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Varsity-based teams banner PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup field

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours This early, Zark’s Burger-Lyceum is emerging as the favorite for the crown with coach Topex Robinson and NCAA MVP CJ Perez in tow.Not to be outdone is Foundation Cup runner-up Centro Escolar University which will bring back a virtually same core bannered by Congolese big man Rod Ebondo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAlso seeing action this year will be returning school-based teams AMA Online Education, Jose Rizal University, and Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College, as well as newcomers Perpetual and Powerball-St. Benilde.Last season’s semifinalists Tanduay and Marinerong Pilipino are also hoping for another run to the finals. Champions League, Premier League, La Liga to air live on free TV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSchool-based teams take center stage when the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup tips off in January.Seven of the 12-team field will be trotting out players from their respective varsity squads, mostly from the NCAA.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Completing the field are last year’s cellar-dwellers Wangs Basketball and Gamboa Coffee Mix, and neophyte Mila’s Lechon.Curiously, defending champion Cignal HD, powerhouse Flying V, and perennial contender Racal Motors have all opted to forego participation in the first conference.Three of the 12 teams have also secured a tie-up with PBA teams namely JRU with Ginebra, CEU with Rain or Shine, and Powerball with Blackwater.Interested teams have until Monday, November 27, to submit their letter of intent and pay their entry fees to be eligible for the upcoming conference.Rookies aching to make the roster will also get their chance as the 2017 PBA D-League Draft is set on December 12 at the PBA Cafe in Metrowalk, Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT AMA, Wangs, and Batangas are all slated to make the first three selections.The PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup opens festivities on January 18, 2018.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

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Football’s big clash of nations not only at World Cup in 2018

