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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netImports were the focus of all the basketball spotlight Tuesday—and not just because the PBA Commissioner’s Cup features the tallest reinforcements for the season.John Fields is fueling a strong start by Columbian, Arnett Moultrie has found his own patch of concrete at NLEX and, well, look who’s coming home for San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s not about the money,” added Reyes. “Renaldo wants to pick up where he left off.”Balkman was banned for life in 2013 because of his infamous outburst that saw him choke teammate Arwind Santos. And he made a strong argument for himself in the Asean Basketball League, averaging 24.9 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.7 blocks to lead San Miguel Beer-Alab Pilipinas to the title while being named co-Defensive Player of the Year.Moreover, he and Santos have patched up, paving the way for commissioner Willie Marcial to rescind the ban.Santos even expressed his excitement with this impending reunion with Balkman.“I think he can really help the team,” the 2013 PBA MVP said in Filipino. “And everyone deserves a second chance and maybe, a third chance. Just because he made a mistake before, it doesn’t mean that he’ll do it again.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Can Lomachenko strike savagely as a bullet? Turning down a shot to play in the lucrative Chinese hoops scene, Renaldo Balkman returns to the team where his infamy was born, hoping to rewrite his chapter in Philippine basketball lore.“Never stop and always trust the process,” he wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday after news of his PBA return broke.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 crownAnd this is no fleeting PR-driven move. The enigmatic Puerto Rican forward gets his shot at redemption with the stakes at their highest: The Beermen need him to collect the second Grand Slam gem—a goal that has ran into a 0-2 (win-loss) roadblock.“He was very happy,” said Sheryl Reyes, Balkman’s agent, who has been instrumental in his comeback. “He actually declined an offer to play for NBL in China, which was a guaranteed contract, because he wants to finish what he started here. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Clamor for his comeback grew after an unimpressive showing from first-choice import Troy Gillenwater, who averaged 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists for the Beermen.While Balkman will debut on Saturday against Alaska, Fields and Moultrie will try to build on their impressive starts sooner.“It looked like a big gamble, I must agree, but I have absolute faith in how John is going to be able to help us,” said coach Ricky Dandan of Columbian.Moultrie, who collected 37 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks against Phoenix to help NLEX snap a 0-3 start, is also finding his niche.Fields and the Dyip battle Magnolia at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday while later in the day, Moultrie and NLEX tackle GlobalPort.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Granger hints at 2020 presidential run

first_imgLeader of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), President David Granger, has stated that he will not run away from service to his party and the coalition if called upon to run as the presidential candidate for the upcoming 2020 General and Regional Elections.During a press conference on Friday – his first for the year- Granger shied away from directly answering whether he would accept a nomination to run as the President Candidate at the upcoming national polls, which is expected to be a critical election for the country.“I cannot answer that question at this point in time, it is speculative, but I am a servant of my party, I’m a servant of the partnership, I’m a servant of the coalition and my duty is to serve and I will not run away from service; that is as much as IPresident David Grangercan say,” he said.The Head of State, who is also the leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) – the largest party in the five-member APNU – went on to outline that he became the presidential candidate for both the APNU and then the APNU/AFC (Alliance For Change) coalition via a democratic process and several steps, which he will have to abide by in the future.“There were several steps… and I have to bear in mind that my elevation to the presidency was as a result of popular support, it was a result of democratic processes and I will not abandon those processes. So once those processes function, I will observe them. But at present, I cannot say what the outcome of those process will be,” he asserted.Back in 2010, Granger contested for and came out victorious as the PNCR’s presidential candidate for the November 2011 General Election, leading the APNU – an alliance of the PNCR, Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Justice For All Party (JFAP), National Front Alliance (NFA) and the Guyana Action Party (GAP).However, he was defeated at that election. The Granger-led APNU subsequently join forces with the AFC to form a coalition, which ousted the People’s Progressive Party/Civic from Government after some 23 years at the 2011 elections.Since then, Granger has managed to remain the leader of the PNCR, having recently been unopposed for the position at the party’s recently concluded 19th Biennial Delegates Congress.While both the APNU and the AFC have reiterated their commitments to coalition governance, there has been reports of disunity both within the APNU alliance as well as the APNU/AFC coalition.In fact, the AFC last month announced that it will be contesting the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) in November separate from the APNU. The minority party in the coalition Government has been on the receiving end of heavy criticisms for the submissive role it has been playing since joining forces with the APNU. This resulted in the top leadership of the AFC had decided back mid-November to revise the governing agreement with its majority coalition partner.Moreover, within the APNU alliance, the WPA over the past year has been complaining bitterly about being sidelined. In fact, only the party executives had even hinted that consideration is being given as to whether the WPA should remain within the APNU alliance given the treatment it is being dealt with.last_img read more

