Blackwood, Thomas lead Scorpions fight

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC):Test batsman Jermaine Blackwood struck a half-century to prop up Jamaica Scorpions after they suffered a batting slump to leave Guyana Jaguars in command of their final round Regional four-day championship game here yesterday.Replying to the hosts’ 420 all out, Scorpions finished the second day at the National Stadium here on 171 for five – still 249 runs adrift.Blackwood, batting at number three, top-scored with 62 while Devon Thomas stroked an unbeaten 40 and Shacaya Thomas, 32.Scorpions were cruising at 70 for one before losing four wickets for 50 runs to crash to 120 for five, with left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie claiming three of the wickets to fall to finish with three for 33.Thomas, who hit a hundred in the last round, has so far put on 51 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas, who was unbeaten on 21.The Antiguan Thomas has faced 70 balls and cracked five fours and a six.Earlier, captain Leon Johnson missed out on his third hundred of the season but became the first batsman to pass 800 runs, when he made 93.Starting the day unbeaten on 58 with Jaguars on 297 for four, the left-hander faced 185 balls in just under 41/2 hours all told, and struck six fours and a six.AT NATIONAL CRICKET CENTRE: Hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, trailing Windward Islands Volcanoes by 78 runs on first innings, were 33 for one in their second innings.Scores: RED FORCE 211 (Narsingh Deonarine 91 not out, Imran Khan 39, Larry Edwards 4-77, Kyle Mayers 3-37) and 33 for one.VOLCANOES 289 (Devon Smith 127, Tyrone Theophile 75; Imran Khan 4-93, Rayad Emrit 3-59).AT WARNER PARK: Leeward Islands Hurricanes, trailing Barbados Pride by 317 on first innings, reached 18 for one at the close.Scores: HURRICANES 119 all out (Jahmar Hamilton 42, Kieran Powell 33; Jomel Warrican 3-33, Kemar Roach 2-21) and 18 for one.PRIDE 436 (Shane Dowrich 96, Roston Chase 62, Kemar Roach 53, Omar Phillips 42, Kevin Stoute 42; Rahkeem Cornwall 5-155).last_img read more

Haunted by last year’s botched shot vs Ateneo, Arvin Tolentino makes up for it big time

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I remembered what happened last year, and last year we had a chance to go to the finals,” said Tolentino in Filipino. “That wasted opportunity, that last shot, it still haunts me and that’s what I was thinking about earlier and I told myself ‘never again.’”And Tolentino made good on his promise when his soul-crushing three-pointer with 3.1 seconds left was like a blazing spear that struck the collective hearts of the Green Archers.What made the blow even harder for De La Salle was FEU were able to go on a 7-2 run that started with just 1:28 to play.Whether it was fate or just sheer coincidence, Tolentino found himself with a crazy amount of daylight after La Salle’s defense collapsed to the paint in an attempt to trap Barkley Eboña, who rolled to the basket after giving a pick for Jasper Parker to go through.Justine Baltazar tried to scramble and challenge Tolentino’s shot but the distance between the two big men was just too much and FEU’s star forward was able to knock down, arguably, the biggest shot of his collegiate career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Last year, Tolentino botched what could’ve been the game-winner in the Tamaraws’ do-or-die match against Ateneo in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Final Four. The Blue Eagles, who went on to win the title, won 88-84 in overtime.That haunting memory lingered in Tolentino’s mind but the sweet-shooting forward was able to exorcize his demons with his team back on the brink of elimination.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 ChrissREAD: FEU crashes UAAP Final Four party, eliminates De La Salle for no. 4Tolentino nailed the game-winning three-pointer to send Tamaraws to the Final Four after with a 71-70 win over De La Salle in the fourth place playoff Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. LATEST STORIES It was exactly 364 days ago when Arvin Tolentino missed his chance to become one of the many heroes who has worn Far Eastern University’s colors.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments PH Azkals near Suzuki Cup semis after holding Thailand to 1-1 stalemate Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “I just want to give everything to FEU and this could’ve been our last game and I was just thinking that I won’t waste this opportunity and I won’t waste the sacrifices of my teammates,” said Tolentino who finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two steals, and two blocks. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Q&A: Giants’ Derek Holland on his return to SF, going to the pen, and clubhouse vibes

first_imgFor more 2019 MLB preview stories, check out our Bay Area baseball guide.Farhan Zaidi got his guy. No, not Bryce Harper. Derek Holland, of course.Holland is back with the Giants on a one-year deal, and the offbeat left-hander with a big heart didn’t want it any other way.Holland, 32, earned the wordplay nickname “Dutch Oven” (Holland…Dutch…get it?) early in a career that began with the Texas Rangers. Like any good athlete who is quirky by nature, Holland has a few distinguishing …last_img read more

