2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament Tips Off Wednesday

first_imgNo. 1 Southeastern Louisiana and No. 2 Nicholls earned a two-round bye and will start their campaigns Friday in the semifinals. No. 4 Sam Houston State will await the winner between the Privateers and the Islanders while No. 3 Stephen F. Austin will face the victor of the Cardinals and Bears. Thursday’s matchups are set for 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively. The tournament opens up with No. 5 seed New Orleans taking on No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a rematch of last year’s championship. No. 6 Lamar and No. 7 Central Arkansas will hit the court at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to conclude the first round of competition. No. 6 Lamar – 19-12 (11-7 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 7 Central Arkansas, 7:30 p.m.Lamar is the No. 6 seed in the Southland tournament for the second consecutive season after posting a 19-12 overall record and an 11-7 league mark. The Big Red finished the season winning six of their last eight games but fell in its regular season finale against McNeese, 69-60. This is the Cardinals’ 17th trip to the Southland postseason, searching for their seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament. They are led by senior Colton Weisbrod, who was named to the All-Conference First Team for the second straight year. He ranked second in the league for rebounds (8.1) and 10th in the league in scoring (15.0). No. 2 Nicholls – 21-10 (15-3 SLC) – First Game: Friday vs. Winner Game 4, 7:30 p.m.Nicholls returns to the Southland Conference Basketball Tournament with a co-championship to its name. In his second season at the helm, Southland Coach of the Year Richie Riley leads the Colonels back to postseason action after earning their first title since 1998. He welcomed 10 newcomers to his team this season with senior guard Roddy Peters leading them all, averaging 19.7 points per game in league play. Peters, the Southland Newcomer of the Year and an all-conference first team honoree, paces a Nicholls offense that averaged 78.4 points per game against league opponents. The Colonel defense ranks first in field goal percentage defense with Stephen F. Austin (.417) in league games. No. 1 Southeastern Louisiana – 21-10 (15-3 SLC) – First Game: Friday vs. Winner Game 3, 5 p.m. After a thrilling home victory over Nicholls to close out the regular season, Southeastern Louisiana earned the No. 1 seed and a share of the 2017-18 regular season title. The Lions will look to Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-Southland selection Marlain Veal to send Southeastern back to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history. Their lone appearance in the Big Dance came in 2005. In conference games, SLU led the league in scoring defense (65.7) and was third in field goal percentage defense (.420). The Lions head into Friday’s semifinal with a league-best winning streak of eight games. No. 7 Central Arkansas –16-15 (10-8 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 6 Lamar, 7:30 p.m.Southland Conference Player of the Year Jordan Howard brings Central Arkansas to its first consecutive trip to Katy and third overall since becoming eligible for the tournament in 2010-11. Howard led all Southland scorers in league action (26.4) and overall games (25.8), which ranks him third in the nation. Freshman center Hayden Koval earned a selection to the Southland All-Defensive Team after leading the league in blocked shots (3.1 per game), ranking sixth across all of Division I. The Bears are looking for their first win in the Southland postseason. KATY, Texas – The 2018 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament tips off Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. No. 4 Sam Houston State – 18-13 (12-6 SLC) – First Game: Thursday vs. Winner Game 1, 5 p.m.The Bearkats head into their 16th consecutive Southland Tournament, earning a first-round bye with a 12-6 league record. Led by first team All-Conference selection Chris Galbreath, Jr., Sam Houston State was top of the conference in rebounding margin (+2.7) with Galbreath ranking seventh individually in the league (7.3). Junior guard Josh Delaney ranked first in the conference in three-point field goal percentage (.478) in Southland contests. Sam Houston will look to shake off a two-game losing streak after falling to No. 7 Central Arkansas and No. 3 Stephen F. Austin to close the season. The first two rounds and semifinal contests will stream on ESPN3, available on WatchESPN.com and ESPN apps. The championship will air live Saturday at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. The radio broadcast of the title game will be on SportsRadio 610 KILT in Houston and Sirius-XM ESPN Xtra channel 81 nationwide. No. 3 Stephen F. Austin – 25-6 (14-4 SLC) – First Game: Thursday vs. Winner Game 2, 7:30 p.m.Entering the tournament at the No. 3 seed for the second consecutive season, Stephen F. Austin has its eyes set on returning to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years. The Lumberjacks claimed a conference-best three all-conference selections in junior guard Shannon Bogues, sophomore guard and forward Kevon Harris and junior forward TJ Holyfield. SFA led the league in field goal percentage offense (.488) in conference games and held league opponents to a league-best .417 clip with Nicholls. The Lumberjacks rank first in the nation for steals per game (10.1) and turnovers forced (20.39). No. 5 New Orleans – 14-15 (11-7 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 8 Central Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 5 p.m.The defending tournament champions walk into the Merrell Center as the No. 5 seed, gaining the seeding advantage in the two-way tiebreaker with No. 6 Lamar. The Privateers match up with familiar foe No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who UNO defeated in the 2017 championship 68-65 in overtime. Senior forward Makur Puou averaged 8.7 points and 5.5 rebounds and pulled down 10 rebounds in the two of the final three games of the regular season. Wednesday will be New Orleans first game since last Wednesday after having an open date Saturday. No. 8 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – 11-17 (8-10 SLC) – First Game: Wednesday vs. No. 5 New OrleansThe Islanders snuck into the tournament at the No. 8 seed, owning the three-way tiebreaker over McNeese and Abilene Christian. Led by senior guard Joseph Kilgore, who was a Second Team All-Conference pick, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will look to make another deep run in the Southland tournament. The Islanders won three of their last four games, most recently coming off a 92-87 win over Houston Baptist in which Kilgore downed a career-high 36 points.last_img read more

