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No more outright Olympic spot for Gilas after loss to TunisiaNo more outright Olympic spot for Gilas after loss to Tunisia

first_imgBEIJING—Playing in a different city and playing for pride more than anything else, Gilas Pilipinas’ fortunes hardly changed in the consolation round of the Fiba World Cup as the Filipinos took an 86-67 loss at the hands of Tunisia at Wukesong Arena here to kiss their outright Olympic hopes goodbye as well.The Filipinos were held to 10 first quarter points and 24 for the first half as Tunisia opened up a 22-point lead heading into the third period, a deficit Gilas never came close to putting a dent on as it lost for the fourth consecutive game dating back to Group D play in Foshan.ADVERTISEMENT And that extinguished all hopes the Filipinos had of finishing as the best Asian side here and making the Tokyo Games next year would entail an even tougher task as they would need to top a qualifying tournament that Fiba will determine later on.Andray Blatche had 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Filipinos, who will try to play the role of spoilers on Sunday in their match against Iran, an old tormentor that still has a chance to make it to Tokyo without a hitch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The Iranians will come out for that one fired up as they just stayed alive in the Olympics race after they pulled out a 71-62 win over Angola earlier.Meanwhile, rookie CJ Perez’s first tour of international duty has so far been a rosy one—despite the tumbles that Gilas Pilipinas has taken in the Fiba World Cup—as he emerged as the top Filipino performer after Group play that ended on Thursday. On the strength of a 17-point performance that almost helped the Filipinos pull out a win over Angola on Wednesday night in Foshan, Perez entered the consolation phase averaging 16 points a contest, tied for 21st spot in the scoring hierarchy along with NBA veteran Ersan Ilyasova of Turkey.Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece, the reigning NBA MVP, averaged 15.7 points in group play, while Marc Gasol of reigning NBA champs the Toronto Raptors, turned in an average of 15 points for Spain like Hamed Haddadi of Iran.No Asian team advanced to the second round, and the lone automatic slot allotted to the region for the best finisher here is still up for grabs.Blatche, Gilas’ naturalized center, averaged 14.3 points, his norm weakened by a five-point effort in that loss to Serbias on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs MOST READ LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shaq sees tough campaign for women’s volley squad View commentslast_img read more

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DANIEL TALKS LIFE, LOVE AND GETTING A WIG ON THE LATE LATEDANIEL TALKS LIFE, LOVE AND GETTING A WIG ON THE LATE LATE

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell celebrated his 50th birthday early last night when he appeared on the Late Late Show.The singer was lauded by family and friends as he prepares to mark his milestone birthday on Monday next.The Kincasslagh man talked about everything of losing his father when he was just six to his desire to get a wig if he ever went bald! Daniel also spoke of his two great ambitions in the coming year when he plans to move down a gear and take life a little easier.“I’m going to do a course in Irish. I can speak a bit although not well even though I come from the Gaeltactht. I’m not saying I’m oing to say I’m going to be fluent but it will be Donegal Irish – sure that’s the only Irish. I also want to lean Sean-Nos dancing in Glencolmcille,” he revealed.Daniel also spoke of his life-long desire to have a walk-in part on his favourite soap opera Coronation Street.“I would sweep the streets or just hang about. I would just love a cameo,” he said. Daniel was joined on the Late Late Show by his sister Margo and wife Majella.His mum Julia could not make it but Daniel made sure he wished her well back home in Donegal.Cliff Richard sent Daniel good luck messages as did Eamon Holmes and Gloria Hunniford.Ryan Tubridy complimented Daniel on his youthful looks and asked what would he do if ever he lost his hair.“I’m glad to have hair. In the event of not having it I would have the biggest carpet on my head,” he admitted honestly. On the eve of his big birthday Daniel said he wants for nothing and doesn’t want presents from family and friends.“I’m just happy to be here with everyone – that presents enough,” he said.DANIEL TALKS LIFE, LOVE AND GETTING A WIG ON THE LATE LATE was last modified: December 10th, 2011 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:daniel o’donnellThe Late Late Showlast_img read more

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Tubbercurry to face Castlebar in Jack O’Sullivan finalTubbercurry to face Castlebar in Jack O’Sullivan final

first_imgTubbercurry Golf Club have qualified for the Connacht final of the Jack O’Sullivan trophy.Their opponents will be Castlebar Golf Club and the final will be played over two legs, with the first leg in Tubbercurry on Saturday, September 2.Each team consists of ten members played in four-ball better-ball format.Five matches will be in Tubbercurry and the following Saturday, September 9, five more matches will be played in Castlebar.last_img

