Spotted lanternflies a growing concern

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest An invasive pest that was initially contained within Pennsylvania has spread to Delaware and Virginia, and insect experts worry the next stop will be Ohio.Spotted lanternflies suck sap from fruit crops and trees, which can weaken them and contribute to their death. Native to China, the insect was first found in the United States in 2014 in Pennsylvania.At this time, spotted lanternflies are still relatively far from the Ohio border. They have been found in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. However, they can be spread long distances by people who move infested material or items containing egg masses.“The natural spread would take a long time, but it would be very easy to be moved through firewood or trees that are being relocated,” said Amy Stone, an educator with Ohio State University Extension.If it arrives in Ohio, the spotted lanternfly has the potential to do serious damage to the grape, apple, hops and logging industries, Stone said.The lanternfly’s preferred meal is from the bark of Ailanthus or tree of heaven, which is typically not intentionally planted but instead grows on abandoned property and along rivers and highways.Compared to the spotted wing drosophila or the brown marmorated stink bug, which seize on fruit and vegetable crops, the spotted lanternfly has a more limited palate so it likely would not do as much damage, said Celeste Welty an OSU Extension entomologist.“Everybody’s fear is any new invasive pest will be like those two. But it seems to me, it’s not as much of a threat,” Welty said.And unlike the spotted wing drosophila and the brown marmorated stink bug, the lanternfly is easy to spot because the adult bug is about 1 inch long and, with its wings extended, about 2 inches wide, Welty said.For now, all that can be done to stem the spread of lanterflies is to stay watchful for their presence and any damage they may inflict. On trees, they zero in on the bark, particularly at the base of the tree. Lanternflies can cause a plant to ooze or weep and have a fermented odor. They can also cause sooty mold or a buildup of sticky fluid on plants as well as on the ground beneath infested plants.An app developed by the CFAES School of Environment and Natural Resources allows users to report invasive species if they suspect that they have come across them. The app, which is called the Great Lakes Early Detection Network, features details about invasive species that people should be on the lookout for.If someone sees a lanternfly, he or she should contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6201.last_img read more

NFC in 2011: Who’s Building Your Mobile Wallet?

