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first_imgMOST READ He was able to coach the Green Archers in their 97-81 win over Ateneo in the first round of Season 79 after then head coach Aldin Ayo was suspended for an altercation with the referees in La Salle’s previous game.But things have definitely changed since that game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThis time, Blue Eagles pounded on the Green Archers, 71-55, in the first meeting of Season 81 with Gonzales now in charge as head coach.Gonzalez rued the lack of collective effort to spread the ball after the Blue Eagles continued to pester their passing lanes. “Our attacking decisions were way off because in this game you first have to be selfish then eventually become unselfish,” said Gonzalez in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “And I think that move was really the opposite of what I’m trying to preach to the team that everyone should have touches and that we have to share the ball.”La Salle’s lone bright spot was Aljun Melecio who put up 21 points, on 5-of-18 shooting, and seven rebounds while no other Green Archer attempted at least 10 shots in the game.Ateneo’s continuous pesky defense saw La Salle turn the ball over 28 times with the Green Archers tallying just three assists.“Someone had to take over in the game because everyone was covered, the passing lanes were covered,” said Gonzalez whose team dropped to the fourth spot with a 3-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Louie Gonzalez is no stranger to the Ateneo-La Salle matchup, usually known as the UAAP’s biggest gathering.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil As Columbian falls to 0-8, Ababou says ‘some of them don’t want to win’ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLess than four months after experiencing a devastating fire which led to the death of several animals and destroyed both flora and fauna in its path, the Waikin Ranch at Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) has once again been plagued with another blaze.According to information reaching this publication, the fire started at about 15:00h on Monday afternoon at the ranch. It is understood that no extensive damages have been caused since there was not much vegetation on the vast land owing to the last destructive blaze. In addition, staffers on sight managed to plough along the fences with a tractor to make a fire breakage.Fire engulfs sections of the Waikin Ranch at Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo)In expressing frustration about the action suspected to be arson once again, co-owner of the ranch, Francesda Pires, explained to Guyana Times that such acts result in the destruction of the animals’ natural habitats.But what is even more alarming, according to Pires, is the fact that there is no fire service in the area to assist the ranch or other areas whenever the need arises. Additionally, she highlighted that the roads are in a deplorable state, which also makes it impossible to access exterior help.“The problem is it’s the habitat for the animals…in Lethem, there is only a volunteer sort of fire service, there’s no real fire service in Lethem and the roads are so bad it’s impossible for them to come out to us and to come put in the savannah. So people forget that this is rural area, so it’s not like you can fight fire like you can in the city,” Pires said.The ranch has boundaries from the main Rupununi trail, the Ireng River, the Brazil border and the west and Pirara River. It covers almost 33,000 acres of mostly rolling savannah plains and is a sanctuary to hundreds of wildlife.Back in April of this year, several acres of the ranch were destroyed by fire which blazed for almost three days before it could be contained. The aftermath saw a saddened scene with burnt trees and the carcasses of turtles, snakes, armadillos and mammals which could not survive or escape the inferno.This had led the ranch officials to reach out for donations of seedlings to replant the savannah, as they were expected to be planted during the rainy season.last_img read more

first_imgBejarano said he thinks most residents understand why the ban is necessary but said some people have opposed it. Resident Joel Mendoza, who sometimes smokes at ATMs, said he does not like being told where to smoke. “Outdoor patios are so people have a place to smoke,” Mendoza, 35, said. “Now I can’t even smoke outside. It’s crazy.” Mayor Manuel Lozano said while some residents may not agree with the citywide ban, it was created to protect the overall health of the community and to improve the quality of life in Baldwin Park. nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Baldwin Park is the first city in the San Gabriel Valley to implement a citywide smoking ban, officials said. The new ban, approved Feb. 7 by the City Council, prohibits smoking in all public areas where a significant number of people congregate, like outdoor dining and service areas such as the Metrolink station and Starbucks. It also extends to automatic teller machines, information kiosks, vending machines, bus stops, areas within 20 feet of entrances and exits and open windows of any building open to the public. Baldwin Park Councilman Anthony Bejarano said the city appreciates the recognition. “It’s always great to be recognized for taking the lead in the San Gabriel Valley on issues that are not too popular but are beneficial to the community,” Bejarano said. “A few other cities are considering doing the same thing so hopefully this will steamroll and people everywhere can enjoy clean air.” BALDWIN PARK – A new citywide smoking ban has earned criticism from some residents and praise from public health agencies. The city’s ban to keep residents clear of secondhand smoke went into effect this month and was recognized at Wednesday’s council meeting by various agencies including the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Tobacco Control & Prevention Program and the Asian Youth Center. Agnes Tam, spokeswoman for the Asian Youth Center, said the agency wanted to honor Baldwin Park for establishing a smoke-free citywide policy. “We wanted to thank them for their vision and leadership and commitment to improving the health and safety of their residents,” Tam said. last_img read more

