Going the distance for himself and a larger purpose

first_img A Harvard physics professor spends a sabbatical trying to break the record for fastest trans-America run Made the Black Hills! But I would trade the killer hills here for the rolling hills @BadlandsNPS or Buffalo Gap Nat. Grassland @USDA_FS_DPG. SD has the best cycling roads so far, with generous shoulders but also grades so subtle you feel like you’re descending even when climbing. pic.twitter.com/8D3xNBWhld— Scott V Edwards (@ScottVEdwards1) July 23, 2020Music has gotten Edwards through a lot of the trip. He plays 1970s rock to get him up some of the steeper hills. When things are mellow, he plays anything from Joni Mitchell and Aretha Franklin to Suzanne Vega and Stevie Wonder. Edwards doesn’t use headphones so he can hear traffic.He also spends a lot of time listening for birds. He’s seen and heard horned larks in northern Ohio, a dickcissel in Indiana, killdeers, and the invasive Eurasian collared doves in Iowa. Run, Jenny, run! Mystery bird solved! Not much to see but the song is from a Dickcissel @CornellBirds #BNA #BlackBirdersWeek Had been hearing them for 2 days in IN and finally linked the song with the bird-a joy of #birdwatching . Also, unexpected bald eagle circling over me and the corn fields pic.twitter.com/8q3ybEbiRQ— Scott V Edwards (@ScottVEdwards1) June 30, 2020Birding and the outdoors have interested Edwards since he was a child. He grew up in Riverdale, a neighborhood of the Bronx, which in the 1970s was “fairly rural,” he said. As a child, he read National Geographic and went camping with his family regularly. A neighbor introduced him to birdwatching.His interest in science followed him to Harvard, where he graduated with a degree in biology in 1986 before earning a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1992. His research focuses on avian biology, including their genetic variation and evolutionary history.Science was always an option he was encouraged to pursue, Edwards said. He wants other children of color to have the same opportunity. He hopes to see more diversity among science professionals and faculty ranks.“It’s all about role models,” Edwards said. “People need to see people like themselves out there … they need to be told that they belong in science and that there’s a place for them.”Reflecting on the journey, Edwards said he’s developed his own hypothesis on cycling and science: The two are a lot alike, he said, especially when it comes to grinding through challenges, like bumpy roads or a mountain of complex data, to get where you’re going.“Realize that the landscape, the circumstances, and occasionally even people will get in your way,” he said. “You just got to prove them wrong.” The past few days had been nothing but narrow-shouldered highways and bumpy gravel roads. Put another way, they’d been enough to make most bicyclists shake their fists at the heavens, said Scott V. Edwards, a professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.It’s a feeling Edwards had gotten to know well. After all, the 57-year-old ornithologist has been cycling across the nation since June 6 in a trek that largely began as a way to fulfill a lifelong goal but became something bigger as the nation began a reckoning with racial injustice.The journey started in Newburyport, Mass., after Edwards dipped his tires in the Atlantic Ocean. He hopes to reach the Oregon coast sometime during the second week of August. There, he plans on touching the Pacific. Covering about 50 to 60 miles a day, he’s getting closer every day, but not every mile is majestic. Some are downright grueling.“I’ve had some great roads with very wide shoulders and few cars,” said Edwards, who’s also the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology. “And I’ve had some roads that make you think you’ve been sent to hell.” This is what a scientist looks like Anonymous small acts of kindness: a short white lady yelled out of her stopped car as I cycled past “I want to buy you an ice cream, stop at Poole’s!” So I did but she was nowhere. About to leave, the owner walked out and gave me a free ice cream! #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/BQ0cjB7kow— Scott V Edwards (@ScottVEdwards1) June 13, 2020Some experiences haven’t been as rosy.On June 26, Edwards tweeted that he’d gotten his first racist comment of the trip from an 84-year-old white man in Monroeville, Ind. The man said, “Blacks got here when God ran out of white paint.” Edwards received a flood of support online, but pointed out it’s something that happens all too often to people of color, even in academia.