Arsenal flop set for £10m Abu Dhabi switch

first_imgFormer Arsenal winger Gervinho is on the verge of completing a move to Abu Dhabi side Al Jazira.Roma have accepted a bid from the Abu Dhabi side for the Ivory Coast international, who has spent two years in Serie A.According to Sky Sport Italia, the Italian club are set to receive £10m for the 28-year-old and additional bonuses depending on the player’s performance.Gervinho himself is set to receive a bumper pay-day after agreeing a move, with Al Jazira ready to offer him around £85,000-a-week after tax.The ex-Lille man is due to fly to the United Arab Emirates before the end of the week to put pen to paper on the deal. 1 Gervinho last_img read more

Evolutionary Tales Are Constructed Out of Imagination, Not Data

first_img(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Fossil bits or genetic tidbits are often used as props for grand evolutionary tales, even when the data are problematic for Darwinian theory.Mother of All CarnivoresLook at this artist reconstruction in Science Daily: a mysterious sleek animal prowling in a tree, sporting a long tail, colorful coat and pointy ears.  What’s it based on?  Just teeth and a few ankle bones.  All the rest is imaginary.  Yet that scanty fossil evidence props up a story about the mother of all carnivores: an animal that gave rise to “Cats and dogs, as well as other carnivorous mammals (like bears, seals, and weasels),” the article claims.  Essential to the tale is calling the fossil “very primitive looking” so that readers are assured that the world has made evolutionary progress since the imaginary time “55 million years” ago when this animal lived.  Imagination breeds imagination.  Now, the evolutionists can imagine still more imaginary ancestors: “Although close to the origin of carnivoraforms, the fossils suggest there were even more primitive species in the group in an earlier time period, the Paleocene.”Extremely rare is the reporter or scientist who considers whether the same bits might confirm some other paradigm.  Philosophers understand a concept called “underdetermination of theory by data.”  For any evidence, there are an infinite number of theories that could be confirmed by that evidence.  Some ankle bones and teeth do not, therefore – indeed, cannot – provide necessary and sufficient evidence to confirm the Darwinian theory.  The same evidence could be used, for instance, to support a story of degeneration and decreasing diversity over time.Readers are generally not surprised by such articles, because evolutionists have drummed this kind of speculation into “the way science is done” these days – ever since Darwin popularized the genre.  The grand story comes first: then, the “scientist” imagines ways to incorporate discoveries into the story, using bits of bone or DNA to prop it up and keep it going.Monkey ShinesExamples abound.  On a nearly daily basis, science reporters tease readers about new bits that “shed light” on the grand tale – each bit far beneath any decent standard of necessary or sufficient evidence for confirmation.  PhysOrg recently asserted that the “New World monkey family tree” is coming to light in spite of a lack of fossil ancestors – by imagining a remarkably improbable tale that “the animals made the ambitious transatlantic crossing on a vegetation raft, perhaps hurled seaward by a powerful storm.”  No effort was made to see if that kind of thing happens today.  It would seem a storm at sea would peter out long before getting far from the African coast, stranding the poor animals on their vegetation raft thirsting and starving to death, long before currents could carry it to Brazil.The migration story was conjured by pure speculation to rescue a belief that New World monkeys evolved from Old World monkeys.  Once the raft story was launched, it expanded into an auxiliary hypothesis to account for monkeys on Caribbean islands “floating there by chance, the same way their ancestors crossed the Atlantic” – only this time, a few thousands or years ago instead of millions.  Has anyone observed a monkey floating by chance across an ocean?  Why don’t ships routinely encounter vegetation rafts inhabited by monkeys in the open sea looking to be rescued?  Yet evolutionists believe other primates, namely humans, built boats by intelligent design to get to the South Pacific islands; otherwise it’s incredible they could have arrived there.Might Makes RightAnything “might” happen, but speculation doesn’t make it right, even if bathed in jargon.  In Current Biology, evolutionists in Spain claimed to “uncover one of the most extreme cases of evolutionary organ divergence” in insects.  They basically found similarities in the way segments develop in fruit flies.  Some of the segments develop into trachea (breathing organs), while others become part of the endocrine system.  This is not surprising, because in any developing embryo, simple structures usually become the foundations for construction of complex organs later.  