Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It’s really painful, disappointing conference for us. It’s more painful knowing it’s our first time to miss the quarterfinals. A lot more sleepless nights especially that we’re going to have to wait until December for the all-Filipino before we can play again.” Phoenix coach Ariel Vanguardia. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Phoenix has had a busy season after being involved in several trade deals.The Fuel Masters, however, aren’t done yet in revamping their roster especially after a failed campaign in the 2017 Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “Obviously, [we have] a need for additional big man in the draft. We don’t need just one, we need two more big men. Doug (Kramer) played well today, but we don’t have any more big man yet to complement, especially in the all-Filipino,” said Phoenix head coach Ariel Vanguardia after a loss to Rain or Shine on Wednesday eliminated the Fuel Masters from playoff contention.“Our bigs like Willie Wilson, Eriobu are small bigs. We’re looking at the draft and of course, we are open to trades. We always discuss with management whatever comes our way that’s how we rebuild.”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 shutoutThe Fuel Masters made several moves this season. They traded second-year playmaker Simon Enciso to Alaska for veteran guard RJ Jazul, before acquiring former national team mainstay Jeff Chan from Rain or Shine, who got Mark Borboran and a future second round pick in return.Phoenix have also unloaded flashy guard Cyrus Baguio and got Dylan Ababou and NLEX’s 2020 second round pick. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients The team also took part in a three-team deal that sent TNT’s Ranidel de Ocampo to Meralco on Monday where the Fuel Masters let go of rookie Norbert Torres and ended up with the Bolts’ first round pick in this year’s draft and the KaTropa’s second round pick in 2019.Phoenix had a promising start this conference, winning its first two games. But the Fuel Masters’ campaign took a turn for the worse after their explosive import Eugene Phelps suffered a foot injury last month and star swingman Matthew Wright missed five games due to national team commitments.“Honestly, we didn’t know that Eugene’s injury was a stress fracture on his left foot. He was playing with pain and he wasn’t the same,” Vanguardia recalled. “We had to make a change, and Brandon (Brown) wasn’t in shape yet. We lost that long preparation we had before the conference.”“We also didn’t get lucky with the schedule. Our national team player missed the most out of our games. He missed five games this conference. It was tough because we saw how he can deliver when he’s with us for long stretches,” Vanguardia said of Wright.Wright unleashed 36 points while Brandon Brown added 33 points and 20 rebounds, but despite their big production, Phoenix still went on to drop its eighth straight game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules01:37Protesters 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 PVL: San Beda thwarts St. Benilde for second win View comments
Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Beermen now have their sights set on a fourth consecutive PBA Philippine Cup championship, a feat that has never been done before.“We just have to move on. We’re going to bounce back next conference. We can still make history with four straight All-Filipino titles,” said June Mar Fajardo in Filipino after SMB got blown out by Barangay Ginebra in the 2017 Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.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 shutoutREAD: Ginebra thwarts San Miguel’s grand slam bid, enters semisIt was a painful exit for the Beermen, who suffered their worst loss of the season. “We are the defending champions of the All-Filipino the last three years, we’ve been the best team in the PBA for the last three or four years” he said.“Just cause we fell short today doesn’t mean we’re still not the best team. I think a lot of people think that we’re still the best team in the PBA regardless of our shortcomings this conference.”The 32-year-old Ross, who was the Finals MVP in the 2017 Philippine Cup, said the team can’t wait to be back on the court.“We’re eager to get going in the All-Filipino, we want to take a rest and rest our bodies because it’s a long year and we played more games by far than any team in the PBA so we need to rest our bodies, come back and defend our crown.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City It’s done: Wade makes it official, signs with Cleveland LATEST STORIES As its quest for a Grand Slam ended on Wednesday night, San Miguel Beer quickly shifted its focus on a different shot at history.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The setback, however, also put things in perspective for San Miguel.“Just cause we don’t win the grand slam doesn’t mean we didn’t have a great year,” guard Chris Ross said. “We had a great year, we won two conferences, five out of nine championships, it’s not a failure.”“Sometimes you fall short in life, sometimes it’s how you bounce back from shortcomings so I’m sure it will hurt, it hurts all of us in the locker room but there’s some smiles over there and we got something to play for in the All-Filipino is to win that conference four straight.”READ: San Miguel ends Ginebra’s 7-game run Ross believes the title of being the best team in the PBA still belongs to the Beermen despite their early exit.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
