Pacific nations still winless at Women’s World Cup

first_imgThe Cook Islands were thrashed 76-0 by New Zealand with the Kiwi Ferns running in 14 unanswered tries – six of those to winger Honey Hireme.The Moana also conceded 58 points in their opening match against Australia and second rower Crystal Tamarua said they knew it was going to be tough going up against the top three teams in the world in the group stage.But she said it was still an honour to represent their nation.”We just put our country on the map and just to play with pride and no matter what the result is it’s good to be on this journey with the girls and to experience league at a top stage,” she said.Papua New Guinea were beaten 22-8 by Canada, who achieved their first ever World Cup victory.Martha Karl and Christie Bulhage scored for the Orchids, who lost their opening match of the tournament 38-8 against England.Coach Dennis Miall said they gave their best but made too many handling errors and took the wrong options in attack.”We did well with our defence but we could not hold on to the defence for the rest of the game,” he said.”The girls ran up hard and strong and went off again and came on and off and I think that was where we went down.”The final round of group matches is on Wednesday with PNG up against New Zealand and Cook Islands taking on England. Photo: NRL Photos Honey Hireme bagged six tries against the Cook Islandslast_img read more

LaVar Ball pulling son LaMelo out of SoCal high school

first_imgDAY6 is for everybody Cavaliers moving Love to center, Thompson to reserve role In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up (L-R) Lavar Ball and LaMelo Ball look on from the audience during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — LaVar Ball is pulling his 16-year-old son LaMelo out of his Southern California high school to be home schooled and so he can be made into “the best basketball player ever.”LaVar told The Los Angeles Times that LaMelo, a junior, will leave Chino Hills High School on Tuesday so he will have fewer distractions and better focus.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LaMelo is considered one of the nation’s top high school recruits and has committed to play at UCLA, where his brother Lonzo played last season. Lonzo is now a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers and their brother, LiAngelo, will be a freshman at UCLA.LaMelo, who scored 92 points in a game for Chino Hills, will focus on playing for his father’s travel team, Big Baller Brand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLaVar has grabbed attention over the past year with exaggerated claims and headline-grabbing antics. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacueescenter_img LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardlast_img read more

PSL: Petron stays unscathed, turns back F2 in Finals rematch

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Reigning MVP Maria Perez of Venezuela led the Cargo Movers with 21 points. Kennedy Bryan added 18.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Petron got back at F2 Logistics in a rematch of last year’s finals, 20-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19, in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley combined for 41 points for the Blaze Spikers, who kept their record unblemished at 4-0 despite playing their third game in eight days.Stalzer and Hurley anchored Petron’s attack, but several others also made key contributions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRhea Dimaculangan dished out 31 excellent sets while Mika Reyes and Ces Molina scored eight points each.Molina converted a pair of crucial hits in the fourth set. The first stopped an F2 scoring spurt while the second put Petron at match point, 24-18. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Blazing FEU stays grounded ahead of second round View commentslast_img read more

Perasol says hard-fought Game 1 showed UP ‘can beat’ Ateneo

first_imgView comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Still it was a lesson Bo Perasol and the rest of the Fighting Maroons have to learn in order to beat Ateneo—a team that owns nine titles in the UAAP.“It’s a lesson we have to learn and we need to understand also that if we had done this sort of performance we could probably give them [the Blue Eagles] a tougher game and we could probably have won,” said Perasol.Still, it can be considered as a moral booster for the Fighting Maroons who were able to gut it out with Ateneo until the final moments since it was a common knowledge that the Blue Eagles had supreme advantages over UP.Ateneo represented the Philippines in the last Jones Cup and topped the Season 81 ladder with a 12-2 record while UP struggled in the early part of the competition, even going 3-5 in its first eight games.There’s also the disparity in terms of titles with Ateneo owning nine and UP with two—the first one in 1939 and the second one in 1986.ADVERTISEMENT Like Adonis Creed going toe to toe with Ricky Conlan in the latter rounds of their fictional fight, everything was going right for the Fighting Maroons against the defending champion Blue Eagles.And just like how Conlan emerged with a decision victory in the end, the Blue Eagles were able to go out with the 88-79 victory.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 ChrissThe only difference was the way it ended with Creed landing the final punch of the fight that knocked down Conlan, it was Ateneo’s Matt Nieto who got to deliver the final haymaker.Nieto capped off Ateneo’s 14-2 run late in the game to take an 87-73 lead with 2:07 left to play, a disappointing finish to an otherwise inspirational run the Fighting Maroons gave throughout the contest. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James, Lakers rally in 2nd half to beat Mavericks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was like a surprise ending to a motivational movie.University of the Philippines, which was in its first finals series since 1986, was hitting punch after punch with Ateneo in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ “For a first-timer in the finals, I have to appreciate the kind of effort my boys have shown and if there’s one take away about it that it’s possible we can beat Ateneo,” said Perasol.There’s still a chance for UP to take the title, if it can win in Game 2 and force a Game 3, and that could very well be the fitting end to its own movie.“We can bring what happened in this game to the next few days. With a little tweaking and probably a little rest my team could give Ateneo its money’s worth. I’m positive of our chances.” ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

