first_imgCllr Marie Therese Gallagher has welcomed unanimous support she received today at Donegal County Council for her motion for the re-opening of the 10 beds closed by the HSE in Dungloe Community Hospital.Speaking after the passing of the motion in the Council chamber Cllr Marie Therese said: “This is another step forward for the campaign to have these 10 beds reopened.“Every member of Donegal County Council supported this motion and I think as a representative body of the people of Donegal this speaks volumes for the support for community hospitals in Donegal. She said the campaign had received is overwhelming from all quarters, and the support within the Rosses Region was ‘unbelievable.’Cllr Gallagher went on: “The care given by the staff and management of the hospital has been second to none, and I believe now the people of the Rosses would like to show their support for the hospital facilities and staff.“This issue will not be resolved without the relaxing of the embargo on recruitment, union reps have put proposals to management to have 5 beds reopened as soon as possible, which is very welcome, but the feeling of the people at the local meeting was that not one bed should be allowed to remained closed as the need for these beds is still in our community.“At our public meeting it was agreed to take a number of steps, within the past ten days, a deputation has met with the Local HSE management, we have also met with the Minister of State Dinny McGinley who is also in support of having these beds reopened. A deputation will also meet with the Minister for Health in the coming weeks. “It has also been agreed by the public meeting to have a public demonstration in support of the hospital and that has been arranged for Saturday the 15th of June at 12 noon. And another public meeting will be arranged after all these steps that were agreed are taken to inform the public of the progress made and the next steps to be taken.” POLITICIAN DELIGHTED WITH COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR DUNGLOE HOSPITAL was last modified: May 27th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:POLITICIAN DELIGHTED WITH COUNCIL SUPPORT FOR DUNGLOE HOSPITALlast_img read more

Groves set for rematch with Anderson

first_imgGeorge Groves will defend his British super-middleweight title in a rematch against Kenny Anderson at Wembley Arena on Saturday 16 March.The unbeaten Hammersmith fighter, who also holds the Commonwealth belt, was given a tough time by Anderson when they clashed in November 2010.Groves endured some worrying moments and was floored before battling back to stop the Scot in the sixth round of an explosive fight in Manchester.Double champion Groves is unbeaten in his 14 fights.It is the 29-year-old Anderson’s only defeat in his 15 professional contests and he has secured a rematch after the British Boxing Board of Control installed him as the mandatory challenger.Their second encounter takes places 10 days before Groves’ 24th birthday and will give an indication of how far the Londoner has progressed since beating Anderson.He beat bitter local rival James DeGale on a majority points decision last May to take the British title, and ended 2011 with a two-round demolition of former champion Paul Smith.But he continues to be criticised for being too easy to hit and was caught with a crunching right during his brief fight with Smith, which was also at Wembley Arena.A second victory over Anderson could pave the way for another grudge match with DeGale or a possible world title shot later this year.Promoter Frank Warren won the purse bids to stage the fight, which Anderson wanted to take place in his home city of Edinburgh.Related stories and features:Injury rules Groves out of Liverpool fightA work in progressI’m not world class – yetGroves blasts away Smith at Wembley‘Ugly kid’ looks the partDeGale eyes rematch with ‘chicken’ GrovesLet history decideOnes to watch in 2012 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Video: Kevin Pillar hits Giants’ first grand slam since April 7, 2017

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO–Sunday, April 7 marked the two-year anniversary of the Giants’ last grand slam.It was also the three-year anniversary since the last grand slam hit by a Giants player at Oracle Park.With one violent swing of the bat, new Giants outfielder Kevin Pillar brought an end to those droughts. In the fourth inning of the Giants’ series-opener with the Padres, Pillar crushed a 419-foot grand slam halfway up the left field bleachers.KEVIN. PILLAR. GRAND. SLAM. pic.twitter.com/OrhejnHBuC …last_img

