Mattocks confident Boyz will ‘get the job done’

first_imgDarren Mattocks, who plays centre forward for Jamaica’s senior men’s national football team and scored in their 3-2 loss to Nicaragua in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers last Friday, believes all is not lost and the Reggae Boyz will bounce back. The 25-year-old netted in the first leg and has now scored 11 goals overall for Jamaica. He might just be thinking that his biggest test for his country could be tomorrow night. “To get back two goals, that’s definitely something we are going to build on and move forward. I am pretty confident we will learn and make all corrections and go to Nicaragua and get the job done,” he pointed out in a post-game interview late Friday night. Mattocks reasoned that the result would be seen as very disappointing by the Jamaican people, but maintained that the visitors played well, amid suggestions that the Reggae Boyz underestimated them or put in a lacklustre performance. SOMETHING TO LEARN FROM “I wouldn’t say we underestimated them, to be honest. Sometimes we don’t know what teams are capable of doing until we play them, and that’s what happened here tonight (Friday). I think they played well and surprised us. Many wouldn’t expect them to come into Kingston and defeat us, but it’s something that we learn from and we will continue growing,” he said. Tomorrow night inside the Estadio Nacional stadium in Managua, Jamaica must win or face elimination from yet another FIFA World Cup Qualifying campaign. Getting a positive result in the return leg, Mattocks says, begins with thinking positive and working as a team. “They (Nicaragua) have got a good set of players, and they attack as a team, so that’s where their goals came from. Now we know that’s how they play, so now we are going to make all corrections and go forward,” he stressed. The player added that the upset was a lesson for the Reggae Boyz, “who have come a long way”, adding they are determined to continue. The match will kick off tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

Raiders report card after 42-21 loss to Tennessee

first_imgOAKLAND — How the Raiders graded Sunday in a 42-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans Sunday at the Coliseum:PASS OFFENSE: C-plusThe Raiders needed an ‘A’ game with Josh Jacobs out but couldn’t sustain a solid first half that ended 21-21. Carr was 12 of 15 for 150 yards at the halftime with touchdown passes of 49 yards to Rico Gafford on a third-and-2 play and 1 yard to Foster Moreau. But back-to-back poor series in the third quarter prove huge as the Titans took charge. In the second half Carr …last_img read more

SADC pushes regional integration

first_img03 July 2007The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will push for stronger regional integration before a considering unified continental government, as delegates at the 9th African Union heads of state summit in Ghana take part in the ‘grand debate’.“The SADC member states sat in a special session and adopted a common position in this regard,” said Zambia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Lazarous Kapambwe, who has been extensively involved in the SADC mission’s discussions toward an AU government.“We believe that as much as we’d like to get to a unified, integrated government, we need a foundation and that will need to come from stronger regional economic communities.”SADC’s 14 member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.The theme of the summit – the grand debate – is an exploration into which of the three possible options put forward could make for a unified, integrated continent.The “Union of African States” is a view led by South African President Thabo Mbeki, proposing the gradual strengthening of regions and AU institutions including the executive, judicial, financial and technical institutions.The former Nigerian President Olesegun Obasanjo has suggested an “African Union Government” and advocates taking 15 continental institutions created under the AU and transforming them into the 55th state in Africa, by 2015.The Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi, who wants an African government now, is leading the “United States of Africa” model.Regional integration“Our position is to strengthen SADC and the other regions. We have to be realistic in our goals towards a unified government,” Kapambwe said.The SADC’s vision is one of a common future, in a regional community that will ensure the economic well-being, improvement in the quality of life, freedoms, social justice and peace and security for the people of Southern Africa.“Our countries throughout Africa do not have the same level of development and it will take some time before we have the proper infrastructure in place to make that integration which we all agree upon possible,” he said.Africa’s regional economic communities, many of which have overlapping memberships, consist primarily of trade blocs and, in some cases, some political and military cooperation.These are the SADC, Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC), Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS/CEEAC), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Inter-governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the Union du Maghreb Arabe (UMA).Kapambwe said that the SADC has done much towards regional integration, such as establishing the Southern African Customs Union, and abolishing the need for visas amongst countries such as South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique.The nations in the region however, will still need some time to synchronise their essential functions in areas such as economics and governance.“We need to reach a certain level of conformity in a number of elements and this can be further extrapolated to be the case with Africa’s integration,” Ambassador Kapambwe said.‘Cultural gaps’ existKapambwe added that further gaps between countries existed because culture dictated many aspects of how countries were run, and they would need to be harmonised before differing countries could share a government.“These often have a direct correlation to the legislation and governance of countries, such as the case where many Muslim areas operate under Sharia Law and Christian countries would adopt Dutch-Roman or English common-law,” he explained.“Going in at this point or in a matter of years and hoping to meld these nations under one banner is not feasible in SADC’s view.”He added that members had to ensure that regions and eventually the continent have consensus regarding issues on human rights, selection procedures to run for office, legislation, governance and distribution of resources before having a unity government“A unified Africa is an ideal to which all the leaders in the session over the next three days aspire. It will strengthen Africa’s economic position and contribute greatly towards internal conflict resolution and many other challenges which currently face us,” Kapambwe said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Sir Stuart Ntlathi: an inspiring passion for science

