18 Dec

Joburg to produce its own electricity from landfill

first_imgGarbage trucks, men and birds work at the top of the Robinson Deep landfill site in southern Johannesburg. (Image: Lucille Davie) • Musa Jack • Executive Director: waste minimisation strategy and programmes • Pikitup +27 87 357 1044 • Recyclable living for all by 2016 • Plastic recycling major job spinner • Waste drive reaps rewardsLucille DavieAt the top of Johannesburg’s largest landfill site, Robinson Deep, not only is there a 360° view of the CBD and southern suburbs, but it is also the top of the city’s first methane gas-to-power project.To be operational in early 2015, four 1MW generators, costing about R10-million each, will be installed at the base of the landfill mountain, initially to pump 4MW of energy to national energy supplier Eskom.Robinson Deep, in the city’s southern suburb of Turffontein, is Joburg’s largest landfill site. Trucks roar up the one-kilometre track to the top from 7.30am to 2am, disgorging their loads on to the growing mountain of garbage. Men in gloves sort out plastic, metal and anything else of value. Once they have separated the recyclables, their loads are weighed and taken to a recycling depot at the base of the landfill.Joburg has five landfill sites – besides Robinson Deep, there’s Marie Louise in Dobsonville, one each in Linbro Park and Ennerdale, and Goud Koppies in Eldorado Park. Robinson Deep was opened in the 1930s and takes up about 124 acres of land. The methane gas it produces is 21 times more harmful than carbon dioxide. In May 2011, as a result of a flood of complaints about the smell from Robinson Deep, the city started flaring the gas by means of a network of 68 wells sent down into the landfill, to tap the gas. But towards the end of October, an independent power producer, Ener-G Systems Joburg, will start installing the four generators.An independent power producer is usually a private electricity utility that owns and operates facilities to generate power for sale to an electricity utility, central government buyer and end users.Each generator will cost about R10-million, so the total investment for the five sites will be R276-million, says general manager David Cornish of Ener-G Systems. The company has a track record: it installed its first pilot project in Richard’s Bay in KwaZulu-Natal, in 2009; it has developed over 50 projects around the world, producing over 120MW. It is anticipated that the Joburg project will have a life expectancy of up to 20 years.“Methane from waste is a huge source of atmospheric methane throughout the world and in South Africa it is a significant contributor to our greenhouse gas emissions,” writes Cornish in a document titled “Ener-G Efficient Solutions for South Africa“.The process started back in 2009, when the city awarded the project to Ener-G Systems. In October 2013, the city was the successful bidder to supply Eskom with power, under the Independent Power Producers programme. It is the only city council in the country to be doing this. When operating at full capacity, the gas from Robinson Deep will produce 5MW of renewable electricity generation capacity, enough for up to 5 000 households, says Cornish.Gas is also flared at Marie Louise, through 28 wells, and once all five landfill sites are operating to produce power, it will be the largest landfill gas-to-energy programme in the country, producing an estimated 19MW of power, sufficient to supply 12 500 middle-income households. The income from the sale of power to Eskom will amount to R800-million a year. A portion of this will be paid to the city as a royalty, which will largely be used to maintain the sites, says the city’s assistant director of integrated waste management, Simphiwe Mbuli. “We believe for the city it’s a good investment.”In the meantime, the city continues to make its landfill sites as environmentally friendly as they can be. First, the site is covered with waterproofing, to protect the ground water. Then, as rubbish goes into the landfill, it is covered with 150mm of earth, to reduce the smell and cut down on vermin and flies. Water running off the landfill is channelled away and evaporated. The landfill is also sprayed with disinfectant water so it does not pollute the air.Mbuli says that the city is looking into other technologies to deal with waste, as its landfill sites fill up. Possibilities are incineration and pyrolysis, or the composting of waste. “We are conducting a feasibility study now,” he adds.Separation at source programmeJohannesburg has an impressive separation at source programme; households separate waste into bags which are then collected from their pavements. The pilot scheme was started in 2009, and soon was expanded to areas as far flung as Orange Farm in the south, and Dobsonville, Modderfontein, Greymont, and Diepsloot in the north, in all almost 400 000 households. Randburg and Roodepoort will come on board later this year, with Midrand in the far north bagging its recyclables in late 2015. This means that some 15 000 tons of recyclables were diverted from Joburg’s landfill sites in 2012/13. The goal is to push that to 20 000 tons in the future.Those recyclables go to buy-back centres, where some 25 co-operatives and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) have been established, creating 500 jobs. The 10 buy-back centres are made up of small, informal recyclers. Most of the centres were set up by the city, which will be providing more in the future. At present, Joburg also has 42 garden refuse sites, 20 of which are operated by SMMEs. They also accept recyclable waste. The city plans to upgrade all its garden refuse sites to enable recycling.“It should be stressed that the success of the programme depends solely on the citizens of Johannesburg changing their behaviour and appreciating waste as a resource,” says Musa Jack, Joburg’s executive director of waste minimisation strategy and programmes. She stresses that citizens must play their role as “anything to the contrary will be to the detriment of our environment”.last_img read more

