PazNaz: Who Knows?

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Faith Essays & Inspirations PazNaz: Who Knows? An article by Pastor Scott Daniels Article and Photo courtesy of THE FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 | 5:55 pm It is hard to believe that the Lenten season is approaching again. Ash Wednesday falls on February 13, this year. Traditionally the text that is read on that day is from the second chapter of the prophet Joel.Yet even now, says the Lord,Return to me with all your heart,With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;Rend your hearts and not your clothing.Return to the Lord, your God,For his is gracious and merciful,Slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,And relents from punishing.Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,And leave a blessing behind him,A grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD, your God? (2:12-14)Every time I read this text I am struck by the phrase in verse 14, “Who knows?” The prophet sees the destruction that is directly ahead for God’s people unless they repent and go a different direction. Things are bad for the people of God, and they are only going to get worse if they do not turn from their sin.But if they repent, if they turn their hearts back to God, who knows what might be the result? Who knows what God may do?The same question appears in the story of Jonah. The prophet Jonah proclaimsthe message of impending destruction to the wicked city of Nineveh. When the king hears it, he calls the people to a similar kind of repentance that which Joel articulates. Everyone is called on to repent. The whole city puts on sackcloth and ashes and they fast. Even the animals are forced to participate in the fast. (Can you imagine the noise that hungry people and animals make in the city)?But the call to repentance is shaped by this question from the kind. “All shall turn from their evil ways and from the violence that is their hands. Who knows? God may relent and change his mind; he may turn from his fierce anger, so that we do not perish” (3:8-9). Agin repentance is shaped by the question, “Who knows?”In both cases, when God sees the repentance of the people, he is moved in grace and compassion to make all things new. God’s people and Nineveh are spared, delivered, and their lives are redeemed.As PazNaz approaches the Lenten season again, I am haunted by the same question. If the people of God can be honest about their brokenness, if we can with transparency and vulnerability confess our sins to God, and if we can be open to the newness that God wants to bring to his church, who knows what God will do?• Who knows what relationships can be restored?• Who knows what communities can be rebuilt?• Who knows what broken lives will be healed?• Who knows how many will receive God’s grace, leading to a new creation?• Who knows what God can do?My hope is that walking through the Our Life sermon series together during this Lenten season will help PazNaz see the “immeasurably more” that God was able to do when the early church lived transparently and openly before God. The church will discover again the immeasurably more that God can do today in his people.Rend your hearts and not your clothing. Return to the LORD, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding and steadfast love, and relents from punishing. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind him…Pastor Scott DanielsFirst Church of the Nazarene, 3700 East Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 351-9631 or visit www.paznaz.org. Top of the News Community News Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Your email address will not be published. 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Real Good Food Co’s bakery sales rise amid profit downturn

first_imgThe Real Good Food Company announced improved sales for its bakery ingredients and bakery divisions in its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2008. However, increased costs have seen its profit take a hit.The company’s total group sales from continuing operations have fallen by 5.4% to £218.7m (2007: £231.1m). Profit before taxation and exceptional items stood at £0.89m (2007: £3.97m). However, significant exceptional costs relating to refinancing and business reorganisation amounted to £1.96m.The company’s sugar division continued to be affected by “competitive market conditions” and experienced a 7% drop in revenue.Sales within its bakery ingredients division rose by 9.2% to £35m, and the company said “a marginal increase in revenue” was achieved by its bakery division. The company said sales within bakery were benefiting from its expansion into foodservice.“During the course of 2008, we continued to experience very difficult trading conditions, which deteriorated more significantly in the final quarter, said chairman Pieter Totte. “The Board looks forward to the rest of the year and anticipates the benefits of its restructuring programme and low interest rate charges to deliver a result, which we anticipate will be reflected in an improved financial performance over the prior year.”last_img read more

