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WICB to prioritise fast bowling


first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) says it wants to stage a series of fast bowling camps as part of a plan to rekindle an area of the game that has been struggling in recent years. WICB director of cricket, Richard Pybus, made the announcement at the conclusion of the 10-round Professional Cricket League (PCL) Regional four-day Tournament on Monday. The WICB is pondering the introduction of an off-season training programme targeting fast bowlers after spinners dominated the just ended four-day tournament. “We are prioritising and looking at some camps for our fast bowlers, possibly some measures off season to prioritise fast bowling in the four-day competition,” said Pybus in an interview with WICB media. “This is going to be central to us getting that back at the heart of West Indies cricket again.” Spinners featured prominently during the tournament, including the top wicket- taker, Jamaican  spinner Nikita Miller, who had 65 scalps in nine matches. “The competition has been still dominated too much by the spin bowlers,” said Pybus. “That is something that we will have to seriously address during the off season to make sure that we are prioritising the fast bowlers.” Guyana’s Leon Johnson, with 807, scored the most runs for the season, followed by Devon Smith of the Windward Islands, who scored 719 — though from two matches less. Guyana’s Vishal Singh and Barbados’ Royston Chase were other players who scored over 700 runs. “I think something which is exceptionally positive is the quality of the batting. We are getting a consistency in the scoring,” said Pybus. “We got a core group of young players who have put their hand up all the way through the competition. We are getting consistent with hundreds being scored. Volume of hundreds and volume of runs which I think is very positive.” Guyana Jaguars were crowned champions of the R4Day for the second straight year. They finished with 149 points — seven clear of nearest rivals Barbados Pride — to regain the George Headley/Everton Weekes Trophy, symbol of regional first-class supremacy. “The first season of the PCL was very rushed and the systems we wanted to put in place to be able to support it were not where we wanted them to be,” he said. “So this year is closer to where I would like to see the system in terms of providing support to the players and the structure of the season regarding the off season programmes for the players.”last_img read more


Animal Tricks Inspire


first_imgHere we are in the millennium of science, and we are still trying to figure out how animals do such nifty things.  Some of their nifty tricks we didn’t even know about till researchers took a look.  With high-tech monitoring tools, we might even learn the tricks for our own good.Owl fowl:  The flapping flight of owls is being studied carefully by German scientists for clues to better aerospace engineering.  Live Science has a picture of their sophisticated monitoring apparatus.  Owls are good for studying flapping flight because they start out sl-OWL-ly.    The researchers coax their pet barn owls, Happy and Tesla, with food to get them to fly through the apparatus where eight cameras follow their every move.  “In addition to revealing more about bird flight,” the article said, “the information could be applied to small, unmanned aerial vehicles.”    Live Science accompanied the article with a gallery of nine photos of various owl species, including the “Harry Potter owl” (snow owl) with a wing span of 5 feet.Ant rafts:  Fire ants will drown alone, but in groups, they have an ingenious method to survive floods: join hands and make a living raft.  The abstract of a paper in PNAS dubbed the phenomenon a “self-assembled hydrophobic surface.”  The authors, Mlot, Tovey and Hu [Georgia Tech], explained, “We find that ants can considerably enhance their water repellency by linking their bodies together, a process analogous to the weaving of a waterproof fabric.”    An eye-catching video at Inside Science shows the ants flowing like a living fluid when encountering various novel situations.  To hold onto one another, they have to exert forces 400 times their own weight.  The ant balls are like a “super-organism” that can float for weeks in water.  How do they resist drowning?“The ants are so tightly knit together, that air pockets form between the water and the ants, and water cannot penetrate through any part,” said Nathan Mlot, a graduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and one of the study’s authors.    The bottom layer of ants rests on top of the water’s surface, and others pile on above them.  Even when they do get submerged, the pockets of air bring them back to the surface quickly – and allow them to breathe.  