PVL men’s: Air Force soars to No. 3 in semis

first_imgTaal victims get help from Kalayaan town The Power Hitters dropped to 2-1 and will play against top-seeded Cignal in the other semifinal matchup.Tied at 23 in the fourth set, Air force sealed the win with two straight points, capped by a block from team captain Jeffrey Malabanan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I told the players in the fourth set to relax because they’re so excited to finish the game that they’re committing errors. We just need to go focus on our endgame,” said Air Force head coach Hovyl Verayo in Filipino.The Jet Spikers uncorked an 8-2 blitz late in the third set for a 2-1 advantage. Sources: Thunder’s Anthony to opt in, take $28 million Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Air Force’s towering net defense yielded 12 blocks compared to PLDT’s four.Bryan Bagunas led all scorers with 26 points while Alnakran Abdilla chalked up 15 markers.John Vic de Guzman paced the Power Hitters with 24 points. Ivan Ruiz L. SuingADVERTISEMENT 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Philippine Air Force completed a quarterfinal sweep of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Saturday after defeating PLDT Home Fibr, 25-21, 24-26, 25-18, 25-23, at Filoil Flying V Centre.With an immaculate 3-0 win-loss card in the quarterfinals, the Jet Spikers took the third seed and earned the right to face second-seed Vice Co. in the men’s  semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Proudly SA investing pays off

first_img3 April 2007Investing in South African equities is “a paying proposition by a huge margin,” says a local unit trust marketer, but South Africans seem to be missing the boat.Stanlib, the country’s largest unit trust marketer, says not enough South Africans think domestic investments pay off, leading to locals missing out on lucrative investment opportunities, and never more so than in the past three years.Foreigners, says Paul Hansen, Stanlib’s director of retail investing, have been quick to seize these opportunities at the expense of less confident locals.Stanlib’s figures indicate that in the first eight weeks of 2007 alone, foreigners accumulated a net R20-billion in South African shares, while in the three years to the end of 2006, foreign buyers acquired R155-billion in JSE stock.Over this period – a strong equity bull run, despite the 18% market dip in June 2006 – foreigners saw continued value in the JSE and used short-term corrections as buying opportunities.Total returns on the JSE’s All-Share Index, including dividends, are up 281% since April 2003.“It has to be a concern that in the last three years and two months our own people have tossed away R175-billion in JSE shares, willingly selling them to foreigners in the middle of one of our great bull markets and during one of our best periods of economic growth,” Hansen told BuaNews recently.“In effect, local equity investors have been selling South Africa short at a time when there is no justification for it.”According to Hansen, recent history shows that a strategy of “buy and hold” by South African investors would have made much more sense.Too close to see the big picture?Hansen believes South Africans fail to spot positives because they are too close to day-by-day negatives.“Take a situation like regular power failures,” he said. “For a South African, this is proof of shortcomings by the authorities and poor planning. For a foreigner, the power failures confirm that the economy is growing faster than even the most optimistic national planners expected.“The fact that the country’s power grid can’t keep up with huge increases in demand is a sign of success; that our economy is going like a train and that confident consumers are pumping new-found wealth into household appliances and new homes.“Foreigners see indicators like this and draw positive conclusions,” Hansen said. “We see the same indicators but fail to spot the silver lining.”According to the Department of Trade and Industry, there are many lucrative possibilities arising from South Africa’s wealth of natural resources and almost unlimited export and import opportunities.In terms of mineral resources alone, the country has 80% of the world’s reserves of manganese ore, 88% of platinum group mineral reserves, 45% of global gold reserves and 73% of the world’s chromium reserves.At the same time, foreign buying tends to be spread across various sectors – nor is it linked solely to the government’s infrastructure spending and 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa initiatives. South Africa’s retail and banking sectors have also benefited from offshore interest.“Black entrants to the South African middle class grew by 421 000 or 30% in 2005,” Hansen notes.“This is part of the big, positive story that is currently unfolding in this country and one of the reasons why foreigners have bought billions in equity in South Africa Incorporated.“A broader perspective pays off. Perhaps it’s time we South Africans took a step back and looked at the big picture.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

