Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Butch Ramirez visits SEA Games sites: ‘We’ll be ready to host in time for Games’ Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race PLAY LIST 01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists MANILA, Philippines–Choco Mucho debuted in winning fashion after a 25-12, 25-18, 25-18 triumph over BaliPure Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.Composed of the nucleus of the UAAP champion team Ateneo, the Flying Titans didn’t hold their punches against the Water Defenders.ADVERTISEMENT Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest BaliPure appeared ready to fight back when it came within 12-13 on a block late in the third set, but that was met with a barrage of points coming from Kat Tolentino and Maddie Madayag.Acy Masangkay managed to make the Flying Titans act like one cohesive unit, tossing in 18 excellent sets to utilize their offensive might.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs MOST READ ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s basketball team fell 81-79 to the York Lions on Saturday, February 16 at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport.HONOURING OUR GRADS: U of T honoured graduating players Nicholas Morris and Nikola Paradina in a special pre-game ceremony tonight.TORONTO STATS: Fourth-year forward Daniel Johansson notched a career-high 25 points and completed the double-double with 10 boards on the night.Sophomore guard Evan Shadkami also tallied a game-high 25 points, while veteran Chris Barrett had 10 points, six assists and three boards in the loss.HOW IT HAPPENED: The Blues build a 25-17 lead after the first quarter and maintained an eight-point advantage at halftime (39-31). The Lions rallied and brought the game within one (58-57) heading into the final frame.With the Blues trailing 80-76 in the dying seconds, Shadkami drained a three to bring the game within one, but that was all U of T could muster as they dropped the two-point contest. For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
0Shares0000Manchester City’s defender Vincent Kompany leaves the pitch as he is substituted injured during the English Premier League football match against Sunderland on December 26, 2015MANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 27 – Manchester City defender Gael Clichy says the squad are not worried about the fitness of Vincent Kompany after his half-time substitution against Manchester United.Kompany was hauled off at the break during their 1-0 loss in the Manchester derby, prompting rumors of a potential injury recurrence or fall-out with manager Pep Guardiola. However, Clichy has now leapt to the defence of his club captain by setting the record straight.“Vinnie is a massive player for us – but there’s nothing to be worried about,” the France international told The Sun.“He’s been out for quite some time and he played 80 minutes three days ago. He was sensible in not getting injured again.“When you lose a player like this, you have to adjust but we have enough quality to still play a good game. He did OK and he is not injured so that is the main thing.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Green and B.C. NDP parties have agreed to immediately send the Site C project for an independent review if they form the next government.In an agreement that will see the two parties work together if they become the next government, both parties have agreed to immediately send the Site C project to the B.C. Utilities Commission. Construction will continue at this time, but the B.C. Utilities Commission will be asked on the question of economic viability and consequences to British Columbians in the context of the current supply and demand conditions prevailing in the BC market.A timeline on when the B.C. Utilities Commission will review the project has not been released.- Advertisement -During the election, the B.C. Green Party said the project should be scrapped, but the B.C. NDP Party said it should be reviewed by the B.C. Utilities Commission.
Memphis Depay signed off in style on his final home game of the season for PSV by scoring a thunderous free-kick.The Dutch winger is joining Man United in the summer after the clubs agreed a £25m transfer fee.MAN UNITED WERE ‘FORCED’ TO SIGN DEPAYPSV, Eredivisie champions, beat Heracles 2-0 and the 21-year-old opened the scoring – his 22nd league goal of the season – with Jetro Willems sealing the win.Depay was given a standing ovation by his fans, who thanked the academy product for his service.
Mauricio Pochettino insists Eric Dier’s future is at Tottenham, as he dismissed reports linking the versatile star with a move away from White Hart Lane.Dier has seen summer signing Victor Wanyama regularly preferred to him in his favoured midfield role this season and it was claimed earlier this week that he is unhappy with his lack of game time.According to a report in The Times, the 22-year-old fears he could lose his England place if his situation doesn’t change and may consider pushing for a transfer despite only recently signing a new long-term contract.Bayern Munich and Chelsea are both said to be admirers of Dier and have been linked with big-money moves.However, Pochettino said there was zero chance of Dier leaving the north London club after he played the full 90 minutes in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Hull.“I know there are a lot of rumours, but he’s 100% our player,” said the Spurs boss. “He’s very important for us. He signed a contract after the Euros and showed his commitment to the club.“There’s no doubt his future is at White Hart Lane.” 1 Eric Dier in Tottenham training
Dundee have signed Finland international Benjamin Källman on a season-long loan.The 20-year-old striker will spend the season at Dens Park, with Dundee having the option to buy at the end of the campaign.Källman has scored eight times in 20 appearances for Inter Turku in the Finnish top flight before making his switch to Scotland.He made the step up to the senior Finland national side in January on the back of his displays at club level and for the Under 21s.
