PH among economies most vulnerable to virus As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine But Usher is confident they will still end up where they want to.“Heading? To the championship.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Foton Tornadoes. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith the first seed in the bag, Ariel Usher and Foton Tornadoes are not looking that far ahead yet.Usher downplayed the team’s league-best, saying it’s the championship that will cement their status as the best club in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Globalport toys with Mahindra for first season opener win Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are young MOST READ Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 EDITORS’ PICK “We keep on saying we haven’t won anything yet, we got the no.1 spot but we haven’t won anything yet, so we’re focused on the semifinals and the finals,” said Usher.The Tornadoes stopped Petron in four sets, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-14, on Thursday to finish the elimination round with a 9-1 slate while the Blaze Spikers settled for second with an 8-2 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliFoton awaits the winner of the sudden death match between RC Cola Army and Generika.“We have a good chance against either of them and we are focused on that game first,” said Usher. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas View comments
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterANTIGO — The Auburndale boys basketball team is in the sectional finals for the third-straight season after beating Crivitz 55-44 in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal Thursday night at Antigo High School.Auburndale (18-7) will get a rematch with Brillion (21-4) in the sectional final at 1 p.m. Saturday at Appleton East High School. Brillion handed the Apaches just their second loss of last season in a sectional final 47-42 a year ago, which was also played at Appleton East.Auburndale led 23-21 at halftime before Crivitz pulled ahead by four with a pair of 3-pointers to open the second half.The Apaches recovered, going on a 12-2 run to close the quarter and outscored Crivitz 20-15 in the fourth quarter by making 10 of 14 free throws down the stretch.Matt Nikolay scored 14 points and had seven steals, Josh VanSchoick added 14 points, and Alex Marth had 11 points for Auburndale.Crivitz ends its season with an 18-7 record.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Apaches 55, Wolverines 44Auburndale 15 8 12 20 – 55Crivitz 10 11 8 15 – 44AUBURNDALE (55): Jake Lewis 2 1-2 5, Matt Nikolay 4 5-6 14, Cooper Krings 1 2-2 4, Tyler Weber 2 0-0 4, Alex Marth 5 1-2 11, Matt Lang 1 1-2 3, Josh VanSchoick 6 2-2 14. FG: 21. FT: 12-16. 3-pointers: 1 (Nikolay 1). Record: 18-7.CRIVITZ (44): Statistics not provided. FG: 17. FT: 2-3. 3-pointers: 8. Record: 18-7.
4 December 2007US-based multinational consulting firm Watson Wyatt is to form a strategic alliance with and acquire an initial 20% stake in South African actuarial and employee benefits consultancy Fifth Quadrant.“We are pleased to enter the South Africa market,” Watson Wyatt chief executive John Haley said in a statement on Monday. “Fifth Quadrant is an excellent strategic fit and shares Watson Wyatt’s focus on high-quality client service.”Fifth Quadrant’s core business is the provision of independent advice to institutional clients in the areas of actuarial services, retirement fund consulting, investment consulting and health benefit consulting.It is wholly owned by its executive and non-executive directors, with the executive management team owning over 98% of the business.“We see tremendous growth opportunities in the coming years, not just in South Africa but across the whole continent,” Watson Wyatt regional manager Babloo Ramamurthy said. “This is an exciting opportunity as it further enhances our ability to offer seamless consulting services around the world to our multinational clients.”With offices in Johannesburg and Cape Town, Fifth Quadrant employs 72 staff, including 15 actuaries. The firm has revenues of R78-million and is the leading asset consulting firm in South Africa (advising 36 of the largest 100 funds by asset size).The strategic alliance with Fifth Quadrant follows on from Watson Wyatt’s recent announcement that it is opening an office in Dubai, its first on-the-ground presence in the Middle East.Both firms have signed a letter of intent and aim to sign a definitive agreement by the end of December, subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory consents.Earlier this year Arlington, Virginia-based Watson Wyatt acquired Heissmann, Germany’s premier firm of actuarial, benefits and human resources consultants, Watson Wyatt Brans & Co, its long-time alliance partner in the Netherlands, and Oakbridge Consulting Group, a human resources consulting firm in Sweden.