Duterte skips MassKara fest

first_imgBACOLOS City – President RodrigoDuterte has skipped this year’s 40th MassKara Festival. Earlier, Presidential SpokesmanSalvador Panelo said the Duterte was suffering from “unbearable pain” in hisspine after a motorcycle accident last week and had to cut short his trip toJapan to return to the Philippines Wednesday night. Panelo said Duterte left Japan soonerthan planned, having attended the enthronement ceremony of Emperor Naruhito. Leonardia, however, said:“Effectively, we were still graced by the President for the fourth time,because he sent his official representative,” Leonardia added. “We wish thePresident well and are calling for prayers for his swift recovery.”/PNcenter_img “How we wish that President Dutertecould come, but we understand that he could not make it under the current circumstance,”according to Mayor Evelio Leonardia. He was scheduled to visit this cityyesterday but was instead represented by Tourism Undersecretary for Legal andSpecial Concerns Edwin Enrile.last_img read more

Year in sports: How Pearl Washington influenced the Big East and college basketball

first_img Published on April 26, 2016 at 11:24 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+ What made those teams so appealing was the star power each held. There were other Big East teams with future NBA players. Boston College, the team Washington drilled his famous half-court game-winning shot against, had players whose professional careers lasted far longer than his.But what made Washington so memorable was his on-court flair, a smile that still sticks in ESPN color commentator Dick Vitale’s head and the former SU point guard’s ability to shake and bake his way to the basket.“He was just absolutely special, I felt that he was the one big time key recruit in the era of Jim Boeheim,” Vitale said. “ … It was like a rock concert. When he had the basketball in his hands and he was coming up the court in those Big East battles on Monday nights, they were so filled with talent. … It was as good as it gets and Pearl was the show, it was like seeing Springsteen in concert.”In the same way that Boehiem and his two sons stay up until 10:30 p.m. to watch Stephen Curry play, people used to make the same effort to watch Washington play, Boeheim said.Yet Washington never directly reaped the benefits of the progress he made. Boeheim credits Washington with being the start of the program’s success and making it attractive to players like Derrick Coleman and Carmelo Anthony, but the former SU point guard never played past the Sweet 16.His excitement, what he did on the court that’s what got people excited about Syracuse basketball. From that everything flows … It all flows down that same path.Jim BoeheimIn the same way that Syracuse’s importance partially flows from Thompson’s words and the same way SU’s future success flows from Washington, the popularity of basketball on television does, too.“He not only helped our program, he helped make the Big East and he helped college basketball,” Boeheim said. “He’s a guy that everybody wanted to see play.” Commentscenter_img The words still sting for many Syracuse fans. For most they symbolize a final failure, the inability to send Manley Field House out on a high note after Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim won his first 51 games there.But when then-Georgetown head coach John Thompson Jr. said, “Manley Field House is officially closed,” he set everything in motion. A rivalry for years to come. A meaningful game in every Big East season regardless of whether the teams were ranked. A seemingly pure hatred.And yet that became a positive for Syracuse. Without those words, the Big East would have been a shell of what it was. It put Dwayne “Pearl” Washington and Patrick Ewing on a stage battling in front of 30,000 fans as well as many more sitting on their couches. In the end, history pitted Washington and Syracuse against a program 239 miles away and six words apart.“People wanted to watch him, the Dome was relatively new,” Boeheim said. “I don’t know the numbers, but when Pearl came, the numbers changed and people wanted to come to see him play. They wanted to come to see Syracuse, but they wanted to come to see Pearl Washington.”Since his cancer returned last summer, Washington had been remembered via T-shirts, donations and prayers. He’s not only regarded as a game changer for Syracuse, but also college basketball and the Big East. Chris Mullin, Ewing and Washington served as the Big East’s ambassadors and as a reason to show basketball games on television.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRegular season games started being televised by ESPN in 1980, the same year the Carrier Dome opened its doors. Just three years later, Washington started his storied career at Syracuse and brought SU’s average attendance from 20,401 in 1982-83 to 22,343 in 1983-84. By the end of Washington’s junior year, an average of 23,914 fans attended Syracuse basketball games.With ESPN, all those games, they became national games. Instead of having those games on Saturdays that was a national game on CBS or ABC, all of a sudden there was three Big East games during the week that were televised nationally. Pearl became national.Former Boston College head coach Gary WilliamsBy the time Washington, Mullin and Ewing had left their collective mark on college basketball, ESPN had grown from a fledgling television network into a full-blown powerhouse. In the 1986-87 season on Jan. 5, the season after Washington left for the NBA, the network debuted Big Monday. The TV event became a regular spot to air primetime college basketball games, something that wouldn’t have been televised in primetime just eight years prior.The 1987 NCAA Tournament ended with two Final Four teams coming from the Big East. Two years prior, in the 1985 NCAA Tournament, three of the Final Four teams — St. John’s, Villanova and Georgetown — came from the Big East. The eighth-seeded Wildcats and first-seeded Hoyas went on to play against each other in the championship game.Daily Orange File Photolast_img read more