Two thumbs up for Midmar Mile

first_img11 February 2008Despite rainy weather throughout Saturday, the 2008 Midmar Mile weekend was a roaring success, with excellent racing, fun and drama, slickly put together into a professional package that kept competitors and spectators well entertained at the world’s largest open water swimming event.A significantly upgraded commentary set-up worked brilliantly. For the first time, big screen televisions covered the action at both the start and finish. Race commentary was provided by people at the start, top swimming coaches in boats on the water, the pilot of a helicopter over the dam, and more commentators at the finish.Besides being broadcast over a far-reaching sound-system, the commentary also went out on 100.5 FM over a 30-kilometre radius around the Midmar Dam.Into focusWith the massive fields of swimmers out in the dam, causing splashes reminiscent of a sardine run on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, the comprehensive coverage of the event helped bring into focus the action in the water, at the start and at the finish. Outstanding!The introduction of the Mr Price timing chip played a massive role in making the job of the commentators an easy one. Identifying swimmers, with each of them wearing caps, is not an easy job, but a quick glance at a number and running it through a computer made matters relatively easy.As competitors crossed the timing mats at the finish, their times and names became available, which allowed the commentators to personalise their comments.Ultimately, it made for a warm and feel-good production which made everyone a part of the event.Men’s titleThe primary men’s title, in the category 14-30 years, was claimed by open water swimming star Shaun Dias in a fantastic sprint finish across the timing mat, just ahead of Chad Ho.Dias went out fast from the start, picking up hotspots wins as the 400 metres, 800m, and 1 200m marks. The final 400 metres, however, saw Ho drawing up alongside Dias to match him stroke for stroke as the finish drew near.On the banks, the crowds edged closer to the water, excitement palpable in the air, to watch the drama unfold. Dias was first to his feet, fractionally ahead of Ho. Both immediately turned on the afterburners in a race for the line, with Dias winning in 19:05, only one second ahead of Ho.Visiting Hungarian swimmer Csabo Gersack captured third place in 19:19.Women’s championVictory in the women’s 14-30 went Hungary’s way as Erika Hajnal out-duelled South Africa’s Melissa Corfe to win in her first go at the Midmar Mile.There were shades of 2007 as Hajnal adopted a similar line to the one used by Australia’s Melissa Gorman when she won a year earlier.Corfe took up a line that was as much as 100 metres apart from Hajnal but, after realising the Hungarian was on a better course, she moved inwards in an effort to close the gap. It was too late.Despite a furious finishing burst by Corfe, she couldn’t catch Hajnal, who won in 20:27, three seconds ahead of the South African. Melanie Greyling took third place in 21:48.CharityMembers of the 8-Mile Club, including three-time winner Gareth Fowler, two-time champion Terence Parkin and former Springbok prop Adrian Garvey, completed every race in their distinctive gold caps as they raised money for charity.The Game Charity Challenge swimmers were also prominent with their pink caps as they too swam for charity. In the company relay, 87 swimmers from Game Stores took to the water, with Game donating R1 000 for each swimmer that took part.Event one on Saturday decided a number of titles, including those of the Ironman and Ironwoman. The Ironman/Ironwoman is made up of the previous year’s Comrades Marathon, the Dusi Canoe Marathon, and the Midmar Mile, while the biathlon part of the competition includes the Midmar Mile and Dusi Canoe Marathon, as well as the Midmar Mile and the Comrades Marathon.Ironman titlesRoy Delhove claimed the Ironman title, including all three events, while Kerry Koen was crowned women’s champion.The men’s Ironman biathlon title, including the Comrades and Midmar Mile, went the way of Bruce Gore, while Kerry Koen was again the winner among the women.The Ironman biathlon title, including the Dusi and Midmar Mile, saw Dusi great Hank McGregor top among the men and Angela Scrooby coming out on top among the ladies.Gareth Fowler led Terence Parkin across the finishing line.Included in the field were 30 swimmers from the Sobantu development programme, a success story which was started thanks to the support of the Midmar Mile and the organising club, Pietermaritzburg Seals.Team relaysUnilever Wave defended their title in the company relay, with Brett Clark leading their challenge by finishing third behind 8-Milers’ Fowler and Parkin, who weren’t officially in the running for victory.Event three, the non-company relay, is closely watched as an indicator of the form of the leading swimmers ahead of the main men’s and women’s races on Sunday.Charl van Zyl took victory in 19:45, ahead of JC Thompson and Wesley Gilchrist, but perhaps the most telling result was Melissa Corfe ending sixth overall, the first woman across the line, in 20:05.USN-Spike retained their title.Family relayThe final event on Saturday, the family relay, was won by the Dias family, with Shaun taking first, Paul fifth, and Gareth sixth.Courtney and Kirsten Mower, part of the defending champion team, put the pressure on by ending second and third respectively, with Connie and Caitlyn Mower finishing a little way back to ensure the Mower family finished as runners-up.True magicIt was at the back end of the family relay that the true magic of the Midmar Mile was revealed. Watching spouses, siblings, parents and children, grandparents and grandchildren, exiting the water together, with mile-wide smiles, pride and love plastered across their features was lump-in-the throat theatre.Here and there messages in marking pens were written on swimmers’ bodies: “4 mum + dad”, “4 dad-zn”, and other more humourous offerings, such as “Learner, please pass”.Much as the true spirit of KwaZulu-Natal’s other major mass-participation events – the Comrades Marathon and the Dusi Canoe Marathon – is to be found among the entrants competing to finish the events, rather than racing to win, so the heart-warming spirit of the Midmar Mile became clear in the family relay.Age group winnersSunday morning’s first event, the women’s 13-and-under and 31-and-over, was won by Kira Hauptfleisch, an under-13 entrant, in a time of 21:27.Stacey Bowley topped the 31-40 age group, while Lulu Cochran, a visitor from the United Kingdom, was number one in the 41-50 section. Rita Townsend won the 51-60 event.The men’s event in the same age divisions was won by Ryno Markgraaff after a fantastic dice against Gregg Price that had the spectators enthralled.Markgraaff’s win saw him take the 31-40 title, while Price won in the 41-50 age group. Lliam Hunt was the top under-13 finisher.Veteran starsLorna Cochran lifted the women’s record for the oldest finisher to 84 years of age, while Mike “Buthy” Arbuthnot swam the Mile for the 35th year in succession. Having been a part of the 8-Mile Club previously, he has swum the race 65 times in total!Apart from Adrian Garvey swimming all eight events, a few other ex Springbok rugby players were in attendance. Former captain Gary Teichmann swam the first race, while Os du Randt was on hand to support his wife, Hannelie, who in her younger days won her national colours for swimming. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Inclusive internet essential to Africa’s growth – Cwele

