Ben Mbala leaves La Salle, joins Mexican ball club

first_imgIn a lengthy status posted on his Twitter account, Mbala announced his farewell and closed the chapter on his amateur career which saw him net two UAAP Most Valuable Player awards with La Salle.“After five years, two incredible UAAP seasons, and, of course, countless unforgettable memories, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that the time has come for me to move on from De La Salle University and the Green Archers,” he wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I want to publicly thank boss ECJ (Eduardo Cojuangco), the managers, coach Aldin (Ayo), the rest of the coaching staff, and my teammates for all the incredulous opportunities that I have been given during my time there. You all have made my time in the Philippines truly worthwhile.”pic.twitter.com/Zr5VnxTOQl— thekidfromCameroon (@benmbala) December 22, 2017Mbala will turn pro as he was signed by Mexican ballclub Fuerza Regia in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon where he will serve as the team’s import in Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional.ADVERTISEMENT “I know my choice might come as a surprise to many, and I have to admit, the decision to leave was the toughest I have had to make after being with La Salle for so many years, but I feel that this decision is best for the next stage in my career and development,” he wrote.After his impressive stint with the Southwestern University Cobras, the 6-foot-8 slotman transferred to Taft and immediately brought tons of promise but had to serve a three-year residency period, one of which was due to his participation in a tournament in General Santos City.But when he finally took the court, Mbala proved to be good as advertised, tearing the house down and averaged 20.6 points on 54.6 percent shooting to go along with 16.0 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, and 1.4 steals to lead the Green Archers to the UAAP Season 79 championship.That performance earned him a spot in the Cameroonian national basketball team as Mbala led his home nation to the quarterfinals of the 2017 Afrobasket.His obligations with the national team caused him to miss two games in Season 80, but that still couldn’t stop him from norming 26.0 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks this past season. La Salle, however, finished runner-up to Ateneo this time out.Mbala said that he will forever be grateful for the opportunity to don the green-and-white.ADVERTISEMENT Depression from broken leg worse than physical pain, Gordon Hayward says Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBen Mbala is leaving La Salle for good.After two dominating years in the UAAP, the Cameroonian center has announced that he is bidding the Green Archers goodbye.ADVERTISEMENT Volunteers spread Christmas cheer to migrant children PLAY LIST 01:30Volunteers spread Christmas cheer to migrant children05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)02:35SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball02:14Carpio 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I am truly grateful for having had the opportunity to represent the Green Archers and will always be La Sallian at heart,” he ended.Mbala’s departure ends the looming controversy regarding his eligibility for UAAP Season 81 next year, with the Board set to revisit the “seven years out of high school” rule.His presence will also leave a big hole for the Green Archers up front with Abu Tratter also graduating from the squad. View comments LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READlast_img read more

World’s 1.8B Young People Can Propel Socioeconomic Development

first_imgDeveloping countries with large youth populations could see their economies soar, provided they invest heavily in young people’s education and health and protect their rights, according to The State of World Population 2014, published recently by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).The potential economic gains would be realized through a “demographic dividend,” which can occur when a country’s working age population is larger than the population that is dependent and younger, the report shows.But to maximize the dividend, countries must ensure that their young working-age populations are equipped to seize opportunities for jobs and other income-earning possibilities.“Today’s record 1.8 billion young people present an enormous opportunity to transform the future,” says UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “Young people are the innovators, creators, builders and leaders of the future. But they can transform the future only if they have skills, health, decision-making, and real choices in life,” he added.With the right policies and investments in human capital, countries can empower young people to drive economic and social development and boost per-capita incomes, the new UNFPA report states.The UNFPA Executive Director urges countries in pursuit of a demographic dividend to ensure the gains result in growth that benefits everyone.“It is too easy to talk about the demographic dividend in terms of money, savings and economic growth, which have so far excluded many,” Dr. Osotimehin says. “The demographic dividend must be harnessed to achieve inclusive growth and offer opportunities and well-being for all.”In the 1950s and 1960s, several East Asian economies invested heavily in young people’s capabilities and in expanding their access to voluntary family planning, enabling individuals to start families later and have fewer children. The result was unprecedented economic growth. The Republic of Korea, for example, saw its per-capita gross domestic product grow about 2,200 per cent between 1950 and 2008.Nine in ten of the world’s young people today live in less developed countries. Because of lagging social services, these countries face greater obstacles to leveraging the advantages that can result from engaging a youthful, productive workforce.The UNFPA report shows that demographic shifts taking place in about 60 countries are opening a window for a demographic dividend. The size of the dividend depends largely on how those countries invest in young people to realize their full potential.If sub-Saharan African countries repeated the East Asian experience by making the right investments in young people, enabling them to participate in decisions that affect their lives and adopting policies to bolster economic growth, the region as a whole could realize a demographic dividend amounting to as much as $500 billion a year, for 30 years.A demographic dividend of this magnitude has the potential to lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and raise living standards and catapult economies forward, the report states. Critical youth investments needed to reap a demographic dividend are those that protect rights, including reproductive rights, improve health, including sexual and reproductive health, and provide skills and knowledge to build young people’s capabilities and agency. These investments can also accelerate fertility declines, which can in turn accelerate the demographic transition.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

