Bank of the West moves forward with fossil divestment plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post/Associated Press:Bank of the West’s decision to divest from certain fossil fuel investments has run headlong into threats of retaliation in Colorado, Wyoming and other states that rely heavily on coal, oil and natural gas extraction for revenues.The San Francisco-based bank recently made it known that it would be “investing where we feel we can make the most impact” and withdrawing support for companies and business activities that are “detrimental to our environment and our health.”That includes no longer doing business with companies whose main activity is tied to oil and gas from shale or tar sands or financing oil and gas exploration or production projects in the Arctic. Nor will it finance coal mines or coal-fired power plants not actively involved in the energy transition. And the company also is cutting ties to tobacco-related businesses.“As the bank for a changing world, we’re continually seeking to improve the ways we help our customers, while contributing to more sustainable and equitable growth,” the company, which is a holding of French banking giant BNP Paribas, said online.The stance, which has won support from environmental groups, doesn’t sit well in places like Colorado’s Western Slope where residents rely heavily on traditional energy production for their livelihood.Bank of the West is Colorado’s fifth largest bank with $4.5 billion in deposits as of June 30, 2017. It has 75 locations in Colorado, the bank’s second largest concentration of any state after California with 235 locations, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.More: Bank of the West’s anti-fossil fuel stance sets off firestorm in Western Slope, energy states Bank of the West moves forward with fossil divestment planslast_img read more

Nets keep turnover-prone 76ers winless on the road

first_imgLATEST STORIES D’Angelo Russell snapped out of a slump with 13 of his 21 points in the second half, and the Brooklyn Nets kept the 76ers winless on the road with a 122-97 victory on Sunday night.The 76ers committed 28 turnovers, most in the NBA this season, leading to 39 points for the Nets.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 Chriss“That is not who we are,” Brown said. “And I give credit to Brooklyn, but that is an unacceptable performance.”Brown added that the 76ers weren’t currently among the elite in the Eastern Conference, and his players didn’t argue after they fell to 0-5 away from home. They are 6-0 in Philadelphia. 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 “We’ve been playing soft,” said guard Ben Simmons, adding an expletive to describe the team’s play.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also scored 21 points and Caris LeVert had 20 for the Nets. They took a small lead into halftime thanks to 17 Philadelphia turnovers, then blew it open with a 41-point third quarter that was one of the biggest in Barclays Center history.They kept pouring it on in the fourth and Brown removed Embiid and Simmons facing a 24-point deficit.“I would say turning the ball over a lot of the time is being lackadaisical or trying to force something that isn’t there,” Russell said. “I think everybody was aggressive tonight, 1 through 5.”Embiid finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds but got only eight shots a day after going for 39 points and 17 rebounds in a victory over Detroit. Simmons had 20 points and 12 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Nieto twins make triumphant return for ‘motivated’ Ateneo vs Adamson FAMILIAR FACESThe Nets have used the same starting five (LeVert, Russell, Harris, Jared Dudley and Allen) for each of the first 10 games of the season. The last time they did that was in the 2002-03 season, when Jason Kidd, Kerry Kittles, Richard Jefferson, Kenyon Martin and Dikembe Mutombo started the first 16 in a row.BIG THREEThe 41-point third quarter was one off the Nets’ high in Barclays Center, which opened in 2012. They had a 42-point third against Golden State last season and against the 76ers on Dec. 16, 2013.UP NEXT76ers: Visit Chicago on Wednesday.Nets: Visit Phoenix on Tuesday. NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 31: D’Angelo Russell #1 of the Brooklyn Nets reacts after making a three point basket in the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers during their game at Barclays Center on January 31, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Nearly half the fourth quarter remained when 76ers coach Brett Brown pulled Joel Embiid from the game.Embiid wasn’t helping, anyway. In the sloppiest performance in the NBA this season, Philadelphia threw the ball just about everywhere except to its All-Star center.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s not Golden State. We shouldn’t lose a game to Brooklyn by that many points,” Embiid said. “We didn’t compete.”Russell was only 4 for 12 for eight points in the first half, a game after the former No. 2 pick sat the entire fourth quarter in the Nets’ loss to Houston after going 5 for 14.But he had nine points in the third and he was only on the bench as the final minutes ticked down this time because there was no crunch time.Joe Harris snapped a 61-all tie with a 3-pointer, Russell scored five straight and Harris made another 3 to make it 72-61. JJ Redick scored to end that drought but it didn’t change the momentum, as the Nets scored 15 of the next 21 points to open an 87-69 lead.The 76ers limited the Nets to 5-of-28 shooting in the first quarter but led only 21-18 in part because of their 10 turnovers. Philadelphia coughed it up seven more times in the second and the Nets led 51-47 at halftime.TIP-INS76ers: Wilson Chandler rested a day after making his 76ers debut following a strained left hamstring by playing 10 minutes. … Philadelphia had a three-game winning streak against Brooklyn snapped.Nets: Brooklyn improved to 9-4 against Philadelphia at Barclays Center, tied for the most victories against any opponent since moving from New Jersey. The Nets have also beaten Orlando nine times. … Jarrett Allen had 15 points and 10 rebounds.SHOOTING STREAKHarris made a 3-pointer in his 25th straight game, moving into sole possession of fourth place on the Nets’ career list. Joe Johnson hit at least one in 37 in a row in 2014. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img read more

