Celtics’ Brown 1 of many injuries impacting NBA playoffs

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident After Jaylen Brown strained his right hamstring in Boston’s Game 7 win over Milwaukee, he all but begged the Celtics doctors and trainers to let him suit up for the start of their Eastern Conference semifinal matchup with Philadelphia.Boston managed to win without him in its 117-101 victory over the sluggish 76ers in Game 1 Monday night, thanks to career nights by Al Horford, Terry Rozier and rookie Jayson Tatum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut despite two days or rest and treatment, coach Brad Stevens said Brown is “very doubtful” for Game 2 on Thursday night.“The bottom line is with this hamstring injury is it’s not terrible. Not a long-term thing. It shouldn’t linger if he comes back at the right time,” Stevens said. If Brown can’t go for Game 2, it will again put stress on a Celtics rotation that just recently got back Marcus Smart from a right thumb surgery.Fred VanVleet appeared to tweak his right shoulder in the second half of the Raptors’ 113-112 overtime loss to Cleveland in Game 1 of their series Tuesday night. He missed most of Toronto’s first-round series against Washington with shoulder problems, but the Raptors still turned to him with the game on the line against the Cavaliers. VanVleet missed what would have been a go-ahead 3-pointer in the waning moments of regulation and another in the extra frame.“I wish I wasn’t hurt,” he said, “but I’m not looking for any excuses.”Elsewhere in the league, the return of some players and absence of others has been just as noticeable.Stephen Curry, who sat out all of Golden State’s first-round series win over San Antonio with a sprained ligament in his left knee, gave the Warriors a major lift in his return for Game 2 of the Golden State’s semifinal matchup with the Pelicans on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Injured Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown stands at the bench in street clothes as he watches the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, April 30, 2018, in Boston. The Celtics won 117-101. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)Injuries are having a major impact on the NBA playoffs.A tweak, turn or strain to this or that has sidelined or limited players from All-Stars to reserves — and that has influenced the early outcomes of Round 2.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 View comments LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Ricky Rubio missed the Jazz’s series-opening loss against Houston on Sunday with a left hamstring injury and is out indefinitely. The Rockets’ Luc Mbah a Moute returned in Game 1 from the dislocated right shoulder he sustained last month. Houston originally thought he’s be out a full month, but he came back ahead of schedule and didn’t show any lingering effects from the injury in 21 minutes of action.A closer look at Thursday’s games:CAVALIERS AT RAPTORSCavaliers lead 1-0. Game 2, 6 p.m. EDT, ESPN.NEED TO KNOW: The Raptors have lost seven straight playoff games against the Cavaliers, dating to the 2016 Eastern Conference finals, and blew a chance to take a lead in the series by coughing up a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 1 . The Raptors missed four potential game-winning shots at the end of regulation, and a wide-open 3 by VanVleet late in overtime.KEEP AN EYE ON: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas. He had 21 points and 21 rebounds in Game 1 and shot 7 for 19, but missed five of six attempts in the fourth. On Wednesday, Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he can live with Valanciunas getting looks in the post if it means fewer touches for Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, and fewer 3-point attempts by the Raptors.INJURY UPDATE: While VanVleet acknowledged he’s still dealing with discomfort in his shoulder, he plans to play through it for now.PRESSURE IS ON: The Raptors. The top-seeded team in the East has already surrendered home court advantage to its playoff nemesis and is 0-5 all-time on the road against Cleveland in the postseason. If Toronto can’t even this series before it shifts to Ohio, it might not be coming back across the border for Game 5.76ERS AT CELTICSCeltics lead 1-0. Game 2, 8:30 p.m. EDT, TNT. MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding NEED TO KNOW: The Celtics negated the athleticism of the 76ers in Game 1 by knocking down 17 3-pointers. Before the big scoring nights by Rozier (29 points), Tatum (28 points) and Horford (26 points), the Celtics hadn’t had three players score 25 or more points in a playoff game since 2009.KEEP AN EYE ON: 76ers C Joel Embiid. He had 31 points and 12 rebounds in Game 1, becoming the first Philadelphia player to register 30 points and 10 rebounds in a playoff game since Allen Iverson in 2001. But he said the focus will be on defense in Game 2. “We didn’t stick to the game plan,” he said. “There’s a lot of stuff we can definitely correct.”INJURY UPDATE: Smart said Wednesday that his thumb remained “a little sore” after Game 1 but added “I’m good to go” for Game 2.PRESSURE IS ON: The 76ers. They entered the series on six days of rest but were doomed by a slow start in Game 1. This young group mostly cruised over the final three games last series against Miami. Being down 0-2 with its home court to defend is a lot to ask against a Celtics team playing with a lot of confidence.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Olympic 1500m champion Asbel Kiprop ‘tested positive’ for EPO In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img read more

