New Sainsbury’s set to open on St Aldates

first_imgChrist Church students will be able to access their new “state-of-the-art” accommodation block on Queen’s Street at the start of next term – located above a new Sainsbury’s Local store, which is set to open this month.The new accommodation building, developed by Reef Estates, will include 133 ensuite rooms, kitchens, and common rooms, along with a cinema room and gym in the basement. The rooms will be above several new shops, including the Sainsbury’s Local with its storefront on St Aldates. Though the majority of the rooms will be used by Christ Church, a portion of the accommodation – 54 rooms – may be let to other colleges. Work on the site began last year, following two years of discussions regarding the building’s design. The architecture had input from Oxford Civic Society and conservation officers at the city council. “It’s a state-of-the-art building for students with nice kitchens and common rooms, and a cinema room in the basement,” said Jacob Russell, head of design at Reef Estates.“Some of rooms have fantastic views over the skyline and Christ Church students will be right in the centre of the city, but not too far away from the college.”Speaking about the project, Labour city councillor Colin Cook said: “It will be an asset to Queen Street and a good location for students to move into for the new term.”Work at the site is expected to finish on 21 August, with Sainsbury’s opening by the end of the month. The accommodation will be ready for students to move in at the beginning of Michaelmas.The work’s completion comes in the midst of significant changes to the city centre, with the opening of the new Westgate shopping centre due on 24 October.last_img read more

Wenger: I want to stay forever

first_imgArsene Wenger believes he was right to turn down the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris St Germain and even the England job to stay on as Arsenal manager for 17 years – and would welcome ending his coaching career at the Emirates Stadium. The Frenchman, who will turn 64 next month, has received the full backing of owner Stan Kroenke as his young team look to deliver a first trophy since 2005 with the London club embarking on what they hope will be a new chapter backed by increased financial resources, which helped secure the record £43million signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. Following the disappointment of an opening-day 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa, Wenger has since guided Arsenal safely into the group stages of the Champions League, to the top of the Barclays Premier League table and on Wednesday night saw the next generation come through a penalty shoot-out in the Capital One Cup at West Brom. Press Association “I want to feel that I do well and then the question of me staying will be secondary after that.” The arrival of the relatively unheralded former Monaco and Nagoya Grampus Eight coach was met by headlines of “Arsene Who?” when he succeeded Bruce Rioch in September 1996. Wenger, though, has no intentions of revelling in a bit of nostalgia ahead of what is set to be a testing encounter at the Liberty Stadium. ”Our job has a good advantage – you just look forward to the next game,” he said. Arsenal head to Swansea looking to stay top of the table after four straight league wins. Former Cardiff midfielder Aaron Ramsey is set to have a fitness test on a thigh problem, as is Mathieu Flamini (shoulder). England forward Theo Walcott, meanwhile, faces more than a month of rehabilitation after a minor procedure on an abdominal problem. Last season, Arsenal battled to a 2-2 draw at Swansea in the FA Cup third round, before going through on a replay, and then won 2-0 in Wales when the home side had just celebrated winning the Capital One Cup. “Swansea are a team now where the level of expectation is higher than the year before, so of course everybody wants them to be performing in the top seven or eight, what I think they have the quality to do,” said Wenger, whose side were beaten 2-0 at home by Swansea in their Premier League game on December 1. “Overall they buy well, they play attractive football. Swansea is a very, very good team.” Wenger remains relaxed about his own long-term future, but made it clear he would have no issue with signing on again for the Gunners. “Yes I turned many offers down because I rate what I’ve got here and I always thought that this club is special on that front. In our job it is important to know what you want and I rated the qualities that this club has always shown,” said Wenger, who takes his side to Swansea for Saturday afternoon’s late kick-off. “I am very grateful to this club because during the 17 years we had ups and downs. They have always shown a big faith in me and they always let me do the job like I thought it had to be done, and if I am still here today it is because I got that consistent support from inside the club. “Honestly, I would love to be here forever because that would mean I would be immortal! I am (though) not naive enough to believe that. What I would like to do as long as I am here is give my best for this club because I love this club, of course.” Wenger added: “I am very honoured to have the support of Stan Kroenke. That he thinks I can help the club is a huge confidence vote. That is something for me that is very positive.” On the continuing negotiations, he said: “(We will do it) when we find time. I don’t think that is the most important problem at the moment. “The good thing with me, if I have one quality, (it is that) you don’t need a lot of talks to extend the contract I have. “I want to focus on the quality of our season. last_img read more

