Japan sets up semis date with China in AVC

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Rika Nomoto had a game-high 20 points to lead the no.6 team in the world while Mami Uchiseto added 10 points in Japan’s campaign.Tran Thi Thanh Thuy had 14 points to lead Vietnam.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’Japan was relentless on its attack converting on 47 of its 133 spike attempts while serving up eight aces. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View comments 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img Teen gunned down in Masbate China vs Korea. Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Japan made quick work of Vietnam, 25-22, 25-21, 25-16, to advance to the semifinals of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Japanese will meet China in the penultimate stage of the tournament while the Vietnamese are set to compete in the classification stages for the fifth to eighth place. ADVERTISEMENT Moreno, PH Archers hope to put gold-less past behind them 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READlast_img read more

Education revolution

first_imgMoney, even if combined with some basic reforms, won’t fix what’s been broken for so long. Institutionally, our schools need more than a financial Band-Aid. The strangling regulations and bureaucracy, the protection of incompetence and the expectation of mediocrity all need to be blown up. Californians have shown time and again they are willing to invest heavily in schools, in their children, in the future of the state – even when the education establishment resists every real reform. What’s the value of continuing to prop up a system that has proved itself to be inherently flawed? We believe there is none. Indeed, there are many who would just as soon withdraw public support altogether. But that would be wrong. A good public school education is the great equalizer of our society, the one way to ensure that every child has a chance for a good life. What we need today, and need urgently, is an education revolution. We need dynamic and creative classrooms where the individual needs of children are met by teachers empowered – and rewarded – to do their best. THE set of reports released this week from Stanford University on fixing California’s public education system had its heart in the right place. The problem was with its head. The researchers of the exhaustive and extensive studies, funded by charitable foundations and commissioned by the governor and state Legislature, started with the wrong premise. They set the ultimate goal of “fixing” the state’s K-12 public schools system and taking it back to some mythical golden era. By their own conclusions, there’s a long way to go: California students are far behind those of many other states in achievement, and it will cost more than a trillion dollars to catch up. The studies push the debate forward but, in many ways, they do so in the wrong direction. We need to re-imagine the state’s approach to public education, not patch it up. The next step is for a bipartisan committee on public education to examine the findings and make recommendations later this year. We encourage the committee to take the time to explore innovative solutions before it votes to funnel more into the education money pit. Our school system is languishing in the 20th century, a time that increasingly doesn’t resemble the present. It’s the 21st century, and we need a real partnership of parents, teachers, students and political and educational leadership all committed to excellence.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NASA awaits comet dust