Rising threat: Death by fentanyl

first_imgAs the opioid crisis rages across the United States, people suffering from addiction as well as the first responders, doctors, and counselors trying to help them are facing another deadly challenge: fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times more powerful than heroin and a growing part of the nation’s illicit drug supply.The Gazette recently spoke with Sarah Wakeman, medical director of the Substance Use Disorder Initiative and the Addiction Consult Team at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), co-chair of the MGH Opioid Task Force, and clinical lead for the Partners Healthcare Substance Use Disorder Initiative, about fentanyl and the country’s opioid epidemic.GAZETTE: What is fentanyl?WAKEMAN: Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid. “Opioid” is the umbrella term that refers to any substance that is chemically similar to opium, which comes from a poppy and which acts on a certain part of the brain — the opioid receptor. So fentanyl is a type of opioid that is made completely synthetically, meaning it’s made in a laboratory and is much more potent than heroin or morphine. It’s about 100 times more potent than morphine.GAZETTE: Is fentanyl something that you have been observing for years in patients being treated for addiction, or has it appeared more recently?WAKEMAN: The widespread sale of illicitly manufactured fentanyl, which is what we are hearing about right now, is a relatively recent phenomenon. It’s really in the last two or so years that we have seen this rapid growth in the manufacture and sale of fentanyl and other synthetic fentanyl analogues. Much of what is being sold as heroin now is either mixed with fentanyl or pure fentanyl. Prescription fentanyl has been around for a long time and there are numerous studies looking at people who used prescription fentanyl for nonmedical reasons, but those numbers were relatively low and never accounted for much of a problem until we began seeing the heroin source contaminated with fentanyl.GAZETTE: Why are we seeing more of it?WAKEMAN: This is emblematic of the cat-and-mouse game of supply-focused drug crackdown efforts. Because fentanyl is so potent you need a much smaller amount of it to have the same effects, and so the margin of profits is much greater. People can produce or smuggle in a much smaller volume of the drug and then cut it with other substances and sell it for a higher profit. So you can imagine if it’s 100 times more potent than heroin, you need 100 less times the amount of volume to get the same sort of profit, so people are mixing it with other filler substances and then selling it as heroin.“What has been shown to work is to not criminalize drug use and addiction, and instead to focus on treatment and public health and harm reduction,” says MGH addiction specialist Sarah Wakeman. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerGAZETTE: What are the challenges of treating fentanyl overdoses?WAKEMAN: In addition to fentanyl we are now seeing even a more potent synthetic fentanyl analogue — carfentanil, which is something that’s been in the press with recent reports of carfentanil being found in Massachusetts. It’s 10,000 times more potent than heroin. It’s actually used as a large animal tranquilizer — that’s the only practical use carfentanil was designed for. But we are now seeing that contaminating the supply as well.First, when we teach people in the community or people who either use opioids themselves or love someone or care for someone who has an opioid-use disorder how to respond to an overdose, the traditional teaching was that you had minutes to hours before someone would die from an overdose, and so there was time to get naloxone, the drug that can reverse an overdose, call 911, and get help. Part of the challenge with these new substances is that people can die within a few seconds. So the rapidity of how fatal these substances can be is totally different, and overdoses now require immediate, rapid response. Second, this increases the stakes of untreated opioid-use disorder. Literally, any day that someone is using could be a day that they die, and the person who is using has no idea what it is that they are about to use. In the past we could provide harm-reduction education to people about how to use in a safer fashion, but that’s much more challenging when the substance that they are using could be what they expect or it could be something that’s 10,000 times more powerful and could kill them on the spot. This really emphasizes the need for immediate access to effective treatment for opioid-use disorder. Additionally, we need innovative ideas such as supervised injection facilities to keep people who are using safe and alive with the ultimate hope that we can connect them to treatment.GAZETTE: Does treatment for opioid-use disorder change now that the drug supply is increasingly contaminated with fentanyl?WAKEMAN: The treatment would be the same as the treatment for any opioid-use disorder where the best evidence we have supports a combination of medication and psychosocial or behavioral treatments. Medications like methadone or buprenorphine, which are daily medications someone takes to manage their cravings and prevent withdrawal and allow them to function normally, are the standard of care. The challenge is that our systems of care are outdated as well. We traditionally have had a treatment system that expects people to be able to navigate complicated waiting lists, to call programs, to schedule appointments, and to show up to counseling before they get life-saving medication. The reality right now is that people are literally dying every day and