Ruthless Nadal powers to 1st round win at Australian Open

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals He next plays Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.“I’m very happy to be back, it’s a very important beginning for me. It’s good news for me,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I want to enjoy every moment I’m here on this court.”The Spaniard left nothing to chance with eight service breaks and 28 winners in a complete first-up performance, dispelling fears over any knee trouble. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Nadal only conceded three games in the match and had few problems with Estrella Burgos, who has a modest 6-15 record at Grand Slams.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES MOST READ Spain’s Rafael Nadal challenges a line call as he plays Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Top seed Rafael Nadal ruthlessly brushed aside Victor Estrella Burgos to power into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.The world No.1, a beaten finalist to Roger Federer in Melbourne last year, clinically took apart the 81st-ranked Dominican to forge a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 win in 94 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal, 31, wore no strapping on his knee, appeared to move freely and combined his trademark power game from the back of the court.It took his Australian Open record to 52-11 as he chases his second Melbourne Park title after beating Federer in the 2009 final.Nadal, who is gunning for a 17th major title, was hampered by a knee injury at the tail-end of the 2017 season.It forced him to skip the lead-up Brisbane International this month, and he only had a one-match workout at the exhibition Kooyong Classic in Melbourne ahead of the Open.Nadal needs to reach the quarter-finals to be certain of retaining his world number one ranking, with Federer breathing down his neck.ADVERTISEMENT Lady Altas escape Lady Stags in NCAA volleyball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone 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

UN team satisfied with Guyana’s preparation to host CRIC17

first_imgCommissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC), Trevor Benn, has assured a visiting mission from the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) of Guyana’s full support as the country prepares to host the 17th session of the Committee for the Review of the implementation of the Convention (CRIC17).The conference which is slated for January 28-30, 2019, at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre is expected to see the participation of 197 countries.The visiting UN delegation, which is led by the Chief-of-Staff of the UNCCD, Rajeb Boulharouf, is currently in Guyana to undertake a second round of assessment of the conference venue and other facilities that will be used for the conference.Other members of the visiting delegation include Somarajan Pillai, Administration/Budget and Finance Officer; Carmen Alina Margina, ConferenceGL&SC Commissioner Trevor Benn addresses the visiting delegationAffairs Officer; Omer Sebat, Information Systems Assistant; Kayhan UI, Logistics Assistant; Fernando Garcia Lopez, Regional Security Advisor; and Masud Rana, Documents Management Officer.“I want to say once again that I am very pleased that the decision was taken to host this conference in Guyana. This is a clear indication of our commitment to issues relating to sustainable land management, desertification, drought and the social issues resulting from improper land management,” Benn said to the visiting delegation. “This is an opportunity that we have as a country to showcase to the rest of the world that even as a small country, we are prepared to accept the challenge,” Benn stated.He reminded that he has attended several conferences of similar nature and said while Guyana may not be able to provide all the amenities that the more wealthy countries were able to, the Government and the people of Guyana commitment to fulfil its obligations to host the conference is unwavering.Meanwhile, Boulharouf said his team is satisfied with the level of commitment, goodwill and preparation shown thus far. He reminded that the host country agreement was recently finalised and signed and this sealed the deal for Guyana to host the conference in late January, making it the first country in this part of the world to host the CRIC conference.The UN official also took the opportunity to commend Guyana’s efforts in the global climate change arena and its long-standing commitment to sustainable development.CRIC assists the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and is an integral part of the Performance Review and Assessment of Implementation System.last_img read more


