Otger Campàs knows all about conquering language barriers.As a native of Barcelona, he grew up speaking Catalan and Spanish. While an undergraduate at the University of Barcelona, he studied the elegant language of theoretical physics. He dabbled in cooking there, too, and heard about unconventional techniques like “spherification” and “culinary foams.”In his postgraduate work, Campàs’ research exposed him to genetics and cell biology, fields with a vocabulary all their own. His interest in biophysics soon carried him to the Curie Institute in Paris, where he earned a Ph.D. and became fluent in French.Over the years, learning the lingo has been a rite of passage for this interdisciplinary researcher.Campàs, now a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has found himself translating yet again: integrating biology into mathematics, explaining physics to chefs, and designing a curriculum to teach science to non-majors. And his English has sharpened along the way.“In the beginning, the differences in language are always complicated,” Campàs says.Interdisciplinary work presents two challenges. The first is literally a language barrier. “If you do not know the specific vocabulary of a discipline—for example, the names of the proteins, or what a cell is—it is very difficult to communicate with people working in it,” he says.The second challenge lies in understanding what is relevant or interesting about a foreign field. Learn to appreciate the culture of biology, he says, and suddenly “you are able to think about the same problem from a new perspective.”
MORE: When do the NHL playoffs start? Schedule, standings, odds for 2019 Stanley Cup chaseThe 20-year-old Fabbro has represented Canada in multiple international tournaments, most recently at the 2018 Spengler Cup. He helped lead Canada to the gold medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship as the team’s alternate captain.Fabbro practiced with the Predators on Wednesday after he signed his contract. He will be available to play in Nashville’s next game, a road matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Hey, @17Fabbro! 👋Welcome to Smashville.#Preds pic.twitter.com/EA9tqwRVN5— x – Nashville Predators (@PredsNHL) March 27, 2019Fabbro, who grew up a Predators fan, was Nashville’s first-round selection (17th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft. The British Columbia native played three years with the Terriers, tallying 80 points (22 goals, 58 assists) in 112 collegiate games. In 38 games this season as a junior, Fabbro notched 33 points (seven goals, 26 assists). The Nashville Predators have signed Boston University defenseman Dante Fabbro to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Wednesday.
Imagine giraffe-sized animals that could fly. They lived. National Geographic News has an illustration of an extinct pterosaur, tall as a giraffe, that was able to leap into the air and flap its wings for sustained powered flight. Live Science discussed work by Michael Habib [Johns Hopkins U School of Medicine] on the flying ability of Quetzalcoatlus, the largest of the pterosaurs with a wingspan of 35 feet. There’s no way, he figured, it could get off the ground with a two-legged take-off. “The researcher says his new study reveals the first line of evidence that pterosaurs launched into the air using four limbs: two were ultra-strong wings which, when folded and balanced on a knuckle, served as front ‘legs’ that helped the creature to walk and leap sky-high.” If so, the animal could leap into the air in less than a second and start flapping its wings. Scientists used to think these large animals could have only soared by leaping from cliffs into thermals. That opinion is still around (PhysOrg 10/01/2008), but this new article says they “likely were capable of powered flight.” Science Daily added, “Assumption and convention – rather than reason or data – held sway for centuries, ever since the classical bipedal model of pterosaur take-off was first championed, he [Habib] notes.” [Note: the first pterosaur fossil was discovered in 1784]. Pterosaurs came in a huge range of sizes. The smallest known is Nemicolopterus, the size of a small bird, with a wingspan of just 10 inches. Quetzalcoatlus stood as tall as a giraffe and had a wingspan of 35 to 40 feet. If the illustration is correct, a grown man could walk underneath one without bending over while carrying a Nemicolopterus in the palm of his hand. Habib feels the giant pterosaur would have had to be very strong to launch its 500-pound bulk into the air. It wasn’t just a “hang-glider with teeth,” he told National Geographic News; instead, it was built like Arnold Schwarzenegger. “The finding is also consistent with the idea that bigger animals require more overall brawn to power their movement, Habib added.” Using a car engine