More details about the soft tissue found in a T. rex thigh bone (see 03/24/2005 story) were published in Science this week.1 Mary Schweitzer’s team claims to have found evidence of medullary bone [MB], a type of mineralized and vascularized bony tissue found only in certain birds during ovulation as a buffer against calcium loss. The abstract and summary posted in a press release from North Carolina State says it’s a girl, and she’s pregnant:Unambiguous indicators of gender in dinosaurs are usually lost during fossilization along with other aspects of soft tissue anatomy. We report the presence of endosteally derived bone tissues lining the interior marrow cavities of portions of Tyrannosaurus rex (MOR 1125) hindlimb elements, and hypothesize that these tissues are homologous to specialized avian tissues known as medullary bone. Because medullary bone is unique to female birds, its discovery in extinct dinosaurs solidifies the link between dinosaurs and birds, suggests similar reproductive strategies, and provides an objective means of gender differentiation in dinosaurs. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Understated in the report is how these soft tissues could have survived for so long. The paper in Science says only:The existence of avian-type MB in dinosaurs has been hypothesized but not identified. In part, this could be because of taphonomic bias [i.e., fossil-hunters not expecting to find it], because the death and fossilization of an ovulating dinosaur would be comparatively rare. Additionally, MB in extant birds is fragile, the spicules separating easily from the originating layer (fig. S1). Dinosaur MB may separate and be lost from overlying CB in a similar manner during diagenesis [i.e., the hardening of sediment into rock].National Geographic admitted briefly that “all obvious gender indicators vanish when soft tissues decay during fossilization” but emphasized the gender-identification and phylogenetic angles of the story. The BBC News article showed a picture of the bones, but said nothing about their assumed ages. The NC press release did not explain the 70-million year figure, but merely asserted it. Betsy M. Bennett, Directory of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, stated emphatically, “We’re pleased to be able to provide a way for the public to see for themselves evidence that after millions of years, soft tissue can actually be preserved in dinosaur bone.” Another paper published in Science Express announced the sequencing of the genome from a cave bear, thought to have been extinct for 40,000 years. In the BBC News write-up, a scientist predicted, “I don’t think we can extract DNA from dinosaurs, I think they are too old.” It will be interesting to see if Mary Schweitzer’s team finds any in the T. rex bone, where blood vessels, and possibly blood cells, were seen.1Schweitzer et al., “Gender-Specific Reproductive Tissue in Ratites and Tyrannosaurus rex, Science, Vol 308, Issue 5727, 1456-1460, 3 June 2005, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1112158].This is incredible. How can these scientists ignore the obvious? There’s no way this bone could be so old, but all they can think about are connecting homology dots between dinosaurs and birds by circumstantial evidence. Did they see the dinosaur laying eggs? No. Did they prove this is medullary bone? Perhaps. Does it prove an ancestral relationship if the dinosaur did have medullary bone? No. Does that matter? Not much. What really matters about this story is the age of the specimen. If this specimen is only a few thousand years old, none of this dino-bird homology matters: this blows apart the entire tale of dinosaur evolution. Belief in millions of years and the rest of the evolutionary timeline takes a staggering blow. Look at them strain at a gnat about medullary bone, but swallow a camel about the age. Instead of expressing shock and anguish, instead of repenting in dust and ashes for spreading lies about dinosaur ages for the past century and a half, they grin and say, “We’ll ah’ll be. Ain’t it amazin’ how these soft tissues survived for sempty millon yeers.” It makes one think their brainwashing is so complete they would say the same thing if face to face with a living dinosaur. Absurd? Not at all: they already do it with living fossils much “older” in their time scheme. Folks, consider the facts in this story. Soft tissues from a bone of T. rex, everyone’s favorite monster, were found in Montana. The specimen preserves fine microscopic detail and even pigment. The material is still flexible and not fossilized. We know that medullary bone in living birds is “fragile, the spicules separating easily from the originating layer.” The initial reaction by the scientists was disbelief, because no known process could preserve soft tissues like this for so long. (And what a thought to consider that this monster might have been alive just a few thousand years ago!)Though this is a spectacular example, we should not think that it is an isolated case. Many insects from around the world have been found preserved in amber (fossil tree resin), with even hairs and veins in the wings preserved in exquisite detail. Some still contain bacteria in the guts and DNA