Liverpool transfer reports: The Belgian starlet being tracked by the Reds

first_img Youri Tielemans has been linked with Liverpool 1 With Steven Gerrard very much in the latter stages of his career, Liverpool chiefs are facing the unenviable task of finding a player to adequately replace him, but it looks as though they could have unearthed something of a gem in the shape of a young Belgian named Youri Tielemans.According to widespread reports, the Merseysiders are keeping an eye on the 17-year-old starlet – who currently plays for Belgian side Anderlecht – with Kop scouts having watched him on a number of occasions.Primarily a defensive midfielder, Tielemans is apparently comfortable playing a more central role and while he is far from being ready to step into the first XI of a club like Liverpool, if this video below is anything to go by, then he really could be a star in the making.Liverpool fans, what do you think of Youri Tielemans? Comment below…last_img read more


first_imgSinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty TD said today that the government’s campaign on the Seanad referendum “was a sorry excuse for a campaign”.Mr Doherty was his party’s strongest advocate for a Yes vote in the referendum, with reports that other senior members of the party wanted a No vote.Sinn Fein has attempted to play down reports of a split. The Donegal TD was today saving his ire for the Government.“Sinn Féin ran a good campaign and canvassed door-to-door around the state, leafleted and put up posters. In some places, we were the only ones out campaigning for a YES vote,” he insisted.“The government, on the other hand, ran a sorry excuse for a campaign, with its leader refusing to even debate the issues on television.“One thing was agreed, by everyone involved in this campaign, however: the Seanad, as it now stands, is not acceptable. It is elected by a tiny percentage of the people and is undemocratic. “The referendum result does not mean that the people want to keep the Seanad as it now exists. The turnout, however, should be a cause for concern to all political leaders.“The need for political reform goes further than the Seanad. There is a need for a root and branch reform of the Dáil and local democracy too.” REFERENDUM: GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGN WAS PATHETIC, INSISTS DOHERTY was last modified: October 7th, 2013 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:Deputy Pearse DohertyreferendumSeanadSinn Feinlast_img read more

Ligue One: AS Monaco hope to continue resurgence away to unpredictable Montpellier

first_imgMonaco have won both of their last two games. (PHOTOS/Courtesy)Monaco will be hoping to register a third consecutive victory when they travel away to Montpellier on Saturday night.Leandro Jardim’s side are starting to pick form after a horrible start to the season that saw them sit in the bottom three after six games.In those six outings, the Principality club had just three points after drawing three and losing as many.However, they now look to have turned the corner now and are starting to win.Last weekend, they defeated Brest 4-1 at home, following up on their 3-1 win against Nice seven days prior.In Wassim Ben Yadder, Monaco have one of the league’s most in-form strikers. His brace against Brest took him to 5 goals for the season and the summer signing is looking like good value for money.Along with Algerian-Islam Slimani, the two have scored 9 of Monaco’s 14 goals this season and will be the two that Jardim looks to on Saturday.For Montpellier, they have had a mixed start to the season so far.After going three games minus tasting defeat, Der Zakarian’s side lost 1-0 at Strasbourg last weekend.The loss was their third for the season already having gone down to Nantes and Rennes earlier in the campaign.The visit of Monaco will cause issues for Montpellier but a side that is usually strong at home will be confident of getting a result.Der Zakarian’s side come into the game having won all their last three home games.The home side will be without the suspended duo of Jordan Ferri and Alain Souquet. Taji Savanier also misses out due to injury.For Monaco, they have four players out injured. Gil Dias, Pietro Pellegri, Steven Jovetic and William Guebbels are all still nursing injuries.Monaco come into the game winless in their last two visits in Montpellier. However, they have also not lost either as they have drawn both.Last season’s reverse fixture between the two sides ended in a 2-2 draw.Earlier on Saturday, the top two of PSG and Angers meet at the Parc da Princes.As expected, the Parisians sit top of the table with 6 victories from their opening 8 games.After losing to Reims 2-0 at home, Tomas Tuchel’s side side responded with a 1-0 win away to Bordeaux.Once again it was star player Neymar Jr who acted as the savior, netting his third goal of the season.Neymar Jr has scored three goals this season.Last weekend’s victory was followed up with a win away to Galatasary in the Champions League, a game that saw Mauro Icardi score his first goal for PSG.With Kylian Mbappe now fully fit and Edison Cavani in the final phases of his recovery from injury, PSG look to be at full strength upfront and will most probably start banging in the goals in plenty.However, PSG are still without several first team players with the likes of Julian Draxler, Christoph Dagbo, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Thilo Kehrer all still out injured.For Angers, they have so far been the surprise package of the division.After 8 rounds, Stephane Moulin’s side sit second on the log, just two points behind leaders PSG.Despite drawing their last game at home to Amiens, they are currently enjoying a good run of form that has seen them avoid defeat in their previous three games, winning twice.This season has seen them lose a league joint lowest of two games. They were humiliated by Lyon and then lost to Lille, two of the three teams currently in the Champions League.The game against PSG will be one Angers will be looking forward to and if they can pull off a shock result, it may be the motivation Moulin’s side may be looking for to ensuring they have a season to remember.Since gaining promotion to the top tier, Angers have lost 8 of their previous 9 meetings with PSG including all the last 8.Last season, PSG defeated Angers in both games including a 3-1 victory in the reverse fixture.The French Ligue One match-day 9 kicks off on Friday with Amiens at home to Marseille.Amiens are struggling at the wrong end of the table despite drawing 1-1 away to high flying Angers last time out.They have won just two games this season and coupled with two draws, their tally is only good for 8 points so far.For Marseille, they are in desperate need for victory.The draw at home to Rennes last Sunday was their third on the trot and it leaves them with just three victories and in 5th spot.Andre Villas-Boaz’s side will be beaming with confidence as they have defeated Amiens in all 4 of thier top flight meetings so far.All the Ligue One match-day 9 fixturesFriday, 04-10-2019-Amiens vs Marseille @9:45pmSaturday, 05-10-2019-PSG vs Angers @6:30pm-Dijon vs Strasbourg @9pm-Montpellier vs Monaco @9pm-Toulouse vs Bordeaux @9pm-Brest vs Metz @9pm-Nantes vs Nice @9pmSunday, 06-10-2019-Lille vs Nimes @4pm-Rennes vs Reims @6pm-Saint Etienne vs Lyon @10pmComments Tags: French Ligue OneMonacoMontpellierNeymar JrPSGtoplast_img read more

