Gabriela Knutson steps up in 1st match, guides Syracuse to win against Columbia

first_img Published on January 29, 2016 at 8:01 pm Contact Chris: Gabriela Knutson dropped her racket and let out a shriek as she saw her volley go into the net and double match point slip through her fingers near the end of her second-set victory.The freshman won both her singles and doubles matches in her Syracuse (1-0) debut against Columbia (1-2) on Friday afternoon, helping SU get a win against the Lions. Still, in that instant, Knutson was concerned, but not because of her play. She was on the verge of fainting on the court.“I was panicking,” Knutson said of when she returned to the court, after getting sick in the Syracuse locker room. “If I lose this point, I’ll have to play more games and I’ll probably collapse … I gotta get this.”Knutson returned to the baseline and served match point almost immediately. The shot was an ace, right down the midline on the service box. Knutson won 6-3, 6-4.The winning shot against her singles opponent, Star Makarome, punctuated a debut marked by Knutson’s powerful groundstrokes and aggressive style of play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuring her doubles match, Knutson was on the attack. Dina Hegab — another freshman — was her partner in the number two spot of the lineup, and spent the majority of their match on the baseline. Knutson finished points at the service line with her flat, searing forehand.The freshman charged the net so aggressively on one point of the 6-2 win that she didn’t give herself the time to react to her opponents return, and was hit in the stomach by the shot when it came over the net.“I’ve played that way since I was a little girl,” Knutson said. “That’s my game, ripping it. I got hit in the belly once but we won… I got back at her for that.”However, near the end of the second set of her singles match in the third spot against Makarome, Knutson realized that power alone wouldn’t be the difference.Her opponent, weary of trying to match Knutson’s power, began to return with high, arcing shots in order to keep her off balance on the baseline. Knutson adjusted quickly, mixing her blistering pace with spin and drop shots to keep her opponent at bay.“I had to start creating a bit more motion,” Knutson said. “More short balls and spin. In the end, the variety made me better than her.”That brought Knutson to the “return and volley,” which she used to break serve and go up, 5-4, in the second set.On break point, Knutson brought pace on the first hit and then drew Makarome to the service line as she followed her shot. From there, Knutson went up the line for the winning hit.Knutson recalled SU head coach Younes Limam telling her and other players not to be nervous before the game, but that was never a problem for the freshman.And her performance Friday proved to be a source of even more confidence.“She stepped up, as a freshman,” Limam said, “and played some really good tennis.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ginebra leans on Thompson’s lockdown defense, triple double in crucial win

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone knew they couldn’t afford to let Pringle catch fire once more especially with the no. 6 spot in the standings, and a best-of-three quarterfinals series, hanging in the balance.Fortunately, Cone had a defensive dynamo in triple-double machine Scottie Thompson who could put breaks on Pringle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Thompson put the clamps on Pringle, limiting Globalport’s star to just 14 points, with only one field goal from two-point area, as the Gin Kings cruised to an easy 116-98 win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I think the key to the game was how well Scottie Thompson played Pringle on defense,” said Cone Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. “I just felt he was outstanding, I don’t remember, I’m probably wrong, but I don’t remember Stanley getting a two-point shot.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ When Stanley Pringle put up a career-high 50 points in Globalport’s previous game, Barangay Ginebra immediately took notice.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA Season 94 officially opens Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West “I just remember him scoring on a two-point shot at a transition layup. Scottie did a great job on limiting his touches and that was really the key,” added Cone.And Thompson did not just limit Pringle, but he also recorded his fourth career triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists.Ginebra also sealed the no. 6 seed wherein they won’t have a twice-to-beat disadvantage in the quarterfinals.“Coming into this game, I only had one focus but to limit him,” said Thompson, who helped the Gin Kings to their fifth straight win and a 6-5 record, in Filipino. “We really prepared for that because he just had 50 points.”“The coaching staff had a well thought of game plan and that was what brought us the victory,” added Thompson.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