“That kind of humor was acceptable in his time, and he just doesn’t realize that the world has changed,” Edward said. He’s also noticed that in some rural communities, the movement has been associated with looting and violence. He tries to reason with people who think that, he said.On the Fourth of July, Edwards spent some time in Galesburg, Ill., the hometown of the founder of population genetics Sewall Wright. He visited the cottage where the poet Carl Sandburg was born, and the site of an 1858 debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas. After that, he crossed over the Mississippi River and entered Iowa.On July 23, he found himself staring in awe at the Black Hills in South Dakota. And five days later, he’d made it to the Crow Reservation in Montana and was heading for Billings. Departments shut labs, put down papers for a day to read, think, and discuss racial inequities and start devising concrete solutions in the fields Part of the answer can be read on the signs fixed to his bike. They are in support of Black Lives Matter, Black Birders Week, and #ShutDownSTEM, a one-day work stoppage held in June to spark action against systemic racism in the scientific and academic communities.Edwards notes that the trip was one he’d longed to make for years. But as a Black birder and a Black scientist, he decided he also wanted to raise awareness of the movements and give his trip a larger purpose as racial tensions across the country continued to escalate. He added the signs a few days after setting out.“It’s important for folks to see that African Americans do enjoy nature. It’s important to showcase that we like camping and show it’s not just the domain of white people,” Edwards said. Project aims to give young students real-life STEM role models STEM takes a knee for reflection and reckoning Take the unpaved obstacle course he traversed in western Iowa a month into his journey. That was one of the bad ones, he said. It was narrow, hard to pedal, and the shoulder was nothing but stones. Edwards had to pull off to the side and come to a full stop each time a car or truck passed. And all that with a bicycle that weighed about 100 pounds because of all the supplies on it. “Those are the points where you, kind of, say: ‘What am I doing here?’” Edwards said. With the pandemic clearing his summer schedule of commitments like conferences or lab work, he decided in the spring it was finally time. He vaguely mapped out a route that would take him from the Atlantic to the Pacific, promised to send his two daughters (one of whom recently cycled across the U.S.) pictures of every dog he met on the way, and set a departure date.Edwards starts cycling at about 8:30 a.m. every day after having breakfast, usually cereal, and plotting the day’s course. If he’s in a town, he’ll sometimes indulge in some bacon and eggs.It’s pretty much straight riding after that. He stops every 15 miles or so for a drink or snack. Lunch consists of a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Edward stops at about 4 or 5 p.m. on a good day. On a slow day, it’s not until about 7 p.m. He sleeps mainly at campgrounds. There have been a few homestays, though, and the occasional hotel.“I’m not like a purist in that regard,” Edwards said. “I’m a pretty regular guy. I often joke that bike touring is the one sport that you can do well and still have a paunch.”,Still, while Edwards doesn’t consider himself elite, he is no pushover. He is making the trip unassisted. There’s no van following him carrying his stuff. His bicycle, which he aptly calls the “aircraft carrier,” is loaded with bags carrying food, snacks, and supplies like a tent and spare clothes. He restocks at stores he passes en route, always wearing a mask and social distancing.The trip has been filled with sights, sounds, and people from across the nation. Edwards has documented much of it on his newly created Twitter account, @ScottVEdwards1.On June 13, a woman in Cortland, N.Y., yelled out of her car for him to pull over so she could buy him an ice cream at a local drive-in diner. On June 24, he was treated to dinner in Bowling Green, Ohio. He calls these experiences random acts of kindness. Some of them have been because of the signs. People have also waved, honked, or thanked him for raising awareness. Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Johnson strikes twice to lead Leafs past pesky Bruins

