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Cone on Game 6 collapse: Close out games are the hardest

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Gin Kings found themselves down early, trailing the Bolts by as much as 20 points, 24-44, in the second quarter as Cone desperately tried to wake his wards from their slumber.The lackluster play from the defending champion aggravated Cone’s frustrations, and he ended up pleading for every call in the first half before ultimately slumping in his chair in disgust.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThough Ginebra strung a better performance in the second half and trimmed the deficit to as low as four, 90-86, in the payoff period, Meralco just had more in its tank as it equalized the series and forced the winner-take-all Game 7.“We just couldn’t make a big stop when we needed it, we just couldn’t get a big rebound when we needed it,” the seasoned mentor said. “We made a couple of runs, but just when we made a big run we just can’t make a big stop or get a big rebound or hit a big shot.” Cone wasn’t alone in his disappointment, as the record crowd of 53,642 who attended the game at the massive Philippine Arena went dead silent, confused why Ginebra didn’t capitalize on its advantage.But in the 59-year-old mentor’s eyes, the Gin Kings’ defeat underscored how tough it is to finish off any series, especially with championships hanging in the balance.“Close out games are really hard to do. It’s just a hard thing to get done, and I have a number in my career and never found a surefire way to win that close out game,” he said.Rather than dwell on the defeat, the 19-time PBA champion coach would rather shift his focus towards the final game of the season on Friday.“We can’t spend time feeling bad about Game 6. It’s done and over. We got to move on to Game 7 already. I guess this is what everybody wanted — a Game 7,” Cone said.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set No reunion for Alas, son at Phoenix “Best two words in sports: Game 7. It really is. There’s nothing more exciting or suspense filled that playing Game 7 and I think the best thing you could do is to enjoy playing in a Game 7.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Ginebra coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Ginebra coach Tim Cone minced no words when assessing the dismal showing of his side on the heels of its 98-91 defeat to Meralco in Game 6 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Wednesday.“We got off to a bad start, they got off to a great start. We tried to catch up the whole game, but we just couldn’t get over the hump,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 awardlast_img read more

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M&CC to host public day twice weekly

first_img…plans to reclaim City Council landsBy Ramona LuthiIn an effort to distribute the work of administration at City Hall, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) will be hosting a “public day” twice a week starting from Wednesday, July 13, according to Town Clerk Royston King.King, at the statutory meeting on Monday, relayed that the Deputy Town Clerk and the Assistant Town Clerk, along with other City Hall workers, would be stationed twice a week at the Agricola Community Centre and in the upper flat of the incomplete Kitty Market.He explained that the purpose of the initiative was to provide members of the public in the specific areas with the opportunity to voice their concerns and have the matters brought to the attention of the M&CC.“Beginning from Wednesday, we hope to begin to decentralise the work of administration by asking the clerks, the Deputy Town Clerk and the Assistant Town Clerk, to be available at the Agricola Community Centre, along with the relevant staff, two days a week, and at the Kitty Market, along with the relevant staff, two days a week.“This, of course, will include members from the City Engineers Department…and they will be there two days a week and they will take all the reports, complaints, they’ll engage the citizens in those areas and will report back to us and you, the council, will obviously receive reports from those areas and get a chance to benefit, because as it is now we’re not doing justice to some of those areas,” the Town Clerk asserted at the meeting.The Town Clerk also highlighted that persons who required information pertaining to taxes would be able to approach the assigned staff at these two locations to obtain such. However, he emphasised that owing to the lack of security, especially at the unfinished Kitty Market, members of the public would not be able to pay their taxes or conduct any monetary transactions at the public days.Meanwhile, King said that city lands, including parapets, were continuously being reclaimed from persons who have been squatting on them to ply their trades “rent” free.“We are continuing to reclaim city spaces and parapets from individuals who have been using them for private enterprise without paying the Council a cent and we will continue to do this throughout the city,” he noted.last_img read more

