NU opens UAAP Season 80 bid with rout of UE

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Red Warriors, who finished at the bottom of the standings last season, faded in the second half after a promising start. Alvin Pasaol paced UE with 14 points.“It was good because we won. It feels good that we won, but still a lot of things to work on,” said new NU head coach Jamike Jarin. “A lot of mistakes. It’s always hard to play the opening game because you don’t know what time you’re going to play.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogYu sparked a big third quarter by NU, which went on a 17-3 run that broke a 42-deadlock and set the tone for the rest of the second half.Alejandro found ways to be effective despite having a tough offensive outing with a big part UE’s defensive game plan focused on limiting the veteran guard. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDave Yu gave National University a big lift to put away University of the East, 86-69, at the start of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Yu scored 14 points on an efficient 5-of-8 shooting from the field while team captain Jay Alejandro had an all-around effort with 11 points five rebounds, five assists and seven steals.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled 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 Winning start Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ UAAP greats from all sports honored as Season 80 unfurls Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ LATEST STORIES “This guy, he just played consistent,” Jarin said, referring to Alejandro.NU also drew quality minutes from its Senegalese import Issa Gaye, who nearly had a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds on top of three blocks. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Lifeboat launched off Fanad Head

first_imgRescue volunteers with the Lough Swilly RNLI have been dispatched on a call off Fanad Head this Saturday afternoon.The alert was raised after 2pm after a fishing vessel broke down at sea.The RNLI lifeboat was launched at 2.20pm to assist the crew of the vessel, which is located 20 nautical miles north west off Fanad Head. More updates to follow. Lifeboat launched off Fanad Head was last modified: December 14th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Sharks coach weighs in on debate over whether Erik Karlsson is a good teammate

first_imgOTTAWA, Ontario — Erik Karlsson eased the tension at his first press conference in Canada since September’s trade to the Sharks by sitting down at the podium and cracking a joke that everyone in the local media understood: “the time is nigh.”In the 24 hours leading into his presser in Ottawa, a clip of the two-time Norris Trophy winner walking out on the Canadian media in Toronto Wednesday night went viral on social media and was played in a loop on sports television. As Karlsson stepped into …last_img read more

