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Abueva hopes to get second chance at Gilas, vows to redeem self

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from Fiba.comCalvin Abueva is still keeping his fingers crossed on his potential inclusion back to Gilas Pilipinas, which will see action against Australia and Japan in the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Abueva is hoping to make the roster, but knows that in the end, it’s still going to be coach Chot Reyes, who will have the final say.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ceres hits AFC Cup milestone in drubbing of Boeung Ket OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “For me, I’m just doing my best here. It’s sad that I may skip the second window, but [Gilas] is important for me,” he said.Reyes, meanwhile, remains noncommittal if he’s going to reconsider include Abueva to his roster for the games against Australia and Japan later in Feburary, saying that as of now, everything is still status quo.“Calvin is still part of the pool. He continues to come and practice as part of the pool just like everybody else here,” he said. “We took him out of the consideration for the second window, but he has remained part of the pool. And I’ve always said: people can play themselves into consideration, into the pool and out of the pool, or out of consideration. There’s no change there.”Reyes reiterated he still hasn’t made up his mind as to who will comprise his 12-man lineup in Melbourne especially with some of the players hit with injuries.“We haven’t made any decisions either way because we’re still assessing the injury status of the other guys so we’re not yet in a position to make any final decisions or determinations in the line-up,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “This is an opportunity. I accepted coach Chot’s decision wholeheartedly and whatever happens, I’ll accept it,” he said in Filipino.Abueva has been dropped from consideration for the upcoming leg by Reyes after he and Raymond Almazan skipped the team’s first three practices this year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHe did show up in the following week on January 29 after he got cut and promised to make up for his shortcomings. Abueva has since been diligent in showing up for the trainings, missing only one session when the Aces had a game the day prior.Still, there’s no denying that Abueva is making the most of this “second chance” participating in practices, relishing every opportunity to help the national team. But given the chance, Abueva vowed to do his best to redeem himself to Reyes and the national team program.“I’m showing, the best that I can, what I was in the first window, it’s still going to be the same,” he said. “There are some players who are not here and who are injured, and if I get a chance, that would be a big thing for me and I promise that I’ll double my effort.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

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Pocari Sweat shocks Creamline to take PVL semis opener

first_imgBaser Amer part of Gilas’ final lineup vs Australia Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town From a 19-19 tie in the third set, the Lady Warriors scored four straight points with Love hitting a booming down-the-line kill for the 23-19 buffer.Pocari head coach Jasper Jimenez said their extra games in the quarterfinals proved to be fruitful as his players had to go through an earlier adversity that prepared them well enough for their semifinal match against the Cool Smashers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I think the advantage we had was we played so many games before this one, we went through the eye of the needle,” said Jimenez in Filipino. “And one more thing, we won the first set against Creamline and those guys aren’t used when they’re down.”Love had viable support from her teammates with Madeline Palmer putting up 12 points to help the Lady Warriors while Myla Pablo and Jeanette Panaga had nine points apiece. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat-Air Force scored an opening match upset after knocking down Creamline in three sets, 25-23, 25-12, 25-23, in the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Airelle Love, who suffered from cramps earlier in the game, put up 20 points as the Lady Warriors blindsided the Cool Smashers, who had more than two weeks of rest after getting a semifinals bye for topping the league with a 6-1 record in the eliminations.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 awardcenter_img Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Alyssa Valdez had 16 points to lead the Cool Smashers but had little help as the team’s second-leading scorer was Kuttika Kaewpin who had six.Although the team didn’t have much disparity in terms of attacks, 34-30 spikes in favor of Pocari, the Lady Warriors were an impenetrable wall scoring on 13 blocks while also showing up from long range with 10 aces.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Joel Embiid uncorks 41 points as 76ers beat Clippers