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Barrolle Slips in Championship Hunt

first_imgDisappointed fans of Mighty Barrolle, in their dominant red attire, were spell-bound and cheerless last Sunday, when the Kanyan Pepper’s boys failed to defeat Timber Wolves at the Sports Commission on Broad Street, writes Leroy M. Sonpon, lll.The virtually youthful Wolves whipped Mighty Barrolle 47-61 points.The Rollers’ defeat narrowed their hunt to put an end to their decades-long title drought, but Coach Otis Nyanneh is still optimistic of clinching the title, arguing that every team loses, and that is part of the game.Barrolle’s win last week against Bardnersville Celtics, 71-62 points favored them alongside LPRC Oilers and NPA Anchors for their title hunt.But their latest defeat to Wolves may probably be their turning-point to remain empty in their title hunt.Earlier, Supreme Sisters whipped Commissioner 33-23 points and K-Delta continued their winning spree when they thrashed Phoenix 64-47 points.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Stop Undermining Senior Female Police Officers’

first_imgThe Chief of Gender Affairs at the Liberia National Police (LNP), Sadata Reeves, yesterday warned her colleagues, particularly female officers, to desist from undermining each other, in what she said had hindered their elevation to senior leadership positions.Reeves, who is also the Assistant Commissioner for police said, “If they (stop underming), it would encourage senior officers to advocate on their behalf at the leadership level.”“I have noticed that we are our own problem, and only we ourselves can identify our problems and work on them. It is now time for us to work with senior female officers to see how we can encourage them to advocate for us.  We don’t have to pull them down,” Assistant Commissioner Reeves said. She made the assertion yesterday at the opening of a two-day capacity building workshop, organized by the Liberia National Police Women’s Association (LNPWA).The training which begins today is intended to strengthen the LNPWA and to explore strategies that would ensure gender balance within the LNP.It is also part of the celebration of the International Women’s Day, under the theme: “Women Rising Beyond Ebola.”Narrating the history about the formation of the LNPWA, Commissioner Reeves said, it was established in 1994 with the specific objectives of advocating for women, improving their welfare and designing programs that would build their capacity and competency to meet the needs of the LNP.“Since then,” she said, “the organization has ceased to exist. And it is time for us to come together and strengthen women’s capacity and promote gender mainstreaming for the active participation of all police officers, especially females, in decision making positions.”In his interjection, acting Police Commissioner, William Mulbah said the LNP was making serious efforts to have 30 percent women representation within the LNP, warning, “We are going to recruit not just any kind of female officer because we want to get 30 percent representation. We are going to select and recruit qualified officers this time.”He challenged them by saying, “If you want to be on par with your male counterparts, you have to qualify yourself.”He disclosed that there is presently only 17 percent female representation within the LNP.According to him, with the help of the United Nations Women and the Ministry of Gender and Development, 150 females have been recruited throughout the country.“We have currently recruited 150 females and they are expected to enroll at the Liberia Police Training Academy by August of this year,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Michael Samukai Implicates NSA in ‘Gun Ownership’

first_imgMichael Samukai, the son of Defense Minister Brownie Samukai, who is being tried for allegedly shooting Zardee Andrews in the back of his neck, told Criminal Court ‘A’ yesterday that the gun used during the incident was issued to him by the National Security Agency (NSA).The agency is expected to appear before the court on Thursday, March 2.Defendant Samukai, who is on the witness stand, was said to have shot Andrews on September 13, 2016, during a fist fight about the victim’s extra marital relations with his wife. The incident occurred at the Tropicana Beach on the Robertfiled Highway.Although, defendant Samukai testified that it was the NSA that issued him the gun, police investigation established that he acquired the weapon illegally. He, however, said the permit for the weapon is still in the possession of the NSA.Samukai claimed that he is an employee of the NSA with a rank of deputy chief of security assigned at the National Port Authority (NPA). Despite the shooting incident, he still maintains his post.His explanation came immediately after the prosecution asked him to produce every legitimate document in his possession that authorizes him to carry the arm.It was due to that information that his lawyer asked the court for the agency to appear before it and to prove whether or not the defendant’s was authorized by the NSA to carry a firearm.Further to his testimony, defendant Samukai alleged that he was issued the gun, after he had complained to his bosses that he had been attacked on many occasions, by unidentified persons while performing his duty at the port.“After I was physically attacked on many occasions as deputy chief of security at the port, it was when I thought that I needed protection and it was how the NSA gave me the weapon for protection,” the defendant alleged.He added that the NSA did not give him the permit for the weapon.Explaining about the shooting incident, Samukai denied any knowledge as to who actually carried out the act.“The gun was in my jacket and while we were fighting, he spotted it and we together took it out of my clothes (jacket) and it went off, so, I do not know how he was shot,” Samukai alleged.He claimed that after the incident he immediately reported the weapon to the headquarters of the LNP, where the Police Inspector General, Gregory Coleman, advised him to leave it there “because nothing was going to happen to me.”He is charged with multiple crimes, including aggravated assault, criminal attempt to commit murder and illegal possession of firearm.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mourinho to offer Man United ace in exchange for best teenager in world football