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … sarah perez When you think about a technology designed to replace your actual wallet – you know, the beat up leather-bound bill holder containing cash, credit and debit cards, paper receipts, coupons and discount cards  – you begin to realize what a complex undertaking it is for any one company to deliver a complete solution.A credit card company like Visa may team up with your bank to offer you a way to use your mobile phone as a replacement for a single plastic credit card, but it’s only one piece of the pie. What about the coupons? What about your loyalty cards? What about the rest of your credit and debit cards from other banks?At present, Apple, Google and other mobile platform providers are likely working on a comprehensive mobile wallet solution for consumers, but they lack experience in some areas where financial services companies excel: providing customer support for issues like the proper handling of chargebacks, understanding the relevant regulations that apply to the industry, implementing the necessary level of security that must be involved when processing transactions from a host of merchants and hundreds of thousands of customers through a large worldwide network built for transactions, and other concerns.Given these challenges, it’s not a sure thing that your preferred mobile wallet provider will be the one Google or Apple or another mobile platform provider creates; it may be a service from your mobile carrier (for example, here in the U.S., Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile or AT&T). A third possibility is that your bank itself ships some type of complete mobile wallet system as a part of their mobile banking/mobile payments product. In this mobile wallet, other third-party services could complement the bank-provided, NFC-enabled debit and credit “cards” you use on your NFC-enabled mobile phone.  (Not actual plastic credit cards, but digital ones, stored on your device).There’s no real answer to the question about who will be the dominant mobile wallet provider, not only because these services have not yet launched (or are just now doing so) but because when they inevitably do, there’s no way to foretell which service consumers will actually prefer.To begin our overview of mobile wallet, we’re going to look at three different types of players, which we will break down into three categories we’ll call the apps vs. the operators vs. the banks. But first, let’s examine what a mobile wallet actually is.But What Is a Mobile Wallet? A mobile wallet, or an e-wallet (or in Apple’s case, an iWallet!), is not just a smartphone application that you download from an app store. To the end user, there may be an icon on their homescreen that launches the user interface to your mobile wallet, but that is only a part of the overall solution. The complete mobile wallet solution actually consists of both the user interface itself and the secure element chip on the phone where your personal data (your credit card number, passport ID, shopping history, coupons, etc.) is stored. The user interface allows you to interact with NFC applications and with the secure data stored on the secure element on your device. A third part of the solution is the antenna, which is the piece that makes the near field communication possible.It’s the secure element on the phone that’s the most important part to the mobile wallet, though, and it’s why the wallet isn’t just “another app.” Sarah Clark, an editor for NFC industry trade publication NFC World, describes the secure element like so: “[It] acts like an electronic version of your wallet and can be used to replace everything from credit cards and loyalty cards to bus and train tickets, library cards, door keys, coupons and even cash.”This secure chip, she explains, “can be built into mobile phones and other devices by the manufacturer, they can be integrated into SIM cards issued by mobile networks to their subscribers and they can be added to existing phones via special microSD cards or stickers issued by banks and other organizations.”Your mobile wallet will likely arrive empty, she says, just like a regular wallet does. You will fill it with whatever services you want.1. Mobile Wallet Solutions from Mobile Platform Providers (Apple, Google, Etc.) When we talk about mobile wallet “apps” from the mobile platform providers, you now understand that what we mean is an app that serves as the interface to a comprehensive mobile wallet solution where all your bank cards, bank accounts, coupons, loyalty cards, receipts and more are duplicated on your phone. These simply don’t exist yet here in the U.S.There are so-called “mobile wallet solutions” of a sort today – but not the kind that will exist in the future. For example, U.S. carrier Sprint introduced its Sprint Mobile Wallet back in October 2010. But this initiative is designed for online purchases, not purchases of physical goods in the real world where a tap of your phone at checkout deducts the payment from your personal bank account.It’s expected that the mobile platform providers are building more complete mobile wallet solutions that use NFC, however. Google introduced support for NFC technology into its Android mobile operating system (version 2.3, aka “Gingerbread”) and it recently pushed out an update that makes that function work both ways – read and write – a necessary component to any mobile payments system.More on Google’s NFC plans: Google Considering a Mobile Payments Service, January 2011Apple, too, has various NFC-related patents on file and has hired a well-known expert in the field, but, as usual, is completely silent on what it has in development. We can only speculate what the company is working on by tracking its patent applications – like this one spotted in February 2011 which shows an e-wallet icon. The general expectation is that Apple’s e-wallet will work with the NFC technology built into a future iPhone. Although few would ever bet against Apple, it’s still fair to say that implementing NFC and financial services for a mobile wallet solution of this scale requires significant investment and, frankly, a massive amount of work. Even a company as accomplished as Apple will find that to be complex challenge.In addition, what the mobile platform solutions also have to deal with is how to handle – or ignore – the mobile carriers’ desire to be involved. While Apple has traditionally proved itself to be a company whose goal is to disrupt the control a carrier has over the handset, successful NFC solutions in other parts of the world have always had operator involvement. In fact, they’ve typically been joint programs launched via a partnership between banks and operators alongside support from handset manufacturers, not cases where a single player like Apple tries to go it alone. Of course, this is Apple. It could be the one to buck that trend.2. Operator-Provided Mobile Wallets Speaking of operators, lets make this clear: they want to be involved. Not only that, but they want to be the mobile wallet providers. To that end, they’ve teamed up to make sure that happens.During