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LeBron gets stitches, scores 23 in fourth as Cavs beat Nets

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But shortly after James returned with some stiches and puffiness around his mouth, Cleveland went on an 8-0 run and headed to the fourth quarter tied at 77-all.James took over from there, delivering another tour de force performance that didn’t seem likely when he was being treated by the medical staff and the Cavs playing sluggishly.Cleveland built a nine-point lead in the first quarter and seemed ready to build on it when James made a surprising mistake.Alone in the frontcourt for an uncontested dunk, James tried to showboat and rocketed the ball off the back of the rim, a miss that stunned the three-time champion and the crowd of 20,000-plus fans. James then forced a long 3-pointer on Cleveland’s next possession and before long the Nets were even at 20-all when Zeller made his first 3 of the season.The Isaiah Thomas comeback is getting closer.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments The All-Star point guard took some contact during a rigorous workout at the team’s morning shootaround. Thomas has been ramping up his activity, running harder and appears to be ahead of schedule to make his debut with Cleveland. Originally, the Cavs forecast he would be playing in games by the end of December but there’s a sense it could be sooner.“We know he’s making progress every day, which is good for us,” Lue said. “We’re excited about that. We want to make sure we do what’s best for him health-wise, not coming back too soon.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? With the Cavs up 100-99, James began his one-man show with a pair of free throws. He dropped in a couple left-handed shots and then drained two 3-pointers — the last a step-back with 55 seconds left to give Cleveland a 118-107 lead.James’ solo performance enabled the Cavs to avenge a 112-107 loss in Brooklyn last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneKevin Love and Dwyane Wade added 18 points apiece for Cleveland.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 20 and Joe Harris 18 for the Nets, who could do nothing in the final 12 minutes to stop James.James went to the locker room with the laceration to his face in the third after he appeared to take an elbow from Tyler Zeller in the lane. While James was off the floor, the Nets extended their lead to six on a 3-pointer by Allen Crabbe. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Blatche, Fajardo, Castro lead Gilas roster vs Japan It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives against Brooklyn Nets’ DeMarre Carroll (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND, Ohio—LeBron James shook off a blow to the face and scored 23 points in the fourth quarter — including 18 straight for Cleveland — as the Cavaliers won their sixth straight, 119-109 over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.James needed stitches in the third quarter to close a gash above his lip that drew blood. He punched back at the Nets in the fourth and finished with 33 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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‘Let’s End Fistula’

