Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJust a day after trading for veteran swingman Jeff Chan, Barangay Ginebra made another move anew, this time acquiring rookie Julian Sargent from GlobalPort, the PBA announced on its Twitter account on Tuesday.The Gin Kings parted ways with Paolo Taha to get Sargent, who was a second round pick by the Purefoods franchise in the 2017 PBA Draft before he was sent to the Batang Pier in a draft day trade.ADVERTISEMENT Interestingly, Taha returns to the same team that drafted him late in the third round in 2014.Chan and Sargent are expected to make their Ginebra debut on Wednesday against Columbian.The Kings are fighting to make the playoffs. They are currently in ninth with a 3-5 record.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding All foreign players banned from NCAA starting Season 96 MOST READ READ: Ginebra gets Jeff Chan in time for playoff pushThe 6-foot-1 Sargent averaged 2.3 points and 1.7 rebounds while playing close to 10 minutes a night in the seven games he’s played for GlobalPort this conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTaha, on the other hand, only saw action in three games out of the possible eight this conference for the Gin Kings while logging just a little over three minutes per outing.READ: Ginebra signs big man Prince Caperal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Dortmund’s ‘weapon’ SanchoEnglish teenager Jadon Sancho has been dubbed Borussia Dortmund’s ‘weapon off the bench’ before their trip to mid-table Bayer Leverkusen.Second-placed Dortmund are blooming with youngsters Achraf Hakimi, 19, Jacob Bruun Larsen, 20, and Sancho, 18, all scoring in the 7-0 thrashing of Nuremberg on Wednesday, Dortmund’s highest league win for 32 years.Sancho, an England Under-19 international, was outstanding with a goal, then set up Julian Weigl in his 16 minutes off the bench.“It’s incredibly important that he comes off the bench and does so well every time,” said Dortmund captain Marco Reus, who scored twice.“When our opponents ease off a little and Jadon comes into the game, then he’s a weapon for us every single time.”Unbeaten BremenAustrian forward Martin Harnik (L) and Bremen’s Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen (R) have been at the heart of Werder Bremen’s impressive start to the season as one of only three teams still unbeaten in Germany’s top flight. © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZAfter several seasons battling relegation, Werder Bremen are on the rise under 35-year-old head coach Florian Kohfeldt and with Everton reject Davy Klaassen as their chief playmaker.Along with Bayern and Dortmund, third-placed Bremen are the only other team unbeaten in the Bundesliga and expect three points at Stuttgart on Saturday.After their impressive 3-1 midweek win over Hertha, Bremen director Frank Baumann rejected the tag of “Bayern hunters” bestowed upon them by Berlin coach Pal Dardai.“That’s rubbish. Maybe many people in Germany would like someone to annoy Bayern, but that’s not our focus,” said Baumann.“We won’t let ourselves be dazzled by 11 points.”Nagelsmann faces future clubHoffenheim’s head coach Julian Nagelsmann insists it will be business as usual on Saturday for him when he faces his future employers RB Leipzig. © AFP / SERGEI SUPINSKYHoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann insists Saturday’s home match will be “normal like any other” against his future club RB Leipzig, who he joins next season.“I’m determined to get the three points on Saturday,” insisted Nagelsmann.Despite facing his future employers, Nagelsmann wants a win before Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Manchester City, who want to bounce back after their shock home defeat to Lyon a fortnight agoNew Brazilian striker Joelinton scored his first goal in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Dortmund and set another up in Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Hanover.England Under-19 international Reiss Nelson, on loan from Arsenal who scored on his debut off the bench in the 2-1 defeat at Fortuna Duesseldorf, should keep his place after playing the second-half against Hanover.Schalke’s losing streakSchalke head coach Domenico Tedesco is under intense pressure with his side bottom of the league after starting the season with five straight defeats. © DPA/AFP / Guido KIRCHNERAfter five straight defeats, bottom side Schalke are desperate for points at mid-table Mainz with head coach Domenico Tedesco under increasing pressure.US international Weston McKennie is back in team training, despite a thigh injury in last Saturday’s home defeat against Bayern.Veteran defender Naldo is expected to return after being rested for the midweek defeat to Freiburg along with midfielder Sebastian Rudy and striker Mark Uth.Tedesco needs a confident booster for Wednesday’s Champions League trip to Lokomotiv Moscow after drawing their first game 1-1 at home to Porto.Hazard in hot formMoenchengladbach’s Belgian forward Thorgan Hazard (R) has made a good start to the season by scoring in each of his last two games, including an assist in Wednesday’s 3-1 home win against Eintracht Frankfurt. © AFP / ODD ANDERSENThorgan Hazard, brother of Chelsea star Eden, is in hot form for fourth-placed Moenchengladbach as they look to break their winless streak at Wolfsburg.After starting the season with two victories, Wolfsburg are winless in their last three games, but have not lost at home to Gladbach in 15 years.