33 Peace Corps volunteers sworn in to serve Guyana

first_imgThirty-three new Peace Corps volunteers were on Wednesday sworn in by the United States of America Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway after two and a half months of training.Throughout the weeks, they were stationed in the Essequibo Islands to complete a training exercise with youths in the areas of education, health and well-being, and environmental development.The ceremony is the 31st of its kind and was conducted at the Ambassador’s residence in the presence of Government Ministers, First Lady Sandra Granger, and Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson.After taking the oath which was administered by the Ambassador, the volunteers were briefed on some of the work which they will be involved in during their stay inFront row from left: Peace Corps Guyana Director of Programming and Training, Melanie Ingalls; US Ambassador Perry Holloway; Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence; Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams; Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson and Peace Corps Guyana Country Director Wendy Hershberger along with the new volunteerseight of the 10 regions under a rotation system.For the next two years, the volunteers will reside with Guyanese citizens in the respective regions where they will serve.In her remarks, Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams applauded the new volunteers for successfully completing the training. She explained that the work which has been done by the volunteers was important to the development of youths across the nation.“The Government of Guyana recognises the value of volunteerism. The volunteers of the Peace Corps are shining examples for our nation and especially our youths. During your service, you will be working with teachers and students to teach science effectively, stimulate the love of nature and empower our youth to be leaders in environmental protection and enhancement.”Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence also shared similar sentiments, adding that the volunteers be supported throughout their service to Guyana.“I am convinced that over an extended period of time, your intervention with the schools coupled with your interaction with parents and health-care workers will certainly impact significantly the choices our youths make,” the Public Health Minister stated.The Peace Corps was created in March of 1961 by President John F Kennedy to provide human resource and technical assistance to developing countries. The Peace Corps was first active in Guyana from 1966-1971, and later returned in 1995 at the invitation of then President, Dr Cheddi Jagan.last_img read more

Celtic charged by UEFA over pitch invasion

first_img0Shares0000Celtic supporters sing ahead of the Champions League Group B match against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at Celtic Park in Glasgow, on September 12, 2017 © AFP / Paul ELLISLondon, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – European football’s governing body UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Celtic following a pitch invasion during their Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.A supporter raced onto the Parkhead pitch late in the first half on Tuesday with the hosts 3-0 down and darted towards 18-year-old superstar Kylian Mbappe. He aimed a fresh-air kick at the former Monaco striker but failed to make contact before being whisked away by stewards.Celtic have been charged with a count of “field invasion” and will have their case heard by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on October 19, a UEFA statement said.Celtic have already been fined 11 times in less than six years over fan behaviour issues ranging from pro-IRA chants to fireworks, crowd disturbances and illicit banners.PSG have also been charged after their fans were accused of breaking seats at Celtic Park and will have their matter addressed at the same hearing as Celtic.Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers expressed his frustration with Tuesday night’s incident and said the Parkhead club would take its own action.“The crowd reaction said it all. It is disappointing at any ground that a supporter gets on to the pitch,” he said.“I am sure the club will deal with that. It shouldn’t be anything that we should see on a football field. The crowd in their reaction told you everything you need to know.”Police said they made seven arrests at Celtic Park, including a 21-year-old man accused of an alleged pitch incursion and assault.Four men are expected to appear in court later Wednesday.UEFA has also opened proceedings against Basel after fans set off fireworks at Old Trafford on Tuesday. The Swiss club lost 3-0 to Manchester United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Villarreal’s Cazorla spoils Real Madrid Liga return

