Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Those who tuned in watched a live video game of 35 NASCAR racers competing at an exact replica of Texas Motor Speedway, where the series was scheduled to be Sunday before the coronavirus shutdown. Fox was able to obtain feeds of drivers racing on simulators everywhere from their bedrooms, basements, garages and, in the case of last week’s winner, Denny Hamlin’s living room.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSGeorgetown’s McClung to test NBA waters, could returnUNDATED (AP) — Georgetown sophomore guard Mac McClung is prepared to test his draft value.McClung has announced that he is declaring for the NBA draft after averaging 15.7 points and 2.4 assists for the Hoyas this past season. However, he is maintaining his college eligibility in case he decides to stay at Georgetown. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSEdmonds has pneumonia, awaiting coronavirus test resultsUNDATED (AP) — Four-time All-Star outfielder Jim Edmonds is being treated with pneumonia as he also awaits test results for the coronavirus. — Visa has told its global roster of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls their sponsorships will be extended into 2021 after the Tokyo Games were postponed. The credit card giant’s Team Visa scheme features 96 athletes across 27 sports. They include soccer star Megan Rapinoe, Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles and 800-meter Olympic champion David Rudisha. Visa had already filmed some promotional campaigns with athletes for the Tokyo Games that will require some reworking.— The National Athletic Trainers Association has partnered with the Go4Ellis platform on an app aimed at helping trainers assist understaffed hospitals. The app was intended to give health care providers a database to look for help nationwide. More than 950 athletic trainers have signed up over the last week.— Monday’s final deadline to nominate horses for the Triple Crown series is being extended indefinitely because of the coronavirus. The Kentucky Derby has been pushed back from May 2 to Sept. 5, and Maryland and New York racing officials are continuing discussions to decide when the Preakness and Belmont stakes will be run. When the Triple Crown dates are settled, a deadline for late nominations will be announced.— Italy’s sports minister is planning to extend the ban on games and competitions in the country through April. The current nationwide lockdown is due to expire on Friday, but Italian health experts have said the need to try to contain COVID-19 will likely last weeks beyond that.— The International Boxing Hall of Fame has canceled its Hall of Fame weekend in June because of the coronavirus pandemic. Executive director Ed Brophy said Sunday that this year’s class will be honored at the induction ceremony in June 2021. McClung missed time because of a right foot injury this year and appeared in only 21 of Georgetown’s 32 games. He averaged 13.1 points as a freshman.In other college basketball news:— Rutgers has taken another step toward becoming a major basketball threat in the Big Ten Conference, getting a commitment from Cliff Omoruyi. The highly regarded center confirmed his choice Sunday in a telephone call with The Associated Press, adding Auburn and Arizona State also were under consideration. Rutgers could not comment. Omoruyi is the first New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year to commit to Rutgers.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-LAMBRIGHT-OBITEx-Huskies coach Lambright dies NFL-NEWSChiefs bring back wide receiver RobinsonUNDATED (AP) —The defending Super Bowl champs have their top four receivers in the fold.DeMarcus Robinson has accepted a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, who are maintaining an aerial attack that includes receivers Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman. Robinson grabbed 32 passes for 449 yards and four touchdowns last season, his fourth since being taken by the Chiefs in the fourth round of the 2016 draft.Although Watkins is signed through next season, he may be asked to restructure his hefty contract or take a pay cut in the coming days. SEATTLE (AP) — The University of Washington says that former Huskies football coach Jim Lambright has died at age 77.Lambright spent nearly four decades associated with the Washington program as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He was 44-25-1 as the Huskies head coach and never had a losing record but was fired following the 1998 season.Washington’s best season under Lambright came in 1995 when it shared the Pac-10 title but missed out on a trip to the Rose Bowl.No cause of death was given.Lambright was arrested in 2014 and at that time his family stated he was suffering from dementia and his condition was worsening.center_img CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR’s new normal resumed Sunday with another virtual event aired nationally during the sports shutdown caused by the new coronavirus.Timmy Hill won the virtual race at Texas Motor Speedway, the second in an