first_img targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Latest transfer news targets TOP WORK moving on 2 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Jose Mourinho is prepared to offer Anthony Martial in a part exchange deal for Kylian Mbappe, according to reports.Mbappe, the France forward, spent last season on loan at Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco, before the Ligue 1 champions tied up his permanent signing earlier this summer. However, the Paris club face a Financial Fair Play investigation having spent £166million on Mbappe just one year after splashing out around £198m to bring Neymar, the Brazil star, from Barcelona to the French capital.And, according to The Mirror, United have taken notice of PSG’s precarious financial situation and have registered their interest in Mbappe with the player’s advisers. Mbappe joined Paris Saint-Germain on loan from Monaco last summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father REVEALED IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Manchester City have already emerged as one of the parties interested in signing Mbappe this summer, while Real Madrid are also reportedly tracking the teenage superstar, who became France’s youngest ever goal scorer at the World Cup when he netted in Les Bleus’ 1-0 defeat of Peru earlier this week. three-way race Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Mbappe is currently representing France at the World Cup RANKED It is stated that Jose Mourinho would be willing to offer Anthony Martial in a part exchange deal for Mbappe, 19, with Martial believed to be valued at around £80m by the Red Devils. Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 2last_img read more

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Will Cisse haunt Sunderland?

first_imgA magnificent fightback from Rangers on Wednesday evening gave them three valuable and improbable points against Liverpool and they will travel to Sunderland in good heart.It may not be a bad time to play the Black Cats given they may have one eye on their FA Cup replay against Everton next Tuesday.The R’s remain 8/11 to be relegated and for 70 minutes at Loftus Road those odds looked extremely generous, but those goals have handed Mark Hughes’ side a lifeline and I expect them to get at least a draw on Saturday.Can Cisse do it again?The Black Cats are 10/11 for the game with the draw at 12/5 and a Rangers win at 31/10 with betvictor.com.Djibril Cisse scored against one of his former clubs in midweek and is 7/1 to land the opener at the Stadium of Light.You can also bet on whether R’s captain Joey Barton – booed off by his own fans on Wednesday – is dropped for the game.Chelsea looked in control of their encounter at the Etihad Stadium until two late goals gave Manchester City the points and reignited their season.City are 11/8 for the title behind 4/7 United and it is still in their hands given that United must travel across Manchester at the end of April.Chelsea are still battling to secure a Champions League spot and are currently 13/8 to finish in the top four, with Arsenal 1/8 and Tottenham 1/4.A win for the Blues against Spurs would change those odds again with the north London side beginning to fray at the edges.Chelsea are 10/11 to win on Saturday with the draw 13/5 and Spurs at 13/5.I’m not convinced Roberto Di Matteo got his substitutions right at the Etihad and he is out to 5/2 to be manager on the first day of the 2012/13 season.Fernando Torres looked sharp against City after his two goals against Leicester last Sunday and is 6/1 to score first and 7/4 to score at any time.Raul Meireles and Frank Lampard looked laboured and I think Ramires will drop back into midfield with Daniel Sturridge likely to return up front.6/1 to score the opener.Di Matteo has suggested he wouldn’t be afraid to start both Didier Drogba and Torres, but it is unlikely to be Saturday I would think.Fulham have to try and bounce back from their first home defeat of the year against a rampant Swansea last weekend when they travel to Old Trafford to face the favourites for the Premier League.The Whites are 14/1 to cause the shock and, while Blackburn and others showed the Theatre of Dreams is not the fortress it once was, it would take a brave soul to back Fulham after their Swansea drubbing.United are 2/9 to continue what looks an irresistible surge towards their 20th title and it is 5/1 the draw.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.com or follow me on Twitter @VictorChandlerFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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It’s Over: Dark Energy Was Fake Science

