Pogoy, Racela wary of dangerous Blackwater led by former Tams

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFrom relative nobodies, Mac Belo and Raymar Jose came out of nowhere and built themselves to become two of the most hardworking forwards in the country today.And it all started in FEU, with coach Nash Racela ingraining in them the right way to perform at the best of their capabilities.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re a little nervous seeing how good Blackwater is right now. But we’re ready and we really prepared hard for them,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson But it’s not just Racela, as Roger Pogoy will also have to deal with the trouble of taking on his former teammates and close friends.“I’m excited to play against Toto for the first time here in the PBA. And I’m also happy for Mac because he’s been playing well after recovering from his injury,” said the 25-year-old sniper in Filipino.Seeing how good his former peers have been playing for Blackwater, Pogoy admits that TNT is at a disadvantage in this tiff.“They have the advantage because Blackwater, especially Mac and Toto, are playing great. They’re young and they’re fast, and their confidence is on a high,” he said.But as close as Pogoy is to Belo and Jose off-court, the Cebuano gunslinger knows that it’s all business once that buzzer sounds.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew That development saw the two go from Morayta to the national team to now in Blackwater where they are emerging as solid contributors for the hard luck squad this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.But on Wednesday, Racela will have to face his own creations when his TNT battle the upstart Elite squad at Smart Araneta Coliseum.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“After their stint in FEU, we’ve seen their development as players. And they’re already different players from the time we separated in 2015,” said the easy-going mentor. “From good players, they are now very good players.”Both Belo and Jose were integral parts of the Racela-coached Tamaraws which went to back-to-back Finals in 2014 and 2015 and ultimately won FEU the UAAP Season 78 championship. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Ceres battles past Shan United to set up clash vs Brisbane Roarlast_img read more

James Yap hits dagger vs former team for a change

first_imgCarpio 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 James Yap rescues Rain or Shine, makes go-ahead 3-point play vs former team Magnolia LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—James Yap is no stranger in knocking down big time shots that listing all of it down would be preposterous and that piece would be pages long.Most of his clutch shots came when he was with the Purefoods franchise, so seeing him complete another heart-stopping play against Magnolia was just surreal.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “This is one of the best gifts, we’re at 7-1 and I’ll be celebrating my birthday soon,” said Yap.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Well, that’s what happened Wednesday night when Rain or Shine and Magnolia went down the wire in the PBA Philippine Cup after Yap converted a three-point play that gave the Elasto Painters the 75-74 win over the Hotshots.Yap was traded to Rain or Shine for Paul Lee prior to the 2016-17 PBA season and in the more than two years since the shocking swap, the two-time MVP said he’s learned to settle down when he’s facing the Hotshots.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Actually, I wasn’t thinking that I was facing my former team because if I did that you’ll just force yourself that you want to show off,” said Yap in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.“But we have to accept that it felt good hitting that game-winner against your former team and you were able to do it for your new team. That was a great feeling.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Yap made that fateful shot with 3.2 seconds remaining after he faked out Rafi Reavis and Rome dela Rosa to get an open view of the rim from the free throw line from which he calmly drained a one-hander despite getting contact.The ensuing free throw was simply automatic as Yap finished the game with a game-high 18 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter, as the league-leading and quarterfinals-bound Elasto Painters climbed to 7-1 record.Yap added that his game-winning play wasn’t a statement in any form since thinking of it that way would just throw him off his rhythm.“I never thought of it that way [being a statement] because once I think of it that way I might not have made the shot,” said Yap.The shot was also an early birthday treat for Yap who will turn 37 on February 15.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

Food vendor gets 3 years for ganja trafficking

first_imgChristopher Cummings, a food vendor of Tucville Housing Scheme, made his final appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday and was handed a three-year sentence for a ganja trafficking charge he faced in 2019.Convicted and sentenced: Christopher CummingsThe Tucville resident initially pleaded not guilty to the charge but Magistrate Dylon Bess, in summing up the matter, found sufficient evidence against the defendant to convict him.The Police had stated that on January 11, 2019, at Merriman Mall, Georgetown, he had in his possession 109 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Facts had stated that on the day in question, ranks from the narcotics branch of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), acting on information, went to the defendant’s vending area and found the suspected narcotics in his hands.He was then arrested and charged for the offence.However, his attorney told the court that Cummings was not found with the illegal drug in his possession but rather in a container which the Police suspected belonged to him.last_img read more

