University of Limerick researcher awarded €1m research funding that could help…

first_imgWhatsApp Michael Zaworotko, Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering & Science Foundation of Ireland Research Professor at the University of Limerick speaking at the first of the Bernal Institute’s Distinguished Lecture Series at University of Limerick. Pic Sean Curtin True Media.A RESEARCHER at the University of Limerick has been awarded almost €1m in ground-breaking research funding to study a new class of materials that could help to reduce the footprint of global energy production.Professor Michael Zaworotko, Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering and Science Foundation of Ireland Research Professor at the Bernal Institute University of Limerick, has been awarded €967,441.20 through the Irish Research Council 2019 Advanced Laureate Awards Programme, announced this Thursday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up UL was successful in receiving the significant award under the frontier research programme which was announced by Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development and has a total investment of €11.8m.The investment will fund 12 researchers who are at an advanced stage in their careers and will be supported to conduct ground-breaking, world-class research across a wide range of disciplines.Professor Zaworotko’s research is aimed at solving global challenges related to commodity purification by significantly reducing the energy footprint, currently 20-30% of global energy production, needed to produce the most important industrial commodities.“Water, natural gas and ethylene are the primary targets for study. The Laureate Award will study a new class of materials that we call SALMAs – Switching Adsorbent Layered Materials,” he explained.“SALMAs are two dimensional structures that switch between ‘closed’ and ‘open’ phases; this gives them special properties. The idea is that SALMAs will have higher performance than existing sorbents and desiccants because they operate by a different mechanism (i.e. they are not rigid). A few were known before we starting looking at them but they have been understudied compared to their potential,” he added.Dr Mary Shire, Vice-President Research and Enterprise at UL, said: “Prof Zaworotko is one of the leaders in his field, this IRC Advanced Laureate Award is backing world-leading excellent research with impact and builds upon the strong reputation of the dynamic research ecosystem at the Bernal Institute in UL. The IRC Advanced Laureate Programme is an important mechanism to ensure we continue to grow a vibrant research community in Ireland.”Professor Zaworotko joined the University of Limerick in 2013, where he currently serves as Bernal Chair of Crystal Engineering, Science Foundation of Ireland Research Professor and co-director of the Synthesis and Solid-State Pharmaceutical Centre.He has published over 400 peer-reviewed papers, review articles and patents that have been cited over 42,000 times. In 2011, Thomson-Reuters listed him as the 20th highest impact chemist since 2000 and in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 he was listed as a highly cited researcher in the field of Chemistry by Clarivate Analytics. In 2018 he was listed as a highly cited researcher in a second field, Pharmacology and Toxicology.The other research areas being funded under the 2019 Advanced Laureate Awards Programme range from new approaches in breast cancer treatment to the development of 3-D printed batteries and digitally mapping the full range of cultural activity across languages and ethnic groups in early modern Ireland.  Each awardee will receive a maximum of €1 million in funding over a period of four years.Education minister Joe McHugh said: “The Irish Research Council Advanced Laureate Programme was specifically designed to address gaps in the Irish research and innovation landscape in the area of frontier basic research, as identified in Innovation 2020, Ireland’s five-year strategy for science and technology, research and development. Minister Halligan and I are delighted to launch this round of awards and to congratulate each of the awardees.“Funding frontier research is vital in order for us to compete with our counterparts on the global stage, and to promote Ireland as an attractive location for world-class talent, both homegrown and international, in order to bring new knowledge, skills and innovations to our research institutions,” he added.Peter Brown, Director of the Irish Research Council, said: “The 12 researchers who will receive funding under the Advanced Laureate Awards Programme are all exceptional in their fields and have been selected following a rigorous and independent international peer-review process.“A total of 140 applications were received under this funding call. In addition to the 12 funded awards, a further 48 proposals were deemed to be excellent and fundable by the international panels of experts. This illustrates the high quality of researchers and the calibre of proposals being generated in frontier research in Ireland. The Council is committed to establishing regular calls under the Laureate awards to ensure that leading-edge, world-class research does not go unfunded.”The Irish Research Council opened the first call under the Laureate Awards Programme in 2017, resulting in 36 awards with an associated investment of €18 million. Further information on the Advanced Laureate Awards is available at:  http://research.ie/funding/advanced-ircla/?f=principal-investigator-led. Facebook NewsEducationEnvironmentUniversity of Limerick researcher awarded €1m research funding that could help reduce global energy production footprintBy Staff Reporter – April 12, 2019 2533 TAGSawardeducationEnvironmentFundingLimerick City and CountyNewsResearchUniversity of Limerick Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Previous articleLimerick Early Childcare McManus Pro-Am Qualifier LaunchedNext articleAdare-Rathkeale district in need of ‘plain-speaking’ voice Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick on Covid watch list center_img Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Print Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Advertisement Linkedin Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

