first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPerpetual Help’s Prince Eze, the Most Valuable Player award front-runner at the end of the first round, sparkled down the stretch as Saints All Stars outlasted Heroes, 84-80, in the fourth annual NCAA All Star Game last Friday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.In a surprisingly tough and competitive encounter, the 6-foot-10 Eze, playing heavy minutes, drained two free throws with 10 seconds remaining to seal the victory for the Saints of San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next While Eze did most of the damage inside the paint, Fernandez also had a San Beda-Letran combination to thank for as Rey Nambatac joined forces with Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon in a strong finish.Bolick nailed a triple from the corner with 1:49 for an 82-80 cushion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Eze, who also had 14 rebounds, was named MVP of the All Star game, matching the achievement of his former teammate Bright Akhuetie.“At least the players enjoyed and we were able to balance their playing time,” said Fernandez. “Eze played really well. He has really blossomed as a player.” Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Lady Eagles kick off bid vs Lady Bombers Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Lyceum’s CJ Perez finished with 15 points and four steals for Heroes. But Perez struggled just like Kent Salado in the final minute as the Saints tightened up on defense.Meanwhile, Arellano forward Lervin Flores ruled the slam dunk contest, leaping over three people, including comedian Empoy Marquez who was among the judges.Flores’ perfect 50 dunk in the final round rescued what was an otherwise drab affair which saw six of the nine participants unable to convert their dunk attempts.It was redemption for Flores, who was left frustrated last year when he failed to get past the first round of the competition.Justin Gutang of St. Benilde settled for second place after getting a score of 45 for his 360 slam.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Mapua ruled two side events as Almel Orquina topped the three-point contest, besting a strong field that also included 2016 champion Amiel Soberano. Another Cardinal, JP Nieles ruled the skills challenge while Perpetual, led by GJ Ylagan, topped the Shooting Stars competition. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees MOST READ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View commentslast_img read more

first_imgBBC News posted an article updating the story of Homo florensiensis, the so-called “Hobbit Man” miniature-human fossil (see 10/27/2004).  Opponents of the “missing link” interpretation are becoming more ardent in their claim that the fossils represent diseased modern humans with a condition known as microcephaly.  The discoverers are not convinced.Wait for this story to play out before jumping to conclusions.  If like most early man claims, it will be debunked in time.  Never be swayed by initial claims.  Wait for “the rest of the story.”(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgThe Victoria Falls – “the smoke thatthunders” – on the Zambezi River, on theborder of Zimbabwe and Zambia. The flag of Zimbabwe, showing thecountry’s ubiquitous bird motif.(Images: Wikipedia) RELATED ARTICLES• Return to Zimbabwe• A holiday – in Zimbabwe?• To Zim, with love, Jenny• Zim schooling gets $70m boost• The Tour de Kruger – a wild rideMEDIA CONTACTS• Zimbabwe Tourism+263 4 752570 / 758730-34info@ztazim.co.zwChris ThurmanAs we passed through the entrance to the Victoria Falls, it was there to greet us again: the ubiquitous, mysterious bird that appears on Zimbabwe’s national flag and coat of arms, as well as in countless sculptures and statuettes across the country.There was some disagreement among our group as to the bird’s provenance. Two Zimbabweans were at loggerheads. One insisted that it was a purely mythical creature, based on soapstone renderings found at the ruins of the Dzimba dza mabwe, or Great Zimbabwe. The other felt that it depicted a real bird species – but couldn’t remember which one. So the South Africans offered some (admittedly unhelpful) suggestions: a fisheagle? A francolin? A griffin-like composite of different species?Conversation was abruptly ended by our first, breathtaking view of the falls. It was towards the end of a rainy summer, with the mighty Zambezi River at its fullest and most powerful and the sheer volume of water producing the famous “smoke that thunders”, such a thick mist that the lower half of the dizzying 100-metre drop was obscured.Purists prefer the dry winter months, when the sense of vertigo is greater, but during a summer visit you not only see and hear the falls, you feel them too. It’s a curious but invigorating sensation – standing in the rain under a clear blue sky. And the rainbows are spectacular.We forgot all about the puzzle of Zimbabwe’s avian emblem as we admired the vistas across the world’s biggest waterfall. In the days that followed, our minds were occupied by other concerns. A three-iron or a driver off the first tee at the Elephant Hills golf course? A vertical bungee jump off the bridge that connects Zimbabwe and Zambia, or an equally terrifying gorge-swing? A helicopter flip or a walk with lions?And, the most difficult decision of all, which is the superior local beer – Zambezi or Bohlingers?But let’s not be too trivial: there are serious questions to address when it comes to travelling in