Lip sync battle in aid of mental health charity to take place in Donegal Town

first_imgA charity Lip Sync Battle will take place Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Friday in aid of new mental health programme for secondary school students introduced by Cycle Against Suicide. Ten groups, from across Donegal, Killybegs and Ballybofey, will compete against each other to find out who will be crowned Lip Sync Winner 2019.The MC for the evening is Noel Cunningham. Meanwhile, the judging panel consists of pro-boxer, Jason Quigley, Radio Presenter, Margaret Carr Flynn, Editor, Michael Daly, and Actress, Pat Ward.Entertainment will be provided from The Bluestack Foundation Special Needs Choir, Conor McAllister and Diamond Dancers.Evan Gorell, who is hosting the event along with Karla Gallagher, said: “Come along and enjoy a great night of fun, entertainment and laughter! “Tickets are selling fast so get yours now to avoid disappointment.“They are priced at €15 for Adults and €10 for Under 12s.“They can be purchased in Blas, the Gateway Lodge or the Abbey Hotel.Doors open at 7:15pm, and the Battle commences at 8pm sharp.“Your support is very much appreciated! Together we can break the cycle of Suicide.”Meet the contestants: Lip sync battle in aid of mental health charity to take place in Donegal Town was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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 read more

Pair of 49ers players part of St. Thomas Aquinas’ remarkable tradition

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The learning curve is still steep, but 49ers rookie defensive end Nick Bosa feels playing at an elite program like Ohio State will help with the transition into the NFL.There’s also no question in Bosa’s mind that attending St. Thomas Aquinas High School helped get him ready for the NCAA.For complete 49ers coverage follow us on Flipboard.“It was great. It prepared me for my future, and I built some really good relationships,” Bosa said of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. school. …last_img