Trojans complete season sweep of Lions

first_imgOn a blustery Tuesday in Los Angeles, a pair of long fly balls caught the wind and carried the Trojans to a 5-2 victory.In their first road win during the week, the Trojans seemed to right a lot of wrongs that have, for most of the season, been weighing them down.Going, going, gone · Junior catcher Jake Hernandez (above) blasted one of two home runs for the Trojans against LMU during Tuesday’s win. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan“I thought this was a great job of coming back after a real tough loss on Sunday, a game we felt like we could’ve and should’ve won,” USC head coach Dan Hubbs said.  “To come back and get this win was huge.”USC (14-22) traveled across town to face Loyola Marymount (18-18) for a midweek, 3 p.m. matchup in its first of eight consecutive road games. The Trojans aimed to rebound from twin losses against No. 15 Arizona State despite USC’s late scramble to slate a starter.In their previous meeting earlier this season, the Trojans battled their way through a pitcher’s duel, ultimately beating the Lions by a slim 2-1 margin. This time, USC headed into the bottom of the ninth with an uncharacteristically comfortable buffer and completed a two-game season sweep.Hubbs, who said Monday that he didn’t know who would start the game, settled on sending freshman Brent Wheatley to the mound. Wheatley started against the Lions in the team’s February matchup and tossed five scoreless innings.On Friday, when he was pressed with finding starters to replace injured junior Bob Wheatley, Hubbs prepared to send out a tag team of relievers to carry the team. Instead, junior Sean Silva (who was recently named Pac-12 pitcher of the week) and Brent Wheatley pitched a combined  one-hitter against Arizona State.But on Tuesday, five pitchers contributed to the USC victory. Four of those five were freshmen, apparently ready to shed their rookie statuses and help improve the team’s last-place ERA in the  Pac-12 conference.Brent Wheatley was on a shorter leash and allowed only one earned run in two innings of work before passing the ball to a couple of pitchers who have been struggling to find their commands.Freshman Marc Huberman entered the game with a 9.53 ERA, having given up 12 runs in only 11.1 innings. Similarly, senior Matt Munson was posting a 10.34 ERA, with 18 earned runs in his 15.2 innings of work.The two pitchers found their grooves, though, combining for four scoreless innings of relief.“Huberman’s been scuffling a little bit so it was nice to see him have a good, clean inning,” Hubbs said. “And then Mudson threw three really good innings that we needed desperately.”Freshman Brooks Kriske put up a pair of scoreless frames and freshman Kyle Twomey allowed a last-chance run before shutting down the Lions for good.On offense, the Trojans initially showed signs of repeating their worn-out habit of threatening to score but being unable to execute. Two early singles from hot-hitting freshman shortstop Blake Lacey and senior left-fielder Greg Zebrack were immediately matched with a pair of strikeouts. Even a walk to load the bases was all for naught.But a slow start at the plate was short-lived, and the Trojans were able to remedy their two pitfalls: failing to respond after giving up runs and hitting with runners in scoring position.Immediately after Wheatley allowed a run on a groundball RBI, USC answered with a couple of hits off the bats of seasoned junior hitters James Roberts and Kevin Swick. The pressure was on Zebrack, who defied the implausible with a two-strike, two-out RBI single to tie the game at one.And the offensive feats didn’t stop there. The big swings of the bat that would end up dictating the outcome of the game were delivered in the top of the sixth inning by Jake Hernandez and freshman right-fielder Vahn Bozoian. The two scorched twin home runs that seemed to follow similar trajectories and set off a domino effect that enabled USC to flex offensive muscles it didn’t know it had.Also worth noting: standout freshmen Lacey and Timmy Robinson kept their hitting streaks alive. Hopefully, a couple more Trojans can contribute streaks of their own in the upcoming long road stretch.“I’m expecting Utah to be tough. They’re similar to us,” Hubbs said. “They’re in every game and they’ve found ways to not win some of them, but they’ve been close games.”The team will head first to Utah on Friday before facing Oregon State and Pepperdine next week.last_img read more

Provinces in Pro12 action this evening

first_imgCahir’s Tommy O’Donnell, Nenagh’s Donnacha Ryan along with Keith Earls and Simon Zebo have all returned to the Munster starting line-up as they’ll host Zebre tonight at Thomond Park, where kick-off is at 7pm.And Ulster have been boosted by the return of fit-again Iain Henderson as they prepare to face defending champions the Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun (pr: Scots-toon) with kick-off at 19:35.last_img

LACEY GOES BACK TO TRAINING – WITH HIS FEET UP

first_imgDONEGAL All-Star Karl Lacey is back in training with the senior squad as the clock tickets towards July 21st’s Ulster Championship final clash with Monaghan.The reigning Ulster and All-Ireland champions are focusing on the next big game.And Lacey, who appeared for Four Masters at the weekend, is hoping he will be fit enough for the starting line-up for the tie. Karl tweeted this picture on his way to training last night.But don’t worry – he wasn’t driving at the time.“Nice to be chauffeured up to training,” he said.  LACEY GOES BACK TO TRAINING – WITH HIS FEET UP was last modified: July 3rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:LACEY GOES BACK TO TRAINING – WITH HIS FEET UPlast_img read more

Tehama County CattleWomen host Two-Man Ranch Sorting

first_imgRed Bluff >> Sunny weather made for great conditions for the inaugural Tehama County CattleWomen Two-Man Ranch Sorting event held Saturday at the Tehama District Fairground.The event drew 147 teams for its first year and was made possible by support from various community partners, said event chairwoman Renee Ewing. Main sponsors included Pine Creek Cattle, Jim Bass of El Rancho Capay, Jeanne and Richard Smith, Lonnie and Marianna Franklin, Reynolds Ranch and Nor Cal Sorters.Money raised from …last_img read more

Bacteria Take Up Dead DNA, Scrambling Evolution

first_imgIt’s not just horizontal gene transfer that can obscure evolutionary history.  Scientists have found bacteria recycling fragmented DNA from long-dead organisms.   The impact on evolutionary theory could be substantial.A paper in PNAS by an international team of researchers from multiple fields and institutions made a startling discovery: dead DNA can rise like zombies and invade the living.  The world is awash in fragmented DNA from dead organisms, gradually decaying the older it gets.  No one considered it a factor in genome evolution – till now. When lateral gene transfer was discovered in microbes a few years ago, evolutionists worried that the process could obscure phylogenetic studies, making it impossible to build Darwinian “trees of life” (2/01/07, 9/24/07).  This new finding compounds the problem enormously.In “Bacterial natural transformation by highly fragmented and damaged DNA,” the authors described how they found bacteria taking up dead DNA with the recA recombinase enzyme.  It was a surprise, because “Fragmented DNA is recognized as nutrient source for microbes, but not as potential substrate for bacterial evolution.”  Then they tested the process, and found a bacterium able to uptake fragmented DNA from a mammoth bone thought to be 43,000 years old.  Here’s the upshot of what they found:Our findings suggest that natural genetic exchange of DNA from dead and even extinct organisms to contemporary bacteria can take place over hundreds of thousands of years. Hence damaged and degraded DNA may be a previous unrecognized driver of bacterial evolution with implications for evolutionary theory….Our findings reveal that short and damaged, including truly ancient, DNA molecules, which are present in large quantities in the environment, can be acquired by bacteria through natural transformation. Our findings open for the possibility that natural genetic exchange can occur with DNA up to several hundreds of thousands years old.The finding, summarized on PhysOrg, has implications for more than evolution.  Hospitals cannot assume that sterilizing a room of live antibiotic-resistant bacteria confers protection, because new bacteria colonizing the room might find fragmented DNA containing resistance genes, take it up and become resistant themselves.The authors could only speculate about the implications of this process to evolutionary theory.  On the one hand, it might be considered an additional source of genetic variation or mutation.  It might be a way for microbes to share beneficial mutations.  On the other hand, any hopes for establishing a phylogeny, or determining the history of microbes, are compromised by microbes’ ability to incorporate DNA fragments of widely varying ages from very different organisms, like those from the mammoth bone.  In their concluding discussion, the authors stated some potential implications for evolutionary theory:The genetic process described here suggests that early horizontal genetic transfer could have occurred in primitive cells after uptake of short DNA segments, which would have augmented evolutionary change. In addition to its main function as an important nutrient source, short DNA fragments may have contributed to exchange of beneficial mutations in early cells and continue to do so in extant microbial populations.The potential for bacteria to take up degraded DNA, leading to single or a few nucleotide changes, adds another perspective to our understanding of the factors that drive microbial genome evolution. Models of population genetics and molecular evolution often rely on “memoryless” Markov processes, which predict the future genetic state of a reproducing population solely from its current state. Such models may not fully represent dynamical feedback between the diversity of environmental DNA and the replicating microbial gene pool. We propose that rates of molecular evolution in naturally transformable species may be influenced by the diversity of free environmental DNA. Furthermore, our findings suggest that bacterial recombination occurs with DNA fragments of considerable age, even from extinct microbial species. This suggests an additional, previously unrecognized contributor to molecular evolution. Recombination with DNA from temporally separated populations or species will bypass generations of cellular division and result in the transfer of genetic information over evolutionary time. We call this phenomenon “anachronistic evolution.”They also dub it “second-hand evolution.”   PhysOrg put a positive spin on the story, claiming the news is “great for our understanding of how microorganisms have exchanged genes through the history of life.”  The article compared the process to humans looking through a junk pile for “second-hand gold” they can use.  Such thoughts beg the questions of what constitutes a “beneficial mutation,” how the useful genes originated in the first place, and how bacteria obtained the machinery to recognize them as useful and incorporate them.   More ominously, the article recognizes this as a paradigm shift: “That DNA from dead organisms drives the evolution of living cells is in contradiction with common belief of what drives the evolution of life itself.”This is why scientists should avoid the phrase “now we know.”  Here we see a factor completely ignored by evolutionists appearing out of nowhere, threatening to rewrite the textbooks on the evolution of microbial life.  Treat the spin doctoring with skepticism.  They want to turn this into a plus, saying it provides more ways for evolution to proceed.  On the contrary; how can they make any claims about how a microbe evolved when its genome has been potentially scrambled by significant chunks of DNA from who-knows-what, who-knows when?  This erases the phylogenetic history of single-celled organisms.  It casts serious doubt on the evolutionary significance of genome comparisons.It’s too early to evaluate what this finding will mean.  Creationists might find a designed purpose in this ability of microbes to adapt to new environments, or to rescue their genomes from upsets by incorporating “junk” copies of essential genes from the soil.  How this potentially paradigm-shaking discovery plays out in evolutionary circles remains to be seen, but it could be the beginning of something big. 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South Africa to launch first cube satellite

first_img14 November 2013 The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) is set to make history with the launch of South Africa’s first cube satellite, ZACUBE-1, from the Yasny base in Russia at 09:10 South African time on 21 November, the university announced on Monday. The nano-satellite is a single unit carrying a space weather experiment, and will be sent up atop the RS-2OB rocket Dnepr. Running on the same amount of power as a five-watt bulb, ZACUBE-1 will orbit Earth up to 15 times a day at an altitude of 600 kilometres. Measuring only 10x10x10cm and weighing 1.2kg, it is about 100 times smaller than Sputnik, the first satellite launched into space in 1957. It will carry a high frequency beacon which will be used to study the spread of radio waves through the ionosphere. This will provide space weather data to the South African National Space Agency (Sansa). Funded by the Department of Science and Technology, the satellite was designed and built by CPUT postgraduate students in collaboration with Sansa, following the CubeSat programme at the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI). “The launch of CubeSat is proof of the skills and the facilities we are gradually developing to ensure space science and technology really benefits every citizen of South Africa,” Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said in a statement. The director of F’SATI, Professor Robert Van Zyl, said the strength of the CubeSat programme was its use of cube satellites as technology platforms for practical skills training and applied research. “This approach offers our students a unique learning experience and prepares them to participate in the South African space industry.” Established in 2009, the CubeSat programme has graduated 32 master’s students, bringing to 42 the total number of F’SATI alumni at CPUT. The programme has also provided internships to 15 of the graduates as engineers-in-training. The nano-satellite, designated “ZA-003” in the national register of space assets, follows in the footsteps of micro-satellites Sunsat and SumbandilaSat. Cube satellites, or “cubesats”, were originally developed in the United States in 1999 by California Polytechnic State University and Stanford University to help universities worldwide perform space science and exploration. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Flood Cleanup Requires Care