fragments have been extracted. Often the specimens are indistinguishable from living species, yet claimed to be millions of years old. Yet we know that tree resin weathers rapidly and is usually not produced in quantities that can extend for meters and entomb frogs and large insects, which would normally float and decay before being preserved. On what grounds can evolutionists claim such fossils are ancient? (For more information on fossil amber, get the presentation “Amber – New Insights” by Dr. Harald Binder, available at Access Research Network.)The only way anyone can claim these dinosaur bones are tens of millions of years old is by prior commitment to a belief system that demands forcing all evidence into a long, drawn-out process of evolution. The young-earth creationists have a great opportunity here. They and anyone still unbrainwashed about geologic time, and all who respect hard evidence, should hammer away relentlessly at the credulity of the Darwinists, demanding that they explain how a specimen like this could survive even one hundredth of that much time.* If you see this bone on exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural History, be nice, but come prepared with good questions and reputable background information. Don’t take bluffing and evasion for an answer. Undoubtedly, after enough exasperation, they will probably provide the docents a manual on how to deal with those pesky visitors who won’t buy the script, but keep demanding, “Just the facts, ma’am.”**(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Businessman Sean Shipalana of GoldRand Harley-Davidson participates inhis second ride.The big-hearted bikers set off for a weekof community service and upliftment.(Images: Emily van Rijswijck)Graça Machel was on hand to see thegroup off on their 2 200km journey.(Image: Mandela Foundation)The group will tackle a clean-up ofthe Mandela Capture Monument inHowick, where they’ll also plant a garden.(Image: Ossewa, Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello HatangNMF communications manager+27 11 547 5600• Sam ManclarkSpeaker’s Corner+27 11 327 1540Emily van RijswijckAn excited bunch of 25 motorcyclists, among them actors, singers, DJs and businesspeople, set off from Montecasino in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs on 11 July, as part of their contribution to the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s (NMF) Mandela Day activities for 2011.Collectively driving under the name Bikers for Mandela Day, the group will donate 67 minutes of their time at each of seven rural community projects across the country. The number 67 equals the years of the former statesman’s life spent in public service – including five years as South Africa’s first democratically elected president.The slogan for this year’s event is Take Action. Inspire Change. Make Every Day a Mandela Day. The main sponsors of Bikers for Mandela Day are Spar and Vodacom.The drive will take in more than 2 200 kilometres through some of South Africa’s more remote areas, and will keep the riders on the road for a week.This year’s route covers the provinces of Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga, as well as a drive-through section of neighbouring Swaziland.The bikers return to Pretoria on Mandela’s birthday, 18 July.Second year This is the second year that celebrities and citizens alike participate in an initiative of this nature.In 2010 about 30 riders, among them American actor Morgan Freeman, set off from Johannesburg to Cape Town, engaging in various community projects along the way.Among the participants for this year are Afrikaans singer Bok van Blerk who is riding for the second time; Hykie Berg, Survivor SA: Maldives winner and actor in local television show Binnelanders; radio station 5FM’s DJ Fresh and Angie Khumalo; Darren Kelfkens of popular local soapies 7de Laan and Isidingo; and businessmen Brendon Neuper, Constant Visser and Motheo Sekgaphane, among others.Before setting off, Van Blerk said last year’s venture was “life-changing” to him and he hopes to make this year an even better experience. “What is important is to take the 67 minutes and make it go further.”Straight-talking DJ Fresh reminded everyone that life is not just about you and that nobody is simply entitled to anything. His aim during this drive is to see how he can amplify the 67 minutes.“I am a strong believer in random acts of kindness,” said Fresh. “Smile at your fellow motorists. Make a homeless person a sandwich. Do Mandela Day every day.”On hand to see the bikers off was Mrs Mandela, Graça Machel. Her usual sprightly and cheerful self, she wished the participants all the best on the cold winter’s morning.“Mandela Day gives us the chance to understand the deep goodness in all of us. Remember this makes us much better human beings,” said Machel, the former Mozambican first lady and now Mandela’s third wife.According to Sello Hatang, spokesperson for the NMF, the activities for the 2011 Bikers for Mandela Day were selected for their long-term impact on and direct benefit for the communities involved.Animal welfareThis year’s drive will also have a strong animal focus with the participation of veterinarian Dr Kobus van der Merwe, who will be educating pet owners and treating animals at the community stop-offs along the way.In addition, the Industrial Development Corporation will be using the ride to enhance its Nguni Cattle Project, which aims to reintroduce the indigenous and hardy Nguni species into rural communities.Nguni cattle have traditionally been part of Zulu and Xhosa culture for centuries. The magnificent beasts are considered a sign of wealth and importance.