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first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Read Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names The two are thankful for the experience they gained in the D-League.“During our practices, everyone was always competitive and it helped us to be more aggressive in our game,” Gomez de Liaño said in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’For Prado, the D-League helped him hone his mental toughness.Engineers head coach Koy Banal thanked the effort of the two Maroons in helping them get a playoff spot. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West PBA IMAGESJerson Prado and Javi Gomez de Liaño played their last game for Marinerong Pilipino-TIP as they prepare for the upcoming UAAP Season 81 season.Gomez de Liaño and Prado will return to the University of the Philippines to play in the Passi Invitational Inter-collegiate Basketball Tournament at Iloilo on July 11. They will also join the Maroons’ training camp in Serbia this month.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s a good send off game for Javi and Jerson. They’ve given us good minutes not only in this game (against Che’lu) but also in other games that they’ve played,” Banal said. Ivan Ruiz L. SuingSports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Cavs coach Lue to talk LeBron James with Lakers’ Walton Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP are looking for your help after two ATV’s and a flat deck trailer were stolen.On May 26th between 1:30pm and 2:30pm a small black flat deck trailer was stolen from the 9600 block of 102nd ave.The trailer is hand built and on it were two four wheel all terrain vehicles.  One was a red 2007 Honda EX400 and the other a blue Yamaha Raptor, 700cc.  The trailer was locked up at the time of the theft.- Advertisement -The RCMP is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect and location the vehicles.If you have any information about this incident, please contact the RCMP at 250-787-8140 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersfsj.calast_img


first_imgThey may not be able to talk, but animals communicate graduate level information about physics, chemistry and intelligent design.Reasons for tails. Scientists at University of California, Riverside decide to watch what animals do with their tails. In UCR Today, they learned some tricks of physics. Your dog, for instance, may seem just happy when it wags its tail, but animals actually get more mileage out of their walking and running; “the side-to-side motion may also help them take longer strides and move faster,” they found. By studying leopard geckos with and without tails, the researchers figured that lateral tail movements actually increase stride length.Higham said the results demonstrate a role for tail undulations in geckos that is likely applicable to many terrestrial animals with tails.“We know that tails have a number of important functions, such as fat storage in lizards and balance and stability in cats,” Higham said. “This research suggests another role for tails, which is in increasing step length and ultimately speed.”Ant where it used to be. Ever watch the ant trails in the kitchen before rushing for the spray? It’s amazing that they keep their spacing just right. Three scientists at MIT are taking inspiration from ants to learn about density control for human designs of distributed populations. In a paper in PNAS, they find solutions to these complex algorithms everywhere:Highly complex distributed algorithms are ubiquitous in nature: from the behavior of social insect colonies and bird flocks, to cellular differentiation in embryonic development, to neural information processing. In our research, we study biological computation theoretically, combining a scientific perspective, which seeks to better understand the systems being studied, with an engineering perspective, which takes inspiration from these systems to improve algorithm design. In this work, we focus on the problem of population density estimation in ant colonies, demonstrating that extremely simple algorithms, similar to those used by ants, solve the problem with strong theoretical guarantees and have a number of interesting computational applications.Squid ink for dental health. Scientists at UC San Diego have improved on an old technique for diagnosing gum disease. Instead of using those pointed probes between teeth, use squid ink, Science Daily recommends.By combining squid ink with light and ultrasound, a team led by engineers at the University of California San Diego has developed a new dental imaging method to examine a patient’s gums that is non-invasive, more comprehensive and more accurate than the state of the art…Squid ink naturally contains melanin nanoparticles, which absorb light. During the oral rinse, the melanin nanoparticles get trapped in the pockets between the teeth and gums. When researchers shine a laser light onto the area, the squid ink heats up and quickly swells, creating pressure differences in the gum pockets that can be detected using ultrasound. This method enables researchers to create a full map of the pocket depth around each tooth — a significant improvement over the conventional method.Beetle on its back: Click! Right side up. Imagine a Mars rover that tipped over on its back. Its functional life would be over: antenna down, wheels in the air, solar cells unable to get more energy. Wouldn’t it be nice to design a way for it to get right-side up again? Click beetles do just that. Science Daily says they are inspiring the design of self-righting robots. This is no idle project; it won international prizes:The researchers presented their findings at Living Machines 2017: The 6th International Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems at Stanford University, and later won second place in a student and faculty research competition at the international BIOMinnovate Challenge, in Paris, France — a research expo that showcases biologically-inspired design in engineering, medicine and architecture.That’s a big clue that biomimetics is a hot topic around the world. How do the beetles perform this trick?The beetles have a unique hinge-like mechanism between their heads and abdomens that makes a clicking sound when initiated and allows them to flip into the air and back onto their feet when they are knocked over, Alleyne said.“Very little research had been performed on these beetles, and I thought this legless jumping mechanism would be a perfect candidate for further exploration in the field of bioinspiration,” said Alleyne, who teaches a bioinspiration design course with mechanical sciences and engineering professor, co-author and lead investigator Aimy Wissa.The real teacher is the beetle. Wissa is the learner. “The group has already built several prototypes of a hinge-like, spring-loaded device that will eventually be incorporated into a robot, the researchers said.” What the team is learning provides feedback to biologists, who learn to appreciate the engineering in their little bugs.PS: Spider Silk update. One icon of biomimetics is spider silk. Here is a case of human design trying to improve on natural design for human engineering needs. Science Daily says,Natural spider silk has excellent mechanical properties. Researchers from the Graphene Flagship have found a way to boost the strength of spider’s silk using graphene-based materials, paving the way for a novel class of high-performance bionic composites….“Humans have used silkworm silks widely for thousands of years, but recently research has focussed on spider silk, as it has promising mechanical properties. It is among the best spun polymer fibres in terms of tensile strength, ultimate strain, and especially toughness, even when compared to synthetic fibres such as Kevlar,” said Nicola Pugno, of the University of Trento.The new work may represent the biggest change in biomaterials since humans learned to obtain silk from silkworms thousands of years ago.What’s not to love in these biomimetics stories? Kids love them. Engineers love them. Creationists love them. Scientists love them. The only ones frowning are the Darwin Supremacists.(Visited 284 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


first_imgThe 20th Annual Yass Valley Knockout Tournament will be held at Walker Park, Yass on 26-27 January, 2008. The hugely popular event will be conducted across Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed categories in A and B divisions with $ 12,000 in prizemoney up for grabs. For full details of the 2008 Yass Valley Knock-out including nominaton form, tournament rules, and accommodation options please open the below attachment.Closing dates for nominations is 11 January, 2008.For further details Contact Rod Wise on 02 62262824 or Phil Jarrett on 02 95589333.Related Files2008_yass_valley_touch_knockout_form-pdflast_img


first_imgVictor Lindelof delighted signing new Man Utd dealby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveVictor Lindelof has signed a new deal with Manchester United.The Swede has penned a new long-term contract with Manchester United, keeping him at the club until at least June 2024. The defender said, “Since the day I arrived at United it has felt like home. I have grown significantly both as a player and as a person in the last two years and for that I am grateful to everyone at the club for their help and support. “I love playing football and my aim now is to help the team to win trophies and repay the fans for their unrivalled support. I know that everyone at the club shares this vision and will give everything to get Manchester United back to where it belongs. “I’m still young and know I can improve further but with the help of the boss and his coaching staff, I believe that only good things are ahead for this great club.