London: West Ham United announced Thursday the signing of Spanish striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal on a three-year contract.”I am very excited, as West Ham are giving me the chance to stay in the (English) Premier League and I am very happy to be part of this new project,” Perez said in a statement published on the club’s website.West Ham Director Mario Husillos said: “His (Perez’s) style is different from the other strikers we have available to us, and that gives the manager more options for our attacking play.”Husillos stressed that Perez had “great technical quality” and he also has experience of English football.”From the very first meeting I had with Lucas, he made it very clear that he wanted to come to West Ham United and, for us, this is very important. We wish him every success during his time here,” Husillos concluded. IANS
With two slots already taken, four Division One teams will begin the competition for the last Premier League place this weekend.Berekum Arsenals, B.A. United, Real Tamale United, who are all former premiership sides will be joined by Wa African United in the promotion contest to the top-flight league after qualifying from their divisions in Zone I.The Robert Mensah Stadium in Cape Coast and the Essipon Stadium in Sekondi will host their play-offs.The winner of the three-game series will secure the third qualifying slot to play in next season’s premiership after Great Olympics and Feyenoord booked their places. The action begins at the Robert Mensah Stadium on Saturday with Berekum Arsenals meeting B.A. United while RTU take on Wa African United in the other fixture in Sekondi.Zone I Fixtures Match-day-1: Saturday, July 12 Arsenals v B.A. Utd – Cape CoastWa African Utd v RTU – EssiponMatch-day-2: Wednesday, July 16B.A. Utd v RTU – Cape CoastArsenals v Wa African Utd – EssiponMatch-day-3: Saturday, July 19RTU v Arsenals – Cape CoastWa African Utd v B.A. Utd – Essipon
24 February 2014 The who’s who of global radio astronomy gathered in Stellenbosch, South Africa last week to discuss the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and the impact it is expected to have on the future of science. According the SKA South Africa, the meeting was characterised by “electrifying expectations” and “impatient excitement” on the part of scientists who are keen to see the long-awaited SKA and its precursors, South Africa’s MeerKAT and Australia’s ASKAP, become a reality. The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, which is to be co-hosted by South Africa and Australia. The 64-dish MeerKAT is due to come online in 2016 as one of the most powerful telescopes in the world in its own right. The more than 160 delegates at last week’s conference included high-level delegations from China, South Korea, the UK, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Argentina, Australia and the US. ‘Global buzz’ around the SKA’ “There is a global buzz about doing cutting-edge science with the SKA, and the project is already attracting some of the world’s foremost scientific talent to South Africa,” SKA South Africa project director Dr Bernie Fanaroff said in a statement on Friday. At the opening session of the conference, Professor Philip Diamond, the director-general of the international SKA Organisation, emphasised the fact that the SKA would be a global observatory and not an experiment. Astrophysicist Professor Katherine Blundell from the University of Oxford in the UK described the SKA as “an amazing science discovery machine … With the SKA we will be able to see fuller, reach deeper and understand better. It will literally expand our horizons and give us a much clearer picture of how the Universe came to be what it is today.” Professor Michael Kramer, director of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany, was thrilled about the future possibilities of the SKA. “I can’t wait to get my hands on SKA data,” he said.‘Before and after the SKA’ “There will be a clear distinction in radio astronomy research between before and after the SKA,” Kramer added. “All the radio astronomy research done up to now will be a prelude compared to what will be possible in future.” When asked about why the SKA is seen as an instrument that will transform radio astronomy, scientists talk about its sheer size, exceptional sensitivity, wide frequency range and unique flexibility. It is described as a “one of a kind” instrument that has the power to unite the global radio astronomy community to work towards common science goals for several decades. “The SKA will also achieve lots of synergies with other telescopes across all electromagnetic frequencies, ranging from optical telescopes to new, high-energy telescopes on Earth and in space, as well as with gravitational wave predictors,” Kramer said. “We are lucky to live in a time when all these instruments will be working together to give us new windows on the universe.” Among those at the meeting was Professor Pierre Cox, director of the ALMA radio telescope in Chile. ALMA operates at very high radio frequencies and will have important synergies with South Africa’s MeerKAT telescope and the SKA.Huge opportunities