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s something about third periods and the Grand Forks Border Bruins that keeps Leaf fans on the edge of their seats.For the second straight game the Bruins staged a third-period rally, only this time falling short in a 5-4 loss to the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena.“I wasn’t here for that game (a 6-5, December 12 loss to the Bruins) but I heard about it,” said the game’s first star, Dustin Johnson, who finished the contest with three points for the home side.“Grand Forks, from what I saw playing them tonight, is a team that is not going to give up no matter what the score.”“So for us heading into playoffs we’ve got to focus on not giving up those leads,” Johnson added.It was obvious from the start most of the Nelson players still had nightmares from the pre-Christmas collapse.The Leafs took the play to the Bruins from the opening puck drop, firing 20 some shots at the Grand Forks net.Patrick Martens and Taylor O’Neil, on the power play, gave the Leafs a 2-0 lead after one period.In the second Johnson struck twice with one of the markers coming with the man advantage. Joel Stewart had the other marker to increase the Nelson lead to 5-2 after 40 minutes.However penalties, the key during the previous encounter in December, gave the momentum to Grand Forks. Cody Larsen, once on the power play, scored twice to cut the lead to 5-4.The Bruins pressed for the equalizer but Marcus Beesley made some huge saves to keep Nelson in front.The Leafs finished game out shooting the Bruins 51-24.Beesley, in goal while starter Darren Hogg rests his injured leg, registered his tenth win of the season.Next game for the Leafs is Friday, January 21 when the Kalona Chiefs pay a visit to the NDCC Arena.LEAF NOTES: Jeremy Mandoli backed up Beesley in the Leaf nets. . . . Blake Arcuri did not play as did Gavin Currie. . . .Dustin Johnson, who broke into the KIJHL with Summerland Sting in the 2006-07 season, has a five-game points streak. . . .Darren Hogg, injured during the recent road trip in Golden, lost his chance to play in the KIJHL Prospect’s Game. Alex Ross of Castlegar will replace Hogg. However, the news is better for Riley Henderson, who gets his shot during the KIJHL All Star contest after starter Darren Tarasoff was hurt. . . .Currie’s spot on the Kootenay team is taken by Ryan Aynsley of Castlegar. . . .Leaf coach and GM Chris Shaw traded winger Connor McLaughlin to the Fernie Ghostriders. It’s believed McLaughlin may not be avaliable to play again until the Riders play host to the Cyclone Taylor Cup in [email protected]last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgRum-Bar national darts league The Rum-Bar National Darts League continued on Sunday at Big Guy’s Lawn, Priory, St Ann. Eight matches were contested, with Central Miners taking sole leadership in the standings with narrow 4-3 victories against MoBay Darters and Chelsea Precision, who were dropping their first point. Weekend Results: BOJ Gators 5, Portmore Stimulus 2; Dynasty MoBay 3, Central Miners 2; Guy’s Darters 3, Chelsea Precision 4; Shooting STARS 4, MoBay Darters 3; Central Miners 4, Chelsea Precision 3; MoBay Darters (MISSING), Dynasty MoBay 7; Portmore Contenders 3, Guy’s Darters 4; Portmore Stimulus Shooting STARS 3. Standings: Central Miners 4, Chelsea Precision 3, Guy’s Darters 3, Dynasty MoBay 2, Portmore Contenders 1, BOJ Gators 1, Portmore Stimulus 1, Shooting STARS 1, MoBay Darters 0. Serena SI’s Sportsperson of the Year NEW YORK (AP): Serena Williams is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year – the first female athlete honoured on her own by the magazine in more than 30 years. Williams came within two matches of tennis’ first calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988, a bid that ended with a semi-final loss at the US Open. In all, the 34-year-old American went 53-3 during 2015 with five titles, including at the Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon. Williams was No. 1 in the WTA rankings all season. “She was the most deserving person for the award. She had an amazing year. The way she won her events; the fact that she’s done this for so many years at such a high level,” said Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of the Sports Illustrated Group. “She was a terrific candidate in a year of terrific candidates.” The cover photo of Williams – in high heels, sitting on a throne – was “her idea, intended … to express her own ideal of femininity, strength, power,” managing editor Christian Stone wrote on SI.com. Honduras ex-president headed to US for probe MEXICO CITY (AP): Honduras’ foreign minister says ex-President Rafael Callejas has left the country aboard a private plane with the intention of turning himself in to United States authorities investigating corruption and kickbacks in FIFA, soccer’s scandal-plagued governing body. Arturo Corrales said yesterday that Callejas had made the decision on advice from his lawyers but would not say exactly where or when the ex-president would turn himself in. The United States previously requested Callejas’ extradition. Callejas served as president from 1990-94 and is a current member of FIFA’s television and marketing committee. He was one of about 20 soccer officials indicted on charges with bribes and kickbacks in a 92-count indictment. Callejas was president of Honduras’ soccer federation from 2002 to 2015. Court drops tax fraud probe into Messi MADRID (AP): A Spanish court has dropped a tax fraud investigation into Lionel Messi and his foundation linked to six friendly matches. Spain’s Prosecutor had asked the court to investigate possible tax offences over games held between June 16, 2012, and July 6, 2013, in the United States, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru.last_img read more

