Aer Lingus extends Lanzarote service

first_imgNewsAer Lingus extends Lanzarote serviceBy John Keogh – August 22, 2013 1013 Print Twitter Linkedin Facebook AER Lingus is to expand its winter Lanzarote service from Shannon with a weekly flight running from October 26 to March 29.The latest expansion follows a significant rise in Shannon’s passenger numbers during the summer season.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Shannon Airport described the move as “a very welcome step in strengthening winter sun destinations from Shannon”.The new Aer Lingus service will provide an additional 8,000 seats over the winter season and is set to significantly enhance capacity to what is one of the most popular winter sun destinations for Irish holidaymakers.Shannon Airport chief executive Neil Pakey said that having winter season services to Lanzarote is a positive development for passengers.“We are delighted with this latest Aer Lingus commitment on its services at Shannon, especially as it comes so soon after the recent announcement of increased frequency to Boston and New York next year.“We have just had a great summer and a lot of people will be yearning for the sun again once we hit into the darker months of the year. There is no better place to find it than in Lanzarote.”Last month Aer Lingus announced that its existing Boston and JFK New York flights will operate daily next year resulting in an increase of 50,000 passengers for Shannon’s transatlantic capacity. Email TAGSAer LingusMusic LimerickShannon airport One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img WhatsApp Aer Lingus announcement for Shannon base – Limerick Chamber statement Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity Shannon Group statement on the Aer Lingus decision to close its Shannon Airport base Advertisement Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” Previous articleNew season & New Kit for Munster RugbyNext articleWeekend Sporting tips with Paddy Power John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins last_img read more

CMA CGM to Operate Lekki Port’s Container Terminal

first_imgFrench container shipping giant CMA CGM and Lekki Port LFTZ Enterprise have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to operate Lekki Port’s future container terminal.CMA CGM, through its subsidiary CMA Terminals, will be responsible for marketing, operations and maintenance of the container terminal at Nigeria’s Lekki Deep Sea Port, which will have 2 container berths once completed in 2020.Lekki Port will aid the reduction of congestion in the port of Lagos. The company said that the latest move is fully in line with the CMA CGM Group’s development in the region.The container terminal will allow the group to develop its presence into West Africa’s first consumer market and will serve as a transshipment hub, especially to neighboring countries like Togo and Benin.Upon completion, the container terminal will be equipped with a 1,200-meter-long quay as well as 13 quay cranes and will have a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs. With its 16-meter depth, it will allow the group to deploy ships with a capacity of up to 14,000 TEUs.“As Nigeria’s first deep sea port, Lekki Port represents a strategic choice for the CMA CGM Group. Thanks to its position and capacity, Lekki Port will allow us to bring to Nigeria larger container ships from Europe and Asia to better serve our customers and pursue our commitment to the development of the entire region,” Farid T. Salem, Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, said.The future Lekki Deep Sea Port will be developed, built and operated by LPLE, a joint venture enterprise led by the Tolaram Group, the Lagos State Government and the Nigerian Ports Authority.The Federal Government of Nigeria recently pledged its total support to the Lekki Port project during the official flag-off ceremony by President Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.last_img read more