War against HIV/Aids ‘far from won’

first_img30 November 2011South Africa recorded an increase of 0.8% in the HIV prevalence of antenatal women between 2009 and 2010 – a clear indication, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, that the country’s war against HIV/Aids has yet to be won.The 2010 National Antenatal Sentinel HIV & Syphilis Prevalence Survey, conducted annually by the department for the past 21 years, was released by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Tuesday, ahead of World Aids Day on 1 December.The report showed that HIV prevalence among women who received antenatal treatment at the country’s clinics was 30.2% in 2010, compared with 29.4% in 2009.The study was conducted among a sample of 32 225 first-time antenatal care attendees last year, with 32 861 having participated in 2009.‘The war still has to be won’Speaking at the release of the survey, Motsoaledi said the figures showed that South Africa was “just holding back the tsunami” in the battle against HIV/Aids.“At the moment we are stable, but we think the war still has to be won … We need to fight the war.”The WHO/UNAids estimates the number of people living with HIV in South Africa for 2010 at 5.575-million. Of these, an estimated 518 000 are children under 15 years, while 2.95-million are adult females over the age of 15.Highest in KwaZulu-NatalThe highest provincial HIV prevalence was recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, which increased from 38.7% in 2008 to 39.5% in 2009 and stabilised at 39.5% in 2010.Other provinces with higher HIV prevalence estimates compared to 2009 were the Eastern Cape (29.9%), Gauteng (30.4%), Limpopo (21.9%), Mpumalanga (35.1%), Northern Cape (18.4%) and the Western Cape (18.5%).The North West and the Free State had lower HIV prevalence estimates, at 29.6% and 30.6% respectively.Lower in the 15-24 age groupThe study reflected that the peak in HIV prevalence (from 2007 to 2010) was now occurring in the 30-34 years age category.“The HIV prevalence in this group increased from 41.5% in 2009 to 42.6% in 2010,” the survey found.The encouraging finding was the decline in the prevalence rate in the 15-24 years age group, which dropped from 23.1% in 2001 to 21.8% in 2010.“Prevalence in the young group (15-24) is declining, and we suspect that our prevention methods in messages are reaching where they need to reach,” Motsoaledi said.Teenage pregnancy concernOf concern, however, was the teenage pregnancy rate revealed by a Department of Education sanctioned study spanning 2000 to 2008.It showed that teenage pregnancy was more prevalent in KwaZulu-Natal, with 15 027 cases, the Eastern Cape (11 852) and Limpopo (12 848).The Health Department’s survey showed that of 121 10-14 year olds that participated in the 2010 antenatal HIV survey, 11 (9.4%) were HIV-positive, which is an increase from the 7.3% recorded in 2008.“In all our prevention programmes, we need to include young children and work together with the Department of Social Development and Basic Education,” said Motsoaledi.He said the hostility shown to the department regarding the testing of children in schools was misplaced, adding that there was an urgent need to finalise the school health programme.“When the health workers visit the schools, they will also do sexual reproductive health so as not to confuse people.”‘Faithfulness is the main message’On the interventions to address the high prevalence in the older age group, Motsoaledi said they would revisit the “ABC” message “Abstain, Be faithful, Condomise” and check which part was working.“Faithfulness is the main message. It’s a difficult issue but not impossible … We need to target men and concentrate on those responsible for spreading the disease,” Motsoaledi said.“The issue has been discussed with men’s groups. We need to ask nurses to sit down with married couples, including in churches, to speak about the issue of faithfulness. Through medical male circumcision, men are also being counselled on men’s responsibilities.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

