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Bradley Beal’s late surge lifts Wizards past Kings

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Buddy Hield’s transition layup gave Sacramento its first lead after halftime with 3:41 to play, capping a 6-0 spurt and making it 112-111.Jeff Green and Beal each hit a pair of free throws to answer before Beal followed with a tough contested layup to stretch it to 118-112 with 51 seconds left.The Kings hit just one of their last seven shots after Hield’s layup.“Playing from behind, you do expend a lot of energy,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “That just ran us down at the end there. We fought so hard to get back in the game.”TIP-INSKings: Erased a double-digit deficit by halftime for a second straight game. …. F Marvin Bagley III (left knee sprain) missed his fifth straight game and has yet to return to practice, Joerger said.Wizards: Portis posted his 10th double-double of the season and sixth since arriving in Washington in the Porter trade. . Backup point guard Chasson Randle scored 12 points, his third-highest total this season.DOING IT ALLIt was Beal’s second consecutive game finishing near a triple-double after coming within one assist in an overtime loss Saturday at Minnesota. He also picked up four steals Monday, turning two into crucial fourth-quarter baskets, the first a thunderous dunk over Fox and the latter a baseline 3 that made it 111-106.DWIGHT SIGHTING SOON? Jabari Parker added 18 points off the bench and Bobby Portis had 17 points and 13 rebounds as Washington began a five-game homestand that also includes games against ninth-place Orlando and 10th-place Charlotte.“We need those two,” Beal said.De’Aaron Fox scored 23 points for the Kings, who started the day four games back of three teams tied for the last three Western Conference playoff spots.Reserve Nemanja Bjelica added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Sacramento, which lost its sixth straight in Washington despite erasing a 14-point, first-quarter deficit and a 12-point edge the Wizards built in the third.“We shot ourselves in the foot in the first quarter,” Fox said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Wizards coach Scott Brooks said it’s still not clear if and when center Dwight Howard (back surgery) will return this season. Howard remains limited to non-contact work in practice. The eight-time All-Star has played only nine games since signing for the Wizards last July.“Obviously the season is winding down — there’s four weeks left,” Brooks said. “He’s going to keep rehabbing and see how he feels the next couple weeks.”UP NEXTKings: Continue their road trip Thursday in Boston.Wizards: Host Orlando on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots over Sacramento Kings guard Corey Brewer (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON  — Throughout a turbulent season for the injury-plagued Wizards, All-Star guard Bradley Beal keeps evolving.Beal shook off a poor first half Monday night to score 21 of his 27 points in the second half of Washington’s 121-115 victory over the Sacramento Kings.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “I had six points at half,” said Beal, who complained of heavy legs Monday after playing 45 minutes on Saturday. “Last year or any year before this one, feeling the way I did today, I probably wouldn’t have had a good second half. I think that’s my growth, doing whatever it takes to win.”Beal added nine rebounds and nine assists for the 11th-place Wizards, who moved within 3 1/2 games of the eighth Eastern Conference playoff spot currently held by idle Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWashington remains in contention largely because of Beal, who averages nearly double the points of any of his healthy teammates. The Wizards lost All-Star guard John Wall for the season in December, traded Otto Porter Jr. to Chicago at the deadline and have played mostly without injured center Dwight Howard.“You don’t think of Brad as a developing player, but Brad has really developed this year,” coach Scott Brooks said before the game. “His leadership. His ball-handling. His playmaking. Just his court awareness. The guy, I don’t think he can improve this much, but he keeps getting better.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Globe and Mineski launch professional esports team ‘Liyab’ LATEST STORIES Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyinglast_img read more

