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Player of the Week: James Yap clutch as Rain or Shine stays on top

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ James Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJames Yap may be past his prime but he still has a lot left in his tank.The Rain or Shine swingman has been on a tear through the first eight games of the season and his torrid start has been one of the big reasons why the Elasto Painters have emerged as the top team so far in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Jeremy Miado out to prove quick KO no fluke in rematch vs Thai foe Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Yap, who just turned 37 on Friday, isn’t as quick and explosive as before but remains one of the deadliest players in crunch time.He delivered a couple more clutch performances for the Painters just before the league headed into its two-week break to give way for the Philippine men’s national basketball team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe four-time Finals MVP had a pair of 18-point outings in Rain or Shine’s last three games and both of those occasions, he came through for his squad down the stretch.The Negros Occidental native completed the game-winning three-point play to beat Magnolia, 75-74, last Wednesday just five days after burying a triple with under three minutes left that put Rain or Shine ahead for good in a 107-100 win over NorthPort. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next His vintage showing earned him the PBA Press Corp Player of the Week citation and helped the quarterfinals-bound Painters improve to 7-1. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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In Guinea, Wild Chimps Caught Drinking Palm Wine

first_imgA community of chimps in West Africa is partial to the occasional alcoholic beverage. There are “behavioral signs of inebriation (intoxication, excitement),” note researchers, according to The Guardian.In Bossou in southeast Guinea, villagers tap into the trunks of raffia palms to drain off the sap into plastic containers fitted to the trees. These sugary fluid ferments, result in a lightly alcoholic “palm wine” that is collected and consumed. But when the humans are away, the local chimps will occasionally come in for a tipple, using leaves to scoop up tasters of the beverage. “When I first observed the behavior it immediately sparked my interest,” says Kimberley Hockings, a behavioral ecologist at Oxford Brookes University in the UK. But as she’d only seen the chimps sampling the palm wine on a few occasions, she approached others who’ve worked on this community over the past 20 years and got them to dig into their notebooks for similar records. The result is a collaborative paper published today in the Royal Society’s open-access journal Open Science based on 51 wine-drinking events.With an average ethanol content of three percent, the palm wine is of similar strength to a weak beer. “When the sap is fresh, it’s quite sweet and tastes very pleasant,” says Hockings. But it ferments very quickly. “After 24 hours it turns very acidic and vinegary and from my perspective is undrinkable,” she says. The strongest sample collected by the researchers came in at almost 7 percent alcohol by volume, which would presumably pack quite a punch for an animal that’s half the size of a human. Hockings and her colleagues estimate that the leafy receptacles probably convey between 10 and 50 ml at a time and the chimps make a dip every 6 or 7 seconds. So in a swift session of about minute, a chimp would consume around 100 ml of palm wine or 3 ml of ethanol. But the longest recorded binge lasted more than 30 minutes, during which time the chimp might have taken on as much as 3 liters of wine and 90 ml of ethanol. Even by the most excessive of human standards, this is a serious bender. Combing through the supplemental data, I notice that it was this same chimp – a male known affectionately as FF – that was responsible for approximately one-third of the 51 drinking events. I asked Hockings if he might have a drink problem, but she is careful not to cast aspersions. “I don’t think it’s an addiction, as he drinks it rarely,” she says. “But, anecdotally, he always drinks palm wine when it is available and is often the first to climb the raffia.”In the discussion to the paper, Hockings and her colleagues touch on what everyone will be wondering. “Some of the chimpanzees at Bossou consumed significant quantities of ethanol and displayed behavioral signs of inebriation,” they write. When I read this, I pictured a whole load of debauched chimps, slurring their pant-hoots and tumbling out of trees, but Hockings’ stories are disappointingly sober. On one occasion, she saw several chimps conclude a drinking session by having a rest. On another, an adult male was not his usual self after a drink. “Whilst other chimpanzees were making and settling into their night nests, he spent an additional hour moving from tree to tree in an agitated manner,” she says.All of this is more than just a description of a few wayward animals. The occasional boozing of Bossou chimps supports molecular evidence that the ability to metabolize alcohol appeared in the common ancestor of humans and chimps about 10 million years ago. So chimps have a grasp of cooking and can drink quite considerable quantities of alcohol. “What chimp-based surprise will I be writing about next week, I wonder?” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Marudi miners finally get mining blocks

