Elite eye share of lead; Fuel Masters face faltering Bolts

first_imgLATEST STORIES How NorthPort translates its training into won games will be known when it tangles with unbeaten Blackwater at 4:30 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We have to play consistent basketball, offensively and defensively, to beat NorthPorth,” said Blackwater coach Pido Jarencio.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 ChrissThe Elite are looking for a third win in as many games and a share of the lead with idle defending champion Barangay Ginebra.In the 7 p.m. main game, Meralco tries to arrest a two-game skid against the Eugene Phelps-led Phoenix Fuel. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Saso-led Pradera begins PAL ladies title defense If there’s one team which took advantage of the two-week break, it should be NorthPort.The PBA Governors’ Cup resumes on Wednesday after giving way to the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian qualifiers, and the winless Batang Pier hope injuries have healed and import Rashad Woods  will fully integrate into their system.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more



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Harmon attends Conference of Defence Ministers of the Americas

first_imgMinister of State Joseph Harmon is currently in Cancun, Mexico, for the 13th Conference of Defence Ministers of the Americas, which will conclude today. He is accompanied by Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Brigadier Patrick West.During the Conference, Minister Harmon emphasised Guyana’s commitment to working with all States in the hemisphere, while noting that there is need to ensure that the armed forces are geared towards providing humanitarian assistance to small and vulnerable States, in addition to fulfilling their mandated functions. He said through Guyana’s participation at the Conference, there is now a better understanding of various areas including the evolving role of the Army, the role of women in the armed forces, climate change and defence and best global practicesMinister of State Joseph Harmon meets United States’ Secretary of Defence, James Mattis on the sidelines of the conferenceon defence and security issues. This is an area Guyana takes seriously, he added.According to its website, the Conference of Defence Ministers of the Americas is an international multilateral political forum directed and integrated by the Defence Ministers of the Americas, with authorisation from the Governments of their respective countries. The forum promotes mutual knowledge and exchange of ideas at the Ministers level in the scope of hemispheric defence and security.Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the Conference, Minister Harmon met with the United States’ Secretary of Defence, Jim Mattis. He also met with representatives of several member states of the Union of South America (UNASUR) including Uruguay, Ecuador and Bolivia. During his meetings with the UNASUR representatives, Minister Harmon outlined that Guyana wants to see UNASUR functioning in the best interest of its member states and Guyana is prepared to cooperate with the body whenever the need arises.last_img read more



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UNESCO launches “Truth Never Dies” campaign to tackle crimes against journalists

first_imgThe United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched its “Truth Never Dies” campaign on Friday as the world observed the fifth International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.The campaign is aimed at fueling awareness on the issue of journalists killed on the job. “Truth Never Dies” encourages people to share stories by and about fallen journalists to keep their legacies alive and to push for investigations into their deaths to be continued, according to the UN.“The truth never dies. And neither must our commitment to the fundamental right to freedom of expression,” the UN Secretary General António Guterres said, while highlighting that when journalists are attacked “societies as a whole pay a price.”UNESCO, in a statement, outlined that in the last 12 years, over 1,000 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public on trafficking, political wrong-doing and human right abuses. On average, this constitutes one death every four days. It explained that impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and the breakdown of law and judicial systems adding that those responsible for these killings are almost never brought to justice.Meanwhile, the Association of Caribbean Mediaworkers (ACM) noted that the November 2 observances are important to media workers as it allows them to bring about awareness to free press issues, particularly attempts to silence the media through criminal means.“This is not unknown in the Caribbean and the ACM has cited instances in Haiti and Guyana in which attacks on media workers have gone unpunished. Every year, dozens of journalists are killed worldwide while in their pursuit to bring truth to the public. This year, so far, the Committee to Protect Journalists reports that 45 journalists have lost their lives – more than half were murdered, while others were killed on a dangerous assignment or in crossfire,” ACM said in a statement.The Association said that despite those incidents occurring in other parts of the world, the Caribbean media professionals must not become complacent urging them to against all threats to silence the media.“Crimes against journalists must not go unpunished and it is our responsibility to continue to highlight criminal acts committed against the media.Tolerance and understanding are key to the process of ending impunity for crimes committed against journalists.We therefore call upon politicians and other leaders to refrain from rhetoric that may incite violence against journalists,” the statement added.UNESCO says in the last 12 years 1,010 journalists were murdered with nine of those cases remaining unresolved.The “Truth Never Dies” campaign comes after journalist Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi was murdered on October 2, 2018 in the Saudi Arabia Consul in Turkey. Khashoggi, born on October 13, 1958, was a Saudi Arabian journalist and author, and a former General Manager and Editor-in-Chief of the Al-Arab News Channel. He also served as editor for the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al Watan, turning it into a platform for Saudi Arabian progressivesKhashoggi’s killing continues to draw global outrage as several organizations and governments around the world are calling for a transparent investigation.last_img read more



