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first_imgNational University could forge a record sweep in the Premier Volleyball League if it dusts off Far Eastern U in the battle for the Collegiate Conference crown that kicks off with Game 1 Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The powerhouse Lady Bulldogs swept their group in the classification phase and blanked the Arellano Lady Chiefs in their Final Four duel to book a slot in the best-of-three finals.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NU will parade a solid crew composed of Jaja Santiago, Risa Sato, Aiko Urdas, Jorelle Singh, Audrey Paran and ace playmaker Jasmine Nabor.FEU is shooting for a sweep of the PVL titles as its men’s team clashes with Ateneo in their best-of-three finals at 10 a.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Late Ott goal rescues point for Azkals MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 If National U scores back-to-back wins, it will notch the league’s first perfect tournament.But that will be easier said than done with veteran Bernadeth Pons back in the FEU fold. Pons returned to lead the Lady Tams past Adamson’s Lady Falcons in their semifinal knockout duel, scoring 15 hits, including the match-clinching kill that sealed their 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18 victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHowever, Pons and libero Kyla Atienza will miss Game 1 to anchor FEU’s campaign in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament, making the intact Lady Bulldogs the heavy picks in their 6:30 p.m. encounter.“It’s a challenge for us coaches and for the players who will fill in their spots,” said FEU coach George Pascua. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSignificant amounts of sunshine and good, prevalent wind conditions have given South Africa the perfect opportunity to diversify its energy generation plan, moving away from a reliance on fossil fuels towards “green” renewable energy.Given its favourable climate conditions, South Africa is more than adequately suited to take advantage of wind and solar energy. With almost 100 projects across the country, either fully operational or in the planning stages, South Africa has an opportunity to use renewable energy as an economy grower. Pictured is the Darling Wind Farm on the Western Cape coast. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonIn line with the South African government’s official outline towards a cleaner economy, taking advantage of renewable energy, in the form of solar and wind power, and building private-public partnerships are key discussions at the World Economic Forum: Africa 2017, being held in Durban, South Africa from 3 to 5 May 2017.Renewable energy plays an important role in powering the country and developing its economy.South Africa currently has almost 100 renewable energy projects either fully operational or at various build stages to be completed over the next five to 10 years. Projects, while focused predominately on wind and solar energy, include biomass (plant photosynthesis energy) and hydro-electric ventures. Of the 100 projects, 53 up and running enterprises focus on solar and wind, with a combined energy capacity of more than 4,000MW.The work being done is the product of co-operation between the government, the private technology sector, and research and science bodies.Here is an infographic featuring nine flagship wind and solar projects around South Africa:Source: Energy.org.za, WEF Africa 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgParis: Jil Teichmann has jumped 28 places to 54th on the strength of her win in Palermo in the latest WTA rankings published Monday with the top 10 led by Ashleigh Barty unchanged. Switzerland’s Teichmann stunned top seed Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 to clinch the Palermo WTA title on Sunday, a result which catapulted the left-hander to 54th. It was a first top 10 win for 22-year-old who started 2019 ranked outside the world’s top 140. 1. Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 6605 pts Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh2. Naomi Osaka (JPN) 6257 3. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6055 4. Simona Halep (ROM) 5933 5. Kiki Bertens (NED) 5130 6. Petra Kvitova (CZE) 4785 7. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 4638 8. Sloane Stephens (USA) 3802 9. Serena Williams (USA) 3411 10. Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 3365 11. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 3356 12. Belinda Bencic (SUI) 2963 13. Angelique Kerber (GER) 2875 14. Johanna Konta (GBR) 2790 (+1) 15. Mark?ta Vondrousova (CZE) 2652 (+1) 16. Qiang Wang (CHN) 2647 (-2) 17. Madison Keys (USA) 2555 18. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 2478 19. Anett Kontaveit (EST) 2335 20. Elise Mertens (BEL) 2305.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement In the opera, which is set in ancient Beijing, the steely princess subjects all her suitors to three seemingly impossible riddles. The price of a wrong answer? Death, of course. But when Calaf (played here by Argentine tenor Marcelo Puente) falls in love with her, he gets all the questions right. Turandot still refuses to marry him, and that’s when he turns the tables, posing a puzzle of his own to the princess.READ MORE Advertisement Facebook The common perception of Turandot’s title princess is that she is a fearsome, all-powerful ice queen with a penchant for chopping her suitors’ heads off. But in Vancouver Opera’s new production of Giacomo Puccini’s outsized final work, American soprano Amber Wagner is tasked with bringing much more to the role.Acclaimed Quebec director Renaud Doucet is focused on finding Turandot’s humanity. “He’s more interested in making it a story that’s believable,” says Wagner, who’s taking on the monumental role for the first time, after years of specializing in Richard Wagner. “Rather than saying ‘Here’s this frozen ice princess,’ how can we make it human so the audience believes it?