When they get submerged, the ants flex their muscles in unison to form a tighter weave.Speaking of ants, a paper in PLoS One is entitled, “Ants in a Labyrinth: A Statistical Mechanics Approach to the Division of Labour.”  That paper begins,Both human and animal societies display a division of labour, in which there may be an unequal distribution of effort between or within particular tasks, according to age or experience, sex, physiology or morphology.  Such specialisation has long been known to improve collective productivity because learning allows individuals that focus on a subset of tasks to perform more efficiently than generalists (note however the exception to the rule provided by Dornhaus, 2008).  Division of labour is most advanced in the societies of insects such as ants, bees, wasps and termites.The division of labor promotes homeostasis (dynamic stability) in colonies of ants and other social insects.  The paper did not discuss evolution or the origin of this collective efficiency.    Although the authors referred to division of labor in human societies, they did not address differences between the phenomenon in insects and humans.  “Division of labour characterises all levels of biological organisation as well as human and artificial social systems,” the paper ended.  “Our spatial fixed-threshold model links this organisational principle with the statistical mechanics approach to complex systems and provides testable hypotheses for future experiments.”Beetle bling:  In a projection theme reminiscent of the old motivational sermon “Acres of Diamonds” (Russell Conwell), a press release from the Optical Society of America begins:Costa Rica was once regarded as the poorest of all the colonies of the Spanish Empire, sadly deficient in the silver and gold so coveted by conquistadors.  As it turns out, all of the glittering gold and silver those explorers could have ever wanted was there all along, in the country’s tropical rainforests—but in the form of two gloriously lustrous species of beetle.Accompanying the article are photos of dazzling silver and gold beetles – the shimmering metallic color covering their entire bodies, as if they had been dipped in liquid metal or been fashioned by a skilled jeweler.  The authors surmise that the iridescent color, which can be seen from any direction, allows the insects to blend in with the numerous water droplets in the rainforest.    So why is an optical society suddenly taking interest in entomology?  “Today, the brilliant gold- (Chrysina aurigans) and silver-colored (Chrysina limbata) beetles have given optics researchers new insights into the way biology can recreate the appearance of some of nature’s most precious metals, which in turn may allow researchers to produce new materials based on the natural properties found in the beetles’ coloring.”  The article then described how the light is produced not by pigment but by light refraction through a complex series of protein tissue interfaces.    A result of this study might be the production of not real gold, not fool’s gold, but what might be called ID gold: “This potentially could lead to new products or consumer electronics that can perfectly mimic the appearance of precious metals,” the article said.  “Other products could be developed for architectural applications that require coatings with a metallic appearance.”  Wouldn’t Coronado be stunned by the sight of a future city of ID gold, only to learn that it was inspired by the beetles he would have unwittingly stepped on.Cute lil fish:  Many households only know of cuttlefish through the cuttlebone they put in the parakeet cage.  Actually, cuttlefish (not fish, but cephalopods) are some of the most amazing light-show magicians in the animal world – able to change their appearance from “camo to tuxedo in less than a second” (Science Daily).  “A new study led by Sarah Zylinski of Duke University shows just how good these animals (relatives of octopus and squid) are at this quick change routine.”  (See also 06/06/2007.)    Dazzling video of cuttlefish changing color in wave-like patterns on their bodies is featured in the third volume of the film series Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution from Exploration Films.  More footage of cuttlefish doing instant camouflage can be seen in the film God of Wonders from Eternal Productions (GodofWondersVideo.org, available at Go2RPI.com).  The latter shows a male camouflaged on one side, but simultaneously displaying bright color on the other side to attract a female, then switching the colors rapidly when she swims on his other side.Caterpillar robots:  What child has not been tickled by the movements of a caterpillar on his or her arm?  Scientists have another goal in mind: according to Science Daily, they want to build robots that use the same locomotion method.  Robots don’t have to be tin-man contraptions; they can be soft and silky.  “Caterpillars Inspire New Movements in Soft Robots” is the headline.  “Despite their extreme flexibility and adaptability, current soft-bodied robots are often limited by their slow speed, leading the researchers to turn to terrestrial soft-bodied animals for inspiration.”    We all know how they crawl, but did you know caterpillars invented the wheel?  “Some caterpillars have the extraordinary ability to rapidly curl themselves into a wheel and propel themselves away from predators,” the article said.  “This highly dynamic process, called ballistic rolling, is one of the fastest wheeling behaviours in nature.”  (That statement would have to exclude cellular motors, like the flagellum or ATP synthase, which are rated at tens of thousands of RPM.)  Within a split second, the caterpillar turns itself into a wheel and rolls rapidly out of harm’s way.    GoQBot is the latest test model at Tufts University of a robot that imitates ballistic rolling.  It can reshape its linear self into a letter Q in 100 ms and then roll at over a half meter per second.  “Not only did the study provide an insight into the fascinating escape system of a caterpillar, it also put forward a new locomotor strategy which could be used in future robot development.”    Robots of the crawling kind are being inspired not only by caterpillars, but by snakes and worms, the article said.Rock eyes:  A dispatch article describing chiton eyes made of rock (see 04/23/2011) is open-source on Current Biology for those wishing to read more about how they work.  “The eyes on the backs of molluscs known as chitons are shadow and motion detectors, the lenses of which are made of birefringent aragonite,” author Michael Land wrote.  “These provide a focus both in and out of water.”  As for how these evolved, he appeared to have more questions than answers.Most of us are repulsed by cockroaches, but before you stomp on them, spray them or loathe them, take a moment to understand what makes them so successful.  New Scientist posted a description of the cockroach family, noting that only a couple of the 5,000 known species have adapted to living in human dwellings.  New Scientist accompanied the description with a gallery of nine photos of the critters, noting that they are among the fastest-moving insects on earth.  “Their scuttling movements are so distinctive that they have inspired modern six-legged robotic systems.”  Maybe someday a cockroach-inspired robot will invade your kitchen to help with the housework.The “acres of diamonds” – opportunities for wealth creation and inspiration – truly are all around us in the living world.  Help young people see the potential for design-inspired science to provide exciting careers and improve our lives.  No Darwin Party membership required.  It might even be an encumbrance, like an albatross around the neck.  Study the albatross by design and make a better glider instead.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Elitist Darwinists Poised to Destroy Civilization


first_imgUnaware of their logical fallacies, evolutionists could pull society down with them into a morass of contradictions.Sunday Editorial by David F. CoppedgeKick the commies out of the academyA paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences illustrates the deep problem among Darwin-inebrieted psychologists: they don’t see their own fallacies. In this paper, nine secular psychologists, including Leda Cosmides and John Tooby, whom we saw promoting deadly sins (2/12/17) and scratching their heads trying to evolve generosity by natural selection (7/27/11), are confused about why ordinary people (unlike the elitists they are), don’t favor the redistribution of wealth. They decided to survey the lab rats (i.e., the public) and find out why. So in “Support for redistribution is shaped by compassion, envy, and self-interest, but not a taste for fairness,” they explain the factors they judge to be most significant for affecting public attitudes for or against redistribution of wealth (a politically-correct term for communism). A subtext of the paper is that people should favor redistribution because it is more fair. That’s all we need in 2017: more communism.So what’s the logical fallacy here? To find out, have these well-paid scientists go live in a communist country, like Cuba or Venezuela, and see if they could protect their own money from redistribution, or have the freedom to speak their minds in print. In Nature, Asif Siddiqi reviews a new book about the travails of a meteorologist trying to survive in Stalinist Russia. Between imprisonments in the Gulag and suspicions of being an enemy of the state, this poor scientist, Alexey Wangenheim, struggled desperately to keep his spirits up and do scientific work until he, too, was murdered like millions of others. The book is a collection of his letters and sketches that show the optimism of the human spirit suffering under an intense evil regime. It’s nice for Nature to give voice to “Science lessons from the Gulag” today, but back then, most