February’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, some of the world’s largest mobile operators announced their intentions to launch commercial NFC services. In total, 16 operators – América Móvil, Axiata Group Berhad, Bharti, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KT Corporation, MTS, Orange, Qtel Group, SK Telecom, SoftBank Mobile, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telekom Austria Group, Telenor and Vodafone – declared their support for the technology. For these operators, NFC isn’t just about the mobile wallet. It can also deliver services like mobile ticketing, mobile couponing, information exchange and the ability to control access to things like cars, homes, offices, hotels and more.In the mobile operators’ case, the deployment of NFC would involve using the SIM card in the phones as the secure element that provides the necessary authentication, security and portability. As NFC World notes, Apple’s and Google’s initiatives will be based on embedded secure elements within the phones themselves – such as the technology found today in Google’s latest flagship phone, the Nexus S – not the SIM card. To some industry watchers, the teaming up occurring now among mobile operators on the matter of NFC is a clear confirmation that the next iPhone (the iPhone 5), will almost certainly have NFC built in.In addition to the GSMA announcement, three of the four major mobile operators in the U.S. (Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T) have joined forces to launch Isis, a mobile payments venture that will use Discover Financial Services’ network to process payments. Barclaycard U.S. will be the first to issue customers Isis accounts. This mobile wallet solution will handle both credit, debit and prepaid transactions. It’s expected that Barclaycard will be the first of many card issuers to come on board with the venture. The microSD technology Visa uses is provided by a company called DeviceFidelity, which also makes solutions for iPhones and Android devices. The microSD card is inserted into a phone’s memory slot, when possible, to NFC-enable the device. But in the case of the iPhone, a slot is not available. DeviceFidelity works around this issue by using a special, protective case for iPhone users where its microSD functionality is built in.It should be noted that these sorts of microSD and case solutions are a way to NFC-enable both current and older devices where NFC is not built into the phone itself. In the future, as NFC technology becomes more prevalent, such a solution would not be required.While they’re more of the dark horse in the race to become complete mobile wallet provider, it’s possible that banks could expand their mobile wallet solutions to include more than just the NFC-enabled credit card replacement technology, but could expand their programs by integrating solutions from third-party providers. But for now, banks are solely focused on replacing just your payment cards (debit, credit and prepaid). For some consumers, that may be enough for now.In future posts in this series, we’ll look at some of the solutions mentioned above in more detail. Stay tuned. Tags:#mobile#NYT#Trends More on Isis: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile Join Forces in New Mobile Payments Venture Called “Isis”, November 2010Isis claims that it already has recruited some merchants to use its service, but will not name names just yet. The group knows that getting merchants to adopt the technology is critical. Merchants don’t want an AT&T-only solution, Jim Stapleton, head of sales and account management at Isis and a veteran of AT&T Inc., told the website Digital Transactions in February 2011.Operators know that to force consumer adoption of a new technology, it must be integrated into their daily lives on a regular basis. That’s why Isis is first talking to merchants at coffee shops, grocery stores, quick-service restaurants, parking lots and garages and most importantly, transit systems (bus, train, subway, etc.). Getting these types of merchants on board with the initiative is critical for its success.Meanwhile, on the consumer side, Isis wants to offer more than just payments. It also wants to also offer electronic coupons, loyalty programs and ticketing, reports Digital Transactions, referencing a statement made by Sarab Sokhey, a Verizon Wireless non-payment NFC executive and advisor to Isis.3. Banks and Mobile WalletsA third category, and one not necessarily mutually exclusive to categories number one and two above, is the one that involves banks. While a bank card may be integrated at some point into a complete mobile wallet solution, such as the one offered by Google or Apple or your carrier, for now, some banks are forging out on their own with NFC-enabled mobile banking products. We could also consider these “mobile wallet services,” of a sort. On this front, there are NFC-enabled mobile wallet services under development now from several U.S. banks including Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase and U.S. Bank. All four banks have trials underway in major cities using Visa’s In2Pay microSD solution, for example. This solution became commercially available from Visa back in December 2010, but it needs the banks’ involvement to really take off in the consumer space.Bank of America’s mobile wallet program, which will launch in the second half of this year, recently made the news when the blog BGR spotted an invitation the bank was sending customers to try the BlackBerry microSD solution (a microSD card with NFC capabilities). Visa told us that Bank of America was already testing this solution in major markets including New York, San Francisco and L.A.center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces NFC, or near field communication, is an emerging technology you’ll start hearing more about in the coming months. In this introductory series to understanding NFC, we’re examining the state of the industry from end-to-end, and we’ll focus on what the technology is, who’s implementing NFC-enabled solutions and how those solutions will work.One of the future use cases for NFC is to create a “mobile wallet” of sorts – a comprehensive service that houses everything from bank cards to coupons, all managed, accessed and delivered via your mobile phone. But what companies are building mobile wallet solutions today and whose mobile wallet will you use?This is the second post in a series on NFC here on ReadWriteMobile which will serve to get you up to speed on what NFC is, what notable developments are underway and what commercial programs using NFC will arrive this year. You can follow this series by clicking the tag  (or bookmarking the tag) “NFC 2011.”Before we could begin talking about NFC developments, advances and upcoming commercial programs in specific, we first had to get you up to speed with what exactly NFC is. The first post in the series is the best starting point for those unfamiliar with the technology. In the post below, we’ll examine the different types of mobile wallet initiatives that will use NFC. How Can a Phone Replace a Wallet? Related Posts last_img read more