any episode of use could kill them, so we really need to rethink our treatment systems and we need to make lifesaving treatments, medications in particular, as easy to access as possible. Let’s get people on the medication that will keep them alive and then build infrastructure around that instead of making it hard for people to get that sort of care.GAZETTE: First responders have to be extremely careful about coming into contact with fentanyl. Can you say more about that?WAKEMAN: These substances, particularly carfentanil, are so potent that even a few grains, if they are absorbed, could in theory cause an overdose, particularly in someone who is naive to opioids. The impact on first responders is huge. They now not only need to wear gloves but potentially need to wear masks because there’s been concern that these substances can cause an overdose simply by inhaling the dust at the scene of one of these events.GAZETTE: A recent report in The New York Times indicated that overdose deaths in the United States are rising faster than ever. Is fentanyl a big factor in those statistics?WAKEMAN: Absolutely — I think that’s really what’s driving the deaths right now. If you look at last year’s deaths in Massachusetts, something like 85 percent were due to heroin and fentanyl versus fewer than 10 percent that were due to someone being prescribed an opioid. We’ve had a lot of focus on prescription opioids as something that lay the groundwork for the current epidemic of opioid use disorder and death, but if you look at what’s sustaining the epidemic, what’s sustaining the deaths, it’s really fentanyl and heroin. We are seeing that across the country and we certainly are seeing that in Massachusetts.GAZETTE: In March President Trump signed an executive order appointing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the head of a new national commission designed to fight opioid addiction. Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has signaled his plans to aggressively prosecute low-level drug crimes. What is your sense about how the medical community views these messages from the new administration?WAKEMAN: It is incredibly disheartening to hear further focus on the old-school tactics of the war on drugs. So far we’ve heard the attorney general mention bringing back mandatory minimum sentences and a stronger focus on the criminalization approach to drug use, which has never worked. We’ve been trying that approach for a long time and what we’ve seen is that drugs are easier to access; they are more potent and more deadly and more people are dying from drug addiction and drug use. That strategy has been wholly ineffective. If anything it drives people away from treatment and increases the stakes of ongoing drug use and increases crime. To hear our government talk about doubling down on a harmful and ineffective strategy in the midst of a crisis is really discouraging. This approach also plays on the false notion that you can somehow clearly separate people who deal drugs and people who use drugs, when the reality is many people who in fact have the disease of addiction are dealing drugs on some level. And beyond that, the growth of fentanyl is evidence of the failure of supply-focused efforts. The tactics of people who are out for profit with drug dealing will continue to change under pressure and the outcome is not that drugs are harder to get but that people are dying at a greater rate.What has been shown to work is to not criminalize drug use and addiction and instead to focus on treatment and public health and harm reduction. I think we were all hopeful — particularly with the former surgeon general’s report — that our country was heading in that direction. I am still hopeful because the science is so clear about what is effective. President Trump campaigned on the opioid crisis and many people who voted for him come from areas that have been devastated by the impact of this disease. My hope is that his administration will decide to focus on what works, not on politics or ideology. Sorrow, frustration, hope in opioid crisis Harvard panels share experiences, ideas in health, policy, law enforcement Related GAZETTE: What would you like to see Trump do?WAKEMAN: I think the first thing involves a separate but very related issue ­— the Affordable Care Act, which importantly expanded coverage for addiction treatment. If the ACA is repealed a huge number of people who have this disease won’t be able to access treatment. To even be able to focus on treatment people need to have insurance coverage that allows them to access it, so that’s a really important piece.The other thing is to have conversations about types of treatment for opioid-use disorder guided by science. We heard Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price make comments recently where he referred to medications for addiction treatment as the substituting of one substance for another. This is an old, untrue, and stigmatizing belief that misunderstands what addiction is. This stigma around medications has kept people out there using and has kept people dying. We need statements by our leaders in government and health care to be guided by facts, not by belief. We need to be having a conversation guided by science and what works to keep people alive and to keep people well.Drug use and addiction is a very politicized topic. People have strong emotions and feelings about it, which is understandable. But we also have 50 years or more of very clear evidence showing what works and what doesn’t. Let’s stick to what works, particularly right now when this is the leading cause of death for Americans under age 50.Interview was edited and condensed.last_img read more