Zimbabwe. The ethics of tourism in a country with such profound social, political and economic problems have been a worry to potential visitors. Is it right to stay in luxury accommodation and enjoy the delights on offer at Vic Falls when millions of Zimbabweans are starving and oppressed?Even before the 2009 formation of the unity government, however, locals gave an unequivocal response: yes. Tourist revenue, limited though it was – especially as more and more travellers preferred to see the Falls from the Zambian side – provided a lifeline for many Zimbabweans during the worst years. Thousands are employed in the service industry at Vic Falls, with families in Harare, Bulawayo and elsewhere dependent on their income. And despite government tariffs and “unofficial” charges, the portion of each tourist dollar that went to President Robert Mugabe’s coffers was comparatively small.A measure of stability has been achieved since “unity”, although petty rivalries and megalomaniacal egos continue to obfuscate rather than facilitate the rebuilding of the country. At least new appointees from both the Zanu-PF and Movement for Democratic Change political parties seem more sympathetic to the difficulties faced by businesspeople at Vic Falls – partly because, in a dollarised economy, the foreign currency generated by tourism is vital. But at the same time, a new problem has arisen: the global recession, and with it a slump in the number of people in the US, Europe and Asia who can afford to travel.Still, they’re a resolute bunch at Vic Falls. They managed to find fuel and food, mostly from frequent trips to neighbouring Zambia and Botswana, when the Zimbabwe crisis was at its worst. In the 2008 and 2009 cholera outbreak they managed to keep the disease at bay.And now they’re looking to make the Victoria Falls a regional hub for both southern African and international travellers. The map doesn’t lie: the national parks of Chobe (Botswana) and Hwange (Zimbabwe) are within a two-hour drive from the falls. It’s quicker to fly from Johannesburg to Victoria Falls than it is to Cape Town. And, with airport upgrades in the offing and the possibility of airlines like Qatar and Emirates – and perhaps even some of the cheaper South African carriers – establishing routes to Vic Falls, the prospects are good.The ambitious Santonga Bio-Park project, a combination of wildlife and educational theme park, is due to open in 2010. The popular Victoria Falls Marathon and the Zambezi Rafting Challenge returned in August 2009. If this all sounds a little exhausting, fear not; Vic Falls remains a decidedly laid-back corner of the world. There’s plenty to keep adrenalin junkies busy, but equally popular activities are sundowners on the patio of the venerable Victoria Falls Hotel or lazy sunset river cruises.Indeed, it was while drifting on the Zambezi on the final evening of our visit that we solved the mystery of Zimbabwe’s emblem. The bird is, someone suggested – and despite the ongoing social, political and economic problems by which the country is beset, at that moment it was hard to disagree – a phoenix rising from the ashes. Chris Thurman was hosted by African Sun Limited, Shearwater Adventures and the www.gotovictoriafalls.com campaign.last_img read more

first_imgAt Brand South Africa’s inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum at Gallagher Estate on 5 November, leaders in business and government – including South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, Goldman Sachs MD Colin Coleman, Brand South Africa board chair Chichi Maponya and CEO Miller Matola, and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane – addressed delegates on a range of issues influencing country competitiveness. Watch video excerpts of their speeches.Colin Coleman, MD at Goldman SachsDelegates from the manufacturing and related services sector said the country should market its pockets of excellence, especially to the rest of Africa. Goldman Sachs’ Colin Coleman speaks of Africa’s potential for growth and development.Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe“As a first of its kind in South Africa, this forum will give leaders from all spheres a platform for debating our country’s competitiveness, as well as arriving at a common understanding of how to improve the competitiveness of our economy,” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe told delegates at the inaugural South African Competitiveness Forum.Chichi Maponya, Brand South Africa chairpersonBrand South Africa chairperson Chichi Maponya said the timing of the first South African Competitiveness Forum was ideal, as South Africa would celebrate 20 years of democracy in 2014. Active citizenship on all levels, she said, was the key to unlocking a brighter future.Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa“As the official marketing agency for South Africa, tasked with building the reputation of the country – the nation brand – and contributing to national competitiveness, we consider this forum as part of our ongoing work to create new platforms and find innovative new ways to bring the country’s position to life,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane“Brand South Africa has been charged with the responsibility to bring South Africans together, to display what South Africa is all about – to tell the world who we are,” said Collins Chabane, Minister in the Presidency. “We have made great strides in all fields of our work as a nation.”MEDIA CONTACT Dr Petrus de KockResearch manager, Brand South Africa+27 11 712 5000last_img read more

