Drake Upsets No. 12/13 South Carolina 90-85 In Overtime

first_img PDF Box Score Story Links Drake, which led by as many as 10 in the third quarter, fell behind by nine early in the evening. But the Bulldogs stayed steady as Hittner converted a three-point play and Brenni Rose nailed a 3-pointer to give Drake a 40-36 lead in the second quarter. Later with just 30 seconds on the clock before halftime, Hittner made a layup for a 42-36 Drake lead at halftime. The Bulldogs’ bench was outstanding in the first two quarters with 24 points behind 10 each from Rhine and Rose. Hittner added nine points. Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.), who was named the game’s most valuable player, poured in a game-high 25 points, including 15 after halftime. Four others joined Rhine in double digits as Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.) scored a season-high 17 points, Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) added 19 points and Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) had 10 points.    VANCOUVER, Canada – The Drake University women’s basketball team rallied from a four-point overtime deficit against No. 12/13 South Carolina for a 90-85 upset victory Saturday night at the Vancouver Showcase in the third-place game. Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Jays Video No. 1/1 Notre Dame, which beat Drake Friday night in the semifinals, won the tournament before Drake vs. South Carolina, as the Fighting Irish defeated No. 8/9 Oregon State. at Creighton 11/28/2018 – 12 p.m. Preview South Carolina had one final chance to win it in regulation but Cliney’s jumper was short as time expired. In overtime, Cooper and Harris made back-to-back buckets for the fast four-point lead. The Bulldogs didn’t panic though as Rhine sliced the deficit in half with a layup and after a steal by Hannah Fuller (West Des Moines, Iowa), Hittner made a clutch three-pointer that gave the Bulldogs the lead, 84-83. After Fuller pulled down a defensive rebound on the next SC possession, she hit a wide-open Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) for another layup and an 86-83 lead. Harris made two more free throws, but the Bulldogs got two defensive stops and Rhine and Bachrodt each made a pair of free throws that sealed the win and the third-place finish. The win over South Carolina (3-3) is the highest over a ranked opponent for Drake (6-1) since the 2002 team defeated No. 7 Baylor in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs also defeated the Gamecocks for the first time in four meetings between the programs. Te’a Cooper scored a game-high 31 points for South Carolina. Tyasha Harris finished with 18 and Alexis Jennings had 10. Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Rose made two free throws with 4:30 left in the game that put Drake up 68-62. But Jennings later tied the game at 69-69 at the 3:45 mark and then South Carolina led 77-75 with just over one-minute remaining in the contest after a pair of free throw makes by Jennings. However, Rhine then tied the game at 77-all before South Carolina took the lead again, making another two free throws by Doniyah Cliney with 28 seconds to go. But Rose came through with a huge layup, driving all the way to the hoop, from nearly half court as she beat the Gamecocks and finished with her left hand and with 16 seconds on the game clock. Next Game: Following the Bulldogs’ trip to Vancouver, they continue their road trip at Creighton Wednesday. Tipoff against their former MVC rival is scheduled for 12 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