Why Chernobyl Neighbors Are Not Dying

first_img(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Surprising scientists, both people and animals are doing OK around the world’s worst nuclear accident site.Thirty years ago, on April 26, 1986, Russian government officials evacuated people living in 1,600 square miles around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after a meltdown sent a radiation cloud over a large area (see history of the incident on PhysOrg). The “exclusion zone” was deemed too hazardous for humans. Animals, however, were not evacuated; scientists feared a great die-off and ecological disaster. A new study, though, shows a big surprise. National Geographic reports:In a new study released Monday, Beasley says that the population of large mammals on the Belarus side has increased since the disaster. He was shocked by the number of animals he saw there in a five-week survey. Camera traps captured images of a bison, 21 boars, nine badgers, 26 gray wolves, 60 raccoon dogs (an Asian species also called a tanuki), and 10 red foxes. “It’s just incredible. You can’t go anywhere without seeing wolves,” he says.The animals are not zombies, walking around like grotesque mutants in a horror movie. Most are doing well. There are some species with increased incidence of cataracts or albinism, but most wouldn’t notice any difference. Without hunters or human interference around, animal numbers have rebounded; it’s like a great “rewilding” experiment.  Scientists are finding that radiation effects may be less severe than predicted. Surprisingly, Science Daily says, even predators are doing well, even though apex predators stand to suffer the highest radiation dosage from eating contaminated prey as well as getting it from the environment.Beasley and his research team saw 14 species of mammals on the camera footage. The most frequently seen were the gray wolf, wild or Eurasian boar, red fox and raccoon dog, a canid species found in East Asia and Europe. Beasley said all of these species were sighted at stations close to or within the most highly contaminated areas.“We didn’t find any evidence to support the idea that populations are suppressed in highly contaminated areas,” Beasley said.Human ComebackClingons have invaded the exclusion zone. PhysOrg says, “Defying radiation, elderly residents cling on in Chernobyl.” Former residents who called this place home, now in their 70s and 80s, continue living there, danger or not. They Ukrainian government still says the area is uninhabitable. Perhaps the residents feel that they have nothing to lose at their age.In the aftermath of the explosion, which spewed out clouds of poisonous radiation that spread across Europe, more than 1,000 people returned to live in the officially sealed-off area.Urupa survives off vegetables she grows in her garden as well as the food supplies brought by visitors.Are the residents keeling over from radiation damage and cancer? Radiation levels are still high, keeping many visitors out. Thirty deaths were directly attributable to the accident; another 4,000 were feared at risk. “Serious mutations, though, happened only right after the accident.”The article says nothing about increased death rates among those living in the exclusion zone. A child born there in 1999 had anemia and had to move out, the article says, but the fact that many have lived for decades in a radiation bath is phenomenal.The ReasonHow can people and animals thrive in this kind of constant danger? Actually, it’s only a matter of degree. All of us get radiation exposure every day to varying doses. Some breathe in radon gas rising from under their houses. People at higher elevations face more radiation than those at sea level. A long-distance airplane flight can deliver more radiation than a chest X-ray; pilots, therefore, expose their bodies to a great deal of radiation over their careers.If it weren’t for protective mechanisms built into our cells, we would all die much younger from radiation damage. This is not to excuse the Russians for their carelessness at Chernobyl; radiation levels that high are unquestionably harmful. But it is partially comforting to realize that our bodies repair damage 24 x 7 and usually get it right. Whether genes are damaged from UV light, ionizing radiation or cosmic rays, cells know what to do. Science Daily says that “the human body is pretty good at repairing itself” except when we put toxins like cigarette smoke in our lungs or stand in the sun too long. Another Science Daily article praises “the complex genetic network that maintains genome integrity in normal cells.”Here are some recent papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences about the mechanisms of DNA damage repair:Dynamic control of strand excision during human DNA mismatch repair (PNAS): Four “evolutionarily conserved [i.e., unevolved] components” work together to fix mismatched DNA bases.Genome-wide kinetics of DNA excision repair in relation to chromatin state and mutagenesis (PNAS): This paper describes “Nucleotide excision repair” which is “the sole mechanism for removing bulky adducts from the human genome, including those formed by UV radiation and chemotherapeutic drugs.” Cancer can result from mutations in this system.Nucleotide excision repair by dual incisions in plants (PNAS): This paper should surprise evolutionists. You and your potted plant are in two different kingdoms of life, separated (according to evolution) for hundreds of millions of years. And yet, “we found that plants remove UV photoproducts from their genomic DNA through a dual-incision mechanism that is nearly identical to that of humans and other eukaryotes.”On that note, Science Daily reports another case where humans and plants have a lot in common: “Damage-signalling protein shows parallels between plant, human immune systems,” the headline reads.These are just a few of the built-in repair systems that keep animals, plants and people alive in a constant bath of invisible dangers. Without question, the residents around Chernobyl would be better off without the high radiation. There’s no debate that health care workers and government officials should seek to limit exposure. But thank God we are not utterly defenseless against these threats.Update 4/22/16: Claire Corkhill on The Conversation shares interesting facts about the herculean efforts being undertaken to secure the nuclear reactor from another leak for hopefully another 100 years. “At 110 metres tall with a span of 260 metres, the confinement structure will be large enough to house St Paul’s Cathedral or two Statues of Liberty on top of one another,” she writes; but that’s not the only challenge facing engineers. It has to be hermetically sealed and moved into place without exposing human workers.Why aren’t evolutionists happy about Chernobyl? It should provide their very best lab for seeing neo-Darwinism in action. Bathe a population of animals in radiation and watch the fittest survive. New organs and traits should develop as mutation and selection work their magic. Any day now, we should see teenage mutant Ninja turtles come marching out of the woods, with SuperGrandma flying overhead.Genesis 11 records a steady decline of longevity after the Flood compared to the multiple centuries people lived before the Flood (Genesis 5). Abraham lived 175 years, but half a millennium later, Moses lamented the “threescore and ten” that was common in his day (Psalm 90), though he lasted to 120 years. Some creationists believe changes in the earth’s magnetic field or atmosphere during the Flood exposed the world to higher radiation levels. That and cumulative mutational load on the human genome over the subsequent millennia leaves our medical experts struggling to keep us alive a little longer.We all get cancer every day. Our immune system and DNA damage response crews catch most emergencies. Thank God for these amazing systems that keep you alive. Treat every day as a gift, while always being prepared to meet your Maker.last_img read more

Quantum communication for South Africa

first_imgDr Stef Roux believes that free spacequantum communications could put South Africa on the global telecoms map.(Image: CSIR) Quantum communication is more securethan fibre-optic cable, because anytapping can easily be detected.(Image: stock.xchng) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Stef RouxPrincipal researcher and project leaderCSIR National Laser Centre+27 12 841 2823 RELATED ARTICLES • SA laser physicist wins top honour• SA hosts world science meet • Mobile opportunities in Africa • Africa’s telecoms growth potential • Telkom secures R902m loanShamin ChibbaFor some, talk of lasers and quantum physics immediately conjures images from our favourite science fiction movies. But one South African is turning what many people still perceive as fantasy into a reality.Dr Stef Roux, a researcher and project leader at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s National Laser Centre, is looking to pioneer free space quantum communication, a technology that transmits optical signals through the air using the quantum properties of laser light.According to Roux, this technology will provide a much safer means of communicating. He added that the point is to communicate by line of sight, from one tower to another, using light.Roux stated that quantum communication is safer than fibre-optic cables because the latter can be tapped and tampered with, whereas with quantum communication such behaviour can be easily detected.“In terms of application it will help secure communication. And with online ID theft and fraud, there’s a big challenge to find more secure communication.”The 47-year-old believes South Africa should act quickly in taking the initiative to develop this technology so that the country can become a global communications role player. He said that in a number of countries, funding and research into this technology is a high priority.“If we in South Africa jump on this bandwagon and make a significant contribution, it will have a huge impact for the country and position us as a key role player for this technology in the world,” said Roux.Quantum communications still in its infancyRoux, who holds doctorates in both electronic engineering and theoretical particle physics, has a passion for optics and particle physics, which is pushing him to advance in the project.A year in, Roux and his team have progressed far enough to have drawn up theoretical results. However, the practical aspect of the project is still in its infancy and there are challenges in getting the technology to work.Roux said that the team is still in the process of attaining a proper laser and to achieve stable entanglement. This is a concept of quantum mechanics that describes the action of a pair or group of particles when they behave like one object but remain as individuals.Quantum entanglement involves photons, or elementary particles, of light which, in the lab, are set up so that when one is manipulated, the others will be affected no matter how far apart they are.This relates to how senders and receivers will realise that someone is trying to eavesdrop on their communication.Roux has discovered that the entangled particles are very precarious and that entanglement cannot be retained, especially when the atmosphere is turbulent as this causes the particles to de-cohere. He and his team are currently researching how to mitigate these effects.Collaborating with universitiesRoux hopes to advance the experimental stage soon through collaboration with three universities. He is currently working on the project with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, but will visit Canada’s University of Ottawa in the third quarter of the year to learn more about their findings.He is also looking to collaborate with the University of Freiburg in Germany.Roux said the experts at these universities have already established basic experiments to implement the technology and that he can gain valuable experience that would help him with his own experiments.But if you are expecting to be using this technology soon, look for alternatives in the meantime. According to Roux, no definite date can be set for its availability to the public, as it may take up to a decade to finally turn it into a workable technology.He also stated that for the technology to grow, it will need protocols and infrastructure.STYLE–> South Africa’s Dr Stef Roux, an electrical engineer and theoretical physicist, is pioneering a technology that transmits signals using the quantum properties of laser light and will allow users to transmit sensitive data in a secure environment.A scientist pioneers communication