Top seed Foton not looking too far ahead

first_imgPH 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 commentslast_img read more

Infrastructure needs investors: Zuma

first_img19 October 2012 The government will require the support of investors to realise the speedy implementation of South Africa’s proposed mega infrastructure programme, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. Zuma was speaking at the Presidential Infrastructure Investment Conference in Johannesburg, where a memorandum of understanding to take the infrastructure roll-out plan forward was signed between different ministers and potential investors. Zuma told the gathering that infrastructure development was a catalyst to sustainable economic development, job creation and poverty alleviation. The infrastructure plan, announced by the government in February, is expected to guide the construction of new infrastructure while speeding up current projects that support economic growth.18 strategic integrated projects It proposes 18 strategic integrated projects (SIPs) covering more than 150 specific infrastructure interventions, ranging across rail, road, ports, dams, irrigation systems, sanitation and energy. Some of the projects are already commissioned. They include the Dube Trade Port in Durban as well as the expansion of the Port of Ngqura in the Eastern Cape. Zuma said the summit was about the crucial role of partnerships on infrastructure development in the present and future South Africa. He urged investors to take advantage of and support the plan. The costs of the 18 strategic projects are estimated at about R4-trillion over the next 15 years. The government is expected to contribute R844-billion of the R1.3-trillion needed for the projects over the next three yearsPrivate sector support needed Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, also addressing the conference, said the government, with the support of the private sector, wanted to make the plans a reality. “We need their support for the projects included in the plan to be a success. The projects cannot be financed solely through domestic savings … we need the support of other development institutions, banks as well as other partners,” Motlanthe said. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel told reporters on Friday that the government was committed to mobilising public funds to speed up the progamme, but pointed out that the private sector would have to play its role. “Construction needs money, it needs minds … so there has to be co-investment; we have to ensure there is coordination between private sector investment and public sector investment.” Patel said the infrastructure programme would provide long-term opportunities for both the state and the private sector. “Investors clearly do want to be part of these opportunities, and so if you look at the long-term demand, including commodity demand over the next 15 to 20 years … what government is doing now in the short term will help create a conducive environment for investment in the long term.”Crucial jobs driver The country’s New Growth Path sets a target of five-million new jobs by 2020, and the government believes that infrastructure development will be a crucial jobs driver. Zuma said the parties had been identified to be part of the conference because they were “crucial stakeholders with whom government can forge a partnership to enhance the implementation of the country’s long-term infrastructure plan”. Zuma said the government had paid special attention to the lessons learnt from building infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World Cup. That experience should be used to build new infrastructure crucial to the economic development of the country. “We all have proud recollections of how we managed to build stadiums, roads and refurbished airports ahead of the World Cup. We must use that project management experience to change our country’s landscape and improve living conditions while growing the economy.” This would include prioritising skills development, public and private investment as well as creating the right environment for economic growth. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Emirates crash probe finds no problems with aircraft systems

first_imgAir safety investigators probing a fiery Emirates crash a year ago say they have found no evidence of problems with the aircraft’s systems or engines.The Boeing 777-300 was landing at Dubai International Airport after a flight from Trivandrum International Airport in India on August 3, 2016, when it crashed trying to perform a go-around.The new interim report by the United Arab Emirates General Civil Aviation Authority boosted the number of reported injuries among passengers and crew from 24 to 30.It said 21 passengers, one pilot, and four cabin crew sustained minor injuries while four cabin crew were seriously injured.A firefighter also died from injuries sustained in a fireball when the centre wing fuel tank exploded.The aircraft landed too far down the runway as a headwind turned into a gradually increasing tailwind and the rear wheels touched down as the crew unsuccessfully attempted the rejected landing.As the aircraft reached an altitude of 85ft, it began to sink back towards the runway.Full thrust was applied three seconds before the crash but by the time the engines responded, one second before impact, it was too late.The rear of the aircraft hit the runway at 125 knots with the nose pitched up and one of the engines was ripped off the wing as the aircraft burst into flames.The interim statement said that a large number of aircraft systems had been tested with the help of manufacturers.An analysis of the data downloaded “indicates that there were no aircraft systems or engine abnormalities up to the time of the accident’’.“Regarding the operation of the flight the investigation is working to determine and analyse the human performance factors that influenced flight crew actions during the landing and attempted go-around,’’ the report said.“In addition, the Investigation has reviewed and has identified safety enhancements related to the validity of weather information that was passed to the flight crew, and communication between air traffic control and the flight crew.’’last_img read more