Independent Power Producers chosen

first_img“The success of renewable energy hinges on the financial sector,” she said, adding that bidders that were having trouble before the financial close to speak up. “I would want to appeal to those bidders that are already experiencing challenges to come to the fore. It is an appeal for the benefit of the number of jobs that will not be realised if there’s no financial support,” said Peters. In December, the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) announced that it will finance 12 of the 28 preferred bidders to contribute to the country’s energy mix. The financing will be to the tune of R5.2-billion. Meanwhile, Peters said the department has started talking to financial institutions. “Job creation per province, we’ve seen a small reduction from bid window 1 but the bidders have indicated that on the total 7 059 jobs created in the construction period and 328 jobs created in the operation of the life of the plant,” said Magubane. “In this window, the department received 79 bids of which 51 met the qualification criteria as per the Request for Proposals. Given the megawatts limitation and competition, only 19 bidders were selected as preferred bidders for Window 2,” Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said in Pretoria on Monday. Growing the economy In the first window some of the challenges faced by bidders were that they had trouble reaching the financial close, of which June is the financial close for window1 project proposals. The minister said there had been informal conversation regarding companies experiencing financial strain. “With them not coming to the fore this would mean that we’re not going to deliver on the megawatts that we want,” she said. According to the IRP2010 – which is a 20-year projection on electricity supply and demand – about 42% of electricity generated in South Africa is required to come from renewable resources. The department has set aside 100MW of the 3 725MW for smaller projects of less than 5MW. Of the selected bidders, nine were selected for the solar photovoltaic technology, seven for wind, two for small hydro and one for concentrated solar thermal (CSP). 23 May 2012 Additionally there have been significant increases in the local content from 28.5% in window 1 to 47.5% in bid window 2 in solar photovoltaic technology. The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2010) places specific emphasis on broadening electricity supply technologies to include gas, imports, nuclear, biomass, renewables (wind, solar and hydro), in response to both the country’s future electricity needs as well as reduce its CO2 emissions. For small hydro 13.3MW has been taken up from a maximum allocated for round 2 at 75MW while for CSP the allocated maximum 50MW has been taken up. In the 2nd window a total 1 043.9MW has been taken up by bidders. Ompie Aphane, Deputy Director General for Electricity, Nuclear and Clean Energy at the department said the department was not sure of the amount of projects that were in financial strain. Last year, the Department of Energy announced 28 preferred bidders, out of a total of 53 applications for the IPP bid process in the first window. Japser Power Company, Solar Capital De Aar 3 and Sishen Solar Facility were among the bidders selected for solar photovoltaic technology; while West Coast 1 and Grassridge form part of the 7 selected for wind and Stortemelk Hydro (Pty) Ltd and Neusberg Hydro Electric Project A were selected for small hydro. For CSP Bokpoort CSP project was selected. The department has noted that under window 2, the level of commitment to economic development has improved compared to window 1. “More communities will benefit through employment or as shareholding in these projects,” said the minister, adding that most bidders in window 2 will establish community trusts aimed at developing surrounding communities.center_img What the department had noted, said Director General Nelisiwe Magubane, was that there were “significant” changes in several areas like pricing whereby in solar photovoltaic in window 1 on average was at about 2.75 per kWh. “We’ve seen a significant reduction in price of about R1.65 per kWh for window 2,” she said. Projects allocated The department has yet to decide on when bidding will commence for projects to take part in window 3. A full list of bidders is available on the Independent Power Producers programme website. Peters said government saw the programme as an opportunity to grow the economy given the numbers of unemployed people while the procurement of alternative energy is also aimed at alleviating energy constraints. Appeal to financial sector Integrated Resource Plan For Solar photovoltaic 417MW have been taken up by bidders with the maximum MW allocated for round 2 at 450; for wind 562.5MW has been taken up with the maximum allocation at 650MW. The names of 19 bidders – who have been selected as the preferred bidders for Window 2 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (IPP) programme that will contribute to South Africa’s energy mix – were announced on Monday. The bidding for window 2 closed on 5 March with the total 79 bids received. These bids amount to 3 255MW while the cap was at 1 275MW. Source: BuaNews Peters appealed to the country’s financial sector to provide financing to bidders. South Africa wants to procure 3 725MW of renewable energy through this process. The programme also seeks to make provision for local content in the provision of alternative energy sources while the bids were evaluated by technical, financial, legal and international reviewers. The minister called on prospective bidders for the remaining three windows that they need not necessary own the land on which projects will operate on. Bidders could co-exist. “We don’t want to lose arable land,” said Peters adding that bidders could share the same piece of land with farmers.last_img read more

Made CM on popular demand, says Gehlot

first_imgIn a surprise remark, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday said he was appointed to the CM’s post for the third term “on popular demand”, as villagers across the State had expressed their opinion in his favour during the 2018 Assembly elections. He said the then Congress president Rahul Gandhi had selected him in view of the strong public sentiments.“Mera Mukhya Mantri banna banta tha… Log chahte the ki Ashok Gehlot hi CM baney (I deserved to become the Chief Minister. People wanted that Ashok Gehlot should become CM),” Mr. Gehlot said at a press conference on the Assembly premises here after presenting the 2019-20 State budget.Mr. Gehlot, whose appointment to the CM’s post was finalised after several days of lobbying by rival factions in the State Congress in December last year, said it was “very clear by name who should become the CM and who should not”. He said he was given the opportunity by respecting the public sentiments in his favour.Mr. Gehlot did not make any reference to Pradesh Congress Committee president Sachin Pilot, who was perceived to be in the race for the CM’s post and was made the Deputy CM after many days of intense deliberations in Delhi following the victory of the Congress in the Assembly polls.‘Highest priority’While affirming that he remembered the people’s affection for him, Mr. Gehlot said his government would accord the highest priority to sensitivity, transparency and accountability in administration. “The State budget is based on our resolve to provide good governance. We are going to get our rightful share in Central funds,” he said.last_img read more