These authors, however, suggested that evolution took primitive segments and originated the endocrine organs and trachea from them: “We propose that the arthropod ectodermal endocrine glands and respiratory organs arose through an extreme process of divergent evolution from a metameric repeated structure.”  I.e., it “might” have happened.  No fossil evidence was cited.Some French evolutionists exercised their rights from this “might” and turned it into a right mighty tale of evolution.  Commenting in the paper in the same issue of Current Biology, they celebrated their fluency in imagination against a backdrop of depressing ignorance:Although evolution is a continuous process, when we take a large-scale view certain evolutionary transitions stand out as milestones in the evolution of body form and function. We recognize events, such as the invention of muscles and neurons, or the evolution of segmented bodies, hormonal control systems and centralized brains as major changes, and use them to categorize the animals into discrete phyla with more or less distinctive ‘body plans’. While we are certain that these transitions did take place in deep branches of the animal tree, we often do not understand how they occurred and have difficulty in reconstructing functional intermediate steps taken during these transitions. We know that vertebrates, insects, mollusks and sea anemones are all related to each other, but we cannot yet picture what their common ancestors looked like and how they lived. The deepest ancestral forms and functions of animals are the ‘known unknowns’ of animal evolution. New work by Sánchez-Higueras, Sotillos and Castelli-Gair Hombría, published in this issue of Current Biology, raises new questions about one of these unknowns — the evolution of arthropod endocrine systems — by revealing an unexpected link between two major endocrine glands and the respiratory organs (tracheae) of insects.It’s just as possible, though, that the endocrine glands and trachea are not linked by evolution, despite the similarities.  It’s also possible that the deepest ancestral forms are not “known unknowns” but vacuous flights of imagination about entities that never existed.  Nevertheless, supporting the new paper’s “unexpected link” required ample use of possibility thinking: “some components of the endocrine system may not have been present in these distant ancestors, but arisen later in evolution… some of the relevant hormones may have been produced by other tissues… endocrine functions may have been already associated with the presumed evolutionary precursors… the physical unity of endocrine organs and gills may have helped integrate cues from the environment into a system regulating body size, respiration and growth.”Without a time machine, they don’t “know” that all these disparate body plans (which, incidentally, exploded onto the scene in Cambrian fossil record – see 9/23/13) are related to each other.  All they know by scientific standards is that fruit flies today have trachea and endocrine systems that work very well.April Extinctions Bring “May” DinosaursThe key word is “may” in Richard Butler’s piece in The Conversation, “How mass extinctions drove the evolution of dinosaurs.” Since data are lacking to support the notion these creatures evolved, Butler may have struck gold with the word “may” in his mind’s eye:Growing evidence suggests that dinosaur origins may have formed part of the long-term recovery of ecosystems from the Permo-Triassic (PT) mass extinction….This extinction decimated many of the earlier reptile and amphibian groups, and may have created environmental space for dinosaurs and other new groups to evolve….Why dinosaurs survived this extinction, but other groups of reptiles did not, is still poorly understood. However, as palaeontologists understand more about dinosaur biology, we are beginning to recognise that unique features such as rapid growth rates or highly efficient bird-like lungs may have helped dinosaurs prosper as others died out.A little fact-checking for actual data to support these notions turns up evidence that could support other paradigms.  Between those bits are many assertions that dinosaurs and birds did evolve.  In science, though, saying something doesn’t make it so.  It’s also contrary to strict Darwinian theory to suppose that extinctions “drove the evolution” of anything.  That makes no sense unless one has a prior faith in some imaginary creative power of mutations.  Did the mere creation of “environmental space” that “allowed dinosaurs to evolve” conjure up chance mutations to work the magic?  If it can, we must await the evidence, because Butler’s team is “hoping to unravel the story of dinosaur origins“.  The actual data in the article show three things: (1) dinosaurs lived, (2) they died, and (3) birds have highly efficient lungs.Phos for UsSome supernova remnants contain phosphorus.  Big deal.  They also contain carbon, argon, and iron.  But from the presence of phosphorus, Science Magazine, one of the world’s leading science journals, promoted the suggestion that an element essential for life was made inside stars.  