Fajardo aware of tough road ahead for Gilas, but believes ‘nothing is impossible’

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ But rather than be overwhelmed with his situation, the three-time PBA Most Valuable Player believes that the team’s success wouldn’t be dependent on his efforts alone.“It’s still the team,” he said. “As long as we have teamwork and trust on ourselves, each other, and the coaches, we can do it. We just have to follow coach’s system and his instructions.”Fajardo said that the team realizes the realities Gilas Pilipinas have been dealt with, but that doesn’t mean that the Philippines will just roll over and die.“Nothing’s impossible,” he said. “We know that it’s going to be hard, but we believe that we’ll be able to win and we’ll do nothing but our best.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo knows he has big shoes to fill for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.Without naturalized player Andray Blatche, the Cebuano giant will be thrust into the spotlight as he will be counted on to hold the paint against the giants of Asia.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “It’s going to be difficult because it’s tough to fill the shoes left by Andray because he’s our go-to guy,” he said in Filipino.Blatche opted to sit out the Asian championships following security concerns in Lebanon, as well as financial issues, according to an earlier Inquirer report.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Syracuse-born big man has been with Gilas since the 2014 Fiba World Cup, and was a part of the silver medal-winning squad which competed in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship in Changsha, China. He last played for the country in the 2017 Seaba Championship last May.Fajardo, meanwhile, will be bracing for only his second appearance in the continental meet — his first coming in 2013 here in Manila where he played sparingly as the team’s greenhorn. No plans yet as Andre Paras focused on honing skills View commentslast_img read more

1 nabbed for Berbice fuel station’s robbery

first_imgA man is now in Police custody after he was nabbed following a probe into a robbery that took place on Thursday last at Sookpaul Service Station in Springlands, Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).One of the bandits caught on CCTV footage at the gas stationThis is according to Commander of B Division, Paul Langevine, who told this publication that Police are also on the hunt for the suspect’s accomplice.He noted that shortly after reports were made about the robbery, the man in Police custody was apprehended and the hunt commenced for the second male, who is alleged to have aided in the execution of that robbery.On Thursday, two cutlass-wielding bandits approached the pump attendant at the fuel station in question and relieved him of approximately $45,000.The duo then proceeded to fill their bags with commodities from the coolers nearby.However, in the process of doing so, several gunshots rang out a short distance away from the gas station, startling the bandits and resulted in them dropping some of their loot to flee the scene.This publication was told that the robbery had been recorded on CCTV cameras and while the two bandits were executing the crime, one of the gas station’s owners, who is a licensed firearm holder, responded by discharging several rounds in the air.As such, the bandits immediately dropped the bags with the items they removed from the coolers and disappeared. They, however, managed to escape with the stolen money.The matter was subsequently reported and after reviewing the surveillance footage, Police arrested several persons who were taken into custody and were said to have been assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

How birds and insects reacted to the solar eclipse

first_img A break from the buzz—bees go silent during total solar eclipse In this new effort, the researchers sought to better understand how creatures such as birds and insects respond to atypical periods of darkness such as a total solar eclipse. To that end, they gained access to data from 143 weather stations that had captured the activities of multiple birds and insects in different parts of the United States during the August 21, 2017, solar eclipse. They note that due to the short lifespan of birds and insects, none of them would ever have experienced an eclipse before. Thus, the sudden darkness would present an unexpected change in their environment.In looking at the Doppler radar data and analyzing it using machine-learning programs, the researchers were able to establish movements of flying species from near the ground to approximately three miles up in the air. They report seeing unusual activity up to 50 minutes before the eclipse reached totality—many of the flying creatures began returning to ground or other perches. This was particularly so for those flying at high altitudes. The researchers suggest that it seems reasonable to attribute the change in activity to the creatures responding as they would to a storm—seeking shelter is a natural response to weather conditions that can prove deadly for small flying creatures.The researchers also found something they thought was strange: A group of flyers, likely birds, changed their behavior just before totality, suddenly taking flight and quickly settling back to their perches once again. They suggest the reason was because the birds had become confused, at one moment thinking that normal darkness had arrived, only to discover that it was something else.The researchers are planning to collect even more data the next time around—in 2024, a total solar eclipse will once again pass over major parts of the continental United States. They hope more precise radar data might be able to differentiate between animals. 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. Explore further (a) The path of eclipse totality through the network of weather surveillance radars in the continental USA, 21 August 2017. All 143 sites included in this study, coloured by the maximum amount of obscuration. The path of totality, where obscuration is 100%, is shown in grey, and the eight sites located within the path of totality are outlined in black. (b–g) Patterns of biological activity in the atmosphere as sampled by NEXRAD. The smoothed mean (generalized additive model) amount of vertically integrated reflectivity (VIR) at all sites, grouped after amount of maximal obscuration: (b) during the eclipse (less than 80: n = 54, 80–95: n = 58, 95–100: n = 26), (c) at sunset the day of the eclipse (less than 80: n = 52, 80–95: n = 59, 95–100: n = 26); and at the time of day of the eclipse on: (d) 19 August (less than 80: n = 54, 80–95: n = 58, 95–100: n = 27), (e) 20 August (less than 80: n = 54, 80–95: n = 59, 95–100: n = 27), (f) 22 August (less than 80: n = 55, 80–95: n = 59, 95–100: n = 27), and (g) 23 August (less than 80: n = 55, 80–95: n = 60, 95–100: n = 27). Note different scale on y-axis in (c). Credit: Biology Letters (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0485 Citation: How birds and insects reacted to the solar eclipse (2018, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-birds-insects-reacted-solar-eclipse.htmlcenter_img A team of researchers with Cornell University and the University of Oxford has found that birds and insects reacted in some surprising ways to the 2017 U.S. total solar eclipse. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, the group describes their study of birds and insects during the solar eclipse using Doppler radar data and what they found. © 2018 Science X Network More information: Cecilia Nilsson et al. Aeroecology of a solar eclipse, Biology Letters (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0485 Journal information: Biology Letterslast_img read more