first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University dodged a bullet against Jose Rizal University and came away with an 87-85 victory to stay unscathed in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Tamaraws leaned on Hubert Cani, who fired 13 points, two rebounds, and two steals as they preserved their 3-0 record in Group B.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Brandrey Bienes and Joseph Nunag also tallied 13 points apiece, while Jasper Parker got 12 points, four assists, and two boards in the victory.FEU lost hold of an eight-point lead, 87-79, in the final two minutes as MJ Dela Virgen put the Heavy Bombers on his back for the final uprising.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownDarius Estrella cut the lead down to two, 87-85, with 31.4 seconds, and had a shot to steal the game after Cani’s layup rimmed out in the waning seconds, but Dela Virgen muffed the potential game-winner from the right elbow at the buzzer.Coach Olsen Racela heaved a sigh of relief after the Tamaraws survived a game challenge from the Heavy Bombers, which shot 9-of-21 from downtown. Donaire Sr. joins Pacquiao’s coaching staff Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “They had so many shooters, so we have to work on our half-court defense,” he said. “We gave up too many open threes. So we need to make it hard for them, especially against a team that has a lot of shooters.”Ry dela Rosa paced JRU with 18 points and four rebounds, while Jed Mendoza had 17 points, six boards, and five assists.The Heavy Bombers remained at the bottom of the standings with their 0-3 slate.The Scores:FEU 87 — Bienes 13, Cani 13, Nunag 13, Parker 12, Tuffin 11, Eboña 7, Tolentino 6, Dulatre 2, Escoto 2, Iñigo 2, Jopia 2, Ramirez 2, Tempra 2, Bayquin 0, Orizu 0, Stockton 0.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding JRU 85 — Dela Rosa 18, Mendoza 17, Dela Virgen 14, Ramos 13, Estrella 11, Bordon 6, Silvarez 4, Dulalia 2, Esguerra 0, Perez 0, Yu 0.Quarters: 28-27, 52-53, 72-68, 87-85.last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – Ebony Collins has run to two state 300-meter hurdles titles at Wilson High but patching a tumultuous relationship with Bruins coach Terry Kennedy was one barrier the senior said that she could not overcome. The 2005 and 2006 Press-Telegram Dream Team Athlete of the Year checked out of Wilson on Tuesday and has enrolled at Locke High in Los Angeles. As a sophomore, Collins was named the 2005 USATF Youth Athlete of the Year after winning the IAAF World Youth title in the 400 hurdles in a national sophomore and meet record 55.96. Collins accompanied Wilson to the Simplot Indoor Games in Idaho two weeks ago but quit the team last week. Collins said that the differences with Kennedy had progressed to the point that she would not have run for the school if she had stayed. “There was too much stress and once I left, I felt so good and much better,” Collins said. “Over time, it got to the point where it kept getting worse. I want to have a good senior year where I can be happy.” Collins told her Wilson teammates about her impending transfer. Kennedy, however, said he heard it through the “grapevine.” “No one can figure it out,” Kennedy said. “It’s no fault of ours. The school has been good to her and we did everything we could to help her in life and make her one of the country’s most recognizable athletes. The choice is hers and she has to be accountable for her actions.” center_img Collins lives in the Locke attendance district and plans to compete for the City Section school this spring. Collins is the national freshman, sophomore and junior national record-holder in the 300 hurdles and holds two of the top three times in U.S. high school history at 40.10 and 40.13. last_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND — Kevin Durant was in the locker room, nursing a strained right calf. He wasn’t coming back in Game 5.Steph Curry was scuffling and the Houston Rockets were coming hard.And then, just when it appeared the Warriors would not have enough to hold off the Rockets, Curry put his fingerprints all over a 104-99 victory.He scored 12 points, including a couple 3-pointers, dished three assists and had no turnovers in the fourth quarter, and the Warriors will take a 3-2 lead to Game 6 of the …last_img read more

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. TORONTO — The Warriors trailed by six with 2:32 remaining in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, their season, maybe even their dynasty, on the verge of extinction.Their best player, Kevin Durant, wasn’t even in the arena. He suffered an Achilles injury in the second quarter, later hobbling out of the building on crutches. He fought to play Monday night after missing nine straight playoff games with a strained calf, his …last_img read more