By the time the story got to, it had evolved into a full-fledged speculation about how we got here: “The finding is one of two discoveries of elements in deep space that may give scientists clues to how life is possible in the universe, researchers said.”  How the other element (argon) became enmeshed in the speculation about life is unclear.NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine even speculated that phosphorus in meteorites was responsible for kick-starting life on Earth.  “Meteorite phosphorus may have been a fuel that provided the energy and phosphorus necessary for the onset of life,” one researcher suggested.   But such speculations are meaningless without the probabilistic context.  Sam Jones may have won 100 million dollars in the Powerball lottery, too, but he had better not plan his retirement on that suggestion, if the odds are one in a billion.  What if the odds are one in 10161 or less?  That’s the chance of getting one single usable protein in a cell (see online book at this site).   No portrait of a smiling scientist, as seen accompanying the article, can compensate for such improbabilities, especially when an outside observer might detect conflict of interest.  Typical of the genre is the call for funding: “the researchers said more work would need to be done to determine the exact contribution of separate sources to what they are certain was an essential ingredient to early life.”Folks, these are not cherry-picked examples.  We get a steady stream of this fare every day.  This is how evolutionists work!  Their faith in Darwin comes prior to the evidence.  Inside their pointy little heads is inscribed with an iron stylus their favorite Victorian myth.  Then they go out looking for confirmation in little bits of bone, little bits of DNA, little bits of fruit fly tissue, or little bits of the periodic table, trying desperately to fit them into grand schemes their meager data cannot bear (see “How Not to Work a Puzzle” in the 5/01/08 commentary).  Yet they have hoodwinked the world into thinking they are doing science!  This is a huge scam that must be exposed.  Everyone loves the science that brings us space travel, technology and cures for disease, but what is this evolutionary fluff, if not useless, clueless, empty speculation hitchhiking on the reputation of real science?We must understand this point and get society to understand it.  The actual science in these stories has nothing to do with the evolutionary speculations parasitizing them.  If you read the above articles carefully, there is a clear dichotomy between the evidence and the evolutionary speculations.  Nothing in the observations requires an evolutionary story.  Darwin himself did reasonable science when he collected abalone shells, birds, and plants, when he studied their structure and design, and faithfully catalogued and published them.  Those activities had nothing to do with the grand myth he concocted about how those organisms “emerged” by blind, unguided natural processes, for which he had zero evidence (but lots of imagination).On the contrary, we have just seen these evolutionists admit the opposite of confirmation: “we cannot yet picture what their common ancestors looked like and how they lived,” they said.  What do they know about evolution?  Nothing!  Even their fertile imaginations cannot picture the mythical common ancestors.  Evolutionists misappropriate bits of teeth or bone to support the myth, like pagans on a remote isle dismantling a computer they don’t understand that dropped out of an airplane to build an idol to their god.  No amount of shaman storytelling can obviate the fact that the computer was designed.  Darwinists can look at the most intricate machines in biology and say they “emerged” or “arose” or “developed” by unguided natural processes.  That’s magic talk.  The facts militate against their tale, requiring leaps of imagination that would make P. T. Barnum envious: such-and-such may have happened; carnivores “arose” as if by magic, phosphorus in a meteorite is tied to “the onset of life.”  Through word games and the power of suggestion, with visual tricks and bald assertions of Darwinism (BAD), evolutionists captivate the unwary, seducing them to presume they are doing “science” when all they are really saying is “stuff happens“—the opposite of science.  An undergraduate in philosophy of science could see through the chicanery.Here’s what we’re up against.  This con game has been successfully ensconced as “science” in our culture, and is defended by powerful interests like the courts, universities, the NCSE, the ACLU, atheist groups and more, in a battle royale to prevent the public from figuring out what’s going on.  That’s why they must constantly suppress honest criticism of Darwinism.Ah, but now we have the internet.  There used to be one channel broadcasting endless re-runs of Charlie’s angles.  Sites like Creation-Evolution Headlines liberate the brainwashed.  Share this exposè and help it go viral.  Time to run these flim-flam artists out of town (12/22/03 commentary).last_img read more

