Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Vicente said he still doesn’t want to talk about the putting up a new team although he was tasked by the Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas to groom a team for the long haul.“Let’s not completely disband the team. Maybe we can add more players,” added Vicente.The Philippines won over Malaysia but lost to Vietnam in the group stage, pitting the Nationals against Thailand in the semifinals.After losing to Thailand in the semis, the country once again faced Vietnam which we have previously defeated in the Asian Championships but were now suddenly unstoppable.“They all played great. All of them,” said Vicente at the mixed zone looking at Valdez who was being interviewed beside him.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jaja Santiago exploded with 20 points, Alyssa Valdez 17, Jovelyn Gonzaga 12 and Aby Marano 9 for the Philippines which went one set up and 20-17 in the second set.But Vietnam would always have an answer through unstoppable Tran Thi Thuy and Nguyen Thin Ngoc Hoa who unloaded 26 and 20 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’PH coach Francis Vicente noted the improvement from two years ago when the Nationals failed to make the final four.“The fighting mode is there but still needs more. But I’m happy. Maybe in the next SEA Games (Philippines 2019) the results would be different. Maybe we’ll be up there on top,” said Vicente. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Malacañang hails Filipino SEA Games medalists But the Vietnamese had more blocks, 14-5, and superior floor defense that proved to be telling. Vietnam also led in attacks 66-55.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View comments Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal FILE PHOTO – Jaja Santiago of the Philippines attacks the defense of Vietnam during their women’s volleyball match in the 29th Southeast Asian Games. The Vietnamese prevailed, 26-24, 25-12, 25-23. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippine women’s volleyball team — a squad of big-name players steep in drama and intrigue — wound up with an uneventful fourth-place finish Sunday.Taking on Vietnam for the bronze medal match, the Nationals fought long and hard but in the end showed obvious lack of chemistry to yield, 25-27, 25-22, 25-20, 25-21, in the Southeast Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENT
…court orders psychiatric evaluationScores of persons gathered early Friday morning outside of the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to get a glimpse of the former Chief-of-Staff’s Aide-de-Camp, the interdicted Captain Orwain Sandy, who has been slapped with a murder charge after he allegedly killed his lover, Reona Payne.A tearful Sandy, 36, of Lot 130 Section C Grove, East Bank Demerara, was arraigned before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman, whose court heard thatA weeping Orwain Sandy being escorted by Police officers at the Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsSandy shot his lover Reona Payne on March 31, 2018 at Alexander Village, Georgetown, where the two were allegedly involved in an argument.Sandy’s attorney, James Bond, making application for his client to be examined by a private psychiatrist, informed the court that the examination is critical to his client’s well-being, since he has been consulting with a psychiatrist for the past two years.Police Prosecutor Vishnu Hunt made no objection to the application being granted.Moreover, Magistrate Latchman granted application for Sandy to be mentally evaluated.Sandy was remanded to prison, and the case will continue on April 24.An autopsy revealed that Payne, who was a travel agent at Muneshwer’s Travel Service, received fourteen gunshot wounds to her body.Reports are that Sandy and Payne were in a motorcar proceeding along First Street, Alexander Village when an argument ensued after he reportedly accused her of being unfaithful. It was reported that he stopped the car, and as the woman exited, he shot her several times with his service revolver.He left her lifeless body on the roadway and went to the Ruimveldt Police Station, where he surrendered, informing ranks what he had done moments earlier.This publication was told that the argument ensued after Sandy had confronted Payne about having an affair with one of his colleagues.Meanwhile, following the shooting, the GDF, in a statement, said Sandy has been interdicted from duty, and a Board of Inquiry has been established to probe the incident.Sandy, who two years ago graduated from the University of Guyana with a Degree in Sociology, was regarded by his peers as progressive.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local Figure Skater, Sophie Stevens, was in Kelowna last weekend for the Skate Canada B.C. Sectional Championships.According to Fort St. John Figure Skating Club Coach, Jennifer Hammond, Stevens competed in the Pre-Novice Event.While Stevens placed 37th in her division, Hammond says Stevens had two great skates and is quite happy with her performance at the Championships.- Advertisement -This was Stevens’ first year in the Pre-Novice level and Hammond says this event gave Stevens the experience she needed in order to work on further skills as a skater and better prepare for next year’s Provincials.Up next, the Fort St. John Figure Skating Club will be taking part in the Regional Competition in January.