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World Cup kits go retro, but there’s only one winner

first_img0Shares0000Nigeria’s main kit won the plenty of fans, and the one game in which they wore it © AFP / Mark RALSTONYEKATERINBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 29 – Captain John Obi Mikel wrote in an opinion piece published hours before their critical World Cup game against Argentina: “Nigeria is not here to wear a nice kit.”But for some neutrals the 2-1 defeat by Lionel Messi’s side on Tuesday was more than Nigeria exiting the tournament — it meant the best team shirt only made one appearance in Russia. Some media commentators and observers have called this the best ever tournament for kits, pointing also to the retro-inspired tops of Germany, Belgium, Spain and Colombia.Designed by Nike, Nigeria’s jersey boasted white and neon green chevrons on the body, complemented by black and white chevrons on the sleeves.When it went on sale in early June in London, some queued from the early hours and the dazzling shirt sold out in a frenzied few minutes.Ahmed Musa scored twice against Iceland in Nigeria’s now famous kit © AFP/File / Mark RALSTONFans, fashion writers and footballers rushed to acclaim Nigeria’s kit — described by Vanity Fair as “the team’s sold-out-everywhere streetwear crossover”.Vanity lamented the end of Nigeria’s tournament, saying neutral fans had made them their team purely because of the shirt.But Mikel’s team only got to wear it once in Russia, in a 2-0 win over Iceland, and instead sported their more sober away kit — plain green — against Croatia and Argentina.– Classic, retro –Panama sported a classic look for their debut World Cup campaign © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTENoz Hyde, a creative design manager for New Balance, said they had gone for a “classic” look.The American company was responsible for the jerseys worn at the World Cup by Costa Rica and Panama.Both wore unashamedly simple tops and Hyde told AFP: “Our kit ethos was all about high performance housed within a classic look.“We felt strongly, as did the federations, that the most important factors were the understated clean lines, considered trims and the amplification of the national colours.”Hyde said that New Balance were in “close contact” throughout with the teams as they mapped out the designs.It is no good having a kit that the players do not like or feel proud to wear.Hyde identifies a clear theme at this World Cup.“On a whole, I feel the kits have moved to a more classic, simplistic approach in terms of construction,” he said.“The main focus seems to have been placed on the visual graphic execution, whether that be via prints or body mapping.“I can see a trend for retro inspired kits from some brands and a more technical performance offer from others.”– ‘Monstrous melange’ –Spain’s kit has been labelled a ‘monstrous melange’ of colours © AFP/File / OZAN KOSEWhen it comes to team kits, it is obviously all a matter of taste.Some are big fans of Colombia’s, a remake of the one they wore in Italy in 1990 — predominately yellow with jagged shoulder stripes of red and navy blue.Spain’s shirt — also made by Adidas — is another nostalgic throwback to the 1990s.GQ, the British men’s style magazine, ranked Spain’s one of the worst, calling it a “monstrous melange of red, purple, and yellow”.It also wondered if the Colombian shirt was “the outfit of a Marvel superhero that never made it on paper”.But all were agreed: Nigeria won the day.“The heady mixture of cool green, white and black evoke sensations of spearmint gum, while the blurred chevrons ooze cool,” it said.In the build-up to the crunch Argentina game, former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted: “Come on Nigeria don’t let you be remembered at #WorldCup2018 for fashion over football please!”But with Nigeria’s tournament over after winning just once, they are in danger of being remembered for exactly that.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘Surely this can’t happen’ – Chelsea and Man United fans split over £25m rumour

first_img1 Nemanja Matic has been linked with a move from Chelsea to Man United Jose Mourinho has not yet been confirmed as Man United manager, but he is already being linked with a host of players, no doubt to the Old Trafford faithful’s delight.Nemanja Matic is the latest name linked, with Mourinho said to be offered a reported £200m to spend on new players and the midfielder could cost around £25m.The 27-year-old Serbia international played for the manager at Chelsea and if the transfer did happen, Matic would be joining an already strong midfield where Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger operate. Michael Carrick is expected to leave the club and here, fans had their say on the Matic rumour.last_img read more