Epigenetics Leads the Genetics News

first_imgMore and more studies are revealing systems that regulate DNA.  Here are some recent samples.Stress response:  PhysOrg headlined, “Study finds stress triggers widespread epigenetic changes that aid in disease resistance reported.”  A study by the Salk Institute made it clear that epigenetics involves a code: “The scientists found that exposure to a pathogenic bacteria caused widespread changes in a plant’s epigenetic code, an extra layer of biochemical instructions in DNA that help control gene expression. The epigenetic changes were linked to the activity of genes responsible for coordinating a plant’s response to stress, suggesting that the epigenome may help organisms develop resistance to pathogens and other environmental stressors.”A primer on PLoS Biology, similarly, emphasized the role of chromatin in stress response (Smith & Workman, “Chromatin: Key Responders to Stress,” PLoS Biology, July 31, 2012).Developmental switches in lampreys:  Science Daily reported on a study that shows that lampreys have a way of sequestering genes after their use in development to prevent re-expression.  “In effect, by undergoing programmed genome rearrangement and gene loss during embryogenesis, the sea lamprey “seals” the genes away in the small germline compartment so they cannot be misexpressed and thereby create untoward problems (such as development of cancer, for example).”  This mechanism differs from epigenetic switching in mammals.  “The strategy removes the possibility that the genes will be expressed in deleterious ways,” the article stated.  “Humans, on the other hand, must contain these genes through other ‘epigenetic’ mechanisms that are not fool-proof.”  The authors probably did not intend to convey the notion that evolution is going downhill.Caste system:  Epigenetics may be responsible for converting ants that have the same genetic code into workers and queens – the castes in an ant colony.  “The first ant methylomes uncover the relationship between DNA methylation and caste differentiation,” PhysOrg reported.  Methylation is one epigenetic mechanism whereby genes are tagged for repression by the addition of a methyl tag.Mobile protection:  Science reported on August 3 (Vol. 337 no. 6094 pp. 529-530, DOI: 10.1126/science.1227095) that exposure to trasnposons (foreign mobile elements in DNA) triggers a response by “Piwi” proteins and piRNAs to mount an “enhanced response” to “actively repress transposons to safeguard the genetic information.”  The immediate response triggers another response by small RNAs to preserve the memory of the invasion for future generations, a kind of inheritance of acquired characteristics.  The complexity of this epigenetic response is coming to light, along with possible new functions for “junk DNA”:Once piRNAs have managed the immediate threat of a foreign element, 22G-RNAs establish an epigenetic memory that mediates transgenerational repression. Although initiated by piRNAs, permanent silencing soon becomes independent of the Piwi pathway and is stable for generations. Consistent with an impact on transcription, the repressed target region becomes packaged with silent histone (heterochromatic) marks. Genetic screens and candidate approaches identify nuclear WAGOs, chromodomain protein, and putative histone methyltransferases, among others, as key components of the machinery required to maintain this repression over generations. The studies by Bagijn et al. and others provide a global view on how foreign elements are silenced—from the initial trigger by piRNAs, to a heritable state via 22G-RNAs. Like worm piRNAs, some mammalian Piwi proteins are invested with millions of uniquely mapping piRNAs, but with no known function. It can be envisaged that with relaxed engagement rules, these might also participate in genome surveillance.Stem cell stemness:  Epigenetics may also play a role in keeping stem cells from differentiating until the time is right.  “In a finding that could be important to the use of all kinds of stem cells in treating disease, scientists have discovered the crucial role of a protein called Mof in preserving the ‘stem-ness’ of stem cells, and priming them to become specialized cells in mice,” PhysOrg wrote of a study at University of Michigan.  “It plays a key role in the “epigenetics” of stem cells — that is, helping stem cells read and use their DNA.”Genome stability:  A new open-access paper in PNAS suggests that epigenetic processes contribute to stabilize the genome (Birchler and Veitia, “Gene balance hypothesis: Connecting issues of dosage sensitivity across biological disciplines,” PNAS, Aug 20, 2012, 3/pnas.1207726109).  Specialists may wish to explore the implications for evolution of the “Gene Balance Hypothesis” by Birchler and Veitia.  For example, “with a greater number of protein–protein interactions involved with macromolecular complexes, there are increasing negative fitness consequences of single gene duplication, which manifests as a stoichiometric imbalance.”Another code?  PhysOrg reported (without much detail) about an “exceptional breakthrough” by an interdisciplinary team that rivals the discovery of the base-pairing genetic code of Watson and Crick: a code that determines the recognition of RNA transcripts of DNA.  It involves pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins.  “The new paper in PLOS Genetics describes for the first time how PPR proteins recognise their RNA targets via an easy-to-understand code,” the article claimed, without describing the code itself.  “This mechanism mimics the simplicity and predictability of the pairing between DNA strands described by Watson and Crick 60 years ago, but at a protein/RNA interface.”  Because of the lack of detail in this article, the claims may require further analysis; nevertheless, the word “code” clearly dominated the story.For more on the increasing awareness of the importance of epigenetics, see our July 4, 2012 entry, “Epigenetics: the 21st Century Scientific Revolution.”We recommend again the popular-level introduction to the subject, The Mysterious Epigenome: What Lies Beyond DNA by Woodward & Gills.It’s interesting that few of these articles mentioned evolution.  No wonder; the discovery of regulatory codes above the already-challenging genetic code would scare any Darwinist needing to account for them.  Darwin was known to have stomach aches most of his life.  One can imagine how sick he would be to hear about the genetic code.  It would be downright cruel to then tell him about epigenetic codes.  Codes are not conducive to a healthy GI tract for those committed to unguided, materialist theories. 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