The OSU women’s volleyball team celebrates after a win against Michigan State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes won the match 3-0. Credit: Luke Swartz | For The LanternFrom the first serve of the match on Saturday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team was in control. The Buckeyes handed the Michigan State Spartans a loss after a show-stopping performance at St. John Arena. No. 19 OSU outplayed the No. 11 Spartans in every category. The team’s dominance led to the Buckeyes dealing Michigan State a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-19, 25-19). Just two weeks ago, it was the Buckeyes who were scratching their heads after the Spartans swept them in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State was on a two-match winning streak prior to Saturday, which included a impressive upset over No. 3 Minnesota. The win boosts OSU to 14-8 on the season. OSU coach Geoff Carlston said his team was playing with the fire to show everyone what Ohio State volleyball stands for. “They beat us pretty handily at their place, so (I told them) this is really about ‘defending the jersey,” he said. OSU was able to rally back from a handful of small deficits in the first set and went on a five-point run to take the late advantage, 22-19. A monstrous kill from senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe on set point sent the Buckeyes to a 1-0 lead. A Michigan State 3-0 lead to start out the second set would be squandered quickly by an OSU 4-0 run. The Buckeyes would fall behind again, but were brought back to life by aggressive attacking from junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and company. OSU delivered nine unanswered points to close out the second set, 25-19. With two sets to their advantage, the Buckeyes maintained steady control in the third, holding onto the lead the entire set. A solo block on match point by sophomore setter Taylor Hughes put the lid on the team’s stunning performance.Schirmer led the Buckeyes with 13 kills, followed by Sandbothe with 12. Both junior outside hitter Ashley Wenz and Hughes had attacking percentages over .500. Hughes also chipped in 37 assists. With such a stark contrast in results from the first matchup two weeks ago, Carlston said one of the major differences in his team Saturday was determination to avenge its last loss to the Spartans. “It’s kind of nice to play only a couple weeks later so you can really lock in on, ‘Hey, this was only two weeks ago, you kind of got it (a loss) handed to you,’” he said. “’What are you going to do about it?’”Senior libero Valeria León added that OSU had a steady handle on every aspect of play, which allowed the team to keep its composure. “We had more control of the tempo of the game,” she said. “We wanted to out-dig them and out-block them … trusting in the game plan and trusting in each other, I think that’s what helped us get that ‘W’.”Not only was León a major contributor to the Buckeyes’ victory against the Spartans (14 digs), she also solidified her own place in OSU history. In front of nearly 2,600 fans on her home court, León reached the top spot for most career digs in the program. León said she couldn’t have imagined being in this position four years ago, but felt very honored to make her mark. “When you first sign and you come here, you don’t think about breaking records,” she said. “but it’s really cool to leave my name and leave my legacy.” León has been flirting with the record for a few weeks now. After OSU’s game at Penn State on Wednesday, she stood within one dig of the title. León said people have been joking with her saying she purposely played it out so she could reach the achievement at St. John Arena. “People would think that I planned on doing that, but I didn’t,” she laughed. “It was definitely special breaking that record at St. John, because I’ve been playing in front of those fans since freshman year.”Carlston said León’s four-year journey has been incredible for him to watch and to take part in as her coach.“It’s why you coach in a lot of ways,” he said. “To see her grow from her freshman year to this year and to get that record, that’s a big deal.” With a little less than half of the season left, León has the potential to blow the top off of the career digs record and create a new goal for future players to strive for. The Buckeyes will be back in action on Wednesday when they take on the Maryland Terrapins at 6 p.m. in College Park, Maryland.