Watch: Newcastle youngster shows off his incredible skills

first_imgNewcastle’s Yasin Ben El-Mhanni shows off the kind of skill which earned him a move to St James’ Park last year.The Shepherd’s Bush-born 21-year-old, who had a trial with Chelsea prior to his move to Tyneside, has impressed at Under-23 level for the Magpies.Video courtesy of FFDTV Online.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Eagles 19s prepare for postseason run

first_imgIt’s crunch time for the Humboldt Eagles this weekend, as they begin play at the American Legion 19-under NorCal Area Tournament in Chico.The Eagles earned the top seed for the eight-team tourney after sweeping a doubleheader over the previously undefeated Chico Nuts on Monday, and will open today against No. 8 Yolo.Last summer, the Eagles lost in the state championship to Chico, and this season they’ll be hoping to go one better.“It’s one step at a time,” head coach Justin Andersen said. …last_img

Black Sunday: Oakland’s diehard Raiders fans say one last goodbye before Vegas

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Oakland Raiders’ yearlong march into oblivion will end Sunday at the aging Coliseum.The transition from gritty Oakland to glitzy Las Vegas becomes real as the second chapter of a colorful era closes in the East Bay. It comes with a mixed sense of nostalgia, grief and anticipation that has swept across the players, coaches and their costumed devotees who populate the Coliseum’s infamous “Black Hole.”“We’re going …last_img

Oldest Bat Fossil: Was It Evolving?