“This is what opera is really about now,” she adds, on a break before rehearsal, sitting at the O’Brian Centre for Vancouver Opera, sipping on tea to preserve a voice the New York Times has called “powerful, gleaming and richly expressive”. “Renaud’s done quite a good job building a layered and multifaceted back story for her.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government has been ordered to hand over millions of documents to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that is trying to determine the depth of the church-run Indian Residential schools that removed children from their families for more than a 100 years.Ontario Superior Court Justice Stephen Goudge ruled Wednesday the government is required to unearth the documents that the TRC has deemed relevant in order to fulfill its mandate.The TRC is trying to prepare a historical record of the schools and produce a report when finished.Goudge said the documents were needed to finish the report in a fixed timeframe and budget.But federal government lawyers fought it saying the TRC was welcome to search files housed in Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in Ottawa.Lawyers for the TRC said it’d take too long, plus they didn’t have the budget do that.Now the government must make copies for them.“All are inconsistent with excluding documents archived at LAC from Canadas obligation to provide relevant documents to and for the use of the TRC, compiled in an organized manner,” said Goudge in his decision. “None suggest that the TRC would be left on its own with LAC documents. This simply adds weight to the plain meaning of the words used, that Canada’s obligation to provide all relevant documents includes those housed at LAC.”Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said in December he saw no “issue” in his government’s handling of residential school documents and blamed the head of the TRC for creating the controversy and slowing things down.He made the comments at the Commons Aboriginal affairs committee and said the TRC would have all the documents by the summer.“I fail to see the issue with their documents,” Duncan said. “Federally, I think we are in pretty good shape.”Duncan placed the blame for the controversy at the feet of TRC Chair Murray Sinclair. Duncan said he’s received positive signals from Sinclair’s co-commissioners, Wilton Littlechild and Marie Wilson.“It is only in Justice Sinclair that we are getting this kind of response,” said Duncan. “I don’t know what he is doing. I would like to think we can move on with the process.”Sinclair said Wednesday the courts made the right decision.“The TRC asked the Ontario Superior Court of Justice for clarification of its mandate as laid out in the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, and this is precisely what we have received today,” said Sinclair in a statement. “We’re grateful to be able to continue the Commission’s work of gathering and protecting for future generations documents that are relevant to the history of the Indian Residential Schools in Canada. We look forward to carrying out this work in cooperation with the Government of Canada. We especially acknowledge the clarity of Justice Goudge’s decision.”Aboriginal Affairs deputy minister Michael Wernick, who also appeared before the committee, said the TRC would get all residential school records, including RCMP files. Wernick said the TRC would also get documents ranging up to the last existing school which shut down in 1996 and some documents around the conclusion of the multi-billion dollar residential school settlement.Wernick said the TRC has already received over a million documents.Wernick said the government, however, is drawing a line around documents from the negotiations leading to the court settlement and the private files of residential school survivors seeking compensation.“We have a legitimate disagreement about the relevance of documents from the 2005 negotiations,” Wernick said. “We simply disagree they need to see all the applications and adjudications that are now under way.”APTN National News was told in December that the TRC was seeking cabinet documents from the Paul Martin government years on the eventual residential school settlement.The RCMP was involved in snatching children from their homes and forcing them to attend residential schools. The TRC believes the RCMP also has criminal complaints against residential schools and staff over abuse.Assembly of First Nations chief Shawn Atleo called the court decision a victory.“This decision is a significant victory, and we will continue to stand in support of former students of the Indian Residential Schools and First Nations as the historical record of the Indian Residential School system will now be more complete and available to future generations,” said Atleo in a statement. “Reconciliation is about achieving real change that must come from increased and improved understanding of our shared history. These documents are essential to the truth-telling and truth-sharing work of the TRC, and all of us.”It’s believed more than 150,000 First Nation children were removed from their homes and placed in the schools that operated for nearly 150 years.last_img read more