3 Jan
2020

Real Madrid enter battle for Chelsea and Man City target

first_img Inter Milan starlet Mauro Icardi Real Madrid have joined Chelsea and Manchester City in the race for Mauro Icardi.The striker was joint top scorer in Serie A last season, scoring 22 goals for Inter Milan as they finished eighth in the league.Chelsea and Manchester City have both scouted the Argentina international, who has attracted interest from several clubs.And, according to AS, Real Madrid are the latest side to enquire after the 22-year-old’s services.New boss Rafael Benitez is keen to add to his squad this summer as he looks to make his mark at the Santiago Bernabeu.Icardi recently signed a contract extension until 2019 at Inter but that has not stopped clubs chasing his signature. 1last_img

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28 Dec
2019

‘DANGEROUS’ ON-THE-RUN PRISONER MAY BE IN DONEGAL

first_imgWanted thug Jonathan TurleyPOLICE in the north are warning a ‘dangerous’ and ‘violent’ thug may have crossed the border into Donegal.Thug Jonathan Turley, 33 failed to return to Magilligan Prison in Derry on Saturday 9 May. He had been let on bail while on remand for a kidnapping charge.Turley once stabbed a pal at a party up to five times with a knife in a row over a scarf.A judge in 2008 ordered him to serve his ten year jail term at a special hospital unit in England because of his violent streak.Today, Detective Inspector Mary White of the PSNI said Turley could now have cross the border.Gardai in the border counties of Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan have been put on alert him.Said DI White: “We are renewing our appeal for help in locating Mr Turley.“He may be travelling between Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland“I would urge the public not to approach Mr Turley as he has an extensive history of violence and may pose a risk to them.“I would appeal directly to Mr Turley to hand himself in to the authorities without any further delay and I would also ask anyone who knows of his current whereabouts or who has any information to contact your local police immediately.”‘DANGEROUS’ ON-THE-RUN PRISONER MAY BE IN DONEGAL was last modified: May 29th, 2015 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:’DANGEROUS’ ON-THE-RUN PRISONER MAY BE IN DONEGALJONATAHN TURLEYlast_img read more

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26 Dec
2019

All these players will look to leave Man United if Mourinho remains manager

first_imgManchester United could lose up to 10 of their best players if the decision is made to keep Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.Mourinho, the United manager, is believed to remain under intense pressure despite Saturday’s remarkable comeback defeat of Newcastle. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City revealed Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Mourinho guided United from two goals down to a 3-2 win over Newcastle latest 2 2 Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? Most read in Premier League The Portguese told talkSPORT he received a vote of confidence from the club’s board, but reports continue to suggest he could be axed and replaced by the likes of Zinedine Zidane, the ex-Real Madrid manager, or Antonio Conte, formerly of Chelsea.But should Mourinho remain in his position, United risk an exodus of a number of their best players.This is according to the Daily Mail, who say up to 10 players will consider whether to remain at Old Trafford if Mourinho continues as the club’s manager. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion gameday cracker tense De Gea allegedly has doubts over Mourinho’s ability to make United title challengers SORRY Furthermore, Luke Shaw is said to be unwilling to extend his contract with Mourinho in charge, despite his existing deal expiring at the end of the season, and Anthony Martial shares a similar view, though he is willing to pen new terms as he believes Mourinho will not be at United for much longer.The report also names defenders Eric Bailly, Antonio Valencia and Phil Jones, and midfielders Juan Mata and Ander Herrera as players who want to leave United if Mourinho keeps his job. The list is rounded off by Ashley Young, the versatile 33-year-old. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? TOP WORK whoops predicted Paul Pogba is one such player, with United’s record signing already having an alleged fall-out with Mourinho that saw him stripped of the club’s vice-captaincy.The France midfielder is a target of Barcelona’s, and another United player who could end up in Spain is goalkeeper David de Gea, who is reluctant to sign a new contract with the Red Devils as he is ‘concerned about United’s ability to challenge for major honours under Mourinho’. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? changes last_img read more

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24 Dec
2019

TRAGIC GEORGIA TO BE BURIED THIS THURSDAY AS SISTER REMAINS ‘STABLE’ IN HOSPITAL

first_imgHundreds of people are expected to to turn out for the funeral of tragic Georgia Doherty (Sadler) which takes place this Thursday.Tragic Georgia will be buried on ThursdayThe 13 year old from Clar in Redcastle will be buried following funeral mass at St. Columba’s Church in Drung.The sports-mad teenager was killed instantly when she was involved in a traffic accident in Co Derry on Sunday afternoon. Her older sister Lisa McCole, who was driving the car, has been in hospital since the horrific crash which happened around 5pm.The pair had been returning from enjoying a day out in Belfast when the accident happened.A spokesperson for Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry told Donegal Daily today that Lisa’s condition was now “stable.”Pupils from Moville Community College, where Georgina was a first year pupil, as well as from Redcastle FC where Georgina played football, will attend the funeral. Her heartbroken family issued a statement in which they paid tribute to Georgia and all she had achieved during her short life.“In her short life Georgia touched many people as she was a vivacious, bright, loving and caring girl whose loss will be greatly mourned by all those who came to know her.“She was our ‘happy go lucky superstar’ and this is how she will be remembered.”Georgia, who was the youngest in a family of four siblings, is survived by her parents George and Rosemarie, sisters Lisa, Caira and only brother Connaire.  TRAGIC GEORGIA TO BE BURIED THIS THURSDAY AS SISTER REMAINS ‘STABLE’ IN HOSPITAL was last modified: February 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:crashdeadfuneralGeorgia DohertyLIsa McColeredcastlelast_img read more

