Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Alvaro Morata returns to the Chelsea side for the game at Stamford Bridge.Cesc Fabregas also starts, with Pedro and Willian dropping to the bench. Gary Cahill plays instead of Andreas Christsensen.Blues boss Antonio Conte appears to have switched to a 3-5-2 formation, with Eden Hazard supporting Morata up front.Meanwhile, Ezequeil Schelotto, Shane Duffy and Jose Izquierdo return for Brighton.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Bakayoko, Alonso; Hazard, Morata.Subs: Caballero, Drinkwater, Pedro, Zappacosta, Willian, Ampadu, Batshuayi.Brighton: Ryan, Dunk, Duffy, Suttner, Schelotto, Stephens, March, Kayal, Pröpper, Izquierdo, Hemed.Subs: Krul, Bruno, Baldock, Knockaert, Gross, Murray, Goldson.
The path of a butterfly may appear haphazard to us, but there is a method to the fluttering. A UK team of scientists put transponders on butterflies and monitored their flight paths. They found that the looping paths appear to help with orientation and food detection. The rest of the time, they flew straight at speeds up to six miles an hour. They appeared able to detect hazards from 200 meters, and food sources at 100 meters. See the BBC News story for more information. MSNBC News reported that the largest migration of painted lady butterflies is underway in California. From the southern desert and coastal areas, they fly through the Central Valley and some make it all the way to Oregon. See also the press release from UC Davis.What kind of engineering and programming must a tiny butterfly brain possess to engage in navigation, orienteering, and long distance flight? The most delicate of small creatures shows capabilities that would stump robotics experts. Help your kids appreciate not just the beauty but the technical abilities of these beautifully-decorated small wonders.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
At the microscopic level of cells, forces come into play that are unfamiliar to us at the macro level: quantum mechanics, Brownian motion, and subtle elastic forces that we might overlook. Two recent papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences explored physical mechanisms cells use to good advantage. Good thing cells know their physics, or we could not exist. In a paper in PNAS by a team at the University of Oregon,1 Harland, Bradley, and Parthasaranthy explored the forces at work in cell membranes, which they called “nature’s most important two-dimensional fluid” composed of lipid bilayers. What keeps the membrane intact? “It is generally assumed, for lack of evidence to the contrary, that homogeneous lipid bilayers are simple Newtonian fluids – that is, purely viscous two-dimensional liquids incapable of an in-plane elastic response. To the contrary, “we find that membranes are not simply viscous but rather exhibit viscoelasticity, with an elastic modulus that dominates the response above a characteristic frequency that diverges at the fluid?gel … phase-transition temperature,” they said. This means that the membrane is stretchy and it requires force to pull it apart. “These findings fundamentally alter our picture of the nature of lipid bilayers and the mechanics of membrane environments.” As for why this matters, “The fluidity of membranes is crucial to functions such as the assembly of proteins into signaling complexes and the controlled presentation of macromolecules at cell surfaces” – i.e., we could not live without membranes that know how to take advantage of viscoelastic properties. “At the level of single proteins, rapid conformational changes on the part of transmembrane proteins such as ion channels and pumps must couple to the local lipid environment;” they said at the end of their paper; “whether this environment is viscous or elastic must therefore influence any molecular model of protein function.” The authors did not mention evolution in their paper. Another team at UC Davis explored the quantum mechanics of an important molecular machine – the Complex I macromolecular complex.2 This machine employs a railroad-like piston and coupling-rod mechanism (07/07/2010, 09/22/2010) to create the proton gradient that drives ATP synthesis. This process is vital to all life: in humans – and in respiring bacteria – it takes the energy from food and stores it as chemical energy in ATP molecules that are used like currency to pay for most of the energetic activities in the cell. Complex I transfers two electrons from NADH and passes them like hot potatoes down a series of cofactors in the long arm of its L-shaped structure. One of