The Holly and the I.D. – News from Epigenetics

first_img(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Holly leaf shape may be due to epigenetic control – one of several recent developments in the field of epigenetics.Epi-Deck the Halls:  National Geographic reported that the prickly outline of holly leaves appears to be an epigenetic response to predation.  The same plant can have smooth leaves and prickly leaves.  Browsing by animals sets off an epigenetic response, leading to the prickly outline, even though each leaf cell has the same genetic code.Sex cells:  A protein named Tet that erases epigenetic markers may be responsible for turning on the meiotic genes that switch regular cells into sperm or eggs, reported Nature on Dec. 20.Gene accessibility:  A paper in the journal Cell (Hihara et al., Dec. 13) found that local chromatin dynamics, including Brownian motion, plays a role in the accessibility of molecular machines to stretches of DNA.  “We propose that this local nucleosome fluctuation is the basis for scanning genome information,” the authors said.Large-scale organization:  Another research article in Cell (Sandhu et al., Oct 25) discussed “Large-Scale Functional Organization of Long-Range Chromatin Interaction Networks.”   These networks play important roles in transcription regulation.  They are organized into “nonrandom spatial clustering” the authors dub”rich clubs,” communities and spokes.  This large-scale organization helps repress mutations among vital genes, and “shapes functionally compartmentalized and error-tolerant transcriptional regulation of human genome in three dimensions.”Add another dimension: Speaking of 3-D, a paper in Science today (Dec 21) discussed alternative splicing in 4 dimensions.  Alternative splicing “leads to different patterns of splicing that represent cell type–specific alternative interpretations of the genomic information,” the authors said.  “Alternative splicing allows the shuffling of protein-coding domains or confers distinct sensitivity of the spliced mRNAs to regulatory factors.” Though evolutionary in tone, the article’s science concerned “modulating the scope of signaling, gene regulation, and protein-protein networks” that speak of organization and control.The paper they referenced in the same issue of Science by Barbosa-Morais et al. was also evolutionary, but the actual data do not require a common ancestry interpretation, especially since it concerned “vertebrate splicing codes.”  The overall finding was that “overall organ AS [alternative splicing] profiles more strongly reflect the identity of a species than they do organ type.”  For more on alternative splicing, see a PhysOrg entry, “Alternative splicing of RNA rewires signaling in different tissues, may contribute to species differences.”Epigenetic islands:  In Nature on Nov. 9, Dirk Schübeler discussed “Epigenetic Islands in a Genetic Ocean.”  He talked about the latest discoveries in methylation patterns: “This inheritability makes DNA methylation highly attractive as a potential means to store information in a form of epigenetic memory that regulates genes over developmental processes or in response to environmental conditions.”Not parasites:  In a Presidential Address in Science Nov 9, Nina V. Federoff debunked the idea that transposable elements (TE) are parasites on the genome.  TE’s comprise more than half of many mammalian genomes and were thought to be junk or selfish invaders:My purpose here is to challenge the current, somewhat pejorative, view of TEs as genomic parasites with the mounting evidence that TEs and transposition play a profoundly generative role in genome evolution. I contend that it is precisely the elaboration of epigenetic mechanisms from their prokaryotic origins as suppressors of genetic exchanges that underlies both the genome expansion and the proliferation of TEs characteristic of higher eukaryotes. This is the inverse of the prevailing view that epigenetic mechanisms evolved to control the disruptive potential of TEs. The evidence that TEs shape eukaryotic genomes is by now incontrovertible. My thesis, then, is that TEs and the transposases they encode underlie the evolvability of higher eukaryotes’ massive, messy genomes.Systems biology meets epigenetics:  PhysOrg reported that some Swiss scientists are making progress understanding the interplay of epigenetic interactions with a systems biology approach.  Combining both approaches with a computational model is providing insights into concepts like how a stem cell differentiates into a tissue cell, or how chromatin modifications affect gene expression.Epigenetics is proving to be a fruitful field for research, possibly as fruitful (or more so) than the discovery of the genetic code itself.  As stated earlier (8/21/2012, 9/06/2012), it involves “codes upon codes” explaining how a human being can develop from a small set of genes through regulation, alternative splicing and post-transcriptional modifications.  The proliferation of codes is inversely proportional to the credibility of Darwinism.last_img read more