first_imgWhen the tournament reaches its climax in Moscow on July 14, the biggest global television audience of the year is likely to see the World Cup handed over.Will Germany be the first team to retain the title since Brazil in 1962? Can Neymar inspire Brazil to a record-extending sixth success? Will the players who have shared major individual honors for a decade — Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Lionel Messi (Argentina) — finally become world champions?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut it became clearer in 2017 that appearing at the World Cup is no longer the only vehicle — or preferred means — for countries to validate their status and strength in the world’s biggest sport.That isn’t much of a reassurance, though, for Italy, the Netherlands and the United States who failed to qualify for Russia. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Short-handed Pistons shut down Spurs LATEST STORIES Madrid and Barcelona remain in the control of their fans, a structure able to resist foreign ownership, although both teams have accepted injections of cash through UAE or Qatar sponsorships.The future spending capabilities of the nascent forces at PSG and City will be determined in the coming months. However wealthy their ownership, unfettered spending remains subject to curbs in an often forlorn attempt to maintain a competitive balance in competitions and prevent them stockpiling players.The ultimate threat hanging over PSG is exclusion from the Champions League unless it balances the books by cashing in on stars in the January transfer window. PSG’s legal team is already preparing to take the fight to UEFA over its implementation of Financial Fair Play rules, having faced an earlier round of punishments — along with City — in 2014 that led to limits on the squad size and financial penalties.UEFA has also served notice on AC Milan that sanctions could be looming after around $250 million was spent in the summer by new private Chinese investors. Milan is an illustration of why authorities don’t want clubs risking their financial health in the pursuit of success. Despite the investment, Milan is closer to the relegation zone than the top four Champions League qualification places halfway through the Serie A season.City is in a more advantageous position than either PSG or Milan due to its cut from domestic television rights. The Premier League is banking 8.3 billion pounds ($11 billion) from broadcasters under the current three-year deals, far eclipsing European counterparts.One of the early defining moments of 2018 in soccer won’t happen on the field but in the Premier League’s negotiations over the 2019-2022 rights. The winning outlets will provide an indicator of the vitality of traditional networks in an era of fragmented viewing habits where streaming platforms are luring viewers. The value of the deals will also influence the spending power of clubs in the coming years and the destination of the players.The flow of cash from Abu Dhabi since 2008 has already produced the dominant City team imagined by Sheikh Mansour. At the start of the second half of the season, Pep Guardiola’s side enjoys a commanding lead over the previously pre-eminent Manchester United.How rapidly fortunes change in soccer.Guardiola, a serial title winner at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, was facing doubts over his managerial prowess as he opened his City reign with his first trophyless season. He remains on course for a quadruple at the second attempt.Across Manchester, it was Jose Mourinho buoyant in the first half of 2017 after collecting the Europa League and League Cup to offset a sixth-place domestic finish. But Mourinho enters 2018 in sullen mood, seething with envy about the lavish investment from Abu Dhabi that enabled Guardiola to remodel his squad. It’s another indicator that with all the cash pumped into soccer by Gulf ruling families, the World Cup can no longer be relied on to determine the true kings of soccer in 2018.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img FILE – A Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017 file photo showing PSG’s Neymar, right, challenging for the ball with Marseille’s Hiroki Sakai, left, and Marseille’s Florian Thauvin, during the League One soccer match between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain, at the Velodrome stadium, in Marseille. The biggest statement came from PSG which more than doubled the previous transfer record by splurging 222 million euros on Neymar _ an unexpected windfall for Barcelona but a deal that solidified the power shifts. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)Footballing supremacy between nations will be determined in 2018, just maybe not in the way expected.The World Cup remains the ultimate prize in sport, and a Russia buffeted by doping scandals and geopolitical rifts will open up like never before to welcome thousands of fans.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The international soccer landscape is being reshaped by the Gulf state-funded clubs, and their clout reached new heights in the last year.Just as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates became ensnared in a diplomatic standoff, the jewels in their soccer crowns slugged it out in the transfer market pursuing the top talent.Around $300 million was spent in the summer transfer window alone by both Manchester City, which is owned by the UAE’s Abu Dhabi, and Paris Saint-Germain, which is funded by 2022 World Cup host nation Qatar.The biggest statement came from PSG which more than doubled the previous transfer record by splurging 222 million euros on Neymar — an unexpected windfall for Barcelona but a deal that solidified the power shifts.Both PSG and City have already obliterated the field in their French and English leagues respectively and are racing toward regaining their domestic titles. The true test of power in this intriguing rivalry between energy-rich Gulf powers should be determined in the Champions League. The competition has been won in three of the last four years by Real Madrid, and the holders now stand in the way of PSG reaching the quarterfinals in March.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Washington Mutual to refinance subprime mortgages

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEATTLE – Washington Mutual Inc. said Wednesday it will refinance up to $2 billion in subprime mortgages to help borrowers avoid default and foreclosure. The program will allow subprime borrowers who remain current on their existing loans and are bracing for payment increases to apply for discounted fixed-rate loans or other refinancing options. “Stepping up and helping our customers stay in their homes is in the best interest of our borrowers, our communities and WaMu,” Kerry Killinger, chairman and chief executive of the Seattle-based savings and loan, said in a statement. Home-mortgage delinquencies and foreclosures have risen sharply in recent months, particularly for subprime mortgage customers who pay higher interest rates because of shaky credit or low income. Subprime loans make up about 6 percent of Washington Mutual’s asset portfolio, but dealt a heavy blow to the company’s latest quarterly earnings. On Tuesday, Washington Mutual reported a 20 percent drop in its first-quarter profits, blaming the slide largely on a $164 million loss on sales of subprime mortgages. The company also raised its 2007 guidance for bad-loan provisions to a range of $1.3 billion to $1.5 billion, up from a range of $1.1 billion to $1.2 billion. As housing prices continue to fall in many regions around the country, Washington Mutual has an interest in seeing borrowers repay rather than default because of the declining value of the collateral backing the loans. The Federal Reserve estimates that it costs a bank $50,000 to foreclose on a home. Washington Mutual shares rose $2.04, or 5.1 percent, to close at $42.17 on the New York Stock Exchange.last_img read more