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ABUSE SCANDAL: NEW ALLEGATIONS MADE AGAINST FERRY PAL

first_imgA DUBLIN man has made claims that he was sexually abused by a friend of serial child rapist Michael Ferry, donegaldaily has learned.The victim was subjected to several sexual assaults in the mid-1990s.And the man who is alleged to have carried out the attacks is a close friend of Ferry who was jailed for 14 years last week after he pleaded guilty to carrying out dozens of attacks on young boys in Gaoth Dobhair. Many of those attacks took place at the old Arschoil Mhuire premises – run by Colaiste Cholmcille.The new allegations relate to a man who is well known in the Gaoth Dobhair area. We cannot name him for legal reasons.However we can tell you he is a friend of paedophile Ferry.A well placed source told donegaldaily: “These are very serious allegations and go to the heart of claims that Ferry was part of a child-sex ring in west Donegal. “The victim in the case says he was sexually assaulted by Ferry’s friends when he was just 10 years old.”A formal complaint has been lodged with gardai in Glenties.We understand gardai are continuing their investigations into Ferry and that new charges are “certain” to arise out of those inquiries.They are also focusing on up to three other men who – it is alleged – were also horribly abused young boys in Gaoth Dobhair over a 20 year period.“This is a dreadful case,” said a source. “Unfortunately it appears there are many many more victims out there.”ABUSE SCANDAL: NEW ALLEGATIONS MADE AGAINST FERRY PAL was last modified: July 28th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Gaoth DobhairMichael Ferrypaedophile scandallast_img read more

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Samardzija’s command off the mark, Giants swept

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing this gallery on a mobile deviceHOUSTON–A day after suffering at the hands of the second-best pitcher in the American League, the Giants squared off against the only player posting better numbers than Houston’s Gerrit Cole.Their matchup with Justin Verlander didn’t end well either.After winning two in a row to end a seven-game homestand, the Giants lost to the defending champions for the second straight day as Jeff Samardzija couldn’t match …last_img read more

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Giants encouraged by Johnny Cueto’s latest rehab start

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Right-hander Johnny Cueto took another important step toward returning to the Giants in September, throwing two shutout innings in an Arizona League rehab start on Friday.Cueto, who’s recovering from Tommy John surgery last August, gave up two singles and struck out two against the AZL Royals. One of the hits he allowed was by Bobby Witt Jr., the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft.“He threw the ball well,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “He hit 92 (mph). He had a really good …last_img read more

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Does Gene Expression Evolve?

first_img(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 “Mutation is the ultimate source of biological diversity because it generates the variation that fuels evolution,” wrote four scientists in Nature November 10.1  Conventionally, theorists have focused on gene mutations for that fuel; what about mutations to gene expression?  That’s what they set out to discover.    One would think that positive natural selection would drive gene expression.  If nothing else, neutral mutations would be expected to accumulate over time.  Looking at fruit flies and worms, however, they found less than anticipated.  This was a surprise to them, “suggesting that stabilizing selection has a larger role than drift in shaping the evolution of gene expression.”  Stabilizing selection is a conservative effect.  A perturbation in one part of the gene expression network might be counterbalanced by another, such that the overall developmental pattern is unchanged.  This leads to phenotypic stability called canalization.  Though their title and conclusion hyped plasticity, they discovered stability:In summary, D. melanogaster has a broad mutational capacity for changes in gene expression, in both magnitude and genomic extent, that could potentially provide ample raw material for evolutionary diversification.  However, although they vary among closely related species, gene expression patterns are relatively stable.  In Caenorhabditis elegans, genetic variances of gene expression are likewise much less than the neutral expectation.  The convergence of this observation in two groups of organisms that diverged in the Precambrian and have different reproductive and life-history strategies indicates that stabilizing selection and structural processes, including canalization, physical and developmental constraints, and correlated responses, govern gene expression evolution. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)1Scott A. Rifkin, David Houle, Junhyong Kim and Kevin P. White, “A mutation accumulation assay reveals a broad capacity for rapid evolution of gene expression,” Nature 438, 220-223 (10 November 2005) | doi:10.1038/nature04114Anyone see evolution here?  Stabilizing selection is not the kind Darwin wanted.  It’s like those displays in appliance stores where a beach ball is suspended above a blower.  The ball spins and gyrates, but the higher pressure around the flowing air holds the ball in place.  The evidence suggests that organisms are robust against perturbations in gene expression.  Two similar species of fruitflies and worms maintained very stable patterns of gene expression despite these evolutionists’ claim the creatures diverged in the Precambrian.  That’s a lot of un-evolution for 200 million years.  The rest of the bluff about “mutational capacity” providing “raw material” for evolution was just verbal turbulence flowing past a Darwinian beach ball suspended in mid-air. last_img read more

