Aldridge helps balanced Spurs top Heat

first_img“It’s great. I’m asking questions all game and I guess it’s forcing me to talk so I can’t be wrong,” Gay said. “It’s a good place to be in. They just have to be on their Ps and Qs, because if they’re wrong, I’m telling Pop.”FEELING FINEGinobili had 10 points in 25 minutes. He left briefly after bumping knees with a defender, but returned shortly after going to the back.“One of those that hurt right there in the moment,” Ginobili said. “It’s going to hurt tonight and tomorrow a little bit, but it’s nothing serious so, it should be OK tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) shoots over Miami Heat defenders Kelly Olynyk (9) and Tyler Johnson (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 117-105. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — It was quite an offensive performance for the rolling San Antonio Spurs.And coach Gregg Popovich pointed out, it also was just one game.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points and San Antonio recorded 30 assists in a 117-105 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.“That’s always wonderful,” Popovich said of the balanced attack for the Spurs. “And then when you sit down and when you start feeling good about it, you realize that Golden State does that every night. Ok, we’ve got a ways to go, don’t get too excited, but it is great to see.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe Warriors are tied with the Houston Rockets for the Western Conference’s best record, but the Spurs are only 2 1/2 games back despite the season-long absence of All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard.With Leonard’s return looming from a right quadriceps injury, Aldridge led the Spurs in scoring for the 20th time in 25 games. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny While Aldridge has been the team’s primary offensive threat in place of Leonard, San Antonio has carved out a 17-8 record by taking advantage of its depth.“It comes from everybody being willing to make a pass for us to be successful,” said veteran Rudy Gay, who signed with the Spurs in the offseason. “We have to find the open man and pass up a good shot for a great shot. We’ve been doing that well these past few games. I think that’s one of the great things about this system, everybody is playing for each other and it ends up in the win column. That’s part of the reason I came here.”The Spurs shot 52.9 percent from the field and had seven players score in double figures. Bryn Forbes had 17 points, and Gay finished with 16 in San Antonio’s sixth win in seven games.Tyler Johnson led Miami with 25 points, and Dion Waiters had 22.San Antonio got off to a slow start defensively, just like it did in its comeback victory against Detroit on Monday night. Miami shot 58 percent in the first half, including going 9 for 18 on 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “It was a little bit surprising that we were able to score 35 in the first quarter,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We moved the ball, knocked down some open 3s, that always helps, and then they started to get the game a little bit more to their liking.”San Antonio forced 11 turnovers and outscored Miami 60-47 in the second half.The Spurs’ reserves stepped up again, just as they have done all season. Forbes made three 3s in the third quarter, helping San Antonio to an 86-82 lead heading into the final period after they trailed by four at halftime.TIP-INSHeat: Starting center Hassan Whiteside missed his fourth straight game with a bruised left knee bone. … Spoelstra has 451 career victories, three shy of tying Pat Riley for the most in franchise history. … The Heat have not beaten the Spurs since Jan. 26, 2014, in Miami. Miami is 18-42 all-time against San Antonio in the regular season.Spurs: Forbes made a career-high five 3-pointers. He became the fourth undrafted player to make at least five 3-pointers in a game for the Spurs, joining Bruce Bowen, Gary Neal and Jaren Jackson. … The Spurs have made a 3-pointer in 1,000 straight games dating to April 9, 2005, the fourth-longest streak in league history. Dallas holds the record with 1,108 straight games with a 3 from 1999-2012. … Aldridge has 197 blocks, passing Tiago Splitter for 23rd in franchise history.UP NEXTHeat: Play Brooklyn on Saturday night in Mexico City in their first game played outside the United States or Canada in franchise history.Spurs: Host Boston on Friday night in the finale of a three-game homestand.ON-THE-JOB TRAININGGay is still getting acclimated to the Spurs’ offense, which has led Popovich to simplify his play-calling when the 12-year veteran is on the court.“He’s just playing basketball,” Popovich said. “Every once in a while he knows the play, but we stayed in just basically a little bit of motion for a lot of the game when he was out there so he can just play basketball. Because he’s a good player, he doesn’t need me to coach him on how to score, he does that well.”Gay is leaning on his teammates to make sure he is in the right place on the court as he grows accustomed to San Antonio after leaving Sacramento as a free agent. LeBron James uses ‘NBA 2K’ to figure out best fit for Cavs lineup MOST READ 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 awardlast_img read more