Cave Climate Conclusions Compromised

first_imgWidely used to infer past climates, isotope measurements from stalactites and stalagmites in caves can mislead researchers.They are among the most useful storytellers of earth history: speleothems, or cave formations. Scientists collect samples from stalactites and stalagmites, take them to their labs, and measure the fractions of stable oxygen and carbon isotopes found in their inclusions of crystals of calcium carbonate or calcite. From these crystal balls, the scientists look far into the past, envisioning climate change and long ages. What could be more straightforward? The data prove it.A funny thing happens on the way to the lab. The isotopic fractionations become altered. Here’s what a team of speleologists (cave scientists) conclude from expeditions into a couple of caves in Hungary.Speleothem deposits are among the most valuable continental formations in paleoclimate research, as they can be dated using absolute dating methods, and they also provide valuable climate proxies. However, alteration processes such as post-depositional mineralogical transformations can significantly influence the paleoclimatic application of their geochemical data.Climate scientists know about some of the alteration processes, but this team points out new ones that have not been appreciated. The paper in Nature‘s open-access journal Scientific Reports concentrates on one alteration process—the transformation of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) to nanocrystalline calcite—but suggests there are other factors that, if not properly accounted for, can have “serious consequences” on the interpretation given the data.Here’s the basic problem with ACC: it depletes the fraction of stable oxygen-18 ions (δ18O) before transforming into crystalline calcite. This happens within a few hours or days, potentially giving wrong readings in the lab when the speleothems are measured. The scientists, therefore, might be measuring different values in their refrigerator samples than the crystal as it was forming in the cave long ago. If they expect their measurements to represent a “proxy” (a measurement standing in for something else, like climate), they could be fooling themselves.Detection of ACC is rather difficult in cave deposits, as ACC can undergo transformation to calcite in minutes in a hydrous environment, and even stabilizing compounds like Mg or organic matter are only capable of extending its stability to some weeks. Taking into consideration the general precipitation rate (0.1 to 1 mm per year), the collection of carbonate in appropriate amounts for mineralogical or geochemical analyses requires several months. Over the course of such a long collection time, however, the original ACC can be transformed into calcite. Although ACC preparation in the laboratory is a routine procedure, its synthesis requires conditions distinctly different from those to be found in natural cave environments, e.g. mixing of CaCl2 and NaCO3 or (NH4)2CO3 solutions. Hence, the preparation conditions and characteristics of synthetic ACC render it inappropriate to function as an analogue of its natural counterpart, thus it cannot provide the information sought.The scientists observed ACC forming onsite in the cave on special collection surfaces. The ACC can exist in open or closed systems, depending on whether the inclusions become embedded within the dripwater, reaching equilibrium. The researchers in the lab will not always be able to tell whether calcite from which they obtain δ18O measurements reflect actual conditions in the cave or altered conditions when the ACC lowered the value during crystallization. The conclusions on which they base dates or paleoclimates could be in error.If this were the only worry, perhaps scientists could learn to correct for it by identifying other proxies for the presence of ACC. Unfortunately, this is not the only concern. ACC formation is a function of temperature, conductivity, pH, CO2 concentration, degassing rate, evaporation rate, drip rate and other factors. Unless these factors are known and controlled, and unless researchers gather their data in actual cave environments, they could be misled.The team also notes that scientists get different equations whether they use theoretical analyses, experimental techniques or empirical observations.Uncertainties in the estimation of ACC amount is a major weakness in the fractionation calculation, hence the verification of calcite-ACC fractionation estimation requires independent information provided either by experimental studies or by natural analogues. The experimental determination of ACC-water oxygen isotope fractionation representative for speleothem formation is challenging because (i) ACC rapidly transforms to calcite during the preparation and (ii) laboratory ACC synthesis requires physical and chemical conditions distinctly different from those found in a cave environment. Available estimations of δ18O differences between crystalline and amorphous carbonates formed in natural environments suggest that the crystalline carbonate is several ‰ more enriched in 18O than its amorphous counterpart (dolomite, aragonite, Mg-calcite).What you actually get may not be what you believe you got. Different caves and different forms of calcium carbonate may give very different results. The paper sounds a warning call to researchers:The present study provides direct evidence for relatively 18O-depleted ACC formation in caves at about 10 °C. Since the δ18O value of inclusion-hosted water may carry significant paleoclimatic/paleohydrological information, it is important to note that its use is limited by the cave environment.The authors add one more source of uncertainty: microbes. They toss out that potentially significant alteration right at the end of the paper, after summarizing reasons why you can’t trust the values in this “most valuable” method of inferring paleoclimates and dates. Oh, and don’t forget the unidentified organic compounds in the dripwater, which can vary significantly from cave to cave and also affect ACC formation.A number of experimental studies have shown that the formation and stability of ACC may be influenced by the physical parameters of the ambient environment and the chemical compositions of the parent solutions. In natural cave environments the most important factors might be the cave temperature, drip water pH, as well as concentrations of Mg, SO42− and organic compounds in the solution. A comprehensive study is suggested to cover several cave environments with different temperatures, ventilation degree, soil characteristics, drip water chemistry and carbonate growth rates in order to determine the exact factors governing ACC formation. The transition from ACC to calcite has been shown to take place in several steps with intermediate hydration states and mineral phases like vaterite. Investigations on the ACC-calcite transition and its governing factors require monitoring of mineralogical changes at high temporal resolution. Additionally to the inorganic factors, the role of microbial activity should also be investigated. Amorphous carbonates are ubiquitously secreted by living organisms in sedimentary environments, hence microbial mediated carbonate precipitation is also a potentially important process in ACC formation, whose exploration requires systematic biological/biochemical investigations.It appears that climatologists leaning on cave data know a lot less than they thought they knew. This final paragraph almost makes it seem like it’s time to toss out the equations and interpretations and start over. Isn’t that implied by “a comprehensive study is suggested” using “systematic biological/biochemical investigations” in multiple caves with varying conditions?Reference: “Formation of amorphous calcium carbonate in caves and its implications for speleothem research” by Attila Demény, Péter Németh, et al., Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 39602 (2016), doi:10.1038/srep39602, published 22 Dec 2016.Remember this paper the next time you are presented with scientific “facts” that prove a scientific “consensus” of one sort or another. The conclusions of any empirical study cannot be divorced from the assumptions that go into those conclusions. A consensus is most dangerous when the conclusion is decided in advance, and scientists within a preferred paradigm go out looking for evidence to confirm it. (Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Do It Right the First Time