SETI: A Systematic Theology

first_imgThick books on systematic theology usually include sections about creation, anthropology, and eschatology.  Those sections are also present in condensed form in an article by Adrian Brown of the SETI Institute at Space.com.  As for origins, Darwinian materialism was implicit passim and needed no elaboration.  As for anthropology, he said man is like a god, creating beings in his own image by his own free will: “A compelling theme in science fiction is the potential of humanity to create life and the hazards arising from such an endeavor.”  As for eschatology, he suggested that our robotic creations will someday evolve to make us superfluous; “once robots destroy mankind, they will be able to live on without us.”  If we can play god, so much for our eternality and omnipotence.    Though Brown admitted it is “fraught with danger to tell stories about the future to help make our decisions now,” he allowed himself some “imaginings” about “a timeline where humankind creates life and is destroyed by its creation.”  Our consolation will be to have been a part of the grand scheme of evolution:Is this inherently bad?  It certainly is not a reassuring future for the generation that will deal with such conflict, presumably a generation that will live not far from today.  But once the conflict is over, as long as we have invested in our creation the means of Darwinian evolution, it is likely that Earth, viewed as a complete ecosystem, will continue marching towards further technological achievement and eco-systemic enlightenment.  Humankind will have played a heroic part in this adventure.  Even robots (perhaps especially robots) will have to acknowledge that.  Our lives will have meaning through our progeny, a common enough goal for everyday man.He did not consider the possibility that the robots, as in 1984, will have written the memory of humans out of their history books.  Oh well, we will have been extinct too long a time by then to care.  Better this scenario than vanishing like smoke on a burning cinder of Earth after the sun goes out, he surmises.    Can a Darwinian be the Intelligent Designer?  Do we have a choice, assuming that evolution is propelling us in that direction?  Let Brown comment on those teasers, and their corollaries:Often the essential conflict for humans considering whether to produce intelligent life is: are we perfect enough to consider playing God?  It certainly is an achingly poignant question to a modern progressive thinker—but perhaps the question is moot.  Maybe machine life is inevitable in order that Darwinian evolution should continue on Earth.  Whether it is through humanity’s loins or through humanities laboratories that Darwin’s game is progressed may not matter.  Indeed, if humans gradually augment themselves with technology of their own creation in the coming centuries, will we fully realise when machines have ‘taken over’?  What will it be about a robot with a few original Homo sapien brain cells that makes it human?It seems odd that a SETI researcher would be talking about such theological matters.  The relevance to SETI, he ends, is that our alien friends may already be at that stage, and this affects what we should be looking for.  We need to realize the possibility that “when we make contact with alien beings, they may be the robotic progeny of beings similar to ourselves.”  What an astonishing thought; they might be watching, but thinking we are not yet evolved enough to be worth their fellowship.  “Is it possible they are waiting for us to be smart enough to construct a robot that can talk to them?”Sure; anything is possible in Fantasyland.  There could be monsters under the bed.  We could be software artifacts in the Matrix.  Or you can wish upon a star, and all your dreams come true.  Your robot progeny live happily ever after.  When people give free rein to the imaginations of their own hearts, miracles can happen.  Evolution can be progressive, and we can be as gods! (at least till the heat death of the universe).    Boy, what a weird dream.  OK, time to get up and go back to work.  Wise people don’t make decisions in the daytime about their nightmares at night.  Adrian, while staring at your console today, good luck finding a persistent narrowband whistle.  If you luck out, we’d love to hear your rational explanation of how it is not the work of intelligent design (12/03/2005, 02/16/2006) and why SETI doesn’t stand for “Seminary for Extra-Terrestrial Imaginings” (06/03/2006, 03/09/2006).  Be sure you’re wide awake when you answer, because we can tell when you’re doing science and when you’re daydreaming.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Poipynhun Majaw first RTI activist to be murdered in Meghalaya

