Zach LaVine signs $80 million offer from Kings

first_imgThe Bulls have 48 hours to decide whether to match the offer on the restricted free agent.LaVine has missed 91 of a possible 162 games over the last two seasons. He appeared in only 24 contests for the Bulls last season, averaging 16.7 points on 38 percent shooting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls reacts at the end of the first half against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on March 11, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPZach LaVine has signed a four-year, $80 million offer sheet with the Sacramento Kings.A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the terms to The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the Kings nor the Chicago Bulls announced the deal involving the 6-foot-5 guard who’s going into his fifth NBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The Superfight: Champions Cormier, Miocic collide at UFC 226center_img LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View commentslast_img read more

When will Ramjattan finally accept ministerial responsibility and resign? (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,As a member of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee for the Security Sector, I have been taking special interest in the performance (or lack thereof) of the Public Security Minister, the Honourable Khemraj Ramjattan.Apart from his arrogance and total disdain for the People’s Progressive Party, Ramjattan is someone with whom you would want to have a beer. He is approachable, and is never afraid to speak his mind, which often gets him into trouble.I honestly believe he wants to accomplish his goals in the security sector, but lacks the vision to so do. He listens to the needs of the brave Police and Prison officers, and appears eager to fulfill those needs, but he is powerless to do so. While Ramjattan may be accessible and approachable as a person, as the Minister of Public Security, he is a complete failure.This is a man who despises Bharrat Jagdeo and the PPP so much that he allegedly demanded the security portfolio as part of the Cummingsburg Accord with one goal in mind: to put the “corrupt” leaders of the PPP behind bars.This would explain his focus on working with UK Security Expert Sam Sittlington and SOCU to prosecute Anil Nandlall, Ashni Singh and others, while neglecting the urgent need to do something to end the vicious cycle of crime that is destroying lives and commerce, prompting the UK Government to issue a particular travel advisory to its citizens.While I can find no fault with the advisory, I wonder if the British Foreign Office is aware that security expert Sam Sittlington, whose services are paid for by British taxpayers, is actively engaged in a political witch-hunt to prosecute high ranking PPP members, rather than going after the drug traffickers and money-launderers as he was employed to do. Perhaps it’s time the Foreign Office account for his actions.In Guyana today, people no longer feel safe in their homes. Crime is running amok everywhere, raining terror on a population that is already stressed out trying to make ends meet. More and more families are being deprived of their valuables, communities are ravished, and businesses are left vulnerable.In 2015, the APNU/AFC coalition campaigned on a platform to get rid of corruption and “reduce the high rate of armed robberies and murders.”And immediately upon gaining office, this Government embarked upon a security recruitment drive, pulling several former high-ranking military and Police officers out of retirement to achieve this objective. They have failed miserably!Since becoming Minister of Public Security, Ramjattan has brought the entire security sector into disrepute. In March 2016, seventeen (17) prisoners were burnt to death and 11 others injured in what was described as the worst prison riot in our history. Then in July 2017, during the blazing inferno of the Camp Street Prison, a Prison officer was murdered and 8 notorious hard-core criminals escaped, two of whom are believed to be still on the run. Since then, there have been several more well-organised prison breaks.Every day, reports of armed robberies, murders and domestic violence dominate the news. Prisoners, with the aid of some rogue Prison officers, are now openly defying authority. At the New Amsterdam Prison, narcotics, alcohol and other contraband were recently discovered in the prison yard. And an inmate there flaunted the breakdown of authority in the Prison system by posting a photograph on Facebook with fellow inmates in a cell, cerebrating Mother’s Day with several bottles of high-end liquor. During a search of the Lusignan Prison, a quantity of illegal items were also found: Improvised weapons, cellphones, cellphone batteries, phone chargers, phone cards, cannabis, cannabis seeds and a cannabis plant. Earlier, a cutlass and a knife were found outside of the north eastern fence of the holding bay of that Prison.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