‘Gladbach bounced back from Saturday’s defeat at Hertha with a thumping win over Eintracht Frankfurt, which lifted them to fourth while Wolfsburg are sixth.Hazard scored and set up Nico Elvedi’s header in the 3-1 midweek win over Frankfurt.Striker Alassane Plea, who has six goals and an assist in six competitive appearances since joining from Nice, is set to partner Hazard with captain Lars Stindl and Raffael injured.Fixtures (all times 4:30pm unless stated)FridayHertha Berlin v Bayern Munich (9:30pm)SaturdayHoffenheim v RB Leipzig, VfL Wolfsburg v Borussia Moenchengladbach, Nuremberg v Fortuna Duesseldorf, Schalke 04 v Mainz 05, VfB Stuttgart v Werder Bremen, Bayer Leverkusen v Borussia Dortmund (7:30pm)SundayEintracht Frankfurt v Hanover 96, Augsburg v Freiburg (7pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho (C) is a weapon off the bench, according to club captain Marco Reus, after the England junior international shone in Wednesday’s 7-0 hammering of Nuremberg.BERLIN, Germany, Sep 28 – Leaders Bayern Munich play Hertha Berlin on Friday night, but their main Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen, both just two points behind in the table, are also gaining momentum.Here are five things to look for in the German league this weekend:
Chino Hills High School scored on six of its nine possessions and easily defeated Ganesha, 42-0 Friday night. The three times the Huskies failed to score came on one drive that ended at halftime, and two others that were the result of a turnover on downs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Quarterback Lance Roenicke threw a pair of 6-yard touchdown passes in the first quarter. The first went to Cory Harkey and the other to Geoff McNeil. Steven Thomas came into the game for Roenicke in the second quarter and scored on a 22-yard touchdown run on his first drive. While offense scored at will, the Huskies defense stopped Ganesha on every drive, forcing Ganesha to punt on nearly every possession. The defense intercepted the only pass attempt by Ganesha and had several tackles in the backfield for losses. The win improved the Huskies’ record to a perfect 5-0 as they head into league play next week. However, on one of the team’s turnover on downs the Huskies had lost a touchdown a few plays before because of a holding penalty. Chino Hills scored quickly on its second play of the game on a 47-yard touchdown run by Michael Harris. He left the game along with most of the Huskies’ starters in the first quarter, finishing with five carries for 100 yards. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019
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OAKLAND — There’s no point in guessing how long Sean Manaea might be out. The fact of the matter is, there’s not enough info out on this type of surgery to make a fair estimation. But the A’s have hope.Manaea underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder with Dr. Neal ElAttrache Wednesday in Los Angeles. Along with repairing his labrum, ElAttrache also cut down part of the bone in Manaea’s shoulder in order to give him more joint space.Scraping of the bone might sound like …
After scrutinizing rare meteorites for over a decade, a NASA astrobiologist decided to go with his announcement: he may have found alien life. Fox News began his story, “We are not alone in the universe – and alien life forms may have a lot more in common with life on Earth than we had previously thought. That’s the stunning conclusion one NASA scientist has come to, releasing his groundbreaking revelations in a new study in the March edition of the Journal of Cosmology.” There are only about nine CI-1 carbonaceous chondrites known. In the ones Dr. Richard B. Hoover has cracked open and studied, he has found “fossilized remains of micro-organisms not so different from ordinary ones found underfoot – here on earth, that is.” That’s one of the strange things about this story. If these are organisms that originated independently of earth, why would some of them be recognizable as “generic species here on earth”? Another problem is that the samples contain no nitrogen, an essential ingredient in life as we know it. All amino acids and DNA contain nitrogen. Hoover tried to be extremely careful with his samples, and expected a hotbed of controversy. He has invited scrutiny of his work by 100 experts, and wants thousands of scientists around the world to weigh in on its validity. Some, like David Marais, another NASA astrobiologist, are taking a wait-and-see attitude: “These kinds of claims have been made before, he noted – and found to be false.” Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute doesn’t rule out the possibility but recognizes the controversial claim will have far-reaching implications. He speculated that this might support panspermia of some sort: “It would suggest, well, life didn’t really begin on the Earth, it began as the solar system was forming.” That raises other questions of how and where environments in the early solar system could have been more conducive to life than planet earth. Rob Sheldon, a colleague of Hoover’s and an advocate of intelligent design, mentioned Hoover last December in his blog response on The Procrustean responding to the arsenic-life claim (12/02/2010). He indicated that Hoover probably would have expected alien life to be very different biochemically from earth life. On a different but related story, New Scientist and the BBC News speculated that “Meteorites ‘could have carried nitrogen to Earth’” in the form of ammonia carried on chondrites, chips of asteroids. Aside from questions left begging about whether these “missing ingredients for