Thistleton finishes 2nd in elite female despite bike crash

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas GALLERY: 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines Photo By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Jacqueline Thistleton crashed her bike midway through the course and she could’ve easily quit right then and there.“It all happened so quickly. Everything was broken. I wasn’t coming at all together,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano But giving up is not an option for the gritty Australian as she picked herself up and soldiered on.Thistleton admitted her road to recovery was all a blur as her competitive spirit got the better of her for the remainder of the track.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’“I guess it was just adrenaline. I think I just had the adrenaline to get on to the bike and see where I can go. It wasn’t pretty coming back on bike,” she said.She also couldn’t let down the Cebuano crowd down in her first triathlon race in the Philippines. LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “I guess it was just the crowd. I had so much support and I’d like to give everyone justice — my family, my friends, everyone. It’s adrenaline, to be honest, and it’s just about it,” she said.Thistleton’s character showed in weathering the storm and not only did she get back in the race, she also managed to finish second in the elite female category of the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday here.After an inspiring stint, Thistleton hopes to get another invite, especially with the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship set to be hosted here next year.“I’ll tell everyone come over and give it a go. It’s definitely worth the trip,” she said with a smile.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cubs’ Prior voids final year of contract

first_imgChicago Cubs pitcher Mark Prior (USC) voided the final year of his contract, making him eligible for salary arbitration. The right-hander’s agent, John Boggs, said Wednesday that Prior notified the team of his decision on Nov. 29. Prior’s deal, agreed to in 2001 after he was drafted, allowed him to void the contract after 2004 or 2005, but only if he had accumulated enough service time to be eligible for arbitration. He just missed having enough service time after 2004. His first contract had called for a $2.75 million salary next year, and he will earn far more because of arbitration. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Padres get Estes: Starting pitcher Shawn Estes and the San Diego Padres reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract. The left-hander must pass a physical before the deal is completed. Estes was sidelined for two months last season with an ankle injury that limited him to 21 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He went 7-8 with a 4.80 ERA. Mets sign Boone: The New York Mets agreed to a minor-league contract with Bret Boone (USC), a move that shows how tenuous Kaz Matsui’s hold on second base is. Also: The Baltimore Orioles finalized a $1.7 million, one-year contract with Jeff Conine (UCLA). … Jeromy Burnitz finalized his $6.7 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates after taking a physical, but only after the unhappy Baltimore Orioles said the outfielder’s agent backed out of a two-year deal. … The Texas Rangers completed their six-player trade with the San Diego Padres to acquire right-hander Adam Eaton and reliever Akinori Otsuka. Texas also got minor-league catcher Billy Killian, and sent right-hander Chris Young, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and outfielder Terrmel Sledge (CSUN) to San Diego. … The Milwaukee Brewers and Dan Kolb agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract, a month after Milwaukee reacquired him from Atlanta. … Relief pitcher Kerry Ligtenberg and the Florida Marlins agreed to a minor-league contract. … The Seattle Mariners have agreed to a one-year, $450,000 contract with middle reliever Rafael Soriano, avoiding salary arbitration. … The World Series champion Chicago White Sox agreed with Rob Mackowiak on a $5.3 million, two-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. … Major League Baseball filed for mediation against the District of Columbia after the city failed to approve a lease for the Washington Nationals’ new ballpark by the Dec. 31 deadline. last_img read more

Raiders’ Derek Carr finds comfort level while on the move

first_imgALAMEDA — Since the day he arrived, Raiders coach Jon Gruden, and by extension offensive coordinator Greg Olson, have told Derek Carr he needs to play quarterback almost as much as his legs as he does with his right arm.Not that Carr will be doing any Lamar Jackson impersonations any time soon. Nor will he ever rush for 529 yards in a season like Rich Gannon did under Gruden in 2000.But with the second half of the season starting Thursday night for the Raiders (4-4) against the Los Angeles …last_img read more