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has urged Spurs NOT to sign Saido Berahino, claiming the West Brom youngster’s attitude could ‘disrupt’ the dressing room unity at White Hart Lane.The 22-year-old forward was at the centre of a bitter fallout between the clubs as Spurs attempted to sign him in a drawn out saga last summer.There are suggestions the north London club could come in for him again in the January transfer window, with reports claiming out-of-favour winger Andros Townsend could be included in a potential switch.But Redknapp believes the forward would be too much of a gamble.Spurs were prepared to pay £23million for Berahino in August but the England Under-21 international has since been far from his best, scoring just three goals in 14 Baggies appearances.Tony Pulis has been critical of Berahino’s conduct on and off the pitch, with the West Brom manager issuing a warning over his persistent lateness to training and team meetings in recent months, while reports have claimed he was only included on bench against Newcastle on Monday due to lack of alternatives.Tottenham have been one of the in-form teams of 2015 and Monday’s victory over Watford left them just four points adrift of the Premier League top spot and ex-boss Redknapp believes Berahino’s arrival could unbalance the young squad’s spirit.“They’re talking about the boy at West Brom, but I’m not sure about him,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“It would be a bit of a gamble. His attitude does seem the greatest and you don’t need that.“There’s a great spirit at Tottenham, a great group of young players all pulling for each other and the manager has done a fantastic job. You don’t want to take any chances and disrupt that really.”
Guus Hiddink believes Chelsea can still finish fourth this season, and he will continue to do so ‘as long as it is mathematically possible’.The Blues looked back to their best on Sunday as they beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at Selhurst Park – their first away Premier League win since August – and it continues Chelsea’s unbeaten run since Jose Mourinho’s departure in December.The three points takes them up to 14th in the table, 12 points off fourth-placed Tottenham with 18 games to play.The Chelsea manager said: “It’s rather difficult, normally Chelsea should always be competing for the top positions.“But coming from that far [behind Spurs], it’s mathematically possible to go in fourth position but with the strength of this league it’s difficult.“But if we play like today with our discipline and using the quality of the players, we don’t know.“As long as it’s possible, we will go on.”Chelsea’s overall performance was arguably one of their best of the season, showing unity and glimpses of quality which saw them ease to last year’s Premier League title.Stars who were not performing under Mourinho looked sharp and interested and the Dutch boss says that is down to taking things back to ‘basics’. “When a player enjoys what he is doing then his quality will [improve].“But it demands some giving, not just taking. And they were willing.“Not just now, but in the previous games. The team is willing and the players who are not normally willing to do that, they do so and that is what I ask of the team. Basic things.“When they do that they start enjoying the game and perform very well.”Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel returned to Chelsea’s starting XI last week in the draw with Manchester United after impressing Hiddink and he caught the eye of Chelsea fans in his deep-lying midfield position.Hiddink said of the 28-year-old: “When I took the first training session around the Sunderland game, I saw him in small games playing and smiling and I know he can be of big value to bring balance to the team.”SEE HERE – ‘Chelsea are back, Diego Costa is back! Thanks, Guus Hiddink!’ Blues fans optimistic after Crystal Palace victory
DONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness says he’s looking forward to a special Christmas with his wife and young family.The Glenties man says he may also spend some time over the break sitting back and enjoying watching some of the games Donegal played in the past year.Jim is one of a number of GAA Christmas stars interviewed for this special video.Click Play to Watch DDTV VIDEO: JIM McGUINNESS LOOKING FORWARD TO SPECIAL CHRISTMAS WITH HIS FAMILY was last modified: December 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV VIDEO: JIM McGUINNESS LOOKING FORWARD TO SPECIAL CHRISTMAS WITH HIS FAMILY