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_img The ban on smoking in public places ties into the National Development Plan, Vision 2030 Story Highlights Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says the ban on smoking in public places is part of a broader strategy that will tie into the National Development Plan, Vision 2030, to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.Speaking on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Issues and Answers’ programme on July 18, the Health Minister pointed to the establishing of four Centres of Excellence at the primary healthcare level, and the move towards setting up a Centre of Excellence for cancer treatment as part of that broader strategy.He informed that “Cancer (treatment) is our big ideas project at the Ministry” and bringing in the LINAC machine that will give better radiation services to cancer patients, is part of an overall plan. The linear accelerator, or LINAC for short, is the machine most commonly used to deliver external beam radiotherapy treatment to cancer patients.Dr. Ferguson noted that Jamaica is a signatory at the World Health Assembly, which is the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO). “We raised the Resolution about reducing by 25 per cent, the number of avoidable deaths from non-communicable diseases.  So, what we are doing now is part of that overall strategy,” he said.He pointed out that in the context of Jamaica, there are four risk factors -inappropriate nutrition, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol and tobacco use – for non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cancers. “Now, of all of them, tobacco use is the worst of the risk factors, because a little tobacco, a puff, is bad for you,” Dr. Ferguson said.The Minister pointed out that it is costing the country US$170 million annually to deal with non communicable diseases in the public institutions. “We are not talking about persons who go to private practitioners. So, in going forward, while you are dealing with the curative to the best of our ability and the challenges that this poses, you also have to deal with the risk factors,” he said.He said the banning of smoking in public places is also part of an overall strategy to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs), over time, and  to extend mortality and save lives. The Minister noted that based on the evidence from countries that have similar legislation in place, such as Northern Ireland, Canada and parts of the United States, there has been a drop in the number of patients with strokes and heart attacks.Dr. Ferguson pointed out that persons living with diabetes and other NCDs and who smoke or are exposed to passive smoke, the records show that their lifespan is cut between 10 and 15 years.“So, the benefit of what we are attempting to do now, in another couple of years, you will begin to see it …saving lives,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgzoom Greek dry bulker owner Diana Shipping has taken delivery of the m/v Electra, a 2013 built Post-Panamax dry bulk vessel that the company bought in April 2017.Formerly known as Grain May, the 87,150 dwt bulker, built by Chinese Hudong Zhonghua, is valued at USD 18.7 million, according to VesselsValue’s estimates.The ship was bought in an en bloc transaction from US-based Foremost Maritime Corporation.The first ship from the batch already joined the company’s fleet earlier in May. Renamed to m/v Phaidra, the 2013-built Post-Panamax vessel was previously known as Soya May.Also in April, Diana Shipping bought a Kamsarmax bulker from Thenamaris.The latest Greek-flagged bulker addition brings Diana Shipping’s fleet to 51 dry bulk vessels, comprising 4 Newcastlemax, 14 Capesize, 5 Post-Panamax, 5 Kamsarmax and 23 Panamax ships. Hence, the combined carrying capacity of the shipowner’s fleet is approximately 5.9 million dwt with a weighted average age of 7.83 years.last_img read more


first_imgFulfilling its mission to serve people in need — wherever they may live — The Bayat Foundation, Afghanistan’s leading health and social development organization, completed a three-day hearing care mission April 18-20 in the Dominican Republic in support and sponsor of the Starkey Hearing Foundation.A young girl in the Dominican Republic celebrates hearing for the first time with Bayat Foundation Chairman Ehsan BayatThe senior leadership of the Bayat Foundation volunteered to give the gift of hearing to people in need. Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, Chairman, and Ms. Leah Bayat of the Bayat Foundation joined the Starkey Hearing Foundation’s hearing health specialists and mission team to provide hearing health care to more than 1,200 people living in the cities of Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros.Joining the Bayat and Starkey Hearing Foundation service teams was world champion boxer Evander Holyfield who inspired the patients to achieve their potential.Following the Santo Domingo hearing mission, the mission team traveled to Santiago de los Caballeros, the capital of Santiago Province. There, from April 19-20, the mission team established a Hearing Health Care Center at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, and provided hearing devices for more than 350 people living in Santiago de los Caballeros and the surrounding area.The ages of the patients ranged from one year of age to 115 years old. A survey of the patients in Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros, indicated that 35 percent didn’t know the cause of their hearing loss and about 24 percent of the patients had experienced hearing loss at birth.In each location, the hearing mission team — supported by scores of local volunteers, utilized a meticulous intake process, which prepared each patient to receive the most appropriate and effective type of hearing care. The intake process included recording the name, residence and vital statistics of each patient, conducting an examination cleaning of the ears and auditory system. Then each patient was fit with a set of ear molds — clear, wear-resistant plastic discs used to house the hearing aids provided without cost to each patient.After completing intake, volunteers escorted each patient into the treatment area, where the Bayat and Starkey hearing care teams, together with specially trained volunteers fit each patient with the hearing devices that empowered each patient — many for the first time in their lives — to use the precious, powerful gift of hearing, sound and their voices to connect with their families, their communities and the world.In the Dominican Republic, Starkey Hearing Foundation, working with its strategic partners, has held eight hearing missions, distributing more than 37,000 hearing devices so that individuals of every age can receive the gift of hearing and the power of caring.“Our service in the Dominican Republic — helping people escape a life of silence and hear again — was amazing and transformative for recipients and volunteers alike” said Leah Bayat, a mission volunteer. “In three days, we were able to help nearly 1,300 hear — many for the first time in their lives. This work with the Starkey Hearing Foundation is a powerful example of how we, as individuals, can be the change we want to see, and hear, in the world.”“More than 360 million throughout the world are affected by deafness or some sort of hearing loss,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Bayat Foundation. “In Afghanistan, our two organizations work side by side to provide hearing to thousands of Afghans, so we are honored to help the Starkey Hearing Foundation continue this vital work, in the Dominican Republic, in Afghanistan, and all over the world.”last_img read more


Big Ten football has been completely revamped in the past year. Nebraska joined the conference as its 12th team, the Leaders and Legends divisions were created and a new logo was released. Members of the Legends division had a lot to say during Tuesday’s spring football teleconference. New coach, new philosophy for Michigan With a new coach, a new scheme usually follows, and this is certainly the case for the Wolverines. There were two significant changes that coach Brady Hoke spoke of Tuesday afternoon. Hoke said he has had a smooth transition thus far because there are “so many great people at the university, players are eager to learn and dive into fundamentals.” “We’ve got to get better faster than everybody in the Big Ten,” Michigan defensive end Ryan Van Bergen said. Dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson will be taking snaps from under center in the upcoming season. Hoke said Robinson was doing well moving back under center from the spread and that it helped that he had experience there from high school. Hoke added that he dealt with a similar situation while coaching at San Diego State. “He’s a guy that’s dangerous with ball, but tremendous thrower,” Hoke said. On the defensive side of the ball, the Wolverines will switch to a 4-3 scheme instead of the 3-4 it ran last season. Van Bergen said the biggest difference between Hoke and Rich Rodriguez is that Hoke “is more of a defensive-emphasis kind of coach.” He added that he felt Rodriguez had players out of position, and he likes the way Hoke has put an emphasis on both the offensive and defensive lines. As for the Ohio State-Michigan game, Hoke was pleased when he found out it would remain on the schedule and that it was the last game of the season. “It’s always played during the last Saturday of November, and that’s