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Comets have long lit up the sky and the imaginations of scientists. Now these icy bodies from the beginnings of the solar system are finally ready for their close-up.Six months after NASA scientists first peeked inside one comet from afar, they’re bringing pieces of another to Earth for study under the microscope.This weekend, the Stardust spacecraft will jettison a 100-pound capsule holding comet dust. It will nosedive through the Earth’s atmosphere and – if all goes well – make a soft landing in the Utah desert.The searing plunge is expected to generate a pinkish glow as bright as Venus that should be visible without a telescope across much of the West.Comets – which astronomers consider to be among the solar system’s leftover building blocks – have been scrutinized for centuries. But only in recent years have scientists had the technology to learn firsthand their ingredients.Last July, the Deep Impact spacecraft released a probe that carved a crater in a comet, exposing its interior to NASA telescopes. The Stardust mission went a step further by retrieving the first samples from a comet named Wild 2, which was about 500 million miles from Earth when Stardust launched in 1999.Comets are bodies of ice and dust that circle the sun. They formed from what was left over after about 4.5 billion years ago. Scientists believe studying comets could shed light on the solar system’s birth.“This is a true treasure,” principal investigator Don Brownlee of the University of Washington said of the Stardust capsule.But the capsule isn’t home yet.First it faces a blistering descent, piercing the atmosphere at a record-breaking 29,000 mph – the fastest re-entry of any man-made probe.Its target is Dugway Proving Ground, a Rhode Island-size Army base southwest of Salt Lake City, where in 2004, the ill-fated Genesis probe crashed on live television after its parachute failed to open. Despite that crash, scientists recovered enough solar wind atoms for study.To avoid another embarrassment, engineers checked Stardust’s systems and believe they will work, said Ed Hirst, a mission system manager at NASA’s a cloud of gas and dust collapsed to create the sun and planets La Ca?ada Flintridge -based Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is managing the $212 million mission.Stardust traveled nearly 3 billion miles halfway to Jupiter and back, looping around the sun three times. Along the way, it also captured interstellar dust – tiny particles thought to be ancient stars that exploded and died.After five years, the 850-pound spacecraft finally reached Wild 2.During a historic 2004 flyby, Stardust sped through the comet’s coma – the fuzzy shroud of gas and dust that envelops it – to collect the microscopic samples. The particles were trapped by a catcher the size of a tennis racket, which has since been clammed up inside the capsule for the trip home.Comet particles from Stardust would represent the second robotic retrieval of extraterrestrial material since 1976, when the unmanned Soviet Luna 24 mission brought back moon samples.If all goes as planned, the main spacecraft will free the shuttlecock-shaped capsule about 69,000 miles from Earth late Saturday. Then the mothership will fire its thrusters and go into a perpetual orbit around the sun.Early Sunday, the capsule will penetrate the atmosphere. As it tumbles toward the Utah desert, the temperature on its protective heat shield will spike to 365 degrees.Traveling at supersonic speed, the capsule will release its first parachute at 100,000 feet, followed minutes later by a larger chute, which will guide it to a landing.During Genesis, helicopters were deployed to retrieve the capsule in midair, but poorly installed gravity sensors on the capsule caused its parachute to fail.For Stardust, helicopters will fly to the landing site only after the capsule has touched down. Crews will recover the capsule and bring it to a temporary clean room on the base before transferring it to the Johnson Space Center in Houston.If the weather is too snowy or windy for helicopters to fly, NASA will send off-road vehicles to the landing site.Scientists believe thousands of particles of comet and interstellar dust, most smaller than the width of a human hair, are locked inside the capsule.To determine the makeup of the particles, scientists will slice the samples into even smaller chunks and probe them under powerful microscopes, said Brownlee, the mission’s principal investigator.“We are literally bringing back samples of the solar system as they were billions of years ago,” he said.If Stardust is not on target for a weekend re-entry, engineers can command the spacecraft to fire its thrusters to a backup orbit. That would postpone its return to Earth four years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Juventus leading Man United and Spurs in race to sign £40m wonderkid

first_img BEST OF 1 Many believe De Ligt will become one of the world’s best players Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED shining huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Juventus have moved to the front of the queue in the fight to sign Manchester United and Tottenham target Matthijs de Ligt.Despite being just 19, the Ajax and Netherlands defender is already a regular for both club and country and he looks set for a big move in the near future. ADVICE Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury center_img Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card no dice Both Man United and Tottenham have shown interest in the centre-back, who could go for as much as £40million.But, according to Tuttosport, it is Juventus who are currently leading the race to sign De Ligt next summer.The club’s hierarchy are said to be in regular contact with the youngster’s representatives and that is keeping them at the front of the chasing pack. REPLY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade RANKED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won MONEY Latest Football News Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade De Ligt’s agent, Mino Raiola, has experience of dealing with Juventus after brokering Paul Pogba’s arrival and departure from the club.Juve are now in talks with him again in the hope they can land De Ligt ahead of Manchester United and Tottenham.last_img read more


first_imgAimee Mc Daid from Carndonagh Community School arrives early to prepare to sing the National Anthem before Donegal’s big game against Meath at Mc Cumhail Park in Ballybofey. Photo By Brian McDaid/CristephAIMEE PLANNING TO HIT THE RIGHT NOTE AT MacCUMHAILL PARK! was last modified: March 9th, 2014 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:Aimee McDaidCarndonagh Community SchooldonegalMACCUMHAILL PARKMeathlast_img read more

