Early Oxygen Fuels Fire in OOL Camp

first_imgLive Science reported a new claim about oxygen on the early earth appearing far earlier than usually assumed.  A Penn State astrobiologist is claiming that uniformly high oxygen levels existed on earth 3.8 billion years ago, a billion years before previous estimates.    Oxygen’s presence on Earth has been typically inferred from sulfur isotope levels in rocks due to the way ultraviolet light processes volcanic gases in the absence of ozone.  Hirosho Ohmoto, director of Penn State’s Astrobiology Research Center, found modern-like sulfur isotope signatures in Australian rocks dated at nearly 3 billion years old.  His team’s findings, publishing in Nature this week,2 suggest not only that oxygen was present far earlier, but casts doubt on the detection technique used to infer its presence: the sulfur isotope signature “was mostly created by non-photochemical reactions during sediment diagenesis, and thus is not linked to atmospheric chemistry.”    This announcement is producing emotional as well as chemical reactions.  The LiveScience article states,“There is going to be a howl, even outrage,” over these findings, geologist and isotope geochemist Paul Knauth at Arizona State University told LiveScience.  They will say hot springs could have swamped the rocks Ohmoto and his colleagues looked at with normal sulfur, or that the crystals they analyzed washed in from elsewhere, or that their measurements are inaccurate, he said.  However, Knauth noted Ohmoto and his colleagues did address these points “and make good arguments.”The problem with oxygen is that it is highly reactive and destructive to prebiotic chemicals.  None of the amino acids or other “building blocks of life” famous from the Miller experiment and similar tests would have formed in the presence of oxygen.  Astrobiologists had assumed that no oxygen was present until the emergence of photosynthetic bacteria, some two billion years after the formation of the earth.    This finding has implications for other planets, too.  Ohmoto believes that early oxygen could be a common characteristic on planets around other stars.  His paper did not address the impact this finding would have on research into the origin of life [OOL].  He only told LiveScience that the question of when oxygen first appeared on the early earth “is closely linked to those related to the biological evolution on Earth and other planets,” an ambiguous and indirect comment at best.  Reporter Charles Q. Choi seemed to think this was good news.  He titled his article, “Alien life might arise quickly, study suggests,” and began,Scientists have found that oxygen and the life that generates it might have enriched the Earth far earlier than currently supposed.    The discovery, sure to be controversial, suggests life could arise earlier than now thought on alien planets, too.1Ohmoto et al., “Sulphur isotope evidence for an oxic Archaean atmosphere,” Nature 442, 908-911(24 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature05044; Received 21 June 2005; Accepted 10 July 2006.For spinning a disastrous finding into a blessing, Choi wins Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week.  Bringing oxygen into the picture before photosynthesis is like bringing out the rugby team before the grass has sprouted.  The astrobiology gardeners will only get mud if Ohmoto is correct.  Early oxygen will destroy any chances of life starting by chemical evolution (as if that fairy tale had a chance to begin with).  If they respond like Choi and just assume this implies “alien life might arise quickly,” then they must believe a second miracle, that the complexities of photosynthesis also arose quickly.  Watch those miracle words emerged, appeared, and arose.  Words can’t short-circuit reality.  Arose by any other name would smell as cheat.(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA engineer to help build Bloodhound

first_imgBeverly Singh receives her Bloodhound SSC Chevening Scholarship from the UK’s deputy high commissioner in South Africa, Martin Reynolds. (Image: Bloodhound SSC) Wing commander Andy Green, who will attempt to break his own land speed record set up in 1997 in the Thrust SSC, inspired Singh to apply for a spot on the Bloodhound team.(Image: Janine Erasmus) The Bloodhound SSC has been years in development, and will be ready to break the land speed barrier by 2015.(Image: Bloodhound SSC) MEDIA CONTACTS • Marina Joubert  PR, Bloodhound SSC  +27 83 409 4254 RELATED ARTICLES • Bloodhound brings world focus to SA • Proudly SA helmet for Bloodhound • Northern Cape ideal for extreme sports • SKA: who gets what Janine ErasmusSouth Africa’s Beverly Singh, an engineering graduate from Port Elizabeth, is the first recipient of the Bloodhound SSC Chevening Scholarship – she will work with the construction team on the final assembly stages of the supersonic car, while pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.Initiated in 1983, the Chevening Scholarship programme is funded by the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations. It was originally known as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Awards Scheme but in 1994 was named after Chevening House in Kent, an official residence of