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Billy Slater goes out with a win

first_imgQueensland provided one final highlight for stand-in skipper Slater, downing NSW 18-12 in State of Origin III in Brisbane in a fitting farewell for the veteran fullback.Polarising Maroons playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans was a standout after ending three years in the Origin wilderness.After his 31st and final Origin, Slater said it was vital for the Maroons’ future that he helped deny the Blues their first series whitewash in 18 years.The dead rubber win ensured Queensland savoured victory for the first time as they began life without their Big Three – Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston.”I was disappointed the fellas hadn’t had that Origin winning feeling,” Slater said.”I really wanted to deliver that to them because it is important. There were a few guys who hadn’t felt it this year.”They (NSW) earnt their series win this year, we need to learn from that but we needed that win – there is a bright future.”Next year the Maroons will be without the Big Four after Slater bowed out in style.He not only earned man of the match honours but was also controversially awarded the Wally Lewis Medal as player of the series despite missing the Melbourne opener with injury.Slater was Queensland captain for the first time in his final game after stepping in for Greg Inglis (broken thumb).Slater’s representative retirement ensures Inglis will be the last man standing from Queensland’s 2006 side which sparked their stunning run of 11 series wins in the last 12 years.But Slater walks away with no regrets, all but anointing Newcastle’s Kalyn Ponga as his fullback replacement.”Queensland is in a really good position. We have a great squad,” Slater said.”Look at Kayln Ponga and what he did in game two – we are in good hands.”Queensland coach Kevin Walters may have suffered his first series defeat in his third year at the helm but he is relieved to send Slater out a winner.”That was important for us as a team to get something out of the series and secondly to send Billy Slater out of this arena a winner,” Walters said.”It really does set us up for the next two or three years.”Walters’ luck this year only seemed to get worse after Smith announced his shock representative retirement weeks before the series.But Walters now holds no fears for the future thanks to the legacy left by the likes of Slater.”All those great players of the last 12 years have left a great footprint on what to do at this level to be successful,” he said.”We have to learn from that but I think our guys in the shed learnt a lot about Origin just by getting that win.”last_img read more

UP Manila suspends classes for Ateneo-UP Game 2

first_imgView comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:14Carpio 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 Taal Classes will be suspended at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, it said.  /mufFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss The University of the Philippines (UP) Manila suspended its afternoon classes on Wednesday, December 5, to allow the community to watch Game 2 of the UAAP men’s basketball finals between the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles and the UP Fighting Maroons.According to a post on UP Manila’s official Facebook page late Monday, it said that the suspension is” to give the community a chance to watch Game 2.” The game starts at 3:30 p.m at the Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIEScenter_img Hegerberg says ‘twerk’ request doesn’t overshadow historic women’s Ballon d’Or No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Panel: Proof needed to cancel insurance

first_imgBy The Associated Press SANTA ANA – A state appeals panel ruled that insurers cannot rescind health policies unless they can show that policyholders willfully lied on their insurance applications or prove that companies investigated applications before issuing coverage. Monday’s unanimous decision by a panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal returned to a lower court the case involving car accident victim Steve Hailey, who lost coverage after insurer Blue Shield found inaccuracies in his insurance application. The lower court was to decide whether the Hailey family intended to deceive Blue Shield and whether Blue Shield acted in bad faith by “blindly” accepting their application and taking their premiums until Steve Hailey’s medical bills got too high. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe panel’s ruling also requires Blue Shield to pay Hailey’s appellate costs. The decision is the latest blow to California insurance companies’ cancellation practices. In recent months, state agencies have fined, cited and sued the state’s major health insurers for canceling coverage for policyholders who accumulate costly claims. Michael Nutter, a lawyer representing the Haileys said Blue Shield is “going to need to show – which I don’t think they ever can do in this case – that the Haileys willfully misrepresented something.” But Blue Shield spokesman Tom Epstein said the insurer would prove that “our underwriting was appropriate and that the Haileys misrepresented numerous important facts on their application.” Blue Shield rescinded Steve Hailey’s policy after authorizing more than $450,000 worth of hospital and other medical care. The insurer also demanded that he repay more than $104,000 it spent on his behalf. Blue Shield had contended that Hailey lied on his application about preexisting conditions, failed to disclose a recent emergency room visit and shaved about 45 pounds off his weight. But Steve Hailey’s wife testified that she filled out the application for the family and mistakenly believed that it was asking for information about only her health. The panel’s decision follows a lawsuit filed earlier this month by the state against Blue Shield, which it accused of canceling health coverage for sick people to avoid paying their medical bills. That suit seeks $12.6 million in fines while contending the insurer committed more than 1,200 violations of claims-handling laws and regulations, resulting in more than 200 people losing their coverage after they submitted claims. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Rain menaces Rose Parade