first_img(Visited 491 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 To know the vast improbabilities, and yet to leap over them with imaginary stories – that’s deceiving the public.Suppose an unlucky soul has to win a thousand powerball lotteries to pay his debts, but tells his creditors, “Well, it could happen.” Does a person like that deserve credit? And yet our federal space agency, NASA, fully aware of the difficulties of getting life to ’emerge’ by chance, talks like that. Let’s see what an entry in NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine admits about the difficulties they face:Life relies on the intricately folded amino acid chains known as proteins for practically every chemical task. Proteins catalyze chemical reactions throughout the cell, stitch RNA strands together, transport molecules around the cell and control what enters and leaves through the membrane. A modern cell cannot be a cell without them.However, proteins pose a problem for scientists who study the beginnings of life. Present-day proteins have had the benefit of billions of years of evolution. They are highly specialized and, compared to most molecules, they are enormous. The odds of such lengthy amino acid chains forming “out of the blue” in life’s primordial soup are beyond astronomical.“Beyond astronomical.” Think of it: astronomical odds are hard enough, but ‘beyond astronomical’ is, for all practical purposes, miraculous. It’s nice of NASA to admit that, but the admission doesn’t go far enough. One must visualize analogies like “The Amoeba’s Journey” from Illustra Media’s film Origin to even begin to grasp just how ‘beyond astronomical’ this ‘problem’ is. Illustra’s animation is only for a 150-amino-acid protein, much smaller than the average length of proteins in living cells. Can anyone think of a phrase for “beyond ‘beyond astronomical’”? That’s the challenge for those who insist on limiting their scientific explanations to chance and natural law.Our unlucky soul, before being tossed out the creditor’s office door (or window), might try some fast talking. “Actually, I can imagine some scenarios where I might actually win a thousand powerballs, but I would have to start simple. I can show this in a computer simulation. In my simulation, after I win the first one, I could use my winnings to buy more tickets for the second one. The second winning ticket might be naturally selected to win the third, and the fourth, and so on. Eventually I could get to my goal step by step. Looking back after billions of years of lottery evolution, it would look like a miracle, but it was really very natural. If you just will loan me more money, I can demonstrate this with my computer simulation.” This is exactly how NASA leaps over ‘beyond astronomical’ in a single bound.To help answer these questions, Andrew Pohorille, senior astrobiologist at the NASA Ames Research Center, and his colleagues have been running computer simulations of hypothetical ancient proteins. In a paper published in the journal Life in June 2017, they detailed two unconventional protein structures that could have been useful in primordial cells.While most modern proteins are rigid, specialist molecules with complex structures, these hypothetical early proteins would have been more flexible, but less efficient and precise, Pohorille argues.“These were the handymen of proteins,” Pohorille says. “In the beginning evolution did not require the high level of precision that we have now.”Can anyone doubt that the allusion to Genesis, “in the beginning,” represents a religious speculation equivalent to a miracle? There are numerous problems with this fast-talking excuse:Do “computer simulations” substitute for physical reality? No.Do “hypothetical ancient proteins” substitute for empirical evidence in the lab? No.Do “unconventional protein structures that could have been useful” substitute for real protein structures? No.Do speculations about proteins being more flexible amount to laboratory evidence? No.Do “flexible, but less efficient and precise” proteins escape error catastrophe? No.Do any proteins we know of get built without ribosomes? No.Do naturally-produced amino acids come in single-handed forms? No.Did evolution ever not require a high level of precision? No.Does calling a protein a “handyman” endow it with powers to create handy things? No.The storyteller deserves to be tossed out onto the curb before he opens his mouth, but NASA lets him talk. Pohorille endows his “strange, new protein” that is “very unlike proteins seen in modern cells” with seemingly magical powers. Like the Cat-in-the-Hat, his magical protein cleans up all the problems just as the parents walk in the door.This strange, new protein could do an important job and remain functional despite mutations, and it was small enough that something like it could have plausibly formed