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21 Dec
2019

Corning boys fall to Hamilton in penalty kicks

first_imgCorning >> The Corning boys had their hands full at home Tuesday against Hamilton and ultimately suffered a loss after the game ended knotted at 1 then went into overtime, followed by penalty kicks, which ended 5-4 in favor of the Braves.“They played their hearts out,” said Cardinals coach Victor Torres. “Hamilton’s a good rival. They have a good program over there. We never quit, though. I’m a proud coach.” Hamilton kept control of the ball early and often, allowing little time for Corning …last_img

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20 Dec
2019

Photos | Exploring the California super bloom on Table Mountain

first_imgCHICO — A visit to Table Mountain during the months of spring rain is the best time to find fresh wildflowers before summer heat sets in. With the promise of a super bloom this year thanks to several extremely heavy storms, I was very hopeful about this spring’s potential for flowers up on the meadows and along the flowing creek, and took an afternoon drive to the mountain before the rain clouds returned.Driving from Chico to Durham-Pentz Road and Cherokee Road up to North Table Mountain …last_img

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18 Dec
2019

2010 ‘one of our greatest achievements’

first_img27 September 2010The 2010 Fifa World Cup was one of the greatest achievements of post-apartheid South Africa, President Jacob Zuma said at the national Heritage Day celebrations at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on Friday.While acknowledging the economic and infrastructural achievements around the World Cup, the President said Heritage Day 2010 was a day for South Africans to celebrate their contribution to the promotion of the country to the world “as a bastion of peace, stability, progress and unity.“The wearing of Bafana Bafana jerseys and the display of the rainbow flags everywhere in our country by patriotic South Africans will forever be part of our heritage,” Zuma said.The unity experienced in South Africa had been the highlight of the tournament, showing the potential for further nation building.“The fact that so many white South Africans, young and old, filled the stadiums to celebrate the soccer tournament, while black people flocked to Orlando Stadium [in Soweto] before the World Cup to celebrate rugby, shows that we have not even begun to harness the potential for creating a common national identity”.The World Cup had also played a role in promoting African unity. “The support provided to Ghana and all African teams indicated that South Africans realize that the country is an integral part of the continent,” Zuma said.“Therefore, our national days such as Freedom Day, Heritage Day, Youth Day, and Women’s Day should become more focused celebrations of the ushering in of freedom and democracy in our country, and the promoting of building a common future”.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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18 Dec
2019

Bin cleaners bring Hollywood to Khayelitsha

first_img23 March 2016Buhle Sithela cleans bins in Khayelitsha and uses the money to screen films https://t.co/PyEKZgu6dv pic.twitter.com/xAyyapk00v— neo (@_maditla) March 17, 2016As an events marketing student at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), 21-year-old Buhle Sithela started his bin cleaning business as part of a practical assignment. It soon blossomed into a full-time community service.“I wanted to do something that would benefit the community, so I set up this event where people in my (area) could bring their bins and me and my friends would wash them for a small fee,” Sithela told Amaphiko social enterprise website.The Khayelitsha Bin Clean Project is based in Harare, Khayelitsha. Every Friday, Sithela and his friends clean more than 30 bins, charging R50 per bin. “Initially,” says Sithela, “we didn’t have that many bins. We started with five bins, but things picked up so quickly.”Clients – such as resident Linda Madlebe – are happy with the service, and speak glowingly about Sithela and his friends’ efforts to improve the neighbourhood. “These guys are setting a good example in our community,” Madlebe told Amaphiko, “especially given that it is gang-ridden. I hope their project grows.”Sithela focuses on the project full-time as he had to drop out of college last year because of a lack of funds. But it hasn’t been without its difficulties. Besides money being tight, some of the people who help him clean the bins have personal problems that make running the project difficult. “Some of them are suffering from drug addiction and there are times I’ve had to single-handedly clean over 30 dustbins. It’s tough.”Yet there have been personal triumphs and great learning experiences from starting the business, he says. One of the ways he gives back using the money raised from the business, is to offer community film screenings for youngsters and older residents alike. “Film has always been one of my biggest passions, but. there are little to no cinemas in the townships. So I decided to start my own screenings.”Since July, Sithela has hosted regular film screenings at a local church. “I had to borrow speakers and a projector from a friend, (and while) the (first) turnout wasn’t great either. I was just happy I did it,” he explains. Some of the films shown include the recent James Bond film and popular favourites such as the Rush Hour movies and Friday, as well as the latest local films.While financing the events present a challenge, leaving not much money from the business over for himself, he is still glad he’s making a difference for his community. And all his hard work has not gone unnoticed.Sithela is doing an internship with another innovative entertainment business, the mobile, solar-powered cinema Sunshine Cinema, which takes movies to rural and disadvantaged areas.It has been useful to research ways of expanding his own plans for his business, he says. “I just hope it grows big enough to sustain my passion for cinema. I have this dream of hosting a huge open air screening at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha. Slowly but surely, I’m getting there.”Source: Amaphiko websitelast_img read more