the UK’s foreign minister.The Chevening programme singles out scholars with leadership potential from around the world, and gives them the chance for postgraduate studies at universities in the UK. For the 2011-2012 round of applications, the number of scholarships was increased to more than 700 worldwide. Of these, about 30 will come from South Africa.To date, there are over 40 000 alumni from 116 countries, excluding the US and EU. Singh joins previous recipients such as Iceland’s prime minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Jaime Bermudez, the Colombian minister of foreign affairs, former Polish prime minister Marek Belka, and Lili Wang, the vice-governor of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.A process engineer at Kestrel Renewable Energy, a company that builds wind turbines, Singh graduated in 2008 with a diploma in mechanical engineering and in 2012 with a Bachelor of Technology degree – both from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She completed her practical training at General Motors South Africa and also worked at Eveready.She is now preparing to join the Bloodhound development team in the UK in September, while she studies for a master’s degree at the University of the West of England in Bristol.“The university has great research facilities and is in partnership with great companies – Rolls Royce, Boeing, etc. – and I’m also looking forward to travelling and meeting new and interesting people,” she said.Singh will work with the supersonic car’s team at their technical facility in the Bristol suburb of Avonmouth. Bloodhound is scheduled to come to the speed run site of Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape in 2015 for a series of test, during which it’s expected to break the current land speed record of 1 221 km/h.In 2016 the car will return to the Northern Cape for the big assault on the 1 609 km/h (1 000 mph) barrier.The university is already involved in the Bloodhound project and was one of its founder sponsors.Breaking barriersSingh received her scholarship from the UK’s deputy high commissioner Martin Reynolds, at a function in Johannesburg in mid-August.“In 2011 I attended a lecture by [Bloodhound driver] Andy Green at the university, where he explained what they are trying to achieve, and the engineering challenges, and I was inspired,” she explained. “On the website of the SA Institution of Chemical Engineers I saw an ad for the scholarship and I knew it was definitely something I want to be a part of.”Singh attributes her love of engineering to a grandfather who enjoyed working on cars, and from an early age she was hooked. “I was always interested in learning about technology and how things work, and the logical and practical side of it, and that got me into engineering.”She is keen to gain new knowledge and skills in the engineering field. “I share Bloodhound’s passion for education and sharing knowledge, and inspiring young students to get more involved in engineering, science and maths.”Singh would ultimately like to establish a manufacturing training facility for young South Africans, where they can learn crucial skills that will boost the country’s economy.last_img read more

Umtata Christian School celebrates Global Dignity Day

first_imgUmtata Christian School pupils with their Global Dignity Day certificates.Prelene SinghOn Wednesday 15 October young South Africans celebrated Global Dignity Day. The day aims to promote the importance of dignity and teach how to help others lead a dignified life. On the day, thousands of volunteers across the world worked to instil a new, positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow to adulthood.What is Global Dignity?“Dignity is the source of human rights.” This was a key realisation for Vuyo Jack, one of the founders of the Global Dignity Club, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, selected in 2009. Jack was intrigued by the Global Day initiative, co-founded by a group of his fellow Young Global Leaders, Prince Haakon, the crown Prince of Norway, John Hope Bryant and Prof Pekka Himanen.The initiative was inspired by Prince Haakon’s visit to South Africa in the early days of democracy, where he experienced the importance of dignity in people’s lives. “We wanted to build on this inspiration by extending Global Dignity Day celebrations to many people through a summit in 2010 which was attended by young professionals from and around South Africa,” says Jack.This journey took them around the country covering the nine provinces with a goal of engaging learners from different backgrounds. This compelled them to conceptualise a more sustainable programme for learners where they could engage and take action on matters relating to dignity in their environment, proactively, on a daily basis. This is how the Global Dignity Club programme was established in January 2013.Brand South Africa then joined forces with the Global Dignity movement through the Play Your Part programme. The campaign is aimed at preparing students for their journey towards cultivating the ability to empathise with others and to instil in them the recognition that every life has equal value.The focus is on accelerating the execution of the National Development Plan (NDP) by