first_imgLATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Creamline braces for a big PayMaya bounce back but at the same, is ready for a big bash as it guns for a sweep and the coveted Premier Volleyball League (PVL) crown before another expected full house Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s always good to be back at the place where you won your first ever championship,” said Valdez, who powered Ateneo to its first crown against thrice-to-beat archrival La Salle in Season 76 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) at MoA Arena.The following year, the Lady Eagles completed their record sweep, also at the Pasay arena.With Thai reinforcement Kuttika Kaewpin complementing Valdez on the attacking end, towering replacement import Laura Schaudt settling down with the team’s play patterns and providing intimidating presence on the net, and the rest of the squad’s solid support, the Cool Smashers are all set for the big finish.But PayMaya coach Roger Gorayeb surely still has something up his sleeve and the multititled mentor is expected to spring a surprise to neutralize the Cool Smashers’ edge in power and momentum to force a sudden-death tiff on Sunday.Tess Rountree gears up for another spiking duel with Valdez and Kaewpin while fellow import Shelby Sullivan also hopes to raise the level of her game.ADVERTISEMENT The Cool Smashers go all out for the clincher at 3:45 p.m., confident of duplicating their 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19 victory during Sunday’s opener of their best-of-three series for the PVL Season 2 Reinforced Conference title.Top player Alyssa Valdez is all set to steer the team to victory anew and take home the title that has eluded the Cool Smashers after a couple of third-place finishes in last year’s inaugurals of the league organized by Sports Vision.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We all want to win, it’s not just me,” said Valdez. “More than ever, everyone wants this win, wants to win the championship, so teamwork is important each game.”So upbeat is the former Ateneo star that she also considers playing at MoA Arena a plus factor. Air Force likewise tries to finish off Cignal in their duel for the men’s crown.The Jet Spikers seek a follow up to their 22-25, 25-23, 19-25, 30-28, 15-8 decision over the HD Spikers in Game 1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Lascuña seeks end to drought Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,While the APNU/AFC Government tries to brag that it has achieved a lot in its four-year tenure, its brag lacks credible substance.The APNU/AFC Government seems a bit confused as to why people are not rushing to congratulate them. What is there to congratulate them about? The fact that they are out to enrich themselves (reference: 50 per cent pay rise for doing nothing); the fact that thousands of people have lost their jobs in a country with high unemployment; the fact that they have not produced the evidence about rampant corruption under the PPP/C Government.The list goes on and on but you get the picture.Clearly, the APNU/AFC Government is not comfortable with their performance or they would hold general elections as required by the no-confidence vote. They are afraid to face the electorate.Faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

first_imgMonrovia- Three major events are happening almost simultaneously in Liberia.  In March of this year, the deadly Ebola virus had hit Liberia. By August, the outbreak was almost uncontrollable bringing the entire nation to a standstill. With international goodwill, heroic efforts of healthcare workers and a change in attitude towards the virus by Liberians, the trend is slowing. While Liberians are trying to shake off the dust from their feet and look ahead, there is a challenge of elections.Traditionally, Elections have been a source of enormous crowd pulling and tension, with supporters of political parties and Independent candidates negating the issues at bay and thriving on trivialities. Due to the outbreak of Ebola, the initial date for elections was postponed to December 16. A writ of prohibition by some citizens further pushed the date to December 20, just five days short of the Christmas Celebration.  The Christmas festivities are marred by huge influx of people from across the country, descending on the capitol to shop for the holidays.  Elections and Christmas combined would mean a double effect of citizens’ amalgamation hustling and bustling for competing needs.There are genuine fears that the mass movement of people as an effect of elections and shopping for the Christmas holidays might reignite the outbreak that took tears, sweat, blood and lives to reverse.As the effect of the Ebola outbreak showed, it has the proclivity to bring an entire nation to its knees and shatter every single gain made.  