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Materialists sound much more confident than they are about their theories for the origin of planets.Evolutionists have mastered the art of bluffing. So confident are they in their worldview of big-bang-to-man evolution, they can leap over tall anomalies in a single sentence. It takes critical reading to see this. Usually, they will start a paper or article by asserting evolution as a fact, about which there is no controversy, in order to claim their turf. Then, when discussing the actual evidence, they will raise the perhapsimaybecouldness index higher and higher as hard data bring multiple questions and anomalies to explain, and theoretical problems rise like high hurdles before them. Resolution of the unknowns is put off to futureware, while they claim that the unexpected new findings have increased their “understanding” of evolution. The presentation is almost formulaic, allowing reporters to just borrow the boilerplate and modify a few words here and there.We see this strategy often in articles on biological evolution, but it appears just as often in articles on planetary science.Comet Hale-Bopp 1997 (DFC)Interstellar ‘GEMS’ Lead Researchers Back to the Early Solar System (Space.com). Chelsea Gohd illustrates the technique. As a cheerleading reporter for secular planetologists, she starts with the opening bluff, reassuring unsuspecting readers that secular materialist experts “know” things from their divination techniques, and are getting warmer to full “understanding” of our solar system.Scientists are following a trail of interstellar dust all the way back to the formation of the solar system.What we now know as [sic] the solar system began as a cloud of interstellar dust and gas. By studying “pre-solar” dust, which was preserved in cosmic objects like comets before they made their way to Earth, scientists [i.e., secular materialists] can peer back in time to the early solar system.Planetary scientists sound like crystal ball gazers, the way Chelsea tells it. They can peer into crystals of dust, seeing visions the rest of us can’t discern. All we see is a mature system of planets following the laws of nature discovered by two Bible-believing creationists, Kepler and Newton. Where is this “early solar system” of dust and gas? You can’t see it.* The NASA-funded astronomers only see bits of comet dust they collected on high-altitude craft. Somebody decided to call them GEMS (“glass with embedded metal and sulfides”). Ah, but it takes special eyes to be able to look into the GEMS to discern the past, and see into the future. Here comes the futureware, the high perhapsimaybecouldness score, and the promised understanding:By studying “the starting materials of planet formation from 4.6 billion years ago,” we might gain “a deeper understanding of the processes that formed and have since altered them,” Ishii said in the statement.Following this research, the team will explore additional comet dust to better understand the composition of GEMS and the size of the sub-grains, according to the statement.When such busy-work and speculation gets the blessing of the National Academy of Sciences, who dares stand up to such giants of “understanding”?*Note: astronomers see dust disks around other stars, but it takes philosophy to imagine them forming planets. For all they know, the dust is debris from collisions as bodies break up, not build up.Exploring the dusty prehistory of the solar system (Phys.org). Following her lead, Chris Packham at Phys.org prophesies more about the hidden wisdom in the GEMS. As an exercise, readers can hunt for the opening bluff, the perhapsimaybecouldness score, and the futureware. Did any of them actually witness dust turning into a planet?The solar system as we know it formed about 4.6 billion years ago as fields of interstellar dust orbiting the sun aggregated into planets and smaller objects. Presolar dust particles no longer exist in the inner solar system, as they were long ago destroyed, reformed, and reaggregated in multiple phases. From the vantage of such a long period of time, astronomers can only make inferences about its composition and the processes that led to the solar system’s present configuration, bringing to bear advanced instruments on Earth, in orbit, and in deep space to collect evidence.Operational replica of Cassini Cosmic Dust Analyzer (DFC). Analysis of dust particles is science. Storytelling about where they came from and how they turned into planets and people is not.Storytelling about long-lost processes can sound more legitimate when you have something in hand to look at. “Cassini mission data suggest the presence of iron metal in contemporary interstellar dust,” the researchers say, “contemporary” referring to present-day dust. But what does it mean? It should mean that iron exists now, in the present, in dust particles that a modern spacecraft gathered and looked at. Hope Ishii at the University of Hawaii hopes that modern particles can become her crystal balls for more visions of ancient things. Watch for the maybes, the excuses and the promissory notes:The researchers note that the complex organics in the ice-mantled grains must have experienced a high-radiation environment before incorporation into larger bodies, which may have resulted from vertical diffusion of dust above the solar system’s mid-plane.The researchers conclude by noting that their picture is incomplete, and much of the data is still rough—for instance, the elemental composition of