Fighting a losing battle

first_imgIt was the predictable result from a game that matched the NBA’s unstoppable force – the Mavericks won their 17th consecutive game, improving to 52-9 – and the sinking ship that is the Lakers (33-31), who lost for the 12th time in 15 games. Bryant made just 4 of 16 shots in the first half and finished the game with 25 points. The Mavericks were led by Josh Howard’s 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki’s 19. After he referenced the “unbelievable energy” that brings together teams like the Mavericks, Jackson could only watch as guard Smush Parker was ejected in the second quarter after his second technical foul. Parker was called for two fouls in the first 3:53 and then was assessed a technical foul by referee Eddie F. Rush as he complained from the bench. Early in the second period, Parker lost the ball on a drive and drew a technical for protesting that he was fouled. Thus Parker was tossed at 9:28 of the second quarter, joining Odom as the only Laker to be ejected this season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Bryant sat at the end of the bench, talking with injured forward Lamar Odom, and there was more than a glimmer of hope in that. Odom was cleared to practice today with his torn labrum and guaranteed that he would play Thursday at Denver. But Lakers coach Phil Jackson was not about to claim that Odom’s return – as well as Luke Walton’s – would be enough to stabilize the Lakers, who are riding their second six-game losing streak in barely a month. “The way they’re playing now, it doesn’t matter who comes back,” Jackson said. “Jesus Christ could come back and we still wouldn’t have a chance because we’ve ruined the mix by not playing together, not doing the right thing.” The 36-point loss was the Lakers worst at home since they moved to Los Angeles and matched the sixth-worst loss in franchise history. The Lakers’ worst loss ever came in 129-83 blowout at Portland in Jan. 1995. They also were saved from matching the lowest-scoring game in their history only by Jordan Farmar’s jumper with 6.9 seconds left. The Lakers scored just 70 points in a 19-point loss at Cleveland in Nov. 2002. “We were embarrassed today,” Jackson said. “That was an embarrassing loss for us. There’s no excuse for the way we played. I don’t care if it’s the first day of Daylight Savings Time. It’s still not a good enough excuse.” center_img LOS ANGELES – Wasn’t it only last season that Kobe Bryant was scoring 62 points in three quarter against the Dallas Mavericks, outscoring the eventual Western Conference champions all by himself in a game the Lakers won by 22 points? The contrast couldn’t have been any greater Sunday night, as the Lakers suffered the worst home loss in history to the Mavericks. All Bryant could do was watch the final minutes tick away as the 108-72 final went in the record books. last_img read more

Molecular Motors Put a Spring in Your Step

first_imgWhen you feel in spring in your step, thank tiny molecular motors in your muscles and tissues that make it possible.A paper in Science by researchers primarily from University of Washington, Seattle, proposed the novel idea that the molecular motors in muscle cells store elastic energy.  Observing flight muscles in moths, they deduced that the springiness of these motors provides an additional boost to the power generate by muscles:Muscles not only generate force. They may act as springs, providing energy storage to drive locomotion. Although extensible myofilaments are implicated as sites of energy storage, we show that intramuscular temperature gradients may enable molecular motors (cross-bridges) to store elastic strain energy…. These results suggest that cross-bridges can perform functions other than contraction, acting as molecular links for elastic energy storage.Researchers from Europe, publishing in PNAS, found that collagen and fibrin exhibit non-linear strain response upon loading.  This is another factor that provides resilience in movement.We show that the nonlinear mechanical response of networks formed from un–cross-linked fibrin or collagen type I continually changes in response to repeated large-strain loading. We demonstrate that this dynamic evolution of the mechanical response arises from a shift of a characteristic nonlinear stress–strain relationship to higher strains. Therefore, the imposed loading does not weaken the underlying matrices but instead delays the occurrence of the strain stiffening. Using confocal microscopy, we present direct evidence that this behavior results from persistent lengthening of individual fibers caused by an interplay between fiber stretching and fiber buckling when the networks are repeatedly strained…. Thus, a fibrous architecture in combination with constituents that exhibit internal plasticity creates a material whose mechanical response adapts to external loading conditions.This behavior is so interesting, they pass the news on to biomimetics engineers: “This design principle may be useful to engineer novel materials with this capability.”Once again, the CEH Law is confirmed: Darwin-talk is inversely proportional to the amount of detail discussed about biological systems. (Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA banks’ governance ‘sound’