Ebola has proved to be a serial killer that has successfully preyed on its victims. It brought to near collapse an already frailed healthcare system, nearly wrecked an economy, shut down schools, cut off a nation from most parts of the world and exposed a people to great stigmatization. These are scary signals that need not relapse. The downward trigger effect of another outbreak is synonymous to the effects of a civil war. We simply cannot afford it. Policy makers and politicians must realize that the common interest of the nation rests in its political stability, resuscitated economy and the health of its citizenry. Everything else is secondary.  As Ebola has shown, great gains can be reversed in days and months when caution is left to uncertainty. Another outbreak is suicidal and we cannot afford the shock. There are reports of supporters of political parties marching in streets, hanging on jammed parked vehicles and huge gathering of people in a show of numerical strength. Rival groups have engaged in street fighting thus exposing each other to unnecessary touching and sharing of bodily fluids.  This is foolhardy for a nation that has shut down schools across the country, instructing every home to keep a bucket of clean water for regular washing of hands and asking the world to help us out.Politicians are obliged to caution their supporters to see the effect of Ebola not only as a health epidemic, but also a national security concern. It could possibly undermine the purpose for which they are striving to get elected. Significant gains seem to be made in the fight against Ebola in Liberia, thus making us a model and a success story in the region. Liberian health care workers and care givers were amongst the 2014 personalities of TIME magazine, with Dr. Jerry Brown of the ELWA hospital named personality of the year .In her reason why the Ebola fighters are TIME’s choice for the person of the year, Editor Nancy Gibbs is quoted as saying, ‘They risked and persisted, sacrificed and saved.’ She quotes a proverb that ‘Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, says the proverb, but rather the hero’s heart’.  She goes on ‘But 2014 is the year an outbreak turned into an epidemic, powered by the very progress that has paved roads and raised cities and lifted millions out of poverty. This time it reached crowded slums in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone; it traveled to Nigeria and Mali, to Spain, Germany and the U.S. It struck doctors and nurses in unprecedented numbers, wiping out a public-health infrastructure that was weak in the first place. One August day in Liberia, six pregnant women lost their babies when hospitals couldn’t admit them for complications. Anyone willing to treat Ebola victims ran the risk of becoming one’.We have to sustain the fight. The war is still on. The effect of Ebola has left several kids orphaned, families completely broken, rise in unemployment, cultural adjournment, and emotional scars.When the dust settles on December 20, elections would be over, politicians would go on holidays and we will wake up to a nation that had rendered itself vulnerable to a virus that takes no prisoners.  Ebola, Elections and Christmas seem a lethal combination when mixed in the same pot. Each has its own challenge and needs to be dished separately. Ebola is the toxic to the mix. Let’s get it out completely. When Ebola flees, we can all laugh aloud and tell a story. Until then, everyone stay put.About the Author:Lekpele Nyamalon is a Liberian and lives in Monrovia. 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first_img 25 2. Ederson (Manchester City) – Predicted rating = 84 (Was 81 in FIFA 17) – Now the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, he’s sure to jump up in the ratings. 25 25 16. Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund) – Predicted rating = 83 (Was 80 in FIFA 17) – A great debut campaign at the Westfalenstadion will be enough for the player to get an increased rating. 25 3. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) – Predicted rating = 90 (Was 89 in FIFA 17) – Undoubtedly one of the greatest midfielders on earth, the Croat may get a tweak or two. 21. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – Predicted rating = 94 (Was 93 in FIFA 17) – Underrated in FIFA 17, he should get the rating he deserves this time out. 25 8. Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich) – Predicted rating = 88 (Was 85 in FIFA 17) – The ex-Barcelona star is developing into a superb midfielder in Germany and deserves an upgrade for his all-round displays. 20. Sadio Mane (Liverpool) – Predicted rating = 84 (Was 82 in FIFA 17) – Prior to international duty and an injury, Mane lit up the Premier League and struck fear into the hearts of defences across the division. 17. Dries Mertens (Napoli) – Predicted rating = 87 (Was 85 in FIFA 17) – A move into a central striking role got the best out of the Belgian this year at Stadio San Paolo. 25 25 25 25 12. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) – Predicted rating = 81 (Was 77 in FIFA 17) – Emerging from the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Rashford should get an increase to his rating in FIFA 18. 25 11. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – Predicted rating = 89 (Was 88 in FIFA 17) – He hasn’t been at his best but we get the feeling the France superstar will get a slight tweak to his rating. 25 18. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – Predicted rating = 89 (Was 88 in FIFA 17) – He wasn’t as prolific this season, but his all-round contribution should get him a small ratings boost. 25 25 The 2016/17 season might have only just ended but EA have given us a look at FIFA 18 today, and we’re already excited.There is still time to wait before the full release but we’re already discussing the huge number of stars who could see their ratings change.So, which superstars around the world do we think will be lucky enough to see their virtual persona improved?Click the right arrow above to see 25 players we think could get an upgrade on FIFA 18… 13. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) – Predicted rating = 85 (Was 83 in FIFA 17) – A fan favourite at Old Trafford, the Spanish international is an integral part of the Red Devils midfield and deserves and upgrade. 1. Kylian Mbappe (Monaco) – Predicted rating = 81 (Was 71 in FIFA 17) – After a stunning breakthrough campaign, Mbappe is likely to get a big boost to his rating, but not too high. 5. Benjamin Mendy (Monaco) – Predicted rating = 81 (Was 75 in FIFA 17) – Turning into one of Europe’s best left-backs, Mendy will get a big bump up from last year’s rating. 15. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – Predicted rating = 88 (Was 87 in FIFA 17) – Top scorer in the Bundesliga, he’s surely set for a tweak to his rating, even if he does move clubs this summer. 14. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) – Predicted rating = 88 (Was 86 in FIFA 17) – With Zlatan Ibrahimovic gone, Cavani stepped up to the plate and scored 49 goals in 50 games across all competitions. 9. Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Predicted rating = 87 (Was 85 in FIFA 17) – Premier League Golden Boot winner for the second year running, Kane will get an increase for sure. 25 25 6. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) – Predicted rating = 86 (Was 83 in FIFA 17) – France star Kante has won two consecutive Premier League titles with different clubs, if that doesn’t warrant an upgrade, we don’t know what does. 25 4. Bernardo Silva (Manchester City) – Predicted rating = 84 (Was 82 in FIFA 17) – His performances with Monaco have already earned him a move to the Premier League and a ratings boost will follow too. 25 25 25 23. Leroy Sane (Manchester City) – Predicted rating = 82 (Was 79 in FIFA 17) – The German starlet has matured as the season has gone on under Pep Guardiola, and should get a boost for FIFA 18. 7. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – Predicted rating = 87 (Was 86 in FIFA 17) – Across the season, Dybala has been a key player for the Old Lady and will be pushing for a boost to his rating. 25 25 25 24. Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – Predicted rating = 89 (Was 88 in FIFA 17) – It might only be a small one, but Sanchez should get an increase, even if the Gunners did fail to qualify for the Champion League. 22. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) – Predicted rating = 82 (Was 78 in FIFA 17) – No one could have expected how well the Brazilian would perform upon his arrival in the Premier League, as such, expect Jesus to go up a few ratings. 25 19. Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid) – Predicted rating = 89 (Was 87 in FIFA 17) – One of the best goalkeepers in Europe, he’s proved worthy of a better rating in FIFA 18. 25 25 10. Dele Alli (Tottenham) – Predicted rating = 85 (Was 82 in FIFA 17) – Still just 21, Alli improved on his debut Spurs campaign and will now get a deserved upgrade. 25. Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) – Predicted rating = 82 (Was 78 in FIFA 17) – He only turned 18 in February, but the goalkeeper is really making his mark in Serie A and should be rewarded with a ratings increase.last_img read more

first_imgWhat time is kick-off?The game is set for Thursday, July 26.These two sides met in the International Champions Cup last year, with Roma running out 3-2 winners in a thrilling finish.Get the caffeine on standby though this time, because kick-off is at 3.05am.Which channel is it being broadcast on?The match is available live only to subscribers of Premier Sports, which can be found online and on TV.It’s available on both Sky Sports (412) and Virgin (551), costing £9.99 a month for new customers. 2 2 FOOTBALL LATEST predicted gameday How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence NEW ERA How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener ALTERED center_img Victor Wanyama and Paulo Gazzaniga visit muscle beach What is the team news?Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli, Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose are all set to miss out as they recover from the World Cup.But that gives players such as Harry Winks and Davinson Sanchez the chance to impress.Roma were denied signing Malcom by Barcelona and are still reeling after losing goalkeeper Alisson to Liverpool in a world-record deal.What is being said?