Speculation over Fulham and Saints’ apparent interest in Barnsley star

first_imgBarnsley right-back John Stones, 18, is set to cost Fulham £1.5m, according to The Sun.The Sun also say Hull are planning a £3m bid for Whites keeper David Stockdale.The Daily Mail, meanwhile, say Fulham have had a £1.5m bid for Stones rejected and that Southampton also want him.Arsenal are looking to steal West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame, The Sun say.QPR have made a bid for Diame and hope to hold talks with the 25-year-old, who is expected to return from a hamstring injury in the Hammers’ FA Cup replay against Manchester United.It is claimed Arsenal will watch him in that game and plan to make their own offer.QPR boss Harry Redknapp has clinched the £8m capture of striker Loic Remy from Marseille and the £7m signing of Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, again according to The Sun.Related West London Sport story: QPR set to table formal bid for French starThe Sun also say Redknapp faces a hostile reception at West Brom tonight after trying to sign Baggies duo Jonas Olsson and Peter Odemwingie, and that R’s star Adel Taarabt is in hot water for sending abusive texts after being left out of Morocco’s squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.The Daily Mirror say QPR are willing to hand Odemwingie a bonus and an automatic 12-month contract extension if they avoid relegation and have offered Remy a salary of £70,000 a week.And The Sun report that Chelsea are closing on Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas.Reading are apparently keen on the striker, who is said to be available for £5.5m.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Sea life explained for young explorers

first_imgA marine biologist from Stellenbosch University has authored a children’s book on Southern African sea life. (Image: Random Struik) Dr Sophie von der Heyden lectures in marine biology and genetics at Stellenbosch University and has published widely on marine biodiversity and conservation. (Image: Stellenbosch University) The full-colour 88-page field guide is filled with beautiful photographs, interesting facts and easy-to-understand descriptions that bring to life the beauty of marine plants and animals such as seaweeds, molluscs, fish, seashore birds, and marine mammals. Guido Zsilavecz, a respected marine photographer contributed most of the photographs in the book. (Images: Wilma den Hartigh) MEDIA CONTACTS • Engela Duvenhage   Stellenbosch University  +27 21 808 9321 RELATED ARTICLES • Protecting marine life with plastic • Protecting SA’s coastline pays off • Pick n Pay greens seafood operations • Conquering South Africa’s litterbug Wilma den HartighA marine biologist from Stellenbosch University has authored a children’s book on Southern African sea life to teach young people about the importance of oceans and inspire them to explore marine environments in Africa.The author, Dr Sophie von der Heyden, has a PhD from Oxford University, lectures in marine biology and genetics at Stellenbosch University and has published widely on marine biodiversity and conservation.She says that although there are numerous marine guides in South Africa, these are only suitable for adult readers.“There was nothing specifically geared towards children,” Von der Heyden explains, adding that she wanted to write a book that would be informative for both children and adults.“I hope it will fascinate and educate children, and that they will discover the joys of exploring,” she says.Von der Heyden received a grant from the Academic and Non-fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa (Anfasa) to complete the field guide.She is one of eight emerging or established writers who are supported through Anfasa’s grant scheme for authors, which aims to support interesting academic and non-fiction projects.The field guide, Southern African Sea Life: A Guide for Young Explorers, is available in most local bookshops, online at Exclusive Books or directly from the publisher, Random Struik, for only R100 (US$12)Colourful and accessibleThe full-colour 88-page field guide is filled with beautiful photographs, interesting facts and easy-to-understand descriptions that bring to life the beauty of marine plants and animals such as seaweeds, molluscs, fish, seashore birds, and marine mammals.The book also explains concepts such as ocean currents and the importance of protecting oceans and marine habitats.The author included a holiday guide section which focuses on popular areas of the Southern African coastline such as the West Coast, the Wild Coast, Namibia and Mozambique. This section provides an overview on the marine life and environments that visitors are most likely to encounter when exploring the coastline around each of these areas.“I’d like people to use this section to get to know their favourite holiday destinations,” she says.There is also a chapter on careers in marine science and the valuable work of marine scientists.“I hope the book will inspire future generations to become biologists, oceanographers and conservationists working together to preserve our amazing oceans,” Von der Heyden says.“It shows just how wide ranging the field is. Marine biology isn’t the only career; there are also others such as marine chemistry, aquaculture and oceanography.”She says it is important that children develop a love for oceans and marine life. A resource such as this vibrant field guide, as well as input from parents, can help to create early awareness about the value of oceans.Von der Heyden says she has her older brother to thank for her interest in all things marine. “He is 10 years older than me, but he got me interested in fishing when I was a child,” she recalls. “Together, we explored muddy ponds and this is what sparked my interest.”Helping parents and curious childrenThe idea for the book came about a few years ago when Von der Heyden was on a field trip, exploring the rock pools of Margate on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast with two students and her young daughter.“While we were collecting samples I saw a dad trying to answer the questions his sons were asking about the things that they found in the rock pools,” she tells, adding that the harried parent was running out of creative answers.“Kids love the sea so I started to think about the value of an informative and fun guide that was age appropriate.”The guide provides parents of young children with answers to such questions and older children who can read can browse through the book by themselves to find out more about their rock pool discoveries.There are many interesting facts contained in the book. Even adults might be surprised to learn that a sea star feeds by pushing its stomach out through its mouth and placing it directly over its prey, octopuses are quite clever, and that the yellow-bellied sea snake is the only marine snake found in the oceans of Southern Africa.Beautiful photographs“What makes the book stand out is the photography,” Von der Heyden.Her favourite two-page spread is one of sea stars, brittlestars, sea cucumbers and other types of echinoderms (animals that have spines and bumps covering their bodies).“The photographs are simply beautiful.”Von der Heyden worked with Guido Zsilavecz, a respected marine photographer from the Southern Underwater Research Group who contributed most of the photographs in the book.Zsilavecz is an experienced underwater lensman and has published identification guides on fish and sea slugs. Von der Heyden enjoys the fact that he has captured some of the smallest aquatic and marine species.The author explains that it was important to compile a highly visual book with excellent photographs that would make it fun for children to identify species.The field guide also contains illustrations by Sally McLarty, an experienced illustrator of children’s and nature books.Easy and descriptive textVon der Heyden says that one of the most challenging aspects of the writing process, which started in 2010, was to explain scientific aspects of the marine environment in language for children, yet ensure that the book maintains its scientific integrity.“Writing for kids has been a real eye-opener and huge fun,” she says. “I come from a background of academic writing, and it was tricky to explain complicated concepts without losing detail.”Fortunately she could consult with her two young children for an honest opinion about what she was writing. “They were excellent sounding boards, and I regularly read sections to them to see if it was accessible.”• Slideshow image courtesy of Guido Zsilaveczlast_img read more