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Woman stabs abusive husband to death

first_imgA 30-year-old Dredge Creek, Upper Pomeroon River, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) woman is on the run after she allegedly stabbed her reputed husband to death with a pair of scissors during an argument.Dead is Alfro Adams, called “Fro”, a labourer of Himacobra, Moruca, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini).The incident occurred on at about midday on Monday at Dredge Creek, Upper Pomeroon River.According to information reaching <<>> the suspect, Wavney John, was living in an abusive relationship with the deceased for the past six years. Relatives related that the now dead man was in the habit of consuming alcohol and would often times accuse his wife of having an affair with her cousin.This newspaper was told that the couple has an 18-month-old child and they were residing at Himacobra, Moruca, Region One. However, she was forced to move out because of the constant abuse at the hands of her reputed husband. As such, she moved to Dredge Creek where she resided with her aunt. She was subsequently employed as a handy craft worker.On Monday, Adams showed up at John’s aunt’s house at about 07:00h but the suspect and her aunt were at Charity Market selling their craft works. He was seen at a nearby shop imbibing and at about 11:00h, he reportedly followed John and her aunt into the boat in which they were travelling to return home.As the women managed their daily chores, Adams, who was by then intoxicated, started to slap John accusing her of having an affair.To defend herself, the woman reportedly grabbed a pair of scissors and reportedly stabbed him to his chest. Adams fell to the ground and was rushed to the Charity Oscar Joseph Hospital where he succumbed. Police ranks including Commander Stephen Mansell subsequently visited the home where the incident occurred. The pair of scissors was not recovered. Police are continuing their investigations. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

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2 persons displaying symptoms of leptospirosis

first_imgNeglected health care in Black Bush Polder floodingBy Andrew CarmichaelA 72-year-old grandmother of Yakusari, Black Bush Polder, who walked through floodwaters with her eight-year-old grandchild, has displayed symptoms of leptospirosis and was referred to the Port Mourant Hospital. Another resident of the same village was also referred to the hospital with similar symptoms.72-year-old Pooranwattie MangraIn humans, leptospirosis can cause a wide range of symptoms, including high fever, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, jaundice (yellow skin and eyes), red eyes, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and rash. Many of these symptoms can be mistaken for other diseases. In addition, some infected persons may have no symptoms at all.More than a week after massive flooding at Black Bush Polder, the community still remains under water as the floodwaters recede at an extremely slow pace. In Yakusari on Thursday, the water was higher than it was on Wednesday and residents complained that the water now has a foul smell.Apart from the two persons who were on Wednesday advised to visit the hospital, a few other cases of high fever were reported at the Yakusari Health Centre.NDC Councillor Bibi Sharmine FerozadeeMembers of the health centre have been visiting homes and providing information to persons in the affected area, advising children not to play in the water and for persons not to use the pipe water to drink. However, the Health Department is monitoring the situation.Meanwhile, both rice and cash crop farmers are being affected.Ranny Somar has 2.5 acres under rice cultivation and was on Friday forced to purchase a new set of paddy seeds after all of the seedlings he planted did not germinate because of the prolonged period that the water was on the land.He explained that the water is not receding at a fast pace. This is an additional expense for this crop after farmers had to deal with huge losses as a result of a paddy bug infestation during the last crop.“The water make the rice can’t grow. We got to plant back paddy,” he said.Meanwhile, Parsatam Doonerran, who plants several different vegetables on his farm, said most of the crop has been destroyed.“Everything gone down. I get three-quarter bed cucumber and I start pumping water to save it but I can’t make it because there is no drainage.”Doonerran said he is already experiencing difficulty sending his children to school because of the lack of finance as a result of his farm not producing. He noted that two of his three children have not attended school for the week.“The flood, they can’t get to go to school. The teacher tell me that I should lift them. How I gon lift three children and take them to school?” he questioned.Pooranwattie Mangra is a 72-year-old farmer who said that she is not only being affected by the loss of her crop but her pigeon peas and pepper plants, which she depends on to make a living, have all died. The pumpkin and corrilla vines have also died, leaving the woman with no source of income.“I have a great-grand going to school, she is 8 years old and I have to come out in this flood and carry her to school in house clothes and bathe her and get her ready right at the school and then come home back and go back for her in the afternoon.”The woman lives about one mile away from the Yakusari Primary School, which remains under water.Meanwhile, Councillor of the Black Bush Polder Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC), Bibi Sharmine Ferozadee, like many residents, is blaming the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA).“At every statutory meeting, we made several reports of the canal not being cleaned. If they would have cleaned that main canal, that wouldn’t happen.”She noted that her farm is still under water even eight days after the NDIA started cleaning the outfall channel at Number 43 Village which drains the Yakusari Main Drainage Canal.“I thought the NDIA would have done better. It is over six months the grass in that canal just keep growing and growing.”Meanwhile, as efforts continue to be made to clear the vegetation which is blocking the Yakusari Main Drainage Canal, which drains the two polders, residents say that the water is reseeding but at a very slow rate; less than one inch in a 24-hour period.last_img read more