first_imgThe Millennium Forum and sponsors Campsie Karting have teamed up to create a new project called ‘Go Art Go Kart’ which will see local artist, Sean O Donnell work with young people from the local community and the Flame Drop-in Centre in Eglinton to produce one of Ireland’s largest hand painted murals.The mural, located in Campsie Karting (Unit 12 Mc Lean Road Campsie Industrial Estate), is the result of a collaborative community project made possible by Arts and Business N.I and the support of Campsie Karting’s sponsorship with the Millennium Forum Theatre. Ten young artists aged 12 – 18 years have worked tirelessly to give a much needed artistic boost to the race track of Campsie Karting.  On over 45 meters of wall they have replicated images of the infamous racetrack in Monte Carlo. The artwork will be unveiled week beginning the 13th of April.To compliment this project, young people will also custom paint a Go Kart which will be put on display in the Millennium Forum Piazza from 13th April to 13th May 2015.This Go Kart will be placed on a floor of 3d art and will be accompanied by digital footage of the overall project.  Millennium Forum audiences will be invited to sit in the Go Kart, take ‘selfies’ have fun and upload them to the Millennium Forum Facebook/ Twitter using #goartgokart  for their chance to win track tickets and tickets to the Millennium Forum shows.Sponsorship and Development Officer at the Millennium Forum, Cara Mc Cartney commented, “This is another excellent example of how business and the arts can work together on a creative sponsorship. “Campsie Karting are raising their brand awareness through a successful sponsorship with the Millennium Forum whilst at the same time reaching out to their local community; this innovative project gives opportunities for young people of all nationalities to avail of complimentary art classes under the professional facilitation of Sean O Donnell on an arts project that will that will leave a legacy in their community for years to come.”She added, “Go Art Go Kart has been a three-month labour of love and gives a much-needed artistic boost to the race track décor at Campsie Karting, but more importantly, a great sense of pride to all the individuals involved.“The Millennium Forum is very grateful to Arts and Business N.I for their continued support with its creative partnerships such as with Campsie Karting.”Brona Whittaker, Arts Manager at Arts & Business NI also commented, “The ’Go Art Go Kart’ project between Millennium Forum and their sponsors Campsie Karting is a fantastic new project which has included young artists between the ages of 12-18 years in a creative and participative way.“The project will have a positive impact on both the business and the arts partners and all of the young people involved.“The partnership is a great example of how the worlds of arts and business can work together in creating new and innovative concepts which deliver on the objectives for all involved. “A&B NI is delighted to be involved with the project through the Investment Programme.”NORTH-WEST KARTING CENTRE LAUNCH ‘GO ART GO KART’ COMMUNITY PROJECT was last modified: May 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more


first_imgDDTV: Students from Crana College displayed their dancing skills last Friday night in front of a packed audience. The students hosted and participated in a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ event and put on a superb show. It was a great night and all those in attendance were in awe of the talent and entertainment on show on the evening.Simply click play on the video above to watch and enjoy. 🙂DDTV: CRANA COLLEGE PUT ON SUPERB STRICTLY COME DANCING EVENT was last modified: March 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:DDTVEntertainmentFeaturesnewsStrictly Come Dancinglast_img read more

Pep Guardiola against Spurs ‘fixture swap’, but wants to help amid stadium chaos

first_img silverware targets Latest Football News Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is not willing to swap his side’s fixtures with Tottenham this season.Spurs are facing a stadium crisis as it is currently unclear whether their new home will be ready in time for their meeting with City on October 28. REVEALED The ‘Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’ opening has been delayed, with no word on when it will officially open This is far from ideal for a team who will likely be involved in the Premier League title race at the time.“I don’t know,” said a hesitant Guardiola when asked about the idea.“Only I can say, of the last five games, four are away and that’s a problem if we are playing for the Premier League. It’s different.“I’m a manager for what happens on the pitch. If they want to suggest something they’ll speak with our CEO.” How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings Guardiola isn’t happy with a proposed ‘fixture swap’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won whoops PEP TALK shining 2 2 BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? REVEALED smart causal With Wembley out of the question, due to the fact an NFL match is already scheduled to take place there on that date, some have suggested that the match could be played at the Etihad Stadium.This would ultimately result in a swap in the fixtures, with Manchester City travelling to the new Tottenham stadium in late April – when the return game is scheduled to take place.However Guardiola stands in opposition to this plan, as it would then mean that four of his side’s last five Premier League fixtures would be away from home. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule While the 47-year-old isn’t keen on the fixture swap plan, he did express a desire to help with the situation in any way Manchester City can.Guardiola hopes a viable solution can be found which satisfies both parties.“We want to help the Premier League,” he continued, “I think we don’t know anything. I don’t know.“This can happen because it will be an amazing stadium. Sometimes there are delays. We can adapt but we will also think of ourselves and the Premier League.”last_img read more