first_img19 months laterA 19-month standoff between miners and the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) has finally been resolved with several mining blocks being earmarked for miners in the Marudi area in Region 9.Some of the blocks earmarked will be allotted to the Rupununi Miners’ Association, while another set will be allocated to the Guyana Women Miners’ Organisation (GWMO), for its members who are operating in Mining District 6.Minister Trotman and team from GGMC meeting with Marshall Mintz of Romanex Guyana Exploration in Marudi (Filed photo)The new lands assigned to the miners are adjacent to the Romanex Concession.This move by the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNRE) has come after small scale miners were mandated to vacate mining lands on Marudi Mountain that were licensed to the Romanex Guyana Exploration Limited. The controversy was sparked when the company sought the removal of the miners from the area in order to conduct an Environment and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) before beginning any large-scale mining.Natural Resources Minister Rafael Trotman had committed to working collaboratively with the GGMC in order to find a long-term solution that would allow the miners to have their own concessions. The MNRE emphasizes the need for prospecting before the commencement of mining, since this can be cost-effective. The MNRE also stresses the importance of proper mining practices and the need for miners to be cognizant of the wellbeing of residents of surrounding communities.Minister Trotman had, in April 2016, intervened in a standoff between small scale miners from the Marudi Mountain area, representatives of Indigenous communities, and Romanex Guyana Exploration Limited. The miners and Indigenous residents had held a series of protests and had refused to vacate the mining area.The facilitation of a mediation process was initiated with the help of Major-General (retired) Joe Singh. This had given rise to the signing of the ‘Mediation of the Marudi Mountain Mining Dispute Agreement’.Minister Trotman has said that, during the second week of February, he plans to have a consultation with the relevant stakeholders, including representatives of the South Rupununi Indigenous communities, to receive feedback with hopes of guiding the process forward.last_img read more

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President, First Lady leave Guyana for “routine” medical check-up

first_imgPresident David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger departed Guyana earlier on Sunday for the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago to undergo their annual medical check-up.President David Granger and First Lady Sandra GrangerThe first couple boarded a Caribbean Airlines flight that departed the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri about 05:45h. The couple are expected to return to Guyana on Thursday, May 24, 2018.In a release issued by the Ministry of Presidency, it stated that medical check-ups are a regular part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while noting that both the President and the First Lady remain in good health.The Ministry of the Presidency urges all Guyanese to implement measures aimed at ensuring their good health, which should include regular health checks, exercise, and healthy eating habits.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo will act as Head of State until the President returns.last_img read more

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Trojans’ journey paying off

first_imgThird-seeded USC advances to face fourth-seeded Oregon today at 3 p.m. in the conference final. No player currently on the team had won a game in the Pac-10 Tournament before this week. The Trojans have never won the tournament, once before advancing to the final in 2002. Beating Stanford likely put to rest any lingering doubts that the Trojans will make the NCAA Tournament. Now they are working on improving their seeding. This victory gives USC its seventh win over a top-25 team this season. The Trojans are 7-4 against ranked opponents, a statistic that should impress the NCAA selection committee on Sunday. USC (23-10) is now one victory away from equaling the highest total in its 101-year history. The Trojans had 24 wins in 2001, 1992, 1974 and 1971. Oregon 81, Cal 63: The Oregon Ducks ran out to a big lead, then survived a big scare from Cal but ultimately held on to win at Staples Center. Oregon (25-7) flourished, as it usually does, with its speedy backcourt. Freshman Tajuan Porter and junior Malik Hairston combined for 46 points on 18 of 25 shots. The Ducks shot 62.5 percent from the field, outrebounded Cal by four and ran up a 21-point halftime lead. – Jill Painter 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Gabe Pruitt, Nick Young and Lodrick Stewart suffered through USC basketball pre-Tim Floyd. They experienced the lowest depths in Trojans basketball history, and it shows. center_img With every 3-pointer that left their hands Friday and the fist pumps that followed, they looked like players who have come a long way to get this opportunity and success and weren’t going to let it pass them by. The original three combined to score 33 of USC’s first 34 points to spark the Trojans to a 70-61 victory over No. 11 Washington State in the Pac-10 Tournament semifinals at Staples Center. last_img read more