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Bielsa keeps Leeds flying, Villa extend streak in League Cup

first_imgErhun Oztumer got one back for Bolton in the second half.But Leeds easily held on to clinch a third consecutive win in charge for former Argentina and Chile boss Bielsa, who had already won his first two second-tier matches.Championship promotion chasers Aston Villa survived a scare in their 1-0 win at Yeovil as Conor Hourihane’s strike saw them join Leeds in the second round.Hourihane’s 77th-minute tap-in came as a relief for Villa boss Steve Bruce after fourth-tier Yeovil had a second-half penalty from Alex Fisher saved.Yeovil were on top for much of the first half, with Fisher twice forcing good saves out of Villa goalkeeper Andre Moreira, on loan from Atletico Madrid.Referee John Brooks pointed to the spot after Gary Warren was ajudged to have pushed Tommy Elphick, but Moreira bailed out his side as he saved Fisher’s spot-kick.Jonathan Kodija made his influence felt when he left Warren flat-footed in the box and played it square for Hourihane to seal Villa’s third successive victory.Oliver Burke’s first West Brom goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win over third-tier Luton at the Hawthorns.Albion, relegated from the Premier League last year, were tested by Luton, with Jake Jervis wasting their best chance.But Scotland midfielder Burke struck to send West Brom through and revive hopes he can get his career back on track after a poor run following last summer’s move from RB Leipzig.Frank Lampard’s Derby eased into the second round with a 2-0 win at fourth-tier Oldham.Former Chelsea star Lampard was beaten for the first time as a manager on Saturday as Leeds won 4-1 at the iPro Stadium.The Rams went ahead in the 36th minute as Harry Wilson delivered a right-wing free-kick and Fikayo Tomori challenged for the ball with Oldham’s Sam Graham, who appeared to deflect into his own net from six yards.Mason Mount made it 2-0 in the 70th minute with a sweet half-volley from just outside the box.Goalkeeper Andy Lonergan was Middlesbrough’s hero as they won 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out against fourth-tier Notts County.Lonergan saved from Jon Stead and Dan Jones after the two sides played out a 3-3 draw at the Riverside Stadium.Nottingham Forest won 10-9 on penalties against Bury after being held to a 1-1 draw by the League Two club.Championship outfit Bristol City lost 1-0 at home to third-tier Plymouth, while second tier Ipswich were beaten 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at League Two side Exeter.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford, pictured May 2015, got off the mark in his first Leeds start after 27 minutes with a goal, helping put Leeds in complete control against their Championship rivals © AFP/File / GLYN KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 15 – Patrick Bamford celebrated his first Leeds start with a goal as new boss Marcelo Bielsa extended in his flying start with a 2-1 win against Bolton in the League Cup first round on Tuesday.Bamford, a £7 million signing from Middlesbrough, got off the mark after 27 minutes at Elland Road before Samuel Saiz netted to put Leeds in complete control against their Championship rivals.last_img read more

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Rocky shoots for the `Moonbeam’

