SP Hunters set new records

first_imgHunters delivered on the night a 34-12 victory which gave the event a historical significance, setting a record of seven straight wins in their two-year existence.PNG Rugby Football League interim chief executive officer Shane Morris said it could be a record in the largest crowd of 15, 000 that has ever watched an Intrust Super Cup competition proper game.This was also the first time in a long time that a rugby league game in PNG has been played under lights.When lights at the now demolished Lloyd Robson Oval were in operation, rugby league games were played there but the opportunity to stage night games has been absent for some time.The response from the public was also overwhelming with the 15,000 tickets for both the grandstand (3,200) and outer stands (11,800) sold out by Friday, one day after they went on sale.This was the first time tickets have been pre-sold and not at the gates as has been the practice for rugby league games in the past.last_img read more



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SEA Games: ‘Stand-in’ Ferrera nails hammer throw bronze

first_imgNational Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu ACL or not, Obiena hunts for SEA Games pole vault gold Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay MOST READ KUALA LUMPUR—Former champion Arniel Ferrera nailed a bronze medal in men’s hammer throw amid a very tough field that saw the winner posting a new Southeast Asian Games record Wednesday here at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.A last-minute stand-in for original bet Caleb Stuart, Ferrera heaved 55.94 meters on his sixth attempt to secure a place on the podium.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments Caleb reportedly got a call from the athletics body to play in the national open, but he didn’t respond. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Malaysia’s Wong Siew Cheer launched a throw of 65.90m, which shattered the 65.63-m meet record of the Filipino-American Stuart, who ruled the meet two years ago in Singapore.Thailand’s Kittipong Boonmawan posted 65.49m to take the silver medal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 36-year-old Ferreira, who won the SEAG gold in the event in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009, has been serving as coach for national team.He said he had no choice but fill in for Caleb, who reportedly got a job back in the United States. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more



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JaVale McGee flourishing in opportunity with LeBron, Lakers