Guyana, New Zealand ink air services agreement

first_imgGuyana has now entered into an air services agreement with New Zealand, which enables both nations to conduct international air transportation following a mutually crafted framework for operation.The agreement was signed by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and newly-accredited High Commissioner of New Zealand to Guyana, Anton Ojala.According to the Ministry, this agreement stems from a “joint desire” to widen the opportunities which are presented in international flights. Added to that are “the related parameters that will enhance competitive air transport services, trade, and economic growth”.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge and High Commissioner Anton Ojala after signing the Air Services Agreement documentIt was mentioned that the countries have a long history of diplomatic ties, ever since they established relations on September 1, 1974.Last year, Guyana also signed a similar agreement with Ghana, allowing for direct flights and increased connectivity.Meanwhile, airline companies have also been signalling interest in the Guyanese flight markets, while current operators have increased the number of weekly flights to other destinations.Last December, American Airlines commenced operations in Guyana, one of its 19 destinations across South America.At that time, Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Director General Egbert Field took the opportunity to mention that the carrier would advance Guyana’s tourism industry and increase the flight count to the North American continent. For him, bridging those gaps is essential for the country and its economy.Copa Airlines had also announced that it added another flight to its Guyana-Panama route with onward connections effective since December.With approval from the GCAA, Copa operates the additional flight on Fridays, adding to existing flights on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday.Word was also circulating that Eastern Airline had applied for a chance to operate in Guyana, adding to the increased fleet which depart and arrive on a daily basis.These developments were made around the same time that Guyana stood as the host of the Air Transport Meeting, for the first time, at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.The Air Transport Meeting addressed issues such as harmonising the regional air transport regulatory framework as well as the liberalisation of air cargo through regional and global approaches.last_img read more

Opposition warns about possible delay of 2020 elections

first_img– maintains house-to-house registration reeks of desperationThe Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has once again rejected calls for house-to-house verification, which came from the governing A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC), saying that it is a desperate attempt to delay or postpone the constitutionally due 2020 general elections.General Secretary of the PPP Bharrat Jagdeo has expressed fear that enumerators at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) would deliberately not go into PPP strongholds specifically in hinterland and riverain areas and deny them the right to vote.“We believe that doing house-to-house registration at this late stage within the constitutional deadline for holding general elections could be used as a pretext forOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeodelaying the elections,” Jagdeo said recently.Jagdeo’s comment comes in light of the GECOM presenting a request to the Finance Ministry for funding of a national house-to-house registration exercise for a new voters’ list as part of its preparation for the 2020 general elections.Chief Election Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield told a recent press conference that GECOM gave approval for the Secretariat budgeting to provide for the conduct this exercise. While the CEO was reluctant to provide a cost, it was later revealed that it will cost $3 billion.“I am surprised that the Chief Election Officer has made a request for funding for an initiative that has not been decided at the level of the commission,” he said.The party’s General Secretary pointed out that after the 2015 General and Regional Elections, the PPP had requested for Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to undertake house-to house registration, but that request was completely ignored.He recalled that in 1990 a house-to-house registration was conducted and it was used to delay the elections to 1992. Jagdeo also recalled that the list very flawed.Although GECOM has made a commitment to having the house-to-house registration completed in six months, Jagdeo said, he is doubtful that it could be completed in such a short time. “It is opening the door for a process that is potentially fraudulent,” he stated.FlawedJagdeo, a former president, also raised concerns over the current framework within which GECOM operates. He said he is fearful about the inputting of data and that the final list of voters being flawed, especially given the concerns they already have with GECOM.The last house-to-house registration was conducted in 2008. The list has since been updated through continuous registration cycles conducted by GECOM.In April 2018, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) called for house-to-house registration to clean up the voters’ list. PNCR General Secretary Amna Ally had suggested that a registration should begin as soon as possible.The PPP said it did not support the PNCR’s call for new house-to-house registration, while stating that it preferred to contest the general elections with the existing voters’ list.However, the party has in the past expressed some level of satisfaction over the fact that GECOM update and sanitise the list of registered electors.One of the tasks undertaken by GECOM and stakeholders is to cleanse the list of deceased persons, based upon information generated by the General Registrar’s Office (GRO), which is responsible for the issuance of certificates of death.This is something the Party has repeatedly called for. During that same month, the PPP called for GECOM to exercise greater care and due diligence in sanitizing the list.Only on the basis of a certified list of persons who have died, issued by the General Register Office (GRO), can GECOM remove a person’s name.The Party therefore noted that GECOM issued five lists of persons who have died between December 2015 and March 2016. One of the lists, according to them, is of persons who have died but whose names are not on the list of registered electors.The PPP said it had conducted a review of this particular list and has discovered a significant number of names which are in fact on the list of registered electors.In March, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo called for an audit to be done on the digitisation of records at the GRO. His comments were followed by Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, who claimed that the process is transparent and nonpartisan.last_img read more