High school basketball action this weekend

first_img The Sharp Regional tips off at 3:30 PM on Friday with the Cougars meeting the Chetwynd Cavaliers. Bowes and Fort Nelson follow at 5:00 PM and then the girls hit the court at 6:30. The last game Friday evening tips off at 8:00 with the losers of Game One and Game Two vying to see who goes home first. On Saturday things get underway early. The winners of games one and two hit the floor at 8:30 AM. The winner of that one advances directly to the Championship game at 2:30 PM. The loser is back on the floor at 11:30 AM in an elimination contest with the victor from game three. In the middle of all this, the Lady Cougars and Lady Bulldogs play their second contest at 10:00 AM. If a third game is necessary, the girls are back on the court at 1:00 PM. There’s lots of high-school basketball on tap this weekend, as both Junior and Senior teams head into regional playdowns. Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Jr. High Schools will battle it out on the girls side of the Sharp Instruments Regional Basketball Tournament, being hosted by the Kearney Cougars. Just one girls team will move on from the Sharp Regional, and the Bulldogs will battle the Cougars in a best of three play-off. Four junior boys teams will fight it out for the two northern berths at the Zones being staged in Vanderhoof (Feb. 21-22). Host Dr. Kearney is hoping to continue their hot form, as they are challenged by Bert Bowes, Fort Nelson, and Chetwynd.- Advertisement – On the senior boys front, the North Peace Oscars will be in Dawson Creek this weekend at South Peace Secondary’s 32nd annual Snowball Invitational Basketball Tournament The Oscars are the #2 ranked 3A team in the North Central Zone behind defending champion Kelly Road of Prince George. There are only 4 teams in the Zone who qualify via student population as 3A schools. Prince George Secondary and South Peace are the other two. The Oscars have beaten the latter two teams this season but have yet to meet the Kelly Road side, and presumably that will happen this weekend. One team will advance from the Zones to Provincials in Vancouver in mid March. The last time (the only time) that a northern school won the Provincials was 1980 when Duchess Park came out on top …Advertisementlast_img read more

Wenger ‘still hungry’ despite prospect of Arsenal review

first_imgBut the veteran French boss eventually signed a fresh two-year contract following Arsenal’s FA Cup final win over London rivals Chelsea.But Premier League defeats by Liverpool, Stoke and Watford this season led to renewed questioning of the 68-year-old’s position.However, a 5-2 victory over Everton on Sunday, allied to reaching the League Cup quarter-finals and a perfect record in the Europa League, have led some fans to turn their anger away from Wenger and towards an Arsenal board headed by American businessman Stan Kroenke.“I must tell you, my hunger, my commitment is bigger than ever,” said Wenger when speaking to Arsenal shareholders during the club’s Annual General Meeting at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday.“But I accept that of course when you have been at the club a long time, everybody questions that. I question myself a lot, don’t worry, to be better every single day.“And I will sit down every year with my board to see where I go from there.”Wenger, asked to explain his comments in more detail at a subsequent press conference, replied: “I am 21 years at the club and I want to feel that I do well, and see what the board thinks of my performance.“After that we decide where we go from there. But of course my desire has always been to respect my contracts.”– Wenger ‘the right guy’ –Wenger had earlier received the unequivocal support of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke who declared he was doing a “great job”, even though Arsenal have not won the Premier League since 2004.“He’s the right guy,” Kroenke told the Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph in interviews published Thursday.“I think he is more focused than ever. Focused on winning. I really think I do see that.”Shareholders at the AGM voted against resolutions to re-elect chairman Chips Keswick and Josh Kroenke — Stan’s son — to the Gunners’ board.The votes, however, did not succeed given Stan Kroenke had already used his 67 percent stake to back the re-appointment of the duo.Some 200 shareholders turned up in person to hear from Wenger, Keswick and chief executive Ivan Gazidis.Keswick defended a payment of £2.6 million ($3.4 million, 2.9 million euros) to Gazidis despite Arsenal’s failure to reach the Champions League after finishing fifth in last season’s Premier League, saying he was doing a “fantastic and first-class job”.Unhappy fans have given Kroenke the unflattering nickname of ‘Silent Stan’ because of his supposed lack of communication.The sports entrepreneur has also been accused of being solely concerned with Arsenal’s profitability rather than pursuing major honours such as the Premier League and Champions League, with the Gunners yet to lift the European Cup.But Kroenke, who owns several sports teams including the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and the Denver Nuggets of the NBA, said there was no question of him selling his Arsenal stake.“We get into these things to try to grow them,” he said. “You don’t see us selling things. You just don’t. We are committed long-term.“I love Arsenal, love being involved with Arsenal,” the 70-year-old added. “There’s no finer feeling than going out and winning like we did with the FA Cup.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s long-serving manager Arsene Wenger came under unprecedented pressure last season as the team failed to qualify for the Champions League and many fans voiced their desire for him to leave after 21 years in the job © AFP/File / Anthony DEVLINLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 26 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insisted Thursday that his hunger to win trophies with the Gunners was “bigger than ever”, despite revealing his performance will be subjected to an annual review.Wenger came under unprecedented pressure last season as Arsenal failed to qualify for the Champions League and many fans voiced their desire for him to leave after 21 years in the job.last_img read more