first_imgThe internet should be open, neutral, resilient, interoperable and responsive to the growth needs of all. This was the message Dr Siyabonga Cwele, South Africa’s telecoms minister, brought to the fifth annual meeting of the African Internet Governance Forum this week.The main theme of the meeting, held in Durban from 16 to 18 October, is “Inclusive development and the digital transformation of Africa”.”While the internet was first developed in the US, it has become a global resource for the development of all our citizens,” Cwele said.”The African continent believes internet governance should be multilateral and democratic. It should involve all governments and relevant stakeholders – such as academics, NGOs and ICT companies – in their respective roles.“The minister cited the launch of the first African Regional Internet Exchange in Johannesburg three weeks ago by African Union (AU) Commissioner Dr Elham M Ebrahim as an example of internet innovation on the continent.The African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGIF) annual meeting has been held every year since 2012. This year’s gathering aims to discuss and finalise African positions on the internet and its governance ahead of the December 2016 Global Internet Governance Forum in Mexico.”We are extremely grateful for your continuing partnership,” Cwele told delegates. This, he said, would “ensure that we build an inclusive continent by rolling out large infrastructure projects that connect Africans to opportunities – and each other”.A robust internet was essential to achieving the AU’s Agenda 2063, Cwele said. This 50-year plan aims to build effective institutions, enhance accountability, strengthen solidarity and integration, ensure gender equality and youth empowerment, and achieve peace and security across the continent.”AU infrastructure projects, particularly those of power and internet connectivity, are crucial for this continent to leapfrog in development to be on a par with the developed world,” he said.Locally, South Africa Connect, the country’s national broadband policy, has been prioritised as part of the Nine Point Plan to reignite growth after the global economic downturn.More than this, the South African government recently finalised the National Integrated ICT White Paper to guide the development of information technology. This was achieved, Cwele said, “after long consultations since 2012, and in line with our vision 2030, the National Development Plan”.The white paper, he said, outlined a policy framework for maintaining an open internet, to maximise the net’s potential to transform how citizens interact with their government, how government delivers services, and how businesses transact.”We need to ensure that the continent is empowered to take advantage of the internet and the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” Cwele said.”I hope that after three days we will have an action plan that we can take to the Global Internet Governance Forum and show that Africa is ready to do business with the international internet community on an equal footing.”SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material.last_img read more

