Clips finally win in Philly

first_imgHe missed the Clippers shootaround with the flu and wanted postgame intravenous fluids. The 76ers could only wish Cassell had been sick enough to sit out the game. Cassell scored 22 points and Cuttino Mobley had 17 to lead the Clippers to a 90-89 victory over the Sixers on Friday night. It was the Clippers’ first victory in Philadelphia in 11 years. • Photo Gallery: 02/09: Clippers vs. 76ers PHILADELPHIA – Sam Cassell looked completely spent, towel wrapped around his shoulders, eating an energy bar and welcoming the lift even a victory couldn’t provide. “I’m not surprised by anything (Cassell) does,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. Chris Kaman scored 15 points for the Clippers, who rallied from a 13-point deficit against the invigorated Sixers and improved to 2-3 on a seven-game, 12-day trip. The Clippers snapped a nine-game slide in Philadelphia and won here for the first time since March 10, 1996. “Wow, I knew it had been a while, but I didn’t realize it had been that long,” Elton Brand said. “We just needed the win.” Even with an illness, Cassell played all but 30 seconds in the fourth quarter and scored eight points. He capped a late rally with a jumper that put the Clippers ahead and made two free throws with 14 seconds left for a four-point lead. center_img “I wanted to do what I could to help us get the win,” Cassell said. Andre Iguodala again carried Philadelphia with 22 points, Kyle Korver had 15 and Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and 15 rebounds. But the Sixers fumbled away numerous opportunities down the stretch – missing easy layups, tossing airballs and getting badly boxed out. With a chance to put the Sixers ahead, Dalembert muffed a layup under the basket with about a minute left. Iguodala blocked a Brand shot from behind, but Shaun Livingston came up with the ball and hit the go-ahead basket for an 85-83 lead with 56 seconds left. Brand, who scored 12 points, made it 87-83 with 23.7 seconds to go. The Clippers kept their cushion from the free-throw line, with the Sixers forced to foul in the final minute. Kaman missed the second of two free throws, giving the Sixers one last chance. But a rushed 3-point attempt was no good and Dalembert put in a meaningless basket at the buzzer as the Sixers’ brief two-game winning streak ended. “Unfortunately for us, Sam missed that layup that could have put us up at the end of the wire,” coach Maurice Cheeks said. “But it was entertaining. You could say that.” The Sixers have been hanging on for some close victories lately, but not before they usually blow a late double-digit lead. This time, the Sixers couldn’t pull it out at the end. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Sliabh Liag tourism project to officially open on Monday

first_imgThe official opening of the Sliabh Liag Strategic Development Project will take place on Monday.Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh and Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Seamus Ó Domhnaill. are set to open one of the county’s anticipated tourism projects.The project will be officially open at 3pm. The opening of the visitor’s centre last month was aimed at attracting more people to the famous sea cliffs, where tourism has blossomed in recent years.Over 164,000 tourists visited the cliffs in 2017.Last month, Sliabh Liag Distillers in Ardara is to submit a planning application to build a new €6 million distillery, which would bring Irish whiskey production back to the county for the first time in 177 years.Sliabh Liag, which produces An Dúlamán Irish Maritime Gin and The Legendary Silkie Irish Whiskey, submit the application to Donegal County Council today. Subject to approval, the construction of the distillery in Ardara is expected to start later this year, with distilling operations beginning in 2020.Led by company directors James and Moria Doherty and James Keith, the site will employ at least 40 people and has received the support of the community.Sliabh Liag tourism project to officially open on Monday was last modified: May 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:sliabh liaglast_img read more

