Serena Williams wins 3rd straight in singles at Hopman Cup

first_imgPro wrestling interviewer ‘Mean Gene’ Okerlund dies ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Watched on by her daughter Alexis Olympia, the sweet-hitting Williams found her groove through an array of powerful forehand winners to overwhelm the 97th-ranked British player.The one-sided contest took a surprising turn when Boulter broke Williams early in the second set but she was unable to consolidate on serve. Williams was made to work before putting the foot down in the tiebreak.Earlier, Cameron Norrie upset Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (4), 6-0. It ended a miserable tournament for the 20-year-old Tiafoe, who won just one set in his three matches.The No. 91-ranked Norrie was impressive in Perth, highlighted by defeating Greece’s No. 15-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas in his opening match.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The 37-year-old’s hopes for a record third Hopman Cup title ended when the United States were eliminated after losses to Greece and Roger Federer-led Switzerland.Williams slowly built momentum in her first tournament back since melting down at the U.S. Open Final in September as she eyes a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam singles title in Melbourne.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 Chriss“It was definitely good to play three singles matches here, and the mixed (doubles),” Williams said.A sluggish Williams started slowly in victories over Maria Sakkari and Belinda Bencic, but breezed through the first set against a beleaguered Boulter in just 24 minutes. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena Williams of the United States stretches during her match against Britain’s Katie Boulter of the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Thursday Jan. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)PERTH, Australia — Serena Williams stepped up her Australian Open preparations with a straight-sets victory over Britain’s Katie Boulter on Thursday to complete an unbeaten Hopman Cup campaign.Williams cooled off after a strong start but prevailed with a 6-1, 7-6 (2) victory in 78 minutes to level the tie between the United States and Britain in Group B.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Natural Selection Is Not Predictable

