipunero, Andres Bonifacio. In reality, though, it’s hardly a battle as it is a test to see how far UP has come since getting swept in the elimination round by Ateneo. Battles are fought on even terms but the odds weigh heavily against the Maroons in this one.last_img read more

Storm Kills Five in Kokoya

first_imgAt least five persons were reportedly killed as the result of a windstorm on Tuesday March 15, in Kokoya Statutory District in Bong County.According to reports from the area, more than 70 houses were destroyed leaving several persons homeless.The victims included two deaths in David Dean Town known as Gold Camp and Sayewehn Town in Boisen Administrative District.In Dolo Town more than 20 houses were destroyed, while in Kpai Town, about 30 dwellings were also damaged. Other victims included a man identified only as George, who was killed by a falling tree, while another person whose name was not disclosed was reportedly killed by lightening.In Behla, Jorquelleh Administrative District #2 in Bong County, a woman whose identity was not established was also killed.Survivors have appealed to the government and humanitarian organizations to help them with zinc, clothing and other essential materials. They are at present housed by relatives.When contacted, the coordinator of the disaster management and also Bong County Inspector, William Kollie, told the Daily Observer that his office has officially informed authorities at the Ministry of Internal Affairs about the disaster. Mr. Kollie explained that the lack of a vehicle remains a major challenge to his office, but assured the victims that he will work with other concerned institutions to ensure that immediate attention is given to their situation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Developer ready to start building new school

first_imgVALENCIA – On a plateau with a panoramic view, across the street from new homes being built, officials on Monday celebrated the start of construction on a $35 million school. When it opens in 2009, West Creek Elementary will be the first school in the Santa Clarita Valley built by a developer. It also will have room to grow, with enough classroom space for 720 students immediately, but with the infrastructure and layout to accommodate 920. “If we stay focused on teamwork, integrity and the responsibility of all of us working together, I think we will get there with just the most beautiful school in the valley,” said Judy Fish, superintendent of the Saugus Union School District. He later joked that “our consultants have consultants.” The 11-acre school site is an empty plateau at the base of graded hillsides of dirt with a slightly orange tinge. It looks out over a tree-dotted view of hills and mountains. Three of the classroom buildings will each have two stories, which saves more than three acres for playing areas, Cutting said. The school also will be wired for technology, allowing classes to transmit audiovisual presentations to the whole school district, he said. Developers normally pay fees to school districts toward school construction. But Newhall Land will pay for all the construction on West Creek Elementary, Cutting said. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Newhall Land and Farming Company will manage construction of the school for the school district. The developer proposed the idea of building the school, Newhall Land spokeswoman Marlee Lauffer said. While developer-built schools are a recent phenomenon, they benefit as a developer takes advantage of cost savings from building a school along with a housing development, instead of as a separate project, she said. West Creek Elementary is part of the new West Creek and West Hills communities, where 2,300 homes are planned. Because more California schools are being built by developers, state regulations may have to shift to ease the process, said Robert Cutting, assistant superintendent for the school district. Cutting told the crowd at Monday’s ceremony that planning a school this new way is not easy. “This is probably the most complicated transaction that we’ve ever attempted at the district and one of the most creative – and we’ve done a lot of things,” he said. last_img read more

Trudeau says his views have evolved and he is now totally pro choice

first_imgQUEBEC — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says he is no longer opposed in any way to abortion.He says he has come to realize there’s a contradiction between being opposed to abortion itself but supporting a woman’s right to choose to have one.That’s how the leader framed his position on the issue in the past but he says his position has since evolved.- Advertisement -Trudeau made the comments at a campaign stop in Quebec City, a day after his chief rival Andrew Scheer confirmed that he personally is against abortion.Trudeau says he thinks Scheer should have made that clear a long time ago to avoid being dogged with questions on it since before the campaign even began.He says the question now facing Canadians is whether they believe Scheer will stand up for women’s rights.Advertisement This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 4, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Blow for Tottenham and Arsenal! Hammers defender agrees new long-term West Ham deal