first_imgA bat fossil surpassing the previous record holder for the oldest by 2 million years made the cover of Nature this week.1  The news media immediately began saying that it provided insight into evolution. The BBC News announced “Bat fossil solves evolution poser.” National Geographic called it the icing on the cake, and said that “the fossils represent a breakthrough in the understanding of bat evolution.” PhysOrg called it a missing link that “demonstrates that the animals evolved the ability to fly before they could echolocate.”That last statement gets to the crux of the evolution angle. It’s not that this specimen was part bat and part something else. It was fully capable of flight and was easily identified as a bat. What it appeared to lack (though this point is somewhat questionable) is the ability for echolocation – the bat’s famous sonar navigation system. Some living bats have echolocation; others do not. The ones without it typically have a smaller cochlea (the inner ear organ that converts sound waves into nerve impulses). Since the fossil appeared to have a small cochlea, the researchers inferred that it lacked echolocation; however, size may not be the only valid diagnostic. We know that miniaturization can be a measure of advanced technology (e.g., iPod over cassette player). Without the ability to observe this species in action, it would be impossible to prove that it could not echolocate with its compact cochleae.The evolutionary question before these scientists and reporters was not whether bats evolved – their minds were already made up on that point. “There has been a longstanding debate,” though, “about how bats evolved, centering around the development of flight and the development of the sonar system they use to navigate and hunt for prey,” PhysOrg explained. The majority opinion among evolutionists seems to have been that echolocation came first, then flight. This fossil seemed to suggest the reverse.Echolocation or not, there was never any doubt this was a bat. It was classified in the bat order Chiroptera, and given the name Onychonycteris. Even though this bat is similar to modern bats that lack echolocation, it “may have been otherwise equipped for flying at night,” wrote John Speakman (U of Aberdeen) in the same issue of Nature.2  Why, then, did the discoverers call it “primitive”? Nothing in the paper provided definitive evidence the bat was lacking in “derived” (i.e., advanced, or “highly evolved”) features. There were only suggestions couched in tentative wording:The shape of the wings suggests that an undulating gliding-fluttering flight style may be primitive for bats, and the presence of a long calcar indicates that a broad tail membrane evolved early in Chiroptera, probably functioning as an additional airfoil rather than as a prey-capture device. Limb proportions and retention of claws on all digits indicate that the new bat may have been an agile climber that employed quadrupedal locomotion and under-branch hanging behaviour.Obviously, the researchers cannot watch a fossil bat fly in a fossilized sky. A creature capable of being called an “agile climber” as well as a flyer should not be judged primitive on that basis; are not two skills better than one? Possession of claws seems also a questionable measure of primitiveness. It would seem more primitive to lack a structure than to have it.As for that echolocation question, the discoverers were more hedged in their wording than the science reporters. After weighing the evidence, they said, “there is no unambiguous evidence that Onychonycteris was capable of laryngeal echolocation.” Their graph shows that the cochlea of this species is right on the borderline between echolocating and non-echolocating species. On the other wing, it “was clearly capable of powered flight,” they said. Speakman concurred: “The bat’s wing morphology is very similar to that of extant species, except that it has claws on its digits,” he said. “But in all other respects this is clearly a bat capable of powered flight.” In addition, the authors inferred that it most likely ate insects, as do modern echolocating bats.The only basis for claiming this bat was primitive, then, seems to be that it was found in strata assumed to be 52 million years old rather than 50 million years old, and according to evolutionary theory, “Bats are thought to have evolved from terrestrial mammals, and scientists have long pondered whether they took to the air before or after they could echolocate.” So said National Geographic. It looked like a bat, and it flew like a bat. It was labeled primitive simply because evolutionary theory assumes that older means more primitive.One other evolutionary question was considered. Why hasn’t echolocation evolved among ground-dwelling mammals? An evolutionary answer was at the ready. Speakman spoke to that, but his answer raised other questions:However, around the end of the 1980s, evidence accumulated, including work from my own group, that favoured the ‘flight-first’ hypothesis. One paper showed that, for a bat hanging at rest, echolocation is extremely energetically costly. This high cost probably explains why no terrestrial mammals have evolved full-blown echolocation systems such as those used by bats. However, a second paper showed that when a bat takes flight these costs disappear. This is because of a remarkable coupling of the beating of the wings with the ventilation of the lungs and production of the echolocation pulses. When a bat hangs stationary and echolocates, it must contract its muscles specifically to generate a forceful expiratory burst, and this is where the large costs come from. When a bat is flying, it is already contracting these muscles, so in effect echolocation when flying is free (or at least substantially cheaper).But what about the problem of bats flying in darkness before they could orient themselves? A hypothesis I favour is that the earliest ancestors of bats may have been diurnal, and had visual means of orientation – but were perhaps forced to become nocturnal by the appearance of avian predators, shortly after the dinosaurs became extinct around 65 million years ago. Some then evolved echolocation, whereas others became nocturnal vision specialists.He did not discuss why flying hawks would represent more a threat than flying reptiles. He also did not discuss why any other complex organ that involves high cost (i.e., most organs in the body) would have evolved, if cost is such a hurdle to natural selection.For decades in his famous debates with evolutionists, Dr. Duane Gish of ICR pointed to fossil bats as an ideal test case for creation vs evolution. He pointed out the many modifications it would take to make a flying mammal out of a shrew or mouse, and how all these changes should be preserved in the fossil record as transitional forms. Then he would hold up a picture of the oldest known fossil bat, and say it was “100% bat.” At the time, he knew about Icaronycteris, the alleged 50-million-year-old species exhibited in the American Museum of Natural History. He would quote Glenn Jepson from an issue of Science in 1966 saying that nothing related to a bat has ever been found in the fossil record that is any older than Icaronycteris, and it is essentially identical to a modern bat.3It is unlikely this new discovery would cause Dr. Gish to change the core of his argument. In fact, he might claim it makes it stronger: Onychonycteris, found in the same Wyoming Eocene strata but lower than Icarnoycteris, was allegedly two million years earlier – but it, too, was a 100% flight-capable bat. This only pushes the problem farther back for evolution. Now, all those specialized adaptations would have had to evolve in less time. There are still no transitional forms. Knowing Gish, he might have teased his debate partner by quipping that the evolutionist batting average is zero.1.  Simmons, Seymor, Habersetzer and Gunnell, “Primitive Early Eocene bat from Wyoming and the evolution of flight and echolocation,” Nature 451, 818-821 (14 February 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06549.2.  John Speakman, “Evolutionary biology: A first for bats,” Nature 451, 774-775 (14 February 2008) | doi:10.1038/451774a.3.  Duane Gish, Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No, ICR 1995 revision, pp. 185-187.You see what the evolutionists do, don’t you? You understand the modus operandi of their crimes. Their M.O. is, simply: “assume evolution.” Evolution is their miracle worker, that appears on cue, like Tinker Bell with her miracle-mutation wand, to produce anything they need. Since the Darwinian storytellers have usurped the institutions of science, they have no need for proof, demonstration and evidence. Fossils and other observable things are mere props for their stories. The basic plot is fixed in stone. Like a counterfeit tree of life, the Darwinian story of common ancestry via unguided processes over millions of years is guarded against critical analysis by angles with flaming words (puns intended).You also just saw (again) the Darwin-drunk news media not only parroting the evolution angle verbatim, but even embellishing it. The original paper worded its claims with a modicum of doubt, but the BBC News trumpeted, “Bat fossil solves evolution poser.” But look at the fossil evidence! The Darwinists should be ashamed. The oldest known bat in the fossil record is 100% bat and no less advanced than living bats! How on earth can any sensible scientist claim that this supports Darwinism? Did any of them tell us how complex capabilities like echolocation or flight could have arisen by chance? Did they elaborate the dozens, if not thousands, of lucky mutations that would have had to come together blindly to produce a flying mammal from a mouse? No! If anything, they uncovered a more astonishing thing – that the flight capabilities of bats are dynamically integrated with their sonar systems. Did they watch 52 million years go by? Did they watch the so-called primitive bat change into a more advanced creature? Did they seriously entertain any of the many, many scientific criticisms that could be leveled against their tale? No, no, no.If this non-stop parade of dogmatism masquerading as science makes you mad, join the campaign to expose the Darwinists. Don’t let them get away with using this discovery as a prop for their fable. Don’t let some evolution advocate stack papers like this on the witness stand to claim evolution is scientific. Understand what is really going on in biology these days. Keith Wanser stated it succinctly: “There is not one theory of evolution, but a body of opinions, speculations and methods for interpretation of observational facts so that they fit into the philosophy of naturalism.” That, friends, is not science, and does not deserve the honor of being taught in our schools.(Visited 404 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Stamps Plead Guilty in Bank Fraud Case