SKA awards bursaries to five matriculants

first_img15 January 2016Five matriculants from the small rural town of Carnarvon who did particularly well in maths and science in their final National Senior Certificate exams at the end of 2015 are setting off for university in the coming days, armed with full bursaries from the Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA).Carnarvon, in Northern Cape, is a remote town. It is the closest inhabited place to where the SKA SA radio telescope is being built. The global technology project, with operations in South Africa and Australia, is tasked with mapping the universe. It is an important addition to the town’s economy. Most of the construction is being done on-site and it is providing employment for the area’s citizens and a much- needed economic boost for the town.The project has always strived to give back to the community for allowing the operation and its people to become part of the community, says Lorenzo Raynard, SKA SA communications manager. The bursary initiative, part of the SKA SA Human Capital Development Programme, was started in 2005 and already has helped more than 730 pupils to study in the science and engineering fields at tertiary institutions.#SKAnews Local high school students to receive full university bursary from @SKA_Africa!— SquareKilometreArray (@SKA_telescope) January 12, 2016This year, five 2015 matriculants from the local Carnarvon High School have the opportunity to continue their studies in science-related fields thanks to bursaries offered through the programme.The students – Anver Adams, Janethon de Klerk, Kyle Henderson, Cedwill Abdol and Bradley Bosman – all performed well in mathematics and physical science in their final exams, and want to study for Bachelor’s degrees in computer and data science, electrical engineering and physics at various universities around South Africa.“Our goal is to ensure sustainability for the SKA and that site engineers be drawn from the local community,” SKA SA project director Dr Rob Adam said in a statement released on 8 January. “In turn (we want to) provide a way for local young people to achieve their dreams of greatness through science. (This is) the first time learners from the school with support from SKA SA, have obtained matric results with exemptions to further their studies in science related fields.”Itumeleng Molefi, the physical science teacher at the school, cannot be more proud of his students’ achievements. He said some of the learners came from severely challenging backgrounds. “It is only through their own perseverance and determination that they have succeeded.”The students, together with their teachers, as well as with some knowledge and assistance from SKA SA employees, made the effort and worked hard to pass their final exams in November and December 2015 and are now looking forward to starting their new learning [email protected]_Africa gives bursaries 2 five Carnarvon matric learners who obtained exemption. #MatricResults #Matric2015— lebotshangela (@lebotshangela) January 9, 2016Bosman has applied to study for a Bachelor’s degree at the University of the Free State. He said he was glad he made the effort to persevere during the year. “It was very difficult at times because we did not have a science teacher in Grade 10. From Grade 11 onwards it was much easier after Mr Molefi joined the school.”Abdol wants to excel in computer science, starting at the University of the Free State. “It is a great privilege for me to have this opportunity,” he said of his achievement. “I am thankful for all the support that I had. I would like to improve my circumstances and will do anything to achieve my dreams.”Henderson was the 2015 head boy at Carnarvon High School, and will be a first year student at North West University this year, studying physics and mathematics. He made special mention of SKA SA in inspiring him to perform well, saying that “my matric year was made easier knowing that I had the support of SKA. (The reward of getting the bursary) motivated me to study harder and put in more effort. I am looking forward to my future because I know that I have excellent privileges and opportunities.”De Klerk, the 2015 Carnarvon head girl, said she was incredibly motivated by the presence of SKA in the town, with its bursary opportunity inspiring her to work even harder for her university degree. “What you put in is what you will gain and I want to work much harder because I do not want to disappoint my sponsors and support team.” She hoped to start her Bachelor’s degree at the University of the Free State. She plans to study science, specialising in astronomy, which might mean she may find herself working with her bursary sponsor sometime in the future.In addition to being a star player in the school’s first rugby team, Adams aced his final exams and now looks forward to going to the University of the Western Cape to start his science degree. “I knew that I had to put in all my effort and pass and the rest will be taken care of (by SKA SA). I am proud of my achievements and look forward to the future,” he said.SKA SA is proud of the Carnarvon five’s success and determination, says Sam Rametse, the professional officer: schools and outreach for the SKA SA Human Capital Development Programme.“We are reaping the benefits of appointing a science educator at Carnarvon High School who took the learners from Carnarvon and surrounding areas under his wing. It is due to his hard work that we see this success and we look forward to supporting the students in their further studies.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