You Are Privileged

first_imgSome people are better looking than you. Their stunning good looks brings them a lot of positive attention, and a lot of people want to help them. Their attractiveness provides them with a distinct advantage in some situations. They were born with the genetic privilege of attractiveness.Some people were born with a strong financial backing. Wealthy people have children. Through nothing but the good fortune of being born to people with a good-sized fortune, these people have all the privileges that come with wealth.Some people are far more athletic than you are. One kid in my eighth-grade class could slam dunk a basketball. He was only 5’10. He could also carry a football across the field without being touched. Some people are born with natural physical gifts. Athleticism is their privilege.Some people were born with a name. It probably doesn’t hurt to have been born a Kennedy, a Clinton, a Bush, a Gates or, in the future, a Zuckerberg. Not only do you have the wealth, you are also born with the privilege of the equity your family built up in their name. These people have the good fortune of a powerful family brand.Some people luck into something big. There are people who just happen to be in the right place at the right time. Through nothing but good luck, these people find their way into some deal that produces extraordinary success that they would never have had without fortune smiling upon them.Some people have the right connections. It’s very helpful to know the right people. A strong network of people who can recommend or vouch for you can open doors that would otherwise remain closed to you.Some people were born in a country with way more opportunity. If you were born in America, you are already in the top 1% of the world when it comes to wealth. You have a big head start over the vast majority of the world’s population. Being born here might be the only privilege you have.There are plenty of us that are born with the privilege of adversity. Instead of a head start, you may have been born with extraordinarily difficult challenges. You have the privilege of having had to grow, to learn, and to hustle. You have the privilege of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. You have the privilege of building yourself from scratch. This is your privilege. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Win Football Memorabilia With The Elton John AIDS Foundation

first_imgThe Elton John AIDS Foundation is giving you the chance to win some fantastic football memorabilia, simply by supporting its work in creating an AIDS free future.The prizes include: One 2007/08 Barcelona kit signed by Thierry Henry Three 2007/08 Barcelona training shirts signed by Thierry Henry One 2007/08 Arsenal training kit signed by Emmanuel Adebayor One 2005 FA Pennant signed by Rio Ferdinand, Gary Neville and David JamesTo be in to win, click here and show your support for the Elton John AIDS Foundation before July 14.last_img read more

Bob Barker To Congress Stop NIHs Cruel Experiments On Baby Monkeys

first_imgAs Congress deliberates the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) budget bill for next year, every single member will receive a video message starring Bob Barker — but it’s no The Price Is Right retrospective.In a new video for PETA, the 91-year-old television icon calls for an end to NIH’s expensive, much-criticized maternal-deprivation experiments on infant monkeys.“At this government facility in Maryland, hundreds of baby monkeys are torn from their mothers,” Barker explains in the video, which goes on to reveal how experimenters subject the baby monkeys to years of experiments designed to cause, worsen, and measure their severe fear, depression, and anxiety. These experiments have never led to the development of treatments for human mental illness, but they’ve continued for more than 30 years, costing taxpayers more than $30 million in just the past seven years alone.“This project is approved to continue until 2017, but it needs to stop right now,” Barker concludes in the video. “Please be a champion for animals, taxpayers, and public health by acting now to help end the NIH’s abusive and wasteful experiments on baby monkeys.”In December, compassionate members of Congress called on NIH to conduct a thorough scientific and ethical review of the cruel experiments. In January, U.S. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard and Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell co-hosted PETA’s standing-room-only congressional briefing on the cruelty of the experiments, their inapplicability to human health, and the superior non-animal research methods available to study mental illness. PETA has also enlisted the support of scientists such as Dr. Jane Goodall, celebrity psychotherapist Dr. Jenn Berman, conservative strategist Mary Matalin, members of Congress, and hundreds of thousands of citizens.For more information, please visit read more


first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Login/Register With: All featured products are curated independently by our editors. When you buy something through our retail links, we may receive a commission. (Photo: Courtesy of JGI/Jamie Grill/Getty Images) Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Recently a photographer friend sent me a video that appears to reveal clever tricks food stylists use to make certain dishes look more enticing on camera. It’s equal parts fascinating and horrifying: shoe polish brushed on chicken to make it look perfectly browned, fabric protector misted over pancakes to prevent the butter and syrup from soaking in, mashed potatoes tinged with food coloring and scooped to look like ice cream because the real thing melts too quickly, and white glue substituting for almost anything (e.g., chocolate syrup, melted cheese, and frosting).The problem is, most real food stylists don’t do any of this crazy stuff—at least not since digital photography became the norm. Sure, they handle food differently than you or I might at home since it’s their job to make it look tempting for a professional photo shoot, but some minimal corrections also happen in the editing room.That’s why we asked a couple of experts to share some of the creative tricks food stylists use to entice you.last_img read more

Game of Thrones prequel A pilot has been shot Heres everything else

first_imgThe Children of the Forest will probably be featured in the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel. HBO In May, HBO aired The Iron Throne, the sixth episode of season 8 and the final ever episode of Game of Thrones. After eight years, the Song of Fire and Ice has officially been sung. We won’t add spoilers here, but at this point it almost goes without saying that the fan base is split on how to feel about Game of Thrones’ last leg. Some love it, and over a million have petitioned for it to be remade. If you’re in Camp A, and maybe even if you’re in Camp B, you’ll be happy to hear HBO isn’t done with the Game of Thrones universe. There are many tales from Westeros and Essos left to spin. A Game of Thrones prequel is coming, and the wheels are very much in motion. We don’t have a release date yet, but we do know a pilot has been shot. Progress! Here’s everything we know so far.The Age of Heroes The Game of Thrones prequel takes place before Ned Stark’s fateful, fatal trip to King’s Landing. Like, way before.HBO’s official synopsis of the show has it taking place “thousands of years” before The Song of Ice and Fire story, and adds that the prequel will chronicle “the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour.”The Age of Heroes, for those without an encyclopaedic knowledge of Westeros lore, is the era after the First Men and the Children of the Forest forged a peace pact. The Age of Heroes began 10,000 years before the events of Game of Thrones and ended with the Coming of the Andals, which happened either 6,000, 4,000 or 2,000 years before Thrones, with different sources within Westeros citing different end markers for the epoch.So, yeah, we don’t know exactly when the story will take place.ned-stark-329901-30-1920Ned Stark won’t be in the prequel, but his potential ancestor, Bran the Builder, could be. HBO One hint, though, comes from writer George R.R. Martin himself, who is involved in the show’s production. Martin said in his Not a Blog that he suggested The Long Night as the prequel’s title.This is in reference to the White Walkers’ first invasion of Westeros. “The Others,” as they’re referred to in ancient times, brought a winter that lasted years. The White Walkers were eventually driven north by The First Men and the Children of the Forest, which led to the creation of The Wall. The Wall would keep the dead at bay until, well, you know.The Age of Heroes saw the formation of many enduring houses. Bran the Builder erected The Wall during this period and is said to have then founded House Stark, also known as The Kings of Winter, at Winterfell. Meanwhile, Lann the Clever scammed his way into possession of Casterly Rock, formerly owned by the Casterlys, and from there built House Lannister.It has been noted that The First Men could not write, so most of what happened during The Age of Heroes comes from stories penned centuries later or passed down via song. HBO’s synopsis warns us “it’s not the story we think we know.” Share your voice The 38 most gut-wrenching Game of Thrones deaths, ranked Tags 36 of the best Game of Thrones fan theories Comments Game of Thrones Old times, new facesThough we know nothing about time, place or characters, we do know some of the key actors involved in the fantasy epic.Naomi Watts was the first cast reveal. She’ll play the show’s leading lady, a character officially described as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret.” (Which doesn’t sound too different from Ned Stark, a charismatic Lord hiding a dark secret.) Watts will act alongside lead man Josh Whitehouse, who, upon being cast, got his own Wikipedia page. Good for you, Josh! Several cast members have been announced since, many of whom are familiar within epic fantasy. Jamie Campbell Bower (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) are among those who will play your new favorite heroes (or most hated villains)."Luce" - 2019 Tribeca Film FestivalNaomi Watts brings the star power to the Thrones prequel’s cast. Theo Wargo In terms of behind-the-scenes talent, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, showrunners of Game of Thrones’ TV adaption, are not expected to have large roles. Those two chaps will be tied up in a galaxy far, far away. Martin, meanwhile, will executive produce the show. Replacing D&D, as Weiss and Benioff are (sometimes) affectionately known, will be Jane Goldman. Goldman has penned screenplays for super films like X-Men: Days of Future Past, Kick-Ass and Kingsman: The Secret Service. S.J. Clarkson will direct the pilot episode. Clarkson has previously directed episodes of Jessica Jones, The Defenders and helmed Netflix’s Collateral murder-mystery series. If not now, when?The pilot for the show is expected to shoot in “early summer” this year, according to Entertainment Weekly. Casey Bloys, HBO’s head of programming, has previously said the show would air at least a year after Game of Thrones’ conclusion, making 2020 the earliest possible release date.In May, Bloys was asked by Deadline if a 2020 release window was plausible. He said that “having it on the air a year later feels a little rushed, but it’s too soon to tell.” Thus far only a pilot has been shot, and an entire season has yet to be greenlit. Although that process is likely perfunctory, it also suggests a show still in early stages of development. In other words, 2020 is possible but don’t be surprised if it ends up airing in 2021 or 2022. 4 6:04 Originally published May 15.Update, May 20: Adds information based on season finale. Update, July 25: Adds information on pilot being shot, release windows.  Wait, there’s more?Game of Thrones is HBO’s golden goose. The above prequel isn’t the only golden egg HBO is counting on.Martin has confirmed that he has proposed no less than five Game of Thrones spinoff shows. “Well, if he’s proposed five maybe only one will see the light of day,” I hear you questioning. But Martin says three of them are currently in development.”We have had five different Game of Thrones successor shows in development,” he wrote in early May on his Not a Blog, “and three of them are still moving forward nicely. The one I am not supposed to call The Long Night will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage, but we are edging closer.”What are they about? I cannot say.”Oh, George, you tease.HBO head Casey Bloys was understandably quiet on this front when asked in July, saying “I want to see how this one goes.”  38 Photos Game of Thrones Battle of Winterfell: We’re still shaking 38 Photos TV and Movies Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