To Prove a Point, Melt Some Ice

first_imgA second round in SeattleEarlier this month, The Ice Box Challenge moved 142 miles south and set up shop at Occidental Park in Seattle, where a similar “ice reveal” was planned for today (September 28).This time, the contest pits the Passive House standard against Seattle’s building code. During the 20-day melt-down, visitors could take a peek through windows in the sides of the small buildings to see how the 1,200-pound blocks of ice were faring.Brittany Porter, a project architect at NK Architects, one of the primary sponsors of the event, said that the idea for bringing the demonstration to Seattle was hatched at a Passive House conference in the spring attended by a number of people from the Canadian Passive House group. Similar demonstrations have taken place in Europe, where Passive House construction is more common, and the face-off seemed like a good way of introducing more people in the Northwest to Passive House features.The houses are basically the same, with a few notable exceptions. The code-compliant building has 2×6 framing and is insulated with Roxul mineral wool cavity insulation to R-21. It has double-pane windows. The Passive House version has 2×12 framing plus cavity insulation and a continuous exterior layer of Roxul insulation for a total R-38 envelope. It gets triple-pane windows, higher quality air-sealing tapes, and a more careful window installation.Blocks of ice with an aggregate weight of about 1,200 pounds have been melting inside specially designed demonstration enclosures in Seattle, a repeat of the Ice Box Challenge that took place earlier in the year in Vancouver, British Columbia.Porter says that the buildings were run through standard energy modeling to make sure they would comply with their respective standards (but there were no blower door tests).NK Architects and Passive House Northwest weren’t offering any prizes for the best guess on the ice melt, but Porter said that public interest has been high nonetheless.“Luckily it’s in Occidental Park where there are food trucks and a live music in the summer,” she said by phone. “It’s sort of the happening spot for lunch time. There are always people checking it out and asking questions. The biggest question is always, ‘What’s the difference between the two boxes?’ Everyone is always pretty impressed: There is more insulation, better construction quality with the taping and the air sealing and another pane of glass. That’s really all there is.” RELATED ARTICLES Passive House advocates in the Pacific Northwest have organized an unusual public demonstration aimed at proving just how much energy can be saved with superinsulation and airtight design, a contest not unlike a county fair come-on where visitors are asked to guess how many pebbles will fit into a one-gallon jar.Only in this case it’s how much of an original ton of ice will be left after sitting inside an unrefrigerated building in the middle of summer for several weeks.Earlier this year, Passive House Canada (with the backing of a number of other sponsors) built two small structures and placed them on a sidewalk in Vancouver, British Columbia. One was constructed to meet the Passive House building standard, the second to the provincial building code.Just under a metric ton (1,000 kilograms) of ice was placed in each one, and after 18 days the enclosures were removed to expose what was left. According to Canadian Consulting Engineer, the remaining ice in the Passive House structure weighed 639 kilograms, compared to the 407 kg of ice in the BC code-compliant enclosure, when the event ended on August 14. Prizes offered to the people whose guesses were the closest included tours of Passive House buildings in the Whistler and Vancouver areas. Passivhaus For BeginnersAre Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary?A Passivhaus Rebuttal: In Defense of the StandardNet-Zero-Energy versus Passivhauscenter_img The backdrop is a new zoning law that will eventually require all new houses in the city be built to the Passive House standard, Business Vancouver reported. Good timingSponsors managed to squeeze in the project between the Seattle Design Festival opening on September 9 and this weekend’s North American Passive House Network Conference (which promotes the German-based Passivhaus standard rather than a similar standard published by the Passive House Institute U.S.) Results of what Porter calls a “public science demonstration” will be revealed just as the conference gets up to speed.“It’s just a nice visual way for the public to see some of the ways in which designing a better building can save up to 75% in energy use — and I expect that will be the difference in ice melt — about 75% more ice melt in the code-built building,” she said.Seattle’s Ice Box Challenge follows by a year a demonstration staged by Olson Kundig Architects on the same spot: the melting of a 10-ton block of ice to mimic how the Earth’s ice caps are melting.“I’m hoping this is sort of a hopeful, optimistic type of installation,” she said. “Last year was meant to be a shock-and-awe thing, but done very beautifully. We’re in the same location, in the same amount of time, and we’re coming in with this piece that’s just proposing a solution, and a really achievable solution. That’s why we’re really excited.”Next year the exhibit travels to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland.last_img read more