Joel Gurley, CFI Promoted to Director of Asset Protection at Abercrombie & Fitch

first_imgJoel Gurley, CFI has been promoted to Director of Asset Protection at Abercrombie & Fitch. Joel has spent his entire loss prevention career with Abercrombie & Fitch, starting in 2007 as a Loss Prevention Agent. He was quickly promoted to District Loss Prevention Manager in 2008, and was later promoted to Senior Regional Loss Prevention Manager in 2010 prior to being named Director of Asset Protection. Joel holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University.Congratulations Joel! Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

East Bengal players make a beeline for Mohammedan Sporting Club

first_imgCalcutta’s superstars in action: large-scale desertionsMass defection is no longer a monopoly of politicians. Last months, Calcutta’s East Bengal Club, second best in national football after Mohun Bagan Club, lost its star players as fast as a tree shedding autumn leaves. The East Bengal players were making a beeline for,Calcutta’s superstars in action: large-scale desertionsMass defection is no longer a monopoly of politicians. Last months, Calcutta’s East Bengal Club, second best in national football after Mohun Bagan Club, lost its star players as fast as a tree shedding autumn leaves. The East Bengal players were making a beeline for Mohammedan Sporting Club which, despite a glorious past, had been relegated to the number three position since a decade ago. The desertions sent a shock wave down the ranks of East Bengal’s millions of supporters, most of whom have emotional roots in the eastern parts of undivided Bengal.The man who turned out to be the Calcutta maidan’s (the complex of playgrounds in the heart of the city) Pied Piper of Hamelin this year is lean and wiry Surajit Sengupta, 27, the football equivalent of Amitabh Bachchan who was East Bengal’s ace forward till last year.Stung by criticism in his former club that he was off-colour last season, and hired by big money apparently offered by former smuggling-king Haji Mastan, the Mohammedan club’s newest patron. Surajit led altogether nine A-class players, five of whom are superstars, to don this season the Mohammedan club’s blue-and-white jersey. To give the deal a final Ian Fleming touch, it was signed in the cool shade by the swimming pool of Singapore’s Sea Lion Hotel.Salvage Operation: The players who have deserted East Bengal to join Mohammedan club are, apart from Surajit, Bhaskar Ganguly, 22, custodian and international player, stocky stopper-back Manoranjan Bhattacharya, wily striker Shabbir Ali, standby stopper Shyamal Ghosh, full-back Chinmoy Chatterjee, linkman and last year’s captain Prasanto Banerjee, powerful Nigerian striker David Williams and flank-man Mir Sajjad Ali. Remarked an East Bengal supporter: ‘”They’ve taken away the kernel and left the skin.”East Bengal’s stars sign a new contract: more moneyEast Bengal Club, who won the coveted Indian Football Association (IFA) Shield 15 times, had goose-pimples as it saw its cream crossing over. The club’s salvage operation began on a melodramatic note. It sent its 1980 captain, Satyajit Mitra, to Madras to intercept Manoranjan Bhattacharya on his return journey from Singapore. Mitra was accompanied by Bhattacharya’s father. The 70-year-old man wept, but still could not prevail on his son.Anticipating the transfer-spree a few months earlier. East Bengal had hired the Mohun Bagan coach and former international player P. K. Bannerjee to take the charge of their team, or whatever was left of it. The money involved in the deal here was reported to be astronomical.No Amateurs: Barring Bannerjee, Mohun retained more or less the same team as in 1979. It was even reinforced with the induction of Francis D’Souza, an international forward from Goa. With a few small changes here and there, it is the same team that has, over the past four years, won almost all the major tournaments in the country.East Bengal, who retained only the crumbs, was labouring to recruit second-liners and the erstwhile greats who had peaked out. But this is not likely to alter the new pattern of football rivalry that is bound to emerge in India. It looks certain now that Mohun Bagan will have to take on Mohammedan Sporting Club rather than East Bengal in its contest for supremacy.The Mohammedan Sporting Club deal exposes the hypocrisy involved in the smug assertion that football in India is an amateur game. The fact is, the game is now played for money and big money-just as it is played in Brazil or Argentina.Under the facade of amateurism, players get paid under the head of “facilities and perquisites”. And the colour of the money, needless to say, is a deep-hued black. With a dearth of world class players, the price for the player’s allegiance to a club rises. The player who got Rs 25,000 for a season in the “70s now demands and gets – Rs 50,000 plus many other facilities.Haji Mastan: a game of high stakesBig Money: The modus operandi is like this: the club officials rope in moneybags to finance players’ recruitment. The budget for an individual club has risen from Rs 5 lakh a few years ago to Rs 14 lakh this year. Haji Mastan, who made repeated hurricane trips to Calcutta recently, is this year’s sponsor for Mohammedan club.The football business in Calcutta, which involves a gate collection of Rs 2.5 crore every season, is wrapped up in a make-belief cloak of amateur football.With the kind of money invested this year, there is no reason why limited companies cannot be floated, in line with Manchester United of the UK, to sponsor official professional footballers.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more