first_imgIt’s being called the Worst Theoretical Prediction in the History of Physics. Dark energy, and its cousin dark matter, are not showing up in any empirical tests.This is big. Secular cosmologists have been teaching for nearly two decades that “dark energy” makes up 68% of the universe, and dark matter another 28%, leaving only 4 or 5 percent as normal matter. They had no idea what either dark entity was, but “science says” this mysterious unknown stuff had to be real. Now, they are reluctantly coming to realize it never was real at all, though some are still hanging on to the old assumptions.CEH has been reporting since its beginning in 2000 on the non-detection of dark matter. Now, it seems that cosmologists are at a tipping point. Here’s a sample of the news about these dark things, which also bear on Big Bang theory.The Worst Theoretical Prediction in the History of Physics (Real Clear Science, republished by Live Science). Ross Pomeroy quotes media darling astronomer Neil de Grasse Tyson admitting, “Yes, we’re clueless.”How crashing neutron stars killed off some of our best ideas about what ‘dark energy’ is (Thomas Kitching at The Conversation). You may have heard the celebrations about the detection of gravitational waves assumed to have come from the collision of two neutron stars. Kitching reports that, contrary to theoretical predictions, light arrived virtually simultaneously. This kills off a popular model for what dark energy might be:Cosmology is in a bit of a pickle. We have a great model that can explain the evolution of the universe from a fraction of a second after the big bang, until now approximately 14 billion years later. The problem is that in order to explain all the observations, a mysterious energy called “dark energy” must be added to the models. Dark energy is a huge problem, it accounts for about 70% of all the energy the universe, and we have absolutely no idea what it is.Study finds ‘dark matter’ and ‘dark energy’ may not exist – here’s what to make of it (Kevin Pimbblet at The Conversation). We may be looking at the wreckage of a monumental theory collapse. Now what? Pimbblet, who has taught astronomy and physics classes, showing students the typical pie charts of dark energy, dark matter and normal matter, feels the pain. He is scrambling for answers:Suppose for a moment that both dark energy and dark matter are too strange a pill to swallow. What would the alternatives be? One way out would be to suppose that our understanding of the universe is at fault [well gollll-eee!]. Perhaps gravity and general relativity do not work in quite the way that we think they do.In the same way that Newton’s laws – which we long thought told the whole story about movement – are a simplification of the more complicated theory of relativity, perhaps our understanding of relativity is a simplification of something else? More fundamentally, perhaps we have made some error of judgement about the assumptions that underpin the equations we deal with? Maybe we need to modify the equations of gravitation?As a stopgap measure to avoid being completely clueless, he considers the new ideas of André Maeder, who needs neither of these dark things to get his model of the universe to work. Time will tell. When given lemons, make lemonade:While we are not there yet, ultimately, the pie chart of mass and energy density of the entire universe may need to be revisited to scrub out the two biggest parts! It’s an exciting time to be a cosmologist.Cosmological Composition Pie Chart (CC-BY-3.0). Ben Finney, used by PimbbletALMA finds massive primordial galaxies swimming in vast ocean of dark matter (Science Daily). This headline is misleading. Astronomers did not see or detect dark matter. They inferred it from theory-laden observations of distant stars that they believe would have required a “dark matter halo” to exist so that stars would not fly apart.Colliding galaxies may be evidence in support of new candidate for universe’s elusive dark matter (Science Daily). Notice the “may be evidence” in the headline. It masks a junkyard of failed theories. Scientists have pretty much given up on dark matter candidates: MACHOs, WIMPs, etc. Now some are running a new one up the flagpole: SIMPs (Strongly Interacting Massive Particles). That sounds fishy, though; if they are “strongly interacting”, wouldn’t they be detectable here at Earth?The usual way of hunting dark matter may be all wrong (Leah Crane at New Scientist). This article also proposes a different approach, to look at strongly interacting particles. It must be discouraging news to the institutions that have built expensive detectors deep underground (all of which have failed to detect dark matter) to find out they were on the wrong track all along. The new