technologyShamin ChibbaFor some, talk of lasers and quantum physics immediately conjures images from our favourite science fiction movies. But one South African is turning what many people still perceive as fantasy into a reality.Dr Stef Roux, a researcher and project leader at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s National Laser Centre, is looking to pioneer free space quantum communication, a technology that transmits optical signals through the air using the quantum properties of laser light.According to Roux, this technology will provide a much safer means of communicating. He added that the point is to communicate through the atmosphere from one tower to another by using light.Roux stated that quantum communication is safer than fibre-optic cables because the latter can be tapped and tampered with, whereas with quantum communication such behaviour can be easily detected.“In terms of application it will help secure communication. And with online ID theft and fraud, there’s a big challenge to find more secure communication.”The 47-year-old believes South Africa should act quickly in taking the initiative to develop this technology so that the country can become a global communications role player. He said that in a number of countries, funding and research into this technology is a high priority.“If we in South Africa jump on this bandwagon and make a significant contribution, it will have a huge impact for the country and position us as a key role player for this technology in the world,” said Roux.Quantum communications still in its infancyRoux, who holds doctorates in both electronic engineering and theoretical particle physics, has a passion for optics and particle physics, which is pushing him to advance in the project.A year in, already Roux has progressed far enough to have drawn up the theory of quantum communications. However, the practical aspect of the project is still in its infancy and there are challenges in getting the technology to work.Roux said that the team is still in the process of attaining a proper laser and to achieve stable entanglement. This is a concept of quantum mechanics that describes the action of a pair or group of particles when they behave like one object but remain as individuals.Quantum entanglement involves photons of light which, in the lab, are set so that when one is manipulated, the others will be affected even if they are far apart.This relates to how senders and receivers will realise that someone is trying to tamper with their communication.Roux has discovered that the entangled particles are very precarious and that entanglement cannot be retained. He and his team are currently researching how to retain it.He referred to the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, which is already using a quantum cryptography system to communicate but without quantum entanglements.Collaborating with universitiesRoux is looking to advance the experimental stage soon by collaborating with three universities. He will visit the University of Ottawa in Canada in the third quarter of the year to learn more about their findings.He is also looking to collaborate with the University of Freiburg in Germany as well as the University of KwaZulu-Natal.Roux said the experts at these universities have already established basic experiments to implement the technology and that he can gain valuable experience that would help him with his own experiments.But if you are expecting to be using this technology soon, look for alternatives in the meantime.  According to Roux, no definite date can be set for its availability for public usage, as it may take up to a decade to finally turn it into a workable technology.He also stated that for the technology to grow, it will need protocols and infrastructure. Related storiesSKA on the African horizon/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2193:ska-030211&catid=48:innovationnews&Itemid=115 Mobile internet booms in SA/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1753:mobile-internet-booms-in-south-africa&catid=48:innovationnews&Itemid=115 Mobile networks in tower sharing deal/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2117:mtn-cellc-201210&catid=45:economynews&Itemid=114 SA hosts world science meet/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1371:sa-hosts-world-science-community&catid=48:innovationnews&Itemid=115 Media ContactsDr Stef RouxPrincipal researcher and project leaderCSIR National Laser CentreTel: 012 841 2823Email: fsroux@csir.co.za Mzimasi GcukumanaStrategic Communications and Stakeholder Relation ManagerCSIR Tel: 012 841 2911 Email: MGcukumana@csir.co.zalast_img read more