first_imgThe Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) office in Liberia, Dr. Philderald Pratt, has called on everyone to do all they can to end fistula in Liberia.According to Dr. Pratt, who is also the Deputy Resident Representative of the UNFPA, stakeholders should also do all to address things that try to prolong obstetric fistula, including poverty, lack of access to health care and child marriage.Dr. Pratt made the call Friday, May 23 at celebrations marking the second International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, held at the Fair Ground in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Fistula is a medical condition caused by a hole in the birth canal and this is usually the result of prolonged, obstructed labor, according to UNFPA. This condition can be repaired or surgically fixed but can recur easily in women and girls, even though treated, but receive little or no medical follow-up and then become pregnant again.This Day was celebrated under the theme, “Tracking Fistula – Transforming Lives,” and kicked off with a street parade by women groups, students and stakeholders, followed by an indoor program.The UNFPA Deputy Resident Rep. disclosed that as part of global Campaign to End Fistula, with support from UNFPA, 47,000 women and girls around the world, including 1,300 of them from Liberia, have undergone fistula repair surgery, which was performed by Dr. John Mulbah and team of doctors of the Liberia Fistula Project.As he spoke about the treatment, he also stressed the need to do all to shun stigma and discrimination against survivors.Dr. Pratt emphasized that in most instances, stigma forces women living with the condition to go in hiding and isolate themselves from families and communities as they become undesirable.UNFPA Executive Director’s MessageReading the Day’s Message from UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, who is his boss, Dr. Pratt said Obstetric fistula, which is prevalent in Liberia, highlights persistent global inequalities in access to health care and basic human rights. “Most women, who develop fistula, a hole in the birth canal usually caused by prolonged, obstructed labour, remain untreated for their entire lives, and the condition can easily recur in women and girls whose fistula has been surgically treated but who receive little or no medical follow-up and then become pregnant again.“To treat fistula and provide women with follow-up medical care, we need to know more about how many women and girls are in need of services and also where they live. In most instances, stigma forces women living with the condition to remain hidden and isolates them from families and communities. By systematically registering and tracking each woman and girl who has or had an obstetric fistula, we can make enormous strides in improving their well-being and increasing the chances of their babies’ survival in subsequent pregnancies.”Dr. Osotimehin, whose International Day to End Fistula Message was being read by Dr. Pratt, stated: “Eliminating the health crisis of obstetric fistula requires scaling up countries’ capacities to provide access to equitable, high-quality sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning and maternity care, especially comprehensive emergency obstetric care. Tracking and treating all fistula cases is crucial, but it is also necessary for countries to take steps to prevent fistulas by addressing underlying medical and socio-economic causes, eliminating gender-based social and economic inequities, preventing child marriage and early childbearing and promoting education, especially for girls.“To address the neglected health and human rights violation of obstetric fistula, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, together with partners around the world, launched the global Campaign to End Fistula a decade ago. Much progress has been made. With support from UNFPA, 47,000 women and girls have undergone fistula repair surgery. Partner organizations have provided treatment to many more women and girls living with fistula. However, much remains to be done, and far more support and momentum are needed to enable the Campaign to expand its reach to all corners of the world where women suffering from fistula remain isolated and often unaware that treatment is available or even possible.”UNFPA Executive Director, who is also Undersecretary of the UN Secretary General, assured Liberians: “We have the resources and know-how. What we need now is the political will to elevate the status of women and girls, rectify inequalities and protect the human rights of every woman and girl, so that fistula may never again undermine a person’s health, well-being, dignity and ability to participate in and contribute to their communities.”During the ceremony, two fistula survivals narrated their ordeal and how they got assisted through the Liberia Fistula Project and UNFPA to reintegrate in their respective communities.UN Secretary-General MessageAlso on the day, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon issued his Message in which he told the world that it is an appalling fact that in our world of modern medical advances, nearly 800 women still die from pregnancy-related complications each day, and for every woman who dies, almost 20 more are injured or disabled with severe or life-shattering, long-term conditions such as obstetric fistula.“This International Day to End Obstetric Fistula is an opportunity to sound the alarm on this tragedy so that we may galvanize action to end it. Progress is possible. Over the past dozen years, some 47,000 women and girls have received surgical treatment supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),” he stated.According to SG Ban, registering and tracking each woman and girl with fistula can help ensure that more individuals receive treatment, survivors stay healthy and their future babies thrive. He said “The Every Woman Every Child initiative” can help advance progress by mobilizing partners to support all those who need help.“Addressing obstetric fistula is more than a matter of health; it is a human rights imperative. This condition is one of the most devastating consequences of neglected childbirth and a stark reflection of inequality at its worst.”The UN SG said fistula is fully preventable when all women and girls have access to high-quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, especially family planning, maternal health care and emergency obstetric care.He urged all the partners to support the UNFPA-led global Campaign to End Fistula, describing it as “global social injustice.”Liberia’s Ministry of Health For his part, Health and Social Welfare Minister for Preventative Services, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, told the audience that the Government of Liberia has attached seriousness to the disease, adding: “It is recognized as a national public health issue.”Asst. Min. Nyenswah disclosed that in March of this year, another fistula center, run and managed by the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Congo Town, surgically fixed the condition of the at least 50 women and girls, thereby increasing the total number of women and girls, whose conditions have been surgically repaired.While assuring UNFPA and other stakeholders of the political will that the UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin had asked for in his Message, Asst. Min. Nyenswah quoted a famous saying from President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: “The nation thrives when mothers live; we must strive to keep them alive.”ZONTAAccording to Zonta, a group, which has supported the Liberia Fistula Project through the UNFPA, in addition to the physical consequences, fistula can also have social and psychological effects on patients. “Often there is stigma associated with this condition, and those women suffering from fistula are abandoned by their families and marginalized by their communities. Traumatic fistula, as a result of rape, adds to the psychological trauma, fear and stigma that follow rape, including the risk of unwanted pregnancy, vulnerability to sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, and decreased chances for women to get married, work or participate in the larger community.”Zonta said the average cost of fistula surgery and post -operative care is approximately US$675, while the cost of social rehabilitation for a fistula survivor (provision of skills training and psychosocial support) is on average US$1,300. About Liberia Fistula ProjectThe Liberia Fistula Project was started in 2006. Then it was to access the state of fistula in Liberia and to use the study to address the situation.At least more than a 1000 women and girls have been surgically repaired and of that number, 276 girls have gone through the rehabilitation program. 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Senate to Invite Banks, Central Bank of Liberia