Kansas Removes Darwinism from Protected Status

first_imgIt’s official; the Kansas school board has accepted new science standards that permit criticisms of Darwinism, reported Evolution News.  This makes Kansas the fifth state to allow both evidences for and against Darwinism to be taught, and brings their definition of science in line with the majority of other states.    News reactions were not far behind; MSNBC news was perhaps the mildest, even though they incorrectly defined intelligent design with reference to a “higher power.”  USA Today said that evolution defenders weighed in their voices before the vote with an email campaign calling the standards “backward.”  The new standards still teach only Darwinism, however – intelligent design is expressly denied – but the fact that evidences against evolution would be permitted was enough to anger opponents of the decision; EurekAlert posted a response by AAAS president Alan Leshner, for instance, that claimed the decision will hurt the economy and undermine science education.  BBC News actually lied about the ruling, calling it an “intelligent design policy” and claiming that teachers have been “ordered” to tell pupils that the “universe is so complex that it may have been created by a higher power.”  The standards contain no such statement or obligation; on the contrary, the standards explicitly disclaim the teaching of intelligent design.  Nevertheless, even though students will be learning more about Darwinism than ever before, the BBC titled their article, “Evolution suffers science setback” accompanied by a picture of Charles Darwin that made him look saddened by the decision.  LiveScience proclaimed, “Kansas School Board Votes Against Science.”    Science1 magazine last week hoped that a move to prohibit use of copyrighted material in the standards might delay adoption till a time-consuming rewrite with substitute language could be completed (the NAS and Natl. Science Teachers Assn. are denying the school board permission to use any of their materials).  If this delays adoption of the standards for a year, five seats on the board will be up for election in November 2006 – and four of those are held by conservatives.    In Pennsylvania, testimony wrapped up last Friday in the Dover trial.  The L.A. Times gave pretty good press about Michael Behe’s testimony; at least Jonathan Witt thought so on Evolution News.  The controversy draws in lots of opinions from all quarters.  Owen Gingerich criticized both sides on Science and Theology News; MSNBC posted a large photo of Darwin’s great-great-grandson in the Harrisburg audience, probably more for anecdotal than substantive value; French Catholic Cardinal Paul Poupard warned against fundamentalism in attempting to smooth relations with the Darwinists, according to Associated Press; E. O. Wilson coined the phrase “intelligent evolution” in his article praising the legacy of Charles Darwin in Harvard Magazine (though EvolutionNews insisted he got the definition of I.D. wrong again); and Casey Luskin, reporting in Evolution News about the cross-examination of biochemist Scott Minnich on the witness stand in Dover, overheard a listener on the plaintiff side admitting, “the witness is smarter than the lawyer.”1Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, “Groups Wield Copyright Power to Delay Kansas Standards,” Science, Vol 310, Issue 5749, 754, 4 November 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.310.5749.754a].Everybody seems to be claiming the other side is generating more heat than light.  Don’t they know that heat is a form of light?  That’s basic physics, and so is Newton’s 3.5th Law: every action has an equal and opposite criticism.  Heat feels good on a freezing day.  It’s about time things thawed out a little since the wicked witch Tinker Bell (09/22/2005) turned the animals to stone and made it always winter and never Christmas.  Fear not the warming rays, but rather the bluster and howls of rhetorical witchery that blankets the landscape with lies and hate.  At the end of the long Darwinian ice age, seeing the sun again finally, with both heat and light, is making the world come alive.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa leads African data storing project