WATCH! Eden Hazard scores cracker as Chelsea beat Barcelona on penalties

first_imgChelsea rounded off their pre-season tour of North America by beating European champions Barcelona 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw over 90 minutes in Washington DC.The Blues converted all four of their spot-kicks in the International Champions Cup match but the Spanish giants were left to rue Alen Halilovic’s chip which came back off the bar and Thibaut Courtois saving from Gerard Pique.It was an excellent end to the tour for Jose Mourinho’s men, who went ahead through a brilliant Eden Hazard strike inside ten minutes only for Barca to turn the tide through second-half goals from Luis Suarez and Sandro Ramirez although Gary Cahill headed home four minutes from time to send the game straight to penalties.Check out the goals in 90 minutes above, and see all the spot-kicks below:last_img read more

Get rid! One player each Premier League club should sell this summer

first_img 20 Liverpool: Mario Balotelli – It was a gamble from the Reds when they signed him for £16m in 2014, and it backfired spectacularly. He spent the season on loan at former side AC Milan but made the pitch for just 828 minutes, scoring one goal and making one assist. Everton: Oumar Niasse – Remember that guy the Toffees signed for £13.5m in January? We had to think a bit too. He made seven appearances across all competitions as he provided back up for Romelu Lukaku but managed no goals, just two shots on target, one dribble and just 50 passes. We wonder if Roberto Martinez handed the receipt on to Ronald Koeman. West Bromwich Albion: Sebastien Pocognoli – Left out in the cold by Tony Pulis, the Belgian left-back didn’t make a single Premier League appearance last year. It will be best for both parties if he moves on this summer. 20 Tottenham Hotspur: Michel Vorm – Signed to compete with Hugo Lloris, the Dutchman has failed to hold down a role even as a back up. France No.1 Lloris, rather than being rested for cup matches, had to play all but six matches last year. Vorm is also prone to an error and, for that reason, strikes fear into the hearts of most supporters. Hull City: Dusan Kuciak – The Slovakian goalkeeper was signed in February to add depth to the Hull City squad but hasn’t played a single minute for the club. It would be better for the Tigers to bring through a home-grown star or a young British goalkeeper as their No.3. 20 Chelsea: Pedro – Blasted for his poor displays since a move from Barcelona, not many Blues fans would be heartbroken if he left after just one season. He appears a shadow of the player who starred for Barcelona. 20 20 Crystal Palace: Zeki Fryers – Once the subject of a transfer dispute between Manchester United and Tottenham, Fryers’ career has been in a tailspin ever since. The fact Daniel Levy got a reported £3m from the Eagles for the defender is truly astonishing. 20 20 20 Stoke City: Charlie Adam – As Mark Hughes helps the Potters evolve, the likes of Adam will be moved on. Just one goal and one assist last season prove he’s on the wane. Swansea City: Marvin Emnes – A transfer likely to be filed under head scratcher for some time. After one good season in six for Middlesbrough, the Swans landed him as a back up striker. In two seasons, though, he’s managed just three goals and 24 performances. 20 20 20 Manchester City: Yaya Toure – The Ivorian star was once a midfield colossus for the Blues but now is fraction of his former self, hobbling through matches and offering little in the way of effort. He clearly wants out of the Etihad Stadium, especially with Pep Guardiola incoming, so it will be best if Toure is sold on, even if it is for a nominal fee. Southampton: Florin Gardos – Romanian centre-back Gardos has had a long-term injury but may be surplus to requirements now given the Saints’ growth. He and Maya Yoshida, realistically, need to be upgraded. 20 20 Middlesbrough: Mustapha Carayol – Carayol, who has been with the club since 2012, has had loan spells with Brighton and Hove Albion, Huddersfield Town and Leeds United recently and seems unlikely to make an impact for Boro next year. Burnley: Michael Kightly – Long before the rise of Jamie Vardy, Kightly was hailed the non-league Ryan Giggs while with Grays Athletic. His two years with the Clarets since signing permanently for the club haven’t been great and no goals in 18 Championship appearances highlight his ineffectiveness. West Ham United: Enner Valencia – The Ecuadorian is more often bad than good for the Hammers, and has hit just 10 goals in 56 games since a £15m move. Injuries haven’t helped his cause and a costly error against Leicester, which led to the Foxes’ equalising penalty, is not forgotten in east London. 20 Leicester City: Yohan Benalouane – For every N’Golo Kante there is a Yohan Benalouane. Landed for £5.6m from Atalanta, the Tunisian barely touched the first-team before being loaned to Fiorentina in January. He then failed to make a single appearance back in Italy but was pictured in his Leicester kit at the end of the season celebrating with the Premier League trophy above his head – despite a back injury and not making enough Foxes appearances to claim a winners medal. Clubs, managers and players across Europe are all set to get a little busier with the transfer window set to open on July 1.Some superstars have already secured move, while others find themselves at the centre of speculation as their futures hang in the balance.Whatever happens, players will be sold this summer, but some players will be transferred less reluctantly than others.So, which players should teams be actively trying to move on?Click the right arrow above to find out who we believe Premier League clubs should be trying to sell… Sunderland: Santiago Vergini – A terrible signing last summer, the Black Cats immediately loaned the player to Getafe. They don’t want him, so he’s back on Wearside. We’d wager he’ll be off again soon, though. Manchester United: Marouane Fellaini – Jose Mourinho is either going to love or hate the Belgian midfielder but the fact Red Devils fans are hardly on his side means he’s an easy choice to be ditched in the summer as he overhauls Louis van Gaal’s team. 20 20 20 20 Watford: Essaid Belkalem – Take your pick from the number of players brought in from Udinese or Granada yet to play a game. Belkalem is one of many who could be off to pastures new. 20 Arsenal: Carl Jenkinson – Click the right arrow above for more players Premier League clubs should sell this summer… – The English right-back never really excelled for the Gunners and missed out on a permanent West Ham move last summer thanks to Arsenal slapping a huge price tag on him. He could well fester with Hector Bellerin and Calum Chambers ahead of him in the pecking order when he returns from injury. A step down would be best for the 24-year-old. 20 Bournemouth: Tokelo Rantie – Already linked with loan moves during last season, the South African’s time is up at the Vitality Stadium. Once a club-record £2.5m signing, he’s now on the scrapheap with Benik Afobe and Callum Wilson ahead of him. The fact he isn’t a home-grown player also counts against him. last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF LETTERKENNY FIRE

first_imgThe fire at Neil T Blaney road this evening.Gardai and the fire services have responded to a fire on the Neil T Blaney Road in Letterkenny.The fire started just before 7pm this evening and send a large plume of thick, black smoke into the air that was visible from miles around.Traffic in the area build up as motorists slowed down to see the cause of the fire. It is understood the fire was set at waste materials on disused ground.Nobody was hurt in the blaze. BREAKING NEWS: EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF LETTERKENNY FIRE was last modified: October 11th, 2014 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:blazedonegalfireletterkennylast_img read more

Donegal is officially Ireland’s luckiest Winning Streak county!

first_imgDonegal people have all the luck – when it comes to Winning Streak appearances, that is. The gameshow producers today revealed that people from Donegal were the luckiest lot in the last season.Fifteen players from the county scooped a tidy €630,000 in the last series of the RTE One show, with an average prize per player of €42,000.  Donegal people were on a real winning streak this year, as a local contestant was drawn almost every week from January 2019 onwards. One episode even featured three Donegal players at once!Cork is Ireland’s second luckiest Winning Streak county, as it had 15 players also in the last season who won an average of €36,133 each and a total of €542,000 in prize money.Winning Streak, Ireland’s longest-running television game show, returns to RTÉ One television this Saturday (28th September) for the landmark 30th season.As ever, the show co-presenters Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy will have prizes and cash galore for five lucky players every week, with one getting the chance to spin the iconic Winning Streak Grand Prize Wheel.  Donegal is officially Ireland’s luckiest Winning Streak county! was last modified: September 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:national lotteryWinning Streaklast_img read more