first_imgSen Lawrence: “As of June 21, 2017, appallingly, the buying rate in some parts of the country was US$1 to L$120, while the selling rate was US$1 to L$125…”Over “Appalling Buying and Selling Rates of US$ and L$” The Senate chairman of the Committee on Post and Telecommunications has requested the plenary of the Liberian Senate to invite commercial banks and the Central Bank of Liberia to publicly provide answers to the many questions Liberians are asking regarding “their economy, especially the exchange rate.”In her letter to the Senate plenary recently, Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence asserted that the strength of the United States dollar against the Liberian dollar is causing small Liberian businesses to go out of business, while some in the medium-size category are “being strained to the point where they are no more profiting.”This situation, according to the Grand Bassa County lawmaker, “is largely due to the fact that they are compelled to buy the US dollar with the weak Liberian dollar before they can purchase their goods.”“As of June 21, 2017, appallingly, the buying rate in some parts of the country was US$1 to L$120, while the selling rate was US$1 to L$125, even though on the same date the Central Bank of Liberia mandated US$1 to L$112.75 and US$1 to L$113.46 for buying and selling rates, respectively.”The letter, which was voted upon and sent to the relevant financial and monetary Senate committees to report by Thursday, also noted that local banks and the Central Bank of Liberia may be able to inform the Senate to take appropriate actions “in order to curb these unprecedented circumstances.”In another development, the Senate has passed the report from the Joint Senate Committee on the Protocol and Loan Agreement between the Republic of Liberia and the African Development Bank and the African Development Fund on Electricity Expansion, ELWA-RIA Corridor and Pleebo to Fish Town.The Senate has also ratified a report from its Judiciary, Claims, Petitions & Human Rights and Ways, Means, Finance & Budget Committees on an Act to repeal Section 1165 and to Amend Section 1021(B) of the Revenue Code as amended in 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Inconnu Swim Club holds 2019 Sadownik Memorial Swim Meet

