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Driver surrenders, to face 6 charges

first_imgUitvlugt hit-and-runThe driver of the motorcar, which sped off after hitting a 23-year-old pedestrian, who subsequently died on the Uitvlugt Public Road, West Coast Demerara, has turned himself in to Police and is expected to face a sleuth of traffic-related charges.The abandoned car found at VergenoegenAccording to Police, the 25-year-old suspect of Tuschen Old Road, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), surrendered on Saturday shortly after authorities found an abandoned Toyota 192 motorcar without registration plates at Vergenoegen, EBE. The vehicle, PKK 7495 which is registered to a resident of Parika, EBE, was found to be tinted and several of its documents expired.The suspect has since admitted to his involvement in the accident, claiming that the pedestrian ran into the path of his vehicle. He is nevertheless being processed for court at Leonora on Monday since the post-mortem examination on the deceased is expected to conclude earlier the same day.Among the charges to be instituted are causing death by dangerous driving; unlicensed motor vehicle; uninsured motor vehicle; tinted motor vehicle; failure to stop after an accident, and failure to render assistance.Reports are at about 22:30h on Thursday, 23-year-old Chapil Dave Kumar of Leonora Village, WCD, was killed while standing on the southern side of Uitvlugt Public Road, waiting to cross the road. The motor car was proceeding West on the southern carriageway when it struck Kumar and drove away.At the time of the accident, Kumar was with his wife. She did not sustain any injuries.The young man’s sister, Sariyana, told this newspaper that her brother and his wife had left home to purchase food earlier in the evening. The aggrieved woman related that her brother was severely injured since he was dragged some distance away causing one of his legs to be severed.The injured young man was rushed to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body is at the Ezekiel Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination.The now dead man is father to a three-year-old and would have celebrated his 24th birthday on Saturday last. Additionally, he and his wife are expecting their second child.last_img read more


first_imgA meeting to explore the possibility of a Neighbourhood Watch for a group of townlands  outside Letetrkenny has received a huge response.The area, which stretches from the Top of Moorefield to the Golf Course Road in Letterkenny, attracted a huge crowd of more than 200 concerned residents to the Silver Tassie Hotel on Monday night.A further meeting to establish Neighbourhood Watch is to take place at the same venue on next Monday evening at 8.30pm. As the crowd struggled to get inside the room it was clearly evident that this is a community determined to make their voices heard in supporting the Gardai in the battle against criminality in Donegal.There are many such like communities on the outskirts of Letterkenny but until Monday night they had not been together on a community basis and despite living close by for a number of years, they are still strangers to each other.The call to action had come from local man, Noel Sweeney of the Swilly Drive School of Motoring.He expected a handful of people to come along and he was dumbfounded as the crowds just kept coming. He explained that he took this initiative after a series of thefts and burglaries had taken place in recent months and it was time to fight back.He organised Monday evening’s meeting in the hope that an organised approach can help to turn the tide on the criminals at a time when Garda resources are at an all-time low.And so it was that a huge crowd attended the function room at the hotel to hear Sgt. Paul Wallace and Sgt. Eunan Walsh provide vital data and advice on how to fight back against the current crime wave sweeping across many parts of Donegal as the ever lengthening shadows of winter dominate the rural landscape.“Crime is a community problem and we can do lots to prevent it by being aware of our own surroundings. By being involve with our own areas: by getting the young people involved and by keeping a lookout for the elderly people in all your townlands.