on the early Earth without billions of years of evolutionary fine-tuning.Pohorille continues, talking about how ‘short’ proteins can do all kinds of wonderful things. He fails to acknowledge, though, that it can only do these wonderful things in cells with thousands of other large proteins. The most basic ‘primordial’ cell must have genetic codes, machinery to read them and convert those codes into proteins, and machines to capture nutrients and convert substances into energy. That energy must be directed for metabolism and many other functional requirements. See the basic needs of a ‘simple’ cell in Illustra’s animation, “How to Build a Cell.” His perhapsimaybecouldness index skyrocketing, Pohorille chatters on:To form a stable tunnel through the membrane, these proteins have to form a stable tunnel through the membrane that can be opened and closed to molecular traffic. The cell membrane is 18 to 20 amino acids wide; anything smaller won’t span the entire barrier. However, when Pohorille and his colleagues simulated the structures of channels formed by a 16-amino-acid-long protein called antiamoebin, which is presumably too small to span the cell membrane, they found that clusters of these short proteins could form channels of a different nature. These channels were unstable, constantly shifting, and would sometimes close and then reopen, but they were large enough to let potassium and chloride ions through, as well as water molecules.This speculation fails to recognize the role of transport proteins: to control what goes in and out.  An unguided pore through a membrane is likely to swamp the cell with useless or toxic substances, by the laws of osmosis. It would have no ‘selectivity filter’ to go against the concentration gradient. Nor would it have energy from ATP, requiring the complex ATP synthase motors, to power the channels. As a result, potassium and chloride ions and water would go the wrong way through the membrane, and the ‘primordial’ cell would quickly die. But even in his wildest imagination, envisioning short proteins with “candidate structures” able to perform a few tasks, Pohorille knows better. He knows he wouldn’t have life.“Many people think of the origin of life as a problem in organic chemistry: how to make this or how to make that,” says Pohorille. “I could give you all these molecules, and you will still not be able to make life. The essence of life is that you have a number of functions, and these functions are capable of working in concert.”This is like the debtor admitting in the end that there’s no way he can pay. And yet NASA willingly shells out more dough for him. We learn in the last sentence, “Pohorille’s work was supported by NASA Astrobiology through the Exobiology & Evolutionary Biology Program and performed at the NASA Ames Research Center and the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center.”That’s your taxpayer dollars at work, folks. Are you angry yet? It is ‘beyond astronomical’ to imagine why anyone would give this program a penny. These storytellers deserve something far worse: shame and reproach by the scientists who respect real empirical evidence for things. Maybe even jail time for promoting fake science with taxpayer funds.last_img read more

first_imgIt takes 3 000 lemons to make one kilo of lemon essential oil. In 1986 South Africa exported 286 tons of lemon essential oil, worth $3.4-million.Janine ErasmusThe Eastern Cape has received a major boost to its burgeoning essential oils industry, with ten government-sponsored trial sites becoming operational throughout the province. The goal is to develop the region into a major player in the multi-billion-dollar global essential oils industry.The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), the national Department of Science and Technology (DST), and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research are collaborating to transfer the knowledge and technology for the commercial propagation of essential oil-bearing plants, as well as the means to distil essential oils from harvested produce, to farmers in the region.The initiative is particularly targeting communal land, resettled communities and unused land, with the aim of increasing the percentage of land being put to productive use. A wide variety of suitable plants can be grown in the province, with relatively small areas of land required. The DST views the essential oils sector as a valuable opportunity for historically vulnerable small and emerging farmers and rural communities to play a bigger role in South Africa’s commercial agricultural sector.The essential oils industry is labour-intensive, especially in the pre-harvesting stage. As a globally competitive player in this sector, the impoverished Eastern Cape region will see many benefits not only through job creation and sustainable livelihood, but also