The Evolution of Tattooing, and Other Skinny Science

first_img(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Evolution has become a catch-all explanation that is so intuitively obvious to some, it requires no justification.Self-ExpressionSince humans have bare skin, and chimpanzees do not, it must have evolved for a reason, an evolutionary anthropologist at Penn State surmises.  That reason is, according to Science Daily: “Evolution Helped Turn Hairless Skin Into a Canvas for Self-Expression.”  Bare skin doesn’t just keep you cool, it looks cool when decorated:About 1.5 to 2 million years ago, early humans, who were regularly on the move as hunters and scavengers, evolved into nearly hairless creatures to more efficiently sweat away excess body heat, said Nina Jablonski, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology. Later, humans began to decorate skin to increase attractiveness to the opposite sex and to express, among other things, group identity.It’s not clear why, if humans evolved hairlessness “to” move sweat, if they did this by choice, and why other primates did not; or did they decide to evolve sweat glands after they lost their fur?  It’s not clear also when they became hairless, since Jablonski admits later in the article that there are no skin fossils more than a few thousand years old, and agrees “it is difficult to exactly say when humans began to decorate their skin“.  But did they decorate their skin by intelligent design?  Is personal expression an intelligent choice or a product of natural selection?Jablonski seemed hopelessly confused when talking about living canvases.  On the one hand, she attributes humanity to a long, slow process of natural selection, but on the other hand, she seems to focus on the intelligent design of the tattoos, as if to legitimize them:While parents may still fret that their children are choosing tattoo designs frivolously, Jablonski said people have traditionally put considerable time and thought into the tattoos.“Usually it is something with deep meaning,” Jablonski said. “When I talk to people about their tattoos they, tell me they’ve spent months or years choosing a design that is incredibly meaningful and salient to them.”If she can explain the evolution of meaning, perhaps her critics will give her a listen.  From there, she went on to disparage the “aquatic ape” theory on the grounds that “it does not match the genetic, fossil and environmental evidence,” she said.  And her point was?Fingerprint EvidenceIn another article from the BBC News, reporter Jonathan Amos discussed fingerprints.  If they exist, there must be an evolutionary explanation: “Artificial finger tests evolutionary origin of prints” announces the headline.  The observation is interesting because it could say something quite deep about the evolution of primates.Only our order of animals, with a few exceptions, has these ridges, or dermatoglyphs, on the ends of fingers and toes.The research would suggest therefore that the prints gave our ancestors a unique advantage as they clambered through ancient forests.My, what “could” that advantage be?  Someone at Dartmouth intelligently designed an artificial finger to drag across surfaces and measure the friction.  Sure enough, the coefficient of friction changes by 50% depending on the orientation of the ridges in the fingerprint.  This can only mean one thing: it gave primates the ability to grip trees better.This explanation sidesteps several other questions, though.  For one thing, was it such an advantage that all the other primates died because they could not climb as well?  Why don’t other tree-climbing mammals have this trait.  Finally, humans have not been habitual tree-climbers for millions of years; why has the trait persisted?  An explanation for that can be forthcoming if one adopts the just-so storytelling method rampant among evolutionists.  They evolved to help cops identify criminals.All About SexOn New Scientist, readers are treated to an evolutionist who does not make up just-so stories.  Pardis Sabeti “didn’t do that,” reporter Michael Marshall assures us.  But a closer look shows Sabeti, hunting for positive selection in the genes of 179 individuals, vascillating on the meaning of the evidence.  By tracing the occurrences of a gene named EDAR370A, she’s trying to establish that a “Sweat mutation may have helped us colonise Asia,” but is not sure what the gene map shows.It’s not clear why EDAR370A was selected for. Any one of the changes it produces could have been beneficial, or perhaps it was a combination of the effects. “You can come up with a good story for all the traits,” says team member Yana Kamberov of Harvard Medical School in Boston.On the one hand, it might have helped ancient Chinese keep their cool; on the other hand, it might have made mammary glands more efficient for the newborns.  On a third hand, “it could be all about sex.”  That’s always a safe bet in Darwinism.  Sabeti, though, opted for the composite explanation: “I personally favour the idea that the traits could all have been acted on at different times.”  One “could” say that a triple treat is not your traditional just-so story.For more on Sabeti’s “novel hypothesis,” see Science Daily.  Another post about EDAR370A on Science Daily includes an admission of ignorance: “We don’t know which of the many traits were advantageous in the past. It is easy to imagine that thicker hair, tooth shape, more sweat glands or some other associated skin features could have increased fitness, but for quite different reasons.”  Yes, it is always easy to imagine (1/17/2007).It bears repeating, even if tiring to some long-time readers, that evolutionists commit fallacies when they say a trait “evolved to” do something.  Natural selection has no foresight.  Natural selection is the Stuff Happens Law (5/08/2012 commentary; also 5/13/2011, 9/15/2008).  Fingerprints did not “evolve to” help primates climb trees.  Bare skin did not “evolve to” become a canvas for body paint.  Bare skin did not “evolve to” more efficiently sweat away excess body heat.Observant readers will also notice the utter lack of solid empirical evidence to support the explanations.  Jablonski had no millions-of-years-old tattoos to point to.  She didn’t even know when bare skin evolved.  In the fingerprint tale, don’t be distracted by the robotic finger in the Dartmouth lab.  That’s only a prop for the just-so story.  It exists in the present, not millions of years ago.Evolution has become a catch-all backstop for explaining anything and everything without effort.  It’s like the old sinner who justified every bad thing he did by referring to “the demon of alcohol” or “the demon of tailgating.”  The devil may have made Flip Wilson do it, but Darwin makes today’s scientists do it.  He allowed them to shirk responsibility to ground scientific explanation in empirical evidence, the hard way that science had always been done.  For understanding the world, evolution is useless, but for job security in leftist academia, it keeps those government dollars flowing (see 12/22/2003 commentary).last_img read more

