Big Science Failing Integrity Test

first_imgWhat happens when the purveyors of knowledge admit they are unreliable?Editors of the leading Big Science journals, Science and Nature, continue to wring their hands over rampant scientific misconduct. Conflicts of interest, sloppy work, fudging data, plagiarism, non-reproducible results and plain old dishonesty (“fake science”) are just some of the problems they admit to. Paradoxically, industry is more alarmed about reproducibility than academia is, Nature says this week. Notice how academic scientists engage in “questionable practices.”Despite the advent of important new therapeutics, the number of innovative treatments reaching the patient is disappointingly low. To help rectify this, industry is investing in drug-discovery alliances with peers and academic groups, and in precision medicine. It sees high standards of research quality as the route to the most promising drug candidates and to maximum return on investment.By contrast, academic scientists may be reluctant to devote extra time and effort to confirming research results in case they fail. That would put paid to publication in high-impact journals, damage career opportunities and curtail further funding. Evidence of questionable practices such as selective publishing and cherry-picking of data indicates that rigour is not always a high priority.Aren’t those things supposed to be the highest priority? Isn’t the scientific method supposed to be the most dispassionate, disinterested, truth-seeking approach to knowledge? It seems that science is deserving of a similar statement Gandhi allegedly said about Western civilization: “I think it would be a good idea.” Without integrity, science is nothing. You can’t get integrity by the scientific method.The Science of ScienceThe AAAS flagship journal Science recently had a special section devoted to scientific integrity. This wouldn’t have been necessary had not serious flaws been worrying the editors. The article titles are instructive:Research on research (Martin Enserik, Science). It seems like a return to the “science wars” of the 1960s. The efforts below may sound promising, but who will watch the watchers?Given the billions of dollars the world invests in science each year, it’s surprising how few researchers study science itself. But their number is growing rapidly, driven in part by the realization that science isn’t always the rigorous, objective search for knowledge it is supposed to be. Editors of medical journals, embarrassed by the quality of the papers they were publishing, began to turn the lens of science on their own profession decades ago, creating a new field now called “journalology.” More recently, psychologists have taken the lead, plagued by existential doubts after many results proved irreproducible. Other fields are following suit, and metaresearch, or research on research, is now blossoming as a scientific field of its own.Journals under the microscope (Jennifer Couzin-Frankel, Science). This article mentions “threats to the scientific enterprise, such as reproducibility, fake peer review, and predatory journals.”The metawars (Jop de Vrieze, Science). Scientists don’t like being scrutinized. They expect to be trusted just because they are scientists. A meta-analysis is an “analysis of analyses” like a report card on grading methods. John Ioannidis is one such meta-researcher, whose findings about bias and malpractice have been widely reported. Has it helped? “Meta-analyses were supposed to end scientific debates,” de Vrieze writes. “Often, they only cause more controversy.” What is the situation after years of meta-analysis? Stalemate. Hostility. Resistance to change. Scientists continue to balk at calls for transparency that meta-researchers say is essential for improvement.The Truth Squad (Erik Stokstad, Science). Some “metaresearchers” (those researching research) are stepping on toes. Stokstad tells incidents where integrity investigators are getting rough with perpetrators of fake science, but perpetrators are resisting the bad report cards. Young scientists who report malpractice often suffer. “At the current pace, it’s going to be 2100 before things are really different,” said one researcher into non-reproducibility in psychological studies who felt the backlash of furious institutions that were exposed with bad grades.A recipe for rigor (Kai Kupferschmidt, Science). This article promises “a simple strategy to avoid bias” that is “rapidly catching on,” called pre-registration.Preregistration, in its simplest form, is a one-page document answering basic questions such as: What question will be studied? What is the hypothesis? What data will be collected, and how will they be analyzed? In its most rigorous form, a “registered report,” researchers write an entire paper, minus the results and discussion, and submit it for peer review at a journal, which decides whether to accept it in principle. After the work is completed, reviewers simply check whether the researchers stuck to their own recipe; if so, the paper is published, regardless of what the data show.Simple enough, but scientists are pushing back against this corrective policy. And journal editors don’t like publishing negative results; they want flashy discoveries. Some researchers don’t want to be confined to a hypothesis, thinking they can’t discover things in advance of experiments. One standout comment deserves focus: “A lot of scientists are more like lawyers than detectives. They have a theory and they are trying to use the evidence to