Sweet and unsweet 16 for James Harden on a wild night in Orlando

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Harden scored 38 points Sunday night in Houston’s 116-109 loss in Orlando, marking the 16th consecutive time that he’s scored at least 30 or more points — matching Kobe Bryant for the league’s longest such streak since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976-77.But Harden also was 1 for 17 from 3-point range, tying the league’s single-game record for most misses from beyond the arc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“They just didn’t go in,” Harden shrugged afterward.Damon Stoudamire was 5 for 21 from 3-point range for Portland against Golden State on April 15, 2005. Until Sunday, that was the only time a player had missed 16 3s in a game. View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history On bad hip, Andy Murray out in 1st round of Australian Open LATEST STORIES Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) passes the ball away from Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — James Harden had a game for the history books.That’s good and bad.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Even on a night where he got almost nothing from deep to fall, Harden’s scoring average rose.Harden is now averaging 34.2 points per game this season, which puts him on a very exclusive pace. In the last 40 seasons, only Michael Jordan (37.1 points in 1986-87 and 35.0 points in 1987-88) and Bryant (35.4 points in 2005-06) have finished with a higher average than Harden has now.Harden was 15 for 16 from the foul line Sunday. He also finished with 12 assists and nine rebounds.“I thought we did a pretty good job on him,” said Orlando’s Evan Fournier, who shouldered much of the defensive load against Harden on Sunday night. “And then I looked at the scoreboard and he had 38. He’s just unbelievable.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The NBA’s greatest shooters have had awful nights from 3-point range — Dennis Scott once went 2 for 17, Ray Allen once went 1 for 14, Stephen Curry has an 0 for 11 game on his resume. Harden went 0 for 11 from deep in Game 5 of last year’s Western Conference finals against Golden State, and has been 0 for 10 on three other occasions.Houston coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t pin the loss on Harden’s shooting. He blamed the Rockets’ defense, and Harden concurred.“The problem is, you can’t rely on him being superhuman every night,” D’Antoni said. “We’ve got to have some contributions from other guys. I just thought they came in with a lack of focus, particularly on the defensive end.”Bryant scored 30 or more in 16 straight games from Jan. 29 through Feb. 28, 2003. If Harden scores at least 30 in his next game — that should be Monday against Memphis, assuming he’s in the Rockets’ lineup — he would top that mark. The last time an NBA player had a longer streak than that was in the 1963-64 season, when Wilt Chamberlain had 20 straight games scoring 30 or more.“He’s such a good scorer,” Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic said of Harden. “You have to stay aggressive but you can’t foul him. He’s going to score. You’re not going to stop him. He has the ball so much and they run everything for him.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerslast_img read more

Donegal families urged to apply for Back to School Clothing Allowance

first_imgEmployment Affairs and Social Protection Minister, Regina Doherty, is reminding families that the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will be made available again this year, and urged families who are not automatically entitled to make an application before the end of September deadline.Minister Doherty said the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance provides a once-off payment to eligible families to assist with the extra costs when children start school each autumn.And she revealed she is very pleased to secure €56 million in Budget 2019 for this year’s scheme. She said “Many families can be under much pressure with back to school costs and I would urge them to check their eligibility for this scheme which provides a once-off payment to assist with the costs of school clothing and footwear.“While the benefit will be automatically paid to almost 110,000 families in respect of approximately 200,000 children already registered with us, I would recommend others to check out the scheme to see if they are eligible,“The income limits for this payment have been adjusted to ensure that the increases in social welfare payment rates introduced by Budget 2019 do not negatively impact on people’s entitlement to the allowance.”The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is a nationwide scheme that provides a once-off payment to eligible families towards the cost of school clothing and footwear. The allowance paid for each eligible child aged 4-11 on or before 30 September 2019 is €150 while an allowance of €275 is paid for each eligible child aged 12-22 on or before 30 September 2019. Children aged between 18 and 22 years must be returning to full-time second-level education in a recognised school or college in the autumn of 2019.Funding of €56.3 million has been provided for the scheme this year. It will be automatically paid to almost 110,000 families in respect of approx. 