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Manganti gets revenge; Eagles soar

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ivory Coast big man Ange Kouame proved an unstoppable force all game long as Ateneo overwhelmed Far Eastern U, 82-62, Saturday night to keep a share of the lead in UAAP Season 81’s Senior basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments “What you don’t know is they rejected Sean and we got him.”It was the first win in seven tries against the Archers for Manganti, who took his rejection from La Salle as a source of motivation.“This is the one,” said Manganti. “This is the biggest game for me personally. I’m so happy right now. I’m on top of the world. I came here [back when I was] Grade 11, I practiced with them and they didn’t talk to me. They treated me like nobody.”The Falcons held the Archers to just two points in the first period. La Salle’s output is its lowest this season and its 26 percent shooting clip is the worst by any team.“I’ve been stressing to the players that I don’t think we can outscore the other teams but one thing for sure, our calling card for this year is really trying to hold down the other team,” said Pumaren.ADVERTISEMENT The wins proved critical for Ateneo and Adamson, both with 7-2 records, as they gained separation from FEU and La Salle, which dropped to 5-4.The end of the weekend could see three teams tied for the third to fifth spots with University of Santo Tomas gunning for a fifth win in nine games against National U on Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.“We took advantage of our opportunities,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “FEU was locking down on our shooters so that’s why Ange was freed up.”With FEU’s 6-foot-9 Nigerian center, Prince Orizu leaving the game due to an injury, the Tamaraws had no answer for the 6-foot-10 Kouame in the shaded lane.Kouame, who made 15 of 18 shots, grabbed the most rebounds since Season 79 when Adamson’s Papi Sarr snared 25. The Ateneo center also scored the most points by an Ateneo player since Kiefer Ravena poured the same output four seasons ago.Anton Asistio fired 15 points as the Eagles bucked the absence of Thirdy Ravena to suspension and Matt and Mike Nieto.The Tamaraws fell to their second straight loss after a scintillating end to the first round. They were still in the game at 18-all, before Kouame helped Ateneo unleash a 16-4 burst to end the first half. LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? San Miguel rallies past TNT In one of the most dominant individual performances in recent memory, Kouame notched career-bests of 33 points and 27 rebounds as the Blue Eagles avenged their first round loss to the Tamaraws and remained on top with Adamson.The Falcons drew inspiration from Sean Manganti to end three years of frustration against the La Salle Archers for a gritty 57-50 victory in the first game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPlaying with extra motivation, Manganti had 19 points and 12 boards against the same school that chose to ignore him after trying out five years ago.“Sean played pretty well,” said Adamson coach Franz Pumaren, whose team avenged a 78-79 loss to La Salle in overtime just a week ago. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 11

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Eastern Cape province: Hole in the Wall, near Coffee Bay, on the Wild Coast. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Beach near the village of Keimouth, where the Kei River flows into the sea, on the Wild Coast. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Beach near the village of Keimouth, where the Kei River flows into the sea, on the Wild Coast. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Beach near the village of Keimouth, where the Kei River flows into the sea, on the Wild Coast. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Beach near the village of Keimouth, where the Kei River flows into the sea, on the Wild Coast. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Beach near the village of Keimouth, where the Kei River flows into the sea, on the Wild Coast. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: The ferry across the Kei River, at Keimouth on the Wild Coast, carries cars, people and livestock. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: The ferry across the Kei River, at Keimouth on the Wild Coast, carries cars, people and livestock. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Eastern Cape province: Early morning on a beach in Nature’s Valley. Photo: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res imageTOURISM AND LEISURE 11:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Cut carbon – make fire like a granny!