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Council to deploy gritters tonight as temperatures to plungeCouncil to deploy gritters tonight as temperatures to plunge

first_imgDonegal County Council is to deploy its fleet of gritters across all primary routes in the county tonight.Temperatures are set to plunge with hail showers already falling in many places.Gritters are set to be deployed from 8pm this evening. Council to deploy gritters tonight as temperatures to plunge was last modified: November 30th, 2018 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)last_img

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General Assembly Files Bill to Establish North Carolina Teaching Fellows ProgramGeneral Assembly Files Bill to Establish North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program

first_imgSen. Chad Barefoot (R-Wake) and Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union) on Tuesday filed Senate Bill 252 and House Bill 339 to establish the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program. Students participating in the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program will receive up to $8,250 per year in forgivable loans if they commit to teach in a STEM or a special needs subject area in North Carolina’s Public Schools. The bill also allows teaching fellows recipients that go on to teach in a low-performing school to have their loans forgiven faster.Here are links to view the billsSenate Bill 252: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2017&BillID=S252House Bill 339:  http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2017&BillID=H339last_img

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The CIA Open Source Center Tracks the Pulse of the World Through Facebook & TwitterThe CIA Open Source Center Tracks the Pulse of the World Through Facebook & Twitter

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Government#social networks#Social Web#web The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency has a crack group of analysts tracking the Internet, including tweets and Facebook messages, that takes the pulse of the world. Located in McLean, Virginia analysts at the CIA Open Source Center are known as the “vengeful librarians” according to a report from the Associated Press. These librarians are tracking up to five million tweets a day from places like China, Pakistan and Egypt.It is sometimes disconcerting to know what the U.S. intelligence complex is doing, right in your backyard. McLean is a beltway city in Northern Virginia that is best known for Tysons Corner, one of the shopping hubs of the East Coast. On the outskirts of the city limits there is also the George H.W. Bush CIA complex, on of the agency’s main hubs in the D.C. region.Open Source Center Set Up After 9/11 The CIA facility was set up after a recommendation from the 9/11 Commission. According to the AP, its first priority was to focus on, “counterterrorism and counterproliferation.” The reports generated from the CIA Open Source Center invariably make their way to president Barack Obama’s desk. The Green Revolution in Iran in 2009 was when social media like Facebook and Twitter really came to the forefront of the center’s analysts. The analysts correctly predicted the Arab Spring that came to Egypt and Tunisia this year. Essentially, the CIA is using social media to predict where groundswell will turn into real action and follow breaking trends and news. The U.S. media does much of the same thing, albeit on a much smaller scale. One prominent example was during the Discovery Building hostage crisis in Silver Spring, Maryland in September, 2010. A news startup owned by the owners of Politco, TBD.com, was able to track the tweets and social media happenings around the building and the circumstance, giving a correct and at times chilling view from the area. (Disclosure: I worked for TBD.com at the time and was in the newsroom during the Discovery Building news. I also lived in McLean, Va.)Tracking Facebook, Citizens, The WorldFacebook has been long accused of having secret ties to the CIA. Some of the more outrageous claims believe that Mark Zuckerberg was recruited by the CIA to build Facebook as a data-mining project and that Facebook hatched as Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) initiative. These types of rumors seem ridiculous, but there is no doubt that governments around the world are using Facebook data to keep an eye on citizens. The AP report made little mention of what the CIA is doing on the domestic front except for noting that the CIA is using its social media records to compare it to the track record of polling organizations to see how accurate the results are. Think of it as a calibration technique; the polling organizations are often quite accurate and can be used a somewhat of a loose standard to judge the accuracy of the Open Source Center’s results. On the domestic front, the Federal Bureau of Investigation may have its own social media tracking program.While it may seem underhanded and sneaky for the CIA to be tracking social media use to know the pulse of the world, the practice is not something that should surprise anyone. Much of this data is open to whoever is looking for it and the large companies and data specialists of the private sector likely have similar operations focusing on a variety of aspects of humanity from market trends to politics, sports or fashion. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos dan rowinski Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

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Blues run win streak into double digitsBlues run win streak into double digits

first_img(AP) – Not only are the St. Louis Blues unbeatable these days, they’ve become impenetrable.The Blues posted their 10th straight victory and third consecutive shutout on Sunday as Jordan Binnington made 31 saves in a 4-0 win at Minnesota. Binnington ran the Blues scoreless streak to 187:16 since the team allowed a goal late in an 8-3 win over New Jersey on Tuesday.Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and two assists to help St. Louis match the longest winning streak in team history.The surge has put the Blues sixth in the NHL’s Western Conference, one point behind Vegas and four in front of Dallas.last_img