first_imgSwimmers of all ages, from 6 to 17 years of age, took part in the swim meet. Alexander McDonald – 13-14100m Breaststroke – 1st100m Butterfly – 1st200m IM – 2nd200m Breaststroke – 2nd100m Freestyle – 1st Juel Rogers – 8 & Under50m Breaststroke – 2nd25m Backstroke – 1st25m Breaststroke – 1st50m Freestyle – 3rd – Advertisement -Some of the older Inconnu members will be headed to the J.P. Fiset Swim Meet which takes place December 12 to the 15 in Edmonton. Nate Rogers – 11-1250m Breaststroke – 2nd100m Breaststroke – 1st100m Butterfly – 1st50m Backstroke – 1st50m Butterfly – 1st50m Freestyle – 1st100m Backstroke – 1st100m Freestyle – 1st Emma Brand – 8 & Under50m Backstroke – 3rd100m IM – 3rdAdvertisement Here is a list of some of the results from Inconnu swimmers: Frankie Woods – 11-1250m Breaststokre – 1st200m Freestyle – 1st200m IM – 2nd50m Butterfly – 1st100m Freestyle – 1st Quinn McCue – 8 & Under100m IM – 2nd50m Freesyle – 2nd Ridley Chisolm – 15 & Over50m Breaststroke – 2nd100m Breaststroke – 3rd200m Freestyle – 1st200m IM – 3rd Claire Logeman – 9-10200m Backstroke – 4th Riley Gerber – 8 & Under25m Backstroke Monroe Mize – 9-10100m IM – 3rd Soye Choi – 13-1450m Breaststroke – 3rd200m Backstroke – 3rd200m Freestyle – 3rd200m Breaststroke – 3rd50m Freestyle – 1st100m Freestyle – 3rd Owen Lang – 13-14200m Backstroke – 2nd100m Breaststroke – 2nd400m Freestyle – 1st200m Freestyle – 1st200m Breaststroke – 1st400m IM – 2nd50m Freestyle – 1st200m Butterfly – 1stAdvertisement Tyrell O’Dwyer – 13-1450m Breaststroke – 1st100m breaststroke – 3rd50m Butterfly – 1st50m Freestyle – 2nd Brice Bellamy – 8 & Under50m Breaststroke – 1st100m Breaststroke – 1st50m Backstroke – 1st200m Breaststroke – 1st100m IM – 1st50m Freestyle – 1st100m Backstroke – 1st100m Freestyle – 1st Sage Elliott – 11-12200m Backstroke – 2ndAdvertisement Madden Mize – 11-1250m Backstroke – 3rd100m IM – 2ndAdvertisement Oluwapemisire Oyediji – 9-10400m Freestyle – 1st100m IM – 1st Eric Louie – 15 & Over50m Breaststroke – 1st100m Breaststroke – 1st100m Butterfly – 1st50m Backstroke – 1st200m Backstroke – 1st100m IM – 1st50m Freestyle – 2nd100m Frestyle – 1st Cameron Louie – 15 & Over200m Backstroke – 1st100m Breaststroke – 2nd100m Butterfly – 2nd200m IM – 1st200m Breaststroke – 2nd50m Freestyle – 1st100m Backstroke – 1st100m Freestyle – 2nd Kendra Huttema – 13-1450m Breaststroke – 2nd100m Breaststroke – 3rd200m Freestyle – 1st200m IM – 2nd Julien Kemp – 13-14100m Butterfly – 3rd200m Butterfly – 3rd100m Freestyle – 3rd Kieran Rogers – 9-1050m Breaststroke – 1st400m Freestyle – 1st200m Freestyle – 1st200m IM – 1st100m IM – 1st50m Freestyle – 1st100m Freestyle – 1st Simon Louie – 11-12200m Backstroke – 3rd100m Breaststokre – 3rd100m Butterfly – 3rd50m Freestyle – 3rd Close to 60 Inconnu swimmers took part in the swim meet, along with other swimmers from across the Peace Region and Grande Prairie. Rylan Pomeroy – 13-14100m Backstroke – 2nd Finn Rogers – 9-10200m Backstroke – 1st100m Butterfly – 1st200m Breaststroke – 1st400m IM – 1st100m Backstroke – 1st100m freestyle – 2nd Dylan Gerber – 9-1025m Backstroke – 2nd Evan Nurse – 11-1250m Breaststroke – 1st100m Breaststroke – 2nd200m Breaststroke – 2nd200m freestyle – 1st Ryder Modde – 9-10200m Backstroke – 2nd100m Breaststroke – 1st100m Butterfly – 2nd200m Freestyle – 2nd50m Butterfly – 1st400m IM – 2nd100m Backstroke – 2nd FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Inconnu Swim Club held its 2019 Sadownik Memorial Swim Meet last weekend, November 30 to December 1, at the North Peace Leisure Pool. Tegan Nielsen – 11-12100m Backstroke – 2nd50m Butterfly – 3rd Kade Schwarz – 15 & Over400m Freestyle – 2nd100m Backstroke – 2ndMason Stirling – 11-12200m Freestyle – 2nd50m Breaststroke – 3rdlast_img read more