Big Bang Antimatter Problem Deepens

first_imgThe most precise measurements ever show that particles and their antiparticles are perfect mirror images of each other.Protons and anti-protons are alike in every way; just don’t bring them together or they will annihilate each other. They differ only by the sign of their charges. Why this is a problem for big bang theory—and for the “standard model” of particle physics—is explained in Nature:The standard model of particle physics is considered to be the best physical theory that we have. It is built on symmetries and can describe all the experiments and observations concerning the known subatomic particles. However, the model includes some 30 free parameters and is not fully explanatory. For example, it cannot explain a profound mystery of physics and cosmology, the fact that there is no antimatter in the Universe. When matter and antimatter mutually annihilated each other following the Big Bang, any pre-existing symmetry between them was broken. Matter but no antimatter was left behind, and we lack a satisfactory explanation as to how this occurred. Research on the fundamental differences between particles and antiparticles may provide an answer. In this vein, Ulmer et al. (page 196) perform a high-precision, comparative study of the properties of protons and antiprotons.Their study wasn’t helpful. Ulmer et al. measured the charge-to-mass ratio of protons and antiprotons, and found them identical (except for charge) to 69 parts per trillion—four times the precision of previous measurements. It was hoped the very minute differences between them might produce a slight asymmetry that could account for the discrepancy. A slight excess of matter at the big bang, after all the new matter and antimatter annihilated itself, would remain to create the universe of matter we know. If there are any differences, they have escaped detection.The “mystery deepens,” therefore, Live Science says. “Matter and antimatter appear to be perfect mirror images of each other as far as anyone can see, scientists have discovered with unprecedented precision, foiling hope of solving the mystery as to why there is far more matter than antimatter in the universe.” Science Daily quotes the frustration of Ulmer at the result of finding no variance in the charge-parity-time (CPT) symmetry of the particles :“This is an important issue,” says Stefan Ulmer, who led the research, “because it helps us to understand why we live in a universe that has practically no antimatter, despite the fact that the Big Bang must have led to the creation of both. If we had found violations of CPT, it would mean that matter and antimatter might have different properties — for example that antiprotons might decay faster than protons — but we have found within quite strict limits that the charge-to-mass ratios are the same.“Thus “one of the most intriguing questions in physics” remains unexplained, Klaus Jungmann says in the review article. Surely a nearly equivalent amount of antimatter must have existed at the big bang, in the view of big bang cosmologists. Since the universe of matter we see today constitutes only 4% of mass-energy when theoretical dark matter and dark energy are considered, it implies that modern physicists and cosmologists only have a handle on 2% of reality.Is this evidence for intelligent design? Look at what Jungmann says:Symmetries have a central role in physics. A symmetry that holds across the Universe is an indication that a conservation law is at work. For example, adjusting a clock by an arbitrary time interval leaves all physical processes completely unaffected. A consequence of this is that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. But, when a symmetry is violated or a quantity is not conserved, a symmetry-breaking process must be at work.There does not appear to be any physical process that can account for the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe. A designer of a habitable universe, however, would know that a mix of matter and antimatter would make the universe uninhabitable (e.g., don’t shake hands with your anti-self), unless the antimatter were somehow segregated from the matter. Observing that kind of segregation, though, would violate the Cosmological Principle and amount to further evidence for design.This materialist conundrum has been around for decades, and shows no sign of resolution. It’s similar to the chirality asymmetry in biomolecules that has no material explanation. There is cause (a “symmetry-breaking process”) that can account for these asymmetries, though, and that cause is intelligence. Why not infer that the thing that “must be at work” is not just a process, but a Person?Some will cry “God of the gaps” at this suggestion. It is true that future work may uncover physical mechanisms for these phenomena. But how long do we have to wait? These mysteries have gone on for nearly a century now. Eventually, the alchemists had to change their paradigm, didn’t they? And what if the gaps keep getting wider over time? These articles do not give us confidence that physicists and cosmologists are converging on natural explanations, if the “best physical theory we have” cannot account for this long-standing mystery, is clueless about dark matter and dark energy, and needs 30 free parameters to work at all (see Best-in-Field Fallacy).At some point, we must logically conclude that “materialism of the gaps” is just as vulnerable to criticism as its converse. There is a positive argument for design that is not a gap argument. It says that from our uniform experience, we know of a cause that can separate out particles that in all respects are equivalent, especially when the result of the separation provides a function, such as habitability. That cause is intelligence. It’s interesting that we see that in Genesis 1:3, when God, by design, “divided the light from the darkness.” It sounds surprisingly prescient. Moses could not have known the significance of this statement. It suggests that it was revealed to him by the omniscient, omnipotent Creator.To appreciate the sheer emptiness of naturalistic theories about antimatter, watch this short video from Fermilab on YouTube. So much for the experts. The God hypothesis excels over their understanding like Something exceeds Nothing. (Visited 136 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA, Moz step up fight against rhino poaching