where it should be,” Hoke said. “There’s no bigger rivalry in sport than that game and having the game at end of the season.” Iowa excited for new Nebraska rivalry When news broke last summer that Nebraska would join the Big Ten, it meant more to Iowa than another formidable opponent within the conference. “I think most people are excited,” coach Kirk Ferentz said. “Everybody’s enthused about what Nebraska brings to the Big Ten.” It created a new rivalry game that will be up there with OSU and Michigan. Ferentz said people have been asking for a game against Nebraska for years. Linebacker Tyler Nielsen said he liked the nickname “Farmageddon” for the Iowa-Nebraska match up. Iowa’s toughest hurdles to overcome this season are replacing Ricky Stanzi at quarterback, and finding depth at the battered running back position. Quarterback James Vandenberg’s preparation impressed Ferentz, but Ferentz added that there is a short list of running backs arising in spring ball. Look for Marcus Coker to be the featured back so long as he can stay healthy. Nebraska joins Big Ten; Bo Pelini returns to alma mater The toughest challenge for any team in the Big Ten is given to Nebraska. While all other members of the conference may have to prepare for one new opponent, coach Pelini and his staff have to prepare for eight. But Pelini does not plan on overhauling his game plan. He said he was not overly concerned with changing schemes toward which it plays. “It’s more about playing good football,” he said. “It really comes down to executing your game plans to be a good football team. … I think it’s a way to measure yourself.” On Oct. 8, Pelini hosts his alma mater OSU in Lincoln. Pelini played free safety for the Buckeyes from 1987 to 1990. “Having played there and understanding the tradition and what that all entails, it’s going to be a heck of a challenge,” he said. Nebraska linebacker Sean Fisher also spoke during the teleconference, and said he was excited to move to the Big Ten. “I think it’s an extremely fortunate thing for us,” he said. “Not many people get to do this, and it gives you an opportunity to see some really cool places.” Fisher and his younger brother, Cole, a freshman at Iowa, will face off in Lincoln on Nov. 25. “Fortunately, he plays defense,” Fisher said, “so I won’t get to tackle him.” Michigan State humble After tallying a 7-1 record in the Big Ten last season, the Spartans had high expectations. Michigan State would have dominated the Legends Division, excluding Nebraska, winning it by three games against next-highest Iowa (4-4). Many favor Michigan State to win the Legends Division this season, but coach Mark Dantonio is not quite ready to accept that label. “We’re going to be in the hunt for things,” he said. “But to say we embrace the favorite, I don’t put a whole lot of stock in that.” In October alone, the Spartans face a stretch against OSU, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska. “If you want to be best,” Dantonio said, “you have to play best.” Although the schedule is extremely tough, he has been very impressed by his offensive and defensive lines this spring. “The future looks bright, as bright as it ever has here, on the offensive line,” Dantonio said. “The nucleus of who we are as a football team is back.” The leader of that nucleus is quarterback Kirk Cousins, whose comments showed his humility after many questioned the ability of Michigan State to succeed in consecutive seasons. “We can’t rest on success, but work even harder. Guys who had success last season aren’t acting like they had success last season,” Cousins said. Dantonio emphasized winning on the road, minimizing turnovers and staying poised as ways to repeat there successful 2010 season. Minnesota looks to bounce back New coach Jerry Kill has a slightly tougher task than Hoke in Michigan in order to bring the team back to the top of the conference. The Golden Gophers were 2-6, placing them second to last in the Big Ten in 2010. After beginning the season 1-9, Minnesota took home two solid wins, including a 27-24 victory against Iowa. “We’re taking infant steps,” Kill said, “not baby steps.” Keeping players accountable and improving the talent pool were most important in revitalizing the program, Kill said. The big change is MarQueis Gray, a wide receiver for the Gophers last year, will be the starting quarterback. “He’s learned very well,” Kill said. “He’s a very quick learner, he doesn’t make the same mistake twice and he’s a tremendous athlete.” A bright spot for Minnesota: It does not have to face OSU for the next four seasons. “As good as Ohio State is,” Kill said, “I guess I’m pretty happy about that.” Dan Persa for Heisman Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said quarterback Persa was a Heisman candidate. It is no secret Northwestern’s success revolves around Persa. Some were uncertain