Watched by Charlton, Rooney ties record as United top scorer

first_imgPH among economies most vulnerable to virus Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney warms up ahead of during the English FA Cup Third Round match between Manchester United and Reading at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. (Photo by RUI VIEIRA/AP)MANCHESTER, England — Wayne Rooney became Manchester United’s joint leading scorer of all time when he scored his 249th goal for the club on Saturday in the FA Cup third-round 4-0 win over Reading.Rooney struck in the seventh minute at Old Trafford to equal the mark set by Bobby Charlton, who was watching the game.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ronaldo scores as Madrid matches Barcelona’s unbeaten record GCTA mess: BuCor given til March to review records of PDL returnees PLAY LIST 01:38GCTA mess: BuCor given til March to review records of PDL returnees00:55Black Nazarene back in Quiapo Church in record time01:07‘Slug it out’ in court, Guevarra dares De Lima01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Senators to proceed with review of VFA “To do it at such a massive club like Manchester United, I am hugely honored and it is really proud moment for me,” said Rooney, who is the record scorer for England’s national team.Rooney was making his 543rd United appearance — 215 fewer games than Charlton.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngBoth Charlton and Alex Ferguson, the manager who brought Rooney to Old Trafford 13 years earlier, were seen smiling among spectators after the goal.The 31-year-old Rooney, who joined United as an 18-year-old prodigy from Everton, turned in Juan Mata’s cross, having missed a great chance to score inside the first two minutes. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Rooney then turned provider as United, the defending cup champion, scored a second goal to lead 2-0 at halftime. Rooney set up Anthony Martial to fire past Reading goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, who was beaten twice more by Marcus Rashford in the second half.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments EDITORS’ PICKlast_img read more

Team South Africa profile: Noko Matlou

first_img21 June 2012Striker Noko Matlou is one of the most recognisable faces of South Africa’s national women’s football team, Banyana Banyana, which will be competing in its first Olympic Games in London.She is nicknamed “Beep Beep”, after the Road Runner found in cartoons, because of her speed. Matlou provides much more than speed alone, however. She has a strong physical presence and is an excellent finisher with well over 50 international goals to her name.In 2009, Matlou became the first South African to win a major Confederation of African Football (Caf) award when she was named the Caf Women’s Footballer of the Year on the back of a superb performance in the African Women’s Championship, which she finished as joint-top goal scorer with six goals.Clean sweepA year earlier, she had made a clean sweep of the awards at the Confederation of South African Football Association (Cosafa) awards.“I won all the awards, from woman of the match to a top goal scorer,” she told SA Women’s Soccer in an interview in May 2012. Those awards should have come as no surprise; that’s what scoring 14 goals in only five matches will bring you.She also underlined her motivation, adding: “I am always in competition with myself and beating my own records. I am going forward, growing and improving.”Matlou recalled how she, against the wishes of her family, began playing football at the age of 14. “That’s when I discovered that it was my God-given talent,” she said.‘Soccer is my life’“I am very passionate about the sport. It fulfils me and identifies with what I am. The monetary reward is just a bonus. Soccer is my life.”In 2011, she was named South Africa’s Sportswoman of the Year, chosen ahead of African record holder in the javelin, Sunette Viljoen, and the world’s all-time leading scorer in women’s international hockey, Pietie Coetzee.Last year too, The Mail and Guardian included Matlou on its list of 200 Young South Africans, who were chosen, wrote M&G editor Nic Dawes, “for their impact, their creativity and the resonance of their values with the project of building the South Africa that we all want to live in: vibrant, prosperous, equitable, diverse and hungry for the challenges of growth and change.”Matlou has been offered contracts to play overseas, but she has put that off until she completes her studies in transportation management at the University of Johannesburg.A team playerIn spite of her excellent goal scoring record, Matlou is very much a team player, which she made clear before Banyana faced Ethiopia in a second leg Olympic qualifier in September last year.“Believe me, the statistics of goals I have scored for Banyana Banyana is furthest from my mind,” she told the South African Football Association.“Getting to the Olympic Games is all the Banyana Banyana players are focused on, and our team sponsor Sasol and Safa must be thanked for allowing us to partake in more team camps and matches than in previous years.”The goal of qualifying for the Olympic Games has since been achieved. Now it is up to Matlou and her team-mates to shine in London.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New dwarf dinosaur species from SA