A Guide to Geocaching in Thailand

first_img SharePrint RelatedNew country souvenir, Vietnam, with Geocache of the Week: Ghost ParkOctober 16, 2019In “Geocache of the Week”It’s time to get stealthy. – Atomium – stealth challenge (Expo58) (GC1EG4C) – Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”New country souvenir, United Arab Emirates, with Geocache of the Week: Burj Khalifa a Virtual RewardNovember 20, 2019In “Community” 1. GC2JDFG — Grand PalaceCache Owner: JamieZelType: TraditionalD/T Rating: 1.5/1.5There’s no place quite like the sprawling and bustling city of Bangkok. Golden Buddhist temples collide with large megamalls festooned with bright neon lights. And there’s no city quite as hot. Bangkok has an annual mean air temperature of 28°C. When geocaching, dress for the intense humidity and be on the lookout for muggles. This traditional cache was placed near the ornate Grand Palace which is a must-see attraction in the city. Afterwards, eat your heart out at any local food stand, as the street cuisine in Bangkok is phenomenal.Be on the lookout for Siamese kitties as you wander the streets. They are native to Thailand. Share with your Friends:More Colorful is one word that perfectly sums up this unique and beautiful Southeast Asian country. Elephants and noodle soups, white-sand beaches and blue waters, Buddhist temples and ancient ruins, Thailand captivates the hearts of visitors from all corners of the world and leaves everyone with everlasting “Thai smiles” glued to their faces.Like attending a Muay Thai boxing match, geocaching has joined the list of fun activities to participate in while in Thailand. There are currently over 1,300 active geocaches hidden throughout the country, all waiting to be discovered by visitors and locals alike. And to make things more exciting, *Thailand is the newest country to receive a Geocaching souvenir!Although we all wish we could jump on a plane and head there now, this list of 5 amazing geocaches will have to do the trick. Enjoy! 5. GC48FEJ — Wat MahathatCache Owner: thorshammersType: TraditionalD/T rating: 1.5/1.5Located about five hours north of Bangkok, Sukhothai was the first ancient capital of Thailand (known as Kingdom of Siam at the time) from 1238 to 1438. The Sukhothai Historical Park is now a great place to explore. There are several geocaches hidden throughout the park including this well-placed micro. If time allows, explore some of the local rice fields. Thailand is the largest exporter of rice in the world! *Thailand is the fifth and final Geocaching country souvenir to be released this year! Souvenirs are virtual pieces of art that are displayed on your Geocaching profile page when you find a geocache in certain locations. A list of of currently available Geocaching souvenirs and even the ones you’ve already earned can be found on And, if you’ve already found a geocache in Thailand, we will retroactively add this souvenir to your profile in December 2015.Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or right here on our Blog to find out out more.What geocaches are on your Thailand geocaching trip bucket list? 2. GC24XKT — Ko Phi Phi Lee – (Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park)Cache Owner: Calico-JackType: EarthCacheD/T rating: 3.5/1.5What’s a trip to Thailand without visiting the insanely famous island of Ko Phi Phi? This island served as the backdrop to the 2000 cult classic “The Beach” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Although  the island is no longer uninhabited as it was in the film, it’s still just as breathtaking. 4. GC932A — Thailand’s Highest PointCache Owner: Steve (Licorice)Type: VirtualD/T rating: 1/1Thailand is home to some incredible mountainous regions. If you head up north towards Chiang Mai, also known as the “Rose of the North”, you’ll encounter these areas, all of which have been transformed into National Parks. This virtual cache is the location of Thailand’s highest point and the views are breathtaking. After exploring the area, spend some time wandering through the night markets and delicious restaurants in Chiang Mai. 3. GC5G9N0 — Up and down! (Railay Lagoon)Cache Owner: ChrisA33 & DamonstahType: TraditionalD/T Rating: 3/4.5Rumor has it that the best cache in all of Thailand is located in the rock climbing paradise island of Railay. If they attempt it, geocachers are sent on an exciting and challenging adventure to a hidden blue lagoon. It’s no easy task, though. Bring good hiking boots and a friend you can lean on (literally).last_img read more

