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Rondina, Pons off to strong start in final SEA Games tune up

first_img‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Edward Kelly aims to start winning run vs hometown bet in ONE China card The tournament, participated by New Zealand, Kong Kong, Palau and SEA Games favorite Thailand, serves as the final tune up for the 11-nation meet that starts November 30 here.But despite the dominant first set, Pons and Rondina had some problems in the second when Jauculan and Eslapor put up a valiant fight, tying the set at 20-20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Rondina answered with a kill for the match point before Eslapor handed them the win with a net touch violation.Dij Rodriguez and Dzi Gervacio, the other Philippine duo that will compete in the SEA Games, made quick work of Sta. Lucia’s 21-7, 21-9 win. 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees SEA Games bound Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—The partnership of Cherry Rondina and Bernadeth Pons is looking sleek with two weeks to go before the start of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.Rondina and Pons, the country’s top medal hope in the sand courts, started their 2019 Rebisco Beach Volleyball International Open campaign with a 21-10, 22-20 sweep of University of Santo Tomas’ Mer Jauculan and Gen Eslapor Friday at Sands SM By the Bay.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bust Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study The Philippine teams are testing their mettle in the double-gender tournament, organized by Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas and Beach Volleyball Republic, ahead of the SEA Games.Edmar Bonono and Jude Garcia, the Philippines’ top men’s team for the SEA Games, chalked up a 21-16, 21-15, win over Palau’s Edson Kaweo Ngiraiwet and Sakiusa Vaka Naivana.The pairing of James Buytrago and Krung Arbasto were the first of the SEA Games team to get to 2-0 in the International Open when they brushed odd Cignal’s pemie Bagalay and Pol Salvador, 21-17, 21-11 in their final game of the day.Buytrago and Arbasto started off with a quick sweep of Hong Kong 3’s Ku HinTing and Yiu Ming Kam 21-7, 21-13.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto View commentslast_img read more

In-N-Out matriarch, philanthropist Esther Snyder dies at 86

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.She met Harry Snyder, who was in the catering business, in Seattle while she was attending Seattle Pacific University majoring in zoology. The pair married in 1948 and moved to Baldwin Park to open In-N-Out that same year. “They’re a part of Baldwin Park,” Mayor Manuel Lozano said. “They’re a part of the history of this city.” Snyder often walked at night to the In-N-Out store, which still stands on Francisquito Avenue at the San Bernardino (10) Freeway, to help her husband clean and close up. She also cooked, sliced tomatoes and onions, peeled potatoes and made meat patties by hand. As the business grew, Snyder also started keeping books and handling paperwork. “She was very, very quiet and unassuming,” said former Councilwoman Linda Gair, who frequented In-N-Out No. 1 while in high school. “She had an inner strength that was really impressive.” The Snyders had two children, Guy and Rich. After Harry Snyder’s death in 1976, Rich Snyder took over the company as president and Guy Snyder as vice president. During this time, Esther Snyder became a philanthropist in Baldwin Park and throughout the San Gabriel Valley. She and Rich Snyder founded the Child Abuse Foundation in 1984, which eventually grew into the In-N-Out Burger Foundation. Esther Snyder and the foundation raised and donated $120,000 for the city’s first community center at 4100 Baldwin Park Blvd., which bears her name. The Esther Snyder Community Center was built in 1990, and continues to be a hub for community events and recreation. Snyder was a supporter of schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, medical organizations, police and fire departments and numerous missions and homeless shelters throughout the state. “I think she was a role model to our community,” Councilman Ricardo Pacheco said. “She ran a very successful business and never forgot where she came from.” After Rich Snyder died in an airplane crash in 1993, Esther and Guy Snyder ran the In-N-Out company until Guy’s death from an overdose of a narcotic painkiller in 1999. Esther Snyder had remained president ever since. There are now more than 200 In-N-Out Burger restaurants throughout California, Nevada and Arizona. Mark Taylor, vice president of operations, will succeed Esther Snyder as president. “Esther Snyder represents the best of Baldwin Park,” Councilman David Olivas said. “She represents the pioneering beginning and the determination and drive to be a success, and more importantly, give back to her community.” Esther Snyder is survived by her granddaughter, Lynsi Martinez, her brother and sisters, as well as several nieces, nephews and extended family members. “She was a great lady and a wonderful, warm, loving grandmother,” Martinez said in a statement. “She was always there for me to inspire me to be the best person I can be. … She was an inspiration for all the associates at In-N-Out and for all the people in the community, whose lives she touched over the years. I will miss her very much. We will all miss her very much.” Officials did not release details as to the cause of Snyder’s death or where she was when she died. Funeral arrangements are pending. In lieu of flowers, family members ask contributions be made to the In-N-Out Burger Foundation at 13502 Hamburger Lane in Baldwin Park, CA 91706. Staff Writer Sang Lee contributed to this story. christina.esparza@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BALDWIN PARK – Esther Snyder, matriarch of the In-N-Out Burger chain and Baldwin Park community philanthropist, died Friday, family members said. She was 86. Born Esther Lavelle Johnson in 1920, Snyder’s husband, Harry, founded In-N-Out Burger in Baldwin Park in 1948. In-N-Out was the first hamburger stand in California to utilize the drive-through window. “She was so supportive of her husband when he opened In-N-Out,” said Bob Benbow, president of the Baldwin Park Historical Society and a friend of Snyder’s. “Baldwin Park was blessed in having her and In-N-Out as part of the community.” Snyder, raised in Illinois, was one of eight children and served as a Woman Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service as a surgical nurse from 1942 to 1945. last_img read more