first_imgApple’s next-generation iPhone 5 may not begin production until September 2011, or so say the analysts at Avian Securities. The firm recently released a research note saying that its supply chain checks seem to indicate that Apple is planning to launch this new iPhone later than usual – possibly late 2011, or even early 2012.The analysts said they uncovered evidence of a “lower-cost, lower-spec” iPhone as well.As we know from Apple’s announcement in March, this year’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) appears to be focused solely on Apple software, both Mac OS and iOS. In the company press release about the event, it said that attendees would “preview” the next version of iOS – language that seems to indicate a first look at the software, but definitely not the launch of a new phone.Multiple news outlets, including the well-connected Jim Dalrymple of The Loop and TechCrunch also confirmed via sources that, indeed, iOS 5 would be shown off at WWDC, but no new hardware would be announced at that time.This new report from Avian is simply more confirmation of those same plans.As reported by Business Insider, the full research note reads:“Supporting out comments over the last month, conversations with yet another key component supplier indicates that production for iPhone-5 will begin in September. This is consistent with Avian findings in the supply chain in recent months and we believe the consensus view is moving towards this scenario. In addition, our conversations also indicate the existence of a lower-spec/lower-priced iPhone in Apple’s roadmap. However, while our contacts have seen the placeholder in the Apple roadmap, they do not yet have insight into specs or production timing. This leads us to believe that any launch is likely a very late 2011 or more likely a 2012 event. As a reminder, Avian has uncovered several data-points in recent months pointing to the existence of a lower-spec/lower-price iPhone. A lower-spec/lower-price iPhone has also been speculated in the press and gadget blogs, though we do not believe consensus currently discounts the existence of such a model.”While the analysts hedge a bit about the status of a possible lower-priced iPhone, it appears that the iPhone 5’s official reveal will occur this fall. Related Posts sarah perez Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#mobile#NYT#web center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgImplementation of the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations, free education for girls up to the graduation level, supply of purified drinking water to every household, free health insurance, one job for each family, free smartphones to students, regularisation of contractual staff and higher wages are the highlights of the BJP’s Vision Document for Tripura.Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday released the 30-page Vision Document as party manifesto for the February 18 Assembly elections.Mr. Jaitley said the NDA government at the Centre would support the implementation of the promises if the alliance of the BJP and the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura was voted to power. He said the Left Front government, during its long rule, had failed to implement any welfare programmes despite huge support from the Centre.“This is why we see a huge anti-incumbency feeling prevailing in the State. It’s like a revolt situation against the CPI(M),” he said.He said the CPI(M) would be left to fight for the third or fourth place in the elections. “The BJP has occupied the non-Left political space of the State to fulfil the wishes of the people,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgMaster Blaster Sachin Tendulkar set new records on Tuesday when he scored his 51st Test century against South Africa in Cape Town.A look at his recordsThis is Tendulkar’s second ton in Cape Town.He is the first non-South African to score two Test centuries in Cape Town. His first century came during the 1996-97 tour when he scored 169.This is Tendulkar’s 5th ton on South African soil – the maximum by any overseas batsman. Englishman Wally Hammond and Aussie Neil Harvey had scored four apiece.This is Tendulkar’s 7th century against South Africa. Only Neil Harvey and Ricky Ponting have scored 1 more.Amazingly, this is his 12th Test ton after turning 35. England’s Graham Gooch is the only other batsman to hit as many Test centuries after the age of 35.An indication of his spectacular overseas performance is that he has scored 29 Test centuries away from home – the highest by any batsman.last_img read more

first_img Jamaica has the highest mortality rate for prostate cancer in the world September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month under the theme: ‘Don’t Procrastinate, Check Your Prostate’ Story Highlights The JCS is urging Jamaican men over 40 years, to get their prostate screening checks done With the increase in the number of men being diagnosed with prostate cancer locally, the Jamaica Cancer Society (JCS) is urging Jamaican men over 40 years, to get their prostate screening checks done annually, in order to facilitate early detection and treatment if diagnosed.The appeal comes as the society marks September as Prostate Cancer Awareness Month under the theme:  ‘Don’t Procrastinate, Check Your Prostate’.