Share transfer Supreme Court rejects SpiceJets plea directs it to pay Rs

first_imgRepresentational Image.ReutersThe apex court on Friday rejected SpiceJet plea and directed the company to pay a sum of Rs 579 crore over a share transfer dispute arising out of change in the airline’s ownership in 2015.A bench headed by justice Rohinton F Nariman upheld the Delhi High Court’s July3 judgement, directing the budget carrier to deposit Rs 250 crore in a cash deposit on or before August 31 and the balance of Rs 329 crore by way of a bank guarantee with the court towards the disputed amount, Mint reported.Arbitration proceedings between the parties are underway and likely to be wrapped up within six months.”It was virtually a consent order passed by the Delhi high court. I am without a penny from the last two years. They have shown the amount as payable under their balance sheet,” Abhishek Manu Singhvi, counsel for Kalanithi Maran and KAL Airways, SC said.In their suit, Maran and his airline had sought issuance of stock warrants in SpiceJet to them as per a sale purchase agreement (SPA) of 2015 which led to transfer of ownership of the budget carrier to Ajay Singh.One of the main issues that SpiceJet has raised for appealing the order, the airline’s lawyer C.A. Sundaram had told the court, was that the July ruling amounted to an interim order under the Arbitration Act, even when there was no pending arbitration between the two parties, Mint reported.Maran and KAL Airways had transferred their entire 58.46 percent stake in SpiceJet, amounting to 35.4 crore (350.4 million) shares, to its co-founder Ajay Singh in February 2015, leading to a change in ownership of the airline.Arbitration proceedings between the parties are underway and are likely to be wrapped up within six months.last_img read more