through economic growth and diversification of agricultural production.A centre of essential oils productionThe ECDC intends developing the area into an essential oils hub, with the establishment of a number of essential oil extraction sites, and related or complementary businesses, such as manufacturers of cosmetic and medicinal products, in the vicinity. It is hoped that businesses in the cluster will be able to share specialised infrastructure, labour, market and skills.Several Eastern Cape regions have been earmarked for possible cluster locations. These include Langkloof/Tsitsikamma, Graaff-Reinet to Middelburg, Greater Bathurst, the R63 route from Keiskammahoek to Fort Beaufort, Port St Johns to Mthatha, and the Tsolo and greater Butterworth area.The ECDC plans to have up to six essential oil clusters operational throughout the province within three years. Each cluster will have a distillation plant serving at least 30 hectares.The project is divided into four stages. Stage one, the current stage, involves trial production. Stage two will see the start of limited commercial production of up to 25 hectares, while phase three involves full-scale roll out of commercial production of up to 200 hectares per site by the end of the first five-year period. During phase four processing and product beneficiation plants will be established.The essential oils industry in South Africa is currently focused mostly in the provinces of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwazulu-Natal and the Western Cape. There are about 100 small commercial producers and 33 commercial stills in operation.By contrast the essential oils industry globally is worth about $10-billion and is currently undergoing rapid expansion, says the DST. The major consumers of this market are the US (40%), Western Europe (30%) and Japan (7%). Trade in essential oils and related products increases at approximately 10% per year.Essential oils used in a multitude of waysThere are approximately 3 000 known essential oils, of which about 300 are of commercial importance. Essential oils are obtained from natural raw materials such as the leaves, fruit, bark, wood and resin of many seasonal or perennial plants. They are distinguishable by their distinct aroma and volatile nature which causes them to evaporate when exposed to air.Aromatic oils occur in very small quantities in a plant, typically only 1-2% of the dry weight of the plant material distilled.Essential oils are found in a range of products including perfumes, food flavours, pharmaceutical goods and industrial solvents. They are used in the preparation of beverages, medicines, and personal care and household products such as cosmetics, toiletries and cleaning preparations.According to TradeInvestSA, a guide to business opportunities in South Africa, there are several factors that make the country potentially attractive to the essential oils market worldwide. Location in the southern hemisphere is one, because many of the world’s growing regions are in the northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere suppliers can easily take advantage of seasonal slumps in production.Then, there are South Africa’s strong trade links with Europe as a major importer of flavour and fragrance materials. The country is also being established as a world-class agricultural producer in a wide range of products, and its diverse climate, variety of biomes, and good quality soil support the cultivation of a selection of essential oil crops.Currently South Africa exports and imports essential oils. Exports of essential oils are destined mainly for developed economies such as Europe (49%), US (24%) and Japan (4.5%).The most noteworthy essential oils produced in South Africa are eucalyptus, citrus, geranium and buchu. The latter two products are indigenous to the country. Data from the United Nations trade statistics database shows that in 2006 South Africa exported $6.1-million worth of essential oils and imported the same commodity to the value of $2.6-million.Useful linksSouth African Essential Oils Producers AssociationDepartment of Science and TechnologyEastern Cape Development CorporationCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchEssential oil informationlast_img read more

