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Mr. Indiana Basketball

first_imgThis year’s Mr. Indiana Basketball is Caleb Swanigan of Homestead High School in Fort Wayne.  He led his team to the 4A state championship in March.  According to his guardian, Roosevelt Barnes, he is the first Mr. Basketball to attend Purdue University since Glenn Robinson went to Purdue in 1991.Caleb first verbally committed to Michigan State but changed his mind later in the signing period.  He is considered the number 20th high school prospect by the different magazines who make such predictions.  According to the Indianapolis Star, he chose Purdue because he wants to lead them to a NCAA Championship.  Caleb eventually chose Purdue over California which is coached by former Purdue athlete, Cuonzo Martin.I am real pleased with this decision, because most of our recent Indiana grads have chosen to go to schools outside of Indiana where they led those teams to the NCAA finals.  With what Purdue returns and with Caleb Swanigan, they could be quite a force next year.last_img read more

Rivers Angels claim record AITEO Cup title in Jos

first_imgRivers Angels have beaten Ibom Angels 3-0 on penalties after regulation time ended 1-1 at the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos to clinch the maiden edition of the AITEO Cup on Wednesday.The Jewel of Rivers are now 10 million naira richer while first-time finalists, Ibom Angels pocketed five million naira for finishing as runners-up.After a goalless first half, Cynthia Aku opened the scoring in the 49th minute but Glory Ogbonna equalized for Ibom Angels in the 53rd minute.However it was Tochukwu Oluehi who became hero of the day as she saved three penalties to ensure Rivers Angels emerged champions.The last time both sides met in the Federation Cup (now AITEO Cup) was in 2013 when Rivers Angels needed a sudden death shootout to beat Ibom Angels in a Round of 16 encounter decided at the Dan Anyiam Stadium in Owerri.The Jewel of Rivers went on to defend their title that year and have remained the most successful team in the cup competition since they claimed their first title in 2010. Meanwhile Ibom Angels were reaching the final for the very first time in their history.Only three days earlier, Akwa United clinched the men’s AITEO Cup title and it was expected that Ibom Angels would draw inspiration from their male counterparts to bring double celebration for Akwa Ibom State.Blessing Okpe thought she had put Ibom Angels ahead in the 34th minute but she was adjudged offside.Then on the other side of the divide, Cecilia Nku’s acrobatic effort went wide to ensure that the score line remained goalless going into the break.Four minutes into the second period however, Rivers Angels took the lead through a Cynthia Aku header off a Chioma Wogu assist.But Ibom Angels responded in the 53rd minute through Glory Ogbonda.The match ended 1-1 and penalties were needed to decide the winner.Rivers Angels goalkeeper, Tochukwu Oluehi became the hero for her side as she denied Ibom Angels’ Charity Reuben, Glory Ogbonna and Blessing Okpe to ensure victory for Rivers Angels.Rivers Angels have now won the AITEO Cup a record seven times.MATCH STATSRivers AngelsOluehi, Njoku, Effiom, Ohadugha (Evelyn Nwabuoku 77’), Akpa, Joseph, Ogebe, Aku (Rafiat Sule 56’), Nku, Ojinma (Patience Kalu 54’), WoguUnused Subs: Charity John, Ifeoma Ikenokwalu, Catherine Kenneth, Chinaza UchenduIbom AngelsAndy (Fubiana Briggs 80’), Ibe, Ogbonna, Ottah, Uzor, Titus, Essien, Okpe, Charity, Emmanuel (Uduakobong Peter 50’), Enamino (Unyime Johnson 65’)Unused Subs: Mercy UdoAkpan, Udeme Uko, Rachael Kolawole, Joan EtenkpaRelatedWomen’s AITEO Cup final preview: Badly wounded Rivers Angels seek healing in JosOctober 16, 2017In “Nigeria”Rivers Angels Team Manager elated with AITEO Cup triumphOctober 20, 2017In “Nigeria”AITEO Cup: Rivers Angels Team Manager Plays Down Favourites’ Tag [AUDIO]August 29, 2017In “NWL”last_img read more

