LATEST STORIES 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 Break new ground A costly, catty dispute finally settled La Salle survives FEU to start UAAP title defense “(Kia) was playing great, but we just had a lot of bounces that went our way and we made a couple of shots,” said Compton.Down 10, 77-67, at the start the fourth period, Alaska leaned on Ping Exciminiano, who had 14 markers, four boards, and three dimes off the bench. Casio knotted the game at 84 with a triple with 5:36 left to set up the frantic finish.Johnson fired 39 points that went with nine rebounds, and seven assists, but committed eight turnovers for still winless Kia (0-9).Philip Paniamogan added 12 markers, while Nico Elorde and Mark Yee both had 11.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ PBA IMAGESCalvin Abueva willed Alaska to a come-from-behind win over Kia, 102-94, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Abueva unfurled a conference-best 26 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists to lead the Aces. He frustrated high-scoring Picanto reinforcement Geron Johnson in the last five minutes as Alaska stretched its winning streak to three games.ADVERTISEMENT ALASKA 102 – Abueva 26, Henton 20, Casio 20, Exciminiano 14, Banchero 11, Thoss 4, Racal 3, Baclao 2, Cruz 2, Mendoza 0, Magat 0, Pascual 0, Galliguez 0, Enciso 0.KIA 94 – Johnson 39, Paniamogan 12, Elorde 11, Yee 11, Khobuntin 10, Ballesteros 4, Celda 3, Jaime 2, Corpuz 2, Revilla 0, Camson 0, Salva 0.Quarters: 23-27, 46-51, 67-77, 102-94.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Buck Henton contributed 20 markers, including the go-ahead triple with 1:26 to play that gave Alaska a 97-94 lead. Henton also collected 13 boards, seven assists, and three blocks, JVee Casio added four triples and wound up with 20 points and seven dimes as the Aces, who started the conference at 0-6, stayed alive for a playoff spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s a character-building win for us,” he said.After Henton’s go-ahead trey in the final minute, the Picanto had a chance to tie the game, but LA Revilla threw an errant pass to Johnson that led to Casio’s dagger short stab on the other end with 36.6 ticks remaining. Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’
A man waiting to be sentenced for attempted hijacking is understood to be at large in Donegal. Police in Derry are appealing for information as to the whereabouts of James Donegan. The 30 year old, who is awaiting sentencing for a number of serious offences including attempted hijacking, did not return to custody as required on Monday last, after being granted compassionate bail.James DoneganIt is understand James is travelling across the Derry and Donegal areas and may be involved in further criminal activity.He is described as being around 5’ 9”tall, of medium build with light brown hair.Officers would ask James to hand himself in to police without any further delay and would also ask anyone who knows of his current whereabouts, not to approach him, but to contact the PSNI.Wanted prisoner believed to be in Donegal was last modified: October 26th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
THE Ireland U21 side suffered an unfortunate 2-1 defeat to Portugal in a game played in wintery conditions at Oriel Park tonight.With the intermittent snowy breeze whistling around the Dundalk venue it was a testing night for both sides but the two teams produced some decent football.The Portuguese went ahead on 14 minutes after Francisco Junior smashed home from 12 yards with a brilliant strike after the Irish defence failed to clear a cross from the right. Home keeper and Mountcharles man Sean McDermott made an impressive stop to deny Luis Silva in the 36th minute after the midfielder volleyed goalwards from close range.Sean Murray was in lively form for the Irish and he had a shot saved by Luis Ribeiro in the 41st minute after a free-kick had been half-cleared by the visitors.The elements played their part in the 58th minute second goal for Portugal. A corner by Aldair skimmed the head of Aiden O’Brien and ended up in the Irish net for an unfortunate own goal.Ireland pulled one back when Matt Doherty headed home from a 71st minute Murray corner but despite plenty of effort neither side carve out any further goals. REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: McDermott, Doherty, McGinty, O’Connor, Duffy, Ferdinand, Carruthers, Reilly, O’Brien, Murray, Sutherland. Subs: McCarey, Shaughnessy, McHugh, Forrester, O’Sullivan & Forde for McDermott, Duffy, McGinty, Ferdinand and Carruthers 46 mins, Bolger and Burke for Doherty and Murray 72.PORTUGAL: Luís Ribeiro, João Amorim, Josué, Miguel Lourenço, Luís Martins, Luís Gustavo, Sérgio Oliveira, Luís Silva, João Carvalho, Francisco Júnior, Aldair. Subs: Joao Pinto and Pipo for Luis Ribeiro and Carvalho 46; Amorim for Oliveira 52; Vitor Goncalves and Rui Coentao for Francisco Junior and Aldair 65; Frederico Venanco and Vitinha for Joao Amorim and Luis Silva 89.Referee: Mark Whitby (Wales) IRELAND U-21s: BRAVE DISPLAY BY McDERMOTT FAILS TO STOP PORTUGAL was last modified: March 26th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:IRELAND U-21s: BRAVE DISPLAY BY McDERMOTT FAILS TO STOP PORTUGAL
