Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Discovery Channel recently announced a TV special for its annual Shark Week on July 23 called “PHELPS VS. SHARK: GREAT GOLD VS. GREAT WHITE,” which will feature a race between the legendary swimmer and one Great White Shark.“They are one of the fastest and most efficient predators on the planet: Sharks. He is our greatest champion to ever get in the water: Michael Phelps 39 world records. 23 Olympic golds,” the TV network said in a press release.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“But he has one competition left to win. An event so monumental no one has ever attempted it before. The world’s most decorated athlete takes on the ocean’s most efficient predator: Phelps V Shark—the race is on!”The 31-year-old Phelps also teased his upcoming showdown with a photo on his Instagram account. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ United States’ Michael Phelps (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)Michael Phelps has pretty much accomplished everything there is in professional swimming, and he’s ready to face perhaps his greatest adversary yet.Instead of racing against the best swimmers in the world, the American Olympian will attempt to out-swim one of the most ferocious water predators known to man.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in ESPN, meanwhile, noted that Phelps clocked around 6 mph in 2010.Aside from competing against a Great White Shark, Phelps will also appear in another “Shark Week” project: “Shark School,” which will dispel myths and common misconceptions about the fish. Khristian Ibarrola /ra China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Although Phelps has accomplished several superhuman feats underwater during his illustrious career, he’s going to have his work cut out for him against the majestic beast.Sharks typically swim an average of 5 miles per hour, but Great Whites are known to cruise around 25 mph when in attack mode, according to Jennifer Kennedy of ThoughtCo.com.ADVERTISEMENT Rhodes overwhelmed with first career Finals, but knows he has more to do SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing PLAY LIST 01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing05:19Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
1 Neil Warnock and Wilf Zaha return to Selhurst Park and with the new arrival of James McArthur, maybe Tony Pulis’ departure wasn’t so bad for the Eagles. Premier League clubs had a deadline of 5pm on 3 September to submit a squad list containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player”. The remainder of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be home grown.According to the Premier League, a Home Grown Player means a player who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).Changes to the squad list may be made during the next transfer window. Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.Crystal PalacePlayer (‘Home grown’ status in brackets)1 Bannan, Barry (Yes)2 Bolasie, Yannick (No)3 Campbell, Fraizer Lee (Yes)4 Chamakh, Marouane (No)5 Dann, Scott (Yes)6 Delaney, Damien Finbarr (No)7 Doyle, Kevin Edward (No)8 Fryers, Ezekiel David (Yes)9 Gayle, Dwight Devon Boyd (Yes)10 Guedioura, Adlene (No)11 Hangeland, Brede Paulsen (No)12 Hennessey, Wayne Robert (Yes)13 Jedinak, Michael John (No)14 Johnson, Andrew (Yes)15 Kelly, Martin Roland (Yes)16 Kettings, Christopher David (No)17 Ledley, Joseph Christopher (Yes)18 Mariappa, Adrian Joseph (Yes)19 McArthur, James (No)20 McCarthy, Patrick (Yes)21 Puncheon, Jason David Ian (Yes)22 Speroni, Julian Maria (No)23 Thomas, Jerome William (Yes)24 Ward, Joel Edward Phillip (Yes)25 Zaha, Dazet Wilfrid Armel (Yes)Under 21 players (Contract and Scholars)1 Akiotu, Jason2 Allassani, Reise Malcolm3 Andrews, Corie Anthony4 Bennett, Oliver George5 Berkeley-Agyepong, Jacob Kwame6 Binnom-Williams, Jerome Craig7 Black, Sonny Jamaal8 Boateng, Hiram Kojo Kwarteng9 Chambers, Michael John Miles10 Clement-Peter, Shawnikki Tau Kamaius Kwakou11 Coker, Andre Jordan Coleridge12 Comins, Bradley Jonathan13 Croll, Luke Alan14 