Pumaren pushes Warriors to end UAAP Season on high note

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports EDITORS’ PICK Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise UE was the first to get eliminated this season with a 2-9 record and three games left in their schedule. Adamson, University of the Philippines, and National U are battling for at least a playoff spot for the fourth seed.University of Santo Tomas still has a mathematical chance for a semifinal spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe Warriors return to action against the Bulldogs on Saturday after a 10-day break and Pumaren is hoping not to see the same things from the last time they played.“There are some players who did not compete, some competed, but the guys na inaasahan ko were not able to deliver, they’ve been falling sa expectations,” said Pumaren last October 26 after the loss to La Salle. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH We are young PH among economies most vulnerable to virus TNT looks to plug roster’s holes with rookie draft finds MOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST03:13Robredo pushes back, asks what’s the real figure on drug war01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway “That is very disappointing.”Pumaren’s starters combined for a measly 13 points compared to the La Salle five who had 64.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UE head coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East may be out of the Final Four contention, but head coach Derrick Pumaren wants his team to wrap UAAP Season 79 up on a high note.“We’ll still fight, go for the win, we’ve been taking it one game at a time, and hopefully the long break will clear their minds,” said Pumaren after their 95-66 loss to De La Salle. “I don’t want to pressure them but we still want to finish this season on a winning note.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capaslast_img read more

Everton 0-1 Liverpool: Mane strikes late as Reds down Mersey rivals

first_img1 Sadio Mane celebrates his injury time winner Striker Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to play a pivotal part in Liverpool snatching a winner in the fifth minute of added time of the 227th Merseyside derby.The England international, making his first appearance since November 19, was a late introduction off the bench and it was his crossfield run and shot against a post which presented Sadio Mane with a tap in.Sturridge has been sidelined with a calf injury, but having been included in the match-day squad for the first time he proved his match-winning capabilities again with the incisiveness which had been so lacking for long periods.It ensured Liverpool closed the gap to Premier League leaders Chelsea back to six points and also extended Everton’s woeful run in this encounter to just one win in the last 20 league meetings.The hosts were by far the better side for 45 minutes, but for all their possession and control lacked a cutting edge.An out-of-sorts Liverpool found their game after the break, but it seemed they too would be frustrated until Sturridge and Mane’s late intervention deep into eight minutes of added time, mainly as a result of an injury to Everton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.The Toffees began as they had finished against Arsenal, all high-tempo and aggression, and took control of the game against a side who are usually the ones doing the pressing.However, for all their possession the Toffees failed to force a save from Simon Mignolet, with the excellent Ragnar Klavan sticking out a timely foot to deny Romelu Lukaku six yards out.Ramiro Funes Mori wasted their only other half-chance by directing a free header off target, while Liverpool’s solitary opportunity saw Divock Origi, who had scored five in five, bundling wide from a Nathaniel Clyne cross.Gareth Barry replaced the injured James McCarthy at the break and that, coupled no doubt with a half-time wake-up call from Klopp, saw the visitors gain a foothold.It did not improve their sharpness, however, with Roberto Firmino shooting straight at Stekelenburg when clean through.Lukaku’s looping header wide aside, chances were still thin on the ground, but the loss of Stekelenburg to injury was a further blow to Everton, who were lucky to keep Ross Barkley on the pitch after a late above-the-ankle challenge on Jordan Henderson.Replacement goalkeeper Joel Robles denied Firmino’s volley, but he was beaten at the death by the combination of his left-hand post and Mane’s predatory anticipation.last_img read more

Hall of Famer Gary Payton Called on to Tutor

The Washington Wizard franchise is banking heavily on John Wall– re-signing him to a max-level contract extension of $80 million over five years. But to minimize risk, the ball club has called on Hall of Famer Gary Paton to tutor the point guard.Wall has suffered injuries that made him miss about half the games in the season, but on top of that, he has shot only 24.4 percent from three-point range and 42.3 percent from the field in his professional career.Wall might now have the perfect tutor, J. Michael of CSNwashington.com states:“Wall still plans to hook up with Gary Payton, a Hall of Fame point guard who was one of the best of his generation, in Seattle before returning to train with the Wizards on Aug. 20. Plus, he had ample time to watch the nuances of Tony Parker as he led the San Antonio Spurs to the NBA finals and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley, who helped his team advance to the Western Conference finals.“‘Footwork also, just like catching the ball and working on pivots and stuff,’ Wall said about what he has done this offseason, in addition to refining his jump shot. ‘Floaters. Watched a lot of Tony Parker throughout the playoffs and I see how Mike Conley added to his game after I went to two of his playoff series.’“Wall also is going to lobby coach Randy Wittman to allow him to do something else.‘Hopefully I’ll get an opportunity to post up this year,’ he said.“That’s where Payton, who also stood 6-4 and could be too physical for opposing point guards, could help most. Like Wall, he wasn’t the best jump shooter to start his career but became a solid one.“By his fourth season, Payton shot better than 50 percent from the field. He only was a career 31.7 percent shooter from three.”Time will tell if Payton’s lessons will have any effect on Wall. If they are noticeable there might be life after the NBA for many retired NBA ballers. read more