All You Wanted to Know About Spider Webs, Except Their Evolution

first_imgEach issue of Current Biology contains a Primer on some interesting subject.  The May 24 issue had one about spider webs.1  Fritz Vollrath shared some amazing details about this unique product of the lowly spider, but gave a strange explanation for how the capability to spin strong-as-steel nets evolved.  First, the factoids:Structure:  …the… common garden spider… has evolved to take out-of-plane loads at optimized deflections.  To be able to do so, this web needs to incorporate into one structure the mechanical properties of very different types of silk: the fairly stiff, radius silk threads and the extremely soft, extensible and sticky capture silk threads, which are fixed on the radii by stringy silk cement.  (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Heritage:  Most of the hundred or so spider families have web-building members.  Their webs range from two-dimensional sheets to three-dimensional tangles, with members of ten families building the familiar orb web.Signaling:  The spider’s web is primarily a trap, mostly for insects; it retains the contacting insect and informs the waiting spider about the location and status of the prey.  Whether it is a static filter or a dynamic net swaying in the wind, the web always relays vibratory signals of considerable complexity.Geometry:  The great ecological diversity of the potential prey is reflected in the great diversity of web designs.  Of these, the orbicular web has attracted special attention because of its ubiquity, pleasing geometry, obvious functionality and, not least, its apparent structural simplicity.Technique:  The typical spider web … is the spider’s inherited ‘signature’, which – although unlearned – is modified predictably by the environment.  The web is many times the spider’s size; accordingly, the decision rules guiding the animal’s locomotory and manipulative movements can best be described (and analysed) as orientation behaviour.  Vollrath says that model spider robots can generate digitized spider webs, and show that a “small number of very simple behaviour patterns are sufficient to generate accurately the characteristics of a real spiderweb.”Technology:  The common garden spider Araneus diadematus, like other orb weavers of the ecribellate families, employs in each bead of its capture threads a microscopic ‘windlass’ mechanism that allows supreme extendibility while absorbing the high kinetic energy of the prey without breaking. Another species “combs out its capture silk to form a loosely twisted, dry rope with a mechanical coil-and-spring that sticks to prey using electrostatic forces.”Materials science:  Spider silk is not a single-protein biopolymer.  In addition to the spidroins, its main protein constituents, the typical spider dragline silk contains many different organic and inorganic components, such as neurotransmitter peptides, glyco-proteins, lipids, sugars, phosphates, calcium, potassium and sulphur….Functionally, silks can be viewed as a ‘filled rubber’, in which crystallites provide the strength and a matrix provides the elasticity: in combination, these two components give the silk its toughness.Manufacture:  At present we do not know the precise mechanisms by which different silk proteins fold and assemble in the ‘spinning ducts’ of the various and diverse spider glands.  Some initial insights have been gained, however, into the silk pathway of one typical spider silk: the dragline silk produced by the major ampullate glands of the golden silk spider … Here, as in all other spider silks, the liquid crystalline silk feedstock is prepared by specialist cells in the gland wall and stored in the lumen.  As with most other silks, this precursor silk is then converted into the solid fibre by extrusion through the tubular taper of a duct, where the enormously long … silk molecules first unfold and are then cross-linked.    In Nephila, the fibre-forming zone has the shape and function of a hyperbolic extrusion die.  Here a small drop in the pH combined with the elongational flow of the molecules effects the transformation from liquid to solid silk…. the elongational flow helps to define the molecular orientations throughout the duct, and that a combination of solvent (water) extrusion and subsequent acidification helps the process of alignment and folding.  The cuticle of the gland’s duct facilitates the rapid removal of water and provides the proton pump for the acid bath.  In this way the spider uses a liquid crystalline spinning process which, in terms of human engineering, is highly advanced.In the middle of the primer, Vollrath tackled the specific question, “How are webs thought to have evolved?”Spider web structures and silks began their co-evolution about 400 million years ago, at first probably as a protein cover to protect the animal’s eggs and young.  Webs then evolved different functions, including acting as a kind of wall-paper for the animal’s burrow and modifying the hole into a simple trap by radiating lines that inform the lurking spider about things beetling around outside.  Even such simple lines expand the animal’s anatomical phenotype many fold by incorporating the body into an extensive silken net.  The aerial webs of the ‘modern’ spiders began to evolve perhaps 200 million years ago and are superb examples of ‘extended anatomy’.  These webs also nicely illustrate the close interaction of material and behaviour which clearly are two separately encoded yet functionally inter-linked character traits.This seems to say that they evolved because they evolved. 1Fritz Vollrath, “Spider’s webs,” Current Biology, Vol 15, R364-R365, 24 May 2005.This is a prime example of the leaps of faith rampant among Darwinians, who can discuss with apparent wonder the technologies of the animal kingdom – capabilities that dwarf human efforts based on intelligent engineering – then say they just evolved, with utter, implicit, and complete faith in the inspired Word of Charlie, who alone does wonders.  