Tags: COSAFAtopUganda Cranes The Cranes are slatted to take part in the COSAFA tournament later this month. (file photo)2019 COSAFA CupDurban, South Africa25th May – 6th JuneKAMPALA – A squad of 20 players has been summoned ahead of the 2019 COSAFA Cup in South Africa.Uganda was invited to take part in the competition that runs from May 20th to June 6th. as the guest Nation.However, they will not feature in the Group stages but will rather start at the quarter final stage.In the Last 8, the Cranes will take on Lesotho, one of the other five nations that will also not be part of the Groups.The squad that was announced on Tuesday features only players that play on the local seen in both the StarTimes Uganda Premier League and the FUFA Big League.It is strange that only one goalkeeper, SC Villa’s Saidi Keni features on the list of players.Saidi Keni is the only goalkeeper on the list. (Agency Photo)Almost all the stand out performers in the Premier League, last season have been included. Express’s John Revita, Vipers Dan Sserrunkuma, Bright Stars Captain Nelson Ssenkatuka and KCCA’s Mustapha Kizza who is currently undergoing trials in Spain, are all part of the squad.Proline’s Bright Anukani is the only player that is on the squad and featuresin the FUFA Big League. He comes as no surprise as he has been the National team set-up in the recent past.The team will start training on the 15th of this month (May) at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.To complete the squad, some players from the initial preliminary AFCON Squad will be considered for COSAFA tournament if they don’t travel to the United Arab Emirates.The list of 20 players that have been summoned ahead of COSAFA 2019Said Keni (Sc Villa), Willa Paul (Police), Kizza Mustafa (KCCA FC), Revita John (Express FC), Eyam Ivan (Mbarara City FC), Serunkuma Daniel (Vipers SC), Owori David (SC Villa), Bright Anukani (Proline FC), Bashir Mutanda (SC Villa), Mucuurezi Paul (Mbarara City FC), Mbowa Paul Baker (URA FC), Mutyaba Muzamiru (KCCA FC), Isinde Isaac (KJSSS FC), Senkatuka Nelson (Brights Stars FC), Kagimu Shafik (URA FC), Kasozi Nicolas (KCCA FC), Kayiwa Allan (Tooro United FC), Hassan Musana (KCCA FC), Obenchan Filibert (KCCA FC), Birungi Michael (Express FC)Comments
Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.ARLINGTON, Texas — There is a good vibe around the progress Jesús Luzardo is making from his left shoulder strain.Luzardo was given a timetable of 4-6 weeks for a shutdown period from any throwing. Thursday will mark the fourth week since the diagnosis on the A’s No. 1 prospect.Luzardo is still not throwing, but A’s manager Bob Melvin said the left-hander is feeling “fantastic” about his progress. Luzardo has been staying …
At a physical level, everything in the universe is made of atoms and molecules. Life, being a subset of everything in the universe, is composed of a subset of all molecules that exist. It could be said that any atom or molecule present in a living thing is a building block of life, but how informative is that? Carbon, for instance, is essential to life, but is also a building block of cyanide, tailpipe soot, graphite, diamond and a host of deadly poisons. It’s not just the presence of the simplest parts that conveys information about the whole – it’s the way that the building blocks are assembled into the complex structure. A child’s alphabet building blocks, for instance, form gibberish when assembled by an infant who cannot read. Life has been compared, by contrast, to an encyclopedia of highly specific information. This information then directs a symphony of coordinated, dynamic processes using molecular machines. Evolutionists are fond of pointing to carbon, water and other atoms and simple molecules as “building blocks of life.” Embedded in the phrase is a subtext of progress. If the building blocks are present, the statement suggests that they will “build” or assemble into life, given the right circumstances. No one would say, though, that since silicon is a building block of computers, finding silicon on extrasolar planets is a sure bet computers will eventually be found. In a similar vein, life uses a subset of “organic compounds” (carbon-based chemicals), but sometimes the word organic is used in an equivocal way to suggest the presence of life, even though many organic compounds (cyanide, gasoline, and carbon tetrachloride, for example) are poisonous or useless to biology. At what point does the use of “prebiotic compounds” or “organic soup” or “building blocks of life” invoke the power of suggestion to support an evolutionary, naturalistic view of life’s origin? Look at these recent examples to see if the inference to life is warranted by the observations.Oxygen: The oxygen atom, though necessary for most living things, can also be a deadly poison – that’s why we take antioxidants. In the cell, it is handled very delicately by complex enzymes that combine it with byproducts of respiration to form water and carbon dioxide, which can be safely removed. Oxygen’s mere presence, however, suggested to EurekAlert that life was ready to explode in a