“It is vital to develop a sense of community through proper communications and so much can be achieved by being alert: being aware and by being good neighbours,’ said Paul Wallace at the outset of the meeting. In a very informative PowerPoint presentation, Sgt. Wallace laid out the facts, figures for crime: prevention measures and the necessity for good community communication strategies and how to lessen the risk of thieves coming onto your property.Many at Monday night’s meeting would be very familiar with the distinctive blue and gold Neighbourhood Watch signs which have been dotted across many roadsides in rural Ireland for almost 30 years.Neighbourhood Watch, which started in Ireland in 1985, runs in close to 2,500 communities and villages across Ireland and Gardaí say they have seen a 30% increase in Neighbourhood Watch schemes as dormant schemes are rejuvenated and new schemes are set up by residents around the country.The increase comes amid changing lifestyles that people in urban areas are less likely to know their neighbours than they were twenty years ago. The reasons why the crime prevention scheme has been kick-started over the past three years could be attributed to people who have lost jobs or had working hours cut back looking to do something positive and meaningful in their neighbourhoods; to older people locked in fear behind closed doors. And to a shift in policing approaches which has seen community policing become more important to reduce crime.Neighbourhood Watch, said Sgt. Wallace is not a replacement for the role of the Gardai but it is a means to being more alert, more vigilant and it is a way of getting to know each other in communities like those at Monday night’s meeting.These schemes are a good way of making people feel empowered to take on the problems in their areas and while the scheme doesn’t replace policing, a large part of Neighbourhood Watch is about stopping smaller, preventable crimes by encouraging people to take actions themselves.‘It’s about reducing and minimising opportunities for crime and encouraging people to do what they can to stop smaller crimes and it sends out a message to the criminals that every townland is on the lookout for strange behavour in their midst.“Often, this comes down to following basic tips to stop criminals from taking advantage of an opportunity to commit a crime: not leaving valuables in clear sight in a car, for example, ensuring that house doors are locked, and leaving a light on in a house when the occupant is not there.“It’s also about fostering a sense of community in an area. If people know each other, they’re more likely to look out for each other,” says Sgt Wallace.Next Monday’s meeting will see a steering group formed with a framework set in motion to establish a Community Neighbourhood Watch in the area as a matte of priority.The meeting will begin at 8.30 and those attending are being advised to come early. And while a huge crowd came along on Monday night, every household in the area is invited to be present at next week’s meeting in the Sliver Tassie because the opinion of every single family is vital in preparing an organised approach to the campaign.HUGE RESPONSE TO ANTI-CRIME MEETING IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 7th, 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:letterkennynieghbourhood watch schemeNoel Sweeneylast_img read more

Do Fossils Show a Worldwide Record of Evolution?

first_imgGaps:  “Relative to marine Cenozoic correlation problems, nonmarine instances suffer from a lack of continuous sections,” he says.  Instead of showing a continuous record of evolution, the record is discontinuous or jerky, riddled with gaps.  (Stephen Jay Gould once remarked that the near universal presence of gaps in the fossil record is the “trade secret” of paleontology.)  Many sites display “isolated faunas” that do not overlap with other sites.  Sadler explains how the gaps affect biostratigraphy:Biology demands that the global abundance of a species cannot fall to zero within its temporal range.  Unfortunately, species distributions are patchy, the patches may shift, few individuals are fossilized, and fossils may be overlooked.  Consequently, the local taxon ranges observed in single stratigraphic sections reflect local conditions and do include gaps.  More critically, and for the same reasons, gaps of unknown extent occur at the ends of observed ranges.  Thus, local horizons of highest and lowest finds of a species do not correspond to the global FAD and LAD.  The discrepancies vary from place to place, and locally observed taxon range charts contradict one another in detail concerning the sequence of range-end events.For these and other reasons, Sadler warns that it is “crucial to acknowledge that local first and last appearances are also uniquely troublesome as recorders of calendar events: The local stratigraphic horizons at which they are observed do not reliably reproduce the true global sequence of origination and extinction events.  Discrepancies must be expected because local appearances and disappearances are likely to be migration events and probably displaced by lapses in fossilization.”Reworking:  Many fossils have been transported or reworked, destroying the temporal sequence information.  (Some of the best-known fossil sites, such as Dinosaur National Monument, La Brea Tar Pits, and Petrified Forest present this difficulty.)  The biostratigrapher cannot assume the apparent FAD-LAD horizons represent the true history of the fossils, because many processes can disrupt the correlation of fossils with strata: floods can transport fossils from one location to another, burrowing animals can rework the deposits, or deposits can fall into a cave or be washed down well bores into older strata.  