Day, Thomas15 De Silva, Kyle Mattew16 Dsane, Eddie-Louis Kweku17 Dymond, Connor William18 Egbo, Mandela19 Ferrier, Morgan James20 Forte, Spencer Ellis Henderson21 George, Matthew22 Gray, Jake Stephen23 Gregory, David Michael24 Hoare, William James25 Hogan, Daniel Peter26 Howlett-Mundle, Jahmal27 Inniss, Ryan Stuart Clayton28 Kaikai, Sulaiman Borbor29 King-Elliott, Ryan30 List, Elliott Ricardo Wignal31 Lumeya, Joel32 Magri, Samuel John33 Martin, Kiye34 Mohammed, Hussein Ali35 O’Dwyer, Oliver36 Pain, Oliver David37 Phillips, Michael38 Sow, Ghassimu39 Thorbourne, Jaydon Roshai40 Wan-Bissaka, Aaron41 Williams, Jonathan Peter42 Wynter, Alex James43 Wynter, Ben Douglas
1 Wayne Rooney – Should he be anywhere near the Man United first XI? Former Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham has implored Wayne Rooney to rediscover his ‘horrible and nasty side’ to get back to his best for club and country.It hasn’t been the best few years for Rooney, who has suffered a footballing identity crisis and has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford and within the England squad.The United captain, who is close to breaking the club’s all-time appearance record, was benched for the THIRD consecutive game for Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Stoke City, as he continues to struggle to find his place in Jose Mourinho’s side.Even fans admit that the Red Devils have better options than Rooney in both attack and midfield, and Sheringham believes he is a totally different player without the ‘bite and spark’ which epitomised his early career.“I’ve been saying for a long time now that Wayne Rooney doesn’t have the bite and spark he had about five years ago,” the three-time Premier League winner told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“Without that horrible nastiness, he’s half the player.“He has got to ask himself some serious questions. What is it that makes him a great player? For me that is it.“If he can get that back, if he can start performing on the edge again, which made him who he was, then I think you’ve still got a player there…but I haven’t seen that for the last 18 months to two years.“That edge was the difference between Wayne Rooney being a good player and an exceptional player, and I think he needs to get that back to get back into the Manchester United team.“You ask centre-halves who have played against him six or seven years ago and are playing against him now – it’s a different footballer.“The Wayne Rooney of six or seven years ago was a horrible, nasty man who you didn’t want to play against.“That’s not the case at the moment.”
1 Sol Bamba left Leeds to join Cardiff earlier this season Cardiff defender Sol Bamba has been charged by the Football Association over his red card rage against Ipswich on December 10.The 31-year-old pulled up injured after a late tackle from Ipswich’s Jonathan Douglas, and video footage of his angry reaction went viral online.WATCH: Cardiff defender Sol Bamba loses it and takes on Neil Warnock after red card against IpswichBamba first shoved a member of his club’s medical staff before confronting officials and tussling with a number of players.Shown a red card for his action, he then clashed with Bluesbirds manager Neil Warnock before he left the pitch.A statement on the FA’s website read: “It is alleged that his language and/or behaviour in or around the 69th minute of the fixture was abusive and/or insulting and/or threatening and is considered sufficiently serious to warrant an additional sanction.”Speaking shortly after the game, Warnock said of the incident: “I have no complaints about the red card. It is disappointing that we lose one of our best players for three matches.“I didn’t really want to talk to Sol after the game so I will see him tomorrow. He just lost his rag but it was an aggressive attitude and I don’t condone Sol’s behaviour.“He is distraught in the dressing room and quite rightly. For me, he is one of the best in the Championship and that was a blemish I haven’t seen in his make-up.”Bamba has until 6pm on December 16 to respond to the charge.