SA wins big at World Travel Awards

first_imgA view of Green Point in Cape Town with the city’s 2010 Fifa World Cup stadium at left, and Table Bay beyond. The city regularly receives global accolades for its tourist attractions. (Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jane Larcombe World Travel Awards Press and PR Director +44 1892 785071 [email protected] RELATED ARTICLES • Cape Town: most beautiful city • SA restaurant best in the world • SA a favourite among expats • Dash of Zulu in heart of London • SA shines at world travel showMary AlexanderSouth Africa cleaned up at the annual World Travel Awards for Africa last night, winning 36 awards out of the total 49 categories. Despite the pyramids, Egypt, its nearest rival, managed to win only four.For the sixth time in seven years the city of Cape Town was named Africa’s leading destination, at an awards ceremony held in Sandton, Johannesburg. South African Airways was named Africa’s leading airline, South African Tourism the continent’s leading tourism board and Durban harbour the leading port.Of the 49 categories, six were awarded to multinational entities with a strong presence in South Africa. Kenya, Morocco and Namibia garnered one award each.Cape Town, South Africa’s most-visited destination, regularly receives international accolades for its attractions. This year it joined Paris, London, New York and Venice as one of Forbes magazine’s 10 most beautiful cities in the world.In 2009 the city was named best destination in the Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, the world’s second-best city by Travel+Leisure magazine, the world’s best entertainment and lifestyle destination in the Luxury Travel Awards, and best tourism investor city in the AI Tourism Investor Awards. Cape Town was also named one of the “places of a lifetime” by National Geographic in 2008.The World Travel Awards also nominated Cape Town as the leading destination in the world in 2002, 2005 and 2006.“These awards are an incredible endorsement,” said Cape Town Tourism CEO Mariette du-Toit Helmbold. “Being recognised by the industry makes all the hard work we put into hosting the Fifa World Cup in Cape Town so worthwhile.“We do believe that Cape Town is one of the greatest cities to live, visit, study and invest in. It’s a place of a lifetime, and it just keeps on getting better.”The World Travel Awards, first held in 1994, is a tourism industry initiative, with travel agencies, tour and transport companies and tourism organisations across the globe voting for the winners.The full list of the 2010 World Travel Awards for Africa winners:Africa’s Leading Airline: South African AirwaysAfrica’s Leading Airport: OR Tambo International Airport, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Apartment Hotel: The Regent, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Boutique Hotel: Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Boutique Hotel Brand: Mantis GroupAfrica’s Leading Business Car Rental Company: AvisAfrica’s Leading Business Hotel: Hilton DurbanAfrica’s Leading Business Travel Agency: Travel with FlairAfrica’s Leading Casino Resort: The Palazzo Montecasino, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Conservation Company: Shamwari Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Convention Hotel: Sandton Sun, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Destination: Cape TownAfrica’s Leading Family Resort: Sun City Resort, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Green Hotel: The Phantom Forest Eco-reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Hotel: Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Innovative Hospitality Company: Signature Life HotelsAfrica’s Leading Low-Cost Airline: 1timeAfrica’s Leading Luxury Hotel: Arabella Western Cape Hotel & SpaAfrica’s Leading Luxury Lodge: Shambala Private Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Luxury Train: The Blue TrainAfrica’s Leading Luxury Villa: Thanda Private Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre: International Convention Centre Durban, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Meetings & Conference Hotel: The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Online Tour Operator: 1timeAfrica’s Leading Port: Durban (Port)Africa’s Leading Resort: Sun City Resort, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Safari Lodge: Shamwari Game Reserve, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Spa Resort: Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Sports Resort: Legend Golf & Safari Resort – South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Suite: Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite, Saxon Boutique Hotel & Spa, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Tourism Development Project: Fairmont ZimbaliAfrica’s Leading Tourist Board: South Africa TourismAfrica’s Leading Town House Hotel: Shamwari Town House, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Travel Agency: Club Travel, South AfricaAfrica’s Leading Travel Exhibition: INDABAAfrica’s Leading Travel Management Company: Travel with Flair South AfricaAfrica’s Tourism Personality Of The Year: Dr Aupindi Tobie Aupindi – MD Namibia Wildlife ResortsAfrica’s Leading Golf Resort: The Palmeraie Golf Palace, MoroccoAfrica’s Leading Beach Resort: Diani Reef Beach Resort & SpaAfrica’s Leading Beach Destination: Sharm El Sheikh, EgyptAfrica’s Leading Beach Hotel: Sheraton Miramar Resort El Gouna Hurghada, EgyptAfrica’s Leading River Cruise Company: Sonesta Nile CruisesAfrica’s Leading Villa: Queen Cleopatra Villa, Savoy Sharm El Sheikh, EgyptAfrica’s Leading Car Hire: EuropcarAfrica’s Leading Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean Cruise LineAfrica’s Leading Game Reserve Brand: Mantis GroupAfrica’s Leading Hotel Group: Starwood Hotels & ResortsAfrica’s Leading Responsible Tourism Company: &Beyond Africa’s Responsible Tourism Award: &Beyondlast_img read more

