Pacers-Pelicans postponed over concerns about roof leak

first_imgWorkers mop the court during a delay for the start of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. The game was under a delay due to moisture falling from the rafters onto the court. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — The NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and New Orleans Pelicans has been postponed after nearly two-hour delay because of a roof leak that briefly allowed rain water to puddle near one of the foul linesWhile Smoothie King Center crews fashioned a fabric catch basin in the rafters to stop water from dripping on the court, Pacers coach Nate McMillan said coaches and players on both teams didn’t want to risk an injury in the event the make-shift fix didn’t hold up for the duration of Wednesday night’s game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Pyeongchang Olympics begin with mixed doubles curling 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Officials have not yet announced when the game will be made up.Rain fell on and off throughout the day in New Orleans, but water on the court did not appear to be an issue during warmups.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View commentscenter_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READlast_img read more

‘Competitive Spirit Compromised by Corruption’, Says Baptist Prelate

first_img“The educational crisis in Liberia is becoming a crisis for the entire economy, thus endangering our country’s ability for a brighter future. As such, there has to be critical awareness of our social reality through reflection and actions where we have observed that people nowadays use their connection to acquire higher positions rather than worth (value) the merit,” the president of Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention (LBMEC), Rev/Dr. Olu Q. Menjay has observed.According to Dr. Menjay, a fundamental problem in the Liberian culture today is that too many people want to bypass the small assignments and are attracted right to the big jobs—jobs with the influence and prestige; jobs with huge budget and massive financial benefits.Dr. Menjay is also the vice president of Baptist World Alliance and Principal/Chief Administrative officer, Ricks Institute and Assistant Professor at Mercer University, Macon Georgia, USA. He spoke recently on the theme; “The Emergency for Relevant Education in Liberia,” when he delivered a keynote address at the 25th Commencement Convocation of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU) held on their Vincent Town campus along the Bomi highway.During the ceremony, inadequate sitting capacity compelled both the parents and some of the graduates to scramble for a single seat. This situation detracted graduates and most of their invited guests’ attention from the keynote address and other important parts of the program.The 890 graduates have over the years studied and completed various academic disciplines including Management, Sociology, Accounting, Economics, Public Administration and or Religious Study, among others.For Dr. Menjay, there is the need for the government to institute radical actions with urgency to bring back the merit system rather than relying on connectivity, “because we have no time to play around, else, we will die or the future of our existence as a country will be miserable.”“We cannot build this country on incompetency or on weak footing; we cannot build our country from the top by strengthening only higher education, because we need to widen our definition of education—to see it as a process that starts before kindergarten and takes place outside of school as well as inside.”The Baptist Prelate added that the essential value of education is to prepare today’s people to be not only tomorrow’s servants, “but also to be the caretakers of our environment, the tenders of our global relationships, the creator of our arts, and the innovators of enterprise.”He believes that the key to bringing educational reform to reality in Liberia is allowing competition to thrive amongst the students and schools.“Today, completion is not encouraged, because the competitive spirit that used to exist in our learning culture has been compromised by corrupt educational practices to include buying and selling of grades, nepotism, and laziness.” According to him, Liberians are being driven more so by receiving certificates and degrees, and not on the ability to perform.RecommendationsNevertheless, Rev. Menjay recommended that incentives for performance must be encouraged among students and schools, where one should not be penalized for not doing well or achieving higher marks.“Regardless of one’s background, tribe, county of origin, the political connection, economic status,” Rev. Menjay opined that one should be rewarded according to performance.In his mind, the significance of merit-based system in the Liberian educational system has diminished, and in its place, people paved their way up by getting connected through other means, whereby successful societies in the world embraced competiveness.“If we must advance to a brighter future in this country, we must create space for competition and merit-based rewards, politics must take a back seat when we select persons to lead our schools or our educational system. Competence, effectiveness, accountability, vision and energy should be the criteria,” Dr. Menjay suggested.He said, Liberia must get away from compromising her educational standards and offerings for any gimmick (attention-grabber), but must strive for excellence.The global economy now, he said, is first and foremost established on creative knowledge and technology, where critical thinking and problem-solving skills are paramount as are abilities to innovate and to collaborate with others.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taylor: Break, Enter and Theft Case