the electrons is apparently used for control, and the other gets passed 90 angstroms (a fair distance on the scale of proteins) to a ubiquinone molecule for the next stage of energy transfer. This happens in the cell’s power plants, the mitochondria. The electron pathway includes a flavin molecule, water molecules, and eight iron-sulfur (Fe/S) clusters in two conformations, each acting alternately as donors and acceptors of the electrons – creating an electrical current. Hayashi and Stuchebrukhov found that Complex I takes advantage of electron tunneling – a phenomenon in quantum mechanics – to pass the electrons down the chain. Tunneling occurs when a particle faces an energy barrier that seems insurmountable, but makes it through somehow, because in the probabilistic world of quantum mechanics, a particle, being wavelike and having a wave function, has a probability distribution of where it might be located, due to the uncertainty principle. There’s a certain probability the particle will be found on the other side of the barrier. It’s as if a soldier at a castle could magically appear on the other side of the wall without climbing over it. “In this paper we use state-of-the-art electronic structure calculations to show that the mechanism of electron transfer is quantum mechanical tunneling, as in the rest of electron transport chain;” they said. Another surprise was that water molecules in path amplify the efficiency of transfer many-fold: “the water between subunits of complex I plays the critical role in mediating electron transport.” Here’s how they summarized their findings:The whole electronic wiring of complex I is obtained by combining tunneling pathways of individual processes, as shown in Fig. 3. It is clear that specific peptide residues serve as electronic wires connecting neighboring Fe/S clusters; individual electron tunneling paths involve up to three protein residues, including two cysteine ligands and one additional key residue (Table 1). Notably, the clusters in the protein are oriented in a specific way—corner to corner—with Cys [cysteine, an amino acid] ligands mostly pointing toward each other, which is clearly the most efficient way to transfer electrons from one cluster to another.In addition, they noted that the “wires” employ thermodynamics to good effect: “the tunneling orbitals in the core regions are constantly changing on the time scale of thermal dynamics of the local protein environment, which is much faster than that of the slowest electron transfer.” This “mixing” is another efficiency mechanism: “If there were no mixing of the electronic states, the incoming and outgoing electrons would tunnel from the same gateway atom of a cluster, which obviously is very inefficient because of the additional tunneling distance.” On top of all those efficiencies, the water molecules help even more: “With water present between the subunits, the tunneling rates are dramatically increased by two to three orders of magnitude,” they said with evident surprise and delight: “The internal water at the subunit boundaries is therefore an essential mediator for the efficient electron transfer along the redox chain of complex I.” Did these scientists bring evolution into the story? Only to show it had not happened here: “The key residues identified in this study as mediators of electron transfer (Table 1) are remarkably conserved among different organisms.” To test that conservation, they watched what happened with mutants. The electron transfer rate decreased dramatically. All the elements of the chain appear to be precisely tuned for optimum efficiency. Even though water can “repair” some tunneling paths if gaps are created by mutations, they were not prepared to say evolution produced this finely-tuned pathway for electrons. “Yet there is conservation of specific residues along the paths described above, and whether it was evolutionarily determined or not remains to be examined further.” That was all they had to say about evolution. In essence, they shuttled off the question to someone else, but left open the possibility that it was not evolutionarily determined. What is the alternative? Their concluding paragraph revealed a bit of emotion about all this: “It is remarkable that the most fundamental energy-generating machinery in cells is based on the wave properties of electrons, which allow for an efficient transport of energy-carrying particles along the chain of redox cofactors toward molecular oxygen via quantum tunneling as demonstrated by this study.”1. Harland, Bradley, and Parthasaranthy, “Phospholipid bilayers