Competitive UP good for UAAP

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City But there seems to be a change in the way things are being done for the Fighting Maroons basketball team and there’s a renewed interest in its hoop campaign.The buzz isn’t just about that big win against De La Salle University, the defending champion, although the triumph created ripples of conversation in basketball circles and on social media. It’s more about having a chance in every game to score a win against both the frontrunners and the struggling teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA competitive UP team will spread interest not only for its community but also for basketball followers in general. College ball is interesting beyond school alliances. The game is played by young players whose skills are still being formed and that’s why flashes of brilliance are just as fascinating as fumbles and turnovers.It’s also about getting the community together to come to the games and cheer together and UP does have a sizeable number of students and alumni that can converge. But to keep them coming, the team has to remain competitive as it’s hard to root for a squad that can’t stay in the game till the very end. All the UAAP schools have undergone difficult seasons, where wins have been hard to achieve. You see that in the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers who still have to win in the current tournament. Very often teams struggle for wins because it also matters who you are pitted against in a given season and what kind of players you have.It cannot be a case of a lack of trying by teams that haven’t won that much. It’s just that the other teams are so well stacked up and have been playing together for some time. La Salle and Ateneo do not simply have adequate support but also have teams that have been together through at least two years and that is vital for forging team chemistry.So we find the Fighting Maroons in the conversation in the current UAAP season. Many alumni are hopeful for a Final Four finish, something that hasn’t happened in almost two decades. It will be good to see a large sea of maroon in the stands on a regular basis shouting unique cheers that can rev up the game.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Juvic ties for 2nd in Taiwan We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Having a competitive University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons basketball team is good for the school and the UAAP.The State University has a lot on its hands to think about and work on and it’s understandable when it hasn’t been able to stay in step with the current powers of the league. This is not to say that UP has been remiss in supporting college athletics as a vital part of student formation. We shouldn’t forget that UP has had champion teams in football, swimming, baseball, cheer dancing and other sports.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Giants’ Prize Free Agents Ready

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Free-agent prizes Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, and Damon Harrison are ready to get down to the business of rebuilding the Giants’ defense.Reflecting on their comments March 10 after they officially signed their monstrous free-agent contracts, Jenkins has more work ahead than the others in justifying the $204.25 million combined outlay General Manager Jerry Reese made for them.The former Rams cornerback described his best quality as his ability to create turnovers in man-to-man coverage. But it was his brutally honest depiction of his greatest weakness that might have brought a small gasp from Reese, whose five-year, $62.5 million offer kicked off his Day 1 spending spree.“I can say to myself, ‘Improve on stop being lazy at the end of games,’ ” Jenkins said. Gulp.Jenkins then explained that his focus occasionally wandered as the clock ran down. It is a tendency he can ill-afford as he and fellow cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie work to improve a secondary whose late-game performance cost the Giants five fourth-quarter leads in 2015.“Instead of just relaxing, thinking about the ball not coming to my side, you know, and focusing more on the game. It’s just a mind thing. It’s easy to control. Playing on this level, some things are going to happen.“You’ve just got to improve, man.”Vernon, now the highest-paid defensive lineman in the league with a five-year, $85.5 million deal that includes $52 million of guaranteed money, said he was excited about forming a rejuvenated pass rush with linemates Jason Pierre-Paul, Jonathan Hankins, and Harrison. The defensive end who had 7 ½ sacks last year knew full well that the Giants’ 23 sacks ranked dead last in 2015.“Last year wasn’t what was expected to be,” he said. “That’s not the Giants’ standard. That’s not the Giants’ way. “From what I remember, they’ve always been stout.”Pierre-Paul, along with former Giants safety Antrel Rolle, was actually one of the people who persuaded Vernon to sign with the Giants.“I could just tell how he spoke,” Vernon said of Pierre-Paul, ” he’s a man trying to get (back to relevance). I’m trying to be a part of that.”While Vernon hones his pass rush and Jenkins tightens his focus, the 350-pound Harrison said he expects to form an impenetrable middle against the run with the 320-pound Hankins. Taken as a unit, the pair represents 670 pounds of space-eating ability.“We just have to do our jobs to the best of our abilities, and complement and work off each other,” Harrison said. “It’ll be fun with me and Big Hank in the middle.”As for leaving the Jets’ 3-4 alignment, where he played directly over the center, for the Giants’ 4-3, the defensive tackle anticipated a flawless transition.“The 3-4 and the 4-3 are actually similar, except for the outside linebackers,” Harrison said. “You play the exact same positions. It’s just the defensive ends are in, and you have linebackers.”The free-agent trio is tasked with pulling the Giants’ defense out of the rankings cellar, and no one understood that better than Harrison after he signed his five-year, $46.5 million contract.“They invested a lot in me, and I know they’re expecting a lot out of me,” he said. “That alone is motivation to help the franchise get back.”Later, the Giants agreed to terms with linebacker Keenan Robinson, late of the Redskins.(ERNIE PALLADINO) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Gov’t Consolidating Data on Traffic Ticket Payments

