Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter some kicking, roughhousing, an alleged racial slur and a lot of things that were truly uncalled for, San Miguel Beer on Friday night did what it was supposed to in the endgame and showed—that despite all the distractions—its focus is fixed on a fourth straight PBA Philippine Cup title.“Our team just refused to lose,” coach Leo Austria said after a really physical 109-98 victory over NLEX that kept the Beermen the only unbeaten team in the season-opening conference at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay. “What prevailed tonight was the experience of our players.”ADVERTISEMENT There were some instances when play became dirty—or bordered on it—and second motions were made with the intent to hurt, but the Beermen played through all of that to rally from a nine-point first half deficit and win with plenty to spare.Arwind Santos scored 26 points and had 13 rebounds and June Mar Fajardo finished with 25 and 16 in a double-edged attack that the Road Warriors had no answer to.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSan Miguel rose to 4-0 and dealt the Road Warriors a third straight loss in a 2-3 card.The game was tainted with the ejection of San Miguel’s Chris Ross with 1:46 left and outcome all but decided, as he got into an altercation with NLEX coach Yeng Guiao that resulted in a second technical foul. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Racraquin rolls SBC to 4th victory Austria later said that, according to Ross, his point guard flipped his top after Guiao called him the “N” word.“That’s the word they don’t want to hear, and I can’t blame him,” Austria said.Kiefer Ravena, the NLEX super rookie, felt the brunt of the San Miguel defense, with Von Pessumal flooring him with a cheap shot at one point.Settling into a groove even without its biggest star, GlobalPort dealt Blackwater a 101-76 beating in the earlier game to join a bevy of teams crammed in the middle of the pack.It was the second straight victory for the Batang Pier, who rose to 2-2, managing to claim the scalp of another formidable enemy even with Terrence Romeo still absent.ADVERTISEMENT GlobalPort sent the Elite to their second straight loss in a 2-3 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track View comments
The MacArthur and Sloan foundations have given a total $12.5 million to pay for the first 2 years of the massive effort, but it will be free and accessible to everyone. The pages can be adjusted so that they provide useful information for both a schoolchild and a research biologist alike, with an emphasis on encouraging “citizen-scientists” to add their sightings. While amateurs can contribute in clearly marked side pages, the key detail and science parts of the encyclopedia will be compiled and reviewed by experts. “It could be a very big leap in the way we do science,” said Cristian Samper, acting secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, one of seven museums, universities and labs to launch the encyclopedia. “This is a project that is so big, not even the Smithsonian could do it by itself. It is a global effort.” Other institutions helping head the undertaking include Harvard University, Chicago’s Field Museum, the Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, the Biodiversity Heritage Library Consortium, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Atlas of Living Australia. The project will try to be like Mexico’s Conabio compilation of all 70,000 named species in that country, but bigger, Edwards said. For more than a decade, scientists have tried to compile simply a list of all species on Earth, but failed. It’s been too complicated, too expensive and too cumbersome. This effort may succeed where the others have faltered because of new search engine technology. It will scan the Web for scientific information on the Internet and “mash up” all of the material into a file that then gets reviewed by expert curators, said Harvard’s James Hanken, a steering committee member. For scientists, especially those in developing countries, this can open up new worlds of research, said Samper, who has worked as a biologist in Colombia studying South American plants. And that means more science from different areas, he said. Research papers that used to be limited to northern science libraries will be easily accessible in remote Botswana, he said. “The democracy of science can’t be overemphasized,” he added. And the democracy will be spread to people without PhDs. Edwards said the public will be able to send information to scientists that they wouldn’t have otherwise. Sample demonstration pages of the polar bear show what the scientists hope to do. It offers pictures, maps, research and data on the molecular biology, genetics, reproduction diet of the polar bear. The information can be accessed at the “novice” level, which says: “Polar bears inhabit Arctic sea ice, water, islands and continental coastlines.” At “expert” level, it says: Polar bears occur in low numbers throughout their range and are most abundant in shallow water areas near shore or where current or upwellings increase biological productivity near ice areas associated with open water, polynyas or lead systems.” And as new species are discovered each day, they’ll be added, scientists say. They estimate that Earth actually has 8 million species or so, but only one-quarter of them have been identified and named as separate species. After that, long-gone species – the fossil world – will be added. “If we don’t include dinosaurs, we’ll have lost 6-year-old boys,” Edwards said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – In a whale-sized project, the world’s scientists plan to compile everything they know about all of Earth’s 1.8 million known species and put it all on one Web site, open to everyone. The effort, called the Encyclopedia of Life, will include species descriptions, pictures, maps, videos, sound, sightings by amateurs, and links to entire genomes and scientific journal papers. Its first pages of information will be shown today in Washington where the massive effort is being announced by some of the world’s leading scientific institutions and universities. The project will take about 10 years to complete. “It’s an interactive zoo,” said James Edwards, who will be the encyclopedia’s executive director. Edwards currently helps run a global biodiversity information system. If the new encyclopedia progresses as planned, it should fill about 300 million pages, which, if lined up end-to-end, would be more than 52,000 miles long, able to stretch twice around the world at the equator.
Donegal homeowners will be shocked and annoyed to hear that they could be hit with a 15% increase in the property tax as early as next year, according Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue.According to the Inishowen Deputy, it was widely understood that both the house valuation and the rate of tax to be paid would be fixed for three years.However the Revenue Commissioners have confirmed that Fine Gael and Labour have put in a provision for local authorities to raise the tax by between €60 and €75 on an average home in Kildare. Homes valued at €200,000 will pay €405 in tax in 2014, which could jump to €466 the following year. The tax on a home valued between €250,000-€300,000 could increase from €495 to almost €570.Deputy McConalogue commented: “This is a very sneaky move by Government and it’s causing anger and distress among Donegal homeowners. The Revenue booklet on the property tax was very misleading. It created the impression that the property tax would remain the same for three years.“This legislation never got the kind of public scrutiny that was needed, the government shut down the debate and forced the tax through. Now it’s emerged local councillors could be forced to increase the tax next year.“Fianna Fáil is genuinely concerned that once Fine Gael and Labour have the local election behind them, they will cut the funding to local authorities like Donegal County Council and force them to increase the tax on the family home. We have made it clear from the outset that this absolutely the wrong tax at the wrong time. Burying a provision for an early increase in the tax makes what was already a deeply flawed plan even more unfair.” He claimed it came down to the fact that Fine Gael and Labour want people in Donegal to pay more tax for fewer services.“The latest figures from the CSO show that over the past year there has been a 7% increase in prices in the ‘Utilities and Local Charges’ heading. This covers electricity, gas, landline costs and waste collection. Higher costs, fewer services – that is the reality of Fine Gael and Labour in government.“Disposable incomes are being targeted time and time again by this Government, while Fine Gael refuses to even consider higher taxes for high earners. The message I am hearing from people couldn’t be clearer: They simply cannot take any more,” concluded Deputy McConalogue. DONEGAL HOMEOWNERS COULD FACE PROPERTY TAX HIKE NEXT YEAR was last modified: May 10th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Charlie McConalogueproperty tax