first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Pasig-Grindhouse, led by Ababou and Fil-American prospect Josh Munzon, won the preseason tournament after beating San Juan, 21-15, in the finals. Taylor Statham and former National University Bulldog Troy Rike are also part of the Pasig team.Ababou, an original member of the Smart Gilas Pilipinas team, played seven seasons in the PBA before Columbian Dyip surprisingly let him go after the 2018 season.The one-time UAAP champion and MVP out of University of Santo Tomas said he’s grateful for the opportunity to play in the 3X3 league after he was left unsigned in the PBA.The likes of Alvin Pasaol, University of the East’s offensive menace, and Kib Montalbo, the defensive ace who just wrapped up his final year with the De La Salle Green Archers in the 81st Season of the UAAP, are just among the young guns the players to watch out for.Other notable collegiate stars are Larry Muyang of the Letran Knights and Anton Asistio, who helped the Ateneo Blue Eagles repeat as UAAP champions in his final season.Games will be played either at SM Megamall or SM Fairview and will be shown live on ESPN5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “And if we’re able to host the Challenger Cup and there’s a very good chance Fiba will grant us that right to host the Challenger Cup, as a host country they will allow us to field six teams in that international tournament, six Philippine teams playing in that tournament will rack up a lot of points,” he added. “All we need to do is to hold more and more international tournaments here in the Philippines this 2019. So 2019 will be a very busy year for 3X3.”Twelve city-based teams will be slugging it out in the first conference, the President’s Cup.The squads are the Bacoor Strikers, 1Bataan, Bulacan Kuyas, Cebu-Max 4 Birada, Manila Stars, Marikina Shoemakers, Pasig-Grindhouse Kings, Quezon City-Zark’s Jawbreakers, San Juan-Go for Gold Knights, the Valenzuela Classic, Vigan Baluante, and Zamboanga Valientes.Former PBA veterans in Gabby Espinas, Ronjay Buenafe, Dylan Ababou, Mac Cardona and Larry Rodriguez to name a few will be testing their skills on a different basketball stage where the game is played on a much-faster pace.After the press conference, a preseason tournament was held at Ynares Pasig to help the teams get accustomed to the rules and style of play in 3X3.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re just so excited and happy that there is a concrete step for us to achieve our dream of sending a team to the Tokyo Olympics and this league will generate the most number of points for our country,” league owner Ronald Mascariñas told reporters.“I’m just so happy that our initial batch of players are really strong and this will be a real treat for the fans. Former professional and collegiate standouts are participating in this league.”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 ChrissCreating a 3X3 league boosts the country’s objective of garnering ranking points to qualify for the Tokyo Games.“Without this league, there will be no hope. Let’s say goodbye to our Olympic dream for 3X3. So this is our only way for our country to have a chance because with 12 teams playing, every time they play they rank up points for the country,” Mascariñas said. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Tim Cone sees his former players in Tey Teodoro: ‘He just caught my eye’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSome of the country’s collegiate stars and former pros will be in action in the Philippines’ inaugural 3X3 league which tips off on February 16.The Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3X3 was officially launched on Monday in a press conference. The league was formed with an ultimate goal of qualifying in the maiden 3X3 event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra 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. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSAN JOSE — Joe Pavelski meets with the Dallas Stars, who seem ready to take the next step after nearly beating the eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues in the second round of the playoffs.Pavelski is then seen in Tampa Bay, looking comfortable as he talks with Lightning general manager Julien Brisebois and coach Jon Cooper, who, no doubt, want to find that missing ingredient after they were swept in the first round.The possibility of Pavelski leaving San Jose for another franchise …last_img read more