first_imgTottenham and Arsenal have missed out on West Ham defender Winston Reid, after the Hammers star signed a new long-term contract at the east London club.The New Zealand international, who had been liked with a move away from Upton Park in recent months, has put pen to paper on a six-and-a-half-year deal, which commits him to the Hammers until the summer of 2021.Reid’s contract had been due to expire at the end of the season, but he joins Mark Noble and James Tomkins in signing new deals.“West Ham United are delighted to confirm that Winston Reid has signed a new six-and-a-half year contract with the Club,” a statement on the Hammers’ website read.Reid said: “It’s one of those things that took a bit of time, but we got there in the end and I’m very happy to be here for the next part of my career. I’m looking forward to it.“At the end of the day, for myself I feel comfortable here. I was speaking with the joint-chairman David Sullivan and everybody and felt like I was valued here.“He was clearly very committed to getting the deal done and keeping me at the club, so I’d like to thank him for that and I’m delighted to sign for the next six years.“My family are happy living here too. We’ve been part of the club living in London, so we weighed all the factors up and I’m delighted to be staying here.”The 26-year-old arrived at the Boleyn Ground in 2010 after putting himself in the shop window by scoring a dramatic late equaliser in New Zealand’s World Cup match against Slovakia earlier that summer.At first the former Midtjylland defender struggled to make an impact in east London, with first-team opportunities limited as the Hammers were relegated in 2010-11.But after playing a key role in their return to the top flight Reid, who is now also his country’s skipper, has blossomed into one of the finest defenders in the Premier League and was linked with Tottenham and Arsenal before agreeing the new deal. Winston Reid in action for West Ham 1last_img read more

Yaya Toure is STAYING at Man City, confirms agent

first_img Manchester City and Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure Yaya Toure has performed a remarkable U-turn over his future and is set to STAY at Manchester City this summer, according to the midfielder’s agent.Toure has been strongly linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium over the past year following the now infamous ‘birthday cake-gate’, with Dmitri Seluk recently claiming the Ivory Coast star was “90 per cent certain” to leave at the end of the season.Former City boss Roberto Mancini was reportedly keen on signing the 32-year-old for Inter Milan, with the Italy giants reportedly closing in on a deal worth around £10million.But Seluk has now changed his tune, telling Sky Sports News that Toure will stay and see out the final two years of his contract at Man City after the club told him he was “too important to let go.”City boss Manuel Pellegrini has repeatedly stated his desire to hang on to his star midfielder, who moved to the Etihad Stadium from Barcelona in 2010.The midfielder’s representative made the headlines a year ago when he said his client was seeking to leave City because the club had failed to honour his 31st birthday sufficiently.“There is a big possibility Yaya will leave this summer,” Seluk said in May 2014.“He is very upset. What happened at his birthday means the club don’t care about him. It was proof.”Toure is currently with the City squad in north America on a post-season tour. 1last_img read more