iBummer: Augmented Reality Fans Disappointed By iPad

first_imgBeen living under a rock these days? There’s this hip new tablet device from Apple called the iPad. Most are in agreement that the new toy is pretty slick, but they also agree on where the iPad fails – there’s no camera. iPod Touch fans were disappointed last year when Apple announced that the iPod Nano would be getting the much coveted camera, and now fans of a different sort are feeling the same dejected feelings.Augmented reality is a technology that allows 2D and 3D objects to be placed onto a live video feed, creating unique user experiences. AR applications entered the mainstream with a few advertisements and installations for automobiles in 2008. Since then the technology has found its way onto our home computers with things like the GE Smart Grid campaign, and onto our cell phones with mobile AR browsers like Layar and Wikitude. Have you seen those videos of people holding their iPhones up in London or New York to find the nearest subway station? That’s augmented reality, and developers and followers of the technology (myself included) were hoping a camera on the iPad would open the door to a larger and more immersive AR experience. No such luck. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Tags:#Augmented Reality#web In the grand scheme of things, augmented reality represents a drop in the ocean of iPhone app development, and Apple would need more than some petitions and disappointed developers to add a camera or change their API. However, hope may be on the horizon, as MacRumors.com reported this morning on the discovery of the option to take photos in the iPad simulator.While disappointed, AR fans are still optimistic about the iPad’s future. Claire Boonstra and Maarten Lens-FitzGerald, co-founders of Layar, one of the most popular mobile AR applications to date, expressed their sentiments on Twitter Wednesday when they heard the news about the iPad. Boonstra noted that we may have to wait for version 2.0 to see Layar on the iPad, while Lens-FitzGerald added that they have plenty of mobile phones to work on for the time being. Related Posts chris cameron 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Thomas Carpenter at Games Alfresco, the leading augmented reality news blog, may have said it best when he noted Wednesday that Steve Jobs didn’t make the iPad for AR fans – he made it to give Amazon’s Jeff Bezos nightmares. Either way, for those of us eager to have our realities augmented, perhaps we will be pleasantly surprised next year when AR developers like Boonstra and Lens-FitzGerald are the ones on stage with Jobs showing off the next iteration of the iPad. The best thing AR fans can do for now is create and promote amazing AR applications that will captivate the masses and launch AR further into the public eye. We can only hope that Steve Jobs is watching.Be sure to keep your eye out in the next few weeks, as ReadWriteWeb will be presenting our next premium report focusing this time on the use of augmented reality in marketing. Photo by Flickr user vlauria.See also: ReadWriteWeb’s complete coverage and analysis of the iPad on our iPad topic page. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Augmented reality has already gained traction on the iPhone and Android platforms with dozens of AR apps available for download today. Mark Billinghurst, one of AR’s “founding fathers” and a leading AR researcher since 1994, reached out to me yesterday to express his feelings about the iPad – a device with which he says Apple has missed an opportunity.“The form factor, CPU and graphics capability make it an ideal platform for a handheld AR experience,” said Billinghurst. “A camera on the back of the iPad would have enabled the development of vision based AR applications and created a whole new class of ARapplications on the App store.”Billinghurst also points out that his company ARToolworks has already provided over 100 iPhone app developers with their ARToolKit SDK, a clear sign of the growing interest in mobile AR. However, one hurdle in the way of these developers is Apple’s reluctance to open the video API on the iPhone to real-time image processing – an impedance which AR proponents have gone as far to petition Apple to overturn.Right now, applications can grab a few frames every couple of seconds to process, but the kind of accuracy needed for AR applications requires real-time frame-by-frame processing of the video feed. This would allow applications to track objects and motion seen through the camera’s lens, greatly increasing the chances for accurate placement of 2D and 3D objects as well as the interpretation of real-world items.last_img read more