first_imgBy Dwight FordThe local RCMP is looking for public information regarding a Monday morning break, enter and theft incident in Taylor. – Advertisement -A police news release says, it occurred at a residence at the south end of 100th street, between 6 and 9 o’clock, and entry was gained to the home, by breaking the front door window.Several items were stolen including, a 42 inch LCD television set, a photo printer, a DVD player, two guitars, speakers, and golf clubs.The release does not attach an estimated value to the stolen goods, but says police are taking public information assistance calls at the usual Fort St. John detachment and crimestoppers numbers…250-787-8140 and 1-800-222-8477.last_img

Mourinho warns Man Utd that top four isn’t safe yet

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho walks off after his team’s defeat to West Brom handed the Premier League title to Man City © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 17 – Jose Mourinho has warned that Manchester United still face a battle to secure a top-four place in the Premier League despite their ambition to finish second.Manchester City wrapped up the title without kicking a ball, thanks to rock-bottom West Brom’s shock 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Sunday. United were a shadow of the side that stormed back to win the Manchester derby the previous weekend, with manager Mourinho saying he would drop floundering stars for Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.Before that trip to Wembley comes Wednesday’s league match at Bournemouth, which takes on extra significance following the loss to the beleaguered Baggies.United can use their game in hand to stretch their lead over third-place Liverpool to four points and all but seal Champions League qualification, which Mourinho believes is up in the air as fifth-placed Chelsea look to build on their victory against Southampton.“We lost three points,” Mourinho said of the defeat to West Brom. “We lost three points that could give us great stability for the second position.“Now we still have the fourth position to fight for because Chelsea won and we lost, so we still have to fight for top four.”Mourinho’s former club are 11 points behind United with five matches to play — the same number as United have heading to Bournemouth, where the composition of the Portuguese’s starting line-up and squad will be closely watched.Paul Pogba, Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera performed poorly against the Baggies, so may well be anxious after Mourinho’s cutting post-match remarks.Juan Mata was another player unable to make an impact on Sunday and is looking for a response.“Second position was not done before the game,” Mata told MUTV. “It was not done even if we won, so losing — it’s even more important the next game. We know that we have to compete until the last week.“It has been a long season but we need to make sure we can compete until the end and keep that second position and we fight for being in another FA Cup final and try to win it.“Plenty (to play for this season). One trophy, FA Cup final. We all know how important it is and then get second in the league, which is not the ideal position, but it is a position we want to finish now.”Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Scott McTominay were unused substitutes in Sunday’s loss and will hope to be involved on the south coast.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

No time to visit the garage? Check out Ulster Tyres’ convenient Call and Collect Service

first_imgHaving to wait until your next day off to get the car into the garage for tyre replacements can be inconvenient and your time can be put to better use doing other things – but Ulster Tyres can help!So, with this in mind Ulster Tyres offer a call and collect service at no extra charge.You simply give Ulster Tyres a call. They’ll give you a price and arrange a time and place to collect the vehicle. They will then pick the vehicle up and take it back to the depot to carry out the work required.When the work is completed, you vehicle will be dropped back to you again.Ulster Tyres are happy to collect and deliver your vehicle from your place of work or home within a five mile radius of Letterkenny or Ballybofey/Stranorlar.You can contact Ulster Tyres, Letterkenny on 074 9121784, Ballybofey on 074 9131385/9131222 or check out their website http://ulstertyres.com No time to visit the garage? Check out Ulster Tyres’ convenient Call and Collect Service was last modified: August 18th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:garageServicestyreULSTER TYRESlast_img read more