are viscoelastic,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print October 25, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1010700107.2. Hayashi and Stuchebrukhov, “Electron tunneling in respiratory complex I,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print October 25, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1009181107.Notice the precision of these machines. The efficiency of electron transfer in Complex I, for instance, depends on precisely-placed amino acids and water molecules down a fairly long chain. The fact that these amino acids are “conserved” (i.e., unevolved), only means that they cannot be altered without severe consequences (like death). It does not mean that they evolved into that configuration—that would be a logical fallacy. Both creationists and evolutionists realize that mutations occur – a cosmic ray could hit the molecule or a gene, or an editing error could result in a different amino acid being inserted. Many of these will cause death. The ones that do not may allow the organism to survive and reproduce (genetic drift and stabilizing selection). Over time, mutations can accumulate (mutational load) at rates that are not well understood (despite the evolutionary “molecular clock” that circularly depends on evolution as an assumption), but genetic drift and stabilizing selection are level or downhill processes. They are only creative if you believe the Tinker Bell myth already (10/08/2010). How did the first microbe even get off the starting line without Complex I and ATP Synthase already in place? Evolutionists imagine stepping stones, but never provide them. It’s like imagining stepping stones to Hawaii or across the Grand Canyon with no evidence – just the belief that they had to be there for evolution to get across the chasm. Well, guess what. Some people have no need of that hypothesis. The elegant, functional structures of these molecular marvels should make us stand in awe of their Creator. Scientists dare not utter such thoughts. Look again at that circumlocution in the second paper, “whether it was evolutionarily determined or not remains to be examined further.” The position of the authors about evolution vs design is unknown to us, but that statement is about as close as a scientist can safely get these days to saying, “Darwin was a mush-head” and still get published in PNAS. Thoughtful readers can look at the evidence and draw their own conclusions.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
“The majority of Qantas customers will pay the same or less in fees than they do under the current system, and there’ll continue to be low-fee and fee-free options for customers who prefer not to pay with a credit card.” However, the new percentage fee structure means that people buying more expensive fares, such as international business class journeys and longer domestic trips, will pay more – in some cases substantially more.Qantas says its low-cost subsidiary Jetstar will announce its new credit and debit card fee structure “soon” – well in advance of the September 1 deadline laid down by the Reserve Bank of Australia in May.The Virgin Australia group, which includes low-cost carrier Tigerair, hasn’t yet announced its response to the new RBA rules, but it is expected to closely mirror the Qantas fees. Budget travellers appear to have had a small win, with Qantas becoming the first Australian airline to lower credit and debit card fees for ticket purchases, following the Australian government’s banning of credit card fee profiteering in February 2016.Qantas says a new percentage-based card payment fee will replace a flat fee of $A7 per booking from September 1 this year. The fee for payments made with a credit card, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners, will be 1.3 per cent, while the fee for payment using debit cards will be just 0.6 per cent. Qantas says that, for an average domestic return fare of $400, the credit card fee will be $5.20, compared with the current flat fee of $7. For an average international return fare of $2000, the fee will be $26, compared with the current flat fee of $30. The current debit card fees to be replaced by a 0.6 per cent charge are $10 for international travel and $2.50 for domestic fares. The airline says fees will be capped at $11 for domestic and trans-Tasman fares and $70 for international fares. “This gives passengers certainty about the maximum they’ll pay before they start booking and is in line with Qantas’ consistent position that it doesn’t profit from card payment fees,” Qantas says in a statement.
