Wendell McKines. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAmid a subpar PBA Governors’ Cup showing so far, grand Slam-seeking San Miguel has changed its import, flying in Terik Bridgeman for Wendell McKines.The 6-foot-5 Bridgeman is a product of William Paterson University who went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel wasn’t the lone team who has made moves midway this season-ending conference, with winless Kia also replacing Markeith Cummings with Geron Johnson.The 25-year-old Johnson is fresh from his stint in Lebanon with Louaize, where he averaged 24.19 points, 8.65 rebounds, 6.19 assists, 2.85 steals, and 1.04 blocks.The Picanto have yet to taste a victory in the season-ending conference despite Cummings’ best efforts, netting 26.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in the seven games he played.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies PH needs to ‘continue to get better’ as rest of Southeast Asia catches up He recently wrapped up his stint with BC Cactus Tbilisi in Georgia, where he averaged 11.89 points, 8.46 rebounds, 1.36 assists, 1.39 blocks, and 1.32 steals.Bridgeman will take over for McKines, who had a decent showing for the Beermen but could not help the team from losing two of their last three games, including 100-103 defeat to NLEX last Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We decided to take a different direction in consideration of our current team composition and health status. We welcome Mr. Bridgeman and hope that he could provide the things we need in order for us to be successful in this conference,” said San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla in a text message to INQUIRER.net.McKines averaged 26.2 markers, 14.2 boards, 4.4 dimes, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals in his five games for the Beermen. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
McKINLEYVILLE >> Once the Huskies were able to find their footing, the results quickly followed.Just as it did in the Milk Can Game win over Ferndale, the Fortuna High School football team used a strong second-half showing to eliminate an early 14-point deficit to claim a 49-20 win over McKinleyville in the Big 5 opener for both schools on Friday night.After falling behind 14-0 less than four minutes into the game, Fortuna went on to score 42 unanswered and 49 of the next 55 points to take …
Watching the reactions of children when they’re in the presence of Stephen Curry is absolutely priceless.Their eyes become saucers. Their mouths fly open. A gaze of utter disbelief comes over their faces.It happened again recently when the Golden State Warriors star and his wife, Ayesha, visited the East Oakland Boxing Association (EOBA) for a segment on the NBC holiday special, “Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways.”“Is this real?!” a kid is heard asking. “Are you really Steph …
A canyon longer than Grand Canyon has been discovered under the ice of Greenland. Scientists are surprised that it has persisted through the ice ages.Science Magazine announced the discovery of a giant “mega-canyon” in bedrock under Greenland’s ice pack by airborne radar in NASA’s Operation IceBridge. The BBC News includes a radar map of the canyon, and a video explaining the significance of the never-before-seen feature.It’s less than half as deep as the Grand Canyon (800 m) but over twice as long (800 km), and comparably wide. Live Science is calling it the “world’s longest canyon.” It flows from the center of the island northward to the sea, entering the sea below sea level. National Geographic also reported the discovery.When did it form? Geologists believe it is “paleofluvial,” meaning it formed as a river system before the ice sheets covered the surface. But that creates a mystery; why didn’t glaciers smooth it out and obliterate it? “Indeed, none of the profiles are typical of glacially eroded valleys,” the paper states. “…The canyon follows a meandering path more typical of a large river system.”From the BBC article:Prof David Vaughan from British Antarctic Survey (Bas) told BBC News: “The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets hide a lot. It’s pretty surprising to find this canyon. Greenland isn’t that big for a canyon of that size, and for it to survive in its pre-glacial form after successive glaciations is quite something.”The discovery was a “jaw-dropping experience” to the Operation IceBridge team. Science Daily quoted a geologist saying, “It shows how little we still know about the bedrock below large continental ice sheets.”This canyon should be examined by creation geologists not beholden to millions of years. That a fresh-looking canyon in bedrock has not been eroded into a glaciated valley by huge amounts of overlying ice may point to problems with long age beliefs and the secular scheme of multiple ice ages (instead, there was just one ice age relatively recent and short). That a canyon this size exists on a relatively small continent may provide evidence for catastrophic flood geology. If nothing else, the discovery was unexpected by secular geologists, and points out how little is known about features under the ice in Greenland and Antarctica. We still live in an age of discovery. (Visited 30 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The Green Cab is South Africa’s first carbon-neutral transport service.