support it.” The danger of confirmation bias and sophistry is evident.Toward a more scientific science (Policy Forum, Science). This implies that what we have now is an insufficiently scientific science. This forum opines on various subjects, and acknowledges sources of bias, but never addresses the underlying fact that without integrity, all research is worthless.French science behemoth launches research-integrity office (Nature). Protecting whistleblowers is one of the goals of France’s new office of research integrity. Great; who will give them their report card?Science learns from its mistakes, too (Phys.org). Like the French, the Germans are working on repairs. Their goal is to “do everything possible to maintain social trust in science.” One way to do that is to report negative results, which are not as popular, but are important to contribute to a complete scientific picture.This entry will be continued tomorrow. —Ed. (Visited 404 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Researchers Find New Way to Keep Roofs Cool

first_imgResearch at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory holds the potential for a new type of dark reflective surface that will keep both buildings and vehicles cooler.Scientists experimenting with synthesized ruby crystals and pigments have shown that a dark roof coating can reflect heat as effectively as a white roof, the lab said in a news release. The research holds promise for reducing cooling loads in buildings and vehicles and mitigating the urban heat island effect, the collective heat generated by dark surfaces in a dense, urban environment.Researchers tested the idea by coloring cool roof coverings with ruby red, which the lab described as aluminum oxide doped with chromium. Then they synthesized ruby pigment to mix into coatings, and found that white surfaces treated with these paints stayed as cool as white materials.The results enhanced previous work to make darker surfaces more reflective of heat.“Over the past 15 years, Heat Island Group researchers have used special pigments that strongly reflect invisible ‘near-infrared’ light to make dark surfaces that stay cooler in the sun than conventional dark surfaces, though still not as cool as white surfaces,” the lab said. “This new work shows that fluorescent cooling can boost the performance of these pigments by re-emitting at longer wavelengths some of the visible light that the surface must absorb to appear dark.”The lab hopes the work, if commercialized, could be applied to coatings for a number of products and materials. Synthetic ruby crystals were available online and were “surprisingly inexpensive.”Manufacturers such as CertainTeed already produce roofing products with higher solar reflectance than conventional roofing, such as its Presidential Solaris brand. But Berkeley Lab researchers said the use of fluorescence for cool materials is a new concept.Their findings were published in the journal Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells.last_img read more

Does Radiant Floor Cooling Make Sense?

first_imgSteve Mackay is already committed to radiant floor heat in the house he is building. Why not, he wonders, use the same system for cooling?“I’ve read a lot of the pros and cons about using radiant floor heating in a well designed home and I understand that we probably should go with forced air,” Mackay writes in Q&A post. “There are a number of reasons why I am still looking at radiant floor heating, most of which are not technical justifications but more because we really really want it … Having made a decision on radiant floor heating, does it make sense to go with radiant floor cooling?”In areas with high summer humidity, water vapor can condense on cold water lines. Similarly, water can accumulate on flooring cooled by a radiant floor cooling system. But Mackay writes that he is building in Climate Zone 6A where humidity ranges between 20% and 35%. The house will be well insulated and well sealed — walls insulated to R-30, the roof insulated to R-60, and airtightness at 1.5 ach50. In other words, Mackay is planning a much better than code-minimum house.Mackay refers to an article that mentions several successful radiant cooling systems. But they were in airports and schools, not private homes.“Is this even a thing in a residential home?” Mackay asks. “I understand that we will have to be careful about set points to ensure we don’t have condensation buildup on the floors. We are planning polished concrete floors on the basement and on the first floor. (I understand that extra structural support is required for the first floor.) There will be no wood or installed carpet; we will likely have a few rugs here and there. It seems like radiant floor heating combined with a cooling solution might make the decision to go radiant a little more justified.” All About Radiant FloorsGoodbye Radiant FloorIs Radiant Floor Heat Really the Best Option?Green Encyclopedia: Cooling OptionsAnother Perspective on Air-to-Water Heat PumpsAir-to-Water Heat PumpsSplit-System Heat-Pump Water Heaters Is the insulation really necessary?On the insulation question, Jon R says a “staple-up” radiant system (one in which distribution tubing is stapled to the bottom surface of the subflooring rather than installed in special panels like Warmboard) could work, particularly if left uninsulated. In that case, the upper floor might need some additional cooling.