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The Clippers trailed by as many as 22 points in the opening half and were down 72-57 entering the third quarter. But Los Angeles slowly chipped away at the deficit, going in front for the first time on Gallinari’s 3-pointer from the right wing that made it 81-80 with 3:58 left in the period.Another Gallinari 3 put the Clippers up 84-80 before Fultz showed flashes of why Philadelphia drafted him first overall in 2017.Fultz scored on a goaltending call, and then assisted on Mike Muscala’s four-point play before converting consecutive coast-to-coast layups, helping the 76ers end the quarter on a 10-2 run that put them ahead 90-86 entering the fourth.Philadelphia shot 57.4 percent from the field and made 7 of 10 3-point attempts in a strong opening half. Simmons had 10 points and eight assists at the break after he tied his career high with 11 turnovers in Tuesday’s 129-112 loss at Toronto.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT View comments Ben Simmons added 14 points and 11 assists, bouncing back nicely from one of his worst games as a pro. Markelle Fultz provided a spark late in the third quarter and finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and five assists while helping Philadelphia improve to 5-0 at home.Lou Williams scored 26 points for the Clippers, and Danilo Gallinari had 25. Tobias Harris finished with 24 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPhiladelphia led by as many as 11 in the final quarter on Embiid’s follow dunk, but the advantage was just three with 6:16 remaining.Embiid then scored nine of the next 12 points, including an emphatic dunk over Boban Marjanovic with 1:39 remaining that gave Philadelphia a 117-109 lead. After Embiid made the second of two free throws with 1:14 to play, Philadelphia fans began chanting “MVP! MVP!” Underdog candidate fights for boxing’s Olympic future Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) dives to make a save during the second half on an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 122-113. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid had 41 points and 13 rebounds, helping the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 122-113 on Thursday night.It was Embiid’s sixth game already this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Clippers: The Clippers lost their fourth straight to the 76ers. They last beat Philadelphia on March 11, 2017.76ers: Embiid’s career high is 46 points. . Philadelphia declined the third-year contract option on reserve swingman Furkan Korkmaz, meaning Korkmaz could be a free agent on July 1. . New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was in attendance. . The 76ers are 0-4 on the road. . Rookie Landry Shamet gave Philadelphia a lift in the opening half with 11 points, one shy of his career best.UP NEXTClippers: At Orlando on Friday.76ers: Host Detroit on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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GPL bound to fail in current format – source

first_imgPower outages…Guyanese should expect more blackouts…public utility upgrade significantly delayedWith the current spate of power outages, many are questioning the progress of the Power Utility Upgrade Programme (PUUP) that was initiated in 2014, costing US$64 million and intended to rehabilitate the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) systems.However, power outages continue to disrupt the lives of many Guyanese.In the meantime, the company has said it needs US$110 million to fix its problems. An upset director of the company who reached out to Guyana Times expressedThe Kingston Power Stationconcern about the delays that have characterised the project and the additional sum being quoted.According to the director, over $100 million on new generation, transmission and new sub stations was spent by the company, adding that “GPL was under an expansion plan”. He added that in 2014, the company secured the PUUP for US$65 million, some of which was European Union (EU) grant money, “part [Inter-American Development Bank] IDB loan, to do a couple of things, but primarily to rebuild the distribution network and to re-meter”.“They would go into areas; (to work on) distribution lines and that would have helped to reduce losses. That project, I think, is significantly delayed. It’s 2018 and I think not very much has been accomplished. The project is non-performing,” the upset director said.He added that GPL’s engines, operated by the Power Producers and Distributors Incorporated, are old; so old, in fact, that he expressed fear of an increase in power outages by next year owing to a drop in generation capacity from equipment failure. According to him, this would allow the entity to claim that the equipment was old, should it fail in the future, causing a failure in capacity.He said that he became upset when the Government kicked out Wärtsilä.“Wärtsilä had the oldest operating and maintenance contract with GPL in any other company in the world. Wärtsilä wants to make sure the equipment is always working. (And you) kick them out? I would not be surprised if next year one of the pieces of equipment fails and they say oh, this is old equipment. By next year I predict we’re going to get more blackouts because we don’t have enough generating capacity,” the frustrated director said.US$110 millionWhen asked, the director also made specific reference to GPL’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Albert Gordon’s statement in April that US$110 million was necessary to overhaul the company’s operations. The source observed that the sum sounded excessive.“How much money they need sounds like a lot to me. Only a few years ago, fuel prices started to fall, GPL had significant cash reserves. I don’t know what has happened…who spends or transferred somewhere else,” he said, adding that as a director he has not been receiving forthcoming information.“But I’d like to see our financials and compare it to a few years ago…because fuel prices dropped significantly, so we were picking up billions in savings every month. We didn’t reduce the tariffs.”In 2014, the IDB had approved loans totalling US$37.6 million along with non-reimbursable investment financing from the EU to help boost the efficiency and reliability of Guyana’s power system.The IDB had said the project would be done through electricity loss reduction measures, improvements in the operational capabilities, and strengthening the management and corporate performance of GPL.The contract for the execution of the power upgrade programme was awarded to China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation/China Synergy Electric Engineering Company (CMC/CSEEC). The local subcontractor is Ramoutar and Sons Contracting.But for some time now, GPL has been plagued with constant power outages and other systemic failures causing consumers to complain bitterly about the poor level of service being provided.At a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hearing earlier this year, GPL had said over the next three years, it would roll out about 80,000 smart meters, which would have radio transmitting capacity to send out data.GPL Deputy CEO (Technical) Elwyn Marshall told the utility watchdog that the meters fell under the PUUP, which was aimed at providing a higher quality of service to consumers.With the sustained and widespread complaints over the quality of service the power company provides in mind, commissioners had queried how the voltage regulation system would be monitored.The Deputy CEO added that the smart meters would allow GPL to better monitor its feeder system, each of which was supposed to have only 4000 costumers.Other measures GPL announced to improve its services included splitting existing feeders, rehabilitation of its distribution networks and additional power generation plants at Canefield, Anna Regina and Bartica.Ultimately, however, GPL was fined five per cent of its shareholders’ dividends earlier this month by the PUC over the poor service.last_img read more