scientific institutions lionized Stalin as a great leader, and were vocal critics of the free countries that allowed them to voice their opinions.Stop stifling scientific debateDoes anybody not know yet that Darwinists are the worst bigots in the world when it comes to scientific debates about evolution? Just look at them fly off the handle when a country like Turkey tries to take evolution off the curriculum for their high schools. Phys.org calls the reaction an “outcry” with accusations of “brainwashing” students in a country they cannot control (America and the UK have Darwin-bigot judges who can keep creationists silent). Brainwashing. That’s rich. Communists never do that, do they?Let’s see the logical fallacy here. In two other papers about evolution in education, students are treated like lab rats who need some nudging (6/11/17). A paper in a journal called Evolution: Education and Outreach (odd name for a “science” journal, is it not?), a team considers “A multifactorial analysis of acceptance of evolution.” Lack of acceptance of evolution is a serious problem, in their view. Maybe with a little scientific manipulation, elitists can find ways to overcome the reluctance of the lab rats to run the maze properly:Despite decades of education reform efforts, the percent of the general US population accepting biological evolution as the explanation for the diversity of life has remained relatively unchanged over the past 35 years. Previous work has shown the importance of both educational and non-educational (sociodemographic and psychological) factors on acceptance of evolution, but has often looked at such factors in isolation. Our study is among the first attempts to model quantitatively how the unique influences of evolutionary content knowledge, religiosity, epistemological sophistication, and an understanding of the nature of science collectively predict an individual’s acceptance or rejection of evolution.The fallacy should be obvious now. Natural selection produces the rejectors of evolution as the fittest! The psychologists should join them, not fight them. That logical conclusion seems lost on these Darwinians.In another paper in Evolution: Education and Outreach, Bertha Vasquez publishes “A state-by-state comparison of middle school science standards on evolution in the United States.” Surely she would favor what Charles Darwin advised, wouldn’t she? “A fair result can only come,” he said in The Origin of Species, “from fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of every question” (Academic Freedom Day). Anyone who thinks she should hasn’t smelled the mind-numbing power of Darwin DOPE. Like Stalinist-Leninists, the Darwin Party faithful only support academic freedom until they gain power. After that, all must follow the Party Line (5/21/17). “We propose that early evolutionary education will be an excellent indicator of future acceptance of evolution across the United States and strongly encourage that evolution be introduced as the underlying theme of biology early in a student’s academic career.” Yes, start indoctrinating the lab rats earlier!Realize that morality is not materialAnother fallacy common in secular science is viewing every human behavior as a matter of cultural conditioning, ultimately as a consequence of natural selection. If that were ‘true’, then there would be no basis for publishing a scientific paper promoting that idea, because it means the authors are motivated by sex to ensure more offspring, not a search for truth about the world. The thesis undermines itself (hear Nancy Pearcey explain this at ID the Future). Very often, secular psychologists look to Darwinian game theory to explain why people do what they do. An example is this paper in PLoS One that investigates “How public scrutiny influences ethical behavior.” If one were to accept the authors’ premise that honesty is just a game, and that lying “is considered unethical in most cultures,” then lying is just a behavior, not a matter of ethics at all. So why should readers think the authors themselves are being honest? Why assume they are not playing games?We’ve reported frequently in recent years about the lack of ethics in institutional science: fraud, conflict of interest, and the reproducibility crisis have been big news. Yet it should be obvious that without ethics, one cannot have science. If peer review is to catch fraud, what if the reviewers are dishonest? Who watches the watchers? The need for real, reliable ethics is self-evident. Darwinians know this deep down; when discussing three-parent babies through genetic engineering, for instance, New Scientist preached a sermonette, “Nice science, but don’t forget about the ethics.” These are staunch Darwinians, mind you. On the one hand, the editors speak of “the state of scientific knowledge and society’s ethical priorities” as if the latter are malleable. But on the other hand, they conclude that certain policies “would be both unwise and unethical,” as if their opinions are based on absolutes that can be established with certainty.It’s possible to research fellow humans without the Yoda Complex that often comes with the Darwinian elitist mindset. Another paper in PLoS One discusses gratitude and its positive effects on people. There’s no mention of evolution, Darwin, selection, game theory or any other materialist, secularist buzzwords. The authors simply try to measure emotions of participants in ‘gratitude exercises.’ The question here should be, what does science have to do with gratefulness? Doesn’t gratitude belong in the purview of religious leaders, teachers and parents? And even if the data show some positive effects of gratitude, does that make it scientific? Is it genuine gratitude if it elicits warm feelings? The fallacy here is to assume the legitimacy of a character quality can be measured by its outcomes. Sometimes the outcomes of true gratitude are ugly. Sometimes ungrateful people are rewarded with great emotions, like pride, selfishness and arrogance.Who is the fittest of them all?One more non-Darwinian paper commands attention: In PNAS, it’s titled, “On the promotion of human flourishing.”  Without any appeals to game theory, evolution or selection, Tyler J. VanderWeele, a Harvard social scientist, analyzes the evidence-based factors that produce robust societies of individuals able to pursue happiness. Here’s his approach:Many empirical studies throughout the social and biomedical sciences focus only on very narrow outcomes such as income, or a single specific disease state, or a measure of positive affect. Human well-being or flourishing, however, consists in a much broader range of states and outcomes, certainly including mental and physical health, but also encompassing happiness and life satisfaction, meaning and purpose, character and virtue, and close social relationships. The empirical literature from longitudinal, experimental, and quasiexperimental studies is reviewed in attempt to identify major determinants of human flourishing, broadly conceived. Measures of human flourishing are proposed. Discussion is given to the implications of a broader conception of human flourishing, and of the research reviewed, for policy, and for future research in the biomedical and social sciences.What a radical idea: people can be happy without high incomes! Virtue and character can matter more than money. Meaning and purpose in life can promote human fulfillment. So taking a broader approach for his empirical study, what does he find as the greatest factors contributing to human flourishing?If it is the case that the family, work, education, and religious community are important determinants of various aspects of human flourishing, as indeed they seem to be, then this has profound implications for societal organization and resource allocation. If we desire societal good, broadly construed as human flourishing, and crudely represented by the measures described above, then the structures, policies, laws, and incentives, financial or otherwise, that contribute to family, work, education, and religious community will likely be important ways in which society itself can better flourish.Quiz question: who in society are the most pro-family, pro-work people in favor of character and virtue? Darwinists? Ha! There isn’t a perversion known that they don’t justify (see our book review of How Darwinism Corrodes Morality). It’s the churches who build constructive, virtuous families—specifically the religious groups who aren’t taught that blowing up buses and buildings will earn sex favors in the afterlife. It’s the churches who believe in a holy God who demands holy behavior. It’s the organizations like Family Research Council and the American Family Association that promote traditional marriage, church attendance, and community involvement in altruistic good deeds. It’s parents who train up a child in the way he or she should go, and to avoid temptations to self-gratification for higher purposes and goals. VanderWeele admits, “there is now fairly good evidence that participation in religious community is longitudinally associated with the various domains of flourishing,” including better health, lower rates of depression and suicide, more happiness and life satisfaction, more virtuous living and prosocial behavior.So if Darwinians believe fitness drives evolution, let them consider which humans are the most fit. If they are really in favor of human flourishing (a synonym for fitness), let them abandon the worldview that corrodes morality and embrace the one that promotes it. Let them become ex-Darwinists! Let them bow before their Maker and say, like Paul when he was caught on the wrong path, “Who are you, Lord?” followed by, “Lord, what will you have me to do?” (Acts 9). (Visited 489 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


NLEX eyes QF bonus