GEMS sometimes only matches the solar elemental composition collectively, exhibiting chemical anomalies at higher resolution. But they believe they have provided constraints on solar system development and the aggregation of presolar dust that will inform future studies, observations and models.Experiments trace interstellar dust back to solar system’s formation: Chemical studies show that dust particles originated in a low-temperature environment (Science Daily). This article reporting on the same work by Hope Ishii’s team follows basically the same formula. Surprisingly, the Phys.org article said that the dust formed at high temperatures, but this article quotes another team member who says, “The presence of specific types of organic carbon in both the inner and outer regions of the particles suggests the formation process occurred entirely at low temperatures.”Multiple generations of grain aggregation in different environments preceded solar system body formation (PNAS). The reason for the discrepancy about temperatures becomes evident in the paper on which the above articles are drawn. The team of 9 (including Cassini ringmaster Jeff Cuzzi and Stardust scientist Donald Brownlee, co-author of Rare Earth) postulates “multiple generations” of particles, some hot and some cold. With that supposition, they can read any scenario they wish to believe, using material that has been destroyed and reworked as props for their scenario.The initial solids from which the solar system formed consisted almost entirely of amorphous silicate, carbon, and ices. This dust was mostly destroyed and reworked by processes that led to the formation of planets. Surviving samples of presolar dust are most likely to be preserved in comets, small cold bodies that formed in the outer solar nebula. In interplanetary dust particles originating from comets, we observe organic carbon mantles on subgrains within amorphous-silicate−dominated grains called GEMS (glass with embedded metal and sulfides). Our observations constrain GEMS grain formation to cold and radiation-rich environments, making a compelling case that these exotic grains, unique to a relatively obscure class of extraterrestrial material, are surviving dust from (variable) interstellar environments and thus the original building materials of planetary systems.It is not the job of a scientist to tell readers they have made “a compelling case.” The evidence should be doing that. Brownlee should know better. One of the big surprises of the Stardust mission for which he was chief scientist is that comet particles that were actually collected directly from Comet Wild 2 showed evidence of high temperature melting. Contrary to the belief at the time that comets represented pristine material, the dust had evidently been heated to white-hot temperatures. This sent them scrambling to come up with stories of transport of the dust into the inner solar system and back out again. The data contradicted the visions dancing in their heads, as a contemporary JPL press release said in 2007:The comet samples collected by Stardust contain abundant crystalline minerals and in most cases it is clear that they did not form by the predicted mild heating of interstellar dust. Many are too large, and have complex mineralogical and chemical compositions that could not have formed by this process. Instead of the mild heating that astronomers envisioned the comet samples were heated during their formation to severe temperatures, temperatures high enough to melt or vaporize them. The temperatures above 1300 °C and the samples were white hot. This is quite remarkable because the [sic] some of the ice components of comets appear to have formed only 30 degrees above absolute zero. The comet is very odd mix of materials that formed at the highest and lowest temperatures that existed in the early solar system. Comets have been cold for billions of years but their ingredients are remarkable products of both fire and ice. Because the rocky materials in comet Wild 2 formed at such high temperatures, we believe that they formed in the hot inner regions of the young solar system and were then transported all the way to beyond the orbit of Neptune.Now, in this new PNAS paper, Brownlee and his colleagues are saying that “Most of the mass of interstellar dust (97 to 99%) is completely reprocessed in the ISM [inter-stellar medium] and is subjected to shocks, impacts, recondensation, and repeated cycling in and out of dense molecular clouds.” Re-processing also occurs for most of the dust within the solar nebula believed to be the parent cloud of our solar system. The Abstract admits, “Bona fide physical samples for laboratory studies would yield unprecedented insight about solar system formation, but they were largely destroyed.”And so we see them using divination tactics to choose which particles remained as ‘pristine’ leftovers. Those become their materialistic fairy dust, the remnant particles out of which Earth was born, and everything on it evolved, including us. Since the GEMS theoretically formed in the fridge of space, they must be the magic seeds that became people!Egregious AccretionThe paper starts with the typical secular bluff: “The solar system formed from interstellar dust and gas in a molecular cloud.” That’s a statement of materialistic belief, not a scientific fact. To show why, let’s see if they have found, after decades of trying, a way for dust particles to accrete into planets (e.g., 3 Feb 2004, 5 Dec 2007, 15 Aug 2015). As we have shown