“The need for care and awareness of animals was something we noticed in 2010,” confirmed Zelda la Grange of the NMF and organiser of the event, who is also participating in the ride.First stop Free StateThe first stop was the town of Harrismith in the Free State province, where the group restored playground equipment and repainted a jungle gym at a children’s home.On 12 July the group continues to Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where they will clean the Mandela Monument and create a garden at the site where the former president was captured in 1962. The landscaping effort includes the planting of a Mandela’s Gold, a rare yellow form of the indigenous crane flower, Strelitzia reginae.On July 13 the bikers head for a school and orphanage in the market town of Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal, where they will install shelves in the school’s food storeroom, help staff in preparing food for the youngsters, and give the vegetable garden a makeover.The next day, the bikers will be in Jozini in the heart of the province’s Zulu kingdom. Here they’ll team up with various community organisations to work in a soup kitchen, and will also tackle the house of a child-headed household, making much-needed repairs and improvements.The group then makes their way through Swaziland to Mbombela, also known as Nelspruit, in Mpumalanga. While in the region they will lay a symbolic wreath at the late Mozambican president Samora Machel’s memorial site in the village of Mbuzini, on 15 July. This is where Machel and 34 other passengers, including other politicians, died in a plane crash in October 1986.The bikers remain another day in Mpumalanga, first working with the Nelspruit Community Forum to restore a care facility for orphans. Later they’ll hand out school uniforms and clothing at a house for homeless children, before continuing to a disability centre in the farming community of Hazyview, just 80km from the Kruger National Park, to revamp a playground.Final stretch to Pretoria On 17 July the group will visit an orphanage in scenic Graskop, Mpumalanga, to create a vegetable garden from bare soil.Before leaving the province the bikers will stop at a children’s home in the historic town of Belfast, now known as eMakhazeni. The home is desperately in need of upgrades to bedrooms and bathrooms, and this is the last project on the list.Reflecting on the activities for 2011, Sello Hatang of the NMF said: “We hope people along the route and those following the ride will take inspiration from this example and live the Mandela Day ethos before and beyond 18 July, thereby helping to make every day a Mandela Day.”Local municipalities, metro police and the South African Police Service will provide additional support at all stops along the route. The riders will be assisted by a support group of 15 staff members from the foundation.Supporters are invited to gather at Pretoria’s Royal Elephant Hotel on 18 July for lunch, where they can celebrate the arrival of the group. The nearby Fezorati Coffee Emporium will offer meals, braais and snacks as an alternative should the main lunch be fully booked. International eventIn 2009 the UN declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African president’s unwavering commitment to human rights, conflict resolution and reconciliation.Since 2010, the occasion has been observed around the world as a day of taking action and giving back a small amount of time, doing a good deed for the sake of fellow human beings, the community or the environment.Charity concerts have been on the international calendar since 2008 when the first birthday concert was held in London in Mandela’s honour, with subsequent events taking place in New York in 2009 and in Madrid in 2010. No international concert is planned for this year.On the local front, various programmes and initiatives will be underway throughout the week. National carrier South African Airways is re-branding its entire fleet with the Mandela Day logo and will fly 93 underprivileged children from all nine provinces to the NMF, giving them their first experience on an airplane. The children will also receive special gifts and essential school items, including uniforms.The South African Parliament is initiating a week-long programme, and in New York, a week-long exhibition at the UN’s headquarters is underway. Make every day Mandela Day in 2011