18 Dec

Analysis: Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2015 & Global Corruption Barometer

first_imgThe 2015 Corruption Perception Index ranks 168 countries/territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. South Africa ranks 61/186 with a corruption score of 44 (moderately corrupt). Its score of has remained stable from 2014; with a positive 2 scores up from 2013 where SA scored 42/100.The Africa Survey 2015 of the Global Corruption Barometer interviewed 43,143 people in 28 African countries to understand public experiences and perceptions of corruption.83% of SA respondents said they thought corruption had risen in the previous 12 months.Yet actual bribery rates in SA are far below average, with with less than one in ten respondents saying they paid a bribe in the previous 12 months.Results illustrate the disjuncture between citizens’ personal experience of corruption & their perceptions of government structures not doing enough to stem corrupt activities. 1.   TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL’S CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX 20151.1.      Background Transparency International released its 21st annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) on Wednesday, 27 January 2016. The CPI is the leading global indicator of public sector corruption, offering a yearly snapshot of the relative degree of corruption by ranking countries from all over the globe.This year’s index ranks 168 countries/territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. Countries are measured on a scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).[i]Poor scores are indicative of widespread bribery, lack of punishment for corruption and public institutions that do not respond adequately to citizens’ needs. Countries with clean scores should ensure that they do not export corrupt practices to underdeveloped countries. This index allows government, business and civil society to implement measures to tackle the corruption in their respective countries.1.2.      Findings South Africa ranks 61st of 168 countries with a corruption score of 44 (moderately corrupt) in 2015. Its score has remained stable from 2014; with a positive two scores up from 2013 where South Africa scored 42/100.How the BRICS Nations ScoredRankCountry2015 Score2014 Score2013 Score2012 Score61South Africa4444424376India3838363676Brazil3843424383China37364039119Russia29272828   South Africa outranks all its BRICS counterparts. With a score above 40, it is perceived to be the least corrupt of the BRICS nations.Next 11 ScoresSouth Africa also does fairly well compared to the Next 11. Only South Korea is perceived as less corrupt with a score of 56.RankCountry/territory2015 Score2014 Score2013 Score2012 Score37Korea (South)5655555661South Africa4444424366Turkey4245504988Egypt3637323288Indonesia3634323295Mexico3535343495Philippines35383634112Vietnam31313131117Pakistan30292827130Iran27272528136Nigeria26272527139Bangladesh25252726How select African countries fare:South Africa ranks 7th least corrupt out of the 46 Sub-Saharan African countries included in the Index. It shares this rank with Lesotho and Senegal.RankCountry/territory2015 Score2014 Score2013 Score2012 Score28Botswana6363646545Namibia5349484856Ghana4748464561South Africa4444424388Morocco3639373788Algeria3636363488Egypt36373232103Ethiopia33333333112Malawi31333737117Tanzania30313335130Cameroon27272526136Nigeria26272527139Uganda25262629139Kenya25252727147DRC22222221150Zimbabwe21212120163South Sudan151514N/A163Angola15192322165Sudan121111131.3 Hot Topic: Mapping Corruption Levels in Africa As illustrated by the Table and Figure above, corruption poses a serious challenge in sub-Saharan Africa, with 36 of the 46 countries surveyed in the region scoring below 40. Most countries score particularly badly on rule of law and justice. “While some governments are reducing risks for business, there’s little change for citizens – as systemic corruption leaves many countries struggling to uphold basic rule of law.”2.   South Africa’s Performance in the Afrobarometer/Transparency International Global Corruption Barometer 20152.1. BackgroundTransparency International has partnered with the Afrobarometer to produced the Africa Survey 2015 of the Global Corruption Barometer.[i]Unlike the Corruption Perception Index, which measures and ranks 175 countries based to perceptions of public sector corruption, the Africa Survey measures perceptions of corruption in the following sectors: the political and government elite (the president’s office, members of parliament, government officials), public officials who work at the service level (tax officials, the police, judges and magistrates, local government councillors), and those who are not part of the public sector but who often wield strong influence (business executives, religious leaders and traditional leaders).[ii]In only three of the countries surveyed did a slight majority of the population think their governments were doing well at well at fighting corruption, namely Botswana, Lesotho and Senegal.2.2. Public perceptions of corruption levelsThe survey asked respondents how they thought corruption in their country had changed over the past year, i.e. whether it had increased, decreased or stayed the same. Unfortunately, South Africa (along with Nigeria and Ghana) performed worst in this category,with 83% of respondents saying that they thought corruption had risen in the previous 12 months.Figure 1 below depicts the best and worst performing countries in terms of population perceptions of corruption over time.Figure 1: Perceptions of corruption movement over 12-month period2.3. Public Perceptions of government anti-corruption measures Figure 2 below shows that Malagasy citizens were most