NBA: Celtics to play 76ers in London

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES 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 Valdez, Reyes say PH team can do better after win 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The NBA announced its five Christmas Day match ups Thursday with an NBA finals rematch between the Cavaliers and host Warriors representing the marquee contest. The two teams have met in each of the past three finals.The remainder of the NBA schedule will be announced next week. The October 17 opening is the earliest start since the 1980-81 campaign began on October 10, 1980.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Celtics feature two-time NBA All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas, who led Boston with a career-high 28.9 points a game last season, plus newly acquired All-Star Gordon Hayward from Utah and four-time NBA All-Star Al Horford, the team’s top rebounder, from the Dominican Republic.“It’s very exciting for our team and the whole Celtics organization to compete in front of our loyal fans in London,” Thomas said. “I can’t wait to connect with them at the NBA London Game 2018 and hopefully make new fans in the process.”Counting pre-season contests, it will be the NBA’s 16th game in London.“Our events have become an annual opportunity for basketball fans across Europe to come together and share their passion for the NBA,” league commissioner Adam Silver said.The Houston-Golden State contest will not only feature nine-time all star Paul in a new uniform but the Warriors will receive their NBA championship rings for the second time in the past three seasons.Gordon Hayward’s Celtics will also take on LeBron James’s Cleveland Cavaliers on opening night in a NBA playoff semi-final rematch.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate MOST READ New York, United States — The Boston Celtics will meet the Philadelphia 76ers at the O2 Arena in London in January for a regular NBA game, league officials announced Thursday.The game, to be played January 11, will be the Celtics’ second trip to London, having played Minnesota there in a 2007 pre-season contest, and the first for the 76ers, whose prior British experience was a 2013 pre-season game at Manchester against Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The league announced the London game, its opening night contests and Christmas Day games as part of a partial release of its 2017-18 schedule on Thursday.Chris Paul will make his debut with Houston on October 17 when the Rockets visit the Golden State Warriors on opening night.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’The 76ers boast some of the NBA’s top young talent, including 2016 NBA Draft top pick Ben Simmons of Australia, who missed all of last season with a foot injury, and 2017 top draft selection Markelle Fultz as well as 2016-17 campaign All-Rookie selections Joel Embiid of Cameroon and Dario Saric of Croatia.“I look forward to coming back to London with the Sixers after visiting for the first time this summer,” Embiid said. “We are a young, hungry team and will be sure to give the fans an exciting game against Boston in January.” 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View commentslast_img read more

Move on Mythology

first_imgLast year, an epic dance drama, depicting the story of a warrior princess who embraces femininity to win over a man, opened at ACT Theatre in Downtown Seattle. The story tracing the life of an Indian princess, Chitrangada, based on a play by the great Rabindranath Tagore, intrigued many Americans, who were mesmerized by the colorful costumes and classical dances that formed the heart of the show. Elsewhere in the Bollywood stratosphere, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s epic Padmaavat registered the highest opening overseas ever for a Hindi film, collecting a whopping Rs 6.25 crores ($1 million) in the first few opening weeks. This despite many caustic reviews questioning its over-the-top sets, ornate garments and billowing pomposity. The film did well perhaps, because even with a shallow storyline it promoted the somewhat jaded idea of an imagined ancient India with elephants, forts and warring kings.Tanvee Kale and Lakshmi Channagiri in Chitrangada, a Rabindranath Tagore play on an Indian princess, which was staged in Seattle and garnered attention for its rich costumes and dances. Photo: Ashish NarainIndia, for all its advancements in science and technology, ranging from ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) launching the first mission to land near the moon’s south pole recently, to medical tourism, which is projected to grow to $7-8 billion by 2020, has long been viewed as an exotic land of mythological tales. Especially in the Western world, the cultural markers for India remain classical dances or its spiritual and mythological past. So, have Indian performing arts popularized only one aspect of its identity, almost blighting its many contemporary advances? Chicago based Ketki Parikh, who runs Vachikam, an entertainment company that pioneered in bringing Indian plays to the United States during the 1990s, agrees that many Americans associate India with its myths and legends: “Popular forms of entertainment, have often shown the classical tales that has led to a reaffirming image of India with all its traditional bounty.” Performing arts have a way reflecting the state of a culture. Unfortunately, mainstream Bollywood with its obsession with dance and songs routines and prime time television in India with regressive family series ignores real advances in urban India.Entertainment and television critic Priyanka Singh says: “It all boils down to what is seen to popular mediums. Even though I do not mean to look at West to draw a reference every time, but truth be told, unlike in America or Britain, how many lets’ say, medical docuseries or science fiction programs do we see on Indian television? The same applies to performing arts too. All our plays, tend to follow the tried and tested trajectory of showing kings and queens and dances and costumes. While we are immensely proud of it, we also have to show the new India and the brilliant work our scientists, geologists, engineers are doing.” By contrast, in British programs, the TV series Humans on AMC showing everything from artificial intelligence to robotics or Grey’s Anatomy with its unsettling medical cases, the drama and depiction reflect current advances in the West. Artist Sohaila Kapur concurs that theater in India borrows heavily from myths and legends, but she also points out that a new wave of performing arts is giving a contemporary twist to enactments. Theatre director and Bollywood actor Rajat Kapoor who has directed Indian versions of popular plays, such as Macbeth and King Lear, blames Bollywood for gobbling up the space for alternate entertainment that has many interesting and newer stories to tell: “I believe, not just in India, it is a global phenomenon where people are looking for easy, ‘popcorn entertainment’.” Chitragada. Photo Ashish NarainHe adds: “We need to look and promote alternate art cinema as well as contemporary stories being told by small filmmakers and play directors to break the perception. Unless, we bring the other issues to the forefront, it’s unlikely that people will know the real, new stories emerging out of our land.” The ground may be shifting. Ketki Parikh, who conceptualized the South Asian Film Festival in Chicago, says: “The depth and the subjects that we see new filmmakers talking about is mindboggling. And the change is being reflected in many alternate Indian films that are getting global recognition.” Even so, ancient stories have powerful messages. Anushka Chauhan, who attended the screening of Chitrangada in Seattle, says ancient tales still have resonance: “That is a part of our heritage and more importantly they tell often liberating, feminist stories about the time many may have misconceptions about. In Chitrangada, to which she took several American colleagues, she says: “Many were shocked to see the valor and bravado of an Indian woman from the 18th century. So, what may be more important is to ensure that even the classical tales are told in the right context.”And that urgency to tell the tales in the right context may account for the flak over Padmaavat and its mute representations of practices such as sati or jauhar in ancient India. Related Itemslast_img read more