A Garda investigation has been launched after Tory Island’s only café was burned to the ground.Tory IslandCafé An Chreagain was completely destroyed in an overnight blaze.The popular café has been open for a number of years. There is no Garda presence on the island which has a population of around 150 people.However a Garda forensics team traveled to the island today to carry out a full examination of the scene.It has still not been established what started the fire.The café, which is owned by the McGinty family, is extremely popular both with locals and with tourists over the summer months. Ends GARDA INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED AFTER ISLAND’S ONLY CAFE BURNED TO GROUND was last modified: February 12th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Tags: AFCON U17 regional qualifierscubs The Cubs team that started against Ethiopia on Sunday (photo by FUFA media)CAF U17 Regional QualifiersUganda 0-1 EthiopiaChamazi Stadium, TanzaniaSunday, 12-08-2017Uganda’s CECAFA U-17 Zonal AFCON Qualification campaign started sore note as they lost to Ethiopia on Sunday at Chamazi Stadium, Azam Sports Complex in Tanzania.Ethiopia goal’s came as early at the 13th minute through Mintesnot Wakjira in a well attended match.Peter Onen’s side got an opportunity to level matters five minutes later through a penalty but Ibrahim Ekellot’s effort wasn’t successful as it was saved by Ethiopia’s goalkeeper Alazar Malko.Ethiopia who slowed the game throughout the first half managed to go into the break with their 1-0 caution.Uganda made a substitution which saw Asaba Ivan come in for Iddi Abdulwahid on 53 minutes. This improved the side as several attempts were made on the Ethiopian goal.Defender John Rogers came in for Mwaka Polycap in the 63rd to reinforce the defence while Alou John took over Yiga Najib’s place but all efforts were in vain as Ethiopia held on to win the game.Uganda U17 coach Onen remains optimistic despite the loss.“It is always hard to approach the first match in such a tournament but I am so optimistic that we shall succeed in our upcoming matches and more conscience is called for to avoid such losses, said Onen after the game.The Cubs had three players missing for the game- Elvis Ngondwe, goalkeeper George Oluka and defender Joseph Kafumbe missed the match after medical tests (Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) failed to show they fall in the age group.FUFA wrote to the organisers for clarification on the matter as all players underwent the same test in Kampala before traveling to Tanzania but feedback is yet to be received by the governing body.Uganda is in Group B alongside Ethiopia, Djibouti, South Sudan and Kenya. The top two teams from each group proceed to the semifinals.Their next game comes against South Sudan on Friday evening and hopefully the MRI issues will have been rectified by then.The Cubs Starting XI against Ethiopia. Ssekajja Davis, Oyo Delton (GK) Ekellot Ibrahim, Yiga Najib, Kasozi Samson,Kizito Mugweri Gavin, Ssekimbega Kevin, Mwaka Polycap, Kakaire Thomas, Iddi Abdulwahid and Ibrahim JumaSubsSemwogerere Daniel (GK), John Rogers, Alou John Kokas, Owane Yasin Abdul, Asaba Ivan, Mukisa Owen.Comments
KANSAS CITY — Tanner Roark makes his fifth start as an Oakland Athletic on Wednesday. The right-hander has expressed that he feels at ease in Oakland, invigorated by the light-heartedness this clubhouse brings on a day-to-day basis. He’s nestled into his rotational role seamlessly, trimming down that 4.24 ERA with the Cincinnati Reds to a more sightly 3.95.“He’s been around for a while, so we kind of knew what to expect when he got here, and he’s been that if not better,” Melvin said. “He …
11 March 2003South Africa has a long history of excellence in astronomy, a sound high-tech infrastructure and clear skies. But southern Africa’s rich, diversified expertise in astrophysics and space science has never been available to students in one place – until now.Researchers from around the region have joined forces to create a cooperative, combined programme where South African students – and students from around Africa – can earn Honours and Masters degrees while being mentored and taught by a “dream team” of South Africa’s leading scientists.The National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP) draws on scientists from 13 institutions: the universities of Cape Town, Orange Free State, Natal, Zululand, North West, Rhodes, and Potchefstroom, as well as the University of South Africa, the South African Astronomical Observatory, Hartebeesthoek Radio Observatory, Hermanus Magnetic Observatory and iThembaLab. Others are likely to join in as well.For the first five years, starting this year, NASSP will be hosted by the University of Cape Town. Lecturers from other institutions will spend time at UCT, working with students in their specialties before returning to home base.Student graduating from this programme will be both equipped to do research at the cutting edge of astrophysics and have the broad science skills needed in any modern technological society.Lectures will cover most areas of modern astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. In addition, students will be expected to take a substantial practical component, which will involve several field trips to southern Africa’s space science research facilities.These will include the Southern African Large Telescope, the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, still under construction; HESS, a new, powerful telescope array for studying gamma rays and cosmic rays in Namibia; as well as the existing optical/infrared telescopes at Sutherland and the radio telescope at Hartebeesthoek.This unique new opportunity in southern Africa aims at providing highly skilled people who will be in demand in fields ranging from aerospace to financial services to telecommunications – all areas where astronomers trained overseas have been successful.Other graduates will join the growing community of African researchers who will use the continent’s new, “giant eyes” to explore the Universe – our environment on the grandest possible scale.Source: National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
It’s the stealthy hazard aloft, the one that goes bump in the night, the one that causes you to seize your seat’s armrest till the knuckles turn white.It’s turbulence—either the kind generated by storms or the less obvious, but rattling, Clear Air Turbulence (C.A.T). Either way, it costs airlines some US$100 million each year in injuries to passengers and crew as well as unscheduled maintenance, operational inefficiencies and money lost while aircraft are out of service.Recently, AirlineRatings.com revealed a breakthrough system that’s cut the toll exacted by turbulence in half among aircraft equipped with the system. Now we’ll tell you just how it works.At least five major international airlines—American, Alaska, United, Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon (formerly Dragonair)—have at least some of their jets fitted with the system developed by The Weather Company, an IBM Business. Partnering with Gogo Business Aviation, the set-up enables the delivery of real-time turbulence reports and alerts directly to pilots and airline dispatchers. The aim is to greatly improve an aircraft’s chances of avoiding moderate to severe turbulence.Traditionally, flight operations, pilots and aviation meteorologists have received coded verbal reports—reports containing limited information on actual, real-time flight conditions—via pilot reports, or PIREPS. Now, the Weather Company and Gogo contend their Turbulence Auto PIREP System (TAPS) can communicate critical en-route weather information far faster.To find out how TAPS fast tracks that information AirlineRatings.com talked to Mark D. Miller, senior vice president of aviation for The Weather Company. He says, so far, the system’s two launch customers, American and Alaska Airlines, have seen a “40 percent to 50 percent reductions in injuries and maintenance expenses” by better avoidance of bad air.Existing aircraft sensors that track angle of attack, altitude, airspeed, pitch, yaw, roll and other flight parameters feed that information into the ACMS—the Aircraft Condition Monitoring System. That’s where Miller says the data are encoded into his company’s proprietary algorithms.From there, the encoded data is –in most cases—sent to the aircraft’s ACARS system. The Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System is a digital datalink for transmitting messages between aircraft and ground stations, often via satellite. “We transform that [data] into very specific operational guidance,” he says. Sometimes that’s a Significant Meteorological Information or SIGMET.Regardless the raw data is processed and Flight Plan Guidance is the product. “Basically, for the next 24 hours the heads up “provides the pilot and the [airline dispatcher] a complete picture of where they can expect to find turbulence en-route,” says Miller. As for updates, “We have a very robust alerting back end” of the system, “that’s continually monitoring all these flights and your flight plan. If we see any new [turbulence] report or forecast that may affect the flight, we can alert that aircraft directly.”Flight Plans are important, but it’s immediacy that can often be the difference between broken bones and barely discernable light chop. Miller says the turn-time between the moment ACARS sends the turbulence message to the ground and the potentially-affected aircraft is warned ranges from ten seconds to a minute, “depending on the communications pathway. It happens very quickly,” asserts The Weather Company’s senior vice president for aviation—from initial turbulence detection, to report, to information received on the ground and distributed back out.In this case, speed saves—avoiding injuries and schedule-crippling unplanned maintenance. “In these situations, minutes can matter,” says Miller. Especially when a flying machine is moving along at four- to five-hundred miles per hour.It’s got to be noted that this is a private solution to a very public problem. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is in talks says Miller about “getting this data into some of their systems, and I think—over time—that will come.” “But,” he cautions “FAA does not make these kind of changes quickly and readily.”In contrast, airlines can move with comparative speed on their own. Not only are at least five carriers already flying many of their aircraft with the system on-board, Miller says The Weather Company is “in the final stages” of talks with a major European carrier.All told, so far, some 700 aircraft worldwide are fitted with the system.The Total Turbulence system is no mere pipe dream, no futuristic prediction. It’s here right now, and already making a difference. It appears just how deep a dent it puts in turbulence injuries and damaged airplanes depends on how fast the airlines adopt it.