critical of their governments. However, South Africa, doesn’t fall far behind, with approximately four of five respondents rating government’s anti-corruption efforts poorly.Figure 2: Perceptions of government performance in fighting corruption2.4. Perception vs. RealityAt the same time, the survey also asked respondents whether they had been exposed to corruption risks in the past 12 months when engaging with six key public services: public schools, public healthcare, the police, courts, for official documents or for utilities. If they had come into contact with these services, they were asked whether “they had paid a bribe, given a gift or provided a favour in order to get the services they needed”.Here, South Africa ranks below the regional average in terms of bribery rates, with with less than one in ten respondents saying they had paid a bribe.Figure 3: Percentage of Public Service Users that had paid bribes2.5. Citizens’ role in stemming corruptionThe survey also gauged the extent to which citizens believed that they could make a difference to the levels of corruption in their countries. The authors state that: “Citizens should be able to play an important role in turning the tide against corruption – either through reporting corruption when they see it, refusing to pay bribes, or demanding governments take action against the corruption that they see in their country.”South Africans, much like the rest of their African counterparts, are divided on whether they can make a difference in stemming corruption, with many feeling disempowered (56% are optimistic, yet 44% remain sceptical). See Figure 4 below.Figure 4: Citizens’ ability to stem corruption2.6. Lessons for Brand SAThe Africa Survey 2015 attests to citizens’ relatively negative perception of government performance in combatting corruption. More interestingly, this perception rests less on personal experience of corruption with public service entities (e.g. having to pay bribes for services), as the majority interviewed here had not paid a bribe in the 12 months prior to participating in the survey.The implications of this finding point to two pertinent questions for Brand SA to consider:• The Global Corruption Barometer reveals an apparent disjuncture between citizens’ personal experience of corruption and their perceptions of the government structures not doing enough to stem corrupt activities. Perhaps this is an indication of a distinction that is made between “low level” and “high level” corruption. At the “high level”, perceptions of excessive “tenderpreneurship” – which enables those with the political influence to secure lucrative government contracts – prevail. At the lower level, it appears that most South African citizens interviewed had little personal exposure to corruption when engaging with key public services.• The Corruption Perception Index marks the country as “moderately corrupt”, and put into comparative perspective against BRICS counterparts, the Next 11 or its continental neighbours, South Africa does relatively well. That said, if SA wishes to be globally competitive, we should also be competing with the likes of South Korea and the UAE to shift perceptions of public and private sector institutions to encourage investment and build trust in leadership.Prepared by: Dr. Judy Smith-Höhn  Brand South Africa’s Research Notes, Research Reports and Web Analyses communicate findings from Brand South Africa research, related panel discussions and analyses of global performance indices. The publications are intended to elicit comments, contribute to debate, and inform stakeholders about trends and issues that impact on South Africa’s reputation and overall competitiveness.Views expressed in Research Notes, Reports and Analyses are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent those of Brand South Africa, or the Government of the Republic of South Africa. Every precaution is taken to ensure the accuracy of information. However, Brand South Africa shall not be liable to any person for inaccurate information or opinions contained herein.Contacts Dr Petrus de Kock – General Manager Research – petrusd@brandsouthafrica.comDr Judy Smith-Höhn- Research Manager – judys@brandsouthafrica.comMs Leigh-Gail Petersen – Researcher – leigh@brandsouthafrica.com Endnotes [i] The index draws on 12 different data sources from 11 institutions that capture expert assessments and views of businesspeople of corruption nwithin the past two years. For the first time this year, TI also analysed statistically significant changes in CPI scores for countries over a three-year time period by comparing their CPI scores between 2012 and 2015. Twelve data sources were used to construct the Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, namely: 1) African Development Bank Governance Ratings 2014, 2) Bertelsmann Foundation Sustainable Governance Indicators 2015, 3) Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index 2016; 4) Economist Intelligence Unit Country Risk Ratings 2015; 5) Freedom House Nations in Transit 2015; 6) Global Insight Country Risk Ratings 2014; 7) IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2015; 8) Political and Economic Risk Consultancy Asian Intelligence 2015; 9) Political Risk Services International Country Risk Guide 2015; 10) World Bank – Country Policy and Institutional Assessment 2014; 11) World Economic Forum Executive Opinion Survey (EOS) 2015; and 12) World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2015 [ii] A total of 43,143 respondents across 28 sub-Saharan African countries were interviewed from March 2014 to September 2015 to gauge their experiences and perceptions of corruption in their respective countries.[iii] See Africa Survey, pg. 8[iv] See Africa Survey 2015, pg.12.last_img read more

17 Dec

Line of Sight — In the Distance (GC4JZTK) — Geocache of the Week

first_imgThe line of sight tube attached to the already deceased tree. (Don’t worry, we checked.)Geocache Name:In the Distance (GC4JZTK)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:1/1.5Why this is the Geocache of the Week:Multi-Caches are a great challenge for any geocacher looking for a little something more than a traditional. Some multis require you to gather information at the coordinates and plug it into a formula to get the coordinates for the next stage. This multi does away with secondary coordinates altogether. Once you arrive at the first stage, you’ll have to use your keen eyesight to see where the final container lies.What geocachers are saying:“What a great idea for a cache. Well worth another favorite point.” – Be-con“Awesome cache. Visiting Red Deer for centerfest and saw all the fav points. Kids are really glad we found this one. Thanks very much.” – calgaryeggheads“I’m giving this one a favourite simply because of the novelty of it. Bravo! And a hearty well done to the cachers who’ve already been here and who haven’t been heavy handed on the first stage! Thanks for the cache.” – van der DeckenWhat the geocache owner, TazFour, has to say:“The TazFour family were brainstorming about placing a new cache after a fun day of geocaching.  We wanted to place a unique cache and unlike any other we had found before.  The TazFour boys love Nerf guns and they just happened to be playing with them that evening.  They were lining up the sights on their Nerf guns on different targets and the idea popped into mind.  How about a geocache where you must spot the location of the cache container through a line of sight.  And that’s how it started.Construction of the cache was very simple.  All we did was construct a “sight tube” using  a camo painted PVC tube  and added two crosshairs on either end of the tube by threading 2 pieces of wire through holes drilled in the tube.  The cache container is just a small, water tight cylindrical container wrapped in camo tape.  Finding a location was slightly more difficult as we needed 2 locations in close proximity.  The location of the “sight tube” needed to have a clear unobstructed view to the cache container location; as well some type of cover in the trees.  We also wanted the container to be some distance from the “sight tube”.  We knew of a nice quiet location with a nice green space and fortunately found a perfect spot.  It didn’t take long to set the sight tube and cache container.What has been your reaction to all of the positive logs & favorite points?  –  We were really surprized by all the positive logs and favorite points!  All the great feedback has been fabulous and inspiring!  It’s really a simple cache, but it’s something different and fun.  I guess geocacher’s responded so positively because the cache is a bit unexpected for a multicache and a new adventure.   Now we need to come up with a new unique idea.Is there anything you’d like to say to the geocaching community? – Thank you to all fellow geocach creators for all the great adventure’s your cache’s have taken us on.  There are many places we would have never discovered without your time and commitment to placing and caring for your cache’s.  The world looks a little bit different when you are a geocacher and it’s a whole lot more fun to go outside!  TFTF”Photos:Line it up! (No living trees were harmed during the placement of this geocache.)Your geo-scope. (No living trees were harmed during the placement of this geocache.)You can see the final from here. (No living trees were harmed during the placement of this geocache.) What’s the coolest Multi-Cache you’ve ever found? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedConnecting the World With Geocaching — Köln-Seattle Exchange Multicaches (GC1GWEV and GC1H38J) — Geocache of the WeekDecember 25, 2013In “Community”Geocache of the Week Video Edition — De drie hoofddeugden (GC3G6DH)June 11, 2014In “Community”Who’s Watching You!!! GC15KNG GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 30, 2012January 30, 2012In “Community”last_img read more

12 Dec

Video Tutorial: Improving Your Time-lapse Workflow for the GH5

first_imgIn this tutorial, we’ll cover the basic workflow for capturing and ingesting GH5 time-lapse photo sequences into Lightroom, and exporting a graded .MOV for editing and final color in Premiere.Note: This time-lapse tutorial is based on GH5 Firmware update v. 2.4.One of the most exciting features of the GH5 and the GH5s is the ability to shoot raw, high-resolution time-lapses in-camera without additional gear or software. The GH5’s no-nonsense time-lapse menu is intuitive, and the photo sequences are easy to work with in post.In this tutorial, we’ll be talking specifically the mechanics and function of the GH5’s time-lapse feature.To begin, make sure that your GH5 is turned on and that you have at least one SD card in the camera’s media slot (you can find a list of Panasonic’s recommended SD cards here). Step 4: Shooting Interval and Image CountAfter configuring your photo settings, set the drive mode dial (smaller dial) to the time-lapse icon.Once set, the time-lapse menu icon will automatically appear in the top-right quadrant of your camera’s touch screen. Clicking directly on this icon will take you into the camera’s time-lapse menu. You can also navigate to this menu by hitting Menu/Set > REC (camera icon) > Time Lapse/Animation.On this menu page, there are three settings that you’ll need to configure before shooting:ModeStart timeShooting interval and image countIn addition to time-lapses, the GH5 can also record stop motion animation. You can access those settings in this menu as well. For now, set the Mode to Time Lapse Shot.In the Start Time menu, designate when you’d like the camera to begin capturing the photo sequence. You have two options: 1) Now, and 2) Start Time Set. With the Start Time setting set to Now, you can trigger the time-lapse by hitting the shutter button, and the photo sequence will begin immediately. If you want to designate a specific start time, you can do so by configuring these settings in the Start Time Set sub-menu.With the time-lapse mode selected, and the start time setting configured, you’ll need to set your shooting interval and image count — this may require some experimentation. In general terms, slower-moving subjects like budding flowers or stars require a duration of at least 2 hours and a shooting interval of 20-30 seconds. Faster moving subjects, such as cars, waterfalls, or storm clouds require only a 10-30 minute duration and a shooting interval of 3-10 seconds.With each change you make to the shooting interval and image count, the completion time of the time-lapse (displayed at the bottom of your touch screen) will update. Make sure that your date and time settings are accurate. This will help you determine the duration of your time-lapse.Step 5: Begin ShootingFinally, with your time-lapse settings configured, it’s time to start shooting. Exit the camera’s menu, set your shot, and press the shutter button.Once the time-lapse has concluded, your GH5 will ask if you want to create an .mp4 file of your photo sequence. This is helpful for determining if you configured your time lapse settings accurately — or if your settings need adjusting and the time-lapse needs to be re-recorded.Keep in mind that generating an .mp4 can take several minutes. Furthermore, the GH5 writes the .mp4 to your SD card, and as a result, eats up your SD card’s space.If you’re shooting with an SDHC card, you cannot create an .mp4 with a file size exceeding 4GB. However, SDXC cards do allow .mp4s exceeding 4GB.At this point, you’re ready to dump your time-lapse photo sequences and organize them for ingest and post-workflow.Cover image via wiratho.Interested in the tracks we used to make this video?“Rise and Rhyme” by Eternity Bro“Weeknight Jammies” by Eternity Bro“The Speed of Life” by Vincent Tone“Telesto” by Bedlake“Midnight Coup” by Bedlake“All From You” by Simba Music“What You Got” by Luciano Music Co.Looking for more video tutorials? Check these out.Video Tutorial: Create a Callout Graphic in Adobe After EffectsVideo Tutorial: How to Add Image Overlays to Premiere Pro ExportsDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit ToolsVideo Tutorial: How to Create Anime Speed Lines in After EffectsVideo Tutorial: Which Frame Rate Should You Be Using? Step 1: Date and TimeFirst of all, check your date and time settings before recording. This will be useful in determining the duration of your time-lapse. You can set the camera’s date and time by navigating to Menu/Set > Setup (wrench icon) > Clock Set.Step 2: Shooting ModeThe camera’s mode dial (larger dial) should be set according to your shooting preference; however, the camera’s Manual Mode (M) will give you the greatest flexibility in setting proper exposure and shutter speed. If you plan on shooting time-lapses often, consider using one of the GH5’s custom modes (C1, C2, C3). This mode allows you to create a preset configuration for your camera, and it can be useful in situations when you need to quickly start a time-lapse.Step 3: Aspect Ratio, Compression, and Gamma SettingsBefore configuring your camera’s time-lapse settings, you’ll need to set your desired aspect ratio, picture size, compression, and gamma. You can access these settings by navigating to Menu/Set > REC (camera icon). Here are the recommended settings for shooting time-lapses with your GH5:Aspect Ratio: 4:3 (you can crop this to 16:9 in post).Picture Size: L 20M if shooting jpegs. However, if shooting raw (recommended), this option will be greyed out.Quality (compression): rawPhoto Style: V-LogL (must have the V-LogL activation; firmware update 2.4 allows you to shoot photos with V-LogL photo style; this is highly recommended for grading in post).last_img read more

30 Nov

Familiarity helps Dennison stop Desiderio in FEU win over UP

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGuarding Paul Desiderio was never strange for Ron Dennison.The two were teammates in high school at University of Visayas and both entered the UAAP at the same time in Season 76 and this familiarity helped Dennison put a stranglehold on Desiderio.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH And, just for the record, Desiderio is 0-7 against Dennison. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Desiderio also came off a career performance in a stunning win over defending champion La Salle with 30 points.READ: Desiderio struggles, praises ‘great defender’ DennisonDennison also made his presence felt on the offensive end with 16 points and three assists while also grabbing seven rebounds.The two also had an interesting duel last season in the first round when Dennison got ejected.“Last year, he one-upped me with that flop so during the game he started acting again but I didn’t let him do the same thing again,” said Dennison.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Desiderio, the University of the Philippines’ stalwart headed into the Sunday matchup against Far Eastern University averaging 21 points a game, and Dennison made sure Desiderio would not reach that mark.“We were teammates in high school, so I knew how he moved,” said Dennison in Filipino after FEU trumped UP, 78-59, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I just played straight-up clean defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  SPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: FEU rolls to 3rd straight win, routs UPWith Dennison hounding him, Desiderio struggled from the floor, scoring ust nine points on 4-of-12 shooting, and converted only one of his five attempts from long range. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City 29 football fans hurt as French stadium barrier collapses Read Nextlast_img read more

27 Nov

India to play Test, ODI series in Australia ahead of World Cup

first_imgIndian skipper Mahendra Singh DhoniDefending champions India will get an early feel of the Australian conditions ahead of next year’s ODI World Cup after agreeing to play a Test series against the hosts and a triangular one-day series, also featuring England, between December 4 and February 1 here.Cricket Australia announced its schedule ahead of the World Cup which it would jointly host with New Zealand.The fixtures include four Test matches between India and Australia starting December 4 in Brisbane. The series’ other games will be played in Adelaide (December 12 to 16), Melbourne (December 26 to 30) and Sydney (January 3 to 7).After a break, the tri-series will start on January 16, the finale of which will take place on February 1 in Perth.”The Fans in Brisbane will see the India Test team for the first time since 2003-04,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.The World Cup will roll out from February 14 and conclude on March 29.”The next 12 months will have something for everyone. It contains some refinements from last season that benefits both players and fans. Never before have we had so much high quality cricket to offer around Australia, whether it’s international or domestic, men’s or women’s, or played with a red or white ball,” Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said.”The 2014-15 schedule looks very different to previous summers due in large part to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 that we are co-hosting with New Zealand for the first time in 23 years.” .”With a Test series against India, ODIs against the top teams in world cricket, the ICC Cricket World Cup and another strong domestic calendar, this year promises to be even bigger,” Sutherland added.advertisementThe complete Cricket Australia Schedule:T20 series:November 5: 1st T20 Australia v South Africa – AdelaideNovember 7: 2nd T20 Australia v South Africa – MelbourneNovember 9: 3rd T20 Australia v South Africa – SydneyODI series:November 14: 1st ODI Australia v South Africa – PerthNovember 16: 2nd ODI Australia v South Africa – PerthNovember 19: 3rd ODI Australia v South Africa – CanberraNovember 21: 4th ODI Australia v South Africa – MelbourneNovember 23: 5th ODI Australia v South Africa – SydneyTest series:December 4-8: 1st Test Australia v India – BrisbaneDecember 12-16: 2nd Test Australia v India – AdelaideDecember 26-30: 3rd Test Australia v India – MelbourneJanuary 3-7: 4th Test Australia v India – SydneyODI tri-series:January 16: Australia v India – MelbourneJanuary 18: Australia v England – SydneyJanuary 20: England v India – BrisbaneJanuary 23: Australia v England – HobartJanuary 26: Australia v India – SydneyJanuary 30: England v India – PerthFebruary 1: Final – Perth.last_img read more

14 Nov

Arsenal vs Ostersunds: TV, stream & preview

first_imgUEFA Europa League Arsenal vs Ostersunds: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Chris Burton 20:51 2/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Nacho Monreal Arsenal Chelsea Getty Images UEFA Europa League Arsenal Arsenal v Östersunds FK Östersunds FK The Gunners hold a commanding 3-0 advantage heading into the second leg of their Europa League last-32 encounter with the Swedish minnows Arsenal hold a commanding advantage heading into the second leg of their Europa League last-32 encounter with Ostersunds.Arsene Wenger’s side swept to a 3-0 victory over the Swedish minnows on the road, with a handy haul of away goals leaving them in the strongest of positions.Nacho Monreal and Mesut Ozil were on target in that contest, while the unfortunate Sotirios Papagiannopoulos also put through his own net. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Gunners have not been in action since that initial encounter, as a result of having suffered an early setback in the defence of their FA Cup crown, so should be fresh for a return to home soil at Emirates Stadium. Game Arsenal vs Ostersunds Date Thursday, February 22 Time 20:05 GMT / 15:05 ET TV Channel & Live Stream In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport 2 and it can be streamed live online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport app In the United States (US), Fox Sports 2 is showing the game on television and it can be watched live online using WatchESPN or Fox Soccer Match Pass. US TV channel Online stream Fox Sports 2 WatchESPN / Fox Sports GO / Fox Soccer Match Pass Squads & Team News Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Macey Defenders Holding, Mustafi, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Bellerin, Kolasinac Midfielders Xhaka, Wilshere, Elneny, Ozil, Iwobi, Nelson, Mkhitaryan, Maitland-Niles Forwards Willock, Welbeck, Nketiah Wenger is likely to suffle his pack with Arsenal in a healthy position and with a Carabao Cup final clash with Manchester City to come on Sunday.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is cup-tied, Alexandre Lacazette nursing a knee injury and Aaron Ramsey facing a race against time to be fit for Wembley at the weekend.Potential Arsenal starting XI: Ospina; Chambers, Mertesacker, Holding, Kolasinac; Iwobi, Xhaka, Elneny, Nelson; Mkhitaryan; Welbeck. Position Ostersunds players Goalkeepers Keita, Andersson Defenders Pettersson, Papagiannopoulos, Bergqvist, Widgren, Mensah, Mukiipi, Kposo, Sundberg Midfielders Tekie, Lundback, Aiesh, Sema, Fritzson, Edwards, Nouri, Arhin Forwards Hopcutt, Gero, Ghoddos, Islamovich Graham Potter is likely to keep faith with those who battled bravely against the Gunners in the first leg.The Swedish outfit are still without recent arrival Smajl Suljevic and midfielder Johan Bertilsson.Potential Osterdunds starting XI: Keita; Mukiipi, Papagiannopoulos, Pettersson, Widgren; Mensah, Edwards, Nouri, Sema; Gero, Ghoddos.Betting & Match Odds Arsenal are considered to be strong favourites with dabblebet, with the Gunners priced at 2/7 to emerge victorious.Ostersunds, meanwhile, are 8/1 outsiders and the draw is priced at 17/4.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Arsene Wenger Arsenal Europa LeagueThe Europa League could soon take on added importance for Arsenal, given that they are once again struggling to force their way into the Premier League’s top four.Wenger is not about to throw in the towel just yet, but it could be that he is soon forced into adopting a similar mindset to Jose Mourinho and Manchester United from 2016-17.The Red Devils switched their focus after slipping backwards domestically, with continental glory offering them a return ticket to the Champions League party.Like Arsenal, United also made their way to the League Cup final last season, with the securing of major silverware prioritised over league standings.The Gunners could get their hands on that trophy this weekend, while progression in Europe would help to keep momentum building heading into a crucial period of the campaign.There are still plenty of threats to be found in the Europa League, but a spot in the last-16 would edge the north London outfit one step closer to Lyon and leave them hoping for another favourable draw at the next stage.last_img read more

29 Sep

The American Grandmaster Who Could Become World Champion

Here’s an old Caruana family legend. While traveling in Europe, years ago, Caruana and his parents boarded a plane — one of many planes that he’s boarded in his young life. Once seated, he immediately pulled out a little chess set and began to play the game that has come to define him. The plane taxied and accelerated and took to the sky, cruising high above the earth at hundreds of miles an hour toward their destination. A rapt and oblivious Caruana kept playing, transfixed. Eventually he looked up, turned to his father and asked him a question.“When are we going to take off?” If you search the archives for Caruana, one of his earliest mentions you’ll find is a television news segment from early 2001, when he was 8 years old and living in Brooklyn. “Here’s the story of a boy who could be the next Bobby Fischer,” the host says. Caruana’s mother, Santina, describes her son’s play as art (“I just — I can’t take my eyes off him”); his coach describes him as “mentally quite tough;” and a chess club manager says he’s sure to become a grandmaster and possibly world champion.The 8-year-old Caruana: “I just think it’s a fun game.” Another early appearance was in 2002 in the New York Daily News. That story featured a photo of a 10-year-old Caruana in an oversized T-shirt staring at a chessboard and grasping a bishop. He was taking on 15 opponents simultaneously in Bryant Park in Manhattan. He didn’t lose a single game.When you look at stories like those, Caruana’s championship bid seems preordained, the unavoidable result of an intense, prodigious and celebrated chess upbringing. But another quick search of the archives turns up dozens of other names that have also had their chess picture in the paper, and have also been teased by the press as The Next Bobby Fischer: Josh Waitzkin, Carissa Yip, Hikaru Nakamura, Eric Hicks, Jorge Zamora, Michael Wilder, Steven Zierk, Robert Lau, Gata Kamsky, Vinay Bhat, Ray Robson, Jordy Mont-Reynaud, Alan Tsoi, David Newmuis, Jeff Sarwer, Kayden Troff, Sam Sevian, etc., etc.You almost certainly haven’t heard of most — or any — of these people. None of them has played for the world championship of chess. Caruana will. If you ask the people who know Fabiano Caruana what Fabiano Caruana is like, they will tell you that Fabiano Caruana is, you know, just a normal guy.He likes movies. He likes music. He likes to eat. He works out. He goes on dates.Just a normal guy.Just a normal guy who is ranked second in the world in chess. A normal guy who was pulled out of school after seventh grade to do nothing but play the ancient and intricate game. A normal guy who is a hairbreadth away from prying the No. 1 position loose from probably the best player ever to play the game. A normal guy who, beginning Friday, will sit down at a table in London with this probably-the-best-ever player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, in a grueling, weeks-long battle for the world championship of chess. A normal guy who could be the first American to win the title since Bobby Fischer in 1972. Real 99.99999999th percentile stuff.Just a normal guy. Caruana makes his move during an event with the Turinese Chess Club in 2008. Caruana became a grandmaster at the age of 14. Pigi Cipelli/Archivio Pigi Cipelli/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images read more