Moreoever, it is not always easy to tell when or how much reworking has occurred.  “Severe caving may require abandoning FADs altogether,” he says.  Marine microfossils are especially subject to reworking.  The sometimes “cryptic” signatures of reworking may go “unrecognized,” and their impact on the record may be significant.  Yet the biostratigrapher needs to rely on databases that are contaminated by this problem: “Large integrated databases will combine taxa that are prone to reworking with those that are not.  Decisions about the likelihood of reworking, or the most palatable assumptions concerning reworking, currently force a dichotomous choice between methods that seek maximal ranges and those that seek probable ranges.  No method yet embodies a satisfactory theory of reworking that can obviate this unfortunate choice,” he laments, yet the computer models often assume that little or no reworking occurred. Decreasing Information with Age:  The farther back in time, the less reliable the inputs: for instance, “Paleozoic instances include less radiometric, paleomagnetic, and stable isotopic data.”  The known instances usually do not overlap.  “The large Paleozoic correlation problem in Table 1 includes many pairs of sections that do not overlap in age.  They must be stacked in the correct order and impart to the problem a significant component of seriation.  Seriation is the essence of the problem when the data are isolated faunas.”Considering these difficulties, is it even possible to produce a global correlation of fossils into a time sequence?  Sadler apparently feels the problem is tractable and current work is promising, but the use of simplifying assumptions is unavoidable.  Some are reasonable (e.g., a FAD must precede its LAD, and proven coexistences must be honored).  Also, certain geological events provide a means of independently correlating fossiliferous strata.  A volcanic ash fall, for instance, might be traceable across a large region, or magnetic reversals or global climate changes can provide clues.  In addition, paleontologists try to hitch the data to milestones obtained via radiometric dating (although these are usually not applicable to the sedimentary strata that contain fossils).  Putting it all together is easier said than done:The way to improve the resolving power of the geologic calendar is obvious but not easy—increase the number of events and thus reduce the average time intervals between them.  There is no shortage of species to add.  The real problem is to keep all the appearance and extinction events in their correct sequence.  The difficulty increases dramatically with the number of species for three reasons: First, the number of possible sequences of appearance and extinction events grows faster than exponentially as a function of the number of species (Figure 1).  Also, events that are separated by smaller time intervals are more likely to be preserved in contradictory order from place to place.  Finally, as the list of species grows it must include more provincial organisms that will be missing from many locations.    The bulk of Sadler’s paper concerns various clever mathematical algorithms biostratigraphers have developed to approach this huge puzzle.  Some make use of the principles of operations research.  Some employ heuristic algorithms or manipulate matrices with iterative processes to try to converge on a solution.  Each method is best suited to its own data type, each makes its own assumptions, and each has its shortcomings.  Consequently, he cautions the reader not to expect too much:The true global sequence of FADs and LADs is not knowable in detail and the locally preserved sequences of highest and lowest finds are incomplete and contradictory.  The practical and tractable problem is to find a hypothetical sequence of FADs and LADs that enjoys the lowest net misfit with all observations in local range charts and isolated faunas, or requires the smallest net adjustment of all observed ranges.  It is an optimization problem.Sadler freely admits that contradictions are inevitable.  Much of his paper concerns dealing with misfits: how to measure misfits, and how to minimize them.  Some of these misfits are those that contradict the expectations of evolution.  One of the criteria for success seems to be how well the result of an algorithm agrees with the “correct” phylogenetic sequence: “Procedures for fitting the best LOC [line of correlation on the graph] include deterministic regression techniques … and heuristic search algorithms from evolutionary programming,” he explains.  Congruence with evolutionary phylogeny seems to define Sadler’s “best-fit” or “optimal” sequences.  In the opening, he indicates that evolutionary sequence information takes priority over geological dating information:Geologic time correlation proceeds by constructing a global calendar of past events in which the appearances and extinctions of fossil species dominate the entries.  