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is congratulated by center JaVale McGee, left, and center Tyson Chandler after James passed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place in career points, during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Los Angeles. In his 11th season, McGee has basically gotten a basketball rebirth. “I played against him in the last two NBA Finals and I wanted him on this team because I know what he brings,” said James, who lobbied the Lakers to get McGee. “It’s his energy, his energy level, his ability at the rim and his ability to protect the rim. If you don’t have that on your team, you’re not going to have much, man. You need to have people with a high IQ, which he’s got. That’s why I wanted JaVale to be part of this.” (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)There was a two-season stretch during which JaVale McGee scored a total of 141 points. He was a target of jokes, wildly misunderstood by many in the NBA, almost an afterthought of sorts whose career seemed to be closer to flaming out than taking off.And in those darkest days, McGee kept asking himself the same question.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Is it over?”The answer now is obvious: No, it wasn’t over. Fast forward, and it may just be getting started.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 ChrissHe’s living the life that few in the NBA get to experience. He’s teamed up with the best players of this generation — Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, LeBron James. He’s won two championships, part of Golden State’s back-to-back titles over the last two seasons. And now he’s the starting center for the Los Angeles Lakers, getting a chance to play big minutes and put up numbers for the first time in nearly a decade.In his 11th season, McGee has basically gotten a basketball rebirth. “He’s been great,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He’s been professional. He’s taking care of himself. He’s vocal in the locker rooms and the huddles, he’s been producing for us, obviously his shot-blocking has been a big part of us having some success on defense. We’re very pleased with JaVale.”Due respect to Walton, he’ll never be McGee’s favorite coach.His mom has that title on lock.Pamela McGee won two NCAA titles as a player at USC and an Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, was the No. 2 pick in the 1997 WNBA Draft and is in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.“I used to be Pamela McGee,” she said. “Now I’m JaVale McGee’s mama.”While many lost faith in her oldest child, she never did. The two titles with the Warriors probably meant as much to Pamela McGee as they did to her son. And now she’s back in familiar surroundings — Los Angeles, where she played, sitting near the floor to watch Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. She has flashbacks when James and her kid team up to do something spectacular, like those “Showtime” Lakers did.“There’s an African proverb that says the teacher will become the student and the student will become the teacher,” she said. “I think we’re there. I was a very strict mother, but now, it doesn’t come from my mouth, it comes from my heart. I’m just extremely proud. Not too many mothers get this opportunity.”There are goals that McGee still has to accomplish in his career.He wants to be an All-Star. He wants to average a double-double. He wants to win a blocked-shot title. He’s turning 31 in January, is in great condition and knows he could play several more seasons. And as this season goes along, McGee knows part of his job will be sharing wisdom he’s collected in his two championship runs with those younger Lakers who don’t know what the postseason is about yet.“We’re having a blast,” McGee said. “And when we start figuring it out, you’re going to see a team that’s having so much fun.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “I played against him in the last two NBA Finals and I wanted him on this team because I know what he brings,” said James, who lobbied the Lakers to get McGee. “It’s his energy, his energy level, his ability at the rim and his ability to protect the rim. If you don’t have that on your team, you’re not going to have much, man. You need to have people with a high IQ, which he’s got. That’s why I wanted JaVale to be part of this.”McGee’s numbers are so much better this season than what they’ve been. But he cringes at the notion that he’s gotten better.What the Lakers have given him is a better chance. That’s the difference. And he’s certainly one of the reasons why they’re off to a 10-7 start, winners in six of their last seven games.McGee’s per-36-minutes averages over his career have been remarkably similar: Never lower than 13.1 points in a full season, the majority of the time between 15 and 18 points per 36 minutes of play. But the numbers are spiking this year because he’s actually getting minutes — the Lakers are starting him and playing him about 25 minutes per night, and he’s responding with averages of 13.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.He’s showing everyone else what James saw in the NBA Finals the past two years.ADVERTISEMENT Russian court challenges International Olympic Committee Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “He could have said get anybody,” McGee said. “It’s just a reassuring feeling, a confidence-builder I guess, knowing that you’re going into a situation wanted as an option, like you’re really wanted. That’s pretty dope.”Away from the court, McGee is a very diverse person — and very private. He doesn’t think much of social media, preferring to keep his inner circle very small and very close.He makes music on his computer and is serious about that as a vocation. He’s devoted to philanthropy, having built some wells to bring clean water to parts of Uganda. And the irony there is that McGee is a native of Flint, Michigan, a place that has been dealing with a clean-water crisis since 2014 — but his efforts in Uganda are coincidental, since he started that quest before the Flint situation became known.“It’s all such a humbling experience,” McGee said.The game has sufficiently humbled McGee at times as well.In those 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, when McGee was barely playing because of ongoing issues related to a stress fracture in his left leg, he wondered if his career was coming to a premature end. His physical game was failing, his mental game was in trouble as well, and basketball stopped seeming fun.“Of course, I had all those feelings, all those thoughts,” McGee said. “But what overshadowed all that was me just not being willing to prepare for the worst. I’m just going to keep preparing for the best. So I just kept working like I wasn’t hurting, and it ended up being dealing with pain and the pain going away and then realizing the pain isn’t even there anymore.”His game has taken off since.The funny thing about McGee is that he came into the NBA with the skills that big men now are supposed to have — stretch defenses, make shots from the perimeter, have some guard-esque skills. That’s the player he was at Nevada before getting picked by Washington at the No. 18 spot of the 2008 NBA Draft.But when he entered the NBA, the mandate basically was for a 7-footer like himself to rebound and set screens. In today’s NBA, his versatility is almost required for a big. The Lakers rave about all the things fans notice and a lot of more about what might not be so noticable — like his footwork, his speed down the floor, his hands and his cutting. MOST READ 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more



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How Tolbert Consolidated Power in 1971