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Fellaini overcomes the coronavirus after three weeks hospitalized

first_imgThe former player of Everton and Manchester United contracted coronavirus on March 22 and since then he has been dealing with the virus in the hospital. At last, he has managed to give negative in the test although now He will have to spend 14 days in quarantine until he can train with his club again. The midfielder has been the only player to contract COVID-19 in the Chinese Super League.Fellaini, at 32 years old, is a star in the Chinese Super League. He came to Shandow Luneng, after eleven years in the Premier, in February 2019 and after paying a transfer of just over seven million euros to Manchester United. At Shandong Luneng he is the team’s banner alongside the Italian Graziano Pellè. Belgian footballer Marouane Fellaini Has got overcome coronavirus and has been discharged this Tuesday after three weeks admitted to a Chinese hospital, as reported by his club, Shandong Luneng.last_img read more

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La Salle foils Ateneo drive

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Now La Salle will battle lowly National University armed with a twice-to-beat privilege in the semifinals of women’s volleyball.FEU, which earlier downed NU, 25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20), will have the same incentive when it takes on Ateneo in the Final Four which starts April 21, also at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It was all composure and the trust that we have in each other,” said La Salle setter Michelle Cobb, who made seven points and 24 excellent sets that kept her teams’ offense running well.“When you have composure it flows and also my teammates and the coaches trust me,” added Cobb who was filling in the big shoes left by Kim Fajardo. “But we will keep pushing and train even harder. Because this (Final Four) is when everything gets intense.” View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES If it would have to face Ateneo in the finals, La Salle made sure its archrival must get past Far Eastern University twice.The back-to-back defending champions Lady Spikers, playing an insignificant match in their UAAP campaign, found defeating the Lady Eagles compelling enough to score a thorough 26-24, 25-17, 25-19 win at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Batangas-Tanduay zeroes in on inaugural MPBL crown Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast La Salle has won its last eight games dating back to the first round of elimination when it also defeated Ateneo.Cobb said they didn’t treat the match as no bearing and took the win as a “boost to the semis because it gives us extra confidence.”Bernadeth Pons drilled in 17 points for the Lady Tamaraws, who strung up four triumphs to close out the eliminations with a 10-4 record.“As much as possible we, the elders in the team, would like to set an example for our teammates,” said Pons, the feisty scorer from Negros Occidental, in Filipino. “But we need to double our efforts in the semifinals.”Jaja Santiago delivered 21 points for NU.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMClast_img read more