first_imgThe 34-year-old Cazorla had opened the scores on four minutes with a snap shot from 18-yards out catching Thibaut Coutois cold.But Frenchman Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane both bagged flashing headers as Real swept back into the lead with Brazilian midfielder Casemiro and Ballon D’Or Luka Modric pulling the strings in midfield.Benzema latched on to an inch perfect Lucas Vasquez cross to head home unmarked from the back of the six-yard box.German midfielder Toni Kroos was at the origin of Madrid’s go ahead goal as he picked out Raphael Varane at the far post and the Frenchman finished with a towering header.Modric had the ball in the net on the half-hour but the video assistant referee proved he was off side for his shot.Carzola was to have the last word when he ran from deep to produce an unmarked header of his own and level the score with the clock running down in the Estadio de la Ceramica.Sergio Ramos still had time to pick up a yellow card for elbowing a rival, sending the yellow clad home fans into howls and boos as Villarreal earned a precious point for their relegation worries.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The 34-year-old Cazorla had opened the scores on four minutes with a snap shot from 18-yards out catching Thibaut Coutois cold.MADRID, Spain, Jan 4 – Former Arsenal star Santi Cazorla scored twice as Villarreal drew 2-2 with Real Madrid in La Liga on Thursday, with the pint-sized midfielder producing a late header for a share of the spoils.This was Madrid”s first game since winning the World Club Cup in Doha in December and the draw leaves Santiago Solari’s outfit seven points off top placed Barcelona, four behind Atletico Madrid and two adrift of Seville.last_img read more

Kyle Walker plays down top-four hype as Tottenham go 12 games unbeaten

first_imgTottenham defender Kyle Walker has played down the side’s chances of ending their long wait for Champions League football, insisting the young Spurs side must ‘keep their feet on the ground’ as they continue their unbeaten Premier League run.The north London side have been a force home and away this term and have not dropped points since the opening day of the season, with Sunday’s impressive 4-1 London derby victory over West Ham extending their run to 12 games.Victory at White Hart Lane also lifted Spurs to within just two points of Arsenal in fourth place, and the ruthless manner of their display against the Hammers is perhaps a sign it will not take long for them to leapfrog their fierce rivals.Walker, who was on target with a wonderful outside-of-the-boot strike on Sunday, admits that morale is high within the squad, but he also warned his team-mates they must not allow their recent success to go to their heads.“It was a fantastic performance and every year people are saying about the top four, but this year we just need to concentrate on ourselves,” he told talkSPORT after the victory.“If we keep putting in the performances we are now, I don’t think many teams will come here and beat us and I think teams will struggle against us at their own grounds as well.“There has to be a belief [that they can make the top four] with how we’re playing, we’re all confident in ourselves and with each other and confident in the manager and what he’s trying to put across. I think that’s key, we’re taking steps in the right direction.“We’re playing with a smile on our faces. There’s a good togetherness, a good vibe about the place and it’s making the difference out there on the pitch.“But the main thing is keeping our feet on the ground. That’s vital, we can’t get ahead of ourselves.”With an average age of 24, Tottenham’s squad is the youngest of all the teams in the Premier League this season, with a line-up including the likes of Walker (25), Harry Kane (22), Dele Alli (19), Christian Eriksen (23), Eric Dier (21) and Erik Lamela (23) barely changing since the campaign kicked off.Their opening day defeat to Manchester United aside, the youthful Spurs side are yet to really face a major struggle this term, and Walker highlighted the importance of the role Tottenham’s more experienced stars will play when more difficult times do come their way.He added: “We’re a young team with not too much experience and that’s where the more experienced players, the likes of me, Jan [Vertonghen], Hugo [Lloris] , Moussa [Dembele], Toby [Alderweireld] and Danny rose, we need to get them together when times are tough.“We will have some tough times throughout the season – well, hopefully not but it will happen – but hopefully we can just keep this run going.“That’s the main thing. If we can just keep producing on a Saturday, Sunday and Thursday, that’s all that matters to me.”last_img read more

Huge crowds brave freezing cold to see Letterkenny Christmas lights switch-on

first_imgHuge crowds braved freezing temperatures on the streets of Letterkenny last night for the official turning on of the town’s Christmas lights.Market Square was thronged with families officially welcoming the festive season in what was a hugely successful night.MC for the evening Keith Fletcher was joined by a host of well-known faces including Mayor James Pat McDaid and even members of Donegal’s Fittest Family – The Ryans! The biggest cheer of the night was for the arrival of Santa who arrived in style on board a vintage lorry courtesy of Tinneys Farm Toys.Santa arrives at Market Square in style.One of the main sponsors for the evening was BE Energy who helped distribute bags of goodies for the many children who turned up on the night.Once again the night could not have been the success it was without the input of the local Letterkenny Chamber including the colourful Toni Forrester and Anne Condon.It really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas…..! Huge crowds brave freezing cold to see Letterkenny Christmas lights switch-on was last modified: November 26th, 2016 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:Christmas lightsletterkennySANTAlast_img read more

HIV and Aids: How to get treatment and support in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa has the largest antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programme in the world, which gives people living with the virus the chance to live full and healthy lives. Here’s more on where to get treatment.Babies whose mothers are HIV positive are tested at six weeks using the HIV PCR method, according to Unicef South Africa. (Image: Unicef South Africa, Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterThere are 3.4-million HIV positive people on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment in South Africa today, according to the government.With the 2016 International Aids Conference taking place from 18 to 22 July in Durban, we bring you a list of free health and social support services for South Africans affected by HIV and Aids. These can help HIV-positive people and their families deal with their situation a lot better.State hospitals and clinicsAsk staff at your local clinic or hospital about the following services if you are HIV-positive or if you know someone living with HIV/Aids.Testing and counsellingThe first step is to get tested for HIV. Knowing your status will help you get the treatment you need. Pregnant women should get tested every three months.The HIV test is provided for free at government clinics.You can also get tested at a local health department office, at your local doctor, at family planning clinics and at sites specially set up for HIV testing. The results of your HIV test will be kept secret.Aids Foundation South Africa advises that you wait for three months after possible infection before you get an HIV test.HIV and pregnancyIf you are HIV-positive and pregnant, your doctor or staff at your local clinic can give you advice on how to make sure the virus is not passed on to your baby.Treatment and medicationIf you are HIV-positive but can’t afford to pay for ARV medicines, you can go to state hospitals and clinics for help. All medicines – the antiretroviral pills and vitamins – are available at government hospitals and clinics.People who are very sick can be treated there, or will be referred to another hospital for treatment.Support groupsIf you need advice and support for living with HIV, counsellors and nurses at your clinic can refer you to a support group.Home-based care and help for familiesAsk at your clinic about how people with HIV and Aids can get treatment for the disease at home. This is known as home-based care.The families of HIV-positive people can be trained on how to care for their loved one if he or she becomes very sick. Clinic staff can also tell families where to go to get training on how to give proper home-based care to people with Aids.Family members over the age of 12 can be trained in basic hygiene, basic nutrition, bed baths and dealing with blood, simple infections and body fluids. For example, covering your hands with a plastic bag when dealing with blood can stop you getting infected.Poverty alleviationThe department of social development is the go-to place to find out about food parcels. A social worker will look into your situation and give you advice on what to do.The government also gives out different grants through the South Africa Social Security Agency. You need different documents for different social grants. A social worker will help you with this. On your first visit you must take your identity document, or ID, with you.The documents you might need to apply for a grant are:IDMedical certificateProof of income and assets. This proof can be a wage slip, shop receipts, your UIF card, bank account statements, or your pension book. If you have no documents to prove your income, you must to go to a police station to write an affidavit explaining why you don’t have the documents. The police will give you advice on how to do this.Marriage certificateDeath certificate of parentsBirth certificates of children you are looking afterAffidavit from birth mother if the child’s real parents are still alive. This must explain why you are looking after another person’s child. It must also say that the parents agree to you looking after the child.Letter from your employer stating your salaryOther supportHere are some of the other places where you can find support:Caprisa – The Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) provides comprehensive programmes of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support to those affected. One of their projects educates teenagers on protection against HIV/Aids. They also hold support groups for HIV- positive people.Watch Caprisa beneficiaries in