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Man United cancel Europa League press conference after Manchester Arena attack

first_imgManchester United’s press conference ahead of the Europa League final has been cancelled after Monday’s attack at Manchester Arena.Greater Manchester Police have confirmed children are among the 22 killed and 59 wounded by a bomb that exploded after a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande at the Arena.UEFA have expressed their shock and sadness, but say Europa League final will go ahead as planned.Old Trafford is closed to the public and United said in an official club statement: “Due to the tragic events in Manchester last night, and the effect that this has had on everyone here at the club and within our city, we have decided to cancel this evening’s pre-match press conference.“We are sure that, in the circumstances, you will all understand our position on this matter.”An earlier statement said everyone at United was “deeply shocked by last night’s terrible events” and the club’s “thoughts and prayers” went out to everyone affected, including children from their Manchester United Foundation partner schools who were attending the concert.Messages of condolence, defiance and support have been coming in ever since news broke of the appalling incident, with many governing bodies saying they will take increased security measures at events. 1 UEFA insist Wednesday’s Stockholm final between Ajax and Man United will go ahead center_img #WeStandTogether pic.twitter.com/Ro0ohU9PI6— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 23, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jslast_img read more

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NoWDOC SERVICE IS NOT NEGOTIABLE – TD

first_imgDonegal North East Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has told the Dáil that the NoWDOC service in Donegal must be non negotiable.Deputy McConalogue raised the matter in the Dáil on Tuesday, calling on the Government to protect the current levels of out of hours GP services in the interest of patients.In response, Junior Health Minister Róisín Shorthall said the HSE were not currently considering any proposal that would see a reduction in the out of hours GP service at the four centres in Donegal. Deputy McConalogue welcomed these comments but said he remained concerned that Department of Health and the HSE were not making it absolutely clear that it is their policy to ensure there will be no cutbacks to NoWDOC in the future. Commenting following his Dáil exchange with Minister Shorthall, Deputy McConalogue said: “The NoWDOC services at Carndonagh, Letterkenny, Derrybeg and Mountcharles are absolutely essential and must not be diluted in any way.“I am concerned by the fact that the Minister for Health James Reilly and the HSE are not willing to state clearly that they are fully committed to protecting this service ahead of their upcoming discussions with GPs on how NoWDOC operates in Donegal.“NoWDOC is currently operated by support staff provided by the HSE, while local GPs cooperate by covering the NoWDOC rota.  It is essential that HSE and Minister for Health take the firm position that the service must be protected in full, when they enter negotiations with GPs.  The inability of the Minister and HSE to make their position clear is a cause of real concern.“Over 36,000 people were treated by the NoWDOC past year at a cost to the HSE of €3.168 million.  As the Government work out the health budget for next year, they must ensure that this service is simply non-negotiable for the people of Donegal,” concluded Deputy McConalogue. NoWDOC SERVICE IS NOT NEGOTIABLE – TD was last modified: October 27th, 2011 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:deputy charlie mcconaloguenowdoc serviceslast_img read more

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Arcata tops Fortuna for first time in 2018, moves on to NCS championship

first_imgKarina Zumbrun scored one goal and assisted on the other and the Arcata Tigers shutout Fortuna 2-0 in the semifinal round of the North Coast Section Division-I playoffs, Wednesday night at Fortuna High.No. 3 Arcata (15-7-1) had fallen to No. 2 Fortuna (14-6-1) four of its previous matches against the Huskies. None of that mattered on Wednesday night as Arcata won where it mattered most and punched a ticket to the NCS D-I championship round where they will face undefeated No. 1 Eureka (18-0) …last_img read more