200,000 children from the week beginning 8 July to allow families sufficient time to prepare for back to school.Similar to previous years, the majority of payments will be paid with no application form required. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is currently processing these payments and customers will receive written confirmation before the end of this month informing them of their automatic entitlement.The Department will issue payments totalling approximately €40.5 million to these families from the week beginning 8 July.Families who do not receive notification from the Department of an automated payment by the end of June will need to make an application even if they received a payment last year – the application form will be available from 24 June in all Intreo Centres, via SMS (text Form BTSCFA followed by your name and address to 51909) or by sending an email to BSCFA@welfare.ie and on the Department’s website www.welfare.ie. There is also an option to apply online this year at www.mywelfare.ie. Customers wishing to avail of this option need to have a Public Services Card and a verified MyGovID account. Those who do not have a Public Services Card can make an appointment at www.mywelfare.ie to get one.The closing date for receipt of applications for this year’s Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is 30 September 2019.The Department is also providing a dedicated phone bank that will be open to answer enquiries from Monday 24 June during business hours 9.00am to 5.00pm. Anyone wishing to make enquiries about this scheme can contact LoCall 1890 66 22 44.To qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, a person must be in receipt of certain social welfare payments or taking part in training, employment or adult education schemes and the total household income must be less than the amounts set out in the table below. All dependent children are taken into account for the income limits (including children who do not qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance, because they are under the age of 4).The total household income includes a person’s main social welfare or Health Service Executive payment and any other income they may have including wages (before tax, but excluding employee PRSI and a standard travel allowance of up to €20 per week), maintenance, savings and investments.Donegal families urged to apply for Back to School Clothing Allowance was last modified: June 17th, 2019 by StephenShare 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)Tags:allowancedonegalfamiliesGovernmentshoeslast_img read more

These Feet Were Made for Walking (and Running)

first_imgWe usually walk or run.  When walking, we roll from heel to arch to toe and rock our arms back and forth.  When running, we bounce up and down slightly while pumping our arms.  Did you know that many other gaits are possible?  Why do we use only two?  A team of specialists in bio-robotics at Cornell decided to apply a mathematical model to human foot travel.  Like true scientists, they asked questions about the obvious:Why do people not walk or even run with a smooth level gait, like a waiter holding two cups brim-full of boiling coffee?  Why do people select walking and running from the other possibilities?  We address such questions by modelling a person as a machine describable with the equations of newtonian mechanics.  The basic approximations are: first, that humans have compact bodies and light legs; second, that gait choice is based on energy optimization; and third, that energy cost is proportional to muscle work.  We use a simplification of previous models, perhaps the simplest mechanical model that is capable of exhibiting a broad range of gaits that includes walking and running.  Although the model is a mechanical abstraction that is not physically realizable, it is subject to the laws of physics.  Because of its simplicity, the model is amenable to interpretation.  It can also be studied with exhaustive and accurate simulation experiments, far beyond what is possible with human subjects.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)So, putting the model in the computer and cranking out the equations, they discovered that these two gaits are the most energy efficient for beings our size and shape.  Their only mention of evolution referred to the fact that, in their model, running did not require elastic spring energy: “human ancestors could have started to run before the modern human long Achilles tendon was fully evolved.”  Their derivations were published in Nature.11Srinivasan and Ruina, “Computer optimization of a minimal biped model discovers walking and running,” Nature 439, 72-75 (5 January 2006) | doi:10.1038/nature04113.That statement merely assumes evolution, again – the mortal sin of Darwinists.  “Before the Achilles tendon was fully evolved,” right.  