first_imgIt’s easier to do things right the first time, even if it takes a little longer. It takes more time and energy to do rework, and it when it comes to sales, rework can cost you opportunities.If you don’t prepare for the sales call that took you months to book, you might miss asking some vital questions, fail to create value for your dream client, or fail to obtain the commitments you need. It takes more time and effort to go back over that ground later than it does to prepare. It also slows down the process, and denies your dream client the benefits of what you are selling them.If you skip doing real discovery work because you already know enough to help your client by selling them what you want to sell them, you run the risk (and the likely outcome) of presenting a solution that doesn’t quite fit. You might also miss taking into account what other people want or need. It’s difficult to go back and ask people what they need after you deliver the wrong solution or execute poorly.If you leave an appointment without scheduling the next meeting you need, good luck getting that booked. Instead, count on being completely ignored, and count on countless unreturned voicemails and emails. You ensured that outcome by not having asked for what you really need when you had the greatest opportunity to obtain it. Now you have to do the rework, and the rework is always more difficult.You are ineffective and inefficient when you don’t do the work you really need to do and have to do the work over again later. It doesn’t help you, it doesn’t help your client, and it wastes everyone’s time.QuestionsWhat work do you have to do over?Why do you have to do this rework?What do you have to do to keep from having to go back over ground you should have already covered?How should you prepare so that big outcomes aren’t missed in the first place? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