Were Our Bodies Created for Self-Repair?

first_imgStudies of amphibians are suggesting that higher animals also had regenerative abilities that have been lost over time.Imagine losing an arm and having it grow back. That trick happens with salamanders and some lower animals, like hydras and flatworms. How come we can’t do that? Why would evolution lose such a clever ability?These questions come to light when pondering this headline on Science Daily, “Capacity to regenerate body parts may be the primitive state for all four-legged vertebrates.” (We may be two-legged vertebrates, but we are classified as tetrapods, so we should be included.) Evolutionists in Germany and New York are saying, “the extraordinary regenerative capacities of modern salamanders are likely an ancient feature of four-legged vertebrates that was subsequently lost in the course of evolution.” What does that mean? Are we like blind cave fish?Salamanders are extraordinary among modern four-legged vertebrates in showing an astonishing capacity to regenerate limbs, tails, and internal organs that were injured or lost due to amputation repeatedly and throughout their entire lifespan. The mechanisms controlling this high regenerative capacity are the focus of a large field of research driven by the hope to some day apply the findings to human medicine.And yet salamander limbs develop the same basic way as ours. One curious difference exists, though: “Salamanders on the contrary form their fingers in a reversed order compared to all other four-legged vertebrates, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientist [sic] for over a century,” one of the researchers pointed out. Nature Communications says this is due to an orphan gene. Interestingly, lizards can regrow their tails once or twice, but not their limbs. How does evolution explain these differences?The new study suggests that regeneration was widespread in the Carboniferous and Permian. From fossils and from living representatives, the researchers conclude that it was the default back then. “Many lineages may have lost it,” the article states.“The fossil record shows that the form of limb development of modern salamanders and the high regenerative capacities are not something salamander-specific, but instead were much more wide spread [sic] and may even represent the primitive condition for all four-legged vertebrates” says Nadia Fröbisch. “The high regenerative capacities were lost in the evolutionary history of the different tetrapod lineages, at least once, but likely multiple times independently, among them also the lineage leading to mammals.“That is certainly a “surprising” finding for an evolutionist. Usually a beneficial trait is supposed to be maintained by natural selection, unless it is too energetically costly, as it would be with flightless birds and insects on windy islands and blind fish in caves. This leads to a corollary conclusion that the ability still exists in a latent form: “mechanisms that all land vertebrates carry within them due to their common evolutionary heritage.”Charlotte Stephenson writes about this on The Conversation. She shows a fossil salamander that demonstrates regeneration in progress. “This pushes back our current understanding of limb regeneration in the animal kingdom to almost 300m years ago,” she says, failing to explain how it evolved in the first place (see “Poof Spoof” in the Darwin Dictionary).If we look back into the fossil record, there’s also evidence for tail regeneration there. Fossils of the extinct microsaur amphibians Microbrachis and Hyloplesion clearly show where part of the tail has regrown and joined to the original tail bone. Just another incredible example of how nature has been able to evolve and adapt from the very dawn of life on Earth.These discoveries have helped our understanding of the evolutionary and genetic processes behind the salamander’s incredible ability to regrow limbs.Once again, though, it’s not clear why evolution would have lost this beneficial capability. Isn’t that what stem cells are for? Humans have the ability to regrow parts of the intestine that are removed during surgery. Tissues can heal. DNA can repair itself; that fact won this year’s Nobel Prize (Nature). Other scientists have found genes in the inner ear that might restore lost hearing and balance (Science Daily). Why not larger structures like limbs? If the genetic instructions are present, why would evolution switch off this capability? Wouldn’t it improve fitness?Stem CellsSpeaking of stem cells, Science Magazine just reported results of a new study that shows reprogrammed adult stem cells (induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS) are just as good as embryonic stem cells.Researchers who hope to use stem cells—the unspecialized cells that produce all of our tissues—to treat diseases face a dilemma. Stem cells from embryos (ES cells) could provide a wealth of new cells but spark ethical objections. Stem cells produced from adult cells (so-called induced pluripotent stem [iPS] cells) avoid the ethical difficulties, but some scientists have questioned whether they are as powerful as ES cells. A new study suggests that the two types of stem cells are equivalent and may help soothe worries about the capabilities of iPS cells.This also should undercut the justification for experimenting with human embryos. If they “spark ethical objections” without providing any advantages, why use them at all? The new study proved that “ES cells and iPS cells were equally good at specializing into a variety of nervous system cells.” They ran other tests that proved the ES and iPS cells were “functionally indistinguishable” from each other. Yet for some reason, holdouts are still expressing “a little bit of reservation about how broad the conclusion can be.” Maybe they should focus their “little bit of reservation” toward the “ethical difficulties” of destroying human embryos.What’s it going to take to stop the use of embryonic stem cells? Yamanaka’s Nobel-Prize-winning discovery of iPS cells was a godsend. Now, nine years later, almost every objection has been answered. They are functionally indistinguishable. That should be great news. It’s astonishing that some researchers still want to hold out hope that killing human embryos will be “better” somehow. These holdouts need to read the Ten Commandments.It would be great news to figure out how salamanders regrow limbs and learn how we could do the same. From a creation standpoint, it’s reasonable to assume that God gave the first people and animals that capability. We are decrepit remnants of the original people who could live for almost a thousand years even after the Fall. Mutations have accumulated over the generations. We have probably lost many beneficial traits from the original “very good” creation. What’s amazing is that anyone can be as beautiful and healthy as they are this late in earth history. Much of that is due to medical science finding ways to fix or prevent the effects of mutational load. It’s certainly a worthwhile project to understand regeneration and see if it can be switched on again. Intelligent design—not evolution—is a more rational motivation for thinking so. (See Evolution News & Views about DNA repair as an intelligent design research program.) 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Ground-breaking find by South African researcher