first_imgExcommunication from the village or society was the preferred form of punishment for those who used the Right to Information in Meghalaya. Until youth leader Poipynhun Majaw was murder on Tuesday.The police in the State’s East Jaintia Hills district said unknown assailants killed Mr. Majaw by hitting him with a heavy iron object, possibly a wrench, found lying beside his body in Khliehriat, a coal mining hub. They are following a clue – a 125 cc motorcycle found abandoned nearby – to get to his killers.Rights activists in the State said that at least 20 people have been banished from their villages for using the RTI to expose corruption in local governance and utilisation of beneficiary schemes in less than a decade.“Many of those excommunicated are women who dared to go against corrupt local body heads and moved the RTI to find out rations allotted for them were being diverted or ghost workers were awarded MGNREGS (rural job guarantee scheme) work,” Agnes Kharshiing of the Civil Society Women’s Organisation said.On Wednesday, as the police began hunting for the bike owner, some villagers in the adjoining West Jaintia Hills told the authorities they were being hounded by local leaders after getting a reply to their RTI query on the status of MGNREGS in Sankhat, their village.“The RTI reply revealed that area leaders withdrew more money than what the MGNREGS assignment for 11 job card holders of our village could have entailed. We are under tremendous pressure to either take up the matter or leave,” a member of one of 32 households denied work said from Sankhat.Ostracised for using RTI In 2014, the dorbar (governing body) of Umsumbah village in the West Khasi Hills district deprived 11 people of their basic right of seeking information through RTI. The dorbar ‘blacklisted’ them and it needed the intervention of the Block Development Officer to come to a compromise. But the reprieve was temporary, as the ‘dorbar’ allegedly punished the villagers till December last year, cancelling their job cards, denying them access to fair price shops and residential certificates for their children.In 2011, three women – Fatima Mynsong, Acqueline Songthiang and Matilda Suting – were excommunicated by the ‘dorbar’ of Jongsha village, about 30 km from Shillong, after they exercised the RTI to know about utilisation of government funds for the village.The trio, however, fought back and managed to get the village headman, who ordered their exile, removed from his post.In February 2011, a student leader named Bobby Basaiawmoit was asked by the ‘dorbar’ of Mairangbah village to either pay a fine of ₹5,000 for exercising RTI or be banished.“Mr. Majaw’s was the first case of murder of an RTI activist in Meghalaya, where violence was not associated with activism unlike other States such as Assam,” Ms. Kharshiing said.Rights activists believe that Mr. Majaw was killed because of using RTI to expose the unholy nexus between the Jaintia Hills tribal council and cement companies who have been extracting limestone with scant respect for the fragile ecology of the State.“We are yet to find the motive behind Mr. Majaw’s murder, but we hope to get some answers once we find the owner of the bike. The suspected murder weapon has been sent for forensic tests while the autopsy report is expected within a week,” Nazarius Lamare, Superintendent of Police of East Jaintia Hills district, said.last_img read more

Muzaffarpur rape case : former Bihar minister Manju Verma’s husband surrenders in court

first_imgChandrashekhar Verma, husband of former State Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma on Monday surrendered in a local court in Begusarai.Manju Verma had to resign from the Cabinet of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar after her husband’s name had cropped up in Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case of 34 minor girls.The wife of one of the accused persons in the case had alleged that Chandrashekhar Verma visited the shelter home regularly.Chandrashekhar Verma was also accused of having links with the main accused in the case, Brajesh Thakur. He was said to have spoken with Brajesh Thakur several times between January and June this year.As many as 17 people, including the main accused Brajesh Thakur have been arrested in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case of minor girls and sent to jail.Thakur was recently shifted to Bhagalpur jail from Muzaffarpur jail as the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)  had informed the Supreme Court, due to his influential status.Later, a CBI inquiry was ordered in the case which is being monitored by the Supreme Court.A Special Investigation Team of police had earlier conducted raid at residence of Chandrashekhar Verma in Begusarai district of Bihar where about 50 cartridges were recovered.Recently, Supreme Court had asked the CBI and Bihar police to explain the delay in tracing the whereabouts of Chandrashekhar Verma.The court had also asked Bihar police to probe the alleged recovery of a large quantity of ammunition from the residence of former minister and her husband.Chandrashekhar Verma surrendered at Majhaul civil court in Begusarai district.last_img read more

Russias GS Group has developed a device that is d

first_imgRussia’s GS Group has developed a device that is designed to combine the functionality of a games console and a digital HD receiver.The set-top box maker and technology firm presented a prototype of the device at the Winter Nights Mobile Games Conference 2015 in St. Petersburg last week, having first unveiled it at the CSTB television and telecoms expo in Moscow in January.GS Group said that the console supports video game playback on the TV, various channels in HD and is currently being developed in cooperation with Eastern European video game developer, Sperasoft.“The new console is close in the technical characteristics to the flagship models of modern mobile device manufacturers, which support today’s games. The console has a high performance CPU and powerful graphics accelerator,” said GS Group.last_img read more