Other events include changes in ocean chemistry, reversals of Earth’s magnetic field, and the deposition of volcanic ash beds, some of them dated by radiometric methods.  The challenge is to merge incomplete inventories of physical events and partly contradictory faunal successions from many local thickness scales (measured stratigraphic sections) onto a single calendar that correctly sequences all the events and scales the time intervals between them.  Because correctly sequenced events serve the purpose of correlation, with or without knowledge of their numerical ages, sequencing is the fundamental task and the focus of this review.  Numerical estimates of age are available for very few events, especially in the older periods of the Phanerozoic.  Furthermore, estimates of the relative size of time intervals between events rest largely upon questionable assumptions about rates of sediment accumulation and biological turnover.  Consequently, scaling and calibration tasks are best attempted after the optimal sequence of events has been determined.In the conclusion, titled “The Remaining Challenges,” Sadler reveals his discipline’s dependence on evolutionary theory, and drops hints that it needs to be more of a two-way street:Paleobiologists can extract considerable information about the phylogenetic sequence of taxa by analyzing the morphology of fossils, without recourse to stratigraphic information.  But these insights do not yet aid the correlation task as much as they might.  To date, more effort has been committed to questions concerning the place of stratigraphic information in cladistic analyses of morphology than to the possibility that the resulting cladograms provide independent evidence of sequence that can improve biostratigraphy.How this avoids circular reasoning he does not explain.  Instead, he suggests how evolutionary systematists can help – by revealing, for instance, “the order of FADs that best fits the morphologic information.”  But even with their assistance, he sees three “looming challenges” posed by modern stratigraphic databases:Deciding on a single method:  “First it is desirable to integrate more data types into a single method.  Every method, regardless of the data to which it is suited, must seek a sequence of events.  Consequently, the best way to suit all the data is to invert the problem, working through a suite of permutable sequences and achieving iterative improvements as judged by the fit between the sequences and the data.”Speed vs. Completeness:  “But the second challenge is to manage considerably larger data sets without loss of speed.  The flexibility of the inverse approach sacrifices speed.  The fastest algorithms are those that are tailored to specific data types and work forward from the data to the best solution.Reworked fossils.  As quoted above, “No method yet embodies a satisfactory theory of reworking that can obviate this unfortunate choice” between maximal ranges and probability ranges (that is, choosing between incorporating all the data into the model vs. using the data that produce the expected result)..  Are biostratigraphers stuck in a rut?  He ends, “As in the past, answers to all these challenges might be discovered by recognizing analogies with problems in other disciplines and adapting their numerical methods.”1Peter M. Sadler, “Quantitative Biostratigraphy: Achieving Finer Resolution in Global Correlation,” Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, May 2004, Vol. 32, pp. 187-213 (doi:10.1146/annurev.earth.32.101802.120428).It must be acknowledged that Sadler neither doubts evolution nor intended to cast doubt on evolution in this paper.  A casual reading would lead one to think that everything is fine and the Darwinians are making great progress.  But, if read perceptively, without evolutionary assumptions, it is quite revealing.  Where is the proof of the pudding?  Where is the evidence in the fossil record to prove Charlie right?  Sadler exposes to view what a huge “optimization” problem he has on his hands.  The best he can do is try to keep the “contradictions” and “misfits” to a minimum.    As with everything else in evolutionary theory, the tweak space is greater than the data space.  Only massive inputs of questionable assumptions keep the story intact.  A story of evolution clearly doesn’t jump out of the data, as if it were an intuitively obvious fact that only an obscurantist would deny.  No; instead of supplying the Darwin Party with the proof they desire, he needs to ask them for help as he stumbles through a contradictory, unmanageable, confusing, formidable task.  It’s reminiscent of the impossible dream the molecular phylogenists face trying to keep Charlie’s imagined tree of life connected to reality (see 07/25/2002 and 06/13/2003 headlines).  In the end, they must assume evolution to prove evolution.  Instead of taking the evidence where it leads, they apply similar heuristic “optimization” approaches to handling overwhelming and contradictory inputs, where “optimal” means “mostly agrees with Charlie, if we neglect the misfits.”    