iRacing series thrown together after NASCAR’s 36-race season was suspended four events into the year.Hill is considered among the top competitors in iRacing, a subscription-based gaming platform. His virtual victory was his 674th in the game.One highlight came when Daniel Suarez was parked by iRacing officials for intentionally trying but failing to crash Ty Dillon.Fox Sports again used its team of Mike Joy and Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon to call the race, which was aired both on Fox in some markets and nationwide on its cable channel. The 49-year-old Edmonds sent a video update Saturday night on his Instagram Story saying he was back home after testing positive for pneumonia for the first time in his life. He announced on his Instagram page that he went to the hospital to be tested for the coronavirus after displaying some symptoms.Edmonds ended his 17-year major league career in 2010 after earning eight Gold Gloves. He was a lifetime .284 hitter with 393 home runs, 1,199 RBIs and a .903 OPS.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Two Chicago Cubs employees who attended an annual training session at Wrigley Field on March 8 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. A team spokesman says one employee was hospitalized and the other was recovering at home. The spokesman also said there was “nothing definitive” indicating the session “contributed to exposure” since the test results weren’t received until March 23 and 24.— Tokyo Olympic organizers expect to talk with IOC President Thomas Bach this week about potential dates for next year’s rescheduled games, with several reports suggesting they will be in the same July-August time slot. The International Olympic Committee and Japanese organizers last week postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. March 30, 2020 In other NFL news:— Wide receiver Geronimo Allison has left the Packers for a package with the Lions. Allison played the past four seasons with Green Bay and had 34 receptions for 287 yards and two TDs last year.— Defensive tackle Derek Wolfe has OK’d a one-year deal with the Ravens after playing eight seasons with the Broncos. Wolfe had seven sacks in 12 games last season before going on injured reserve with a dislocated elbow. He fills the void left by the unexpected departure last week of free agent Michael Brockers.NASCAR-iRACINGiRacing standout wins virtual NASCAR race Associated Press last_img read more

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49ers need Seahawks loss Monday to stay NFC’s top seed, avoid playoff plummet

first_imgUpdate: The Seahawks beat the Vikings on Monday night, moving past the 49ers in the NFL West standings.—The 49ers’ exclusive hold on first place in the NFC West the past two months will slip away Monday night unless the Vikings can upset the Seahawks.A Seattle win would not only knock San Francisco out of sole possession of first place for the first time in 64 days, but the 49ers would fall to the No. 5 seed in the NFC playoff chase with four games remaining. However, if the Vikings …last_img read more

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Yoke Up Those Bacteria

first_imgMy, how history repeats itself – often in unexpected ways.  In ancient times, our ancestors got the heavy work done by hitching oxen, horses or slaves (like Samson, see pictures 1 and 2) to a harness and making them turn a grinding wheel.  The same principle is now on the cutting edge of modern applied biological engineering – only now, the movement is measured in micrometers, and the beasts of burden are bacteria.  Scientists in Japan, publishing in PNAS,1 have successfully hitched their harnesses to multi-legged crawlers named Mycoplasma mobile and made them turn a gear 20 micrometers wide, many times their size.    In the contraption rigged by Hiratsuka et al., the bacteria walk inside a circular track, pushing a six-petal rotor made of silicon dioxide above them.  The inventors (slavedrivers?) developed a surface that would ensure the majority of the cell “microtransporters” would move in one direction with the right amount of friction.  The cooperative workers achieved forces of 2 to 5 x 10-16 newton-meters, with rotation rates of 1.5 to 2.6 rpm.  “To the best of our knowledge,” they boasted with some merit, “a micromechanical device that integrates inorganic materials with living bacteria has not succeeded until this study.”  (They did, however, reference the PNAS research reported in our 08/19/2005 entry, “Saddle Up Your Algae.”)    The inventors didn’t mention evolution once in their paper.  Instead, they spoke in glowing terms about their little microscopic oxen and marveled at their technology.  First, they scanned the arena of biological micro-machinery with the delight of a gadget freak:Nature provides numerous examples of nanometer-scale molecular machines.  In particular, motor proteins, which efficiently convert chemical energy into mechanical work, are fascinating examples of functional nanodevices derived from living systems.  