life” had anything to do with the origin of life, that story appears contradictory to Hoover’s, who found no nitrogen in his samples. “If someone can explain,” Hoover said, “how it is possible to have a biological remain that has no nitrogen, or nitrogen below the detect ability limits that I have, in a time period as short as 150 years, then I would be very interested in hearing that.”Is this another claim in the tradition of the Martian meteorite ALH 84001? Is NASA trying to get more funding (01/07/2005) for astrobiology? Possibly. They’ve probably learned how to be more careful by now and give the appearance of honest skeptical inquiry. In the early stages of controversial announcements, the Marais wait-and-see response is wise. The best advice is to look carefully at the raw data, check assumptions, and ask the right questions. The first question is to verify if this really is fossilized living material. The second is to rule out contamination. The third is to avoid jumping to conclusions and to consider all the possibilities. With the Martian meteorite, the similarities to cells were superficial and never widely accepted as anything more than coincidental shapes. Years after the huge flurry of media hype, after scientists found other ways the shapes could have been generated chemically, the hubbub died down. Now only a few scientists believe it (12/14/2000, 11/20/2001, 03/18/2002, 05/15/2002, 01/30/2004, 03/23/2006, 09/01/2009). Maybe this time things will be different. Hoover seems more cautious than McKay. What if the majority confirms that this was living material? Does it mean life evolved in outer space? No; it could have been created somewhere else, or it may be earth life that got here by a round trip. Creation scientist Walt Brown has a theory that asteroids and comets were ejected from earth at the time of the Flood, when hyper-pressurized water shot into space from the fountains of the great deep, carrying rocky material from the continental margins with it. It’s a speculative idea, but it’s one possibility to have life get out to space and back. As for the Fox News lead-in that “We are not alone in the universe,” good grief; this is about the solar system, not the universe (see extrapolation). Materialists will undoubtedly hype evolution, but the details revealed so far should be as puzzling to them as to their critics. No nitrogen, but similar to earth life? Astrobiologists have long tried to argue that life found elsewhere is bound to be very different from ours, but from the photos, these structures look remarkably similar to known bacteria. Nothing in creation science or intelligent design requires life only to be found on earth anyway (see initial thoughts by ID advocate Denyse O’Leary on Uncommon Descent). And why are these structures found only in a very rare class of meteorites, instead of all of them? Further speculation is unwise till the claim goes through the scrutiny of skeptical scientists. This commentary should only caution readers that healthy skepticism of spectacular claims is always in order, and to beware of being led down the primrose path by the media to answers without first asking the questions. Already Fox News’s exclusive story is echoing around the world on other news sources and blogs. Undoubtedly there will be more to say later about this claim. Have your Baloney Detector tuned and ready.Update 03/07/2011: Criticisms of the claim are starting to come in from the scientific community and from evolutionists (see Space.com, PhysOrg, and Fox News follow-up story), so don’t get too excited about alien bacteria just yet. Space.com also posted a gallery of past alleged proofs of alien life.Update 03/08/2011: New Scientist said there is “monster mud-slinging” going on among scientists about this claim. Jeffrey Bada pointed out that minerals can show “many non-biological artefacts” to confuse the observer. Alison Olcott Marshall [U of Kansas] said, “Morphology alone isn’t enough; geological context isn’t enough – you need all the pieces. You need multiple lines of evidence: morphology that is highly reminiscent of biology, a geological context that makes sense and strong chemical evidence.” New Scientist also hinted that the paper might have been a last gasp for the Journal of Cosmology, a journal deemed dubious by other astrobiologists. It may go out of business in a few months. This story is looking like a bright meteor – in and out of public attention in record time.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
As South Africa joins the discussion on improving the state of the world at the WEF meeting in Davos, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, CEO of the National Research Foundation, argues that education and innovation are the most important routes to growing South Africa’s economy.A portion of the Karoo Array Telescope, a precursor for South Africa’s massive country-spanning Square Kilometre Telescope project. (Image: Brand South Africa)Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, CEO of the National Research FoundationSouth Africa is currently taking part in the World Economic Forum annual meeting in the Swiss village of Davos. WEF is uniquely placed to offer the country a chance to position itself and communicate its value proposition to international decision makers. Importantly, Davos gives the South African delegation an opportunity to learn from other countries and from the many research reports WEF produces. One such report is the 2014-2015 Global Competitiveness Report, which indicated that South Africa’s international ranking had