The Egypt team. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Egypt will compete at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco, despite being eliminated in the qualifying competition two months ago.The Egyptians lost 4-2 on aggregate to Morocco, who are now automatic competitors in the 16-team event having replaced Kenya as hosts.This opened the door for Egypt to be reinstated into the biennial tournament restricted to home-based footballers.African football body CAF ditched Kenya as hosts last month for falling behind with preparations and Morocco were chosen to replace them at the weekend.Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia are the other finalists. A draw on a date to be announced will split the 16 countries into four groups, from which winners and runners-up advance to the quarter-finals.Democratic Republic of Congo (twice), Tunisia and Libya won previous Nations Championship tournaments.FIFA classify CHAN matches as full internationals with results counting toward the monthly rankings.Share on: WhatsApp
Pittsburgh’s Durand Johnson (5) shoots over Cal Poly’s Zach Gordon in the first half of the NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh sophomore forward Durand Johnson will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL and meniscus in his right knee in Saturday’s win over Wake Forest.The 6-foot-6 Johnson was injured while driving to the basket with 5:30 remaining in Pittsburgh’s 80-65 victory. He was fouled on the play and made two free throws before leaving. He is expected to undergo surgery within the next week and to be back in 9 to 12 months.Johnson was blossoming as Pitt’s sixth man, averaging 8.8 points and 3.0 rebounds. He is second on the Panthers (15-1, 3-0 ACC) with 22 3-pointers.Pitt coach Jamie Dixon says he is “heartbroken” over Johnson’s injury.The Panthers play at Georgia Tech on Tuesday.
Sixteen of the 17 contestants vying for the title of Carib Soca Monarch are one stop closer following the semi-final of the competition on Saturday evening in the mining town of Linden.Those going through to the finals on February 16 are Jumo Primo, Lil Colywin, Static, Vanilla, Nesta, Sexy Berry, Miss Finesse, True, Ryan T, Real Proof, Passion, Vintage, Natural One, Sasha Melody, Stephen Ramplal and of course, reigning Soca Monarch Brandon Harding who will be defending his crown.The 17 competitors braved the stage to represent their communities in a bid to be crowned Monarch for 2019.Vanilla dishing out her tune in Linden on Saturday eveningThe spectators were on their feet jumping, waving, and gyrating to the songs which carried a wide range of themes. Making the night even more enjoyable was Master of Ceremony Malcolm Ferreira, who had the crowd rolling with laughter with his comical commentary and interaction with the crowd.Popular local artiste Kwesi Ace and the Fame Band gave a warm-up performance that led the way for the first singer and newcomer, Shaima “Sexy Berry” Muna with her song, “Goddess of Soca”. She was followed by Melissa “Ms Finess” Pestano with her “I don’t watch no face” performance.They were followed by soca veteran Jumo “Rubber Waist” Primo, who woke the crowd up with his song “Tribute”. With absolutely no costume or props needed, he had the crowd on their feet as he directed their attention to the variety of instruments on the stage as his tune pays homage to the musical instruments and its operators.A section of the band in full swingHaving been in the business for a number of years, Jumo’s performance was no surprise. However, Linden’s young monarch hopeful, Roderick “Static” Allicock did not hesitate to hint at his intent to take the crown. With his bouncy lyrics “tell Jumo to go his way, he old and grey” he had the crowd swaying with laughter and cheer.Lindeners also had an overwhelming response to the other home-grown artistes including, Lil Colwin with his extraordinary performance of “Full Access” and Collin “Real Proof” Prince with his “Push Back” performance.These Linden artistes did not disappoint as they were ranked among the best performers for the night, as their props with J’ouvert power, water, fireworks, backup dancers, exotic choreography and eye-catching costumes made the show even more satisfying.Stephen Ramplal and his back-up dancersAnother of the high-ranking performances for the night was Vanilla’s “One Voice” which spoke of the need for Guyanese to shun disparity and live in love and unity.Soca was on fire in Linden and the judges had a testing time during the elimination process. The competitors were assessed on their song topic, diction, party appeal, stage performance and crowd response among other things.Reigning monarch, Brandon Harding said, “This is a competition and I thrive on competition. I know I am up against the likes of Jumo and Vanilla and Nesta, and there are some really good songs and good talent who are in it to win it, however, the only person who will beat Brandon is Brandon,”Roderick ‘Static’ Allicock giving it his allThe Carib Soca Monarch will walk away with $1.5 million, while the runner-up will walk win $750,000, while there is $500,000 and $250,000 for third and fourth place respectively. There’s also the $100,000 “Best New Comer” prize going to the top novice.