Tanzanian Club Azam holds Uganda Cranes to a draw

first_imgThe Cranes team that was held to a 2-2 draw by Azam FC. Courtesy photo.By Shaban BentekeUganda Cranes played out a 2 all draw with Tanzanian money bags Azam FC at the St Marys stadium in kitende this evening.This was Cranes second warm up game in four days after running out 2-0 winners on Saturday against Azam Premier League reigning champions KCCA FC.Azam FC who are in the country for a 10-day training camp gave Cranes a good run for their money having taken the lead on the stroke of half time through star striker Jr Waziri after a brilliant display that held off Uganda’s defender Bernard Muwanga.Uganda’s interim coach Moses Basena made seven changes at the start of the second half and they paid dividends as sub Muzamiru Mutyaba fed the ball to captain Nicholas Wadada who took a shot from the tightest of angles for the equaliser.Basena made a further three subs with Onduparaka’s Shaban Muhammed Viper’s new signing Tom Masiko and SC Villa’s Simon Sserunkuma on for URA’s Shafic Kagimu, SC Villa’s Bernard Muwanga and SC Viper’s Milton Karisa.Ten minutes to stoppage time, Azam FC scored their second and third goal of the game through Joseph Kimwagu and it looked to be the winner before defender Karim Himin brought down Shaban Muhammed for a late penalty. Muzamiru Mutyaba made no mistake from the spot as he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way for a late equalizer.Commentslast_img read more

Local vendors still cashing in on 2010

first_imgSoweto vendors are hard at work, makingcraft to send overseas to tourists whocame for the World Cup and loved theirwork. (Image: Makoena Pabale) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dennis Creighton Soweto Tours +27 11 315 1534 RELATED ARTICLES • SA vendors ready for World Cup • Millions to boosts SA’s 2010 legacy • SA gains from 2010 security plan • World Cup’s transport legacyNosimilo Ramela It’s been six months since the final game of the 2010 Fifa World Cup was played in South Africa and the last of the foreign tourists returned home, but small vendors in this country say they are still reaping the benefits.  South African street traders say that brushing up on different languages ahead of the tournament was really worth it – and they’re still getting craft orders from overseas fans.Thulani Mabhena is a vendor outside the Hector Peterson Museum in Orlando West, Soweto – South Africa’s biggest township. He picked up some French so that he’d be able to converse with World Cup tourists who visited the museum and expressed interest in buying some of his handmade crafts.A hot spot for tourists in general, the museum on Khumalo Street commemorates the 1976 Soweto Uprising and is named after the first pupil who was killed in the protest.“My business did really well during the World Cup,” said Mabhena, who sells handmade beaded leather shoes, shirts, hats, wooden bangles, wooden wine glasses, handmade painted tablecloths, calabashes, small sculptures of elephants and rhinos, key holders and other ornaments painted in the colours of the South African flag.Mabhena said it was a happy time for both the tourists and for his business. “We got to exchange cultures. With my conversational French I was able to sit with some of the tourists and chat about life and the amazing experience of the World Cup. We talked about our favourite teams and players, and I taught them how to play the legendary vuvuzela.”He said tourists felt safe in the township and spent time before and after games enjoying the culture, food and drinks at local spots close to where he worked. “It was amazing how free everyone was. I taught some of the visitors how to sing and dance South African style, it was a lot of fun. The best part was making sales … many of the tourists thought my stuff was magnifique (magnificent, in French) and bon marché (cheap, in French).”Mabhena said he is still hard at work keeping up with a number of orders for “local treasures” – such as calabashes and animal sculptures – which foreigners want packaged and sent back to them as a reminder of their time in Africa.“The crafts painted with South African flags were also quite popular with many tourists – they also asked me to tailor-make some crafts painted with their countries’ flags too.”A recipe for successDuring the 2010 tournament Ntabiseng Molefe and Lufuno Mgomane were based a few kilometres from Soccer City, which hosted the opening and closing matches. They learned Portuguese so they could chat to fans supporting their food business. “We sold plates and plates of pap and tripe, a local delicacy,” said Molefe.“Business is a bit slow now because there isn’t the same flow of people coming to the stadium, however, we have used the money we made during that time to pay for baking and cooking classes so we can open a small shop and sell food,” said Mgomane.She said many World Cup tourists asked them to write out the recipes and ingredients of the food they sold, so the fans could make the dishes back home. “Many were willing to pay for the recipes, but we were happy to give it to them for free. A lot of them insisted so, well, we were not going to refuse money.”Breaking into new markets“I made a killing on vuvuzelas,” said Siphamandla Njilo. “ I was just travelling around fan parks and along stadium routes all over Gauteng with vuvuzelas and flags. Within two hours I would be rushing back home to get more vuvuzelas and make more orders because tourists loved them so much and snapped them up within minutes.”Njilo said he couldn’t believe how popular the loud plastic horns were. “It was crazy … everyone wanted to blow one, it was all you could hear from any part of South Africa. It may have irritated some, but it excited me because I made major money from it.”As with the other vendors, Njilo said he is still enjoying the financial benefits of the World Cup. “Ive put my money away and want to go to school to learn how to make crafts that celebrate football and African culture. I could send these overseas to be sold there. I think I’ll do well, I saw how many foreign visitors loved African craft and I want to break into that market.”last_img read more