first_imgRay Maota Data sharing allows countries to better anticipate natural disasters such as earthquakes. (Image: National Geographic) Chinese minister of science and technology Xu Guanhua, says China will establish 40 data centres by the end of 2010. (Image: Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Tim O’Connor South African Environmental Observation Network +27 33 343 3491 RELATED ARTICLES • Blast-off for space weather centre • Research centre for African oceans • South African model for African maths centres • New centre to foster science careersSouth Africa is at the forefront of an endeavour to beef up the African continent’s data collecting and storing capabilities. This was announced at the annual conference of the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (Codata) in Cape Town towards the end of 2010.At the conference delegates were treated to a preview of the prototype of the World Data Centre on Biodiversity and Human Health in Africa, set to be opened in 2011 in South Africa.The importance of the centreThe centre will focus on topics such as geomagnetism (the earth’s magnetism), astronomy, and solar activity. It will allow researchers to understand how environmental trends relate to one another, such as climate change and malaria for example, by compiling data on such topics.Scientific data on Africa is currently dispersed mainly in countries off the continent, but the new centre aims to bring all this data together into a single resource that will be accessible online.Because data collection and management is still under-developed on the continent, policies to protect information have not yet been conceived and implemented.Daisy Selematsela, executive director of the Knowledge Management and Evaluation Directorate at the National Research Foundation in Pretoria, said that the lack of such policies has resulted in a fear of how the data will be used.“This is one of the things we need to look into,” she said. “There is a tendency to control access to data, perhaps because of concerns over its mis-interpretation or because data is power.”The centre will be on par with over 50 other data centres around the world, most of which are located in East Asia, Europe and the US.Data expert Wim Hugo of the South African Environmental Observation Network is confident that the centre will help researchers identify gaps in existing data, and give them historical data to compare to new findings. Hugo is an advocate of the new centre.With South Africa spearheading this initiative, there has already been collaboration between SA and Nasa in the US. The space agency sent more than 30 terabytes of free earth science satellite data to local researchers for them to use in environmental applications, and to support sustainable development.However, Unesco’s head of science policy Lidia Brito, speaking at the conference, cautioned that Africa’s challenge lies in being able to manage and interpret these increasing amounts of data.“We need to have the eyes to look beyond the data,” added Brito.The centre’s operations will initially depend on data sets currently hosted in South Africa and the US, while African organisations will be encouraged to contribute their own data as it becomes available.The Committee on Data for Science and Technology Part of the International Council for Science, Codata was established in 1966 in an effort to improve the accessibility of scientifically important data, as well as its quality, reliability and management.This resource provides scientists and engineers with access to international data activities, keeps them abreast of new international knowledge, and allows for direct cooperation.A major driving force in the establishment of Codata was the fact that the efficient management of scientific data was beyond the scope of a few dedicated individuals.Data sharing in the worldChina will provide over 80% of its data relating to research into pure science such as theoretical mathematics, physics and chemistry, making the knowledge freely available on the internet.Chinese minister of science and technology Xu Guanhua, said that to achieve this goal, China will establish 40 data centres by the end of 2010.”They will cover 300 databases relating to the environment, agriculture, human health, pure science, engineering and regional scientific and technology information,” he said.“All of them will be openly accessed through a public portal initiated by the Ministry of Science and Technology in China,” Xu added.Preventing disasters through data sharingA UN and World Bank report released in November 2010 has revealed that humanitarian disasters caused by natural forces such as earthquakes and floods could in some cases be averted through global collection and sharing of hazard data.This would help to build up an international picture of risks to help make more sophisticated predictions on a local level, it reported.“Few countries collect data on hazards. Data on where past hazards have struck, frequency, intensity, and even data that is collected is not made accessible,” said Apurva Sanghi, a senior economist at the World Bank.“A lack of basic information means donor agencies that want to lessen the impact of, say, drought can’t make optimal decisions,” he said.last_img read more

UAAP men’s volleyball: Ateneo eliminates UST from Final 4 race, Adamson dumps UE

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES George Labang had 17 points for the Soaring Falcons.The Red Warriors, meanwhile, dropped to 2-10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Blue Eagles improved to an 8-4 record as did Adamson University, which earlier swept University of the East, with the two teams now bundled up in the third and fourth spots of the standings.The Soaring Falcons made quick work of the Red Warriors, 27-25, 25-17, 25-15, to close out the top four spots of the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsChumason Njigha had 15 points for Ateneo while Antony Koyfman added 13.The Tiger Spikers dropped to a 4-8 record and were eliminated from the semifinal contention with two games left in their schedule. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated UAAP volleyball: Tigresses near Final 4, fend off Lady Maroons SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo officially eliminated University of Santo Tomas from the Final Four race with a three-seat beating, 25-22, 25-17, 25-19, in the UAAP Season 91 men’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more