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PH rowers bag fourth gold medal in ICF world championships

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire on the water: Dragon boat racing looks to make its mark Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Apart from the four golds, they also seized two silver medals after narrowly losing the 10-seater senior men’s 500m and 20-seater senior mixed 2000m events titles on Saturday.According to coach Diomedes Manalo, they have already surpassed their medal output of three golds, one silver and two bronzes in the previous edition of the world championships in 2016 Moscow.Oliver Manaig, Reymart Nevado, Daniel Ortega, Jonathan Ruz and John Paul Selencio contributed to the country’s success in the small boat mixed 200m race together with Raquel Almencion, Rosalyn Esguerra, Glaiza Liwag, Cristine Mae Talledo, Sharmane Mangilit and Rhea Roa.One more gold medal is up for grabs in the small boat senior men 200m on Sunday (Monday in Manila). Filipino paddlers also added a pair of bronze medals in the master category small boat men’s and mixed 200m for good measure.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Filipinos collected a third gold in the 10-seater senior mixed 200-meter event early Saturday (Sunday in Manila) and claimed another victory in the 20-seater senior mixed 200m on the same day.Overall, the members of the Philippine Canoe Kayak and Dragonboat Federation team netted four gold medals in the mixed category after the combined efforts of both men and women paddlers made the fantastic performance possible.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Go For Gold helped us bring the women’s team here. Their assistance was crucial for us to succeed,’’ said headcoach Len Escollante.Starring Mark Jhon Frias, Ojay Fuentes and Hermie Macaranas along with drummer Patricia Ann Bustamante and steersman Maribeth Caranto, the Philippines topped the 10-seater senior mixed 200m race in 50.469 seconds, almost three seconds before second-placer France (53.056) ferociously chased them to the line. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Hungary got the bronze in 53.158 seconds followed by host United States (53.463), Italy (53.9) and Germany (54.437).“We’re very happy to support the team. We are firm believers in equality in sports and we hope that we can encourage more women to join not just dragon boat, but all sports,’’ said Go For Gold top executive Jeremy Go.They grabbed the limelight in the big boat senior mixed 200m finals after defeating the Czech Republic by a full boat in 43.481 seconds.Czech Republic arrived three seconds after the Philippine crossed the line for the silver medal and United States placed third, almost four seconds back.The Filipino rowers, whose participation was also bankrolled by the Philippine Sports Commission, successfully defended the 20-seater senior mixed 500m title and ruled the 10-seater senior mixed 500m on the first day of competition last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil WALK OF FAME. Members of the country’s mixed team claim their fourth gold medal in the ICF World Dragon Boat Championships. INQUIRERGAINESVILLE, Georgia, United States—Another pair of gold medals went straight to the Philippine coffers in the ongoing 2018 ICF World Dragon Boat Championships.Big thanks to a sports philanthropist back home that funded the participation of the women’s squad, allowing the national paddlers to race in the mixed category of the world-class tourney at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park here.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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GLENSWILLY HOPING THE SUN RETURNS FOR THEIR ANNUAL 5K FUN RUN

first_imgMembers of the organising committee of the Glenswilly 5KAfter last year year’s hugely successful inaugural event, the Glenswilly GAA 5K fun run and walk is set to attract large crowds once again.The race, which is now officially part of the Grand Prix series, will take place next Tuesday, June 25th starting at 7.30pm.Organisers are hoping the event attracts good weather similar to last year which saw more than 500 walkers and runners turn out. All money raised on the evening will go directly towards the development of underage football.Those planning to take part in the race, whose main sponsor in the Sandwich Company, are being advised to register on the night before the race between 6 and 7pm at the clubhouse.Those who cannot will have the chance to register on the night of the race between 6 and 7pm.Entry fee is €8 and under 16s are completely free to enter. One touching aspect of this year’s race is the presentation of the Moira O’Neill Trophy to the first lady runner home.Letterkenny woman Moira died last year aged just 57 after a brave battle with a long-term illness.The marathon runner for many years and her achievements raised the profile of the 26.2-mile event.She finished eighth in the marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986 and 12th in the Auckland games four years later.O’Neill’s Belfast victories came in 1985 and 1986, with Dublin in 1988. Moira’s dad Cyril O’Boyle, also a noted runner, paid tribute to his daughter at the launch of the Glenswilly 5K event.Although the race is now part of he Grsnd prix series, the emphasis will be on fun with oragnisers hoping that as many relatively new joggers or walkers.Refreshments and showers will also be provided on the night.GLENSWILLY HOPING THE SUN RETURNS FOR THEIR ANNUAL 5K FUN RUN was last modified: June 18th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Glenswilly 5Klast_img read more