New compound could stop mosquitoes

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest You may someday hear less of that buzzing sound.A team led by scientists from The Ohio State University and Vanderbilt University has taken the next step toward developing an improved, sustainable mosquito insecticide — one that won’t cause the biting, sometimes-disease-carrying pests to become resistant to it.If successful, their work could one day help fight the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika and malaria.In an article published last fall in the journal Scientific Reports, Ohio State entomologists Peter Piermarini and Reed Johnson, Vanderbilt pharmacologist Jerod Denton, and colleagues reported several new findings about a mosquito-killing compound they’ve been studying, including that it seems safe for adult honey bees.Piermarini and Johnson are faculty members in Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. They’re based at the college’s research arm, the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster.Called VU041, the experimental compound targets a mosquito’s kidneys — or Malpighian tubules, to be exact — instead of its nervous system, as most current mosquito insecticides do. By doing that, Piermarini said, the new compound bypasses a mosquito’s mechanisms for developing resistance.Insecticide resistance is a “major challenge” in controlling mosquitoes, Piermarini said. It can hamstring efforts to control new mosquito-borne disease outbreaks when they occur, such as when Zika was detected last year in mosquitoes in parts of Miami, Florida — the first finding of the virus in mosquitoes on the U.S. mainland. Zika can cause birth defects in babies borne to infected mothers.Resistance also can shrink what’s already a “very limited” arsenal of usable mosquito insecticides, Piermarini said.“Most of the current mosquito insecticides target the nervous system, and in some cases, resistance to one of those insecticides leads to resistance to others,” he said. Because of that, he said, “We need to develop new insecticides that are toxic to mosquitoes via new mechanisms if we want to develop an effective chemical toolkit for controlling mosquitoes.”VU041 works by affecting certain potassium channels in the kidneys of adult mosquitoes, which shuts down the kidneys themselves. Potassium channels are types of proteins that regulate functions in cells.The effect is problematic for female mosquitoes, because they, not the males, are the ones that feed on blood. Drinking all that liquid — equal to two to three times their body weight — makes them have to urinate.But female mosquitoes treated with VU041 can’t go. They can’t excrete the salts and fluid that come from the blood they ingest. Result: They swell up and die. “In some cases,” Denton said in a Vanderbilt press release, “they just pop.”For the study, the scientists looked specifically at VU041’s effects on the mosquitoes Aedes aegypti, the main transmitter of Zika, and Anopheles gambiae, a leading vector of malaria. They found, for example, that it:is toxic when applied to a mosquito’s cuticle, or outside surface;is toxic to mosquitoes resistant to current insecticides;doesn’t hurt adult honey bees, but further safety testing would be needed on honey bees’ other life stages and also on other insect species, including other beneficial pollinators.“We included honey bee toxicity in the study because of concerns that existing insecticides used for mosquito and agricultural pest control are contributing to a decline in beneficial insects, such as honey bees and other pollinators,” Piermarini said. “We certainly don’t want to solve one problem, mosquitoes, by contributing to another one, honey bee decline.”The team also determined that VU041 “moderately inhibits” a single potassium channel present in human heart tissue — a red flag in terms of its safety around people — but that a tweaked version called VU730 avoids the problem while still being effective against mosquitoes.Taken together, the study’s findings suggest that VU041 or VU730 could serve as a chemical “scaffold” for creating a sprayed insecticide, Piermarini said.“We’re still in the discovery stage of this research, so it could easily be five to 10 years away for a potential usable product,” he said. “But it’s an important step forward in our initial work that demonstrated that potassium channels in the kidneys of mosquitoes are valuable molecular targets for the development of new insecticides.”last_img read more