first_imgEvery once in awhile, biologists argue over whether evolution is predictable. The latest flap over stick insects sticks up for predictability, but flops.An international group of scientists, publishing in the journal Science, studied stick insects—those long, skinny walking insects that try to blend in with plants by mimicking twigs. In their paper, “Natural selection and the predictability of evolution in Timema stick insects,” they do their best to estimate the trajectory of these bugs. Laura Zahn, however, in a summary of the paper in the same issue of Science, has this to say:Evolution results from expected effects, such as selection driving alleles toward fixation, and stochastic effects, such as unusual environmental variation and genetic drift. To determine the potential to predict evolutionary change, Nosil et al. examined three naturally occurring morphs of stick insects (see the Perspective by Reznick and Travis). They wanted to determine which selective parameters could be used to foresee changes, despite varying environmental conditions. One morph fit a model of negative frequency-dependent selection, likely owing to predation, but changes in other morph frequencies remained unpredictable. Thus, for specific cases, we can forecast short-term changes within populations, but evolution is more difficult to predict when it involves a balance between multiple selective factors and uncertainty in environmental conditions.According to Zach Gompert at Utah State University, one of the authors, the predictability is hardly surprising: brown stick insects would be found on brown plants, and green stick insects would be found on green plants. The reason is that birds can more easily see the out-of-place morphs and eat them. This explains why out-of-place insects would be missing, but says little about the arrival of the camouflaged species. A USU press release says that the team analyzed 25 years’ worth of data to try to figure out if evolution is predictable.“With the green versus green-striped morphs, the cause of selection was simple and well understood facilitation of predictability,” Gompert says. “In contrast, with the melanistic morph, natural selection was more complex and tied to variation in weather and climate, making it harder to predict from past patterns of change.”The scientists compared their results to better known studies, including Darwin’s finches and the scarlet tiger moth, both of which were also not very predictable.“Our findings support previous discoveries and suggest evolution of morph frequencies in these stick insects is indeed a result of selection,” Gompert says. “They also suggest poor predictability of environmental variation and how it affects selection, rather than random evolutionary processes, might be the main limits on predicting evolution.”While we can use the past to predict change, he says, we’re constrained by our lack of knowledge of the future and complex ecological processes that contribute to change.c. Brett Miller. Used by permission.It’s hard to characterize any of this data support for evolution being predictable. They’re basically saying, ‘evolution is predictable except when it isn’t.’ Reznick and Travis sum up the results:Evolution is like population dynamics because evolutionary change over time can be governed by multiple factors, the relative influence of which vary over time. Nosil et al. used a series of observational data taken over 25 years on natural populations in combination with experiments to show that in one case, evolution can be predicted very well, but in another, it cannot. More generally, they show that without deep biological knowledge, we cannot understand either past or future, much less predict the future from the past.The problem is not just with stick insects. It extends to all of biology:Questionable predictability is not specific to stick insects. Nosil et al. analyzed data sets for other long-term studies of evolution in various species, including Galapagos finches and the peppered moth, and show that they also offer low temporal predictability. In these cases, the likely cause is also multiple forms of selection the strength of which varies over time.Interesting that they would present finches and peppered moths, both of which are “icons of evolution” featured in the list by Jonathan Wells, yet say they were subject to ‘multiple forms of selection.’ Why not simple ‘natural selection’ that strikes so many evolutionists as intuitively obvious? Now, we find, things are not so obvious after all. It’s complicated to predict even one thing on which natural selection might act:These results show that an iconic example of a simple trait subjected to a single agent of strong selection is actually much more complicated. Similar lessons have been taught by other seemingly simple phenomena. For example, the complex ways in which known agents of selection on the color polymorphism of Cepaea snails meant that “each population is subject to a unique explanation”. This is in stark contrast to studies of microbial, viral, and immune system selection, for which evolution seems to be highly predictable. Why this is the case, when it is not so in organisms such as stick insects and others, is a new challenge for evolutionary biologists.So the environment is unpredictable, selection is unpredictable, and mutations are clearly random. Adding three random factors together does not improve on randomness. After 158 years of Darwinian evolution, what has been accomplished to improve scientific understanding other than to say, “Stuff happens”?We like to periodically back up our claim that Darwinism reduces to the Stuff Happens Law. It explains everything; it explains nothing. This is how a stupid idea can put on invisible royal robes and masquerade as an emperor of understanding. Look at these proofs of the Stuff Happens Law we presented earlier. Don’t you feel wiser knowing them?Why the Stuff Happens Law is ScientificIt is reductive: all events can be reduced to this law.It makes predictions: Stuff will happen.It is universal: Stuff always happens.It is normative, not just descriptive: Given matter in motion, stuff must happen.It is falsifiable: If nothing happens, the law has been disproved.It is practical: If something happens, you know you will find stuff around.Corollaries can be derived from it: e.g., Stuff happens at the worst possible time, Bad stuff happens to good people, Murphy’s Law, etc.Impressed?  Darwin’s laws of nature are about as helpful to the understanding of nature as the Stuff Happens Law. Your science might be healthier with a bit of Cole’s Law (i.e., thinly sliced cabbage). (Visited 606 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Unisa opens branch in Ethiopia

first_img30 January 2007The University of South Africa (Unisa), the Pretoria-based university that offers distance education programmes to students across the country and the continent, opened a regional learning centre in Ethiopia on Sunday.The centre – Unisa’s first outside South Africa – will serve as a university registration point, and offer Ethiopian students academic support services such as career guidance, orientation skills development and tutorial classes.According to Unisa Vice-Chancellor Barney Pityana, the centre could eventually become the hub for all its programmes in the Horn of Africa and eastern Africa. “The centre might be used for future training for the southern Sudan region as a neighbouring state of Ethiopia,” he said.Pityana added that as the institution was not a private provider seeking to make a profit, it would need financial support for students in Ethiopia.“I have indicated to Education Minister Naledi Pandor that I shall seek the support of the council of the University of South Africa to provide a grant of R2-million financial support to needy students,” he said.Pityana challenged embassies from donor countries in Addis Ababa to match or better the expected grant.South African President Thabo Mbeki, who attended Sunday’s launch, praised Unisa’s initiative, saying it would help address capacity problems in African countries such as Rwanda, Ghana and Kenya. “I think indeed that it’s a very important initiative [which addresses] the issue of capacity building, and we will continue to support this initiative,” Mbeki said.Also present at the launch were Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Unisa Chancellor Judge Bernard Ngoepe, and Unisa council chairperson Mathews Phosa.The launch took place ahead of the African Union’s 8th summit of heads of state and government, which kicked off on Monday with the topic of science, technology and innovation in Africa high on the agenda.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Corn Export Sales Bearish