Exporting Mandela’s proteas

first_img29 January 2006When a cool breeze blows down the Elandsberg, it stirs the blooms of thousands of proteas and strelizias on the young 80-hectare Longmore Flower Estates.Among them are three very special hybrids in short supply on world markets. They are the red king Madiba protea, the Radebe’s Sunrise pincushion and the strikingly yellow Mandela’s Gold strelizia. Successfully tested in nurseries, young plantations of these hybrids will be in full and glorious bloom on the estate by the time 2010 World Cup soccer tourists descend on the Eastern Cape.Longmore Flower Estates is a black empowerment success story in the heart of Cacadu district, just outside Port Elizabeth. It was started by four dynamic people who pooled their severance packages to buy a failed state-owned flower plantation.Within four months they had turned the business around, and today Longmore exports to Holland, sells locally, and has secured new markets in Germany.“We are an independent flower producer specialising in unique protea and strelizia hybrids,” says general manager Zyta Soomar.With the support of government, Longmore has launched satellite cut flowers skills training programmes in the Longmore and Tsitsikamma regions aimed at equipping previously disadvantaged farmers to become flower producers.At the same time, production capacity at Longmore is being increased.“We have two satellite estates in the developmental stages that will form part of the first flower trail in the Eastern Cape,” says Zyta. In the meantime, private tour buses are allowed on to the estate, she says.The flower trail will stretch about 100 kilometres from the Greater Coega area in the east to the border of Baviaanskloof in the west.Already one guest accommodation unit has been completed at Longmore which has gentle slopes under blooms at the start of the scenic Gamtoos Valley.According to orchard manager and founding partner Dennise Koert, 28 varieties of cut flowers are planted at the estate.This variety ensures picking all year round, with the main season from January to April. After harvesting, blooms are cold stored, graded, packed and fridge-freighted to Cape Town for export to foreign markets via sea and air.Special varieties at the estate are:Protea cyneroides (“Madiba”) – a striking, deep red king protea named after Nelson Mandela, known to millions by his clan name, Madiba.Srelitzia reginae (“Mandela’s Gold”) – The National Botanical Institute at Kirstenbosch, Cape Town introduced this rare and spectacular yellow-flowering strelitzia to horticulture in 1994 – the year that Mandela became the first democratically elected president of South Africa.Leucospermum Radebe sunrise – this new and rare yellow pincushion is a hybrid developed at the estate. The new plant was named after South African Transport Minister Jeff Radebe, who helped make the Longmore dream a reality.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action, summer 2006/07 edition. Republished here with kind permission of the author.last_img read more