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Gun Shots Ring Out Overnight In GP

first_imgIt’s believed  one of the individuals was wounded, with officers finding a trail of blood from the home to a nearby parking lot. Police say the alleged incident took place at around 3:45 this morning in an Eastside neighbourhood. RCMP report there were signs of gunfire when they arrived at the home. Indications are the injured person left in a full-sized pick-up truck but, so far,  there’s been no description put forward. RCMP are asking for any witnesses, that may have seen something, to contact them at (780) 830-5701.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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England Under-21s 1-0 Belarus Under-21s: Young Lions warm up for Euros with narrow victory

first_imgMiddlesbrough centre-back Ben Gibson spared his side’s blushes with a late winner as England Under-21s beat Belarus Under-21s 1-0 in a friendly at Oakwell.In a game delayed by half an hour because the visiting team’s coach was caught up in traffic around the ground, Gareth Southgate elected to hand as many players game time as possible before the start of the European Championships in Prague.Belarus defender Mikalai Zolatau was given his marching orders for two bookable offences, and England capitalised instantly with Gibson pouncing from Luke Garbutt’s parried free kick with just eight minutes remaining.The visiting goal lived a charmed life in the first half, with West Brom striker Saido Berahino repeatedly denied in the early stages through inspired goalkeeping and a correct offside flag.Tottenham midfielder Alex Pritchard prompted and probed, but the Young Lions lacked a cutting edge up until the introduction of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Harry Kane as second-half substitutes.Almost immediately after Southgate rang the changes, Everton left back Garbutt had a stinging effort brilliantly palmed wide by Uladzislau Vasiliuchak in the Belarus goal.Man-of-the-match Garbutt would supply a telling contribution to the contest’s winning goal, fizzing in a free kick from wide which Vasiliuchak could only spill straight to Gibson, who steered home from four yards.England begin their European Under-21 Championships campaign against Portugal on June 18. 1 Ben Gibson last_img read more

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McBREARTY IN SEVEN HEAVEN AS DONEGAL U-21s BEAT TYRONE

first_imgCOUNTY senior star Patrick McBrearty hit 0-7 as Donegal cruised to a six-point win over Tyrone in Omagh this evening in the Cadbury U-21 Ulster Football Championship.Donegal will now play Derry in the semi-finals.Stiofán Tierney hit the Red Hands’ goal 26 minutes into the first half as they trailed by 0-8 to 1-3 at the break. But Donegal finished strongly and Tyrone had Richard Donnelly sent off in injury time at the end of the match.Elsewhere Derry had a big win over Antrim in Casement Park, with Aaron Devlin (2) and Ryan Duggan hitting first half goals as the Oak Leafers led by 3-3 to 0-5 at the break. Owen Gallagher hit back with a goal for the home side in the second half, but Derry settled the outcome when Chris Spiers added their fourth late in the game.At the Athletic Grounds, Down enjoyed a three-point win over Armagh. The Mourne men led by 0-7 to 0-1 at the break and were six clear in the closing stages when Aiden Forker grabbed a consolation goal for Armagh.There was plenty of drama in the final game of the night as Cavan saw off Monaghan’s challenge after extra-time. With the sides locked at 1-9 apiece at the end of normal time, Cavan powered ahead in extra-time to set up a semi-final meeting with Down on April 3. Tyrone scorers: S Tierney 1-0, D McCurry 0-3, R O’Neill 0-2 (2f), C Grugan 0-1Donegal scorers: P McBrearty 0-7 (4f), C Gibbons 0-3 (1f), D O’Connor, L Keeney, O MacNiallais, E Hugh, W Gillespie 0-1 eachTyrone: M McReynolds, R Loughran, C Clarke, HP McGeary, S Tierney, D Quinn, J Munroe, R Donnelly, C Grugan, L Gervin, R O’Neill, N Sludden, D McCurry, P McNulty, R Devlin.Subs: T McCarron for McGeary, H Conlan for Devlin, K McGeary for McNulty, T Canavan for Tierney, E Deeney for MunroeDonegal: P Boyle, K McFadden, C Cannon, P Carr, E McHugh, M O’Reilly, C Parke, C Ward, L Keeney, L Kelly, C Gibbons, R McHugh, W Gillespie, P McBrearty, P MacNiallais. Subs: D O’Connor for Carr, G Gallagher for Gillespie, Carr for ParkeReferee: N Mooney (Cavan).Results:Derry 4-12 Antrim 1-9 Down 0-11 Armagh 1-5Tyrone 1-6 Donegal 0-15Monaghan 1-12 Cavan 1-16 (AET)McBREARTY IN SEVEN HEAVEN AS DONEGAL U-21s BEAT TYRONE was last modified: March 21st, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:McBREARTY IN SEVEN HEAVEN AS DONEGAL U-21s BEAT TYRONElast_img read more