first_imgHistory was richly revisited in Dimeh last Friday when the  Moore family, under the leadership Mrs. Gillian Lorba  Moore, widow of Bai T. Moore, and his son Sando gathered with some Liberian officials and friends to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the passing of the celebrated international cultural icon.Bai T, as he was affectionately called, was the man who, working with Information and  Cultural Affairs Secretary E. Reginald Townsend and others, beginning in the early 1960s through the seventies, elevated, refined and exhibited Liberia’s rich, colorful and dynamic culture as had never before been done.  Kenneth Y. Best, in his book Cultural Policy in Liberia, published by UNESCO in 1974, recalled that it was on January 7, 1964 that the National Cultural Center at Kendeja near Monrovia was inaugurated by President William V.S. Tubman.  The key players in this historic enterprise, in addition to the President, were Secretary Townsend, his Deputy Secretary for Culture, Bai T. Moore, Madam Wilhelmina Dukuly, Chief of the Cultural Bureau and leader of the National Cultural Troupe, and Jangaba Johnson, a leading Liberian folklorist.  People who later played a pivotal role in the development of the National Cultural Troupe were Jallah K.K. Kamara and Peter Ballah, commonly called “Flomo.”  Both Kamara and Ballah also made their mark on Liberian theatre, which they brilliantly displayed on the national television, ELTV.It was Bai T. Moore and his coworkers, under Townsend’s leadership, that created the Natural Cultural Troupe.  The Troupe performed at inaugurations, Independence Day celebrations, state and official visits by foreign leaders and dignitaries, and many other state occasions.  Cultural Policy in Liberia recalls that the National Cultural Troupe represented Liberia at many international cultural festivals, where it won many international awards for Liberia. These included the First World Festival of Negro Art (Dakar, April 1966); the Pan African Arts and Cultural Festival, Algeria, 1970; and the Second Black Arts Festival (Festac), in Lagos, Nigeria, December 1974.  The Troupe also performed at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of the Organization of African Unity in Addis Ababa, May 1973; in China, in the United States; and in Australia. The National Cultural Troupe and the Cultural Program as a whole, inspired Liberians with a new cultural reawakening and awareness that riveted (engrossed, captivated) the hearts and souls of the Liberian people.The Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) captured this new cultural awakening and dispatched scholars throughout Liberia researching the history, arts, culture and mores (customs, moral attitudes) of the   Liberian people, including every ethnic group.  The team of scholars returned and created a curriculum for African Studies that taught the History, Culture and Mores of all the ethnic groups.  The curriculum, used throughout the MCSS and at its flagship, the W.V.S Tubman High School, covered grades 7 through 12.  The complete curriculum is recorded in Mr. Best’s book, Cultural Policy in Liberia.It was that Bai T. Moore whose life many gathered in Dimeh to celebrate last Friday. Among the speakers was Mrs. Neh Dukuly Tolbert, former Liberian Ambassador to China, former wife of the Liberian business tycoon Steve Tolbert and daughter of former Secretary of State Momolu Dukuly. She told the well attended ceremony in Dimeh last Friday that a month following President Tubman’s death on July 23, 1971 her former husband Steve Tolbert came one evening to see her father, Momolu Dukuly.  Steve told her father that since Tubman’s death a month earlier, on July 23, 1971, the country was at a standstill, as the people were still in a state of shock and nothing was happening.  They had not yet come to grips with the reality of Tubman’s death and that there was a new President.  Could Mr. Dukuly  do something about it by contacting the Moslems and others to give some recognition to the new President?“My father said he would see what he could do.  The first thing he did was to go and see  Bai T. Moore.  Together they contacted people throughout the country, especially Moslems, and not long thereafter Moslems from all over Liberia came to pay their respects to President Tolbert.  They presented him with a copy of the Holy Koran and Bai T. Moore, though a Christian himself, like Mr. Dukuly, read the statement on behalf of group.” From that time, said Neh Dukuly Tolbert, she always had a fascination and great respect for Bai T. Moore.Following that demonstration  by the Moslems, people from   all over Liberia began trooping  to Monrovia to pledge their allegiance to the new Liberian  President.  It was following this that President Tolbert  began to assert his authority as Liberia’s 20th President.    Madam Neh Dukuly Tolbert thanked Sando Moore for inviting her to the program, and commended K.Y. Best, the first speaker, for calling for the National Cultural Center to be brought to the Cape Mount- Bomi-Gbarpolu area which he called “the corridor of Liberian culture.”In his address earlier, Mr. Best said it was this Dowein District—comprising the people of Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and  Gbarpolou Counties—the Dey, Gola, Vai and Kpelle—that could be considered the citadel (fort, stronghold) of Liberian culture. This citadel reverberated (echoed, resounded) strong and tangible cultural links with Montserrado County, Margibi County, especially the greater Kakata area, Bong and Lofa Counties.  It is these areas and people that form the core of Liberian culture, Mr. Best declared.  There are parts of Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties, each bordering Bong County, that seriously share these cultural links, he added.But, Mr. Best continued, the people of southeastern Liberia—Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland, Sinoe and River Cess counties—also share a rich cultural diversity.  All of these, along with Bong, Nimba, Lofa, Cape Mount, Gbarpolou, Bomi and Montserrado, comprising Liberia’s 16 major ethnic groups, were gathered together at the National Cultural Center at Kendeja since 1964.  According to the Cultural Policy of Liberia, the 16 major tribes were settled in 23 huts at Kendeja and there they stayed together and practiced, refined and displayed their indigenous cultures that found beautiful and exhilarating expression in the National Cultural Troupe and other performing arts.Neh Dukuly Tolbert told the Dimeh audience that she agreed with Mr. Best that there was nothing culturally relevant in Marshall, the place where the Information Ministry was planning to plant the new National Cultural Center. In his remarks, Mr. Best had asked the audience why were the government of Liberia and the Ministry of Information running away from Bai T. Moore?  The town of his birth, Dimeh, and more importantly the Besao Cultural Village further inside Bomi, were the natural habitat of Liberian culture.Neh Dukuly Tolbert, whose mother also hailed from the Dowein District, pledged that she would lobby to change the decision to put the Cultural Center in Marshall and bring it to where it belongs, among the ethnic groups that bear the genesis of Liberian culture.In his book on Cultural Policy, Mr. Best quoted Bai T. Moore as saying that the Dey people strongly considered the Sande Society—the society for Liberian women—to be “the custodian of feminine chastity.”The last person to give remarks at the Dimeh program was the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alex Tyler, a native of Arthington whose mother hailed from Klay District in the center of Bomi County.Speaker Tyler said the people of Bomi partly share the blame for the Liberian government’s  neglect of Bai T. Moore.  “Bai T. is our son and father; but we the Bomi people have done nothing to restore his memory on the national consciousness.   But that has to change, and it will, he pledged.The Speaker said he was in perfect agreement with Mr. Best that the National Cultural Center belongs in the Dowein area where Liberian culture is already alive and flourishing.   He pledged that he would consult with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to have it changed from Marshall.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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French trio ready to beat Newcastle and Watford to striker signing

