Butcher wants Azkals to scale own Mount Everest

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lions formalize No. 2 rank with rout of Generals In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 But Butcher won’t be easily pleased.“It is okay to [be] reaching a level but it is horrible and awful to just rest on your laurels at that level.”Butcher compared it to climbing Mount Everest, saying: “You don’t stop halfway up. You want to go right to the top.” —WITH A REPORT FROM AFPADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Terry Butcher (RIGHT), a former national team player for England, is the new Azkals head coach. AFP PHOTO/ANDY BUCHANAN / AFP PHOTO / Andy BuchananIf the Philippine Azkals want to impress new coach Terry Butcher, they will have to understand the former England captain’s big goals for the country.Butcher, who will lead the Azkals at their first ever Asian Cup in January, said in Moscow that the World Cup “is our target for the Philippines.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “The Philippines is in the Asian Cup. Why can’t we look further on? That what we have to do,” Butcher said in a video interview released by the Philippine team.Butcher and senior football advisor Scott Cooper were both introduced Thursday night as the men who will steer the country in the AFF Suzuki Cup and the AFC Asian Cup.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 crownThe replacement of Dooley, who led the country to its first Asian Cup qualification in history, hasn’t dampened the morale of the team, which wants to make the most out of the switch.“Whenever there’s a change in coaching staff, there’s the opportunity for all players to prove themselves,” said star Phil Younghusband. “When we see that change, you see a lot more energy, a lot more freshness within the team. I’m sure I speak on behalf of all the players who are very excited and looking forward to the challenge and trying to impress Scott and Terry.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Envying the Tooth of the Sea Urchin

first_imgDid you know the lowly sea urchin has a tooth?  It’s not just any tooth: it’s “a remarkable grinding tool,” according to a team of international scientists.  They even used the word “exquisite” in the title of their paper in PNAS.1  Humans might benefit from knowing more about this tool.  “The improved understanding of these structural features,” they said, “could lead to the design of better mechanical grinding and cutting tools.”    The sea urchin “tooth” is not really a tooth, but a hard rod with a serrated edge used for crushing the animal’s food (see description at Univ. of Wisconsin about the work of Pupa Gilbert, one of the co-authors).  The urchin tooth, which grinds down hard limestone, has the hardness of teeth in higher animals.  “Even though the tooth is composed almost entirely of calcite, it is used to grind holes into a rocky substrate itself often composed of calcite,” the abstract from the paper reads.  It continues—Here, we use 3 complementary high-resolution tools to probe aspects of the structure of the grinding tip: X-ray photoelectron emission spectromicroscopy (X-PEEM), X-ray microdiffraction, and NanoSIMS.  We confirm that the needles and plates are aligned and show here that even the high Mg [magnesium] polycrystalline matrix constituents are aligned with the other 2 structural elements when imaged at 20-nm resolution.  Furthermore, we show that the entire tooth is composed of 2 cooriented polycrystalline blocks that differ in their orientations by only a few degrees.  A unique feature of the grinding tip is that the structural elements from each coaligned block interdigitate.  This interdigitation may influence the fracture process by creating a corrugated grinding surface.  We also show that the overall Mg content of the tooth structural elements increases toward the grinding tip.  This probably contributes to the increasing hardness of the tooth from the periphery to the tip.  Clearly the formation of the tooth, and the tooth tip in particular, is amazingly well controlled.The slight misalignment and interdigitation appears to provide a functional advantage, they found.  It provides a corrugated edge that fractures along its cleavage planes so as not to fracture the tooth but actually sharpen it as it cuts.  “We also note that in this model, the edges of the individual plates would remain anatomically sharp due to cleavage along the {104} planes, and the cleavage would probably not propagate through the whole tooth tip because of the small misalignment between neighboring plates.”  In other words, even the apparent misalignment has a function.  They said, in conclusion,The mature sea urchin tooth possesses incredible structural and compositional complexity.  Here, we show the presence of crystalline blocks composed of 3 different coaligned elements: needles, plates, and polycrystalline matrix.  We also show that the tip, and presumably the whole tooth, is composed essentially of 2 such coaligned blocks that differ in their orientations by [less than] 6°.  The blocks are also interdigitated in the tip.  Furthermore, the Mg concentrations increase toward the center of the tooth tip.  We propose that all of these features contribute to the grinding capability of the tooth.  A deep understanding of the structural design features of the tooth tip sheds light on the manner in which one crystalline phase, calcite, can be tailored to fulfill grinding and self-sharpening functions that enable the tooth to be used to grind holes into a substrate that is also composed only of calcite.  Much can be learned from the sea urchin tooth that can be applied to the development of improved grinding and cutting tools.1.  Ma, Aichmeyer, Paris, Fratzl, Meibom, Metzler, Politi, Addadi, Gilbert and Weiner, “The grinding tip of the sea urchin tooth exhibits exquisite control over calcite crystal orientation and Mg distribution,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, published online before print March 30, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0810300106.All together, everyone: how much was said about evolution in this paper?  ZILCH!  Instead, they used the D word design: they wanted to gain a “deep understanding of the structural design features” of this “exquisite” grinding tool to learn how we might tailor our own bottom-up nanofabrication of crystals to fulfill functions useful to us.  This paper had intelligent design all over it – in the research, in the understanding, and in the application.  Show this to your biology teacher and tell him or her that “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of design.”(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Set of 3 satin hair scrunchies in shades of brown : Nice shades of brown