Rovers boss says new signing Wixted can fit the bill

first_imgSligo Rovers manager Gerard Lyttle says that new signing Adam Wixted fits the profile of the type of player he is looking to have in his squad for 2018.The former Drogheda United winger agreed a deal with the Bit O’ Red on Monday, and becomes Lyttle’s third new signing for next year’s campaign.He says the 22-year-old shares his ambitions for the club…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Gerard-Lyttle-AM-Clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Gerard-Lyttle-on-Wixted.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Drug delivery gets sophisticated

first_imgNew drug delivery solutions can improvetreatment absorption rates and provideprotection of pharmaceuticals againstbiochemical degradation within the body.(Image: stock.xchng) Prof Viness Pillay and his team aredeveloping advanced drug deliverytechnologies that will change the waypeople take medication, improve theefficacy of drugs and reduce thecost of medicine.(Image: Viness Pillay) MEDIA CONTACTS • Shirona PatelHead: CommunicationsWits University+27 11 717 1019Wilma den HartighWits University researchers are developing advanced drug delivery technologies that will change the way people take medication, improve the efficacy of drugs and reduce the cost of medicine.For many years pharmaceuticals have consisted of simple, fast-acting formulations that are dispensed orally as solid tablets, capsules or liquids. But this is no longer the case.A team of researchers from the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at Wits University have developed new biocompatible and biodegradable drug delivery technologies, which can improve the efficacy of drugs used to treat diseases and conditions such as cancer, tuberculosis, HIV, epilepsy and other neurodegenerative disorders.“Gone are the days where a tablet was just a white solid round structure,” says Prof Viness Pillay, head of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Research at Wits University.A drug delivery system controls or regulates the way in which a drug is released, absorbed, distributed, metabolised and eliminated by the body. If scientists find ways to control these parameters, drugs can function more effectively in the body.Necessary for South AfricaPillay says that research into new drug delivery systems has major benefits for South Africa, which already has a high burden of diseases that affect its economically-active population.“If effective modes of treatment are not sought, this will lead to far reaching and detrimental socio-economic consequences,” he says.He adds that most local companies are not actively designing new drug delivery formulations or reformulating current products. Instead, their focus has shifted to generic formulations.“Our innovative research in this field will assist the local pharmaceutical industry in acquiring and commercialising newer drug delivery technologies that will benefit them and the country,” he says.Having such pharmaceuticals developed locally and commercialised will also reduce South Africa’s dependency on imported medicines.Improved drug deliveryThe goal of sophisticated drug delivery technology is to administer medicines to specifically targeted parts of the body, through a medium that can control the therapy’s administration.This can be done by means of either a physiological or chemical trigger.“Our research has enabled us to understand how to control the rate of drug delivery, sustain the duration of therapy and manoeuvre the drug to target a specific organ or tissue while maintaining specific blood concentrations,” he says.The research team has also determined how they can utilise drug delivery routes such as the eye, nose, mouth, skin, gastrointestinal tract or vaginal mucosa, to deliver drugs to specific areas of the body.Nano-neuropharmaceutics, wafers, chronotherapeutics and gastroretention are some of the technologies that the research team has been working on.Nano-neuropharmaceuticsNano-neuropharmaceutics are small brain implants to treat patients with neuro-degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Motor Neuron Disease.The implant can be stimulated electronically or through the use of ultrasound to release the drug.WafersWafers that dissolve on contact with the mucosa in the cheek, allow patients to absorb a drug almost instantly.He says that wafer technology is particularly useful for children and older patients who cannot ingest liquids, tablets and capsules.For instance, there are currently no HIV drugs available to treat infected babies and young children. The current practice is to crush an adult tablet and mix it with milk.However, he says that antiretroviral drugs are highly unstable in liquids and if babies don’t finish their milk, they don’t receive the prescribed dose.“By making use of our wafer technology, the drugs are absorbed within eight seconds,” he says.ChronotherapeuticsChronotherapeutics can treat diseases or conditions that only show signs and symptoms at certain times of the day. These include hypertension, rheumatic arthritis and heart attacks.Chronotherapeutics release a specific amount of a drug at certain times throughout the day. The drug is released over a period of two hours after which it stops temporarily. The cycle is repeated later in the day or evening.Gastroretentive deliveryThe benefit of gastroretentive delivery is that the drug is retained within the stomach and then slowly released and filtered through the pyloric sphincter into the duodenum.The pyloric sphincter is a strong ring of smooth muscle at the end of the pyloric canal which lets food pass from the stomach to the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine.“Because the drug is filtered in such small quantities, it passes through the region at a very slow pace, which means the drug can be absorbed much more efficiently,” says Pillay.These technologies can improve treatment absorption rates and provide protection of pharmaceuticals against biochemical degradation within the body.The majority of the new delivery methods have already undergone significant testing and those in the more advanced stages of research have entered the commercialisation process.Reducing costsThe new drug delivery systems on offer will also result in a considerable overall reduction in the cost of medicine for patients, companies and the country.“Cost in this instance does not mean only the physical rands and cents that companies or patients will be saving,” he says. “Not providing effective treatment for a multitude of diseases can also be costly in terms of the socio-economic impact it will have if large numbers of the population are debilitated because of their disease, or are dying.”Developing new ways to administer medication that use less of the active pharmaceutical ingredient will also reduce the overall costs of medicine.last_img read more