The real mountain lions of LA County

first_imgFor years, a male mountain lion ruled the Santa Monica Mountains in southern California. Dubbed P1 by scientists, he feasted on deer and sired 22 cubs. But P1’s kingdom was surrounded by freeways and suburbs, and troubles arose. The details of inbreeding and murderous conflict are revealed online this week in Current Biology. Charting the ups and downs of P1 and his kin, scientists have discovered a steep decline in genetic diversity. Eventually, they say, planners will need to create a corridor to connect this small group of predators to other populations of mountain lions—if they want the population to survive.It’s rare to have a large carnivore living in a megacity. Like other top predators, mountain lions (Puma concolor) need a large range—about 1100 square kilometers for a healthy population to persist. That makes life for mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains, which span 660 square kilometers, a bit cramped. In the second half of the 20th century, the habitat became cut off from mountains to the north. The study is “dramatically documenting impacts of isolation by highways,” says Paul Beier of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, who has studied mountain lions in the Santa Ana Mountains, to the east. The isolation of the Santa Monica population was probably gradual, starting with the construction of the Ventura Freeway in the 1950s. Housing developments on either side of the freeway reduced the amount of habitat that the cats could easily travel through. When researchers started studying coyotes and bobcats in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in 1996, they weren’t even certain mountain lions still existed in the park. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Click to view the privacy policy. 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Riley and other NPS staff captured P1 and other mountain lions by setting foot snares (the latest versions send a text message when tripped) and fitted them with GPS collars. Evolutionary biologist Robert Wayne of the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues analyzed DNA from samples of blood, as well as fur and scat left on trails. The DNA revealed low genetic diversity, compared with other populations, although there aren’t any apparent physical problems. Among large carnivores in North America, only Florida panthers are in worse shape. The genetic analysis also revealed that P1 was the top cat. For years, he alone mated with two adult females in the park. The problem was the lack of room for his offspring. Juvenile mountain lions must disperse from their birthplace, because their fathers monopolize the females. As far as researchers know, only one juvenile has escaped. In February 2012, researchers received a photo of a young male in Griffin Park, a 26-square-kilometer urban refuge to the east. After he was trapped, genetic analysis suggested he had come from the Santa Monica Mountains, traveling about 30 kilometers and crossing Interstate 405 and the Hollywood Freeway. “Now he’s stuck in this tiny dead-end home range with no breeding opportunities,” Riley says.Back in the Santa Monica Mountains, P1 had snapped. He killed one of his sons, and, for no apparent reason, a daughter as well. Then, even more inexplicably, he killed one of his own mates. “It doesn’t seem like a good strategy,” says Riley, who is baffled. In 2009, the researchers discovered another worrying development: P1 had bred with one of his daughter, reducing genetic diversity.  The good news is that one mountain lion has crossed into the Santa Monica Mountains, although it may have spelled the end for P1. In 2008, NPS caught a young male, which they named P12, just north of the Ventura Freeway. They gave him a tracking collar, and in February 2009, they saw that he crossed the freeway in the middle of the night. (It’s not clear that P12 dashed across the freeway; he may have taken the one underpass.) Not long after that, P1’s collar was discovered near a ranch. The researchers noticed rocks nearby, with blood from an unidentified panther, so the collar may have come off in a fight. He hasn’t been seen since. By that time, P1 was old and it’s possible that P12 subsequently killed him, Riley says.P12 brought fresh blood to the population. He had eight offspring, passing on genes from the north. Unfortunately, P12 has also mated with one of his daughters. The lesson is that just a single immigrant can rapidly improve the gene pool, but that further inbreeding will erode that progress just as quickly. “The idea is not novel, but the dramatic confirmation is a wake-up call,” Beier told Science in an e-mail.It’s not clear how long the mountain lions can persist by themselves in the park. A postdoc has joined Riley and Wayne to analyze the viability of the population. Ultimately, these mountain lions will need better access to other habitat and individuals. (Moving mountain lions into the park is a last-ditch option, Riley says.) After a young mountain lion was killed by traffic, the California Department of Transportation added new fencing to funnel animals toward the road that crosses under the freeway, but Riley says it’s not a good passage for mountain lions. “In the long run, we need a tunnel or an overpass to be effective.”last_img read more