first_imgAlex Mallari is among the newcomers who have taken the lead for NLEX’s turnaround this season. —Sherwin VardeleonANTIPOLO—Yeng Guiao hasn’t had this kind of a view for quite a while.The NLEX coach is looking down on almost everyone for the first time this PBA season, and the Road Warriors take the first of two shots to nail down a big quarterfinal advantage in the Governors’ Cup with a win over TNT KaTropa Wednesday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Weather permitting, tip off is at 7 p.m. and Guiao knows exactly what’s in store for his Road Warriors if they win.“That’s the good thing with our situation right now—we know what we need to do to get a top four slot,” Guiao said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Texters, meanwhile, will play for the first time in eight years with Ranidel de Ocampo no longer part of the squad after dealing the veteran forward to Meralco in a trade that also involved Phoenix.TNT got Justin Chua, who Meralco first shipped to the Fuel Masters. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NLEX is tied for the lead with idle Barangay Ginebra at 7-2 and Guiao had said that he thinks the magic number for a top four slot—and a twice-to-beat privilege—would be eight wins.“It will be tough. But who knows? We could get lucky again in one of our last two games,” he said.Aaron Fuller has proven to be exactly what the doctor has ordered to resuscitate NLEX. Then there’s Guiao’s genius of tweaking the local lineup to get the players he wants.“I think the players just jelled earlier than I anticipated,” Guiao said as Larry Fonacier, JR Quiñahan and Alex Mallari have come to fore and are immediately playing with impact for the Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READcenter_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Can Pacquiao wangle a rematch now? NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


Spotlight still on SMB


first_imgSan Miguel’s (from left) June Mar Fajardo, coach Leo Austria, Arwind Santos and new Beerman Terrence Romeo during the PBA Media Day on Thursday at Solaire in Pasay. —SHERWIN VARDELEONFrom a jet-lagged Alex Compton bouncing from one interview station to another, to reigning four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo casually facing cameras everywhere, the PBA’s inaugural Media Day was a resounding success that commissioner Willie Marcial wants the event institutionalized.And even in what was a one-stop setting for reporters to gather different stories, the San Miguel Beermen—like they have done on the floor the past few years—still dominated in the event held at The Tent at Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT “They just got Terrence Romeo,” said Compton, the Alaska coach who will again look at the coming 44th season of the PBA to break through as a coach. Compton has steered Alaska to five Finals stints but has yet to win a crown.“San Miguel Beer [has just] made everyone’s lives more difficult [with the Romeo trade],” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFajardo admits that eyes will be on the Beermen, even if Barangay Ginebra has made a strong impression last season with a championship in two Finals appearances.“The pressure is on us because everyone is saying we’re the team to beat,” said Fajardo in Filipino during a live interview with Sports IQ as the Beermen to shoot to improve on their all-time Philippine Cup record by winning the conference for the fifth straight year. View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “But I think teams like Ginebra and Magnolia, which played well last conference, are stronger than us. We’ll just have to do everything to defend our crown and it will not be easy, but it’s not impossible as long as we follow the system of coach Leo (Austria),” Fajardo said.Even Romeo, unfazed by the scrutiny he now commands in a venue packed with sports journalists, made an appearance on media day and gladly answered queries relating to his much-ballyhooed transfer that made the Beermen unbeatable on paper.“He’s going to be great there,” said Phoenix Petroleum coach Louie Alas. “Coach Leo thrives in making talented players play within a system.”Romeo later approached Alas and the two shared a casual conversation, something that happened a lot between players and coaches coming from different teams during the Media Day.“Okay ka na ba (Are you ok now)?” Alas asked as he gave Romeo a hug.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “Okay na (I’m ok now) coach, happy na ako,” Romeo said.It was these exchanges that Marcial hopes will be a norm during similar events in the future.“They are in a relaxed mode,” said Marcial, adding he wants the event to happen again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting GALLERY: Players, coaches hype up new season with PBA Media Day LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuelast_img read more