Notice that “gap” is a loaded word.  What if it is a brute fact that the data are discontinuous?  Then that is the true sequence; there are no gaps.  A gap is only a gap if you assume evolution.  Why not face the evidence squarely: living taxa are discontinuous, and fossil taxa are discontinuous.  They appeared abruptly, and some died abruptly.  If it weren’t that such an admission destroys Darwinism, that would be what the textbooks would matter-of-factly present.    Skeptical readers are encouraged to put aside “questionable assumptions” about “rates of sediment accumulation and biological turnover,” and to study this article without Darwin-tinted glasses on.  Look at the fossil data as objectively as possible.  What is found?  Multitudes of non-overlapping “isolated faunas” without clear “seriation” information.  A preponderance of seashells.  Unknown effects of reworking.  Fossil graveyards.  Myriads of dead organisms buried in water-laid rock strata all over the world.  Sadler suggests a solution in his ending sentence; biostratigraphers might have better success by looking outside the box and adapting the techniques of other disciplines.  Most likely he did not intend to consider some disciplines that the ruling Darwin Party has placed off limits.  Too bad; what if that’s where the true solution is waiting to be found?(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The fossil record provides the acid test for evolutionary theory.  Everyone who walks a real dog by a poodle knows that small-scale variation occurs among living species, but non-evolutionists get understandably annoyed when Darwinians extrapolate the observed variations to encompass all of life: as if to say, because finch beaks vary, therefore humans had bacteria ancestors.  Darwin’s bold hypothesis connected all living things into a branching tree of life.  He claimed that, ultimately, whales and oaks and kangaroos and seashells could trace their ancestry to single-celled organisms.  The only way to connect this hypothesis to actual earth history is to examine the fossil record.  Does the record of the rocks show a sequence of life evolving from simple to complex?    Those who assume so might be disturbed by a paper in the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences1 by Peter M. Sadler (UC Riverside).  The annual reviews are a good place to catch up on the state of the art of this or that discipline.  Sadler’s review concerns quantitative biostratigraphy, the attempt to correlate global fossil data.  Things are looking up in this field; fossil data are becoming more available in large databases, and computers are making the number-crunching easier.  He takes the reader through the latest computer algorithms that attempt to correlate fossils from tens, hundreds, or thousands of sites around the world into a unified, global time sequence.  Though his lengthy paper never questions evolution (and hardly mentions it), and while written with a tone of scholarly confidence, it gives a distinct impression that biostratigraphy is more art than science.    Imagine an ideal record where everything that had died left a fossil, and these fossils accumulated upward, layer upon layer, since the beginning of life.  If evolution had occurred, each species would have a first appearance in the record (a first-appearance datum, or FAD), and when it went extinct, it would exhibit a last-appearance datum, or LAD.  These “horizons” would form a vertical timeline for each species, which could be correlated with similar ones around the world.  Assume it were also possible to reliably date each layer.  Tracing the history of life, then, would be a piece of cake; actually, a layer cake, because the layers would preserve a clear sequence, from oldest at the bottom, to youngest at the top.  The fossils they contain, if evolution had occurred, would clearly exhibit increasing complexity as each new phylum, order, class, genus and species appeared through time.    Alas, as with most things in life, the situation is far from being so simple.  Sadler points out a number of difficulties that make global correlation of fossil-bearing strata a challenge:Imbalance:  Most of the record consists of seashells.  “Richly fossiliferous sections are more common in the marine invertebrate record,” he notes.  (Marine invertebrates actually comprise about 95% of all known fossils.  That means all the large mammals, land plants and dinosaurs make up a tiny fraction of the record).  In a few studies, he claims, biostratigraphers can produce sequences of some marine invertebrates to resolutions of 10,000 to 50,000 years, though resolution is usually much lower.last_img read more

Keeping up with Kobe