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NFL notes: McGahee could be on move

first_imgIt’s unusual for trade discussions to be made public, or for a coach to acknowledge any talk that involves players – particularly a player of McGahee’s caliber. News that the Bills would shop McGahee first came up last weekend, when New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese expressed interest in the player as a potential replacement for Tiki Barber, who retired after last season. Buffalo’s first-round pick out of Miami in 2003, McGahee is coming off a down season in which he finished with a career-low 990 yards rushing, but led the team with six touchdowns rushing in 14 starts. Garcia `surprised’ about not getting offer: Jeff Garcia is disappointed he never got a contract offer from the Philadelphia Eagles after leading them to five straight wins and a playoff victory following Donovan McNabb’s season-ending knee injury. “I was surprised I wasn’t offered a contract. There was never anything to negotiate over,” Garcia said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet. “We never know what it would’ve amounted to. It wasn’t about the money. It was about being in a great situation.” The Eagles agreed to a three-year contract extension with backup quarterback A.J. Feeley on Sunday, eliminating the chance Garcia would return to Philadelphia. Also: St. Louis released veteran guard Adam Timmerman. … Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins signed a four-year, $16million contract extension with Green Bay that includes $6million in signing bonus, agent Cary Fabrikant said. Also, Packers quarterback Brett Favre had minor ankle surgery and is expected to recover in time for offseason workouts. … San Francisco 49ers cornerback Walt Harris had surgery to insert a screw in his broken left hand. The 49ers also waived cornerback Sammy Davis. … Defensive end Chris Kelsay signed a four-year contract with Buffalo. … The release of quarterback Joey Harrington and guards Seth McKinney and Bennie Anderson from the Dolphins is imminent by week’s end, according to the Miami Herald. Calling no player “untouchable,” Buffalo Bills coach Dick Jauron said the team would consider trade offers for starting running back Willis McGahee. “It’s in our best interest to listen to everybody, and no people are untouchable,” Jauron told the Associated Press at the NFL’s annual scouting combine at Indianapolis on Monday. “He’s a good back. He’s our starting running back right now. It’s no surprise to me at all that people are interested.” center_img Passing: George Preas, who won two NFL championships on the offensive line of the Baltimore Colts from 1955-65 , has died. He was 73. Preas, who had Parkinson’s Disease, died Saturday. He had been living in a nursing home in Roanoke, Va. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Ibrahimovic to become Mourinho’s number two at Manchester United? GOSSIP