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Former Stamp Farms owners and operators Michael and Melissa Stamp have pleaded guilty to charges in a bank fraud case connected to the bankruptcy of the 27,000-acre Decatur, Michigan-based farm.The 2012 bankruptcy case left southwestern Michigan landowners and creditors jolted by what legal experts believe was at the time, the largest grain-farm bankruptcy in U.S. history.Michael Stamp owned a number of related businesses that were part of the Chapter 11 farm bankruptcy. They included a custom farming operation, a trucking business, an excavating operation and grain elevator Northstar Grain LLC, which has a reported 4.2 million bushels of grain capacity.Michael Stamp pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and providing false statements to investigators. According to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, he faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greater.The plea agreement includes Stamp forfeiting all of his assets acquired in the commission of the crime. In addition, he has agreed to cooperate in other investigations related to the case. As a result of the plea, prosecutors have agreed to dismiss the previous indictment of Stamp at the time of his sentencing set for August.Melissa Stamp pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony, which is concealing a felony. According to court records she could face up to three years in prison, up to one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. She plead guilty to hiding $40,000 from Wells Fargo and creditors of Michael Stamp, according to court records.In June 2015, Melissa Stamp was sentenced to 20 months in jail and 20 months of supervised release, and was also required to pay $184,500 in restitution and had to forfeit $151,915 as part of a plea agreement with federal authorities for her role in bankruptcy fraud.According to court documents in Michael Stamp’s individual bankruptcy case, Wells Fargo claimed it had made a $68 million loan in December 2011 based on representations that Stamp Farms and its affiliates farmed 46,000 acres. Audits later could uncover only about 27,000 acres, the bank claimed. Stamp Farms’ assets eventually were auctioned off.The farm and its related businesses at the time of the bankruptcy claimed assets valued at $131 million and a net worth of $39 million. An audit found those assets dwindled to about $93 million in a matter of months.According to court documents filed earlier in April, Stamp Farms submitted false claims to the Federal Crop Insurance Corp., in order to obtain payments to help pay for his operations and to make lease payments.“Stamp also conspired with James Leonard Becraft and Douglas Edward Diekman to defraud the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. and its reinsurers,” according to a court document.Becraft pleaded guilty to conspiracy for making false statements on crop insurance forms. On Feb. 12, 2019, he was sentenced to a year in prison, a two-year supervised release and ordered to pay $648,188 in restitution to the Risk Management Agency in Kansas City, Missouri.Diekman pleaded guilty to conspiracy for making false statements on crop insurance forms. On Dec. 20, 2018, Diekman was sentenced to 13 months in prison, a two-year supervised release and ordered to pay $488,432 in restitution — $409,403 to RMA and $79,029 to the Farm Service Agency in Kansas City.On Dec. 13, 2017, a grand jury handed down an indictment of Becraft, Diekman and Michael Stamp in connection with the Stamp Farms Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed in November 2012. The bank found Stamp Farms in noncompliance on loan agreements, including working capital and other ratios.Stamp Farms filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2012 after Wells Fargo initiated action against Stamp on June 30, 2012. The bank found Stamp Farms in noncompliance on loan agreements, including working capital and other ratios.Over the years, Stamp relied on “large” operating loans and credit agreements. In addition, the indictment said Stamp used crop insurance payments to pay for some of his operation, including covering lease payments.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/SK )© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Apple Updates Retina iPad: Better Specs, Same Storage, Prices & Battery Life