What really separates the kids from apes?

first_imgBy Lauran Neergaard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Toddlers may act up like little apes, but researchers who compared the species concluded a 2-year-old child still has the more sophisticated social learning skills. In one test, preschoolers who wanted a toy hidden in a trick tube intently copied a scientist’s movements to retrieve the prize. Chimps watched the lesson but then mostly tried to smash or bite open the tube. When it came to simple math, however, the apes seemed to know more than the youngsters, apparently “adding” how many tasty raisins researchers had hidden. In a novel study, scientists lured 106 chimpanzees, 32 orangutans and 105 toddlers to sit through five hours of testing over several days. Researchers were trying to tell which innate abilities are distinctly human. “Human children are not overall more intelligent than other primates, but instead have specialized skills of social cognition,” concluded the lead researcher, Esther Herrmann of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. “They learn in a way that chimpanzees don’t learn.” But the findings, published in today’s edition of the journal Science, conflict with other research that suggests the great apes, humans’ closest relatives, are quite good at social learning, too. In fact, a second study in the same journal suggests chimps and monkeys have some capacity to infer someone’s intentions by their actions. That is pretty complex, human-like thinking. In that work, the animals sought out food containers that a researcher had grasped purposefully, not just tapped, or a container that he had touched with his elbow when his hands were full, but not one elbowed when his hands were empty. The chimps and monkeys expected someone to behave rationally and adjusted their own actions accordingly, according to the lead researcher, Justin Wood of Harvard University. “That shows quite a subtle social understanding going on in these animals,” said Dr. Frans de Waal of Emory University. 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

Ledford in race, knocks Runner

first_img“I’m going to support personal freedom and lower taxes,” George Runner said. George Runner said Ledford acted as if the contributions were some “deep, dark secret” when they have been fully and properly disclosed. “Ledford needs to tell people why he is running, what he is going to do for them, and what his philosophy is. That’s what voters want to know,” George Runner said. Sharon Runner’s first campaign-finance statement reported more than $113,000 raised so far for her re-election bid. Runner said she expects to raise more than $200,000 for the campaign. Ledford said he was in the process of opening a campaign account. Ledford said his campaign contributions will be “pure as distilled water.” Before criticizing the Runners’ campaign financing, Ledford said he has more experience in building bipartisan consensus on issues of importance to the region, such as his work with the North Los Angeles County Transportation Coalition. Ledford criticized both Runners for not soliciting Palmdale city officials’ views on issues that need to be addressed in Sacramento and said he would do a better job of working with the district’s cities. “I have a great understanding, from the ground up, of what is happening here in the high desert,” Ledford said. “I will represent the district evenly and fairly.” The winner of the June 6 Republican primary will face Democrat Robert “Bo” Bynum, a Palmdale School District trustee, in the Nov. 7 general election. Two candidates who filed for the Assembly race failed to qualify for the ballot – Republican Josephine Sotomayer, a Victorville schoolteacher, and Green Party member Tom Bolema. Sharon Runner, who succeeded her husband in the local Assembly seat, is finishing her second term as Assemblywoman and under the state term-limits law can serve no more than three terms. The 36th District covers the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster and the rest of the Los Angeles County portion of the Antelope Valley, as well as portions of western San Bernardino County, including the cities of Victorville and Adelanto. Republicans account for 44.9 percent of the district’s registered voters, compared with 35.3 percent for Democrats, according to state statistics. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“First of all, no one is holier than thou,” Sharon Runner said Thursday afternoon in a telephone interview. “None of this affects how I vote on issues.” For example, Runner said she has authored anti-drunk driving legislation, and she has taken a stand against gaming off Indian reservations. “I believe when you are raising money to help Republicans, you take in as much money as you possible. The money is helping other Republicans get elected in the state,” she said. Sharon Runner said she finds the criticism ironic since Ledford used to own a Palmdale bar. George Runner said that he and his wife have probably raised well in excess of $2 million in campaign funds over the past five years, so the money from those three interests represent a fraction of the total. When those industries do come before the state Legislature, it’s typically for issues related to personal freedom and taxation issues, he said. LANCASTER – Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford formally announced his run for state Assembly Thursday, calling himself a consensus builder and slamming his opponent for accepting contributions from tobacco, alcohol and Indian gaming interests. Ledford said Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, and her husband, state Sen. George Runner, accepted donations totaling more than $100,000 over the past five years from tobacco, alcohol and gaming interests. “My opponent is fully positioned in front of the trough,” Ledford said. “The money is being accepted by people who represent themselves as holier than thou.” Ledford will appear in the June 6 Republican primary against Sharon Runner, whose latest campaign finance filing statement lists donations from beer producer Anheuser Busch, tobacco giants RJ Reynolds and Philip Morris, and Indian tribes with casinos, including the Agua Caliente Band of Cahulla Indians, Pechanga Band of Mission Indians, and the San Miguel Tribal Administration. last_img read more

DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012

first_imgMARY HARPERThe death has occurred of Mary Harper, Meenlougher, Killygordon. She passed away at Brindley Manor Nursing Home, Convoy, in her 100th year. Much loved mother of Jack, Charles, Hugo and May. Sadly missed by her sons, daughter, daughters-in-law Kathleen and Mary, son-in-law Lawrence, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends. Removal from McCool’s Chapel of Rest, Navenny Car Park, Ballybofey, on Wednesday evening at 6.30pm to St. Patrick’s Church, Crossroads, to repose overnight. Funeral mass on Thursday morning at 11am with interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu, if desired, to The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland c/o any family member. The house is private, at the request of the deceased.BRIDGET BONNER The death has taken place of Bridget Bonner (nee Russell) of Renny, Lettermacaward. Peacefully at Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow. Beloved wife of the late Jimmy and much loved mother of Eillen, Andy and Patricia. Sadly missed by her many grandchildren and great grandchildren, relatives and friends.  Resting in her daughters home in Gorbals Glasgow and removal to Blessed Jon Duns Scotus,Gorbals Glasgow at 6.00pm on Friday 11th May.  Requiem mass at 10.00am on Saturday 12th May then afterwards at Linn Crematorium. Internment in St.Bridgets Cemetry to be arranged.CONOR MORROWThe death has occurred at the Aras O’Domhnaill Nursing Home in Milford of Conor Morrow of Galway and Rossnowlagh. Remains reposing at the Nursing Home Chapel. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 10am in the Nursing Home Chapel. Burial in Rahoon Cemetery, Galway at 10am on Thursday.BOBBY RODGERS The death has taken place as the result of a Road Traffic Accident of Bobby Rodgers, 26 Colehill, Newtowncunningham Son of Elizabeth and Geordie Rodgers. Funeral on Wednesday, with Requiem Mass in All Saints Church, Newtowncunningham at 12 noon, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please.  Donations if desired to the Oncology Unit Letterkenny General Hospital c/o Charlie McClafferty Funeral Director, Churchill and Letterkenny.ANNIE BYRNEThe death has occurred of Annie Byrne, Navenny Street, Ballybofey. Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Stranorlar. Beloved wife of the late Francis and much loved mother of Frankie and Alphonsus. Sadly missed by her sons, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Funeral from her home at 10.30am on Wednesday morning for 11am Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Stranorlar followed by interment in Sessiaghoneill Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations in lieu, if desired, to St. Joseph’s Hospital c/o any family member. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2012 was last modified: May 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR TUESDAYMAY 8last_img read more