first_img“People thought I was either crazy or an impossible dreamer because I entered science competitions,” Sir Stuart Ntlathi (Image: Stuart Ntlathi)Sir Stuart Ntlathi developed a microwave-griller combo from recycled appliances when he was just 13 years old. Today he runs the Stuart Ntlathi Science, Engineering & Technology Institute, aiming to put the fun back in science to inspire South African children to follow science-based careers.Sir – his given name – has earned the honorific. His institute, in Klerksdorp, is driving a renewed interest in math and science among South African school kids, a tough challenge in a country where just about 20% of matriculants achieve a 50% pass in the sciences.“I spent my entire childhood tinkering with electronics and in the library on the internet,” Sir Stuart Ntlathi (Image: Capitec Bank) Watch Sir Ntlathi and other inspiring South Africans on the Play Your Part TV series every Sunday at 9pm on SABC2.last_img read more

Three Superinsulated Houses in Vermont

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Efficiency Vermont, a nonprofit agency that provides financial incentives for energy-efficiency improvements by homeowners, builders, and businesses in Vermont, has developed a certification program for new homes called the High Performance Certification. The aim of the certification program is to encourage the construction of new homes that are “ready … for net-zero energy use, should you decide to add on-site renewable energy in the future.” Builders who enroll in the program are eligible for cash incentives of up to $2,000 per home.Here is Efficiency Vermont’s list of minimum specifications for homes seeking their High Performance Certification:For cold-climate builders, hitting these targets should result in a comfortable house with very low energy bills. At least one Vermont architect has jumped on the bandwagon One architect who has eagerly embraced the specifications of Efficiency Vermont’s High Performance Certification program is Jean Terwilliger from Vermont Integrated Architecture in Middlebury, Vermont. According to Terwilliger, “Peter Schneider, who helped develop the specifications, said that if you stick to to this envelope package, it’s safe to just use minisplits for heating without a backup heating system.”At the recent Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington, Terwilliger gave a detail-packed presentation on some of her recent residential projects. Her presentation on February 1, 2017, was called “Three High-Performance Homes, Three Approaches.” (Terwilliger will be giving a reprise of her presentation at the NESEA conference in Boston on March 9, 2017.)Terwilliger’s co-presenters were two builders she’s worked with: Alex Carver of Northern Timbers Construction and Tom LeBoeuf of Northeast Craftsman Group. (Jared Moats, the builder of the third house in Terwilliger’s presentation, was unable to attend.)All three homes mentioned in the title of her presentation are single-family detached homes:The… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Gilas PH squad underdog no more

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comTerrence Romeo’s name is starting to make the rounds on social media. Raymond Almazan, a Fiba Asia “rookie,” just saw his two dunks in the first half against China immortalized by the tournament as they made the top five plays of the day.What difference a game makes.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH athletes get send off for SEA Games Gilas Pilipinas entered the Fiba Asia under the shadow of uncertainty: Andray Blatche begged off from the team and June Mar Fajardo was struck off due to injury.But after dismantling defending champion China, the Filipinos are suddenly under the spotlight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd they will no longer be underdogs when they take the Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex floor at 9 p.m. (Manila time) against Iraq, which made a huge lineup change by replacing naturalized player DeMario Mayfield.This will give the Iraqis a slightly different look when they tangle with the Filipinos, who routed them in the Jones Cup, 84-75, in Taipei. 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 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Iraq pulled Mayfield out of the lineup and went for Kevin Galloway, even if Mayfield was one of the best scorers in Taipei and drilled 29 points in that losing game against the Filipinos.The Iraqis will also come into the game with some sort of momentum after tripping Qatar, 75-66, with Galloway shooting 16 points and plucking down eight rebounds.The Philippines-Iraq game was one of the dirtiest in the Jones Cup. Christian Standhardinger and Carl Cruz, in fact, were thrown out of that game.Coach Chot Reyes and his staff came over to Beirut knowing that Mayfield will be the naturalized player for Iraq, but now they will be having to deal with someone who is a lot taller and heftier in Galloway.Galloway was originally replaced by Mayfield in the team, though the 26-year-old would have been a handful for the Gilas guards because of his athleticism and shiftiness.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next The Filipinos close out first-round play against the Qataris on Sunday also at 9 p.m.Meanwhile, Calvin Abueva apologized to the team immediately after the win over the Chinese as he played just over a minute and 30 seconds and was thrown out after head-butting Li Gen in the first quarter.Gilas officials said that under Fiba rules, being thrown out does not mean an automatic suspension in the next game. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

