Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It can be said, that the 6-foot-5 big man tried to find his team when he transferred from Lyceum in the NCAA to University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP.Fortunately for Mahinay, it seems he has found his footing as the Growling Tigers’ reliable center.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 ChrissMahinay broke out against Far Eastern University when he put up a 10-point, eight-rebound performance and helped the Growling Tigers to a 78-70 win.“Coach Aldin jus gave us players an opportunity,” said Mahinay in Filipino Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I’m just motivated because coach gave us the confidence to perform and I didn’t waste the opportunity he gave me.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ayo, whose team improved to 4-4 after its third straight win, said it’s been a delight coaching Mahinay who absorbs everything he says.“Germy is one of the biggest in our team and he’s also one of the youngest but when you say something to him he will just take it all in,” said Ayo in Filipino. “These kids are young, and they’re like a sponge because they will just absorb what you tell them.”Mahinay was key to UST’s takeover in the fourth quarter when he scored five of his total in the period alone.The burly Mahinay scored an and-one play that put UST up nine, 63-54, midway through the fourth and he had a driving layup with 2:26 left that gave the Growling Tigers a 69-60 lead.“I just did what coach Aldin told me to do and that was to stick to the system,” said Mahinay.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Germy Mahinay wasn’t, in any way, a sought-after recruit prior to the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Tolentino says ‘no intention to hurt’ Huang after 2nd straight dq foul
First Lady Sandra Granger on Tuesday encouraged a group of young people of Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven), to take Information and Communication Technology (ICT) seriously and to utilise it as a tool for developing the region.Lady Sandra Granger along with officials and participants of the trainingSome of the young people who were part of the ICT trainingShe made these statements in her address at the opening of her ICT workshop, held in the Education Boardroom at Kamarang.“You have to prepare yourself as the young people who will inherit this country to be always learning… I want you to recognise also, how serious we are about this programme… It is a time for you to learn and also to build networks among yourselves so that you can plan how you are going to move forward and you can move forward and hopefully gain some money,” the First Lady said.The First Lady cautioned the participants that although there is much excitement and anticipation about the oil and gas sector, there are several other avenues for earning.“Everybody is excited about oil and gas, but I want you to remember, not everybody [should] be going into the oil and gas industry, people who are working in the industry have to be fed, they will need services, so you could focus on agriculture… How do you set up the systems where you could move your produce from farm to airstrip, to Georgetown or wherever it is?” she said.Former Vice Chairman of Cuyuni-Mazaruni, Norma Thomas, speaking on behalf of the Regional Chairman, Gordon Bradford, commended the First Lady for holding the ICT workshop in the region.“Thank you so much. Let’s continue this way… We want such leaders that are action people, like the First Lady, who has put everything in place,” she said.A participant, Barbalee John, is thankful for the knowledge that she will get from the training.“I think it is helpful… I can teach the children how to use a computer… [and help] with typing and so, to do records…these days people want computerised work and I think in that way I can help,” she highlighted.Senior Technical Officer of the Board of Industrial Training, Rondell Jordon; Regional Vice Chairperson, Olinda Kyrenhoff-Griffith; Toshao of Kamarang, Clifford Melville and Vice Toshao, McNeil Reid also attended the ceremony.