first_imgNice colours, very happy with purchase. The colours are so classy and gorgeous. These are attractive and strong. Really brilliant for tying my long hair back as not as rough as some scrunchies. Recommend for anybody who wants their hair kept in good condition when putting in a ponytail. Nice shades of brownReally Nice ScrunchiesLovely scrunchies.price and quality good, would buyLovely scrunchiesSet of 3 satin hair scrunchies in shades of brown. Useful hair accessory.Three pack of hair scrunchie bobblesSoft sheen, satin style fabricOne in cream and two different shades of brown100% polyesterMeasure 14cm round by 2.5cm wide The scrunchies are alright however i probably wouldn’t buy them again as they keep on sliding down my hair, the colours are as shown on the pictures. High qualityit really protects my hair. I love themthank you so much. I’ll definitely buy from you in the future. I like the colors of these scrunchies as they blend nicely with my blond hair. They are a bit small, but thats because i have a lot of hair. Lovely soft material and just what i wanted – great price too. Great little scrunchies perfect for my curly hair. They don’t have those awkward metal joins that can snag hair, they’re soft & silky so they don’t rough up your hair / tend to leave big creases, and they’re just all-around good little scrunchies :)very pleased with these :)(oh, and lovely colours too). These scrunchies are great, they are very nice colours and good value for money. They arrived very quickly and were well packaged. I would buy again and recommend to others to buy. Well made happy with purchase arrived in good time. Really nice set for very reasonable price,. Beautiful colours, always complimented when i wear them. Hair is easily arranged in the scrunchies. I can sleep comfortably as they are so soft. They are generously sized allowing a variety of styles. Its exactly as stated and exactly what i needed the satin scrunchies allow me to pull my hair back and style it without the risk of pulling out hair that i get with other hair scrunchies. Price and quality good, would buy. Quick delivery, price and quality good, would buy again. Set of 3 satin hair scrunched in shades of brown. Appear good when you twist two together to match an outfit.Ok but could include far more elastic.My daughter really like these hair bands will not get caught in her hair.last_img read more

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Kia to recall vehicles to fix problem that can cause fires

first_imgDETROIT — Kia says it will ignore the partial U.S. government shutdown and recall more than 68,000 vehicles to fix a fuel pipe problem that can cause engine fires. The problem stemmed from previous recall repairs due to engine failures.The Korean automaker and its larger affiliate Hyundai have been dogged by fire and engine failure complaints from across the nation. They’re both under investigation by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency, which oversees recalls, is mostly closed because of the shutdown.Kia also says it will do a “product improvement campaign” to install sensors in 1.7 million vehicles that will alert drivers of possible engine failures and send the cars into a slow-speed “limp” mode if problems are detected.Tom Krisher, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Mens Basketball No 14 Ohio State rolls through Iowa with 8264 win

Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) squares up to the basket in the first half of the game against Iowa on Feb. 10 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 14 Ohio State (22-5, 13-1) continued its win streak with a 82-61 win over Iowa (12-15, 3-11) at home on Saturday to improve to 13-1 in conference play.The Buckeyes shot 41 percent from 3 compared to 30 percent from the Hawkeyes. Ohio State scored 18 points off 12 turnovers from the Hawkeyes. Iowa finished the game shooting 8-for-10 from the line, while Ohio State struggled, going just 15-for-21. Freshman center Kaleb Wesson led Ohio State players with 18 points and was 5-for-8 from the field with seven rebounds, but struggled from the line, making just 8-of-11 attempts. Redshirt junior Keita Bates-Diop also had 14 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard C.J. Jackson had 14 points. Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said he was pleased with his team’s offensive effort overall in the game, even if the defense lacked behind at times.“We moved the ball, shared it, made the right pass at the right time, had a few too many turnovers but I thought offensively we were really good,” Holtmann said. “I give our guys a lot of credit for responding from an emotional game the other night, I’m proud of them.”Freshman forward Jack Nunge led the Hawkeyes with 18 points.A steal by Bates-Diop led to a layup from Jackson that sent the teams into the under-8 timeout. The Buckeyes went on an 8-0 run over 1:18 to take a 23-18 lead.  A quick turnover from Iowa’s sophomore forward Tyler Cook led to a dunk on a fast-break chance from senior forward Jae’Sean Tate to put the Buckeyes back on top 19-18. They never relinquished their lead. Ohio State pulled away on an 18-2 run with 18:25 left in the second half that kept the Hawkeyes at bay the remainder of the game. Iowa had cut the Ohio State lead down to just 44-36 before the Buckeyes went on their run, but it was unable to get any momentum going to get back in the matchup. Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery said things just spiraled out of control for his team.“As much as anything it was bad offense by us,” McCaffery said. “Good defense by them, they were up into us but I don’t think we moved the ball. I didn’t think we executed, they got some transition opportunities, we were missing. When you’re missing you need to get some back, we didn’t get enough back and credit them for that.”The teams traded buckets early. The Hawkeyes went on a 7-0 run over 1:57 with 9:40 remaining in the first half to put Iowa ahead 18-15.A 3-pointer from redshirt senior guard Andrew Dakich put the Buckeyes up 10 with 3:05 remaining in the first half. Jackson hit another 3 on the next possession for the Buckeyes. A dunk from Wesson and a 3-pointer from Jackson, followed by a layup from Tate, gave the Buckeyes their largest lead of the game to that point coming out of the half. The Hawkeyes were held scoreless for over three minutes and did not make any of their last six field goals by the under-16 timeout. read more

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Zidane There are more and more Madridistas every day

Zidane There are more and more Madridistas every day

first_imgReal Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has claimed that everyday the club are getting more supportersPreviously the Spanish giants had been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism for their dramatic late win over Juventus in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with Cristiano Ronaldo having slotted in a controversial penalty with Gianluigi Buffon having been sent off, while protesting the decision to the English referee Michael Oliver.Zidane later accused the critics of being jealous of Real and has now revealed, ahead of their encounter against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga, that the number of Madridistas is growing.“The issue of antimadridism has always existed, but the problem is the other way around,” said Zidane, according to Calcio Mercato.“There are more and more Madridistas every day. “It is the best club, with the most fans, and the movement just keeps getting bigger. “We don’t speak about it inside the dressing room.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…The Frenchman remained uninterested in discussing Real’s reported transfer target Kepa Arrizabalaga’s new deal at Athletic Bilbao.“At the time we didn’t have to sign a goalkeeper,” he continued.“We had three and we still have three, and in the future, we’ll talk when the season ends.”When asked out any potential decisions that may be taken in their semi-final against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Zidane responded: We will do our job and the referee will do his.”last_img read more