of his availability this season after he tore his Achilles tendon late in a 21-17 win against Iowa last year. Persa is not participating in spring football, but Fitzgerald said, “He’ll be clear to go for this fall.” Although Fitzgerald did not seem all that convincing on the phone, Persa cleared all doubts quickly. “I plan to be, at the latest, ready at the end of May,” Persa said. The key to his fast recovery, Persa said, was having surgery just three hours after the injury. Persa said he is not afraid to take off and run the ball in order to make a big play, but Fitzgerald feels he is not doing a good job protecting his body. “Part of that’s on Dan,” he said. “He’s got to get down in time; he took some unnecessary hits.” Persa remains on the sidelines, and he said he has played a coachlike role during his rehab. read more


Pedon visits his father in hospice care following the Buckeyes’ 80-64 victory over Michigan State on Jan. 7. Credit: Courtesy of Ryan PedonRyan Pedon still remembers the exact seats he sat in for Ohio State men’s basketball games in St. John Arena with his father, mother and sister when he was growing up.Section 7A, row 14, seats 1, 2, 3 and 4.For nearly 15 years of his childhood, Pedon sat in those seats next to his father, Felix Pedon. Ryan, hired to be an assistant coach for the Buckeyes in June, remembers the time spent in that arena as well as anything else from his youth. His mind often wanders back to those seats, especially now — now that he could be close to losing his best friend.Felix has battled Lewy body dementia since his diagnosis eight years ago. At age 86, after years of watching Ryan’s games as an athlete, and now as a coach, he is nearing the end of his battle.Ryan, who departs Thursday for the Big Ten tournament in New York City, is unsure if his father will be alive when he returns.“My gut says about a week, but I don’t know,” Ryan said Tuesday. “I don’t know what to base that off of. I’m not a doctor. Just kind of watching him, looking at him in his hospice bed right now. He’s peaceful. I don’t think he’s having trouble breathing at the moment, so maybe a week or two.”On most road trips, Ryan has been able to effectively compartmentalize his feelings. He said he is always trying to balance his roles as a coach, father, husband and son.But given the health of his father, Ryan’s trip to New York for what could be several days will be different.Felix has always had a family member by his side since his diagnosis. Now that his health is beginning to fail him, Ryan might not be there at the end, something with which he has made peace.“At this point, I think I know my dad would want me to be with the team,” Ryan said, breaking down in tears. “And as much as I’d like to be there for him at the end, you put your faith in the man above and you’ve just sort of got to let the chips fall where they may. Sort of, you leave him in the Lord’s hands. I think that’s probably the best thing I could say.“I’ve got to be there with our team and hope I’m around when it happens, but if I’m not, then I know we’ll have other family that will be here.”—If there was a golden child in the family, it was Ryan, said Dean, his second-oldest half-brother. Felix was always heavily invested in sports, having played tennis until a knee operation in 2008, as well as coaching basketball, baseball and football at St. Catherine’s high school for several years.Dean said Felix knew once Ryan, his fifth son, was born, he had a future basketball player.“My dad came out and he was so proud that he had another boy,” Dean said. “He said, ‘He can dribble with both hands and he goes right to the basket.’ And that truly is how he introduced Ryan to me.”From an early age, Ryan’s parents encouraged him to play basketball — to a certain extent.  Ryan had a basketball “bigger than he was,” said his mom, Sally. He took it with him wherever he went, until his mom found it deflated in the trunk of the family station wagon one summer.Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon looks onto the court during the Buckeyes’ final home game of the 2017-18 regular season on Feb. 20, 2018. Ohio State won 79-56. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Assistant Sports EditorWhile Sally expressed concern that her son was becoming too “one-dimensional,” Felix encouraged the habit, building a basketball hoop in the backyard above the garage and frequently playing with Ryan. He even put lights around it so Ryan could continue playing until midnight, often keeping the neighbors awake.When they couldn’t play in the backyard, they went to a local community center.Ryan and his dad were so close, Ryan made him the best man at his wedding in 2010. It was, as Felix shuffled down the aisle, that the family doctor — who was a friend and neighbor in attendance at the wedding — noticed what he believed to be symptoms of Parkinson’s.His disease was originally diagnosed as a form of Parkinsonism, Sally said, but around a year later was identified as Lewy body dementia after Felix underwent multiple tests at Ohio State.