Local Glenn Stewart finishes among the top at the Calgary Stampede

first_imgStewart says he was extremely impressed with the entire event, from the newly designed course, to the enthusiastic crowd that packed the Calgary Saddledome regularly. He says the toughest part of the event was memorizing the track, a feat which he only had a short time to do.He also gives credit to the creativity of the newly designed course, as well as the calibre of competitors he was up against.Stewart claims the entire Rodeo experience was positive, one that he was able to share with his family and friends. He says he is excited to compete again next year, as it marks the centennial year of the Calgary Stampede.To view Stewart’s three runs, please visit his official website.Advertisement A local Natural Hosemanship expert was looking to defend his title at this years` Calgary Stampede.Glenn Stewart, instructor and owner of the Horse Ranch in Fort St. John, and his faithful stallion, Genuine Jet Smooth, recently competed in the Extreme Cowboy Up Challenge, which took place between July 9 and 11.- Advertisement -Stewart entered the competition as the man to beat, as the he was the defending champion, placing first in the event last year. Although, he was unable to duplicate his first place run, he finished third, with an overall score of 119.765 out of a possible 130 points.First place was awarded to Runt Rageth with a score of 128.255 and second to James Anderson with a score of 121.725.Stewart and Smooth started off the competition fiercely, finishing atop the leader board after the first day. However, two third-place finishes on days two and three earned him third place in the event.According to Stewart, his third place finish was the result of some rushing on his behalf. He says had he slowed down just a bit, he could have been much more precise in his ride and maybe finished in a higher position. Regardless, he is pleased with his results and especially pleased with the performance of Genuine Jet Smooth.Advertisementlast_img

Outdoors visionary eyes future

first_imgSANTA FE, N.M. – The wooden chair at the head of Stewart Udall’s dining room table is turned to face large glass doors and an unfolding view of the foothills stretching to the west. Udall spends his evenings here in his Santa Fe home watching the sun set over northern New Mexico. The former interior secretary and icon of the modern conservation movement, who turned 86 on Jan. 31, has lost most of his eyesight but still devotes his days to quietly soaking in his beloved Southwest and writing on big issues of the day. He keeps a low profile and his public appearances are rare, but Udall is far from forgotten. He’s been getting lots of recognition these days, in an Interior Department museum exhibit, in newspaper articles and as the new namesake of the Center for Museum Resources in Santa Fe. As interior secretary under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, Udall made a lasting mark on the Southwest and on public lands around the country. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 He helped shepherd the Wilderness Act and a national trails bill to passage and oversaw the creation of 10 national parks and monuments, several national seashores, 20 historic sites and dozens of wildlife refuges. His work in government and his seminal book, “The Quiet Crisis,” had a profound effect on the nation in the 1960s. “Stewart Udall, more than any other single person, was responsible for reviving the national commitment to conservation and environmental preservation,” said Bruce Babbitt, who calls Udall one of his heroes and followed in his footsteps as interior secretary under President Clinton. Charles J. Brown, president of the national group Citizens for Global Solutions, calls Udall “one of the great environmental visionaries in American history.” “I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that Stewart belongs in a very select company of great environmental leaders like Audubon and Thoreau and Muir and his good friend Rachel Carson, Americans who changed the way we think about the natural world,” Brown said. Udall’s mind still is hard at work, crafting articles and speeches about global warming, the energy crisis and other critical issues. “I’m trying to live not a normal life because my vision is affecting me, but to keep my mind working and keep my imagination flourishing and producing new ideas,” Udall said in his deep, gravely voice. He’s tried his hand at a screenplay and received four pages of script notes from good friend Robert Redford. “He’s an intellectual,” said Udall’s son, Tom, the congressman from New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. “He studies issues in a great deal of depth, but when he conveys the issues to the public, he does it in a very powerful way.” Udall’s recent labor is an article focusing on energy issues. The U.S. has shifted away from the low-energy lifestyle Udall grew up with and now is using 25 percent of the world’s petroleum, he said. “That’s going to change our way of life,” he said. “We’ve already seen it, haven’t we, this big jump in prices? What if it goes up to $5 a gallon? What’s that going to do to our mobility, our culture, our lifestyle?” Udall apologizes for dropping names when he tells stories, but he can’t help it. He’s dined with Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev, strolled with poet Robert Frost, been knighted by King Juan Carlos of Spain and, of course, worked closely with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Despite the big names and major accomplishments that pepper his career, Udall remains modest. He calls the late Sen. Clinton Anderson of New Mexico his mentor and gives him most of the credit for the passage of the Wilderness Act. He points with pride to the creation of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which has used money from offshore oil royalties for conservation projects ranging from small-town park projects to the purchase of the Valles Caldera National Preserve. F. Ross Peterson, president of Deep Springs College in California, is writing a biography of Udall and calls him “a senior statesman who deserves to be heard.” Tom Udall said his father had a modest upbringing. “He grew up on a farm in a very hardscrabble small community right on the Arizona-New Mexico border.” Udall served as an Air Force gunner in Italy during World War II, played basketball for the University of Arizona and spent two years as a Mormon missionary in the eastern U.S. He was elected to Congress from Arizona, helped Kennedy win the presidency and then became interior secretary. Once out of office, Udall returned to work as a lawyer and won compensation for Navajo uranium workers for health problems related to the Cold War-era mining in the Southwest. He and his late wife, Lee, raised six children. Udall now spends a lot of time with his eight grandchildren, Tom Udall said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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DONEGAL COMPANY REVEALS: HUNDREDS APPLIED FOR AUSSIE BUS DRIVER JOBS