dropped by three points from 53 to 56. The four major contributors to the drop are declines in market efficiency for goods and services (28 to 32), financial market development (3 to 7), technological readiness (62 to 66), and innovation (39 to 43).While all four areas are important, from my vantage point the drop in innovation is particularly relevant. Far from being a parochial interest of researchers and innovators, innovation has to be a societal concern. From this century onwards, innovation capability will determine the relative wealth of nations and is the future gold for South Africa. In short, innovation is a catalyst for development.This point is, appropriately, made in the National Development Plan, which states “South Africa’s prospects for improved competitiveness and economic growth rely, to a great degree, on science and technology … innovation derived from science and technology and knowledge creation is the primary driver of technological growth and driver of higher living standards.”Even though the report records a drop in South Africa’s innovation, it notes improvement in the quality of our research institutions. This is borne out by the 2013 National Advisory Council on Innovation’s report on South African science and technology, which showed that the country’s research system was performing better than all of the other Brics countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – and sometimes better than Japan, the UK and US, as rated by a range of research-effectiveness measures.South Africa’s drop in innovation, according to WEF, largely due to slides in private sector spending on R&D, university-industry collaboration in R&D, and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patents applications. This means we must explore why business is not investing in R&D, despite the existing tax incentive.We must also encourage more collaboration between universities and industry. South African universities have rich research talent that can be used to support the private sector.One, if not the major, hindrance to us unleashing the power of innovation is our basic education. Innovation requires large numbers of intelligent and highly skilled tinkerers who can change the course of events, either through small backyard operations or through focused private sector investment. All countries that have rapidly grown their economies – South Korea being a prime example – did so by improving the quality and reach of their primary and secondary education.Poor education at school level affects the number and quality of those who can gain tertiary qualifications and university acceptance. It also determines the level of job complexity that a South African matriculant can handle, as opposed to someone with and equivalent qualification from another country.The answers to our basic education challenges lie not in more money but in a societal commitment. Learners must commit themselves to doing what it takes to master the material. Teachers must commit to showing up at school and using every minute to teach the material and ensure the learners master it. Government must commit to providing the necessary resources, on time, and the facilities necessary for education. As a society, we must commit to giving each learner the best possible opportunities for success.In addition, the country must develop high-end skills necessary to sustain a future knowledge economy. This not only means steering students towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics from school to postgraduate level, but also supporting those who want to pursue PhDs, which are critical for high-end research capabilities as well as for training a new generations of researchers.This year’s WEF will give South Africa an opportunity to learn from the successes of other countries, investigate ways these successes can be customised and implemented locally, and start a national commitment towards improving our innovation landscape in support of the National Development Plan.
(Image: Pixabay)Johannesburg, Monday 11 April 2016 – South Africans want to be “constantly informed about current affairs within their communities and country,” finds Brand South Africa’s 2015/16 Domestic Perceptions study.The study further suggests that citizens want easy accessible information provided to them, with the most reliable and trusted sources being family, friends/colleagues, followed by mainstream media sources like television and news radio broadcasts.In order to understand the extent to which South Africans trust sources of information, respondents were asked to rate the various information sources available at their disposal. Family, friends & colleagues; television news; and radio news are the top three trusted sources of information. Online social networking and related sources of information are the least trusted of all possible sources.Of 2,536 respondents who participated in the survey, over 60% said that they have access to the internet. Of these, 80% use the web for social media, 61% for research purposes, 37% for applications and 33% for access to current affairs and news.Other media consumption factors from the study included that 92% of respondents own a cell phone, 30% use laptops and 9% use tablets. Just over half the respondents indicated that they listen to radio everyday with Metro FM, Lesedi FM and Umhlobo Wenene being among the most popular radio stations.A quarter of the population read newspapers every day, with the most commonly read publications being the Daily Sun at 34%, Isolozwe at 8%, the Sunday Times at 5%, Beeld at 4%, Sowetan at 4% and The Citizen at 3%.There is consensus that the media portrays more negative than positive information and stories about South Africa, with over 62% of respondents indicating that the media in South Africa is too negative about the country.Brand South Africa’s CEO Mr Kingsley Makhubela, reflecting on the outcomes of the study, said: “It is encouraging that freedom of media, speech and access to information remains one of the greatest successes of our 22 years of democracy. The right to information is a pillar of any free society and South Africans must continue to embrace this fundamental freedom in our country.”Follow the conversation on @Brand_SA #SANationBrand
Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Did you buy a “4G” LTE smartphone in 2012? No? Well, there is a pretty good chance you will end up buying one in 2013.Boston-based research firm Strategy Analytics predicts that 275 million LTE smartphones will be sold next year – a projected 203% jump from the 91 million LTE smartphones shipped in 2012. LTE, which stands for “Long Term Evolution” is the fastest cellular connection available to the mass market. In the United States, carriers like Verizon and AT&T lead the way in providing in LTE infrastructure, while third place Sprint is beginning to aggressively build its own LTE offering. Overseas carriers like Japan NTT Docomo and the United Kingdom’s Everything Everywhere (EE) are also pushing LTE infrastructure. Up until the second half of 2012, most LTE smartphones available were of the Android variety from manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola and HTC. LTE is now seen as an essential feature on most top of the market smartphones. Many people expected that Apple would get in on the LTE game in 2011 with the release of the iPhone 4S, but Apple chose to remain with 3G technologies like HSPA+. Now that the iPhone 5 has LTE, though, usage is expected to take a big jump.Speed test on AT&T with Android smartphone in BostonLTE adoption will be pushed through top tier manufacturers Apple, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Motorola and lower-tier smartphone makers like Huawei, Pantech and ZTE. Research In Motion would be smart to include LTE in its new BlackBerry 10 phones and even though LG went with HSPA+ for its flagship Android Nexus 4, the manufacturer will likely have several LTE phones on the market throughout 2013. Predictions of growth in LTE smartphone shipments in 2013 was derived from an inflection point of infrastructure by the carriers in 2012. Verizon, the leading LTE provider in the U.S., provides LTE availability to 250 million Americans in 440 markets. Big Red had 46 LTE capable devices as of Dec. 5, 2012 and 11 million customers were using the network. AT&T can offers LTE in 125 markets with 160 million consumers in the U.S. – and plans to reach 250 million U.S. residents by the end of 2013. The benefits of LTE are significant. Just as broadband lines to homes and apartments helped fundamentally change the Internet, LTE will do the same for millions of smartphone and tablet users. In many cases, the LTE in consumer’s pockets will be faster than the Wi-Fi or wired connections they have at home. Stronger connections, faster data speeds and improved stability will let smartphones perform tasks that would have been too cumbersome under older 3G connectivity. Be it mobile video (for entertainment and communication), moving large files to the cloud or just playing more interesting games, LTE is a key enabler for the next generation of mobile. In 2013, millions of people across the world will realize that first hand. Images by Dan Rowinski. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#lte#smartphones
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday described Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s offer of fresh dialogue with stakeholders as “a golden opportunity for the Hurriyat.”“The Hurriyat and Pakistan should respond positively to the offer of talks on Kashmir. It’s high time for the Hurriyat to initiate a result-oriented and meaningful dialogue with the Government of India,” said PDP general secretary Mansoor Hussain Sohrawardhy.Ready for dialogueIn an interview to a New Delhi-based channel, Mr. Singh said, “If Hurriyat is ready to talk, we have no problem, we are ready to talk to anyone. Even if Pakistan comes for a dialogue, we are ready for it.”The PDP leader said the State government had taken a series of confidence and peace-building measures to put a lid on the violence and bloodshed and that “more [measures] could be taken in the future.” “The ball is in the Hurriyat’s court now. The onus also lies on Pakistan to hold dialogue with India and stop painting the borders and the LoC in Kashmir red,” said Mr. Sohrawardhy.Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq maintained that the Hurriyat leadership would “extend its full support to every serious effort aimed at resolving the Kashmir [issue] so that peace prevails and bloodshed stops”. “It’s long overdue that India and Pakistan allow the leadership of the two divided parts of Kashmir to meet with each other and decide on their future course of action regarding their destiny. Such a step is of utmost importance,” said the Mirwaiz.Meanwhile, separatists forum Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) leader Yasin Malik, also JKLF chief, held a sit-in protest in Srinagar to demand release of all political prisoners.“We demand the immediate release of all prisoners, including Masarat Aalam, Qasim Faktoo, Asiya Andrabi and others,” said Mr. Malik.