Then they have the audacity to accuse non-Darwinians of relying on faith instead of science.    Vollrath apparently was not at all aware of nor troubled by the fact that he dodged the question about evolution.  How did the spider web evolve?  It evolved, he said.  Any skill or technology needed was available to the spider with the snap of the evolutionary fingers.  Example: certain spiders “have evolved to produce web fibres that have an aqueous coating, supplied and maintained by hygroscopic compounds to attract the required water molecules from the atmosphere.”  How did the spider find these hygroscopic compounds and incorporate them into the production line?  It evolved.    That explanation is all-sufficient.  The precise acidity control?  It evolved.  The hyperbolic extrusion die?  It evolved.  The exact recipe of proteins, sugars, phosphates, calcium, sulfur, neurotransmitter peptides and other organic and inorganic ingredients that yielded a substance humans cannot emulate?  It evolved.  The ability to control the solidification and folding at exactly the right time and place?  It evolved.  The ability to sort out tough silks and soft, flexible sticky silks into a radial pattern?  It evolved.  The skill to snare insects, detect their presence, and get to them without getting stuck itself?  It evolved.    It evolved because it evolved: that is apparently enough intellectual content to satisfy a brainwashed Darwinist.  Some humans build webs, too; the tangled kind, spun by self-deception.  Watch from a safe distance.(Visited 18 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Bearish corn, bullish soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileToday’s USDA WASDE report will be closely watched to see what direction grains will take. A surprise from USDA could easily be in the numbers today. Many are expecting a friendly report, especially since the grain stocks report September 30 was bullish for both corn and soybeans. Acres for corn and soybeans could also be changed.Today’s USDA report had corn production at 13.779 billion bushels, yield of 168.4, and ending stocks at 1.929 billion bushels. Soybean production was 3.550 billion bushels, yield was 46.9, and ending stocks of 180 million bushels.Corn production lowered, yield up .2 bushels, ethanol lowered 50 million bushels, exports down 150 million bushels, and ending stocks down 261 million bushels. Soybean production lowered, yield down 1 bushel, crush up 5 million bushels, ending stocks down 180 million bushels. Corn acres lowered 100,000 acres, soybean acres down 200,000.Shortly after the report release, corn was down 9 cents, soybeans were up 8 cents, and wheat was down 2 cents. Prior to the noon report, corn was down 3 cents, soybeans up 1 cent, and wheat up 1 cent.Keep in mind that if corn production, yield, and ending stocks are reduced, it could mean little as corn export demand is poor. Some are suggesting corn exports could be cut as much as 200 million bushels.Supply bulls have seen recent price activity in their favor with the price gains following the September 30 Quarterly Grain Stocks Report. They are bulls because they think US corn acres are not accurate, corn stocks are less than expected, and yields are often struggling to be above average. The September Grain Stocks Report was bullish for corn with US inventory as of September 1st at 2.114 billion bushels, 314 million bushels below trader estimates. December CBOT corn closed at $3.88, up 16 ½ cents that day. Soybeans also had a surprise with US stocks at 913 million bushels, 69 million bushels below trader estimates, and closing up 23 cents.Those bulls also had unexpected recent weather developments this week provide higher corn and soybean prices. Ideas of snow coming into the Dakotas and Minnesota the next few days with a possible blizzard as snow totals could reach 1-3 feet. This is a big price driver this week. Corn and soybeans in those states continue their summer’s long trend of behind normal maturity.It is easy to understand the frustration of corn price declines since mid-June when December CBOT reached $4.73 only to fall to $3.52 ¼ early in September. All have been anxious for months to see a better picture of corn acres and yields. The frustration could easily last into the January 2020 final report for corn and soybeans acres and yields for crop year 2019. Why? Many have suggested we need to see corn harvest climb above 60% to get a much better picture for US corn yields. Follow the math.This week’s Crop Condition Report had the US corn harvest at 15% with the thirty year average at 29% for this week. The thirty-year average harvest progress reaches the 66% level the last week of October and 52% the third week of October. For months many field reports indicate corn and soybean maturity is two weeks behind normal. Using this analysis indicates 60% of harvest may not be achieved until mid-November. It means even the November 8th monthly WASDE report will not have harvest above 60%. Thousands of samples and field surveys are collected the first few days of November prior to report day.Trader estimates had corn production at 13.684 billion bushels, last month USDA was 13.799 billion bushels. They estimated corn yield at 167.5, last month USDA had a corn yield of 168.2. Corn ending stocks they estimated 1.784 billion bushels, last month it was 2.19 billion bushels from USDA. Trader estimates for soybean production was 3.583 billion bushels, last month USDA was 3.633 billion bushels. They estimated the soybean yield at 47.3, last month yield by USDA was 47.9. Ending stocks were estimated at 521 million bushels, with USDA last month at 640 million bushels.last_img read more