first_imgMinister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, has announced that the government is working to reconcile the databases of the Tax Administration of Jamaica (TAJ) and the island’s courts, to add all traffic tickets that have been paid on both systems. Speaking at a press briefing at the Ministry’s offices in New Kingston on Wednesday (January 16), Mr. Bunting said that the consolidation process, which is now in progress, should be completed by February. He said at that time, Cabinet will decide on whether there will be an extension of the previous amnesty. “All those 127,000 tickets that were settled during the amnesty, we’re going to upload those (to the database). We have a huge project going on where we’ve gone to the courts and we’re going through their manual-based system and we’re doing the data entry to bring the tickets settled at the courts onto the electronic database,” he said. The Security Minister said that the final stage of the process is to resolve those cases involving persons who say they have paid their tickets, but those tickets are still seen on the system as unpaid. “We will be setting up machinery to resolve those tickets that are being contested. When that is complete, Cabinet will decide, after looking at all the data, whether it makes sense to have another brief amnesty or whether we can go forward with making the payments in the courts, as what is in place now,” he said. Mr. Bunting also said that he has asked Head of the Traffic Department, Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis, to refrain from enforcing arrest warrants on those tickets until “we are confident that all the payments are reflected and brought current”.last_img read more

Physics pair show that Ising model can be used as a universal

first_img Journal information: Science (Phys.org)—A pair of physicists has shown that it is possible to transform disparate spin models into different types of just one simple model. In their paper published in the journal Science, Gemma De las Cuevas, with the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics and Toby Cubitt, with University College London, offer a proof to show that any spin model can be converted to the relatively simple Ising model. Stephanie Wehner with QuTech, Delft University of Technology offers a Perspectives piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue, outlining the proof and explaining how and why a universal spin model would be useful. © 2016 Phys.org The benefit of having a universal model, Wehner explains, is that it offers an alternative way for scientists to run their models, particularly on a computer. If a 3D model is extremely complex, for example, or requires an untenable number of cycles to run, there is a chance it could be configured to run as an Ising model. But she notes that it could also be used as a means for melding the work being done by physicists and computer scientists, helping to further explain the workings of nature. Explore further Citation: Physics pair show that Ising model can be used as a universal spin model (2016, March 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-physics-pair-ising-universal.html Spin models were first developed as a means to help explain the properties of magnetic materials—the magnetism in each atom originates from the spin of an unpaired electron within it. The first was created by Wilhelm Lenz, who handed it off to Ernest Ising, who used it to show that spins should undergo phase transitions below a certain temperature. Since that time, spin models have been developed for a wide variety of applications, perhaps most notably in particle physics. Now, in this new effort, De las Cuevas and Cutitt show that it is possible to transform any of these other newer models into the 2D Ising model, including 3D models.Their proof has two main parts, the first involved showing that any Ising model is equivalent to an instance of a satisfiability problem and showing a way to match such problems to an Ising model. The second part involved showing how any spin model could be converted to a satisfiability problem and then translated to an Ising model.center_img Scientists explain the theory behind Ising superconductivity More information: G. De las Cuevas et al. Simple universal models capture all classical spin physics, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aab3326AbstractSpin models are used in many studies of complex systems because they exhibit rich macroscopic behavior despite their microscopic simplicity. Here, we prove that all the physics of every classical spin model is reproduced in the low-energy sector of certain “universal models,” with at most polynomial overhead. This holds for classical models with discrete or continuous degrees of freedom. We prove necessary and sufficient conditions for a spin model to be universal and show that one of the simplest and most widely studied spin models, the two-dimensional Ising model with fields, is universal. Our results may facilitate physical simulations of Hamiltonians with complex interactions. Universal models contain all models, just like white light contains all colors. Credit: Christian Hackenberger Universal models contain all models, just like white light contains all colors. Credit: Christian Hackenberger This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more