FILE – Ray Allen #34 of the Miami Heat takes a shot against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Four of the 2014 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2014 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPNBA great Ray Allen tells the “AP Sports Weekly” podcast that the players who step up to take the big shots in the playoffs do so because they refuse to be overwhelmed by the moment.Allen propelled Miami to an NBA title in 2013 with a 3-pointer in Game 6 of the Finals against San Antonio that is regarded as one of the greatest clutch shots ever. He says hard work and experience is why some players want the ball at the biggest moments.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dyip eye ride to second win 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “Those great players in the league will do that consistently,” Allen told podcast co-hosts Jim Litke and Tim Dahlberg. “They continue to do their jobs and don’t let the circumstances get the better of them.”Allen also talks about his new autobiography “From the Outside: My Journey through Life and the Game I Love” and gives his opinion of the playoffs so far. Also joining Litke and Dahlberg is football guru Ross Tucker, who talks about the NFL draft and who he thinks will be the first quarterback selected.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownNCAA chief Mark Emmert talks to the AP’s Ralph Russo about the upcoming Rice commission report released this week, while the co-hosts debate the state of college athletics under Emmert.Tucker returns to talk press box food (think bratwurst in Green Bay) and his belief that the better teams serve the media better meals.
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0Shares0000Manchester City are reported to have paid a club record £57 million ($80 million, 65 million euros) for Aymeric Laporte, picutred in 2016, © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFELONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 30 – Manchester City completed the signing of Aymeric Laporte on Tuesday as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly arrived at Arsenal’s training ground to finalise his transfer from Borussia Dortmund, with clubs scrambling to beat Wednesday’s deadline.Premier League leaders City are reported to have paid a club record £57 million ($80 million, 65 million euros) for Athletic Bilbao defender Laporte, eclipsing the £55 million they paid for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015. The 23-year-old is also the second most expensive defender in history behind Virgil van Dijk, who cost Liverpool £75 million from Southampton earlier this month.Last week, Alexis Sanchez signed for Manchester United from Arsenal in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and with the clock ticking, it appears Arsene Wenger will land Aubameyang to boost his forward options.“I am very happy to be here,” Laporte said in a statement on Manchester City’s website. “City are a club with a lot of ambition and they are one of the best teams in Europe.“I am looking forward to working under Pep Guardiola and trying to help the club to achieve success.”City boss Guardiola said Laporte was ready to play straight away but may need time to adapt to the Premier League.“He’s fit, he’s been playing the last period,” Guardiola told reporters. “Of course he has to adapt because the Premier League is special in many senses.“He is intelligent, he will read what is the situation. Even for English players, when they come into the Premier League it’s always a little bit tough. We will be patient because he doesn’t come for three months, he comes for five years.”Guardiola has now spent more than £200 million on reinforcing his defence, bringing in Laporte alongside Benjamin Mendy (£52m), John Stones (£47.5m) and Kyle Walker (£45m).– Aubameyang flies in –Guardiola’s January spending might not be over after widespread reports that City are interested in Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.Mahrez, 26, is reported to have handed in a transfer request as the Algerian tries to force through a move to Eastlands.Arsenal are understood to have agreed a fee of around £60 million with Dortmund for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but the German club will reportedly only sanction the move if they find a replacement © AFP/File / PATRIK STOLLARZCity also signed England Under-21 midfielder Jack Harrison from New York City on a three-and-a-half-year deal before sending him out on loan to Championship side Middlesbrough for the rest of the season.Sky Sports News reported Tuesday that Aubameyang, 28, had arrived in Britain on a private jet before travelling to Arsenal’s training ground near London.Arsenal are understood to have agreed a fee of around £60 million with the Bundesliga club for the Gabon international but the German club will reportedly only sanction the move if they find a replacement.Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud is reportedly a key cog in the transfer — either as a direct replacement for Aubameyang or as part of a three-way deal, with Giroud moving to Chelsea and Michy Batshuayi swapping Stamford Bridge for Dortmund.Chelsea have secured the signing of left-back Emerson Palmieri from Roma for a reported £25 million on a four-and-a-half year deal.The 23-year-old played just twice for Roma this season after missing the first three months of the campaign with a serious knee injury.