The molecular mechanism underlying the function of these motors has long been a major focus of biophysical research, and the information emerging from those studies should greatly aid in the design and fabrication of novel synthetic micro/nanomotors….    Turning an eye to higher-order biological structures reveals many examples of excellent mechanical devices, including bacterial and eukaryotic flagella and muscle sarcomeres.  These motile units are tens of nanometers to several micrometers in size and consist of multiprotein complexes built up with atomic accuracy through the self-assembly and self-organization of protein molecules within cells.  In general, these devices work far more efficiently and intelligently than the isolated proteins but, because the principles and mechanisms of self-assembly are only vaguely understood, we are currently unable to assemble higher order motile units from the isolated component proteins outside the cells.  Consequently, research aimed at developing hybrid devices using biological motile units is rare at present.How about the machines employed by their chosen beast of burden?  The praise service continues:Mycoplasma mobile, a species of gliding bacteria, is another example of a higher-order unit (cells in this case) with superb motility.  M.  mobile has a pear-shaped cell body ~ 1 micrometer in length and moves continuously over solid surfaces at speeds up to 2-5 micrometers per second.  The mechanism by which it glides remains unknown, although a mechanical walking model that makes use of the rod-like structures protruding from the cell surface has been proposed.  Although three proteins have been identified as essential for gliding, we speculate that this motile system may need a dozen additional proteins, including various cytoskeletal proteins.So why reinvent the wheel?  Why go to all the trouble to invent walking nanorobots, when bacteria have it all figured out?  The inventors list other reasons for enlisting biological beasts of burden instead of trying to start from scratch:As a result, it is currently impractical, if not impossible, to reconstitute fully functional motile units from the isolated proteins of M. mobile in vitro.  For that reason, we have been attempting to construct micromechanical devices using intact M. mobile cells instead of the isolated proteins.  A key benefit of this approach is that hybrid devices into which living cells are integrated enable us to take advantage of preassembled excellent motor units that have the potential for self-repair or self-reproduction when damaged.So there you go: spare parts and repairs come included with the package.  Oxen must be fed, however, and they didn’t talk about that (cf. Solomon).  Someone else may have to invent the nanomanger.1Hiratsuka et al., “Applied Biological Sciences: A microrotary motor powered by bacteria,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 10.1073/pnas.0604122103, published online before print September 1, 2006.This is nothing less than intelligent-design research in action: intelligent humans seeking to understand and incorporate the built-in technology of intelligently-designed biological machines.  The overlap between artificial and biological design is almost seamless.  What dividing line could separate the two domains?  Who could claim that man’s part represents intelligent design, but the biological part is the result of a long series of mistakes?  The researchers even spoke of manipulating the bacteria through genetic engineering to conform the protein moving parts to their design goals.  That will blur the distinction even further.    If Martians found our rovers and put them on a track to drive a grinding mill, could they claim with any sense of justice that the rovers must have emerged out of the dust and sand by some unguided process of self-organization?  The engineers at JPL would justly be offended.  The future belongs to those who think intelligently, and know design when they see it.(Visited 214 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Phoenix Gives Net-Zero House Plans to Anyone Who Wants Them

first_imgBuilding a net-zero house in Phoenix, Arizona? The city will be happy to provide you with a full set of plans at no cost. The offer is part of the city’s plan to see all new buildings net positive by 2050, according to an article posted at Architectural Record, and follows a design competition in 2017 challenging architects to develop plans for a near net-zero house suited to the city’s hot, dry climate. The winner was Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects, which developed plans for a 2,185-square-foot, three-bedroom home. Home NZ, as it’s called, has a HERS score of 30, making it 70% more energy efficient than an average built-to-code home. With the addition of a modest solar array, the house would be net-zero.RELATED ARTICLESA New Guide for Net Zero BuildersMy Net Zero ConundrumAn Entire Town Aims For Net-ZeroNet-Zero Families, Not Net-Zero Homes The house can be built for an estimated $344,000 (not including the contractor’s overhead), and is designed to fit on a 60-foot by 110-foot lot. The design is orientation