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim As the son of former PBA Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player Benjie Paras, basketball excellence runs in Kobe’s blood. The high expectations come with the territory as he is part of basketball royalty in this hoops-mad country.Kobe moved to California four years years ago to take his game to the next level. As one of the top high school talents in Los Angeles, he was recruited to play for University of California in LA (Ucla), where he could have teamed up with current Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. But Kobe withdrew his application as he failed to meet academic requirements.Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, came calling, but Kobe hardly saw time on the court for the Blue Jays in his first NCAA season, leading to his decision to transfer to California State University-Northridge.“I didn’t play much last season, so that still fuels me to play and want to prove something,” he says. “I still have three more playing years and four more years in college, so I’m going to take it year by year, day by day.”As he waits for the start of the school year in the United States, Kobe is keeping himself busy representing the country, most recently in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France. He is expected to play a key role for Gilas in both the ongoing Jones Cup in Taipei and the Southeast Asian Games next month in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES At Gilas, Kobe has the opportunity to showcase his talents. He’s been hailed by coach Chot Reyes as the future of the national team program and he has responded with flashes of stellar play in Gilas’ tuneup games.“I’ve told Kobe that he’s going to be a big part of the future of Philippine basketball,” Reyes says. “But in the meantime, he has to be more patient, not to get too hard on himself, let the game come to him, and continue to learn and to grow. It’s the first time he’s been exposed to this level of competition. This will go a long way in his development and maturity and I have very high hopes because his talent and potential are limitless.”Kobe says the feedback from Reyes comes in handy as he works on his game. “I’m just glad that coach keeps it real,” he says. “Sometimes I try to do too much and Kiefer (Ravena) and the guys tell me that I don’t have to prove anything. It just lifts me that I have teammates who understand my situation.”He has plenty of time. And with coaches like Reyes and Gilas legend Jimmy Alapag guiding him in the national team, he’s in a perfect environment to grow as a player. “I’m the type of player who doesn’t care who I go up against,” says Kobe. “I just want to give my all playing my own game, but coach tells me to relax a bit.”Says Alapag: “I think he’s the youngest of the group, and anytime you’re the youngest, there’s an opportunity to learn and just to continue to improve. I know he has not played enough the last year and a half, but I think being part of the [Gilas] program gives him that opportunity. Getting some tough competition will serve him as well through his time in college.”Kobe’s talent is undeniable. His size and athleticism make him an asset for the national team. But what stands out is Kobe’s work ethic, says Alapag.“Obviously, he’s very talented,” says Alapag. “I didn’t realize how big a 6-6 kid he was until he got here. He’s coming in and excited to get to learn and do the work. Hard work is the foundation of any good player.”Kobe is just delighted to be representing the country and shows a deep understanding of what it means to wear the country’s colors, thanks to his father.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing,” he says. “There are a lot of players my age who want to be in this position. My dad keeps reminding me, ‘Every time you wear that jersey and play, you’re not just fighting for the people, you’re fighting for the soldiers who fight for freedom, too.’”Off the court, Kobe describes himself as “ambitious.” While he plans to take up fashion or art-related courses in college he has also taken an interest in culinary arts. View comments In the know: Kobe Paras “I love to cook,” he says. “I love to play the guitar. I love fashion. There’s just a bunch of stuff that I want to do. People think I’m just about basketball. There are people who tend to take basketball outside the court and I don’t think I need that because I’m also interested in other things.”Kobe says his style is a mix of urban and high fashion, and considers basketball stars Russel Westbrook and Nick Young as his fashion icons. The teenager also harbors dreams of doing his internship in some of the world’s top fashion firms like Chanel, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.“It’s exciting what the future holds,” he says.Philippine basketball will be watching Kobe Paras grow, but there will be more to him than just his talents on the court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Kobe Paras walks out of Gilas Pilipinas practice wearing a loose, colorful air-cool basketball shorts under a vintage black shirt. The teenage basketball sensation had slipped into a pair of dirty white Vans sneakers, before putting on a light brown leather backpack and a yellow cap.