Cargill Faces Fire Over Amazon

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — One of the areas feeling an impact from fires across the Amazon rainforest is the headquarters for Cargill Inc., just outside Minneapolis.The agricultural giant — the largest private company in the U.S. — was already under constant criticism from a relatively new environmental group, Mighty Earth, over Amazon deforestation before the fires became global news last month. In July, Mighty Earth dubbed Cargill “the worst company in the world,” accusing Cargill of making sustainability pledges while continuing to source soybeans from deforested areas of Brazil and Bolivia.Mighty Earth, which was founded by former U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., increased its pressure last week with a protest rally against Cargill at the Minneapolis Art Institute, a museum the Cargill family has helped support.Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro has championed economic development over the environment and critics argue Bolsonaro’s views have helped spur a push for clearing land by burning that sparked more Amazon fires over the summer.“We have many people, including the big media, interested in criticizing President Bolsonaro for anything,” said Ricardo Arioli Silva, a farmer in Mato Grosso who also has a radio program on agriculture in the state, told DTN in an email. “The fires in the Amazon was a great opportunity.”On Friday, the presidents of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana and Suriname all signed the “Amazon Pact” to increase cooperation in the Amazon. Bolsonaro did not attend the event, but did issue a video for the event and sent Brazil’s foreign minister to the conference. Some environmental groups complained the pact doesn’t go far enough.Silva was in the U.S. last week with other Brazilian farmers. He noted he heard several times that farmers were using the fires to clear more land and plant soybeans to sell to China because of the trade war. “That’s ridiculous,” he said.Silva notes there are no soybeans in the Amazon rainforest, because it’s too complicated to grow them there. It’s too expensive to convert the land to soybean production and too far away from roads and elevators to sell the beans. There are also complications in trying to sell beans from those areas specifically because of a moratorium.Still, agribusiness is tied to the Amazon fires. Twice during a CNN event last Wednesday on climate change, audience members asked Democratic presidential candidates what they planned to do to control agribusinesses causing Amazon fires and deforestation.Cargill has come under increasing criticism on social media and is associated with the deforestation. Climate activist Bill McKibben tweeted last Tuesday, “Glad to see people standing up to @Cargill for their role in Amazon fires.”In an interview with DTN last month, Cargill’s vice president of global sustainability for business operations and supply chain, Jill Kolling, said Cargill and other companies have been able to drastically reduce deforestation around palm oil production, but the challenges are more complex with soybeans in Brazil. And while Cargill is taking the heat, Kolling said it’s really an issue for the entire soy trade operating in Brazil.“We were saying that, when it comes to soy, the sector is not going to make that goal. It’s been a much more complex problem than palm oil where the industry has made really good progress working to eliminate deforestation there,” Kolling said.RAINFOREST OR CERRADO?Part of the challenge for the grain trade is a broadening of Amazon deforestation to include Brazil’s Cerrado, the country’s savannah, a large swath of which has been cleared over the past decades for farming, especially in the state of Mato Grosso. Brazil has sought to restrict further clearing of the Cerrado, but it continues.“The progress in the Cerrado has been a little different and we don’t think the solutions that worked elsewhere are going to work there,” Kolling said. She added, “As conservation groups have evolved their thinking, they believe that the Cerrado area — they will call it an upside down forest, because of the roots in the ground and the native vegetation are a really important carbon sink. The soil is sequestering carbon and it became a native vegetation sort of goal.”Mighty Earth and others want no conversion of native vegetation. Yet, while the world condemns the Amazon fires, Brazil has also become the biggest soybean and beef exporter to China. A Chinese state-owned oilseed and food company, COFCO, just last month announced it would buy 25% more soybeans from Brazil over the next five years and spend $60 million to help Brazilian farmers expand. Chinese officials have rejected ties between Amazon fires and agricultural exports to the country.Kolling noted the environmental challenges of deforestation, whether in the rainforest or the Cerrado, are pitted against the economics of rural poor areas in Brazil.