(Image: The Green Cab) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lynn Maggott Green Cab MD +27 84 596 9856 RELATED ARTICLES • Top green rating for SA building • SA’s auto industry to turn green • Rural community goes ‘green’ • IDC fund helps companies go green Wilma den HartighA group of forward-thinking entrepreneurs have established South Africa’s first carbon-neutral transport service.The Green Cab is the idea of a group of women who decided to pool their expertise to help lower vehicle emissions and make transport services more sustainable.The Cape Town-based initiative has attracted much attention from businesses looking to green their operations, eco-conscious individuals and the local tourism sector.“Looking after the environment is something everyone needs to do. We are destroying our planet and we all have a responsibility to do something. We owe it to future generations,” says Lynn Maggott, Green Cab MD.Environment-friendly fuelThe company’s fleet has been modified to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and a biodiesel blend of diesel used cooking oil. A 20/80 ratio of biodiesel to diesel is used.LPG is a flammable mixture of hydrocarbon gases used as fuel in vehicles. It burns more cleanly than petrol.According to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, LPG used in taxi, limousine or shuttle services can achieve carbon dioxide savings of up to 12%, compared to normal petrol-driven vehicles.Biodiesel is a vegetable oil or animal fat-based diesel fuel. Vehicles running on biodiesel can achieve carbon dioxide savings of between 15% and 90%, compared to standard diesel vehicles.Maggott explains that LPG’s percentage reduction in harmful emissions, as compared to petrol, is 75% less for carbon monoxide; 85% less for hydrocarbon; 40% less for oxide and nitrogen and about 10% less for carbon dioxide.Biodiesel reduces carbon dioxide emissions between 30% and 50%, depending on the percentage of used cooking oil in the blend.Most of The Green Cab’s vehicles are supplied by Hyundai South Africa. This is the only vehicle manufacturer in South Africa that will extend warranties on new vehicles once they have been converted to run on a dual fuel system.The Green Cab petrol vehicles are fitted with a gas tank to store LPG that connects to the fuel system. Diesel vehicles are fitted with diesel particulate filters.An accredited South African Bureau of Standards technician installed the LPG tanks. All Hyundai converted vehicles are signed off by the manufacturer’s technical director to ensure compliance with international standards.Verifying their claimsMaggot says that The Green Cab has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), its new technology partner.“Through the alliance our claims can be assessed, we can verify what we offer to corporate, and we ensure that the manufacturer’s claims are valid,” she says.The Green Cab’s collaboration with UJ will also make it possible to research new products.The company is also working with South African tour operator Springbok Atlas to convert their vehicles by fitting whale filters. These are secondary diesel particulate filters that remove particles larger than one micron. This limits harmful emissions and enhances fuel efficiency.The Green Cab’s partnership with Springbok Atlas means that they can expand their operations nationally by April next year.Guilt free travelling servicesThe transport company offers a variety of services under The Green Cab banner. “Our services are supplied to many corporates for their events as a way to reduce their carbon footprint,” says Maggott.This year, The Green Cab has a presence at the COP17 climate change conference in Durban.At a daily rate it provides delegates with a dedicated 12-hour chauffeur service in a Green Cab-branded climate change cab.Corporates can also arrange transfers in a customised company-branded cab.A green transport certificate is issued to clients to show that the transport of their company is carbon neutral. The certificate also quantifies the distance travelled and resultant emissions.The certificate is issued in partnership with the South African Carbon Protocol, which certifies that the emissions were sequestrated.As part of their regular services, companies can form an association with the low carbon shuttle service through the branding of vehicles at large events.“This allows companies or government departments to communicate their environmental messages to a large national and international audience,” Maggott says.Companies can also enroll their drivers in sustainable mobility driver training courses. The two-day course includes both a theoretical and practical component.“This course creates awareness among drivers about how their driving influences the volume of carbon emissions and teaches them how to drive to reduce emissions,” she explains.Recently, The Green Cab introduced a shuttle service for patrons attending the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.“In doing this we hope to reduce congestion with parking, reduce the footprint of the event and encourage people to drive less,” Maggott says.Entrepreneurial awardsThe Green Cab sustainable transport movement is gaining momentum and the company is winning awards for its efforts.Green Cab claimed top honours in the 2010/2011 in the Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur Award competition by being named the provincial winners for the Western Cape.Western Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde, congratulated the innovative “green ladies” for their novel business idea.“The Green Cab initiative speaks to growing tourism responsibly and on behalf of the Western Cape tourism industry, I would like to commend their efforts,” he said.