Premier League: Man City host Leicester in battle of 3rd vs 2nd

first_imgMan City have won four of their past five meetings with Leicester City. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Everton vs ArsenalGoodison Park, LiverpoolSaturday, 21-12-2019 @3:30pmRef: Kevin FriendEverton triumphed 1-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture in April but haven’t won successive league games against Arsenal since a run of three between March 1985 and April 1986. The Toffees could keep consecutive top-flight clean sheets in this fixture for the first time since 1978. Arsenal have won 33 games and scored 107 goals versus Everton in the Premier League, more than they have against any other side.The Gunners are attempting to earn consecutive away league wins within the same season for the first time in 14 months. However, the 3-1 victory at West Ham earlier this month is Arsenal’s only success in 12 matches in all competitions (D7, L4). Arsenal could win fewer than six of their opening 18 matches of a top-flight campaign for the first time since 1975. They have gone 14 league and cup fixtures without a clean sheet, their longest streak since a run of 21 games between October 1983 and February 1984. Arsenal have conceded the first goal in an unrivalled 11 Premier League matches in 2019-20, including each of the past six. Their tally of five victories after 17 league games is half as many as at this stage of last season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored seven of Arsenal’s 10 Premier League away goals this season.Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson hopes to welcome back several players who have missed recent matches. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Djibril Sidibe are both recovering from illness, while Lucas Digne and Fabian Delph may also be fit to return.Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka is available after two games out with concussion, while Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding and Mesut Ozil will be assessed. Sead Kolasinac is sidelined with ankle ligament damage.AFC Bournemouth vs BurnleyVitality Stadium, DorsetSaturday, 21-12-2019 @6pmRef: Martin AtkinsonBurnley have won four of the six Premier League encounters, including home and away victories last season by an aggregate score of 7-1. The six previous top-flight meetings have produced a total of 22 goals. Burnley have scored in 10 successive league matches versus Bournemouth, last failing to do so in a 0-0 draw in 1999 – a match current Cherries boss and former player Eddie Howe started.Bournemouth will make a late decision on Joshua King, who hurt his ankle against Chelsea, while Junior Stanislas may miss out through personal reasons.  Andrew Surman is doubtful with a calf injury, so the Cherries might be without up to 12 senior players.Burnley will assess Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood, who are nursing respective Achilles and groin problems. Ben Gibson is also doubtful, but Charlie Taylor and Kevin Long could come back into contention.Aston Villa vs Southampton Villa Park, Birmingham Saturday, 21-12-2019 @6pmRef: Craig PawsonAston Villa have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s game with fellow strugglers Southampton. Tyrone Mings and Keinan Davis remain out, but both could return before the end of the year.Southampton are without winger Moussa Djenepo, who has a hamstring injury, and Sofiane Boufal continues to recover from a stubbed big toe. Yan Valery has again been ruled out because of a viral infection, while Kevin Danso has also been ill.Aston Villa are winless in the past six meetings in all competitions, culminating in a 4-2 Premier League home defeat in April 2016. Since they returned to the Premier League in 2012, Southampton are unbeaten in their four top-flight visits to Villa Park (W2, D2). Saints could win consecutive league away matches against Villa for the first time.Brighton vs Sheffield United The American Express Community Stadium, East SussexSaturday, 21-12-2019 @6pmRef: Robert JonesBrighton forward Aaron Connolly is fit to return and Dale Stephens is available after serving a suspension. The Seagulls’ only absentees are Solly March and Jose Izquierdo because of respective groin and knee injuries.Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck is serving a one-match ban for accumulating five bookings. Luke Freeman or Mo Besic may deputise. Manager Chris Wilder reports no fresh injures and is boosted by Callum Robinson’s return after illness.This is the first top-flight fixture between the sides. Their most recent encounter was a 3-1 Championship win for Sheffield United in January 2006. Sheffield United have lost only one of the past eight meetings (W5, D2). The Blades are unbeaten on their last four visits to Brighton (W2, D2).Newcastle United vs Crystal Palace St. James Park, Newcastle Upon TyneSaturday, 21-12-2019 @6pmRef: Simon HooperNewcastle pair Jonjo Shelvey and Miguel Almiron could be fit to return after missing last week’s defeat at Burnley. Allan Saint-Maximin, Jamaal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark, Matt Ritchie and Ki Sung-Yeung are all still absent.Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt has returned to training ahead of schedule and is being assessed. Scott Dann and Jairo Riedewald are both doubts, while fellow defenders Jeffrey Schlupp, Gary Cahill and Joel Ward are injured and Mamadou Sakho is banned. Ex-Newcastle loanee Andros Townsend is also absent for the Eagles.The last five league meetings have produced just five goals, three for Newcastle and two for Crystal Palace. Palace have won only three of their 18 league away matches against Newcastle (D4, L11).Norwich City vs WolvesCarrow Road, NolforkSaturday, 21-12-2019 @6pmRef: Peter BankesNorwich central defender Ben Godfrey has torn a knee ligament and been ruled out until February. Grant Hanley could return after injuries that have kept him out since August, and Teemu Pukki will play despite injuring his toe last weekend.Wolves have no reported fresh injuries, with Morgan Gibbs-White doubtful with an ongoing back injury. Winger Adama Traore is expected to be available after suffering a dislocated shoulder last weekend.The only previous meetings in the Premier League came in the 2011-12 season, when the sides drew 2-2 at Wolves before Norwich won 2-1 at Carrow Road. There has been just one away win in 18 top-flight fixtures between these teams – a 4-0 triumph for Wolves in February 1980.Man City vs Leicester City Etihad Stadium, ManchesterSaturday, 21-12-2019 @8:30pmRef: Mike DeanManchester City have won four of the past five Premier League meetings. Vincent Kompany’s final goal for Manchester City was enough to win the most recent encounter in May but Leicester won when the teams met last December.Manchester City had lost just once after 17 games in 2018-19 but have suffered four defeats so far in this league campaign. They haven’t lost consecutive home league games since February 2016 under Manuel Pellegrini. Pep Guardiola has never lost back-to-back top-flight home fixtures as a manager. Kevin De Bruyne has nine assists in this season’s Premier League, more than any other player. He’s been involved in 15 goals, second only to Leicester’s Jamie Vardy. De Bruyne has been directly involved in 19 goals in the Premier League in 2019 (seven goals and 12 assists), the most of any midfielder this year. Sergio Aguero has scored five goals in his five home Premier League games against Leicester, with four of those goals coming in one half – when Manchester City won 5-1 in February 2018.Leicester have their best record after 17 matches of a league season, with 39 points. The Foxes have won their last four away from home, scoring 17 goals and conceding just one. They have never won five consecutive away games in the top flight. Leicester’s goal difference of +29 is the best in the Premier League. If the Premier League was measured on second-half performance only, Leicester would be top and five points clear of Liverpool. Leicester have kept seven an unrivalled seven clean sheets in this season’s Premier League. They have won all nine league games in which they scored first this season. Jamie Vardy has 28 Premier League goals in 2019, five more than any other player.Manchester City’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero is in contention to return on Saturday after almost a month out with a thigh injury. Centre-back John Stones could feature after a hamstring problem but David Silva hasn’t yet recovered from a bruised leg.Leicester have no fresh injuries ahead of their festive schedule. Long-term absentee Matty James remains sidelined with an Achilles problem but is training with the squad again.Sunday’s fixtures-Watford vs Man United @5pm-Tottenham vs Chelsea @7:30pmComments Tags: arsenalEvertonleicester cityMan Citypremier leaguelast_img read more