neutral, meaning it would perform as intended no matter which way the building lot is oriented. According to the description posted with the plans, the single-story house takes its design cues from mid-century modern residential architecture. It includes a large front porch and a built-in garage. Operable, exterior shades can be left open when the sun isn’t shining and closed when windows are in direct sunlight, reducing cooling loads. Shades are designed to prevent 95% of direct sunlight from reaching window glass. Other building features include: Structural insulated panels (SIPs) for the walls and roof. Wall panels are 9 1/2-inch thick (R-45), OSB over polyisocyanurate insulation. Roof panels are of the same construction, 11 1/4 inches thick (R-70). A reflective cool roof to minimize heat absorption. Passive cooling by means of a solar chimney at the top of the house that can flush out stale air and introduce cooler, fresh air at night. LED bulbs, a smart thermostat, and wi-fi enabled energy management. Heating and cooling with a Carrier air-source heat pump. Whole-house ventilation with a Zehnder energy-recovery ventilator. The variable-speed air conditioner limits starts and stops for higher efficiency. Double-pane windows. Estimated annual energy costs include $286 in service charges, $240 for cooling, and $597 for lights and appliances. The house plans are available free of charge, but they are provided without a warranty, and the homeowner assumes all liability. Also, the city requires that anyone taking the plans agrees to have them reviewed by a local professional architect and/or engineer as well as a licensed contractor before construction starts. Winner almost didn’t enter contest According to Architectural Record, Imirzian nearly ruled out her participation in the 2017 contest despite the $100,000 prize that would go to the winner. She wasn’t familiar with the HERS rating system—a key component of the competition rules—and she would be required to develop all of the construction documents and get them approved by the city’s planning office if she won. “I said, ‘Forget it, I’m not doing more free work,’ ” she told the magazine. Later, she warmed up to the idea of entering, in part because it would give her a chance to learn more about energy-efficient design. Two weeks before the contest deadline, she contacted a HERS consultant in town, then rounded up an engineer, a construction company and a consultant. Imirzian’s design was one of nine submissions. It took three people in her office 600 hours to develop construction documents and get city permits. She spent another $45,000 on consultant fees but didn’t get the prize money until the planning office had issued final permits. After the city uploaded the documents, Imirzian was asked to update them to conform with changes in the city’s building and energy codes. That took another three months of work. The three-bedroom design is suitable for any climate zone, according to the architect who designed it. Floor plan courtesy of Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects. In a telephone call, Imirzian laughed when reminded of her initial hesitation to get involved. Although her practice includes residential design, commercial and institutional projects are the firm’s bread and butter. “I probably shouldn’t have said that,” she said. “It’s a competition and it’s time, and I was just being honest about the evaluation. But the thing that was very compelling for me is that I was very interested in seeing what could be done to show that there are very reasonable and simple ways to do very cost effective, sustainable single family homes. It would be a very important message to get out.” She said that to her knowledge no one has actually built the house she designed. That’s not as important to her as demonstrating that highly efficient houses don’t have to be complex, difficult to build, or expensive. The $344,000 price tag, she said, was probably in the lower range of a comparably sized custom house in the Phoenix market. The $100,000 prize helped, but, Imirzian said, “it was not a profit maker, let me say that.” “The level of ease, hopefully, of implementing this in someone’s new home is what I hope is the message people get,” she said. “Even if they don’t copy the house or use the house plans, what we’re trying to do with the graphics and the explanations is to show how simple assemblies and approaches to whatever project they do could lead to very significant performance results.” On the road to carbon neutrality The Home NZ project is the brainchild of Mark Hartman, the city’s chief sustainability officer who describes his job as helping to make Phoenix “the most sustainable desert city on the planet.” Building houses that use less energy in Phoenix’s baking heat (it was 109° there the other day) is part of a city-wide effort to not only become carbon neutral but also provide a healthy ecosystem for its 1.6 million residents in many other ways. The package was approved by the Phoenix City Council in 2016. (You can read more about the effort here.) “There’s this misconception that green homes cost a lot more,” Hartman said in a telephone call. “But if you design right from the beginning, the home could be efficient, and that means you need smaller [mechanical] equipment inside. The goal was to build a sustainable home that costs the same as current construction.” The city used a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to establish the design prize, and set aside some additional money to cover permitting fees for people who decide to build Home NZ. Fees will be lower because the final plans—when they are posted—will not need plan review. Plans posted now at the city’s website are preliminary. A last minute check of the HERS score after Imirzian & Associates updated the plans found it exceeded the 30 target by a couple of points, so architects went back and tweaked the specs for windows. Final plans should be available soon, Hartman said. There have been 40 downloads so far, but Hartman had no idea yet how many of those people (which included reporters) will actually be interested enough to build the house. “I would love to see 50 of them built,” he said. “That’s kind of my goal. That would be great, then maybe we could do other plans. I’d love to see homes like this become a standard, to have people realize that it’s possible.” One obstacle is builder reluctance to try new things. For example, Hartman learned that windows with a lower solar heat gain coefficient are widely available and essentially the same cost as the windows that Phoenix builders typically use now. Ordering the windows would help cut cooling costs for homeowners. But there’s little demand for them. He hopes an upcoming publicity push with builders in the city to promote Home NZ will help change that. Even some of the architects who took part in the design competition originally doubted it would be possible to get the HERS score down to 30, Hartman said. “No one thought you could hit HERS 30,” he said. “There was no way that it could happen. Even the participants said that until they actually started working on it and brought a team together. They were surprised—we really can do this.” -Scott Gibson is a contributing writer at Green Building Advisor and Fine Homebuilding magazine.last_img read more

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Make Your Sports Athlete Highlight Film Standout

first_imgPutting together a highlight film to help an elite athlete stand out among the rest? Here are some tips to give your athlete the best advantage over the competition.Top image via ShutterstockSports, by their nature, are highly competitive. Teams compete to win games while players compete with each other to be the best. While most play for the pastime, the discipline, and the fitness, many are following the dream of making it to the biggest stage — and all the glory, fame and money that comes with it.Nowadays, it takes more than just being the best prospect to turn the heads of college and pro recruiters. Well-produced and creatively directed athlete highlight films have become a must-have for athletes looking to receive the best offers and endorsements.If you’re a family member, friend, or hired professional tasked with helping to create a high-impact highlight film for a budding star, here are some tips to keep in mind before you get out on the field.Find a Story to TellImage via ShutterstockBefore you begin, you need to take a hard look at who your athlete is and what his or her goals are regarding their particular sport. You also need to look at what the video needs to help accomplish and where it will be used. A video for college football recruiters is going to differ from a college baseball player trying to get drafted by a MLB team. By the same token, athletes that compete in team sports like basketball, football, or soccer are going to be portrayed differently from athletes in individual sports like track, tennis, or golf.Some questions to ask yourself before you pick up your camera and film.What makes your athlete stand out?What are their strengths and weaknesses?How can you incorporate their personality?What are the goals of the video (how would it be a success)?What do colleges or drafts want to know and see?Where/how will it be viewed?What do your competition’s videos look like (and how can yours be better)?Remember, your athlete is the star of the film, not his or her metrics and stats. It’s your job to put them in the best light and introduce them to the decision makers they’re looking to impress. Sitting down with your athlete and his or her family to brainstorm a concept is important. Take the time to build a story, create a script, and follow it to the best of your ability.Use Graphics Packages for On-Screen StatsDepending on when you’re reading this, it’s at least 2016 — which means there’s no reason your video should look like it was edited in Microsoft Word. Regardless of your chosen editing software, you should at the very least be able to put together some rudimentary graphics to display stats and short bullet points.If you’re capable of working in programs like Premiere Pro or After Effects, there are