first_imgIn one of the most intriguing political races of the season, an upstart Latino politician from East Los Angeles faces one of California’s best known – and most controversial – political figures of the last generation. It’s Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo vs. the mayor of Oakland and former two-term governor Jerry Brown. At stake in the June 6 primary is the title of Democratic candidate for California attorney general. The winner will face Republican state Sen. Chuck Poochigian of Fresno, who is unopposed in the GOP primary. With two months to go, the 68-year-old Brown, who returned to California politics seven years ago to become Oakland’s mayor, has reveled in the fact that much of the campaign spotlight so far has focused on him. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“This race is still all about Jerry Brown,” said Darry Sragow, a longtime Democratic consultant. “The big thing Brown has going for him is people know his name. He does have some high negatives, but I think people will forgive and forget the 1970s and 1980s when he was at his peak. “He is a known product to many voters and it will be up to Rocky to try to break through and make his own connection.” And it’s a battle that could be fierce. The most recent campaign reports show Brown with $4.2 million compared to Delgadillo’s $3.8 million. Delgadillo said he expects to have enough money to compete in the final weeks before the election, with political consultants estimating the cost of a full statewide television campaign at $1.5 million to $2 million a week. Still, it won’t be easy. “I have five polls all showing me with wide leads and one showing me as the most popular Democrat in the state,” Brown said last week in a telephone interview. “I think what accounts for it is a lot of people remember my governorship with fondness – and they’ve seen what I’ve done. “I’ve been a governor. I’ve been a mayor … I’ve lived in a partisan world and worked in a nonpartisan. No one has the experience that I can draw on.” Brown, the son of the popular Gov. Pat Brown – who is credited with building the state’s university system and freeways – helped reshape state government with his appointments of women and minorities during his two terms as governor. During his years as governor, Brown put renewed emphasis on issues that were still developing, such as the environment and talking about an era of limits, part of what earned him the nickname of Gov. Moonbeam. But he also shifted his politics from traditional Democratic programs to a more pragmatic style after the passage of the landmark Proposition 13 property tax measure. While he drew attention as much for his lifestyle – the dating of rock star Linda Ronstadt and his three runs for president – few remember how pragmatically political Brown was. He began as a Los Angeles Community College District trustee and went on to become state controller, secretary of state, and then governor. But the political landscape has significantly changed since Brown’s term as governor ended 24 years ago, with a generation of voters who either don’t recall his tenure or look on it with bemused curiosity. Delgadillo, 45, has been Los Angeles city attorney for five years. His only public experience was as a legal adviser to Rebuild L.A. and as a deputy mayor under former Mayor Richard Riordan before his election upset of Councilman Mike Feuer. And his campaign has experienced some tough going in its initial stages, including when political consultant Larry Grisolano decided not to manage his campaign. Grisolano said he remains a Delgadillo supporter, but said the two differed over how the campaign should be conducted. Delgadillo’s administration of the City Attorney’s Office also has come under criticism in recent months, most notably from City Controller Laura Chick, who has questioned the number of private firms Delgadillo has hired. Many of the firms are contributors to Delgadillo and there have been questions over whether they are performing work that should be done by city lawyers. Delgadillo defends his policies by saying he has reduced liability payouts. He remains optimistic despite his struggles, including recently losing a court battle over a wrongful-termination suit filed by a former city prosecutor. “I was a 31-point underdog the week before the (2001) election,” Delgadillo told about 50 members of the Los Angeles Business Council last week. “In fact, my opponent called me the day of the election, saying, `Hey, it was nice running against you.’ The next day he had to call to congratulate me. He underestimated how hard I worked. “I think we will surprise a lot of people in June.” Delgadillo said he hopes to have a similar experience in his race for attorney general. “In this race I am running against a former governor. The son of a former governor,” Delgadillo said. “My name is not Brown. It’s Delgadillo. I think it makes a difference. “I think it makes a difference in how we think about the state and what the state has become. We are now a minority majority state. It’s a different state from (when Brown served). “And we are going to need more people to think differently about this job.” Delgadillo, a married father of two, won a scholarship to Harvard University, got his law degree from Columbia University and returned to L.A. to join the prestigious law firm of O’Melveny & Myers. There, Delgadillo helped Rebuild L.A. and met Riordan, who brought him into his administration where he led efforts to attract new businesses and retain existing ones. As city attorney, Delgadillo has begun a number of new programs – the most successful being the neighborhood prosecutor program. Under that, deputy city attorneys are assigned to work with the police and residents to identify and prosecute quality-of-life crimes before they can become larger problems. Delgadillo said he also has continued to use an aggressive approach with gangs, using injunctions to slow and stop their activities in the poorest parts of the city Brown has emphasized that he has broader experience, especially what he learned as Oakland mayor dealing with urban issues of crime and poverty. Delgadillo disputes Brown’s effectiveness, pointing to recent spikes in Oakland’s crime rate. And he touts his own efforts to battle crime with anti-truancy and neighborhood improvement programs. “A lot of people told me I should have run for another office first, that it’s crazy to take on Jerry Brown,” Delgadillo said. “And what I’ve said all along is that I am running to make a difference and not just be an elected official. “I think people are looking for someone who is a leader and has the courage to take on a tough fight.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Tottenham, Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund all targeting French striker