“I came here because it’s a great team with a great history. Today I am realising one of my dreams to pull on the shirt of such a great club,” Emerson told the Chelsea website.The Brazil-born defender, who joined Roma from Santos in 2015, obtained Italian citizenship last year.Elsewhere, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 28, left Anfield for struggling West Brom on a loan deal until the end of the season after slipping down the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp.Barcelona winger Gerard Deulofeu has become Javi Gracia’s first signing as Watford manager after arriving at Vicarage Road on loan until the end of the campaign.Celtic have signed Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda on an 18-month loan deal, with left-back Baba Rahman departing Stamford Bridge for Schalke in a similar arrangement.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Inter were held to the same scoreline by PSV, sending Pochettino’s side through in second place in Group B, despite them taking just a single point from their opening three games.“No-one believed in us,” Pochettino said afterwards. “People said it was mission impossible but we are here. It is a massive achievement for the club.”Ousmane Dembele’s superb early goal looked set to put Tottenham out, as Son Heung-min, Harry Kane and Moura all missed excellent chances.Moura’s late strike, however, set up a dramatic finale, with Spurs players left to wait after the final whistle for the finish to be confirmed in Italy.Victory, and progress to the knock-out stages, represents an impressive achievement for Tottenham, particularly given they have had to play home games at Wembley this term while their new stadium continues to be delayed.“It is great for the club,” Pochettino said. “It gives us the possibility to play Champions League in our new stadium, which will be a massive boost for the club.”With Barcelona already guaranteed to go through as group winners, their coach Ernesto Valverde took the chance to rest several key players, including Lionel Messi.Messi came on in the 64th minute but was quiet, while the likes of Jordi Alba, Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Sergio Busquets were also missing from the starting line-up.On Messi’s introduction in the second half, Valverde said: “It’s good to keep him busy.” He added: “We qualified quickly and that speaks for itself.”Dembele’s surging run and finish in the seventh minute was the perfect riposte from the 21-year-old to more reports of indiscipline this week.“It was a great goal, the kind only players with his talent can score,” Valverde said.“We are happy with him. Throughout the season, things happen with the players and we solve them internally, that’s it.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spurs’ Mauricio Pochettino celebrates his team’s qualification for the next round of the Champions League © AFP / Josep LAGOBARCELONA, Spain, Dec 12 – Mauricio Pochettino revelled in Tottenham defying what he said many had dubbed “mission impossible” on Tuesday as they drew away to Barcelona and qualified for the Champions League’s last 16.Spurs needed to match Inter Milan’s result at home to PSV Eindhoven, which they did, thanks to Lucas Moura’s 85th-minute equaliser snatching a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou.
De Bruyne was a key part of Manchester City’s title win in 2017/18 Contrary to what you may expect, there weren’t many Liverpool fans celebrating on Friday morning.News emerged prior to the weekend’s matches that Kevin De Bruyne had been ruled out for three months with a knee injury. REVEALED Latest Liverpool News As a Liverpool fan the De Bruyne news sounds perfect for us but as a football fan it’s very disappointing, he’s a baller— Marcus (@xmalone99) August 17, 2018 gameday cracker shining @DeBruyneKev get well soon lad. Your quality will be missed on the pitch. As a football fan and as a LFC fan I wish you speedy recovery. And from all us football fans, YNWA :). 🙌— Zutko (@johnnasty) August 17, 2018 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Get back soon Liverpool fans are making a wish for you healing Kevin @DeBruyneKev 🤕💙❤🔴— Mohamed Ehab (@M0Ehab) August 17, 2018 possible standings smart causal Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED The Reds’ title rivals Manchester City have suffered a major blow in the long-term absence of De Bruyne, which in turn hands a boost to Jurgen Klopp’s men, who are expected to be City’s closest challengers in 2018/19.However, their supporters still opted to wish the Belgian well and hope he returns to the field soon.You can read a round-up of the best social media reaction below. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware As good as it might be for Liverpool, De Bruyne being injured is a huge shame. Incredible talent.— Luke Pedley (@pedley_luke) August 17, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update RANKED 1 Get well soon Kevin. Football is a much better game for having you in it. Wishing you a speedy recovery from Liverpool— Cosmo Khan (@CosmoKh4n) August 17, 2018 huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Even as a #lfc fan, I’m gutted that #debruyne is out for 3 months. What a talent. Amazing grace, such a rhythm to him. He makes his teammates even better. Proper gem.— Peter Hughes (@hughespjh) August 17, 2018 latest Kevin De Bruyne is a fantastic player and a pleasure to watch. His absence might benefit Liverpool’s attempts at chasing the title but nonetheless I wish him a speedy recovery. Get well soon, @DeBruyneKev!— Daniel Alister (@itsdanalister) August 17, 2018