Lazio in distress ahead of Coppa Italia tie with Milan

first_imgSimone Inzaghi revealed Lazio are depleted in the defence department ahead of their Coppa Italia semi-final first leg against Milan.Inzaghi is considering to field former Liverpool player Lucas Leiva at the back ahead of the Milan clash at the Olimpico on Tuesday evening.And he further attested his team is recovering from their exit in the Europa League.“The team have worked well, we’re recovering from being knocked out by Sevilla, which burns us for how we played and how incidents developed,” Inzaghi revealed in a quote cited on Football Italia.“However, we’ve had four days to work well and that’s what matters most. Tomorrow we’ll have to make sure we’re ready.He reckoned the enormous task ahead of the tie citing defensive concerns and the need to remain in the contest ahead of the second leg.“We’re in the midst of a defensive emergency and we’ll try to remedy it: we’ve tried changing things willingly and I’ve sought to understand who can adapt to certain roles.“We’ll have to face the game with great humility, remembering it’s a tie that will develop over 180 minutes.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Immobile and Piatek are two great strikers. Ciro has been here for three years and he’s doing great things.#CoppaItalia 🏆 | #LazioMilan, #Inzaghi: “Defense? We are currently in an emergency. This semi-final against the #Rossoneri will be decided over two legs…” https://t.co/kYJptvhUMc pic.twitter.com/YL4dLpS4dN— TheLaziali.com 🦅 (@The_Laziali) February 25, 2019“The Pole has started very well for Milan but apart from the clash between these two strikers, it’ll be a match between Lazio and Milan, which we have to try to address in the right way.“At the end of this first leg, I’ll be satisfied if I see my team have a great game. We can’t give more than very little away because we know the Rossoneri are deadly on the break.“Therefore, we’ll have play by taking to the field in the best way.”last_img read more

San Diego City Council moves forward on affordable housing initiative

first_img Lauren Phinney June 18, 2018 Updated: 7:12 PM Lauren Phinney, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego City Council’s Select Committee on Homelessness today advised staff to move forward with a pilot program intended to increase employment for people using the city’s rapid-rehousing programs, which provide temporary assistance to those who are newly homeless or facing chronic homelessness.San Diego City Councilman Chris Ward was in studio on Good Morning San Diego to discuss the details of the new program.Temporary housing services provides users a foothold toward permanent  employment and housing, but San Diego program outcomes don’t measure up to national averages, according to consultant Kris Kuntz. Roughly 50 percent of households are able to find steady employment and regularly pay rent at the conclusion of rapid re-housing services, compared to a goal of 70 percent.The pilot, initially approved in April, is intended to improve rapid-rehousing outcomes by making existing housing and job services easier for individuals to use simultaneously. Currently, approximately 25 percent of people enter and exit rapid-rehousing with jobs, City Councilman Chris Ward said.“So people aren’t getting jobs within that subpopulation, and I think that’s the missing link here that this pilot program is seeking to fulfill,” he said. “To the extent we can do that and have more people getting that gainful employment, having that steady income stream is going to help them be successful at the end of their temporary stay through the rapid-rehousing program and not fall right back into homelessness.”Pilot participants will be screened to determine appropriate employment services. Then, depending on urgency of needed services, agencies — including the San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless and the San Diego Housing Commission — will place individuals using existing relationships with employers. Staff will also work with city departments to fill chronically vacant positions, including groundskeeper, laborer and library aid roles.Staff believe the program can assist 200 households its first year and 100 its second. A household is defined as an individual or family. Total pilot costs are projected to be $3.5 million and $1.7 million for years one and two, respectively. The majority of pilot funding has already been budgeted in the form of existing rapid-rehousing appropriations and grants. That leaves funding gaps of $322,728 for each year. The Lucky Duck Foundation has committed to filling the year-one gap, Kuntz said.New year-one expenditures will include $72,500 to hire a pilot coordinator and $50,229 for an additional job center coordinator. The positions will improve connectivity between existing resources while allow housing and employment officials to focus on their respective specialties, Kuntz said. “We’re already doing these things, spending money on it,” he said.“How do we fill in some of those gaps to improve coordination and targeted programming? That’s what we’re funding — the gap costs are to connect these systems.” Staff will measure the pilot program’s success by tracking the amount of households able to pay stable rent at the conclusion of rapid-rehousing programs, as well as the amount of households that are stable one to two years after exiting rapid-rehousing.Tamera Kohler, Regional Task Force on the Homeless chief operations officer, said her staff will follow program outcomes to determine appropriate strategies at a countywide level.“I hope that over time as we measure those we’re able to see the best referrals, intervention and coordination, and then teach and train those best practices to strengthen us overall regionally,” she said. The San Diego Housing Federation is the region’s voice for affordable housing. The Federation is committed to increasing the supply of housing for San Diego’s most vulnerable families, seniors, veterans, and those living with disabilities. For more information visit, www.housingsandiego.org. center_img Posted: June 18, 2018 San Diego City Council moves forward on affordable housing initiative Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