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Brand South Africa supports development of local hip hop artists

first_imgDurban, South Africa, 23 May 2016 – The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has announced its continued support for the Youth Hip Hop Festival with a new official partner, Brand South Africa.Now in its third year, the annual Hip Hop Youth Festival, taking place on 10 and 11 June 2016, has expanded to include a youth talent-development programme which seeks to discover and nurture young musicians looking to break in to the highly competitive South African hip hop industry. Richie R Concepts, Established Productions and KgoloDaGuru, committed to finding new talent across KwaZulu-Natal, will spearhead this mammoth task.The artist-development programme was launched in April at the BAT Centre in Durban. Auditions were held to unearth fresh South Africa talent in KwaZulu-Natal. The search is on for young hip hop vocalists, rappers, MCs and DJs, to unearth South Africa’s next hip hop sensation.This youth development programme culminates into the two-day festival on Friday 10 June and Saturday 11 June.On the first day of the festival, top industry players will host a series of workshops focused on empowering young musicians in the province. The second day of the festival will see a collective of these young musicians performing alongside some of South Africa’s top artists at an all-day youth concert.South Africa is home to an eclectic arts and culture sector. Hip hop forms a critical component of the country’s arts industry. This can be seen in, among others, the first local musician to sell out one of the biggest concert venues in the South Africa.The National Development Plan points out that the creative and cultural industries can substantially contribute to small business development, job creation, as well as urban development and renewal, which in turn improves South Africa’s competitiveness. This is why the Youth Hip Hop Festival has broadened its objectives to include the artist-development programme.“The discovery of new skills is a key priority of the KwaZulu-Natal province,” the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and Durban Tourism said in a statement. “At times youth’s passion for music and softer skills are discouraged in our communities. The value of the arts to social development and economic growth is often understated. The Youth Hip Hop Festival will discover, nurture and empower talented and tenacious young people keen to pursue a career in the arts. We are proud to be involved again this year.”Twenty-four artists emerging from the artist-development programme will share the stage with South Africa’s top hip hop artists at the main event. The line-up for the festival includes over 20 headlining local artist and DJs along with an international act. Also in celebration on the South African Music Awards also taking place in the city, the Best Hip Hop SAMA 21 winner will also perform at this year’s festival at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, alongside the long list of hip hop greats.Following the main event, 10 artists groomed through the development programme will be selected to represent South Africa at an American Music Festival in October 2016. The journey of these young emerging artists can be followed on the TV series My Connect – Road to the CMJ, to be aired on a national broadcaster after the festival.With the hope of attracting over 25 000 youth, organisers of the third Youth Hip Hop Festival will work hand in hand with the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, Brand South Africa, and media partners Gagasi FM and Channel O.Part of the line-up includes Riky Rick, Major League, Junior De Rocka and WTF. The long list of other confirmed artists to be announced on Gagasi FM and social media each day over the next week, so stay tuned.The full line-up will be released next Wednesday.Durban Youth Hip Hop Festival informationDate: Saturday, 11 June 2016Venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium, People’s Park East, DurbanTicket pricesGolden Circle: R650General Access: R350VIP: R950.00     Distributed on behalf of: Richie R Concepts, Established Productions and KgoloDaGuruDistributed by: TuTone CommunicationsPR Contacts: Melanie Gia RamjeeMelanie@TutoneCommunications.com+2784 682 3457last_img read more

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Digital agriculture program celebrates Ohio State’s sesquicentennial

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest For the past 150 years, The Ohio State University has been a leader in advancements in agriculture and engineering. And now, using precision agriculture technology, Ohio State researchers are able to show how technology can be used to create an image of a logo commemorating the university’s 150th anniversary in a soybean field.This is the fifth year that Ohio State’s Digital Agriculture program has demonstrated GPS-guided “smart planting” for multiple hybrids of corn and soybeans. This year’s specially planted field takes the shape of the symbol of Ohio State’s sesquicentennial.The soybeans planted to create the logo matured faster than the brighter, greener soybeans that form the image’s background.“This being our fifth logo, we have a pretty good system down,” said Ryan Tietje, research associate and graduate student in the university’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering (FABE). The department is part of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) and the College of Engineering.“We had some of the same challenges that farmers across Ohio had this year: fighting with the weather and getting planting done,” he said. “We planted in the wee hours of the morning to get done before the next rain. We finished planting at 2 a.m., and it was raining again by midmorning.”The inconsistent coloring throughout the logo represents the condition of many farm fields across Ohio. But the impact on that logo does not come close to what farmers statewide are facing with potential significant crop income losses among other hardships. The spring’s persistent rain created poor conditions for many farm fields including the logo field. Those conditions can harm crop health, slow plant growth, cause root rot, and ultimately lead to lower profits. Many farmers are still facing challenges caused by planting even as harvest approaches.“Precision agriculture technologies continues to be one of the biggest drivers of research for our team,” said Andrew Klopfenstein, FABE senior research engineer. “Specifically, with technologies that go on the planter, like Precision Plantings’ vSet Select, farmers are extremely interested in return-on-investment and what technologies they should be investing in for the future as margins become tighter on the farm. This logo demonstration shows how some of these advancements work in the future of planting.”Case IH, Precision Planting, and Trimble helped make the logo demonstration possible. Details about the Digital Agriculture program are available at digitalag.osu.edu; information about FABE is posted at fabe.osu.edu.last_img read more

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