first_img Angers striker Nicolas Pepe A trio of major French clubs are ready to move for Newcastle and Watford target Nicolas Pepe.Following Angers’ defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the French cup final, they are now turning their attention to the summer transfer window.And, according to L’Equipe, they are now ready to cash in on star forward Pepe with a long list of clubs currently circling.Both Newcastle and Watford are keen on landing the Ivorian, who scored three goals in 33 Ligue 1 outings this season.But it has now been reported that it is more likely that he will stay in France with Lille, Lyon and even champions Monaco hopeful of signing him.The 22-year-old, who mainly operates as a right-sided forward, is under contract until 2019 so Angers are not under any real pressure to sell him.But they hope a bidding war will begin once the window opens and are ready to let him leave for the right price. 1last_img read more



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DRINK DRIVER SPRAYED SO MUCH MINT INTO HIS MOUTH HE WRECKED BREATHALYSER

first_imgA DRINK driver sprayed so much mint freshener into his mouth, it wrecked the breathalyser machine at a Garda Station, a court has heard.Michael Bonnar, from Rareagh, Letterkenny, was stopped by a Garda patrol at Oldtown close to midnight on January 11, 2012.Garda Elaine Gordon told the District Court that she stopped Bonnar because she noticed he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. She arrested him on suspicion of drinking and driving after smelling alcohol on his breath.However a bizarre incident took place at Letterkenny Garda Station later that night.Bonnar, she said, had been told not to take any food or drink and not to smoke for a period of 20 minutes before a breath test was due to take place.Just before Bonnar was due to give the breath specimen, Garda Gordon said he turned away from her and sprayed something into his mouth.She told Judge Paul Kelly that she knew straight away it was a mint spray “because you could smell it everywhere.”The garda confiscated the spray – the main ingredient of which was alcohol – and it was produced in court in evidence in a charge against Bonnar of obstructing justice.Garda Gordon said Bonnar had claimed he needed the spray for medical reasons as he had difficulty breathing.When he did blow into the device “the machine froze” said the garda.“It just stopped working,” she said.Defence lawyer Niall Sheridan contested that charge and a charge of drinking and driving.A blood sample later given by Bonnar because he broke the breathalyser – which had a reading of 225ml alcohol/200ml of blood – led to the drink driving charge.Mr Sheridan had argued that a date written on the blood sample at the Garda Medical Unit was January 2010 and asked for the case to be struck out because of this error.He also argued that the obstructing justice charge should be thrown out as his client had taken the spray as a medicine and had informed Gardai that he had a medical condition beforehand.Judge Kelly struck out the obstruction charge but found Bonnar guilty of drink driving, ruling that the blood sample was clearly his as his name was marked on it and it was taken on the night of January 11/12, 2012.Upon conviction Inspector David Murphy told the court that Bonnar had a previous conviction for drink-driving in 2005.Judge Kelly banned Bonnar from driving for three years and fined him €350.DRINK DRIVER SPRAYED SO MUCH MINT INTO HIS MOUTH HE WRECKED BREATHALYSER was last modified: December 11th, 2013 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:convicteddrink driverJudge Paul KellyMichael BonnarNiall Sheridan solicitorlast_img read more