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Kepa revealed the advice David de Gea gave him

Kepa revealed the advice David de Gea gave him

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga spoke about the advice that his compatriot David de Gea gave him when he first arrived in England.Adaptation for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga hasn’t been easy, but now we know that it has been a little less difficult thanks to his fellow goalie and compatriot David de Gea.The Manchester United player arrived as a Spanish goalkeeper on his own from Atletico Madrid, he has served Kepa as a great example of what to do when you come to a new club that speaks a different language in a country that is vastly different from your own.Kepa spoke to the media after the Europa League match between Chelsea and Vidi FC from last Thursday, but his statement wasn’t published until this Saturday.“Every player settles into a new league in different ways. David is a team-mate with the national team and we get on really well,” said Kep while quoted by The Mirror.“When I signed for Chelsea, he gave me some advice, telling me a bit about how it was for him when he came here.”“Of course, he has been here for years now and is playing at a fantastic level.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We were at the World Cup together and had a good chat about the differences between Spanish and English football.”“You need a little time, the usual sort of time it takes to get to know your team-mates and the league itself, but it’s all good generally, I’m very happy,” said the Chelsea goalie about David.Kepa also said what the Blues’ objectives for this new season are: “We’re working to still be in the mix when there are five or eight league games left, and involved in every competition possible by the time we get to March and April.”“The idea is to win trophies and we want to build a team that can win things, build a team that can be fighting on all fronts. We are on the right track.”If De gea or Allison makes this save it would be on the front page of the newspapers but because it’s Kepa no one will notice. pic.twitter.com/e31VDrG9Lg— Pys (@CFCPys) October 4, 2018last_img read more

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Tata Zest Spotted on Test Launch Soon

first_imgTata Motors’s upcoming sedan Zest has been spied testing in India again, suggesting the imminent launch of the car.Tata Zest, a car which was first showcased at the country’s biggest automobile extravaganza, Delhi Auto Expo in February is expected to make its domestic auto market entry in near future. The car has made numerous appearances on the cyber space through spied images and reports, now the Motoroids has posted the spied images of the car which was seen testing in Pune.Zest, the first sedan in India with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), will be offered in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol version of the Zest will be powered by a 1.2 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged Revotron engine under the hood, which can churn out a power of 85 PS at 5000 RPM and a peak torque of 140Nm 1750-3000 RPM.The diesel model will come with a 1.3 litre Quadrajet motor, which can generate 90 PS power at 4000 RPM and 200Nm torque at 1750-3000 RPM. The car is expected to come with features like new front grille, projector headlamps, steering wheel and dash board.The auto lovers are also expecting the launch of Tata’s premium hatchback Bolt in the country. Bolt will also pack the same 1.2 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged Revotron engine and the 1.3 litre diesel engine, and will churn out the same power and torque. Bolt was spied testing in India recently. It is speculated to come with a new audio system that features MapMyIndia GPS, touchscreen and voice commands, center console, infotainment system, electric power steering in place of the Vista’s hydraulic unit, projector headlamps and LED tail lamps.Even though Tata is still silent on the launch date and the availability of the Zest and Bolt in the subcontinent market, the company’s exclusive websites for both the cars are live from Monday (24 March).last_img read more