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Scientists may be closer to understanding a mysterious but common cause of female infertilityScientists may be closer to understanding a mysterious but common cause of female infertility

first_img Professors Pietro M. Motta & Sayoko Makabe/Science Source Scientists may be closer to understanding a mysterious but common cause of female infertility Cysts bulge from the wall of an ovary, a hallmark of polycystic ovary syndrome that may be driven by the fetal environment. By Jennifer Couzin-FrankelMay. 14, 2018 , 12:20 PM For a condition that affects up to 10% of reproductive-age women worldwide, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) remains mysterious. It’s a leading cause of female infertility and often boosts the risk of metabolic problems such as type 2 diabetes. It’s also highly heritable: The sister of an affected woman has at least a 20% chance of developing it herself, and the risk for identical twins is even higher.Yet although there are many symptoms of PCOS—including lack of ovulation, ovarian cysts, and excess hair growth on the face and body—no one seems to know how it starts. Is it driven by genes? A woman’s environment? Increasingly, researchers are considering a third category: life in the womb. There’s more and more evidence that when a mom has PCOS, her female baby-to-be experiences shifts in hormones while in utero that can cause the syndrome many years later. In particular, several studies in pregnant animals have shown that exposing them to hormones like testosterone, which women with PCOS produce at higher levels, leads to lack of ovulation and other PCOS-like symptoms in female offspring.Now, a paper published today in Nature Medicine builds on that evidence. Based primarily on findings in mice, it suggests that interactions between a hormone produced by the ovaries and a set of neurons in mom’s brain can have a cascade effect, disrupting enzymes in the placenta and ultimately causing PCOS-like symptoms in her offspring.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Still, it’s not clear whether the hormonal effects recorded in the rodents happen in pregnant women. And for now, the work doesn’t offer an immediate avenue to preventing PCOS in utero.Seeking insight into the condition, Paolo Giacobini, a neuroendocrinologist at the University of Lille in France, focused on antimüllerian hormone (AMH), which is produced by small follicles on the ovary. Women with PCOS have an excess of those follicles, and therefore they make more AMH. Giacobini’s group had previously found that AMH could act on a set of neurons in the brain, which then triggers the release of luteinizing hormone (LH) by part of the pituitary gland. In healthy women, a surge in LH triggers ovulation, but in women with PCOS, the hormone is constantly at a high level, which in turn suppresses ovulation and boosts the release of testosterone—two hallmarks of the syndrome.Giacobini and colleagues initially gathered blood samples from four groups of pregnant women in their second trimester: obese and nonobese women without PCOS, and obese and nonobese women with PCOS. Normally, AMH levels fall in pregnancy because the ovaries aren’t active. In the lean PCOS group, AMH levels were about two to three times as high as in the other three groups. It’s not known why the obese women with PCOS didn’t have higher levels, too.Giacobini’s group then turned to mice. They injected some pregnant rodents with AMH late in pregnancy to mimic the high levels of the hormone in the women they’d studied. The female offspring developed symptoms resembling PCOS, such as rare ovulation and high testosterone levels. Additional studies suggested excess testosterone from the mothers was crossing the placenta and affecting the fetuses. This happened, the group theorized, because AMH damped down levels of aromatase, an enzyme in the placenta that usually converts testosterone to a form of estrogen. With aromatase activity curtailed, extra testosterone snuck through and bathed the mouse fetuses in a PCOS-conducive environment.Although PCOS researchers agree the mouse work is strong, they’re mixed on whether it could be true of PCOS in women. “Whether all these things happen in humans, we don’t know,” says Jeffrey Chang, a reproductive endocrinologist at the University of California (UC), San Diego. Human placentas contain a lot more aromatase than mouse placentas do, for example, suggesting it would be harder to overwhelm aromatase activity in people. “You would have to just have gobs and gobs of testosterone being produced” for that to happen, even if some of the placenta’s aromatase was blunted, says Jerome Strauss, a reproductive endocrinologist at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. The model’s “transportability to human biology is very difficult,” he says.Still, one theme that makes the work intriguing to some is that it focused on lean animals and women with PCOS, who are a sizable subgroup of those with the syndrome. Previous work on the fetal environment had focused on metabolic abnormalities that are much more obvious in overweight women with PCOS, who have an increased risk of developing diabetes in pregnancy. This shows that it’s possible that “even a lean person can program” the fetus, says Daniel Dumesic, a reproductive endocrinologist at UC Los Angeles. That finding is supported, he says, by the blood tests that showed high AMH levels in lean pregnant women with PCOS.Ultimately, though, most agree that testosterone, which AMH also boosts via a cascade, is probably a key culprit behind the malady. This new work is “another brick in the wall” suggesting that hormones such as testosterone—perhaps fueled by extra AMH—could be paving the way for PCOS in fetuses, says Sue Moenter, a physiologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Giacobini and others are studying whether interventions to head off the syndrome might work at different ages in the mouse—a strategy much more likely to lead somewhere than one given in pregnancy, where modulating hormones in a developing fetus, and pregnant woman, can be riskier.last_img read more

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