first_imgResults of last night’s greyhound racing at Lifford were:Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Deerpark Jenny 4/6 fav; 2, Mullrook Danaher 9/4. Time: 19.02. Distance: 3.75 lengths.Race 2 (350 yards): 1, Deerpark Youngin 5/4 fav; 2, Monacetta 5/1. Time: 19.19. Distance: 2.5 lengths. Race 3 (350 yards): 1, Topless Bus 4/1; 2, Loyal Lamp 6/1. Favourite: Tober Scolari 4/6. Time: 19.33. Distance: half a length.Race 4 (525 yards): 1, Mongys Flyer 4/6 fav; 2, Take Cover 4/1. Time: 28.77. Distance: 4.5 lengths.Race 5 (525 yards); 1, Hather If 3/1; 2, Ballybun Glen 3/1. Favourite: Seagrave Bolt 6/4. Time: 29.36. Distance: a neck.Race 6 (350 yards): 1, Uncle Lez 4/1; 2 Fridays Berlin. Time: 19.05. Distance: 2.25 lengths. Race 7 (350 yard): 1, Golden Pearl 5/2 fav; 2, So So 6/1. Time: 18.97. Distance: 5 lengths.Race 8 (525 yards): 1, Crashball 3/1; 2, Drumsna Lilly 7/2. Favourite: Collins 5/4. Time: 29.37. Distance: a short head.Race 9 (350 yards): 1, Fridays Prague 6/4 fav; 2, Ross Jack 3/1. Time: 19.11. Distance: 1.5 lengths.Race 10 (525 yards); 1, Sunrise Belle 7/2; 2, Drumsna Castle 3/1. Favourite: Fridays Brett 5/4. Time: 29.34. Distance: 2.75 lengths.Race 11 (525 yards): —- —- —- Race 12 (525 yards): 1, Psycho Bob 6/4 fav; 2, Ballinclare May 4/1. Time: 29.53. Distance: a length.GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: June 29th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordResultslast_img read more

Pranks, stolen candy no treat for crime fighters

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “You tend to get more strong- arm robberies, kids taking other kids’ candy,’ said Sgt. Bob Skudlarski of the sheriff’s Walnut Station. “And you always get those suspicious-person calls, kids knocking on the door and then running away.’ Areas patrolled by the sheriff’s Temple City Station saw a 31- percent spike in calls for service on Halloween compared to the same day the previous week. And in West Covina, crime jumped 18 percent. Souls residing in Baldwin Park have relatively little to fear, according to data from the Baldwin Park Police. Police actually received 19 more calls on Oct. 24, a week before Halloween, than they received on fright night. “I don’t see anything really big here,’ Sgt. Melissa Stehly said of the 147 calls the department received on Halloween last year. “Most of it was routine stuff.’ With all the ghouls lurking about on Halloween night, one might think there would be enough mischief and mayhem to send a chill down the spine of even the San Gabriel Valley’s bravest souls. A survey of statistics from three area police agencies show there were 11-percent more calls placed to police agencies on Halloween 2004 than Oct. 24, 2004, seven days earlier. In the Walnut/Diamond Bar area, things can get a little freaky, according to the statistics. On Oct. 24 of last year, 203 people in called sheriff’s deputies. But, on Halloween, 238 people called. In Azusa and areas patrolled by the sheriff’s Industry station, the number of crimes were steady on Halloween, compared to the same day the previous week. Other police agencies contact for this story did not provide statistics. Ben Baeder can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703, or by e-mail at ben.baeder@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