EC Trojan Boys Soccer Standout Kameron Siebert Signs With Saints

first_imgEast Central Trojan student and Boys Soccer Standout Kameron Siebert his signed to attend Thomas More and will continue his Boys Soccer career majoring in Marine Biology Environmental Science.Kameron is the son of Maureen and Dennis Siebert.Courtesy of East Central Athletic Administration Assistant April McFarland.last_img

Deulofeu nears Everton return

first_img Press Association Defender Seamus Coleman, who was an unused subsitute for Saturday’s win over Aston Villa after returning from injury himself, looks likely to start at White Hart Lane. “Everyone is massively needed. We are in a situation were a couple of players will come back from injury and that puts us in a better postion than we were a couple of weeks ago,” Martinez told evertontv. “Gerard he such a positive young man and the fact he has been missed so much at Everton is a reflection of the type of person he is. “We have the game on Sunday so we will be able to assess him as the week goes on but he is fully fit from a medical point of view. It is making sure he is match fit. “Seamus is fully fit from a medical point of view and although he was on the bench on Saturday it was too much of a risk to bring him on. January loan signing Lacina Traore is probably a week away from consideration after arriving from Monaco with a hamstring problem. “We will take our time with Lacina to make sure he is fully fit,” said Martinez. The teenager has been sidelined by a hamstring injury since December 14 but is now fully recovered, although his lack of match fitness will be taken into account by Martinez ahead of Sunday’s trip to fellow Champions League-chasing rivals Tottenham. However, with leading scorer Romelu Lukaku out for at least the next month with an ankle problem having the 19-year-old Deulofeu back is a welcome boost for the Toffees center_img Everton manager Roberto Martinez hopes to have his attacking options boosted by the return of on-loan Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu.last_img read more