first_imgAn Australian bus company is to take on a raft of Irish bus drivers after admitting it was ‘astounded’ by the high standard of drivers sourced by a Donegal driving company.Ventura Bus Lines of Melbourne have spent the past three weeks in Ireland interviewing candidates for $63,000 positions Down Under.The company says it received “hundreds” of applications for the jobs which come with a range of perks. Damian Kerin, of well-known Donegal company The Swilly Group, who were employed to compile a list of suitable candidates, said there has been huge interest in the jobs.Many applicants travelled from the UK while one man cut short his family holiday to attend the interviews.“We have worked solidly for almost three weeks, including through the bank holiday weekend, to interview and assess all of the shortlisted candidates,” he told donegaldaily.com.The Australian bus company specifically targeted Irish bus drivers because of their “outgoing personalities and charm” according to Mr Kerins. Jimmy Hughes, Senior Driver Trainer & Assessor with Ventura, was struck by the standard of driving among Irish bus drivers.“The level of professionalism and standard of training among Irish Drivers is astounding”, Jimmy said, adding, “It is a credit to Ireland that standards are so high and that drivers take such pride in their work, Ventura would be proud to employ the successful candidates.”The results of interviews and driving assessments will be compiled over coming weeks with formal offers of employment being made to successful candidates.Ventura Bus Lines have negotiated a specific 4-year working visa with federal immigration authorities in Australia and will manage the visa application process for the candidates.As well as the significant salary package Ventura are offering help with relocation and have put plans in place to ease the integration of migrating drivers into both the Ventura team and Australian society. DONEGAL COMPANY REVEALS: HUNDREDS APPLIED FOR AUSSIE BUS DRIVER JOBS was last modified: May 16th, 2012 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)Tags:DONEGAL COMPANY REVEALS: HUNDREDS APPLIED FOR AUSSIE BUS DRIVER JOBSlast_img read more

Can Open-Cell Foam Waste be Used as Attic Insulation?

