Steve Kerr joins USA Basketball’s coaching staff with Gregg Popovich

first_imgWarriors coach Steve Kerr will be joining forces with his friend and mentor Gregg Popovich on the USA Basketball coaching staff, it was announced Thursday.Popovich named Kerr, Pacers coach Nate McMillan and Villanova coach Jay Wright as his assistant coaches for the 2019 Basketball World Cup and 2020 Olympics in Japan.“This is an incredible opportunity and one I’m extremely grateful for,” Kerr said in a statement. “I had the good fortune to participate in our USA Basketball program as an …last_img read more

Plants Produce Jigsaw Puzzles

first_imgThe cells on a leaf interlock one another, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.  In a manner similar to jigsaw puzzles, which can be lifted by the hand even though composed of individually-weak pieces, this gives the leaf structural strength.  How does this come about?  In the current issue of Cell,1 Jeffrey Settleman (Harvard) explains the work of Fu et al. that reveals an “elaborate mechanism” of controls and feedback systems.  Plants possess multiple proteins that interact: one can cause one wall of a cell to pinch in, while another bulges it out.  These “molecular switches” antagonize each other in delicate ways to produce the interlocking effect, as explained in a press release from UC Riverside:These proteins tell one part of a cell to grow outward while telling its neighbor to recede or indent itself in a finely tuned biological dance.  The results are structures that, despite their delicate appearance and slenderness, provide the strength necessary to allow the plant to grow and thrive.    The findings point out that these distinct signals play a critical role in the development of leaf cell walls and leaf structures in a controlled and ordered way and that genetically over expressing one or the other leads to cells lacking the interlocking jigsaw puzzle appearance.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)They found that plants grown without the genes for these proteins could not produce the interlocking pattern.  Although they have made progress understanding how this works, there’s much more going on: “While the researchers unlocked a fascinating mechanism of biochemical crosstalk that coordinates cells into tissues, a deeper understanding of how plant cells chemically talk to each other to grow or recede in an ordered way remains unclear.”  For one thing, how does a protruding lobe find the corresponding socket?  What master control coordinates all the individual activities?  More research is needed.1Jeffrey Settleman, “Intercalating Arabidopsis Leaf Cells: A Jigsaw Puzzle of Lobes, Necks, ROPs, and RICs,” Cell, Volume 120, Issue 5, 11 March 2005, Pages 570-572, doi:10.1016/j.cell.2005.02.025.Things don’t just happen.  The intricate patterns in nature are controlled by elaborate mechanisms and programs.  Think of how weak a cell of cytoplasm is; how does it gain the strength to stand up against gravity, hold out its leaves, and grow?  Here is another example where multiple players work in a coordinated way for a purposeful result.  Why, then, do Darwin Party propagandists make outlandish claims that there is not a shred of evidence for creation?  If they cannot explicate in detail the “numerous, successive, slight modifications” that could achieve this kind of engineering by chance, they’ve got monstrous puzzles of their own.(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

You Didn’t Build That

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now If you have a business, you only have that business because you have customers. If your business is growing, it is because you have customers that are choosing to spend their money with you instead of with someone else. You owe them the value creation that earns you the right to keep that business. They are helping you grow your business and you are helping them grow theirs.If your business is in any way complex, you have partners that provide you with some of the things you use to create value for your clients and customers. Without these value-creating partners, you couldn’t do the job that you do for your clients. You owe them the same kind of trusted, partnership-based relationships that you want with your clients and customers. They are helping you to grow your business, and you are helping them to grow theirs.If anything is being done to create value, it’s likely that it’s your employees that are doing most of the heavy lifting. Without these employees, your business wouldn’t look like it looks now. Who owns those relationships with your best clients and customers? When your clients think of your company, the name that comes to mind is the employee that has time after time gone the extra mile. You owe those employees a debt of gratitude for helping you grow your business, and you owe them the opportunity to grow personally and professionally.If you sold that deal, you had a lot of help from the folks that built the product, service, or solution that you sell. You had more than a little help from the people that delivered and executed on all of the promises you made. You had some help from management for calling in some favors to make your deal work. You had the help of your entire organization.And they had a lot of help from you, as you did the difficult work that is pounding the pavement, drumming up the opportunities, finding a way to create value, building the relationships, and winning the hard fought deal.I used to care a lot about politics. But now I only care about the politics of you being the best version of you that you can possibly be (and me along with you!). Your success in no way depends on this election or any other. If your success is tied to anything, it’s tied to the success of your clients and customers, the success of your partners, the success of your team, and your ability to take action and make things happen each and every day.Be grateful. And show your gratitude by using your gifts to make a difference.You aren’t building anything alone, but your individual actions matter a great deal. Together with your clients, partners, and your team, go and build something special.last_img read more