many times, particles in space tend to bounce off each other and grind down to dust, not accrete into bigger objects. An object must grow to about a kilometer in diameter to have enough gravity to attract other particles by accretion. This was a major reason for the ‘heretical’ view called disk instability (the other major reason being migration, a type of migration into the star that would destroy growing planetesimals; see 21 March 2006). Let’s see if this team has finally figured out how to get particles to accrete:In the Introduction: “Knowledge of the dust from which our molecular cloud and, later, the solar system formed is critical to our understanding of chemical and physical processes in star-forming regions, the inventory of organics incorporated in the solar system, and the accretion and subsequent evolution and processing of solar system bodies.”In the concluding Discussion: “GEMS are thus first-generation aggregates in which subgrain mantles may have played a role in the aggregation (or accretion) process.“In the concluding Discussion: “However, in the absence of identified physical samples, there has been ongoing debate among astronomers about the significance of composite grains, either as aggregates or as organic mantles on silicate grains. Specific mechanisms and environments for accretion are also far from settled.”That, dear readers, is all they say about accretion: GEMS “may have played a role” in accretion, but the specific mechanisms and environments for accretion “are far from settled.”Update 6/28/18: Planet formation starts before star reaches maturity (Phys.org). This article shows how worldview assumptions can drive interpretations. All these researchers at the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy detected (by indirect means) were dust particles about 1 millimeter in diameter, when they expected them to be 1 thousand times smaller. The “surprising” conclusion? “The results indicate that planets already start forming while the star is still developing.” Logically, it could be just as true that the particles are grinding down from larger sizes into dust. These astronomers are assuming accretion is a fact leading up to planets when, as just shown, how that could happen is contrary to laws of physics.Planetary Origin Science: the myth that dust bunnies turn into live bunnies, given billions of years of the Stuff Happens Law.Who pays these guys?* Materialists continue to be wrong, wrong, wrong for decades, for centuries (at least as far back as Laplace), and yet they bluff their way out of every problem, promising “understanding” to the peons who don’t yet understand “science.” But even peons know that snowballs don’t accrete into bigger snowballs during a snowball fight. And peons know that dust bunnies do not accrete into living bunnies (see “Is Making Planets Child’s Play?”, 5 Dec 2007, where Jeff Cuzzi said, “How the first stage of this process, primary accretion, works is a fundamental unsolved problem of planetary science.”) If the secular wizards were right, Saturn’s rings would have accreted into a big moon by now, but as Cuzzi well knows, destructive processes predominate in real planetary ring physics (10 July 2010). In fact, all the secular ringmasters of Cassini are baffled that the rings still exist! Not only that, comets are burning up as they pass the sun. Asteroid particles are colliding into planets and burning up in our atmosphere. Magnetic fields are decaying. The Second Law of Thermodynamics—one of the best-attested laws in all physics—guarantees that entropy will increase. Physical laws describe processes that destroy order and increase entropy; they do not create minds, butterflies, and whales.Their choice of a secular materialistic worldview** forces these guys to believe that particles accrete into planetesimals, and planetesimals into planets, and planets into people. Real observations show the opposite: planetary bodies colliding, wearing down and destroying each other. The Eyewitness, the Creator of the universe, tells us that he made the Earth by his power, and fashioned man on it by His wisdom. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. It took the power of creative intelligence acting on matter to make us; we are not accidental by-products of natural forces. If that is a true foundation to build on, we should see evidence of it, and we do! We should see natural processes powerless to make the Earth and life, and we do. The science supports the Eyewitness account. That is Reality; not the contradictory visions of the self-appointed experts who must use divination tools to see the impossible become possible. Read Jeremiah 17:5-10.To the data! Stop the storytelling. Get real, planetary scientists! Stop trusting in your divination tools, and in histories you never witnessed. Stop importing your atheism into your science. Stop playing games with your peer group that has expelled all who don’t think like you do. Until you cease these anti-scientific habits, we cannot even have a rational discussion about origins.*You do. NASA loves to throw money at the secular shamans (11 April 2018). They also throw money to lawyers to punish those who get in their way.**To theistic evolutionists: it is no help to respond that “God used” natural processes like accretion and Darwinian evolution to create people. That is a self-contradictory argument. Natural processes do no such thing. If God guided natural processes, they are no longer unguided; they are no longer “natural.” It amounts to believing in multiple miracles to think that the secular astronomers’ toolkit of natural processes would make people. See the new anthology Theistic Evolution for detailed analysis of the theological, scientific and philosophical problems with the theistic evolution compromise position.