first_img4 October 2012 Fossils from South Africa continue to produce the goods for palaeontology. The latest to emerge from one of the country’s rocks is a bizarre, tiny new species of parrot-beaked, vampire-fanged, plant-eating dinosaur dating back some 200-million years. A specimen of the species – less than 60 centimetres long and no heavier than a house cat – was originally chipped out of rock in South Africa in the 1960s and discovered decades later in a collection of fossils at Harvard University in the United States by palaeontologist Paul Sereno from the University of Chicago. Sereno published his findings in online scientific journal ZooKeys on Wednesday. According to a statement from the University of Chicago, the new species is one of a number of small fanged plant-eaters called heterodontosaurs, or “different toothed reptiles,” thought to be among the first dinosaurs to spread across the planet. Named Pegomastax africanus or “thick jaw from Africa,” the new species had a short, parrot-shaped beak, a frontal pair of stabbing canines and tall teeth tucked behind for slicing plants. “The tall teeth in its upper and lower jaws operated like self-sharpening scissors, with shearing wear facets that slid past one another when the jaws closed,” the University of Chicago said. “The parrot-shaped skull, less than three inches [7.6 centimetres] long, may have been adapted to plucking fruit.” Sereno argues that it is very rare “that a plant-eater like Pegomastax would sport sharp-edged, enlarged canines” like that of a vampire. While some scientists argue that heterodontosaurs’ diet included meat, Sereno says a microscopic examination of the teeth of Pegomastax suggest they were more likely used in self-defense and competitive sparring for mates. Adding to the oddness of Pegomastax, Sereno believes they were probably mostly covered by porcupine-like bristles – basing his argument on the bristles found on a similar-sized heterodontosaur, Tianyulong, recently discovered in China. In life, Sereno says, Pegomastax and its kin – “the most advanced plant-eaters of their day” – would have been found scampering around in search of edible plants, looking like “nimble, two-legged porcupine[s]”. SAinfo reporter and UChicagoNewslast_img read more

Centralised tender system ‘will root out corruption’

first_img17 February 2014Centralising the government’s tender system will go a long way towards rooting out corruption in South Africa’s public service, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.Speaking in an interview with national television, Zuma said the fight against corruption would be better won when there was a central board in place to deal with all tenders. It would also make it easier to police corrupt officials.In his State of the Nation address last Thursday, Zuma said a central tender board would be established to adjudicate tenders in all spheres of government. The board, he said, will work with the chief procurement officer, whose main function would be to check on pricing and adherence to procedures as well as fairness.“The problem is that if you spread the tender system across all spheres of government, you have got too many fingers everywhere. It is difficult to control that,” Zuma told the SABC on Sunday.Zuma said the problem with having too many panels deciding on their own tenders was that it exposed the system to infiltration by corrupt officials, which often led to people in the entire tender system being perceived to be corrupt.With the new system, corruption, if it occurred, would be limited to one board and relatively easy to investigate.Anti-corruption hotline ‘yielding results’In his State of the Nation address, Zuma said the campaign to clamp down on corruption in South Africa’ public service was yielding results.“Since the launch of the National Anti-Corruption Hotline by the Public Service Commission, over 13 000 cases of corruption and maladministration have been referred to government departments for further handling and investigation,” Zuma said.Through the hotline, more than R320-million rand had been recovered from perpetrators, 1 542 officials had been dismissed from the public service and 204 officials prosecuted, Zuma reported.At the same time, the police’s Special Investigating Unit was busy investigating maladministration or alleged corruption in a number of government departments and state entities, through 40 proclamations signed by Zuma since 2009.“We will keep the public informed of the outcome of the investigations,” Zuma said.In the first six months of last year, he added, the state’s Asset Forfeiture Unit had paid a total of R149-million into the Criminal Assets Recovery Account and to the victims of crime.“This is 170% above its target of R55-million and is higher than it has ever achieved in a full year.”Regarding corruption in the private sector, Zuma noted that the country’s competition authorities had investigated large-scale price fixing in the construction industry last year and fined guilty companies R1.4-billion.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

American inks Apple deal to let there be rock

first_imgImage: American Airlines Apple Music subscribers can let the good times roll from February 1 thanks to deal that gives them complimentary inflight Wi-Fi access on suitably equipped American Airlines aircraft.Passengers will be able to stream Apple’s millions of songs, playlists and videos on any domestic flight equipped with Viasat satellite Wi-Fi.American says it is the first commercial airline to strike such a deal with the technology giant.The US carrier has been progressively fitting out its fleet with high-speed wi-fi and currently has it on 570 aircraft. It expects to complete the project by the middle of this year.Customers on Viasat-equipped aircraft can enjoy Apple Music during a flight by connecting to the inflight Wi-Fi at no cost and logging in with their Apple Music subscription.Customers who don’t already have an Apple Music subscription will be able to connect to Wi-Fi at no cost, sign up onboard and receive free access for three months.The service is available on both Apple and Android devices.READ first American biometric boarding trial starts in LAAmerican has also added free live TV to more than 400 domestic and 155 international aircraft, with more to come, and is streaming free entertainment to customers’ devices.To help them keep their devices running, it is installing power at every seat in mainline aircraft and two-class regional jets.“Our customers want to make the most of their time when flying with us. That’s why we’re investing in high-speed Wi-Fi, the newest movies, live TV and now Apple Music,” said  American president of global marketing Janelle Anderson.United Airlines also this week announced it was offering 100 channels of live television for free on 211 Boeing 737 United aircraft equipped with seatback TV,In addition to the free live DIRECTV service at more than 30,000 seats, United has also expanded its personal device entertainment product to allow passengers to use their phones, tablets or laptops to access a library of more than 280 complimentary movies and TV shows.“This year, we will be introducing a series of innovations and improvements designed to help build a great experience for all our customers,” said United chief customer officer Toby Enqvist.“Offering free entertainment, whether it’s on seat back TV or on personal devices, is one example of how we are placing our customers at the heart of what we do and helping them to relax and enjoy their flights.”last_img read more