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — As people clean up after floodwater recedes in some Midwest locations, health care professionals remind people they still need to protect themselves even though the water is gone. This includes both physical and mental health care during the long road of cleanup and rebuilding in many rural areas.PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT NEEDEDIn areas where the floods came through and water receded, people are working hard to clean up homes and buildings. Workers need to use personal protective equipment (PPE), according to Chad Roy, professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans. He spoke at a webinar put on by the AgriSafe Network last week.PPE can be protective clothing, helmets, goggles or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection. Roy stressed using this equipment at all times while helping to clean up from a flood is important.“Contaminants from flood water is a witch’s brew,” Roy said.Floodwaters in rural areas can contain many different contaminants from various sources. This includes ag chemicals, fuels, animal and human waste, and even decomposing livestock.E. coli, for instance, can be liberated when animals die and can be in the floodwaters.The Environmental Protection Agency has already announced it is testing drinking water in the Nebraska flood zone, including sampling private drinking water wells. Late last week, EPA said it had found high levels of E. coli contaminating standing water in Fremont, Nebraska.Repeated exposure without protective equipment could lead to issues with infections, Roy said.Roy said one major problem after the floodwaters are gone is microbial growth on surfaces in buildings. This can lead to various human issues including general discomfort, irritated mucous membranes and irritation to the nervous system.The good news is only a small percentage of microbial growth can lead to human disease, but it is best to still protect yourself while cleaning up after a flood, he said.RURAL HAZARDSAaron Yoder, associate professor of Environmental, Agricultural and Occupational Health for the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension, said other precautious should be taken when cleaning up after floods. Kids, pets and people with weakened immune systems should not help since they are more prone to infections.Yoder said there are many hazards on the farm after a flood.Utilities need to be disconnected and inspected afterwards. Workers need to be aware of debris. Slips and falls can occur as the debris is removed, he said.Structures need to be examined to see if the rushing waters damaged foundations. Any damage should be documented for insurance purposes, he said.Yoder said those working around livestock need to be cautious when handling these animals because they have just gone through a traumatic event, and they may still be panicking. Get the scene stabilized, feed the animals and keep everyone safe.“Many times in flood cleanup, farm machinery is being used,” Yoder said. “People need to remember the basics, like tractor rollovers, runovers and being caught in equipment.”Yoder said people also need to inspect the farm equipment before using it to make sure it isn’t damaged. Operators also need to watch for unstable ground caused by the running water.Grain structures can be damaged by swelling grain inside being exposed to water. These structures will need to be inspected, any repairs made and then disinfected before more grain can be stored, he said.Damaged grain should be destroyed and not fed to livestock, Yoder said. While damaged grain at the bottom of bin will have to be destroyed, grain above it could still saved. Different methods, like using grain vacs, can be used to remove the good grain, he said.INSPECT, TEST WELLSUNL Extension Environmental Infrastructure Engineer Bruce Dvork spoke in the webinar about well water safety after flooding. Wells that saw floodwater within 100 feet should be inspected and water tested, he said.Newer wells are fitted with a sanitary seal to prevent contaminants from getting into the water supply. If the seal or anything else on the well head is damaged in a flood, a professional well person should be consulted to inspect the well, he said.Dvork said the most vulnerable wells are ones which are older wells, ones with well pits, those without a grout seal, or wells submerged with floodwaters.“If you think your well has been exposed to floodwaters, don’t use the water until the water is tested and the lab work is back,” Dvork said.Options for a water source if the well water has been contaminated is to use bottled water or boil the water. The water needs to be brought to a vigorous boil for one minute, he said.If the well water is found to be contaminated, the process of shock chlorination can be used to remove the contaminated components. Again, consult a licensed well professional, he advised.ADDRESS MENTAL HEALTHThose who survived a flood also need to address their mental health, as well as physical health.Associate Professor Christina Chasek, from the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK), said people often have feelings of grief and loss after a flood. Common reactions can include disbelief, shock, fear, no control over events and a whole list of other reactions, she said.“Natural disasters pile onto to everything else in agriculture,” Chasek said. “This causes a lot of stress and people don’t take care of themselves.”Chasek said people tend to have different stages of handling the effects of a disaster.The first stage would be the “heroic phase” where people are getting things done in the cleanup process and this would be followed by the “honeymoon stage” where people have great support. These stages can last for a few weeks or maybe a month, she said.The disillusioned stage would be the next phase: This is the phase of most concern if people have been in it too long. Normally, this could last as little as a few months or as long as a couple years, she said. “Full negative effects are seen in this stage and only compounds everything,” she said. “This is when people don’t sleep, begin to drink and have suicidal thoughts.”Chasek said the final stage would be the “reconstruction phase” — this is when things are being rebuilt and there is hope for the person once again.There are many things people can do to cope with flooding stress. One of the most important things to do is to ask for help if you need it, she said.Mental health professionals stand by ready to help, Chasek said. Others in rural communities who would be willing to help would be any local clergy, she added.Several different flood resources can be found at the AgriSafe network’s website: https://www.agrisafe.org/…Russ Quinn can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(ES/BAS)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Japeth Aguilar proposes to girlfriend at the airport as Gilas arrives in Manila

first_imgLess than 24 hours after helping the Philippines booked a second straight trip to the Fiba World Cup, Aguilar proposed to his longtime girlfriend Cassandra Naidas upon his arrival at NAIA Terminal 3.The 32-year-old Aguilar surprised his beau as he went down on one knee and popped the question. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Gilas Pilipinas forward Japeth Aguilar made it a double celebration on Monday. A league of their own LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35Zubiri, Marcos cold to Senate adopting House-OKd budget02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Distance indeed makes the love grow fonder as Aguilar’s proposal came after traveling To in Qatar and Kazakhstan for Gilas’ campaign in the sixth and final window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Thank you guys for all the messages & tweets. I’ve read all of them & appreciate each one.☺️ Here is a picture of the ring. @japethaguilar35 got me exactly what I asked for hehe.💗We don’t have proper pictures cause Jap wasn’t feeling well. He needs a few days to recuperate.😢 pic.twitter.com/7ZYLTZXrjY— cassandra naidas (@cassynaidas) February 26, 2019On Twitter, Naidas thanked the fans for the love and gave them a glimpse of her engagement rock. She said it was inspired by Carrie Bradshaw’s ring on the hit show “Sex and the City.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more