Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The much younger Palicte tried to use his height to his advantage but had futile success with Nietes able to make his way inside.With a steely chin, Palicte managed to stay on his feet despite taking a handful of solid punches from Nietes throughout the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Despite delivering a methodical performance, Nietes will have to wait before getting another crack at becoming a four-division world champion.Only one judge saw the fight how it unfolded, scoring it 118-110 for Nietes. The other two, however, scored it, 116-112 for Palicte and 114-114. The fight was the co-main event of SuperFly 3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’It’s highly-likely that Nietes (41-1-5, 23 KOs), the longest reigning Filipino world champion, and Palicte will meet again in a rematch.It was Nietes’ first fight in the 115-pound division. He hasn’t lost since 2004. Photo taken from HBO Boxing’s (@HBOboxing) Twitter accountThe world title fight between Filipinos Donnie Nietes and Aston Palicte for the vacant WBO super flyweight crown ended in a controversial draw on Sunday (Manila time) at The Forum in Inglewood, California.Palicte had his moments, but Nietes clearly dominated the bout especially in the latter part.ADVERTISEMENT NU assistant Ildefonso tries to be coach first to sons Dave, Shaun View comments
What really happened to the National Elections Commission’s recent voter registration exercise?Is it true that they had mobile registration stations? Is it true that they spent US$9 million on vehicle rental to take the registrars from place to place registering people?Is it true that they did not advertise in any newspaper the various registration sites around the country?To what extent did they engage in voter registration education? If NEC is unable to give cogent answers to these questions, then no wonder NEC achieved little over 26 percent or 104,710 of their projected goal of 400,000 registrants.But let us examine each of the questions separately–the first, mobile registration stations. We recall that in 2005 and 2011 NEC had fixed voter registration stations throughout the country. This was as it should have been given the transportation difficulties people encounter traveling from one place to another all over Liberia, the greater Monrovia area included. How much more the interior parts of the country? All voter registration stations should have been STATIONARY, so that people knew exactly where they were expected to be registered.On what basis did they make this decision? That seemed to have been the most fatal mistake of all. And it was a very costly one, causing NEC to spend US$9 million on RENTED vehicles. Who ever heard of such a thing? So in the end they spent money driving the registration teams from the people; so by the time would-be registrants arrived, the teams had gotten into their rented vehicles and gone!How much advertising did NEC do to let people know where they were to report to register? We remember distinctly that in 2005 NEC under Frances Johnson Morris advertised in a few newspapers the long lists of voter registration stations around the country. So people knew long in advance where they were expected to go to be registered.NEC may contend they did not have the money to advertise. But they could have approached the newspapers and appealed for concessions, to make sure that people knew where to go to register. Some of the money use on rented vehicles could have gone into newspaper and radio advertising.How much voter registration education did NEC do? We understand that there were posters pasted on light poles and walls. But clearly they were not enough. How effectively did NEC use the community radio stations scattered throughout the country? It is a known fact that most of these stations are financially strapped. Here was an opportunity for NEC to empower them to render a vital, patriotic service by helping them with a little fuel and something to subsist on, in return for mobilizing the people to go out and register to vote.NEC attempted a valid excuse when it blamed the poor turn out on voter apathy. It is a fact that many people, especially the young, including first time registrants, have become apathetic given the dismal performance of our legislators–people have failed to do the people’s business but spent most of the time attending to their own affairs, and where they perform the work they are paid to do, they often demand special favors–mainly financial.That is why NEC should have risen to the challenge of voter education by launching a massive publicity campaign explaining to 18 year-olds the critical importance of participating in the electoral process. By registering to vote, they would prepare themselves, as they say in America, to “THROW OUT THE RASCALS!” and elect new leaders to do the people’s business.Alas! NEC missed that opportunity. We did not expect them to be as blunt as that and thereby incur the wrath of the legislators. But NEC could have engaged some of the young leaders, from the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA), the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) and other youth organizations, as well as some of the country’s vocal young people, to crisscross the country encouraging their kind to go register to vote.We hope and pray that NEC will have another opportunity to repeat the voter registration for the forthcoming elections. But from where will they get the money for a repeat exercise, with the government in such serious financial straits?The NEC Commissioners are challenged to be creative in determining their next move to correct their fatal registration fiasco.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Fulham have opened talks with West Ham over a £4m move for midfielder Mark Noble, the Daily Mail reports.The paper say Fulham are keen to find a long-term successor for Danny Murphy and the former England Under 21 man is their top target.Meanwhile, The Sun report that Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas is not planning to buy a striker despite the propsect of him losing three next month.Nicolas Anelka will make his move to China, while Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou are set to be involved in the Africa Cup of Nations.Chelsea have recently been linked with a number of forwards, including Chile prospect Eduardo Vargas, Real Madrid star Gonzalo Higuain and Napoli’s Edinson Cavani.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on Twitter
Embed from Getty ImagesMauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham’s win over Chelsea proved they can compete with the best teams in Europe.Dele Alli scored twice in a 2-0 victory for Spurs that lifted the north London side to third in the Premier League.It also ended leaders Chelsea’s 13-match winning run, denying them a record 14th consecutive top-flight victory.Spurs boss Pochettino said: “Today we started (to show) what it means to be competitive.Embed from Getty Images“Maybe that was the problem last season. We missed how to compete in a better way. You need to play, you need to suffer and you need to fight.“Tonight we played against a very good team – one of the best in Europe today – and we gave a very solid performance that made me very proud.“I think it was important for us to reduce the gap. The top four is very close. It was the perfect thing for us to arrive to third place and be close. That is important for us.“But it is only one game and three points. We need to be consistent and our challenge is to keep this intensity for the next 18 games of the season.” Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceAlfonzo McKinnie has been a sensation for the Warriors this season, averaging 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14.7 minutes.He’s shooting 3-pointers at 60 percent. He’s picked up a block here, an assist there. Mostly he just looks like he belongs. He came out of nowhere, which college basketball aficionados know to be Wisconsin-Green Bay. He wasn’t drafted. He played 14 games for Toronto last season. He has …
If evolution could develop a complex structure once, defying all probability, then maybe it could do it multiple times, some evolutionists theorize.For the birds: Different groups of birds evolved ultraviolet vision several times, Science Daily claimed. A two-amino-acid mutation might be within the edge of evolution to allow the receptor to shift its sensitivity, but that’s not the whole story:Anders Ödeen and Olle Håstad, who performed this research commented, “There are two different amino acid alterations that can each change bird colour vision from violet to ultraviolet. One particular single nucleotide change has occurred at least 11 separate times. In general during evolution once a colour shift has occurred all species from this ancestor keep it meaning that the rest of the eye and physiology, must also evolved to ‘cement’ in the new colour sensitivity.“For the fungi: A paper in PLoS ONE last November had this to say about fruiting body evolution in fungi:Fungi sharing ostiolar or sealed fruitbodies represented the most advance form, which include Dothideomycetes, Eurotiomycetes and Sordariomycetes. This trait evolved independently at least three times.For the appendix: Science Now trumpeted this improbable headline without blushing: “Appendix Evolved More Than 30 Times.” In so doing, the article undercut another old evolutionary notion: vestigial organs.The appendix may not be useless after all. The worm-shaped structure found near the junction of the small and large intestines evolved 32 times among mammals, according to a new study. The finding adds weight to the idea that the appendix helps protect our beneficial gut bacteria when a serious infection strikes.The article proceeded to show that Darwin’s belief the appendix was a useless (vestigial) remnant is no longer considered valid. After all, animals as diverse as beaver, koalas and porcupines have them; “in other words, the feature is much more common among mammals than once thought.”Now, an international team of researchers that includes Heather F. Smith, an evolutionary biologist at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona, and William Parker, a surgeon who studies the immune system at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, says it has the strongest evidence yet that the appendix serves a purpose. In a new study, published online this month in Comptes Rendus Palevol, the researchers compiled information on the diets of 361 living mammals, including 50 species now considered to have an appendix, and plotted the data on a mammalian evolutionary tree. They found that the 50 species are scattered so widely across the tree that the structure must have evolved independently at least 32 times, and perhaps as many as 38 times.Randolph Nesse (U of Michigan) had an interesting take on this conclusion. “The conclusion that the appendix has appeared 32 times is amazing,” he said. “I do find their argument for the positive correlation of appendix and cecum sizes to be a convincing refutation of Darwin’s hypothesis” (about the appendix being vestigial). One critic, trying to help, trimmed the number down to 18 “clear-cut cases” of independent evolution. Readers might want to recall how evolutionists responded years ago when concluding that wings must have evolved independently 3 times in stick insects (1/16/2003).Observers should notice that it is Darwinians’ prior commitment to evolution that forces them to allege multiple miracles of improbability. Otherwise, it would clearly look like evidence for creation: each animal equipped with what it needs to survive. Since the evolutionists appear poised to search for a function for the appendix, the question of why the majority of mammals don’t need one would be a good research project for creationist or evolutionist. (Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