Courtesy of MCTThe LGBT rights movement seems to slowly but surely be making progress in the United States. Same-sex marriage is only legalized in nine states and the District of Columbia, but three of those states voted to legalize marriage in the 2012 elections. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court is currently debating the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, which both define marriage as only between a man and a woman.While many politicians, entertainment and TV personalities have revealed their homosexuality in recent years and have received widespread support from their peers, the world of sports, and in particular men’s sports, has not progressed as quickly.The civil rights movement toward LGBT acceptance within sports took a big step forward on Monday, when NBA center Jason Collins became the first active player to come out as gay in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL).“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” Collins wrote to open a cover story for Sports Illustrated that was published online Monday.In one sentence, Collins broke a longstanding barrier within men’s professional team sports. While there have been athletes in all four major sports leagues to reveal their homosexuality after retiring from professional sports, none has come out with the intent of continuing their career in professional sports.“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport,” Collins wrote in Sports Illustrated. “But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation.”Collins is a 12-year NBA veteran who has played for six different teams, has scored more than 2,500 points and grabbed more than 2,500 rebounds in his career, and is known for being a physical player — Collins led the NBA with 322 personal fouls for the 2004-05 season.Being gay didn’t stop him from doing any of that.There is one caveat in Collins’ status as an active professional athlete: he may never play another NBA game. As a member of two different teams (Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards) this season, he scored just 41 points in 38 games, and he will be a free agent this summer.It shouldn’t matter.The fact that Collins is revealing his homosexuality, having played in the NBA and still intending to play in the NBA, is a step forward in itself. Even more importantly, Collins has received support publicly from numerous current and former NBA star players, including Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Shaquille O’Neal and Magic Johnson.“Jason’s sexuality doesn’t change the fact that he is a great friend and was a great teammate,” Kidd, who is currently a New York Knicks point guard and previously played for the New Jersey Nets with Collins, tweeted Monday.Collins’ supporters have ranged far and wide, also including Michelle Obama, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and former Columbus Crew soccer player Robbie Rogers, who came out as gay in February but also retired simultaneously.Kluwe is the co-author of an amicus brief titled “Athletes’ Brief,” along with NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (who also tweeted his support for Collins on Monday), that was sent to the Supreme Court in March in petition opposing Proposition 8, and was signed by a number of professional athletes and sports-related figures who support marriage equality.The NFL has not had any active player come out as gay yet, but during an event at OSU on April 8, Kluwe said he thinks the issue will “blow over in a month or two” once one NFL player does come out as gay.“The first guy or guys that come out, yeah, there’s going to be some attention, but after that, no one will care,” Kluwe said. “Then it becomes, how well can you play football, which is the way it should be.”Now that a male professional athlete in a major sport has come out as gay, we get to find out whether the issue will “blow over” quickly.Earlier this month, Brittney Griner acknowledged her own homosexuality in an interview with Sports Illustrated after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.“I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn’t hard at all. If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way,” Griner told Sports Illustrated.Griner’s acknowledgement did not receive nearly the attention that Collins’ story did on Monday. Women’s sports, however, has had a precedent of star athletes being openly gay, including three-time WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes and tennis legends Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.Regardless of whether Collins plays another NBA game or not, his revelation has set that precedent for male professional athletes.Between Collins, Griner and Rogers all acknowledging their homosexuality within the past three months, the hope is that more professional athletes who are closeted homosexuals will feel comfortable being open about their own sexuality.Furthermore, the support they have received from not only the sports community, but the community at large, should provide an inspiration for LGBT athletes at all levels to embrace who they are, and know that there are many members of the community who will support them for being who they are.If the current trend continues, we may not be too far removed from a nation where being a homosexual athlete is no longer a story, and we will be able to focus simply upon how well an athlete, regardless of their sexuality, can play their sport. That is, like Kluwe said, the way it should be.
File photo- Pedestrians walk past a Punjab National Bank office in Mumbai, India February 21, 2018.REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiThe central government is planning to invite selected lenders for another round of merger in public sector banks (PSBs). The lenders that may be called for proposed round 2 of PSB merger include Punjab National Bank (PNB), Union Bank of India and Bank of India (BoI). If the finance ministry goes ahead with the plans, this would be the second merger this year after the centre merged Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank. Starting this financial year, both Vijaya and Dena were amalgamated with the Bank of Baroda.The Economic Times reported that the activity would take place in the second or third quarter of the current financial year. “We wouldn’t like to wait for too long,” said a finance ministry official. He further added that the government will amalgamate these banks through an alternate mechanism if the banks are not able to give options.”If the banks are not able to give options then the alternate mechanism (AM) group can make suggestions,” he added. Notably, the three banks that merged earlier — Bank of Baroda, Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank — had done so through the alternate mechanism (AM). “It need not be a tripartite merger again. We will be looking at various combinations. It has to be organic, besides we will like some of these large banks to further consolidate their balance sheets in the first two quarters,” he went on to add. The logo of Union Bank of India is pictured on the wall of its branch in Kolkata, India, .Reuters fileHowever, there were also some counter-voices in the finance ministry against the proposed merger. It was argued that the timing is not perfect for the publicly owned banks. One of the other officials said: “Bank of India has just come out of the Reserve Bank of India’s PCA (prompt corrective action) framework. Union Bank of India and Punjab National Bank are also in the early recovery stage.” It is to be noted that in February, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) slapped PCA framework on Bank of India, Oriental Bank of Commerce and Bank of Maharashtra for not complying with the banking norms. PCA framework meant the imposed lending restrictions on financially weak banks.Fear of job lossesThe General Secretary of the All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) had earlier highlighted the fear of job loss due to the consolidation of banks merged on April 1. “Firstly, there is no evidence that the merger of banks would strengthen the banks or make it more efficient,” he said. “Post amalgamation of the State Bank of India (SBI), no miracle has happened and it has resulted in the closure of branches, increase in bad loans, a reduction of staff and a reduction in business. For the first time in 200 years, SBI has gone into the loss,” he added.