first_imgRay Maota Nokuthula Mchunu-Nxumalo has discovered that a certain fungus can be used to create a xylanase enzyme (pictured) which bleaches paper, thus eliminating the use of harmful chlorine in the food and paper industries. (Image: Naro Food Research Institute) Mchunu-Nxumalo is a doctoral student at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). (Image: DUT) MEDIA CONTACTS • Professor Suren Singh  HOD: Biotechnology and Food Technology  +27 31 373 5321 RELATED ARTICLES • Sci-Bono CEO gets French knighthood • South African women lead the way in science • South African whizz-kid in line for Google award • South African students tops at science awardsA South African microbiologist has discovered that a certain fungus can be used to create a xylanase enzyme which bleaches paper, thus eliminating the use of harmful chlorine in the food and paper industries.Nokuthula Mchunu-Nxumalo, a doctoral student at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), made the discovery during an 18-month study with academics at the University of Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Centre for Chemical Biology and the DUT.The work, which forms part of Mchunu-Nxumalo’s doctoral thesis, is a partnership between DUT’s biotechnology and food technology department and USM.Professor Suren Singh, head of biotechnology and food technology at the DUT, said: “Mchunu has spent close to a year at the Malay university and has made excellent progress in completing the sequencing of an industrially important thermophilic fungal genome, a world first.”Singh said the research finding was a milestone for the DUT.Through her work, Mchunu-Nxumalo has discovered more than 200 enzymes responsible for plant and waste degradation – which could also help in the production of renewable fuels.“South Africa has a lot of agricultural waste from growing maize, rice and sugarcane … the proteins can actually convert plant waste into biofuel,” she said.Heat-loving fungusMchunu-Nxumalo’s ground-breaking research in the sequencing of a thermophilic genome has been co-supervised by Profs Kugen Permaul and Maqsudul Alam from USM’s Centre for Chemical Biology.According to DUT’s Prof Singh, genomic sequencing refers to a combination of lab experiments and computer processing that elucidates the entire DNA sequence of a living organism.“Sequencing of the human genome is one of man’s greatest scientific accomplishments, taking approximately 12 years since 1989 to produce a draft version,” he said.“To this day, it is only approximately 90% complete and this is due, in part, to the large amount of DNA we possess and also since about 8% contains repetitive sequences that contain no genes.”The research by Mchunu-Nxumalo concentrated on a smaller genome from a thermophilic fungus, which prefers high temperatures of up to 60°C. This is vital for heat-intensive industrial processes.Professor Permaul said: “Mchunu’s research shows that there is a greater than 90% match between the genome and transcriptome (codes for real genes), demonstrating the high quality of the data produced by the high throughput genome sequencing.“The identified genes will be used to mass-produce enzymes that will be useful in industrial applications and processes.”A global academicMchunu-Nxumalo grew up in Port St John’s in the Eastern Cape, but now lives in Port Shepstone on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast.She lectures undergraduates at DUT’s department of biotechnology and food technology.Once she returns from Malaysia, Mchunu-Nxumalo will join Singh and Permaul in studying the DNA sequencing of indigenous plants.Permaul said: “Mchunu intends producing at least two scientific articles from the results of her project as well as file patents for genes that produce enzymes of industrial importance.”Mchunu-Nxumalo also took part in a bilateral research project between DUT and Sweden’s Lund University as part of her master’s study.With DUT’s department of biotechnology and food technology investing R20-million (US$2.8-million) in upgrading its state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, Singh believes they will be able to extend ground-breaking research beyond 2011.Representatives from USM and DUT met on 26 August 2011 at the DUT’s Hotel School Conference Centre and signed a memorandum of understanding to establish future research prospects.last_img read more