Softball Travels to Indiana State for Adjusted Series

first_img Game 1 ESPN3 TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Drake University softball team continues Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at Indiana State. Due to expected inclement weather, Drake is set to open play in Terre Haute Friday with a 1 p.m. doubleheader before closing out action Saturday with an 11 a.m. game. Friday’s doubleheader will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. Story Links Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) continued her strong sophomore campaign against Evansville. Maddox batted .429 (3-for-7) with one stolen base, two runs, two runs batted in and three walks. For the season, she is second in hitting at .333, tied for second in home runs with two and leads the team in RBI with 17. Game 2 ESPN3 Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) and Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) have teamed up nicely in the circle with Timmons as all three of Drake’s pitchers rank in the top-four of ERA in the Valley. The Bulldogs pitching trio also ranks ninth in the country with a combined 1.23 ERA. Newman leads the conference with a 0.86 ERA and has struck out 91 batters in just 57.0 innings pitched.center_img Live Stats Drake (19-9, 3-0 MVC) made it through its first weekend of conference play unscathed with a series sweep over Evansville last weekend winning by scores of 3-0, 6-3, 3-0. Freshman Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) went 2-0 with an 0.81 earned run average and nine strikeouts in 8.2 innings of work. Timmons allowed just two runs (one earned) on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts in her only start of the weekend. She followed that with an outstanding relief appearance Sunday in the series finale. She allowed just two hits with four strikeouts and worked around three walks. In her first season, Timmons holds a 7-4 record with a 1.46 ERA and 84 strikeouts, both totals rank fourth in the MVC. Indiana State (15-10, 3-0 MVC) swept Valparaiso last weekend for its three-game conference sweep. The Sycamores have registered a 3-0 Valley record for the first time in school history. Indiana State’s Della Gher is tied with Smith to lead the conference in saves with five, a mark that ranks second in the nation. Gher’s mark ties her single season school record set last year. At the plate, Leslie Sims led Indiana State with a 9-for-16 (.556) performance against the Crusaders.          Following the Indiana State series, Drake will travel to face in-state foe Iowa March 28 at 5 p.m. before the Bulldogs’ home opener March 30-31 against Bradley.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council is to open a number of its buildings as collection points for the public to donate clothes and other items to the refugees in Calais.Donegal is beginning to play its part for refugees.The items can be dropped off at a number of collection points which are listed below.Cllr Jack Murray, who is the Donegal contact for the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity group, said the harrowing images of refugees drowning in European waters captured the attention of so many people in Ireland. “It drove home the desperation that these people are faced with and I was contacted by many, many people who wanted to help.“As such, I contacted the Chief Executive of Donegal County Council and requested that our facilities are used as donation points for the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity.“I am delighted that this has been agreed and our facilities have been open for those who want to help. This is brilliant gesture by the council on behalf of the people of Donegal.“I would ask that the public gives what it can before Friday 18th September.” Collection points are as follows:Letterkenny Public Service Centre, Neil T. Blaney Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal· Donegal Town Public Service Centre, Drumlonagher, Donegal Town· Carndonagh Public Service Centre, Malin Road, Carndonagh· Dungloe Public Service Centre, Gweedore Road, Dungloe · The Old Courthouse, The Diamond, LiffordThe following items are needed:· Tarpaulin· Heavy duty rubbish bags · Tents: 4 person +· Blankets and sleeping bags· Men’s clothes: specifically, small to medium to sized warm clothes.· Shoes, runners· Candles, torches· Men’s toiletries – 2 options:· Option 1: Men’s toiletry bag to include; tooth paste, tooth brush, soap, 2 razors, 1 can shaving foam and a pack of tissues in a medium sized durable bag· Option 2: Any 1 of the above items boxed separately and labelled· Tools for fixing bikes, pumps, puncture repair kitsItems can be left at the following collection points during normal opening hours from Tuesday 15 September until Friday 18 September 2015:· Letterkenny Public Service Centre, Neil T. Blaney Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal· Donegal Town Public Service Centre, Drumlonagher, Donegal Town· Carndonagh Public Service Centre, Malin Road, Carndonagh· Dungloe Public Service Centre, Gweedore Road, Dungloe· The Old Courthouse, The Diamond, LiffordPlease ensure that all items are placed in clean bags or boxes for ease of transport.COUNCIL SETS UP DROPPING POINTS ACROSS DONEGAL FOR REFUGEE AID was last modified: September 15th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buildingsCllr Jack Murraycouncilrefugee aidlast_img read more


first_imgA full investigation has been launched after two wheels came off an ambulance traveling with patients from Letterkenny General Hospital to Galway.The dramatic incident has been confirmed by the National Ambulance Service.The incident happened on August 26th last when the driver hard a loud noise and the ambulance came to a halt.The incident is understood to have happened just outside Sligo Town. County Councillor Gerry McMonagle told Donegal Daily that he understands that only for the actions of the driver, the situation could have been much worse.“I understand there were a number of patients in the rear of the ambulance being transported to Galway for treatment.“From what I am told the situation could have ben much worse but for the action of the driver.“There are now obvious questions which must be answered as a result of this very serious incident. Did this ambulance not undergo and NCT and how was in such a poor condition that the two back wheels came off it. “I have contacted the Director of the National Ambulance Services and I am demanding answers to these questions.“People could have ben killed or seriously injured in this incident and nothing but a full investigation into how this happened is required,” he said.None of the patients were injured in the incident and another ambulance arrived on the scene a short time later and completed he journey.  INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AFTER BACK WHEELS FALL OFF AMBULANCE was last modified: September 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ambulancedonegalOFFwheelslast_img read more