Tax or subsidy? How to reduce Lake Erie phosphorus sources

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It may not be a popular solution, but a recent study from The Ohio State University shows the least costly way to cut nearly half the phosphorus seeping into Lake Erie is taxing farmers on phosphorous purchases or paying farmers to avoid applying it to their fields.Doctoral student Shaohui Tang and Brent Sohngen, a professor of agricultural economics, conducted the study in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).At a projected price tag of up to $20 million annually, a phosphorus subsidy to Ohio farmers or a phosphorus tax would be far cheaper than many of the proposed measures being recommended to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie, Sohngen said. These proposals are estimated to cost anywhere from $40 million per year to $290 million per year, in addition to the $32 million spent on current conservation practices.Phosphorus spurs the growth of harmful algal blooms, which poisoned Toledo’s drinking water in 2014 and impact the lake’s recreation, tourism and real-estate values.A tax on phosphorus would be an added expense for farmers and “not many people want to talk about it,” Sohngen said. “From an economics standpoint, it is the cheapest option.”The money generated from a tax on phosphorus, which would be paid by farmers, could be partially returned to farmers for using conservation measures on their land. It could also compensate others affected by the water quality issue including Toledo and lake area residents to pay for improved water treatment and fishing charter businesses that lose income when algal blooms are severe.Sohngen presented the estimated costs associated with different methods of cutting phosphorus sources to Lake Erie during a recent conference hosted the Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics within CFAES.Each of the options Sohngen presented is aimed at cutting the phosphorus runoff entering Lake Erie by 40% within 10 years, a goal the state has been aiming for but has not yet reached.“If we want to achieve a 40% reduction, it’s going to be more expensive than most people imagine,” Sohngen said.Costlier options than the phosphorus tax and subsidy include reducing phosphorus application on fields by 50% statewide and incorporating any phosphorus into the soil so it does not remain on the surface. The price tag on that option is $43.7 million for the machinery needed to incorporate phosphorus and the incentive paid to farmers for not using phosphorus, Sohngen said.Requiring subsurface placement of phosphorus on only half the region’s farmland acres would cost $49.9 million, he said.All figures were generated by a mathematical model created by Tang, working under the direction of Sohngen.In recent years, high levels of phosphorus, a nutrient in fertilizer, manure and sewage, have led to harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie as well as in Ohio’s inland lakes including Grand Lake St. Marys.Some measures that have been tried in the state have had little impact on reducing the phosphorus load into Lake Erie, Sohngen said. They include planting cover crops on fields during winter and refraining from tilling the land to prevent erosion.“We’re at the point of a phase shift, of having more information to give us better focus on where we need to turn our attention,” said Gail Hesse, director of water programs for the National Wildlife Federation’s Great Lakes Regional Center.Hesse, who was the keynote speaker at the conference where Sohngen presented his findings, noted that agriculture is the predominant source of the phosphorus going into Lake Erie.Climate change, including the increase in intense rainfalls over short periods, has worsened efforts to keep phosphorus out of Lake Erie because rainfall can increase the chances of phosphorus running off a field with the rainwater, she pointed out.“We don’t have enough practices in place across the landscape,” she said. “We still have more to do.”last_img read more

How Samsung Plans On Taking Over The U.S.

