PH volleybelles net first win in Japan

first_imgPH Women’s National Volleyball team. Photo by Bong LozadaThe Philippine women’s volleyball team is improving. But for coach Francis Vicente, it’s not fast enough.After a series of friendlies with Japanese clubs, the country’s “Dream Team” finally eked out a victory, beating Kobe Shinwa University, 25-21, 23-25, 28-26, 24-26, 17-15, Sunday in Osaka.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kobe Shinwa coach Kiyokazu Yamamoto said they were forced to make various adjustments against the taller Filipinos, including middle blockers Jaja Santiago and Mika Reyes.“They [are] getting better each day,” said Yamamoto. “The services were all heavy and we had difficulty plotting our attacks. Jaja also played very well. She used her height effectively and it gave us many problems defensively.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsYamamoto said the Filipinos, after two weeks in Japan, have already imbibed the fast-paced, defensive-oriented Japanese style of play which was the Nationals’ goal at the start of the training camp.“This is a big win as far as the morale of the team is concerned. At least we now have an idea that we are slowly progressing,” said Vicente. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Who else but Alas as new NLEX ace MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “But the real battle is in the AVC and the SEA Games,” added Vicente, referring to the Asian Championships on Aug. 9 to 17, and the Kuala Lumpur Games on Aug. 19 to 30.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more

Wimbledon 2011: Local boy Murray faces Nadal test

first_imgIt’s tough for a Briton to be playing on the big stage at Wimbledon. As hosts of The Championships, they have been waiting 75 years for a new champion after Fred Perry. In the Pete Sampras era, Tim Henman kept trying and failing.Andy Murray will face Rafael Nadal in Wimbledon semi-finals. APAnd in this era, where there’s still a debate if it belongs to Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray finds himself tackling all the pressure.Britons are quick to adopt any champion in the making, even if he lives in Scotland or Ireland! And that’s exactly the case with Murray, as he faces Nadal in the men’s singles semi-finals on Friday.The other match features Novak Djokovic against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.Ever since Nadal won the French Open, he has not been a 100 per cent fit. As one who plays such a physical game, he knows whatever be the surface, he is going to play the same brand of hard tennis and not gift the opponent any free points.From people in crowded pubs to travellers in the London tube, the talk is of how Murray can beat Nadal this time. Anyone who follows tennis knows this is again putting needless pressure on the contender.And when you also have mom Murray openly admitting she is a fan of Feliciano Lopez, who lost to her son on Wednesday, this becomes a piquant situation for Andy Murray.Having lost to Nadal last year at the same venue and several times before, Murray knows more than the forehands and the backhands, it’s all about winning the battle in the mind.advertisement”I believe I can win against him,” said Murray. “I had chances last year, but I need to have a better game plan. Sometimes it comes down to strategy and sometimes it comes down to having more experience. I just have to go out there and play well and serve well and believe and I’ll have a chance.”Murray pointed out that he had beaten Nadal at the US Open in 2008 and the Australian Open last year, but has lost both matches to him at Wimbledon (in 2008 and 2010).”That’s something I’d like to try to change on Friday. But it’s still an incredibly difficult task,” says Murray.On Wednesday night, Nadal’s rapid- fire media interaction was a delight. The grammar was all mixed up, but you can pardon him because he more than makes up for it when he is on the court.”My foot is not fine. But you know, we are in quarter- finals of Wimbledon. Is an emergency, so I had to play. So we decided to sleep a little bit the zone of the foot to play the rest of the tournament, and that’s what I gonna do,” said Nadal. In simple terms, what Nadal meant was that his foot was numbed because of local anesthesia.”For me is the last tournament in one month, so I have to try my best. Is always for me a dream play here in Wimbledon. I gonna do for the semi-finals, too,” said Nadal. Again, meaning, treating his foot with painkillers and anaesthetic sprays.Nadal, is the foot hurting you? “When you sleep the foot, you don’t feel nothing!” he said.Hopefully on Friday, Murray will not be under the Nadal ‘anaesthesia effect’ as the Spaniard has been simply brilliant.Meanwhile, Djokovic is aware that if he wins his semi-final against Tsonga, he can become the World No. 1.”I really need to work a little bit on my game and I hope I can perform a little bit better. Tsonga is very dangerous and has been playing really well. I know what to expect,” he said.In a match billed as a battle between the baseliners, Tsonga’s variety could come in handy.”I think a lot will depend on our serves, because that’s something he is going to do for sure. If he starts missing his serves, then I can have some more chances in the rallies,” added Djokovic.Djokovic then took away a bit of the pressure by saying: ” Grass is not my favourite surface, but I still know I can play well on it. I will definitely try to get ready for Friday,” was his assessment.last_img read more