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd HultmanDTN Lead AnalystOMAHA (DTN) — For the week ended June 13, 2019, USDA reported an increase of 1.5 million bushels (38,400 mt) of corn export sales for 2018-19 and an increase of 14.2 mb (360,800 mt) for 2019-20. Last week’s export shipments of 25.2 mb were below the 38.4 mb needed each week to achieve USDA’s export estimate of 2.200 bb in 2018-19. Corn export commitments now total 1.907 bb in 2018-19 and are down 14% from a year ago. Thursday’s report was bearish for corn in 2018-19.For the week ended June 13, 2019, USDA reported an increase of 21.0 million bushels (571,500 mt) of soybean export sales for 2018-19 and an increase of 7.3 mb (200,000 mt) for 2019-20. Last week’s export shipments of 27.1 mb were below the 30.5 mb needed each week to achieve USDA’s export estimate of 1.700 bb in 2018-19. Soybean export commitments now total 1.746 bb in 2018-19 and are down 16% from a year ago. Thursday’s report was neutral for soybeans in 2018-19.For the week ended June 13, 2019, USDA reported an increase of 6.9 million bushels (187,600 mt) of wheat export sales for 2019-20 and none for 2020-21. Last week’s export shipments of 15.8 mb were below the 16.6 mb needed each week to achieve USDA’s export estimate of 900 mb in 2019-20. Wheat export commitments now total 233 mb in 2019-20 and are up 27% from a year ago. Thursday’s report was neutral for wheat in 2019-20.For the week ended June 13, 2019, USDA reported an increase of 0.1 million bushels (2,000 mt) of sorghum export sales for 2018-19 and none for 2019-20. Last week’s export shipments of 0.1 mb were below the 3.3 mb needed each week to achieve USDA’s export estimate of 85 mb in 2018-19. Sorghum export commitments now total 61 mb in 2018-19 and are down 70% from a year ago. Thursday’s report was bearish for sorghum in 2018-19.Todd Hultman can be reached at todd.hultman@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ToddHultman1(CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

More choices for national volley squad

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES “By next week we will sit down and make selection although I have something in mind already,” acting Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. president Pete Cayco told the Inquirer.“We will have 20 players in the pool, so we will make additions and I would like to get more players from the PVL (Premier Volleyball League) like Myla Pablo.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCayco had already talked with PVL officials regarding schedules and he said they appeared amenable to accommodate the national team calendar.At present, the Philippine team has a 14-woman pool that includes just one PVL player, superstar Alyssa Valdez. So nears last 16 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Philippine volleyball will reboot its program by getting six more players to bolster its pool to a 20-woman squad.Soon after the Philippine Superliga All-Star team arrives from a competition in Thailand, the coaching staff will meet to discuss the expansion of the squad which will eventually eye the gold in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READlast_img read more

NBA: Magic Johnson has no regrets trading D’Angelo Russell

first_imgFormer Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell  (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Before Lonzo Ball took over the spotlight as the “point guard of the future” for the Los Angeles Lakers, the squad was raving about another promising young stud, D’Angelo Russell.Instead of letting the two duke it out for minutes at the point guard position, Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson opted to  trade the former Ohio State Buckeye to the Brooklyn Nets and give full reigns to the UCLA product.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Defending champion Karlovic wins in Hall of Fame tourney 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 His replacement, Ball, meanwhile, wowed fans during the recently concluded 2017 NBA Summer League en route to bagging the tournament MVP Award.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Johnson dazzled by Ball magic for LakersSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Speaking to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, the Laker executive shared that he had no qualms about trading the potential-laden player.“I am not one of them dudes. When I say bye, that’s it,” he said regarding the trade.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 stars“I keep moving. I can’t get caught in emotions and all that. That is not who I am. We moved and we kept moving. After that trade we went on to the next thing,” he added.Before assuming the front-office position for his former team, Johnson spoke highly of Russell and said he wanted to mentor the crafty lefty. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim READ: NBA: Laker great Magic Johnson would love to mentor D’Angelo RussellHowever, he opted to trade him for the betterment of the team after multiple franchises showed interest.“Like five teams called for D’Angelo [so] we knew that we could move D’Angelo for one of the pieces that we were looking for,” he explained.“So we decided on Brooklyn, they got a great player in D’Angelo and we got what we wanted,” he added.Although he played erratic at times, the 21-year-old Russell showed promise in his first two years donning the Purple and Gold.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Pro Kabaddi: Vikash Kandola Stars Again as Haryana Steelers Beat U Mumba