“I didn’t know a lot about Lewy body, and I certainly did a little bit of research, but it was something that we found out would be a gradual, you know, sort of a gradual progression,” Ryan said.Given that it is a slow-moving disease and his dad still seemed to be in relatively fine condition — though he began to lose motor skills — the family felt fortunate in some respects. “I don’t want to make it seem like in 2010 it was a death sentence either, because it wasn’t,” Ryan said. “The last eight years, it was probably a blessing that we could see it coming a little bit, too, as opposed to — when it’s a loved one, I think we’re all different with how we respond to death of loved ones. Everybody’s different, but I know our family, we were appreciative that we were able to say our goodbyes and sort of see it coming.”—For a while, most of the Pedon family was away from Columbus. Four of the five sons lived out of state, as did Ryan’s sister, Amy. However, Ryan was hired to join head coach Chris Holtmann’s staff at Ohio State in the summer, bringing him back home to his father.Men’s basketball assistant coach Ryan Pedon sits with his father, Felix Pedon in the Schottenstein Center during a family visit in 2017. Credit: Courtesy of Ryan PedonHaving grown up the son of a Buckeye fan and raised as one, Ryan felt pride at the chance to be able to tell his father that he would be coaching at Ohio State. It had always been a dream of the Pedon family for Ryan to be able to return to Columbus. The dream, unfortunately, was met with a morbid moment.“When I told him I was coming to Ohio State — I’m sorry I’m getting choked up a little bit here,” Ryan said, “But he said, the night I told him I was coming to Ohio State, he said, ‘I can die a happy man.’”Shortly after being hired, Ryan took his parents and his high school basketball coach on a tour of the Schottenstein Center. The group ventured throughout the arena, seeing where the shoes are kept in the locker room, the coaches’ offices and the court with empty seats.Sally said Felix was so proud and that it felt like a dream come true for him to receive a tour of the Buckeyes’ home arena by his son — one of the coaches.Felix was in better shape during the tour of the arena, but as the season neared, his health declined. Ryan said he is unsure if his dad was even able to comprehend or fully watch a game with Ryan as an Ohio State coach on TV given his current mental state.“The saddest thing is he was looking forward to — that was his goal in rehab this fall was to get better and stronger so he could go to that [Nov. 5 matchup against Wooster],” Sally said. “It was sad that he did not get to make that game or any this season.”Ryan visits his dad as frequently as he can. Often, he goes by himself when he can find the time. Whether it’s on the way home from games, before a road trip or just some free time, Ryan tries to spend time with his dad whenever possible.“It’s been pretty cool to be able to go, and with the season we’ve had and go there and tell him that, ‘Dad, we just beat the No. 1 team in the country. We beat Michigan State,’” Ryan said. “You go after games, and sometimes I’ll go real early in the morning. Sometimes I’ll go real late at night. But I just go and sit there and just talk to him.”Ryan has not opened up about his father’s disease much with his fellow coaches. In fact, Holtmann said he asks Ryan about his father more often than Ryan brings him up. Holtmann said he knows Ryan has gone through a lot and encourages him to take time off should he need it.“He needs to know he has my blessing to do that and more than anything, I’m encouraging him to do that, if that’s what he feels like he needs,” Holtmann said. “But he also may feel like, hey, like he told me, ‘My dad would want me to be doing this.’”Even with Ryan having said it has been nice to have the eight years with his father rather than an unexpected loss, Ryan will be losing the person he calls his father, his role model, his best friend.Sally, who has spent countless hours watching the two play pickup basketball outside and going with them to play golf, knows it will be hard on Ryan. It will be hard on everyone in the family. “I’m proud of my kid,” Sally said. “It’s the end of an era. Ryan and his dad have been the closest of all the children.”When he steps onto the team bus that will take him to the airport to board a plane for New York City on Thursday, Ryan won’t know for certain whether he will see his father alive again.But he will forever see his father in his memories, always in that same row, always in the same seats. read more

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