Since evolution is already a fact to these dogmatists, it must make perfect sense.  After all, running in circles in a big enough squirrel cage provides the illusion of making progress down a straight track.    Human bodies can be treated like physical objects and described according to physical laws.  Drop yours out a window and you will accelerate at thirty-two feet per second squared till reaching terminal velocity.  The crater you formed can be measured, and the force you generated on impact can be calculated.  The mechanics of running can be described, quantified, and modeled (see 11/18/2004).  This is all wonderful and useful, but says nothing about how humans, and these mechanical abilities, arose.  Nor does it say how we should use them.  Newton needed to look elsewhere for those laws: Walk circumspectly; do not run in vain.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Engineering Designs Found Throughout the Biosphere

first_imgNews from biomimetics is coming in so fast, there’s only time for brief mentions in a growing list of living designs worth copying.From leaf to photocatalyst (PhysOrg): Engineers have “have used biologically inspired self-assembly to build photocatalyst architectures with highly integrated light-harvesting and catalyst components for light-activated hydrogen production.”  Another PhysOrg article showed how reconstructing the photosynthetic machinery of cyanobacteria was so daunting, it took the geniuses at PARC to attempt it.  “It’s a very complicated data analysis routine that literally generates tens of thousands of peptides that took a team of students and postdoctoral associates overseen by Hao Zhang and Michael Gross, months to analyze“.From skin to battery (PNAS): “Here we present important findings related to biologically derived pigments [e.g., melanin] for potential use as battery electrodes.”  See write-up on New Scientist.From biological tissues to soft robots (PhysOrg): “If I think of the robots of tomorrow, what comes to mind are the tentacles of an octopus or the trunk of an elephant rather than the mechanical arm of a crane or the inner workings of a watch. And if I think of micro-robots then I think of unicellular organisms moving in water. The robots of the future will be increasingly like biological organisms“.From cockroaches to high-speed robots (PhysOrg): “Love them or hate them, cockroaches are notoriously good escape artists and can flee at astonishing speeds.” Engineers at Johns Hopkins have built an artificial robot antenna mimicking the cockroach’s antenna.From drumstick tree to pure water (Science Daily): Not just for Africa, but Europe, too: more good news about the water-cleansing properties of the Moringa oleifera tree, a literal “tree of life” (see 3/09/10).  “…a research group … has discovered that seed material can give a more efficient purification process than conventional synthetic materials in use today.”From bacteria to politics (Current Biology): Finding solutions to the “public goods dilemma” in bacterial biofilms, Princeton researchers say, “Our results demonstrate new mechanisms by which the physical conditions of natural habitats can interact with bacterial physiology to promote the evolution of cooperation.”From tree frogs to electronics (Science Daily): “Novel Bio-Inspired Method to Grow High-Quality Graphene for High-End Electronic Devices” thanks to studying how tree frogs and beetles cling to slippery wet leaves.From amphibian skin to self-healing armor (BBC News): “Engineers at two universities in Pittsburgh have copied the way amphibians regenerate their body parts in the model for the synthetic gel.  It could eventually lead to tables capable of growing back broken legs, one university said.”From octopi to cling-ons (PhysOrg): The material in octopus suckers is very soft, like jellyfish, allowing a watertight seal.  Italian researchers “hope that by revealing the properties of these sticking suckers they might inspire a new generation of attachment devices.“From sea turtle to rescue robot (Live Science): “The lab’s research … assists the design and engineering of robots that must traverse unstable, uneven terrain — those used in search and rescue operations at disaster sites, for example” the way sea turtles and lizards can walk on sand, which can act like a solid, fluid, or gas.  (See also 4/29/13.)From tropical fruit to iridescent clothing (Live Science): “Inspired by the lustrous skin of a tropical berry [Margaritaria nobilis], new iridescent threads could eventually be woven into clothing that changes color at the flex of a muscle or bend of a knee, say the inventors.”From biology to everything (PhysOrg): This article about photonics (light manipulation) and phonomics (sound manipulation) does not mention biology, but many previous biomimetics stories have told how butterflies, birds and oysters (among other living things) are inspiring a materials revolution (see list).  “New abilities to corral light and sound from the macroscale to the nanoscale with structured polymers could deliver profound changes in the way we live…. Such advanced materials could not only revolutionize computing and sensing technology but could also bring about new strategies for soundproofing buildings and cars, managing heat and cold and making submarines invisible to sonar.“Student assignment: (1) How many of these articles mentioned evolution?  (2) Of those that did, was evolution useful for understanding the design or imitating it? (Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Innovators aim for cheaper steel