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday, August 28, at the agency’s head office in Kingston, Executive Director of the JCS, Yulit Gordon, said “there is absolutely no denying that prostate cancer poses a public health risk to Jamaica and this is primarily so, because it continues to be the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among our Jamaican adult males.”Ms. Gordon informed that the alarming fact remains that Jamaica has the highest mortality rate for prostate cancer in the world. This, she said, is of grave concern to the JCS, whose mission is to control and to prevent the various types of cancers.Recent statistics from the Jamaica Cancer Registry at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) indicate that the incidence of prostate cancer in Kingston and St. Andrew alone, is 78.1 out of every 100,000 men. Only 688 screenings were done by the JCS in 2012.Ms. Gordon said that it is imperative that Jamaican men conduct annual screenings so that early detection can be facilitated, and corrective measures employed.JCS will effect a sustained focus on public education during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, in an effort to heighten awareness of prostate cancer, its symptoms and risk factors. Ms. Gordon said that the Society is hoping that with increased education, more males will be encouraged to get their screenings done annually.“Once you are armed with the right information, you now have an opportunity to make wise decisions as it relates to safeguarding your health,” Ms. Gordon noted, pointing out that “early detection has been proven to save lives.”In an effort to encourage men to get their prostate checked, the Executive Director informed that males, who visit the JCS for screenings in September will benefit from a five per cent discount. The cost for screenings is $2000, and all major health cards are accepted.During the month, two symposiums will be held to provide timely and updated information about prostate cancer, to the public and the medical fraternity.The first will be held on Sunday, September 8 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, commencing at 8:30 a.m., while the second will take place at the Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay on Sunday, September 29, starting at 9:00 a.m.September 12 will be commemorated as Prostate Cancer Awareness Day, with a special function at the JCS’ headquarters at 16 Lady Musgrave Road.For more information, persons can call the JCS at 927-4265.last_img read more

first_img NASA Space At the time, some astronomers suggested a collision with another object could’ve caused the asteroid to start spouting off, but a new paper from an international team of researchers concludes that Gault was actually ready to come apart, perhaps even without an impact to trigger the breakdown.”This self-destruction event is rare,” co-author Olivier Hainaut from the European Southern Observatory, explained in a release. “Active and unstable asteroids such as Gault are only now being detected by means of new survey telescopes that scan the entire sky, which means asteroids such as Gault that are misbehaving cannot escape detection any more.” The paper will be published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.   The images from Hubble show Gault being trailed by two narrow tails of debris, indicating the material was thrown off in a pair of short bursts lasting between a few hours and a few days. Active asteroid 6478 Gault last night from the @INGLaPalma after discovery by @TheGenghisKen @fallingstarIfA . The ejected dust extends > 400,000 km, more than the Earth-Moon distance.From observations by @astrostevanus and @Sun_d_citizen @AstroQUB pic.twitter.com/Xc1ByV4OhJ— Alan Fitzsimmons (@FitzsimmonsAlan) January 12, 2019 The asteroid 6478 Gault as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. Two narrow, cometlike tails of debris indicate that the asteroid is slowly undergoing self-destruction.  NASA, ESA, K. Meech and J. Kleyna (University of Hawaii), O. Hainaut (European Southern Observatory) We first noted in January that an asteroid discovered decades ago was showing signs of transforming into a comet, but now astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope say the space rock may be completely falling apart.The 2.5-mile-wide (4-kilometer-wide) asteroid 6478 Gault is located in the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars, where it was first seen in 1988. Though it’s been observed by telescopes many times over the decades, it wasn’t until last November that scientists saw signs something was changing. By January, Gault had developed a cometlike tail of dust extending over 249,000 miles (400,000 kilometers). Sci-Tech Tagscenter_img Post a comment There are around 800,000 known asteroids in the asteroid belt beyond Mars, but astronomers estimate that this kind of crack-up happens only once per year. The asteroid’s fragile state is attributed to something called the Yarkovsky-O’Keefe-Radzievskii-Paddack effect, or YORP torque. The basic idea is that electromagnetic radiation from the sun interacts with small objects like asteroids in ways that can cause them to spin faster and faster, becoming more and more unstable.  “It could have been on the brink of instability for 10 million years. Even a tiny disturbance, like a small impact from a pebble, might have triggered the recent outbursts,” explained lead author Jan Kleyna from the University of Hawaii.Astronomers say the tails will begin to fade in the coming months as the dust disperses into space. That is, unless 6478 Gault continues to fall apart before our eyes. Share your voice 0last_img read more