first_imgWhat should be done with scrap foam?“Open-cell spray foam is mostly comprised of air and is completely safe to take to a landfill,” said Clark, whose post includes a link to Spray Foam Energy Solutions, a California company. “It will crush down to almost nothing when driven over with tractors commonly used to compact the waste stored there. Contrary to common belief, there is very little decomposition going on in the landfill except for food waste as a few minutes with Google will attest.”And that’s the problem, said Riversong.“Plastics last virtually forever in landfills and elsewhere in the environment, including the great Atlantic and Pacific garbage patches, where they do break down in size, becoming smaller and more dangerous to the biosphere,” Riversong added. “Green materials compost back into their natural constituents and become food for new life.“And you’re completely wrong about pieces of cured foam acting as an air barrier,” he continued. “It is an air barrier only when foamed in place or placed as a tightly-fitted and sealed rigid board.”The potential for environmental and human damage from petrochemicals and chemical additives is troubling to some posters.GBA advisor Michael Chandler, for instance, wrote, “The fire retardants in spray foam and board foam are a bio-accumulative neuro-toxin, so disposing of waste foam in a landfill is not doing the planet any favors.”Like John Brooks, who wrote that he is moving away from foam, Chandler is looking for alternatives to spray foam and rigid polystyrene board in the houses he builds. “I’m not there yet,” he said, “but moving in that direction.”Chandler attributes his change in thinking to some conversations he and his wife had with Arlene Bloom at the Build Well conference last year. “She and Theo Colburn really got me thinking about the unintended consequences of some of the chemicals we use in our pursuit of improved energy efficiency,” Chandler said.Riversong added, “Of course we would not find ourselves so often surprised by the unintended consequences of our choices if we used the Precautionary Principle, which requires that any new thing be proven safe (and necessary) before introduction into the marketplace and environment, rather than waiting until someone discovers it to be unsafe. On that basis, it would be reasonable to assume that all 80,000 petrochemicals we’ve created, that never before existed on earth, are unsafe until proven otherwise.” First, will it work?GBA senior editor Martin Holladay doubts much will be gained by Halkias’ plan. First, exposed foam is a fire hazard, Holladay said, and used in this way it won’t offer much in the way of insulation: “Unlike undisturbed foam that is sprayed in place, broken pieces of cured foam provide no resistance to air flow,” he wrote. “I doubt whether they provide much R-value, since air can easily pass through the broken pieces of foam.” UPDATED 1/19/11 with comments from Peter YostOpen-cell polyurethane foam expands dramatically as soon as it hits its target, rapidly filling wall cavities and typically mushrooming beyond the stud line. After it’s firmed up, installers trim away the excess so drywall or other wall finishes can be put up.The installer who sprayed open-cell foam into the exterior walls of Peter Halkias’ house has packed up his truck and hit the road, leaving him with “bags and bags” of excess foam. Halkias knew up front that disposal would be his problem. Now he wonders what to do with it, and whether it can be broken up into finer chunks and spread over the fiberglass batt insulation already in his attic.“Are there any code violations involved in doing this?” he asks in a Q&A post. “The only thing I can think of is an issue of flammability. The attic is fully vented and any light fixtures located in the ceiling joist bays are rated IC and airtight. I am trying to kill two birds with one stone: Get rid of the waste and add some insulation R-value to my attic ceiling.”The replies to Halkias’ post, the subject of this week’s Q&A Spotlight, touch not only on the merits of his plan but also the knotty disposal issue in general. And like a concurrent thread elsewhere on the site, it’s an opening to discuss the potential downsides to spray-foam insulation. RELATED ARTICLES GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE Sprayed InsulationHowever, Bill Clark disputed Holladay’s advice. According to Clark, many spray foams are approved for use in attics without any fire coating. As to the insulation value of the offcuts, Clark said, “Excess cut-off spray foam insulation will generally NOT allow air to pass through it, and even if it does, all traditionally used insulation products except spray foam allow air to move through them.”John Klingel wondered whether the pieces of excess foam could be pitched into the hopper with cellulose and blown in over the fiberglass batts. “I would guess that the foam being shredded and mixed with the cellulose would at least postpone its getting to the landfill,” Klingel wrote, “and in the meantime it could be doing some good. No?”Actually, no, said Katie, who identifies herself as a spray foam contractor. Katie backed up Holladay’s analysis. “We wouldn’t recommend shredding up