first_img Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrate his equalising goal at Stamford Bridge Chelsea were left to lament a series of missed chances as Schalke came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw in their Champions League opener at Stamford Bridge.The visitors have endured a torrid start to their season, slumping to three defeats and one draw in their opening four Bundesliga fixtures, but enjoyed the brighter start in London.However, it was the hosts who struck first in the early stages, Cesc Fabregas opening his account for the Blues with a controversial strike, having clearly fouled a Schalke player in the build-up.Chelsea – having won every game so far this term – looked very comfortable with their slim lead, and that was perhaps their undoing as Eden Hazard, who sparkled on the wing throughout, and Didier Drogba, who started upfront in place of Diego Costa, both missed glaring opportunities.Schalke slowly began to pick away at the Blues’ back-four with Sidney Sam, Julian Draxler and Kevin-Prince Boateng all going close.And, after a series of other big misses from Jose Mourinho’s men, the German outfit took their chance as Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar found the net with a clinical strike to finish a swift counter-attacking move.Mourinho introduced attacking duo Costa and Loic Remy in the final stages in a desperate bid to claim a late win, but they had little impact on the game as the visitors were left to celebrate a hard-fought point.Their mood at the end was in stark contrast to their reaction to Fabregas’ opener after 11 minutes.The German outfit were raging at the referee amid Chelsea’s celebrations, with the Spanish playmaker almost certainly fouling Max Meyer in the build-up.The former Barcelona man played a drawn out one-two with Eden Hazard on the wing but was forced into a lunging challenge to get the ball under control, before calmly slotting home for the first Chelsea goal, but despite it appearing a clear foul the officials were having none of it.Chelsea began to up the tempo after going in front but were wasteful in front of goal.Drogba, a returning hero for Blues fans having completed a free-transfer this summer, perhaps proved that his best days are well behind him with a number of rusty touches and poor finishes throughout the game.The legendary striker had a great opportunity to double Chelsea’s lead but planted a firm header straight at the goalkeeper, while he was guilty of wasting an even better chance after the break, cursing a heavy first touch which forced him too wide from Hazard’s inspired lofted pass, with his angled effort scraping just past the post.Fabregas then curled over the bar from a great position after good play from Ramires, while Hazard, despite putting in an outstanding overall performance at the Bridge, just couldn’t find his shooting boots.After 40 minutes of dominance from the hosts, the Germans finally came out of their shell towards the end of the first half as Boateng and Sam tested Thibaut Courtois from range, though the Belgian number one was on hand to easily save.Julian Draxler – linked to a number of Premier League clubs, including the Blues, over the past few transfer windows – was the bright spark for Schalke and he should have levelled with the visitors’ best chance moments before the whistle.The 20-year-old embarked on a darting run though the middle, bamboozling the entire Blues defence with a whirl of feet, and worked himself into a great position in the box only to drag his close-range effort just wide of the upright.After the restart Ivanovic was next to go close for the Premier League side, forcing a great save from Schalke stopper Ralf Fahrmann with a thumping effort, but their missed chances were punished moments later.Fabregas was caught dallying in position with the Blues piling forward, leaving their back-four vulnerable as a swift counter-attack saw Dutch frontman Huntelaar pick the ball up just outside the box and easily beat Courtois with an accurate finish.Chelsea could have scored three in the final ten minutes alone as substitute Remy went close with a header and Hazard twice went clean though.The Belgian starlet first thumped a volley astonishingly over the bar from close-range, and then saw a stretched attempt at the far post from Fabregas’ chip well blocked by Fahrmann, as the side and their manager cut frustrated figures at the full-time whistle. 1last_img read more

first_imgSATURDAY week, June 28, sees seven Donegal Bikers head on fund raising expedition from Malin Head to Mizen Head, in Aid of Dungloe native Sr Mary Sweeney’s School for the Hearing Impaired in Makeni, Sierra Leone. Sr Mary’s neighbour Declan Quinn along with a number of other Donegal Bikers took up the initiative after many long years of hearing of the selfless work Sr Mary carriers out in caring for the children of Sierra Leone.Declan told Donegal Daily: “On Saturday next a number of bikers from across Donegal are beginning the journey from Malin Head to Mizen Head on a Motor-Cycle fund raising trip to raise funds for Sr Mary’s School in Africa. “Over many years we in the Rosses have heard of the selfless work sister Mary carries out and we are extremely proud to call her one of our own.“I have met with people who have visited the area and the stories are truly inspiring. Sr Mary has 220 hearing impaired children attend her school, she is aiming to make the school self sufficient in growing their own food on a farm within school grounds, we hope that the fund-raising effort of this motorcycle tour will go some way to help on her endeavours. All funds raised will go directly to Sr Mary, and every penny will be spent in helping the children in her care.”Donation cards are available in most shops locally, or people can donate directly to the school-fund through the details belowBank of Ireland a/c name: SJC School for Hearing impaireda/c no: 42313697Sort Code: 90 04 20BIKERS TAKE TO THE ROAD FROM MALIN TO MIZEN FOR SIERRA LEONE SCHOOL was last modified: June 17th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Bike RideMalin HeadMizen HeadrossesSr Mary Sweeneylast_img read more