Mobile phone boost to African internet

first_imgKenya’s hugely popular M-Pesa mobile banking system allows low-cost and hassle-free money transfers among people previously without access to financial services. (Image: Scott Mainwaring, Institute for Money, Technology and Social Inclusion) • Ericsson Corporate Communications +46 10 719 69 92 [email protected] • Ericsson Investor Relations +46 10 719 00 00 [email protected] • #BringBackOurGirls shows the power of social media in Africa • Seven reasons to be optimistic about Africa • How Africa tweets • Happy Africa • Student viral campaign tells the world: Africa is not a countryMary AlexanderThe internet is coming to Africa on a handset. According to new research by Swedish telecoms multinational Ericsson, mobile data traffic in sub-Saharan Africa is set to increase 20-fold by 2019 – as opposed to only a two-fold increase in voice traffic – while cellphone subscriptions rise to 930-million.The June edition of the quarterly Ericsson Mobility Report forecasts 635-million cellphone subscriptions in sub-Saharan Africa by the end of 2014, increasing to around 930-million by the end of 2019.“Digital technology is fast becoming a part of everyday life in sub-Saharan Africa,” the report says. With a mobile penetration rate of 70% at the end of 2013, sub-Saharan Africa is rapidly closing in on the global penetration rate of 92%.Nigeria and South Africa still have the most mobile subscribers, followed by Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana. Subscription growth in the first quarter of 2014 rose the fastest in Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Ghana.Sub-Saharan Africa is a prepaid market. In 2013, the report says, 99% of Nigerian subscriptions were prepaid, as were 98% in Kenya and 83% in South Africa. The overall trend in sub-Saharan Africa’s mobile subscriptions growth, and the countries playing a key role in that growth. (Image: Ericsson Mobility Report)Cheaper smart devices, more dataIn sub-Saharan Africa, phones are used for tasks done on laptops or desktops elsewhere in the world. Consumers use their devices all day, in different locations and for a broad range of activities. A price-sensitive market, Africa is now seeing a rapid rise in ownership of low-cost smartphones and tablets priced under US$100. This will accelerate when smart devices costing less than $50 become available in the next few years.The rise of data phones has made connecting to the internet easier and more affordable across the region. Mobile broadband is now the primary way sub-Saharan Africa accesses the internet: 70% of mobile users in the countries researched browse the web on handheld devices, and only 6% on desktop computers.Mobile data traffic in the region is expected to increase 20-fold between the end of 2013 and the end of 2019, a rate double the 10-fold rise predicted in global mobile data traffic. Mobile data growth and mobile voice growth in sub-Saharan Africa, compared. (Image: Ericsson Mobility Report)The barrier to this growth is the scarcity of spectrum, which causes traffic congestion, delays in network rollout, higher service costs and a generally lower quality of service. According to the research, 47% of sub-Saharan cellphone users believe mobile data is still too expensive, although they also believe it is cheaper and more accessible than fixed-line internet.“Mobile operators and relevant ICT stakeholders, including governments, must drive the development of appropriate infrastructure to handle the growing traffic demand on networks,” the report says.A better society with broadband accessThe low cost of mobiles and the continued drop in prices has made them available to consumers from most income brackets, especially the rising middle class. Digital communication is also growing among lower-class urban consumers, and among the poor in rural areas, where 75% of sub-Saharan Africans live. And it is helping improve social conditions. Click graphic for a larger viewMany people remain unbanked in sub-Saharan Africa – and cellphones may be their only route to financial services. The report says 58% of handset users in the region are interested in using mobile banking in future. Mobile banking is also an example of digital services moving moved beyond the cities. It gives rural people cheaper access to their money, reducing the need to travel and generally cutting the cost of financial services.A new electronic wallet system has helped transform Nigerian agriculture. Farmers are able to get electronic vouchers for subsidised seeds and fertilisers sent directly to their phones, allowing them to pay for farming inputs from local dealers.Kenya-based MedAfrica is a mobile app providing basic information about health and medicine. It can be accessed on all cellphones – not just smartphones. People use the information independently, lowering the burden of care on doctors and reducing the need to travel and queuing.Watch a BBC report on Kenya’s MedAfrica:And as the recent #BringBackOurGirls Twitter campaign to rescue kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls reveals, mobile internet access can help shine much-needed global light on previously ignored political conflict in Africa.“Affordable access to mobile broadband is not a luxury, but a necessity in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa,” the report says.Local content, new businessAs low-cost smartphones and tablets enter the sub-Saharan market, they create demand for locally produced content. Apps are being developed for African entertainment, communication, utility and productivity.In Kenya, Mozambique and Nigeria, smartphone apps are increasingly used to broadcast TV and media services, boosting the production of local content.The smartphone revolution has been a boon to the film industry of Nigeria, one of the top producers of movies in the world. Some Nollywood movies have even played a role in promoting smartphone uptake in the country.Consumers’ increased internet access has boosted new businesses offering value-added apps and services for smart devices, contributing to the growth of many industries in sub-Saharan Africa. In the financial sector, for example, mobile phones have transformed consumers’ banking behaviour and promoted financial inclusion.The rise in sophistication of social networking platforms is also contributing to increased mobile data traffic. According to the report, 74% of sub-Saharan social network users send messages to friends, 62% check their friends’ updates, 46% upload photos and videos, and 15% stream content from these platforms.The social, economic, political and technological gains ICT and broadband offer sub-Saharan Africa are huge. As a result, most countries in the region have national broadband policies in place to deal with this, and the rest are busy developing them.“Sub-Saharan Africa is a dynamic region, with technological advancements becoming a big part of how society functions,” the report says. “Consumers in the region are fast becoming the creators of content and deciders of services provided in the market.”last_img read more