5 January 2012The government has condemned the incident in which a group of men harassed two teenagers near Johannesburg’s Noord Street Taxi Rank on Tuesday, apparently because one of them was wearing a mini-skirt.The Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities said in a statement on Wednesday that it was sad that there were individuals who still believed that they had the right to dictate to women what they could and could not wear.“Child and women abuse deny women and children their birth rights,” the department said. “It condemns them to a life of fear and prevents them from being productive members of society.“We must work tirelessly towards a day when all women can walk the streets of our cities without fear of being harassed, raped or assaulted. We must ensure that all women are able to walk every street without having to look behind them to see who is following them.”Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana reiterated her call to all South Africans to join the government in its efforts to rid society of the scourge of women and child abuse.The department said it was confident that no stone would be left unturned in finding the perpetrators of the crime, which was widely reported on in the country’s national newspapers.“The two teenagers who were humiliated and subjected to this barbaric act deserve nothing less.”The incident has also been condemned by Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele, who said the country’s taxi ranks were public spaces that were supposed to offer transport and other related services to all, without discrimination.“The taxi industry has in recent times moved to restore its image and position the sector as a formidable business concern determined to offer a safe and reliable service to the public,” Ndebele said.“We urge the leadership of the taxi industry to act against the alleged perpetrators as they seek to reverse the gains made to restore the confidence of the people in the industry.”Source: BuaNews
The diversity of Suth African culture brings life to Carnegie Hall’s august stage.• Using the arts to build an inclusive South Africa • Shifting perspectives: a history of Shifty Records • Songbird Abigail Kubeka remembers songs for Mandela • McGregor’s music captures the African village • Films explore urban African tapestry Staff writerIt has been 20 years since South Africans of all colours queued for hours to cast the first democratic vote in the country’s history. At home, South Africans are building a noisy, questing identity built on the promise of an admired constitution. Internationally, there is still the perception that South Africa is the nation that apartheid built, a collection of colours divided into different tribes stumbling towards a future as one nation.A month-long festival of music and art hosted by New York City’s Carnegie Hall hopes to unpack the reality of South Africa today, through celebrating its music and the role of the arts in building a nation based on common values. Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa Ubuntu, opening on 10 October, has a focus on the music, film and art created during the Struggle to end apartheid and in the infancy of democracy.Ubuntu is the community-minded philosophy that guides traditional South African society. At heart, it means “I am because you are”. Taking this as its cue, the festival celebrates the hope that is South Africa, the humanity and compassion of its people. The eclectic line-up includes pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim, who explains that ubuntu is a concept of humanity beyond borders. “Music always played an integral part of the Struggle; apartheid was not just a South African problem but a struggle of humanity. We had to use culture and music to put a humane face on our struggle.”Clive Gillinson, Carnegie’s artistic director, was inspired to create the festival by South Africa’s diversity and the cultural life that grew out of it. He wanted to honour more than the larger-than-life history of performers like Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, and Miriam Makeba. He wanted to include the lesser-known stories. “The country’s landscape continues to evolve, and this makes for fascinating explorations through the arts. It is a nation with a dynamic, often surprising culture like no other and now, a seemingly endless array of vocal talent from every corner of the country.” Hannes Coetzee and David Kramer bring the magic of goema.This is underlined by trumpeter and composer Masekela, who says: “There is a deep abyss of content that needs to be seen. There is no society that has as much wealth, culturally and musically. This African heritage makes me feel like I come from major wealth.”Carnegie’s director of artistic planning, South African-born Jeremy Geffen, believes that this festival will give audiences outside the country a balanced insight into the art being created by South Africans. “An outside curatorial voice gave us an opportunity to shape something. Right now there is so much effort in South Africa in giving voice to people who didn’t have it. If we had left this in the hands of South Africans, they would have gone much more even-handedly through to make sure that everyone was given a shot.” Diverse cultureDedicated to Nelson Mandela, the Ubuntu Festival celebrates the various musical traditions that have taken root and grown in South Africa’s rich soil. It begins at the iconic Carnegie Hall with Twenty Years of Freedom, a programme celebrating South African democracy. On the bill is Masekela and singer Vusi Mahlasela, joined by special guests Paul Simon, long a friend of South African music, and Dave Matthews, who went to school in the country.Also on the programme are the powerful spirituality and ecstasy of Zulu maskandi music; music from the Cape, including a Cape Malay choir and folk musicians from remote regions of the Karoo; and two thrilling generations of jazz artists. Pretty Yende and Elza van den Heever, critically acclaimed sopranos, will make their New York City debuts.Ibrahim will perform solo to celebrate his 80th birthday before leading a master class for young jazz musicians at the Weill Music Institute. Kesivan Naidoo, a drummer, composer and heir to Ibrahim’s legacy, will also make his New York City debut with his band, Kesivan and the Lights. The future of South African jazz, Kesivan Pillay makes his New York City debut.>The festival will extend beyond Carnegie Hall, with performances and events planned for other prestigious partner organisations. The programme will include visual art, film and dance, as well as panel discussions on significant cultural issues featuring leading social and political voices. Artist and filmmaker William Kentridge will host an evening of his short films with live musical accompaniment.Violinist Daniel Hope will curate a music theatre production entitled A Distant Drum, joining forces with his father, pre-eminent South African writer Christopher Hope, for the Carnegie Hall-commissioned work on the life of short story writer and journalist Nat Nakasa, the brilliant, impassioned spirit of his generation who left apartheid South Africa in the 1960s for New York City, where he died in exile at the age of 28. His remains were repatriated earlier this year.Gillinson says: “It’s such an unbelievably diverse nation with so many different cultures, we just thought it was a really good time to bring together that real kaleidoscope of what the country is.”Ubuntu: Music and Arts of South Africa runs from 10 October to 5 November.
AEK Athens beat Giannena 2-0 away on Sunday to stay second in the Greek league, 15 points behind leader Olympiakos.Ronald Vargas opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a close-range shot and Helder Barbosa added a second in the 59th with a volley from inside the area.Both teams created few chances on a soggy pitch. Giannena should have equalized in the 39th, but goalkeeper Yiannis Anestis saved Stavros Tsoukalas’ penalty kick.Panathinaikos slipped to fourth after a 0-0 draw with Panionios, swapping places with PAOK, which moved up to third by beating Veria 2-1.Asteras came from a goal down to beat Kalloni 3-1 at home.Olympiakos will try to maintain its perfect record with a win at Platanias on Monday.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Story Highlights Hundreds of local and regional tourism stakeholders will converge at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from January 29 to 31 for 37th Caribbean Travel Marketplace expo.Stakeholders expected to attend the three-day event include: hotel and destination representatives; wholesalers and tour operators; online travel agencies; Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) planners; and members of the media.The expo aims to bring together approximately 140 buyers and suppliers for discussions geared towards promoting travel across the Caribbean.The discourse will focus on areas such as contracts; innovations and new ideas; and advancing negotiations.Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the number of buyers and suppliers involved represents the largest since the event’s initial staging seven years ago.“There will be delegates from 24 Caribbean destinations and, for the first time, we will have major representation from China and India, which represent two of the largest travel markets,” he explained.He was speaking at a press conference at the Ministry’s offices in New Kingston on January 16 to provide updates on several initiatives slated for later this month in Montego Bay.Organised by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Caribbean Travel Marketplace is being staged in collaboration with the Tourism Ministry, Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association (JHTA), and Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).Meanwhile, the CHTA’s Chief Marketing Officer, Matt Cooper, said Jamaica was chosen for the event because of the country’s position as a “thought leader”.“Jamaica is a country that is not afraid to take its thought leadership and make it into action. So we are really shining a light on Jamaica as a leader in Caribbean travel,” he said. Hundreds of local and regional tourism stakeholders will converge at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from January 29 to 31 for 37th Caribbean Travel Marketplace expo. Stakeholders expected to attend the three-day event include: hotel and destination representatives; wholesalers and tour operators; online travel agencies; Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) planners; and members of the media. The expo aims to bring together approximately 140 buyers and suppliers for discussions geared towards promoting travel across the Caribbean.