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Snow forecast for Donegal sparks warning over hazardous roads

first_imgMet Eireann is warning motorists to take extra care this weekend as wintry weather arrives in Donegal.Snow and hail are forecast to fall on Friday night and Saturday, leading to localised accumulations. Snow will compact into ice in some areas and cause hazardous driving conditions.Temperatures will dip to between 3 and 0 degrees Celsius tonight and snow will lie on high ground, according to Met Eireann. Council gritters will be out on all main routes from 8pm, but motorists are advised to assume that no road is ice free.There is also a wind warning in place for Donegal tonight and tomorrow, with strong westerly winds reaching mean speeds 50 to 65 km/h gusting to 90 to 110 km/h. There is a risk of stronger winds at the Donegal coasts.The wind warning takes effect from 5pm Friday to 5pm Saturday.The snow/ice warning is in place from midnight Friday until midnight on Saturday. Frequent showers during the day on Saturday will be “heavy at times and wintry on hills,” said Met Eireann.Temperatures are forecast to drop to lows of -3C and highs of +1C on Saturday night, with more snow possible over high ground. Snow forecast for Donegal sparks warning over hazardous roads was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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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Did JaVale McGee upstage LeBron James in their Laker debuts?

first_img— … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceIt took JaVale McGee just four seconds to steal the spotlight from LeBron James as they both made their debuts with the Lakers Sunday night.The former Warrior’s alley-oop dunk off the opening tip thrilled the pro-Lakers crowd gathered in San Diego and signaled the beginning of the King James Era in Southern California.JaVale wasting no time!#LakeShow (📺: @SpectrumSN & ESPN) pic.twitter.com/HUDoWNA1Vglast_img



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Omari Spellman upgraded to probable (ankle) vs. Lakers

first_img Wh … LOS ANGELES — Warriors forward Omari Spellman was upgraded to probably for Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers, coach Steve Kerr said.Spellman, who missed one game with a left ankle sprain, was previously listed as questionable. After going through shootaround Wednesday morning, coaches determined he was ready to play.Related Articles Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon Looney isn’t ready, and other thoughts from loss to Trail Blazers last_img



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Toddler Beats Artificial Intelligence Computers

first_img(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Artificial intelligence, despite decades of work, still cannot match some of the mental capabilities of a 3-year-old.  Computers have no common sense.“To create a robot with common sense, mimic a toddler,” says a story on New Scientist.  The article is an interview with Ben Goertzel, who is trying to get A.I. up to toddler level and beyond.  “Step one is to make an AI program that understands the world, and itself, in a basic common-sense manner,” he said.  “I think the best way to get there is to build a robot toddler.”Computers and robots are very good at fast searches through vast amounts of data.  They can also outperform chess champs.  But prudence and sound judgment at even a 3-year old level are beyond them.  According to Live Science, “Machines can’t yet be programed to form intuitions about the physical world without doing extensive calculations, and they seem to fail at answering open-ended questions.”A.I. researchers in Zurich believe they have developed a chip that will make the breakthrough: chips that mimic the brain.  Medical Xpress tells about the new neuromorphic chips.  We’ll have to wait and see if the robots have sense enough to come out of the rain before they short out.Human brains have some pretty sophisticated wiring, including a new method of signaling described in another article on Medical Xpress.  Exosomes provide a kind of “delivery on call” capability, the article says.Another article on Science Daily said that cells have a “zip code” capability that is linked to learning and memory, including redundancy to ensure proper delivery.  In addition, PNAS published a paper that says “Flexible frequency control of cortical oscillations enables computations required for working memory.”  The brain also finds it easy to pick out salient sounds from background noise, Science Daily said, by tracking frequency and time.But it’s not just the squishy hardware in brains that makes them excel over computers in so many ways.  Where is the seat of common sense?  Can a computer judge a piece of music?  A robot can dance, but can it “know” that it is dancing?  Before A.I. gets close to making humanoid robots, there will still be ample time for philosophers and theologians to debate the nature of consciousness, and even simple questions about qualia (our sensations of attributes of things) – the “hard problem of consciousness” according to philosopher David Chalmers, who believes science will never solve it (see Evolution News & Views video clip).A.I. is a variety of biomimetics, the imitation of nature.  Trying to reproduce simple intellectual tasks our brains take for granted should be a good way for scientists to learn humility, and conclude intelligent design.  Unfortunately, too often, the opposite occurs.  That’s a sign of human stubbornness and pride – more evidence that underscores the Biblical view of man created in the image of God but fallen into sin.  That’s why Jesus, knowing the mind of a toddler He created, said to the prideful adults of His day, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).last_img read more



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