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Stranger Things season 3 plot revealed Jim Hopper actor wants more season

first_imgStranger Things season 3Stranger Things/TwitterNetflix’s Stranger Things is considered as Stephen King and Stephen Spielberg’s brainchild. The show has all the correct nostalgia of the ’80s and now David Harbour has reportedly revealed the ending of Stranger Things.Soon or later, Netflix’s Stranger Things will come to an end. As of now, fans are clueless about Stranger Things season 3 but at least one cast member has an idea about the show’s ending. During a recent interview with Digital Spy, David Harbour — the actor who plays Hawkins Police chief Jim Hopper — talked about the show’s future.As per David, he has no idea for how many more seasons we are going to see of Stranger Things but he revealed the show’s ending.”I know the end of the series, and it’s beautiful,” Harbour said.David Harbour also stated that the show should have at least five seasons. The Duffer Brothers have said in the past that Stranger Things will have at least a fourth or a fifth season.”I don’t think four is enough,” he said. “I think five is maybe enough. If you want my opinion, I would like five.” David Harbour fills in the shoes of Ron Perlman in HellboyGetty ImagesWe know for a fact that Stranger Things will return for a fourth season but the future of the fifth season seems in dark.The science fiction horror webs TV series is created by the Duffer Brothers. Stranger Things is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the 1980s. The first season followed the story of an investigation of a missing young boy amid supernatural events occurring into the town. The show featured a girl with psychokinetic abilities who helps the missing boy’s friends in their extensive search.The second season also featured several supernatural abilities and we know that season three will not be any different.Stranger Things season 3 will feature Mike and Eleven, who have now developed a romantic relationship with each other. Same for Lucas and Max. Things will go fine for them for some time but after the appointment of a new corrupt mayor, everything will fall apart. As the fourth of July will approach, stranger things will start to happen in Hawkins.All the ten episodes of Stranger Things season 3 will stream on Netflix on July 4, 2019.last_img read more

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In Texas Theres No OneSizeFitsAll Strategy To Protect Schools From Gun Violence

In Texas Theres No OneSizeFitsAll Strategy To Protect Schools From Gun Violence

first_imgGABRIEL C. PÉREZ / KUTA mural at the HOPE Outdoor Gallery in Austin honors victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.After the Columbine school shooting in 1999, the Texas Legislature created the School Safety Center, a research center at Texas State University that helps schools prepare for different kinds of disasters.As the Trump administration launches a commission to explore ways keep schools safe, the center’s associate director for research and education offers a few options.“You limit the amount of access points to a school,” Joseph McKenna said. “It could be working with your local and county law enforcement; it could be the marshal program; it could be arming staff. We have districts across the state that use all these different measures.”McKenna says every community has different needs. Schools in areas where police response times are fast might be more comfortable relying on law enforcement, while schools in rural districts might lean toward arming teachers.In Texas, educators can go through a school marshal program to get certified to carry a gun.Robert Farago, who runs TheTruthAboutGuns.com in Austin, that’s the best way to stop an active shooter.“That threat has to be eliminated by force,” he said. “Now, the police showing up, that’s great. But people who are on the site, if they have a firearm, they can do a lot to reduce the amount of carnage being created.”The state doesn’t release data on the number of teachers who are certified as school marshals.On the federal level, Texas legislators have introduced measures relating to guns and school safety. Republican Sen. John Cornyn’s bill would strengthen background checks for people buying guns. Republican Rep. Roger Williams’ bill would create grants for schools to pay for better security. Here’s how he described it in an op-ed last week:“Under this legislation, schools may apply for a grant from the Department of Education in order to conduct an independent security assessment,” he wrote. “The results of this assessment will recommend improvements that would be eligible for funding from a Department grant. Necessary improvements might include metal detectors, steel doors, bulletproof glass, emergency training and additional law enforcement on the ground. Final decisions on the needs of each school will be made by local school leadership.” Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett opposes the proposed legislation.“Bills like that of Sen. Cornyn and Rep. Williams [are] really an excuse and a political contrivance to avoid taking bold action that’s needed to confront the National Rifle Association,” he said.He said he wants to see Congress pass laws that create more comprehensive background checks, provide funding for community health programs and ban assault rifles. Sharelast_img read more

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