A day after the police fired in the air to disperse 500 villagers descending on a security camp in Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh to oppose it, the police on Wednesday claimed they held a “positive interaction” with those residing within the camp’s security perimeter.“There is a remarkable change in the approach of the villagers of Potali. Women and children in particular turned up at the security camp and held a positive interaction with troops,” says Sundarraj P., Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range).Carrying bows, arrows and axes, residents of Potali, 56 km from Dantewada and neighbouring villages on Tuesday confronted security personnel head-on to oppose the permanent security camp that was set up there on November 11. As the situation seemed to have spiralled out of control during discussions between villagers and the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police, the police fired blank rounds in the air to disperse the crowd. Mr. Sundarraj claimed villagers were under duress to launch an agitation. “Maoists mobilised villagers to protest against the camp. They didn’t have any other option but to take part. Otherwise, they would be killed,” he says.Strategic locationThe camp is of strategic importance for the forces as it falls in the volatile Aranpur region, which forms a connecting corridor between the Darbha division and South Bastar division for Maoists, explains Mr. Sundarraj.“That’s why Maoists are trying their best to derail our efforts in setting up a camp. It’ll be tough for their Malangir area committee to continue its activities once operations begin here,” he adds.“The area is considered a Maoist bastion,” says Devhans Rathore, Sub-Divisional Officer of Police, Kirandul. “When the situation got tense on Tuesday, we fired eight-ten blank rounds which made villagers run helter-skelter.” | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Members of the District Reserve Guard interacting with villagers of Potali in Dantewada on November 13, 2019 According to the police, the development of the region is the “main antidote for the Maoist menace”. Therefore, under the Trust-Development-Security model, the police plans to win over locals through credible and transparent policing, speed up road construction and rehabilitate Maoists willing to surrender.However, Joga Poyam, vice-sarpanch of Potali, asserts the protest was independent and Maoists did not force them to take part. “Villagers are scared. They get caught in the crossfire between Maoists and security forces each time and bear the cost. Sometimes, when the police are unable to catch Maoists, they come for us.”Tribal women, who practise the age-old tradition of fetching wood and leaves from forests, do not want to be harassed by troops, he says. “Resentment is simmering in the village. We’ll continue our agitation.”On Wednesday, during discussions between neighbouring panchayats and security forces, villagers demanded they not be harassed or intimidated while going to fields, located as far as 5 km away in the hills, and markets.“They told us they had not set up the camp on our land but government’s, and that they won’t trouble us,” says Mr. Poyam. “They agreed with us and want to part of the development process,” says Mr. Rathore. “We told them we’re there for their own safety. If they don’t do anything anti-social, we won’t trouble them. If they need anything, they can come to us. Our doors are open.”’When will militarisation come to an end?’This being the fourth locals-led protest in a month against security camps in the Bastar region, Bela Bhatia, lawyer and social activist, believes that at the bottom of all of it lies the question: when will militarisation of the region come to an end?“Aranpur station area is already notorious for numerous fake encounters,” claims Ms. Bhatia. “Now they are moving even closer to locals, and they don’t want the camp there because they have been at the receiving end of fake encounters, sexual assault and arbitrary arrests for years.”Often, those living close to camps were arbitrarily stopped and questioned while going to fields and markets, she alleges.Ms. Bhatia believes the District Reserve Guard (DRG), composed mainly of surrendered Maoists, is now at the forefront of the anti-Maoist strategy of the police, while paramilitaries have faded in the backdrop.“Sometimes, they are deployed in areas where they were earlier active as Maoists. This helps them identify those who had attended meetings or given Maoists food back then. Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether these people still take part in such activities to the same extent or not,” she says.It is unclear whether their participation in such activities is voluntary or not in the first place as villagers are not in a position to say no to Maoists, she adds. “These protests, as I see it, is also due to the fear of an increased presence of the DRG in the area.”Mr. Sundarraj says typically a camp is set up by the DRG and the police. Later, if the situation warrants, paramilitaries can be moved in.