for young scientists Experts at the meeting agreed that the SKA presents huge opportunities for young men and women in Africa to be the engineers, computer scientists and astrophysicists that will make the technology happen and produce the transformational science outcomes that will only be possible with the SKA. A special session at the conference focused on making the science of radio astronomy accessible to learners, including a group of children from the primary and secondary school in Carnarvon. Top scientists took on the challenge to present their research to these young people in small groups and to answer all their questions about astronomy and the Universe. Another highlight of the week was a public talk by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, famous for her role in the discovery of the first radio pulsars. She launched the audience into a world of unimaginable extremes with her talk about pulsars and fast radio bursts. “The SKA will not only enable astronomers to see ten times as many pulsars as is currently possible, but will also bring about new and unexpected discoveries,” Burnell said. “South Africa is going to be a very special place in the near future of radio.” The meeting concluded on Friday with a summary of the week’s discussions by Professor Roger Blandford from Stanford University, who convened the United States’ 2010 Decadal Review of priority astronomy projects. Square Kilometre Array South Africa and SAinfo reporter
Brand South Africa through its Constitutional awareness campaign #InspiredByMyConstitution, aims to ensure that the values enshrined in the widely admired constitution, are indeed a lived experience by all parts of society.On Friday, 01 March 2018, Brand South Africa in collaboration with its Play Your Part ambassador, Imraan Christian were in the community of Hout Bay in the Western Cape to reclaim shared social spaces through art.The activation was hosted at Salamander Park in Hout Bay with the community’s children out in their numbers to creatively express in their social spaces.“Many parks in South African communities, have been widely prone to house social ills and misuse. It was, therefore, a significant gesture to creatively reclaim this space for what it’s intended for, this includes constructive social interaction, artistry and youth development”, said Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager for Government, Ms Toni Gumede.The day began with a pop quiz to the youth that was to engage the youth in understanding what positivity means for their community, on the importance of being active citizens and knowing their rights which challenged the children to express themselves in dance and art.Speaking on how the event was received; Play Your Part ambassador Imraan Christian said; “it was a huge success and overwhelming to see so many young people coming together to reclaim their space through art, seeing their talent and their togetherness was inspiring.”Imraan further emphasised that we all have responsibility for positive change, “do what you can, positive acts no matter how small have a ripple effect that can really affect not only our own world but the greater world.”The Brand South Africa constitution awareness programme intends to foster an appreciation for the Constitution and the role that it plays in our individual lives as well as its impact on society as a whole.“Brand South Africa is promoting freedom of expression through art and social cohesion through constructive use of shared community spaces” adds Ms Gumede.Join in the conversations #InspiredByMyConstitution @Brand_SA or @PlayYourPart to learn more.
Nadal makes Shanghai semis, ties Agassi for wins in Open Era The Knights had the chance to lock up the fourth seed but Napa’s team faltered in the end game against the defending champions.San Beda went on an 11-2 game-closing run to take the victory and deflate Letran’s hopes of an easier path to the semifinals.“Of course we’re frustrated because the players gave it all,” said Napa. “But we’re still positive and we have to win against Benilde.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran is in a precarious predicament heading into the Final Four of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.After their loss to San Beda, the Knights failed to get a precious edge in the race for a spot in the semifinals as they dropped to 8-9 and tied with Arellano and San Sebastian at the fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT And in the event that all three teams win their respective final matches in the eliminations, they would be relegated to playoff games to figure out who gets the last semifinals spot.Knights head coach Jeff Napa, though, is not focusing on the fate of the Chiefs and the Golden Stags.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 shutout“We don’t care what the other teams will do,” said Napa in Filipino Friday after the 73-68 setback at Filoil Flying V Centre.“All we care about right now is the must win on Tuesday against College of St. Benilde. So let’s see what happens.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “After the first match, all people start saying that maybe Foton is a very strong team,” said Branislav.Branislav emphasized that his players have yet to reach their full potential after three of them failed to meet his expectations.“It’s good that we won 3-1. But you saw that three players didn’t play the same level during our first match,” he said.Americans Tai Manu-Olevao and Taylor Fae Milton tallied 16 and 15 markers, respectively, for the Asset Managers, who took their second-straight setback in the tournament bankrolled by Cignal, Mikasa, Senoh, Mueller, Grand Sport, Rebisco, Island Rose, Cloudfone, UCPB Gen and Asics.Cignal and Petron, two powerhouse squads tipped to challenge Foton, were playing at press time.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference00:50Trending 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOReigning champion Foton needed a little time to heat up before cruising to a 20-25, 25-17, 28-26, 25-18 victory over Cocolife in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Saturday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Serbian import Sara Klisura and Jaja Santiago spewed fire from all angles to tow the Tornadoes to their second straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ In this win, Foton needed to warm up its engine before going full rev on its foes.And Klisura was at the forefront of the onslaught, finishing with 17 kills and five blocks for 22 points while Santiago uncorked 16 kills, three blocks and a pair of service aces.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 shutoutMontenegrin Dragana Perunicic added 14 markers.Despite the win, Foton head coach Moro Branislav was still far from satisfied with his wards’ accomplishment. View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next In people’s hearts, Ginebra always has a home
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Martin Ødegaard: Now proving the hype at Real Sociedadby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Sociedad’s rising star Martin Ødegaard has started the new LaLiga Santander season showing just why he was tipped for the top right from the start of his career.Still just 20 years old, Ødegaard has been lighting up LaLiga in spectacular fashion since his arrival in San Sebastian on loan from Real Madrid last summer. So much so that the txuri-urdin’s midfield star was officially named September Player of the Month in LaLiga Santander, as his goals and assists drove his team towards the top of the table.Born in Drammen, Norway in December 1998, Ødegaard has been setting landmarks all his sporting life. After coming through at local club Stromgodset, he became the youngest player to play in Norway’s top division at the age of just 15, the Tippeligaen’s youngest-ever scorer and Norway’s youngest-ever senior international. A move to Real Madrid soon followed and in May 2015 he became Madrid’s youngest-ever debutant [16 years and 157 days] when replacing Cristiano Ronaldo in a LaLiga Santander game against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.Competition for places at Madrid is always tough, so the teenager played 58 times for the club’s Castilla youth team before joining Dutch team SC Heerenveen for 18 months in January 2017. That brought more regular senior experience, and he returned to the Eredivisie to spend another year at Vitesse Arnhem. 11 goals and 12 assists made him the only non-PSV Eindhoven or Ajax player to make the 2018/19 Eredivisie Team of the Season.Last summer brought a return to LaLiga with La Real, who had an excellent transfer window with other young arrivals including his fellow Scandinavian Alexander Isak and French defender Modibo Sagnan. Txuri-urdin coach Imanol Alguacil immediately put Ødegaard into his starting XI for the 1-1 draw at Valencia on the opening day and he kept his place for the following weekend when he scored his first LaLiga goal in a 1-0 win at RCD Mallorca.Playing mostly in an attacking midfield role, Ødegaard’s technical ability and passing range have stood out, showcasing the tenacity and leadership skills of a player who has amassed significant experience at such a young age. His highest profile game so far brought a man of the match performance, including a fine goal and clever assist, as Atletico de Madrid were beaten 2-0 at the Reale Arena. There have also been assists against Basque neighbours Alaves – a real beauty of a through ball, if you haven’t seen it… – and Sevilla, and he is the only La Real player to have completed all 720 LaLiga minutes so far in 2019/20.October’s international break saw Ødegaard add to his 20 senior caps for Norway in Euro 2020 qualifiers against Spain and Romania. And now it is back to work with his club as La Real look to build on their excellent start to the season with games against Real Betis, RC Celta and Levante. Longer term he remains firm in his wish to triumph at Real Madrid, where he is under contract until 2022, but only after seeing through his agreed two-year loan at La Real.Few players pack as much into their entire careers as Martin Ødegaard has already achieved. LaLiga’s nordic rising star does not turn 21 until next December, but the best is surely yet to come.
Kent Driscoll APTN National News CAPE DORSET, Nunavut—Annie Pootoogook’s funeral was much like her art. It was raw, real, emotional and uniquely Inuit.Over 100 people crowded into community hall in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, Wednesday afternoon to offer their grief-stricken final goodbyes to the Inuit artist who gained international acclaim for her art, but whose life ended under suspicious circumstances in Ottawa’s Rideau River in September.The business of Cape Dorset came to a halt on this afternoon, government offices and shops shut their doors and storefronts to allow all community members to attend the funeral.Pootoogook’s body lay in a simple pine box on an elevated folding table at the front of the main room with tie-dyed fish painted by local youth covering the ceiling and walls. Family and friends placed plastic flowers atop the closed casket throughout the service which was punctuated by the sounds of grief.Inuit funerals are emotional and cathartic, part church service, part community grieving. All throughout the service, there were muffled sobs.Occasionally, those sobs would turn into someone wailing loudly. Others would join in, their grief raw and open, until the sound of wailing and crying echoed off the walls of the small community hall. One family member, who tried to address the crowd, was seized by sudden sadness and could only say, “Oh my God,” before dissolving into hard tears.To read more about Annie Pootoogook’s case click herePootoogook was found dead in the Rideau River on Sept. 19. Ottawa police are treating her death as suspicious and the investigation is ongoing. The Coroner’s office released Pootoogook’s body last Wednesday following a final examination by a pathologist.Pootoogook’s home of Cape Dorset—which sits about an hour’s flight west from Iqaluit—prides itself on their traditional culture, and is the most famous locale for Inuit art.The entire service was conducted in Inuktitut. A unilingual English speaker would recognize the hymns, just not the words.Pootoogook’s youngest daughter Napachie, 4, attended the service. Her adoptive parents brought her to Cape Dorset for the funeral, and the little girl found out just how large her birth family is.The only part of the service conducted in English was when Pootoogook’s family thanked the adoptive family for bringing the girl and asked everyone related to Napachie to stand so the adoptive parents could learn who they were.The entire first two rows stood.All through the service, the little girl was handed from one extended family member to another. Each time, the tears stopped long enough for her family to adore her with kisses and hugs.In Inuit culture, most adoptions are open, the adoptee knows who their birth family is and maintains a connection. For her extended family, she was just the little family member they hadn’t met yet.During the last hymn, members of Pootoogook’s family came forward to touch the casket and offer one final goodbye. Twice, men overcome with grief placed their heads on the casket, sobbing hard enough you could see them shaking from rows away.Following the service, the pine casket was carried to a waiting Cape Dorset municipal pick-up truck. Family members piled into the back and continued to the cemetery, where Pootoogook was laid to rest.“She always told a true story. Good or bad, it was always a true story,” said Pootoogook’s brother Cee Pootoogook.Annie Pootoogook’s funeral was like her art in that it was full of true grief, true emotion, and told a true [email protected]@KentDriscoll
New Delhi: India on Sunday strongly condemned the serial blasts on multiple locations in Sri Lanka while Prime Minister Narendra Modi held telephonic conversations with the president and the premier of the island nation offering all possible help and assistance to deal with the situation.In his conversation with the Sri Lankan leadership, Modi termed the serial blasts as a “cold-blooded and pre-planned barbaric acts” and pointed out that the attacks were another grave reminder of the most serious challenge posed to the entire humanity by terrorism in our region and the entire world. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said there can be no justification for any act of terror and called for concerted global action to effectively deal with the menace, including cross-border terrorism. Over 200 people were killed and around 500 others were injured in a series of blasts at several locations in Sri Lanka in which suicide bombers were involved in at least two of the eight attacks that struck three churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners on Easter Sunday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Sri Lanka. We wish speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks,” the MEA statement said. The ministry said India has always opposed and rejected terrorism in all forms and manifestations and there can be no justification for any kind of terror. “We call for perpetrators of such ghastly and heinous act and those who provide them support to be brought to justice expeditiously,” the ministry said. “We strongly condemn the serial blasts on multiple locations in Sri Lanka today morning in which many people have been killed and injured. “We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Sri Lanka. We wish speedy recovery to those injured in the attacks,” the MEA statement said. In his telephonic conversation with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Modi conveyed his heartfelt condolences on his own behalf as well as on behalf of all Indians, over the loss of over 200 lives in the terrorist action, a government release said. It said Modi condemned in the strongest terms the serial terrorist attacks perpetrated at various places, including religious places and during a religious festival, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. The Prime Minister renewed the offer of all possible help and assistance to Sri Lanka for ensuring its security against the challenges such as those posed by terrorism, the release said. The Prime Minister also wished a speedy recovery for the injured and offered any kind of medical assistance for treatment of the injured. Sources said Modi spoke to the Sri Lankan leadership while he was himself travelling across the country for his political campaign. The sources saidw the PM spoke to the Lankan President even as the latter is currently in Singapore. Condemning the blasts, Modi earlier said there is no place for barbarism in the region and that India stands in solidarity with the people of the island nation. “Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism in our region,” he tweeted. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also said India was keeping a close watch on the situation. “Colombo – I am in constant touch with Indian High Commissioner in Colombo. We are keeping a close watch on the situation. @IndiainSL,” Swaraj tweeted. “India has always opposed and rejected terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and has urged concerted action by the international community against terrorism, including cross-border terrorism. There can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terror,” the MEA said in the statement.