All Deals Are Not Created Equal

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now All the deals you make are not created equal. In fact, some are far more valuable than others. Some are worth far less than you might imagine, even if your client spends a lot of money.Sales with no profit: These deals are empty calories. They have no nutritional value. You can’t execute for your clients without being a profitable business. Revenue is vanity, and profit is sanity. If you can’t make money, there is no reason to take the client. Listen, I know the logo may be great, and you may believe that they serve the strategic value of allowing you to win more clients, but you can net a few bucks and still land the client. If you can’t, that’s a sales problem.Sales to nightmare clients: There is no reason to do business with bad people. There is no reason to work with people who do things that are illegal, immoral, or people who are generally miserable. They’ll mistreat you and your people, and they destroy your culture in the bargain.Sales where the client didn’t really agree to change: There are some people who agree to move their business to you specifically because your competitor is terrible. Well, that’s what they tell you. What you will discover is that some people blame their partner for not being able to produce the results they need because they are unwilling to make the changes they need to make on their end. You pick up your end of the stick, and they refuse to pick up theirs.Sales that take time and energy away from quality sales: There are some sales that take more time and more energy than they are worth. They prevent you from devoting your time and attention to bigger, better, more meaningful opportunities. You can spend as much time and energy winning a small deal as you can winning a big deal. It can also take the same resources to serve small clients, resources that will then be unavailable to your dream clients, once you win them.Notice that transactional sales did not make this list. Even though you should be strategic, and you should be growing as a trusted advisor, transactional sales are not negative—only transactional behaviors are, and only when something else is needed. There are very high quality sales that are nothing but transactions, and there is some portion of transactional sales that are of low quality.If you are going to sell anyway, you might as well invest your time and energy in high quality sales. You are a reflection of the clients that you serve.last_img read more