4 Insights from Davos; the World Economic Forum 2019

first_imgUber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacy A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Related Posts Jeff is VP and Executive Editor for the Infosys Knowledge Institute, the research and thought leadership arm of Infosys, a $12B technology and consulting firm. Formerly, he was also a consulting partner with Infosys Consulting, serving manufacturing and high-tech clients. Jeff is also an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Texas at Dallas. He is the author of the best-selling book Consulting Essentials.Jeff holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, as well as an MBA from the University of North Texas. He also serves on boards of the Institute of Business Analytics at Indiana University and the Marketing Analytics Advisory Board at the University of Texas at Dallas. Jeff KavanaughVP – Executive Editor, Infosys Knowledge Institute CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… Tags:#AI#connectivity#Digital Radar#digital revolution#gender equality#global warming#Prince William#world economic forum Each year, the World Economic Forum brings together leaders from more than 100 governments, top executives from the Global 2000, and prominent social activists to discuss global priorities and shape the agenda for the coming year.This year, I was fortunate to attend the leadership summit in the Alps — Davos, Switzerland. This visibility into our atmospheric condition was brought to the minds of some of the world’s most senior decision makers. I was provided with real-time insights into where our world is headed and the situational aspects we face — as a species.There are four themes that I heard resonate over my time in Davos.1) The Digital Revolution is Reshaping EverythingWe all know the impact that technology is having on our individual lives, but it’s hard to appreciate the pace and scale at which these changes are impacting the world as a whole; governments, companies, and individuals.This rate of evolution was demonstrated in clarity on day one. At the early morning breakfast panel, my Digital Radar research was released, describing the state of the global digital revolution. Roughly 80 percent of the 1,000 companies my team surveyed have made significant progress on digital initiatives. Only around 20 percent of these companies are among the visionaries who are genuinely addressing the global issues at scale.  On our panel, it was particularly revealing when the CFO of Adecco, the world’s largest staffing company, described how artificial intelligence is helping match skills with demand. Instead of taking jobs, this AI is actually creating opportunities for many people. Another integral aspect that was revealed is how so many of the speakers and panels relied on analytics to make their point. From climate change to equality, each passionate point was punctuated by a chart — often derived from big data — and the results of intense analytical models.The gap or line that was previously drawn between technology and business — and between technology and policy — is gone. The apparent conclusion is this: technological literacy, together with analytical proficiency are required to make sound business and policy decisions, and to drive adoption.2) Collaboration Cultivates OptimismFar from being the stereotypical elitist enclave, Davos provides a literal forum where global business and policy leaders can meet, and more importantly, get things done. The world of bureaucracy where the former glacial pace of decision making has been the norm — new speed and open debate is crucial to creating positive momentum, and the ability to breed a practical form of optimism. The feeling in the air was “Yes, we have our challenges, including some odds that appear impossible — but we can handle them if we work together.”In a panel on the technology skills gap, Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi exemplified how non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can address specific needs and drive change. This coding organization has 35 million students who are gaining valuable skills now, and are showing the way for traditional local governments to transform their curricula and educational delivery systems.There was concern about the government shutdown in the U.S. and the delays in trade deals with China. However, there was underlying confidence that these issues will get resolved over the next few months and that global growth and global profitability speed will pick back up again. 3) Physical Connection MattersThe world is a small place, made more so through the power of physical connection. It can be easy today to live your life online, interacting with others through emails, calls, and social media, forgetting that there is a human being on the other end.While each attendee at Davos could have directly participated online, the collaborative, optimistic spirit I discussed above was only possible because of our physical presence alongside one another. This human interaction increased productivity, enhanced connection, and created an atmosphere of mutual trust that is difficult to describe yet palpable to experience.  It was amazing to see and participate in so many short, yet productive discussions. My favorite was a discussion we had with the head of the world’s leading online learning institution. After introductions and framing the challenge at hand — within fifteen minutes a significant commitment was made to create a new curriculum and train thousands of employees. This commitment to training is one of many examples where the person-to-person nature of the interaction, combined with the venue and purpose, create an environment for action and a commitment to responsibility. With this human contact, we were all better able to balance human connections with credible possibilities for progress. Informal discussions and warm conversation were possible, without wasting time on logistics and excessive pleasantries. In the end, we were able to strike a balance between connection and action that is rarely possible online.4) There Is a Moral Imperative of LeadershipIt’s easy to talk about the world’s most pressing issues, but without making the hard decisions, nothing gets done.At Davos, I heard a lot of talk about the environment and social goals, but there was also an emphasis on what exactly can be accomplished about the matters calling for decisions. This wasn’t a place for posturing or virtue signaling — each person at Davos understood that our goals were only achievable if we were willing to make the trade-offs that lead to real progress. During this World Economic Forum, it was emphasized again and again that the responsibility for turning these global goals into actions — lay with leaders — both in business and policy. No one put it better than Sir David Attenborough, aided by his able moderator HRH — Prince William himself — laying out the sustainability challenge in stark terms of the choices that lay before us. Again, a sober discussion ensued about empowering the one and taking accountability and ownership of the future through the promise of bold collective action.Gender equality was another topic that was frequently discussed, with a specific focus on inclusion — not just diversity. The Equality 2.0 dialogue felt purposeful and deliberate, more focused on solving these issues of inequality, and not on polarizing stereotypes that sometimes emerge in the mainstream press.It was incredible to spend the week in this amazing environment with hyper-vigilant think-tank individuals, presenting and receiving information about the enormous challenges we face as a species. I look forward to putting these ideas into action in 2019 and hope to return to this snow-capped bastion of world leadership in the coming years.last_img read more