“If the resistance below the radiant tubing … is less than the resistance above, very little heat will travel to the space meant to be heated,” says Richard McGrath. “It’s all about resistance. Heat energy, like water or air, is lazy and stupid and will travel the path of least resistance. Insulation is required.”When the floor system includes Warmboard with tile above and a wood subfloor below, Jon R replies, the Warmboard/tile surface will have less resistance. “And it’s not all about R ratios,” he adds. “Air heated from above tends to sit right there, providing less heat to the room below than the ratio suggests. The opposite happens with cooling. If you want a radiant floor to also serve as a radiant ceiling for the space below, insulation gets in the way.”Gibbs says he had similar concerns before he spoke with the system designer. The designer told him one concern was that an air space in the floor would increase thermal mass and therefore increase the system’s response time.“I don’t know if this was explicitly modeled between the first and second floor, but the design calculations do include a 2.25 Btu/h/sq.ft. loss to the unconditioned crawl from the first floor,” Gibbs says. “(This assumed R-19, but we went with R-24 because that was the closest to R-19 we could get with Rockwool’s 24-inch ‘steel stud’ bats that fit our TJI spacing).” Not the easiest sellJustin Gibbs details the system he is installing in his new high-performance home in Boulder, Colorado. It will use an air-to-water heat pump for radiant floor cooling as well as heating.“Getting the system designed and installed has been challenging,” Gibbs writes. “As others have mentioned, radiant cooling in homes is rare. In our area, I couldn’t find anyone outside of commercial outfits that had installed an [air-to-water] ATW system — and the commercial guys had no interest in a project our size.”Gibbs eventually contacted John Siegenthaler, who has written several books on hydronic heating, and Siegenthaler was able to connect him with Harvey Ramer for help with designing the system.“Harvey’s design package was detailed enough for my GC’s plumber to build and commission the system,” Gibbs said. “But getting my GC and plumber comfortable enough with the design to commit to doing it took a lot of work on my part. I had to completely understand the components of the system, walk them through how the system would function, and be available regularly to answer questions and perform inspections.”The system will use a Nordic heat pump and a hydronic buffer tank, with distribution loops set in Warmboard-R radiant panels. Water temperatures will range between 55°F and 95°F.Like Mackay, Gibbs recognizes there are potential disadvantages with a radiant floor system, but the benefits outweigh them.“This is not the most cost-effective way to heat or cool a tight, thermally efficient home,” he says. “Minisplits or central forced air could have worked for a fraction of the installed cost of our system. We decided to do it because we’ve never been thrilled with any forced-air system in any home we’ve lived in, and using the floor avoided ducting, radiators, fan coils, etc. that would have impacted our floor plan.” RELATED ARTICLES Radiant cooling works in dry climatesDana Dorsett suggests such a system works well, provided that humidity is low.“Radiant cooling works well in dry climates with mostly negative latent loads,” he says, “but gets more complicated to control when humidity is higher and condensation on the plumbing manifolds, etc. needs to be managed. Some amount of latent cooling with air coils may need to be included if the design water temperatures are otherwise too low.”Radiant cooling panels in the ceiling or walls are more effective per square foot than radiant floor systems, he adds, due to the tendency of cold air to pool near the floor rather than mix with room air.“Of course it all starts with the load calculations, from which the design water temperatres for doing it solely with the floor can be derived,” Dorsett says.Jon R says the trick will be making sure that the temperature of the floor remains above the dew point. If that doesn’t occur naturally, Mackay may need a Dedicated Outdoor Air System (DOAS) or dehumidification. A heat pump and fan coils for dehumidification made by Chiltrix is one possible answer.Yupster adds that an air-to-water heat pump similar to what’s made by Ecologix can produce both chilled and heated water. But finding an experienced contractor, he says, will be essential. He recommends that Mackay contact Robert Bean at Healthy Heating. What about the extra costs?Gibbs also addresses Mackay’s concerns about how much a combined radiant floor system would add to construction costs. Gibbs had already decided to go with an all-electric house, and that meant using a heat pump as the heart of the system. Simpler and less costly options are available.“The heat source had to be a heat pump, and heat pumps are most efficient at moderate temperatures (our system will be calling for 85°F or lower water for the majority of the heating season),” Gibbs says. “Low water temperatures work best in low-thermal-mass radiant floors/panels, or you can use fan coils optimized for lower temperatures. This brings us to the first big jump in cost for our system. We used Warmboard-R radiant panels to achieve low thermal mass and fast response.”Material and labor for those panels added up to $9.30 a square foot.The rest of the specialized materials for adding cooling shouldn’t have amounted to that much, but putting the plan into action was more complicated and expensive than Gibbs would have imagined. There was the outside designer he needed to hire, increasing design costs by four or five times over a simple system, plus the added 20% in plumbing labor.Gibbs adds that floors must be insulated when the house has a radiant heating (and cooling) system, and in his case forgetting to put that into the budget proved to be a “sizable omission.” Good idea or not? That’s the topic for this Q&A Spotlight. Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA Technical Director Peter Yost had to say:I contacted a number of engineers for guidance on this topic, and to a one they referred me to my friend and colleague Robert Bean. About to head off on a business trip when I contacted him, Robert took the time for this detailed and thoughtful response:“Let’s start with this: 100% of all condensation problems in buildings conditioned exclusively with air did not have a radiant cooling system to blame. It is time people stopped focusing on the radiant cooling panel as the problem and focus on the real problem, which is moisture.“It is climate, system, and enclosure dependent…[and so here are] some examples:“For cold, dry climates and good-to-great buildings with sensible cooling flux under 13 Btu/hr/ft2, fabricate the floor cooling system with masonry type surface (tile, stained concrete, terrazzo etc.), and no further sensible cooling is necessary. Ventilate for IAQ and interior moisture control.“For cold, dry climates that can have a short wet season (ex. Calgary), space cooling is not necessary during the brief rains. Ventilate for IAQ and interior moisture control.“For cold, dry climates and high-performance buildings with sensible cooling flux under 5 Btu/hr/ft2, mechanical cooling not necessary. Use night time flushing and elevated air speeds (ceiling fans). Ventilate for IAQ and interior moisture control.“For marine climates (Pacific Northwest) and high-performance buildings with sensible cooling flux under 5 Btu/hr/ft2, mechanical cooling is not necessary. Use dedicated dehumidification and elevated air speeds (ceiling fans), and ventilate for IAQ.“For hot, humid climates and good-to-great buildings, get the sensible flux down below 13 Btu/hr/ft2 with enclosure design and external shading, ventilate for IAQ, and install dedicated dehumidifiers. If there are peak loads that occasionally exceed 13 Btu/hr/ft2, elevate the air speed with ceiling fans to boost the floor performance and enhance occupant cooling. If you can’t get the sensible loads down below 13 Btu/hr/ft2 then increase the cooling surface area by adding radiant walls and ceilings or switch to ceilings and/or walls.“For hot, humid climates and bad-to-good buildings use radiant with a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS); the radiant panel capacity is determined by deducting the DOAS coils’ sensible capacity from the total sensible load. If the radiant load exceeds 13 Btu/hr/ft2, increase the cooling surface area by adding radiant walls and ceilings or switch to ceilings and/or walls. Add dedicated dehumidifiers if necessary.“In short, all high-performance buildings should include moisture control, which is essential to any radiant floor cooling system. For an overview, see the Radiant Flooring Guide.”When I say that Robert Bean is a colleague and friend, I mean that Robert is a consummate building professional, passionate about his work and the building industry, and a genuinely great person to boot. His online not-for-profit, Healthy Heating, is a resource any high-performance building professional should use.Other resources on radiant floor cooling you might find these useful:“Cooling with Radiant”Uponor Radiant Cooling Design Manual California Energy Commission Project 4.3: Residential Radiant Cooling and Heating Assessment Deliverable 4.3.6a, Final Report (March 2003)last_img read more

WATCH: LeBron, Melo, KD clash in star-studded pickup game

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Man I need some run!! Where y’all hooping at?? Off season please hurry up and end, I have basketball Jones!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 9, 2017“The King” got his wish granted on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) as he hopped on his private jet and played in a glorified pick-up game in Life Time Athletic at Sky in New York City.As seen in now viral Instagram posts, LeBron put in some off-season work and played a scrimmage with fellow All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.ADVERTISEMENT His Cleveland Cavaliers  teammates JR Smith and Dahntay Jones were present as well, along with Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter, among others.A source who watched the spirited game told ESPN that James played for two hours, then casually flew back to Ohio to attend a LeBron James Family Foundation function.“He just has a love for basketball,” the source described James, adding that he might even organize another pickup game in Los Angeles, California, in the coming weeks.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:LeBron calls for love, unity before taking swipe at Trump SEA Games: Archery instructor collects bronze in men’s compound NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The 2017-2018 NBA season is still a good two months away, but LeBron James is already itching for some hardwood action.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 four-time NBA Most Valuable Player recently made known on Twitter his desire to return to the court after a lengthy off season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “Man I need some run!! Where y’all hooping at?? Off season please hurry up and end, I have basketball Jones!!,” he wrote last week. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Gambhir formally appointed Delhi captain for 2015-16 season