In a statment by the cabinet summarising its recent meeting, ministers discussed the state of South Africa’s economy and funding for universities. It indicated that dealing with these challenges appropriately can bring great opportunities for the country.STATEMENT ON THE SPECIAL CABINET MEETING OF 13 JANUARY 20161. Economy1.1. Cabinet met to deliberate on the state of the economy and budget related matters. Cabinet noted a number of factors impacting on the economy of the country.The global outlook has deteriorated in recent months. Slower global growth reflects, in particular, weaker performance and higher risks in several important developing countries, including China.The welcomed recovery expected in the USA is likely to result in rising global interest rates. Depressed trade volumes and turbulence in global capital markets underscore the need for nations to build resilience and act cautiously in the period ahead.Cabinet further noted that there were some benefits from the low price of crude oil. As a major commodity exporter, South Africa is concerned about the continued weakness in commodity prices.Government continues to build on the country’s diverse economic structure, and export earnings continue to depend to a great extent on metals and semi processed raw materials.The fall in commodity prices is unlikely to reverse speedily. This will have sustained consequences for the South African economy and many of our partners on the African continent.The depreciation of the Rand over the last few years offers much better prospects for export growth and, combined with a lower global oil price, has helped to relieve pressure on the current account. However, weaker growth in South Africa’s major trading partners has meant subdued demand for South African products abroad.The global environment is regarded as particularly challenging for emerging markets, with lower commodity prices and tightening of monetary policy in the USA putting pressure on capital flows and growth expectations. This has translated into significant volatility in capital markets.The South African Rand, which is amongst the most traded emerging market currencies, has been particularly hard-hit in recent weeks.In this difficult global context, in which all economies face difficult challenges, Cabinet reaffirmed the need for government to intervene strategically and more decisively to restore the momentum of economic growth.1.2. The National Development Plan provides for these interventions. Government will reach out to social partners, particularly business and organised labour, to build consensus on the collective actions required to stabilise the economy, build confidence, raise the level of investment and return South Africa to a path of inclusive economic growth. The State of the Nation Address on 11 February will take account of this work.1.3. Cabinet endorsed stronger measures to restore a sustainable fiscal path, taking account of the weakened outlook for the global economy and its domestic consequences. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will unveil the measures when he presents the national budget on 24 February 2016.2. Higher Education fundingCabinet approved amendments to national budget allocations that would shift resources to fund universities without breaching previously announced spending limits.President Jacob Zuma and Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande recently indicated that these allocations would cover the zero-fee increment agreed for the current academic year, clear accumulated debt owed by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) students and prevent the accumulation of such debt over the medium term.These intervention measures are a response to a number of consultations which started in October 2015 and are still continuing. The Minister of Higher Education and training with his management team has held a number of meetings with SASCO leadership, all Student Representative Councils, University South Africa Forum , South African Union of Students, the CEO’s of SETA’s , Higher Education Transformation Network and the Parliamentary committee responsible for higher education.The President also met with the leadership of the students and has announced the setting up of the Commission to look into the issues raised in Higher Education. These engagements are still continuing as we believe as government we do want to work towards finding a lasting solution. The demands of the students are in line with the objectives of the programme of government in respect of education.2.1.1. As an immediate measure, R2.33 billion has been allocated to resolve the shortfall in operational funding for universities as a result of the agreement on a 0% fee increment for 2016.2.1.2. In the 2016/17 financial year, government has reprioritized R2.543 billion of State funding to be allocated to NSFAS to provide loans to assist 71 753 identified students who qualified for NSFAS funding but were either partially or not funded at all over the past three academic years. This means that these deserving students will not be prevented from continuing with their studies for owing universities outstanding fees.2.1.3. A further R2.039 billion will be allocated to NSFAS in the 2016/17 financial year to support unfunded or under-funded students still in the university system in 2016 to complete their qualifications.These funds are additional to the R10 billion that NSFAS will administer in the 2016 academic year.Government is committed to providing post-school education for all academically deserving students that is free at the point of delivery for the poor and the working class, within fiscally sustainable limits. Cabinet calls on students, workers, academics and