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Celebrating a mother of five and Navy vet

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“I let him do all the public stuff and I do the rest,” she said. “I’m there when he needs me to be but otherwise I take care of the house, garden, bookwork and things like that. I do fun things, too, of course. Like china painting. Things that are just for me.” Their home reflects the beauty of her completed handiwork. Some of her pieces are displayed on plate racks that grace the dining room buffet. Some hang on the wall beside a china cabinet. Born to Antelope Valley alfalfa and chicken ranchers Fred and Celia Tensfeld, Caroline attended Roosevelt Grammar School, graduated in 1947 from Antelope Valley Joint Union High School and received an associate in arts degree from Antelope Valley College in 1950. “I wanted to go right from AVC to Fresno State College but when I went to Fresno to enroll I found out that somewhere along the line my transcripts hadn’t been forwarded,” she said. “They’d gotten buried on the bottom of a stack of other papers on somebody’s desk when the college was moving.” She was so frustrated that she decided to join the Navy. She enlisted in 1951. At a duty station, she met a up-and-coming naval officer, Thomas Craft, who swept her off her feet. On May 9, 1953, they were married in Lancaster’s Grace Lutheran Church. Her tenure as a Navy seaman was cut short after 21/2 years when she found out she was expecting their oldest son, Michael. “In those days you couldn’t stay in the service while you were pregnant,” she said. Michael was subsequently born in Hawaii, where he and his family now live. He’s carrying on the family tradition as a Naval officer stationed there. With Michael, she began her job as a stay-at-home mom. After Michael came Becky (Attwood), then Cheryl (Matheson), followed by Marty and the youngest son, Kiley. Becky served a hitch in the Navy and remains in the U.S. Navy Reserve. She and her family live right next door in Quartz Hill. Cheryl lives in Virginia. Marty is in Hoboken, N. J., and Kiley is at home in Lancaster. “I did all the usual things as they were growing up,” she said. “I was PTA room mother and worked with all of them through their athletic and scouting years. I kept track of all their advancements and other types of paperwork. Both Michael and Kiley are Eagle Scouts.” She said she and Tom attended all the track meets, the swimming competitions and baseball games of the oldest four. “Then there was Kiley,” she said. “His passion has always been computers.” She said she enjoyed each of the children and the things they were into. “You can’t put them all in one mold or compare them,” she said. “They are all so different and each one is special. When you let them achieve their own individuality that’s a good thing.” Her advice to young mothers is: “Never give up on your kids, no matter what. Stay on track and make sure they know you care about everything they do. Let them know you expect good things from them. Above all, tell them frequently that you love them. They’ll respond to that and make you proud.” qqq Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster and Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. Monday: Beef Stroganoff wit noodles, peas and carrots, lettuce and tomato salad, apples. Tuesday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, creamy coleslaw, apple sauce. Wednesday: Mandarin chicken salad, marinated beets, pea salad, cheesecake. Thursday: Barbecued pork sandwich, macaroni salad, corn niblets, carrot salad, bananas. Friday: Roast turkey, bread dressing, Normandy vegetables, tossed salad, Jell-O with fruit. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret may be contacted at (661) 943-2998.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! QUARTZ HILL – Antelope Valley native Caroline Craft is a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. She’s also the quiet woman behind her community activist husband, Tom, and the consummate mother of five grown children. She’s in the dark about how she will spend Mother’s Day today. “I don’t know about any plans,” she said. “The kids are all scattered from here in Quartz Hill and Lancaster to Virginia, Hoboken, New Jersey, to Hawaii. But probably we’ll go out to dinner with the ones who are close.” She has always assumed the role of hostess and silent partner for her veterans-advocate husband. She shies away from the limelight, but she stays as busy as he does, doing her own thing. last_img read more