open-cell waste and putting it in your attic (or anywhere, really), for all the reasons discussed: fire hazard, no air barrier, no insulation value,” Katie wrote. “Plus, dust particulate would be an issue. We once tried putting open-cell waste in our fiberglass blowing hopper to shred it up and blow it in an open space just to see what would happen and if it could be done. The hopper reduced the insulation to fine pellets and there was a ton of dust. Hardly worth the time or effort to ‘recycle’ the foam when the only thing you’ll gain is a fire waiting to happen.” Whose responsibility is it?Halkias wrote the contractor stipulated in his contract that he would bag the waste and clean up the site, but would not be responsible for disposal. “This being my first spray foam experience, I did not realize the waste that would be generated,” he said.Whether the contractor was upfront about it or not, leaving waste materials behind for the homeowner to deal with seems an odd exception in the building trades. Offcuts from framing lumber, drywall scraps, plumbing and wiring odds and ends and all the other debris from construction is usually taken away by the sub, or at least pitched into an on-site Dumpster by the general contractor.“I think that any spray foam contractor who doesn’t take responsibility for job waste is irresponsible,” wrote Holladay. “One way of shaming this contractor is to name the company and the city. Any company that claims to be environmentally responsible should have a waste disposal plan,” he added. “If a contractor’s routine work generates waste, then disposing of that waste in a responsible manner should be part of the contractor’s routine services — in my opinion.”“Every construction or remodeling contract should end: ‘The site will be left broom clean,’ ” said Robert Riversong.But maybe the practice is common in some areas. John Brooks said the practice of charging to haul away foam waste is common in North Texas, according to the contractors he’s spoken with. “The amount of waste with an open-cell job can be LARGE,” he said. “Not only is there a FEE … there is a high volume of foam filling up the landfill.” Spray Foam Insulation: Open and Closed Cell Does Spray Foam Insulation Out-Gas Poisonous Fumes? Open-Cell Foam Beats Closed-Cell FoamRigid Foam Insulation Industry “still in its infancy”Some spray foam installers may be pushing spray-foam as the greenest thing since LEED, but you won’t find Katie among them.“As a spray foam contractor, we are not in the habit of buying into the ‘Foam is Green’ marketing ploy and do not sell it as such,” she wrote. “We install open- and closed-cell spray foam for its high insulation value and air barrier qualities (when applicable) to people who can afford the upgrade. Period. We are honest with people who are considering foam: it’s expensive, it’s combustible, it’s plastic, and the initial off-gassing (although more dangerous to installers than building owners) during install may be a nuisance to sensitive people.”Still, she added, spray foam has some tremendous advantages.“The spray foam industry is still in its infancy, and there’s a long way to go until it becomes a respected and viable industry, like cellulose and fiberglass have,” Katie added. “Yes, there’s a lot of waste with open-cell, no matter how good an installer you are. (Waste is different than overspray, by the way.) Yes, the product can’t be reused and takes up a lot of space in landfills. But what insulation is truly green? None that we can think of.”Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to say:Insulation value in attic: I agree with Martin and Katie; there is no net gain to be accomplished with this effort.Responsibility: Dealing with the overspray and cut-off waste definitely is the responsibility of the installation contractor and, as Riversong stated, easily covered by the standard “broom clean” contract language. And a really good reason for this is that if the contractor has to deal with the waste, what better way to ensure that the contractor has incentive to minimize this waste?Cutting versus “roller-shaving:” Big difference between these two in terms of dust creation when removing the overspray. The dust from roller-shaving the excess can be substantial and pervasive, making for a nuisance to most of us, and a health issue for sensitive individuals. When we used open-spray foam to insulate exterior walls in our own basement, the excess was roller-shaved. While the contractor left the basement broom clean, an acrid dust covered just about everything and proved to be a real problem for our daughter with asthma. After a full day of HEPA-vacuuming every exposed surface we were fine, but cutting at least most of the excess would have created a lot less dust.Spray foam insulation contractor certification: In Canada, this is required. The U.S. needs mandatory spray foam insulation contractor certification to separate the wheat from the chaff.Flame retardants: While open-cell spray foams have a good profile in terms of global warming potential they typically contain brominated flame retardants as Chandler pointed out. Selecting the most benign and highest performing insulation remains a real challenge.last_img read more