The upmarket Protea Hotel Asokoro in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, is one of 10 properties that the hotel group operates in the country.(Image: Protea Hotels) Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola, left, with tourism director-general Kingsley Makhubela. The Financial Times and Brand South Africa provided the Nigerian High Commission with a platform for dialogue on trade and investment.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nigerian High Commission in South Africa +27 12 342-0805 or +27 12 342-0663 or +27 12 342-0934 RELATED ARTICLES • Shaping Africa’s transformation • Top award for Nigeria’s bank chief • Nigerian for World Bank top spot? • Call to action for a green economy Janine ErasmusAs two of the strongest economies in Africa, co-operation between South Africa and Nigeria is pivotal to the growth of the continent – this is the message that came out of a dialogue co-hosted by the Financial Times (FT) and the Nigerian High Commission and supported by Brand South Africa.There was keen interest in the high-level event, and guests included the Nigerian High Commissioner Sunday Samuel Yusuf; director-general of South Africa’s tourism ministry Kingsley Makhubela; South Africa’s minister of arts and culture Paul Mashatile; Charlotte “Chichi” Maponya, chairperson of Brand South Africa; and Lindiwe Maseko, speaker of the Gauteng legislature.The purpose of the gathering was to discuss current and future trade and investment relations between the two countries, and to identify areas of opportunity for South African companies in Nigeria.Guests stood for a moment in respectful silence to honour victims of the recent heavy floods which have killed 363 Nigerians and displaced over two-million, before proceeding with the evening’s agenda.“South African companies first moved into Nigeria about 12 years ago,” said Nigerian Consul-General Okey Emuchay, “and they have thrived.”He named food manufacturer Tiger Brands, the Protea hospitality group, mobile provider MTN and retailer Shoprite as a few of those who have prospered.But there are many more opportunities available today, in four main markets – agriculture, oil and gas, infrastructure and power, and solid minerals or mining.The country is looking for creative ways to build its economy, said Emuchay, and South African companies should explore opportunities in the agriculture and manufacturing sectors, especially.“Tonight is the beginning of a mutually beneficial co-operation for South African companies and their Nigerian counterparts,” said Emuchay. “The Financial Times and Brand South Africa have given us this platform to start thinking afresh, and I envision this as becoming an annual event.”Growth hotspot“At a time when many developed countries are being downgraded,” said keynote speaker Olusegun Aganga, the Nigerian minister of trade and investment, “our country is being upgraded. We are seeing generally low growth and returns in the developed world, but the opposite tends to be true in developing nations. There has been a shift in the global economy.”Africa’s time has come, he said, and South Africa and Nigeria must work together to help the continent seize the moment.As one of the world’s fast-growing economies, Nigeria is an investor’s dream, with policies such as 100% repatriation of profits, 100% foreign ownership in all ventures except for oil and gas, and a liberal visa regime all designed to make it as easy as possible to do business.Aganga encouraged all African countries to look closer to home for trade and growth. “For more than 50 years Africa has exported its minerals and other precious resources to the developed world – those days should be over.”But there is more to be done – the continent must develop its industries. “Africa contributes just 3% to global trade, and 1% to manufacturing value-added services,” he said. “We are not industrialised, but we should be. Aid won’t get us very far in the global arena.”He described the financial crisis that has gripped many developed countries, including the Eurozone, as a “window of opportunity” for Africa.Areas of opportunityThere are four important factors that investors consider – money, technical knowledge, a market, and raw materials. Capital and technology can be taken anywhere in the world, but raw materials and a market are immovable – and Nigeria has these two in abundance, said Aganga.“We have a vibrant population of 167-million people and estimates show that by 2070 we will be the third largest nation in the world, after China and India. The average age at the moment is 18.6 years, and there is a fast-growing middle class.”The country has sought-after minerals in commercially viable quantities, is the seventh largest crude oil producer in the world and is in the top 10 in terms of gas reserves.All these factors serve to make Nigeria a country that South African companies should buy into before the rest of the world knocks on the door, said Aganga.He named several specific areas of potential – they include agriculture and food processing, such as maize production and the processing of sugar cane to sugar.“Nigeria produces just 2% of all the sugar it consumes,” he said, “but South Africa is a renowned grower of sugar cane.”The textiles industry is another potentially lucrative area, with opportunities existing in the processing of leather to leather products, and cotton to fashionable designs. Such operations would boost job creation too.Mining and associated services such as the processing of iron ore into iron and steel, and bauxite into aluminium, hold good prospects, as does petrochemicals and its related industries of plastics, textiles and chemicals.