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Follow the Stem Cell Money

first_imgA major clinical trial using embryonic stem cells was suddenly halted this week.  Meanwhile, trials with adult stem cells are steamrolling ahead.  Why the difference? Geron calls it quits:  Not long ago, scientists were thrilled that Geron, a California-based company, was conducting the first U.S. clinical trial using embryonic stem cells (see 1/01/2011).  According to the BBC News, “Its submission to the US Food and Drug Administration to conduct the first trial in patients of human embryonic stem cells was the largest and most complex ever submitted.”  Suddenly it is getting out of the ESC business.  The turnaround after a “huge investment of time and resources” seems extraordinary, the article said.  Geron claims they made the decision for purely financial reasons.  In the “current environment of capital scarcity and uncertain economic conditions,” it has decided to focus on cancer treatments; “by stopping its stem cell programme it will cut its workforce by more than a third and save millions of dollars.”  The story was also carried by New Scientist and Medical Xpress. Patient groups hoping for miracle cures from embryonic stem cells (ESC’s) were disgusted that the decision was made for financial reasons.  Competitors thought Geron’s clinical study was flawed.  But an ethicist was glad: “At long last after 10 years of unremitting hype, reality has caught up with embryonic stem cell claims,” Josephine Quintavalle from Comment on Reproductive Ethics said.  “If Geron is abandoning this project it is because it is simply not working, despite the millions of dollars and hot air that has been invested in the promotion of this research.”  Left begging was the question of whether ethically-clouded research should continue even if it did work and was profitable. Update 11/18/2011: An article on New Scientist discussed the future of ESC research after Geron’s pullout.  Speaking of induced pluripotent stem cells as an alternative, the article said, “they were hailed by opponents of abortion and embryo destruction as an ethically acceptable alternative to hESCs.” Adult and Embryonic Overlap:  Medical Xpress reported  “Researchers grow pituitary glands from embryonic stem cells.”  This seems to announce a victory for ESC research, but it was actually a tie: “While these pituitary glands were created with embryonic stem cells, the researchers believe they can use the same process successfully with stem cells taken from adults and avoid possible ethical concerns with the use of embryonic stem cells.”  Such statements indicate that researchers and reporters have a twinge of conscience about using ESC’s. Adult stem cells race ahead:  Meanwhile, Azellon Cell Therapeutics got a funding windfall for its clinical trials on a “Stem Cell Bandage” therapy, which uses a patient’s own stem cells from bone marrow to repair torn knees and other injuries.  Investors seem keen on putting their money where the real hope is.  According to Medical Xpress, a spokesperson for the investors’ group that delivered the latest funding said, “Azellon’s stem cell bandage is targeted at a very large and growing market with a clear medical need and we are pleased to support the company as it moves into its Phase I/IIa trial.” More adult stem cell successes:  Science Daily reported that in animal tests new heart cells increase by 30 percent after an infusion of adult stem cells (ASC) from the heart.  Humans are profiting from ASC trials, too.  New Scientist added that such infusions may help the heart pump more blood after a heart attack; this was demonstrated on 16 human heart-attack survivors.  Medical Xpress also reported on the successful trial.  And for those with brain cancer, there’s a Phase 1 trial underway using adult hematopoietic stem cells to treat glioblastoma, a difficult-to-treat malady, according to Medical Xpress.  It’s hard to keep up with all the adult stem cell news: Medical Xpress:  “Results triple researchers’ projections with use of adult stem cells for heart failure.” New Scientist: “Breast-milk stem cells may bypass ethical dilemmas.” PhysOrg:  “Reprogramming stem cells to a more basic form results in more effective transplant, study shows.” Medical Xpress:  “Stem cell approach primes immune system to fight cancer.” PhysOrg:  “Research team shows skin stem cells run by circadian clock.” If Quintavalle is right, ten years of hype about embryonic stem cells has not brought in the funds from investors.  The smart money seems to be on adult stem cells. When smart money supports ethics, that’s great.  Financial decisions, however, do not usually track with the Golden Rule. We must never forget that grotesque experiments were done on humans in Nazi Germany with plenty of government funding.  Just because a clinical trial or project has a lot of money does not make it right.  Let us hope that the parade of adult stem cell successes will continue to deflate interest in cutting up human embryos.(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Confederations Cup comes alive