Reduce road accidents by 40% in Goa by year-end, says Parrikar

first_imgChief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday announced in the Assembly a multi-pronged action plan to bring down accidents in the State by 40% by the year-end.He was replying to a calling attention motion tabled in the Assembly by former Chief Minister and Congress MLA Pratapsingh Rane over the growing accidents in the State. Mr. Parrikar said last year, of the 336 people who died in 316 accidents, 96 were due to personal errors and 30 due to not wearing helmets.Mr. Parrikar directed stern action against police personnel found not complying with traffic rules. He said the number of vehicles in the State had shot up from around 7 lakh to 13.5 lakh in just last five years. Goa’s tourist arrivals have gone up from 26 lakh to 63 lakh. He said, “Every death is very serious and pains me.”Mr. Parrikar said he has asked all agencies including police, transport and public works department to work together to bring down the number of accidents by 30% to 40% between May 1 and December 31, 2017 as compared to the previous period. He said if “we manage to bring down the number of accidents from 300 to 200 per annum, it would be a great achievement.”Mr. Parrikar said the government has directed the education department to include traffic education in the school curriculum. To deal with habitual rule breakers, Mr. Parrikar has asked the police to not only impose fines on them but also make them attend three-hour remedial classes on traffic rules at the police station in the evening.Mr. Parrikar requested the Assembly members to give him 15 days to put a composite action plan in operation.In reply to a question, he said that drunk driving was also becoming a major issue as “Goans who are known to drink only at night have now learnt to drink in the afternoon too.”last_img read more

Falling objects kill Assam student and injure another 280 km apart

first_imgMisfortune of a similar kind struck Assam teenagers Meghali Kalita and Sakhina Begum about 280 km apart on Thursday. The former survived, the latter did not.Officials in north-eastern Assam’s Biswanath district said Ms. Begum was injured grievously when a large branch of a tree fell on the motorcycle she was riding pillion on. She was headed to her educational institute in the morning.“The man riding the bike was injured too, but the girl took the brunt of the blow and died in Tezpur Medical College Hospital,” a police official, declining to be quoted, said.Tezpur is about 60 km east of Biswanath Chariali, the headquarters of Biswanath district.Minutes after this mishap, a ceiling fan in a classroom in Paschim Borigog College at Hajo, about 35 km north-west of Guwahati, fell on Ms. Kalita’s head.She was taken to a local hospital where her condition was said to be serious. Doctors said she would be under observation for some time.Education department officials said they would order an inquiry into the mishap.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs get another elims sweep in UAAP women’s hoops

first_imgFEU completes Final 4 cast with Adamson win; UP out Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 The fourth-seeded Lady Tamaraws ended their elimination round campaign on a three-game winning streak and finished with an 8-6 card.Isabel Balleser had 16 points to lead FEU while Precious Arellado added 11 points.De La Salle (3-11) finished its season as the no.7 team after surviving University of the Philippines 75-72.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort National U completed another immaculate eliminations run in the UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball tournament after mauling University of the East, 63-50, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.This is the fourth straight year that the defending champions have swept the elimination round, as the Lady Bulldogs have been undefeated since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments LATEST STORIES Ria Nabalan had 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists to lead the Lady Bulldogs, who grabbed an outright seat to the finals, while enjoying ample support from her teammates in terms of scoring.Trixie Antiquiera and Je Anne Camelo added 11 points apiece for NU while Janet Sison pitched in 10 points of her own.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 shutoutRuthlaine Tacula had 14 points to lead the 11-3 Lady Warriors, who will enter the step-ladder semifinals with a twice-to-beat advantage as the league’s no.2 team.In the other game, which was played at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Far Eastern University dropped Ateneo 69-60. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

World Cup Highlights On YouTube

first_imgFrom match highlights to interviews to ‘play of the day’s’, this is one way you can catch up with how the Australian teams are progressing in the World Cup. To view, please click on the following link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img

9 days agoMan Utd watching Napoli star Fabian Ruiz

first_imgMan Utd watching Napoli star Fabian Ruizby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have been watching Napoli star Fabian RuizThe Spanish international, 23, has risen to stardom since joining Napoli from Real Betis for £26million in 2018.And his exploits have attracted the attention of Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are in the market for a new control midfielder.Goal claim the Spanish heavyweights will battle it out for Ruiz next summer, but Napoli plan to tie him to a new contract with an £87million release clause.And the Manchester Evening News says United were also monitoring Ruiz over the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img