“Some of those areas are some of the poorest areas of Brazil and they are really looking to agriculture as an economic lever, just like we did 100 years ago here,” Kolling said. “That’s the challenge we are facing as Brazil sees agriculture as a key to their future.”Cargill’s action plan came as the company sent a letter to Brazilian soy producers that it would not sign on a new soy moratorium in the Cerrado. Cargill, Bunge, ADM and others have been part of a pact to avoid soy production in the Amazon, but Cargill came out in June telling farmers it would not join a similar ban in the Cerrado. Cargill executives also met multiple times with leaders from Mighty Earth, but were unable to reach any agreement on deforestation and sustainability issues.“We agree on the importance of protecting the environment and protecting native lands in key areas,” Kolling said. “We absolutely agree on that. It’s the how that we really disagree on. We believe we need to consider that economic piece for the farmer and for the rural communities of Brazil, in addition to looking at the environment. And that’s part of sustainability and what makes it challenging.”Kolling added, “We really view it as a balance of environmental, economic and social. Sometimes if you are somebody who is really passionate about a single issue, you forget about the other side of it and unintended consequences that can happen.”Instead of joining a ban on Cerrado development, Cargill released a soy action plan that includes listing the Matopiba region in the Cerrado as a high-priority area for risk assessments and restricted sourcing. Among other actions in the plan are suspensions for suppliers who violate protected areas or appear on government lists regarding forced labor practices. “We recognize that as a leading company in food and agriculture, we must use our influence to help enact change. We take this role seriously,” Cargill stated.As part of its soy action plan, Cargill committed $30 million in June to a fund to protect the rainforest and Cerrado, but at the same time, Cargill acknowledged the company and the larger food industry as a whole, would not meet a goal to end deforestation in the soy industry by 2020.“Some Brazilian farmers from Matopiba are mad at them also, just because they announced a $30 million budget to promote sustainable production,” Silva said.Cargill, Bunge and three Brazilian companies were fined in May 2018 a combined total of $6.5 million following an investigation dubbed “Operation Soy Sauce” by the Brazil Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resource, which charged the companies with buying soy grown on land in the Matopiba region of Brazil without deforestation licenses. Matopiba is made up of four Brazilian states and the undeveloped areas are largely Cerrado.ADM and Bunge have issued statements about the Amazon fires, stating they do not source commodities from deforested areas and are using satellite images to enforce that. ADM told DTN it has joined a ban on Cerrado development.DRY SUMMER OR DEFORESTATION?A study released by the Amazon Environmental Research Institute (IPAM) in August blamed deforestation, not drought, as the main driver for the summer fires, which now top more than 90,000 across the Amazon. IPAM stated moisture levels in the Amazon were higher this year than in the past three years, but fires for 2019 are higher than any of the last four years across the Amazon. In its recommendations, IPAM stated, “Considering that deforestation is a direct driver of forest fires, the fight against illegal deforestation must be intensified, and producers must be supported to adopt better practices and quit using fire to prepare the land.”Click on this link to view the study: https://ipam.org.br/…Using numbers from the IPAM study, Brazil’s Vegetable Oil Industry Association — ABIOVE –pushed back on the argument that soy production was a driver for the fires and current deforestation in the Amazon. ABIOVE released a report showing the 10 areas with the most fires over the first six months of the year only accounting for about 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of planted beans. Brazil planted 36 million hectares (nearly 89 million acres) of soybeans last year.Yet, Reuters reported 17,000 hectares (42,000 acres) of soybeans grew in one area hit hard by fires, Novo Progresso in Para state, where an investigation is taking place over fires started intentionally on lands along a major farm highway in the country, BR-163. Allegations claim as many as 70 people coordinated “fire day” on the social media platform WhatsApp to burn off more land for development.Click on this link to view the investigation:https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/…PAY FOR DEFORESTED SOYWhile groups clamor for agriculture to do more to help reduce deforestation, there are questions about broad commitments. Consumers, for instance, are not making major demands of companies on their soy purchases.“We don’t see consumers across the world saying, ‘I am willing to pay for deforestation-free soy.’ Some people are, but that’s not mainstream,” Kolling said.Commercially certified deforestation-free soy is available today, but that leads to higher costs because of the segregated supply chain and getting farmers certified for such a program.“We have these commercial options available today and we would like to see demand for those products grow. Because that sends a signal to the farmers too that this is what consumers want,” Kolling said.Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(BAS/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