Bachrodt, Baranczyk, Hittner and Rhine Claim MVC Women’s Basketball Specialty Awards

first_imgBachrodt is the first-ever Drake player to be picked MVC Defensive Player of the Year. Earlier this week, she was named to the All-MVC First Team following All-MVC Honorable Mention accolades as a sophomore and being named to the MVC All-Freshman team her first season. This season, Bachrodt is averaging impressive stats across the board with 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Bachrodt, who was selected to the Preseason All-MVC First Team with Hittner, leads the Valley in assists with 117 and is second in steals with 60. Hittner’s MVC Player of the Year award is a league-leading tenth for a Drake player. She is part of an impressive set of former Bulldog stars who were named MVC Player of the Year. Wanda Ford (1985, 1986), Jan Jensen (1991), Kristi Kinne (1995), Tricia Wakely (1996), Kiersten Miller (1998), Rachael Hackbarth (2012), Kyndal Clark (2014) and Wendell (2017) have all claimed the league’s top individual award. In just her second season, Hittner is the youngest of the group. Baranczyk is the third Drake head coach to be selected MVC Coach of the Year joining Lisa Bluder (1995, 1997, 1998) and Lisa Stone (2001). Baranczyk, the sixth head coach in Drake women’s basketball history, has a career record of 122-68 and reached 100 wins at Drake faster than any other head coach in program history. Baranczyk is the fifth coach in Valley history to have a career winning percentage above .700 in league games. Currently, Baranczyk sits fourth all-time in winning percentage with a career record of 79-29 (.731) in league contests, including an impressive 65-7 mark in the past four seasons. Baranczyk has the second-most MVC regular season titles among Drake women’s basketball head coaches as she trails Bluder, who claimed three in her 10 seasons. MOLINE, Ill. – Drake sophomore Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) has been named the 2018 Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year while junior Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) was tabbed the MVC Defensive Player of the Year and redshirt sophomore Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) was selected the MVC Sixth Player of the Year for the second time in her career. Head coach Jennie Baranczyk was chosen the MVC Coach of the Year for the second-straight season. The four were presented their awards at a ceremony on the opening night of the 2018 MVC Tournament at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill. Drake is the top seed at this week’s MVC Tournament and will play either No. 8 Valparaiso or No. 9 Loyola on Friday at 12 p.m. Print Friendly Version Hittner is the second-consecutive Drake player to be honored as MVC Player of the Year after Lizzy Wendell won the award in 2017. Earlier this week, Hittner was selected to the All-MVC First Team for the second-consecutive season and joins Wendell as the only Bulldogs to earn All-MVC First Team honors each of their first two seasons. An excellent student, Hittner was chosen to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team and was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week four times this year. This season, Hittner has started all 30 games, leads the MVC in three-point percentage at 44.0 percent, ranks second in scoring at 15.7 points per game and third in shooting percentage at 49.2. Hittner, who was the 2017 MVC Freshman of the Year, raised her already impressive play to another level in league play this year. She led the Valley in free throw percentage at 95.7 and three-point shooting at 50.7 percent, narrowly ranked second in scoring at 16.0 points per game and was fourth in shooting percentage at 53.5 percent. Hittner is the first MVC player to post 50-50-95 shooting numbers in league play in 15 seasons. She is currently No.1 all-time in three-point percentage at 47.7 at Drake and No. 2 all-time in career free throw percentage at 84.9.center_img During her tenure, Baranczyk has had seven Bulldogs earn 19 All-MVC selections, seven named to the MVC All-Freshman team, four MVC Freshman of the Year winners, two MVC Player of the Year and Sixth Player of the Year winners and one MVC Defensive Player of the Year. Baranczyk guided Drake to its second-consecutive outright MVC regular season championship following the program’s second-straight 18-0 record. No Valley team has ever gone undefeated in one regular season of league action and Drake is now the only program to go unscathed in two MVC seasons. The program has won a Gateway/MVC record 40 regular season games. Rhine is one of the most accurate shooters in MVC and program history with a 59.1 percent career clip, which ranks third all-time at Drake and fifth all-time in the MVC. Rhine needs to score just 30 more points to reach the 1,000-career point mark. This season, Rhine was selected CoSIDA Academic All-District Team while collecting a league-high five MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week awards. She has started all 96 games in her career and is No. 9 all-time at Drake in career steals with 195. Bachrodt has nabbed a career-high six steals in four career games. This week, Bachrodt was also selected to the MVC All-Defensive Team for the second-straight season and garnered her first career MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention honors. This year, Rhine has played in 28 games, averages 15.6 points per game (4th in MVC) while shooting a league-high 58.4 percent from the floor and pulling down 6.0 rebounds per game (9th in MVC). Rhine’s second career MVC Sixth Player of the Year award caps a week of multiple honors for her as she was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First and selected to the All-MVC First Team for the first time in her career. Rhine was named MVC Freshman and Sixth Player of the Year and earned All-MVC Honorable Mention accolades following her freshman season. Rhine, who played in just eight games in 2016-17 due to injury, tied Hittner for most 20-plus point games with six this season.last_img read more