28 Sep

No need for Buckeyes to panic

This was supposed to be the year of eight for the Ohio State football team. The team seemingly had all the pieces to go 12-0 during the regular season and win the school’s eighth national championship. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor would also become OSU’s eighth recipient of the Heisman Trophy, thrusting him into Buckeye lore. Then, after the Buckeyes were beaten and battered by Wisconsin Saturday night, most fans gave up hope on the season. Everyone together now, take a deep breath. Through seven weeks of the season, three teams have ascended to the No. 1 ranking (Alabama, OSU and now Oregon). Verdict? No dominant college football team exists in 2010. Here’s a rundown of what the apparent national title contenders face the rest of the season. Oregon still has to play at Southern California, home versus Washington, home against No. 18 Arizona (who has already beaten Iowa) and at Oregon State. Its defense has put up good numbers but hasn’t faced a team as physical as USC or a quarterback with the shake-and-bake of Washington’s Jake Locker. No. 2 Oklahoma travels to No. 18 Missouri and No. 17 Oklahoma State before its regular season ends. It’ll likely face Missouri or No. 14 Nebraska in the Big 12 title game. The Sooner defense gave up 24 points to lowly Utah State and 351 rushing yards to Air Force. It isn’t going undefeated with a cupcake defense. After they face each other next week, all No. 5 Auburn and No. 6 LSU have to do is take on No. 7 Alabama, as well as the SEC East winner in the SEC championship game. Auburn gave up 332 yards passing and four touchdowns to Arkansas’ backup quarterback last weekend — in a little more than one half. LSU can’t decide who its quarterback is. Enough said. There will be a mid-major elimination game on Nov. 6 as No. 9 Utah and No. 4 TCU square off. The loser of the game is immediately eliminated from the title picture, and the winner isn’t guaranteed anything even if it doesn’t lose a game. Although it’s already beaten Wisconsin and won’t have to play OSU, I’m not sold on No. 8 Michigan State. One, it hasn’t played a game outside the state of Michigan yet. Two, it travels to No. 13 Iowa a week from Saturday. If the Spartans are still undefeated in two weeks, go ahead and crown them. The only team that will go untested the rest of the season is No. 2 Boise State. With that being said, a lot has to go right for OSU to re-enter the national title picture. On the other hand, the 2010 college football season is a masterpiece that is far from finished. And if recent history in college football has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected in a season with no clear-cut top team. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the chaos of the 2007 college football season. Week One: Appalachian State stuns No. 5 Michigan in the Big House. Week Five: No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 Florida lose to unranked Colorado and Auburn. Week Six: No. 2 USC loses at home to 41-point underdog Stanford. Week Seven: OSU and South Florida rise to No. 1 and No. 2 after previous No. 1 and No. 2, LSU and Cal, lose to division foes. Week Eight: South Florida’s stay at No. 2 is short as it falls to Rutgers. Week 10: New No. 2 Boston College falls to unranked Florida State. Week 11: OSU suffers embarrassing loss on Senior Day to Illinois. Week 12: Not only is No. 2 Oregon defeated by Arizona, but it loses its quarterback, likely Heisman winner quarterback Dennis Dixon, to a season-ending injury while No. 4 Oklahoma is beaten by Texas Tech. Week: 13: No. 1 LSU is topped by Arkansas in a wild triple-overtime loss, and No. 4 Missouri beats No. 2 Kansas to move within one win of playing for the school’s first national championship. Week 14: No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia choke in the final week of the season, giving rise to No. 1 OSU and No. 2 LSU, which ended up being the first national champion with two losses. The Buckeyes need to win their remaining games, preferably quite handily, to stand any chance. Furthermore, they need a ton of help. I’m convinced Oklahoma, Oregon and Michigan State will each lose at least once. It would help OSU tremendously if Oklahoma and Oregon lost twice. Then, OSU needs the three SEC West teams to take each other out and produce only one one-loss team. Utah and TCU also both need to lose. If all of that shakes out, and depending on the voters, OSU might stumble upon another national champion game berth against an SEC team. Far-fetched? Yes. Impossible? No. As college football fans are well-aware of by now, nothing’s impossible with the BCS. read more

28 Sep

Former Ohio State mens soccer player Chris Hegngi drafted by Portland Timbers

Former Ohio State men’s soccer standout Chris Hegngi was drafted No. 22 in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft by the Portland Timbers. The forward, who was drafted Jan. 22, scored 18 goals during his career and was second on the team with nine points last season. A four year letterman, Hegngi started every game his freshman year and all but two his second season at OSU. The star forward tallied three goals and four assists in each of his first two years for the Buckeyes. Despite the successes of his early career in Columbus, it wasn’t until his junior year that Hegngi might have started to show his worth. Scoring nine goals and starting every game, Hegngi was voted MVP of the team by his teammates his junior year and was showered with accolades, including being named second team NSCAA All-Region and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. His 6-foot-2, 180 pound frame made him a prime target heading into his senior season for any MLS clubs looking to add a big man up front. A disappointing senior season where Hegngi only scored 3 goals and added 3 assists, however, caused him to fall off most teams’ radars. Hegngi was passed up in the MLS Super Draft, but eventually the Portland Timbers selected him in the later Supplemental Draft. The Timbers might need a physical presence that could help them improve on their atrocious offensive performance from a year ago, when they finished the season with a 8-10-16 record and an average of only 1 point per game, leaving them second last in their conference. Finishing near the bottom of the Western Conference in 2012, the Timbers only found the back of the net 34 times, the second lowest total in the league. Having come up through the ranks of the D.C. United Youth Academy and played for his high school before arriving at OSU, Hegngi has years of experience that could help him find a position on the final roster for the Timbers. With the selection, Hegngi joins other former Buckeyes in the professional ranks. He joins the ranks of former stars Matt Lampson, a current Columbus Crew player, and Roger Espinoza, a current Wigan Athletic player in the English Premier League, to leave OSU with hopes of succeeding in the MLS. read more