Scientists solve puzzle of turning graphite into diamond

first_img New diamond harder than a jeweller’s diamond, cuts through ultra-solid materials © 2017 These simulations are based on the prediction that, at these pressures, less energy is required to form the cubic diamond nucleation core, or nucleus—the starting point of diamond growth—than to form the hexagonal diamond nucleus. Since forming this nucleus is the most energy-consuming step of the entire process, it follows that cubic diamond formation should be more thermodynamically favorable than hexagonal diamond.But a major drawback of these simulations is that they do not account for the interfaces between the graphite and the diamond nuclei: a lattice mismatch between the two surfaces can induce a strain energy that can interfere with the stability of the growing diamond. Using a novel simulation called stochastic surface walking, the researchers in the new study could more thoroughly explore all of the possible interfaces and identify seven of them that correspond to the lowest-energy intermediate structures in the graphite-to-diamond transition. Overall, the results show that the interface between graphite and the hexagonal diamond nucleus is less strained and more stable than the interface with the cubic diamond nucleus. Accounting for the stability of these interfaces can finally explain why hexagonal diamond forms much more easily and quickly than cubic diamond at moderate pressures.The researchers added that, although cubic diamond may appear to be more desirable than hexagonal diamond to the average person, both materials have their advantages.”While cubic diamond is familiar in everyday life and is a highly useful material, hexagonal diamond could also be very useful,” Liu said. “For example, it was predicted by theory to be even harder than cubic diamond. While the hexagonal diamond (lonsdaleite) can be found in meteorites, the production of large hexagonal diamond crystals has not been achieved in experiment. One would therefore expect that large hexagonal diamond crystals, if produced, would be even more precious than cubic diamond.”In the future, the researchers are planning to further improve the simulations by incorporating techniques from neural networks as well as by using big data. Stochastic surface walking simulations can explain why graphite turns into hexagonal, not cubic, diamond under pressures of 5-20 gigapascals. Credit: Xie et al. ©2017 American Chemical Society Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society (—Researchers have finally answered a question that has eluded scientists for years: when exposed to moderately high pressures, why does graphite turn into hexagonal diamond (also called lonsdaleite) and not the more familiar cubic diamond, as predicted by theory? More information: Yao-Ping Xie et al. “Graphite to Diamond: Origin for Kinetics Selectivity.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.6b11193 Explore further The answer largely comes down to a matter of speed—or in chemistry terms, the reaction kinetics. Using a brand new type of simulation, the researchers identified the lowest-energy pathways in the graphite-to-diamond transition and found that the transition to hexagonal diamond is about 40 times faster than the transition to cubic diamond. Even when cubic diamond does begin to form, a large amount of hexagonal diamond is still mixed in.The researchers, Yao-Ping Xie, Xiao-Jie Zhang, and Zhi-Pan Liu at Fudan University and Shanghai University in Shanghai, China, have published their study on the new simulations of the graphite-to-diamond transition in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.”This work resolves the long-standing puzzle of why hexagonal diamond is preferentially produced from graphite instead of the cubic diamond at the onset of diamond formation,” Liu told “Considering that graphite-to-diamond is a prototype solid-to-solid transition, the knowledge learned from this work should greatly benefit the understanding of high-pressure solid physics and chemistry.”Graphite, hexagonal diamond, and cubic diamond are all carbon allotropes, meaning they are made of carbon atoms that are arranged in different ways. Graphite consists of stacked layers of graphene, whose atoms are arranged in a honeycomb-like lattice. Since the carbon atoms in graphene are not fully bonded, graphene is soft and flakes easily, making it ideal for use as pencil lead.Both types of diamond, on the other hand, consist of carbon atoms that all have the maximum four bonds, which explains why diamond is so hard. In cubic diamond (the kind typically found in jewelry), the layers are all oriented in the same direction. In hexagonal diamond, the layers are alternately oriented, giving it a hexagonal symmetry.Under high pressures of more than 20 gigapascals (nearly 200,000 times atmospheric pressure), theory and experiment agree that graphite turns into cubic diamond, with some hexagonal diamond mixed in. But under pressures of less than 20 gigapascals, simulations have always predicted that cubic diamond should be the favored product, in contrast with experiments. 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Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye to open December 2018

first_imgWyndham Grand Ambergris Caye to open December 2018 Posted by Tags: Wyndham Hotel Group Share Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post>> PARSIPPANY, NJ — Wyndham Hotel Group will manage the 242-key Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye, the first resort in Belize to fly the Wyndham Grand flag. The five-star oceanfront resort is scheduled to open in December 2018.The resort’s five towers, housing one-, two-, and three-bedroom hotel and residential suites, feature 11 waterfalls and rise up from pools connected by bridges and canals.Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye will offer a spa, fitness centre, multiple restaurants, 7,000 square feet of meeting space and an onsite excursion centre. It puts guests within steps of Belize’s Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest coral reef system which runs the length of the country, and is just five kilometres from San Pedro, the island’s only town.“Belize is emerging as a top spot on every traveler’s bucket list, thanks to its pristine beaches, celebrated culture, and continuous recognition as a must-visit destination by respected sources like The New York Times, Lonely Planet, and U.S. News & World Report,” said Paulo Pena, President and Managing Director, Latin America and the Caribbean for Wyndham Hotel Group.More news:  Flight Centre Travel Group takes full ownership of Quebec-based agency“With overnight visitors hitting a record high last year – up 13% over 2015 – we’re seeing an increased demand for first-class, high-end hotel experiences in destinations like Ambergris Caye.”Wyndham is pursuing aggressive development in Latin America and Wyndham Grand’s Caribbean presence is growing with the existing Wyndham Grand Rio Mar in Puerto Rico and new-construction resorts planned for Barbados and Nevis, both of which will be managed by Wyndham Hotel Group upon opening over the next two years.The company is growing its collection of managed properties around the world, recently widening it to more than 100 hotels and resorts globally with the acquisition of Fën Hotels, a leading management company in Latin America with 25 hotels across Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay, and the U.S. Thursday, March 23, 2017 last_img read more