numerous resources available for you to pull Sports Center level graphic packages that easily allow for plug-and-play customization.Here are some simple-to-use After Effects templates from our pals over at RocketStock that can give your highlight film that professional quality.Showdown ($29)Momentum ($29)Kilo ($29)Adventure ($39)Pavilion ($39)As well as some free title options.Digital Distortion (Free)Shapes (Free)Ribbon (Free)Use a High Definition Camera with High FPSImage via Vibrant Media ProductionsDon’t misinterpret this advice as “buy the most expensive camera possible,” but in the competitive environment of athlete highlight films, higher-end cameras are going to stand out majorly over shooting on your parents’ old camcorder. Consider borrowing or renting the best camera within your budget for one day of strategic shooting to maximize your investment if necessary. Here’s why.Higher Dynamic RangeA high-definition (preferably 4k resolution) camera is going to capture the best footage with the least distortion. It will also grant you the most flexibility when shooting outside of a studio environment. You’re very likely to be shooting on sporting fields, where there are no electrical outlets (outside of using a generator), an abundance of natural light, and harsh shadows. If you can get a quality camera with a high dynamic range and latitude, you can work with the environment rather than against it.Higher FPS for Slow MotionOne of the staples of sports broadcasts and videos is the use of slow motion. Sports are fast and it’s easy to miss details in real time. If you want to show your athlete’s best qualities, you need to slow time down to give the viewer a chance to see their skills and abilities.To do this you need to record your footage at the most frames per second (FPS) as possible. Your standard Canon 5D DSLR, for example, will only record at 60 FPS, which is a good start — but only really enables you to show your athlete at half speed. To get the super-slow-motion shots, you need to jump up to 120 FPS plus — which requires a higher class of camera to process the information at a greater speed.High Shutter Speeds for MotionSimilar to FPS, filming at a higher shutter speed will cut down on motion blur, which will distort the movement of your athlete when you’re trying to show the fine details of their motion. Because of how they work and need to let in light, higher-end cameras with high FPS options will always have high shutter speeds relative to their FPS as well. If you’re interested in the differences between FPS and shutter speed (and how those differences can affect your video), here’s a great video to dive into.With the above points in mind, feel free to research options on your own, but here are some recommended choices in different price ranges to consider.Panasonic 4K Ultra HD Camcorder ($959)Sony DSC-RX10M II Cyber-shot ($1,398)Sony a7S II ($2,988)Sony FS100 ($3,500)Sony FS5 4k ($5,599)Find Creative Ways to Show Game FootageClip via YoutubeUnfortunately, regardless of how great your controlled footage of your athlete looks, your video will also need to include footage of your athlete playing in real competition. Unless you plan to be at every game to build an archive over several years, this means you’ll need to work with footage supplied by others. Often, this footage will be from cheap camcorders and small-time broadcasts. Your challenge is to find creative ways to use this footage to help tell your story and show your athlete in the best light. Here are a few ideas.Frame-within-a-frame — One of the best tricks to increase the resolution of the footage is to decrease the size of the frame. If you’re using a graphics pack like “Showdown” (listed above), you can have your footage shown in Sports Center-like boxes which animate in and out. You can also do split screen or multiple screens to show clips all at once.Zoom in — Contrary to the above advice, another method is to embrace the fuzziness and take out all of the other information in order to focus on your athlete. You see this all the time in 30 for 30–style documentaries — grainy, decades-old home-movie footage that exclusively features the star athlete.Add Extra Information — Since game footage is usually captured from a coaching perspective, it’s not usually shot with a cinematic edit in mind. You can work with the awkward framings by changing the compositions with extra information like text and stats to help tell the story.Highlight your athlete — Get your Madden yellow pen ready and mark your athlete with a circle that follows them on the screen. You can also motion blur everyone other than your athlete, or apply a follow arrow to make sure the eye is quick to find your boy or girl wherever they are on the field. Once you have everything together, keep your athlete and his or her family a part of the process. They’ll be the ones sending the video off to colleges and scouts, so they should have final say in how they are portrayed. Do your best to present their best self and highlight their potential.Have any other tips for creating a sports highlight film? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Ray Allen watches PBA game, catches up with ex-teammate Bill Walker