Cavs guard Collin Sexton believes NBA hopeful Kai Sotto is going to be a lot better

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:52Vico Sotto to go after erring CENRO officials in Pasig City02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Kai Sotto during his press conference and sendoff. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton believes that Kai Sotto has what it takes to flourish as a basketball player.“Kai, that’s my guy,” Sexton told a handful of reporters on Wednesday at Raffles Makati. “He’s going to be great.”ADVERTISEMENT READ: Rookie, legend play mentor roles Sexton went on to become a lottery pick in the NBA a destination Sotto has long set his sights on.“He’s already great and he’s going to be a lot better, you’re all going to see,” Sexton said of Sotto.Sexton is in town with WNBA legend and future Hall of Famer Tina Penicherio for the 2019 Jr. NBA Philippines that is set to come off wraps this Saturday at Don Bosco in Makati.Sexton will also serve as a mentor to kids aged 13-14 years old in the event that culminates at MOA Music Hall this Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img The NBA rookie wasn’t simply making a conjecture. He has, after all, trained alongside the Filipino prospect in Atlanta, where Sotto is currently training in a bid to crack premier basketball league.READ: Cavs’ Collin Sexton watches Game 7 of PBA FinalsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSexton and Sotto train under the same skills coach American Nick Stapleton, who has an international following which includes professionals from China, Italy and Montenegro.The similarities between Sexton and Sotto don’t end there. The American guard went on to play in the Fiba Under-17 World Cup in 2017, while the towering Filipino played in the last year’s edition of the global meet. View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ PH bet Romero Duno scores tough split decision for NABO lightweight crown Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

NAFTA In new phase of talks search starts for solutions to break

first_imgWASHINGTON – NAFTA negotiations are approaching a new phase of talks after early rounds marked by acrimony, inflexibility and finger-pointing.It’s the search for solutions.Negotiators gathered at an informal session in Washington this week are considering ways to work around a main impasse of the talks so far, a U.S. demand on auto parts deemed unfeasible by Canada, Mexico and the industry.The other countries intend to ask the U.S. whether there might be a way to rework the proposal in a manner palatable to everyone, while still achieving America’s goal of bolstering domestic auto production.Time constraints are intensifying pressure to find solutions: Rounds are currently scheduled only into March, Mexico and the U.S. have national elections thereafter and President Donald Trump has threatened to start the withdrawal process to get a quick deal.One Canadian official said that a spirit of problem-solving has permeated this informal round.“The mood has lightened a bit since the Mexico round (last month),” he said.“It was a bit acrimonious.”The main goal this week was to chip away at less-controversial chapters. But the Canadian side has some ideas for a new path forward on automobiles, a key priority for the Trump administration, elected on a promise to strengthen manufacturing.The Canadian side thinks that goal can be achieved by moving away from the traditional method of calculating the content of a car. For instance, the current NAFTA says that a car’s pieces must be 62.5 per cent North American to avoid a tariff and the U.S. called for a ramp-up to 85 per cent, plus a U.S.-specific 50 per cent requirement, with virtually no adjustment phase-in period, to the dismay of other parties.But what if the formula were completely overhauled?Canada is weighing a new calculation method that takes into account the full cost of a vehicle, including the most valuable components of modern cars — which, increasingly, are new digital technologies, light-weight composite materials and other intellectual property, for which the United States is a world-leading hub.“Evaluating the entire value … rather than some of the components that are currently spelled out. (Things like) digital inputs,” is how one official explained it.“It’s important to recognize that what goes into a car has changed since NAFTA was signed.”Canada has not yet presented the proposal to the U.S., its side said late Thursday.The context for the idea is outlined in a recent paper by the government-and-industry-funded Center for Automotive Research in Michigan, which describes how a technological revolution is already underway, spurred by autonomous cars; new fuel-efficiency standards; improved safety and computer connectivity.It says the accelerated rate of innovation will last at least three decades.It estimates that while mild steel and high-strength alloys made up 80 per cent of a car’s materials in 2010, that fell to barely 60 per cent in 2015; will fall to barely 30 per cent in 2020; just over 20 per cent in 2030; and less than 10 per cent in 2040.A Canadian auto-parts representative said these changes are partly driven by tough new international fuel standards.Flavio Volpe said companies are spending hundreds of billions of dollars to double fuel efficiency through everything from lightweight materials to internal components: “Start-stop technology. Hybrid technology. Batteries, electric, fuel cell… Material sciences.”He said the U.S. is currently a hotbed of these technologies. And he said it might make sense to design incentives to keep production of emerging technology on this continent, so that the research and production are clustered here.He called the tracing requirements in NAFTA a tool designed for the cars of 1994.“I think we have to have a fresh look at the way that works,” Volpe said.“(So) can you devise a formula that captures the hundreds of billions of dollars currently being spent to meet advanced fuel-efficiency and safety regulations? If you can, then we can all negotiate the numbers (later).”There might not be much time.Trump has repeatedly said he might start withdrawing from NAFTA to press the other countries into making concessions; Mexico has said that, if that happens, it would leave the negotiating table and some decisions will need to be made by March, when the current schedule of talks ends.That places extra pressure on countries to make progress at the January round scheduled in Montreal.There are other small, emerging slivers of potential compromise: insiders familiar with U.S. negotiating positions said they anticipate room for negotiation on the controversial idea of a five-year review clause. The part deemed a non-starter by Canada and Mexico is the idea that NAFTA should end in five years, unless everyone extends it.Both Mexico and Canada have said they’re willing to live with a less-aggressive review clause.last_img read more