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes There’s an air of swag as the 6-foot-6, 19-year-old leaves the gym. His looks depict his personality—young, creative and carefree. Make no mistake about it, Kobe puts so much thought into his style, just like the way he works on his game.“I’m trying to make wearing basketball shorts a new trend,” says Kobe. “It’s different. You don’t see this everyday and I love vintage shirts.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKobe’s eyes light up when he talks about fashion. His Instagram feed is equal parts basketball, fashion and family.“I was in LA (Los Angeles) and that’s where it started,” says Kobe on his interest in fashion. “Everyday in LA is a fashion show. You don’t really need to dress to impress, but when you dress good you feel good. But that’s just me, I just like to stand out.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

Canelo Alvarez stops Rocky Fielding in 3rd round for 3rd division title

first_imgLacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting On the undercard, Tevin Farmer started fast, then coasted to a unanimous decision over Francisco Fonseca to hold onto his IBF super featherweight belt.Farmer lost to Kenichi Ogawa for the IBF title last year, but Ogawa then failed a drug test and the bout was declared a no contest. He outpointed Billy Dib in August for the belt, then defended by stopping James Tennyson in October.He won 117-111 on all three judges’ cards.“Nowadays, I really have a lot of anger built up, good anger though,” he said, “and I just want to hurt everybody when I’m in the ring. I don’t have no sympathy.”Farmer is 28-4-1, while Fonseca is 22-2-1. Costa Rican Fonseca’s other loss came in his only previous title fight, to Gervonta Davis for the same crown in 2017.Katie Taylor of Ireland won a lopsided 10-round decision over Finland’s Eva Wahlstrom to keep her IBF and WBA lightweight championships. She is now 12-0, while Wahlstrom lost for the first time in 24 fights.Super featherweight Lamont Roach Jr. easily outpointed Alberto Mercado, running his record to 18-0-1. Roach controlled the fight from the outset and took it easy late, which nearly cost him when Mercado (15-2-1) nailed him with several hard shots in the final round.Rising lightweight Ryan Garcia had no trouble running his record to 17-0 with 15 knockouts by stopping Braulio Rodriguez in the fifth round. Rodriguez’s repertoire included more clowning and low blows than fighting, and Garcia ended it with a sharp right, followed by a series of head shots. “Canelo will fight whoever is the best, no doubt about it,” said his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya.If this was a one-off at 168 pounds, it was quite a show in his debut at Madison Square Garden.“My goal is to make good fights for the people, for the public, and to make sure the name of Canelo Álvarez and of Mexico is held up high,” Alvarez said.Fielding, 31, won the WBA crown in July when he knocked out Tyron Zeuge in Germany in the fifth round. But the Englishman had never faced anyone close to Canelo’s class, and it showed.“I never shied away from the challenge,” Fielding said. “I lived the dream, I’ll come back.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Coming off his close decision against Gennady Golovkin three months ago to take the WBA and WBC middleweight titles, Alvarez could hear chants of “Canelo! Canelo!” long before he entered the Madison Square Garden ring for the first time. Throughout a lengthy undercard, it was clear who the sellout crowd of 20,112 came to see and cheer.He delivered with power and precision, landing 73 punches, 35 to the body.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“That was the plan in the gym, to hit the body and then move up, and that’s the result,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “You see the result here.”Only eight other Mexican fighters have held three division titles. And Alvarez, 28, says he is headed back to the 160-pound class he rules, with possibly a third go with Golovkin in 2019. The next fight, opponent unknown, is set for Las Vegas in early May. LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openingcenter_img MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He is strong and all that. It was the body shots, the wind he took away. He placed the shots well and he caught me. I stood too long to try to mix it with him when I shouldn’t have.“The better man won tonight.”The fight ended with 22 seconds remaining in the third after two knockdowns in the round.Fielding came to fight, but was outmanned from the outset. He couldn’t block the bevy of body punches launched by Alvarez, who floored Fielding with a left in the first round.Alvarez did it again with a right to the head and a left to the body late in the second round, and that brought down Fielding’s hands enough to expose the head.So Alvarez used a huge right lead to knock down Fielding in the third round, and soon after finished it with a series of blows.It really was no contest.