Are there reasons to be optimistic for corn prices?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jon Scheve, Superior Feed Ingredients, LLCThe last USDA report lowered export demand by 75 million bushels, most likely due to the anticipated large corn crops in South America and Ukraine. Unlike the U.S. though, these countries lack adequate storage, which means their corn is priced to move when it is harvested and it will compete with U.S. supply.The USDA also reduced the ethanol grind by 25 million. The recent price set-back, could help ethanol plants’ margins and allow for the grind to remain steady going forward.On a positive note, feed usage wasn’t reduced any further in this report. Some say the long cold winter is causing lower feed efficiency, so some expect feed demand to be adjusted higher down the road. While others in the trade think the much lower wheat prices will encourage end users to replace corn with more wheat in the rations. I’m not sure this will happen though, given wheat’s relatively good carry and strong basis most of the year will keep much of the wheat out of feed.Another positive note from the USDA report was world stock levels for corn were slightly lower. It’s probably not enough to move the market, but at least it wasn’t more negative news.Farmers seem to be tired of talking about the markets. The 3-month sideways market was boring to watch, and the recent 22-cent drop in the last 2 weeks has caused many farmers to just stop watching the market and tune everything out. Many farmers are waiting, hoping a solution eventually presents itself. I too am frustrated and wish I had more sold.Current prices are inconsistent with last year. One year ago, July corn was trading $4, despite a potential 2-billion-bushel carryout. This year with a now 1.8 billion carryout, July futures are trading $3.73. Maybe the market was a little too high last year, and now it may be a little too low.The continued lack of a trade deal is frustrating. Many farmers thought the trade war would be over by now, but there is a sense it could take a long time, maybe until Christmas for a deal to be made. Some say it’s just a matter of time before a deal is made, but no one really knows. That uncertainty is putting downward pressure on prices as some traders are worried about the world economy as the trade deal wears on.While futures prices have dropped below the recent tight range, corn basis has rallied 8 to 10 cents at most end users across the country. This signifies farmers are generally not selling at these lower futures values. While this doesn’t mean a guaranteed rally, it does mean farmers are likely waiting for better prices or at least until more is known about the ’19 crop before they sell the rest of their ’18 crop. Without a futures rally the basis is likely to continue to work higher.There are certainly a lot of unknowns in the corn market right now. Some may have a bigger effect on futures prices than others, but all have the potential to impact prices either higher or lower. Here are just a few of them:Trade with or without China will remain a huge topicSpring weather and if the crop is planted on timeSummer weather and if the crop will be at or above trendline yieldThe number of acres of corn planted by the U.S. farmer this yearAsian Swine Flu or some other disease slowing world feed demandThe world economy and the value of the dollar.Right now, I’m sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what we know in another month. Please email [email protected] with any questions or to learn more. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results.last_img read more