50 million could watch Mayweather-McGregor in the US alone

first_imgEach pay-per-view sale means more money in the wallets of both fighters. Though estimates vary widely, Mayweather is expected to make some $200 million, while McGregor will likely pocket at least $100 million.Though ticket sales have been slow in Las Vegas — largely because of astronomical prices — the fight is shaping up as must-see TV at a price of $99.95. People are expected to buy the fight in record numbers, with many sharing the cost of the telecast with friends and family they invite over.Taffet said people will treat it much like a Super Bowl by getting together in larger numbers than usual.“I think this is first and foremost a television event,” said Taffet, who oversaw 190 pay-per-views in his career at HBO. “The success of this fight in the financial record books of history will be made on pay-per-view. And I believe it’s going to deliver.”Industry observers say it’s hard to judge how many homes will buy a pay-per-view until the day of the fight many times, as people often buy late. But the anecdotal evidence — primarily the chatter on social media — indicates a good likelihood of it smashing the 4.6 million record of pay-per-view sales set by the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.ADVERTISEMENT That’s largely because the matchup will likely cross over from being just a sporting event to a party night.“We have definitely seen massive general market interest in addition to the sports fan,” said Stephen Espinoza, who heads sports for Showtime, which will televise the fight. “These general market viewers are often not part of the audience for even the biggest combat sports event. So the ceiling is pretty high.”Espinoza said the very nature of the fight — a matchup between a UFC star who has never boxed as a pro against one of the greatest fighters of his time — will drive the pay-per-view sales.“We believe this is an unprecedented event, quite frankly no one knows what to expect,” he said. “The element of these two outspoken personalities in one unprecedented event is compelling.”An early indication of interest in the fight is the massive betting both in Nevada and in other places where it is legal. Bookmakers say it will be the biggest bet fight ever, with an overwhelming number of the early tickets on McGregor to pull an upset.Still, there are plenty of tickets left in the arena itself, where prices originally ranged from $2,500 in the upper sections to $10,000 at ringside. Ticket prices have been dropping in the resale market — with some available for less than $1,300 on Tuesday — and are expected to decline more in the days before the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping test Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “It’s a cultural event that crosses all demographics and all social and economic factors,” said Mark Taffet, who formerly ran pay-per-view for HBO. “People are getting together to have a great time and we surely need an excuse to have a great time.”Taffet said that while an average of 5-6 people normally watches a pay-per-view, he wouldn’t be surprised if the fight averages 10 people a household. If it sells 5 million pay-per-views as widely anticipated, the fight could be watched by nearly one in six Americans.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 openingThe fight will also be seen by millions more worldwide, with promoters claiming it will be available either online or on a TV screen to more than 1 billion homes in 200 different countries.“If you are in Manhattan or you are on a desert island somewhere, if you have Wi-Fi, you can buy this fight,” promoter Dana White said. LATEST STORIES MOST READ This July 13, 2017 photo shows Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor, of Ireland, facing each other for photos during a news conference at Barclays Center in New York. So far fans aren’t exactly storming the box office to buy tickets for Mayweather Jr.’s fight next month with McGregor. A check online Saturday, July 29, 2017 revealed hundreds _ even thousands _ of seats still available from Ticketmaster at the T-Mobile arena for the Aug. 26 fight. There are so many open seats that fans with enough room left on their credit cards can buy six tickets together in 162 different spots throughout the arena. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor’s improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties.The fight Saturday night threatens the pay-per-view revenue record set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao two years ago and could dwarf it in viewership as people use the event as a reason to have friends and family over for a little escapism and controlled violence.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

No guaranteed Round of 16 slot even if Azkals beat Kyrgyzstan

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Currently in last place in Group C, the Azkals face Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday night at Rashid Stadium with both teams needing victories to stand a chance of progressing to the round of 16.Making it to the next round as one of the top two teams in the group is already out of the equation for the Azkals, but qualifying as one of the four best third-placed squads is a scenario that is still alive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Azkals narrowly lost to South Korea, 0-1, in their opening match on Jan. 7, before falling to China, 0-3, at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The match against China drew 16,000 fans, so far the most attended game in the tournament that did not involve host United Arab Emirates.“The Kyrgyzstan match will be like a final for us,” said captain Stephan Schrock. “We have to finish with a really good performance, taking three points—and really hope for the best.” LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PacMay II: Russia or London LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Krauss DUBAI—There is no guarantee that a victory in its last group match will be enough for the Philippines to reach the next round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup.But a strong finish can cap what has been a memorable debut so far for the Azkals here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippines is one of eight winless countries in the tournament after all 24 teams have played their two matches. A draw will not be enough for both Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines to reach the next round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñolast_img read more