first_imgPlaying behind a forward pack that totally dominated their opposition in running for over 500 more metres in hit-ups in Saturday night’s semi-final, Granville played 52 minutes and a key role in getting his forwards over the advantage line with searching runs from dummy-half.Seven days earlier the 26-year-old struggled to keep pace in the biggest game of his young NRL career but said it was a valuable lesson in preparing to take on the Sharks in their sudden-death encounter in Townsville.”I was ready for it last week but just that extra game helps,” Granville told NRL.com.”I was still a bit tired towards the end of the first half but we had a lot of ball which helped us and our forwards did a great job for us.”Probably just learnt that the speed of the finals is more intense.”In his first full year in the NRL Granville’s next assignment is to find a way to quell the influence of the man he – and almost everyone else in rugby league – nominates as the best hooker in the game today.Twenty-four hours before Granville was caught short against Brisbane, Storm captain Cameron Smith was engineering an upset win over the Roosters that secured his team a much-needed week off and a preliminary final on home turf.The challenge for Granville and his Cowboys teammates is to show the same kind of calmness under pressure that has become synonymous with the Storm, Maroons and Kangaroos captain throughout his decorated career.”He’s tough and he stays composed. He doesn’t get too flustered and just controls the game really well,” Granville said of Smith.”In the intensity of the finals you seem to get a bit flustered but I just try to concentrate on doing my role as best I can for the team because everyone’s role’s different.”Every time I see him play he’s one to watch. He’s the best hooker I think so he’ll be dangerous. He’s so creative around there and he’ll definitely be one to watch.”The laconic former Bronco has assimilated seamlessly into the laidback lifestyle of North Queensland but said he had noticed a change in the energy around town ahead of their home final against the Sharks.With the Cowboys now in just their third preliminary final in the club’s history – and first since 2007 – his dream of playing in an NRL Grand Final is now a step closer to reality.”I noticed a bit of a change,” Granville said of the pre-game build-up.”Support up here is massive but before training and stuff they’d line up for tickets and we knew we were going to get a big crowd and they were really helpful [on Saturday night].”To play some regular footy was my main goal but everyone’s dream is to play in a grand final and that’s all our players’ dream and ultimate goal is to get to that GF.”We’ve got to do a job this weekend and they’re going to be extremely tough down there in Melbourne.”last_img read more

first_imgCJ McCollum added 24 points and Damian Lillard finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who have won three of their last four games.Austin Rivers scored a season-high 21 points for Houston, while Clint Capela had 13 points and 21 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPortland led by as many as 16 points in the third quarter, but Harden started to show some life after a surprisingly cold first half.Gerald Green’s dunk got Houston within 88-83 early in the fourth but Nurkic’s layup pushed Portland’s lead to 97-85 with just under 6 minutes left. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rivers hit all four of his 3-point attempts to start the game and finished the first quarter with 14 points.Neither team was able to make much of a move until the final two minutes of the half, when Portland went up 54-46 on Turner’s layup. Nene was charged with a flagrant foul on Nurkic, who made one of the two free throws then added a basket. Lillard had a floater before time ran out and the Blazers went to the break with a 59-46 lead.Harden was 0 for 8 from 3-point range in the opening half and had nine points. It was just the second time this season he failed to reach double digits in the first half.Lillard’s 3-pointer pushed Portland’s lead to 77-61, but Harden answered with his own. Harden had 20 points in the third quarter but the Blazers led 86-77 going into the final period.TIP INSRockets: It was the third and final meeting of the season between the two teams. They split the first two. … Harden hit his first two 3-point attempts in the second half.Trail Blazers: Nurkic has 20 double-doubles this season. … It was the first time Portland has defeated the Rockets twice in a season since 2015-16. .. The win snapped a two-game losing streak to the Rockets in Portland.UP NEXTRockets: Host the Denver Nuggets on Monday.Trail Blazers: Host the New York Knicks on Monday. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Steph Curry has 42 points, Warriors hold off Kings In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments LATEST STORIES Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, dribbles past Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Jusuf Nurkic had 25 points and 15 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped James Harden’s 40-point streak and the Houston Rockets’ six-game winning streak with a 110-101 victory on Saturday night.Harden finished with 38 points, falling just short of his sixth straight game with 40 or more. He was 13 of 35 from the field, shooting 5 of 17 from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers 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 MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history After Harden collected his fourth foul, McCollum hit a long jumper to put Portland up 101-90 with 3:10 left. Evan Turner’s layup and free throw made it 106-95 and Moda Center fans started heading for the doors.There was some controversy when Harden got three free throws on Turner’s foul and he made all three to close the gap with 1:02 left. After Lillard made a free throw on the other end, Harden’s step-back jumper got the Rockets within 107-101 with 34 seconds left — but it was a close as they could get.Portland was the last team to hold Harden under 30. He had 29 in Houston’s 111-104 home victory on Dec. 11. Maurice Harkless had some success guarding Harden, but he out with a sore left knee after Saturday night’s loss to the Thunder and Turner started for the Blazers.Portland surrendered the lead to Oklahoma City heading into the fourth quarter and came up short 111-109 despite a late rally.Harden had a triple-double in a 135-134 overtime victory over Golden State on Thursday night. He had 44 points, 10 rebounds and 15 assists for his second straight 40-point triple-double and 11th of his career.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of Youth and Sports has released the fixture fot the Special Intra-Government Tournament with an adjustment from Wednesday, July 8 to Friday, July 10.Deputy Sports Minister and organizing Chairman of the tournament, Henry B. Yonton, Jr., said besides the adjustment of the date, the venue for the tournament has also been changed from Blue Field to the Antoinette Tubman Stadium from 10:00am to 4:00pm daily.Speaking to the Daily Observer yesterday, Deputy Minister Yonton said the change of the date, from the 9th -11th July to the 8th – 10th July was owing to the international female match between Liberia and Nigeria at the ATS, the venue of the recreational football and kickball tourney.Mr. Yonton said the eight participating teams, which reached the 2014 Intra-Governmental quarter-finals in the football and kickball editions, are part of the tournament.He reiterated that the reduction of participants in the tournament and the removal of the volleyball version are because of budget cut and lack of playing facilities in the country.The Intra-Governmental League, formerly Inter-Ministerial League, is a tournament that brings together all line ministries, agencies, public corporations and other branches of government together through various sporting disciplines.The multi-purpose SKD Sports Complex where most international games and national games are held is currently under renovation by the People’s Republic of China. According to the fixture on Wednesday, in kickball Nasscorp meets Ministry of State and Ministry of Finance and Development Planning faces Justice Ministry. In the football category, GAC hosts Nasscorp; Libtelco will lock horns with Defense and Judiciary engages the Legislature.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img…214 persons called helplineAlthough the Guyana Inter-Agency Suicide Prevention Helpline continues to play a critical role in tackling the societal scourge of suicide, there have been 17 attempts from the month of June to date. This is according to Police Commissioner Leslie James. Delivering the feature address at the Force’s annual Christmas Awards ceremony on Wednesday at Eve Leary, the Top Cop noted that thus far, the suicide helpline recorded 214 interactions with persons who were prone to committing the act.He revealed that from June 2018 to date, there were a total of 59 interventions. This included 17 suicide attempts, 16 persons who thought of committing suicide, 14 expressing frustration, and 12 persons who were depressed.The Inter-Agency Suicide Prevention Helpline was launched back in August 2015 to aid in the fight against the societal scourge after it was recognised that suicide rates in Guyana are as significant to that of serious crimes, hence the same urgency and attention was needed to help persons who may feel the need to harm themselves.During a meeting in October led by the Top Cop, the European Union (EU) funded Inter-Agency Suicide Helpline came in for high praises for its professionalism and diligent work, especially when responding to clients. The meeting followed a successful 20-month collaboration between the Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) Inter-agency Suicide Helpline and Youth Challenge Guyana.It was outlined that the Force manages and maintains the 24-hour suicide prevention hotline and Youth Challenge Guyana, through the EU-funded initiative and provides face-to-face counselling and follow-up for the persons referred by the hotline.According to reports, suicide is said to be the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29-year-olds globally, and in 2017, Guyana had a suicide rate of 29.9 deaths per 100,000 persons.The Pan American Health Organisation’s (PAHO) 2017 Adolescent and Youth Health Report stated that suicide is a leading cause of death amongst persons within the age range of 15 to 24 years, which accounts for more than half of the deaths in persons between 20 and 24.Only in August, a 22-year-old male nursing student, Heathecliffe Allistare Bobbsemple, of Amelia’s Ward, Linden, ended