TUCSON, Ariz. – Sophomore wing Josh Shipp grabbed the ball on the left side, rapidly tried to set his feet and launched a 3-pointer. Clink. Or clank. UCLA’s perimeter-oriented offense flows much better when three players are scoring consistently. Guards Arron Afflalo and Darren Collison are doing their part, but Shipp has gone from having a few subpar performances to being in a colossal shooting slump. Heading into today’s contest between No. 5 UCLA and No.19 Arizona at the McKale Center, Shipp said his confidence remains high despite his shooting percentage being so low. “I feel comfortable,” Shipp said. “They’re all right there. A lot of in and outs. I just have to go in the gym and work on that.” Shipp is shooting a horrid 15.8 percent (6-for-38) from 3-point range in Pac-10 play, and made 2 of his last 19 shots from beyond the arc. Since sitting out Jan. 13 at USC with a hamstring injury, he is 3-for-24 (12.5 percent) on 3-pointers, has not reached his season scoring average in any of the nine games, and saw his scoring average drop from 14.7 to 12.8 points. In UCLA’s last three games, he did not score in the first half. “Josh is tantamount to our success,” Howland said. “Having him out there has been key to our success all year long. Even though he may not be shooting as well as he’d like right now, we’re not winning if he’s not playing.” Afflalo had five first-half points at West Virginia but finished with 27. He scored 15 points in the first half against Arizona State, but was scoreless for the first 15 minutes of the second half. Such scoring rushes and droughts have been part of Afflalo’s season, and Howland said part of the reason may be the minutes Afflalo is playing. In addition to carrying a scoring burden, Afflalo is UCLA’s best defender, and often draws the opposition’s top scorer, like he will today in Arizona’s Marcus Williams (16.7 points per game). Afflalo is averaging a team-high 32.4 minutes per game, including 33.8 per game in Pac-10 play. “It’s a lot of minutes for anybody, especially somebody who plays so hard on the defensive end of the floor,” Howland said. “And he’s incredible in that respect. He’s not ever trying to pace himself. Sometimes that may affect his offense a little bit because I’m asking him to do so much, but that’s just the way it is. I’m much more comfortable with him on the floor.” So will Howland cut down Afflalo’s minutes? “Probably not,” Howland said. INJURY REPORT Power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (eye), point guard Darren Collison (shoulder) and center Lorenzo Mata (hip) all came out of the ASU game fine and should play today. CONTROLLING ALFRED Within moments of entering a game, UCLA backup enter Alfred Aboya is an odds-on-favorite to commit a foul & Or four. The 6-foot-8 Aboya has been productive lately, averaging 7.3 points and seven rebounds in the last three games. However, keeping on the floor is an issue, and was against Arizona State. He is averaging a foul every 6.4 minutes of action – the reason he is playing just 16.5 minutes per game. At ASU, Aboya fouled out in 19 minutes. One foul came 90 feet from the basket and another was on a hold during an inbounds play, which was set up by another Aboya foul. So what did Howland tell Aboya? “It’s not smart. We need you in the game,” Howland said. “It’s hard for him because he’s so aggressive. He plays so hard. It’s not like he’s not trying to do what I want him to do. He just errs on the side of aggression, which, if you’re going to err on one side of the other, is where you want him to err on.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER With UCLA ahead by 19 points and less than four minutes remaining in last week’s 26-point win at Oregon State, Bruins tailback Chris Markey carried three straight times to finish a scoring drive. Instead of getting experience for sophomore tailbacks Chane Moline and Christian Ramirez, an already hurting Markey scored with 2:12 to play to put UCLA ahead, 40-14. The repercussions could be felt Saturday when the Bruins host Notre Dame at the Rose Bowl. Bruins coach Karl Dorrell said it is “unlikely” Markey will play because of turf toe, so the inexperienced duo of Ramirez and Moline will step in to back up Kahlil Bell. “I’m anxious to watch (Ramirez and Moline) play,” Dorrell said. “I’m pretty confident they’ll do well.” Markey, who is averaging nearly 16 carries a game, did not practice this week because of turf toe, which, according to Wikipedia, is a sprained metatarsalphalangeal joint. After carrying three times in the first half at Oregon State, Markey took an injection in his right big toe and carried 16 times in the second half. The injection numbs the pain, but also can cause a player to do more damage to his injury. The Bruins also received another scare when Ramirez took a hit from an overzealous scout teamer while fielding a kickoff in Thursday’s practice, and had his right knee examined. Ramirez was limited the rest of practice, but Dorrell said he expected Ramirez to play. Since carrying five times in UCLA’s opener, Ramirez has one carry. In practice he worked on running with his pads lower. “When you have a big ‘ol linebacker smacking you in the mouth every play, you have to learn to get lower,” Ramirez said. “And it’s also taking care of the ball. When I first started out, I was running too high, and the ball was getting stripped out. Now, get lower and hold the ball tighter, it’s not a problem any more.” Moline missed UCLA’s first two games of the season because of a broken hand, and has seven carries this season. “I haven’t been getting many carries, but I feel like I can step in and run the ball,” Moline said. “I’ve been practicing for so long with it, it’s normal.” Dynamic duo ready Dorrell said senior receiver Marcus Everett (ankle) and left guard Shannon Tevaga (knee) would both be available against the Irish. Both missed the last two games. Tevaga will play, but Micah Reed will make his first career start at left guard, Dorrell added. Bruin bits Defensive end Nikola Dragovic (groin) was limited in practice, but may play, Dorrell said. … Defensive tackle Brigham Harwell (knee) and quarterback Patrick Cowan (knee) continue to rehab, but remain at the minimum, a few weeks away from returning, according to Dorrell. … An MRI on receiver Gavin Ketchum’s sprained ankle was normal. He could return Oct. 20 against Cal. Around the nation Michigan: The Wolverines won’t have to forfeit any football games for using an ineligible freshman player, the Big Ten ruled. Michigan last month reported an administrative error involving safety Artis Chambers to the Big Ten. Chambers played in three games, including a 14-9 victory over Penn State, but wasn’t eligible under the conference’s freshman rules. He can continue practicing, but he will miss the rest of the season, the university said. Florida: The State Attorney’s Office has started processing the felony burglary case involving Florida safety Tony Joiner, but it’s still unclear whether the senior starter will play at top-ranked LSU on Saturday. Coach Urban Meyer said the charge would have to be reduced today for Joiner to play for the Gators. The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
THE family of the late Anne Friel are holding a fundraising night for the Donegal Hospice this Friday.Anne, from Ballyarr, passed away in September after a short illness.Her family now wants to raise money for the hospice in Letterkenny as a fitting memorial to her. It takes place this Friday at Carr’s of the Diamond.The event starts at 9pm and features a Mr & Mrs competition, a Karaoke competition, a draw for a hamper and an auction.There is no cover charge. All funds raised from the competitions and draw will go to the Donegal Hospice. HOSPICE FUNDRAISING NIGHT IN MEMORY OF THE LATE ANNE FRIEL was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by John2Share 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:Anne FrielCarrs of the Diamonddonegal hospicememorial fundraiser
Brentford have had to reshuffle their defence after injuries to James Tarkowkski and Maxime Colin.Josh Clarke makes his first league start for the Bees at right-back while Yoann Barbet partners Harlee Dean in the centre.Jota (ankle), Josh McEachran (foot), Marcos Tebar (hamstring), Andreas Bjelland and Scott Hogan (both knee) are all still unavailable.Ryan Woods and Sergi Canos are among the substitutes, as is fellow signing Ryan Williams.Preston make three changes, with Sheffield Wednesday loanee Marnick Vermijl, Alan Browne and Eoin Doyle coming in.Former QPR loanee Will Keane is among the substitutes, while Preston’s Ealing-born former Wealdstone striker Jermaine Beckford is sidelined following knee surgery.Brentford: Button; Clarke, Dean, Barbet, Bidwell; McCormack, Diagouraga; Vibe, Kerschbaumer, Judge; Djuricin.Subs not used: Bonham, O’Connell, Canos, Woods, Udumaga, Tebar, Williams.Preston: Pickford; Vermijl, Clarke, Huntington, Cunningham; Browne, Kilkenny, Johnson; Doyle; May, Garner.Subs not used: Kirkland, Woods, Wright, Welsh, Brownhill, Humphrey, Keane.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
North Coast residents get excited for the season’s first significant rain for a variety of reasons. Some just love the rain and for others, it’s the start of the holiday season. Others love the idea of bringing new life to our forest floors and home gardens. For anglers, the first big rain means something completely different. To us, it means big, bright king salmon charging from the salt water of the Pacific Ocean into our coastal rivers. With some very large storms looming on the horizon, the …
The development of hardier maize varieties will change the lives of millions of Africans. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com) South Africa is one of the leading participants in research into genetically modified foods, and particularly maize, the most commonly grown staple food on the continent.Professor Jennifer Thomson of the University of Cape Town’s Department of Molecular and Cell Biology is a principal authority on the subject and has been at the forefront of genetic engineering since the 1970s.She now serves on the National Biotechnology Advisory Committee which advises the Minister of Science and Technology and has advised on the GMO (genetically modified organisms) Act, which was passed by Parliament in May 1997, followed by the regulations in November 1999.According to Thomson, the state of GMO research in other African countries is very positive. One organisation making progress is the non-profit African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), based in Nairobi, Kenya.Its purpose is to develop or acquire biotechnology crops through royalty-free licenses. Intellectual property is transferred to African farmers, some of whom have become hugely successful.Plant pathologist Dr Wilson Songa, the Kenyan Secretary of Agriculture, sits on the organisation’s board of trustees, while Thomson is Chairperson Emeritus.Developing hardy plantsWater deficiency is one of Africa’s biggest challenges, and negatively influences food production as well as economies in severely affected countries. Irrigation is expensive and out of range of the majority of small-scale farmers. Crop plants which can efficiently use what little water there is, and still produce an acceptable yield, will have the advantage in these arid areas.One of AATF’s biggest projects at present is Water Efficient Maize for Africa which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.The gene for drought tolerance is acquired royalty- free from Monsanto, a US-based multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is bred into local maize varieties and is being tested in field trials in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique.The International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre, based in El Batan, Mexico, is involved in developing hardier varieties of both maize and wheat for developing countries.The results of a study undertaken by the centre in 13 African countries were published in August 2010, and revealed that the distribution of new drought-tolerant maize varieties could improve yields by an average of 25%, help to alleviate poverty, and generate as much as US$1.5-billion (R10.5-billion) in benefits for consumers and producers.Resistant to viral diseasesProf Thomson and her colleagues have focused their attention on the most destructive maize pathogen on the continent – the maize streak virus (MSV). This disease was first observed by entomologist Claude Fuller in KwaZulu-Natal province (known at the time as Natal), and described in his 1901 report as “mealie variegation”.MSV occurs throughout Africa and causes one of the most serious viral crop diseases on the continent. Transmitted by insects, it manifests as pale yellow or yellow-white leaves, stunting the plant severely and often preventing it from producing complete cobs or seed. Research has shown that infection within the first few weeks of planting can result in a total crop loss, and devastation for farmers.The development, through breeding or genetic modification, of a maize variety that resists MSV has been a priority in a number of African countries, among them Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria.Locally, research into MSV resistance is now funded by the South African branch of the Pannar Seed Company, based in KwaZulu-Natal. The project was initially funded by the Claude Leon Foundation, a trust which supports postdoctoral research, then by the Rockefeller Foundation and South Africa’s Maize Trust.The process is slow and expensive, which is why few academic research laboratories are able to undertake it.Strict regulationsSouth Africa has a GMO regulatory body which falls under the Department of Agriculture and is administered by the department’s biosafety directorate. There is a full-time registrar and any application is first directed to a scientific advisory committee and handled on a case-by-case basis.The advisory committee advises an executive council, which is the decision-making body. The council consists of members from the health, environment, and trade and industry sectors, all of whom scrutinise the application closely.The application is approved only if the council is satisfied, or it may be declined or sent back for more research.OppositionSome organisations are opposed to the genetic engineering of foods. Biowatch South Africa, based in KwaZulu-Natal, is the main watchdog and was established in 1997 to keep tabs on issues of genetic modification, and promote biological diversity and sustainable livelihoods. Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace are also active in their opposition.There are five main areas of controversy – safety, effect on natural ecosystems, gene flow into non-GM crops, moral and religious concerns, and corporate control of the food supply.During the research process geneticists have to ensure that they don’t introduce a virus that can harm humans or animals. The Food and Agriculture Organisation has done extensive analyses and has shown that to date no modified foods are harmful in the short term.GM foods are subjected to a battery of tests run by toxicologists. Although all findings are published in books or journals, access to literature on research carried out by government bodies is not always possible.The concern that GM foods are inherently allergenic or cause physiological changes is not based in fact. Testing is rigorous and foodstuffs must undergo and pass the full range of tests before the regulatory body gives approval.When asked about concerns of vegetarians and vegans, Thomson stated that there is no animal DNA in any GM plant that is eaten.The way forwardIn his closing speech at the 2010 African Green Revolution forum held in early September in Accra, Ghana, former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan said , “I saw African scientists this week who are at the forefront of developing Africa’s own solutions to unlock agricultural productivity.”One of the strategies for the future, said Annan, will be to boost investment in science, technology and research, in order to ensure food and nutrition security. He added that this would work only if it’s done on a sustained basis and in cooperation with farmers.It is clear that Africa is taking responsibility for her own needs with a vision and the implementation of a plan. The key to understanding the future regarding GM products is knowledge. There are many publications freely available that debate both sides and without doubt, South Africa and other African states are on par with European countries and the US in the field of research and advancement in GM foods.