Epic Fail: Startup Lemons Turned to Lemonade

first_imgdana oshiro Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups When so many conferences feature CEOs rehashing their past successes, FailCon does exactly the opposite. The event asks successful founders, investors and developers to discuss their past blunders and what they’ve learned from them. While this may seem like a series of sob stories, the result is actually a list of practical tips on how to reduce risk, manage teams and recover from adversity. In today’s afternoon sessions several panelists shared their war stories and set the stage for lessons. Gnip founder Eric Marcoullier had some colorful words for the audience, “Sometimes I feel like a stolen watch salesman. When someone asks to hear about one of my failures I can open up my coat and ask which one they’d like to see.” While the entrepreneur / programmer is best known for his successes with MyBlogLog and gaming site IGN, Marcoullier talked about the recent layoff of seven of twelve employees from his API aggregation platform company. Says Marcoullier, “Misery is nature’s way of telling you you’re doing it wrong…Since we’ve changed directions, we’re currently working on a new platform and we’ve released more features in one month than we had in the previous 6 months. I don’t know if we’re going to succeed, but we’re going to find out a lot faster now.” Meanwhile, social Q&A site Aardvark’s cofounder Max Ventilla talks about the importance of hiring the right people, building a culture of iteration/experimentation and setting the stage for continual learning. Aardvark is a great example of a well-executed real-time company and we first gave it a favorable review in late March.Says Ventilla, “There’s an infinite number of B+ players available to hire, but you’ve got to get people who are passionate about the product and who will attract other good employees.” Ventilla explains that co-founders should be patient and continue to experiment with processes and products. He stresses that startups should task specific people in an organization to disseminate data and discuss new approaches as a group. “Transparency needs to be a default,” says Ventilla. “Executives need to be willing to learn and discuss business in order to gain collective wisdom as a company.” center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Mobile Gaming Audience is Younger, Has Strong Female Presence

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement A new report from mobile analytics firm Flurry takes a look at the demographics of the mobile social gaming audience as compared with traditional console gamers – that is, those who use TV-connected gaming consoles like the Xbox 360, PlayStation and Wii. According to the firm (and other data pulled from the Electronic Software Association), the mobile social gaming audience tends to be younger, more female and has better access to disposable income than traditional gamers.In the charts provided, Flurry shows how the age and gender demographics are divvied up between the various platforms. On mobile phones, the average gamer age is 28, compared with 34 on consoles. Mobile gamers are also more heavily female (53%) than traditional gamers (only 40% female). More importantly (well, to game publishers at least), is the fact that there’s a greater density in the 18-49 demographic on mobile than on traditional platforms. That means more disposable income. Says Flurry: “iOS and Android devices are attracting users during their earning years versus, in particular their teenage years, where they likely cannot afford more expensive mobile devices.”Remarkably, the audience for mobile gaming is also very, very large – larger, in fact, than the worldwide install base of console game leaders (Wii, Xbox, PlayStation) combined. That traditional console audience is estimated at 180 million. Mobile gaming is even larger than portable gaming (Nintendo DS and Sony PSP), estimated at 200 million. And it’s larger than primetime TV watching, too, as has been reported previously – as any given primetime TV show can top just 20 million viewers.So how large is it? Flurry says it alone detects 250 million unique devices with over 750,000 coming online daily. It has seen over 300 million user sessions across all its games and apps, 37% of which are from games alone. But Flurry is only seeing a portion of the overall market – it only sees those devices where apps using Flurry’s services are running. But it extrapolated from a sample of its users (around 60,000+ users) who self-reported age, gender and location to take a look at audience demographics in more detail – specifically, U.S. mobile gamer demographics.You can see those findings in the charts below. sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#mobile#NYT#Trends The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