first_imgOnce upon a time, air travel was just about the only time I could escape the Internet. Now with in-flight Wi-Fi becoming more pervasive, even air travel has become a time to check Twitter, respond to emails and keep up with Arsenal’s latest loss. I nearly always fly Delta, which has Wi-Fi on virtually every flight. But for those who fly other airlines, here’s a quick review of which airlines lead and which lag in providing in-flight Wi-Fi.As of September 2012, only 31% of US domestic flights came equipped with in-flight Wi-Fi, nearly always through GoGo Internet, though there are other options. Then, as now, Delta led the pack, but now everyone, including Delta, has expanded coverage. While only 5 to 10% of travelers actually use in-flight Wi-Fi, for those who do, it can be essential. (And peace destroying, but that’s hardly the airlines’ fault.)Here’s how things stack up:Air Canada: A few 319s have GoGo service, but only for travel over the USAirTran: All planes have GoGo Wi-FiAmerican: GoGo available on all 767-200 and 737 aircraft and most MD80 and 757 aircraftAlaska: GoGo on virtually all flights over the lower 48 states, except for a few of the oldest 737-400sDelta: Wifi on nearly all domestic flights, including all 319s, 320s, 737-700s, 757-300s, 767-300s, MD88s, MD90s, CRJ 700/900s and ERJ 170/175s, plus some DC9-50s and 757-200s. International flights are promised “soon” but there is no definition of “soon.”Frontier: GoGo available only on Embraer 190 aircraft.JetBlue: Doesn’t provide Wi-Fi at all, but promises a dramatically faster service in the near future.Southwest: Southwest uses Row 44, and just announced that 70% of its flights now have in-flight Wi-Fi, including all of its -700 and -800 aircraftUnited: GoGo currently on transcontinental “PS” flights only, and has started rolling out service to its international flights, with just two 747s equipped with satellite Wi-Fi systems as of March 2013, but is adding Wi-Fi to roughly 25 (domestic) planes each month in 2013. United will reportedy “first outfit the narrow body planes — such as the Airbus 319 and 320 — which fly domestically, but will also have more than 50 wide-body, international aircraft outfitted by the end of the year”US Airways: GoGo on all Airbus 321s, and is expanding to all Embraer 170, 175 and 190 aircraft in 2013Virgin America: GoGo on all planes, and up to 100 miles into MexicoAs for airlines outside the US, Ed Perkins points out that all of them use satellite systems, with some of the more advanced airlines being Emirates (Wi-Fi on all 380s), Gulf Air (more than 50% of its planes carry Wi-Fi), Lufthansa (Wi-Fi available on all 330s, some 340s and 747s) and Singapore (“select” planes). British Airways offers something called handheld link which allows you to use your mobile phone in the air, but it’s not Wi-Fi.As it stands, your best options for in-flight Wi-Fi are in the US. Abroad, well, you might just have to read a book.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Matt Asay Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Tags:#air travel#Delta Airlines#in-flight wifi#Trip Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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first_imgMichigan and Jumpman logo seen side by side.Jim Harbaugh is excited for Michigan to become a Nike school. Really excited, apparently.The Wolverines are holding a Nike kickoff event in Ann Arbor, Mich. tonight at The M Den, the school’s official merchandise dealer. Michigan’s $173 million contract with Nike starts at midnight and the store will begin to start selling Nike and Air Jordan gear at that time.Michigan has gone all-out for the start of the contract, holding a type of pep rally outside the store.Harbaugh has made an appearance and, in this video from ESPN’s Darren Rovell, you can watch him emphatically sing The Victors.Jim Harbaugh at @TheMDen an hour before store opens to sell 1st Michigan-Nike product pic.twitter.com/W1QrS75BzC— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 1, 2016Harbaugh is just the best.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Shipmanager Mjolner Shipping Holdings and merchant banking firm MID-SHIP Capital have created an oil tanker-focused investment fund via Mjolner Solutions, a Marshall Islands joint venture company. As explained, Solutions was formed to provide investors with access to vessel trading exposure in the crude tanker market.Mjolner and MID-SHIP, as general partners, will provide all services pertaining to Solutions, including commercial management, risk management, finance and investor relations.“Mjolner is excited about the expansion of services it can provide via the Mjolner Solutions platform. It has been a goal of ours since the formation of the company and we are pleased to partner with MID-SHIP Capital. The fund will complement our existing commercial management and pooling activities,” Kevin M. Wise, Mjolner’s President & CEO, said.“We believe today’s environment provides investors with an attractive opportunity to profitably capitalize on the inherent volatility of the crude tanker market,” Dean Fezza, MID-SHIP’s CEO, commented.New Jersey-based Mjolner Shipping is a marine asset manager that provides turnkey commercial solutions to owners, investors, refiners and traders.Headquartered in New York, MID-SHIP Capital provides principal and investment banking services to the energy, commodities and transportation sectors.last_img read more