Two bills would use a portion of bond money already approved by voters to retrofit diesel trucks and heavy construction equipment with emission-control devices.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Targeting truckers, contractors and others, Senate Democrats introduced legislation Thursday to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions beyond the landmark global-warming law that took effect this year. The package of bills would ban methane releases from garbage dumps; reduce exhaust emissions from trucks, construction equipment and school buses; and force utilities to increase energy from renewable sources. Other lawmakers, including some Democrats, joined Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in immediately criticizing the legislative package. They said it would overwhelm state regulators who are still trying to decide how to implement last year’s global-warming law. That law imposes the country’s first economy-wide cap on greenhouse-gas emissions, requiring California to reduce emissions of heat-trapping gases 25 percent by 2020. But Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland, said it will take state regulators too long to develop the regulations needed to achieve the mandate. Schwarzenegger wants to let companies participate in an emissions market in which they could sell, buy or trade credits. Promoting such voluntary incentives, while praiseworthy, is too slow, Perata said. “There are things we can do right now,” he said. “These bills take direct action … that will have immediate and long-term benefits.” One of the bills Thursday would require that half of passenger vehicles sold in California be able to run on alternative fuels by 2020. A second could require that a portion of diesel fuel come from renewable sources. Another would expand the renewable-energy requirement for utilities. Last year, lawmakers passed separate legislation requiring that 20 percent of power come from clean sources by 2010; the Senate proposal boosts the goal to 33 percent by 2021.
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MOST READ With coaches, staff and some current players helping to lay out the red carpet, the Heat made their pitch to the All-Star forward – who is also expected to speak with Boston and Utah in the coming days before announcing his decision.A person with direct knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press that Hayward was at the arena where the Heat play for several hours, getting a feel for many aspects of the team’s operation and emphasis on their culture. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the Heat nor Hayward revealed any details publicly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAmong the players known to be part of the meeting were Heat center Hassan Whiteside and longtime captain Udonis Haslem – who returned from dropping his son off at college in time to greet Hayward. Haslem is also a free agent, though the Heat indicated to the Miami native again on Saturday that they want him to return next season for what would be his 15th year with his hometown team.Also in the meeting were Heat President Pat Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra and several assistant coaches. Heat assistants Chris Quinn and Juwan Howard are part of Miami’s summer-league staff; neither was at the summer opener in Orlando on Saturday because they were engaged in what the team described only as “official Heat business.” Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz practices prior to their game against the Golden State Warriors in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on May 8, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gordon Hayward was greeted on Saturday by an image of himself wearing a Miami Heat uniform.Soon, the Heat will know if their vision becomes reality.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Battle of Brisbane: Pacquiao’s cousin drops to Aussie foe via UD Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena The Heat went into the summer with free agents of their own, like Haslem, James Johnson, Dion Waiters and Luke Babbitt. Haslem has said he wants to stay though no deal has been agreed upon, and Johnson said last month that he’s hopeful to remain in Miami.“I’m on a mission right now,” Johnson said.Waiters – who played for $2.9 million last season and said he did so to prove that he’s willing to bet on himself – is talking to the Heat, along with New York, Chicago and Sacramento, among other teams, according to a person briefed on his free-agency plans.When the free-agent signing moratorium ends on Thursday, Miami will have somewhere around $36 million in cap space – which includes the space that will be freed when the Heat likely waive Chris Bosh in the coming days.The Heat finished 41-41 last season, missing the playoffs even after erasing an 11-30 first half of the season with a 30-11 second half.