first_imgjon mitchell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#iPad center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Apple Tuesday announced the fourth generation iPad, building on the power and features of the 10-inch Retina-display “New iPad”  while maintaining the same prices and storage sizes. The 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models sell for $499, $599 and $699 respectively.The fourth iPad doubles performance with a new A6X chip, it has an improved 720p front-facing FaceTime camera and better LTE cellular coverage. It sports the new, smaller Lightning connector, which debuted on the iPhone 5, and Apple offers Lightning-to-HDMI and Lightning-to-VGA adapters to let you send video out to your TV.The updated hardware maintains the same 10-hour battery life Apple claims for the previous generation. That’s the trend Apple has tried to uphold for recent iPad and iPhone updates: better screens, more power, but the same battery life users have come to expect. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Apple Faces App Review Backlog After Developer Center Breach

first_imgdan rowinski Related Posts Tags:#app development#Apple#iOS 7 Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As Apple plows towards the release of the next iPhone, it is working with developers to get their apps ready for the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 7. But Apple hit a major hiccup in the middle of The Summer Of iOS 7 and has had a big hit on developers.Apple’s developer center for iOS was hacked by a “security researcher” a little more than a week ago. The researcher, Ibrahim Balic, insisted that he was just probing the developer center for bugs he could then report back to Apple, but he also may have been able to access the personal information of 100,000 iOS developers. His research, or hack, has had consequences larger than Balic probably intended.For most of the last week, iOS developers did not have access to the tools they needed to build apps for the iPhone and iPad. The loss of access to the developer center for a critical week in the middle of summer was a blow for developers that already have a lot to digest with Apple’s new operating system version. But it also appears that Apple’s app reviewers are getting bogged down by the crash of the developer center.One developer, who asked not to be identified, said they received a letter from Apple saying that the app it submitted for review would require additional time.The letter stated:“We are currently reviewing an app that you submitted for inclusion on the App Store, and want to let you know that the review process will require additional time. We apologize for the delay and will provide you with an update on the status of your app as soon as possible.” A conversation with one other developer revealed that they also had received similar letters from Apple. The developer said that it had never received a letter like that from Apple before in submissions to Apple for its apps and updates.On one hand, it is perfectly reasonable for Apple to tell a developer it needs more time. Especially considering the issues the company is dealing with concerning the iOS developer center. On the other hand, this is fairly unusual behavior for Apple’s app reviewers who are normally able to turn an app review in anywhere between one to three days.The developer said that it was six days from the time of submission until it got the notice from Apple requesting additional time for review. It has since between another five days and the developer’s app still has not been approved.In addition to the app approval delays, the downtime for the iOS developer center meant that app publishers were without the certifications and provisioning profiles needed to add functionality to their apps and publish them to the App Store. Those capabilities were fixed when the developer center came back online earlier this week and Apple released iOS 7 beta 4 for developers. The iOS developer forums, technical support, Xcode Automatic Configuration and videos continue to be unavailable. That means that iOS developers currently have no official avenues of support from Apple or the iOS community currently. Developers are likely flocking to the regular destinations for coder communities like GitHub, StackOverflow, the App Developers Alliance and Code Project can be consulted.center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more