university administrators to work together with government to achieve this goal. Actions that disrupt learning or create unreasonable and practically unachievable expectations are counterproductive. Violence and intimidation are not acceptable.2.2. Cabinet calls on all South Africans to recognize that there are challenging circumstances in the period ahead. Global economic conditions have weakened. The impact of lower commodity prices is already being felt in South Africa. Domestic constraints such as insufficient electricity supply are still with us. The severe drought is causing hardships in several provinces.Cabinet is confident that South Africans remain as a resilient nation that knows the value of working together in peace and harmony. The recent exposure of individuals with racist’s beliefs has strengthen our collective commitment to build a nonracial, nonsexist and prosperous society.3. AppointmentsCabinet approved the following appointments:3.1. Mr Shonisani Mathews Munzhedzi as Deputy Director-General (DDG): Biodiversity and Conservation in the Department of Environmental Affairs.3.2. Ms Siphokazi Ndudane as DDG: Fisheries Management in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Like her husband, Graça Machel is globally respected and admired for her fight for women’s and children’s rights and her services to humanity. (Image: GlobalGiving) In 2010 Mandela and Machel visited the exhibition “Dear Mr. Mandela, Dear Mrs. Parks: Children’s Letters, Global Lessons,” at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha, Eastern Province.(Image: Michigan State University) An early photo of a radiantly happy Mandela and Machel.(Image: Revista Afro) Machel’s 1996 report drew the world’s attentionto the devasting effects that war has on children.(Image: Unicef) MEDIA CONTACTS • Graça Machel Trust +27 11 783 4951 RELATED ARTICLES • A nation of paradoxes: Robinson • Mandela posters show world’s respect • Madiba’s legacy is forever • Nelson Mandela: a timeline • Obama inspires tomorrow’s leadersYvonne FontynMany know Graça Machel as Nelson Mandela’s wife and the former first lady of both Mozambique and South Africa, but perhaps few recall that she was once a fiery young freedom fighter.Born Graça Simbine on 17 October 1945 in Gaza, Mozambique, Machel went to a Methodist mission school and then to the University of Lisbon on a scholarship. Enrolling in 1968 to study languages, she became involved in student politics, resulting in Portugal’s secret police putting her under surveillance. Fearing arrest by her country’s colonial ruler, she left for Switzerland and spent time in Europe, where she made contact with the Marxist-based Mozambican Liberation Front, Frelimo.In 1973, she joined the organisation, which was setting up resistance against the Portuguese colonial government. Frelimo had its headquarters in Tanzania, where it operated two training camps under Chinese and Russian instructors, respectively. According to South African History Online, at these camps Machel “underwent military training and learnt how to take apart an assault rifle and put it back together”.As she had studied languages, including German, French and Portuguese, Machel began teaching at the schools Frelimo established in its training camps and within liberated territories in Mozambique. In 1974, she was appointed the deputy director of the Frelimo Secondary School at Bagamayo in Tanzania, embarking on what was to become a celebrated career in education and the advancement of literacy and children’s rights.Samora MachelIt was in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province that she met the Frelimo commander, Samora Machel, whom she married in 1975 shortly after Mozambique achieved independence and he became president. South African History Online recounts that with this marriage, Machel became stepmother to her husband’s five children by a former wife and partner. The couple had two children of their own.She also joined Frelimo’s Central Committee, becoming minister of education and culture. She held this post until 1989, during which time the number of pupils enrolled at school rose from about 40% to 90% for male children and 75% for female children, says South African History Online. She is also credited with increasing the number of schoolchildren in Mozambique from 400 000 to 1.5-million during her tenure as education minister, and reducing the illiteracy rate by 72%.Her husband was killed in an aeroplane crash over South Africa in 1986 during the country’s anti-apartheid struggle, and at the height of the civil war in Mozambique. Two years after it gained independence from Portugal, the ruling Frelimo was violently opposed by the Mozambique Resistance Movement, or Renamo, which received funding from Rhodesia and later South Africa. The conflict ended in 1992 and Mozambique held its first multi-party elections in 1994.With the war’s end, Machel became involved in Mozambique’s efforts to rehabilitate its 1.5-million returning refugees. As a member of the Forum of African Women Educationalists, founded in 1992 by African female ministers of education, she helped to develop ways to improve the education of girls and empower Mozambican women.Impact of violence on childrenIn her role as president of the National Organization of Children of Mozambique, which places orphans in village homes, Machel articulated her concerns about why children were targeted for violence in certain societies – killed, tortured and made part of the destructive process of war and genocide. She led the organisation for 20 years, at the same time working with UN organisations, including Unicef, for which she became Goodwill Ambassador.In 1994, the UN appointed Machel to carry out an assessment