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Zlatan Ibrahimovic could join Manchester United this summer as assistant manager to Jose Mourinho. Ibrahimovic confirmed earlier this month he will be leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season after a four-year spell at the Parc des Princes and he is ready to sign on as a coach and player under Mourinho, who will be appointed United manager this week. (Daily Express)José Mourinho has identified André Gomes, João Mário, John Stones, Álvaro Morata, Mauro Icardi and Ezequiel Garay as summer targets for Manchester United as part of an anticipated minimum £150m spend. (Guardian)Manchester City are expected to complete the signing of Ilkay Gundogan this week in a deal worth an initial £20.1 million, despite injury ruling the Germany midfielder out of action until September. The Dortmund star will be Pep Guardiola’s first signing at the Etihad Stadium. (Daily Telegraph)Newly-crowned Premier League champions Leicester are believed to be plotting a surprise move for Arsenal forward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. (Daily Mail)Manchester United and Chelsea have been dealt a massive blow as Gonzalo Higuain will NOT be making a Premier League switch in the summer. The world’s in-form striker, 28 — fresh from his incredible season at Serie A’s second-placed team Napoli — has flown to France to open talks with Paris Saint-Germain. (The Sun)Arsene Wenger is reviving his bid to sign Argentina whizz kid Maxi Romero . Arsenal boss Wenger agreed a £4.5million deal to sign the striker from Velez Sarsfield last year but the deal was called off when the 17-year-old suffered a knee ligament injury. Wenger is back on the case now for this summer and they are trying to do a deal but it will depend on Romero proving his fitness. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal have entered talks to sign Bayern Munich defender Mehdi Benatia. Discussions to bring Benatia to the Emirates have not reached an advanced stage but are underway. (Daily Star)Liverpool are ready to open talks with Leicester over a deal for Ben Chilwell this week, as Martin Skrtel heads for the Anfield exit. Chilwell has been identified as a priority signing in Jurgen Klopp’s summer revamp and negotiations are expected to start within the next few days. (Daily Telegraph)Everton have held talks with Manuel Pellegrini as they step up their search for a new manager. It is 10 days since Roberto Martinez was sacked and Everton are now committed to making strides to find his replacement, with a number of high-profile options being discussed, including Sevilla’s Unai Emery. (Daily Mail)David Moyes is in talks with Aston Villa and considering a return to management in the Championship. Moyes has met with prospective new Villa owner Dr Tony Xia and could agree to take charge of the relegated Midlands side later this week. (Daily Telegraph)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Liverpool transfer news: Instagram post confirms Jerome Sinclair’s Watford moveWest Ham have £31m bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette rejected, club owner revealsTottenham and West Ham express interest in Manolo Gabbiadini in search for attacking reinforcementsArsenal transfer news: Granit Xhaka heading for a medical – fan reaction to possible £30m deallast_img read more

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Gary Neville pictured looking glum during Manchester United vs Valencia

first_img REVEALED Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder deals Gary Neville = every Manchester United fan pic.twitter.com/X1j5E7rh17— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 2, 2018 1 The image of Neville (below) didn’t make it seem as though he was overjoyed with what he was watching FAREWELL Gary Neville’s expression is every Man United fan. Absolute garbage to watch, yet again. Everyone just looks shot of confidence and that comes from the manager breeding confidence in the group pic.twitter.com/CICmzvuBOu— Alex 🔰 (@Alex94_mufc) October 2, 2018 Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested silverware Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland gameday cracker Gary Neville is all of us right now.. #mufc pic.twitter.com/SZXBu5hFNM— United Xtra (@utdxtra) October 2, 2018 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Gary Neville is LOVING tonight’s performance… pic.twitter.com/IQ4yrgi3pa— United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) October 2, 2018 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Latest Manchester United News Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January boost REVEALED Jose Mourinho’s men entered the game badly in need of a return to winning ways.In the past week, United were beaten by Derby County in the League Cup and West Ham in the Premier League.As a result, intense pressure has been brought upon the players’ and manager’s shoulders, but this still didn’t inspire the team to start brightly in this Champions League group game.The match began as an underwhelming affair, hence why Gary Neville’s reaction was so relatable for fans watching at home. targets Gary Neville didn’t seem to enjoy the early stages of Manchester United vs Valencia on Tuesday night.The former Red Devils defender and Los Che manager was captured by TV cameras midway through the lacklustre first-half with an expression on his face which epitomised the feelings of every United fan during the period. IN DEMAND last_img read more