The 7 Fights You Must Win on Your Way to Success

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Success isn’t without its challenges. The real challenges, however, tend to be internal obstacles rather than external challenges. For many, these obstacles prove to be more difficult to overcome.Negative Mindset: This may be the most difficult opponent you face. Most of our thoughts each day are negative. Almost everything that comes to you from the media is negative. You have friends and family member who, without meaning to, infect you with their negative thoughts and beliefs. If you want to be more, do more, have more, and contribute more, you must maintain a positive, future-oriented, empowered mindset.Fear: Fear is healthy when it causes you to act. It is unhealthy when it prevents you from acting. The fight that you must win is the fight with your desire to respond to fear by freezing. You are not going to be attacked by a saber tooth tiger, but you are going to have to deal with conflict, difficult conversations, and difficult circumstances. You win this fight when you act in the face of your fear.Self-Doubt: Self-doubt is a special subset of fear. It’s the voice of your inner critic that tells you that you aren’t good enough or smart enough to do what is you want to do. The little critic tells you that you are going to fail, that there is no reason to try. It reminds you that you are going to embarrass yourself, that others are going to laugh at you, that you will be shamed. You must win this fight against your inner critic by acting in spite that voice inside you.Resistance: Inertia, the tendency to do nothing, is strong. It’s a law of nature that bodies at rest tend to stay at rest until acted on by some external force. If you need an external force to motivate you, your fight is with the part of you that resists doing whatever it is that you need to do. That resistance, that need to seek comfort and entertainment instead of effort, is your enemy. Your success requires that you beat it into submission by acting every day.Too Small a Vision: You are capable of becoming more than you are now. This statement is true no matter how well you are doing now. So far, no one has ever found the upper limit on human achievement, there always being another level available to all those who continue to grow. Your battle is with the part of you that believes you cannot become any more than what you are now. You win when you see what you can become and move towards it every day.Goals That Are Too Small: There is the idea of goals being SMART, an acronym for specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. It’s a nice little frame, but it’s the “realistic” part that is problematic. No one ever dreamed big or accomplished anything noteworthy by “dreaming small” or “being realistic.” None of what you see around you was realistic before someone set an unrealistic goal. Your opponent here is the idea that you should lower goals to match those around you. You win when you dream bigger—and set the goals that get you there.Being Judged: When you strive to do something, other people are going to judge you. You are going to cause them to feel bad about themselves, and in doing so, you initiate criticism. Most of this criticism will come from people who have not yet engaged in winning the conflicts listed here, the ones who are not doing anything to move themselves forward but are made jealous when you do what it is they fear. You win this skirmish when you ignore those who criticize without the intent of that criticism being constructive.Awareness of your who your opponents are allows you to recognize them and helps you understand what is necessary to defeat them. Now get to work putting them down.last_img read more

Scorpio Bulkers Adds USD 34 Million to Loan Tally

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based bulker owner and operator Scorpio Bulkers is pushing ahead with its fleet refinancing efforts having secured a commitment from an unnamed European financial institution for a loan facility of up to USD 34 million. The loan facility will be used to finance up to 62.5 pct of the fair market value of two Kamsarmaxes, SBI Jive and SBI Swing.The loan, which is expected to close within the third quarter of 2018, will be comprised of a term loan up to USD 17 million and a revolver up to USD 17 million, Scorpio said.It a final maturity date of seven years from signing date and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.35% per annum.The loan is expected to increase the company’s liquidity by approximately USD 10 million after repayment of the vessels’ existing debt.The latest deal comes just a month after Scorpio received a commitment for a loan facility of up to USD 184 million.The loan, secured from Nordea AB and Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB, will be used to finance six Ultramaxes.The company has been on a major capital raising camping over the recent period which also included inking a loan of USD 60 million in July and USD 30 million in June 2018 for vessel refinancing.last_img read more