first_img24 November 2011As its carbon offset project for the future, Avis Rent a Car has chosen an innovative South African cooking and heating method, Basa njengo Magogo, which is cheaper and carbon-friendlier than methods traditionally used in the country’s townships.Basa njengo Magogo (isiZulu, meaning “make a fire like a grandmother”) teaches sound environmental principles through simple behaviour change and is the first Gold Standard project of its kind in the world. Gold Standard is recognised as the international benchmark for certification of carbon mitigation projects.The programme, which has already been introduced successfully around South Africa, teaches local communities to burn coal according to the Basa njengo Magogo (BnM) method, which is more fuel efficient and cuts pollution considerably.Simple yet effectiveThe traditional method of making fire in an imbawula (a metal brazier or drum) or stove entails placing paper and dry twigs at the bottom and then adding a heavy coal layer on top. The method produces excessive smoke and is known to cause respiratory problems. It also takes longer to fire up.With the BnM method, the process is simply reversed, placing the coal layer first in the drum and then topping it with the quick-burning kindling.“In addition to emission reductions, BnM leads to a reduction in indoor and ambient air pollution, better visibility and reduced health risk,” notes London-based The CarbonNeutral Company, who will manage the programme on behalf of Avis.“This is because, with the heat on top, particulate matter and volatile compounds are burnt off when they pass through the fire, making it cleaner and more efficient,” the company explains.CarbonNeutral is a member of the International Carbon Offset and Reduction Alliance, and complies with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol initiative.The company is a world leader in carbon offset and carbon management business and has purchased carbon credits from over 200 projects across six continents over the past decade. Its CarbonNeutral trademark is a leading brand mark and quality standard for action on climate change.Cleaner burning, cost effectiveWith the Basa njengo Magogo method, much less coal is necessary to achieve results – approximately 50% less of the fossil fuel is used to produce the same amount of heat created by the old technique.“One of the first monitoring reports from the project, which began in 2009, showed that a household which converts to BnM saves on average 300.7 kg of coal a year,” adds CarbonNeutral.According to the South African National Energy Research Institute, laboratory tests have shown that the method reduces smoke by up to 90%. This is welcome news for people whose health is affected by high levels of particles in the air.Importantly, the new technique does not require any change of household equipment and is implemented entirely through local training sessions on the improved use of stoves or braziers which people already own, Avis notes on its corporate website.The project and its methodology have been developed by the Nova Institute, a non-profit organisation which provides practical solutions to poor communities.The technique has been accredited to Nobelungu Mashinini of eMbalenhle township in Secunda, Mpumalanga province, and is named in honour of the enterprising grandmother.Since its pilot stage, initiated in 2008, the BnM method has been successfully introduced to communities across South Africa and is gaining a stronger foothold.It is endorsed by several reputable organisations, among them Enerkey and CEF, the latter mandated by the then Department of Minerals and Energy in 2008 to roll the programme out nationally. The Department of Environmental Affairs runs a similar programme, the Clean Fires Campaign.Becoming carbon neutralAvis is the first car rental company in South Africa to earn carbon neutral certification. This was achieved in 2009 when the company succeeded in offsetting greenhouse gas emissions for all of its internal electricity usage and fuel consumption for its fleet to net zero, as well as through several carbon offset projects initiated worldwide.“This means that each ton of carbon dioxide that Avis emits from its energy usage and fleet, is counterbalanced with a ton of carbon dioxide saved by a validated emission reduction project that has met international standards.”Avis’ programme currently only offsets internal company carbon emissions in line with Scope 1 and 2 of the GHG Protocol and not emissions for customers who rent Avis vehicles as the latter falls into the Scope 3 category.The GHG Protocol is the most important and widely accepted standard for measuring greenhouse gas emissions. It was developed by the World Resources Institute and World Business Council for Sustainable Development.“Our past relationship with the CarbonNeutral Company has been strong and for this next period, we tasked it to find a locally registered project that would complement our internal reduction efforts, and enable us to offset some of our unavoidable GHG emissions,” says Wayne Duvenage, CEO of Avis Rent a Car.Contributing to reforestation in TanzaniaAvis is also making its presence felt in Tanzania, where it has adopted the Uchindile-Mapanda Forestry Project into its portfolio of projects. The project involves the reforestation of degraded land to sequester, or trap carbon emissions from the atmosphere. Emissions reduction has been verified to the Verified Carbon Standard.The project is based in the Southern highlands of Tanzania and will establish commercial forests across the Uchindile and Mapanda districts. Avis has planted eucalyptus and pine varieties covering more than 7 000 ha at Uchindile and over 3 000 ha at Mapanda.The trees will be harvested in 13 to 21 years’ time for use in various timber related products.A range of exotic and indigenous tree species plus local fruit crops have also been planted on the sites to improve species diversity and forest health.MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