Wednesday’s Chelsea quiz: Farewell Didier

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Mars Radiation Fries Organic Compounds

first_img(Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Don’t expect the “building blocks of life” to last very long on Mars.What’s happened in the 9 years since Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund radiated amino acids under simulated Martian conditions and destroyed them within hours? (1/28/05).  Confirmation of the same, that’s what.  In a new paper in Icarus, a team in Switzerland tried a similar experiment, with similar results.The search for organic carbon at the surface of Mars, as clues of past habitability or remnants of life, is a major science goal of Mars’ exploration. Understanding the chemical evolution of organic molecules under current martian environmental conditions is essential to support the analyses performed in situ. What molecule can be preserved? What is the timescale of organic evolution at the surface? This paper presents the results of laboratory investigations dedicated to monitor the evolution of organic molecules when submitted to simulated Mars surface ultraviolet radiation (190–400 nm), mean temperature (218 ± 2 K) and pressure (6 ± 1 mbar) conditions.This is important, they just said.  It’s a major goal of Mars exploration.  Experiments are important for understanding, they preached.  So, practicing what they preach, they irradiated “glycine, urea, adenine and chrysene” (along with mellitic trianhydride to follow up on previous work), using a specially designed Martian simulation chamber.  What happened?  Bad news; destruction within hours or days for most; a few months for some.The results show that solid layers of the studied molecules have half-lives of 10–103 h at the surface of Mars, when exposed directly to martian UV radiation.By cheating a little, they could imagine some molecules surviving longer.  Whether those would be available for the origin of life, though, sounds highly doubtful:However, organic layers having aromatic moieties and reactive chemical groups, as adenine and mellitic acid, lead to the formation of photoresistant solid residues, probably of macromolecular nature, which could exhibit a longer photostability. Such solid organic layers are found in micrometeorites or could have been formed endogenously on Mars. Finally, the quantum efficiencies of photodecomposition at wavelengths from 200 to 250 nm, determined for each of the studied molecules, range from 10−2 to 10−6 molecule photon−1 and apply for isolated molecules exposed at the surface of Mars. These kinetic parameters provide essential inputs for numerical modeling of the evolution of Mars’ current reservoir of organic molecules. Organic molecules adsorbed on martian minerals may have different kinetic parameters and lead to different endproducts. The present study paves the way for the interpretation of more complex simulation experiments where organics will be mixed with martian mineral analogs.The results are pretty depressing.  They could only imagine organics lasting longer if they formed solid gunk, or if they were mixed in with Martian soil.  Either way, such delicate molecules would hardly be available for life in water, where the reactions would have to take place.  Put them on the surface exposed to UV, though, and 100 photons might be enough to destroy them (a million photons for the hardiest).  It wouldn’t take very long for that many photons to sunburn the naked molecules to death.Hope Against HopeDepressing results like these do little to dampen the enthusiasm of materialists who hope against hope that life can emerge from unguided natural processes without design.  For instance, reported that SETI researchers might be able to find aliens from their stinking pollution.  The “primordial soup” phrase made it into Ian Wright’s headline on The Conversation about Rosetta and the comet.  And despite previous discouragements about the habitable zones of red dwarfs, Astrobiology Magazine titillated the imagination of its readers with the dream that planets orbiting red dwarfs just might, actually, be the best places to discover alien life.The dream is a lie (to mangle a phrase).  So are the building blocks of lie (3/19/08) and the primordial goop (5/21/01).  Get real, we challenge the astrobiologists: you need energy to jumpstart life, so be our guest: put your building blocks out there in the sun (5/28/03).  After all, don’t you argue that since the Earth is an open system, open to the energy of the sun, that’s why evolution doesn’t violate thermodynamics?  Don’t some origin-of-life experts promote UV radiation as a viable energy source to create the building blocks?  Better hope life emerges quick before the little organic potatoes in the soup turn into fringe fries.For some needed deprogramming from the cult of astrobiology, read this illustrated thought experiment by Granville Sewell, a thermodynamicist, on Evolution News & Views.last_img read more