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts dan rowinski Tags:#Apple#Galaxy S4#iPhone#Samsung The first salvos have already been launched. Samsung enlisted A-list U.S. actors Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen (and Lebron James) for its Super Bowl commercial. The company has been teasing the Galaxy S4 launch with a series of videos starring the preppy brat known as Jeremy Maxwell. Once the Galaxy S4 hits shelves, look for Samsung-specific commercials to come from T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. Samsung thinks it can win the advertising and marketing war and will spend a ton to do so.That’s all well and good (especially to ad-hungry U.S. media corporations), but Samsung’s ideas of what plays in the U.S. might be slightly off-kilter. Exhibit A: Jeremy Maxwell. Really, who the hell is this kid? Is this what Samsung thinks of when it imagines the prototypical American child? This Richie Rich clone has his own butler and power ties. It is like something out of a Wes Anderson movie. If Samsung wants to conquer the U.S., it cannot pander to the white elite demographic represented by such figures as Jeremy Maxwell. The Smartphone Battle Of America will definitely be intriguing as 2013 progresses. Can the Koreans unseat the Almighty Apple? We will be at Radio City in New York on Thursday to see the first shots fired. Top image: Samsung Galaxy S4 teaser photo from Samsung Mobile US Twitter account What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img A rogue Korean group has professed a desire to take over the United States.No, we are not talking about Kim Jong Un, nuclear missiles or an army of North Koreans on U.S. soil. This rogue Korean group is decidedly more friendly. Some might even call them downright pleasant. Samsung, the South Korean gadget manufacturer, is launching its new Galaxy S4 flagship smartphone Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. And it is most definitely gunning for the iPhone on Apple’s home turf.Attack Apple On Its Home TurfThe Korea Times, citing insider sources at Samsung, reports that the company wants to dethrone the iPhone in the U.S. Samsung apparently chose New York City for the launch event because it, “is nicknamed the Big Apple, which is also the symbol and heart of the United States, Samsung picked that city for the event.’’“By releasing the S4 on Apple’s home-turf, Samsung wants to show we can effectively manage our smartphone business even in the United States,’’ said an insider in The Korea Times interview. Samsung is the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the world. Everywhere on the globe it kicks the snot out of Apple with multiple smartphones at varying prices and sizes. Everywhere, that is, except for the United States. Ah, America. Baseball. Apple pie. Carolina barbecue. And… the iPhone. Apple dominates the U.S. through the top three carriers – AT&T, Sprint, Verizon – selling subsidized smartphones to hungry masses. In the last quarter of 2012, Verizon sold more iPhones than Androids for the first time ever. About 50% of Sprint’s smartphone sales are of the Apple derivation and AT&T (which launched the iPhone and had exclusivity for years) sells between 70%-80% iPhones in any given quarter. See the chart from mobile analyst Ben Evans below. According to a recent report from research firm comScore, Apple holds 38% of the U.S. smartphone market. Samsung places a distant second at 21% (HTC, Motorola and LG round out the top five). So, you can understand Samsung’s desire. Hardware, Software & Marketing, Oh MySamsung thinks it can conquer the U.S. with great hardware and software features. For the upcoming Galaxy S4, that includes the alleged Exynos “Octa-core” processor, a five-inch display and 2GB of RAM, according to The Korea Times. Samsung’s approach will also include custom-built apps and software features, which may or may not include “Eye Scrolling.” Eye Scrolling is supposed to be a way to navigate your smartphone with visual cues, as opposed to touch. “These wow factors will draw attention. If we can beat Apple on its home turf, then we will be seen as the real global leader in smartphones by consumers,” the Samsung insider said. We firmly expect the Samsung to come out with some interesting features at Radio City on Thursday. But, whatever the Galaxy S4 entails, that will be window dressing to the marketing that will erupt from Samsung in the U.S. this year. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Community Capacity, Extension, and the Geographically Dispersed