“I just want to have a great summer, come back and have a great team and try to win the championship, contend for championships,” Riley said earlier in the offseason. “I don’t know how many more non-playoff years I can take or I want to take.”Getting Hayward would certainly make Riley enduring another non-playoff year anytime soon much less likely.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games It didn’t take much to figure out what that meant.Most of the specifics of what went on inside the arena when Hayward – who averaged a career-best 21.9 points last season for Utah – visited were kept secret.One selling point, however, was in full display for all to see. The Heat often hang photos of their current players on the light poles along the street leading to the arena’s parking garages – and had one of Hayward, in the No. 20 jersey the team wants to see him wearing in Miami for years to come, newly installed in time for his arrival.Another topic that surely came up was how the West is loaded, and how Hayward might be best served heading East.Golden State has won two of the last three NBA championships, Paul George is now paired with MVP Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City, Minnesota has made huge strides this summer and San Antonio will still likely be a title contender.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Governments everywhere say they use science to manage wildlife, but newly published research questions whether they actually do.“We were surprised by the overall pattern,” said Kyle Artelle, lead author of a paper published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances. “We certainly weren’t expecting it to be such a low score.”Artelle, a biologist with Simon Fraser University and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, noticed something odd a few years ago when studying bear management in British Columbia. Although the province said its approach was based on science, Artelle found basic scientific tenets — measurable objectives, clear evidence, transparency and independent review — were missing.How common was that? he wondered.He and his colleagues began looking around. They surveyed 667 management plans for 27 different species that are either hunted or trapped in 62 states, provinces and territories in the United States and Canada.They looked for 11 different indicators that those four basic principles were being used. Clear evidence, for example, would be information such as population numbers. A description of how those numbers were derived would demonstrate transparency.The results were disconcerting.Almost two-thirds — 60 per cent — of management programs demonstrated fewer than half the indicators. The average across all 667 plans was 4.6.Measurable objectives were found in 26 per cent of the plans. Evidence on hunting rates was present about 80 per cent of the time, but about half the programs offered no data on populations.Just over half described how population numbers and trends were set and only 11 per cent described how hunting quotas were determined.Only nine per cent had any sort of independent review.There was little difference between U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions. Artelle did find more evidence of scientific thinking in management of big-game animals.The point is not that wildlife is necessarily being poorly managed, or even that management decisions should be based solely on science, said Artelle.“Managers have to balance the interests of a whole bunch of people, budgets, political realities. We don’t expect every decision is going to be driven entirely by science. It’s not possible.“A lot of the decisions that need to be made science can’t answer.”Science can tell us how many deer there are and what might happen if more are hunted. It can’t tell us if that’s a good idea.“These are value decisions,” Artelle said. “What’s important is that we separate out the science from the values.“In a lot of ways, that doesn’t yet happen.”Science ends up becoming a fig leaf for how decisions are really made, he said.“Agencies will just say, ‘It’s based on science.’ Full stop. Of course there are other considerations and we expect them to come into play.“But it’s all about transparency and saying, ‘This is what the science tells us and this is what we’re going to do with it,’ instead of saying the whole thing is science-based and masking the value judgments or the other political or economic judgments that come into play.”— Follow @row1960 on Twitter
APTN National NewsAn Alberta parent is in a fight with a school district over funding.The district gets money for every First Nation, Metis and Inuit student who attends its schools and now a father of two students wants to see some of those dollars used for teaching culture.APTN’s Chris Stewart has this story.
Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton (13) dances with his teammates after a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFor a moment, the fans in Ohio Stadium held their breath.Then-sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller was on his way to the hospital and OSU’s undefeated season laid in the hands of then-redshirt-junior Kenny Guiton.Guiton led the Buckeyes on a game tying touchdown drive with 3 seconds left in regulation, and to an eventual 29-22 overtime win against Purdue Oct. 20, 2012.It was a moment that stands out in his five-year OSU career, Guiton said Monday, because of what it meant to the team.“No. 1, that Purdue game last year. Just coming in and (saving) a 12-0 season. You know, I don’t think that I did it on my own or anything, but just keeping that 12-0 alive and I think that was big for our seniors,” Guiton said. “Being that it was my first piece of some real action so that was pretty cool to do.”This season, Guiton has turned into somewhat of a celebrity at OSU. His entrance into the game invites chants of “Kenny G” from the Ohio Stadium crowd.Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Indiana (4-6, 2-4) is set to be Guiton’s final game in the Horseshoe as a Buckeye. Although he enjoys hearing his name screamed by the fans, Guiton said Saturday is going to be special for his family.“I hear that a lot,” Guiton said about hearing the chants. “One thing I’m happy about, my family coming up and getting to see that. I came all the way out here from Texas and (my) family don’t get to make (it up) much so them being here and seeing that, that will be so cool. I can’t wait for that.”But Guiton said despite the highs, Senior Day is going to be very emotional for all of those involved.“I actually thought about it a lot. I’ve been talking to a lot of guys about it … and we’re just like man, we can’t talk about that. We kind of get sentimental behind it. It’s going to be a touchy day … some tears may come out but I’m hoping not.”Miller went down with an sprained MCL earlier this season, this time missing two whole games and the majority of a third. “Kenny G” came in and impressed in Miller’s absence, throwing for a program record six touchdowns against Florida A&M Sept. 21.Coach Urban Meyer said Sept. 16, the Monday after Guiton’s first career start against California, he had been impressed with the play of his backup quarterback.“It’s arguably one of the most interesting case studies I’ve ever had as a coach is the story of Kenny Guiton … can you imagine being his parent right now, how cool that would be to see his development?” Meyer said. “If you buy stock, buy stock in Kenny Guiton.”Guiton said although the moment against Purdue will always stand out, this year has been something special as well.“I can’t settle down on this year either because it’s like, I never saw myself being the national player of the week,” Guiton said.Guiton was named the national player of the week after a 52-34 win against California, when he threw for 276 yards and four touchdowns.Despite Guiton’s big numbers at times this season, and popularity among the fans, Miller remains the starter for OSU, a fact that doesn’t bother Guiton.“Braxton deserves that credit,” Guiton said. “He puts in all the work, he’s a leader. He keeps his head up when stuff’s not going right. He’s keeping the team’s head up.”Miller said Nov. 13 after practice that his relationship with Guiton has been a big help to his growth as a player while he’s been at OSU.“I look up to him as a big brother, I’ve talked to him ever since I was being recruited,” Miller said.Meyer agreed, adding that Guiton has been a big help in Braxton’s improvement since his freshman season.“Now they’re both operating at a very high level,” Meyer said Nov. 13. “They’ve practice very hard, they prepare very hard, much different than a year ago, so I think Kenny had a lot to do with it and it’s a direct results of the way he prepares, the way he practices.”Guiton said Meyer treats the players and staff like a family.“One thing about coach Meyer is he’s straightforward. He’s going to tell you what he’s feeling. He’ll let you know what type of player you are and what he’s expecting out of you,” Guiton said. “I think that’s great … Everything’s said and we’re a family. He actually treats us like a family. And I think it’s really cool.”After the No. 3-ranked Buckeyes’ (10-0, 6-0) game against the Hoosiers, Guiton will not be returning to Ohio Stadium as a player for OSU. But that doesn’t rule out a potential future in Columbus for Guiton.“I have told the coaches that I want to do the coaching thing,” Guiton said. “So I hope so.”