SA sparkling wines on world top 10 list

first_img27 November 2012 Two South African sparkling wines, Pongracz Rose Brut and Boschendal Le Grand Pavillon Brut Rose, made it onto the top 10 “Best Sparkling Wines in the World” list at the 2012 Effervescents du Monde competition held in Dijon, France earlier this month. Effervescents du Monde is a competition where over 100 judges select the best sparkling wines from 660 entries coming from 25 countries around the world. The Top 10 2012 actually includes 19 wines as “some wines are rigorously equal” and could not be excluded from the list, Effervescents du Monde said in a statement. The winners were announced at the event hosted from 14 to 16 November. The competition’s ambition is to “award reliable and representative medals each year, reflecting the founding motto of Effervescents du Monde: diversity, quality and high standards”. “In 2012, Spain, Italy and Switzerland obtained many medals. These three countries [were] very closely followed by Brazil, Chile, South Africa and Portugal,” competition organisers said. The competition is in its 10th year, and aims to highlight the efforts made by sparkling wine producers and encourage scientific research and knowledge about these wines. It was certified by the French consumer protection agency and the European Union in 2003. “To be amongst this illustrious line-up of the best sparkling wines in the world in the land of Champagne, is a wonderful recognition for our Pongracz team and we are particularly proud of the recognition for our Rose,” said winemaker Elunda Basson. “The 2012 edition has been a success, with growth in participation showing that there is increasing interest in international, quality-based competitions,” Effervescents du Monde said. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

#Nextchat Recap: Diversity & Inclusion In The 21st Century: What’s Next?

first_img[View the story “#NEXTCHAT RECAP: Diversity & Inclusion In The 21st Century: What’s Next?” on Storify] On June 20 as #Nextchat invited special guest Joe Gerstandt to join us for an informative discussion on “what’s next” for Diversity and Inclusion in the 21st century. In case you missed it, here are all the tweets from the chat:last_img