first_imgIn recent years the military has reshaped its deployment methods in order to adapt to the demands of disparate global conflicts.In the course of Operation Desert Storm, Reserve soldiers comprised just 25% of deployed servicemen (Department of Defense Appropriations for Fiscal Year 1992, 1991).Due to the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the subsequent troop surge of 2007, this number of deployed Reserve and National Guard soldiers accumulated to 40-50% of deployed servicemen (Defense Manpower Data Center, 2009).At no other time in history has such a large population of Reserve and National Guard units been deployed.This adaptation in deployment methods is significant because families of these soldiers are located in geographically dispersed civilian communities, not traditional military installations where important services to support the stresses of deployment are readily available.http://www.usar.army.mil/Featured/SpecialFeatures/ArmyReserveFamilies.aspxA team of Michigan State University researchers and extension professionals provides an excellent assessment of this situation, and provides clear recommendations in their recent Journal of Extension article titled Meeting the Needs of National Guard and Reserve Families: The Vital Role of Extension. Using representative data from the Michigan State University Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR State of the State Survey (SOSS), the researchers explore family-related issues and post-deployment needs  (IPPSR, 2008) and consider the implications of their work, with focus upon the characteristics of the Extension system that position professionals to assist military families and communities through difficult transitions. Today’s Friday Field Notes features this paper.According to Ames and colleagues, “while National Guard and Reserve families live in every state and territory, this article examines the case of Michigan with the goal of providing implications for Extension professionals across the United States… unlike states such as Texas, Florida, Arizona, or Virginia, Michigan does not have a large military base, and therefore it lacks the traditional infrastructure to address the needs of soldiers and their families (e.g., access to commissaries, health care facilities, and social support). Even though there is no military base, the Michigan National Guard and Reserve force operates with 19,151 members (National Governors Association, 2008), and these soldiers and their spouses and children account for 44,581 Michigan residents (National Governors Association, 2008).”  The authors point out that other states likely encounter similar challenges, especially in the absence of large military installations.Perhaps the most important finding of this work is the perception that the responsibility for addressing issues related to National Guard and Reserve deployment and transition rests at the national and family levels. However, the study authors point out, “there appears to be a disconnect between these two levels, and neither is equipped to address the complex needs of NG soldiers and their families on its own.” They go on to point out that the 2009 National Leadership Summit on Military Families recommended shared responsibility between the family support community and families, and that Cooperative Extension is a key component of this “family support community.”Further, the research team observes that it appears that state and community system resources are being overlooked. Again, referencing the  the Leadership Summit, they point out that participants expressed concern that many families often are unaware of supports in spite of available resources and growth in program opportunities (National Leadership Summit on Military Families, 2010)… that there is a need to coordinate and build capacity in states and communities in order to bridge multiple sources of support.Extension, Ames and colleagues argue, has an important role to play in this coordinating and capacity-building effort. “The Extension system provides a presence within all counties across the country, which allows it to reach the dispersed population of National Guard and Reserve families. Extension provides research-based information to promote the welfare of families, and it has proven its commitment to serving military families (Carroll et al., 2008). Extension also is well suited to build capacity through community and economic development initiatives.”We encourage you to have a look at the entire article, or to reach out to one of the research team members, listed below.Barbara AmesProfessor and Graduate Program DirectorDepartment of Human Development and Family [email protected] SmithExtension Program Leader, Children, Youth, Families, & CommunitiesMichigan State University [email protected] HoltropGraduate Research AssistantDepartment of Human Development and Family [email protected] BlowAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Human Development and Family [email protected] HamelGraduate Research AssistantDepartment of Human Development and Family [email protected] MacInnesAssistant ProfessorDepartment of [email protected] OnagaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Human Development and Family [email protected] State UniversityEast Lansing, Michiganlast_img read more