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Minister Lawrence leads protest against PPP vigil

first_imgThe peaceful candlelight vigil hosted by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to voice its concerns over Government’s move to evict the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre from Red House was marred by a protest by a group of People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) supporters who were led by the Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence.PPP Executive Members at the peaceful candlelight vigil on Friday night to voice its concerns over Government’s move to evict the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre from Red HouseThe activities occurred outside of Red House, Kingston, Georgetown around 19:30h on Friday.A number of PPP supporters stood in solidarity outside the compound, chanting and upbraiding Government’s plans to revoke the Red House lease.In what appeared to be a counter vigil, a group of PNCR supporters stood alongside the PPP supporters to defend the Government’s decisions.Lawrence, also PNCR Vice Chairperson, contended that the Red House premise was State property and that the Government had a duty to ensure the land is returned to the State.Meanwhile, the PPP described the decision by the Government as the most callous action taken by any President in the history of modern-day politics and flies in the face of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change claims of forging a climate of peace, tolerance and national reconciliation.“This latest action by President Granger is not only an assault on the legacy of Dr Jagan but one that is highly provocative, vindictive, insensitive and divisive,” the Party expressed in a statement to the media on Friday.last_img read more



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Is another Donegal star set to leave panel?

first_imgSpeculation is mounting that Donegal star Odhrán Mac Niallais is set to move to America.The Gaoth Dobhair man has not yet returned to training with the Donegal senior panel.It is being reported this morning that the 24-year-old is taking a year out to head Stateside. Mac Niallais came to prominence in 2014 when he made a place his own and played a lead role as Donegal won the Ulster Championship and reached the All-Ireland final.However, the Irish Independent reports that Mac Niallais seems set to join Leo McLoone in withdrawing from Rory Gallagher’s panel.Last week, McLoone confirmed that he was not making himself available for selection.McLoone is believed to have grown frustrated with the limited game time afforded to him in 2016. Veterans Colm McFadden and Eamon McGee had already announced their retirements while Gallagher has drafted a dozen new players into his squad this winter.Is another Donegal star set to leave panel? was last modified: January 7th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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



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THE MICRA IS PRETTY IN PINK ACROSS DONEGAL THIS WEEK

first_imgAdvertising featureWatch out the Nissan Micra’s about!The Pink Nissan Micra is on tour in Donegal this week in conjuction with Breast Cancer Ireland. Over the years, the Micra has been and still remains one of Ireland’s most popular cars with just short of 100,000 Micras sold in Ireland since its launch in 1983.Throughout those 30 years the Micra has undergone many facelifts and changes but the ethos of the car is still the same today as it was back in 1983.It’s a car that is enjoyable to drive, economical to run, reliable, and packed full of innovative specification to enhance the driving and ownership experience.Call Inishowen Motors, Drumkeen today and book a test drive 0749134567   THE MICRA IS PRETTY IN PINK ACROSS DONEGAL THIS WEEK was last modified: February 27th, 2013 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:Inishowen MotorsNissan Micralast_img read more