plethora of wondrous complexity. The title reads, “2 oxygenation events in ancient oceans sparked spread of complex life.” Would the same thing be said of silicon sparking the spread of computers?Carbon: Carbon is essential to most living molecules. It is basic to fats, sugars, proteins and nucleic acids. Raw carbon, or simple hydrocarbons, however, are useless to life unless incorporated by enzymes into structural molecules according to coded instructions. Why, then, are the news media all using the L-word Life in their reports about the discovery of methane around a nearby star? Methane is the simplest “organic” (carbon-based) molecule: one carbon joined to four hydrogens. Because of its fourfold valence, carbon easily joins with other atoms – especially the most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen. Methane is abundant on Titan, the gas giants, some comets and probably Mars, though not associated with life there. Humans use methane for their cooking but not for their biology; it is emitted as a waste product by the bacteria in cow stomachs and by the decay of biomass, but is not a nutrient for life. Nevertheless, most reports from a paper in Nature1 emphasized the L-word when methane was detected around a star, even though the authors said nothing about life. “Under certain circumstances, methane can play a key role in prebiotic chemistry – the chemical reactions considered necessary to form life,” said the BBC News. Ditto for Science Daily. A NASA scientist called this “a dress rehearsal for future searches for life on more hospitable planets,” according to Space.com. National Geographic was slightly more tentative, but ended with a focus on methane’s potential as a biomarker for life on other planets.Amino acids: Proteins are composed of long chains of one-handed amino acids. These carbon-based molecules have two simple parts, an amino group and a carboxyl group, and a side chain (R-group) that can be as simple as one hydrogen (glycine) or much more complex with cyclic domains and other things. Of the almost endless varieties of possible amino acids, life as we know it is restricted primarily to 20 kinds. It is not just the amino acids alone that make them “lively” but their specific combinations into long chains, held together by peptide bonds. Finding a few amino acids, however, got EurekAlert all excited with two pronouncements on the same day: Meteorites are rich in the building blocks of life and Meteorites a rich source for primordial soup. Both articles insinuated that a steady rain of amino acids on the primitive earth would have been sufficient to kickstart life in the ocean – even though amino acids avoid joining into polypeptides in the presence of water. Notice the confidence mixed with suggestion in a statement by a scientist from Imperial College, London: “We know that approximately 3.8 to 4.5 billion years ago the Earth underwent heavy bombardment from meteorites which brought molecules to our planet, just before life emerged on Earth.”Water: It goes without saying that water is another simple molecule often associated with the L-word. A press release from Jet Propulsion Lab referred to life twice in the story about dust disks around stars (see the other 03/19/2008 entry today). The article said that the discovery of water vapor molecules in the disk “may help shed light on the origins of our own solar system and the potential for life to develop in others.” They also quoted Carr using the “building blocks” angle, “Now that we can identify these molecules and inventory them, we will have a better understanding of the origins and evolution of the basic building blocks of life–where they come from and how they evolve.” Countless press releases rush to include the L-word whenever a discovery is made of “building blocks of life” in space. Presumably, the claim could be made about hydrogen. Humans have plenty of hydrogen atoms bound to carbon and oxygen. By extension, then, the whole universe is a building block of life.1. Swain, Vashist and Tinneti, “The presence of methane in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet,” Nature, 452, 329-331 (20 March 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06823.Your imagination is being taken for a ride when you fall for the “building blocks” line. Assumptions, unwarranted inferences and misdirection: these are the building blocks of lie.