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Evolutionists Explain Living Fossils

first_imgHere’s an old “evolutionary puzzle” to challenge your local Darwinist: explain living fossils.  Many living animals and plants were known only from the fossil record, thought to have gone extinct many millions of years ago, only to turn up in a local meat market or remote forest.  Science Daily tackled this question in the Nov. 17 issue.1    Perkins told the story of three famous cases of “Lazarus” species that came forth from the dead: coelacanth, Laotian rock rat, and Wollemi pine.  Sifting away the extraneous facts, what was the kernel of evolutionary explanation for these organisms, some of which supposedly spent up to 93 million years of evolutionary time alive and well, without leaving a trace in the rocks?  Here are the three leading suggestions:Many scientists contend that the simultaneous reappearance of so many Lazarus taxa indicates that the fossil record from that era can’t be trusted, says [Margaret] Fraiser [U of Michigan–Milwaukee].  Others suggest that the missing creatures simply became so rare that they weren’t captured in the fossil record.  Yet others propose that the creatures survived only in small areas and that their fossils haven’t yet been discovered.Fraiser and her colleagues put these ideas to the test by surveying fossil counts before and after the Permian extinction.  They concluded that the fossil record is trustworthy.  Richard Twitchett, a paleoecologist from U of Plymouth, concluded, “These Lazarus taxa must have been somewhere, maybe in [rocks] that paleontologists haven’t sampled yet.  Or maybe their fossils have been misidentified or overlooked.”    Perkins did not discuss a related evolutionary puzzle.  Why did the living forms look identical to the ancient forms after so many tens of millions of years of evolution?1.  Sid Perkins, “Back from the Dead?  ‘Resurrections’ of long-missing species lead to revelations,” Science News, Week of Nov. 17, 2007; Vol. 172, No. 20, p. 312.This is not science; it is religion masquerading as science.  They did not even consider the possibility that living fossils falsify long ages and evolutionary theory.  But if they want to play the “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence” game, creationists can, too.  If an evolutionist asks you to show you a Precambrian rabbit or Silurian human, show them this story.  Of course, we know what the Darwin Party would do if they did find a Precambrian rabbit: they would say, “Well, what do you know?  We were wrong!  This rock isn’t Precambrian, it’s Pleistocene!” (cf. 09/19/2007).  Have faith, brother, and you will see miracles: Lazarus species rising from the dead.(Visited 114 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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South Africa to assist Sahel countries

first_img22 March 2012 South Africa is to give humanitarian assistance, including emergency food aid, to four drought-stricken countries in the Sahel region in North Africa, says International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Speaking after a ministerial meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council in Bamako, Mali on Tuesday, Nkoana-Mashabane said South Africa was answering a call made by the four core Sahelian countries: Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Chad. “As a short-term measure, emergency food and nutritional aid will be directly delivered to these sister countries as a matter of urgency,” Nkoana-Mashabane said. “South Africa is also working out a framework of implementation of further assistance in the medium term.”Food, fertilizer, animal feed South Africa will provide Niger with 103 500 tons of food grain, millet and sorghum and nutritional provisions for children and pregnant women, to cater for approximately 22 000 people. The country will also provide 11 000 tons of animal feed for cattle and goats, 9-million doses of vaccine PPR for livestock, 877 tons of fertilizer, 5 000 litres of bio-pesticides, and 12 000 protection kits for workers applying pesticides. In Mali, South Africa will provide 45 886 tons of millet and sorghum, dry seeds and potato seeds before the upcoming planting season, and nutritional care for babies aged 6 to 59 months, as well as children suffering from acute malnutrition. South Africa is in consultation with Chad and Mauritania to assess their emergency humanitarian requirements.Concern over Sahel region The Sahel is an eco-climatic transition zone between the Sahara desert in the North and the Sudanian Savannas in the south. According to Wikipedia, it forms a belt up to 1 000 km wide spanning Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. The Peace and Security Council expressed deep concern over the humanitarian crisis facing several countries in the Sahel region due to environmental degradation, climate change and food insecurity. The challenges have been aggravated by developments in the Maghreb region, especially by the crisis in Libya, the influx of internally displaced persons, as well as the increase in transnational organised crime, terrorism and the proliferation of weapons. The council called for a more comprehensive and better-coordinated approach in addressing the situation in the Sahel region. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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