analogy, it could have had a V8. Even though Habib works in the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he had nothing to say about evolution in any of the articles cited. Other websites talk about how pterosaurs, birds, bats and insects evolved flight by “convergent evolution.” Maybe “Assumption and convention – rather than reason or data” is still holding sway ever since the classical evolutionary model was first championed.Can you imagine the awesomeness of watching one of these creatures take off? The rush of wind might have knocked you flat. What sounds did they make as they sprang up into the air? This world has seen some marvelous creatures. Today’s biosphere, diverse and wondrous as it is, is impoverished of many animals that once roamed the land and decorated the skies. Did pterosaurs evolve? A quick check shows that they were an extraordinarily diverse group with no trace of transitional forms emerging from non-flying animals. Wikipedia is not recommended as a source, because many subjects it covers are heavily biased. But since it usually takes a strong pro-Darwin, anti-ID stance, we can use it as a hostile witness. Behold the best they can do to combat creationism: “Because pterosaur anatomy has been so heavily modified for flight, and immediate ‘missing link’ predecessors have not so far been described,” the page says, “the ancestry of pterosaurs is not well understood.” Ha! A few suggestions are put forth, followed by a note from the editor: “Please help improve this section by expanding it.” Good luck. Go forth and find the transitional forms Darwin needs. The evolutionists use another of their favorite tricks: inventing a term to cover the nakedness of ignorance. The Wikipedia article invokes “convergent evolution” to explain the presence of hair on some pterosaurs which, they say, was not homologous to mammalian hair (which had not evolved yet). A UC Berkeley page concurs with this dodge: “The appearance of flight in pterosaurs was separate from the evolution of flight in birds and bats; pterosaurs are not closely related to either birds or bats, and thus provide a classic example of convergent evolution.” A better phrase would be “congruent miracles.” Notice this fantasy: “Their ability to fly probably allowed them to evolve into many niches, taking advantage of many different food sources, which would explain the range of skull morphology seen.” This is the “necessity is the mother of invention” theory of evolution. That’s all the page by academics has to say about the origin of these large, diverse, complex animals that could fly. For fun, read the UC Berkeley museum exhibit pages on the origin of flight. Look for any instances in which they do not assume evolution to prove evolution. For example, from Vertebrate Flight, “The evolution of flight, (a.k.a.) how to wing it,” the explanation is incestuous with evolutionary assumptions, i.e., “it evolved because it evolved” (see 05/25/2005 commentary). Would the following cause a Darwin doubter to do anything but snicker?In summation, to understand the evolution of a flying lineage, we must follow these steps in this order: (1) Understand the phylogeny of that group; what its origins were. (2) Understand the functional morphology relevant to flight, and how that changed from the nonflying ancestor to the earliest flyer. (3) Accumulate empirical evidence explaining how flight evolved, using such tools as aerodynamic analyses, ichnology (the study of fossilized tracks), and paleoenvironmental assessments. And finally (4) formulate an evolutionary hypothesis proposing why flight evolved in that lineage, supported by and consistent with all of the evidence from the previous three steps.Clearly, “empirical evidence” is just a prop for the obligatory Darwinian story. No wonder they titled the next page “The origins of flight (a.k.a. two wings and a prayer).” They even told a whopping big lie on page 3: “You might be surprised, but the evolution of flight is, for the most part, well documented with transitional forms.” Indeed, we were very surprised to learn this. So we looked. The page on pterosaur flight mentioned none, and the page on bat flight contained none. Imagination and “convergent evolution” served as stand-ins for transitional forms. Get this: “Phylogenetic [evolutionary] and functional data [data?] suggest the inference that the hypothetical ancestor would have been nocturnal, insectivorous, arboreal, and a glider.” This is rich. This is evolutionary science at work goofing off. The bird page makes the only reference to the promised transitional forms, and here they have Archaeopteryx and two other birds that could already fly. So much for the origin of flight – the topic that was supposed to be explained. Should these ignorant hucksters be allowed to teach such nonsense in our schools? You’ve heard of tax evasion. This is facts evasion. To clear your head, go read Brett Miller’s lively and informative cartoon-decorated page, The Convergence Concoction. It exposes the extent of the deception behind the evolutionary miracle-phrase, convergent evolution – “When the impossible happens over and over and again and again.”