“We’re back in contact with the football pitch and we’re preparing for our game against Roma,” manager Mauricio Pochettino said.“It’s a massive opportunity for our younger players to show their quality and for players to show they are in condition to fight for a place in the first team.“We have three very good tests and more than results, it’s about how we are going to approach the games and both collective and individual performances.” Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes who plays? Mauricio Pochettino and his Spurs side are in America.Tottenham are preparing for the new season by playing against three high class opponents, meeting Roma first before clashes against Barcelona and AC Milan. The squad trained for the first time at the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles on Monday. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? possible xi How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Pochettino watches his players train alongside NBA legend and Spurs fan Steve Nashlast_img read more

first_imgBY ADAM RORY PORTERTHEY’VE done it again – the Northern Lights made a spectacular return to the skies of County Donegal in the early hours of this morning.And he’s done it again – photographer Adam Rory Porter was up in the middle of the night to capture these sensational images.The good news is that if there is any sign of a clear night tonight the Northern Lights are expected to be even more spectacular. “It was superb,” said Adam Rory.“The Aurora Borealis returned to the skies near Buncrana We’re due an even bigger display over the next 24 hours,” he added.STUNNING! THE SPECTACULAR NORTHERN LIGHTS RETURN TO DONEGAL was last modified: October 3rd, 2013 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:STUNNING! THE SPECTACULAR NORTHERN LIGHTS RETURN TO DONEGALlast_img read more

first_imgNissan Motor Company yesterday announced the expansion of its investment in South Africa at an official Investment Ceremony at its Rosslyn production plant in the City of Tshwane.The Automotive group confirmed a R3 billion injection towards the production of a new generation of the Nissan Navara.This latest investment by Nissan ties in to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s investment drive to boost confidence in the country’s economy, aiming for a R1,4 trillion injection in domestic and international investment over five years. This announcement was made at the inaugural SA Investment Conference held in Johannesburg October 2018 under the theme “Accelerating Economic Growth by Building Partnerships”.                  According to SA News, the automotive industry contributes 6.9 percent to GDP, accounting for 30.1% of manufacturing output and 13,9% of total exports and provides employment to more than 110 000 people.Brand South Africa commends Nissan’s on-going ploy to develop skilled workers and encourage inclusive growth. To date, Nissan has invested R150 million into the training and upskilling of workers, preparing them for the adaptations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The motor company is the second largest Japanese original manufacturer, and has established its presence in South Africa for the last 56 years.          Nissan currently employs 1 832 people at the Rosslyn plant with a production output of 40 000 units annually, which is set to double with the additional production measures for the Nissan Navara. This demonstrates the company’s commitment to deepening the value chain that exists within the sector.At the ceremony, President Ramaphosa also officially unveiled an Automotive Development Incubation Centre.Said President Ramaphosa: “Today we mark and celebrate what I would call an ambitious drive towards the commitments made by the automotive sector.”“It is a matter of great pride for us that many more motorists around the world will be driving vehicles that bear the industry and the craftsmanship of South Africa. The automotive sector is an essential part of the industrialisation of our economy and is a reliable partner but also a dependable ally as demonstrated in this investment.”Addition reporting: SA News; BloombergImages: Siyabulela Duda, GCISlast_img read more