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Meryl Streep reminisces over unforgettable performance from Donegal schoolchildren

first_imgHollywood star Meryl Streep has reminisced of her time in ‘magical’ Donegal. Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep spoke to Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio One this morning about their new film ‘The Post’, but before discussing the new film, Tubs asked them to recall the last big movies they shot in Ireland.In 1998, Streep played the role of Kate Mundy in Pat O’Connor’s silver screen adaption of Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’. The five sisters in the play, inspired by Friel’s aunts, live on the outskirts of the fictional town of Ballybeg (based on Glenties).Speaking to Ryan Tubridy, she said: “I had a wonderful time, an especially wonderful moment up in Donegal where we were in a town and the kids got up at of school and they danced for us. We had a little Guinness as well on the way in!“It was one of the most magical afternoons of my life, and unforgettable.”Steep also went on to say that she has some Donegal roots, with her great grandparents hailing from Dunfanaghy. “I found out that some of the family came from there, my daughter Grace is named after Grace Strain who was the daughter of Mary McFadden, and all of the Strains I understand are from Donegal – it’s an unusual name!”When asked is she still Irish dancing when she isn’t busy picking up awards, she laughed and said: “I wish I could say I was, it was really exhilarating to do.“I do still have the clickety-clackety shoes though,” she chuckled.Meryl Streep reminisces over unforgettable performance from Donegal schoolchildren was last modified: January 13th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Dancing at LughnasadonegalMeryl Streeplast_img read more



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Mystery of the Ultraconserved Elements, Cont.

first_imgejerano et al reported ultraconserved elements in the human genome (05/27/2004).  These were non-coding regions that, for some unknown reason, showed no evolution between mouse and human – a time span over tens of millions of years.  Since many of these ultraconserved regions are also found in bird genomes, they added that some genetic regions have maintained 100% sequence similarity for 300 million years.    Now, Bejerano and others have reported in Science that these ultraconserved elements are also ultraselected.1  It appears that strong purifying selection acts three times stronger on these regions than on genes.  The reason for the ultraconserved regions “remains a mystery,” they said.  They could offer no explanation for why natural selection would prevent changes to these sections that are 200 base pairs long and longer.  Whatever they are there for, “These data argue that ultraconserved elements are currently, as well as historically, strongly constrained functional elements.”Update 09/06/2007: A press release from Berkeley Lab talked about this, calling it a “major challenge to our understanding of how highly conserved elements of the genome persist.”  Mice with one of the ultraconserved elements knocked out appeared to do just fine.  Their paper appeared in the September 2007 issue of PLoS Biology.21Katzman, Kern, Bejerano et al, “Human Genome Ultraconserved Elements Are Ultraselected,” Science, 17 August 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5840, p. 915, DOI: 10.1126/science.1142430.2Ahituv et al, “Deletion of Ultraconserved Elements Yields Viable Mice,” Public Library of Science: Biology 5(9): e234 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050234.Evolutionists had predicted that once genes could be deciphered, there would be a clear branching pattern of evolution retracing the assumed millions of years of steady evolutionary change.  The more “diverged” the groups, the more the genetic differences would be found.  Well, that picture has not materialized.  So now, Darwinites, since you have displayed ineptitude in finding the way to the future of biology, will you get out of the driver’s seat?(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more



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SGPC takes back ‘Shiromani Patarkar’ award from Kuldeep Nayar

first_imgThe Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), the body responsible for the management of Gurdwaras, has withdrawn the ‘Shiromani Patarkar’ award bestowed to senior journalist and writer Kuldeep Nayar, for his recent article against radical Sikh leader Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.The decision was taken at the executive meeting of the SGPC held at Fatehgarh Sahib.SGPC chief Kirpal Singh Badungar told reporters that a recent article by Mr. Nayar has hurt Sikh sentiments and hence SGPC has decided to withdraw the title of ‘Shiromani Patarkar’ from him. It raised serious objection to a comparison between Bhindranwale and Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, who is currently imprisoned in two counts of rape of female followers. Bhindrawale, the spearhead of the Khalistan movement, was killed during ‘Operation Bluestar’ which Mr. Nayar had covered.The ‘Shiromani Patarkar’ award was conferred upon Mr. Nayar in 2006 by the SGPC at a function held to mark the anniversary of the founding of Akal Takht.Radical Sikh outfit Dal Khalsa had recently staged a protest against Mr. Nayar for his alleged comments against Bhindranwale in his article. Its spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh told The Hindu that Mr. Nayar had committed blunder by drawing a false and imaginary comparison between Ram Rahim and Bhindrawale.“The SGPC has rightly withdrawn the title of ‘Shiromani Patarkar’ from him,” he said.Mr. Singh added, “Mr. Nayar has misused his pen to defame and degrade Mr. Bhindranwale. He [Mr. Nayar] must tender apology to Sikh Panth. Otherwise he would face protests in Punjab whenever he comes.”last_img read more