of the impact of armed conflict on children. Her groundbreaking report, presented in 1996, was the first human rights assessment of war-affected children and established a global agenda for the protection of children’s rights in conflict. Her book, Impact of War on Children: A Review of Progress Since the 1996 United Nations Report on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, was published in 2001 in conjunction with Unicef. The book presents the findings of her study and documents the violence children endure, as well as the interventions taking place. Machel’s survey took in child soldiers, displaced and refugee children as well as child victims of landmines, Aids and sexual exploitation, focusing on the psychological consequences of war on the very young. The book is illustrated with photographs by Sebastião Salgado.In 2010, the Graça Machel Trust was founded, to advocate for the rights of African women and children, as well as good governance and democracy. The trust is a platform “to embrace, nurture, enable and inspire women and children to soar to the fullest of their potential”, says its website. “It consolidates the work of its founder and seeks to build her legacy, empower new generations to take up the challenges of their times and create caring societies that value social justice. Leveraging her access to key national, regional and global networks and champions, the Trust amplifies the voices of those who otherwise might not be heard in certain spaces.”Among the trust’s projects are the End Child Marriage Campaign; the New Faces New Voices African Women Economic Summit; the Network of African Businesswomen; the Youth for Microbiocides Advocacy Programme; the African Medical Research Foundation; the Gender Violence Project and various child health and immunisation projects with the GAVI Alliance. Machel also founded the Zizile Institute for Child Development in Mozambique, to focus on early childhood development and is a co-founder of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies.Global leaderIn addition to being the current chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Machel serves in various capacities in several organisations, including The Elders – formed in 2007 by Machel with Mandela and retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu to address issues including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, sustainable development, and equality for girls and women.She also serves on the Africa Progress Panel; the High Level Task Force on Innovative International Finance for Health Systems, and the UN Millennium Development Goals Advocates Panel. She is chair of both the Leadership Council for the Campaign to End Paediatric HIV/Aids and the Board of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes.Not surprisingly, over the years Machel has won international recognition for her myriad achievements. Her many awards include the Laureate of Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger (Hunger Project 1992); the Nansen Medal in recognition of her contribution to the welfare of refugee children in 1995; the Global Citizen Award of the New England Circle in 1997; the Inter Press Service’s International Achievement Award for her work on behalf of children internationally; the Africare Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award; and the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe.Nelson MandelaHer relationship with Mandela has been a happy meeting of astute minds and generous spirits. She met Madiba in the early 1990s and, finding they shared many causes in common, the two formed a deep friendship. They were married on his 80th birthday (July 18) in 1998.“She has not only brought joy to Madiba, she has also tried very hard to draw the Mandela family together,” Tutu told the Washington Post early in July 2013, when it was reported she never left the side of the ailing elder statesman.Verne Harris, director of research and archives at the Mandela Centre of Memory, told the same publication: “She has great warmth, and like Nelson Mandela, she insists on dignity. She has an identity and a life journey independent of Nelson Mandela.”The two of them together, however, are a formidable force.
18 February 2014The University of Mpumalanga, South Africa’s newest university, will officially start its academic year on Wednesday, Professor Ramaranka Mogotlane, the university’s head of academic affairs, announced this week.“Registration took place on February 14, and this week we have started with orientation until the official academic opening of the university on Wednesday,” Mogotlane said in a statement on Monday.The university, which was officially opened in October last year, currently offers three programmes: a bachelor degree in agriculture, a bachelor degree in education (foundation phase) and a national diploma in hospitality.CampusesThis is Mpumalanga’s first university – and also the first to be built by the democratically elected government. Another is being completed in the Northern Cape. Named the Sol Plaatje University, its intake will be 5 000 students.The agriculture courses will be offered at the university’s main campus which is based at the Lowveld Agricultural College in Mbombela (Nelspruit), while the the Siyabuswa campus will specialise in teacher education. The hospitality school is in KaNyamazane.Mogotlane said the programmes are under the patronage of the University of Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria.“We are working with the universities of Pretoria and Johannesburg for quality oversight, assessment and continuous improvement,” said Mogotlane, adding that a staff improvement and development programme would be introduced.The last university built in South Africa was Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), 46 years ago. It has since been renamed the University of Johannesburg following a merger with Technikon Witswatersrand and Vista University in 2005.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.za
LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I was told that Andray will be ready by February 1, so we’ll see if he can make it,” said Guiao. “That’s going to give us around three weeks to prepare with him but if he’s in shape when he gets here that’s going to be a big help.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño ONE: Robin Catalan dominates Indonesian bet for unanimous decision win SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Big men Raymond Almazan and Troy Rosario are both sidelined due to injuries without concrete timetable for return, putting their participation in the national team’s crucial game against Qatar in Doha in peril.National team head coach Yeng Guiao knows they have to settle things quickly since their next game on Feb. 21 could very well determine if Gilas, who holds a 5-5 record and are in the fourth seed of Group F, advances to the World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“There’s some things we need to settle, first is the injury to Raymond and we have to know exactly what his medical situation is including Troy,” said Guiao after his club team NLEX lost to Rain or Shine, 96-87, in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.“We have to determine if they can make it because if no, we have to think of replacements.” Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MANILA, Philippines—Ahead of a crucial stretch in the Fiba Basketball World Cup qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas is looking at a few bumps in its preparation.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan is nursing a sprained left ankle while Rosario suffered a broken nose during a tune-up game with NLEX right before the New Year.Rain or Shine’s center expressed his regret that he’s on the sideline with an injury instead of being in top shape for Gilas.“It’s disappointing because I was given a new chance to represent the Philippines and now I’m injured,” said Almazan. “I just hope I make it back in time.”Almazan stepped on Norbert Torres’ foot in practice and that fall aggravated his previous injuries on the same ankle.Guiao added that he can still change the pool of players for the next Fiba window especially now that he has the option of taking Andray Blatche.ADVERTISEMENT View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
The Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Hanover, recently received a new state-of-the-art ambulance, courtesy of the United Kingdom (UK) Chapter of the Friends of Noel Holmes Hospital. The Noel Holmes Hospital in Lucea, Hanover, recently received a new state-of-the-art ambulance, courtesy of the United Kingdom (UK) Chapter of the Friends of Noel Holmes Hospital.The official handover of the ambulance was held on November 10, on the grounds of the hospital. The acquisition of the vehicle, which is valued at £40,000, was the brainchild of founder and chairperson of the charity, Gloria Leslie.Mrs. Leslie who is from Cascade in Hanover, but now lives in the UK, said the vehicle is fully fitted with the most modern life-saving equipment.She thanked the many supporters who helped to raise funds and assisted with the purchasing, shipping and clearance of the ambulance, including corporate sponsors Grace Foods and Victoria Mutual.“Your critically ill can now be safely transferred to Montego Bay. It has been a long and exhausting road, but now we have a positive outcome… . We hope to assist in improving healthcare delivery in Hanover,” she said.“I was born and raised in Cascade, Hanover, so I am a passionate Hanoverian. It is my passion to do this charity work for the people of Hanover,” Mrs. Leslie added.Senior Medical Officer of the Noel Holmes Hospital, Dr. Patrice Monthrope, in his remarks, said he is extremely pleased to accept the ultramodern gift, which will help the hospital to transfer its critical-care patients and staff in comfort.“We rely heavily on transferring patients from this facility to our receiving centres. This is a fantastic gift,” Dr. Monthrope said.In May last year, Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, had put measures in place to make it easier for individuals and charitable organisations, such as the Friends of Noel Holmes Hospital, to support the health sector, after receiving complaints of bureaucratic delays at Customs and at the Ministry.Dr. Tufton subsequently strengthened the Health for Life and Wellness Foundation in the Ministry, which deals with contributions of that nature and the coordination of non-profit activities within the Jamaican health sector.The Minister said, at the time, that the Government would make it easier for people, whether local or overseas, to make donations, as they have a key role to play in helping the country bridge the gaps within the healthcare system.He also contended that the move was of critical importance due to the significant in-kind and other contributions the more-than-200 charities have been providing for the development of the public health sector, which is estimated at about $4 billion. Story Highlights Mrs. Leslie who is from Cascade in Hanover, but now lives in the UK, said the vehicle is fully fitted with the most modern life-saving equipment. Senior Medical Officer of the Noel Holmes Hospital, Dr. Patrice Monthrope, in his remarks, said he is extremely pleased to accept the ultramodern gift, which will help the hospital to transfer its critical-care patients and staff in comfort.