first_imgHow will big bang theorists deal with the latest news?First there was the Great Wall. Then there was the Sloan Great Wall, and a supercluster system dubbed Laniakea. “But the newly spotted BOSS Great Wall, with a total mass perhaps 10,000 times as great as the Milky Way, is two-thirds bigger again than either of them,” New Scientist reports today about a billion-light-year galactic “wall” that may be the largest object observed in the cosmos so far.Galaxy superclusters also have competition for the “biggest known object” crown. Some distant light sources like quasars or gamma ray bursts seem to be clustered together in certain regions of the sky. If they are truly connected, they belong to structures so large that current cosmological theories can’t explain them.To be fair, the classification is subjective. Some astronomers think the material in the structures are not physically linked. If nothing else, though, they illustrate the lumpiness problem in cosmology. The universe is not a smooth sea of particles as theory would predict. Instead, “On the grandest scales, the universe resembles a cosmic web of matter surrounding empty voids – and these walls are the thickest threads.”Far OutPeering deep into space, a new “cosmic distance record” was set by the Hubble Space Telescope, reports the BBC News. A galaxy with redshift z=11.1 has been observed. It’s called GN-z11. Its high redshift would put its origin 13.4 billion years before the present in standard cosmology, a mere 400 million years after the big bang. The very first stars might become observable. “They are probably another 200 million light-years beyond even GN-z11.”Dr Oesch and colleagues say GN-z11 is one-25th the size of the Milky Way with just 1% of our galaxy’s mass in stars.“The surprising thing is how bright it is (for what it represents), and it’s growing really fast, producing stars at a much faster rate,” said the Yale astronomer.“So, it’s challenging some of our models, but it’s showing galaxy build-up was well under way early on in the Universe, and it’s a great preview for [the] James Webb [Space Telescope], which will be pushing even deeper to see the progenitors of this galaxy.”The James Webb Telescope may be able to see redshifts between 15 and 30, indicating objects only 100 to 250 million years after the big bang. Science Daily explains where GN-z11 needs to fit in current theory:“The previous record-holder was seen in the middle of the epoch when starlight from primordial galaxies was beginning to heat and lift a fog of cold, hydrogen gas,” explains co-author Rychard Bouwens from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. “This transitional period is known as the reionisation era. GN-z11 is observed 150 million years earlier, near the very beginning of this transition in the evolution of the Universe.”A galaxy of stars this mature so close to the beginning of the universe was not predicted by big bangers, Space.com says:However, the discovery also raises many new questions as the existence of such a bright and large galaxy is not predicted by theory. “It’s amazing that a galaxy so massive existed only 200 million to 300 million years after the very first stars started to form. It takes really fast growth, producing stars at a huge rate, to have formed a galaxy that is a billion solar masses so soon,” explains Garth Illingworth of the University of California, Santa Cruz.Marijn Franx, a member of the team from the University of Leiden highlights: “The discovery of GN-z11 was a great surprise to us, as our earlier work had suggested that such bright galaxies should not exist so early in the Universe.” His colleague Ivo Labbe adds: “The discovery of GN-z11 showed us that our knowledge about the early Universe is still very restricted. How GN-z11 was created remains somewhat of a mystery for now. Probably we are seeing the first generations of stars forming around black holes.”If this trend continues, the James Webb telescope may push theory to the breaking point after it launches in 2018.A piece on PhysOrg states, “The early universe consisted almost entirely of hydrogen atoms, but at some point – probably about 500 million years after the Big Bang – the first stars formed.” Something is dreadfully wrong here. One cannot have a galaxy turning up 100 million years earlier than the first stars. Maybe the new physics theory announced by PhysOrg will rewrite the textbooks. Readers may wish to see why a Caltech astronomer found something “frustrating, but interesting” about the first galaxies. “For a while we were convinced that we were missing something important,” he said on PhysOrg, but then he and his colleagues were “shocked” when theory matched his prediction. It must be a rare occurrence.Other cosmologists, like those on Science Daily, will continue to speak glibly about the leading theory that posits “a region of space the size of a single proton vastly expanded to form the beginnings of our universe” in a fraction of a second. Somehow, the article says, the universe learned how to make French onion soup from that sudden explosive beginning.Let’s recap. The big bangers did not predict this galaxy or the BOSS Great Wall. They were amazed. It was a great surprise. The GN-z11 galaxy should not exist, but it does. The big bangers admit that their knowledge about the early Universe is still very restricted, after decades of research. Such