READ spreads literacy around South Africa

first_imgMathiba MolefeResources like books and other learning materials are few in South Africa’s underprivileged communities. Enter the READ Educational Trust, working to improve education across South Africa by catering to this exact need. (Image: READ Educational Trust, via Facebook)What started as a small group of volunteers in Soweto in the late 1970s has now grown into one of South Africa’s most recognised educationally focused NGOs, the READ Educational Trust.Just five years after its creation the READ Foundation had spread to all provinces in the country apart from what was then known as the Northern Transvaal.Now, more than three decades later, the NGO continues to put education and literacy at the front of its agenda, providing much-needed reading materials and learning aides to underprivileged children around the country.Highlighting the importance of literacy, READ’s fundraising manager, Lizelle Langford, said: “The ability to read and write is essential to ensure success at school or later, career advancement and tertiary study.”Over the years the trust has partnered with a number of different bodies that share their view, these include the Rally to Read initiative which aims to deliver books to some of the country’s most remote locations.The organisation’s activities have relied heavily on the generosity of corporations and individuals from around the world and they need your help to continue opening doors for the children of the country.HELPING TEACHERS HELP LEARNERSAt first the organisation visited schools and delivered books hoping it would kickstart the learning process, but they soon realised that having books wouldn’t necessarily get learners to read.“From thereon it evolved to not only giving out books, but giving training, making sure that there’s an understanding and assisting teachers in the classroom on how to teach people to read so that they can become lifelong learners,” Langford said during an interview on SABC 2.After realising what schoolchildren really needed, READ identified educator development as a key area that needs to be addressed in order to improve education around the country.The organisation works alongside various government departments to implement teacher training where it’s needed most. By improving the educator’s ability to teach, they in turn improve the learner’s chances of success.“READ is not bringing a different project into the schools,” explained Langford, “we’re helping the teachers actually deliver the curriculum.“So it’s a systemic change that we are trying to bring about and for that we need a partnership, not only with the departments but with the teachers, with the community, with everybody. Otherwise you’re not going to get sustainability.”During the training period, trainers from READ join teachers in the classrooms to identify areas that can be improved.Once these have been identified the trainers then take the teachers through multiple exercises to help improve their teaching methods. “It’s a very intensive process and it’ll probably be longer than three years before you see the product, but it’s a partnership right from the start,” said Langford.GET INVOLVEDIf literacy and education are causes close to your heart you can have a look at the READ Educational Trust’s get involved page for details on how to do so.The organisation’s activities have relied heavily on the generosity of corporations and individuals from around the world and they need your help to continue opening doors for the children of the country.Play a part and help fulfil dreams.PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.last_img read more