“Becoming part of Watson Wyatt Worldwide will provide the international credentials increasingly expected by global companies with operations in southern Africa and allow us to advise local South African firms on global best practice,” Fifth Quadrant executive chairman Rustum Omar said.“It will significantly enhance the service we provide to clients and is likely to create some fantastic opportunities for our staff.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Image: Rolls-Royce The latest Qantas Boeing 747 to exit the airline’s dwindling fleet of much-loved jumbo jets is getting a new lease on life as a Rolls-Royce flying test bed.The Boeing 747-400, registration VH-OJU and named Lord Howe Island, retired from commercial service October 13 with a Sydney-Los Angeles flight and will be used to test current and future jet engine technology.Rolls-Royce is investing $A70m (£56m) in the acquisition and refurbishment of the aircraft.READ: First pictures of Qantas’ 100th anniversary 787The Qantas RB211-powered jumbo had been in service for two decades and was the last Rolls-Royce-powered aircraft in the fleet.During its service, it flew more than 70 million kilometres, or the equivalent of almost 100 return trips to the moon, operating to dozens of countries and carrying 2.5 million passengers.VH-OJU in its commercial service days. Photo: Robert Frola/Wikimedia Commons.After completing its final commercial flight, it flew to AeroTEC’s flight test center at Moses Lake in the US state of Washington where it will undergo an extensive two-year transformation.AeroTEC engineers and technicians will convert the Boeing 747-400 from a 364-seat commercial aircraft to a state-of-the-art flying testbed equipped with extensive instrumentation and systems to take sophisticated measurements of engine performance in flight.It will work alongside Rolls-Royce’s existing flying testbed, a Boeing 747-200, which has completed 285 test flights to date.“The Queen of the skies will become the jewel in the crown of our global test programs,’’ said Rolls-Royce director of development and experimental engineering Gareth Hedicker.“This is a significant investment that will expand our world-leading test capabilities even further and will allow us to obtain more flight test data than ever before. “Chris Snook, Executive Manager of Engineering for Qantas added: “The Boeing 747 has been an integral and much-loved member of the Qantas fleet for many years.“We’ve operated almost every variant and while it is sad to see them go, the 747s are making way for Boeing 787 Dreamliners.“OJU has proudly worn the flying kangaroo for more than 20 years and we’re delighted that she has a long life ahead of her to help test and support the development of the next generation of aircraft engines.”Qantas still has six B747s flying but will retire the fleet in 2020 as they make way for the more efficient Boeing 787.The “Queen of the Skies” played a major role in opening up travel to and from Australia.
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas faltered when it mattered most and dropped a 70-78 decision to Iran in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers Monday night before a stunned crowd at Mall of Asia Arena.The Filipinos took an eight point lead in the fourth quarter but it only set up a spirited comeback from the Iranians led by their prolific swingman Mohammad Jamshidi.ADVERTISEMENT Another case filed vs Cardema SEA Games: PH dancesport looking to sweep golds But the Iranians, who beat the Philippines, 81-73, in Tehran three months ago, kept their composure and ended the game on a 9-0 run. Hotel management clarifies SEA Games footballers’ kikiam breakfast controversy LATEST STORIES Read Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Fossil launches its newest generation smartwatch: The Gen 5 Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe MOST READ Torres eyes bounce back win vs tough Yamaguchi in ONE: Destiny of Champions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was a heartbreaking and costly loss for the Philippines, which slipped to fourth place in Group F after going 0-2 at home following a stunning loss to Kazakhstan last Friday.Jayson Castro led Gilas Pilipinas with 19 points in just his first game back after serving a three-game suspension for his involvement in the brawl with Australia last July while Christian Standhardinger added 17 points and eight rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefJamshidi, who is no stranger to playing in Manila after playing for the Meralco Bolts as an import back in 2016, led all scorers with 26 points, most of which coming after Iran trailed, 52-60.Gilas, which blew a golden opportunity to force a three-way tie with Iran and Japan in second place, was up, 70-69, after June Mar Fajardo followed up a miss by Castro with 1:05 remaining. View comments