Council Update: Flood-stricken routes reopen and welfare scheme is activated

first_imgDonegal County Council have alerted the public to restricted road re-openings and issues in flood hit areas.The Quigley’s Point to Muff road is expected to be re- open at 6pm this evening on a single lane/traffic lights basis.The council continues to ask that everyone travelling on the roads in North Donegal takes due care when on travelling. A spokesperson said: “We would also ask that anyone in the Inishowen area that needs to contact the Council with housing, roads or humanitarian issues arising from the recent floods does so on 074 91 53900 or out of hours on 074 91 72288.“The council will facilitate skips and/or dehumidifiers for properties damaged by the floods. Again please contact 074 91 53900 or out of hours 074 91 72288 should you require one.”The Council has been advised that the Government has activated the Humanitarian Assistance Scheme which is available to assist people whose homes are damaged by flooding and who are not in a position to meet costs for essential needs, household items and in some instances structural repair. (The scheme is means tested and assistance is not provided for losses which are covered by insurance or for commercial and business losses.)For more information see http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Humanitarian-Assistance-Scheme.aspx The Department of Social Protection ask that those in need of supports to visit their office however for those unable to travel to their offices they can contact Buncrana Intreo office on (074) 9364600 or Ballybofey Intreo on (074) 9130490.Featured image: Damage caused along the Quigley’s Point to Muff road on Tuesday 22nd August. Pic by AWS TyresCouncil Update: Flood-stricken routes reopen and welfare scheme is activated was last modified: August 24th, 2017 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

Local Roundup: After a stellar seven days, HSU sophomore Tyras Rattler Jr. nabs CCAA Player of Week honors

first_imgSAN RAMON >> Humboldt State men’s basketball is off to a 6-1 start for the second-straight season, and sophomore Tyras Rattler Jr. has been a big reason why. Rattler was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week on Tuesday.The Oakland native averaged 20 points, six rebounds and 2.3 steals per game as he helped lead HSU to a 3-0 record last week. This is his first career selection as player of the week.Rattler shot 50 percent from the field, scored 19 points, …last_img read more