(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The public will lose confidence in science if its institutions continue to side with the political left.Before reading the news about Big Science’s involvement with politics, let’s review some intuitive principles about science:Science has nothing to do with politics. Scientists are supposed to investigate the natural world.The taxpayers and their servants in government owe nothing to scientists. Anything scientists get is gravy.The government has every right to determine the amount and use of any taxpayer earnings redistributed to scientists.As radical as those principles sound in today’s culture of Big Government, Big Science and Big Media, they are true. A look at the history of science proves it. Although governments have occasionally chosen to support scientific research, most of the work was done privately (e.g., by Robert Boyle and James Joule) or by private institutions (e.g., the Royal Institution that sponsored Michael Faraday). The king of France supported the Paris Academy, but also dictated much of the direction of its research. Private universities have supported science since the Middle Ages, but some of the greatest scientific discoveries were made by individuals working alone, occasionally supported by magnanimous friends (e.g., Edmund Halley to Isaac Newton). Scientists pursued science because they were interested in the subject matter and wanted to know. The love for knowledge—the search to understand how the world works—must be paramount to keep science from corrupting itself. The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.Realistically, though, Big Science needs Big Government, and to a lesser extent, vice versa. Government can benefit from scientific research for national prestige (such as building a popular space program), for national defense (supporting basic research to improve the military), or to improve the life of its citizens with research that leads to cures, innovations (promoting business and trade) and conveniences. These goals often require huge institutions costing a lot of money. But the three principles listed above remain true: government does not owe a scientist anything. If a country wants to do nothing but protect its people, it could in all rights turn scientists loose to fund their own hobbies. Scientists could look for benefactors like Andrew Carnegie or Bill Gates who could give money willingly, instead of by coercion through taxation.Since World War II, however, there’s been an unholy alliance forged between government and science (see Footnote*). We now have the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as powerful interest groups like the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and numerous journal editors, whose lobbyists clamor for their teat on the government sow. Many university professors have left classroom lecturing to spend full time in research on the government dole. Their deans, complicit in the unholy alliance, want to keep the research funds flowing to enhance their institution’s prestige. Lucrative contract awards corrupt scientific ideals and lead to conflicts of interest. Many scientists these days practically view themselves as government employees. No wonder scientific integrity takes a back seat, leading to a crisis of confidence (2/25/17) that never seems to improve despite occasional episodes of hand-wringing by ethicists.Since Big-Government Democrats position themselves as friends of ‘science’ with few qualms about national indebtedness, Big Science (and their uncritical lapdogs in Big Media), tend to lean left in politics. That’s where they think the money will flow easier. (Whether or not that is true is a separate question.) Leftists and Democrats also tend to be less religious, favoring the materialist bias so prevalent in the Darwin-worshiping academy. American scientists, disavowing the American exceptionalism propounded by conservative Republicans, find kindred hearts in European socialist countries, where atheism rules.So closed to alternative viewpoints are university science departments and science reporters now, they can’t even think outside the Democrat box any more. The Pavlovian response (“vote Democrat, get money”) is evident in the following news items, where instinctively anything Republican or Trumpian is viewed as evil, anything Democrat or Clintonian is viewed as good. It’s a package deal. Once aligned with a political party, an institutional scientist will tend to support everything on that