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Stand-up success

first_imgNormally, having to stand on a bus is not cause for celebration. But in the case of the month-old Orange Line, the filled-up buses cruising every few minutes from North Hollywood to Warner Center are a clear sign of success. There was some concern in the first few days that the east-west busway’s unexpectedly high ridership was due to its novelty. The real test would be in the weeks ahead. Well, the people have spoken with their Metro Day Passes. The 11,000 boardings a day have remained steady, and that’s more than twice what the MTA predicted. Hopefully, the popularity of the Orange Line will silence longtime critics, such as state Sen. Richard Alarcon, who called the busway “unsafe at any speed.” Indeed, there were a few accidents because of careless drivers in the first days, but there have been none since, indicating that safety measures are working. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Striker Lopez set to join AC Milan

first_imgCatania striker Maxi Lopez looks set to snub Fulham and sign for AC Milan.Fulham are one of a number of clubs to have shown an interest in the Argentine, but his agent was on Monday holding talks with Milan officials.Whites boss Martin Jol is keen to add at least one forward to his squad during the transfer window.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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PG Bison opens R1.3bn board factory

first_img21 April 2008South African timber products manufacturer and distributor PG Bison has officially opened its R1.3-billion board plant outside Ugie in the northeastern pine forest plantations of the Eastern Cape province.Work on the facility started after PG Bison’s parent company, JSE-listed Steinhoff, purchased a 67% stake in North East Cape Forests from Mondi, with production starting in December and being ramped up steadily since then.In a December statement released after the first board was pressed at the plant, PG Bison added that the board plant, which covered some 36 hectares of a 64-hectare site, was designed to accommodate possible future timber beneficiation processes.PG Bison said that the 1 000m³ per day particle board plant was a pivotal development in the forestry cluster, intending to extract maximum value from the raw material by utilising the entire tree in an integrated operation.Further value will be added to the raw board through a 35 000m² melamine faced board press which was successfully commissioned in October last year.“When the Ugie board plant reaches full production, we will almost double our capacity, creating exciting new opportunities to establish PG Bison as the preeminent particle board producer in South Africa,” said PG Bison CEO Chris van Niekerk.Developing local economy, skillsPG Bison said that it had gathered a team of production specialists from its other plants around the country and had spent several months training locally recruited employees.“Many of the new production staff spent a considerable amount of time receiving on the job training at facilities elsewhere in the country,” the company said. “Key personnel were sent abroad to learn the specifics of operating the continuous press – the largest and most modern press of its kind in Africa.”Preparations in the surrounding North Eastern Cape Forests to supply the board plant with 1 300 tonnes of timber per day were also on track with mechanised harvesting operations and road networks having been established, while the Forest Stewardship Council certified timber for the plant will come from PG Bison’s own 33 000-hectare plantations.“Some 78% of the total project costs is being spent locally, with the balance going to key components manufactured abroad,” PG Bison pointed outThe forestry cluster development is a significant economic injection for the north Eastern Cape, creating an estimated 2 700 direct jobs with an initial annual salary bill of R90-million.“The development offers numerous opportunities for local entrepreneurs to provide supporting services. In addition, the number of secondary jobs created by this initiative is likely to be significant,” PG Bison said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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SA matric results up by 7%