World T20: India-Pakistan match sees 22 million interactions on Facebook

first_imgThe World Twenty20 encounter between India and Pakistan at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata saw 22 million interactions between 8.2 million unique Facebook users showcasing support for their teams. (Virat Kohli’s hunger to perform sets him apart: MS Dhoni )Saturday’s most mentioned cricketers on Facebook were India’s Virat Kohli and Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, and from women’s match were India’s Mithali Raj and Pakistan’s Sana Mir, the social networking giant said on Sunday.Over 10 Indian celebrities – including Priyanka Chopra, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan and Shraddha Kapoor – added profile frames to their ‘profile pictures’ supporting Team India. (Virat Kohli special nails Pakistan )With a tagline saying “Go Team India” on her profile frame, actress Priyanka Chopra wrote: “I’ve arrived a little late to this party… blame it on my endless days and different timezones! But I’m super excited to support team India at the ICC World Twenty 2016.””Great Win Team India!! Thank you for the innings and gesture Virat Kohli! Team India returning to the dressing room after the game, waved to me. Felt like I never left the team…,” wrote India’s former cricket star Sachin Tendulkar, who posted on Facebook and Instagram a selfie with a celebrating crowd in the background.Another selfie featuring actors Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan with the caption, “Bachchan boyz in da house!!! Let’s do this India!!”, was posted while the father-son duo were on their way to Kolkata to watch the match. (MS Dhoni cautions Team India against complacency )There were also several profile picture changes and messages posted on Facebook by the Pakistan team members as well.advertisementFacebook Live was widely used for live streaming match content.last_img read more