U.S. States’ Top Law Enforcement Officials Question Google

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Did Google test the Street View information gathering technology prior to employing it? Who was responsible for the code that allowed the Street View cars to harvest private information?How could Google have been unaware of the presence of the code that allowed the cars to collect this data? How was this code uploaded to the cars? In which exact locations was private data collected? Related Posts curt hopkins Tags:#Google#privacy#web We reported in June that the Attorneys General of 30 U.S. states held a conference call to discuss investigating Google. Google’s capture of private information while using Street View cars to gather mapping information has led to a host of legal troubles globally for the company. Now, this group of Attorneys General has grown to 38 (plus the District of Columbia). It has scheduled a Friday meeting with Google representatives and today it sent the company the latest in a long list of questions it wants answered. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who is spearheading the AG probe, sent Google the letter on behalf of all the states involved. According to a statement issued by his office, he asked Google whether it had tested the Street View information-gathering technology prior to employing it. Here is a partial list of the questions the group of Attorneys General want Google to answer.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting “We will take all appropriate steps,” said AG Blumenthal, “including potential legal action if warranted, to obtain complete, comprehensive answers.” Thanks to Simon Owens 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Final World Cup squads

first_imgAll teams have announced their final 15 players for World Cup starting in Dhaka on February 19.The tournament is being hosted jointly by India, Sir Lanka and Bangladesh and first match will see India take on Bangladesh in Dhaka. The final will be held in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on April 2.The squads (final 15)India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanth, Ashish Nehra, R Ashwin, Yusuf Pathan, Piyush ChawlaPakistan: Muhammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Kamran Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Abdul Rehman, Saeed Ajmal, Shoaib Akhtar, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan.Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, John Hastings, Jason Krejza, David Hussey, Callum Ferguson, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Cameron White.England: Andrew Strauss (captain), Jimmy Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Ravi Bopara, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Ajmal Shahzad, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy.South Africa: Graeme Smith (captain), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, AB de Villiers (wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, Colin Ingram, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Robin Peterson, Dale Steyn, Imran Tahir, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Morne van Wyk (wk)New Zealand: Daniel Vettori (captain), Hamish Bennett, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock.advertisementWest Indies: Darren Sammy (captain), Devon Thomas, Kirk Edwards, Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Dwayne Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Christopher Gayle, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Devon Smith.Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan (captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Shariar Nafees, Zunaed Siddique, Mohammad Ashraful, Raqibul Hassan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riad, Abdur Razzak, Naeem Islam, Shafiul Islam, Suhrawardi Shuvo, Rubel Hossain, Nazmul Hossain.The Netherlands: Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Baressi (wk), Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tom Cooper, Tom de Grooth, Alexei Kervezee, Bradley Kruger, Bernard Loots, Adeel Raja, Pieter Seelaar, Eric Swarczynski, Ryan Ten Doeschate, Berend Westdijk, Bas Zuiderent. Reserves: Tom Heggleman, Andrew Hoogstraten, Muhammad KashifIreland: William Porterfield (captain), Andre Botha, Alex Cusack, Niall O’Brien (wk), Kevin O’Brien, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, John Mooney, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Albert van der Merwe, Gary Wilson (wk), Andrew White, Ed Joyce. Kenya: Jimmy Kamande (captain), Seren Waters, Alex Obanda, David Obuya, Collins Obuya, Steve Tikolo, Tamnay Mishra, Rakep Patel, Maurice Ouma, Thomas Odoyo, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Peter Ongondo, Shem Ngoche, James Ngoche.Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (captain), Regis Chakabva, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Gregory Lamb, Shingirai Masakadza, Christopher Mpofu, Raymond Price, Edward Rainsford, Tatenda Taibu, Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams. Non-travelling reserves: Terrence Duffin, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Njabulo Ncube, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi SibandaSri Lanka: Kumar Sangakkara (captain and wicketkeeper), Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Chamara Kapugedera, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath.Canada: Ashish Bagai (captain and wicketkeeper), Rizwan Cheema (vice captain), Harvir Baidwan, Nitish Kumar, Hiral Patel, Tyson Gordon, Henry Osinde, John Davison, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Parth Desai, Karl Whatham, Khurram Chohan, Jimmy Hansra, Zubin Surkari, Balaji Rao. Standby: Hamza Tariqlast_img read more

Jerwin Ancajas, Michael Dasmariñas, Vic Saludar share spotlight as Boxers of the Year

first_imgWintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving The 27-year-old Ancajas successfully defended his belt three times last year, which began with a 10th round stoppage of Israel Gonzalez. He then, followed it up with a lopsided decision over compatriot Jonas Sultan in May before settling for a split draw against Alejandro Santiago of Mexico in September.“Getting another opportunity to be named as one of the Boxers of the Year is a big achievement for me,” said Ancajas, who received the distinction for the third straight time, in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAncajas shared the limelight with Saludar, who captured the WBO minimumweight belt last July when beat Japanese fighter Ryuya Yamanaka in Kobe, Japan, and Dasmariñas, who is bound for a world title shot.Dasmariñas also won the IBO crown last year after knocking out Frenchman Karim Guerfi in the fourth round. Boxers of the Year Vic Saludar, left, Jerwin Ancajas, middle, and Michael Dasmariñas raise their awards during the 19th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Awards at Okada Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhilippine boxing’s best led by Jerwin Ancajas, Vic Saludar and Michael Dasmariñas were feted in the 19th Gabriel “Flash” Elorde Boxing Awards Banquet of Champions Monday night at Okada Manila in Parañaque City.Ancajas, the IBF super flyweight champion, Saludar, the WBO minimumweight titleholder, and Dasmariñas, the International Boxing Organization bantamweight champion, took center stage as they received the evening’s top honor as Boxers of the Year for 2018.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants The 19-year-old Martin, who hails from Lagawe, Ifugao, owns an undefeated record of 12 wins, 11 of which by knockout. He won the WBO Oriental Youth and WBA Asia bantamweight belts last year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Avery Johnson out as Alabama basketball coach after 4 seasons Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending 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 Krausscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “I’m very happy to be recognized with Filipino world champions as Boxer of the Year,” said Dasmariñas.The 26-year-old Dasmariñas proved he’s worthy of that honor after earning an IBF bantamweight world title shot following a unanimous decision victory over compatriot Kenny Demecillo on Saturday.Boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao was also given an Award of Distinction as an Elorde Hall of Famer as well as Donnie Nietes, the longest reigning Filipino world champion, and four-division titleholder Nonito Donaire Jr. Pacquiao’s best friend and longtime cornerman Buboy Fernandez was recognized as Best Trainer.Other awardees include amateur boxing stars Rogen Ladon and Nesthy Petecio, who were named Best Male Boxer and Best Female Boxer, respectively while rising bantamweight Carl Jammes Martin was cited as Most Promising Boxer.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