React Native Will Ease, But Not Settle, The Native vs. Web Wars

first_imgRelated Posts 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… lauren orsini How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#F8 2015#Facebook#React Native#React.js#Tom Occhino center_img Facebook’s Tom Occhino unveils React NativeWeb apps and mobile apps don’t just look different, they have to be coded differently, too. However, a new open source framework from Facebook could make those two sets of code a little more similar to one another. On Thursday, Facebook announced that it had open sourced React Native, a framework that allows developers to use its in-house JavaScript framework, React.js, for mobile development. Developers typically consider Web development to be more flexible than the walled garden world of mobile. This announcement could bring some of that desktop ease to the mobile world as developers prepare apps for simultaneously release on iOS and Android.“What we really want is the user experience of the native mobile platforms, combined with the developer experience we have when building with React on the Web,” wrote Facebook software developer Tom Occhino. “With a bit of work, we can make it so the exact same React that’s on GitHub can power truly native mobile applications.”See also: Can We Please Stop Fighting The Native vs. Web App Wars?Whatever simplification React Native might bring to mobile development, Occhino doesn’t want developers to get the wrong idea—they’ll still have to write two sets of code. One will be in React.js for their website; another will be in React Native for mobile applications.The goal isn’t to change that, Occhino said at the React.js 2015 conference this February—just to make it easier for developers to learn one framework and apply their knowledge everywhere. “We’re not chasing the write-once, run-anywhere pipe dream,” Occhino said at the conference. “Instead, what we want to do is chase the learn-once, write-anywhere paradigm.” React was designed for Facebook’s express purposes, and entered a crowded web full of frameworks with similar sounding names, like Angular.js, Backbone.js, and Node.js. But the framework has carved out a niche for itself. Major companies like Yahoo, Mozilla, Reddit, and Airbnb have said they use React. React Native’s iOS code is available on GitHub today with Android support “coming soon,” according to Facebook.Photo of Tom Occhino courtesy of Facebook Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzeslast_img read more

Saudi Arabia hosts world chess games, testing reform limits

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The mufti’s comments at the time led to an outcry on social media by young Saudis who defended the game as intellectually stimulating. Muslims, who introduced chess to Europe, have been playing the game since the 7th century in Persia.Despite the mufti’s past criticism, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pushed for greater social openings, including lifting a ban on women driving that goes into effect next year, allowing concerts and movies, and easing rules on gender segregation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe chess tournament, however, has also been hit by regional politics. Israelis say Saudi Arabia ignored requests by Israeli players to obtain visas to participate in the tournament. Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic relations.Meanwhile, players from Qatar and Iran, which have strained ties with Saudi Arabia, have been granted visas to participate in the tournament. However, Qatari players will not compete in the championship because Qatar’s chess federation said organizers demanded that the players not display the Qatari flag during the competition. View comments Suns’ Booker returns vs Grizzlies Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais A statement issued by the World Chess Federation said that visas for players from Iran and Qatar were secured. It made no mention of Israeli players.“The fact that players from Iran and Qatar may decide not to participate, after consulting their own authorities, is clearly their own individual decision,” the statement said.The statement added that Saudi authorities had proposed that for security reasons the Qatari players should play under the organization’s flag, but that the issue was resolved and the Qatar Chess Association was informed that their players would play under their own flag.The tournament, called the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, runs until Saturday. It includes around 240 players — both men and women — from 70 countries. There are 16 players from Saudi Arabia. The world’s top three chess players from Norway, Armenia and Azerbaijan are participating in the tournament. There is also a women’s chess tournament taking place alongside the open championship.ADVERTISEMENT 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 PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Dutertecenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES MOST READ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Women are reportedly being allowed to wear dark blue or black formal trousers and high-necked blouses, avoiding Saudi rules of dress that require female residents and most visitors to wear loose-fitting, long robes known as “abayas.” Most Saudi women also cover their hair and face with veils.James Dorsey, a Mideast scholar and senior fellow at the University of Singapore, said the kingdom was granted hosting rights by the World Chess Federation with a $1.5 million check that amounts to four times the federation’s standard annual fee.“Literally everything involving Saudi Arabia’s hosting of a chess tournament is political,” he wrote in an analysis of the tournament. “Saudi Arabia’s visa policy is political as is the kingdom’s willingness to concede on women’s dress.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In this Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 photo released by Saudi Press Agency, two Saudi officials play chess during the opening the first ever chess tournament in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time on Tuesday nearly two years after the country’s top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time on Tuesday nearly two years after the country’s top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. Politics have also interfered, with players from Israel and Qatar missing the tournament due to regional tensions.Saudi Arabia’s top cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, said in early 2016 that chess is “forbidden” in Islam because it wastes time and can lead to rivalry among players. Similarly, top Iranian clerics have also decried the game, saying it can lead to gambling, which is not permissible in Islam.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more