first_img. (Image: Flickr) Despite schooldays lost to the Fifa World Cup and a prolonged public servants’ strike, South African students writing the national matric exams in 2010 managed to score a 67.8% pass rate – a 7.2% improvement on the previous year’s result. An elated Angie Motshekga, minister of the Department of Basic Education, announced the results on Thursday at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The pass rate for the 2009 matric – South Africa’s school-leaving qualification – was 60.6%.“We’d like to congratulate the class of 2010, they did us proud,” Motshekga said. “Their unrelenting determination is commendable. The class of 2010 is truly distinctive.”Motshekga stressed the integrity of the results, saying they were a true reflection of the achievement of students and that their quality had been properly vetted by the national education quality assurance body Umalusi. “We’ve worked hard to ensure the credibility of the exams. Umalusi convened standardisation of exams on 24 December to ensure the quality of results is the same as in other years.”The best-performing provinces were Gauteng and the Western Cape, with pass rates of 78.6% and 76.8% respectively. But all nine provinces registered a marked improvement on the 2009 results:•    Gauteng: 78.6% (71.8% in 2009)•    Western Cape: 76.8% (75.7% in 2009)•    North West: 75.7% (67.5% in 2009)•    Northern Cape: 72.3% (61% in 2009)•    KwaZulu-Natal: 70.7% (61.1% in 2009)•    Free State: 70.7% (69.4% in 2009)•    Eastern Cape: 58.3% (51% in 2009)•    Limpopo: 57.9% (48.9% in 2009)•    Mpumalanga: 56.8% (47.9% in 2009)last_img read more

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No “Kill Switch” in Lieberman-Collins Bill, But There’s Been One Since 1934

first_imgklint finley Last week the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs passed the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010, a bill now better known as the “Kill Switch Bill.” The bill will now be considered by the Senate. There’s no “kill switch” provision in the bill, but the President has had that power for decades.The bill, if passed into law, will establish new cybersecurity organizations in the White House and The Department of Homeland Security, and compel private enterprises to cooperate with said agencies during a “cyber emergency” if deemed necessary by the President.CNET reported on June 10th that the Senate was considering the bill, using the term “kill switch” to describe the proposed emergency powers, and warning of the potential for the president to gain “absolute power” over the Internet.Section 249 of the bill contains the material regarding powers during a “cyber emergency.” Here’s what the bill actually contains, according to the official summary, emphasis ours:Section 249: If the President determines there is a credible threat to exploit cyber vulnerabilities of the covered critical infrastructure, the President may declare a national cyber emergency, with notification to Congress and owners and operators of affected covered critical infrastructure. The notification must include the nature of the threat, the reason existing security measures are deficient, and the proposed emergency measures needed to address the threat. If the President exercises this authority, the Director of the NCCC will issue emergency measures necessary to preserve the reliable operation of covered critical infrastructure. Any emergency measures issued under this section will expire after 30 days unless the Director of the NCCC or the President affirms in writing that the threat still exists or the measures are still needed. Emergency measures imposed by the Director must be the least disruptive means feasible, and such emergency measures cannot be used to set aside the requirements of the Wiretap Act, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. This section does not authorize any new surveillance authorities or permit the government to “take over” private networks. While complying with the mandatory emergency measures, owners and operators of covered critical infrastructure will have the flexibility to propose alternative security measures that address the national cyber emergency and, once approved by the Director, implement those security measures in lieu of the original mandatory emergency measures. Owners and operators of covered critical infrastructure who comply with the requirements can in certain circumstances receive liability protections that range from limitations on some damages to immunity from suit.The Director will also work with owner and operators of covered critical infrastructure outside the United States to inform them of cyber threats and vulnerabilities and appropriate security measures.The language in the summary is consistent with the language in the bill itself (section 249 starts on page 76). It doesn’t sound like a “kill switch.” The bill would require the President to submit a report describing, among other things, “The actions necessary to preserve the reliable operation and mitigate the consequences of the potential disruption of covered critical infrastructure” (pg. 84 lines 1-4). That sounds like the opposite of a kill switch: this legislation describes a process by which the president is expected to take action to ensure access to “critical infrastructure” -including the Internet.There’s plenty of room to debate the merits of the federal government dictating the security policies of private companies, the ability of the president to continually extend any provisions beyond 30 days, the value of establishing new cyber security departments within the government, and the vagueness of the language in the bill. But this is nothing nearly so radical as some are making it out to be.In fact, as Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ web site for the bill points out, the President already has a legislative (but of course, not technological) “kill switch.” The Communications Act of 1934 gave the president power to shut down “wire communications.” Here’s the specific passage:Upon proclamation by the President that there exists a state or threat of war involving the United States, the President, if he deems it necessary in the interest of the national security and defense, may during a period ending not later than six months after the termination of such state or threat of war and not later than such earlier date as the Congress by concurrent resolution may designate, (1) suspend or amend the rules and regulations applicable to any or all facilities or stations for wire communication within the jurisdiction of the United States as prescribed by the Commission, (2) cause the closing of any facility or station for wire communication and the removal therefrom of its apparatus and equipment, or (3) authorize the use or control of any such facility or station and its apparatus and equipment by any department of the Government under such regulations as he may prescribe, upon just compensation to the owners. The bill was amended in 1996, and the 1996 version retains the above passage. The backers of the bill suggest the bill would actually limit the power granted to the President by the Communications Act. The language of the bill requiring the President’s solutions to be the “least disruptive” possible and limiting emergency periods to 30 days instead of six months support this claim.The clamor over this bill does raise some intriguing possibilities. What, technologically, could the US federal government actually do to “shut down the Internet”? Shutting down all US based ISPs would effectively shut down the Internet within the US (and all web sites hosted here). ISPs in other countries would be unaffected, and it’s conceivable that US citizens could still subscribe to foreign sattelite Internet services.Does the president, under the authority of the Communications Act of 1934, have the right to shut down ICANN? Could the US government shut down or block access to ICANN through some other existing legal means already? wouldn’t shutting down ICANN effectively cripple the Internet internationally? How hard would it be for foreign telcos to replace ICANN in that event? open_sailing‘s Openet project seeks to stitch together various packet radio and wireless mesh networks to build a global internet outside the control of governments and telecos, but its a long way from being ready.But who’s interests would shutting down the Internet serve? Surely totalitarian regimes could benefit from censoring individual web sites, and certaincompanies would benefit if certain applications being blocked. But it’s also been suggested that the Internet has been benefitial to dictatorships. And most importantly, the business world does not want to see its profits diminished by impediments to Internet access. One can hardly imagine any administration, no matter how corrupt, actually using a “kill switch.”Special thanks to my friend Laura for help researching thisPhoto by wlodi / CC IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Related Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#Analysis#enterprise last_img read more