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market For this week’s One Million by One Million roundtable, we turned the spotlight on Latin and Central America. One of the things I have enjoyed tremendously about 1M/1M is its distinctly international nature. Over the years, we’ve had entrepreneurs from all over the world attend and pitch, and I’m delighted to see that we’re propagating the methodology and the platform far and wide.1M/1M and ENTREPRENEUR JOURNEYS represent my attempt to capture the tribal knowledge accumulated in the private lives of great entrepreneurs and institutionalize it, so entrepreneurs all over the world can use it. In Silicon Valley, we’ve had access to the tribal knowledge, but no one has tried to capture it, derive a methodology out of it, and package it in a way that entrepreneurs around the world can benefit from this knowledge and expertise.We have done that in 1M/1M.And over time, I envision that eco-system after eco-system around the world would learn how to use this program to do effective and precise entrepreneurship development, not spray and pray, which is largely what goes on today, with huge amount of resources being wasted.As I said to an entrepreneur from Hong Kong at a previous roundtable: whether you are building a startup in Silicon Valley or Timbuktu, the methodology of bringing a product or service to market is not that much different.With that, let’s look at the two entrepreneurs who pitched today from Costa Rica. Entrepreneurs from Latin and Central America were given first priority to pitch their businesses at today’s roundtable co-hosted by Innova Tiquicia and Startup Weekend Costa Rica.FinqItFirst up, Adrian Montero from Belen, Heredia, Costa Rica, presented FinqIt. Adrian wants to build a location-based service focused on assembling, and then reviewing and rating various services from fixing roofs to plumbing.What Adrian described sounds to me like a concept arbitrage on Angie’s List, a popular service for the US market, and is a fine value proposition for the Costa Rican market. It is however, still a concept, not yet a business, and Adrian should not be under the misconception that VCs would be lining up outside his door to fund the business. He needs to bootstrap it to a certain level, and following the 1M/1M methodology would be a good start.HandIt.meMarcial Cambronero, also from Costa Rica, pitched HandIt.me, an intriguing concept for “social shipping.” Marcial proposes to use friends living in the United States to transport products on behalf of consumers in Costa Rica who are regular customers of products from the US e-commerce vendors.As I listened to his pitch, however, I felt that a better and more interesting value proposition would be to create a “marketplace” for crowd-commerce, so to speak, where Marcial can create small groups of consumers segmented by location and merchandise interest, and have them aggregate their orders from US merchants, to cut down on expensive shipping charges. Consumers can take turns in placing the order, and Marcial would need to provide the infrastructure to manage the flow of funds, as well as the distribution of merchandise locally. A well designed trust system with reviews and ratings and dispute settlement would be necessary to prevent fraud, the way other exchanges like eBay do.Overall, I like this notion of social shipping, since as we become a more global world, and as e-commerce takes off in more geographies, this could be a service not only applicable to Costa Rica, but much more broadly in many nations.Words To Live ByNext, Alexandra Suarez-Mondshein of Miami, Florida, discussed Words To Live By, a neat concept of designing and producing high quality books with fine paper and fabric for special occasion gift giving. The service has the functionality for a group of people to submit custom messages to commemorate occasions like bridal shower, baby shower, milestone birthdays, anniversaries, etc., and each book costs $375 retail.My feedback to Alex was that the $375 price-point is way too high, and I asked her if she has the provision to pool together the money for a group gift? Well, she doesn’t.In my opinion, to gain fast adoption, this offering needs to be a group-gift, and it needs to be positioned as such. Ten people paying $37.50 each is much more acceptable than one person paying $375, and my suggestion is to focus on making the product a group-gifting service.ResortHuntAdarsh Patil from Bangalore, India, presented ResortHunt. Adarsh observes that there are over 30 million search queries for the term “Resort” and over 25 million for the term “spa”. He wants to convert lookers to buyers by creating a spa and resort booking site with specific advantages for the owners of those properties.Adarsh really needs to do some thorough competitive analysis and decide which market may have room for him to enter. The travel booking category is excruciatingly competitive, crowded, and continues to attract new entrants all the time. I probed his market entry strategy, and it was all over the place. So, I suggested, as a first order of business, that he determines where there is a gap, and where he can meaningfully compete.EnziLast up was Ashni Mohnot from Mountain View, California, discussing Enzi, an income linked education loan program for students. Ashni wants to create a Kiva-like exchange whereby consumers can fund the education of students in exchange of a percentage of the future income of those students.While I like the general concept, I feel that the program needs to be specific to alumni associations, and not an open, public exchange. The trust factor needs to come from being