taking a community-centric approach to the socioeconomic, academic and entrepreneurial development of learners.The South African Dignity campaign has since reached more than 15 000 school learners in nine provinces across the country. The message of dignity is centred on education, financial literacy and the values of ubuntu. Ubuntu is largely understood as an expression of kindness to the vulnerable other. It’s a phenomenon that has less to do with social vulnerability but more about social assertiveness. The concept speaks to the ability of one to claim what is rightfully theirs in relation to the other.The Umtata Christian SchoolLast year, when the campaign was launched, the Umtata Christian School in the Eastern Cape came up with the idea to start a soup kitchen, a drama club and career expos – on a budget of only R2 000 – as part of their contribution to Global Dignity Day.The soup kitchen helps feed homeless people in the area as a way to restore their dignity. The drama club is set to teach performing arts skills to the school’s pupils while simultaneously spreading the message of dignity. With the careers expo, the club adopted three schools in the rural area of Tsolo on the outskirts of Mthatha, with the intention to guide underprivileged learners in career choices and self-introspection that goes into choosing a career.As part of Global Dignity Day celebrations, the learners of Umtata Christian School applied their minds to an integrated programme, performing a play, reflecting on the year by showing videos of the community work they had done throughout the year, such as donating old clothes to the unfortunate and painting a day care centre. They also created a space for participation from the audience by allowing speakers to talk to what dignity means in various spaces, such a spiritual environment and how dignity applies to relationships, as a way to propagate the gospel of dignity to members of their community and the learners.Play Your PartThese smaller community initiatives are entirely developed by learners of the club and executed with help from their mentors and teachers. This lays the foundation early on in their education and the value of active citizenship. They are taught to inspire new ways to make a fundamental change in their respective communities. By such activities which are made appealing to youngsters, they are able to display initiative and leadership abilities, which will be key to realising the development goals outlined in the NDP and Vision 2030.In partnership with the Global Dignity Club, Brand South Africa handed out certificates to all the learners of the Club, as a way to encourage them to continue playing their part in their communities and grow to be active citizens of the country. After all, today’s youth will make up the workforce of 2030, so their input and involvement is crucial.last_img read more

10 Mobile Trends for 2011

first_imgsarah perez Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement In its annual mobile technology report, Forrester Research has outlined the trends it expects to see in the coming year. Technologies like 4G and LTE, Near Field Communication (NFC), barcodes and augmented reality will see increasing amounts of hype in 2011, and the use of mobile/social/location combinations will soar, the report says. But for companies, the goal should now be on developing mobile business cases and strategies, and not jumping on the bandwagons surrounding these types of disruptions.These technologies – LTE, NFC and mobile AR – will take years to emerge, says Forrester. Strategy needs to come before technology.2010 Trends ContinueForrester’s 2011 report began by analyzing its performance on last’s year’s predictions. Overall, the firm gave itself a B+ on accuracy. It says that the trends we saw last year will continue in the year ahead. These included around 20 trends that were lumped into four general categories: disruptive forces, emerging trends, consumer use of mobile for commerce and company spending on mobile.Last year, Forrester had claimed that we would see non-telco companies like Apple, Google and Facebook seeing increased importance as key players in the mobile ecosystem, we would see increasing device and OS (operating system) fragmentation, the increased integration of location and social into mobile services, increased consumer use of mobile commerce services and mobile product professionals would be increasing their mobile budgets.While those still hold true, says Forrester, new trends for 2011 are emerging.To summarize, the trends are as follows:1) Mobile/Social/Local Combinations will Explode but will Generate Little Revenue As we also recently noted, everyone is getting into mobile/social/local services these days from Facebook to Google and Amazon to Groupon. But Forrester says that while the number and usage of these services will increase, it does not expect the services to generate meaningful revenue in 2011. Also, in a side note, there’s bad news for Foursquare buried in the report. Although Forrester doesn’t name names, it says that “location-based social networks” will struggle as standalone activities as major players like Facebook integrate location into their services, like Facebook has done with Facebook