first_imgA trio of rain storms is expected to drench Southern California beginning today and lasting through the long holiday weekend – with the biggest likely to hit just ahead of the Tournament of Roses Parade, weather forecasters said. If rain pours from the skies on Monday, which forecasters say is increasingly likely, it would be the first wet Rose Parade in 51 years. The first of three Pacific storms brought light showers to the outer edges of Los Angeles County Wednesday as it moved south from the Central Coast. But forecasters said each subsequent storm will be stronger than the last. “The second storm (due late Friday or early Saturday) will bring some subtropical showers, and has some potential for flooding,” said weather specialist Bonnie Bartling with the National Weather Service, based in Oxnard. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “A lot of times you get several storms in a row, just like you get nice days in a row.” But it’s the third storm that has the potential to produce the heaviest rain in Los Angeles County on Monday, weather forecasters said. The system could bring in 2 to 4 inches of rain, which means residents who live near or below recent burn areas in Burbank and the western San Fernando Valley should be prepared to protect their properties from mud slides. Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said they were not preparing anything special for burned unincorporated areas following the wildfire that scorched 25,000 acres of brush from Chatsworth to Thousand Oaks. “We do have sand bags and sand prepositions at many of the fire stations throughout the city and those are available to residents only for personal use,” said Los Angeles Fire spokesman Ron Myers. Residents needing bags are asked to call their local fire station to find out which stations have supplies, he said. “We would hope that residents in the last few months have … made as much preparations as possible,” he said. Along the coast, Los Angeles County lifeguards were expecting some high swells for Monday, especially in Manhattan Beach. “It’s cloudy. It definitely looks like a storm is coming in,” said Darren Nelson, Ocean Lifeguard Specialist stationed at Venice Beach. “It’s going to start building up slowly. Monday’s when people should come and bring their cameras.” The California Highway Patrol is also bracing for what could be a busy weekend due to holiday travelers returning home on slippery roads. Flood warnings were also in effect in Northern California, where rains have swelled rivers to their highest levels in seven years. Steady downpours and rising rivers led to an evacuation, scattered power outages, and flooded roads and parks. Water district officials in Sacramento closed a flood gate on the American River as a precaution. “People will be coming back from vacation, so traffic will build up,” said CHP spokesman Officer Joe Zizi. “It’s a fact of life we will have accidents.” He said motorists who break down should get to the right shoulder or off the freeway; make sure vehicles are properly maintained; turn headlights on if windshield wipers are on; and stay five car lengths from the vehicle in front. Meanwhile, those preparing floats from scratch for the Tournament of Roses Parade said it was still too early to panic about the gloomy weather forecast. Volunteers working on Burbank’s entry inside the city’s Water and Power facility were hoping the parade’s theme, “It’s Magical,” will bode true. “We’re a little nervous, but at this point in the week, it’s too early to be too worried,” said Jon Reeves, head of construction for the project. “It’s a hive of activity in here.” About 150 volunteers had signed in on Wednesday, ready to glue on fresh flowers. Burbank’s entry features a parade of three elephants, with the leading elephant crashing into a stand on wheels to get at some peanuts. But weather specialist Bartley had some advice. “Definitely, take an umbrella,” she said. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Football Holds Annual Media Day

first_imgFox spoke in detail about his expectations for the season for nearly 20 minutes before reporters headed to Drake Stadium to get perspective from the Bulldogs’ student-athletes.Watch Coach Fox’s entire press conference here. Fourth-year head coach Rick Fox and the Drake University football team hosted their annual preseason media day on Thursday, Aug. 10 to preview the upcoming 2017 season. Print Friendly Versionlast_img


first_imgGAA: Donegal face a tricky away fixture in their Allianz National League opener on Saturday, January 30th.The fixtures for the Allianz National League campaign were announced earlier this evening and they have thrown up some difficult fixtures for Donegal. Rory Gallagher’s side have been handed some difficult away games which includes a return to Croke Park to face Dublin.They also face difficult away fixtures against Kerry and Monaghan respectively.Donegal will host Mayo, Cork and the newly-promoted Roscommon.Their final two matches will be away to Dublin and Monaghan so it will be imperative Donegal get off to a good start in the Allianz National League. Karl Lacey earlier indicated that he would be keen on playing a bit-part role for the league campaign as he doesn’t feel his body could withstand the rigours of winter training and a full league calendar before they embark on another Ulster SFC.It will be interesting to see how many of Donegal’s veteran campaigners return for the 2016 season.The full schedule of fixtures, dates and venues for Donegal’s league season are outlined below.Saturday, January 30th, 7pm – Down v DonegalSunday, February 7th, 2pm – Donegal v CorkSunday, February 28th, 2pm – Donegal v MayoSunday, March 6th – Kerry v DonegalSunday, March 13th Donegal v RoscommonSaturday, March 26th, 7pm – Dublin v DonegalSunday, April 2nd, 3pm – Monaghan v DonegalGAA: DONEGAL WILL FACE DOWN IN ALLIANZ NATIONAL LEAGUE OPENER was last modified: September 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAAHome-page Sportnewslast_img read more