South Africa, US resolve chicken import issues

first_img8 June 2015South Africa has agreed to resume the importing of chicken from the US, the Department of Trade and Industry has said.“South Africa and the United States agreed on a framework to restore market access into the South African market for US bone-in chicken cuts,” the department said yesterday.This follows a two-day meeting, on 4 and 5 June in Paris, France. The meeting was facilitated by the United States and South African governments with their respective industry associations, which resulted in a breakthrough after several months of industry to industry negotiations.For some time South Africa has had in place an anti-dumping duty on chicken portions coming from the US.The department said the agreement between the two countries would secure the continued participation of South Africa in the re-authorised 2015 Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) that was being extended by the US congress for a further 10 years.Agoa provides duty-free market access to the US for qualifying sub-Saharan African countries by extending preferences on more than 4 600 products.In the negotiations, the South African poultry industry was represented by the South African Poultry Association and the US industry represented by the National Chicken Council and United States of America Poultry and Egg Export Council.The framework agreement follows enhanced engagement between the two parties towards resolution of concerns raised by the US regarding South Africa’s inclusion and continued participation in Agoa. It entails a rebate on the anti-dumping duty for a specified volume of US bone-in chicken cuts into the South African market.“The South African government commits to facilitate the implementation of the framework agreed by the two industries after following due process,” said the department.Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, who was in Paris to attend the informal World Trade Organisation Ministerial meeting at the Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development, met the poultry delegations and received feedback on the outcomes of the negotiations.He commended the South African poultry industry for engaging positively in the negotiations in the interest of securing South Africa’s continued participation in Agoa.“This is a clear demonstration of what can be achieved with strong partnership between government and industry in finding solutions that benefit the South African economy,” Davies said.Furthermore, South African and US government officials discussed sanitary issues concerning agriculture trade. Progress has been achieved and technical work is on- going towards resolution of the issues.The two governments agreed to use the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, which is a bilateral platform between the two countries, as an important mechanism to resolve bilateral issues. They also agreed to focus on enhancing trade and investment through identification of mutually beneficial issues and programmes of interest.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

V Foundation Announces Research Grants To Be Awarded Through Robin Roberts Cancer

first_imgThe V Foundation for Cancer Research, a top-rated cancer research charity, is excited to announce that Bristol-Myers Squibb Company has provided a $2.5 million donation to the V Foundation for cancer survivorship research.The grant will be used by the V Foundation to fund biomedical cancer research through its Robin Roberts Fund for Cancer Survivorship. Through this fund, the V Foundation has committed to improving the long-term health and wellness of oncology patients after treatment. Announced in December 2017, the Robin Roberts Cancer Survivorship Fund was named in honor of Robin Roberts, a member of the V Foundation’s Board of Directors and co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The grant was announced last night at the ESPYs on the red carpet by Susan Braun, Chief Executive Officer of the V Foundation.“Just as Jim Valvano would have wanted, we have made amazing strides in cancer research – the wonderful science funded by the V Foundation is helping to create millions of survivors,” said Robin Roberts. “But for those survivors, it is a long journey and our health will always be at the forefront of our minds. As the number of survivors grow, it’s time to take a look at how the rest of our lives will be lived. We want to give every survivor the best chance at a long, full, happy and healthy life. I’m so pleased to be a part of this new initiative.”As research has led to improvements in treatments, there are more cancer survivors than ever. Today, there are more than 16 million U.S. cancer survivors and this number is expected to grow to 20 million by 2026. Survivors face chronic health conditions, cancer recurrence and more life-altering circumstances. The Robin Roberts Cancer Survivorship Fund will focus on biomedical cancer research areas with particular relevance to survivors including pediatrics, immuno-oncology and data science research focused on improving survivors’ outcomes.“Research to better understand how to improve the health and extend the lives of cancer survivors is critical to fully eradicating cancer,” said Braun. “The V Foundation is embarking on this new initiative to expand the ways that we can change the face of cancer forever.”Roberts has been a longtime friend and supporter of the V Foundation and was a colleague of Jim Valvano’s at ESPN, prior to joining “Good Morning America.” In 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her ensuing battle has been recognized with honors and awards by various organizations throughout the country. She inspired so many as she bravely shared her personal battle with the rare blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome, or MDS, shortly after breast cancer. Roberts speaks openly about the importance of early detection, increasing treatment options available and support. She is an inspiration and role model for those battling cancer, as well as survivors facing continued challenges. Roberts announced the formation of the Robin Roberts Cancer Survivorship Fund on December 4, 2017 at a party in her honor at Blue Smoke in New York.The V Foundation has proudly awarded more than $200 million for cutting-edge cancer research. The V Foundation holds a 4-star (highest) rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest evaluator of charities, and is among the top 4% of cancer charities of all charities evaluated. The V Foundation is a GuideStar platinum-rated charity.For more information about the V Foundation, please click here. Please click here to contribute to the Robin Roberts Fund for Cancer Survivorship Research.last_img read more

Flood rescue stepped up as more rain batters Indias Kerala

first_imgRescuers evacuate people from a flooded area to a safer place in Aluva in the southern state of Kerala, India, on 18 August 2018. ReutersRescuers in helicopters and boats fought through renewed torrential rain Saturday to reach stranded villages in India’s Kerala state as the toll from the worst monsoon floods in a century rose above 320 dead.Dozens of military and coastguard helicopters took troops to high risk areas seeking people trapped on the roofs of submerged buildings. Indian prime minister Narendra Modi described the crisis as “devastating” after visiting Kerala.Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced late Friday that the monsoon death toll had dramatically risen to 324.Media reports said at least another 14 bodies were found Saturday and state officials said they expected the number to rise as more landslides were reported and dam levels remained dangerously high. No new official toll was given however.With power and communication lines down, thousands remained trapped in towns and villages cut off by the floods amid growing shortages of food and water.Helicopters have been dropping emergency food and water supplies across Kerala, while special trains carrying drinking water and rice have been sent to the state.With rain alerts hanging over much of the state, dozens of dam and reservoir gates across the state have had to be opened as the waters reached danger levels, inundating many villages downstream.Particular fears have been raised for Chengannur, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram, which has been cut off for four days.Troops and military boats have been sent to the town and media reports said bodies had been found. The state government did not immediately give an updated toll early Saturday.An aerial view shows partially submerged houses at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India, on 17 August 2018. Reuters- Helicopter plea -Saji Cherian, who represents Chengannur in the Kerala assembly, said he feared there were at least 50 dead in the town and broke down in tears as he pleaded for more help on Asianet TV late Friday.“Please give us a helicopter. I am begging you. Please help me, people in my place will die. Please help us. There is no other solution, people have to be airlifted,” he said.“We did what we can with fishing boats we procured using our political clout. But we can’t do more.”With no end in sight to the rains, people all over the state of 33 million have made panic-stricken appeals on social media for help, saying they cannot make contact with rescue services.Some say they are trapped inside temples and hospitals as well as submerged homes.Authorities have warned that rains and strong winds are predicted for many parts of Kerala on Saturday and Sunday.Prime minister Modi arrived in Kerala on Friday night and held meetings with state leaders and went on a brief air inspection tour.“I took stock of the situation arising in the wake of the devastating floods across the state,” Modi said in a Twitter statement.An Indian woman rescued by the Indian navy personnel rests with her grandchildren at the Naval relief camp in Kochi, in the Indian state of Kerala on 18 August 2018. AFPAn immediate grant of $75 million was offered by the government. Other state governments promised nearly $20 million.Opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi demanded though that Modi declare the flood crisis a “national disaster”.Dozens of military helicopters stepped up rescue operations across the state and in one a heavily pregnant woman Sajita Jabeel, 25, gave birth just after her rescue, an Indian Navy spokesman said.“It was a very critical case, the lady was in labour, her water had broken,” the pilot, the pilot Commandeer Vijay Verma told News18 television.“We took a doctor along, we winched her up, it took some time though because we had to winch down two people to help her get on to the strop.”Another pilot, Captain P Rajkumar, winched 26 people up from a rooftop after guiding the helicopter through trees and other houses.A video of his Sea King pulling up the victims has been widely shared on social media. He ended up with 32 people in his Sea King helicopter.Rajkumar was given the Shaurya Chakra medal for bravery this week after lifting a fisherman from the sea when cyclone Ockhi hit India last year.last_img read more