It’s Official: Wood is a Green Building Material

first_imgAbout this time last year, President Obama introduced America’s Great Outdoors, a conservation initiative aimed at restoring the country’s forests, protecting watersheds and natural recreation areas, and protecting conservation-program jobs. In February 2011, in a follow-up to the president’s announcement, the top people at the Interior and Agriculture departments, and at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Council on Environmental Quality, all signed off on a report, “America’s Great Outdoors: A Promise to Future Generations,” that identifies strategies that can be used to strengthen the program.One such strategy surfaced late last month as the U.S. Department of Agriculture helped celebrate the launch of the International Year of the Forests, a United Nations-sponsored awareness campaign for 2011 that promotes responsible use and management of the world’s forests. At a Year of the Forests event held on March 30, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack presented a three-part plan to upgrade the green building practices of the USDA, including its U.S. Forest Services branch.Touting the virtues of responsibly harvested woodThe first part of the plan makes it a priority for the Forest Service to “preferentially select wood in new building construction while maintaining its commitment to certified green building standards.” The USDA also committed to using wood and other agricultural products as part of its effort to comply with an executive order issued by the president – titled Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance – that required federal agencies to submit a 2020 greenhouse gas pollution reduction target, increase their energy efficiency in all operations, conserve water, reduce waste, support sustainable communities, “and leverage federal purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies.”Second on Vilsack’s list was a request that the Forest Service examine how green-building materials research can be improved. Third was a commitment to “the innovative use of wood as a green building material” for new structures of 10,000 sq. ft. or more using green building standards such as LEED, Green Globes, or the National Green Building Standard. A news release about the USDA’s initiative cited a recent Forest Service lifecycle analysis that found harvesting, transporting, manufacturing, and using wood in lumber and panel products in building “yields fewer air emissions – including greenhouse gases – than resource extraction, manufacturing, and use of other common building materials.”Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell responded to the USDA declaration by directing all agency units to use locally milled timber in all of its new buildings and facilities.last_img read more

Top Stories: Compulsive Gambling, Doggy Origins, and Sand Flea Sex

first_imgOld Dogs Teach a New Lesson About Canine OriginsThe story of dogs began thousands of years ago, when gray wolves began sidling out of the shadows and into the company of humans. There’s little argument about that scenario, but there’s a bit of a dogfight about when and where it took place. Now, DNA from the fossils of ancient dogs and wolves—a new source of evidence—suggests man’s best friend originated in Europe, from a now-extinct branch of gray wolves.Lawmakers to Examine Bill Renewing U.S. ResearchSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Haggling is heating up on Capitol Hill over a big chunk U.S. science policy. Lawmakers are beginning work on legislation that would shape how the National Science Foundation and other key science agencies do their jobs and how much money they’d be authorized to spend. But some scientists are pretty unhappy with a few of the proposals.Gamblers More Attracted to Money Than SexCompulsive gamblers aren’t greedier than the rest of us—their brains may just be wired to favor money over sex. Their tendency to prioritize cash over more basic desires like sex resembles other addictions like alcoholism, researchers say, and could point toward new ways to treat pathological gamblers.Treatment for Dormant Malaria Shows PromiseThe first new drug in half a century to target malaria parasites in liver cells, one of their best hideouts, is showing encouraging results. Clinical trial results for tafenoquine have been so promising that researchers will soon start a phase III trial—the last step before asking drug regulators for approval.Sex and the Single Sand FleaA researcher in Madagascar was so interested in sand fleas that she let one live inside her foot—for 2 months. Her intimate observations paid off: She figured out how sand fleas have sex. It seems the parasites most likely copulate when the females are already inside their hosts. (Yep, that includes humans.)last_img read more