Places.2) 2011 is the Year of the “Dumb” Smartphone UserSmartphones will become more affordable, thanks to handset subsidies. And these new users will be less engaged and active than smartphone early adopters. Forrester expects they’ll download fewer apps on average, but will consume more mobile media thanks to consumer education and convenience provided by the phones.Despite the fact that these former “dumb phone” users may download fewer apps than early adopters, the overall app forecast is still good. In fact, Gartner also just released a report that stated mobile app store revenue will pass $15 billion in 2011. It said:Worldwide mobile application store downloads are forecast to reach 17.7 billion downloads in 2011, a 117 percent increase from an estimated 8.2 billion downloads in 2010…By the end of 2014, Gartner forecast over 185 billion applications will have been downloaded from mobile app stores, since the launch of the first one in July 2008.Worldwide mobile application store revenue is projected to surpass $15.1 billion in 2011, both from end users buying applications and applications themselves generating advertising revenue for their developers. This is a 190 percent increase from 2010 revenue of $5.2 billion.(Note: The “dumb” reference in Forrester’s trend title is not meant to a slight at the intelligence of these new users, by the way, but the phones they’ve upgraded from: feature phones, also sometimes called “dumb phones.”)3) The Mobile Fragmentation Problem will Continue Forrester says it expects fragmentation to continue, but it’s not just referring to the multiple variations of a single OS. It means that some customers have smartphones, some have feature phones, some use apps, some use SMS, plus there are multiple OS’s in existence, in multiple versions, with multiple screen sizes and there are a higher number of devices out there. In short: fragmentation. The costs of porting, maintaining and promoting apps will remain high.4) The “Apps vs. Internet” Debate Will Continue…to be IrrelevantSays Forrester, it’s not a question of “either/or” when it comes to a choice between apps vs. the mobile Web, but both. Frequent and intense users of services like banking and brokerage will want curated experiences in the form of apps, but the Internet will remain the fallback for more occasional information and needs. Mobile developers frustrated with the costs of building mobile apps for multiple platforms should rely more on the Web. Even if HTML5 doesn’t scale within the next 2 to 3 years, mobile browsing experiences are improving, the report notes. But for targeting the “SuperConnecteds” and “Entertainers” (referring to two types of mobile users the firm classified previously, referring to, respectively, heavy users and those who listen to music, watch video and play games), apps are still needed.5) Mobile Marketing Spend will Surpass $1 BillionMarketer will begin allocating dedicated resources to mobile in 2011. In the U.S., Forrester forecasts that marketing spend on mobile display ads and search will surpass $1 billion in 2011. Marketers will find quantifiable ROI on mobile for generating real leads, driving foot traffic, and selling products and services.6) Mobile Will Increasingly Prompt Users to Interact with Their Environment In 2011, NFC will begin to matter. The market will move away from the trial stage in regions where there is NFC infrastructure in place, but barriers will still need to be removed for the technology to really take off. These include consumer demand, education and business model issues. Other technologies like QR codes (a type of barcode) and augmented reality will prompt users to hold up their phones to interact with the world around them. These initiatives, however, will remain nice, but will help raise awareness of the new forms of interaction provided by mobile.7) The Attention to 4G will Vastly Outweigh the Impact of 4G NetworksMore operators will launch 4G networks in 2011 to a lot of buzz, but Forrester says to ignore the hype. “4G will have as little impact as 3G had when it launched in Europe and the U.S. in 203.” It took nearly 7 years for half of mobile subscribers in those regions to have 3G capable phones, says the firm. Expect similar trends for 4G.8) Companies will Invest First in Convenient Services for ConsumersForrester says that mobile product and service professionals, particularly in the travel industry, will invest first to keep their most lucrative customers happy. And in the hierarchy of benefits that mobile offers – revenue generation, cost savings and convenience – convenience will reign during 2011.9) Casual Gaming Will Continue to Boom Smartphones have become powerful gaming devices for the mass market, and this trend will continue in 2011. In the premium mobile space, new business models based on subscriptions, microtransactions and in-app billing will expand from the games category into others, like music and news.10) “Mobile” Will Mean More than Mobile PhonesConsumer adoption of tablets, eReaders, portable media devices and other mobile products has grown in 2010 and this will continue in 2011. Apps and services will need to work across devices and consumers will want ubiquitous access to content and services.  This will force service providers to sync content via the cloud to maintain a consistent experience across platforms. Tags:#mobile#Trends last_img read more