Johannesburg’s lovers are locking their souls together on the bridge overlooking Emmarentia Dam. (Image: Sulaiman Philip)1Sulaiman PhilipEmmarentia Dam in Johannesburg is best known as the home of canoeing in the city of gold, and the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens on its banks.However, the bridge along the dam wall is slowly becoming the scene of a different love story. Over the last six months, padlocks have been discreetly attached to its railings. You notice them as you walk or drive over the bridge: one at first, a shiny brass lock; further on there is another, then another, clustered together close to the park entrance. Most are simply covered with a pair of initials, many in the bold scrawl of teenagers. The locks celebrate the earnestness of first love.The tradition of attaching locks to a bridge as testament of undying love has been around for quite some time – since before the Second World War at least – and now, it seems, the ritual has arrived in South Africa. If South African Antonys and Cleopatras follow tradition, they attach the lock to the bridge together before flinging the key into the waters below. This marks the unbreakable bond of their undying love.If the relationship sours or dies, tradition goes, you are meant to dive into the water to find the key. But the locks creeping across the bridge in Emmarentia celebrate transformational love, pulse-bursting, sweep-us-off-our-feet, turn-your-life-around love.Love struck Joburgers are clipping locks to the railings in a gesture of everlasting infatuation. (Image: Sulaiman Philip)This tradition may be new in the rainbow nation, but some residents have found a very South African way to use it. Morningside in Durban is a racially mixed community of middle class families. The president’s official residence in Durban, Dr John L Dube House, is in the leafy suburb of Edwardian and Victorian homes.In July 2013, to celebrate his birthday while he lay ailing in hospital, the people of Morningside began attaching locks to a fence to show their love for Nelson Mandela. Patrick Coetzee of the Dreambuilders Institute, the NGO that began the programme, explained at the time that it was an opportunity for people to “symbolically celebrate the positive difference Madiba has made to South Africa and the world”.Tradition startsIn Europe, the romantic tradition can be traced back to the town of Vrnjačka Banja in Serbia. The story goes that the Most Ljubavi Bridge, known as the Bridge of Love, was the meeting place for local school teacher, Nada, and her lover, a Serbian officer named Relja. When Relja went off to fight in Greece, Nada promised to wait for him. But he fell in love with a Greek woman, broke off his engagement and never returned to Serbia. Heartbroken, Nada died never having loved again.In her memory, the young women of Vrnjačka Banja began writing their names and the names of the men they loved on padlocks and attaching them to the railings of the Bridge of Love. The tradition was mostly confined to that bridge until Italian author Federico Moccia appropriated the tradition for his books Tre Metri Sopra il Cielo (Three Metres Above Heaven) and Ho Voglia di te (I Want You).In his home country, the most famous spot for lovers to bind love locks is along the path connecting the coastal towns of Manarola and Riomaggiore. The legend that has grown up is that the pathway was once the favourite meeting place for lovers from the towns. Today tourists flock to the area to place locks on the railings of the pedestrian bridge carved into the cliffs. They then toss the keys into the sea below. Over the last decade, the tradition has grown and love locks are now seen in cities across the globe. The superstitious say that the only way to break the love sealed by a padlock is to do to do so with a key (Image: Eurosplorin‘)The Yellow Mountains in China, the Chinese claim, is the birthplace of Love Locking. Here, the sea of clouds and romantic atmosphere of “China’s loveliest mountain”, Lotus Peak, has inspired poets and painters for centuries. A local legend tells of the beautiful daughter of a successful merchant who fell in love with a poor man. But she was to marry a man chosen by her father. On her wedding day, the young lovers fled and died together when they threw themselves off the mountain. The spot has been marked by memorials ever since, and today lovers attach padlocks to the railings on Lotus Peak and throw the keys off the mountain to celebrate their undying love.Love locksCouples looking to escape the noise and crowds of Seoul head to Mount Namsam, in South Korea, and have used the North Seoul Tower to swear eternal devotion. A sign in front of the