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John Isner moves US into Davis Cup quarterfinals with fourth-set win

first_imgThe court surface didn’t make a bit of difference to the United States – its Davis Cup team is through to the quarterfinals.John Isner defeated Australia’s Bernard Tomic 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 (4) on Sunday to clinch a 3-1 victory in the World Group first-round tie on grass at Kooyong.Based on an agreement between the countries and the International Tennis Federation, that surface was supposed to be hardcourt. Although all three groups involved forgot about the deal forged in 1999, Isner, the Bryan brothers and Jack Sock made sure it didn’t matter.Isner, who beat Sam Groth on Friday in the opening singles match, finished the match against Tomic with a service winner and ace.The scheduled reverse singles match between Groth and Sock was not played.The Americans will next host the winner of Croatia and Belgium in the quarterfinals. Croatia leads that series 2-1 going into Sunday’s reverse singles.Bob and Mike Bryan beat Australia team captain Lleyton Hewitt – who came out of a 41-day retirement – and John Peers 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 4-6, 6-3 in doubles to put the Americans in front on Saturday.Hewitt, who retired for the first time at the Australian Open in January, had replaced an ill Nick Kyrgios in the Australian squad but didn’t play in either of the opening singles. On Friday, Isner beat Groth and Tomic defeated Sock to leave the tie level at 1-1 after the first day.”It was incredible tie for us,” Isner said. “We knew Australia was going to be tough and they put up a great fight.”advertisementU.S. captain Jim Courier added: “Our team came good. John stepped up today.”On Sunday, during the match, Tomic appeared to take issue with Kyrgios’ absence due to a virus.Midway through the second set and struggling against Isner, Tomic was heard on courtside microphones telling Hewitt during a changeover: “Nick’s sitting down in Canberra … he’s sick … two times Nick’s done it.”After the match, Tomic left no doubt he was upset with Kyrgios, saying he will lose respect for his Davis Cup teammate if he plays the next ATP tour event.”He didn’t come to Czech (Republic, last year) and had stress fractures and somehow played Indian Wells and felt good,” Tomic said. “If he plays Indian Wells, then he’s definitely lost a little bit of my respect.”Hewitt defended Krygios.”Nick came down here and gave everything he had to try to be available and there’s no doubt he was sick,” Hewitt said.Ahead of Saturday’s doubles, the court surface became controversial when the ITF admitted that the Kooyong matches should have been played on hard courts, not grass.In 1999, the last time Australia and the U.S. met in the Davis Cup, Australia should have hosted the matches. But a decision was made by the ITF to stage a 100th-anniversary celebration of the Davis Cup at Longwood Cricket Club near Boston, so that match was played there.The ITF placated Australia by having it played on hard court instead of clay, which the Americans preferred. In exchange, it was agreed that the next time the two countries played in Australia, it would be on hard courts.But that pact was somehow overlooked when Australia announced a drop-in grass court as the surface at Kooyong, the former Australian Open venue in suburban Melbourne.”This was an oversight by the ITF, USTA and TA which all acknowledge and will refer to the Davis Cup Committee,” the ITF said in a statement. “While neither nation remembered the condition attached to this tie, now that it has been brought to their attention both Australia and USA, in the spirit of sportsmanship … have agreed to accept the decision of the committee regarding surface for the future tie.”It was the 46th time Australia and the U.S. have met in the Davis Cup. The U.S. has a leading 32 Davis Cup titles, and Australia is second with 28.last_img read more



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