party’s platform, whether or not it has anything to do with science. Ring the Democrat bell: watch Big Science salivate. Ring the Republican bell: watch Big Science growl. For this reason, those few scientists outside the leftist echo chamber tend to keep their mouths shut. It’s not fun being surrounded by growling colleagues, even if they know it’s all BS (Big Science). What’s new since the election is political activism promoted by Big Science itself. The corruption is complete.Trump’s policies set to damage health and science, warns The BMJ (Medical Xpress). This blatantly partisan article presents Democrat talking points in the guise of a science story on a science news site. It claims Trump is evil on immigration, wrong in wanting to overturn Obamacare, and a liar because of talk of ‘alternative facts’ by an aide. All his reform proposals are wrong before even getting out the gate. Only leftists at the British Medical Journal get the microphone. Chuck Schumer couldn’t have said it better.Single-payer reform is ‘the only way to fulfill the president’s pledge’ on health care (Medical Xpress). This is an extremely biased argument for socialized medicine. But that’s what the plan by Democrats was all along, wasn’t it? Didn’t Jonathan Gruber (architect of Obamacare) let that cat out of the bag years ago? They had to lie to the stupid Americans, he said, to start the ball rolling.Demise of stream rule won’t revitalize coal industry (Science Magazine). If Trump is for it, the AAAS is against it. “Environmentalists were outraged earlier this month after the Republican-led Congress used an obscure law to erase a new regulation aimed at reducing the environmental damage caused by coal mining…” yada yada yada. Author Warren Cornwall is certainly welcome to his opinion on coal as he favorable quotes Sierra Club laywers, but is it inconceivable for a science society to present a balanced presentation, perhaps to include another view by a pro-energy-independence Republican scientist? In a looking-glass world, couldn’t a science society be outraged at Obama’s ‘attack’ on the coal industry? Couldn’t scientific institutions show concern for the thousands who lost their jobs? Instead, the AAAS publishes this piece as if it’s the only possible position for ‘science’ to take.US drinking water at risk from Trump’s cuts to pollution rules (New Scientist). It’s an old Democrat Party trick: scare people that Republicans are going to poison our water and pollute our air. New Scientist leads off with a photo of a little girl getting a drink of water out of the kitchen tap. You can almost hear the horror movie music coming. Trump’s going to dismantle the EPA with his cabinet pick Scott Pruitt (cue scream on soundtrack). Anything about the toxic spill the EPA caused in Colorado in 2015 under the Obama administration? (NBC News). Anything about the toxic drinking water in Flint, Michigan on Obama’s watch? (CNN). Of course not; only Republicans pollute.Trump’s policy changes put women’s sexual and reproductive health at risk, argues expert (Medical Xpress). So terrible to possibly limit access to abortions. So bad to threaten the ACA. So evil to discriminate against the gender-confused. This broken-record presentation of Clinton/Obama talking points, as expected, employs the Orwellian phrase “women’s reproductive health” as a euphemism for abortion. The reporter shows absolutely no concern whatsoever for the constitutional right to life for the unborn (half of whom are female). Fathers, of course, are ignored completely in the equation; they are not among the ‘oppressed’ in the mindset of identity politics (the latest incarnation of Marxist ideology).New AAAS president emphasizes making the case for science (Science Magazine). Susan Hockfield sees her role as making the AAAS a “force for science,” helping AAAS members “mobilize, energize, and equip science enthusiasts to raise their voices in the public domain.” Science Magazine published one member’s loyal response, “How I’m Standing Up for Science,” where Susan J. Cheng bravely announces her commitment to the cause in the face of the Trump threat (as filtered through Big Media). It reads like a love letter to Dear Leader Hockfield:The morning after President Trump’s inauguration, I woke up to an email from AAAS (the publisher of Science) asking me, “How will you stand up for science?” This was a question I hadn’t thought about or discussed much with other scientists, and I struggled to find my answer. However, after reading about how the Environmental Protection Agency was initially told to remove climate change information from its website and about travel restrictions that affected my colleagues, it was painfully clear that an answer was urgently needed. I wanted to do my part to protect science.Before diagnosing Trump as mentally ill, let’s ask what