Rare Moments of Glory: Planetary Scientists Admit Seeing “Lucky” Circumstances

first_img(Visited 37 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Why are we seeing young phenomena in the planets if they are billions of years old?  Some scientists are abandoning uniformitarian assumptions and admitting we are lucky to be witnessing them in “rare moments of glory.”In Nature this week, Maggie McKee interviewed scientists who are struggling with short-lived phenomena in the solar system.  The subtitle of her article, “Caught in the Act,” states, “We may be seeing some of the Solar System’s most striking objects during rare moments of glory.”  Her first two paragraphs elaborate why this is unsettling for some:Ever since Copernicus evicted Earth from its privileged spot at the centre of the Solar System, researchers have embraced the idea that there is nothing special about our time and place in the Universe. What observers see now, they presume, has been going on for billions of years — and will continue for eons to come.But observations of the distant reaches of the Solar System made in the past few years are challenging that concept. The most active bodies out there — Jupiter’s moon Io and Saturn’s moons Enceladus and Titan — may be putting on limited-run shows that humans are lucky to witness. Saturn’s brilliant rings, too, might have appeared relatively recently, and could grow dingy over time. Some such proposals make planetary researchers uncomfortable, because it is statistically unlikely that humans would catch any one object engaged in unusual activity — let alone several.It seems a bitter pill for some planetary scientists to “go against the grain of one of geology’s founding principles: uniformitarianism, which states that planets are shaped by gradual, ongoing processes,” she wrote.  Then she quoted Jeff More (NASA-Ames) who explained that “Geologists like things to be the same as they ever were” because it’s “philosophically comforting because you don’t have to assume you’re living in special times.”  Why that should be “comforting” was not explained.McKee zoomed into each of these phenomena for more detail about what makes them look young:Saturn’s rings:  The rings are 90% water ice but should be dirtier if they were old; “some planetary scientists say that the rings’ resplendence is hard to reconcile with a lifetime lasting billions of years.”  That’s why hypotheses of a recent encounter with an icy interloper that broke apart and became the rings within the last few million years (just 10% of Saturn’s assumed age) have been put forth.  An ad hoc solution like that, though raises other problems: all such candidate objects should have vanished 700 million years after the birth of the solar system, according to current theory.  Close flybys by Cassini in years to come may confirm whether billions of years of dirt is hiding in the B ring, McKee said, but one responded, “if the Cassini results point to a low mass for the rings, it will be a real mystery.”  This explanation, however, fails to explain why the thinner D, C, A, F, G, and E rings are so bright.Enceladus:  The geysers of Enceladus are another thing that can’t be old; “researchers have struggled to explain how it can sustain such activity” on the order of 16 gigawatts – 10 times the amount they can account for by internal radioactive heating.  “Several explanations have been put forward to account for this furious release of heat, but all rely on arguments that researchers are viewing the moon at a special time,” McKee said.  It’s difficult to keep the geysers going for 10 million years (1/450th the assumed age of the moon), let alone 4.5 billion.  One researcher who proposed a recent cracking from growing stresses in the crust has apparently been getting hard questions: “‘It seems like special pleading — we just happened to catch it in the act,’ says [Craig] O’Neill [Macquarie University, Sydney], echoing criticisms that he has heard when presenting the model at conferences.”  Nearby Mimas “should be producing more heat than Enceladus and it doesn’t, and we don’t really understand why,” O’Neill said.Io:  If Enceladus is a firefly, Io is a furnace, McKee wrote.  It gives off 90,000 gigawatts through its incessant volcanoes, “several times more than would be expected from the simplest models of tidal interactions between the moon and Jupiter.”  Again, it’s not that planetary scientists are unable to imagine scenarios in which we might be seeing Io at a special time; perhaps the moon’s orbital dance with the other moons makes it undergo periodic exaggerations of its eccentricity.  Even though this “would satisfy the data,” one planetologist said, when thinking about the peculiarities of Io and Enceladus, “it’s possible we simply don’t understand them.“Titan:  The largest moon of Saturn presents problems with both its atmosphere and surface.  Atmospheric theories are up in the air, because “the atmospheric methane — and its effects on the landscape — ought to be short-lived” in the range of a few tens of millions of years.  If sources of replenishment cannot be found (there are some disputed candidates thought to be ice volcanoes), it should have been long gone.  Jeff Moore “thinks that researchers are seeing Titan at a unique and geologically fleeting time.”  The question then becomes, why now, and what happened?  In Moore’s hypothesis, the sun warmed up to a tipping point a few tens or hundreds of millions of years ago, levitating the frozen nitrogen and methane into an atmosphere that “rained like hell” onto the surface, creating the erosional features seen today.  Ralph Lorenz [Johns Hopkins U] criticizes Moore’s view as “too simplistic” and pointed to “some evidence” (not mentioned in the article) that it would have taken billions of years to form Titan’s hydrocarbon-rich sand dunes.McKee ended with a quote from Lorenz: “I think we have to have a much more nuanced view of Titan through time.  Titan is bloody complicated.”It’s not complicated at all, if you subtract out the needless billions of years.  This article is important, in that in the 8 years of the ongoing Cassini mission to Cassini, and the 9 years since the end of the Galileo mission to Jupiter, scientists still have no answers to these age conundrums.  Their uniformitarian philosophy makes them uncomfortable with the facts their own eyes are beholding.  We should not be living in special times, but we appear to. (Understand that the Copernican principle does not mean that we are not special; see The Privileged Planet for corrective information.)Here’s a classic case of ad hoc explanation to force observations into a web of belief.  (This is called ‘special pleading’ in logic.)  If science were about honestly following the evidence where it leads, these scientists would have to conclude that the solar system is much younger than thought.  But they won’t do it, because they know Charlie D. (their idol) needs billions of years for life to evolve on Earth.  Failing to provide those annual sacrifices to the idol would get them excommunicated from the Church of Darwin.If Saturn’s rings, Enceladus, Io and Titan were the only problem worlds, they might have hope to rescue their beliefs someday.  Unfortunately, the problems mount for uniformitarianism when one considers Mercury, Venus, Earth, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and its moons, Uranus and its moons and rings, Neptune and its moons and rings, Pluto and the trans-Neptunian objects, comets, asteroids, dust – the whole system.  There is hardly any planet or moon that met their uniformitarian expectations.  We call on them: please, dump the assumption of billions of years, and all these things will start making sense.  We do this out of sympathy for their discomfort, wishing them to sleep well for once.last_img read more