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 19 (PTI) Veteran left-hander Gautam Gambhir was today formally retained as the captain of the Delhi Ranji Trophy team for the upcoming season. The development was confirmed by convenor of the senior selection committee Sunil Dev, who is also the sports secretary, in a terse, one sentence media release stating Gambhirs appointment. A source close to Gambhir said that despite the rumours of him not being comfortable with Ajay Jadejas appointment as the coach, he would not have any problems to play under the former India player. “Look, whether it is Jaddu (jadejas nickname) or Dahiya, they wont teach Gautam how to bat. At the same time, he knows that he needs to concentrate on his game, if he harbours any remote chance whatsoever of an India comeback in near or distant future. So I dont think that it will be like Gautam wont play with Jaddu around. Coachs job is to conduct nets, Jadeja will do that,” a senior DDCA official, known to be close to Gambhir told PTI today. When chairman of senior selection committee Vinay Lamba was asked about the decision to appoint Gambhir as the skipper as Unmukt Chands name was doing rounds, he termed it as an unanimous one. “All of us, the three selectors (Lamba, Hari Gidwani and Rahul Sanghvi) were unanimous in our opinion that Gautam is the right man to lead the Delhi Ranji Trophy team. Accordingly, we took the decision and intimated it to the convenor (Dev),” Lamba, a former Delhi stalwart told PTI today. He also informed that by September 23rd, they would like to announce the squad for the first match so that actual preparations will begin. “We will definitely speak to Ajay (Jadeja) and seek his inputs also. We plan to select the squad by September 23rd. Among the senior players, Rajat (Bhatia) is playing league cricket in England and will be joining the camp by September 23rd,” Lamba added. Meanwhile the net sessions were again cancelled today as water seeped into the practice pitches despite being covered. While Gambhir did not come as he knew that pitches were wet, the other probables did some physical training and running under coach Jadeja. PTI KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Lodha panel gives BCCI time till Oct 15 to comply with proposals

first_imgnull Lodha panel proposals: BCCI to hold meet before responding to apex court RELATED Apex court accepts structural reform recommendations in BCCI The Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha Panel today categorically instructed BCCI to implement a 15-step reform by October 15 ranging from constitutional reforms to principles of awarding various contracts, including lucrative TV rights.As per instructions, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke met the panel members and also carried a letter on behalf of president Anurag Thakur, who cited his ‘Leave of Absence’ as Parliament is in session.“The BCCI has been given a specific timeline by the Lodha Panel to implement 15 specific steps related to constititional amendments by October 15. The honorary secretary, Ajay Shirke, has informed the panel that a first compliance report of the steps that are being taken will be submitted to the panel by August 25,” a source close to the Lodha panel told PTI on conditions of anonymity.Asked about the steps that need to be taken, the source stated that it primarily pertains to the amendments in the articles of Memorandum of Associations (MOA).“It refers to amendments in Memorandum of Association (MOA), the documents of the state cricket bodies’ constitution, principles of awarding contracts,” the source added.According to sources close to the panel, secretary Shirke again spoke about practical difficulties in implementation of a few of the recommendations upheld by the Supreme Court in its verdict.It was learnt that Shirke did mention about practical difficulties in implementation of some of the reforms (namely one state, one vote, age cap of 70 years, nine—year tenure and three—year cooling off period).According to sources, the panel members told Shirke that nothing can be done as there is a “sanctity of a Supreme Court judgment.The BCCI secretary did inform the panel that the Board will be seeking a review petition.The meeting lasted for around one and a half hours. Remove BCCI top brass, Lodha panel tells apex court Timeline: Justice Lodha panel recommendations on reforms in BCCI SHARE SHARE EMAIL August 09, 2016 Lodha panel rejects BCCI request to defer key meeting cricket Justice Lodha: Don’t see any impediments in implementing the suggestionscenter_img BCCI meet tomorrow to discuss Lodha panel proposals BCCI to file affidavit in Apex court on Lodha report COMMENT SHARE COMMENTS Published on BCCI_2938728f × Supreme Court rules in favour of cricket and its fans BCCI_2938728flast_img read more