objects are a mystery to them. Their cosmological theories cannot explain them. And yet they get to keep their jobs? Sounds like government workers. (Visited 102 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgSteve Andrews, CEO of SolarAid believes he is lucky to be leading this extraordinary NGO; bringing clean, renewable energy to the world’s poorest people. The pico-solar light makes clean, safe light accessible in remote rural areas. (Images: SolarAid) MEDIA CONTACTS • Elly White Communications Coordinator SolarAid elly.white@solar-aid.org RELATED ARTICLES • Light for Africa • Light shines for Team Emulsified • African sun could light world’s citiesWritten by Melissa Jane CookHundreds of millions of rural Africans have no access to electricity. Productive hours are lost and study time reduced because when the sun goes down, they must stop. But solar-powered lights are a safe, renewable, cost-efficient and effective answer.With the ambitious goal of eradicating the kerosene lamp by 2020, SolarAid, a charity based in London, is shipping its solar-powered lights to Africa. They not only protect the environment, says the charity, they also transform lives.Charged by the sun during the day, the small, hand-held solar lights offer a simple, economical solution for free light at night. They are dependable, reliable and early research shows, have had a remarkable impact on peoples’ lives. Already available in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Senegal and Zambia, the lamps have yet to land in South Africa.SolarAid’s philosophy is “One small light, one big idea”. According to Lighting Africa, a joint International Finance Corporation and World Bank programme set up to improve access to lighting in areas not yet connected to an electricity grid, nearly 600 million Africans have no access to electricity and many rely on toxic kerosene for lighting. “These brutal lamps emit noxious black smoke and burn up to 25% of the household income – locking millions into poverty. By contrast, solar lights cost as little as $10 (R98.75), pay for themselves after 12 weeks, and last for five years,” says SolarAid chief executive Steve Andrews.The goal of the charity is to make sure that by the end of the decade, every person who needs a light has one. “We are proud to be an international charity combatting both poverty and climate change with one simple piece of technology – the solar light.”The hard factsAs much as 91% of the rural population of sub-Saharan Africa does not have electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. “Energy is the thread that connects economic growth, increased social equity and sustainability,” says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. “But widespread energy poverty still condemns billions to darkness, ill health and missed opportunities for education and prosperity.”Each year, about $10.5-billion is spent on expensive, dangerous, toxic kerosene for lighting. The burning of this harmful hydrocarbon liquid contributes to indoor air pollution, causing respiratory diseases, eye infections and often fatal accidents. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, using kerosene has huge consequences for the environment, with a single kerosene lamp emitting up to one ton of carbon dioxide over five years.Elly White, the communications co-ordinator at SolarAid, explains that more than 290 million people in Africa use kerosene as their main source of lighting. “Each kerosene lamp emits over 2.5 kilograms of carbon dioxide per litre burned, as well as black carbon, or soot, which adds even more intensely to global warming.”The way forwardA step away from kerosene to the more positive lamps that are freely lit by the sun appears to be an obvious choice. Schoolchildren and students are able to study for longer at night and read books under safer conditions. Without light, opportunities for earning, learning and socialising are severely limited. The productive day is cut short so that children cannot study, parents cannot work and families have little time together.According to SolarAid, early research has found that on average, children in homes where solar lights have been installed are doing double the amount of homework every evening. In Malawi, two-thirds of head teachers said the performance of children with solar lights had improved; there had been increased attendance at school, and motivation and concentration in class.These solar lights increase available income in that less household money is used for power. The socio-economic benefits are numerous. The saved finances can be used to buy essential food and agricultural equipment, and fund children’s education, leading to an improvement in health and educational prospects. Andrews says that government grid expansion predominantly benefits a wealthier, urban population, and the micro solar market benefits poorer people in rural areas – those for whom grid access remains a pipedream, even with major investment in grid expansion.