Mobile Operators Launch WAC, A Global Wholesale App Store

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces One year after its formation, the operator-led Wholesale Applications Community (WAC), has launched its commercial service. The group, an allegiance of telecommunications firms and others working together to create a common mobile platform, has a goal to simplify the mobile application process for developers, allowing them to deploy mobile apps across all member networks simultaneously. Essentially, it’s an effort to build a global mobile app store. And one that supports HTML5.We’re using the term “app store” somewhat loosely here. Unlike consumer-facing app stores like iTunes or the Android Market, WAC apps aren’t sold in a single standalone store which end users access on their own. Instead, these are wholesale apps will be launched into the participating operators’ own mobile app stores – those are the ones that are typically pre-installed on the devices themselves.8 Operators on Board at WAC LaunchToday, 8 of WAC’s operator members have announced their intention to begin selling the apps based on the WAC standard in their own marketplaces. This launch group includes China Mobile, MTS, Orange, Smart, Telefonica, Telenor, Verizon and Vodafone. Over the course of 2011, WAC will bring 8 more operators on board and will then add more yet again until all of its operator members – a group of over two dozen worldwide – are on board.At launch, there are already 12,000 apps built using WAC standards. With HP as a WAC member, that means it could easily bump up the number of apps for its new webOS smartphones and tablet, if it chose to add WAC-based applications to its app store.Can Operators Move Fast?When WAC launched at last year’s Mobile World Congress, there was a lot of skepticism about whether mobile operators could move fast enough to keep up with the pace of innovation on the mobile application front. But by fall of 2010, the group had introduced WAC 1.0, the first version of the standard for creating these HTML-based apps. This initial version only supported HTML4 however, while also providing access to on-device functionality, like access to the accelerometer, camera and address book.Today, WAC is launching the next version of the standard, WAC 2.0, and with it, support for HTML5. It also offers increased functionality and the ability to access the file system, calendar and device orientation.WAC 3.0’s release is on track for this fall and it will introduce one of the more exciting features for developers yet: access to operator network APIs (application programming interfaces). That means developers will be able to create Web apps that offer in-app billing and user authentication. Soon, other operator APIs like location and messaging will open up, too.A demo app using WAC 3.0 was created in partnership with Fox TV for the popular TV show “Glee.” The app shows off how easy it is for users to sign in and make purchases – in this case, songs from Glee – using their phones.WAC Wants to Make Apps Simpler to DevelopAccording to Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, and another of the WAC operator partners, half of AT&T’s customers today are accessing the same content on three or more devices. WAC is beneficial to these types of users because a single app can run on multiple mobile operating systems. This both “improves customer choice and speeds the innovation cycle,” he said. It’s also beneficial for developers because of its cross-platform nature.Adobe is now a member of WAC, too, and is interested in bringing the WAC standard to its community of 2.5 million Flash developers.In addition to the execs from Vodafone, AT&T, Ericsson , Orange, KT, Samsung and Telefonica, mobile device manufacturers including Huawei, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and ZTE were also present to show their support for the standard. For more information, the WAC developers guide and sample code is available from the WAC website here. Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perezcenter_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#apps#mobile#news The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Right mindset key to Dennison’s easy transition to FEU’s go-to-guy

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor most of his career in the UAAP, Ron Dennison had been either a benchwarmer or a glue guy.Dennison was never the person to carry the offense for Far Eastern University as he only averaged 2.1 points per game average in his first four seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Duterte hands out cash incentives to 2017 SEA Games medalists View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES His 21-point game against La Salle was also a career-high.Dennison said he wasn’t surprised that he has been putting up gaudy numbers in the offensive end while retaining his defensive duties because he prepared for that in the off-season.“I was ready that I would become one of the team’s main scorers,” said Dennison, whos also averaging 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. “That was already my mindset starting last semester. My defense is always there, that should always be there because I always give my energy when I’m on the floor.”ADVERTISEMENT Things, however, have changed this Season 80 in the UAAP with the fifth year Tamaraw thrust into the role of FEU’s go-to offensive weapon.While his numbers have seen a significant rise, the transition hasn’t been drastic after all for Dennison.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I was already practicing as the go-to-guy even in the offseason, I was practicing my offensive game because I can’t just be a defensive guy anymore,” said Dennison in Filipino Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.For the first two games, Dennison has been FEU’s leading scorer averaging 18.5 points on an impressive 62.96 percent shooting. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more