first_imgA man in his 70s has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a young boy while out fishing and after gathering turf in Co Donegal.Letterkenny court.The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had denied both charges of indecent assault. But after two hours of deliberating, a jury of seven women and five men found him guilty at Letterkenny Circuit Court today.The complainant is a 41 year old man who now lives in New York who gave his evidence by video-link.The man said he was just 10 years old in the summer of 1984 when his attacker gave him £5 to row his boat while he was fishing.While out fishing the man produced a condom and asked him to try it on while he exposed himself to the 10 year old boy.The man is also alleged to have produced pornography from a black bin bag.The man said attacker left him off on a small island and asked him to try it on but he could not get it on and he left the island.On another occasion, the man claims that he was offered £20 by the man to turn turf at his bog which he agreed to do.After the work, they went back to the man’s house.The witness was then given pornographic material and told to go into the bedroom and masturbate.When he did this, the man then came into the bedroom and masturbated himself and then touched the boy on his penis.The court heard the victim returned from New York in 2009 and came across the man in a bar during a festival in his town.He pushed the man out the door but it was not until 2011 that the accused was arrested and interviewed by Gardai about the assaults.However, barrister for the accused, Mr Cormac Ó Dúlacháin said his client denied all the charges and that he did not even know the accused.The accused said he did not think of boys in a sexual way and although he was not married, he had come close to getting married once but his then girlfriend went off with another man.Judge Francis Comerford adjourned the case for sentencing until July.He also ordered that the man be placed on the sex offenders register.MAN FOUND GUILTY OF INDECENTLY ASSAULTING 10 YEAR OLD BOY was last modified: May 7th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.Antonio Brown might not be sure if he’s retiring from the NFL, but the embattled four-time All-Pro clearly isn’t done with the league.Brown plans to file nine grievances and appeals against the league – including the Raiders – according to a report Sunday by Adam Schefter of ESPN.com.Brown reportedly is seeking $61 million he believes he is due, but other reports suggest that because some of the claims overlap …last_img read more

first_imgGoa Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday expressed satisfaction over reports of almost no ragging cases in educational institutions in the State but raised concern over reports of students consuming drugs on college campuses and an increase in road accidents.Addressing the 10th State- level meeting of Anti-Ragging Monitoring Cell at the Raj Bhavan in Goa, Ms. Sinha said that the word “ragging” should be avoided in the programmes of educational institutions. The Vice Chancellor of Goa University, Varun Sahni, said that only one case of cyber ragging was reported in Goa this year. He said that nowadays the nature of ragging is changing and asked institutions to be more vigilant. “Ragging like Cyber bullying is an increasing menace,” he said. Ms. Sinha also appreciated the steps taken by Goa Directorate of Education for including civic sense subjects such as Road Safety, Hygiene and Garbage Cleaning in the current syllabus. She said this would help develop values in the minds of children right from the beginning.Speaking on stress and depression among students, Ms. Sinha said that parents should not pressurise their children to excel in their studies. Ms. Sinha also advised parents to look after their children’s dietary habits as the food consumed by the younger generation often causes them to suffer diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes at an early age.last_img read more