first_img13 May 2003The Reserve Bank is happy about the “positive” report from an independent review on corporate governance of the five largest banking groups in the country – Absa, FirstRand Bank Holdings, Investec, Nedcor and Standard Bank.Reserve Bank Deputy Governor Gill Marcus said the review, released in Pretoria on Tuesday, found that the corporate governance of the banking groups was “sound and that no serious breaches existed”.“It’s a very positive report. It points out that our banking groups’ boards are healthy and have a level of independence required to fulfill their roles,” Marcus said.The review was conducted by JK Myburgh and commissioned by the Registrar of Banks, Christo Wiese, last year. The review’s terms of reference were to broadly evaluate the standard of corporate governance applied by the banks, with the premise that corporate governance is an essential element of a healthy risk-management process crucial to the banking business.In this regard, the review found the banks to be committed to adhering to and applying high standards of corporate governance.“Acting on the advice of specialists on corporate governance, the banks on their own initiative from time to time review their corporate governance to ensure compliance with accepted governance principles,” the report said.However, vigilance was still required to ensure continued compliance with standards of governance, which were constantly evolving in South Africa and internationally, Myburgh said.Wiese said it was encouraging to note that risk-management processes in the relevant banks had become more quantitative, which reflected not only enhanced ability to process data, but also the application of improved techniques for the measurement and management of risk.Myburgh’s report recommended, however, that banks should reduce the number of board members, as “smaller boards are more cohesive and work more effectively than large boards”.He recommended that boards should consist of no more than 16 members instead of the current norm of 24 or 25 members.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Maria Sharapova pulls out of Miami Open after shoulder procedure

first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 30, 2019, file photo, Maria Sharapova speaks about withdrawing from the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy 2019 tennis tournament due to a right shoulder injury, in St. Petersburg, Russia.. Sharapova says she has undergone a “small procedure” on her right shoulder that will need a few weeks to heal, requiring her to pull out of next month’s Miami Open. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky, File)MIAMI — Maria Sharapova says she has undergone a “small procedure” on her right shoulder that will need a few weeks to heal, requiring her to pull out of next month’s Miami Open.Sharapova said she’s struggled since last summer with shoulder pain caused by a fraying tendon and small labrum tear. She tried unsuccessfully to solve the problem with exercise.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perfectionist PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “Although this has been a very long process, I am incredibly committed to getting back strong, and more importantly without the pain I was playing with at the beginning of this year,” she wrote Wednesday on Instagram.The five-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t played since pulling out of a tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia, in late January after winning her first-round match. She won three matches at the Australian Open and is ranked 29th.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View commentslast_img read more

With lasting legacy within reach, Santos and Beermen vow not to let it slip away

first_img“This is where we’ll be tested, this is where we’ll prove if we really are the best team,” said Santos after the Beermen get their shot at a historic five-peat in the Philippine Cup. “Even if we’re dead, if we win our fifth straight championship, we’ll still be talked about.”The Beermen wrapped up their series against top ranked Phoenix in five games, capping it off with a 105-94 win Wednesday night, moving them closer to another All-Filipino Cup trophy they could add to their illustrious collection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSan Miguel have amassed a total of 25 titles and eight were Philippine Cups–and of those eight, Santos and his core group of June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, and Alex Cabagnot own four.San Miguel already made history in 2018 when it won its fourth straight Philippine Cup but a fifth straight title will make the Beermen as the only franchise to achieve the feat. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Arwind Santos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Winning another championship isn’t going to cut it for Arwind Santos.With a fifth straight trip to the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Santos and the San Miguel Beermen have a chance to solidify their legacy in the rich history of the league.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Rockets wait to see if they’ll get shot at Warriors Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Only San Miguel and Alaska have won four straight titles in any conference with the Aces ruling the Governors’ Cup 1994 to 1997.“Who would’ve won five straight? San Miguel, that’s the legacy,” said Santos who finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. “We don’t want this to slip away from us, every player wants to be in this situation and I wish we’re the first ones to do this.”Santos, though, knows that winning another title isn’t that easy.“This is the tough one, sometimes when you surpass a tough team you’ll feel overconfident, that shouldn’t be our mentality. We have to respect our opponents and prepare for them.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more