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a point against Rafael Nadal of Spain during their ATP Masters tournament final tennis match at the Foro Italico in Rome on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)Novak Djokovic believes that his 2016 achievement of holding all four Grand Slam titles at the same time is the perfect playbook for a repeat performance at Roland Garros as he tries to become just the second man to complete the feat.The world number one heads into the French Open with Wimbledon, the US Open and Australian Open titles already under his belt.ADVERTISEMENT However, Djokovic’s potential date with destiny would have appeared to be fantasy 12 months ago.In Paris in 2018, Djokovic, still recovering from elbow surgery, crashed to a shock quarter-final loss to world number 72 Marco Cecchinato from Italy.The defeat saw him slip out of the top 20 for the first time in over a decade and briefly had him contemplating skipping Wimbledon.That threat was soon retracted and he went on to win the next three majors, a performance which has put him on the brink of history.Victory in two weeks’ time would also move him halfway to emulating Laver’s feat of calendar Grand Slams in 1962 and 1969.ADVERTISEMENT Victory in the June 9 final in Paris would allow him to join Rod Laver as the only other man to hold all the four majors at the same time twice.“There is an extra motivation and incentive to win Roland Garros because of the opportunity to hold all four Slams, something I did three years ago,” said the 32-year-old on Friday.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, logistics“That gives me obviously enough reason to believe I can do it again.”Old rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal may have more career majors — 20 and 17 respectively to Djokovic’s 15 — but neither of them has managed even one private sweep, let alone two. View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport GALLERY: Ateneo lights up another bonfire for UAAP Season 81 ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess “I hold three Slams, am world number one. Obviously, it’s quite a different feeling approaching the tournament, with more confidence, and hopefully I can have a good two weeks,” he said.Despite his optimism, however, Djokovic prefers to pile the pressure of expectation onto the shoulders of 11-time Roland Garros champion Nadal.Nadal defeated the Serb in the Italian Open final last weekend, a performance which led Djokovic to anoint the Spaniard as the man to beat in Paris.“He’s the main favorite to win the title,” said Djokovic who remains just one of two men to have beaten the Spaniard on the Roland Garros clay in 14 years.“It wouldn’t be fair to pick anybody else but him as the main favorite, because he has won this tournament so many times.“He has lost two times in his career on Parisian clay. So lots of respect for him, obviously, as always.”Djokovic starts his bid for a second Roland Garros title and 16th major against Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz, the world number 43.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
New Delhi, May 15 (PTI) Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students will produce one-hour fortnightly programme in Urdu for All India Radio, as part of the national broadcasters plans to strengthen its language services.The external services division (EDS) of All India Radio (AIR) and the AMU signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard today.The MoU is part of the overall exercise of the external services division to revamp its technology and content, an official release said.”The Aligarh Muslim University shall be allocated a one- hour broadcast slot on the Urdu service, programmes for which shall be produced by the students of the Mass Communication department of AMU,” it added.The broadcast will comprise drama, music, lectures, talks, interviews and sports programmes.The AIR will also provide internship to the students of Mass Communications department of the institutions on various aspects of broadcast journalism.On the other hand, the AMU will help improve language skills– particularly in Arabic, Persian, Pushto, Dari and Urdu– of the professionals working with the ESD.The ESD will also ink similar MoUs with other major universities to strengthen its different Indian and foreign language broadcast, the release said. PTI MP TIR
A streaker wearing nothing but a green hat run onto the field and caused a delay in play in the World Cup 2019 match between England and New Zealand at the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street, on Wednesday.Security appeared very slow to react as the spectator jogged toward the wicket and danced about in front of New Zealand batsmen Tom Latham and Mitchell Santner. He then weaved around security staff as they attempted to stop him before he was brought to the ground.With the crowd cheering, the streaker briefly broke free from four members of security and ran back toward the middle. He was stopped for a second time and led away.New Zealand resumed the game on 145-6, chasing 306 to win, but eventually lost the game.England qualified for the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 27 years with a 119-run win over New Zealand, which is also effectively