1 Fans were not happy with Jose Mourinho to start Ashley Young as captain If Tottenham fans watching the action at Old Trafford weren’t happy with Jose Mourinho’s team selection, imagine how Man United fans feel.On Twitter, Ashley Young’s name was quickly trending when it was revealed he would captain the club against Premier League leaders Chelsea.Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Luke Shaw were all on the bench, with the unpopular Marouane Fellaini starting again. Many fans were pretty irritated.A win for Man United would go down well at Spurs, who would be just four points behind Chelsea and it looked like Mourinho got his selection right with Marcus Rashford scoring inside the first 10 minutes…
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Balian estimated that three or four criminal gangs operate in the city, and the money would help suppress them. “We could get additional gang detectives,” he said. “If this measure passes, it will also create a task force with L.A. County agencies, where they can network and deal with gangs.” A report released last week on the proposed tax noted that gang members in 2005 committed or attempted 9,085 homicides, aggravated assaults and robberies – an average of 25 violent crimes every day. The Sheriff’s Department estimates about 1,145 documented gangs operate within the county, with more than 80,000 verified members. The report also said the cost to investigate, incarcerate and prosecute one gang member involved in a gang-related homicide can exceed $1 million. Balian said other cities that have passed resolutions supporting the tax increase include: Avalon, Carson, Commerce, Compton, El Monte, Lawndale, Paramount, Pico Rivera, Pomona, Sierra Madre, South Gate and Vernon. email@example.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – The City Council is considering supporting the quarter-cent sales tax increase proposed by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca to combat gang violence, law enforcement officials said Monday. If the resolution – slated for council discussion in the coming weeks – is approved, the city would join a dozen other municipalities that have pledged support for the measure. The tax hike, which has yet to make the November ballot, would add an estimated $325 million to law enforcement coffers, of which $195 million would be funneled to the county’s 88 cities and unincorporated areas. Glendale police spokesman John Balian said the city is poised to get a roughly $3.9 million cut of the funds, which is earmarked for gang prevention and intervention programs.
Which team would you prefer to see play? 1 A scroll through previous Ballon d’Or nominees and winners got talkSPORT thinking about great teams from various decades.From Brazilian Ronaldo to the Portuguese one, which team would you pay more money to see in action: the 1990s bunch or the stars of today?Or if you disagree with the two teams (both chosen by talkSPORT.com) then leave your selection below.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts. “Mr. Jarrett made a mistake, and we believe that had he known he was required to pay his full share of the rent for the apartment, he would not have chosen to live there,” Jennifer Strawley, NCAA director of membership services and student-athlete reinstatement, said in a statement. “Reinstatement is a delicate balance of addressing the benefit or competitive advantage gained with student-athlete well being. In this instance, requiring some level of repayment was a fair and reasonable outcome given the specific facts.” Jarrett lived with Leinart for 13 months in an apartment that cost $3,866 a month. Jarrett paid $650 a month toward the rent and did not pay any utilities. The NCAA is requiring him to give to charity the full value of his $960 monthly housing stipend, minus what he already paid in rent, plus half the cost of utilities for the time he lived in the apartment. His total benefit while he lived in the apartment was calculated to be $18,001. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NCAA reinstated Dwayne Jarrett’s eligibility on Wednesday, so the USC All-American wide receiver will not miss any games for the Trojans. Jarrett, a junior, was declared ineligible earlier this summer because he did not pay full rent on an off-campus apartment he had shared with teammate Matt Leinart. Leinart’s father paid the balance of the rent. Leinart, the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner, completed his eligibility at the school last season and was taken 10th by the Arizona Cardinals in this year’s NFL draft. The NCAA ruled that Jarrett must pay $5,352 to a charity of his choice for extra benefits that included discounted rent on the apartment. “I’m glad this is finally behind me,” Jarrett said. “I felt all along that this would be resolved as it has been. I believe the conditions of the reinstatement imposed by the NCAA are fair. “I’m now looking forward to continuing our preparations for the 2006 season and our opener at Arkansas.” Jarrett earlier said that, because he was paying part of the rent, he did not realize he was violating NCAA rules. USC coach Pete Carroll had anticipated the NCAA’s decision to reinstate Jarrett. “We’ve felt comfortable throughout this process that the outcome would be like this,” Carroll said. “I’m happy that the NCAA recognized the uniqueness of this situation. “I know that Dwayne is relieved. We’ll take this news in stride now and continue on with our business.” Strawley said: “Requiring him to pay the full value of his housing stipend and his share of the utility costs not only considers all the facts in the case but also provides a student-friendly decision that allows him to compete without missing any games.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Still got it! Did he ever have it? PANemanja Vidic. The former Manchester United centre-back turns 34 today. How many times does an opposition goal get celebrated at Old Trafford?All that work on the training ground paying off.In case you were wondering where you’d seen Pogba’s celebration before…Robin Van Persie’s pre-match team talk. Niko Kranjcar had only just started to impose himself on the Rangers team and now he could miss the rest of the season through injury. Football can be cruel.Indeed, the Croatian midfielder might miss the rest of the 2016/17 campaign after picking up a bad knee injury in training on Tuesday. It’s feared he could have ligament damage.Elsewhere, an opposition goal was celebrated by the home crowd at Old Trafford, while Paul Pogba’s hard work on the training ground pays off. His hard work on his celebration, that is.And Joe Cole has still got it. Did he ever really have it? We don’t know but his goal for the Tampa Bay Rowdies was pretty impressive. It’s all in today’s Football Talk.