Watch: Amazing hidden waterfall discovered in Donegal mountains

first_imgWith so many hidden gems and untouched locations, Donegal is a dream county for intrepid explorers.Many people strive to find the ‘secret waterfalls’ and amazing caves that lie across the county.Now, another magical place has popped up on the radar. Two brave adventurers discovered this hidden waterfall deep in the Derryveagh Mountains in Gweedore. The 50ft feature is an impressive spectacle:The waterfall was found by Conor and Sarah, who share their trips on the @GraniteNomads Instagram page. They had to hike upriver to reach the bottom of the waterfall and warned that it’s not easy to access.  Conor and Sarah use their page to show that Gweedore in Donegal is a playground for the adventurer – “and not just GAA and pubs!”The couple kitted out their own mini camper van for their trips and enjoy hiking, paddleboarding, kayaking, longboard skating and camping in their spare time.“We just want to show people you don’t always need to go away abroad to get amazing experiences and travel spots when we have them right here on your doorstep,” Conor said.“You just need your coat, your camera and when the sun comes out Donegal is the most picturesque, beautiful place in the world.”If you’d like to follow the Granite Nomads, visit their page here: Amazing hidden waterfall discovered in Donegal mountains was last modified: September 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:derryveaghgranite nomadsGweedorenatureTravelwaterfalllast_img read more

Fernandes confident in interview but is coy over Hughes’ fate

first_imgQPR chairman Tony Fernandes has told Bloomberg TV he believes the club’s fortunes can be turned around – but is reported to have declined to comment on the fate of manager Mark Hughes.Bottom of the table and without a league win, Rangers head to Manchester United this weekend with Hughes’ future in doubt.“I’ve been in worse situations before. Let’s wait and see. We remain confident that things can be sorted,” Fernandes is quoted as saying.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Your Body Talks to Itself

first_imgProteins form large communications network to keep the body in sync with the biological clock.A biological clock would do no good if the organs and tissues of the body could not sync up with it. How would your day go if your brain was wide awake when your liver or digestive tract were trying to get some sleep? Bad things can happen when the body gets out of sync. But to stay in sync, the organs and tissues need the ability to communicate.Researchers have “identified a system of communication networks that exists among organs and tissues that regulate metabolism,” according to a press release from the University of California, Irvine, where a team is making “a detailed ‘atlas’ illustrating how the body creates and uses energy, and how imbalances in the networks may impact overall health.” They just published their work in the journal Cell.Lead author Paolo Sassone-Corsi, Donald Bren Professor of Biological Chemistry at UCI’s School of Medicine, first showed the circadian rhythm-metabolism link some 10 years ago, identifying the metabolic pathways through which circadian proteins sense energy levels in cells.“The human body is a complex, beautifully integrated system that functions at optimum efficiency when the networks are in balance,” said Sassone-Corsi, director of UCI’s Center for Epigenetics and Metabolism. “When this system is disrupted through misalignment among organs, the body will function at a less-than-optimum level, which may lead to disease. We are presenting a map that illustrates how to achieve the best health possible through proper balance and homeostasis.”We have some responsibility to maintain this balance. High-fat diets, for instance, can “induce misalignment among the network clocks and can trigger inflammation, which has been linked to major diseases and can affect lifespan.” But the body comes equipped with communications networks that take care of background tasks without our conscious knowledge, and do the best they can with what we feed them.The researchers examined a variety of genetic clocks – ranging from those in blood serum, the liver and muscle to those in the brain’s prefrontal cortex and hypothalamus, as well as in brown and white body fat. The resultant atlas maps the connections among various organs and tissues, which together make up the so-called body clock that governs day-night patterns of metabolic activity. The team then tested the connections to see how a high-fat diet in mice scrambled the body’s fine-tuned metabolic patterns and rewired the communication and coordination among clocks.This article illustrates how Darwinian evolution cannot hope to build complex, interactive systems. What’s the chance of getting a rare beneficial mutation (if one could be demonstrated) that would work with an existing system? Most likely, it would disrupt it, and be eliminated if it didn’t kill the host. What good is a new signal arising by mutation if there is no receiver that understands it? It would be like inventing a telephone with only one end. Who ya gonna call?In his book Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition that Life Is Designed, Dr. Douglas Axe, a biochemist who worked at Cambridge University, discusses “functional wholes” made up of multiple parts working in a hierarchical structure. Such systems cannot arise piecemeal because they depend on parts at other levels. The whole system needs “functional coherence” to work. Life is filled with functional wholes of amazing complexity, such as the “beautifully integrated system” of “communications networks” described here. Read the book to become convinced that an intelligently Designer (whom Doug Axe does not hesitate to identify as the Creator God) is to be thanked and marveled at for His artistry.(Visited 349 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Discover the creatures of the oceans

first_img SharePrint RelatedFrom Sketch to Souvenir: the artist behind Hidden CreaturesJune 19, 2018In “News”Uncover a new world of Hidden CreaturesJune 5, 2018In “News”The world wide search for Hidden Creatures continuesJuly 10, 2018In “News” Centuries of exploring uncharted waters resulted in legends describing fantastic creatures, almost too strange to be true. Though the ocean may be vast, there’s still time to search for the giant Kraken, the elusive Hippocamp, and the mysterious Mermaid. Now it’s your turn to confirm the tales! Now through July 25, find geocaches or attend events to find Hidden Creatures earning up to 13 new souvenirs.View your progressShare with your Friends:Morelast_img