first_img22 June 2009It was a weekend of footballing drama as the group phase of the 2009 Confederations Cup drew to a close, with Brazil taking world champions Italy apart and the USA shocking Egypt to progress to the tournament’s semifinals, while New Zealand held off Iraq to enable hosts South Africa to clinch a place in the final four.South Africa’s qualification for the semi-finals didn’t come via a glorious upset of world number one Spain, but thanks to New Zealand’s draw with Iraq.Most expected that South Africa would need to shock a Spanish team that has become something of a juggernaut to reach the next round. Heading into the contest, Spain had won a world-record equalling 14 matches in succession. They were also one draw or win short of tying Brazil for the most successive matches without defeat, at 35.The miracle didn’t happen in Bloemfontain as Spain shut out South Africa 2-0. A minor miracle happened in Johanneburg, however, where New Zealand – thrashed 5-0 by Spain and beaten 2-0 by South Africa previously – held Iraq to a goalless draw to ensure Bafana progressed despite suffering a defeat.Miraculous resultA miraculous result occurred on Sunday evening when the USA – previously beaten 3-1 by Italy and 3-0 by Brazil – shocked what had been a very impressive Egypt until then by three goals to nil. The American victory, coupled with Brazil’s 3-0 dismantling of Italy, paved the way for an astonishing progression into the semi-finals for the Americans, along with the unbeaten Brazilians.Considering that they had entered their final game on the back of successive defeats and a goal difference of minus-five, it was the most unlikely of outcomes.Commenting on South Africa’s progression, Bafana Bafana coach Joel Santana said after the loss to Spain: “Our performance today was not so good, but we qualified. I am very happy today, happy for the country and happy for the players.”‘It’s important’He continued: “It’s important that South Africa go to the semi-finals … We have four points, and Iraq have two. Iraq never came here to play or win, but we won and we are in the semi-finals.”Bafana Bafana’s reward for making it to the final four is a showdown with Brazil, with the USA and Spain meeting in the other semi-final.Brazil and Spain, who both went three of three to top their groups, are the obvious favourites to advance to the title game, but South Africa can at least take heart from the trouble caused the Brazilians by Egypt when the African champions pushed the five-time World Cup winners all the way before succumbing 4-3 after Kaka slotted a last-minute penalty.‘A very difficult match’“It would be good to face Brazil,” said Santana, “because this will be a good experience for my players. It is a very difficult match, but it will be good for our preparations for the World Cup.”Despite being backed by a vocal crowd in Bloemfontein on Saturday night, Bafana Bafana found the class of Spain too much to overcome. The Europeans champions recorded a world record fifteenth win in succession under Vicente de Bosque, whose personal record improved to 14 victories on the trot since becoming coach. In that time, Spain have scored 34 goals and, amazingly, conceded only two!Spanish intentions were made clear early on when Albert Riera blasted a blistering free kick from 35 yards. It was headed for the top corner before Itumeleng Khune, in the South African goal, sent the powerful strike flying wide.Yellow cardWith Spain dominating the early possession, midfielder Macbeth Sibaya made a rash challenge on Cesc Fabregas and was yellow carded in the fifth minute. It means he is ruled out of the semi-final against Brazil.South Africa finally managed to claw their way back into the game, but the staunch Spanish defence kept goalkeeper Pepe Reina from being exposed to any shots.After half an hour, striker Fernando Torres almost put Spain in front when he tried to chip Khune after finding some space behind the Bafana Bafana defence. The netminder, however, managed to get an arm to the ball and Matthew Booth, who excelled against the Liverpool star, cleared.Good opportunitiesSouth Africa then created two good opportunities, but failed to make them count. Steven Pienaar, who enjoyed another good outing against top class opposition in midfield, set Bernard Parker up for a shot, but he fired over the top of the goals.Pienaar and Parker then combined to set up Teko Modise for a crack from the edge of the box, but he didn’t make good contact and his shot was weak.Just before the break, Torres found some space down the right flank and crossed for his strike partner David Villa. The Valencia man couldn’t keep his shot down and the teams entered the break level at 0-0.Spain showed plenty of urgency early on in the second half. First Xavi fired narrowly wide from a free kick and then, six minutes in, Fabregas won a penalty when SA skipper Aaron Mokoena brought him down.Penalty savedVilla stepped up to take the kick, but Khune denied him, saving to his left before stopping a follow-up by Torres.A minute later, Villa made amends for his miss. Riera found him with a cross and – with either a handball or superb chest control – the striker brought the ball neatly down to the ground before sliding it inside the right hand post to give Spain the lead.After an hour, Del Bosque replaced both Torres and Villa, switching to a single striker up front.Second goalTwelve minutes later, the European champions doubled their lead. A low free kick by Xavi found its way to substitute Llorente, who steered the ball past Khune to put Spain 2-0 ahead.Pienaar just missed setting up Parker after finding some space, and the striker forced a save from Reina with a long distance shot, but the Spanish defence held firm and they took the win.Thankfully, for South Africa, they weren’t penalised for the loss, thanks to New Zealand’s surprise draw against Iraq.Spain and the USA meet in the first semi-final in Bloemfontein on Wednesday on Wednesday, while South Africa and Brazil do battle in Johannesburg on Thursday.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Jetstar International heads back to Vietnam