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QUIZ-GOERS USE THEIR BRAINS TO DO THEIR BIT FOR VICTIMS OF PHILIPPINES TYPHOON

first_imgQuiz-goers in Letterkenny put their thinking caps on tonight and raised more than a thousand euro to help victims of the Philippine Typhoon Disaster.Organiser Catherine Kelly said she was overwhelmed by the support from the community and thanked sponsors for their help in making the event at Arena 7 a success last night.She said: “It was organised at the last minute but it was great to see so many people come out. We have members of the Filipino community working in our hospitals and other areas in Donegal and it’s important to show our support for them.” A total of €1,420 was raised on the night.Mary Grace Alegarme of the Filipino Irish Society of County Donegal, was delighted with the fund-raising night.Thanking everyone, she said:”On behalf of the Filipino community in Donegal, we would like to thank you with all our hearts for all the donations and collections for the people affected by the disaster.”  QUIZ-GOERS USE THEIR BRAINS TO DO THEIR BIT FOR VICTIMS OF PHILIPPINES TYPHOON was last modified: November 15th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:QUIZ-GOERS USE THEIR BRAINS TO DO THEIR BIT FOR VICTIMS OF PHILIPPINES TYPHOONlast_img read more

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Things to Do

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Santa Clarita Independent Film Festival will feature independent films, workshops, music and an awards ceremony, Friday through Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Visit www.sciffestival.com for a complete schedule of events. Western and Bluegrass music concert will feature The Pearce Family, Nancy Lee and J.d. Seibert, 7 p.m. Friday in Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 254-4584. Sierra Hillbillies Square & Round Dance Club will hold a Veterans Day Dance, 7:30 p.m. Friday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 257-4801 or visit http://sierrahillbillies.homestead.com. Rob Sherwood and Eric Hunter will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $11 or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Senior Cinema will present “As Good as it Gets,” starring Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Donation request: $1. Call (661) 259-9444. Fundraising party for the family of injured mail carrier Bill Pinjanthuk, 6-9 p.m. at Mountasia, 21516 Golden Triangle Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $15 for unlimited golf, go-karts and bunper boats. Call (661) 253-4386. Movies to Talk About film series will present “Last Best Chance,” starring Fred Thompson, 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733 or visit www.uuofscv.org. “On the Town” will be presented by the Choral Department, 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Nov. 17-19 at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. Harley-Davidson stunt show, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday along Golden Valley Road adjacent to the new Wal-Mart shopping center in Canyon Country. Admission is free. Call (661) 286-4084. Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild 2005 quilt show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20870 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Admission: $7; $5 for seniors. Call Eddie Moore at (661) 270-0630. Arts and crafts fair will feature unique handmade items, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Old Orchard Park, 25023 Avenida Rotella, Valencia. Call (661) 286-4079. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Love Ride will begin in Glendale, 9 a.m. Sunday, and culminate at Castaic Lake for a barbecue lunch, trade show and concert. Call Harley-Davidson of Glendale at (818) 246-5618 or visit www.loveride.org. Sierra Club hike from East Canyon to Mission Peak will meet, 9 a.m. Sunday at the entrance to Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Donica Wood at (661) 263-0568. Radio will perform classic rock, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission to the market: $1.50 for adults; children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. Animal program will discuss owls, 10-11 a.m. Sunday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Master Chorale will present two preview performances from its upcoming holiday concert, “Caroling, Caroling!” 2 p.m. Sunday at the Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, and 4 p.m. Sunday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Call (661) 254-8886. By the Light of the Silvery Moon hike, 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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South African inventions

first_imgSouth Africa lay claim to some of the world’s firsts. The list includes the CAT scan, the first heart transplant and the speed gun.Dolosse are structures designed to break up wave action and protect harbour walls and coastal installations. It is a South African invention. (Image: Hannelie Coetzee, Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterWhere would you expect to find the inventor of the CAT scan, the makers of the “speed gun” used in cricket ovals the world over, or the world’s first oil-from-coal refinery?For some of the material in this article, our thanks go to Mike Bruton, ‘Great South African Inventions’ (Cambridge University Press, Indigenous Knowledge Library series, ISBN 978 0 521 74663 2).There’s a wide range of innovative and entrepreneurial activity in South Africa, backed up by a number of organisations (see box down right) that provide support for budding inventors and innovators. Some of the world’s firsts South Africa can lay claim to are the following:CAT scanThe computed axial tomography scan, or the CAT scan. (Image: Wikipedia)The computed axial tomography scan, or CAT scan, was developed at Tufts University in the UK by South African physicist Allan Cormack and Godfrey Hounsfield of EMI Laboratories. Their achievement secured them the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.Cormack’s interest in the problem of X-ray imaging of soft tissues or layers of tissue of differing densities was first aroused when he took up the part-time position of physicist for a hospital radiology department.The two-dimensional representations of conventional X-ray plates were often unable to distinguish between such tissues. More information could be gained if X-rays of the body were taken from several different directions, but conventional X-ray techniques made this procedure problematic.In the early 1960s, Cormack showed how details of a flat section of soft tissues could be calculated from measurements of the attenuation of X-rays passing through it from many different angles.He thus provided the mathematical technique for the CAT scan, in which an X-ray source and electronic detectors are rotated about the body and the resulting data is analysed by a computer to produce a sharp map of the tissues within a cross-section of the body.Oil from coalSasol is the world’s first – and largest – oil-from-coal refinery. It is situated in Sasolburg in South Africa and provides 40% of the country’s fuel.The history of Sasol began in 1927 when a White Paper was tabled in Parliament to investigate the establishment of a South African oil-from-coal industry.It was realised then that, because South Africa did not have crude oil reserves, the country’s balance of payments had to be protected against increasing crude oil imports. After many years of research and international negotiations, the South African Coal Oil and Gas Corporation was formed in 1950.Major milestones include the first automotive fuel (1955), the construction of the National Petroleum Refiners of South Africa (1967) and the establishment in 1990 of its first international marketing company, Sasol Chemicals Europe.Sasol has developed world-leading technology for the conversion of low-grade coal into value-added synfuels and chemicals.Heart transplantDr. Christiaan Barnard is the South African surgeon who performed the world’s first human heart transplant in 1967. Barnard died in 2001. (Image: Academy of Achievement)The world’s first heart transplant was performed by Dr Chris Barnard in Cape Town on 3 December 1967.Barnard was born in the town of Beaufort West in 1922. The seeds of his future career were sown when one of his patients delivered a baby boy with a heart defect which could not be remedied. The baby died, causing him to think deeply about the need for remedial surgery and the replacement of heart valves.A turning point came when Barnard was offered a chance to work in Minneapolis in the US under Professor Wagensteen, a great teacher of experimental surgery. The heart-lung machine was perfected, and this turned out to be the gateway to cardiac surgery.The idea of transplanting occurred to Barnard. If it was possible with kidneys, why not the heart? After more years of study in the US, he returned to South Africa with a parting gift from Prof Wagensteen – a heart-lung machine.Groote Schuur hospital was waiting his return in 1958 to start the first heart unit to perform a cardiac bypass operation.After performing the first successful kidney transplant on Edith Black, in October 1967 