Guingamp eliminated PSG from the League Cup (Photo by Agency)Revenge is the name of the game as Paris Saint Germain host Guingamp in a David against Goliath match up on Saturday night.Ligue One’s basement club caused the equivalent of a football tsunami a fortnight back when they ejected PSG from the Coupe de La Ligue at Stade de France.It was the Parisians first defeat in a domestic cup competition in four years.The money is on Thomas Tuchel’s Parisians extending their eighteen match unbeaten start to the season when they confront a Guingamp side building a good head of steam, following Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over on form Rennes.PSG’s central defensive partnership of Thilo Kehrer and Thiago Silva are sure to have their hands full containing Guingamp dangerman Marcos Thuram.The son of France’s 1998 World Cup winner Lillian Thuram was unplayable in that cup victory, winning and converting the penalty that condemned PSG to defeat.The runaway leaders’ attack is to once again be spearheaded by the three musketeers:- 14 goal top scorer Kylian Mbappe Lottin, 11 goal world record signing Neymar and club all-time top scorer Edinson Cavani.Earlier, Christophe Galtier’s second placed Lille Metropole have a chance to put some pressure on the leaders when they host lowly Amiens.The hosts’ Ivorian sensation Nicholas Pepe is the man to look out for is Lille try to bridge a seemingly insurmountable thirteen point deficit on PSG.Elsewhere, former World Cup winner Cesc Fabregas is to be the centre of attention as Monaco try to shake off the shackles of relegation against Strasbourg.Fabregas arrived from Chelsea on a free transfer but he is yet to inspire Thierry Henry’s 2017 champions to victory. The principality club have drawn their last two encounters with Olympique Marseille and Nice one-all.Meanwhile, it’s all or nothing for Marseille boss Rudi Garcia when they travel to Caen.France’s only European club champions are struggling for form and could miss out on European qualification unless they can find a quick fix to errant striking that has seen them fall out of the top six positions.Fixtures:Friday.-Lille Metropole v Amiens @10:45pmSaturday.-PSG v Guingamp @7pm-Monaco v Strasbourg @10pm-Nimes v Toulouse @10pm-Reims v Nice @10pmSunday.-Rennes v Montpellier @5pm-Caen v Olympique Marseille @7pm-Angers v Nantes @7pm-Bordeaux v Dijon @9pm-Saint Etienne v Olympique Lyon @11pmComments Tags: Ligue Onetop
A political briefing and a trip to the Dáil. Wednesday the 25th of April will certainly be a day to remember for Donegal Youth Council Mayor Amy McCoy and former Deputy Mayor Conor Walker. The pair travelled to Dublin for Youth Work Ireland’s 2018 Oireachtas Briefing, which is an annual event for member youth services, like Donegal Youth Service to meet with local representatives and discuss issues affecting young people locally.Amy and Conor spoke with Deputy Thomas Pringle, and Minister Joe McHugh about the Youth Council’s recent work on Sexual Health and Education with their ‘Beyond The Birds and Bees’ Event for students, and the ongoing issue of the condition of facilities in some Donegal schools. Youth Work Ireland political briefing where youth work funding and better sex and relationships education for young people were discussed – Photo by Ruth MedjberBoth of which are issues that young people from across the county voted as key issues at the Donegal Youth Council AGM in 2016. After the Oireachtas Briefing Deputy Pringle arranged for the group from Donegal Youth Service to see inside Dáil Éireann and see politics in action.Amy said: “It was a good day out and a good opportunity to meet two of our local TDs, and bring up issues we thought were most important to us as young people in Donegal.” “The whole day out was fun and it was interesting to see in and around Dáil Éireann. It has made the future option of going into politics as a career more appealing.”Oireachtas BriefingAmy also spoke about how sexual education is taught in schools and would hope that it would be given more prominence as a subject as it is so important. Later in the afternoon Amy and Conor took their seats in the public gallery of Dáil Éireann and caught a little of a very relevant debate about the border post Brexit, and recognised Joan Burton entering the Dáil and taking notes. They also spotted Minister for Health Simon Harris just as they were leaving to make the long trip home to Donegal.Finally Conor also shared his thoughts: “It was a very fun and interesting day, I felt that all the politicians that we were speaking to listened to us and were taking our points on board.” It was certainly an inspiring day, so keep an eye on future ballots for Amy and Conor.Donegal Youth Council is funded by the Donegal County Council, HSE Health Promotion and the Department of Children & Youth Affairs and is co-ordinated by the Donegal Youth Service at local level. For more information contact DYC Coordinator Carlyn Maguire on: (074) 91 29630, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or find them on Instagram & Facebook.Donegal Youth Councillors raise key issues at Dáil Eireann was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Dail EireannDonegal Youth Council
Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr. Nicholas Crossan has offered his deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Lee Early of Arranmore Island.Lee, aged 26, lost his life as a result of a tragic accident at the pier at Poolawaddy on Arranmore on Sunday morning. A passenger in the car, a man in his 30s, managed to escape from the car and was unhurt.The death of Lee, who was also a volunteer with the local RNLI lifeboat crew, has rocked the tight-knit island community. Speaking today, Cllr Nicholas Crossan said: “I offer my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Leigh Early and of course to the local RNLI which Leigh was a volunteer with.“It is such a tragedy for Leigh’s family and for the entire community of Árainn Mhór. I have no doubt that the people of Árainn Mhór will come together to support and comfort the Early family at this very difficult time.“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”Tributes continue to flow in for Lee, who is survived by his dad Jimmy, mum Noreen, brother Adam and sisters Rachel and Laura. A post mortem is due to be carried today at Letterkenny University Hospital to determine an official cause of death.His funeral details have yet to be announced.Cathaoirleach extends sympathy to family and friends of tragic Lee Early was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
A paper on PLoS One described the highest-speed flights in all nature: the spore discharge mechanisms in certain fungi. A dozen scientists in Ohio worked to capture the action on ultra-high-speed cameras. It took 250,000 frames per second to reveal how fast the projectiles accelerate. The answer: from 20,000 to 180,000 g (where g = the acceleration of gravity). One species launches its projectiles at almost 2 million meters per second squared – winning the title of “fastest recorded flights in nature.” In their introduction, they discussed the variety of ways that fungi disperse their spores. Their language sounds downright military: “Mechanisms include a catapult energized by surface tension that launches mushroom spores, the explosive eversion of a pressurized membrane in the artillery fungus, and the discharge of squirt guns pressurized by osmosis.” Well, maybe squirt guns are for kid’s playground battles, but army engineers might learn a few things from these lowly fungi. That’s why the authors said the study of spore-discharge mechanisms has implications for biomimetics (the imitation of nature). Who else would want to imitate this? The four species of fungi studied live on cow manure. They need to launch their spores out far enough onto the grass so that cows will eat them and spread them around. Each species has variations on the mechanism, but basically, the spores are ejected in a mass (either in a fluid or solid), within a sporangium, or capsule. The sporangium usually separates during flight.. This trick, reminiscent of a spacecraft ejecting its cover after achieving orbit, allows the spores to minimize viscous drag on the ascent, then disperse on descent and landing. How are such superlative accelerations achieved? The answer lies not only in the structure of the catapults, but in the viscosity of the specific sugars and ions in the spore capsules. The liquids allow the build-up of 4.4 atmospheres of turgor pressure. As the “pressurized squirt gun” undergoes a “controlled and rapid rupture,” almost none of the energy is lost to friction. The “supremely fast movements” represent a “a series of remarkable feats of natural engineering,” they said. Engineers might be curious how these feats were designed. Their answer was, simply, they “have evolved.” The authors stated this twice: “A variety of spore discharge processes have evolved among the fungi,” and, “Squirt gun mechanisms are responsible for launching spores at the highest speeds and are most common in the Ascomycota, including lichenized species, but have also evolved among the Zygomycota.”1. Yafetto et al, “The Fastest Flights in Nature: High-Speed Spore Discharge Mechanisms among Fungi,” Public Library of Science ONE, 3(9): e3237 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0003237.It evolved because it evolved – this is the theory of evolution in a nutshell (see 05/25/2005). This is sufficient to explain the origin of any feat of natural engineering. It evolved. Darwin sure simplified biology, didn’t he? Scientists used to have to produce explanations the hard way, with logic and evidence. Now, a simple two-word answer suffices for everything in the world that used to inspire awe, wonder, curiosity and motivation.(Visited 76 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Drier conditions reduced soil moisture surpluses and temperatures dropped midweek, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 6th. More farmers were able to return to the fields .Some weed control measures took place this week along with manure application, fungicide and herbicide spraying, and tillage of wheat fields.Commercial vegetable harvest continued, as did the baling of Hay. Crop conditions remain stable overall.A primary concern for many growers was southern rust in corn. Other growers have are concerned about stunted soybeans. Shallow root systems in crops created concerns about adequate and timely precipitation.The cooler temperatures were not ideal for crop development, but were beneficial to livestock.See the full report here
Retired IPS officer Rina Mitra has been appointed as the Principal Adviser, Internal Security, of West Bengal. Ms. Mitra’s name featured in the media recently as a probable candidate to head the CBI on the basis of her seniority. Following her retirement on January 31, Ms. Mitra, a 1983-batch Madhya Pradesh-cadre IPS officer, claimed that in order to ensure that she does not get the top CBI post, despite having necessary qualifications, the Appointments Committee meeting was held a day after her retirement. Ms. Mitra, the first woman IPS officer of Bengal, said she was grateful to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for appointing her as the State’s security adviser.