NFL playoff picture: Updated AFC, NFC standings for Week 13

first_imgWeek 13 is complete, and with four weeks remaining in the 2019 regular season, the NFL playoff picture is coming together quickly based on the current AFC and NFC standings.Here is an updated look at what each conference field would look like now, what teams are still in contention and what teams should already be thinking about the offseason. NFC playoff pictureWho would be in?1. Saints, champions, NFC South (10-2) — The Saints wrapped up the division title by beating the Falcons on Thanksgiving night. They got the bonus of the 49ers losing and the Seahawks winning on Sunday and Monday to jump here because they hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the new NFC West leaders. Now New Orleaans can further sink San Francisco in Week 14. Up next: vs. 49ers2. Seahawks, first place, NFC West (10-2) — The Seahawks beat the Vikings on Monday night to jump up from No. 5, holding the head-to-head tiebreaker over the 49ers after also beating them on a Monday night. They can’t let up if they want to catch the Saints and stay ahead of the 49ers. Up next: at Rams3. Packers, first place, NFC North (9-3) — The Packers rebounded from their loss to the 49ers last week by ripping the Giants on the road in Week 13. They saw the Vikings lose on Monday night to  increase their lead to a full game in the division. Up next: vs. Redskins4. Cowboys, first place, NFC East (6-6) — The Cowboys have only a one-game lead plus the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Eagles after losing to the Bills at home on Thanksgiving. They’re fortunate the Eagles also lost in Week 13 to the Dolphins. Should the Cowboys hold on and win the division again, they’re likely stuck with this seed, fading behind the Saints and Packers and having lost to both teams. Up next: at Bears5. 49ers, second place, NFC West (10-2) — The 49ers lost an AFC game to the Ravens on Sunday for their second defeat of the season. They fell out of first place with the Seahawks beating the Vikings on Monday night. San Francisco needs to beat New Orleans in Week 15, or it will risk having to be on the road for the playoffs. Up next: at Saints6. Vikings, second place, NFC North (8-4) — The Vikings stay here after they lost to the Seahawks on Monday night, now a full game and head-to-head tiebreaker behind the winning Packers in the division. They are now only one game up on the Rams for this second wild-card spot. Up next: vs. LionsWho can get there?7. Rams (7-5); 8. Bears (6-6); 9. Eagles (5-7); 10. Buccaneers (5-7); 11. Panthers (5-7)The Rams walked back into the wild-card race with a win over the Cardinals. The Bears stayed semi-hot with a win on Thanksgiving. The Eagles hurt their NFC East chances and the Panthers hurt their slimmer wild-card chances with respective bad losses to bad teams in Week 13.Who’s on their way out?14. Redskins (3-9)The Redskins stayed alive in the NFC East race with a win over the Panthers and the Eagles and Cowboys losing, but they remain a real division longshot. MORE: NFL playoff clinching scenarios in Week 13NFL standings for Week 13 Who’s out?12. Lions (3-8-1); 13. Cardinals (3-8-1); 15. Falcons (3-9); 16. Giants (2-10)The Lions and Falcons were eliminated with their respective losses to the Bears and Saints on Thursday. The Giants and Cardinals were eliminated with their respective losses to the Packers and Rams on Sunday. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/28/be/aaron-rodgers-11082019-getty-ftrjpg_17tdjutdh7jfe1eeyqjp8gswgn.jpg?t=1292581454&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f/67/brady-edelman-102819-getty-ftrjpg_y9q4ksfts8ix1dhioz1trhp2m.jpg?t=337906030&w=500&quality=80 AFC playoff pictureWho would be in?1. Ravens, first place, AFC North (10-2) — The Ravens are playing like the best team in the NFL. They jumped the Patriots for the top seed with their win over the 49ers coupled with that team losing at the Texans, thanks to a convincing head-to-head tiebreaker. They already are running away with the division, three games up on the Steelers and four games up on the Browns. Up next: at Bills2. Patriots, first place, AFC East (10-2) — The Patriots fell here after losing to the Texans on Sunday night. They have now lost two of four games in the toughest stretch of their schedule and they can’t afford to lose much more in AFC play or they will play with the fire of dropping out of this bye spot, too. Up next: vs. Chiefs3. Texans, first place, AFC South (8-4) — The Texans finally solved the riddle of the Patriots at the best possible time, both to maintain this seed over the Chiefs and keep a one-game lead in the division over the Titans, who they still need to play twice. Up next: vs. Broncos4. Chiefs, first place, AFC West (8-4) — The Chiefs ripped the Raiders after the bye but couldn’t move up after the Texans, who beat them earlier this season, upset the Patriots on Sunday night. The Chiefs get their own New England test next week. Up next: at Patriots5. Bills, second place, AFC East (9-3) — The Bills have a strong hold on the top wild-card position as they continue to take advantage of a favorable schedule. The big win in Dallas on Thanksgiving was huge ahead of a tougher final-month schedule, and they keep pushing the Patriots in the division. Up next: at Ravens6. Steelers, second place, AFC North (7-5) — The Steelers stayed here after taking care of the Browns at home on Sunday to even their season series. They hold the tiebreaker over the Titans because of a better conference record. Up next: at CardinalsWho can get there?7. Titans (7-5); 8. Raiders (6-6); 9. Colts (6-6); 10. Browns (5-7)The Titans jumped ahead of the Colts by beating them in Indianapolis. The Raiders failed to keep pace with them by losing to the Chiefs and the Steelers dragged the Browns further down.Who’s on their way out?11. Jaguars (4-8); 12. Broncos (4-8); 13. Chargers (4-8); 14. Jets (4-8)The Steelers and Titans getting to seven wins hurts all their chances. The Jaguars and Jets suffered bad losses in Week 13, while the Chargers lost to the Broncos.Who’s out?15. Dolphins (3-9); 16. Bengals (1-11)The Dolphins were eliminated Sunday despite their win over the Eagles. The Bengals can’t do better than five wins, which isn’t good enough. They’re bad enough now, despite a lone win over the Jets on Sunday, to secure the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.last_img read more

Have you discovered the secret jewel in the heart of Donegal?

first_imgSummer is here, it’s time to discover Oakfield Park, the secret jewel nestled in the heart of glorious Co. Donegal.If you are looking for somewhere to entertain the whole family for the day – then Oakfield Park is the perfect place for an adventure.Oakfield’s brand new Buffers tea room and restaurant is open every day for garden visitors serving a delicious selection of home baked goodies, light meals and beautiful salads. Enjoy a freshly brewed coffee, tea, or a cool craft beer and wine and even a ice cream as you relax in this fabulous inspiring new space and enjoy the views, as the Donegal summer sunshine floods in from the gardens outside.Buffers has offerings for all dietary requirements and children’s choices are available.To see all of the lower gardens take a train trip on ‘Thomas’ train, on the narrow-gauge railway, which winds its way along 4km of track around the magnificent parkland. See the lakeside Castle Folly and travel through beautiful woodlands and willow tunnels, over a wooden causeway, past sparkling streams and lakes before returning to the station.After a walk through the woodland trail, visit the superb sculpture by Locky Morris, called ‘Longsleeper’. Made from 17 tons of oak railway sleepers, sitting on a spiral mound, it twists and turns itself into the sky.Take the children to see the magical Faery Tree and place a wish – who knows if it will be granted?In the more formal upper gardens a traditional walled garden and kitchen garden, beyond the parterre and the sweeping green lawns, is a treat for any green-fingered expert or aspiring chef.Gardens are open 11am to 6pm every day in June, July and August. The Steam Train will be running on the last Sunday of the month ‘Steam Sunday’.It’s no wonder why Oakfield Park is such a popular destination for group visits and school tours. Have a look at the Oakfield Park website or Facebook page for special family events that are coming up, such as the Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Steam Sundays, Garden Tours and much more.Gardens are open 11 -6pm, 7 days a week during June, July and August.Trains run at regular intervals each day.For more info visit www.oakfieldpark.com or see the Oakfield Park Facebook page. You can get in touch by calling 074 9173068 or emailing [email protected] you discovered the secret jewel in the heart of Donegal? was last modified: May 27th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Oakfield ParkRaphoesummerlast_img read more