Sequencing hundreds of chloroplast genomes now possible More information: Jeong-Sun Seo et al. De novo assembly and phasing of a Korean human genome, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature20098AbstractAdvances in genome assembly and phasing provide an opportunity to investigate the diploid architecture of the human genome and reveal the full range of structural variation across population groups. Here we report the de novo assembly and haplotype phasing of the Korean individual AK1 using single-molecule real-time sequencing, next-generation mapping, microfluidics-based linked reads4, and bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) sequencing approaches. Single-molecule sequencing coupled with next-generation mapping generated a highly contiguous assembly, with a contig N50 size of 17.9 Mb and a scaffold N50 size of 44.8 Mb, resolving 8 chromosomal arms into single scaffolds. The de novo assembly, along with local assemblies and spanning long reads, closes 105 and extends into 72 out of 190 euchromatic gaps in the reference genome, adding 1.03 Mb of previously intractable sequence. High concordance between the assembly and paired-end sequences from 62,758 BAC clones provides strong support for the robustness of the assembly. We identify 18,210 structural variants by direct comparison of the assembly with the human reference, identifying thousands of breakpoints that, to our knowledge, have not been reported before. Many of the insertions are reflected in the transcriptome and are shared across the Asian population. We performed haplotype phasing of the assembly with short reads, long reads and linked reads from whole-genome sequencing and with short reads from 31,719 BAC clones, thereby achieving phased blocks with an N50 size of 11.6 Mb. Haplotigs assembled from single-molecule real-time reads assigned to haplotypes on phased blocks covered 89% of genes. The haplotigs accurately characterized the hypervariable major histocompatability complex region as well as demonstrating allele configuration in clinically relevant genes such as CYP2D6. This work presents the most contiguous diploid human genome assembly so far, with extensive investigation of unreported and Asian-specific structural variants, and high-quality haplotyping of clinically relevant alleles for precision medicine. Journal information: Nature Explore further Citation: Genome sequencing of individual Korean offers opportunity to identify parts of sequence unique to Korean population (2016, October 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-genome-sequencing-individual-korean-opportunity.html As the researchers note, the genomes of many people have been sequenced—the first famously in back in 2000—but as they also note, people from Asia have been severely under-represented in such studies. Also, the researchers note, such sequences have gaps or incomplete sequence data in places that reflect the unique features of people from different parts of the world. After the first mapping was made, they explain, researchers began using it as sort of a template, plugging in information when it was found regarding people from different geographical regions. In this new effort, the researchers went back to the beginning and sequenced the genome of a single individual Korean person from scratch. In so doing, they were able to fill in some of the gaps that have been in place since the first genome was fully sequenced. They also found a large number of structural differences between the genome of the Korean person and the original template—and several that were missing altogether. They suggest their findings will help in designing and testing drugs that might have different impacts on people from separate regions. The note, too, that their research will have another impact beyond Korea—they believe the sequenced genome will be a closer match to people of other Asian areas as well, offering scientists in such places a better base from which to begin their own research efforts.The researchers also point out that the new method they used to sequence the genome will also make it easier to test for the best matches in organ donations and will help to speed up the process by which drugs are tested for adverse side effects. Fully sequencing the genomes of people from different parts of the world, the team claims, will create advancements in precision medicine, where health care overall is tailored to specific individuals based on their genetic makeup. DNA double helix. Credit: public domain © 2016 Phys.org 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. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with the Genomic Medicine Institute at Seoul National University in South Korea and Korean genetic sequencing firm Macrogen has conducted the most complete genome sequencing of a person from Korea to date. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they sequenced the genome and the medical benefits they believe will come from their work.