Azkals draw Yemen, stay unbeaten in AFC Asian Cup qualifier

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TANBACOLOD CITY – It was a bittersweet homecoming for national team veterans Phil and James Younghusband last Tuesday night. Returning to the stadium where they represented the Philippines for the first time as teenagers, the Younghusband brothers scored a goal each to salvage a 2-2 draw against Yemen in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying here. ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace02:02PNP to prove activists’ link to CPP NPA01:37Protesters 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 Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa But Yemen always proved dangerous on the break and the visitors pulled ahead again in the 55th minute with a well worked counter attack completed by Abdul Al-Matari. James snatched another equalizer with a header off a Manny Ott delivery in the 71st minute as the Azkals grabbed a share of the points. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments UP appeals to overturn UAAP ruling on Ouattara’s eligibility LATEST STORIES For all the talk on their struggles of traveling and finding difficulty with the weather conditions here, the Yemenis looked likely to score each time they counter. “We’re satisfied with the result considering the difficult conditions of playing here,” said Yemen coach Abrham Mebratu. “Traveling here was tough and I have to give my players credit for fighting hard until the final whistle. We would have loved to get three points and take top spot in the group, but the Philippines also showed why it is one of the top teams in the group. We’re happy with our position now and we can be proud with the performance because the players have not played in this kind of weather.”The Azkals increased their haul to seven points from three matches for top spot in the group with Yemen two points behind. The two sides face off anew in Doha on Oct 10.Mudir Al Radaei gave Yemen a shock lead in the 27th minute with a diving header off a corner kick, stunning the crowd atPanaad. But Phil levelled three minutes later with a trademark free kick, scoring from 30 yards out – a goal similar to his strike against Tajikistan last June and Indonesia last December in the Suzuki Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ The result at Panaad Stadium was enough to keep the Azkals on top of Group F, although the Filipinos feel slightly disappointed not to make the most of home advantage against a team that had a difficult time reaching this football-loving city. “We’re a bit disappointed not to get three points, but the team fought hard until the end,” said Phil Younghusband who jacked up his tally to 47 international goals. “We can still take a lot of positives from this game. We’re still top of the group and hopefully get a better result next time.”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 shutout“I’m happy with the 2-2 and being in first place in the group,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. “We didn’t get three points but a point is still good. The players gave their all.”Phil equalized with an exquisite free kick in the first half, before James made sure there was no heartbreak for the Azkals with a second half header. last_img read more