Little Sisters boutique just 1 day this year

first_imgBy Rachel Jones STAFF WRITER Volunteers with Little Sisters of the Poor are holding their annual holiday boutique today, with proceeds going toward their home for the elderly in need. Though the boutique has changed from a two-day event to just one day, organizers are confident that it will still be a success. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“We pray for the best and see what happens,” said Sharyn Bolivar, the Little Sisters of the Poor bookkeeper. “It’s always packed. There’s a long line at 10a.m. to get in.” Bolivar said the boutique usually brings in close to $50,000 with the sales of donated items. Each month the Sisters have a rummage sale with donations from the community, and they take the more valuable items to save for the boutique. “There’s crystal and silver china and some really nice stuff,” Bolivar said. There are also handmade items crafted by volunteers or Little Sisters residents. There will also be a raffle at the boutique, and those who buy the $1 tickets will have a chance to win $1,500 cash, a 20-inch flat-screen television or a $200 gift certificate to Henry’s Farmers Market. This year the group is revamping the format that the boutique has had for the past 10 or 15 years, reducing it to one day and adding an Italian dinner. “Sunday was always kind of slow, so we decided to cut the days,” Bolivar explained. The spaghetti meal will be served throughout the day. In addition to the boutique and monthly rummage sales, the Little Sisters have several other fundraisers throughout the year, such as a dinner-dance in June that raised $260,000. “We survive on donations,” Bolivar said. rachel.jones@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgConvoy GAA News: Picture Special from the Dinner Dance Presentation:Bingo continues at 8.30 on TUES Lotto Result 20-1-15 GY LS MH MO 1 matched 3 Greta Gillen Convoy next weeks jackpot €5050.A special word of thanks to everyone who bought and sold tickets for The National Draw which takes place on 27th Feb good luck to everyone. Underage Reg will take place This Friday from 6-7 at the clubhouseSt Mary’s held a very successful dinner dance on Sat night in Jacksons Hotel with special Guest GAA President Liam ONeill in attendance.Medals were presented to the Minor boys and also to the Senior Reserve Mens team.Ladies Teams awards Junior Player of the Year Eithna Cramwell Most Improved Debroah Kerrigan Players Player Caoimhe Browne Senior Ladies awards Senior Player of the Year Lauren Guthrie Young Player Victoria Kelly Players Player Niamh Mailey.Awards were also presented to Kelly Wilson ,Niamh Mailey and Victoria Kelly for their inclusion on County SquadsSenior Mens awards were presented to Senior Player John.A.Kee with Young Players going to his younger brother James Kee and Shaun Browne received Most Dedicated PlayerReserve awards Player of the Year Emmet Kelly Most Improved Kyle Harper and Most Dedicated Andy Mc Namee Jack Blake also received an award for his inclusion on the Donegal Squad who won the Mc Guigan Cup and Club person of the Year was presented to the hardworking Paul Lynch.Special word of thanks to our Gaa President Liam O Neill who attended our Dinner Dance and Presented awards to all our players . Chairperson Conor Mc Dermott presented The President with a small token from the Club.A Fun Night was had by all who danced the night away to the Beefsteak Dancers and Gary Gillen stepping up for a song also.Membership is now DUE and should be paid up by March 31st.PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE CONVOY GAA DINNER DANCE PRESENTATION was last modified: January 26th, 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:convoyGAANoticesSportlast_img read more