AU backs South Africa’s SKA bid

first_img10 August 2010The African Union has acknowledged the significance of South Africa’s Square Kilometre Array (SKA) bid, saying that hosting the SKA would help drive human capital development on the continent, and boost its move towards knowledge-based economies.At the recent African Union (AU) summit in Kampala, Ugansa, the AU recognised the importance of the science, technology and innovation emanating from the SKA project.The assembly endorsed South Africa’s collaboration with other African countries and also expressed its appreciation for South Africa’s efforts in coordinating the bid to promote space science and technology in Africa.Major hub for astronomyAt an estimated construction cost of US$2-billion (about R14.4-billion), the SKA is poised to be by far the largest radio telescope in the world, and consolidate Africa as a major hub for astronomy in the world.The core of the telescope would be located in Carnarvon in the Northern Cape, with about three antenna stations in Namibia, four in Botswana and one each in Mozambique, Mauritius, Madagascar, Ghana, Kenya and Zambia. Each antenna station would consist of about 30 to 40 individual antennae.“If Africa wins the bid against Australia – the decision is expected to be announced in March 2012 – this will be a major step in developing high-level skills and cutting-edge technology infrastructure in Africa, and attract expertise and collaborative projects to the continent,” the Department of Science and Technology said in a statement.Human capital developmentThe SKA precursor, the MeerKAT, and the SKA have been the focus of what is probably the largest astronomy-focused human capital development project in the world.Already, the Department of Science and Technology is funding six 15-year research chairs in radio astronomy, each worth just over €300 000 (about R2.8-million) per year – inflation-linked.In addition, 215 grants have been awarded to young people, mainly for postdoctoral, PhD and MSc research relating to the MeerKAT and the SKA, including some for undergraduate study in physics.A technician training programme is also being supported.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Ateneo fades against rival La Salle anew, but coach Almadro quick to move on

first_imgRenaldo Balkman open to San Miguel return What he didn’t expect is that the winning run would collapse against De La Salle.The Lady Spikers, the league’s defending champions, thrashed the Lady Eagles in straight sets, 25-17, 25-13, 25-23, in a manner Almadro found to be surprising.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s disappointing because we lost that quick but of course I knew that the time will come that our performance would take a dip,” said Almadro in Filipino. “I just didn’t expect it to happen against La Salle.”Ateneo’s only two losses in the tournament so far have all been against their fierce rivals. Ateneo still has two games left in its schedule against eliminated teams Adamson University and University of the East.“It’s important for us to get the momentum back especially going into the semifinals,” said Almadro. “We have to keep the positivity. This game is over so we just have to be positive for the next games.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Oliver Almadro knew that Ateneo’s 10-game winning streak in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament would eventually come to an end.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments What made the second little harder to swallow was that Ateneo’s main weapon—it’s blocking—got completely neutralized.The Lady Eagles had been league’s best blocking team averaging 2.62 kill blocks per set but tallied zero the whole match against La Salle.Maddie Madayag, the league’s best blocker with .9 kill blocks per set, said they expected the Lady Spikers to send out a power-driven attack but what happened was the complete opposite.“We were expecting hard spikes and they weren’t giving that many hard spikes, they gave more long balls, and touch shots,” said Madayag in Filipino. “We were surprised with that especially on the defensive end.”Almadro, though, said they have to forget about their defeat to La Salle especially with the Final Four round looming.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue 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 Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassleslast_img read more