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ANOTHER LFC DEAL! ‘Biggest Liverpool signing of the window so far!’ Reaction to Clyne move

first_img1 It looks like Nathaniel Clyne is on his way from Southampton to Liverpool.talkSPORT understands that a fee has been agreed between the clubs, with the right-back set to slot straight in to Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI.Following the signing of Roberto Firmino 24 hours ago, and the arrivals of James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and Joe Gomez, the Reds look like getting most of their business done early this summer.And, after the disappointment of last season, it’s given hope to Liverpool fans that the club can bounce back from a poor campaign.Here’s some of the reaction to the Clyne reports… Liverpool transfer news: Nathaniel Clyne on his way to Anfield last_img

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Religious Events Calendar

first_img “What My Heart Already Knows,” a concert by songwriter and recording artist Wayne Moore, 8 p.m. Friday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. An offering will be taken. Call (818) 363-8136. “A Sofer’s Secret: How to ‘Reed’ Between the Lines,” a lecture by Rabbi Menachem Youlus on how a Torah scroll is written, 7 p.m. Jan. 21, Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. Call (818) 346-0811. “Celebrating the Classics,” a piano concert by Richard Fisk, 2 p.m. Jan. 22, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Tickets: $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Call (818) 894-9251. “Stories of Jews in America,” a lecture by Grace Cohen Grossman, senior curator for Judaica and Americana at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 23, University of Judaism, 15600 Mulholland Drive, Bel-Air. The lecture is presented by the Pacific Southwest Branch of Women’s League for Conservative Judaism. Tickets: $6, includes refreshments. Reservations required. Call (310) 476-5359. “What It Does” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. “Growing, No Matter What” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-4396. “These Things Ye Shall Do” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Beverly Craig, 10 a.m. Sunday, La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. Call (818) 249-1045. “Is it Really Too Good to be True?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bonnie Rowsell, 10 a.m. Sunday, Glendale Church of Religious Science, 2146 E. Chevy Chase Drive. Call (818) 244-8171. “What It Does” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Maureen Hoyt, 10 a.m. Sunday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St. Call (818) 363-8136. “Human Trafficking” will be the topic of guest speaker Rohida Khan, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251 or see www.webcom.com/onion. “Behold Your God: Part II” will be the message delivered by Jim Bell, 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. Call (818) 884-6480. “You Are an Artist” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10 a.m. Sunday, Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meeting at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. Missionary Leonard Fisher will discuss his work in Africa and the importance of missions today, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Welcome Home Church, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 314-0955. “Calming Storms, Restoring Hope” will be the message delivered by guest speaker Moses Pulei, 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark. Call (805) 529-8422. “Daniel: A Prophetic Panorama” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dale Johnsen, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651. Saint Barnabas the Apostle Anglican Church, led by the Rev. Scott Kingsbury, 10 a.m. Sunday, private residence in Sun Valley. Call (626) 818-4721 or see www.stbarnabashome.org. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices appearing in the events column must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be included for contact purposes. Mail to Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (818) 713-0058 or e-mail without attachments to Holly.Andres@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jewish Genealogy, a two-part lecture by Werner Frank, 8 p.m. Monday and Jan. 22, Conejo Jewish Academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Free, but reservations are requested. Call (818) 991-0991 or see www.jewishacademy.com. A Southern-style Shabbat dinner will precede an 8 p.m. Shabbat service led by Rabbi Michael Mayersohn and Cantor Sharone Rosen, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Temple Beth Torah, 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. Reservations, $10 adults, $8 children under 13, due by Tuesday. Call (818) 831-0835. “Maimonides: The Guide of the Perplexed” is the topic of a lunch study led by Rabbi David Rousso from Young Israel of Woodland Hills, 12:45-1:45 p.m. Thursdays, Unique Cafe, 18381 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (310) 729-0644 or see www.youngisraelwoodlandhills.org. “Torah Studies,” a 10-week study of the weekly Torah portion beginning with the Book of Exodus, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Conejo Jewish Academy, 30345 Canwood St., Agoura Hills. Fee: $36. Call (818) 991-0991. Westlake Aglow, a Christian fellowship for women, will hold a brunch meeting starting at 9:15 a.m. Friday, Oaknoll Villas Clubhouse, 300 McCloud Ave., Thousand Oaks. Admission: $10. Call (805) 498-1961. Television personality Stephanie Edwards will be guest speaker at the “2006 Women’s Conference,” 6:30-9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Newbury Park First Christian Church, 801 Knollwood Drive. Admission: $35, includes a box lunch, due by Sunday; $45, without lunch, after reservation due date. Call (805) 498-2129 or see www.npfcc.org. Informal Torah discussion, led by Rabbi Steve Conn, noon Mondays, Congregation Beth Shalom, 21430 Centre Pointe Parkway, Santa Clarita. Call (661) 254-2411. “We Ride on the Shoulders of Giants” is the theme for Valley Interfaith Council’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, with guest speaker Rabbi Steven Jacobs, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 6020 Radford Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 718-6460. Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance, presented by the Santa Clarita Interfaith Council, 7 p.m. Monday, Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road. Call (661) 297-3783. last_img read more