his life by consuming a quantity of carbon tablets. He reportedly suffered from mental illness and was treated at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Days prior to the incident, he was reportedly seen acting in an abnormal manner. His mother, Tracy Bobbsemple had told this publication that the now dead man was wrongfully implicated in a robbery in July and was placed in the lockups but the matter was later dropped after no evidence was found against him. However shortly after, the young man was rearrested and charged for robbery.The World Health Organisation (WHO) on its website said that between 2010 and 2012, Guyana had recorded 667 reported suicide attempts. It recognised, however, that the Guyana Government has since launched the National Mental Health Action Plan for 2015–2020 and a national suicide prevention plan.However, these initiatives are said to be bearing fruit since it has been reported that the country’s suicide rate had reduced from 44.2 per cent per 100,000 people in 2012 to 24.6 per cent per 100,000 persons in recent years.last_img read more

first_imgWayne Rooney will not play a part in Manchester United’s Champions League game at PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night.The England striker missed the weekend win over Liverpool with a hamstring injury and will not be risked for United’s opening group stage clash in Holland.Rooney’s absence could mean a start for £58million summer signing Anthony Martial.Louis van Gaal opted to field Marouane Fellaini up front against Liverpool but a stunning cameo from Martial could see him handed his full debut against PSV.Van Gaal has also taken James Wilson and Andreas Pereira to Holland.Wilson has been tipped to leave Old Trafford on loan having not featured this season, but the striker is included in the 20-man squad with Rooney left behind.Midfielder Pereira is also part of the travelling party having recently returned from injury.David De Gea is again expected to start after making his first appearance of the season against Liverpool, while Ashley Young could come in for Memphis Depay following his impressive second-half performance.United’s travelling squad: David De Gea, Sergio Romero; Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Paddy McNair, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia; Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Andreas Pereira, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Juan Mata, Ashley Young; Memphis Depay, Marouane Fellaini, Anthony Martial, James Wilson. 1 Wayne Rooney last_img read more

first_imgAfleet Alex won’t run in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, after all. Trainer Tim Ritchey and veterinarian Patricia Hogan said Monday that the Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner’s leg injury is not fully healed and the popular horse won’t be ready for the Breeders’ Cup on Oct. 29. “It came down to crunch time, to enter him in a prep race, and there just wasn’t enough time,” said Hogan, who has viewed X-rays every two weeks since Afleet Alex was sidelined with a fractured left-front cannon bone July 21. “I was very much on the fence. It was a tough decision, but it’s better to be safe and just wait.” Afleet Alex, the star of the Triple Crown series with his acrobatic Preakness win and overpowering Belmont victory, had two strong workouts on the comeback trail and was looking to run in the Classic after a prep race. TENNIS: Aivaras Balzekas, a member of the Lithuanian national tennis team, died Sunday night at Delray Medical Center in Boca Raton, Fla., after a pickup truck crashed into him and another Lynn University student as they pushed a car, hospital spokeswoman Marlene Wotell said Monday. OLYMPICS: The U.S. Olympic Committee is campaigning for softball to be reinstated for the 2012 Games, chairman Peter Ueberroth said Monday. Softball and baseball were dropped from the Olympic program after 2008 in July. “The USOC is dedicated to see to it that women’s softball does not miss its turn in 2012,” Ueberroth said at the 2006 U.S. Olympic team media summit in Colorado Springs, Colo. “We’re hopeful and, in a humble way, hope to try and influence people to reconsider a decision that was a bad decision to eliminate a women’s sport.” FOOTBALLL: Temple football coach Bobby Wallace, 19-66 since taking the job in 1998, is leaving at the end of the season when his contract expires. Time Inc. has settled a $20 million defamation suit filed by former Alabama football coach Mike Price over a Sports Illustrated article about a night of drinking at a topless bar in Florida. center_img Virginia offensive lineman Brad Butler was suspended for one game by the school for throwing a chop-block in Saturday’s loss to Boston College. Butler will sit out Saturday’s game against Florida State, the university said in a statement. Connecticut quarterback Matt Bonislawski underwent surgery to repair a broken collarbone and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Texas freshman tailback Jamaal Charles is should be ready to play Saturday when the No. 2 Longhorns face No. 24 Colorado, coach Mack Brown said. Charles ran for 116 yards, with an 80-yard touchdown, in the Longhorns’ 45-12 win over Oklahoma before leaving the game with an ankle injury in the third quarter. HOCKEY: Oilers forward Ryan Smyth will miss at least two games with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. The Chicago Blackhawks placed forward Eric Daze on injured reserve and recalled forward Jason Morgan from Norfolk of the American Hockey League. 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