that actually means (The Conversation). Isn’t it noble that Meron Wondemaghen stands up to all the liberals calling Trump crazy, demanding he be removed as unfit for office? Isn’t it profound that she questions the meaning of ‘mental illness’? Isn’t it sweet that she comes to his defense, saying “Trump’s impulsivity, vulgarity, personal attacks, recklessness and fondness for misinformation are not necessarily symptoms of mental illness.” Such love.An Anti-Trump Incantation: What’s in a Magic Spell? (Live Science). When it comes to diagnosing mental illness, ask yourself what would cause a science reporter to give serious consideration to witchcraft. That’s right; Stephanie Pappas hates Trump so much, she has lost it. She would rather talk about witches casting spells on Trump in a ‘Live Science’ post than to condemn such practice as profoundly irrational, the polar opposite of scientific ideals. Nowhere does she condemn this. Maybe it’s time to change the name to Live Seance.*Footnote:*David Noble: “By about 1943-1944, there was discussion about what the postwar scientific establishment would look like. By this time, the corporations and the universities and the scientists who had been reluctant to take federal funds for fear of taxpayer involvement were now so enamored of the largess that they didn’t want to give it up. And they said, we can’t go backwards — this is the new game — we are going to be taking taxpayer money. But we don’t want the taxpayer involved in what we do….“…. what happened first is that Harley Kilgore, a senator from West Virginia, set up a plan for a ‘National Science Foundation’ whereby the taxpayer — an ordinary citizen, a non-scientist — would sit on committees and panels overseeing the allocation of research funds.“In response to that, Vannevar Bush and his friends put together a counterproposal calling for a ‘National Research Foundation’ — which became more or less what we have in today’s National Science Foundation.The Vannevar Bush et al. legislation said essentially that science would be funded by the taxpayer but controlled by scientists. Again, scientists — this is important to emphasize — are not simply scientists, but scientists and the corporation they work for….“There was a problem with the way the committees and panels overseeing the allocation of research funds would be set up. The problem had a name and the name is DEMOCRACY. The fundamental tenet of the democratic system is that the taxpayers funding something have control over what’s done with the money.“Harry Truman said it was the most undemocratic piece of legislation he'[d even seen and vetoed it. It went through minor changes and because what we have today — a scientific establishment run by scientists with very little political oversight. The key thing is how they kept the taxpayer out was through PEER REVIEW.” (Suzan Mazur, The Origin of Life Circus, pp. 426-427, in an interview with MIT scholar David Noble (1945-2010), whom she calls “The Tarzan of science and technology historians.”)======================Look at the liberals calling Trump crazy while endorsing witchcraft. Look at them calling Republicans intolerant as they engage in violence. Look at them protesting pipelines as they leave mountains of trash behind. You will know them by their fruits. (When they are all fruits and nuts, it’s easier to tell.)Big Science is Fake Science. Big Media is Fake News. Don’t be a mindless dupe like Susan Cheng; her type belong in North Korean army parades of goose-stepping, uniformed rubber ducks.Read history. Read philosophy. Get outside the echo chamber. Learn to think critically. Then, and only then, will you have some hope of understanding ‘science’.(Visited 72 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Evidence is mounting that AirAsia flight QZ8501 encountered a freak weather event that sent it on a terrifying ride before it plummeted into the ocean.Radar play back of the plane’s flight path leaked by Indonesian authorities show it climbing at 9000ft a minute and then being slammed into a dive at 11,000ft a minute with bursts of up to 24,000ft a minute. But the plane’s forward speed was barely 100km/ hour.Earlier this week AirlineRatings.com broke the news that the plane was well above its assigned altitude and at a forward speed less than required to sustain flight.Controllers lost contact with the A320 just four minutes after its crew requested a deviation of their route to avoid storms.An A320 check captain told AirlineRatings.com that the leaked data was an accurate representation of Flt QZ8501. “If these figures are correct, QZ8501 was in a stall almost exactly equal to the parameters recorded on AF447,” he said. “The aircraft was out of control. It’s scary how similar to AF447 it looks.”Air France 447 was lost in the mid Atlantic in 2009. The French investigator found