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‘Don’t blame Sterling, blame the ref’ – Man City star defended over penalty

first_imgWhile not as obvious at full speed, replays made it clear there was no contact from the nearby defender as Sterling went to ground.The City star didn’t even appeal for a penalty and yet one was awarded by Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai, with Gabriel Jesus scoring to put City on their way to a massive 6-0 win over the champions of Ukraine.Sterling came under heavy fire on social media over the incident, with some accusing him of falling too easily while others said he should have owned up to the referee. 2 Sterling kicked the turf as he attempted to chip the goalkeeper, and was given a penalty kick Danny Murphy has backed Raheem Sterling and insists he was not at fault for Manchester City’s controversial penalty during Wednesday’s Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk.The Blues were awarded a ridiculous spot kick at the Etihad Stadium after the England forward tripped himself up in the box. But Murphy has defended the 23-year-old, saying on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Let’s make sure we give the blame to the right person, and that’s the referee.“That was a really bad decision.“When you watch it again, it’s laughable how he didn’t see it.”Listen to what Alan Brazil and Danny Murphy thought of the incident IN FULL in the clip below…center_img ‘In that situation I would have told the referee the truth’🗣️ Danny Murphy explains why @Sterling7 should have told the ref what had really happened when he went down in the box last night.Should Raheem Sterling have been honest and told the referee it wasn’t a penalty? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/f3BY8LtWho— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) November 8, 2018 2 LINESMAN’S VIEW: Officials did not get a clear view on the incident and awarded a spot kick last_img read more

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Photos: San Francisco Giants star Brandon Crawford selling Arizona mansion

first_imgA Bay Area native, Crawford grew up in Pleasanton and is widely regarded as one of the best … Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford is selling his mansion in Scottsdale, Ariz. for $1.499 million.Click here if viewing from a mobile device.The 5,477 square foot home has 5 bedrooms and 6 baths; highlights include a two-way fireplace, great room, smart pool system, in-ground trampoline, and sports court, among many other amenities.Crawford purchased the property for $1.6 million in 2016.last_img