Study shows the difference between classical flows and superfluid helium in 3D

first_imgResearchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science, the University of Rome, CNRS and the University of Helsinki have recently carried out a study investigating the difference between 3-D anisotropic turbulence in classical fluids and that in superfluids, such as helium. Their findings, published in Physical Review Letters (PRL), are supported by both theory and experimental evidence. Mathematician makes breakthrough in understanding of turbulence Explore further Citation: Study shows the difference between classical flows and superfluid helium in 3-D counter-flow (2019, April 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: L. Biferale et al. Superfluid Helium in Three-Dimensional Counterflow Differs Strongly from Classical Flows: Anisotropy on Small Scales, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.144501 Credit: Biferale et al.center_img “The present research was initiated by our group at the Weizmann Institute, Israel, comprised by Victor L’vov, Itamar Procaccia and Anna Pomyalov, who were trying to understand novel experimental observations by the groups of Prof. Wei Guo from Florida State University, Tallahassee and Prof. Ladislav Skrbek from Charles University, in Prague,” Itamar Procaccia, one of the researchers who carried out the study, told “Our main objective was to understand an apparent surprising difference in how energy distributes between turbulent eddies of different scales in classical viscous fluids like air and water and superfluids like helium at low temperatures.”All turbulent flows, both in nature and laboratory settings, are anisotropic on energy injection scales, meaning that energy distributes differently between their turbulent eddies. Past studies have shown that the model of homogeneous and isotropic turbulence (HIT) is particularly effective for predicting the statistical properties of turbulence on scales much smaller than stirring scales, yet larger than dissipative scales. In classical fluids, 3-D anisotropic turbulence tends towards isotropy and homogeneity with decreasing scales, hence it is eventually possible to apply the HIT model to them. In their study, however, Procaccia and his colleagues demonstrated that the opposite is true for superfluid 4He turbulence in 3-D counter-flow channel geometry, which becomes less isotropic as scales decrease, to the point of becoming almost two-dimensional. The approach used by them involves a so-called ‘two-fluid model’ of superfluid helium. This model is based on the early work of Laszlo Tisza and Lev Landau back in 1940-1941, which was later improved by H. Hall, W.F. Vinen, I.M. Khalatnikov, and I.L Bekarevich. “The model describes superfluid helium as an interpenetrating mixture of two fluids: a superfluid that moves without friction, and a normal viscous fluid that are coupled by a mutual friction,” Procaccia explained. Past studies carried out by two teams of researchers in Tallahasse, Florida and Prague examined superfluid helium under a temperature gradient, creating what is referred to as ‘counter-flow’. As suggested by its name, in counter-flow different components of a fluid flow in opposite directions; the superfluid flows from the cold to the hot side and the normal fluid from the hot to the cold side. “Our model rationalized some of these experimental observations and predicted new features that were later confirmed experimentally,” Procaccia explained. “The main result of our study is that contrary to classical turbulent flows which become more and more isotropic at smaller scales, the flow we examined becomes less and less isotropic as the scales reduce.” Before they carried out their study, Procaccia and his colleagues had theoretically predicted that their experiments would lead to the observations that they subsequently collected. However, the strength of the effect they observed only became clear after they carried out direct numerical simulations on a EU supercomputer, in collaboration with a team of researchers led by Luca Biferale. According to Procaccia, their theoretical and numerical findings have already motivated other experimental groups to pursue further research into counter-flow turbulence. “At the Weizmann Institute, we are now developing our theory further, being attentive to the new experimental techniques that enable elaborate studies of turbulence in superfluid helium,” Procaccia said. “Our group continues to participate in the analysis of new experimental data, hoping to contribute to deeper understanding of superfluid flows from laboratory experiments to cosmological realization, such as neutron stars.” © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Physical Review Letters This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

HC green signals recruitment of upper primary teachers

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday gave the nod for recruitment of upper primary teachers in the government schools. The court’s direction has made it clear that out of a vacancy of 14,000 teachers, 12,600 teachers can now be recruited in classes V to VIII in the state schools. It has been mentioned that some teachers’ organisation had moved the high court, challenging the 2009 notification of School Service Commission (SSC) that had reserved 10 percent of the seats for para teachers. Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty, however, said that the 10 percent will be reserved for para teachers till the conclusion of the case. The next hearing has been scheduled in July. “Justice Chakraborty has said that 90 percent of the recruitment should not remain stalled for a deadlock of 10 percent para teachers,” said advocate Gourav Das, who appeared for the petitioners.last_img read more