“Despite the name, SolarAid does not give ‘aid’ in the traditional sense of the word; we do something far more ground-breaking. We are driving forward a fair, sustainable market for solar technology through our social enterprise in Africa; making solar lights accessible to people living in the remotest corners of the continent,” he explains.White says that SolarAid works to get rural African families access to pico, or small, solar lights. “They do not require costly installation or maintenance and provide instant light in remote rural areas the electricity grid might never reach.” SolarAid has already made access to this safe, clean light a reality for over three million people.“Statistics show that in sub-Saharan Africa, indoor smoke causes around 400 000 deaths a year. In addition, the danger of fire from open flames and kerosene lamp explosions is substantial. Inhaling the fumes from just one kerosene lamp is the toxic equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes a day,” she says.SolarAid’s research shows that seven in 10 solar light users have noticed an improvement in health since buying their solar light.“Poverty is not just about money; the dignity that comes from having choices and an improved standard of living gives families hope for a better future,” concludes Andrews.last_img read more

first_imgEnjoying the view from the cache locationJoin us on an adventure to find the Geocache of the Week. Beautifully situated and high in elevation, Jonah’s Journey (GCJA3V) is a difficulty 5, terrain 5 cache.While finding the cache may be a physical challenge, and it requires a flashlight and a rope, the journey to get to the treasure is nothing short of an incredible experience.Located in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire, England, it’s a short walk from the nearby parking area to Froggatt Edge. Comprised of hard sandstone slopes, the Edge is frequently visited by rock climbers and hikers.leled placed this small, traditional cache in April of 2004, attracting fellow adventurers to experience a breath-taking journey to get to the hidden treasure.The view along the path and at the final destination is spectacular. Over 200 geocachers have logged a smiley. They have shared over 150 images in the cache’s photo gallery.Sunset at Froggatt EdgeThis remote cache has earned more than 60 Favorite Points and geocachers have logged notes like, “this one’s for the books,” or “aaaaaaaaaaaamasing!!”Should you decide to embark on this epic journey, the cache page provides a lot of clues. However, for those who prefer to experience the full challenge, we recommend holding off on reading the logs.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you’d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to pr@groundspeak.com.A climber near the cache locationShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedTop 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Piz Palü 3901 m.ü.M. — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 1, 2017In “Community”Lamanai High (GC19505) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 10, 2013January 9, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… If you’re a sports fan of any type, then it’s likely that you’ve become familiar with a cryptically-named, poorly designed site called ATDHE that lists video streams of nearly any and every sporting event on TV. It was totally awesome and totally legally questionable. And now, it’s totally taken down by Homeland Security.Of course, the story of ATDHE’s takedown and subsequent re-emergence is another example of the resilience of information online and the amusing game of Whac-A-Mole that is illegal information on the Internet.TechDirt’s Mike Masnick wrote about a spate of domain name seizures over Thanksgiving Weekend last November much like today’s. According to CrunchGear‘s Nicholas Deleon, ATDHE isn’t alone, with rojadirecta.org suffering a similar fate.As we saw with WikiLeaks, however, when people want something on the Internet to stay on the Internet badly enough, it’s only a matter of moments before a mirror pops up in another location. One tweet illustrated the situation, saying “RIP atdhe.net while celebrating the birth of atdhe.me.”The first tweets mentioning the disappearance of ATDHE started at around noon pacific. By two in the afternoon, tweets began mentioning ATDHE.me, the replacement site. In much the same way, the ATDHE Twitter account also quickly tweeted out the IP address to use until the site went back online under a different name. Another site taken down today first tweeted at 2:12 that it was down. At 2:17, it tweeted again to say that it could be found at an alternate domain name. As I said: Whac-A-Mole.What makes the whole thing even more interesting is that ATDHE.net didn’t host any illegal content. It was a list of links to homemade video streams on sites like Justin.tv. As we saw with