KwaZulu-Natal talk about how the organisation helps them:Nacosa is a network of over 1 500 civil society organisations and individuals working together against HIV/Aids and TB in southern Africa. To find the contact details and address of an organisation working in your area, you can visit their website.Health4Men is an awareness project targeted at gay and bisexual men. The Health4Men initiative and the sexual health campaign We the Brave were founded by the Anova Health Institute in partnership with the Department of Health. Visit their websites to get information on HIV/Aids, and to find clinics specifically for gay or bisexual people.Volunteer to helpIf you want to be a volunteer, you can contact the Department of Health or first aid training organisations. They can help with formal training like basic first aid care.Volunteers can also work hand-in-hand with other institutions like religious groups, clinics and the Department of Social Development.Dealing with deathPeople who are extremely sick and likely to die should prepare for their death. Things to do include naming guardians for their children, writing out a will and testament, sorting out any bank accounts and insurance, and creating a memory box for their children and other loved ones.People who can’t afford a funeral for a family member should ask their municipalities and religious organisations for help. They should work together to give the deceased a pauper’s burial. This is a free funeral paid by the municipality.Sources: South African Government News Agency, Education and Training Unit and Aids Foundation South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Pelleting and extrusion increase digestible and metabolizable energy in diets for pigs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Scientists at the University of Illinois using co-products from the ethanol and human food industries are helping shed light on ways processing high-fiber animal feed ingredients can enhance pigs’ utilization of the nutrients and energy they contain. The co-products from these industries typically contain more fiber than the standard corn-soybean meal diet.“It is possible that the benefits of extrusion and pelleting are greater in high-fiber diets than in low-fiber diets. We set out to test that hypothesis, said Hans H. Stein, professor of animal sciences at Illinois.”Stein and his team tested effects of extrusion, pelleting, or extrusion and pelleting: using a low-fiber diet based on corn and soybean meal; a medium-fiber diet containing corn, soybean meal, and 25% distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS); and a high-fiber diet containing corn, soybean meal, 25% DDGS, and 20% soybean hulls.Each diet was divided into four batches. One batch was fed in meal form, one was pelleted at 85 degrees C, one was extruded at 115 degrees C, and the fourth was extruded at 115 degrees C and then pelleted at 85 degrees C.“Regardless of the concentration of fiber in the diet, pelleting, extrusion, and pelleting plus extrusion increased the digestibility of indispensable amino acids relative to feeding in meal form,” Stein said. “For most indispensable amino acids, extrusion or extrusion combined with pelleting provided a greater increase than pelleting alone. There was no interaction between processing techniques and fiber level.”Pelleting of low-fiber diets increased digestible energy by 1.9% and metabolizable energy by 2.1%. Extrusion did not increase digestible energy or metabolizable energy of the low-fiber diet. Combining extrusion with pelleting did not increase digestible energy or metabolizable energy compared with pelleting alone.For the medium-fiber diets, pelleting increased digestible energy by 1.9% and metabolizable by 2.2%. Extrusion increased digestible by 2.3% and metabolizable energy by 2.7%. The combination of pelleting and extrusion did not increase digestible energy or metabolizable energy in these diets.Pelleting did not increase digestible energy or metabolizable of the high-fiber diets. Extrusion increased digestible energy by 2% and metabolizable by 2.9%. The combination of extrusion and pelleting increased digestible energy by 2.9% and metabolizable energy by 3.7%.Hindgut fermentation was not increased in pigs fed extruded, pelleted, or extruded and pelleted diets. Instead, the increase in digestible energy and metabolizable energy appeared to be attributable to increased digestibility of amino acids and starch.Stein concludes, “These data indicate that energy utilization may be improved by pelleting or extrusion or by a combination of the two, but the response seems to be greater for extrusion in diets that are relatively high in fiber.”The research is supported by funding from the National Pork Board, Des Moines, IA, and by Bühler AG, Uzwil, Switzerland.“Effects of pelleting, extrusion, or extrusion and pelleting on energy and nutrient digestibility in diets containing different levels of fiber and fed to growing pigs,” is published in the Journal of Animal Science. Oscar Rojas, formerly of the University of Illinois and now of Devenish Nutrition, and Ester Vinyeta of Bühler AG are co-authors.last_img read more

Pork elections July 20

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The election of pork producer delegate candidates for the 2018 National Pork Producers (Pork Act) Delegate Body will take place at noon on Thursday, July 20th, 2017 in conjunction with a Board of Directors meeting of Ohio Pork Council at the Cincinnati Radisson, 668 W. 5th Street, Covington, Kentucky.All Ohio pork producers are invited to attend. Any producer, age 18 or older, who is a resident of the state and has paid all assessments due may be considered as a delegate candidate and/or participate in the election. All eligible producers are encouraged to bring with them a sales receipt proving that hogs were sold in their name and the checkoff deducted.last_img read more