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The Evolution of Electrical Engineering:  An Imaginary Tale

first_imgNerves carry electrical impulses.  Ipso facto, they are subject to laws of physics concerning conductance, capacitance, and resistance.  Getting a signal from one end of an animal to the other in time can be a matter of life and death.  In order to maintain optimum levels of electrical conductivity to meet their lifestyle requirements, animals possess numerous adaptations to increase throughput.  In a paper in Current Biology,1 D. K. Hartline (U of Hawaii) and D. R. Colman (McGill U, Quebec) described how these adaptations fall into two main categories:Nervous systems have evolved two basic mechanisms for increasing the conduction speed of the electrical impulse.  The first is through axon gigantism: using axons several times larger in diameter than the norm for other large axons, as for example in the well-known case of the squid giant axon.  The second is through encasing axons in helical or concentrically wrapped multilamellar sheets of insulating plasma membrane – the myelin sheath.  Each mechanism, alone or in combination, is employed in nervous systems of many taxa, both vertebrate and invertebrate.  Myelin is a unique way to increase conduction speeds along axons of relatively small caliber.  It seems to have arisen independently in evolution several times in vertebrates, annelids and crustacea.  Myelinated nerves, regardless of their source, have in common a multilamellar membrane wrapping, and long myelinated segments interspersed with ‘nodal’ loci where the myelin terminates and the nerve impulse propagates along the axon by ‘saltatory’ conduction.  For all of the differences in detail among the morphologies and biochemistries of the sheath in the different myelinated animal classes, the function is remarkably universal.Hartline and Colman went on to describe how the insulation provided by myelin increases throughput dramatically:Myelin sheaths are frequently associated with rapid reactions, especially in invertebrate taxa.  For fibers of a few microns or more in diameter, myelin speeds the conduction of nerve impulses by a factor of ten or more compared to unmyelinated fibers of the same diameter.  This increases the nervous system’s information processing capacity and delivery speeds, decreasing reaction times to stimuli, increasing temporal precision, more closely synchronizing spatially distributed targets (such as different regions of a muscle sheet), and providing for shorter delays in feedback loops (for example in muscle control).  Because less current is needed to satisfy the charging needs of myelinated fibers, mean sodium channel densities averaged over the length of a fiber are much lower than for unmyelinated ones.  This results in a smaller ionic imbalance that must be restored after an impulse passes and confers a several hundred-fold improvement in metabolic efficiency for recouping the energy cost of nerve impulse traffic.  For a nervous system such as ours, which already accounts for 20% of the body’s resting metabolic energy budget, this is not an inconsequential advantage.  Another advantage is economy of space: to achieve the same ten-fold improvement on conduction speed through increasing axonal diameter, axons would have to be 100 times larger (with a comparable scale-up in soma size to accommodate the metabolic needs).  Imagine yourself with a 100-fold thicker spinal cord!    The authors were also interested in how these adaptations could have evolved.  Consider the scope of their puzzle:Both mechanisms (axon gigantism and insulation) are dispersed throughout the animal kingdom.There are great evolutionary distances between similar adaptations.There are no transitional forms.There are no clues from fossils.So despite confidence that these adaptations did evolve, they admitted they had only speculation about natural selection might have achieved it:So ancient is its evident appearance in each of these lines, and so sophisticated its morphological and chemical structure, that its exact origin in most of those lines is hard to establish.  Even in vertebrates there is a great evolutionary distance between the unmyelinated hyperoartia (lampreys) and the gnathostomes.    The initial steps in the evolution of myelination may not, however, be that difficult to reconstruct.  Electrically sealing together two apposed membrane surfaces over a small region of axon decreases its transverse capacitance and proportionately speeds impulse propagation along it.  The sealing can be achieved by narrowing the conductive space, either cytoplasmic or extracytoplasmic, between adjacent axonal and/or glial membranes … or through impermeable specializations at margins, for example precursors of septate junctions.  Even the random sealing of patches of single-layer glial membrane over half of an axon’s surface is predicted to increase conduction speed by about 20%.  Once such a process has started, it is not difficult to imagine a sequence of small improvements driven by natural selection that would ultimately lead to the complex structures we see today.  This is speculative, however; no cases have been described so far of ‘intermediate stages’ in extant groups.  