HHI Receives DNV GL Updated Approval for SkyBench Design

first_imgzoom Classification society DNV GL has presented South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) with an updated Approval in Principle (AiP) certificate for its SkyBench design.The certificate confirms that the SkyBench design, aimed at increasing cargo capacity of large container ships, complies with the new DNV GL rules for the classification of ships. It is the result of a development project conducted by HHI in collaboration with DNV GL.HHI has also tested a working 1:2 scale mockup of the design at its yard in Ulsan, South Korea.DNV GL has granted two consecutive approvals of the Sky Bench as well as the statement of witness for the mock-up test. In June 2015, the classification society presented the shipbuilder with the first AiP for SkyBench concept.“The SkyBench shows how the industry’s increased focus on efficiency and maximising transport capacity has really sparked innovation in design and operation. Additionally, the potential of this design to offset reduced cargo capacity when choosing LNG as ship fuel means that HHI can offer a design tailored to meet stricter sulphur emission limits in the future,” Ian Edwards, DNV GL’s Head of Approval Centre Korea, said.The bridge and upper three decks of a “twin island” design container operate as a separate sliding block, mounted on rails and able to move over the length of two 40ft container bays. In combination with a resizing and relocation of fuel tanks and the utilization of the void spaces beneath the accommodation block in a traditional design, this allows the addition of two extra 20ft container bays.The SkyBench mechanism takes ten minutes to operate at port, using four electric drive train units to move the block backwards from its normal position. The two 40ft side casings on which the accommodation block rests provide structural strength and hold lifeboats, provision cranes and utility rooms. In an emergency, the sliding block is detachable and is designed to float independently of the vessel.last_img read more

Keown slams Arsenals sickening decision to allow Ramsey to leave

first_imgArsenal great Martin Keown is far from impressed with the club’s decision to let Aaron Ramsey leave this summer, despite his importance to the teamThe Wales international is set to become a free agent this summer once his existing deal at Arsenal expires, which will bring an end to over a decade of service, following a breakdown in talks over an extension last year.Now Ramsey has reportedly turned down interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in favour of signing a pre-contract agreement with Juventus for next season.Speaking after another impressive display from Ramsey in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Chelsea on Saturday, Keown announced his frustration with the Gunners’ handling over Ramsey – who continues to leave their highest earner Mesut Ozil benched.“It’s the saddest thing of all really, how well he executed the plan today but in possession and out of possession,” Keown said on BT Sport.“He’s obviously doing that to such an extent that [Mesut] Ozil can’t get near the team.“But Ramsey’s not going to be part of their future and I find that sad.“I find it a little bit sickening that he’s going to be leaving, they’re trying to make progress and one player who was singly so important won’t be a part of Arsenal’s future.”Meanwhile, former Arsenal player Joel Campbell backed Ramsey’s move to Turin and stated that he would be a great coup for Juventus.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Since arriving from Cardiff City in 2008, Ramsey has managed 62 goals and 64 assists in 358 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions.The 28-year-old midfielder also memorably scored the match-winner in two of the three FA Cups he’s won at Arsenal.Following last weekend’s London derby victory, Unai Emery’s side will next face Manchester United in the FA Cup on Friday.”I find it a little bit sickening that he’s going to be leaving.””He’s going to one of the best teams in Europe and Arsenal have lost him.”Martin Keown speaking straight from the heart on the Aaron Ramsey situation 😞 pic.twitter.com/CY2ZGttivJ— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) January 19, 2019last_img read more