part of an alumni association, and as such, it should be a white label solution – software and services – offered by various alumni associations, to their alumni and students as a way of giving back, and directly engaging with students.I also suggested that Ashni focuses on funding science, technology and engineering program students, since there is so much energy today around America’s role in the world, and whether the country is losing its edge in science and technology. This would be a way to engage alumni around a specific program, and let’s not forget, the employability of the students post-graduation is an important aspect to ensure the loan repayment.The 1M/1M roundtables are pretty much oversubscribed by at least 250% every week, right now, so if you are trying to get a slot to pitch, I suggest you sign up early, or you can join the premium program to access a broader and more comprehensive range of services.Next week, the 1M/1M roundtable will be co-hosted with TiE Midwest. You can register for the next roundtable here.You can also listen to the recording of today’s roundtable here and select the business you like best through a poll on the 1M/1M Facebook page. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. Sramana Mitra is the founder of the One Million by One Million (1M/1M) initiative, an educational, business development and incubation program that aims to help one million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant, she writes the blog Sramana Mitra On Strategy, and is author of the Entrepreneur Journeys book series and Vision India 2020. From 2008 to 2010, Mitra was a columnist for Forbes. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Tags:#How To#start sramana mitra
After a delay of over a year, the air shuttle service by SpiceJet was launched between Hisar and Chandigarh on Tuesday under the Regional Connectivity Service. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar flagged off the service and also become the first passenger to take the flight to Chandigarh.To begin with, the air travel has been started through a small seven-seater aircraft, later 18-seater and larger aircraft would also fly from Hisar. SpiceJet would provide the service of two flights between Hisar and Chandigarh daily. The flights will take off from Hisar at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and from Chandigarh at 9.30 a.m. and 5.30 p.m and the one-way fare has been fixed at ₹1,674. For booking, SpiceJet will soon set up its own call centre at the airport and after a week the process of advance booking would start, for which the company had to complete some formalities.After Hisar and Chandigarh, SpiceJet would gradually expand its air services from Hisar to Delhi, Jammu, Dehradun and Shimla. Interacting with media persons before taking the flight, Mr. Khattar said that it was a historic day for the people of Haryana. With Hisar airport, the dream of many people of the State had been fulfilled, as now they could take air flights from their own. He said that Hisar airport would be linked with Rapid Rail Task Force System from Delhi and the distance from Delhi to Hisar could be covered in just 90 minutes. For this, the work on railway line between Rohtak and Hansi was in progress.Phased developmentMr. Khattar said that Hisar airport would be developed as an international-level airport in three phases. For this, 4,200 acres had been made available and the process of providing 3,000 acres of additional land was in progress. The Chief Minister said the length of the runway, which is 4,000 feet at present, would be increased to 10,000 feet, which is a required set criteria for an international-level airport.He said that hangers would be constructed in the second phase. In the third phase, the work of increasing the length of the runway and other civil works would be completed. Mr. Khattar said that Hisar airport would be the most suitable option to reduce the air traffic pressure at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.
Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, center, speaks to reporters at his basketball camp in Walnut Creek, Calif., Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)WALNUT CREEK, California — A rich new contract in hand, Stephen Curry is more determined than ever to give back both his time and financial resources wherever he is needed in the Bay Area.The Golden State Warriors superstar has yet to make a major purchase for himself since finalizing the $201 million, five-year contract late last month.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I don’t know the ins and outs of what conversations are going on. It’s obviously surprising, but at the end of day nothing’s really surprising when it comes to story lines and things like that from year to year,” Curry said. “It’s just kind of the nature of the beast. I’m sure if something does happen I’ll be able to talk about it more but right now he’s still on Cleveland’s team.”While Curry received his hefty new deal, Warriors general manager Bob Myers kept nearly the entire title team intact for another championship chase.