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Google#mobile#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Just over a year ago, we were excited to report on a new website for programmers. StackOverflow was the brainchild of coders/rockstars Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood, and it was a social Q&A channel that promised to give programmers solutions for even the most obscure bugs.Apparently, that approach to developer support was a solid one. These days, the site gets around 1.8 million unique visitors a month and has served as a prototype for white-label Q&A sites for companies, too. The site’s latest merit badge is an official nod from the Android team, which has announced StackOverflow as the official home of Android developer Q&A support.Android rep Roman Nurik wrote in a blog post, “We’re working with StackOverflow to improve developer support, especially for developers new to Android. In essence, the Android tag on Stack Overflow will become an official Android app development Q&A medium.”Nurik further noted that StackOverflow’s format was particularly helpful for beginners new to the Android platform. However, he did state, “It’s also important to point out that we don’t plan to change the android-developers group, so intermediate and expert users should still feel free to post there.”The StackOverflow “Digg for developers” model has worked well for all kinds of programmers, clearly. The models has also been successfully applied to such diverse topics as mathematics, parenting and even World of Warcraft – all built on the company’s StackExchange white-label platform. Related Posts center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement jolie odelllast_img read more

first_imgPrecious manuscripts in Sanksrit and its derivatives, Pali and the Prakrits, are soon to be preserved for posterity with the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute (BORI) launching an e-library and commencing on a major digitization process of its treasure trove in Indology.Unperturbed by the tumult of Pune’s dramatically changing landscape, the institute, named after legendary Indologist Ramkrishna Gopal Bhandarkar, was set-up in 1917 and remains a fixture of the city’s historic-cultural fabric and a veritable researchers’ paradise. Its venerated walls house one of South Asia’s largest and most invaluable agglomeration of rare manuscripts.“The move to digitise rare books had begun in earnest since September last year. The institute has formed a three-member committee to examine the institute’s repository of 1.35 lakh books and 28,000 manuscripts,” said Dr. Shreenand Bapat, registrar and curator-in-charge, BORI.While a Zeutschel high-resolution German scanner has been specially procured by the institute at the cost of Rs. 15 lakh, the restoration promises to be a painstaking and laborious process and promises to stretch on for the better part of five years.The scanning process, according to Dr. Bapat, poses particular challenges owing to the age of the manuscripts, some of which are more than a millennium old. “A team of four researchers are working on this project comprising of Prof. Shrikant Bahulkar, Dr. Maitreyee Deshpande and their two assistants. Each day, around 4,000 pages of the manuscripts which have to be digitised and pass it on to an IT company in Mumbai specializing in digitization,” he informed, adding that almost 12 lakh images of pages have to be digitized.At present, around 12,000 manuscripts and books – the rarest of the rare – have been scanned.The Government of Bombay State had first begun a pan-Indian manuscript collection project in the mid-1860s under which eminent scholars like R.G. Bhandarkar and German Indologists Johann Georg Buhler and Lorenz Franz Kielhorn among others collected several thousand manuscripts.This treasure trove, which is to be digitized, was first deposited at Mumbai’s Elphinstone College, from whence it was moved to Pune’s Deccan College for better preservation facilities.There were permanently housed in 1918 in BORI with Lord Willingdon [Major Freeman-Thomas], the then Governor of the Bombay Presidency and the first president of institute, authorizing for the valuable government collection to be transferred there.Among the notable publications that have emerged from this grand collection is a critical 19-volume edition of The Mahabharata, collated with copious critical material, out of nearly 1260 old manuscripts.Apart from the ageing process, the manuscripts have also fallen prey to petty political bickering, most notoriously in 2004, when the institute was shaken by the vandalism committed by the pro-Maratha Sambhaji Brigade, protesting against American scholar’s James Laine’s book on King Shivaji. Several manuscripts were destroyed while Dr. Bahulkar was manhandled by Brigade activists for allegedly explaining the meaning of Sanskrit references to Prof. Laine.The move to build a metadata has always been mired in financial stress, and while baby steps were taken since 2011, the digitization process gained momentum only recently after the Centre approved of a revised budget outlay for the same.In 2003, the National Mission for Manuscripts (NAMAMI) had selected BORI as one of the 32 manuscripts’ resource and conservation centres across the country.last_img read more

first_imgThe fault lines run deep. Four generations later, South Africans of Indian descent are still struggling to come to grips with the new Rainbow Nation. From 1684 till the present, the Indian diaspora in South Africa has had a chequered history. But they remain synonymous with three points of identity: indenture, apartheid and Mahatma Gandhi.Read it at New Indian Express Related Itemslast_img