Facebook Games Gets Fun New Boss

first_imgTags:#gaming#news#social networks#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Gaming is one of the main reasons people keep that Facebook tab open all day. It’s no coincidence that the rise in social games has paralleled Facebook’s explosion — and visa versa. The games really reinforce the social connections and in some cases, for people who “friend” in order to expand their gaming networks, games drive those social connections.As the gaming companies themselves grow strong, like mega-time-eating-monster Zynga, Facebook will need a capable strategist to make sure that the balance of power between the platform and the participants remains favorable to all. Or at least to Facebook.Given Ryan’s past statements about entertainment ecosystem power dynamics, this is no doubt something he will be comfortable addressing. Given his willingness to spend four years as the CEO of a social network targeting 14-22 year olds with customizable 3D cartoon avatars as a form of self expression and a delivery mechanism for brand messaging, it’s hard to guess what the net gain or loss for humanity will be of Ryan’s new position.Right: Some geeks like Meez. Photo by Nano Taboada. The man who ran that obnoxious avatar social network Meez for four years, Sean Ryan, has taken a position as the head of Facebook’s gaming platform, according to a report this afternoon by Kara Swisher.Ryan has held a number of positions throughout the last 15 years, including running, which acquired the company that became Rhapsody and then sold to Real Networks. He was an outspoken critic of Microsoft’s Zune, its licensing arrangements with major labels and the impact they had on the rest of the music industry. “I understand that in a capitalist society the labels are just maximizing returns wherever they can,” he wrote in 2006, “but this deal is the slippery slope to Hell for all other players in the category.” Sounds like a fun guy to be in charge of games at Facebook. What is the significance of gaming on Facebook? As ReadWriteWeb’s Audrey Watters, a game player herself, says: The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos marshall kirkpatrick Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts last_img read more

Baguio to NLEX in three-team shakeup

first_imgKaya FC’s U-12 unit goes 2-0 in int’l youth football tilt UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The 36-year-old Baguio will rekindle his partnership with former teammates JR Quiñahan and Larry Fonacier in NLEX as Guiao slowly bolsters his roster with tested veterans.Baguio has been averaging 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists this conference.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 shutoutBaracael, meanwhile, will bring his toughness to the Batang Pier after toiling the bench in NLEX.Ababou, on the other hand, hopes to reboot his career plagued with injuries as he joins an upstart Phoenix crew. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRebuilding NLEX from the ground up, coach Yeng Guiao has secured another familiar face as he reunites with 6-foot-2 guard Cyrus Baguio in a three-team trade set to be approved by the PBA Commissioner’s office  Tuesday afternoon.Sources close to the situation disclosed that the deal will send the former UST star to the Road Warriors, Mac Baracael to GlobalPort, and Dylan Ababou along with NLEX’s 2020 second round pick to Phoenix as the three teams swapped veteran swingmen.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Onwubere eyeing impressive farewell in NCAA ahead of PBA Draft