“It’s huge because we have great potential and opportunity to do some amazing things and win more championships,” Curry said. “When you have that chemistry, you don’t want it to end. You don’t want to have to kind of start over. I wouldn’t necessarily say rebuild, just take advantage of the camaraderie and the chemistry and the vibe that we’ve created around the Warriors organization.”It’s another whirlwind summer for Curry, who made an impressive appearance in last week’s Web.com Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament before missing the cut in the tournament, which is one step below the PGA Tour.Two championships in three years is pretty special, and he never forgets that.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I don’t want to get too deep into it but for the last couple years trying to figure out how I can make the most impact off the court on a consistent and impactful basis,” the 29-year-old Curry said Monday, going on two months after winning another NBA title. “Going forward and obviously keying in on the Bay Area specifically to hopefully leave a lasting impact for all the good that has happened in my life and my family here since I’ve been here the last eight years.“Obviously over the next five to really impact the community for the better and use my platform, not only just dollars but my platform and connections and ideas to make that happen. The contract puts more of a responsibility to make that happen and I’m obviously aware of that. And I have a great team around me that’s going to help me do that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThis week, the two-time NBA MVP is hosting his fourth annual SC30 Select Camp with about two dozen of the top high school players at The John Muir Ultimate Fieldhouse before a showcase event Tuesday night at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco. He dazzled the prospects with his shooting routine, provided coaching and even took part in some 3-on-3 right along with the campers.Curry said not much surprises him anymore when it comes to NBA drama such as Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving’s request to be traded and no longer play alongside LeBron James. They won a championship together in 2016 before the Warriors won the June rematch. McGregor’s biggest rival: ‘No way’ Conor beats Mayweather LATEST STORIES “I think about it every day and it kind of helps me put things in perspective, how blessed I am to be able to do what I’m able to do on and off the floor, the opportunities I have to even run a camp like this. Because I used to go to the camps of guys who played before me and learn from them and just be kind of awe-struck and eyes wide open trying to learn as much as I could,” he said. “Fast forward to these last few years and now I’m on the other side of that equation giving back to the next generation of players. All of that is very surreal but it’s humbling just to be in that position. It actually helps me stay motivated to keep working because I don’t want the ride to end.”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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments
Allen preached the value of practice to the team in his five-minute impromptu speech, instilling to the young Pirates that the pain comes before the pleasure while encouraging them to continue working hard as they prepare for the bigger wars ahead.“It’s hard when you’re at the top, right? Because you have to work extra hard,” said Allen. “One of the things that I’ve always prided myself on, in my whole career, is execution. Now you have to work harder because you can’t sneak up on anybody anymore.”“Now, the teams you’re supposed to beat are going to play you extra tough, like you’re the world champions. Now, you have to not get tired of the process. You don’t win a championship the day they give you the trophy. You win a championship every morning you wake up at six. That’s where the reward comes.”Perez said he was honored to meet someone like Allen, who has won two titles in the NBA with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat.“We’re all starstruck and we’re very happy because he told us what we need to do, which is to continue preparing hard because we’re the number one team and the other teams are already going after us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: UFC fighters Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne share photos from their wedding Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Pirates, who are undefeated this NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament after nine games in the first round, got a surprise of a lifetime as NBA veteran Ray Allen dropped by their team dinner on Tuesday.Lyceum’s top gun CJ Perez shared that the whole team was shocked to meet the legendary sharpshooter, who is in the country for a couple of days.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 opening“We’re surprised to see someone like Ray Allen go to our school. It’s a rare thing to happen for us,” he said.In the video posted by Lyceum’s official page, the two-time NBA champion was seen shaking everyone’s hands before asking, “I heard you guys were in first place?” LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Lyceum gets all the good things these days.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments