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  • Trojans sit in third place at Amer Ari Invitational

    first_imgFreshman Rico Hoey and the USC men’s golf team are off to a solid start at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii — their second event of the spring season. At the end of yesterday’s first round, Hoey sat in second place on the individual leaderboard, while the No. 24 Trojans finished in third place as a team.Fresh face · Freshman Rico Hoey returned to form in the first round of the Amer Ari Invitational, leading USC with a score of 7-under 65. – Courtesy of USC Sports InformationNo. 4 Oklahoma State leads a deep field at the annual tournament, edging out unranked TCU by a single stroke. The Trojans are themselves just one stroke behind the Horned Frogs at 15-under. Also in contention is No. 18 Texas, which is tied with Auburn for fourth place. Three ranked Pac-12 teams, No. 9 Stanford, No. 14 Washington and No. 15 UCLA, each ended the first round well behind the leaders. USC head coach Chris Zambri was content with his team’s effort.“We are pleased with our start,” Zambri said. “This is a very strong field. If we are going to win, we’ll need help from all.”Hoey, who struggled in last week’s season-opening Arizona Intercollegiate after an excellent fall campaign, led his team with an impressive 7-under 65. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native was seeded second for the Trojans, falling from the No. 1 slot after his disappointing performance in Tucson, Ariz. Senior Jeffrey Kang, who won this event in 2011, followed up Hoey with a strong 6-under 66 of his own. That score was good enough for a third-place tie, while junior Anthony Paolucci’s 4-under 68 kept him in the individual hunt as well.Oregon’s Thomas Lim has a slight lead in the individual race, just a stroke in front of Hoey. All three Trojans figure to battle Lim, TCU’s Chelso Barrett and Oklahoma State’s Ian Davis and Wyndham Clark for the top spot as the tournament continues.Though he was excited about the individual performances of Hoey, Kang and Paolucci, Zambri knows the rest of his team must improve to win the tournament.“We had three guys play very well,” he said. “We are looking for some help from the four and five guys in our lineup.”Senior Ramsey Sahyoun and freshman Danny Ochoa both turned in over-par scores.Action resumes early tomorrow morning at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course and will continue through the weekend. Results can be followed live at golfstat.com.last_img read more

  • SAA to fly non-stop to New York

    first_imgRay Maota The Airbus A340-600 will be used by SAA for the long-haul flight to New York. (Image: Flickr) SAA now also has a return non-stop flight from JFK International Airport in New York. (Image: Airflights.To) MEDIA CONTACTS •Fani Zulu SAA Corporate Affairs +27 82 451 0457 RELATED ARTICLES • 1time to start flying from Lanseria • Sudan vote boosts airline industry • In-flight wi-fi coming to South Africa soon • Mango gets world Superbrand statusSouth African Airways (SAA) passengers will soon be able to fly non-stop to New York – a move that will also ensure faster and more efficient transfer to other popular US destinations.This comes after SAA released an enhanced flight schedule on 26 January 2011. Passengers will have more seats to choose from on the New York route thanks to a bigger aircraft, as well as more seats on flights to destinations in Africa.The revised New York schedule will be effective from 1 May this year.SAA general manager Theunis Potgieter said: “From 1 May 2011 we will offer our customers the convenience of flying non-stop between Johannesburg and New York. Our non-stop flights will allow a full day in Johannesburg with an early morning arrival in New York.“The reduced travel time results in fast and efficient connections to several key US destinations such as Boston, Chicago, Florida, California, as well as Canada and the Caribbean,” added Potgieter.The direct link will mean less travelling time for New York-bound SAA passengers, who currently have to stop in Dakar, Senegal, en route for the plane to refuel.“SAA now offers the fastest and most comfortable way to commute between Southern Africa and this major global hub. Travellers originating from other domestic points and Southern African countries like Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Angola, and Zambia – and as far north as Kenya and Tanzania – can now be in New York with a single, quick connection via Johannesburg,” said Potgieter.The non-stop flight will depart from OR Tambo International in Johannesburg at 8:35pm local time and arrive at JFK International Airport in New York at 6:40am, local time, the following day. The return flight from JFK departs at 11:15am, New York time, and arrives in Johannesburg at 8:40am.Marc Cavaliere, SAA executive vice-president in North America, said: “Travellers have told us that they truly value SAA’s morning non-stop service from JFK and the range of excellent, same-day connection opportunities it affords to more than 40 destinations in Africa.“But they’ve also expressed that they would love it even more if our return flight also operated non-stop. We’ve answered their calls, and are pleased to announce a return non-stop flight to New York.”SAA will use an Airbus 340-600 for the direct flight.Other routes hot up tooUsing an Airbus 340-600 will also enable SAA to grow passenger numbers on African routes, including Kenya and Namibia.From 27 February, the airline will be able to take 3 500 passengers to Nairobi, Kenya, each week as opposed to 2 918 – the volume allowance at the moment.From 27 March, it will also increase the number of seats from 5830 to 6 746 on seven of its 20 weekly flights to and from Windhoek, Namibia.This will enable more passengers to get from Windhoek to Johannesburg each week to catch connecting flights to Frankfurt, Munich, London and New York.Leading aeronautics manufacturerAirbus has been one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers for the past 40 years, after its establishment in 1970.At 75m, the Airbus 340-600 is the longest such model in operation. With three passenger classes it can hold 360 commuters, while a two-class layout can accommodate 419.It is expertly designed to fly longer distances of up to 7 900 nautical miles.SA’s national carrierSAA has become one of Africa’s leading passenger carriers over the years. It began operations on 1 February 1934 after the government of the time took over the assets and liabilities of Union Airways, renaming it SAA.In the 1940s, SAA revolutionised air travel in South Africa by introducing cabin crew on domestic flights and movies on direct flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town.SAA’s cadet training programme – which has been running since the 1990s – enables previously disadvantaged South Africans to train as pilots, ensuring all crew on all flights reflect the unique diversity of the nation.last_img read more

  • Ebola vaccine trials show positive results

    first_img5 February 2015The first results from a trial of a candidate Ebola vaccine at Oxford University in the United Kingdom suggests the vaccine has an acceptable safety profile at the doses tested, and is able to generate an immune response.“The vaccine was well tolerated. Its safety profile is pretty much as we had hoped,” said Professor Adrian Hill of the university’s Jenner Institute, who led the trial.The researchers say these results suggest the vaccine is suitable for further testing in West Africa during the current outbreak, with the aim of determining whether the vaccine offers protection against Ebola.The candidate Ebola vaccine is being co-developed by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the British multinational pharmaceutical group, against the Zaire species of Ebola, which is the one circulating in West Africa.It uses a single Ebola virus gene in a chimpanzee adenovirus to generate an immune response. As it does not contain infectious Ebola virus material, it cannot cause a person who is vaccinated to become infected with Ebola.The Oxford trial is one of several safety trials of the GSK/NIH vaccine candidate – in the United States, UK, Mali and Switzerland – that have been fast-tracked in response to the outbreak.Between 17 September and 18 November, 60 healthy volunteers were vaccinated at the Jenner Institute. Researchers reported safety data and immune responses for the volunteers for 28 days after immunisation, and follow-up of the vaccinees will continue beyond these initial data until six months after the volunteers received the experimental vaccine.Importantly, the vaccine generated immune responses against Ebola in the volunteers.“Whether we have a vaccine that is safe, effective and works, we won’t know for a while yet. But we owe it to the people who have been affected so badly by the Ebola outbreak to find out,” said Hill.“The results are very encouraging in terms of the safety profile of the vaccine. That is the main outcome from this trial,” he said. “We have seen an immune response in the great majority of people receiving the vaccine. It is possible to be optimistic about the immune responses we’ve seen; it’s also hard to be really confident the levels would be protective.“Larger trials in West Africa will be able to tell us more. We are also currently assessing another option, involving a booster dose, for improving immune response levels.”Similar initial results from an American trial in 20 people of a related Ebola vaccine formulation were published on 26 November. Results from trials in Mali and Switzerland are expected shortly.The Oxford scientists have also begun testing the safety of a candidate booster vaccine against Ebola, to find out whether it could further increase the immune responses.“The speed at which all this is happening is remarkable,” Hill said. “We’d especially like to thank all the volunteers. They continue to take time out of their busy lives to give blood samples at regular intervals so we can understand more about their immune responses having received the vaccine.“It’s also thanks to the hard work of many scientists, funders, pharma firms, regulators and agencies, all coming together, that we can make such rapid progress.”Source: University of Oxfordlast_img read more


    first_imgAll draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEMens 20’sThe Eagles finished their day by beating the Mets in what was one of the most heated and exciting games of the tournament so far. They will go straight into a semi-final tomorrow against the winner between Suns and Rustlers . Earlier in the day they showed why they are one of the favorites to take out this title, with convincing wins over both Crusaders and Cyclones.The Mets will not be happy with their performance this afternoon. At the 2005 NTL, the Eagles eliminated the favored Mets side in the semi-finals, so they would have been out to beat them this year. Earlier today they had a good win over a deflated ACT.ACT would have to be disappointed after today’s performance. They looked completely different to the team that yesterday held the very talented Sharks team to victory by only two touchdowns.The Suns had a successful day three of competition, with strong wins over the ACT, Hornets and Cyclones. They will be hoping to continue their good form into the finals tomorrow.Rustlers will also be a team to watch tomorrow after they beat Cobras and the Sharks. They will be up against the Suns in the quarter finals tomorrow.Cobras will go straight through to the semis tomorrow and play the winner of the match between Sharks and Mets.Womens 20’s South Queensland Sharks have had their ups and downs during this year’s tournament and the pressure is on for them to perform come semi-finals. They have won the Womens 20’s title for six of the past seven years and tomorrow they will face Southern Suns in their semi-final.In the quarter finals today, Brisbane City Cobras earned their way into a semi-final against the undefeated ACT side who have had great success this tournament.The ACT girls will be hoping to carry their recent success into the final day of competition. Hornets will be disappointed after losing their quarter final to Cobras, they had only one loss during the round games.The Southern Suns girls will be hopeful going into their semi-final against the Sharks tomorrow. They defeated Hornets, 7-2 this morning. Their very own Jessica Absolum is way ahead in the touchdown count, having scored a massive 13 touchdowns so far.Rebels and Barbarians, and Eagles and Crusaders will all play off in Plate semi-finals tomorrow.Mixed OpenThere were a couple of upsets today in this division, with the Cobras defeating the Sharks, 6-3. The Sharks however made a quick recovery defeating Rebels, 13-2 in their final round game this afternoon.The Cobras were obviously confident after their win over the Sharks, they then went on to defeat Barbarians 13-0.The Sydney Scorpions are still in the mix, although they did have a close loss to Sharks, 10-8. They will be up against Cobras in the semi-finals tomorrow.The Suns have had some impressive results throughout the tournament, and today they continued their good form, with a 10-0 win over the Rebels and a 5-0 win over the Cyclones. They will play off in the Plate semi-final tomorrow.The Sydney Mets will go into finals on top of the ladder, after impressive victories over the past few days. They will play the Sharks in a semi-final tomorrow, a replay of the 2005 Grand Final.Womens OpenThe Southern Suns will go into a semi-final match tomorrow against the 2005 Womens Open title holders, the Sydney Mets after a 3-1 win over the Rustlers.The Mets remain undefeated going into their semi-final tomorrow morning.The Barbarians also showed that they are not to be written off just yet. Led by Australian representatives, Bo De La Cruz and Shelley Matcham they will take on South Queensland Sharks for a grand final berth.The Scorpions have improved immensely this tournament and today had a 7-7 draw with the Eagles. They should still remain happy with their performances even after losing to the Cobras earlier today.The ACT Women fought hard today, stealing a win against the Crusaders, 6-5. They will play off against the Cyclones in the Plate semi-final tomorrow.Mens OpenIn front of a packed grand stand, South Queensland Sharks were eventual winners over Queensland Country Rustlers in the quarter finals. They now go up against a confident Sydney Scorpions team tomorrow morning.The Scorpions didn’t have a very good start to their day today. They lost tthe o Suns this morning 5-3 in a top of the pool clash. They restored their confidence this afternoon, with a 13-1 win over the struggling Crusaders.The Brisbane City Cobras definitely made the Southern Suns earn every point in their quarter final. It remained even for most of the game, with Suns eventually winning, 5-4. They will now face an undefeated Sydney Mets team in the semi-finals tomorrow for what promises to be an exciting match.The Rebels will play off against the Cyclones tomorrow in the Mens Plate semi-final and the Hornets will play ACT.Finals day at the 2006 NTL will definitely be one of the closest yet, so be sure to stay tuned for all results and updates.last_img read more

  • 10 months ago​Aston Villa near loan deal for Wolves defender Hause

    first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Aston Villa near loan deal for Wolves defender Hauseby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa are inching closer to a deal for Wolves defender Kortney Hause.The Wolves defender has only managed two games in the Carabao Cup this term.He has been absent from the Premier League entirely.And Sky Sports reports the 23-year-old is available this month, with Villa the team that has the most concrete interest.Their boss Dean Smith wants to add to his defense, as they chase promotion to the top flight. last_img read more

  • Researchers hope to launch expedition to find shark mating sites off Nova

    first_imgHALIFAX – An internet-famed great white shark is extending his much-watched sojourn in Atlantic Canada, in what one researcher is calling further evidence that Nova Scotia’s waters may be a hot spot in the shark mating scene.The 600 kilogram shark named Hilton has been cruising along the East Coast in recent months, much to the delight of locals who have been charmed by the social media darling’s wry Twitter feed, which boasts more than 17,500 followers.Hilton — who was tagged by the research group Ocearch in South Carolina in March — first surfaced off the coast of Nova Scotia in early August, and the tTitter account set up to chronicle the shark’s movements tweeted about his latest stop in Mahone Bay on Sunday.“Of course I am back in Mahone Bay. I am here for the Father Christmas Festival!” @HiltonTheShark tweeted, along with a Santa Claus emoji.Aside from a few brief detours, Hilton can’t seem to say goodbye to Nova Scotia.Perhaps Hilton is flattered by the warm reception he’s received from Nova Scotians, said Ocearch founder Chris Fischer, but he thinks there may be something else drawing the mature male shark back to the province’s shores.“I believe he’s up there looking for love and has been all fall,” Fischer said in a phone interview from Louisville, Ky. “They should only have one thing on their mind, and that’s making baby sharks.”If Hilton is hoping to woo a sharp-toothed suitor, it seems like he’ll have plenty of fish in the sea to choose from, Fischer said.Based on Ocearch’s findings, shark migration patterns in Nova Scotia’s southern waters are consistent with there being a breeding site in the area, according to Fischer, which could mark an important step towards unravelling the mysterious mating habits of great white sharks.“(Solving) the life-history puzzle of these large sharks is fundamentally important to the future balance of the whole northwest Atlantic,” he said. “It needs to be a U.S.-Canadian effort, because the sharks don’t know where the border is.”Fischer said Ocearch, which is based in the U.S., is hoping to get Ottawa’s permission to launch an expedition in Eastern Canada next fall to scout out potential mating sites in the area.He said Ocearch plans to file its application for a permit with the federal Fisheries Department in coming weeks. Fisheries officials could not immediately be reached for comment on the matter.Fischer said the group is willing to invest between $500,000 and $1 million on the expedition. Ocearch is looking to collaborate with Canadian scientists on the potentially “groundbreaking” research, he said, but hasn’t gotten any bites so far.The proposed multi-year project aims to tag between 20 and 50 sharks in the region, according to Fischer. Tracking juvenile sharks will be key, he said, because their fates will determine the species’ prospects going forward.Large sharks play a vital role in maintaining the balance of marine ecosystems, he said, and even a small upset has the potential to cause a ripple effect that could impact Canada’s eastern waters for generations to come.“As these large sharks go, the system goes,” said Fischer. “Where you live, if it is a mating area, it is a very special place. It is one of the few places in the world that’s fundamentally important to the abundance of the entire region.”If anyone is up to the task of protecting these elusive creatures of the deep, it’s Nova Scotians, Fischer said.“When you look at a community of people up there, they’re obviously so plugged into the ocean,” he said. “For Hilton being a come from away, and to have been welcomed by the people up there, is true leadership that I hope the rest of the world picks up.”He said Hilton could stick around Nova Scotia until late December, and he expects him to return to his old stomping grounds next year.Hilton isn’t the only shark that’s been spotted around Nova Scotia lately.A 300 kilogram great white shark affectionately known as Pumpkin was detected in the Minas Basin in July. A 900 kilogram great white named Lydia, who also has her own Twitter account managed by Ocearch, was spotted around Sable Island in 2013 and 2016.last_img read more

  • Alberta to announce if it will impose oil production cuts

    first_imgEDMONTON — Alberta’s premier plans to announce Sunday whether her government will impose industrywide oil production cuts in the Canadian province.The government said Saturday that Premier Rachel Notley will lay out the next steps to ensure Albertans get the best possible value for their energy resources.The premier has released an op-ed piece in which she says the province must act now to deal with a growing glut of oil that she blames on a lack of pipeline capacity. Notley writes that there are two competing ideas for short-term relief — either let the market sort itself out, risking possible job losses and business closures, or intervene and temporarily restrict production.Alberta has the world’s third-largest oil reserves and is the top source of foreign oil for the U.S.The Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Dont panic Financial advisors urge calm after volatile 2018

    first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s been a strange year for investors, and some financial advisors have been getting more calls from clients concerned about volatility and their RRSPs.As we look to 2019, we’re checking in with some of those investment specialists.The ups and downs have been a bit more extreme at points this year — a 1,000-point increase for the DOW on Boxing Day — then a 600 point drop at one point the next day, before eventually recovering.Matthew Bowyer at Bowyer Financial says his clients have been sharing concerns about the big jumps.“We’ve definitely had an increase in the amount of phone calls and emails we’ve received from clients,” he said. “Mostly along the lines of being concerned if this impacts whether or not they’re on track for retirement, or if they’re in retirement, if this is impacting their retirement, and basically if their financial plan is still on track.”So what should we do heading into 2019?“Not to panic, not to make rash decisions,” Bowyer said of advice he’s giving to those who have concerns.“Human beings have a long, long, long history of making the wrong decisions when it comes to the stock market, and particularly with their investments. It’s very normal for people when the markets go down, to panic and consider selling or moving more conservative, which is often the worst decision you can make — by that time, the markets have already gone down, so all you’re doing is locking in your losses.”Investment advisor Shaun Rickerby with TD Wealth Private Investment Advice in Richmond says it’s worth rebalancing your portfolio if needed — but don’t necessarily rush into big changes.“My own view is to always have a balanced portfolio at all times,” Rickerby said.“Even my most aggressive of clients, I’m going to recommend a certain degree of fixed income to their portfolio. It gives them the flexibility to make opportunistic purchases. Have a look at the portfolio, have a chat with your investment advisor, and form no judgement about the past — just learn from the experiences of the last year, and just have a reflection — is this the asset allocation moving forward?”RELATED: Toronto stocks up on final day of a difficult year for the market“If a tweak is appropriate, that’s great. But I use the phrase ‘an evolution’ of your portfolio might be called for. A ‘revolution’ in your portfolio is probably unwise.”Over at BlueShore Financial, financial advisor Scott Evans advises people not to rush into decisions based on the latest headlines.“Resist the temptation of market timing,” he said. “That can really be your own worst enemy if you let fear guide you. There’s nobody who’s been successful in getting in and out of the markets consistently and having a long term view is what’s going to pay off to help you achieve those longer term goals.”last_img read more

  • US urges Pak to take sustained action against terrorist groups

    first_imgWashington DC: Stepping up pressure on Pakistan, the US has asked Islamabad to take “sustained and irreversible” actions against terrorist groups operating from its territory to prevent future attacks and promote regional stability. The State Department statement came as Pakistan, under global pressure after the Pulwama terror attack and India’s air strikes against Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist camp in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on February 26, started taking actions against some of the terrorist outfits and their leaders over the past few days. In Islamabad, the Interior Ministry on Thursday announced that a total of 121 members of the proscribed groups have so far been taken into “preventive detention” across Pakistan. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino told reporters at his biweekly news conference on Thursday, “I would say that we, the United States notes these steps and we continue to urge Pakistan to take sustained, irreversible actions against terrorist groups that will prevent future attacks and promote regional stability”. “We reiterate our call for Pakistan to abide by its United Nations Security Council obligations to deny terrorists safe haven and block their entry to funds,” he said. Responding to questions, Palladino refrained from giving a direct answer on the move at the United Nations Security Council to designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. However, he said that the US and its allies in the UN Security Council want to update the UN list of terrorist organisations and leaders. “Our views on Masood Azhar and Jaish-e-Mohammed are well-known. Jaish-e-Mohammed is a United Nations-designated terrorist group that has been responsible for numerous terrorist attacks and is a threat to regional stability. Masood Azhar is the founder and leader of JEM,” Palladino said. Questions on the United Nations Sanctions Committee deliberations are confidential and as such it is not something that the State Department is going to be able to comment on specific matters on the issue, he said. “But we will continue to work with the sanctions committee to ensure that the list is updated and that it is accurate,” Palladino said. At the US Capitol, India’s Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla met Kevin McCarthy, the Republican leader in the House of Representatives and discussed the issue of terrorism. “We must stand strong against acts of terrorism and work together to improve trade between our nations,” the top Republican leader said after the meeting.last_img read more

  • NFL draft Pat Elflein selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the third

    OSU senior center Pat Elflein takes questions during media day on Dec. 29. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorFormer Ohio State center Pat Elflein was selected in the third round with the 70th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings.Elflein is the sixth Buckeye selected in the draft and the third selected on Saturday.Returning for his senior season, Elflein made the transition from right guard to center and was named one of the team’s captains. In his first season at the position, Elflein was awarded the Rimington trophy, given to the best center in the country, and was named the Big Ten’s Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year.He was also recognized as a consensus first-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten, the latter of which was his third such recognition in three years. Elflein appeared in 53 games over his five-year career, including a streak of 40-consecutive starts from the beginning of his redshirt-sophomore season to the end of his redshirt-senior year. In his final year on the line for OSU, Elflein helped the Buckeyes average more rushing yards per game than any other team in the Big Ten with 245.2, 11th-best among all FBS schools.Elflein joins former OSU offensive linemen Alex Boone and Reid Fragel on the Vikings.The Vikings open the season at home against the New Orleans Saints on September 11. read more