Neutral report for April

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Shortly before the report on April 10 corn was down 2 cents, soybeans were up 8 cents, with wheat down 6 cents. Traders were looking for corn ending stocks to increase due to less corn being fed. Also, soybean production was expected to increase in Brazil.Shortly after the report corn was unchanged and soybeans were up 11 cents. Corn ending stocks were up 55 million bushels. Soybean ending stocks were down 5 million bushels, traders had expected them to increase a small amount. No surprises for corn or soybeans. Brazil soybean production was up 2 million tons, no surprise. Argentina soybean production was lowered 7 million tons.The main focus of news in recent days has been the US/China trade situation. Volatility has been extreme and is ever changing. There
continues to be a huge war of words from both sides. The reality to
keep in front of us is that it will be late May or later before any
actions begin to take place.Bottom line, no big surprises today.We all know that the weather has not been conducive to corn or soybean plantings taking place across the Midwest. With current weather it will be two weeks plus before we will see planters rolling in earnest.Soil temperatures are obviously below what is needed and will be when we see daily highs struggle to reach 60 degrees as seen during the first 10 days of April. Weather will be in the news in huge amounts for the month. It will be dominant on days when China trade concerns fall off the cliff. It will be big one day and virtually zero two days later. We will not see more reports from USDA on corn and soybean acres until June 29. Next month USDA will provide their first supply and demand tables for the 2018 corn and soybeans.This report will be quickly dismissed as China and weather will dominate the news.last_img read more

Louie Alas: Wherever Kevin wants to be, we’ll support him

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 READ: Basketball is part of Alas family cultureWith his new capacity, he has the power to make a move to acquire his son, but Louie doesn’t want to hinder Kevin’s development in NLEX where he has flourished under head coach Yeng Guiao.Kevin ended the PBA Governors’ Cup with averages of 14.27 points, 6.18 rebounds, and 2.91 assists per game.READ: No reunion for Alas, son at Phoenix “He’s happy in NLEX. As for us, we’ll always be behind him,” said Louie. “If he tells me ‘dad I want to play for you’ maybe I’ll make a move but I see that he’s super comfortable in his team and with coach Yeng.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Down to his last five years of coaching, Louie Alas gets opportunity of a lifetime View comments Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Alas Family: Kevin, Liza, Louie, Kieffer, Kenneth and Kristoffer. Photo from Kevin Alas’ social media accounts.The father-son duo of Louie Alas and Kevin Alas had become synonymous with Letran from 2009 until 2013 when the Knights flourished as contenders for the title.It’s been almost four years since the two donned the same colors, with Kevin playing for Rain or Shine, TNT, and now NLEX in the PBA and father Louie serving as an assistant for Alaska.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Louie Alas gets wish with Alaska winning and son Kevin playing wellThe renewed partnership between the two had floated the moment the elder Alas was appointed as the new head coach of Phoenix, replacing Ariel Vanguardia.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 shutoutBut Louie admits but that’s far from his mind, knowing how satisfied his son is with his team.“My wife [Liza] and I will support Kevin wherever he’s happy,” said Louie in Filipino Thursday at SportsIQ, Inquirer’s omniplatform sports talk show. “He’s very happy right now with NLEX and of course with his girlfriend Selina [Dagdag].”last_img read more

Video: Iowa Governor Terry Branstad Hit The Dab In Iowa State’s Locker Room After Win Over Kansas

first_imgA Nike logo is visible on a basketball before the match-up between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Baylor Bears.AMES, IA – JANUARY 7: A Nike logo is visible on a basketball before the match-up between the Iowa State Cyclones and the Baylor Bears on January 7, 2014 at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)It’s a good time to be a college basketball fan in Iowa. The Iowa Hawkeyes are No. 3 in the AP Poll and No. 4 in the Coaches’ Poll, and Iowa State may be back on the rise after a big home win on Monday night against Kansas. After the game, governor Terry Branstad made his way to the Cyclones locker room. There, he was convinced to hit “the dab,” which is still a dance that people are doing.I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t get him to “run off on da plug twice,” but its probably for the best.last_img read more

Russia Plane crash caused by pilots error on speed data

first_imgMOSCOW – Investigators say the crash of a Russian passenger plane that killed all 71 people on board may have been caused by the pilots’ failure to activate heating for pressure measurement equipment, resulting in flawed speed data.The Interstate Aviation Committee said Tuesday, after studying the plane’s flight data recorder, that Sunday’s crash occurred after the pilots saw varying data on the plane’s two air speed indicators.The flawed indication came because the pilots failed to turn on the heating unit for the plane’s pressure measurement equipment prior to takeoff.The pilots put the An-148 on autopilot after taking off from Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport but took manual controls back when they saw clashing speed data.The plane plummeted into a snowy field six minutes after takeoff, killing all 65 passengers and six crew.last_img read more