China To Overtake U.S. In Smartphone Installations By Early 2013

first_imgThe United States has long been Land Of The Free And Home Of The Smartphone. Since the advent of the Mobile Revolution (which we will tentatively date to July 2007), the U.S. has had the largest installed base of smartphone users on Android and iOS of any country on the planet. But the reign of the U.S. as the country with the most smartphone users is just about over.Mobile analytics company Flurry predicts that China will overtake the U.S. in iOS and Android installations by the first quarter of 2013. According to Flurry’s estimates, China has 167 million iOS and Android devices active, trailing the U.S. by a scant 14 million smartphones. With a growth rate approaching 300%, China is on a pace to eclipse the U.S. very soon indeed. Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#Android#Apple#international#iOS#smartphone Flurry notes that 71% of all app sessions on iOS and Android now take place outside of the United States. That is an important stat for app developers to understand. As we have seen, many popular services started in technology hotbeds like San Francisco, New York or Boston, but have been forced to look overseas in search of massive growth. Social media companies like Facebook and Twitter can testify to the power of this trend as both have seen massive foreign adoption that eventually outpaced their domestic roots.  The United States added 55 million installed iOS and Android devices between October 2011 and October 2012, about a 30% annual growth rate. China added 125 million installations in the time period, a 293% growth rate – tops in the world. China is truly seeing an inflection point in smartphone adoption, much like the U.S. did between 2009 to 2010.  dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Flurry uses data from 250,000 apps between the two operating systems and estimates that it can detect 90% of active iOS or Android devices on the planet in any given month. According to research firm Gartner, Android had 72.4% of smartphone sales in Q3 2012. Apple’s iOS had 13.9%. So 86.3% of the global smartphone went to one or the other in Q3, a trend that has been persistent over the last year or so as rival systems like Windows Phone, BlackBerry and Symbian have tailed off. If we extrapolate this a little further, it is easy to assume that not only will China take over the lead in iOS and Android installs, but the overall smartphone smartphone installed base by early next year.  Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

‘Don’t walk or play on frozen Dal Lake’

first_imgThe authorities in Srinagar on Saturday advised people not to walk or play on the frozen surface of waterbodies, especially the Dal Lake.Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Syed Abid Rasheed Shah issued the advisory to dissuade locals from taking to such risky adventures, after videos emerged of youth playing cricket on the frozen lake. “Due to sub-zero temperature in Srinagar, parts of the Dal Lake have frozen at the banks. It is dangerous and potentially life threatening to walk or play on it. It is requested to take note and desist from any such action,” said Mr. Shah.Videos and pictures uploaded on the social media showed youngsters a number of youth and boys either walking or playing on the concrete slabs of ice on the lake. In 1980s, iconic images show then chief minister Farooq Abdullah driving his jeep on the frozen Dal lake. Record coldIn the past four days, Srinagar has witnessed a record drop in minimum temperature, of less that -7°C, the first time in the past 28 years. On Saturday, the minimum temperature was recorded at -7.2°C in Srinagar, while the tourist hotspots of Gulmarg and Pahalgam witnessed -7°C and -8°C respetively. According to the India Metrological Department, the cold wave in Kashmir will continue as the weather will remain dry for the next 24 hours.last_img read more