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments Onwubere also has high hopes ahead of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, saying he’s confident that he can fit to whatever team picks him.“I know that I’ll go back on being a role player. The effort, the hustle, the defense, I can promise that I can do my best there,” he said. “If I’ll be given the chance, I just promise that I’ll continue developing my game and do my best on defense.” Lyceum evades Letran upset to go 16-0 “I’ve already filed for the draft. My coaches told me that I’m ready for the PBA and I can’t waste my time anymore,” he said.Onwubere has been averaging 15.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 blocks so far this season, impressing in his final year as he emerged as the undisputed leader of EAC.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 shutoutThe 23-year-old is also looking to pounce on the opportunity after memorable stints with Racal in the PBA D-League.“Now, my name is in the discussion so I’m really making the most of this opportunity,” he said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sidney Onwubere. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College may have failed to reach its target of making it to the Final Four this NCAA Season 93, but the fight is still not over for Sidney Onwubere.With only two games left in his collegiate career, the Fil-Nigerian forward is seeking to leave a lasting impression in his final days as a General before he makes the jump to the pro league.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Navios Acquisition Disposes of Chemical Tanker

first_imgGreek tanker owner Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation (Navios Acquisition) has informed that it closed the sale of the Nave Constellation, a 2013-built chemical tanker. The 50,000 cbm vessel was sold for USD 36.4 million to an unnamed buyer. Navios Acquisition revealed it used USD 16.4 million of the total amount for repayment of debts.According to the company, the ship was acquired in 2013 for USD 33.6 million.Earlier this year, Navios Acquisition agreed to dispose of two second-hand chemical tankers, including the 45,281 dwt Nave Constellation and the 45,513 dwt Nave Universe, for USD 74.6.The sale was said to result in an expected book gain of approximately USD 11.7 million, as the tankers were acquired in 2013 for a lower purchase price of USD 67.2 million.last_img read more

One Sea to Collaborate with European Space Agency

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: One Sea/ABB One Sea alliance and the European Space Agency (ESA) have decided to collaborate on maritime digitalization and autonomous shipping initiatives.As informed, the industry alliance promoting a common goal of self-guiding shipping and ESA, which comprises 22 member states dedicated to the exploration of space, have signed a memorandum of intent covering future collaboration.The agreement sets out common objectives to encourage the development of space-based applications to analyze, enable and implement maritime digitalization and autonomy using latest generation connectivity.The One Sea alliance gathers together key stakeholders from the maritime and ICT industries to accelerate the delivery of digitalized solutions to market. It is led by Digital, Internet, Materials & Engineering Co-Creation (DIMECC) ecosystem which has been established to support strategic research, development and innovation.ESA’s participation aligns with the space agency’s Advanced Research in Telecommunication Systems (ARTES) Business Applications program which aims at supporting European players in delivering commercial products and services that benefit user communities across a number of vertical domains.“This is an important statement of intent, through which One Sea and the ESA acknowledge the significance that ongoing digitalisation and autonomy have for the maritime industries,” Jukka Merenluoto, One Sea Lead, commented. “Expertise from different disciplines is necessary to transform today’s connectivity capabilities for tomorrow’s needs, and this MoI represents a unique opportunity to develop applications and services that leverage assets on the ground and in space,” Merenluoto added.“We expect that the current initiative, thanks to the engagement of the partners, will foster the emergence of innovative space-based downstream solutions addressing the key challenges of the future maritime and shipping sector,“ Rita Rinaldo, Head of the ESA Institutional Projects Section, commented.The knowledge-sharing agreement foresees using resources, expertise and facilities belonging to one of the signatories to achieve common goals.The MoI makes explicit reference to the future use of DIMECC’s Jaakonmeri test area for autonomous vessels – the first dedicated test zone worldwide for autonomous ship technology, located off western Finland. Finnish regulators have authorized One Sea to oversee future trials in the area.Momentum continues to build for One Sea, as the vehicle best suited to coordinate thinking on shipping’s autonomous future. Members ABB, Kongsberg Maritime and Wärtsilä ran separate autonomous ship trials off the Finnish and Norwegian coasts at the end of 2018.Last month, three global maritime sector influencers joined the One Sea alliance, after satellite group Inmarsat and NYK Group research subsidiary Monohakobi Technology Institute (MTI) became full members and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) signed up as an associate member.Related: Baby Steps Key for Creating Autonomous Maritime Ecosystemlast_img read more