first_img6 February 2008A new South African company aims to break the domestic steel monopoly by using a locally developed, trademarked process to convert tailings from iron ore mining into high-quality iron ore units.The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has provided Iron Mineral Beneficiation Services (IMBS) with about R100-million to set up a commercial project in Nigel in Gauteng province to make iron ore using the trademarked Finesmelt process.The two companies said the Finesmelt process is able to produce high-quality iron ore units using low-grade superfine iron ore, which is generated as a by-product of iron ore mining.IDC mining and beneficiation strategic business unit head Abel Malinga told reporters in Cape Town on Tuesday that the project would begin in the first quarter of 2009 while a second project was planned to begin towards the end of the year.Malinga explained that the IDC’s support for IBMS in this groundbreaking venture was in keeping with the country’s industrial policy, and as such the IDC was also a 33% equity partner in the company.The nature of the South African steel market, he said, was keeping steel prices high and retarding the development of downstream steel-users, in particular the construction and mining industries.Malinga explained that the local market was widely seen as monopolistic, dominated as it is by a single steel company, ArcelorMittal. With the construction of new iron production plants, the prices of iron and steel would become more competitive and boost economic development in the country, he said.The cheaper, high-quality iron ore would offer alternative competitive pricing to downstream end-users in South Africa, the IDC said, and would add substantial value to locally sourced raw materials.Malinga said the Finesmelt beneficiation technology was attractive because it fitted perfectly with the IDC’s mandate to promote innovation in South African industry as well as entrepreneurial development.The first project, in Nigel, is expected to produce 48 000 tons of hot-briquetted iron and 24 000 tons of ferrochrome yearly. The larger-scale production plant in the Northern Cape will have a minimum capacity of 500 000 tons of iron units per year.The uniqueness of the Finesmelt process, which took four years to develop, is that it produces high-quality iron from low-grade superfine iron ore and non-coking coal, and does so in a manner described as environmentally friendly, said IMBS chief executive John Beachy Head.Apart from promoting black economic empowerment – the iron-producing projects will prove highly beneficial to smaller players in the market – the two IMBS projects are expected to create around 1 800 jobs.Eventually, said Malinga, a steel mill is envisaged to come on stream in eight years’ time – at a cost of R2.8-billion. The mill will produce three million tons of steel in a project that will be of strategic importance for the country.“With the growth of electric arc furnaces and the current high price of scrap [iron], supply of alternative iron units is critical if we are to grow a competitive steel industry in South Africa,” Beachy Head said.He said the Finesmelt process is able to deliver iron units at 33% below average costs, and intends becoming the largest producer of high-quality iron feedstock to the steel industry.Beach Head pointed out that there are millions of tons of the low-grade superfine iron ore by-product lying in disused heaps around the world, all of which could be turned into high-grade iron briquettes using the company’s technology.He added that creating the high-quality iron produced a lot of energy, and as such the company was looking at co-generation of electricity, which was in line with recent calls by the government for heavy industry to engage in co-generation.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Millions vote in record SA election

first_imgJanine Erasmus and Mary AlexanderSouth Africa’s fourth democratic election on 22 April 2009 was marked by massive enthusiasm from South Africans, with 17.9-million people, or 77.3% of the country’s 23-million registered voters, casting their ballots across the country.This was the highest number of votes cast since the first democratic elections in 1994, when 19.5-million voters, 87% of the electorate, made their mark.In the previous general election held in 2004 there was a 76% turnout, with 15.6-million votes cast, and in 1999 an 89% turnout, with 15.9-million votes cast.Results As expected, the national elections saw the African National Congress (ANC) returned to power, but with a slightly reduced total of 65.6% of the vote, or 264 seats in the National Assembly of