Barnard informed Professor Val Schrire, who had built up the cardiac clinic: “Everything is ready for a heart transplant. We have the team and we know how to do it.”In November 1967, Schrire called Barnard and told him that there was a suitable patient for a heart transplant. Louis Washkansky was suffering from heart failure and was prepared to take the chance. The rest is history.Barnard passed away in Cyprus, Greece on 2 September 2001 from an acute asthma attack.Speed gunThe South African-made speed gun, developed by Somerset West inventor Henri Johnson, was formally launched at The Oval in England during the 1999 Cricket World Cup.In 1992 Johnson invented the Speedball which was manufactured by South African firm Electronic Development House. The device accurately measures the speed and angles of speeding objects such as cricket and tennis balls.Generally referred to as a “speed gun”, Johnson’s gizmo is sold in cricketing countries and in the US and Europe.Kreepy KraulyThe swimming pool vacuum cleaner was invented by Ferdinand Chauvier, a hydraulics engineer who came to South Africa from the Belgian Congo in 1951.Chauvier quickly realised that there was a huge market for taking the hassle out of cleaning swimming pools, and went about inventing a machine that would do the job automatically, efficiently powered by the ordinary operation of the pool’s filter.But it wasn’t until 1974 that the first Kreepy Krauly was born in Chauvier’s Springs home.He died in 1985, but Kreepy Kraulys continue to keep thousands of pools clean in South Africa and the world over.Pratley PuttyPratley’s glue is the only South African invention that went to the moon. In 1969 the putty was used to hold bits of the Apollo XI mission’s Eagle landing craft together. (Image: Makro)Pratley’s famous glue is the only South African invention that has been to the moon. In 1969 the putty was used to hold bits of the Apollo XI mission’s Eagle landing craft together.Krugersdorp engineer George Pratley invented his famous sticky stuff in the 1960s while looking for a glue that would hold components in an electrical box.Pratley died in 1983 and today the company is run by his son, Kim. Hundreds of tons of Pratley putty have been exported all over the world, and the company has diversified into other products.DolosseDolosse are large, unusually shaped concrete blocks weighing up to 20 tons. The structures are designed to break up wave action and protect harbour walls and coastal installations.Designed by Eric Merrifield and first installed in East London harbour, they are now used all over the world.The Coega Project, comprising an industrial development complex and deepwater port 20 kilometres east of the city of Port Elizabeth, made history with the casting of the biggest dolosse on the African continent: 26 500 30-ton dolosse are used on the two breakwaters for the deep-water harbour of Ngqura.Sources:Mike Bruton, ‘Great South African Inventions’ (Cambridge University Press, Indigenous Knowledge Library series, ISBN 978 0 521 74663 2)Britannica.comWestern Cape governmentSasolPratleyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Six more weeks of winter likely

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AccuWeather reports  just after sunrise on Thursday, Punxsutawney Phil declared six more weeks of winter for the United States — a prognostication AccuWeather meteorologists largely agree with.Though many Americans are longing for warmer weather, most of the country will be faced with weeks of wintry conditions.“There will be more rain than snow in the big East Coast cities,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said. However, the interior Northeast will have a higher chance for snow as temperatures remain below normal.“As far as a significant warmup goes across the Northeast, I think you have to hold off til late April or early May,” he said.Cold air and snow will also persist in the Midwest, northern Plains and Northwest, enveloping nearly the entire northern tier of the country.Northern and central California will see additional winter storms and rainfall. The abundant precipitation will continue to build a buffer for reservoirs in the coming months, Pastelok said.Meanwhile, wet weather will grip cities from the mid-Atlantic down to the Florida Panhandle.The rest of Florida will mark the exception for the Southeast, as dry weather prevails between now and springtime.The spring season will officially begin on March 20.last_img read more

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