Rondina, Gervacio oust Canada to barge into FIVB Manila Open quarterfinals

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The Philippine duo of Cherry Rondina and Dzi Gervacio rose above their competition and dispatched Canada’s Megan Nagy and Caleigh Cruickshank, 21-17, 21-17, to advance to the quarterfinals of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Saturday at SM Sands by the Bay.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Rondina and Gervacio, who were the second seeds in Pool D, will face Japan’s Shinako Tanaka and Sakurako Fujii, the top pair of Pool C, in the quarterfinals  at 3:30pm.The Philippines used methodical approach in handling its lead late in the second set after two straight Canadian errors gave the Filipinos a 15-13 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGervacio scored on back-to-back kills for the 17-14 lead before Rondina sent over a hammer for the 18-14 buffer.“From the beginning our mindset was we won’t let ourselves be embarrassed in front while representing our country,” said Rondina in Filipino. “We had to give it our all.” P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Neymar back in France to continue recovery from injury Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Rondina scored another hit for the 19-16 lead before Gervacio’s effort out the Philippines at the 20-16 match point.Cruickshank then overshot her serve that awarded the Filipinos the victory.“I never expected that we would go this far, that we will still be playing at this point,” said Gervacio in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Oil production will have low risks to marine life – EIA

first_img…maintains low probability of oil spill reaching coastLiza Phase 2By Jarryl BryanThe results from the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) into the Liza Phase  2 development project has almost cleared ExxonMobil’s subsidiary from the presumption that its operations will cause damage to Guyana’s wildlife and the environment – that is, pending an independent assessment.The report’s findings are that damage will be “negligible to minor” when it comes to various categories. That is, save for damage to marine mammals, which the report does find will be moderate.According to the report, which was commissioned by Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), observations before and after the issuance of the Environmental permit show that large members of the cetacean family (particularly whales) rarely appear South of the Stabroek Block.The report states, “marine mammals have the potential to be impacted by two types of sound from planned project activities…Continuous sound from vessels and machinery operating in the (Project Development Area (PDA)) and comparatively louder, shorter-duration impulse sound from the Vertical Seismic Profiling (VSP) and pile driving.”“Both the continuous sound and impulse sound sources would be loud enough to cause injury in the immediate vicinity of the source,” the report acknowledges, but adds that this would have no effect within approximately 10 metres of the vessels, 75 metres from the VSP, and approximately 1400 metres from the driven piles. The piles are driven at depths of more than 4920 feet.Even with those risks, however, the report pointed out the premise that marine mammals actively avoid these sounds because of the physical discomfort. It adds that mid frequency hearing mammals generally stay 700 metres away. The low frequency mammals, it says, avoid that portion of water by 1400 metres.“Both categories of cetaceans would be expected to avoid these areas for the duration of the pile-driving activity. Low frequency cetaceans (LFC) species, including many of the larger baleen whales and dolphins, and some mid frequency cetaceans (MFC) species, including toothed whales, will naturally remain outside of the area of potential effect because it will be deeper than their deepest recorded dive depths,” the report states.According to the report, species like Sperm Whales have been known to dive approximately 4000 feet in tropical and subtropical waters. But the report states that even if they met depths that would expose them to injury, they physiologically could not remain there for sufficient periods.Marine turtlesThe report states that marine turtles could be impacted by planned project activities, but that the impact is negligible to minor. It states that turtles, which are reptilian, are not as sensitive to underwater sound as mammals.“Marine turtles have been detected at a much lower rate than marine mammals prior to and since the Project was permitted, which suggests that the density of marine turtles offshore is comparatively low. Preliminary tracking data from a marine turtle telemetry study indicate that individual turtles may nest multiple times a season at Shell Beach.”The report adds that “during the period between nesting events, they generally remain close to the nesting beaches, which would reduce the probability of their encountering Project vessel traffic moving within the PDA or between the PDA and shore base in Guyana.”Oil spillsThe assessment also takes into account unplanned events, such as hydrocarbon spill, discharge of untreated wastewater from the FPSO, vessel strike of a marine mammal, marine turtle, or seabird; vessel collision; and onshore vehicular accident.“An unplanned event is defined as an event that is not planned to occur as part of the project, but that could potentially occur. Since these events are not planned, they are evaluated using methods different from those used for planned events, specifically taking into consideration the likelihood that an unplanned event will occur.”“EEPGL has identified 14 spill scenarios, including spills of different types of hydrocarbons (like) crude oil, marine diesel, fuel oil, lubricating oil, with several being applicable for spills at the shore base and on vessels in the Demerara River estuary (like) from a supply vessel) or in the Atlantic Ocean – eg, from a well, drillship, supply vessel, tanker, FPSO. The largest of these scenarios considers a loss of well control incident at the seafloor, releasing 20,000 barrels of oil per day for 30 days.”But the report noted previous findings that there is a low probability of an oil spill reaching the shoreline, in addition to the five to 15 days timeline for oil the reach the shore. It also noted its oil spill contingency plans. These plans, the company said, include its proper preparation of wells, inspected well control equipment, an Oil Spill Response Plan that sets out the response chain to an oil spill.“The OSRP clearly delineates the responsibilities of each entity that would take part in a response and describes how EEPGL would mobilise both its own resources and those of its oil spill response contractors, as well as notifying the Government of Guyana with respect to mobilising its resources,” the report states.Last month, Government had announced that an international firm, Ramboll US Corporation, will be contracted at a cost of $40 million to review the EIA. That sum will be footed by EEPGL, seeking environmental authorisation for the second phase of its Lisa project.It is understood that the Liza Phase 1 development project will produce about half the oil in the Liza field, Stabroek block. The Liza Phase 2 development project will produce the other half.last_img read more

Education is not confined to classrooms: Endless opportunities available for students in this age

first_imgToday, education has broadened its horizons and extended its reach and coverage since the ancient times.Indeed, we have come a long way from a traditional system of schooling, Gurukul, when learning happened by remaining in constant touch with the guru and all education centred around the knowledge and learning of the guru.With technology literally vanquishing the field of education, learning is no longer confined to the walls of the classrooms.As educators and learners, one is observing widespread and dynamic trends emerging in the field of education.Educational policies, methodologies, technological compatibility, and the approach to learning for the substantive development of the teacher and the taught are continuously changing.Today, we are living in an era of e-learning wherein education is often imparted with no direct contact with the facilitator.Another concept which is revolutionising the field of education is ‘Distance Learning’ which has contributed tremendously in reaching out to the enthusiastic learners in the backward and remote parts of the country which till date remain deprived of basic amenities.The paradigm shift from ‘Classroom learning’ to ‘Experiential learning’ has also shattered the confines of a ‘closed classroom’ concept and compelled us to think beyond.To enhance the efficacy of the mind, there is a need to align three components of learnings based on knowledge and skills, instructional strategies and assessment patterns with the prospective needs of the future and to achieve that we need to provide opportunities for new avenues and domains.The educational system provides the right atmosphere for learners to develop their soft skills and empowers them to be critical thinkers, lifelong learners, change agents and world leaders.advertisementThis objective of education can be achieved only when schools follow an all-embracing attitude to education i.e. an integrated development stressing on physical, mental, moral and social aspects.Individual talents can, therefore, be honed only by looking beyond the classroom situations and aim for an educational system that provides the right atmosphere for the cultural, social and aesthetic development of the learners by cutting a fine balance between scholastic and co-scholastic activities.Students should, therefore, be provided with a free access to explore their talents through multifarious sports and club activities.Learning through hands-on activities should also be promoted which not only strengthen the concept but also trains the learners to adapt and apply their learning to everyday life situations.Such practical knowledge can be imparted only by moving out of the traditional mindset of a conventional classroom and looking beyond.Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, said, “the entire education system has to be based on capacity building comprising five components: research and enquiry, creativity and innovation, capacity to use high-end technology, entrepreneurship and moral leadership.”In pursuit of this ideal module, we as educators, need to and are making every endeavour to open the portals of learning and move our learners out of the confines of a ‘classroom’ and such has been achieved by bringing desirable dynamics in education by way of revolutionising the existing practices.This article is authored by By Dr Saroj Suman Gulati, Director, Blue Bells Group of Schools.last_img read more