On the cusp of a title

first_imgMagnolia’s Mark Barroca drives past Alaska’s Kevin Racal in their game Friday night. —AUGUST DELA CRUZIt came a game late, but Paul Lee’s valedictory speech of a performance got Magnolia back in the groove and put the PBA Governors’ Cup title within reach of the Hotshots.Lee literally did everything in the waning seconds of Game 5 on Friday night—including shedding tears of joy on center court—after leading Magnolia to a 79-78 victory over Alaska at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao and a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven title series.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Game 5 was played in spurts with both teams falling to droughts, and Magnolia survived a long spell in the third quarter that had the Hotshots losing a 13-point halftime lead.After opening up a 74-66 lead with 4:55 left and looking like clear winners, the Hotshots fell into another scoring drought because of the unforgiving Alaska defense as the Aces came roaring back to take a 76-74 advantage going into the final 1:15 after a Kevin Racal floater.And just when the Aces had the chance to put it away with a 3-on-1 break and Lee the only Hotshot on the defensive end, the former Rookie of the Year somehow forced the 6-foot-6 Jake Pascual to miss the layup before finding Ian Sangalang in transition for a three-point play that gave Magnolia a 77-76 lead with 18.7 left.Mike Harris, who carried the Aces in the third quarter rally together with Simon Enciso, gave Alaska the lead for the last time at 78-77 with two free throws off Rafi Reavis.“What a basketball game,” Alaska coach Alex Compton said. “They beat us to loose balls and that is something that cannot happen. Had we gotten to some of those loose balls, we could have won that game.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Rivalry paused as Perez joins Bolick’s trek to pro league Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Struggling the entire Finals, Lee knocked down the marginal corner jumper with 1.3 seconds left that capped a string of heroic plays inside the last 30 seconds for the Hotshots, who also snapped a two-game losing streak and can close it all out on Wednesday when play goes to Ynares Center in Antipolo.And Lee, who was named the Best Player of the Conference a game ago where he played sloppily, was emotional on the way back to the bench after Alaska called for time to try and salvage the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“[It’s because] I have been struggling [offensively] the whole series,” Lee said in Filipino. “The Lord is very good. I can’t ask for anything more.”“I am very happy but not contented,” Magnolia’s Chito Victolero said. “We have to stay humble.” LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Gareth Southgate denies Chelsea rumours: I am committed to England

first_imgEngland national football team manager Gareth Southgate has no hankering of leaving his duty for any club as he said he is committed to England.”I’m committed to England, simple as that. I don’t need to hedge my bets in keeping doors open or keeping things alive. There’s no way that I would leave England at this point in time, to take any job,” Goal.com quoted Southgate as saying.With this, Southgate swept away all the speculation regarding his move to Chelsea and said he is focusing on European Championship and making England a best possible team.”The only thing on my mind is that we’ve got a European Championship next summer and we’ve got to keep improving to be the best possible team we can be for this country. My sole focus is producing the best team possible for England,” he said.Apart from shedding light on his future, Southgate also opined over his assistant Steve Holland’s future saying that he too will stay.”I’m sure that at some point in the future [Holland] is going to want to be a manager and take that opportunity. I don’t believe that would be now, because he is very committed to the work we are doing, looking forward to next summer,” Southgate said.Southgate even heaped praise on Holland calling him the “best assistant” in the country.”He’s the best assistant in the country, there’s no doubt in my mind about that. I’m very fortunate to have him with me,” he said.advertisementAlso Read | Eden Hazard signs 5-year contract deal Real Madrid worth 100 million eurosAlso Read | Neymar, sponsors suspend some ad campaigns after rape allegation – statementAlso Seelast_img read more

A STORY FROM SWQ TOUCH…

first_imgSouth West Queensland Touch have provided us with the following report on the visit to Charleville in the SWQ outback last week. It’s fantastic to read what’s happening for the sport of Touch out there and to see the development taking place. We look forward to hearing about what happens in Charleville in the future! Please read the attached story for all the info:STORY ON TOUCH IN CHARLEVILLElast_img