Calculate Your “Digital Footprint” with New Tool from EMC

first_imgEarlier this month, EMC released their findings regarding the digital universe in a publication entitled “The Diverse and Exploding Digital Universe.” Some of the research focused on mind-blowing figures – like the 281 billion GB size of the digital universe or the predicted size of the digital universe by 2011, nearly 1.8 zettabytes (1,800 exabytes). However, what really peaked our interest was information provided on your “Digital Shadow,” that is, all the digital information generated about an average person on a daily basis.You may already be familiar with the term “digital footprint,” which you probably take to mean your online data trail. If asked to describe what would comprise this “footprint,” likely responses would include things like your social network profiles, your web site or blog, your photos shared on an online service, videos you uploaded to YouTube, perhaps even mentions of you in the local paper or your school’s web site. You may even go so far as to include information about you or your businesses that are public record. Certainly those things are contributing factors to your digitally encoded self, however, this recent EMC-sponsored study discovered that your digital footprint includes far more than just the data related to individual actions.Out of the 281,000,000,000 GB digital universe, each person’s contribution is about 45 GB, and out of that 45 GB, only about half of the digital footprint would be related to these “active” individual actions – taking pictures, making VoIP calls, uploading videos, downloading content, etc. Awareness of those sorts of self-created data trails has been steadily increasing according to a recent PEW Internet report (Dec. 2007), with nearly half of all internet users (47%) having searched for information about themselves, up 22% from 2002. But this new research shows that we need to be aware of much more than just online mentions. What we need to concern ourselves with now, is the other half of our digital footprint. This “ambient content,” the research team concluded, comprises of passive contributions, something termed as your “digital shadow.”Your shadow includes things like images of you on a surveillance camera, your bank records, your retail and airline purchase records, your telephone records, your medical database entries, copies of hospital scans, information about your web searches, general backup data, information about credit card purchases, etc.John Gantz, Chief Research Officer and Senior Vice President of IDC explains the digital shadow as simply “information about you,” but what’s surprising about this shadow, he explains, is that “for the first time your digital shadow is larger than the digital information you actively create about yourself.” While for you this means being aware of the numerous places your information is stored to protect yourself from identity theft, for businesses, especially enterprise IT organizations that gather this information, it means a tremendous responsibility for the security, privacy protection, reliability and legal compliance of this information. “Society is already feeling the early effects of the world’s digital information explosion. Organizations need to plan for the limitless opportunities to use information in new ways and for the challenges of information governance,” said Joe Tucci, EMC Chairman, President and CEO. “As people’s digital footprints continue growing, so too will the responsibility of organizations for the privacy, protection, availability and reliability of that information. The burden is on IT departments within organizations to address the risks and compliance rules around information misuse, data leakage and safeguarding against security breaches.”If you’re interested in the current size of your own digital footprint, you can download a copy of the Personal Digital Footprint Calculator. This tool walks you through a questionnaire that calculates your impact based on the responses to questions about your computer usage, email usage, digital camera/camcorder usage, web downloading habits, potential surveillance areas, and geographical information, among other things. The questions do make you think about your online activities, but they may be hard to answer if you’re not really aware of your online activities or good at coming up with averages for things like “number of emails sent per week,” for example. Digital Footprint CalculatorHowever, if you take the time to fill out the Digital Footprint Calculator correctly, you’ll be presented with your current “daily digital footprint,” in megabytes. You can then click “Start Ticker” to launch your own personal ticker that increments over time according to your digital information creation. You can even upload this, along with the .swf file, to your own web site and share your results with others.Example Ticker (taking wizard defaults)Having a digital shadow is not necessarily a bad thing, the study points out, as it’s what allows Amazon to make recommendations for you or display your “trustworthiness” as a seller on eBay, the downside is that, in many cases, erasing that shadow is still difficult or impossible: think about the Facebook user rebellion that took place when it was discovered how difficult/impossible it was to remove your profile from the service. But there are other examples of where people have even less choice in the matter, like government-mandated traffic light cameras or citywide surveillance. And of course, your safety is at the mercy of credit card companies and the like – if they aren’t taking security seriously, your digital shadow can be snatched away from you while an identity thief goes on a a rampage with your good name.In the long run, it will be up to businesses to adapt to these changes and protect their customer’s data. Those that don’t will pay as their clients take their business to safer, more protective businesses elsewhere. And for us, just being aware of our impact on the digital universe is a good place to start. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Features#Trends#web sarah perezcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DEL 23) (REOPENS DEL 23) Nearly 2000 athletes competed in Dhaka in 23 disciplines and 157 events while the Games at Guwahati and Shillong will have 23 disciplines and 228 events, thus making this edition the biggest ever. There will be 228 gold, 228 silver and 308 bronze medals on offer this time. The two North Eastern cities will play host to 3,333 athletes and officials, according to the latest figures. Significantly, there will be an equal number of disciplines for men and women, the first time in the Games history, thereby giving the event the epithet of Gender Equal Games. India, who had topped the medals tally in all the previous editions, will understandably have the largest number of participants with 521 athletes (245 women), while Nepal and Bangladesh have sent 381 and 370 respectively. Pakistan, who initially had some reservations in taking part in the Games citing security concerns, have sent 346 athletes. With a host of dignitaries set to take part during the opening ceremony and some of the participating countries sending central ministers as their contingent heads, security has been beefed up in Guwahati and Shillong. The central government has given Assam and Meghalaya government Rs 60 crore and Rs seven crore respectively for just the security arrangements. The total budget of the Games, according to estimates, has shot up to over Rs 150 crore, excluding the security allocation. The Organising Committee, headed by Union Sports Minister and Member of Lok Sabha from Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal, will have to take extra care of the participating athletes as they are not staying at an Athletes Village together but at various hotels in the city. Guwahati will host 16 disciplines — Athletics, Basketball, Cycling, Football, Handball, Hockey, Kabaddi, Kho -Kho, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling — and mens football across 10 venues. Shillong, on the other hand, will see competition in six disciplines — Archery, Badminton, Boxing, Judo, Table Tennis, Taekwondo and Wushu — and womens football at seven venues. India are fielding some of their top athletes, including the likes of Olympic medallists boxer M C Mary Kom and shooter Gagan Narang. Another Olympic medallist, shuttler Saina Nehwals participation is though uncertain. India are expected to dominate more than a dozen disciplines with most of their medals likely to come from archery, athletics, badminton, boxing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, weightlifting and wrestling. The hosts country is also expected to dominate in cycling, judo and wushu. MORE PTI PDS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Russian football chief asks: where are the stadium roofs?