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ In an interview with Sports 5, Allen said that he is in the country for vacation.He said he doesn’t have anything concrete planned but it seems like he’s been checking out a lot of basketball here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHe visited the Lyceum Pirates Tuesday night before watching the PBA at MOA where his former Celtics teammate and now Blackwater import Bill Walker was playing.The 42-year-old Allen announced his retirement in a letter on The Player’s Tribune in 2016, two years after playing in the NBA Finals which turned out to be his last game. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNBA legend Ray Allen surprised Filipino fans at Mall of Asia Arena as he showed up during a PBA game between TNT and Blackwater Wednesday.Allen, who is a two-time NBA champion with the Boston Celtics in 2008 and the Miami Heat five years later, flew to Manila from Hong Kong on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT One of the greatest shooters basketball had seen, Allen finished his 19-year career as the all-time leader in 3-point shots made with 2,973.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Dumaan dedicates pencak silat gold to family Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games View commentslast_img read more

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Elizabeth Mays wedding dress a walk through a garden on Earth Day

first_imgVICTORIA — When Elizabeth May walks down the aisle, she’ll be dressed for her wedding along with Earth Day.The Green party leader and British Columbia entrepreneur John Kidder will exchange wedding vows Monday afternoon at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, and May will be adorning more greenery than just a bouquet.“She had an idea for a dress and she sketched it out for me,” said May’s dress designer Sue Earle of Salt Spring Island. “She wanted it to feel like spring. She said she would like to have some greenery on the bottom of it so it looked like she just walked through a garden.”Earle said she got to work on May’s dress over the winter. She said she used old bed sheets for a mock dress she used in a fitting with May that included the placement of handmade tulips, peonies and ferns on the dress.The two-piece, ivory-coloured dress also comes with a jacket with three-quarter-length sleeves, Earle said.Earle, a long-time Green party supporter, said May was pleased with her seasonally-themed wedding dress.“She was very happy with it, which made me very happy with it,” said Earle. “You want the person to feel like a million bucks, and that it embodies everything she is in terms of a goddess in the spring, celebrating love. That’s what I was aiming for.”She said the dress received a pre-wedding blessing on a recent ferry voyage from Salt Spring Island to Sidney as Earle delivered the dress to May.Earle said she and a few others held a moment of silence to bless the dress and ensure May has a full day of happiness.May announced her engagement to Kidder last November. She said she knew Kidder for about five years, but sparks flew at a Green Party convention last September.Kidder, 71, who is from Ashcroft, B.C., popped the question about a month later, May has said.Kidder has deep roots in the Green party, having run federally for a seat in B.C., and is a founder of the provincial party. May said he is a retired technology entrepreneur who operates a hops farm in Ashcroft, but also spends time in Vancouver.Kidder is the brother of the late actress Margot Kidder and has three children and four grandchildren. May has a daughter, three stepchildren and seven grandchildren.Wedding guests Monday are encouraged to arrive by bicycle, bus, train or ferry to minimize their carbon footprint. The newlyweds will then spend their honeymoon on the train from Vancouver to Ottawa.Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Didier Drogba reveals role in Kante joining Chelsea

first_imgFormer Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has revealed the role he played in the club signing N’Golo Kante.The Chelsea legend has revealed he encouraged the Blues to make a move for Kante after he helped Leicester City to their fairytale Premier League title triumph in 2016.“I’m very proud of him,’ said Drogba, according to Daily Mail. “I’m glad he chose Chelsea and the club listened to my advice, that they chose him. I’m glad I did not make a mistake.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I told them that we should not miss him. When? I told them when he started at Leicester.”Kante has also established himself as an integral member of the French national team, helping the team achieve World Cup glory in 2018 in Russia.Drogba enjoyed two separate spells at Stamford Bridge, firstly between 2004 and 2012 and then in 2014-2015, helping the club secure their only UEFA Champions League triumph in 2012.last_img read more

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