A satellite image of the deep-water Port of Ngqura, and the surrounding infrastructure of the Coega Industrial Development Zone. (Image: Google Earth) MEDIA CONTACTS • John Dludlu, spokesperson Transnet Limited + 27 11 308 2458 +27 83 676 1881 +27 83 277 4774 John.firstname.lastname@example.org • Nelis van Tonder, senior executive Sales & Marketing, Container & Automotive Transnet Freight Rail +27 21 940 2531 +27 83 452 6711 • Ntombentsha Yaya Coega Industrial Development Zone +27 41 403 0400 Ntombentsha.Yaya@coega.co.za • Transnet National Port Authority +27 11 351 9001 RELATED ARTICLES • Highest global quality fuel in SA • Infrastructure development in South Africa • Capital spending boosts economyWilma den HartighSouth Africa’s new deep-water harbour, the port of Ngqura near Port Elizabeth, launched operations last week when its first commercial customer, the MSC Catania, docked at the port.The port is an integral part of the Coega Industrial Development Zone, a new initiative that aims to boost the regional economy of the Eastern Cape province.The 300-metre long and 13-metre deep ship was used to test vessel operators’ skills in offloading and handling containers. After months in training, two teams of operators – with a third on standby – succeeded at their first commercial offloading, using the port’s state-of-the-art Liebherr ship-to-shore cranes. The MSC Catania loaded and off-loaded 275 containers, with an average of 19 containers handled per hour.“We are pleased to report that it was all smooth sailing today in terms of portside operations at Ngqura,” Tau Morwe, chief executive of Transnet Port Terminals, said after the inauguration on 4 October.“This experimental start-up indicates we are ready to take the port to the next level.” Transnet Port Terminals is a division of Transnet, the parastatal company that runs South Africa’s national transport infrastructure.Alleviating container congestionThe Ngqura Port, which lies at the mouth of the Coega River in Algoa Bay, is the country’s eighth and latest commercial port development.It has an advantage over other ports in Africa in that it is a deep-water port with a depth of between 16 and 18 metres. This means it can accommodate new generation container vessels and will allow Transnet to increase capacity for container volumes.The improved infrastructure will relieve container congestion in the South African port system, while attracting additional transhipment cargo. Transnet says the new port is the solution to South Africa’s lack of container capacity that has been strained by a considerable growth in container traffic.A Transnet statement explained that the Ngqura container terminal will have the capacity to accommodate “Ultra-Mega” ships carrying 6 000 to 10 000 TEUs – 20-foot equivalent units, a measure used for capacity in container transport. It will be able to handle more than 100 container moves per ship working hour, with sufficient stack and berth capacity to cater for future growth up to 2-million TEUs. The terminal also boasts good inland connectivity for import and export traffic through road and rail. South Africa’s freight transport system. Sishen is a massive iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape, while City Deep in Johannesburg is the country’s only inland terminal. The port of Maputo is in the neighbouring country of Mozambique. (Image: Transnet) Transnet has to date invested more than R10 billion (US$1.36-billion) to develop the state-of-the-art port and associated infrastructure. This includes a world class two-berth container terminal (and a further two berths under construction), a two-berth multipurpose terminal and a one-berth liquid bulk terminal.The new port is also a safer alternative for ships wanting to avoid the Somalia coast, which has recently been plagued by pirates.It could also serve as a “feeder” or “loading centre” for other destinations. The container node would function as a hub where large freight ships could unload their cargo for further distribution by road, sea or rail to other destinations in Africa.Economic development and tradeThe port is considered the most modern harbour in Africa. Although sub-Saharan Africa has a number of smaller ports, these are only suitable for medium-sized ships. It will not only boost the economy of the Eastern Cape; it is also an important development for trade in South Africa and the rest of Africa as a whole.Building economist Dr Johan Snyman said the new harbour development is a rare construction project. Although the upgrading of some of South Africa’s other harbours is underway, Ngqura is the first new harbour development in many years.Rob Jeffrey, a director and senior economist at Econometrix, said that the promotion of industrial development at the Coega Industrial Development Zone would have a considerable impact on the underdeveloped Eastern Cape. It is likely to boost the gross regional product of the province and significantly increase growth in the Nelson Mandela Metro area, the broader municipality into which Port Elizabeth falls.“This is substantial for such a relatively underdeveloped area, which is currently heavily reliant on the motor industry,” Jeffrey said.He added that the development could also lead to a permanent increase in skills in the economy, particularly in local communities.“It would affect a substantial number of people faced with few alternatives in a province with an extremely high unemployment rate, which has been measured in excess of 25%. The unemployment rate in adjacent Greater Motherwell has been placed at over 30%.” Motherwell is a sprawling urban settlement outside Port Elizabeth that also forms part of the Nelson Mandela Metro.The port development will also directly create employment in the region. Transnet Port Terminals said in a statement that R4-billion (US$490-million) invested by 2002 created employment for 50 627 people – the equivalent of 12.6 jobs per R1-million (US$123 000) invested.For the R5.1-billion (US$625-million) spent by 2007, 66 213 jobs had been created, this time 12.9 jobs for each R1-million invested. To date, almost R9.8-billion (US$1.2-billion) has been invested in the Ngqura port.The port development also holds positive secondary benefits for other product groups such as agriculture, fishing, construction, transport (including storage), financial and business services, electricity and gas as well as wholesale and retail business.Jeffrey pointed out that Coega and its port is ideally located to kick-start local and regional economic development of the area. He explained that some of the planned projects within the Coega development are capital-intensive and technologically advanced. This will result in an inflow of skilled people to the province and substantial education, training, upgrading of skills and development of small businesses.“This will contribute to population growth and wealth generation, the benefits of which flows down into the less skilled population,” he said. The developments will also cause an increase in purchasing power, as the average remuneration per worker of such large projects is generally higher than the region’s average.He cites Richards Bay as an example of the Coega’s potential impact in the region in years to come. Richards Bay evolved over a period of 30 years from a small fishing village into one of South Africa’s premier industrial districts. Today, together with the nearby town of Empangeni, it has a total population exceeding 50 000. The area has over 5 000 businesses, is the third most important region in KwaZulu-Natal and has had an economic growth rate higher than the average for the country and the province.“This gives an indication of the type of expansion that can take place once the initial key industries are in place and act as a nucleus or a magnet, which can attract other upstream and downstream industries,” Jeffrey said.Power tugsTransnet has also announced that the deep-water port is expecting the delivery of one of its three new tugboats in mid-October this year. Currently, it is undergoing sea trials in the Port of Durban. An additional two new tugboats will also be delivered in April and May next year. Each tugboat has an approximate cost of R120-million, and capable of a 70-ton bollard pull. They are regarded as the most powerful harbour tugs in South Africa.Rail operationsRail operations at the new port have also received a stamp of approval. In September, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) ran a test train on the Ngqura main line, and was declared safe for operations.According to a statement from TFR, this is an important step in preparation for the planned commercial launch of the new port and its container terminal this month.TFR is still confident that all its operations are on target for the completion of the Ngqura rail terminal, marshalling yard, and main line construction to the hinterland. There are currently four operational lines in the marshalling yard and the remaining five should be available by March next year. The new marshalling yard infrastructure can accommodate up to six trains daily per direction, and the hinterland will have a design capacity of two trains per day. The hinterland capacity will be increased as volumes increase, depending on financial and business viability.The rail route will connect the new port to the City Deep rail terminal in Johannesburg in Gauteng province via Beaconsfield in the Northern Cape. Transnet has refurbished 400 container wagons and will utilise its 7E locomotive fleet for traffic on the line, which has a designed capacity of six trains per day, each with 50 wagons.