More Original Protein Found in Older Bird Fossil

first_imgThe new discovery from China dates back 130 million years on the evolutionary timeline.A few days ago, we reported the discovery of melanin from a fossil bird found in the Liaoning Province, China, that was dated at 120 million years (early Cretaceous) in the evolutionary scheme. Now, another discovery from the Jehol strata of China is said to be 10 million years older: 130 million years.The discovery by Pan et al., “Molecular evidence of keratin and melanosomes in feathers of the Early Cretaceous bird Eoconfuciusornis,” is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Once again, Mary Schweitzer from North Carolina State is listed as a co-author. A laymen’s writeup is on Science Daily, taken from an NC State press release. Schweitzer has been in the thick of reports about soft tissue in dinosaur bones and other dinosaur-era fossils.New research from North Carolina State University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Linyi University has found evidence of original keratin and melanosome preservation in a 130-million-year-old Eoconfuciusornis specimen. The work extends the timeframe in which original molecules may preserve, and demonstrates the ability to distinguish between ancient microstructures in fossils.Eoconfuciusornis, crow-sized primitive birds that lived in what is now China around 130 million years ago, are the earliest birds to have a keratinous beak and no teeth, like modern birds. Previous studies argued that the feathers of these and other ancient birds and dinosaurs preserved small, round structures interpreted to be melanosomes – pigment-containing organelles that, along with other pigments, give feathers their color.Electron micrographs and gold-tipped antibodies that bind to melanin were used to make the identification. Another technique clinched the identity of original protein:Finally, they mapped copper and sulfur to these feathers at high resolution. Sulfur was broadly distributed, reflecting its presence in both keratin and melanin molecules in modern feathers. However copper, which is only found in modern melanosomes, and not part of keratin, was only observed in the fossil melanosomes. These findings both support the identity of the melanosomes and indicate that there was no mixing or leaching during decomposition and fossilization.The paper describes how they avoided contamination. The antibody tests confirm that the proteinaceous is original. In modern feathers, melanosomes are “always surrounded by and embedded in keratin.” The scientists demonstrate this was true in the fossil as well.Our work represents the oldest ultrastructural and immunological recognition of avian beta-keratin from an Early Cretaceous (∼130-Ma) bird. We apply immunogold to identify protein epitopes at high resolution, by localizing antibody–antigen complexes to specific fossil ultrastructures. Retention of original keratinous proteins in the matrix surrounding electron-opaque microbodies supports their assignment as melanosomes and adds to the criteria employable to distinguish melanosomes from microbial bodies. Our work sheds new light on molecular preservation within normally labile tissues preserved in fossils.Confuciusornis was clearly a strong flyer. Artist renditions of Eoconfuciusornis (“dawn Confuciusornis“) show it also equipped for flying.So how did “normally labile tissues” last for 130 million years? The researches speculate about needle-like crystals of calcium they found on the fossil:These Ca-concentrated needle-shaped structures are absent in extant feathers. Thus, we hypothesize that precipitation of calcium, possibly mediated by microbes during the fossilization process, facilitated ultrastructural and molecular preservation of the feathers by stabilizing them at the molecular level before they could completely degrade. It has long been known that the association with mineral substrates greatly enhances the preservation potential of biomolecules. Furthermore, it has been proposed that calcium may incorporate into molecular fragments, conferring stability, and that this process may be microbially mediated. Because the surrounding sediments of this Eoconfuciusornis specimen consist mainly of Al silicates, with little or no calcium detected, the source of the calcium observed in these feathers remains unknown.So while the presence of calcium crystals could “possibly” stabilize the proteins (for support, the team references a 1999 paper by Schweitzer), they don’t know where it came from. They propose another stabilizing influence:Another factor that may contribute to the unique biomaterial properties of feathers is the epidermal differentiation cysteine-rich protein. This molecule has the same gene structure as beta-keratins, and is coexpressed with them at certain stages of development in most keratinized tissues of living birds. However, it is only in feathers that this protein continues to be detected throughout life. The greatly elevated cysteine levels in this protein facilitate intramolecular cross-linking, and contribute to the stability and resistance of feathers to degradation. Further molecular recovery of ancient feather materials may allow direct testing of these hypotheses. It should be possible to measure degradation rates of feather keratin and melanosomes due to the presence of calcium or cysteine. But if either of these processes are so efficient, it would seem original feather material should be common in bird fossils, and we should find preserved fossils over a wide range, from recent kills all the way back. 130 million years is a long, long time to have to account for the preservation of original protein material.Creationists are winning this case. Why? (1) Evolutionists did not predict this, and (2) they are scrambling to explain it away. You just heard them call these proteins “normally labile tissues.” Labile means easily altered, broken down or degraded. But the team hollered, It tastes like chicken!Indeed, if both microbodies and matrix are preserved, tests can be conducted to chemically characterize the composition of each. If these bodies are melanosomes, they should be contained within a keratinous matrix; if they are microbial in origin, this matrix should consist of exopolymeric substances secreted by the microbes and subsequently mineralized. To distinguish between these alternative hypotheses, we applied multiple methods, well-established for molecular and chemical characterization of modern materials, to chicken (Gallus gallus) feathers and to preserved feathers of a new specimen of the bird Eoconfuciusornis [Shandong Tianyu Museum of Nature (STM) 7-144] (Pygostylia: Confuciusornithiformes) (Fig. 1A) from the 130-Ma Protopteryx horizon of the Huajiying Formation in Fengning, northern Hebei, China. Our results are consistent with the retention of original organic components derived from both keratin and melanin, thus supporting a melanosome origin for these ancient microstructures.(Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA in race to meet housing demand