first_img“Scientists Get a Head Start on BRAIN Initiative” BRAIN Interim Report Presentation “Brain Project Draws Presidential Interest, but Mixed Reactions” “As White House Embraces BRAIN Initiative, Questions Linger” “The NIH BRAIN Initiative” Last April, the neuroscience community erupted in a flurry of speculation when President Barack Obama announced the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative—a proposed $110 million investment in neuroscience research. To hammer out a plan for its $40 million contribution, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recruited 15 top scientists to identify research priorities. Yesterday, after a summer of meetings and discussion, the scientific team released its first attempt to put some meat on the bones of the project.The team’s report lists nine top research priorities, all geared toward developing tools to help scientists understanding how linked “circuits” of neurons work together, to produce behaviors such as emotion, for example. The report highlights the need for cheaper, faster technologies that can trace connections between individual brain cells and record large networks of cells acting in synchrony. It calls for development of tools that can manipulate neural circuits in both animals and humans, and for new ways of handling and processing the vast amounts of data that the BRAIN project is expected to produce. And it lays out principles for how the research within the BRAIN Initiative should proceed, such as sharing data publicly and helping researchers learn new skills.People who follow the field of neuroscience “won’t find anything in these recommendations boggling or shocking,” says Gerald Rubin, executive director of the Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Overall, the recommendations are “fair, balanced, and reflect consensus in the field,” he says. That something-for-everyone approach, however, means that the $40 million that NIH has pledged to the project will run out long before it meets its goals, he cautions. “This is a call to action to Congress” to see if the project can get $500 million—not $110 million—in government investment, Rubin says. 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NIH may also be hedging its bets, however. Its 2014 budget remains uncertain as Congress has not approved a final spending plan for any agency. A larger budget showdown may force all government agencies into operating indefinitely at 2013 budget levels or lower starting next month. Even in challenging budget times, however, NIH expects the agency to spend about $40 million on the initiative, Collins says. He emphasizes that NIH’s plan applies only to its own portion of the BRAIN project—neither the National Science Foundation, which has committed $20 million to the project, nor the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which has pledged $50 million, has released a road map for their research, or explained how they are setting priorities. Not everyone is happy with the interim report. Already, complaints that NIH priorities do not include creating repositories of brain tissue, called brain banks, and that clinicians were not sufficiently involved in the planning process, have surfaced. “Perhaps the discontent of the neurologists is a strong hint that this needs to be emphasized more,” says Partha Mitra, a neuroscientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. However, “one can’t do everything,” says Ian Lipkin, an epidemiologist at Columbia University. He adds that several clinicians were, in fact, included in the process. (Neither scientist is on the 15-member “dream team,” but both contributed during the summer meetings.)  Although many neuroscientists are beginning to position themselves to apply for BRAIN funding, “a lot of people are waiting on the sidelines” to see if the money comes through in NIH’s 2014 budget, Lipkin says. Researchers in disciplines such as computer science and engineering are likely to need more assurance before investing time and energy going after BRAIN funds, he says: “They are going to need to see some commitment.” He adds that international collaborations will be “crucial” to the project’s long-term financial and scientific success.For some, concern that the BRAIN Initiative will be an unwieldy, “top-down” federal science project seems to have been at least temporarily allayed. The report “presents a community view about the current neuroscience zeitgeist (“circuits”) rather than a goal for a big science project,” Mitra says. “This is an improvement over the initially narrow focus,” he says. Karl Deisseroth, a neuroscientist at Stanford University in California who served on the 15-member “dream team,” says that he has been “heartened” by the process of producing the recommendations. “I have seen zero politics at any stage of the process, which has been refreshingly focused on the science and the enormous opportunity,” he says.  Related Resources:BRAIN Interim Report “Brain Project Draws Presidential Interest”last_img read more

first_imgAfter failing to navigate her way out of the group phase on her WTA Finals debut in 2016, Karolina Pliskova was desperate to get off to a fast start this year and that is exactly what the Czech world number three managed against Venus Williams on Sunday.Opening round-robin play in the White Group at a packed Singapore Indoor Stadium, Pliskova used her booming serve and groundstrokes to subdue her American opponent 6-2 6-2 with an emphatic display of power.”I was feeling so much better than last year, so I cannot compare those matches, not even a little bit,” the 25-year-old told reporters.”I had a good week of practice here, so I felt like it can be okay. But I just wasn’t sure about how Im going to feel, if nervous or not, because still we are the first match on.Mission 1 Accomplished! ?????????My first win at 2017 @WTAFinalsSG group stage! #Singapore #Acequeen pic.twitter.com/dz2SnBRVU8- Karolina Pliskova (@KaPliskova) October 22, 2017″But I felt pretty good. Actually, I felt really good. I think everything was fine with my game today. I was just a little bit better, even from the baseline, even on my service games, so there was no need to panic with anything in my game.”After reaching two grand slam finals this past season, the 37-year-old Williams was making her first appearance since 2009 at the elite eight-woman event and Pliskova felt the previous experience of the Singapore court had helped her cause.”There are no easy matches at #WTAFinals so you have to be ready from the first point” -@KaPliskova pic.twitter.com/hCd97eJlN6advertisement- WTA (@WTA) October 22, 2017″I had quite an advantage from the fact that she was not playing for the last few years in WTA Finals, so I felt like a little bit more calm on the court than maybe she was,” the Czech added.”I don’t know how she felt but I think I was trying to take that advantage that I was here last year, you know, that I had some matches and had some good practice this year.”I felt pretty confident. Even though we had two tough matches against each other and was just 1-1 head-to-head, I always felt like I had a good chance to win.”The American rued the fact that she made a slow start to the match, needing four games to get on the scoreboard, but was optimistic she would fare better in her final two round-robin matches against Garbine Muguruza and Jelena Ostapenko.”I played better in the second set but she just seemed to have all the answers,” Williams said. “You know, some days that’s how it is. Hopefully I will have more luck in the next ones.”last_img read more