#MambaThick: Kobe posts ‘dad-bod’ pic, deletes it soon after

first_imgNational Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Wrecking Balls get last PVL men’s semis berth The snap, which was originally published by TMZ Sports, featured the five-time NBA champion sporting a noticeably “beefier” physique than fans are accustomed to.“Objects on camera may appear larger than they do in the mirror,” Bryant captioned the unflattering post, which he deleted soon after.The Laker legend also hinted at going on a diet, as he wrote: “Gimme 30 days,” adding the hashtags: #challengeaccepted #mambathick and #mambabeast.Netizens also managed to capture Bryant’s photo before it was deleted and began using the #mambathick hashtag.Screen Grab from TwitterIn true Kobe-esque fashion, he responded with a follow-up post, hinting on a possible social media black-out. /raADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Aside from his unearthly talent on the basketball court, retired Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is perhaps best known for his relentless work ethic, staying in tip-top shape for most of his 20-year NBA career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOver a year removed from professional basketball, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the 38-year-old father of three gain some post-retirement weight.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Such was the case on Tuesday, (Wednesday in Manila) when the “Black Mamba” posted a shirtless photo of himself on his personal Instagram account. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Kiki Bertens beats Aryna Sabalenka, faces Vekic in St. Petersburg final

first_imgEighth-seeded Vekic needed just 1 hour, 11 minutes to beat Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-2 in the second semifinal, denying the Russian veteran a first WTA final appearance since 2011.Zvonareva defeated the top-ranked Russian Daria Kasatkina in the quarterfinals but barely made a scratch on Vekic’s serve, earning one break point which was saved.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bertens’ current ranking of eighth is the best for a Dutch woman since Betty Stove, who reached No. 5 in 1977.Vekic reached her first final since losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in Washington in August. The Croatian player is 2-4 in finals and 1-3 on hard courts, with her sole win on that surface coming at the 2014 Malaysian Open.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kiki Bertens of Netherlands returns the ball to Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus during the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2019 tennis tournament semifinal match in St.Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Kiki Bertens reached her first final since September with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Aryna Sabalenka at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Saturday, and will face Donna Vekic in the final.The eighth-ranked Bertens broke Sabalenka’s serve four times and fired in nine aces as she moved to a career 3-0 record over 10th-ranked Sabalenka.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Bertens is 7-2 in career finals and will be aiming Sunday to win her fourth title in the space of 12 months after victory at the Charleston, Cincinnati and Seoul tournaments last season.It will be a third straight final on hard courts for Bertens, who until August had never reached any WTA final on a surface other than clay. She won both her previous hard-court finals, defeating Simona Halep in Cincinnati and Alja Tomljanovic in Seoul. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Rickie Fowler shoots 64 for 4-shot lead at Phoenix Open LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentslast_img read more

a month agoArsenal youngster Maitland-Niles raps Xhaka and… Emery!

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal youngster Maitland-Niles raps Xhaka and… Emery!by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles has questioned manager Unai Emery’s approach for their 2-2 draw at Watford.The Gunners academy star has also questioned club captain Granit Xhaka’s claim that his team were “scared”.Maitland-Niles believes Arsenal should have been streetwise enough to have mixed up their game-plan of playing out from the back.He told Sky Sports: “Words can’t describe how I feel about it.”I don’t think (that the team was scared), I think we tried to play the way we played. We should have changed it instead of being so persistent and trying to play out from the back.”We’ve spoken to each other as a team and the manager has also spoken to us.”We know we’ve done wrong, we can all hold our hands up and blame each other if we wanted to, but we’re a team and we take the responsibility as a team to be better.” last_img read more

Scripps Networks Interactive is launching its HGTV

first_imgScripps Networks Interactive is launching its HGTV channel in the Middle East and North Africa region for the first time in partnership with local pay TV operator BeIN Media Group.Scripps has agreed a deal with BeIN to launch lifestyle channels HGTV and Travel Channel.Travel Channel will be available from August 1, bringing content including House Hunters International, Delicious Destinations and Expedition Unknown to MENA viewers. HGTV will be available from November 2, bringing shows relating to home improvement, DIY, design, real estate and landscaping including Listed Sisters, Tiny House Hunters, Property Brothers and Love it or List it to BeIN’s subscribers.HGTV has hitherto only been available in the US, Canada, the Caribbean, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.“HGTV is a journey of transformation for your home and how you live.  When you are looking for inspiration it is the premiere destination for home improvement, DIY, design, real estate and landscaping content,” said Phillip Luff, Managing Director, UK & EMEA, Scripps Networks Interactive.“Since its launch in 1994, HGTV has established itself as a top 10 network in all of cable in the U.S. We are thrilled to bring HGTV’s high quality content to audiences in the Middle East and North Africa in partnership with beIN.”Yousef Al Obaidly, deputy CEO of BeIN Media Group said, “Scripps Networks is well known globally for its premium quality factual programming.  Their ability to produce and package content that is extremely relevant for discerning high net worth individuals and families is well recognized.  I am pleased that through this partnership, beIN is able to bring two great channels to our viewers.”last_img read more