first_img7 June 2012 Despite delivering over 2.8-million subsidised houses since 1994, South Africa is battling rapid urban migration coupled with capacity constraints in provinces and municipalities, and will have to co-ordinate with precision if it is to meet its housing delivery commitments, a government report finds. Despite a state investment of about R62-billion in the built environment since 1994, approximately 2.3-million households remained inadequately housed in 2009, while there were still 1.2-million households in more than 2 500 informal settlements, and 1.1-million in overcrowded and underserviced conditions, according to a government mid-term review report. The report, released by Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Collins Chabane in Pretoria on Friday, reviews the progress made by the current administration at the November 2011 mid-point of its 2009-14 electoral term. Ambitious housing, rental, social housing targets It indicates that South Africa’s nine provinces have since 2009 delivered 83 412 serviced sites for the relocation of households living in informal settlements. In addition, 19 of the 45 priority municipalities identified by the Human Settlements Department have been upgraded, or had formalised the informal settlements in their areas. In 2009, the Department of Human Settlements committed itself to improving the quality of life of 400 000 households through upgrading informal settlements in 45 priority municipalities. A target was also set for stimulating growth in affordable home ownership and the rental market. Since then, a total of 15 545 private-public rentals and social housing units, or 19% of the target, have been built.Capacity constraints in provinces, municipalities To enable more integrated planning of human settlements, 27 municipalities were to be accredited to carry out the housing function. However, there were significant technical capacity constraints in provinces and municipalities, leading to concerns about whether the targets for upgrading the country’s informal settlements were going to be met by 2014. The report highlights the fact that between 400 000 and 600 000 households fell in the middle ground of neither qualifying for a state subsidy nor being able to access housing finance. The state’s housing investment since 1994 had also been unable to create more socially integrated neighbourhoods and overcome the dislocation of the poor from economic opportunities. Urban sprawl and low densities continued to contribute to unproductive and inefficient cities.State-owned land being made available Despite the challenges, about 1 329 hectares of well-located state-owned land is in the process of being transferred to the Housing Development Agency. A further 1 066 hectares of state-owned land has been released to municipalities for housing, offering major potential to trigger urban integration. South African households have been growing at 3% per annum against a population growth of 1% since 2002, and this, coupled with rapid urban migration, has resulted in a sharp increase in housing demand and informal settlement growth. “Early limits to the size of the subsidy pushed projects to the cheapest land on the edges of cities. Improvements in the quality of the houses built and settlement design since 2005 inadvertently resulted in a decline in the number of houses delivered per annum,” the report states.Co-ordination required It goes on to note that the affordable housing market remained incapable of producing at significant scale due to a lack of affordability and product availability, as well as supply-side limitations of land and infrastructure, and delays in planning approvals and township establishment. It recommends that the Department of Human Settlements develops plans for all informal settlement upgrades in the 45 priority municipalities within the next four to six months. “A full informal settlement upgrading implementation support programme has to be negotiated between national government, provinces and the 45 municipalities and be finalised in the same period. “Each municipality should establish interim service levels and put in place dedicated management arrangements to interface with communities. In addition, the plans for delivering integrated human settlements in rapidly growing towns must be aligned to the informal settlement upgrading plans in the 45 priority municipalities.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more