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PremiumBeat Is Now Available in 21 Languages

first_imgFinding that perfect, royalty-free track just got easier. We’re now available in twenty-one new languages for projects across the world.They say that music is a universal language, and at PremiumBeat, we like to let our incredible tracks speak for themselves. But, for those whose native language isn’t English, discovering your perfect royalty-free song just got a whole lot easier. As of today, you can access PremiumBeat.com in 21 different languages.It has always been a goal of ours to make our music collection more accessible to all, and with the site now available in some of the world’s most widely spoken languages, we’ve taken a big step toward that goal. At PremiumBeat, We Speak GloballyAll tracks in our collection are royalty-free, which means that you can license music from PremiumBeat — whether it’s for a TV ad, a social media post, a training video, or beyond — without paying royalties. And now, with our new language selection feature, you can build your project’s perfect soundtrack quickly and comfortably.We hope that this update will streamline your music discovery processes. You’ll be able to use search filters, make playlists, and more using music terminology that you’re familiar with.What’s more, you can license our royalty-free tracks with peace of mind. All information on license options and music use is available in all site languages. And if you ever need a little help, you can browse our extensive Frequently Asked Questions in the language of your choice, too.How to Change Language OptionsUpdating the site settings is easy. Just go to the language button at the top right of your screen (next to the login icon). A drop-down menu will appear with a list of all available options. Just select the language you need, and voilà!Explore a World of Great MusicNot only have we expanded the number of available languages, we’ve also expanded our global music selection.Because we have customers in every corner of the planet (from the U.S. to Germany to Australia and all the way to Antarctica — where a client purchased the track “Lost Soul“), we want to provide music that’s relevant to you, no matter where you are. It’s why our music team has been working with artists around the world to bring you a greater variety of authentic, region-specific tracks.Looking for a song with lyrics in your region’s language? From Korean to Russian to Italian and more, we’ve got an incredible selection of international vocal tracks to help bring your project to life. Check out our Vocals genre, where you can use the advanced filters to narrow your results by region or style.last_img read more