first_img14 May 2014 South Africa and Mozambique held a follow-up meeting in Pretoria on Wednesday after the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on combating rhino poaching and other wildlife crime last month. A draft implementation plan was discussed at the meeting, which includes initiatives such as anti-poaching measures, fundraising, wildlife trafficking, community development, and raising awareness about the plight of the rhino. The implementation of the MoU in the field of Biodiversity Conservation and Management is expected to be finalised by the end of July. The two countries also agreed that the ministers responsible for the implementation of the MoU, South African Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Mozambican Tourism Minister Carvalho Muaria, would meet annually to discuss progress and identify areas for further cooperation. The steps being taken by the two countries since June 2013 on the matter of cross-border conservation of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area to address rhino poaching include: A total of 106 people have been arrested for rhino poaching-related offences since January this year. The Kruger National Park continues to bear the brunt of rhino poaching in South Africa, having lost 245 rhino so far this year. The only province not affected by poaching this year has been the Northern Cape. A total of 39 rhino have been poached in Limpopo, 37 in KwaZulu-Natal and 26 in North West province. South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 0860 010 111 or Crime-Line on 32211. Source: SAnews.gov.za Maintenance and erection of fencing along the eastern boundary of Kruger National Park with Mozambique;Strengthening of a buffer zone in Mozambique through the establishment of the Greater Lubombo Conservancy;Creation of an intensive protection zone in the Limpopo National Park;Deployment of a well-trained and armed anti-poaching unit for joint collaboration with the Kruger National Park team; andSynchronisation of operational plans between the Limpopo and Kruger National Parks.last_img read more

Govt ropes in private firm to shore up jobs in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh

first_imgWith Assembly polls just a few months away, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh has roped in a private talent management company to shore up job prospects and impart necessary skills to youths. The Opposition Congress has, however, dubbed the move as an “eyewash” aimed at “misleading” youths in the time of elections which are due by the year-end. Madhya Pradesh has created an average of 17,600 jobs every year in the past 13 years of the BJP rule (2004-2017), according to an official data presented in the Assembly during the budget session. Now, a private player has been entrusted with the task of scouting employment opportunities in the non-government sector and enhancing job-getting skills of the state’s unemployed. Speaking to PTI, Madhya Pradesh State Skill Development and Employment Generation Board chairman Hemant Vijayrao Deshmukh said, “In a bid to generate more jobs for youths, the state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pune-based Yashasvi Academy for Talent Management Pvt Ltd.“This company would turn the employment exchanges in 15 districts into placement centres under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode.” The MoU will cover 15 districts – Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Rewa, Gwalior, Sagar, Ujjain, Hoshangabad, Shahdol, Dhar, Khargone, Dewas, Singrauli, Satna and Katni. The Congress, however, said this step of the BJP government would benefit only the private company. The Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ajay Singh of the Congress said, “Why has the BJP government woke up after 14 years? It is just trying to mislead youths. In any case, the BJP is going to be defeated in the coming elections.“In the recent budget session, the government admitted that unemployment has gone up by 16.4 %.” Singh said the BJP government has failed to deliver on the employment front.“Where are two crore jobs that the BJP had promised.Youths are under depression due to lack of jobs.” Deshmukh, however, believes the MoU with the Pune firm would definitely benefit the state’s unemployed youths. He said, “We have set a target of facilitating jobs for one lakh youths. Apart from making job opportunities available in the private sector, the company would also impart skills in writing curriculum vitae (CV) besides working for personality development of unemployed youths.” The agreement would boost the job sector as employment exchanges were fast losing their relevance, the board chairman said. Apart from preparing unemployed persons as per market demand, job fairs and career counselling sessions will be organised by the company, Deshmukh said. Jobs will be made available to applicants in their respective area of interest, he said. Deshmukh said Yashasvi Academy would manage the cost of running placement centres in coordination with companies which would provide jobs. The Berojgar Sena, an outfit of unemployed youths, however, is not enthused by the move. Instead of improving employment exchanges, the government has been making efforts to shut them down, it said.“According to private estimates, there are over 75 lakh unemployed youths in the state and through this PPP agreement, the government plans to provide jobs to one lakh youths.“So, it will take 75 years to provide jobs to the current number of the unemployed,” said Sena convener Akshay Hunka. More than five lakh unemployed youths are getting added every year, he said.“This MoU was signed only to mislead youths ahead of the Assembly elections. The state government has completely failed on the employment front,” Hunka maintained. The Economic Survey-2018, presented during the budget session, said the number of registered educated unemployed in MP stood at 11.24 lakh by 2016-end.last_img read more