A phonon laser operating at an exceptional point

first_imgSchematic diagram of phonon lasing in a compound resonator system: two microtoroid resonators µR1 (green) and µR2 (blue), are coupled to each other by evanescent fields. The first resonator supports a high-Q optical mode a1, and a mechanical mode with resonance frequency Ωm. The second resonator µR2, supports a low Q optical mode a2, and its damping rate is tuned by a chromium-coated silica nanotip approaching µR2. Credit: Nature Photonics, nature.com/articles/s41566-018-0213-5 Citation: A phonon laser operating at an exceptional point (2018, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-phonon-laser-exceptional.html Journal information: Nature Photonics , Nature Physics More information: Jing Zhang et al. A phonon laser operating at an exceptional point, Nature Photonics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41566-018-0213-5 Ramy El-Ganainy et al. Non-Hermitian physics and PT symmetry, Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/nphys4323 Jacob Khurgin. Phonon lasers gain a sound foundation, Physics (2010). DOI: 10.1103/Physics.3.16 Bo Zhen et al. Spawning rings of exceptional points out of Dirac cones, Nature (2015). DOI: 10.1038/nature14889 Alois Regensburger et al. Parity–time synthetic photonic lattices, Nature (2012). DOI: 10.1038/nature11298 Aram Mooradian. Laser Linewidth, Physics Today (2008). DOI: 10.1063/1.880973 Turning loss into gain. Nature Photonics doi.org/10.1038/s41566-017-0067-2 Interview by David F. P. Pile. Gaining with loss, Nature Photonics (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41566-017-0060-9 H. Hodaei et al. Dark-state lasers: mode management using exceptional points, Optics Letters (2016). DOI: 10.1364/OL.41.003049 To observe linewidth broadening, the physicists optically excited the mechanical mode of the experimental device with light from a tunable laser coupled to a single microresonator (green) by means of a tapered fiber. Then, to steer the system toward or away from its EP, they introduced additional loss to the second microresonator (blue) using a chromium-coated silica nanofibre tip.The interplay between gain and loss was exploited in this way to tune a phonon laser to an EP. Phonon lasing is interpreted as a three-wave parametric process in which two waves are optical and the third wave is acoustic or mechanical. Zhang et al. provided direct experimental evidence to show complete overlap of optical supermodes at EP, and that EP-enhanced optical noise can be transferred directly to mechanical noise, leading to the observed linewidth broadening in phonon lasers. The practical benefits are easy to grasp: Sound waves propagate at a speed that is about five orders of magnitude less than the speed of light, and the wavelength of sound is thus correspondingly shorter than that of light of the same frequency. This feature can enable highly precise, nondestructive measurements and imaging, as well as achieve a high concentration of energy with focused sound waves. The present work opens new perspectives for the relationship between noise and non-Hermitian physics, with potential applications in related fields such as signal processing technologies. The system can be used as an on-chip phononic device analogous to fully integrated photonic devices for information processing. More interestingly, the studied platform can broaden insights in non-Hermitian physics by enabling the detection and control of EPs in two-level or multi-level systems. Explore further Experimental studies of the EP mostly concern such parity-time symmetric systems that cleverly exploit the interplay between gain and loss to enable entirely new and unexpected features. In one such conceptual leap, unusual optical effects produced in these systems rendered the medium invisible in one direction, a step toward next-generation optical materials with unique properties not seen with natural materials. Such concepts have initiated intense research efforts to explore non-Hermitian systems both experimentally and theoretically. Before the first laser was experimentally demonstrated, Schawlow and Townes calculated the fundamental quantum limit for its linewidth; EPs are historically associated with extreme broadening of the laser linewidth—beyond the fundamental Schawlow–Townes limit. Although theoretical models have provided a framework to calculate laser linewidth, they fail to resolve the problem directly at the EP. Experimentally, it is not straightforward to steer a laser directly to an EP, since photonic laser modes become unstable close to an EP, causing chaotic lasing that could be erroneously perceived as an extremely broad laser