Boost Your Business With a New Netbook

first_img 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » June 26, 2009 Why spend thousands on clunky notebook computers that’ll set your business back a small fortune, just so executives can file an occasional purchase order or inventory replenishment request? Netbooks–low-cost, lightweight laptops that favor practicality over performance, eschewing luxurious extras in favor of more functional specs–are portable computing’s hottest trend. And although late to the party in a market already flooded by competitors including Dell, HP and Acer, Toshiba nonetheless proves a welcome guest with its first North American entry, the mini NB205-310. Clocking in at $399 (a wise choice, considering the category’s usual $300-$500 sticker prices), the 10.1-inch system makes a solid fit for any entrepreneur, given its capable feature set, attractive design and tremendous eight-plus-hour battery life.Size-wise, slimmer models certainly exist, but you’ll find the travel-friendly, 2.9lb unit easily stows away in any carry-on. In spite of the PC’s miniature dimensions, a comfy keyboard demands few compromises from fingers more accustomed to typing up balance sheets or sales forecasts on roomier desktop configurations. Middling technical specs, including a 1.66Ghz Intel Atom CPU, 1-2 GB of RAM and 160GB hard drive, ensure that the machine is best suited to basic functions such as checking e-mail, word processing or surfing the web. Still, while you won’t be doing any video editing or high-end desktop publishing on the unit, which runs Windows XP, it’s powerful enough to accomplish most routine tasks. Offering a built-in 0.3 megapixel webcam and backlit LCD display, users can readily videoconference via Skype, enjoy YouTube videos or parse PDF files as needed.More to the point, when coupled with the system’s atypical longevity–competing models offer three to four hours of battery life–it makes the computer a shoe-in for today’s road warrior. A solid workhorse that’s capable of connecting with 802.11b/g WiFi hotspots and home networks, the NB205 can keep you poring through spreadsheets and pounding out presentations long into the night. A special sleep-and-charge USB port even makes it possible to charge USB devices even when the system is shut down, letting you recharge smartphones or other mobile devices while catching a siesta. Models’ sophisticated industrial design aesthetic doesn’t hurt either, although you can always opt for a less stylish edition (the NB205-210) with plastic keyboard for $349.Light on gimmicks, eschewing the 3D visual prowess of Lenovo’s upcoming IdeaPad S12 ($499 with dedicated Nvidia Ion GPU) or decadent design of luxury units such as Sony’s $900 Vaio P, the NB205 instead opts to strictly cover the basics. Focusing on price and productivity, it’s the sort of sensible device you’d expect to find in any director- or VP-level executive’s laptop carrying case. While other comparable units such as the popular Asus Eee PC 1000HE ($399) and Samsung N110 ($439) certainly do exist, the good news is as follows. Toshiba’s debut offering remains effortlessly capable of going toe-to-toe with the current heads of the class.Granted, we’d be remiss if we didn’t print the following disclaimer: A netbook won’t be for every individual or organization, especially given potential inconveniences like cramped keyboards, miniaturized screens and incompatibility with brawny database or multimedia applications. But choose to go this route using systems like the NB205, and you may find that the benefits, in terms of both cost savings and productivity, nicely compute. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