Tim Cone ‘perfectly OK’ as stopgap coach for Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgTim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Coach Tim Cone said there are a lot of details needing to be threshed out with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ offer to coach the Philippine team.But he is certain that he is merely a band-aid solution within the program’s reboot.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ In cryptic tweet, Antonio Brown appears to retire from NFL Becoming his own man This jewelry designer is also an architect Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES “I don’t want to jump on anybody,” he said. “It’s not fair to Mr. Panlilio—to put him on the spot. I don’t want to put my bosses—Mr. (Ramon) Ang or Mr. Alfrancis (Chua) on a spot.”“So the less I say, the better it is at this point. Let them make the announcement. We’ll just talk. I want to be a good boy,” he added.Cone was offered the coaching seat after former Gilas mentor Tab Baldwin begged off from the job.Cone previously served as national coach during the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok, Thailand, where he guided the Philippine quintet to a third-place finish.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetanocenter_img Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “I don’t even know even if they’re going to make a commitment to me,” he added. “Are they just gonna give me a team and I’m gonna coach it? Or I’m gonna be in the selection, or part of it? Or you know, we get our practice once a week, twice a week?”Cone stressed he doesn’t have any problems with temporarily filling in the vacancy.“I fully realize that its just a stopgap measure at this point. I’m just filling in until they can find the guy they want. And I’m perfectly OK with that,” Cone said.The decorated tactician also added that he also “got the blessing of San Miguel,” which he regards as “crucial” in making a resolution.Asked about how close he is at arriving at a decision, Cone, instead, asked for patience.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I understand fully that if I take the position it’s just a stopgap position, it’s no commitment to the Gilas head coaching,” he told reporters shortly after steering Ginebra past Alaska on Sunday night in the PBA Governors’ Cup. “Monday is supposed to be the day we resolve this whole issue. Not tonight.”“I don’t have any information except that Mr. Al Panlilio approached me and we did talk about it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40The Grand Slam mentor and holder of the most PBA crowns said he “doesn’t know anything about the mechanics” of the federation’s pitch for him to mentor the national team that will see action in the Southeast Asian Games here later this year.“I don’t know who [comprises] the pool, I don’t know where we’ll practice, I don’t know how many practices we will have, I don’t know who my staff is going to be.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical View commentslast_img read more

Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Daniel Vettori applauds Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore coach Daniel Vettori heaped praise on Chris Gayle for his 38-ball 77, saying that the batsmen like swashbuckling West Indies opener do not need guidance from any coach or captain with regard to their batting.Gayle smashed a blistering half-century before Yuzvendra Chahal returned with a three-wicket haul as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Gujarat Lions by 21 runs on Tuesday.”Good thing about international cricketers is that they probably talk to themselves more than any captain or coach talking to them about their performances,” said Vettori at the post match press conference.”They take pride in their performances, they really want to contribute to the team and Chris is a really prideful man, he wants to do well for RCB, do well for any team he plays for. Chris is the strongest and powerful player on these kind of wickets and he can take any bowler down.”The former New Zealand skipper said Gayle made the most of the opportunity he got because of AB de Villiers’ injury.”Today was his opportunity. AB’s injury allowed him to come out and play. We wanted him to play with freedom and we had given him the confidence,” Vettori said.The 38-year-old coach also applauded leg-spinner Chahal’s three for 31.”I have been lucky enough to have worked with Chahal for the past four years and also played against him when he was in Mumbai. The way he bowled in the Champions League final was the reason why we wanted to get him into RCB,” said Vettori.advertisement”He is competitive coupled with a lot of skills. I think those two qualities make a formidable combination for a spin bowler and he is positive and confident of what he is doing.”If you can succeed in a stadium like Chinnaswamy then it means you are special and we saw that again today with Chahal’s performance,” he added.Vettori expressed hope that injured players of RCB would attain fill fitness quickly.Meanwhile, Gujarat Lions’ medium pacer Basil Thampi said getting Gayle out was the “best feeling of my life”.”It was the best feeling of my life. It was my first wicket in the IPL. I got the big man’s wicket and I’m very happy to get him out,” said Thampi after taking his maiden IPL wicket in the form of Gayle.The tall pacer from Kerala revealed that he enjoys bowling in pressure situations.”It has given me enjoyment. The main thing is that I have to enjoy my bowling. Nowadays, I am bowling well and I just keep doing that. I actually allow the pressure to bowl like that. I know that the batsmen can hit me anytime, but I can also build the pressure that time. I enjoy that pressure,” said the 23-year-old.Thampi said that his ability to bowl yorkers came from playing tennis ball cricket.”I got my yorkers from tennis ball cricket. When I came for the camp, I kept on practicing it in the nets with my coaches and they motivated me to keep doing that,” he said.last_img read more