South African team develops new rabies antidote

first_img(from left) CSIR researcher Nomali Zungu; research and development outcomes manager Fanie Marais; CSIR chief researcher Dr Rachel Chikwamba and project manager Dr Ereck Chakauya are fine-tuning their rabies antidote, produced from genetically engineered tobacco plants.(Image: CSIR)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tendani TseduMedia enquiries, CSIR+27 12 841 3417RELATED ARTICLES• Tobacco smuggling up in smoke• Meningitis vaccine for Burkina Faso• Green light for titanium powder pilot• One step closer to HIV vaccine• SA’s stem cell milestone Wilma den HartighResearchers from South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have developed the world’s first injectable medicine from a tobacco plant – an antidote for rabies which could change the way the deadly viral disease is treated worldwide.The new liquid antidote, RabiVir, is made from the leaves of the Nicotiana benthamiana plant, a cousin of the commercial cigarette tobacco plant Nicotiana tabacum. Through genetic engineering, antibodies known to work against rabies were introduced to the N. benthamiana tobacco variety.The product is a collaborative effort of CSIR scientists, the World Health Organisation (WHO), Kentucky Bioprocessing and MAPP Biopharmaceuticals.Dr Ereck Chakauya, senior scientist and research group leader of the CSIR Biosciences plant expression group, says the liquid antidote is a breakthrough in the treatment of rabies.The product is not only much cheaper to manufacture, but potentially far more effective than current treatments.“This product is a liquid cocktail that attacks the virus more effectively by targeting two different regions on the virus,” he explains, adding that RabiVir reduces the risk of resistance to treatment. “When you expose a virus to drugs, after a while it can become tolerant to it, and the new vaccine reduces this.”Finding better solutions for a dangerous disease Chakauya says the liquid antidote is ideal for treating victims of dog bites, particularly in developing countries. Rabies is a viral disease that is transmitted through the bite of rabid animals, most often dogs.According to WHO statistics about 95% of human rabies deaths occur in Asia and Africa.“Deaths caused by rabies are vastly underestimated, especially since developing countries often have stray dog overpopulation,” he says. “By my approximation there are about nine-million dogs in South Africa, and some researchers say there may be up to 2 000 bites per day.”Many of the victims are children.If victims aren’t treated soon after a bite, before flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache and tiredness start showing, the disease is fatal. Many deaths also go unnoticed because rabies is often mistaken for cerebral malaria.Recently high profile rabies cases have helped to bring the disease into the public eye, but more awareness and better treatment solutions are needed to save lives.Ideal for developing countries RabiVir is an alternative to the antibody component of existing post-exposure treatment.When someone is bitten by a rabid dog, what follows is a lengthy treatment process which first involves taking a cocktail of antibodies, followed by a vaccine.However, the problem lies with the antibody treatment as it is produced from human blood.In developing countries not enough human blood is donated to make the antibodies, and the blood that is available is prioritised for life-saving transfusions.Some countries in Africa and Asia use horse blood to manufacture antibodies, but this can cause allergic reactions.The practice of using human blood-based products is also prohibited by certain religious groups.Chakauya explains that the manufacturing process is very cumbersome, which adds to the cost of the product.“All blood donated first needs a complete viral clearance for HIV and hepatitis B,” he says.Cost effectiveThe tobacco alternative can significantly reduce the cost of the antibody component to just R200 (US$23), and still be profitable to make.Chakauya explains the antibody dosage is determined by a person’s weight, and an average adult male would need about five doses of 2ml each, which would cost about R3 000 ($339).Then, a patient has to receive four injections of the vaccine, and each jab costs about R300 ($34).“Instead of an expensive blood-based antibody, RabiVir could replace this, and treat rabies at the same level or even better,” he explains.Testing All their tests so far have confirmed how well the liquid vaccine works. Locally, the product was tested on animals and found to be successful, and two international tests also confirmed these results.Chakauya says the next phase of the project involves testing the vaccine on humans. “This part of the project will be complex, but it is more risky,” he says.As this is also the first product of its kind worldwide, regulatory procedures are also more complicated.“There are examples of oral medication from plants, but not the injectable kind which makes it an entire new area to regulate,” he explains.If the vaccine is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and the WHO, it can be used in other countries too. “Many countries still use very old technologies and this is a major new approach.”Other applications for human and animal healthChakauya says the uses for tobacco in medicine doesn’t end with rabies, the technology can also be applied to other areas of human and animal health.He is already working on using tobacco to develop vaccines for important animal diseases such as African horse sickness; pulpy kidney, a bacterial disease affecting young sheep and goats; and blue tongue, a viral disease in cattle.There are also applications for tobacco in the treatment of HIV and diabetes.“This is good technology. It will make a huge difference to healthcare.”last_img read more

Green Prototypes in Upstate NY Edge Toward Summer Unveiling

first_imgEarly last year, Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, in partnership with the Syracuse Center of Excellence and nonprofit housing and community groups Home HeadQuarters and the Near West Side Initiative, announced the three winners of “From the Ground Up: Innovative Green Homes,” a competition intended to showcase design, sustainability, and cost-effective building practices for the single-family house.The contestants were asked to limit construction costs to $150,000. Fifty-two design teams entered the competition, seven were selected as finalists, and designs by the winners are being implemented in three infill projects now going up in Syracuse’s Near Westside neighborhood.As noted on the Near West Side Initiative website, all three homes have been sold and are due for completion this summer. SU’s School of Architecture posted basic information about the winning teams’ projects:Live Work Home, designed by Cook + Fox of New York City and Terrapin Bright Green of Washington, D.C. This single-story, flat-roof house is built with structural insulated panels, and its orientation, window placement, skylights, and adjustable screens are intended to maximize passive heating and controlled shading. The design is adaptable to a number of uses, including purely residential, a work space (such as an artist’s studio), or small-business applications, with interior space ranging from 1,100 to 1,363 sq. ft.R-House, designed by Architecture Research Office and Della Valle Bernheimer, both of New York City. The interior of this 1,100-sq.-ft. two-story house can accommodate two to four bedrooms, and, like Live Work Home, incorporates passive solar features, a carefully insulated, airtight shell, and a small heating system. ARO says the house is designed to meet the Passive House performance standard.TED, designed by Onion Flats of Philadelphia. With 1,130 sq. ft. of floor space, plus a 530-sq.-ft. basement, this house is large enough to function as a home with studio space for work, or as a duplex, the three-story TED house features 2×6 stick construction, a roof-mounted solar array, and an atrium designed to increase air flow in the summer using natural convection current. The atrium also allows light into the bedroom/studio on the north side of the home. Exterior walls are insulated to R-40, the roof to R-50.last_img read more

Biologist fears extent of bird mortality may grow after NL oil spill

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — At least 15 oiled seabirds have been spotted after Newfoundland’s largest-ever offshore oil spill, but a biologist says past spills indicate the number could be in the thousands.Husky Energy reported the sightings on Wednesday and confirmed one dead bird since an estimated 250,000 litres of oil spilled into the ocean on Friday during an intense storm.The SeaRose platform was attempting to restart production when there was an equipment failure in a subsea line that released the oil.Experts on seabirds say an estimate on the number of birds killed from oiling could be months in the making, but is likely to grow.Gail Fraser, a leading seabird biologist at York University, said even a small number of oiled bird sightings are cause for concern and are likely a sign of much wider harm.“The fact that they have found oiled birds means that there’s probably a lot more oiled birds out there,” Fraser said.Prior oil spills have ended up with estimates of bird deaths that have grown into the thousands, she said.The 2004 Terra Nova spill that released 165,000 litres of oil into the ocean is estimated to have killed around 10,000 birds.The biologist noted the Terra Nova incident spilled less oil into the ocean, but it happened at the same time of year as the latest incident, meaning similar numbers of birds like murres and dovekies would have been in the area.Fraser said “millions” of birds migrate to the region form the Arctic around this time of year, and the weekend’s rough conditions mean getting an accurate count of killed birds may be impossible.“The conditions were terrible and that makes it a challenge to get good estimates of how many seabirds might be killed,” Fraser said. “It becomes kind of a hand-waving exercise and doing our best guess.”The region’s birds are particularly sensitive to oil pollution, Fraser said. The birds can die of hypothermia if even a small amount of oil slicks their plumage.They also have low reproduction rates and long lives, meaning a large hit to the population has a big impact.Fraser thinks these characteristics are not always reflected when companies are fined for hurting seabird populations.Syncrude Canada was fined $3 million in 2008 when more than 1,600 ducks were killed after landing in a tailings pond. By comparison, Petro-Canada was fined $290,000 for the Terra Nova spill believed to have killed 10,000 birds.“To kill 10,000 seabirds is a big deal ecologically and the fine should reflect that.”Scott Tessier, chief executive of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, said no oil sheens were spotted on the water on Monday or Tuesday, meaning the oil has likely broken down to the point that it cannot be cleaned up.The board is now focused on wildlife monitoring and its investigation into the incident.Operators in Newfoundland’s offshore industry are responsible for following their own safety and environmental plans, and the regulatory board monitors and investigates when necessary.Trevor Pritchard, senior vice-president of Husky Energy in Atlantic Canada, said his team followed the company’s plans and procedures, and his company is investigating what caused the equipment to malfunction.“We’ve seen nothing that tells us we did not follow our internal procedures,” Pritchard said.Husky provides the procedures to the regulatory board but a Husky spokesperson said in an email that the company “does not disclose its specific operating procedures publicly for security and commercial reasons.”Pritchard says Husky won’t restart production until he has “full confidence” in the integrity of the subsea system.“Nobody wanted to see this incident happen. It’s a bad day for us. Can we change things, yes we can. I don’t know what they are yet,” Pritchard said.Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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