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Moisture begins to ramp up more today, although we still will see some sunshine and temps remain warm. Scattered showers will be developing today across Ohio, particularly this afternoon and evening. Those showers will produce anywhere from a tenth to .75″ with coverage at 60%. Areas that miss out on the rain today will see some sun, but generally clouds building, particularly this afternoon then tonight. Tomorrow through Sunday we have scattered showers in the forecast each day. Daily rain fall totals will be from a few hundredths to half an inch for every day except Sunday, where we expect a a tenth to three quarters of an inch. Daily coverage will run from 75% to 100% statewide, and combined rain coverage for the period will be 100%. We expect combined rain totals of 1″ to 2.5” for the week at least, and a few areas can exceed that top end of the range. Those totals are up from yesterday’s forecast. Dry weather attempts to return to the region finally for Monday and Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday of next week. On Monday we see cloudy to partly sunny skies but at this time still cant rule out a shower in spots. Then for Tuesday sunshine dominates, and we see that continue through the first part of Wednesday. Our next well organized cold front is on the way for next Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. That front moves from NW to SE across the region and will bring .1”-.75” to 80% of the state, and the biggest rains will come overnight Wednesday night. Thursday and Friday turn out partly to mostly sunny again, as we transition from the 10 day period in to the extended 11-16 day window. The balance of the extended period is active. On Saturday the 13th we see partly to mostly sunny skies, but showers may try to develop in the evening and overnight. On Sunday clouds increase and thicken further, with nighttime thunderstorms likely. These thunderstorms can bring from .25” to 1”. Monday the 15th and Tuesday the 16th we have rain and thunderstorms fully crossing the state. Monday the action will be primarily located through central and northwestern Ohio, and then Tuesday over most of the state, but perhaps a little more concentrated in central and southern Ohio. Rain totals will produce an additional .25”-1” for that 2 day period with statewide coverage of near 90%. We finish the extended period with a mix of clouds and sun for Wednesday the 17th. So, there will be plenty of moisture potential over the next 2 weeks, but it comes in small enough increments and at a slow enough pace that it is not overly problematic. The map below shows 10 day rain totals for the state. Temperatures also will stay near normal, with daytime highs from 80-88 over the rest of this week and into next, meaning we will continue to see very humid air, and will keep evaporation going at least at a rate of .1” of liquid per day, if not more – even if it does rain off an on.
It is for the seventh straight day that over a dozen adjoining villages of Baramulla town in north Kashmir have gone without electricity amid the ongoing cold wave. Tractors and private vehicles are new charging points for mobile phones and chargeable lights. Patients and students are the worst sufferers.Khalid Khan, a resident of Heevan village, less than 10 km of Baramulla town, is one of hundreds of worried parents of school children appearing for Class X and Class XII examinations. “My son, Abid Khan, is preparing for Class X examinations. He finds it hard to study under a candlelight after sundown and keeps shivering in the cold wave. It is going to impact his performance as well as health,” said Mr. Khan. Around 1.10 lakh students are preparing for the examinations in the Valley this year and have to prepare without any electricity.Kashmir plunged into a worst-ever power crisis on Thursday when snowfall uprooted electricity poles and damaged transmission lines across the Valley. According to the Power Development Department, at least 12 220 KVA towers and six 132 KVA towers were fully damaged.Ambitious plan falls flatThe crisis comes in a year when the Centre’s Power Ministry announced its ambitious plan earlier this year to provide round-the-clock electricity supply in winter in the newly carved Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The Centre’s ambitious plan seems to be falling flat in Baramulla’s Heevan Numblan, Zamzam Pura, Gulistan, Dangerpora, etc. areas which are less than 10 km away from the town and without electricity for a week now. In fact, electricity was restored in Baramulla town on Tuesday after a six-day blackout.The family of Khaliq Dar, a patient who requires oxygen supply, has been shifted to Srinagar. “Living in Baramulla would have proven detrimental for the health of my father,” said Mr. Dar’s elder son. “This is worst crisis in my living memory,” he added.Scores of water supply schemes dependent on electricity have come to a halt too. “Water schemes are normal only in areas were the electricity supply has been restored. The Public Health Engineering Department has made diesel generators operational in many places in Baramulla. However, water supply in the areas of Rafiabad belt could not be restored,” said Executive Engineer Ravi Bakshi. The police and the Army have pressed their water tankers into service to meet the demands in Baramulla town.250 additional electricity polesAccording to officials, out of a population of 30 lakh only 3-4 lakh has seen electricity restored in north Kashmir Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipura districts.Commissioner Secretary Hritesh Kumar Singh said he has approved 250 additional electricity poles for all districts in the Valley and 50 new transformers for Anantnag, Kupwara and Baramulla. According to the Power Department officials, 90% electricity supply stands restored in Srinagar and Ganderbal. However, only 50% is restored in Shopian and Budgaum districts, and 80% in Pulwama and Kupwara districts.An unease has gripped the locals again as the Meteorological Department has predicted a fresh snowfall in Kashmir from November 14. “There will be a moderate snowfall from Thursday evening and will continue till November 16,” said Additional Director, MET, Mukhtar Ahmad.All main hospitals in the Valley have procured additional generators to meet any eventuality. “We have procured extra generators for ventilators and heating system,” said medical superintendent of the G.B. Pant Hospital, the Valley’s lone government-run paediatric hospital.