heading to the playoffs despite a third straight loss.Jonny Bairstow’s second century in a row helped England to 305-8 off its 50 overs, and the Black Caps never looked like chasing down the target after the run-outs of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in successive overs left them 69-4.New Zealand was eventually dismissed for 186 and leapfrogged in the standings by England, which will end the group stage in third place. The tournament host will play in the second semifinal, at Edgbaston on July 11, against the team that finishes in second place – currently India.England, which entered the tournament as the world’s top-ranked team, marches into the semis following morale-restoring wins over India and New Zealand back to back.advertisementNew Zealand is currently two points ahead of fifth-place Pakistan, whose final group game is against Bangladesh on Friday, but is highly unlikely to lose its place in the top four because of a far superior net run-rate than its rival.Also Read | World Cup 2019: England reach semi-finals after thrashing New Zealand in Chester-le-StreetAlso Read | Why it is nearly impossible for Pakistan to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso See
New Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has set a target to double oil and gas output from its domestic and overseas fields and expand its refining capacity three-fold alongside diversification into renewables in a new vision document for 2040, its Chairman Shashi Shanker said. ONGC Energy Strategy 2040 envisions the company as “A diversified energy company with a strong contribution from non E&P business; 3x revenues and about 5-6x market capitalisation,” he said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe firm produced 24.23 million tonnes of crude oil in the 2018-19 fiscal year and 25.81 billion cubic metres (bcm) of natural gas from its domestic fields. Another 10.1 million tonnes of oil and 4.736 bcm of gas were produced from its overseas assets. It had a turnover of Rs 109,654 crore and a net profit of Rs 26,715 crore in the year ended March 31, 2019. As on August 16, it had a market capitalisation of Rs 164,458 crore. In the company’s latest annual report, Shanker said the ONGC board recently approved the business roadmap for the company and its other group entities — ‘ONGC Energy Strategy 2040’. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe ‘Energy Strategy 2040’ entails ONGC achieving “three times revenue distributed across exploration and production, refining, marketing and other businesses; four times current profit-after-tax (PAT), with 10 per cent contribution from non-oil and gas business; and 5-6 times current market capitalization,” he said. “The strategic roadmap envisions a future-ready organization whose growth is predicated on a few important planks: consolidation of our core upstream business (domestic and international); expansion into value accreting adjacencies in the oil and gas value chain (downstream and petrochemicals) and diversification into renewables (offshore wind) and select new frontier plays through dedicated venture fund,” it said. The document targets cumulative upstream output (local and overseas) almost doubling from current levels with 2 per cent and 5 per cent CAGR in domestic and international operations respectively. With two 35 million tonnes per annum of oil refining capacity vested in its two subsidiaries — HPCL and MRPL, ONGC is targeting to raise this capacity to around 90-100 million tonnes. Also, expansion is petrochemicals will be prioritised. Besides, ONGC plans to make investments in renewables energy sources with a target to create 5-10 gigawatts portfolio with a focus on offshore wind power. ONGC has been under pressure to reverse the falling output from its aging fields, where natural decline has set in. It is investing heavily to arrest the domestic fall while at the same time aggressively look for assets overseas. “The strategic roadmap also looks to create long term optionality through investor play (venture fund corpus of about $1 billion) in select frontier themes such as clean energy, artificial intelligence (AI) or reservoir/field services technology,” it said. In upstream oil and gas exploration and production (E&P), priority would be accorded to select difficult plays (high-pressure high temperature, ultra-deepwater) with high-prospectivity and low stretch from current core, development of in-house enhanced oil recovery solutions to maximize legacy production, exploration-focused technology partnerships, dedicated marginal fields unit as well as building decommissioning capabilities. Internationally, focus shifts to plays with volume in host regimes with a positive government-to-government relationship with India to secure stable energy long-term supplies, the annual report said. ONGC said there was significant room for deriving operational synergies between HPCL and MRPL through integrated crude sourcing, centralised trading, capability and infrastructure sharing. Expansion in petchem is based on the robust demand of outlook of 8-9 per cent CAGR for the country as well as ONGC’s significant presence in the market through its subsidiaries.