(Visited 834 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Consumers will pay less for food prepared at home this holiday season, with overall prices down about 2.3% from last year, says Ken Foster, department head and professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University.Leading the decline are animal products such as meats, poultry, and eggs. Prices in that category are down 6%. Dairy products such as milk, yogurt, cheese and ice cream are down 2%. Grain-related food categories — including vegetable oils, cereals, bakery products and sweeteners — are down 1 to 2%. Fruits and vegetables have dropped 1%.Prices for “food-at-home” items have declined for 11 consecutive months, the longest such stretch since 1959-60.“The most important reason for lower grocery store prices are lower farm prices,” Foster said. “Abundant harvests over the past three years have reduced the prices farmers receive. Lower prices for feed items like corn and soybean meal have increased animal production and lowered animal product prices from beef to milk. Food consumers are the benefactors this year. Record U.S. yields for corn, soybeans and wheat in 2016 will keep grocery store food price increases at modest levels into 2017.”Most of the traditional meal items will costs less this year, he added.“With retail beef and pork prices down 7 and 5% from a year ago — even more than poultry prices, which are down 1.5% — it is highly likely that turkey prices will be lower than a year ago for the holidays,” he said. “Turkeys are frequent loss leaders at holiday time to get shoppers into the store and any pressure to raise turkey prices will shift shoppers to other meats with their low prices.”The 2016 cranberry crop appears to be virtually unchanged from 2015, Foster said, but weather took a toll on U.S. pumpkin and sweet potato yields this year.“In both North Carolina and Louisiana, flooding events lowered production of sweet potatoes,” he said. “Hurricane Matthew struck North Carolina, the nation’s leading sweet potato producing state, in the middle of harvest season with only about half of the crop collected. Louisiana suffered widespread flooding during the sweet potato growing season as well as periods of excessively dry weather, leading to yield loss up to 50% or more on some farms.”Pumpkin production was also limited this year by high rainfall in Illinois, the country’s leading pumpkin-producing state, where processors anticipated canning 50% less this year compared with past years. Producers there anticipated having sufficient canned pumpkin to get consumers through the holiday season but expected supplies to run short before next year.“If you just have to spend more this year, then perhaps you can turn to the local, organic, or sustainable suppliers for this year’s holiday meals,” Foster said. “Prices for the same items in those markets continue to be strong and in the case of turkey, they may be hard to find. Bargain shoppers may find opportunities in diversifying into other meats such as pork and beef, but there is likely no substitute this year for pumpkin pie with prices running higher than last year.”Driving to a holiday destination should also cost less this year, Foster said.“If you are making a trip to celebrate the season with family, then it’s good to know that the national average price of regular gas is $2.16 per gallon, a fraction of a cent lower than this time last year,” he said. “So whether you are staying home or hitting the road, have a happy and safe holiday.”
Ready to master Final Cut Pro X? Dive into this exhaustive tutorial series by Vimeo Video School that covers everything you need to know about FCPX.Final Cut Pro 7 released in 2009 to wide acclaim and support from the editing community. Apple stopped support for the NLE only one year later and released Final Cut Pro X a year after that. With the release of FCPX, editors and professionals all over the world panned the software. Many felt it was too limiting and too “dumbed” down. Now, four years and 12 updates later, FCPX has become a fully legit NLE that’s used to edit big budget motion pictures like the recently released Focus, starring Will Smith.For a broader view of the differences between Final Cut Pro 7 and FCPX and a look at why editors should consider FCPX, check out this article from Larry Jordan.With all of his firmly in mind, Vimeo Video School developed an in-depth series of tutorials for FCPX from starting a new project to exporting that project for distribution. Let’s get started and learn how to master FCPX.1. Final Cut Pro X IntroductionIn this first tutorial, we get a formal introduction to FCPX and the question is posed to us, “Ready to conquer the complex world of film editing?” Yes. Yes, we are. Let’s get going. 16. Working with StillsDo you have still photos that you need to add to your project? Well, in this episode we learn how to crop, trim and add the always popular Ken Burns effect to our images. 8. Working with MarkersWe’ve browsed our media and we’ve dropped footage into the timeline. Now let’s drop some markers. Markers can be used to add notes, reminders, and chapter separations in order to further streamline the process. 