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The government is positive about a R100-million programme to grow the number of black industrialists. The programme was launched because BEE transformation had been slow. Mzwandile Masina said that they do not want to wipe out white industrialists, but the government wants more black industrialists. (Images: Manufacturing Indaba) • Africa urged to invest in artists as visionaries • Mentors dared to be different • Businesses urged to team up for innovation • Brilliant young minds at the CSIR • Safer stoves for all township homes Melissa JavanA target of R100-billion had been set to support black industrialists, Mzwandile Masina, the deputy minister of trade and industry said yesterday. He was speaking on the second day of the Manufacturing Indaba, an annual event that was held at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni on 29 and 30 June this year.The goal of the indaba is to create a platform for business owners, industry leaders, government officials, capital providers, experts and professionals to discuss challenges and to brainstorm solutions. The theme this year was “Localisation and the growth of an advanced manufacturing economy”.Masina said that although there were programmes for black economic empowerment (BEE), some BEE partners had not benefited the economy as a whole. “Currently there is a slow progress in the transformation process. There is no benefit to the economy,” Masina said. “They have not really assisted to change fundamentally.“We had to think about how in a different programme we were going to commit to black industrialists.”Given this, the state had decided to get involved to help industrialists, Masina said.Economic transformationThe Black Industrialists Programme was launched in August 2014 in Johannesburg, according to the Department of Trade and Industry. “The programme aims to create a hundred black industrialists in the next three years, who will participate in the productive sectors of the economy as part of [the] government’s radical economic transformation programme,” the department said.Masina said the government was determined to deliver the Black Industrialists Programme “with all those who understand the importance of addressing inequality within the South African economy”.“Through this programme, we want to address the issue of inequality within the economy and inclusion of black entrepreneurs in the economy, particularly the productive sector of the economy. We are already establishing relationships with suppliers and banks are starting to approach us.”South African Airways, in support of the objectives of the Blacks Industrialists Programme, has committed R10-billion of its procurement budget for goods and services from black industrialists.Masina said fronting and misrepresentation would not be tolerated. To address this, the government would look into activating compliance courts. He also emphasized that the programme was a national one, not for Gauteng alone.In terms of ethics, he added, the government would ensure broader stakeholder consultation that would be a public process.The Black Industrialists Programme was one of the interventions by the government to transform the economy and “needs to be supported”. He stressed, however, that the intention was not to “wipe out the white industrialists. We just want to add up the black industrialists… We have a Constitution that addresses all of us.”Companies should have conversations that started with the question of how they were going to transform their own entities. “It calls for all of us to bring change in our enterprises.” Charles Wessner said that South Africans should invest in innovation to grow. Innovation and collaborationThere were about 500 delegates and 65 speakers at the Manufacturing Indaba. Dr Charles Wessner, one of the speakers, stressed the importance of innovation. Wessner teaches global innovation policy at Georgetown University in the US and is a strong advocate of effective innovation policies.There was a need to talk about national independence, he said. “For South Africa to be independent, it needs to be competent… It has to grow. In order for that to happen, innovation is needed.”Wessner described innovation as not only something that took place in laboratories. “It’s not only something that will happen, because the government says it will.”Innovation was not necessarily new. “But it can be new to your country, your environment or even you company itself.” It was also possible to copy someone else’s way of doing things, because “there are a lot of ways to [build a] bridge”. “It’s investing in basic research.”None of the delegates were the enemy, he said, stressing the need for collaboration between companies. “You are all collaborators.”His message was that success took hard work, although he also spoke of the need for investing in training. “If you want to play in the big leagues, but you don’t want to pay for things like training, you are going to lose.”In addition, companies needed consistency and effort – “You need change.”His advice in collaborating in innovation included that companies should be clear and realistic in partnership practice. “The importance of learning from others is overstated, because we are trying to partner with others.”