Christian Standhardinger enters 2017 PBA Draft

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first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding A relative unknown earlier in the year, Standhardinger burst into the scene after coach Chot Reyes enlisted him in the Gilas Pilipinas pool. He made his national team debut in the 2017 Jones Cup.The Fil-German averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, before being a more well-rounded performer in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, netting 13.8 markers, 11.0 boards, and 1.4 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDrafting him, though, comes with a risk as the 28-year-old had earlier signed with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions for the upcoming 2017-2018 ASEAN Basketball League season.Still, the mother ballclub who decides to pick Standhardinger can field the big man as early as next season’s Commissioner’s Cup, granting he secures a release from his ABL team. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZChristian Standhardinger has thrown his name into the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft pool.Sources close to the situation confirmed that the 6-foot-7 forward beat the deadline for Fil-foreign applicants on Monday, as his entry boosted the stock for what could be a loaded draft class.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80center_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Also declaring for this year’s draft are Cignal HD standouts Jason Perkins of La Salle, Davon Potts of San Beda, and Andreas Cahilig of EARIST.Scorer Robbie Herndon, forward Julian Sargent, bruiser Felix Apreku, and sniper Zach Nicholls have also submitted their applications for the draft. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

England 167-3 at stumps on Day 2

first_imgAlastair Cook continued his series domination of the Australian bowlers, scoring an unbeaten 61 on Tuesday and sharing important partnerships with Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen as England cut the first-innings deficit to 113 runs on day two of the fifth Ashes Test.England, who have already retained the Ashes with a 2-1 lead coming into the last match, is well poised to claim its first Test series win in Australia since 1987.Cook played the anchor role in a 98-run opening stand with skipper Strauss, who blazed 60 from 58 balls, and then combined with No. 4 Pietersen (36) for 66 runs after England lost two wickets for one run before recovering to 167-3 at stumps in reply to Australia’s 280.Johnson, who top scored for Australia with 53 and shared a defiant 76-run rearguard stand with No. 10 Ben Hilfenhaus, removed Jonathan Trott and Pietersen to return figures of 2-42 in 12 overs.Cook, who is chasing his third century of the series and has already scored more than 640 runs, got a lucky reprieve on 46 when he miscued a catch to mid-on that appeared to give rookie left-arm spinner Michael Beer his first Test wicket. But umpire Billy Bowden referred the decision, suspecting a no-ball, which was confirmed by the video umpire.Earlier, Strauss raced to 50 with a slashing boundary wide of slips and was in fine touch with eight boundaries and a six before he was bowled by Hilfenhaus with a ball that pitched outside off stump and straightened.England slipped to 99-2 next over when Trott played on to Johnson, falling for his first ever duck in Test cricket.advertisementPietersen, who was loudly booed as he walked to the crease, turned his first ball for four.He then belted Beer’s first ball in Test cricket for a boundary and then almost played onto his stumps in a tempestuous innings before he was finally out attempting a hook against Johnson and directing it straight to Beer at deep backward square.Night watchman Jimmy Anderson survived 20 minutes and was unbeaten on one at stumps.Conditions were overcast for most of the day, but there was no repeat of the rain and bad light that interrupted the opening day.Anderson thrived in overcast conditions conducive to swing before the sun started to emerge, drying out the pitch and the outfield at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Australia resumed Tuesday at 134-4 – in an extended first session after 31 overs were lost on day one due to rain and bad light – and was in danger of another sub-200 first innings at 8-189 before Johnson and Hilfenhaus combined for the best partnership of the innings.Anderson finished off the tailend revival when Hilfenhaus swiped at a short-pitch ball and Matthew Prior took an acrobatic, leaping caught behind.After losing four wickets for 46 runs, the last two Australian wickets added 91 runs to restore some hope for Australia, which is desperate to level the series at 2-2 after England ensured it will retain the Ashes with an emphatic win last week in the fourth Test at Melbourne.Johnson dominated an entertaining partnership with Hilfenhaus before he was out for 53, bowled by a Tim Bresnan inswinger.The 10th-wicket pair belted 16 in three balls after lunch, delighting the SCG crowd, with Hilfenhaus driving Bresnan over the mid-wicket boundary on the last ball of one over and Johnson swiping Swann’s first two balls in the next over for four and six through the same area.last_img read more

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