content takedowns on Twitter last April, however, direct hosting of content may not be necessary to remove something – just linking may be enough. With ATDHE, streams consisted of someone literally pointing a camera on a tripod at their television and streaming that. Where does the illegality come into play here and is seizing the domain name the answer? There’s one thing for sure, it’s surely the ineffective answer on the part of the authorities, but I bet sports fans won’t be complaining.Update: TorrentFreak has a list of sites taken down in similar manner today. The article points out similar questions regarding the legality of not only the content, but the takedown:Similar to BitTorrent sites, Rojadirecta doesn’t host any copyrighted material. Instead, it indexes HTTP links to sports streams that can already be found on the Internet, and also carries links to .torrent files which are hosted on other sites.The site is owned by a Spanish company that pays its taxes and has been declared to operate legally in Spain. In addition, the site is not hosted in the US either. The only connection to the US is that the .org domain is maintained by a US company.This indirect connection to the US makes the seizure a dubious action, according to Rojadirecta’s owner. “In our opinion the US authorities are completely despising the Spanish justice system and sovereignty,” Seoane told TorrentFreak. mike melanson 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#Government#news#Video Services#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, oneill@aesop.rutgers.eduSaving money is a frequent topic of conversation for service members during the month of February. Between the receipt of tax refunds by early filers, the America Saves and Military Saves campaigns run by the Consumer Federation of America, and the Save Your Refund contest, many people are promoting savings.The Military Families Learning Network is sponsoring a free webinar called Savings Strategies for Military Families on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 11 a.m. ET. The webinar will cover reasons for saving money, including peace of mind and to have cash available for emergencies and future financial goals.To calculate how much savings is required to achieve a financial goal, divide the amount needed by the time (e.g., number of months) available to save. For example, if you want to save $5,000 by next year, you’ll need to put aside $416.67 ($5,000 divided by 12) a month, or $96.15 ($5,000 divided by 52) a week. Use this worksheet to develop a savings plan.Many people say, “There’s no way I can save any money!” However, later, they find that they can save when they really put their minds to it. Below are seven saving strategies to get started:Pay Yourself First (PYF) – Make saving an “expense” in your spending plan, just like rent or loan payments. To make PYF easy, automate savings through an employer credit union or retirement savings plan or through monthly transfers from a checking account to a savings account or money market fund.Continue Paying A Loan – If you’re about to pay off a car loan or student loan, continue making the same monthly payment – to yourself! You are already used to making this payment so you won’t feel deprived.Bank A Windfall – Whenever you receive unexpected money – an inheritance, bingo winnings, retroactive pay, an insurance dividend, etc. – put at least part of it into savings.Save “Extra” Paychecks – If you are paid bi-weekly, in two months of each year you will receive three paychecks. Employees who are paid weekly will receive an “extra” check in four months of each year. The months vary with each year’s calendar and the day on which you are paid. Save at least part of this money.Save Coupon Money – Set aside the amount you “save” by using coupons at a supermarket or drugstore. Your cash register receipt will indicate the amount that was saved. If you save $20 a week using coupons, put the “savings” (the money you did not spend) into savings account. That’s over $1,000 over the course of a year!Collect Loose Change – Empty out your pockets and wallet and put loose change in a jar. Then periodically deposit the change into a savings account. Studies show that over three-quarters of Americans have a stash of loose change and over half of Americans add to it regularly.Break an Expensive Habit – Every time you don’t buy a donut at coffee break or spend money in a vending machine, save the money you didn’t spend. Ditto for fancy coffee, lottery tickets, and other money “nibblers.”Successful savers develop a spending plan (budget), include savings for emergencies and future financial goals as fixed “expenses,” and automate savings deposits so they don’t require ongoing self-control, Remember that small steps matter. If you want to save $1,000 in a year, pay attention to where nickels and dimes go every day. For more information about saving money, visit AmericaSaves.org.last_img read more