“Nigeria has the potential to become the continent’s petrochemical hub,” Aganga said.South Africa is internationally known for its motor industry, which produces goods in vast quantities for domestic and international consumption, and Nigeria aspires to an equally healthy motor industry, said Aganga.Another area where South Africa leads is in its services sector, and Aganga lauded the country for its progress in this area, saying that Nigeria can learn from its southern counterpart.And as for the all-important question of whether such initiatives would succeed – “Just ask MTN,” said Aganga. “Ask Protea, ask Shoprite.”To make it even easier for South African businesses to set up shop in Nigeria, the visa process for businesspeople has been streamlined, and a company can be registered in 24 hours, said Aganga.“We extend the hand of friendship to South Africa – together let us transform our continent.”To finish off the evening, there was a panel discussion moderated by FT Southern Africa bureau chief Andrew England, and featuring Brand South Africa’s research manager Petrus de Kock, as well as Nigerian businessmen.“All 54 African countries together are a force to be reckoned with,” said Chichi Maponya, introducing the panel, “and we should be setting our own agenda.”Maponya felt that the two countries’ futures are “inextricably entwined”.The panel discussed the perceptions people from each country have about the other side, agreeing that South Africans should not be suspicious of Nigerians, and vice versa. Intra-African trade stands at 10% at the moment, they said – but getting it to even 20% within a reasonable amount of time will have a huge impact on continental growth.The panel also advised local businesses to stake their claim in the West African country before the rest of the world takes an interest, and expressed their commitment to doing business in a corruption-free-manner, to the applause of the audience.
U.S. science facilities in Antarctica are in dire need of repair and upgrade—and paying for it all will require cutting into Antarctic research activities, according to a new report published today by a panel organized by the National Science Foundation (NSF). But making those changes will ultimately pay off, not only by providing safer and more efficient facilities, but by increasing the amount of science able to be supported by the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP), the report finds. The report, More and Better Science in Antarctica Through Increased Logistical Effectiveness, is the result of a Blue Ribbon Panel convened last October by John Holdren, the director of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, and NSF. The panel was chaired by Norman Augustine, the retired chair and chief executive officer of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. Augustine also chaired a previous review of the U.S. Antarctic Program in 1997, which resulted in a 2008 overhaul of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The panel examined many logistical issues, including transportation, communications, and energy efficiency. It rejects the concept of moving existing facilities, and calls for continued use of the McMurdo, Palmer, and South Pole stations as the main U.S. hubs of research in Antarctica. It also suggests implementing state-of-the-art overland transportation support to the South Pole Station, which is currently supplied by only ski-equipped and fuel-intensive LC130 aircraft. The report also calls for many repairs to Antarctic facilities, particularly to the aging McMurdo and Palmer stations. 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See this week’s edition of Science for more details on the new report. Illuminating. New report highlights need for repairs and upgrades to U.S. Antarctic research facilities, such as McMurdo Station, shown here at dawn. Chad Carpenter, National Science Foundation
Red-hot battle on cards! Will dive again, jokes Liverpool’s Sadio Mane after Pep Guardiola criticism Manchester City lose appeal to CAS Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned his side’s rivals that the English champions will only get stronger after holding off Liverpool to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League. City came from behind to beat Brighton 4-1 on Sunday and take the title by just one point from Liverpool, despite the Reds amassing a club record 97 points. City could become the first side to ever win a domestic treble in England should they beat Watford in the FA Cup final next weekend.Related News But Guardiola is already looking ahead to next season and strengthening his squad to repeat the feats he achieved in winning three titles in a row at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. “Winning is so addictive and of course in a few days we have the FA Cup,” said Guardiola, who has now won eight league titles in 10 seasons as a coach. “After [we’ll] prepare well, take the right decisions for next season to come back stronger because Liverpool will maintain it I think and the other ones will be better. I think [Manchester] United must come back, Chelsea one more year with [Maurizio] Sarri will be better, Tottenham we have seen [get to the] final of the Champions League and Arsenal, when they make what they have to do, will be there as well. “We know it, but we accept the challenge and I promise you we will come back and I have the feeling we will be stronger next season.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates