The injury bug just bit Gilas Pilipinas and got the Filipinos’ best man in the middle.ADVERTISEMENT Without Fajardo, the Beermen lost for the first time in three games in the Governors’ Cup, 104-98, and dropped to a tie with defending champion Ginebra at 2-1.The Hotshots zoomed to their third straight win to tie idle Meralco at second behind NLEX’s 4-0 start.Fajardo last played for Gilas in the Southeast Asian Basketball Association championship almost two months ago in Manila.His withdrawal from the team comes as a big blow after Gilas already failed to get naturalized center Andray Blatche on board, with the former Brooklyn Net in the NBA fearing for his security in Beirut.Gilas has been bracketed with China, Iraq and Qatar in Beirut, with the Filipinos to open up against the powerhouse Chinese on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Pirates still unbeaten June Mar Fajardo, the most dominant big man in the Gilas lineup, has begged off from joining the squad in the Fiba Asia Championship that unfolds next week in Lebanon after straining his calf in San Miguel Beer’s PBA game last Wednesday.San Miguel team officials furnished Gilas coach Chot Reyes a copy of Fajardo’s medical report with the 6-foot-10 center needing at least two weeks of rest before the injury is evaluated again.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 starsPBA commissioner Chito Narvasa was furnished the same copy of Fajardo’s medical report.Fajardo was ordered to immediately rest and missed the Beermen’s crucial game against Star on Friday night. For the Philippines to advance outright to the quarterfinals, it would need to sweep its first three games, otherwise, the Filipinos would be relegated to a qualifying round to get to the quarterfinals.The good thing about resting Fajardo now is that he could be 100 percent ready for the World Cup Qualifying.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
APTN NewsCharges of criminal negligence causing death against a member of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) for the death of Debra Chrisjohn have been dropped.Late Monday night, Chrisjohn’s family sent out a statement saying they were disappointed Const. Mark McKillop will not have to face the charges.“The decision by the Crown… is hard for the family to understand,” said Debra Chrisjohn’s sister, Brittany, in the statement. “We hope that everyone who played a role will be held accountable.”Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) charged the two police officers with the death of Chrisjohn, 39, a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames.According to a release from the SIU in July, McKillop, and London Police Service (LPS) Const. Nicholas Doering faced one charge each of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessities of life.The family says Doering will still face those charges.“Debra was my best friend and a beautiful person,” said her sister Ruby. “Her life ended far too soon.”The following details were released on the SIU site in July of 2017:In response to calls made to 911 in the late afternoon hours of September 7, 2016, London Police Service officers were dispatched to the area of Trafalgar Street and Highbury Avenue North. Chrisjohn was arrested by LPS and transferred on an outstanding warrant into the custody of Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers with the Elgin County detachment. At 7:52 p.m., Emergency Medical Services transported Chrisjohn to St. Thomas Hospital.Ms. Chrisjohn was pronounced dead at 8:43 p.m.“Without knowing the specific details surrounding the death of Debra, it is difficult for the family to assess the decision by the office of the Crown attorney,” said Caitlyn Kasper, a lawyer at Aboriginal Legal Services and counsel for the family in the statement.“However, we know that as this active prosecution moves towards preliminary inquiry or trial, more details will emerge.“In the meantime, I certainly expect that the Ontario Provincial Police will be thoroughly reviewing the actions of Const. McKillop to determine if there were breaches of the Police Services Act.”
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A police officer speaks with parents of children at a nearby high school in the eastern Belgian city of Liege on 29 May, after a gunman shot dead three people, two of them policemen, before being killed by elite officers¯Photo: AFPA police officer speaks with parents of children at a nearby high school in the eastern Belgian city of Liege on 29 May, after a gunman shot dead three people, two of them policemen, before being killed by elite officers¯Photo: AFPA gunman on a police watchlist for contacts with Islamist extremists launched a brazen suspected terror attack in Belgium, shooting dead two female police officers with their own weapons before killing a bystander.The bloodshed in the gritty eastern industrial city of Liege began around 10:30am (0830 GMT) Tuesday when the attacker armed with a knife repeatedly stabbed the two officers before using their own firearms to kill them, prosecutors said.Federal prosecutors said they had launched a terror investigation into the incident.Amateur footage aired by Belgium’s state broadcaster showed the gunman shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) as he walked through the streets during the rampage.In another video, a short and intense burst of gunfire is audible, after which the man lies on the ground.“Armed with a knife, the suspect followed and attacked two police officers, and used their own firearms to kill them,” prosecutor Philippe Dulieu told a news conference.“He continued on foot, attacking a parked vehicle where he opened fire on a 22-year-old man in the passenger seat. The young man died.“He then continued and entered the Leonie de Waha school. He took a woman working there as hostage. Police intervened; he came out firing on the police officers, wounding several before he was killed.”Belgium remains on high alert after a string of attacks including twin suicide bombings in Brussels in 2016 claimed by the Islamic State group.A source close to the investigation told AFP that the gunman was on a special police watchlist because of his contacts with radical Islamists.The source named the attacker as Benjamin Herman, born in 1982, saying he had past convictions for robbery, violence and drug dealing.Herman was “already on the run” after committing another murder on Monday night in the town of On, in southern Belgium, the source said, though local prosecutors said they have not yet established a link with the Liege incident.He was reported by Belgian broadcaster RTBF to have been released from prison on Monday.“He is suspected of having been radicalised (in prison)… He has been reported or presumed to be belonging to the entourage of an Islamist recruiter,” the source said on condition of anonymity.Liege police chief Christian Beaupere said it was “clear that the assassin’s objective was to attack the police”, He added that one of the four officers wounded in the attack had suffered a serious leg injury.Liege, a major city in Western Europe’s former industrial heartland, was the scene of another bloody shootout in 2011.In that attack a former convict armed with grenades and an automatic rifle killed six people and wounded more than 120.‘Cowardly violence’Prime minister Charles Michel denounced what he called the “cowardly and blind violence” of Tuesday’s attack.“All our support for the victims and their loved ones. We are following the situation with the security services and the crisis centre,” Michel tweeted.There was support from other European countries, with French president Emmanuel Macron condemning the incident as a “terrible attack” and expressing the “solidarity of the French people”.British prime minister Theresa May said the UK “stands resolute with our Belgian allies against terror”.A major security cordon was set up around the area, while panicked parents came to collect their children from the school complex.The governor of Liege province said all the children and staff were safe and unhurt.“All the children are fine, those of the primary and kindergarten saw nothing, they were evacuated through the back of the school,” Julie Fernandez, mother of a seven-year-old at the school, told AFP.“They were cared for by staff and psychologists and high school students were cared for in a nearby park,” added Fernandez, who is also an MP.Terror alertBelgium has been on high alert since authorities in January 2015 smashed a terror cell in the town of Verviers that was planning an attack on police.The cell also had links to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the mastermind of the November 2015 Islamic State attacks on Paris that killed 130 people.Belgium further raised its terror alert level after the Paris attack and placed the capital Brussels on lockdown for a week.The country was then hit itself by IS suicide attacks on Brussels airport and a metro station, which killed 32 people in March 2016.In August that same year, a machete-wielding man shouting “Allahu Akbar” attacked two policewomen in the industrial town of Charleroi before being shot dead.The country’s law enforcement agencies and intelligence services came under intense scrutiny for apparently missing a series of leads after the Paris attacks that could have led to the Brussels bombers.
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Citation: Mummified ancient bird offers clues about flight during mid-cretaceous (2016, June 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-mummified-ancient-bird-clues-flight.html Tree resin captures evolution of feathers on dinosaurs and birds The team actually found two bird samples inside a single small piece of amber (which was originally found in Myanmar), both of which belong to enantiornithines—a group of birds that went extinct at approximately the same time as the other dinosaurs—66 million years ago. Prior research had found that such birds had both teeth and wings with claws on their tips. The birds were tiny (the amber piece as a whole was just a few cubic centimeters) and likely juveniles.The team reports that they were able to analyze both samples under microscopes and also by using X-ray micro-computed tomography scanning—they also used UV light to examine the entire amber piece with the bird remains inside to learn more about the way the amber flowed before hardening. That allowed them to make out claw marks near one of the bird samples, which the researchers suggest is likely evidence of the bird struggling to break from the tree resin. They noted that both birds had adult-type feathers which suggested they never had to go through a molting phase, they hatched with feathers already fully formed. The group also notes that the samples are a rare find, most fossilized bird remains are 2D images formed in sedimentary rock. The birds in the amber are true 3D samples which offer the researchers evidence of both skeletal and feather structure in one sample. They also offer something else—color. The feathers are believed to be the same hues they were when the birds were alive, approximately 99 million years ago—pale darks on top with some dots and darker browns on other parts.Interestingly, the researchers also found that the feather arrangement was very similar to modern birds, which meant that despite a different shoulder structure, they probably flew in much the same way as those we see flying around today. The researchers are hoping further study will shed more light on the middle stage of the evolutionary development of flight—between gliding and full powered flying. Explore further Enantiornithes wing and skin sections encased in amber, nicknamed “Rose”. Credit: Royal Saskatchewan Museum (RSM/ R.C. McKellar) More information: Lida Xing et al. Mummified precocial bird wings in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, Nature Communications (2016). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12089AbstractOur knowledge of Cretaceous plumage is limited by the fossil record itself: compression fossils surrounding skeletons lack the finest morphological details and seldom preserve visible traces of colour, while discoveries in amber have been disassociated from their source animals. Here we report the osteology, plumage and pterylosis of two exceptionally preserved theropod wings from Burmese amber, with vestiges of soft tissues. The extremely small size and osteological development of the wings, combined with their digit proportions, strongly suggests that the remains represent precocial hatchlings of enantiornithine birds. These specimens demonstrate that the plumage types associated with modern birds were present within single individuals of Enantiornithes by the Cenomanian (99 million years ago), providing insights into plumage arrangement and microstructure alongside immature skeletal remains. This finding brings new detail to our understanding of infrequently preserved juveniles, including the first concrete examples of follicles, feather tracts and apteria in Cretaceous avialans.Press release Journal information: Nature Communications © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from China, Canada and the U.S. has found an example of mummified remains of a bird from the mid-cretaceous period, in amber. As they note in their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the remains represent the first example of skeletal material alongside feathers in Mesozoic amber. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Europeans receptive to new welfare policy ideas Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: julkaisut.valtioneuvosto.fi/bi … quence=1&isAllowed=y Explore further Citation: Universal basic income experiment made people happier but not more likely to get a job (2019, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-02-universal-basic-income-people-happier.html The experiment carried out by the government tested the idea of a concept called universal basic income (UBI), which guarantees participants a certain basic standard of living via direct cash transfer. The standard of living guaranteed includes reasonably nice housing, sufficient food, proper health care, and a means for engaging with the surrounding community. UBI is an idea that has been kicked around and tested before, but thus far, findings have produced mixed results. In this new experiment, the Finnish government randomly chose 2,000 people who were receiving unemployment benefits and offered them a roughly equal sum without the attendant job search requirements. Normally, there are also restrictions on how the money can be used. Subjects in the experiment were given free rein—they could live on the dole with no worries, and they would keep receiving their money even if they got a job. The experiment lasted from the beginning of January in 2017 until the end of December 2018. The results of the experiment have been widely anticipated as polls show that most people believe UBI would make people less interested in finding a job.The government asked the volunteers how they were doing during the experiment via questionnaire. Over half reported that their heath was either good or very good. In contrast, just 46 percent of a control group said the same. The UBI participants also scored higher when reporting trust levels in the government and when asked about their future outlook. In general, the FSII report concluded that overall welfare for those participating in the UBI experiment was higher than for the control group. But there was also a downside. Unemployment for those in the UBI experiment remained at basically the same levels as for the control group. © 2019 Science X Network Finland’s Social Insurance Institution (FSII) has published the results of an income experiment it carried out for two years to learn more about ways to reduce unemployment. They report that their experiment showed that giving unemployed people a no-strings-attached guaranteed income instead of an unemployment allowance made them happier and less stressed—but it did not make them any more or less likely to get a job. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.