Opinion Former Buckeyes will be on display in Super Bowl 50

Former Buckeye and Carolina Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (19) during practice on Jan. 21, in preparation for the NFC Championship Game against the Arizona Cardinals. Credit: Courtesy of TNSOhio State’s football season might be over, but a handful of Buckeyes are preparing for the biggest sporting event of the year. On Sunday, five former standouts from OSU will be competing in Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos.Wide receivers Corey “Philly” Brown and Ted Ginn Jr., safety Kurt Coleman and left guard Andrew Norwell are suiting up for the Panthers, while cornerback Bradley Roby plays for the Broncos. All are key contributors and could very well be deciding factors in Sunday’s highly anticipated showdown.Looking at the former Buckeyes, each have played integral roles in helping their conference champion squads to this point. The Panthers had big questions surrounding their offense before the season began, but those have since been answered in large part thanks to Brown, Ginn and Norwell.Former Buckeye and Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby (29) sprints out of the end zone after an interception in the AFC Championship Game on Jan. 24 in Denver. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn an offensive system that likes to spread the ball around, Brown and Ginn served as two much-needed playmakers, combining for 75 receptions, 1,186 yards and 14 touchdowns. In the NFC Championship Game, Brown reeled in a career-long 86-yard touchdown catch, while the nine-year veteran Ginn provided an electrifying 22-yard run in Carolina’s 49-15 rout of the Arizona Cardinals. Both Buckeye wideouts will try to take the top off the Broncos defense, something the former OSU receivers have been able to do throughout the season.Down in the trenches, Norwell helps anchor an offensive line that was supposed to be the weakest link on the team. Thanks in part to the much-improved second-year guard, the Panthers have one of the strongest rushing attacks in the league, and it has kept quarterback Cam Newton upright (hit only 61 times, third-fewest in the NFL) and “dabbing” on the way to what should be his first MVP award.Former Buckeye and Carolina Panthers receiver Corey Brown (10) goes up for a catch during the NFC Championship Game against Arizona on Jan. 3 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Credit: Courtesy of TNSColeman, in his first year with the Panthers, was signed in the offseason with the goal of reigniting a career that many thought was nearing its end after just six years. Not only did he silence that talk, but the Clayton, Ohio, native led the team with seven interceptions and recorded two more picks in Carolina’s victory over Arizona.Joining Coleman in the defensive ranks is Roby, who was Brown’s college roommate. Roby has been fantastic for the Broncos since arriving in 2014, collecting three interceptions with 23 passes defended, including a game-winning scoop-and-score in Week 2 this season against the Kansas City Chiefs. Although he’s officially Denver’s third cornerback, he is rarely ever not on the field. Roby will likely line up across from Brown at times on Sunday, a matchup that’s worth keeping an eye on.From the look of it, this Super Bowl has all the makings of a classic, especially in the eyes of the OSU faithful. It’s a rare occurrence to have five starters from one school competing for a championship, and it’s not something that should be taken for granted.The Scarlet and Gray’s football season might have ended back on Jan. 1, but their season comes back to life on Sunday beginning at 6:30 p.m. thanks to their former star players. read more