Floor test in M.P. Assembly today, Cong. issues whip

first_imgAhead of the crucial floor test on Monday, the Congress in Madhya Pradesh has issued a whip to the party MLAs in an attempt to keep its flock together. The party has already expressed concern over horse-trading and taken the names of two Ministers of the previous BJP government in this connection. The first session of the new Assembly begins on Monday.‘Numbers with Cong.’The process of issuing a whip to all the party MLAs for the floor test has already been done, Congress in-charge C.P. Shekhar said. They have been instructed to be present in the Assembly commencing on January 7 and vote in favour of the confidence motion, he said, adding that “the numbers are with the Congress and the party will win”.On Sunday, the Congress MLAs started arriving at the official bungalow of Chief Minister Kamal Nath. Mr. Nath is likely to address the MLAs in the presence of senior party leaders Digvijaya Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kantilal Bhuriya, Vivek Tankha and Suresh Pachouri.Two-days ago, Mr. Digvijaya Singh had expressed concern about horse-trading, alleging that two former BJP Ministers — Narottam Mishra and Bhupinder Singh — were working to destabilise the Congress government. Allegation denied Senior BJP MLA and former Minister in BJP government, Gopal Bhargav, on Sunday rubbished the Congress allegations. “We are a party of grassroot workers who believe in fighting a battle on the ground. We will not resort to any unfair means,” he said. The BJP is likely to finalise name of the Leader of the Opposition on Monday. Shivraj not in raceFormer Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has already clarified that he is not in the race. “I served as Chief Minister for 13 years therefore would like some other person to shoulder the responsibility of Leader of the Opposition,” Mr. Chouhan had told reporters on last Friday.The Congress has won 114 seats in the recently held Assembly elections, but was two short of the simple majority mark of 116 in the 230-member Assembly. The party took support of two BSP MLAs, the sole SP MLA and four Independents to form the government. The BJP could bag 109 seats.last_img read more

Veteran fencers shine in Asian tilt

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Other winners were Myra Cruz (bronze 60 to 69 women’s epee), and Lenita Otadoy (bronze, 35-49 women’s saber).The ladies’ saber team also captured a dramatic gold medal after one member had to check out of the hospital to play in the event. The team was made up of past SEA games medalists Aurea Dioquino, Lenny Otadoy and Bevery Alarcon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Reynaldo Navarro wins the gold. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippines put up a strong stand in the recent Asian Veterans Fencing Championship in Thailand, with Reynaldo Navarro bagging a gold in the men’s 50 to 59 saber competition.Former Philippine Olympic Committee president Celso Dayrit won a bronze in the men’s 60 t0 69 epee while three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Maria Leonor Estampador topped the 50 to 59 women’s foil.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Rain or Shine continues chase for top 4, downs Blackwater World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

10 months agoNew Inter Milan chief Marotta cools Conte rumours

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say New Inter Milan chief Marotta cools Conte rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNew Inter Milan chief Beppe Marotta denies he’s in talks with Antonio Conte.The former Chelsea boss is being linked with Luciano Spalletti’s job at Inter.Marotta said, “I said Spalletti is a very good Coach, who did well throughout his career, so we’ve got to let him work. “I want to underline he too came to Inter last season, climbed into some important positions after a long time out, so must be left to work with calm.“It is up to the club to make the right moves on the market and work with the Coach and all together to form a winning project.” last_img read more

Big 12 Getting Crushed For Reportedly Considering Splitting Football Into 2 Divisions

first_imgBig 12 expansion fpiBig 12.The Big 12 dropped some interesting news Friday, announcing that starting in 2017, the league will bring back a conference championship game, despite the fact that it is staying at 10 schools. It was also announced by commissioner Bob Bowlsby that the league is considering moving to two five-team divisions and keeping its round robin scheduling. If you’re thinking that doesn’t make a ton of sense – you aren’t alone. College football fans and analysts are mocking the league for what seems like a pointless exercise. Why have divisions if you already play every other team? Couldn’t that potentially leave the league without its two best teams in the title game?What’s the point of divisions if doing round-robin? The Big 12 is clueless https://t.co/En2GE7PZ9D— Jason Brown (@JasonBrown96) June 3, 2016“two five team divisions”One one hand, that’s dumb.On the other hand, the Big 12 East featuring WVU, ISU, Kansas, KSU, and someone.— Smoking Musket (@SmokingMusket) June 3, 2016So the Big 12 is going to five-team divisions. What is the point if the league is still playing a round-robin schedule?— Bobby La Gesse (@BobbyLaGesse) June 3, 2016If the Big 12 is going to have divisions, here’s how I recommend splitting the teams. pic.twitter.com/AYwXG73eeE— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) June 3, 2016“Sorry, TCU, we know you and OU both finished 8-1 in our round robin, but 6-3 WVU is going to the title game b/c they’re further north.”— Bill Connelly (@SBN_BillC) June 3, 2016Entire idea of a championship game was because all teams did not play each other in bloated leagues..— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) June 3, 2016Love that the Big 12 is switching from round robin to two 5-team divisions with 5 crossover games.— Ben Swain (@TheBenSwain) June 3, 2016The only thing that will make the Big 12’s potential 5-team divisions better is to name them Leaders and Legends— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) June 3, 2016@MattBrownCFB axis and allies— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) June 3, 2016We’ll see if the Big 12 changes its mind. This likely isn’t the last we hear on this topic.last_img read more