Where’s Cinderella? Favorites dominating in NCAA 2nd round

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The lowest-seeded team to reach a regional semifinal Saturday was No 5 seed Auburn, which routed Kansas, a No. 4. That should change Sunday as five double-digit seeds are in action, though they don’t consider themselves long shots.“We’re a 31-5 team that’s played against high-level competition all year, and we’ve had great road victories throughout the season,” UC Irvine guard Robert Cartwright said. “And we don’t see ourselves that way (as a Cinderella). But we understand that might come with our seeding, but we look at ourselves as a high-level team that can compete with pretty much anybody.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAt least one double-digit seed will get to the Sweet 16 because Cartwright’s 13th-seeded Anteaters face No. 12 seed Oregon in a South Region matchup Sunday in San Jose, California.Oregon hardly fits a Cinderella profile as a Pac-12 program, even though it needed to win its conference tournament just to crack the 68-team field. Big West champion UC Irvine is a more natural fit; the Big West champion won its first NCAA Tournament game Friday and has even embraced the approach Loyola-Chicago took last year by labeling an assistant coach as its version of Sister Jean Delores Schmidt. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Even before Saturday’s action, the lowest-seeded team left in the tournament was UC Irvine.The Anteaters have won 17 straight games and earned their first NCAA Tournament victory in school history Friday with a 70-64 triumph over Kansas State.“I look at their ballclub, and it reminds me of some of our good Creighton teams back when we were in the (Missouri) Valley (Conference),” said Oregon coach Dana Altman, who coached Creighton from 1994-2010. “We never thought of ourselves as Cinderellas or underdogs, and I’m sure they don’t either. So they don’t think of themselves as Cinderella, and I sure don’t.”Another potential Sweet 16 upstart is Liberty, the No. 12 seed in the East Region.Liberty rallied from 10 points down in the second half Friday to beat Mississippi State80-76 for its first NCAA Tournament victory. The Flames faces No. 4 seed Virginia Tech on Sunday at San Jose.“We’re not getting too ahead of ourselves,” Liberty forward Myo Baxter-Bell said. “We don’t really look at the numbers. I think seeds don’t matter. I think it’s been proven that the numbers really don’t matter. At the end of the day, we all have to go out there and lace up.”Ohio State, seeded 11th in the Midwest region, takes on No. 3 seed Houston in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Iowa is seeded 10th in the Midwest and seeks its first regional semifinal berth in two decades when it faces No. 2 seed Tennessee.Although neither team is a double-digit seed, it still would be quite a development if Buffalo gets to the Sweet 16 out of the Mid-American Conference or Central Florida gets there in its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005.So there are still many opportunities for Cinderella stories, even if the teams involved might not care for that description.“That’s the great thing about this tournament,” UC Irvine coach Russell Turner said Saturday. “You get to settle it in a rectangle. And what your seed is doesn’t matter. You play for it. And that’s what we’ll get a chance to do tomorrow. So if they call us Cinderella, that’s fine. But I think we’ve earned everybody’s respect, whatever they call us.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Murray State’s Ja Morant (12) looks up at the scoreboard during the first half of a second round men’s college basketball game against Florida State in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Fletcher Magee shot Wofford out of the NCAA Tournament. Murray State’s Ja Morant scored 28 points but his team couldn’t slow down Florida State.Their exits leave the Sweet 16 searching for a Cinderella.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting UC Irvine will try to accomplish what Wofford and Murray State failed to do.Wofford’s 21-game winning streak ended as the Southern Conference champions fell 62-56 to Kentucky. Magee, the NCAA career leader for 3-point baskets, missed all 12 of his attempts from beyond the arc.“It’s incredibly disappointing,” Magee said. “I feel like if I make three of those shots, we win the game. You know, a lot of them were good shots, and just — they didn’t go in.”Morant kept Murray State close for the first 10 minutes or so before No. 4 seed Florida State blew out the 12th-seeded Racers 90-62 in a West Region second-round game.“I was just hurt not being able to take the floor with these guys for the rest of this season, for another game, or possibly two, three, four,” Morant said. “But it’s been a great season. I really was just thinking back on what all we have accomplished this year.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Norel Nuevo, Grace Gella win bronze medals in World Junior Bowling Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View commentslast_img read more

IPL 2016: Rajeev Shukla promises farmers’ welfare at opening ceremony

first_imgIndian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla on Friday said they are committed to the welfare of the farmers and will do whatever is suggested to them, with uncertainty prevailing over the fate of IPL matches in drought-hit Maharashtra. (IPL opening ceremony)Responding to a PIL which wants all the IPL matches to be moved out of Maharashtra, a state facing acute water shortage, the Bombay High Court had given a go-ahead to at least the tournament opener on Saturday. (Anurag Thakur to meet Mumbai, Pune team owners to discuss Maharashtra crisis)Speaking at the opening ceremony for the ninth edition of the hugely-popular league, Shukla said, “The IPL and BCCI are committed to the welfare of the farmers. We will do whatever is suggested to us. We will co-operate with whatever is told to us.”Three cities in the state – Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur – are scheduled to host 19 matches in total this season.Shukla further said the perception of IPL being an entertainment show was wrong.”Whatever people may see, I still believe that IPL is serious cricket. It’s not just entertainment. Most of the games finish in the last over. Lot many budding talent are discovered by IPL, the world has seen that. This edition will be a better one than the previous editions. IPL is growing every year,” he avowed.The IPL chairman also said they have made conscious efforts to involve fans in the game by introducing a new feature in which the fans will be given placard to express their views on certain decisions referred to the third umpire.advertisementlast_img read more