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Haryana Steelerspro kabaddi 2019Pro Kabaddi League 2019u mumba First Published: August 19, 2019, 9:45 PM IST Chennai: Star raider Vikas Kandola did the star turn as Haryana Steelers beat U Mumba 30-27 for an important win in a Pro Kabaddi League match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here on Monday.The closely fought contest saw the Mumbai side match the Steelers till the very end, but Kandola’s nine-point game and some uncharacteristic errors from the U Mumba defence handed Haryana victory. Both sides went into the match with identical records (four wins and four losses in eight matches), but Haryana Steelers started aggressively, with coach Rakesh Kumar recognising the lack of raiding quality in U Mumba’s ranks.The defence kept a high line, strangling U Mumba’s opportunities to pick up Bonus Points, thereby forcing them to make mistakes while Vikas Kandola picked up the points with his raids in the other end.His three-point Super Raid 12 minutes into the match set the tone for the Haryana side, which inflicted an All-Out on U Mumba with three minutes remaining to half time.Steelers led 16-8 at half-time.In the second half, the introduction of raider Abhishek Singh by U Mumba brought about a change in the proceedings as his raids helped the team reduce the lead to just two points 10 minutes into the half.However, consecutive Super Tackles by Ravi Kumar and Chand Singh, along with a few errors in the Mumbai defence quickly widened the gap to 25-17 in favour of Haryana with seven minutes to the final whistle.Sandeep Narwal’s raid for Mumbai with six minutes left on the clock, taking out Dharmaraj Cheralathan and Chand Singh, tilted the balance of the match once again and the subsequent all-out meant the gap was reduced to one point with less than three minutes remaining.But the push came a little too late for Mumbai as they succumbed to another defeat. last_img read more

Amitabh Bachchans old shoulder injury aggravated

first_imgMumbai, Dec 27 (PTI) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he is experiencing “unbearable pain” as an old shoulder injury has flared up again.The 75-year-old actor took to his personal blog, where he said that the injury recently got aggravated after some heavy-lifting on a films sets.Bachchan is currently under medication and applying ice compresses to his injury.”… Old injury to the left shoulder has through time and activity and age been giving nagging pain… That has recently got aggravated due some strong usage on set… and though the pain became unbearable, the medication and the Tunnel visit has shown that it is an extra tear on the rotor cup, but that it is not reached an alarming stage,” he wrote.The actor, who will next be seen in “Thugs of Hindostan” and “102 Not Out”, also shared some pictures from actor Anushka Sharma and Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli reception last night.Bachchan sported a black sling as he attended the high- profile event and was joined by daughter Shweta Bachchan Nanda, actors son and daughter-in-law, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.”So arrive in a somewhat state that could give undue attention to the issue… But really it is not as bad as it looks…,” Bachchan said about his look. PTI RDS BKlast_img read more

4 questions to ask before checking the box

first_imgA few years ago, Bonny Wolf told a great story on NPR that goes something like this:In Chicago, a friend cuts off the end of roast beef before she cooks it. She does it because her mother does it. Her mother does it because her grandmother did it. So one day, the friend asks her grandmother why for years she has cut the end off the roast beef. The reason? Her grandmother says, “because my pan is too small.”I love this story because it tells us so much of how humans think. We often do as we have always done out of tradition or habit or imitation without questioning why. We move within our personal frames of reference, over and over, back and forth, until our ways are ingrained and unquestioned.Established nonprofits and companies create cultures that inadvertently lock in this dynamic. It is a very hard thing to resist the comfort of checking the same boxes without even asking how they got there. Each of my children went through a phase where they asked “why?” about every last thing. It has passed. Things get familiar and they don’t feel the need to pose the question. I think familiarity is one of the biggest barriers to innovation. It’s why we pay for fresh eyes – like consultants. – to ask “why?”In the spirit of rejecting the familiar frame we’re given, here are four questions to ask yourself before you check the same old box:1. Why did we start doing this activity?2. What underlying purpose does this activity serve?3. If it’s because of problem, is there a way to solve its root cause and prevent even needing to do the activity in the first place?4.If it’s because of an opportunity, is there a way to go bigger?The box may not be needed after all. There may be better ways to spend your time.last_img read more