Snakes on a Brain, and Other Evolutionary Stories

first_imgWhen evolution is seen as a storytelling game rather than a serious attempt at scientific explanation, it suddenly makes sense.The goal in evolutionary theory is to fit any observation into a predetermined narrative – one of universal common ancestry by blind, unguided processes.  Since no human ever sees functioning, complex, specified information coming into being that way, evolutionary theory is guaranteed to generate implausible stories.  The stories only seem plausible when evolution is first assumed, and all other possible explanations are excluded.  If this seems backward to science’s ideal of letting the evidence speak for itself, it has one redeeming virtue: it’s funny.Kissing may be evolution’s matchmaker:  Sex sells; it sells evolution.  Look at the picture on Live Science‘s article.  Mesmerized, the reader allows Stephanie Pappas to turn a fairy tale into support for Darwin:You’ve got to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince, as the saying goes. New research suggests the cliché is true on an evolutionary level.Kissing might have evolved as a way to assess the quality of potential mates, according to two new studies….The details of the studies are less important than the marks of storytelling: profuse use of “if,” “might,” and “may have” escape clauses that substitute for scientific evidence.  Since “Kissing exists in virtually every culture on Earth,” there is no control group against which to assess the fitness of kissers vs. non-kissers.  Even if there were, singling out that one behavior against all the other factors involved in successful mating would be near impossible.  Is the first kiss the crucial one?  Is a peck on the cheek as naturally selective as an alfalfa kiss?  Who could ever scientifically test that, without interfering in the data collection process?The Oxford researcher wants to go beyond the evolution of kissing into the “murkier depths” of sex, Pappas says.  “I’m interested in doing more research on what love is in humans.  What is it that makes us so intimately attracted to one specific person?”  Must be a fun job.Evolution of Catwoman:  Feminists, get on the case of Tia Ghose.  In Live Science, she claimed “Women evolved to be catty” – meaning, “rumor spreading, shunning and backstabbing” according to the “mean girls” stereotype, claiming that “the behavior is rooted in humans’ evolutionary past.”  How sexist!  Demand equal time for men evolving to be like wolves.Ignorance is bliss:  Readers can evaluate the evolutionary value of ignorance in an article on Science Daily.   In a nutshell, it gives more evidence against Hamilton’s kin selection theory.  If “ignorance is bliss” is a law of evolution, it would explain a lot about current political debates.A sauropod walks into a bar: ‘Why the long neck?’  That headline on Science Daily introduced an evolutionary tale of convergent and divergent evolution.  “While convergently evolving many features seen in large terrestrial mammals, such as upright, columnar limbs and barrel-shaped trunks, sauropods evolved some unique features, such as the extremely long necks and diminutive heads they are famous for.”  Trouble is, the joker asked the riddle but never gave the punch line.  The evolutionists haven’t figured one out yet.  Maybe that’s the joke:The unique gigantism of sauropod dinosaurs has long been recognized as an important problem in the evolution of vertebrates, raising questions as to why no other land-based lineage has ever reached this size, how these dinosaurs functioned as living animals, and how they were able to maintain stable populations over distinct geological periods.Snakes on the Brain:  Almost all the science media repeated a plot line introduced on PNAS, typified by this question on Science Daily: “Was the evolution of high-quality vision in our ancestors driven by the threat of snakes?”  The international authors of this plot took monkeys and showed them images of snakes, angry monkey faces, monkey hands, and geometric shapes, measuring the response time of particular neurons in their brains.  Naturally, the response was quicker to snakes.  They concluded:Our findings are unique in providing neuroscientific evidence in support of the Snake Detection Theory, which posits that the threat of snakes strongly influenced the evolution of the primate brain. This finding may have great impact on our understanding of the evolution of primates.It “may” have impact, but where is an unbiased judge, if everyone is an evolutionist?  A look at the paper shows poor scientific controls.The scientists did not compare the monkey results with response times of unrelated animals, like birds, mice, or squirrels.  (Why?  Because those animals are not in the evolutionary lineage of primates.)The test monkeys were shown pictures of a variety of snakes, but no tigers, spiders, or hunters with guns.The monkeys were not shown live snakes along with pictures.The authors, further, did not connect the dots, to find whether a specific mutation for greater visual acuity and response time was connected to survival of snake encounters.  Worst of all, the authors merely assumed an evolutionary cause for highly complex effects (visual acuity and quick response), instead of considering whether the design of those traits is beyond the reach of blind, unguided processes. The media, though, lapped up the story uncritically.  PhysOrg called it “new evidence to support the notion that primates evolved keen vision skills so they could survive the threats snakes pose in the jungle.”  Science Magazine rewarded this as one of the biggest news stories of the week, saying the paper supports the “controversial hypothesis” that “primates as we know them would never have evolved without snakes.”  National Geographic said “it might be those slithery serpents that helped us evolve to see as well as we do.” In storybook land, anything “might be”.   Science Daily quoted the lead author saying, “I don’t see another way to explain the sensitivity of these neurons to snakes except through an evolutionary path.”  Naturally; she invented the “notion” in 2006, following it up in 2009 with a book ironically entitled,  The Fruit, the Tree, and the Serpent.Is a legless lizard a snake?  Speaking of snakes, “legless lizards” provide an interesting case study in the philosophy of classification.  Lizards are not snakes, but there are lizards that look like snakes.  Mike Wall explains for Live Science how to tell them apart:For example, snakes tend to have relatively longer bodies and shorter tails than their limbless reptilian cousins. Further, serpents don’t have eyelids or external ears, while most lizards do. And many “legless” lizards actually have tiny vestigial limbs, while snakes generally sport no external appendages at all.Trouble is, there are exceptions to all these rules.  Pythons and boas are snakes, but have “rudimentary hind limbs.”  Dr. Wall mentions a legless lizard that looks like a snake (no eyelids) and eats like a snake.  Why shouldn’t it be classified as a snake?  What does the word “snake” mean if shared traits don’t apply?  Enter the evolutionary story:The answer, of course, lies in ancestry. Legless lizards are not snakes. Rather, functional limblessness has evolved independently perhaps a dozen times in the squamate reptiles — lizards, snakes and amphisbaenids, or worm lizards — suggesting that the body plan offers many advantages.If that were a law of evolution, we should see legless badgers, legless prairie dogs, and legless ants.Which part of the Darwin Comedy Show did you like?  The sauropod walking into the bar?  Ignorance is bliss?  Catwoman?  Snakes on a brain?  This is what they love to do: spin yarns and tell jokes.  It’s so much fun.  It’s kind of like being stoned.(Visited 53 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more