line. What really happens to the linewidth when a laser operates at an EP in practice has therefore remained unclear up until now. Understanding the mechanisms responsible for linewidth broadening will enable laser resources with new capabilities that we did not have access to before. Zhang et al., provide an elegant new strategy to tackle this problem as published in Nature Photonics, by working with a phonon laser rather than its optical (photonic) counterpart, to observe its operation at an exceptional point. © 2018 Phys.org , Physics Today In the study, phonon lasers produce coherent sound oscillations (mechanical vibrations) induced by optical pumping, a concept previously developed by Grudinin, Vahala and co-workers ,with characteristics typical for photon lasers. In the present experiment, the researchers used a similar optomechanical system with two coupled silica whispering-gallery-mode microresonators (green and blue). The compound phonon-laser system was steered toward or away from its EP to observe the behavior of phonon lasing near an EP. , Nature Tuning a phonon laser to an exceptional point: the first column is a schematic of the distribution of the optical supermodes a± in the two resonators. The second column illustrates the frequency difference and linewidths of the two optical supermodes a±. The last column represents the linewidth of the phonon laser. The EP at which the two optical supermodes coalesce is at c, highlighted in red. The system transits from well separated and symmetrically distributed optical supermodes at a,b, to increasingly overlapping supermodes with complete overlap seen at c. Driven by the optical modes the phonon laser inherits the increased optical noise, reflected by a broadened mechanical linewidth (red box). The regime after the EP is seen at d, e, pushing the system away from the EP leading to linewidth narrowing of the phonon laser. Credit: Nature Photonics, nature.com/articles/s41566-018-0213-5 The basic quanta of light (photon) and sound (phonon) are bosonic particles that largely obey similar rules and are in general very good analogs of one another. Physicists have explored this analogy in recent experimental investigations of a phonon laser to provide insights into a long-debated issue of how a laser—or more specifically, its line width—is affected when operated at an exceptional point (EP). Exceptional points are singularities in the energy functions of a physical system at which two light modes coalesce (combine into one mode) to produce unusual effects. Until recently, the concept mainly existed only in theory, but received renewed attention with experimental demonstrations in optical systems such as lasers and photonic structures. The experimental studies involved systems with parity-time symmetry for balanced gain and loss of material, to ensure robust light intensity, immune to backscatter. While closed and lossless physical systems are described by Hermitian operators in quantum physics, systems with open boundaries that exhibit exceptional points (EPs) are non-Hermitian. , Optics Letters Researchers build fully mechanical phonon laser 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.last_img read more

Vayuputras end their story in Delhi

first_imgAmish Tripathi, the author of the Shiva trilogy books, was the cynosure at a launch event on 14 March, amidst a vivacious crowd. The banker turned author released the third book of the series, The Oath of the Vayuputras, along with Ajay Mago and Sanjay mago, the proprietors of Om Book Shop.Amish seemed exuberant to answer the questions from a wide range of audience from school goers, college students, professionals and house wives, after releasing the book. The evening ended with all the fans getting their copies of the book personally signed by Amish and standing together for pictures with their favorite author. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The questions from the audience were varicolored ranging from the audio visual version of The Immortals of Meluha, the first of the trilogy, which had been purchased by the Dharma Productions to the journey of the author.Amish, a fervent devotee of Lord Shiva stressed on the liberal view of religions and expressed his love for Pantheology. One of the audience also presented him a portrait of Ardhanarishvara, a composite androgynous form of Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati.The Shiva Trilogy, comprising of The Immortals of Meluha, The Secret of the Nagas and The Oath of the Vayuputras has been one of the most successful book series in the history of Indian publishing. It has sold almost a million copies in two-and-a-half years.last_img read more