“What I always want to do is to make the best fight whether they’re for world titles or not,” Alvarez said, then turned his attention to the Garden scene.“I’m happy and I’m grateful to be here. I hope this is the first of many.”The fight card was streamed on DAZN, a service that paid Alvarez $365 million for 11 fights. This was quite a selling point for the red-headed Mexican. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? View comments Pistons end Boston’s 8-game run, beat Celtics SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Mexico’s Canelo Alvarez celebrates after a WBA super middleweight championship boxing match against England’s Rocky Fielding Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in New York. Alvarez stopped Fielding in the third round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Canelo Alvarez threw a Garden party Saturday night. A short and powerful fiesta.Alvarez landed dozens of body punches, knocking down Rocky Fielding four times and stopping him in the third round to earn his third weight class title, taking the WBA super middleweight belt.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Deepak and Rahul Chahar: Brothers separated by fate, united by one dream

first_imgThey might be playing for different teams, but Deepak and Rahul Chahar have one aim in common, use the platform in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to impress the national selectors and represent the country on the international stage.Cousins Deepak and Rahul have been impressive so far in the ongoing tournament, the former spearheading Chennai Super Kings’ pace bowling attack and the latter spinning a web around batsmen with his leg breaks for Mumbai Indians.Chahar is the fourth highest wicket-taker in the competition with 15 scalps to his name from 12 matches. Nineteen-year old Rahul, meanwhile, has played eight games for Mumbai Indians, taking nine wickets at an economy rate of 6.43.Both Chahar brothers play for Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy and also shared the dressing room at the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant.Coming a long way since playing gully cricket together in Agra, the pair are now vitals cogs in their respective teams’ wheels.Deepak has played for India in one ODI and a T20I, but is yet to cement his place. Teenager Rahul is yet to get a break but with wrist spinners now ruling the roost, his performances won’t go unnoticed if he keeps delivering with the ball.Their fathers are brothers and their mothers are sisters. Deepak’s father, Lokendra Singh, used to work in the Indian Air Force and it was during his Jaipur posting that Deepak started playing professional cricket.Rahul also aspired to become a pacer like his elder cousin, but it was Deepak’s father who identified Rahul’s ability to turn the ball sharply in the nets and encouraged him to become a legs-spinner.advertisementBoth the brothers burst onto the scene at an early age, Deepak bagging 8 for 10 on Ranji Trophy debut to bundle Hyderabad out for 21 – the lowest total in Indian domestic cricket – at just 18 years of age; and Rahul claiming three five-wicket hauls in four Vijay Merchant Trophy Under-16 three-day games in 2013-14.But Deepak’s rise was marred by injuries and sickness which threatened to stymie his progress until recently when he rediscovered himself.In 2017, Deepak and Rahul were reunited at Rising Pune but while Deepak again struggled with injuries, Rahul was starved of game time. But as is the case in the IPL, unheralded players get to rub shoulders with the best in the business. Rahul spent valuable time with Imran Tahir in the nets.Rahul was subsequently not picked for India’s 2018 U-19 World Cup campaign but his performances in the 20-over Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy caught the attention of Mumbai who scooped Rahul up for Rs 1.9 crore.Meanwhile, Deepak, who was the top wicket-taker in the same tournament, was picked up by Chennai for Rs 80 lakh.Rahul, though, did not get a game initially but impressed a bit in his first outing against Deepak’s Chennai, conceding 11 runs in two overs without getting a wicket. There was no looking back from there on as he became Rohit Sharma’s go to bowler, much like Deepak is for MS Dhoni at Chennai.Rahul’s strengths lie in his effective leg-breaks and excellent control over it while Deepak is a superb Powerplay bowler as well as a death overs specialist.The Indian team at the moment has a very strong bowling arsenal with world-class pacers and spinners in their kitty. But the Chahar brothers, going by their IPL performances, are keen to give head coach Ravi Shastri and the team management a problem of plenty in times to come.Also Read | CSK pacer Deepak Chahar creates IPL record with 20 dot balls vs KKRAlso Read | Watch: MS Dhoni loses cool after Deepak Chahar bowls back-to-back no-ballslast_img read more