Developmental sequences, the lack of fossil records and the paucity of candidate molecular precursors so far identified have made the task more difficult.  Perhaps better insight will be gained through increased attention to myelin evolved in the invertebrates. (Bold and underlining added.)1D.K. Hartline and D.R. Colman, “Rapid Conduction and the Evolution of Giant Axons and Myelinated Fibers,” Current Biology, Vol 17, R29-R35, 09 January 2007.These guys started right off the bat with the BAD strategy (brazen assertions of dogmatism): “Nervous systems have evolved…”  Ahem–there are a lot of people who do not accept that.  Your evidence, please?  Some fossils, perhaps?  A long sequence of intermediate steps, each with increased survival value?  A clear phylogenetic pattern?  None of the above.  So here is their argument: “it is not difficult to imagine…”    If you thought science was about evidence and proof, welcome to the Storybook Land of the Darwinist (see 12/22/2003 commentary).  Instead of launching into another sermon against imagination in science as a substitute for evidence, this time we will let the Good Book do it for us.  Substitute Darwin and natural selection where appropriate:God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5)the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth. (Genesis 8:15)Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? (Psalm 2:1)they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. (Psalm 21:11)They also … imagine deceits all the day long. (Psalm 38:12)Which imagine mischiefs in their heart (Psalm 140:2)Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil (Proverbs 12:20)neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart. (Jeremiah 3:17)But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward. (Jeremiah 7:24)But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them. (Jeremiah 9:24; for fun, try substituting Darwin for Baalim here)Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart (Jeremiah 11:8)This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the imagination of their heart (Jeremiah 13:10)And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart (Jeremiah 16:12)And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart. (Jeremiah 18:12)Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me. (Lamentations 3:60, 61)What do ye imagine against the Lord? (Nahum 1:9)He … hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. (Mary, praising God in Luke 1:51)Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. (Paul, in Romans 1:21)Paul continues, “professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.”  Here you have witnessed academic elite scientists claiming, out of thin air, without any evidence, that sophisticated electrical engineering emerged by mistake!  Does the shoe fit, or what?  They have glorified their own speculations.  They have imagined a fable that runs 180 degrees contrary to the evidence.  They have totally refused to bend their stiff necks to alternative explanations, like intelligent design.  They have shown themselves to be dogmatist wolves in scientist sheep’s clothing, walking after the imaginations of their own foolish hearts.    So we end with more advice from the Apostle Paul: words that would have been understood as a mission statement by many of the founders of science: “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God” (II Corinthians 10:4).(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Initial tests reveal no fracture on Galanza’s injured ankle

first_imgREAD: Adamson coach unsure of Galanza’s availability for UAAP after brutal injuryLady Falcons coach Airess Padda feared Galanza may have broken her right ankle after landing on her teammate’s foot following a block attempt early in the third set of their game against the College of St. Benilde Lady Blazers.Galanza grimaced in pain and had to be stretchered off and rushed to a nearby hospital.Adamson still went on to win in three sets and book a semifinals berth minus Galanza, who could miss the remainder of the tournament.The 20-year-old hitter is entering her final playing year in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citycenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Knicks know they face tough task in moving on after Anthony LATEST STORIES Thank God! @jemagalanza Xray and CT Scan results are out and it says NO Fracture. Shell be confined for observation and further tests. pic.twitter.com/HTAvyNe7wL— Virtual Playground (@VPlaygroundPH) September 25, 2017Adamson can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now, after initial tests revealed no fracture on the ankle of star spiker Jema Galanza after a brutal injury Monday night in the Premier Volleyball League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs per Virtual Playground, a sports management agency which handles Galanza, X-ray and CT scan results were negative.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “Thank God! @jemagalanza Xray and CT Scan results are out and it says NO Fracture. Shell be confined for observation and further tests,” Virtual Playground posted on Twitter. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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