first_imgJetstar International is heading back to Vietnam armed with its Boeing 787s and aiming to capitalise on a surge in tourism to the increasingly popular South East Asian destination.The Australian carrier on Wednesday launched its first direct services to Ho Chi Minh City from Melbourne, operating three times weekly, and will fly four times a week from Sydney.Basic one-way fares without baggage start from $A199 from Sydney and $A249 from Melbourne and Jetstar will be the only low-cost carrier providing direct services from the two cities.The new services between Australia and Vietnam constitute the airline’s second attempt to crack the market.The airline flew to Ho Chi Minh City, previously known as Saigon, direct from Sydney between 2006 and 2008 and via Darwin until 2012 when it axed the route for commercial reasons.But growing interest among Australians in Vietnam as a holiday destination and a growing number of Vietnamese visitors to Australia — traffic is up 21 per cent in the past 18 months — helped convince it to head back.There is also potential for low fares to stimulate origin and destination traffic,  with both Sydney and Melbourne home to sizeable Vietnamese populations.The services will connect in Ho Chi Minh City to Jetstar’s Vietnamese joint venture, Jetstar Pacific,  giving customers access to 15 other destinations in Vietnam.Jetstar’s inaugural flight, JQ63,  was scheduled to depart Wednesday from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City  piloted by Jetstar chief pilot Georgina Sutton.“Vietnam is one of the fastest growing holiday destinations in South East Asia, and until now has been the largest country in the region without a low-cost direct link to Australia,”  Jetstar Australia and New Zealand chief executive Dean Slater said in a statement.“There is enormous potential for Vietnam to become one of the most popular destinations for Australian travellers thanks to its wonderful year-round climate and great beaches, food and culture.’’Jetstar’s B787-8s have 335 seats, including 21 older-style business seats that are closer to modern premium economy products.Economy seats are 17 inches wide with a 30-inch seat pitch while the business seats are 19 inches wide with a 38-inch pitch, according to SeatGuru.last_img read more

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