first_img SORRY Getty Images How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings whoops gameday cracker The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 changes Haller, 24, joined Frankfurt the summer before last and while he’s had some dips in form and playing time he has still managed to score 19 goals in 49 games, while also impressing with his all-round ability.According to Faz.net, Newcastle United are also listed among his suitors, along with Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.Not only does he find the net regularly, his work with team-mates is also key to his game, allowing him to garner five German top-flight assists so far this term. Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion TOP WORK Most Popular Premier League Stories Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City tense Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller celebrates scoring against Stuttgart. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT predicted revealed latest Tottenham are likely to need a replacement for striker Fernando Llorente, who seems set to quit the club next summer, if not in January, and Haller, it appears would fit the bill as a technical and hard-working forward.talkSPORT have previously considered the Frenchman as a possible solution as a secondary forward to Harry Kane. Tottenham Hotspur have been highlighted as one of three clubs currently targeting Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller.Spurs have held interest in the former France Under-21 for some time, watching him during his prolific spell with FC Utrecht in the Eredivisie between 2015 and 2017. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update huge blow Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 1last_img read more

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Hittner Named MVC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for Third Time This Season

first_imgHittner bounced back from just her third single-digit scoring performance in the win over the Aces with her league-leading fourth 30-plus performance in the big win over the Sycamores. In the Indiana State win, she poured in a game-high 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting with a 3-for-5 performance from three-point range to go along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in just 28 minutes. Despite a tough-shooting night that led to just seven points, Hittner, helped the Bulldogs in other ways in the Evansville win. She pulled down six rebounds, handed out five assists and nabbed four steals in 24 minutes.    Drake plays its second-to-last road game Friday night at SIU. Tipoff in Carbondale is scheduled for 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version Hittner is leading the conference in scoring at 19.8 points per game. Her name is among the MVC leaders in several other statistical categories, including three-point percentage (42.1, 3rd), free throw percentage (81.6, 5th), field goal percentage (48.2, 7th) and rebounding (5.0, 15th). This her fourth career MVC Player of the Week award and the ninth this season for a Drake player (Sara Rhine, 6). Hittner averaged 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the floor (14-of-31) and 90 percent (9-of-10) from the free throw line in Drake’s home wins over Evansville and Indiana State. ST. LOUIS – Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) of the Drake University women’s basketball team is the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season, the MVC office announced Monday, Feb. 25.last_img read more

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McHUGH PRESSURE SEES MOVILLE SCHOOL TREBLE IN SIZE

first_imgMinister Joe McHughMOVILLE Community School is set to treble in size – in one new complete re-development.The original expansion plans were to have been carried out in phases, but TD Joe McHugh lobbied for them to take place in one re-development.And it was announced today that will now happen. The Donegal TD and Junior Minister told Donegal Daily: “I welcome confirmation that Moville Community School has been granted approval to carry out the proposed development work for the school in one complete phase, rather than the earlier indications of a three phased plan, following a successful review of their proposal by the Department of Education and Skills.“The proposed planning makes way for a 4,040 sq metres development, in addition to the existing building of 2,200 sq metres, which is inclusive of a gymnasium and other much needed curricular structures, which will strongly enhance the school’s structural appearance and capacity capability.“I would like to commend all the staff at the Education Training Board (ETB) for their continued hard work and support.“I wish to compliment the principal, staff, and all those involved at this school for their dedication and persistence, and also the parent’s committee for their strong and unwavering commitment over the past few years and months. It is through these channels of tireless hard work, dedication and enthusiasm, that this announcement today was achieved. I believe this will help secure the long-term prospects of the school but also benefit the wider local community.”  McHUGH PRESSURE SEES MOVILLE SCHOOL TREBLE IN SIZE was last modified: April 3rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:expansionMoville Community schoollast_img read more