4. Analyzing Your MediaSo, we’ve imported our footage and we’re ready to start editing. However, let’s take a minute to analyze the footage and add meta data and keywords to our clips to help streamline the editing process. 5. Managing Your MediaWe have our footage imported and now it has meta data and keywords attached. Now we need to organize all of this by compiling clips into libraries, events, and projects. This will help create Smart Collections, thus making it easier to add and search for footage later on. 14. Utilizing Visual EffectsYour transitions are added and you’re ready to add the final finishing touches to your project. Here we’ll learn how to jump back and forth between the effects browser and inspector to adjust color presets and how to use the keyer effect. 6. Understanding Playback and SkimmingAll of our meta data and keywords are added and our Smart Collections are definitely making things easier. Now were ready to review some of that footage. So, in this episode we’ll learn about playback and skimming. Want more content covering Final Cut Pro X? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.How to Integrate FCPX Into Logic Pro X10 Must-Have Final Cut Pro X PluginsThe New Final Cut Pro X Update Brings 3D Text and MoreAre you a new Final Cut Pro X user? Did these tutorials help you learn the software? Let us know in the comments below. 2. Learning the InterfaceNext up, we get a lay of the land and learn everything we need to know about the interface. From the available tools to the streamline functionality, Vimeo gets us ready to tackle any job. 15. Adding TextWe’re getting ever closer to exporting our project, but now we need to know how to add text or a title for the project. In this episode we learn everything we need to know about creating titles, captions, and credits inside FCPX. 13. Using TransitionsWe have all of our footage, audio, music, and sound fx in our timeline. However, all of our cuts are harsh. Let’s learn how to browse through transition options and make moving from one clip to another smooth and easier to watch. 12. Adding Music and SoundYour project is coming together and we have a nice timeline going, but it’s missing something: music and sound. In this episode we learn how to add music, sound effects, record voiceover, and import projects from GarageBand and Logic Pro X. 3. Importing MediaNow that we have a basic introduction and we know the ins and outs of the interface, we’re ready to get started. In this episode, we learn how to properly and easily import our footage for editing. 9. Editing AudioSo you have your footage inserted into your timeline and you’ve begun your edit. However, we can’t forget about audio. So, in this episode we learn how to mute, solo, fade, and adjust the levels of our audio. 10. Editing Video in the InspectorOur clips are in the timeline and our audio levels are good to go, so let’s look at the abilities of the inspector. In the inspector we can adjust effects, add keyframes, rotate or crop our clips, as well as adjust the size and color correct. 7. Starting Your EditNow that you know how to review, playback, and skim through your footage, let’s start dropping it into the timeline. In this episode we’ll learn the process of starting our edit and how to use the timeline effectively. 17. Exporting and Uploading to VimeoWe have finalized our edit and it’s ready to be distributed to the masses. In this final episode we learn how to export our project easily and get it uploaded to Vimeo within a matter of minutes. 11. Editing Audio in the InspectorNow that we know how to edit and adjust our clips in the inspector, let’s look at doing the same for our audio. In this episode we learn that you can do just that. Auto-enhance your audio, apply presets, and make manual adjustments.
Arellano zooms to 2-0 card WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “It’s been very difficult for us,” the rookie coach answered when asked why such a talent-laden squad is running in the middle of the 12-team pack and is still a win out of the playoffs despite improving to 5-3. “Every day has been different for us, something always comes up.“As a team, we are unstable because of a lot of things—Gilas, import situation, Gilas, injuries and then Gilas again,” he said. “But again, that’s a sacrifice we have to make. Hopefully, we can (eventually) get our stride.”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 shutoutRiding its superior local lineup, San Miguel Beer snapped a two-game losing streak after a 103-96 decision of Rain or Shine later in the night, improving to 4-3 overall and staying alive in the hunt for a top four berth.The Beermen got paltry numbers from outgoing import Terik Bridgeman—he was held to just four points—for the second straight game, but with four locals tossing in twin digits, San Miguel was able to put a halt to the Elasto Painters’ three-game winning streak. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:02From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Rain or Shine dropped into a tie with the Beermen, who got 27 points from Chris Ross. MOST READ Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESTNT KaTropa led from start to finish on Wednesday night and brought down one of the leaders in the PBA Governors’ Cup in sister team Meralco, 113-107, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After that, coach Nash Racela was still talking about the instability of his crew, which, he stressed, has been the main reason the Texters have been on and off in the season-closing conference.