Northwestern BC First Nation expects RCMP to enforce injunction

first_imgHOUSTON, B.C. — Members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in northwestern British Columbia expect RCMP may serve an injunction at a protest camp on a remote forest service road southwest of Houston within hours.The camp was established almost 10 years ago as a checkpoint to manage entry to traditional territories, but an injunction issued late last year ordered removal of gates across the forest service road.A blockade across the road was set up more recently and the injunction was expanded to cover it as well.RCMP enforced that part of the injunction on Monday and arrested 14 people.TransCanada Corp, now officially known as TC Energy, sought the injunction so it could begin work on the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline, part of an approved $40-billion LNG Canada liquefied natural gas project set for Kitimat, B.C.TC Energy says all the elected Wet’suwet’en band councils support the pipeline, but the First Nation’s hereditary chiefs oppose its construction through the 22,000 square kilometres of their traditional territories.New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen, who represents the area, said the conflict has been developing for years — in part because of a failure to recognize the nuances between elected and hereditary Indigenous governments.He said Wet’suwet’en band councils have authority over reserves and services, while hereditary chiefs control activities on their traditional territories.“This is the clash of two forms of government,” he said in an interview Tuesday.Cullen believes the hereditary leadership is looking for guidance from the federal government and expects Ottawa to recognize and accommodate their rights and title.“There is a whole series of Supreme Court (of Canada) decisions that say if there are established rights and title-holders, if you are going to infringe on those rights, then you have to justify and accommodate for it,” he said.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was to visit Kamloops, B.C., on Wednesday and Cullen expected Trudeau would face some pointed questions during a townhall meeting in the evening.“He says there is no more important relationship to him than that with Indigenous peoples and that the (LNG Canada) project, the largest in Canadian history, is his government’s top priority.  So if he isn’t going to engage on something like this, I am not sure what would qualify.” Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

From placement agency seven children rescued

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as seven children were rescued from a placement agency in South East Delhi’s Govindpuri on Tuesday. The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) said that the rescue was the result of continuous surveillance on the agency. According to DCPCR, two girls, aged around 14, were rescued by Madhya Pradesh state commission in 2018 from Indore. The minors claimed that they were forced into child labour by a Delhi based placement agency. Later, the Madhya Pradesh state commission informed DCPCR. “After receiving the information we kept continuous surveillance on the agency,” said Roop Sudesh Vimal, member DCPCR. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsTo take action against the agency, Roop Sudesh Vimal on March 5 wrote to Delhi Police mentioning that the girls were working at a doctor’s house. “Therefore you are directed to take appropriate action and submit the detailed action taken report,” claimed the letter accessed by the Millennium Post newspaper. On Tuesday, DCPCR with Delhi Police reached the placement agency and rescued five girls aged (8-14) and two boys (aged 10-12) mostly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”They were kept in two rooms. We have also seized several registers containing details of other children,” said Roop adding that they are verifying the license of the placement agency. DCPCR official further informed that before placing the minors, the agency used to give them health kits containing soaps and other items. “We suspect that in the register, the ages of children were changed. We have recovered several phones too,” said an official. He further said that the human trafficking angle is also being probed. NGO Mission Mukti Foundation helped the commission in the rescue operation. Delhi Police is further investigating the case.last_img read more