Love overwhelmed by reaction since revealing panic attack

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I want to continue to push that message,” Love said. “There’s a lot of work to be done. I’m glad this is out there and glad I can help.”He’s got the support of teammate LeBron James.“When people that are dealing with the same situation, that’s in the same situation as Kev, it helps them out more than anybody — to not feel like they’re alone, because they’re not,” James said. “We, as athletes, are put on this pedestal, but we go through some of the same problems. We’re all human beings. All of us. I think it’s very enlightening for him to know that, and to see that, and to know he can help others by doing that.”James knows it’s not easy to come forward on such topics as mental issues.“Because we live in a sport or a world where our whole lives, we always talk about, ‘Figure it out on your own,’ and ‘Be as strong as you can’ and ’Don’t show anybody any weakness,’” James said. “So, that’s how we’ve been built. We’ve been built like that our whole lives, ever since we picked up a basketball or picked up a football, or whatever the case may be.ADVERTISEMENT “I think that sometimes can become a problem. Obviously, when you’re able to see that, sometimes that’s not the way to deal with it, and it actually makes you even more strong in the respective sport that you are in.”In his essay, Love said he was hit hard by anxiety Nov. 5 during a home game against the Atlanta Hawks. Love added that he had been under family stress and hadn’t been sleeping well. After briefly being winded while playing 15 minutes in the first half, he felt his heart racing and couldn’t catch his breath during a timeout in the third quarter.Love was taken to the Cleveland Clinic, but tests didn’t reveal anything abnormal. He returned to playing at a high level, but was perplexed by what happened and burdened about people finding out.And while he did not mention it in his essay, titled “Everyone Is Going Through Something,” Love left a Jan. 20 game against Oklahoma City under similar circumstances.He said Wednesday that had nothing to do with a panic attack.“That was me being sick,” Love said. “I wasn’t aware how many people knew (about the panic attack). I kind of buried it and put it off to the side. That kind of started a big push in the back to why I wanted to write this article.”Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he hasn’t read Love’s essay yet, but that the team is there for Love.“Whatever he needs,” Lue said. “We’re going to support him 100 percent.” Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sits on the bench as time runs out in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, in Denver. As the Cavs continue to wait for the winner of the Boston-Washington series to emerge as their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals, Love’s reduced role in his third postseason for Cleveland has become a topic for discussion. And while the All-Star forward has found himself at the center of previous controversies during his time with the Cavs, there are no hidden meanings or subliminal messages at work. APDENVER — Kevin Love has received more than 4,000 messages since opening up about his struggles with mental health issues.“Overwhelming is a good word to use,” the Cleveland Cavaliers forward said Wednesday after the morning shootaround before a game against the Nuggets. “I’m trying to read through all the emails and all the texts and respond to everybody in the right way.”ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Gaston embraces last-minute role change to libero Love considered it therapeutic to write his essay for The Player’s Tribune in which he addressed such things as his panic attack during a game this season and how he’s spent most of his life afraid to accept there was something wrong with him.Although, it was daunting to release his story to the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It did take me a while (to write). I didn’t know if I was going to address it potentially in the summer, but I’m glad I did it now,” said Love, a five-time All-Star who’s currently sidelined by a broken hand. “Everybody is going through something. Everybody has things that you can’t see, you can’t touch, that they’re walking with every day. … We need to beat down that stigma about mental health and be able to come out and talk things out.”Love thanked Toronto All-Star DeMar DeRozan for recently acknowledging his bouts of depression. It gave Love the courage to tell his tale. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View comments MOST READ Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Kings overcome Damian Lillard’s 35 to frustrate Trail Blazers