A group of Labour activists who helped shape party

first_imgA group of Labour activists who helped shape party policy on Brexit at conference have penned an open letter to all Labour MPs asking those supportive of leaving the EU how they plan to fund the exit, LabourList can reveal.The letter, signed by 24 members who acted as conference delegates last year, begins by thanking those in the Parliamentary Labour Party who advocate holding a fresh EU referendum.But it goes on to express disappointment in having to “persuade” MPs, shadow cabinet members and the leadership to follow party policy, saying that the “experience really has shaken our faith in the party’s supposed member-led policy-making process”.The anti-Brexit activists then argue that any Labour MP who supports implementing the result of the 2016 referendum should be able to name the policies laid out in the last manifesto that they would be willing to scrap.Referring to the Funding Britain’s Future document, the letter reads: “The excellent policies laid out in the 2017 manifesto were costed at £48bn. Take away the £24bn in lost revenue [from Brexit] and it is obvious very hard choices will have to be made.”The letter adds: “We would respectfully ask those still minded to enable Brexit to choose the policies you want to keep and those you are willing to sacrifice in exchange for leaving the EU. We believe it’s important that you are honest with voters about this.”The Labour campaigners have drawn up a ‘costing grid’ for Brexit in the form of a questionnaire that asks Labour MPs to “sacrifice” £24bn worth of spending commitments made in the 2017 general election campaign:Below is the full text of the letter sent by 2018 conference delegates to Labour MPs.Dear friends,Firstly, to the very many of you who have confirmed your support for party policy, a public vote on the Brexit deal, thank you. This is right for your constituents, the country and for the Labour Party.Having spent more than six hours in that historic compositing meeting at party conference last September, we are disappointed that the policy we eventually arrived at, which involved a great deal of compromise from us, is not being adhered to by every single Labour MP. We didn’t expect that, along with 1000s of Labour members up and down the country, we’d have to spend the next six months trying to persuade a significant number of our elected representatives, including the party leadership and many in the shadow cabinet, to follow the policy. This experience really has shaken our faith in the party’s supposed member-led policy-making process.It is saddening to say the least that we find ourselves expending huge amounts of energy and time trying to convince some Labour MPs to fight to defend the jobs and workers’ rights of their constituents; the NHS; the Good Friday Agreement; the future opportunities of young people; and the bedrock of peace and security across our continent for the last 70 years. Even if we didn’t have the Brexit policy in place, surely this is what we should expect every Labour MP to do?Brexit in any form cannot match in any way the benefits of full membership of the EU. The PM’s deal is predicted to cost the exchequer in the region of £24bn a year in lost revenue, equivalent to 6p on the basic rate of income tax and is merely one indicator of the way in which it will impoverish the nation. Labour’s ‘alternative plan’ also undermines freedom of movement and services and is thus estimated by economists to be equally damaging.Any Brexit will severely hamper a future Labour government’s plans to tackle the unacceptable inequalities in our country. The excellent policies laid out in the 2017 manifesto were costed at £48bn. Take away the £24bn in lost revenue and it is obvious very hard choices will have to be made. Furthermore, the post-Brexit economy is expected to be depressed, so a future Labour government will be stuck presiding over a depressing period that the Conservative media will label a failure – a recipe for a one-term administration.Labour MPs who still want to facilitate Brexit need to face up to the choices in front of us. To highlight this stark reality, we have included a form with this letter that contains details of all the funding commitments set out in the 2017 manifesto. We would respectfully ask those still minded to enable Brexit to choose the policies you want to keep and those you are willing to sacrifice in exchange for leaving the EU. We believe it’s important that you are honest with voters about this. Meanwhile, those of you who already support a People’s Vote and would campaign to remain and reform the EU in such a vote can reassure your constituents that you don’t want to remove any of the spending earmarked to repair the damage done by years of Tory austerity from a future manifesto.Abandoning Labour policies desperately needed to improve the lives of people across this country, in order to make the dreams of Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg come true, is not what any of us joined the Labour Party to do. Of course, we acknowledge and accept there is nothing simple or easy about Brexit. For MPs from areas that voted Leave the challenges are especially difficult. However, what is simple is that all Labour Party MPs should fight for the best interests of the many and not the few. That is what the wording and the spirit of our policy sets out to achieve and it’s overwhelmingly supported by members. Added to that, the majority of voters in every Labour seat want the chance to have their final say on Brexit. Trade union members quite rightly are given the chance to vote on any deal negotiated on their behalf – surely it’s only fair that voters are offered that same opportunity.We will be on the ‘Put it to the People’ march on Saturday and we hope you will all be joining us.In solidarity,Fiona O’Farrell – Richmond Park CLPEileen Means – Bristol West CLPLeanora Headley – Witham CLPScarlett Conway – Lancaster and Fleetwood CLPOctavia Holland – Lewisham East CLPAnashua Davies – Old Bexley and Sidcup CLPLaura Evans Vogel – Bromley and Chislehurst CLPJessica Leschnikoff – Maidstone and the Weald CLPJames Hamilton – Bromley and Chislehurst CLPMartin Whelton – Labour Party Irish SocietyPhil Brickell – Wythenshawe and Sale East CLPConnor French – Greenwich and Woolwich CLPMike Vessey – Chelsea and Fulham CLPMatthew Case Legge – Old Bexley and Sidcup CLPAurelio Petrucci – Newcastle Central CLPSam Swift – Walthamstow CLPEdward Jones – Richmond Park CLPSam Talbot – Walthamstow CLPJames Roberts – Harrogate and Knaresborough CLPAndrew Lewin – Brentford and Isleworth CLPPaul Wilkinson – Gedling CLPMalcolm Fincken – Braintree CLPHamish Sandison – Labour BusinessPaul Flanagan – Labour BusinessTags:Labour /Brexit /People’s Vote /Labour conference 2018 /last_img read more