Artificial intelligence helping matrimony sites suggest match for life partner

first_imgNew Delhi: Searching for a life partner on matrimony sites has become hi-tech now, as the marriage portals are taking the help of artificial intelligence to find and recommend a life partner for their users. Artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm is helping the users on matrimony sites to find a match not only based on their preferences but also by observing and understanding user’s behaviour and suggesting real-time appropriate profiles. “AI algorithm knows more about what you are looking for than you might yourself! This helps us find the best matches for our users – not just by searching according to preferences but by observing user behaviour and suggesting similar matches,” Shaadi.com Chief Technical Officer Siddharth Sharma told PTI. Consenting to it, Meenakshi Variankaval, Head (Data Sciences Lab) at Matrimony.com, which owns BharatMatrimony, said AI is helping the matrimony services to understand the diversity and several other factors for matchmaking. “Definitely AI and machine learning help to match better. The diversity and the numerous factors that come to play during matchmaking — ranging from personal interests, education, language, career, family, lifestyle to horoscopes is what makes it interesting for AI to understand behaviour, history and more to match,” she added. According to Variankaval, Matrimony.com employs data-driven techniques, which offer suggestions on a real-time basis and recommend appropriate profiles to its members, thereby enhancing their experience and helping them find a match based on their preferences. “We have also deepened behaviour-based personalisation,” Variankaval added. According to Sharma, machine learning is used from day one when a user registers and helps through his or her journey. On being asked whether it has led to any positive impact on the number of users, Sharma said: “Yes, the moment we started using machine learning, it improved the engagement on our platform significantly.” Matrimony site Banihal co-founder and CEO Ishdeep Sawhney said, “Artificial intelligence is better technology in solving problem compared to an individual or marriage broker trying to take all this information and finding the right answer,” Sawhney added. According to him, “Banihal has been doing matchmaking using the artificial intelligence engine Rae for the past 2 years. We have been successful with making the right introductions through this platform so that our customers do not need to search for profiles and take the time to talk and meet people to complete their search. On being asked whether AI system would replace the traditional questionnaire format to gather the information at the time of opening a user’s account, Sharma said :”To a large part but not completely” “For example, from the name, one can surmise the community and language preferences. One can make educated guesses by observing their likes and dislikes and start to build a picture of what kind of matches, they are looking for. “However, matchmaking often requires precise information such as date of birth, education, occupation and income which is not something that can be surmised. So yes, while AI can help make the questionnaire much shorter, it cannot eliminate it entirely,” said Sharma.last_img read more

Elderly woman sets herself on fire

first_imgKolkata: An elderly woman reportedly committed suicide by setting herself on fire on Monday. The deceased identified as Lakshmi Mondal (90) lived with her grandson’s family at Phoolbagan.According to a source, Mondal lived with her grandson Babul and his family of three for long time in a shanty. It is alleged that Babul along with his wife and son resided in a room while the elderly woman stayed outside the room in an open space. Mondal was reportedly was suffering from acute pain in her waist since long time. On the wee hours of Monday she set herself on fire by pouring kerosene. Babul woke up after he started feeling hot due to the flames and experienced a burning smell. However, he couldn’t do anything as Mondal lied outside the room and was already in flames. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen he and other family members screamed for help, the neighbours rushed and poured water on Mondal’s body to put out the flames. Babul’s son informed police about the incident. Police personnel from Phoolbagan police station arrived and recovered Mondal. She was rushed to the NRS Medical College and Hospital. While the doctors were attending her, Mondal reportedly said that she set herself on fire as she couldn’t bear the pain in her waist and back. In the afternoon, she succumbed to her burn injuries. Though no foul play could be detected, the police are investigating the case from all possible angles. An unnatural death case has been registered and no complaint has been lodged against anyone till Tuesday.last_img read more

Disappointed by Pakistan bowling again: Akhtar

first_imgLondon: Former Pakistan tearaway quick Shoaib Akhtar expressed his disappointment with the team’s botched effort to defend 340 against England in the fourth ODI, saying he was not impressed with the bowling. “Another failed attempt to defend a 300+ total by Pakistan and the series loss. Disappointed by the bowling again,” Akhtar tweeted after the game. Pakistan put up 340/7 riding Babaz Azam’s 115 and half century by Mohammad Hafeez. However, their bowlers failed to defend the total even after reducing England to 216/5 at one stage, when Joe Root, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali were dismissed in quick succession, a collapse of 4 for 15. It was Ben Stokes who then scored an unbeaten 71 off 64 balls to guide England home as Pakistan bowlers suddenly lost the plot. In the third rubber too, Pakistan had failed to defend 359. England have an insurmountable 3-0 series lead. The final ODI takes place in Leeds on Sunday.last_img read more