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Hughes: Settled back four could be key to QPR’s escape

first_imgQPR manager Mark Hughes believes having a settled back four could be the key to his side’s Premier League survival.Injuries and suspensions have hit Rangers hard and Hughes is convinced that constant changes to the defence have been a major factor in their struggle to stay up.He said:  “Our back four hasn’t been settled during my time and probably before that as well.“It’s not been easy. Ideally you’d want a settled back four and unfortunately we haven’t been able to have that. At times we’ve had to mix and match and just get on with what we’ve got.“Hopefully we can get a bit of continuity in our selection between now and the end of the season and that will help us.”Click here for the Man Utd v QPR quiz – can you score more than 7/10?Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Brain Provides Shortcuts for the Will

first_imgThe brain is like a smart assistant, allowing previously-learned actions to be called up on demand.A typist flies over the keyboard without error. A pianist executes a rapid passage of a piano concerto flawlessly. A gymnast executes a dozen complex somersaults and flips in a tumbling run. Thank goodness they don’t have to think about each move.In an article titled “How the brain prepares for movement and actions” on The Conversation, Myrto Mantziara from Bangor University describes how humans and primates are able to store a sequence of moves and execute them in rapid-fire succession. The code for each move in the sequence is stored simultaneously, but the activation potential determines the order in which they will be executed. This is called “simultaneous planning” and “competitive queueing.” It’s competitive because each move competes for the highest activation potential; after the previous move is executed, the move with the next highest activation potential moves up in the queue. This is how a simultaneous code becomes a sequence.Participants were trained to associate dot patterns with finger actions, and then perform them the next day.Looking at the brain signals, the team was able to distinguish participants’ neural patterns as they planned and executed the movements. The researchers found that, milliseconds before the start of the movement, all the finger presses were queued and “stacked” in an ordered manner. The activation pattern of the finger presses reflected their position in the sequence that was performed immediately after. This competitive queuing pattern showed that the brain prepared the sequence by organising the individual actions in the correct order.The researchers also looked at whether this preparatory queuing activity was shared across different sequences which had different rhythms or different finger orders, and found that it was. The competitive queuing mechanism acted as a template to guide each action into a position, and provided the base for the accurate production of new sequences. In this way the brain stays flexible and efficient enough to be ready to produce unknown combinations of sequences by organising them using this preparatory template.Voice Activation in the BrainThe voice is key to making sense of the words in our brain (Medical Xpress). Another capability of the brain is to extract information from the tone of speech beyond the mere words. Imagine a sentence read by a monotone speech synthesizer. Now imagine it read with all the expressiveness of a Shakesperean actor. As epigenetics is to genetics, vocal inflection is to simple words in a dictionary. Think of how many ways you can pronounce “all right” to express a wealth of emotional information beyond what the words mean in a dictionary. New experiments confirm what we all know from experience.Now, a study by the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) in San Sebastian concludes that sound waves effectively transmit information beyond the lexical meaning of words. This research, published online in the Journal of Memory and Language, has proven that words carry information indexed through the voice.Led by Efthymia Kapnoula, the paper determines that the meaning we give to words is conditioned by factors that are not simply limited to lexical information. People, and more specifically their voices, have much to say in the mental representation of words.Hear them roar: How humans and chickadees understand each other (Science Daily). This ability to extract information from the voice is not limited to humans. Any dog owner knows that the family pet can tell a lot about mood without understanding the words, just by the type of expression. Fear, excitement, or other types of arousal come through the tone of voice, say researchers at the University of Alberta. Even little birds in the yard can tell the emotional state of not only humans, but other animals. As they showed, this capability comes built into the brain.Under the supervision of Professor Chris Sturdy, Congdon conducted two experiments, one examining chickadees and another examining humans. In the experiments, participants distinguished between high- and low-arousal vocalizations produced by other species, including alligators, chickadees, elephants, humans, pandas, piglets, ravens, macaques, and tree frogs. Human subjects were able to identify high arousal in different species.“Black-capped chickadees were also able to identify high arousal in other chickadees, humans, and giant pandas,” said Congdon. “This is fascinating, because a chickadee that has never come across a giant panda before is able to categorize high — and low — arousal vocalizations.“The little birds could not have evolved this ability, because they never encountered giant pandas before. It must be part of the software package in the brain, like bundled apps that are included in a smartphone. Our brains use the apps, but the decision to use an app requires the will of a non-material being. Neurosurgeon Michael Egnor takes on materialism and supports dualism (i.e., that the mind is distinct from the body) in two interviews on ID the Future: Part 1 and Part 2.In a very interesting video on YouTube, Dr Randy Guliuzza of ICR goes into more detail about the human hand in mind/body coordination. During typewriting or piano playing, the brain has to respond within a fraction of an eyeblink’s time to send the right information down the arm for the next letter or note in the sequence. Guliuzza also shares unique features of the human hand not present in chimpanzees or other primates. We are unique in the biosphere in many ways; “fearfully and wonderfully made” like it says in Psalm 139. Are you thankful for your hardware and software endowments? Are you using them for good?See biographies of some 50 scientists who believed in intelligent design, not evolution.(Visited 259 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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