thousands of locks reads: “A Promise for Endless Love ‘I Love You.’”Puntan dos Amantes (Two Lovers Point), in Tumon Bay on the Pacific Ocean island of Guam, is incredibly remote but it, too, has its legend of an ill-fated love that ended tragically on the cliffs. At the point where the forbidden lovers are said to have died there is a fence decorated with padlocks. You can even buy heart-shaped locks from vendors if you have forgotten to bring your own.Across the world, in Montevideo, Uruguay, the fountain on Avenida 18 de Julio has attracted lovers young and old. A plaque at the fountain reads: “The legend of this young fountain tells us that if a lock with the initials of two people in love is placed in it, they will return together to the fountain and their love will be forever locked.”In Paris, the city of love, where romance is part of the city’s very existence, the bridges over the Seine have become magnets to lovers eager to swear undying love. For Parisians, however, this ritual of the world’s Romeos and Juliets has become an annoyance rather than a celebration. The fussy French complain that the padlocks are ruining the architectural and aesthetic integrity of their bridges. And as a Parisian waiter told The New York Times in 2012: “The fools! They haven’t understood a thing about love, have they?”In his book In Praise of Love, contemporary French philosopher Alain Badiou reminds his audience that love is about constantly risking your heart. It is vulnerable and fragile. It is, as the French believe, about wishing your beloved freedom. And then you have the chance of retaining their endless love. “The idea that you can lock two people’s love once and for all, and toss the key, is a puerile fantasy.”But then, Badiou has spent his life trying to recreate his first love, the one on which he gave up. “I tried to recover that initial love, late, very late but with a unique intensity and feeling of necessity. There have been dramas and heart-wrenching and doubts, but I have never again abandoned a love.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Terry McClure with the edge of field monitoring equipment on his farm.Water quality. Two simple words that, when paired together, can stir the emotions of anyone regardless of whether or not they live near a significant body of water such as Lake Erie.My family and I have always farmed in the Western Lake Erie Water Basin (WLEB). I have raised my family here and my kids are raising their families here. We have enjoyed living near Lake Erie, which offers so much to do in the summer months — fishing, boating, water skiing and more. I know how much Ohioans and out-of-state visitors look forward to spending family time and recreation time on the lake.Because the WLEB is home to many farms, it is easy for people to jump to the conclusion that farmers are not doing enough to prevent nutrient run-off. I don’t think they take into consideration that farmers use and enjoy Ohio’s water in the same way they do. Because I want clean water for my family and all Ohioans, and because I am a farmer, I believe that I have a responsibility to do the best I can to farm in an environmentally responsible way. Every farmer I know wants to do that.We do the best job we can using the fertilizer correctly and working to lessen nutrients leaving the field. I feel strongly that we need to better understand the water quality issue and how agriculture plays a role in maintaining water quality. Because of this belief, four years ago I was one of the first to volunteer my farm for research being conducted by OSU. This edge-of-field testing will take into consideration how the farming season and rainfall impact water runoff. This will provide farmers science-based guidance on which practices will best keep nutrients in the field.We know, and this knowledge is backed up by a recent USDA study, that voluntary practices we are already doing are working and will continue to work. Improving Ohio’s water quality needs time — we didn’t get into this situation overnight and the research shows that results are happening and will continue to build over time.To do my part in continuing to build on those results, I have chosen the best management practices that work for my farm. Research tells us that the 4Rs work so I implement those on my farm. I also choose to soil test and understand my runoff risk so that I can manage my nutrient applications accordingly. I know that I am producing great yields while still protecting water quality.We must continue voluntary work such as this. If we don’t, we may face regulations that are not based in science and will have no affect on the algal blooms.Together, we will make a difference.