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard looks to pass against Sacramento Kings’ Marvin Bagley III and De’Aaron Fox, (5) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It hasn’t taken long for Marvin Bagley III to regain his rhythm in Sacramento’s offense after missing 11 games with an injured left knee.The second overall pick in the draft still needs to improve his free throw shooting in the fourth quarter, but Bagley is definitely giving the Kings’ second unit quite a lift.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “He’s a walking double-double,” said Justin Jackson, who had nine points on three 3-pointers. “You add that back to our team, it adds even more versatility. It allows us to do so many more things within our offense whenever he’s out there on the court.”Fox also had nine assists, Buddy Hield scored 19 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 18 on 8-of-10 shooting off the bench. Sacramento has won three straight and four of five.“We’re playing hard, we’re defending, making extra efforts,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We’re a team where everybody needs to contribute.”Damian Lillard scored 35 points to become the fastest player in Portland history to reach 12,000 for his career. Jusuf Nurkic had six points and 11 rebounds, and CJ McCollum scored six on 2-of-14 shooting.The Trail Blazers, playing the second half of a back-to-back, have lost two straight since winning four in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tony Parker in triumphant San Antonio return as Hornets down Spurs SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “We knew coming in that they love to play in transition and we kind of played into their hands,” Lillard said. “We turned the ball over and allowed them to get out in transition. They play the fastest pace in the league, so we made it harder on ourselves than it had to be.”Sacramento got out to an early lead, held Portland to 17 points in the second quarter and then held off the Trail Blazers down the stretch.After Lillard’s 17-foot jumper cut the Kings’ lead to 109-103 with 1:47 remaining, Fox came back down the court and calmly drained his only 3 of the night.Bagley made a free throw and Willie Cauley-Stein added an emphatic dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.Portland struggled offensively across the board, particularly McCollum, who didn’t make a shot after halftime.Lillard reached 12,000 points in the third quarter of his 514th game. Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler had been the fastest Trail Blazers player to reach the mark, in his 587th game.“A lot of guys who come into the league who are capable of doing the same thing don’t get the opportunity, the trust or the freedom,” Lillard said. “I’m really thankful for the coaching staff that I play for and the teammates that I’ve been fortunate enough to play with.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Lillard has scored in double figures in 184 consecutive games, breaking a tie with Drexler for the franchise record. . Collins made a tremendous defensive play to block a layup attempt by Yogi Ferrell in the first quarter. . Portland coach Terry Stotts was called for a technical while talking with officials after a foul.Kings: Fox has made at least one steal in 14 straight games, the longest active streak in the NBA. . Iman Shumpert was called for a technical foul in the third quarter. Shumpert later had to be walked to the bench by a teammate after arguing with someone on Portland’s bench. Shumpert’s three technicals are tied for second-most on the Kings behind Fox, who has four.center_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Bagley had 13 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double, De’Aaron Fox scored 16 points and made a key 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining, and Sacramento beat the Portland Trail Blazers 115-107 on Monday night.“I feel like I was before I got hurt,” Bagley said after his fourth game back. “When I was out, I still was around. I was still shooting, still was doing stuff. I wasn’t just sitting out. I was getting in shape, still making sure that I was ready. It wasn’t hard to get back into the swing of things.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBagley made a pivotal 14-foot turnaround jumper early in the fourth quarter, then went over the back of Zach Collins and tipped in an offensive rebound to put the Kings up 100-88.That anchored a big night from Sacramento’s bench, which outscored Portland’s reserves 58-34. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TEMPERS FLAREShumpert had to be stopped by arena and Trail Blazers security from going into Portland’s locker room after the game. Shumpert was apparently angry at Nurkic, who set a hard screen in the second half.“Some stuff needed to be between me and him, a conversation between two men,” Shumpert said. “Some stuff happened out there that we needed to have a conversation about. That’s it.”Nurkic shrugged it off.“I’m not going to worry about it,” Nurkic said. “He’s going into retirement soon. I’m not going to worry about a guy who’s going into retirement soon.”NOT THIS TIMEWhen the Blazers beat the Kings two weeks ago, Nurkic became the first player in modern NBA history to have at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, five assists, five steals and five blocks. It was a much different story for Nurkic on Monday. Portland’s big man had five assists and one block but took only seven shots and did not make a steal.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.Kings: At the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Asian Wrestling Championship 2017: Harpreet Singh brings glory to India

first_imgThe opening day of the Asian Wrestling Championship 2017 proved good for India as Harpreet Singh clinched a bronze medal in Greco-Roman 80kg category.However, other Indians failed to put an impressive show in the championship.This was Harpreet’s second successive bronze medal at the Asian Championship, which he got after defeating Junjie Na of China 3-2. After the first round, the scores were tied at 1-1, Harpreet came back strongly in the second round by taking down his opponent to earn two points to lead 3-1.Although the Chinese got one point due to the Indian’s passivity, in the last minutes of the bout, Harpreet applied ‘bagaldo’ technique to clinch the win.Silver lining on the first dayHarpreet’s medal was the only silver lining on a day when the other Indian wrestlers returned empty handed.The first day of the Asian Championship lacked the sheen as it commenced to an extremely poor response with no facilities for either the fans or the media.Harpreet’s take on pressure to perform”There was a lot of pressure on me as I was the only medal hope left and I wanted to give the country a medal on the first day of the championship, being the hosts,” said Harpreet, who had bagged a bronze at the last edition in Bangkok, Thailand, according to PTI.”I focused very hard and strategised how I could win the bronze. I am glad I could apply the strategy well to win the medal in the end,” he added.advertisementAnother Indian in Gurpreet Singh (75kg) came close to finishing on the podium but lost his bronze medal bout 0-8 in just 38 seconds to Bin Yang of China.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img read more

Arsenal hierarchy say club never pursued super league breakaway

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share via Email Arsenal European club football Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck undergoes two operations on broken ankle Read more “We knew that could be an option and we explored that option. We looked into that in two ways: a way of exploring the real possibility and also how it would help us to negotiate with Uefa under the new terms because every cycle we will negotiate. At the end of the day the outcome was the best possible because we got into a new deal with Uefa within the system that protected the domestic leagues.”Sanllehí rejected reports that there was a genuine proposal recently that Arsenal signed up for. “The way it was explained may seem we were doing secret things but there is nothing secret,” he said. “There is one document that has been presented in an article that has Arsenal’s name; it also has Barcelona’s name. But there’s no signature and I can assure you in Arsenal and Barcelona we have not seen the document. It’s a draft, probably drafted by some proposal discussed with one of those clubs in that list that I don’t know about. It’s a real document – I cannot deny that – but I can assure I’ve not seen that document.” Topics He is doubtful a European Super League is around the corner: “Not in the short term because we have an agreement with Uefa right now – but I don’t know what the future will bring because the future writes itself. I don’t envision, not in the short term or medium term, radical change.” Reuse this content Share on Facebook Read more news Venkatesham’s colleague Raúl Sanllehí, the director of football who joined from Barcelona, emphasised that Arsenal wanted to position themselves in the highest echelons of the game and therefore feel compelled to be part of any debate, but he suggested that the manoeuvring between the top clubs that make up the European Club Association (ECA) is as much to do with posturing to push for the best possible deals with Uefa as any clear push to form a Super League.“As [it is] responsible for top European clubs the ECA had to look to all the options for the future,” he said. “One of them, of course, could have been the possibility of a European Super League. We had a working team that participated – I was at Barcelona at that time, Ivan Gazidis [then of Arsenal] was there too. It was a conversation we didn’t hide from anybody, not even from the ECA smaller clubs. Arsenal’s hierarchy say they are not about to abandon the Premier League in search of a European Super League breakaway. Although they were part of the group that had discussions about the prospect, the Premier League remains the priority.“Arsenal aren’t or never have been interested in playing in any competition that weakens the Premier League,” the managing director, Vinai Venkatesham, said. “The Premier League is the world’s leading league in the leading sport; we don’t want to do anything to damage it. I see these articles that Arsenal want to break away – we never want to do any of that. But we also have to recognise we have to be in these conversations or we wouldn’t be responsible. We have to be in the conversations – it doesn’t necessarily mean we support them.” Premier League to introduce VAR but clubs reject overseas quota cut Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Share on Twitter The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on Pinterestlast_img read more