that the A330 crashed after inconsistencies between the airspeed measurements – due most likely to the A330’s pitot tubes being obstructed by ice – caused the autopilot to disconnect.It concluded that the crew reacted incorrectly and ultimately led the A330 to an aerodynamic stall from which they did not recover.AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes said that preliminary investigations suggest that the A320 encountered “very unique weather.”The Airbus A320 was flying between Surabaya and Singapore with 162 passengers and crew on Sunday when it disappeared off radar in 42 minutes into the flight. Indonesia navy divers have been searching the ocean floor for any sign of QZ8501 but bad weather hampered those efforts.And the outlook is getting worse with winds of up to 32km/hour whipping up 2 to 3 metre seas with white caps forecast over the next four days making spotting and recovery of debris difficult.On Wednesday an Indonesian official told CNN that a Navy ship using sonar diction equipment had found the plane but later Mr Fernandes discounted that claim.Separately French and Singaporean crash investigators have arrived to help in the recovery of the plane’s black boxes. Those investigators are using sensors to try and pick up a signal from the A320s emergency locator transmitter.A new passenger list released by the Indonesian Transport Ministry has revealed that 23 passengers, including two families, missed the flight – some due to a mix-up on the departure time.The original bookings for the flight totalled 177 made up of 157 adults, 20 children and four infants. Actual uplift was 138 adults, 16 children and 1 infant.The crew were made up of two pilots, one engineer and four flight attendants.
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sarah perez Not all items from Amazon’s website are available, only select items weighing less than 50 pounds such as groceries. Throughout the week, customers can continue adding items to their AmazonTote “bag” online, up until 10 AM, 2 days before delivery. Or, in Amazon-speak, “ToteDay.”In addition, there are no minimum delivery sizes, subscriptions, and most importantly, there are no fees. You don’t need to be home to receive the delivery, unless it’s $700 or more. Instead, just leave a note for your tote delivery person with your signature and instructions as to where to leave the package.The packages are delivered using the same truck fleet as Amazon Fresh uses, Amazon’s groceries-only program. Tote isn’t limited to groceries, however, which makes more sense. It wouldn’t be surprising to see Fresh wrapped up into Tote in the near future.According to Rich Tarrant of MyWebGrocer, which provides a similar service to regional supermarkets, Amazon’s move into the grocery market could position it to compete head-to-head with the U.S.’s number one retailer, Walmart. “Because of the frequency of grocery purchases . . . you have an opportunity to be in front of the customer at least once a week,” he told the Financial Times. By tying in that frequency with the ability to get everything else you want, you literally have created the virtual Walmart.”Yes, maybe. But will Amazon take our coupons? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Amazon#news#Real World#web AmazonTote, Amazon’s free home-based delivery service, may soon expand into new markets according to a new report from the Financial Times. Although the report was delivered without citing any sources, it seems more than plausible, given Amazon’s desire to tap into the groceries market now that it’s mastered the art of selling of non-pershible, packaged goods.The online retailer has been testing AmazonTote in its hometown of Seattle, and the program’s website text, according to The Wall St. Journal, originally noted that the program was “expanding soon.” That text is now nowhere to be found on AmazonTote’s homepage, which makes this report all the more interesting now.Correct us if we’re wrong, but we’re not seeing any mention of expansion plans either on AmazonTote’s homepage or within its FAQ. If indeed the original website text did say “expanding soon” as was reported by multipleoutlets, and then, after the FT report was published, that text was removed, we could be onto something here. In fact, it sounds like Amazon is trying to cover up its expansion plans for the service.Well, too late, Amazon.Besides, this online job posting describes AmazonTote as a “company-wide” program. Oops! Gotcha.How Tote WorksWith AmazonTote, customers can receive deliveries to their home on scheduled days of the week, and those items are left in “sealed, water-resistant” bags. The bags can be kept or left outside on the next Tote delivery day for re-use.
PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Rain or Shine overcame a big second half by Matthew Wright and Phoenix to win, 116-111, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Center here.The Elasto Painters blew an 18-point lead before holding off the Fuel Masters thanks to timely plays from Raymond Almazan, Jericho Cruz and Gabe Norwood down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT “Lucky that we won the game. I felt in the third quarter our energy wasn’t there after our good start,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia. “We just woke up in the fourth quarter.”“Matthew Wright today played like an import. I told the players you cant relax against Phoenix,” he added after his team stayed in the hunt for the top four slots with a 5-3 slate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA followup dunk by Gabe Norwood off a miss by Almazan gave the Painters a 115-110 cushion with 54.4 seconds left. Almazan then made a free throw and swatted away Phoenix import Brandon Brown’s drive attempt inside the last 10 seconds to seal Rain or Shine’s fifth win.Almazan posted a double-double with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds with three blocks to boot. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad J’Nathan Bullock scored Rain or Shine’s first 17 points and already had 24 points by halftime. But he cooled off in the second half to finish the game with 33 points built on seven 3-pointers.Wright led Phoenix’s comeback, firing 17 points in the third quarter to erase a 16-point deficit. The Fil-Canadian deadshot exploded for a game-high 36 points while Brown added 33 points and 20 rebounds.The loss eliminated the Fuel Masters from playoff contention as they reeled to their eighth straight setback for a lowly 2-8 mark with only a game left.Jeff Chan struggled in his first game against his former team. He scored only six points on 2-of-5 shooting from the field.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:04PBA Season 43: Rain or Shine Elastopainters01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Pumaren wants better decision-making from UE after 2nd loss Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES
LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Smith was able to get his teammates involved while also creating for himself plenty, finishing with 13 points, three rebounds and one assist in nearly 19 minutes during his third preseason game.“I’m very comfortable,” said Smith, who only played the first half. “At the end of the day it’s just playing basketball, making the right reads and things like that. I’ve been doing that for a very long time so I just have to keep coming out and learning the game and I will keep getting better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMavs associate head coach Melvin Hunt, who filled in for a sick Rick Carlisle on Thursday, said he most pleased with Smith’s growth in calling his own plays against Orlando.“I wanted him to get the feel of that responsibility and he did some great things. It was subtle,” Hunt said. “He did some subtle things that were big time. It’s fun watching him develop.” MOST READ Damian Lillard led Portland with 16 points and eight assists in 26 minutes and CJ McCollum added 15 points. Kyle Lowry paced visiting Toronto with 23 points and had six assists in 25 minutes.TORONTO: DeMar DeRozan and C.J. Miles did not play. … Starting power forward Serge Ibaka struggled, scoring just two points on one of five shooting from the field and an 0-for-3 showing from 3-point range, while also adding four rebounds in 20 minutes.PORTLAND: Rookie power forward Caleb Swanigan impressed with an active night with six points, eight rebounds and six assists in 18 minutes off the bench. … McCollum was effective from 3-point range, converting four of six from beyond the arc. … The Trail Blazers outrebounded Toronto 47-38 on the night.UP NEXT: The Toronto Raptors (1-2) will host Detroit on Tuesday. The Trail Blazers (1-1) hit the road to face the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.TIMBERWOLVES 111, WARRIORS 97Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns each scored 16 points in 26 minutes apiece for the Timberwolves in Shenzen, China. Durant scored 20 points in 25 minutes to lead Golden State.MINNESOTA: Power forward Taj Gibson is looking more with his new team after being reunited with Thibodeau, his old Chicago Bulls coach. Gibson scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds while showing the ability to become more of a “stretch four” in Thibodeau’s system. He hit one of two 3-point shots — not bad for a player who has attempted only 35 3s in his career and made only three last season. … Andrew Wiggins added 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting from the field.GOLDEN STATE: Curry hit three of six from 3-point range, as did Klay Thompson, who finished with 13 points in 24 minutes.UP NEXT: The Warriors (0-2) and Timberwolves (2-0) meet again on Sunday in Shanghai, China. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Smith was coming off a back-to-back in which he scored 14 points on Wednesday night during a home win over Chicago. He played with much better pace Wednesday than in his debut and Thursday night he improved a little bit more in that area without starters like Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews not even in the building.He converted two of four shots from 3-point range, and continued to show his great athletic range by driving to the basket and also soaring above Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic for an alley-oop slam in the second quarter.“It was a great play call by Coach Hunt, that’s it,” Smith said of the alley-oop feed from Seth Curry. “He set me up how I need to be set up and Seth made a great pass.”MAGIC 112, MAVERICKS 89Aaron Gordon had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic added 14 points in Orlando’s home preseason debut. Dallas’ Dennis Smith, the No. 9 overall pick in the June’ draft scored all 13 of his team-high points in the first half on a night when the Mavericks left most of their starters and veterans at home.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. (1) dribbles by Orlando Magic guard Elfrid Payton (2) and center Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)ORLANDO, Fla. — Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. has the talent and physical tools to become a standout in the NBA.But right now, it’s about incremental improvement for the point guard selected No. 9 overall out of North Carolina State in June. He improved in playing with pace after his preseason debut this week and during Thursday night’s 112-89 loss to Orlando — with most of Mavs’ starting unit and all of the veterans remaining home for the second game of a back-to-back — Smith got a taste of running the show and calling his own plays.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games DALLAS: The Mavericks brought a skeleton crew into Amway Center with several of the veterans and coach Rick Carlisle not making the trip on a preseason back-to-back. Starters Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes did not make the trip along with veteran reserves Nerlens Noel, J.J. Barea, Josh McRoberts and Devin Harris. Carlisle did not make the trip because he was ill. Associate head coach Melvin Hunt stood in for Carlisle.ORLANDO: Rookie first-round draft pick Jonathan Isaac struggled in his home debut, converting just one of five from the field to finish with just two points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in 17 minutes. Recent Hall of Fame inductee and former Magic star Tracy McGrady sat courtside. … Forward Adreian Payne suffered a fractured left hand during Tuesday night’s practice. Payne is a two-way player for the Magic, who appeared in 18 games last season with Minnesota.UP NEXT: The Mavericks (2-1) are off until Monday when they will host Orlando. The Magic (1-1) will host the Miami Heat on Saturday night.NETS 107, HEAT 88Jeremy Lin scored 16 points and the Nets outrebounded the Heat 62-37 in their second straight preseason victory.Tyler Johnson had 21 points and nine rebounds for Miami, while Hassan Whiteside added 19 points and nine boards.HEAT: The Heat were a dismal 4 for 28 (14 percent) from 3-point range. … Erik Spoelstra started the same five (Rodney McGruder, James Johnson, Whiteside, Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic) as Miami’s preseason opener against Atlanta, saying that group asked for a second chance even though he felt they didn’t play well. … Dragic scored 12 points but fellow starting guard Waiters had two on 1-for-8 shooting.NETS: D’Angelo Russell scored nine points, going 4 for 14 from the field and 1 for 7 from 3-point range. … Reserve Sean Kilpatrick had 14 points and seven rebounds. … Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 10 points and eight rebounds. Swingmen Caris LeVert and Allen Crabbe remained sidelined with ankle injuries.UP NEXT: Miami (1-1) visits Orlando on Saturday. Brooklyn (2-0) hosts New York on Sunday.TRAIL BLAZERS 106, RAPTORS 101 Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brady throws for 303 yards, Patriots hold off Bucs 19-14 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Sporting CP keeper Emiliano Viviano joins SPALby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Italy goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has joined SPAL.Viviano has moved to SPAL on-loan to the end of the season from Sporting CP.The 33-year-old only joined Sporting last summer after four years as Sampdoria’s No 1, along with Stefano Sturaro and Sinisa Mihajlovic.However, a change of board at Sporting has seen Viviano failing to make any appearances in the first half of 2018-19.