Geeks Try Google Wave, Have Mixed Feelings

first_imgGoogle Wave is one of the most-hyped new product launches in recent memory, but now that thousands of lucky people are getting to try it out – early reactions are mixed. If the hard-core geeks aren’t sure if they like it, that could spell serious trouble for mainstream adoption.Robert Scoble, Steve Rubel and Louis Gray are three tech blogger geeks that love to use new tools and all got to test Google’s new real-time communication platform Wave today. It’s possible that when the rush is over the Wave experience will seem less overwhelming, but the kinds of initial reactions these three had aren’t good.We’ve covered Wave extensively in the weeks leading up to today, Frederic Lardinois has been covering this beat and wrote up his initial impressions earlier this summer. We must confess though that few members of our team have received an invite to the live app. They are slowly trickling in, through “nominations” and delayed invites, but I thought I’d share some other writers’ initial reactions below, followed by some general observations about the challenges of a real-time communication experience.For a good introduction to Google Wave, see enthusiast hacker Gina Trapani’s Wave Highlight Reel.Steve Rubel summarizes his thoughts like this:I have had a Google Wave sandbox account since late July. It’s slick to be sure. However, what I keep asking myself is this: what problem does it solve? In many ways it’s overly complex. In fact it’s too complex for the era of the Attention Crash where all of us, especially knowledge workers, are crying for simplicity.Robert Scoble is not a fan:I just got my Google Wave invite. No, I’m already out, so I can’t send one to you, sorry. But this service is way overhyped and as people start to use it they will realize it brings the worst of email and IM together: unproductivity.See, the first thing you notice is that you can see people chatting live in Google Wave. That’s really cool if you are working on something together, like a spreadsheet or a Word document.But it’s a productivity sink if you are trying to just communicate with other people. It also ignores the productivity gains that we’ve gotten from RSS feeds, Twitter, and FriendFeed.Louis Gray has a long, detailed review that concludes like this:I would bet that after the initial surge of curiosity, normal conversations and information exchange will eventually take over, so this initial spike may be an exception rather than the new rule. But if you’re diving into this new technology, expect to be exerting a lot of energy to stay on top of it, because messaging just got accelerated.Have you had a chance to try Wave yet? We have high hopes for the Real-Time Web in general, but in the many conversations we’ve been having with other companies in this broad market one concern has loomed large: user experience. Wave is an ambitious effort and is technically impressive, but user experience, strategic content filtering and concurrent/complimentary use of static information display are all important as well. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#NYT#Product Reviews#Real-Time Web#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

M.P. Congress MLA booked for ‘inciting people to set ablaze police station’

first_imgCongress MLA Shakuntala Khatik has been booked on the charge of inciting people to set ablaze a police station during violent protests by farmers in Madhya Pradesh.A video, which recently went viral, purportedly showed Ms. Khatik indulging in the act.The video was shot on June 8, 2017 when Ms. Khatik, who represents the Karera Assembly segment in Shivpuri district, was staging a protest at the Karera Police Station against the killing of farmers in police firing Mandsaur.Karera’s Sub-Divisional Officer of Police (SDOP) Anurag Sujania said an FIR was registered against Ms. Khatik, block Congress president Venus Goyal and others early Tuesday.They were booked under IPC sections pertaining to rioting, unlawful assembly, punishment for obscene acts or words in public and assault or criminal force to deter a public servant from discharging his duty, he said.During the June 8 protest, an effigy of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was burnt. The police poured water on it to douse the flames, in which the woman legislator got partially drenched.This irked Ms. Khatik, who later sat on a protest at the police station along with her supporters and the video was shot during the sit-in. The video showed the MLA purportedly asking her supporters to set the police station on fire.The farmers’ protest in Madhya Pradesh that began on June 1, 2017 took a violent turn on June 6 when five farmers were killed in police firing in Mandsaur district.Subsequently, the farmers’ protests witnessed a bandh and arson as the agitation spread to other western Madhya Pradesh districts, including Neemuch, Dhar, Ratlam and Jhabua.Mr. Chouhan launched a fast in Bhopal on Saturday with an appeal for peace and met farmers’ leaders.However, he ended his fast on Sunday, saying peace has returned to the State. Before ending the fast, he assured people that those involved in the deaths of farmers in Mandsaur would be punished severely.last_img read more