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No single riot in my tenure, claims Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

first_imgThere had “not been a single riot” in Uttar Pradesh in the past two and a half years since the BJP government came to power, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claimed on Thursday.Incidentally, his assertion came a day after a communal flare-up was reported in Semra village in Agra. A girl was allegedly kidnapped on Tuesday by a boy from another community. A few shops of a minority community were burnt down in the incident.At a press conference, Mr. Aditynath produced a report card of his government’s achievements. He said the State BJP government had vastly improved the law and order, and that since 2017 March, all festivals were celebrated in a peaceful manner.Mr. Adityanath said that since he came to power, incidents of crime had fallen across the board; while dacoity figures dropped by 54%, there were 36% fewer incidents of rape, 15% drop in murder cases, 45% for loot, 30% for kidnapping and 38% for rioting-related incidents.He also claimed that under his tenure, the State had been pulled out of its “identity crisis.”last_img read more

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Shiromani Akali Dal to contest Haryana polls

first_imgThe BJP’s ally, the Shiromani Akali Dal, on Tuesday declared that it would contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Haryana.A meeting of the core committee of the party held here presided by SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal also passed a resolution saying regional languages serve as an inalienable symbol of the rich multicultural character of our federal and democratic polity.Spokesperson Harcharan Singh Bains said the party had decided to hold a workers’ meeting in Kurukshetra on September 22 to screen candidates interested in contesting the elections. “Interested candidates had already been asked to submit their applications by September 22.” Mr. Bains said a committee headed by senior leader Sardar Balwinder Singh Bhunder would hold negotiations with the BJP on seat-sharing in the polls which are due next month.Special resolutionsThe core committee also passed two special resolutions. “In one, the SAD urged the government of India to order an immediate release of all Sikh prisoners languishing in different jails throughout the country despite having served their stipulated sentence. In the other, it reiterated its strong and principled commitment to the perseverance and promotion of the Punjabi language. Campaign panelsMeanwhile, the party president Sukhbir Singh Badal set up a campaign committees for Jalalabad and Dakha by-elections. While former Cabinet Minister and senior leader Janmeja Singh Sekhon will be the campaign in-charge for Jalalabad constituency, senior vice-president Daljit Singh Cheema will head the panel for Dakha, said Bains.The core committee, in its meeting, also mourned the demise of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and paid glowing tributes to him.last_img read more

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SC to hear BCCI’s plea for clarification on Srinivasan

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear the Indian cricket board’s plea seeking clarification whether its former president N Srinivasan could attend the governing body meeting in his capacity as the president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.The apex court bench headed by Justice TS Thakur said it would hear the plea in the near future but declined to give any date.The court said this as senior counsel KK Venugopal appearing for the the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) mentioned for an early hearing the application filed by it last week.The BCCI on September 12 urged the apex court to clarify whether its former president and current International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Srinivasan should be allowed to attend the meetings as the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) president.The apex cricketing body sought the clarification as court by its January 22, 2015, order had said that Srinivasan cannot contest elections for BCCI presidency as long as he is involved in “conflict of interest” as an owner of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).The question posed for clarification is whether having been barred from contesting election on account of his being in conflict of interest situation also excluded Srinivasan from attending the cricket board’s meetings.Recently on August 28, the BCCI Working Committee meeting was adjourned in Kolkata after it was decided to seek the apex Court’s opinion on whether Srinivasan could attend the deliberations as TNCA representative.Srinivasan was earlier in the year asked by the Supreme Court to step aside as the BCCI president to facilitate investigation of the 2013 IPL scandal. His son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been convicted of betting in the IPL and banned from any cricketing activity for life.last_img read more

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