It appears BC has its first minority government in 65 years

first_imgBC’s campaign finance laws dominated headlines before the election began. The province allows unlimited corporate and union donations and the RCMP is investigating fundraising by the province’s political parties.After months of pressure, the Liberals committed to convening a panel to review political fundraising. The NDP and Greens have promised an outright ban on corporate and union donations.Votes still need to be countedThis isn’t over yet. According to Elections BC, there were more than 50,000 valid absentee ballots in the last provincial and it’s unclear how many there are this time around. Regardless, absentee ballots will be counted sometime between May 22nd and May 24th and that’s when a final tally will be officially released.If the results hold, the Green party would hold the balance of power in the Legislature with its historic three-seat victory.The ridings that need to be checked are Courtenay-Comox, where the BC NDP candidate won by only nine votes and Maple Ridge-Mission where there’s a difference of 120 votes. The NDP won one riding by only nine votes, making a recount a certainty that will determine the difference between a minority and majority if it were to flip to the Liberals.The campaign began four weeks ago with Liberal Leader Christy Clark and the NDP’s John Horgan locked in a tight race to be premier, and Green Leader Andrew Weaver hoping to build upon his one seat in the legislature.Several Liberal cabinet ministers lost seats in Metro Vancouver, including Attorney-General Suzanne Anton, Technology Minister Amrik Virk and Peter Fassbender, the minister responsible for TransLink.The Liberals were trying to win a fifth successive majority government after holding power for 16 years. There were plenty of smiles and laughter early on at Liberal headquarters as the party took an early lead, but the mood became tenser as the evening progressed and the NDP began to catch up.Inside the Green headquarters in Victoria, the room was filled with loud applause and cheering. At the outset of the campaign, Weaver made it his mission to expand his party’s presence in the legislature, saying that if he was the only Green elected, he wouldn’t run again.Christin Geall, who ran for the Greens in 2001, said she was “ecstatic.”“This is truly historic. I never believed it was possible even though I’d hoped.”Clark’s campaign strategy marked a return to the Liberals’ winning approach in 2013, when she promoted her party as the only one that could create and protect jobs while portraying the NDP as disastrous managers of the economy.While Clark’s promise of a booming liquefied natural gas industry has not materialized over the past four years, Clark was able to point to BC’s strong economy as proof of the Liberals’ financial savvy. The province has Canada’s lowest unemployment rate and has led the country in economic growth two years in a row.Horgan sought to portray Clark as out of touch with regular British Columbians who feel the economy is not working for them, while Weaver cast the Greens as political outsiders.The New Democrats’ platform contained big-ticket promises including $10-a-day childcare, freezing hydro rates for a year and eliminating tolls on two major Lower Mainland bridges.LISTEN: BC NDP Leader John Horgan’s full speechAudio Playerhttp://pmd.news1130.com/podcast/newsfeatures/20170510JohnHorganspeech.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – After a lot of back and forth, it appears British Columbia has its first minority government in 65 years with the Green Party holding the balance of power for the first time in Canadian history.This may drag on as a final count for #bclexn17 — including absentee ballots — doesn’t take place until May 22nd. #YourVote2017 #bcelxn17 pic.twitter.com/r4kzi0BIVD— NEWS 1130 (@NEWS1130) May 10, 2017With one seat left to be decided, the Liberals had won 42 seats and the NDP 41, with the Greens making a major breakthrough by picking up three seats in Tuesday’s provincial election. Regardless of the outcome of the last riding, no party would be able to win the 44 seats necessary to govern with a majority in the 87-seat legislature.LISTEN: BC Liberal Leader Christy Clark speaks to her supportersAudio Playerhttp://pmd.news1130.com/podcast/newsfeatures/20170510ChristyClarkspeech.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.center_img Weaver reminded voters that his party was the only one to ban corporate and union donations and his promises included electoral reform, increasing the carbon tax and investing millions in clean technology jobs.LISTEN: BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver addresses supportersAudio Playerhttp://pmd.news1130.com/podcast/newsfeatures/20170510AndrewWeaverspeech.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more