first_imgAsk a Darwinian how humans evolved language, and you are likely to hear gibberish.Language—real, syntactically-rich, grammatical, semantically-meaningful language—is one of the most distinctive traits of human beings. Evolutionists have long struggled to explain how and when this beneficial trait emerged in the human population. Other animals communicate, but they don’t ponder abstract concepts beyond the need for procreation or protection. One scientist is not even sure that humpback whales use their famous songs for anything beyond sonar (Science Daily). Animal signaling can bring pleasure, social cohesion, or stress relief, but human language is different. How did it evolve? Evolutionists don’t even know what they thought they knew, our first news item says.Diverse genome study upends understanding of how language evolved (Nature). Evolutionists got all excited in 2002 when one team found that mutations to a gene called FOXP2 disrupted speaking in humans. It appeared at the time, also, that the great apes lacked the particular human form of this gene. Was a mutation in FOXP2 the long-lost key to the evolution of language? No; it wasn’t. “Research casts doubt on the idea that the FOXP2 gene — linked to language evolution — is special to modern humans,” writes Matthew Warren in Nature this week. Warren recalls how evolutionists boasted about the discovery for years, only to backtrack now:The evolution of human language was once thought to have hinged on changes to a single gene that were so beneficial that they raced through ancient human populations. But an analysis now suggests that this gene, FOXP2, did not undergo changes in Homo sapiens’ recent history after all — and that previous findings might simply have been false signals.“The situation’s a lot more complicated than the very clean story that has been making it into textbooks all this time,” says Elizabeth Atkinson, a population geneticist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a co-author of the paper, which was published on 2 August in Cell1.Originally discovered in a family who had a history of profound speech and language disorders, FOXP2 was the first gene found to be involved in language production. Later research touted its importance to the evolution of human language.Now, it appears that the human version of FOXP2 is older than expected. A re-analysis also shows that the scientists behind the 2002 study did shoddy work. Crack this “solution” up to careless, fake science. Evolutionists feel silly about it now. “Language is complicated, and was never going to be explained by a single mutation in modern humans,” one remarked. Oh, that readers between 2002 and 2018 could have known “the rest of the story” that was yet to come. See also Science Daily‘s account of this humiliating retraction.The dynamics of norm change in the cultural evolution of language (PNAS). These four evolutionists think that study of linguistic changes over merely two centuries can inform studies of human evolution! They looked at English and Spanish books for clues. What can that possibly say about how humans acquired language in the first place? Very little. In fact, they end up restricting the implications of their study significantly in the ending discussion, and defer other conclusions to “future work.” And yet they use the word evolution copiously, overlooking the obvious contributions of the human mind and choice in the processes of change. That is not Darwinian evolution. The e-word in this paper gives a false impression that evolutionary theory can somehow shed light on the origin of this most unique human capability.Did kindness prime our species for language? (Science Magazine). Two evolutionists look to Bengalese finches for clues to how humans learned to speak. Prepare for a just-so story that started with Darwin:All this makes the domesticated and wild birds a perfect natural experiment to help explore an upstart proposal about human evolution: that the building blocks of language are a byproduct of brain alterations that arose when natural selection favored cooperation among early humans. According to this hypothesis, skills such as learning complex calls, combining vocalizations, and simply knowing when another creature wants to communicate all came about as a consequence of pro-social traits like kindness. If so, domesticated animals, which are bred to be good-natured, might exhibit such communication skills too.The idea is rooted in a much older one: that humans tamed themselves. This self-domestication hypothesis, which got its start with Charles Darwin, says that when early humans started to prefer cooperative friends and mates to aggressive ones, they essentially domesticated themselves (Science, 24 October 2014, p. 405). Along with tameness came evolutionary changes seen in other domesticated mammals—smoother brows, shorter faces, and more feminized features—thanks in part to lower levels of circulating androgens (such as testosterone) that tend to promote aggression.You can ignore most of this speculative storytelling, because Michael Erard and Catherine Matacic take most of it back in the