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, center, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Damian Lillard scored 19 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers won their 15th consecutive game over the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-103 on Monday night.Lillard scored 15 in a row for the Trail Blazers down the stretch, giving them a 104-103 with 1:08 remaining by knowing down 1 of 2 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES The Lakers led 80-73 after the third quarter, with Randle scoring nine points and Caldwell-Pope adding seven. Caldwell-Pope knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to put Los Angeles up by 12, the Lakers’ largest lead of the game. Delivering on the defensive end, the Lakers held Lillard and McCollum to a combined six points on 2-of-13 shooting. Portland was 5 of 23 from the field, shooting 21.7 percent in the quarter.The Trail Blazers opened up an 11-point lead in the first quarter after Ball was called for two personal fouls in the first 5:56. The short-handed Lakers responded by cutting the advantage down to three going into the second, where the trading of runs became more pronounced.McCollum had seven straight to start the quarter, helping Portland to a 17-8 scoring edge over the first 4:28 and opening up a 46-32 lead, only to see the Lakers answer with an 8-0 run that included consecutive 3s by Kuzma and Ball. The Trail Blazers were up 58-55 at the break, with McCollum scoring 14 of his 17 first-half points in the second quarter.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Lillard was 12 of 25 for the game, including 6 of 11 from 3.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus CJ McCollum had 22 points, and Jusuf Nurkic added 16 points and 16 rebounds.Julius Randle had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Lakers, who had their five-game winning streak ended. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points, and Lonzo Ball had 10 points, two rebounds and two assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLillard was 5 of 7 from the floor and 4 of 5 from 3-point range in the fourth quarter.Isaiah Thomas had a chance to tie it in the closing seconds but was stripped by Shabazz Napier, who then made two free throws. Thomas finished with 19 points. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Roger Federer dazzles in first career Bay Area appearance Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next Lakers: Six Lakers finished in double figures, including 14 points for Brook Lopez and 11 for Kyle Kuzma.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Host the New York Knicks on Tuesday.Lakers: Host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday.
England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Alex Hales were fined for their involvement in a nightclub altercation that took place in Bristol last year. However, the duo was cleared to play for England after match bans were either suspended or declared served.Stokes and Hales appeared before a two-day disciplinary hearing after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) charged the pair with bringing the game into disrepute following the September 2017 incident in Bristol.Stokes was handed an eight-match ban by the disciplinary panel, which accepted that he had already missed that number of games and therefore remained eligible for immediate selection.The player, who was cleared of affray at Bristol crown court last August, was also fined a total of 30,000 pounds ($38,193.00) with half to be paid to charity.Hales, who faced no criminal charges, was given a six-match ban from England white ball (one day) matches, of which two had been missed already and the rest were suspended for 12 months — leaving him also available for selection.He was fined a total of 17,500 pounds, with 10,000 of that sum also suspended.The pair, who have both resumed their international careers, had risked anything from a warning to the termination of contract.Each was charged with two counts of breaching an ECB directive concerning acts “which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the ECB, the game of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute.”England take on West Indies in three Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals from January to March.advertisementStokes had been accused of knocking out Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale in a brawl in Bristol, southwest England, just hours after he had played in a one-day international against the West Indies in September last year.His lawyer had said in a statement after he was cleared of affray that the case had cost the player the England vice-captaincy as well as his place on an Ashes tour to Australia and other England matches.”Cricket and family are my life,” the 27-year-old Stokes said in a statement on the ECB’s website on Friday.”This incident has been a huge burden for the last 15 months. I am relieved to get back to playing the game that I love without this hanging over me.”Although the disciplinary process is now over, I have learned lessons that will stay with me for much longer.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Talented Jamaicans have until Friday, March 15, to enter the Jamaica Festival Song Competition. Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Andrew Clunis, told JIS News that persons have been submitting entries since the competition opened in October 2018. Story Highlights Talented Jamaicans have until Friday, March 15, to enter the Jamaica Festival Song Competition.The competition, which was revamped in 2018, is a signature event of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the JCDC, Andrew Clunis, told JIS News that persons have been submitting entries since the competition opened in October 2018.“We have entries coming in from all around the country. Entries are also going into the JCDC parish offices as well as to the main office,” he said.Mr. Clunis pointed out that past winners, finalists and those who have entered the competition repeatedly can still submit entries.“The reason we have repeat winners of the competition is that we have always allowed those who have won to re-enter. When you enter repeatedly you develop a certain level of expertise that gives you that advantage, so in most cases persons make it through to the finals and the semi-finals because they have honed their craft,” he said.Mr. Clunis said the competition provides an opportunity for performers to showcase their talents, adding that it also “takes them all over the country while exposing them to different audiences.”“It challenges them to really give of their best in a public space and to engage with new audiences and to test the crowd. It is a really valuable product,” he added.Mr. Clunis noted that two workshops were held with entrants to address matters such as copyright issues, stage performance, writing and delivery of song.“We want to ensure that the entries are of a certain standard, so we are helping aspirants to sharpen their skills and to come up with the best entries possible,” he added.The Festival Song Competition, which started in 1966, has helped to launch and advance careers of some of Jamaica’s acclaimed singers and songwriters. Winners of the competition have included Toots and the Maytals, Desmond Decker, Eric Donaldson, Roy Rayon and Stanley Beckford. The competition, which was revamped in 2018, is a signature event of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.
Notley says if she sees more moves to delay construction, her government will pass legislation to give her the power to reduce the flow of oil and natural gas.In 1980, former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed cut oil exports in his fight with Ottawa over price controls and revenue sharing under the national energy program.The pipeline dispute began earlier this year when B.C. said it would not allow increased oil shipments until it could do more research on spill response. EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is threatening to expand a fight with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline by reducing the amount of oil her province ships.Notley won’t say if she would cut off B.C. or the rest of Canada or both.She says it’s time to focus the country’s attention on lost jobs and reduced revenue due to a pipeline bottleneck.
Kolkata: The Election Commission of India (ECI) may not fulfill BJP’s demand of declaring all the polling booths in Bengal as ‘sensitive’ as there is no situation in the state disturbing law and order.As per the latest observation by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state, there has been no law and order situation in any part of the state since announcement of the Lok Sabha polls. The CEO’s office has so far identified around 18,461 booths as ‘sensitive’, spreading over 9 districts in the state. The ECI officials in the state are in the process of identifying the sensitive booths across the state, on the basis of their previous records of violence. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThey have been carrying out a detailed examination of the nature of polling booths and are trying to identify the pockets which had witnessed violence in the previous few elections. According to sources in the CEO’s office, around 2,357 booths in South 24-Parganas have been designated as sensitive, while Birbhum has 1,556 sensitive booths. There are around 1,220 sensitive booths in Malda and 1,197 such booths in Murshidabad. In case of Hooghly, Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur and North 24-Parganas, the figures are 1,008, 503, 657 and 981 respectively. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt may be mentioned here that Trinamool Congress supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had raised her voice against BJP’s demand of declaring all the booths in Bengal as ‘super sensitive’. Banerjee had also asked how BJP prepared the list of sensitive polling booths and slammed the vindictive politics by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. She also urged the ECI to act impartially. Banerjee’s reaction came soon after a BJP delegation met ECI officials in Delhi on March 13 and apprised them of the party’s demands. Meanwhile, 10 companies of Central forces arrived at different districts on Friday and started area domination to boost the confidence of the voters. One company of CRPF jawans started route march along the bordering areas of Birbhum, Bankura and West Burdwan on Friday morning. They are keeping a close watch on the Jharkhand border as well. Forces are being deployed in various parts of South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Malda, Murshidabad and others. An ECI team headed by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain is expected to come to the city on Saturday and meet the senior officials of the CEO’s office and the senior police officers in the state to supervise the poll-preparedness.