parliament. Crucially, this saw the ruling party losing its two-thirds majority, the majority required to make changes to South Africa’s Constitution.The Democratic Alliance (DA) came in with 16.6% of the vote, giving it 67 seats in parliament and again making it the official opposition. The Congress of the People, a party formed by former ANC members in 2008, came in third with 7.4% of the vote and 30 seats in parliament.The ANC also came out tops in the provincial vote, winning a majority in eight of the country’s nine provinces. The exception was the Western Cape, which went to the DA with a 51.46% majority. NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTS 2009 Party % votes cast Seats in National Assembly African National Congress 65.90% 264Democratic Alliance16.66% 67Congress of the People7.42% 30Inkatha Freedom Party4.55% 18Independent Democrats0.92% 4United Democratic Movement0.85% 4Freedom Front Plus0.83% 4African Christian Democratic Party0.81% 3United Christian Democratic Party0.37% 2Pan Africanist Congress0.27% 1Minority Front0.25% 1Azanian People’s Organisation0.22% 1African People’s Convention0.20% 1 PROVINCIAL ELECTION RESULTS 2009 Province ANC DA Cope IFP ID UDM FF+ ACDP Others Eastern Cape 69.79% 9.97 13.32% 0.09% 0.45% 3.95% 0.23% 0.59% 1.61% Free State 71.99% 12.11% 11.12% 0.21% 0.17% 0.32% 1.61% 0.70% 1.77% Gauteng 64.83% 21.29% 7.78% 1.47% 0.57% 0.39% 1.37% 0.89% 1.41% KwaZulu-Natal 64.07% 10.35% 1.55% 20.55% 0.20% 0.21% 0.18% 0.59% 2.30% Limpopo 85.37% 3.71% 7.22% 0.05% 0.09% 0.33% 0.54% 0.63% 2.06% Mpumalanga 85.90% 7.60% 2.89% 0.54% 0.12% 0.23% 0.83% 0.51% 1.38% Northern Cape 61.18% 13.09% 15.96% 0.14% 4.73% 0.12% 1.19% 0.98% 2.61% North West 73.96% 8.71% 8.44% 0.15% 0.44% 0.51% 1.43% 0.74% 5.62% Western Cape 32.89% 48.83% 9.07% 0.06% 4.49% 0.77% 0.86% 1.62% 1.41% Long hoursLive television coverage throughout the day reported inconvenient incidents at several of the country’s 19 726 voting stations, such as a shortage of ballot papers, pens and other essential items. There was also a smattering of violence and controversy but, for the most part, the day’s proceedings went smoothly.The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) said many voting stations were still operating long after their scheduled closing times in order to accommodate the thousands of people who turned up to vote.In Gauteng, said the IEC, some 40% of voting stations were still open after midnight. The cut-off time for the closing of voting stations was 9:00pm and only people who were already in the queue were allowed to cast their vote after this time. Anyone who arrived after the deadline was turned away, but with stations remaining open for 14 hours, there was little excuse for tardiness.Forty political parties vied for votes in this year’s elections and, of these, 28 contested seats for the National Assembly.The 2009 general election was also remarkable because it was the first time since 1994 that South Africans living overseas were freely allowed to vote, provided they were already listed on the voters’ roll. According to the results, 77% of the expat vote went to the DA.This decision was handed down by the Pretoria High Court in February 2009 after the Freedom Front Plus party brought the case to the bench on behalf of a South African teacher living in London. The Pretoria High Court referred the matter for confirmation to the Constitutional Court, which upheld the decision.The IEC also made provision for voters with special needs, such as a braille voting sheet for the visually impaired.Appreciation at high levelsIn a statement made from Johannesburg’s Sunninghill Hospital, ANC president Jacob Zuma praised South Africans for their commitment to democracy.“I am very happy that people came out to vote and I am glad that people understand what voting is all about,” Zuma said during a visit to a woman who was injured in a bus accident on her way to the party’s final rally the previous weekend. The ANC win means Zuma will succeed Kgalema Motlanthe as president of South Africa.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu observed that in the first years of South Africa’s democracy most people would have voted for the ANC, but the current situation was not as straightforward.Helen Zille, leader of the Democratic Alliance, felt that South African voters understood the issues at stake, and that she was delighted with the results so far. The Democratic Alliance is likely to entrench its position as official opposition once the final results are released.IEC chair Brigalia Bam expressed her appreciation for the nationwide cooperation of voters. “We thank voters for their enthusiasm and patience as they waited to exercise their democratic right to vote,” she added.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.comRelated articlesSouth Africans go to the pollsSA expats vote abroadGovernment in South AfricaUseful linksIndependent Electoral CommissionElectoral Institute of South AfricaInstitute for Security StudiesAfrican National CongressDemocratic AllianceCongress of the PeopleElections 2009X for Democracy (educational website)last_img read more