last paragraph. They can’t connect genes to changes in communication in the birds, for one thing, and end with a caution about misinterpreting the data: “Tomasello also cautions against trying to explain human language solely from animal models.” None of the fact-free stories in the article have anything to do with semantics, anyway. It’s all about vocalization without meaning. If this just-so story is to believed, clownfish should have written sea anemone dictionaries by now, and microbes in bacterial films should be holding science conferences together.Like so many Darwinian explanations, this one is self-refuting. The evolutionary scientists are using language to say that language arose by chance, without meaning. It only served a purpose so that species could propagate themselves. We can conclude, therefore, that all these scientists really just have sex on their mind. They don’t “mean” anything they say.The harm that Charlie did to science and the world is nearly incalculable. World empires fought genocidal wars over his notions. Science entered the era of Just-So Storytelling. And Darwinians cast out of the Darwin Castle the true scientists who respect empiricism, who employ necessary and sufficient causes—like intelligence—for phenomena bearing hallmarks of design, instead of endlessly appealing to the Stuff Happens Law. Darwin bigots continue to punish anyone who criticizes the Bearded Buddha. This idol must be toppled before it causes even more harm with its amoral, fitness-centric outlook. (Visited 489 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img× karaikudiKalai Published on Tamil Nadu SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS August 18, 2016center_img COMMENT Chettinad Apparels of Chennai-based Chettinad Group has unveiled the identity of its cricket team ‘Karaikudi Kaalai’ in Tamil Nadu Premier League 2016, a State-level T-20 cricket tournament being conducted by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.The team’s logo, jersey and anthem was unveiled by team’s owner Rajamani Muthuganesan. The team will be led by S Badrinath and coached by former Indian cricketer Robin Singh, says a company press release.The team’s name was inspired by the raging bulls of ‘Jallikattu’ sport. Donning Kaalai, the logo was curated to represent the spirit of the players. The raging bull in the logo coupled with eccentric colours pillar the tag line of the team, “Modhi Paakalama.” the release said. cricket SHARE karaikudiKalailast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisementThe Houston Rockets star and center Clint Capela have agreed to a five-year contract extension according to Yahoo Sports Shams Charania. Capela was selected by Houston with the 25th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.He was runner-up for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award this past season after averaging career-highs of 13.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 1.85 blocks.  Capela led the league in field goal percentage (.652) while ranking eighth in rebounding and second in blocks.Capela had the option of signing a $4.3-million qualifying offer that would have seen him become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 campaign. But Capela, who was a restricted free agent, is set to earn $90 million over the course of the deal.Sources: Clint Capela’s deal to return to the Rockets is five years, $80M guaranteed — with $10M in incentives.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 27, 2018Houston Rockets Star James Harden said:“I’m happy for [Capela],” Harden told reporters on Friday at USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas. “Obviously we love the game of basketball, but to be able to provide for your family for generations, that’s what we do it for. I’ve seen him work his butt off these last few years. He listens. He learns. He goes out there and competes. I’m happy for him.” Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgCoolpad launched two new budget phones, the Mega 3 and the Note 3S, in the Indian market on Wednesday. While the Mega 3 which is successor to the Mega 2.5D has been priced at Rs 6,999 the Note 3S which is successor to the Note 3 will be available for Rs 9,999. Both the phones will be available for buying from Amazon India starting from December 7.Both the Mega 3 and the Note 3S boast of all-plastic bodies but while the Mega 3 has a textured back, the Note 3S comes with dual curves. The Note 3S which is the more premium of the two also gets a fingerprint scanner on the rear. The Mega 3 meanwhile can support three SIM cards in one go.Both the phones come with a 5.5-inch 720p screen, 4G LTE connectivity and Android Marshmallow out-of-the-box.While the Mega 3 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor clubbed with 2GB RAM and 16GB memory, the Note 3S comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 processor coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB memory under the hood. While the Mega 3 supports expandable storage of up to 64GB, the Note 3S supports expandable storage of up to 32GB via microSD card.The Note 3S sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. The Mega 3 on the other hand has 8-megapixel cameras on the front and back.While the Mega 3 is backed by a 3,050mAh battery, the Note 3S comes with a smaller 2,500mAh battery.last_img read more