first_img\R Moscow, May 28 (AFP) The head of Russia’s Premier League is not particularly happy with all the new stadiums the hosts have built for the World Cup.Russia spared little expense in either completely revamping or building from scratch 12 football-specific arenas for the June 14-July 15 showpiece.Yet only the one in Saint Petersburg has a retractable roof.All the others are open to the elements and Premier League chief Sergei Pryadkin is not pleased.”When we were holding test matches in the new stadiums, I kept asking myself: why didn’t they put roofs on them? This is a question for those who were designing them,” Pryadkin told a press conference.Pryadkin’s comments marked the most explicit public criticism of Russia’s preparations for its first World Cup to date.Russian football has suffered for generations from horrible pitches that are either covered in snow during winter or resemble sandpits in the spring and fall.The northern climate prompted the Soviet Union and then Russia to build indoor arenas with synthetic grass in many of the cities where football is professionally played.But these are now used solely for training because the Premier League — looking to adopt international standards — only allows games on real grass.Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko last week suggested lifting the indoor arena ban.”Why did we build them then?” Mutko asked.The authorities have tried to get around the problem by shutting down the season for nearly three months in the winter to let all the snow melt.advertisementYet players complain that this fails to address the issue of pitches not having suitable grass in other times of the year.- Beer ban -============Russia is believed to have spent at least USD4 billion (3.4 billion euros) on stadium construction and refurbishment for the World Cup.The gleaming arenas will then be handed over to the cities’ local football teams in the hopes of reviving attendance and the quality of domestic league play.Pryadkin said the plan was already starting to pay off.”Fan attendance is up 22.4 percent this season,” he said.Nearly 14,000 spectators showed up to an average Russian Premier League match.But the financial figures still do not add up.The government admitted in April that it will have to spend around USD200 million on keeping stadiums open in seven of the smaller host cities for the first three to five years.Pryadkin sounded generally disgruntled with the way the World Cup’s football legacy was shaping up.”It is good that we now have good arenas, even though they have no roofs,” he said.”When they were building the stadiums, no one asked for our advice.” He added that the sport’s federation was unlikely to accept the money-spinning idea of resuming beer sales at matches that were banned in 1995.”I am all in favour of fighting alcoholism, but I don’t see anything wrong with a glass of beer and a hotdog at a game,” he said. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more