Natural fibre takes off

first_imgThe Airbus A380 touches down at OR Tambo International Airport in November 2006. The A380 is the world’s biggest passenger aircraft. (Image: Airbus) The aeronautical use of crops such as kenaf, a member of the hibiscus family, will be explored by Airbus and the CSIR.Janine ErasmusThe South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and international aircraft manufacturer Airbus have entered into a partnership to develop new natural fibre-based composite materials for use in aircraft interiors.The project started in October 2007 and will extend over three years, taking place in two phases of 18 months each. The initiative is under the guidance of a consortium comprising Airbus, the Pretoria-based CSIR, the science faculty at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in the Eastern Cape, and the Centre for Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics at Cape Town University.Airbus is also consulting with the CSIR on research in the field of computational fluid dynamics, it was announced earlier in 2008. The CSIR is now an accepted member of Airbus’s global research and technology network, and aeronautical engineers from the CSIR are to help develop specialised mathematical software to aid in the design of cleaner, smarter, next-generation aircraft.South Africa is poised to become a major global player in this specialised and highly competitive field. “Computational mechanics is an extremely exciting field where the sky is no longer the limit, but the next frontier,” said CSIR principal computational aerodynamics researcher Dr Arnaud Malan. “To us, this contract says that the CSIR and South Africa are viewed as holding expertise and technology on par with the best and brightest in the world.”International partnershipSouth Africa’s national Department of Science and Technology has a memorandum of understanding with Airbus in research and technology and has a number of projects under way with the France-based aircraft manufacturer, including the project on computational fluid dynamics.The department awarded the composite materials project to the CSIR, which already has expertise in the use of natural fibres in the automotive sector, under its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy programme.The project will focus on the aeronautical use of natural fibres in composite materials, which are engineered materials made from two or more constituent materials with significantly different physical or chemical properties. The constituent materials do not blend or dissolve into each other and are therefore easily identifiable within the composite.The use of natural fibre in composite materials instead of glass fibre offers a number of advantages, among them a weight-saving benefit, lower raw material price because of its natural origin, and no adverse effect on the environment. The most commonly used natural fibres in composite materials are flax, hemp, jute, kenaf and sisal.Hemp, jute, flax and sisal fibres are already used in the automotive industry, which is under pressure to develop environmentally friendly cars, as a substitute for glass fibre in interior plastic components. These may be polypropylene, polyester or polyamide, with the incorporation of natural fibres. None of these components is load-bearing – as would be the case for components manufactured for aircraft, such as ceiling and sidewall panels.CSIR chief researcher on the project, Dr Rajesh Anandjiwala, says natural fibre composites may provide answers to some key challenges faced by the automotive and aerospace industries. Anandjiwala and three senior colleagues are currently conducting research into natural fibres at the CSIR’s Materials Science and Manufacturing Centre in Port Elizabeth. This facility, says the organisation, is one of the top four in the world.Opportunities for farmersIncreased demand for natural materials such as sisal and kenaf, a member of the hibiscus family, is good news for South African farmers, especially in the Eastern Cape where such crops are produced extensively.“These crops are attractive to us because they are low-density, biodegradable, recyclable, carbon-dioxide neutral, non-abrasive, low-cost and widely available, although they also have some properties that restrict their application in aircraft,” said Airbus’s senior vice-president for research and technology Axel Krein.“One of our primary objectives is to support the continual drive to address the parallel challenges of reducing aircraft weight, improving fuel efficiency and minimising our products’ impact on climate change,” added Krein. “This includes our aim of developing a fully recyclable aircraft cabin interior. In our quest, we are searching for suitable cabin materials which will help us meet these challenges head-on.”Anandjiwala said the CSIR hopes that its scientific research will ultimately lead to the increased industrial use of natural fibres, which will provide vital socio-economic benefits for the Eastern Cape’s large subsistence farming community as well as for commercial agriculture.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ..Useful linksCouncil for Scientific and Industrial ResearchAirbusAdvanced Manufacturing Technology StrategyNelson Mandela Metropolitan UniversityCentre for Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics at Cape Town Universitylast_img read more