proposal, however, doesn’t sound any more promising. If the snipe ain’t out there, looking in a different direction ain’t gonna help.Findings present a puzzle as to how such a huge object could have grown so quickly (Science Daily). A “Goliath” black hole 800 million times the sun’s mass has been detected almost 13 billion years old, too soon after the big bang to have formed. “It has an extremely high mass, and yet the universe is so young that this thing shouldn’t exist,” astronomers say. “The universe was just not old enough to make a black hole that big. It’s very puzzling.” Leah Crane at New Scientist agrees: “Most distant quasar ever seen is way too big for our universe.”Doing Without Dark Energy (UC Davis). With the collapse of dark energy, mathematicians at UC Davis are looking for alternatives. They are proposing an alternative explanation for cosmic acceleration by taking a new look at the equations for General Relativity. They did not like using Einstein’s ‘cosmological constant’ as a fudge factor to explain dark energy, so they set to work. They have decided that the popular Friedman universe from relativity is unstable. In a new paper, Blake Temple and colleagues say the cosmological constant is unnecessary. “What we should expect to measure instead are local space-times that accelerate faster,” he claims. “Remarkably, the local space-times created by the instability exhibit precisely the same range of cosmic accelerations as you get in theories of dark energy.” Whether this new proposal gains traction is less important than the observation that cosmologists are now scrambling to understand something they were claiming they understood. They even called their models “precision cosmology” (4/13/07). How can a model be precise when at least 68% of it, maybe even 96% of it, is fake science relying on inexplicable unrealities?Do you see a trend here? From their theoretical big bang to their theoretical human ancestor, evolutionists have been wrong, wrong, wrong. All this time they have been bluffing about how smart they are compared to “people of faith.” Now we see see they are nothing more than People of Fluff. While we respect observational astronomy and empirical evidence, most of secular cosmology has trusted in phantoms—dark, occult things that are declared real only because their favored theories require them. If they finally give up on these phantoms, astronomy will be better off. But we had best learn the lesson from the philosophy of science, that experts can be completely off base, despite their bluffing assertions, powerful detectors, and abstruse mathematical models. If you start on the wrong foundation, you will never understand reality, no matter how smart you are and how hard you try. Suggestion: try some cosmology starting with information as the fundamental reality of the universe. We know that information is real. We use it ourselves all the time. Unlike dark things, information is like light; it enlightens the mind and the understanding. Try it and see what happens.(Visited 2,209 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Jinko Solar opens R80m factory in Cape Town

first_img6 August 2014 New York Stock Exchange-listed Chinese company Jinko Solar, the fourth-largest solar PV manufacturer in the world, unveiled an R80-million solar photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturing plant in Cape Town on Tuesday. The factory – the company’s first outside of China – will produce up to 1 300 solar panels a day, translating to 120 megawatts (MW) in solar power generating capacity per year. Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said at the opening that the new facility would create 250 new jobs directly, as well as additional work in secondary industries such as solar panel installation and maintenance. She said the Western Cape provincial government had forged a partnership with a local technology tertiary institution to send local students to China for training in solar panel manufacture and maintenance. Jinko Solar MD Morgan Peng said wider use of solar panels would also help take some of the load off Eskom’s power grid. Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, speaking on the side-lines of the US-Africa leadership summit in Washington, said the government had supported Jinko Solar’s investment through the reduction of red tape and support on local content requirements. Davies said the green economy has been identified as a key focus area in the government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan, adding the its renewable energy programme for independent power producers was fostering the growth of a new industrial sector in South Africa. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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