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16 Dec
2019

Chilling Out With Air Conditioners

first_img[This reflects a few corrections from the original posting]My wife and I did our outside work early, while the weather was still bearable. Since mid-day we’ve been holed up in the house. It’s not exactly cool indoors, but we’ve had the house closed up and it’s about 15 degrees cooler than outdoors. If it gets much warmer, though, I admit that I’ll at least be thinking about getting an air conditioner—as I do every year for a few days during the hottest weather.Readers of last week’s blog know that there are usually ways to avoid mechanical air conditioning (at least in Vermont)—though in places like Phoenix (where it was forecast to reach 109°F today), air conditioners are pretty-much a necessity.So what is an air conditioner exactly, and how does it work?A short history of refrigerant-cycle air conditionersRemarkably, one of our founding fathers, Ben Franklin, had a hand in the underlying science of air conditioning. In 1758, Ben Franklin and a colleague in England, chemist John Hadley, conducted an experiment on the cooling properties of evaporation. By using a bellows to evaporate highly volatile liquids like alcohol and ether, they were able to drop the temperature to 7°F, building up a thick layer of ice on their mercury thermometer—while the ambient temperature was 64°F.In 1820, another of history’s greatest scientists, the British inventor Michael Faraday, showed that by mechanically compressing ammonia to liquefy (condense) it and then allowing the ammonia to expand and evaporate, he could cool air. And in 1842, a Florida physician, John Gorrie, wanting to keep patients cool, was able to use this principal to make ice in an Apalachicola hospital. Gorrie patented his system in 1851 and hoped to commercialize it to cool buildings, but his financial backer died, and with it, Gorrie’s path to success. Air conditioning would not reappear for 50 years.In 1902, Willis Carrier of Syracuse, New York perfected a system for dehumidifying a commercial printing plant. The goal was to stabilize the paper, but the invention also kept the plant’s temperature more comfortable and the workers more productive. He formed The Carrier Air Conditioning Company of America to produce these systems, eventually extending beyond commercial buildings to homes. With 32,000 employees in 170 countries, Carrier Corporation (now a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation) is today one of the world leaders in high-technology heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration systems.Refrigerant-cycle air conditionersThe operation of a mechanical air conditioner depends on a refrigerant, a specialized fluid whose phase can be altered between liquid and vapor by compressing and then evaporating it in a closed loop. This phase change process absorbs and releases heat, thus enabling an air conditioner to move heat from one place to another—even if that heat flow is from a cooler to a warmer space (seemingly in opposition to Second Law of Thermodynamics). This vapor-compression or refrigerant cycle is the principle behind nearly all air conditioners, as well as heat pumps and your kitchen refrigerator.It’s a complicated process, though, so hang onto your hat!In an air conditioner, refrigerant is pumped through a closed loop where it is alternately evaporated and condensed. In the process of evaporation, which usually occurs inside the house, heat from the house is absorbed into the refrigerant—cooling the house. That gaseous refrigerant is then pumped to the condenser, located outside the house, where the compressor mechanically compresses the vapor, increasing its pressure and causing it to condense back into liquid; this process releases the heat that was absorbed inside the house.The evaporator coils and condenser coils are heat exchangers that transfer heat first from the indoor air into the refrigerant and then from the refrigerant to the outside air. It’s an elegant process that is largely hidden inside the air conditioner components. In a window air conditioner, this refrigerant cycle occurs in a single box, absorbing heat on the room side and rejecting it on the side hanging outside the window. In a central air conditioner the indoor and outdoor units are separate and connected by refrigerant lines.To summarize, this refrigerant cycle is a closed loop, and two phase changes occur every time the refrigerant is pumped around that loop. Heat is absorbed on one side of the loop (evaporation) and rejected on the other (condensation). In a heat pump this refrigerant cycle can be reversed allowing heat from the outside air the be captured and delivered into the house during the winter months. (I told you this was going to be complicated!)Very significantly, air conditioners lower household humidity levels. This occurs because the evaporator coils that are in contact with the house air are cold (below the dew point temperature), and moisture from the indoor air condenses on them (just as water condenses on the outside of your glass of iced tea on a hot humid day). This condensate is captured and drained outside the building, thus removing that moisture from the house and lowering the relative humidity. That condensate is what drips on you when you walk underneath a window air conditioner in the summer.Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. He also coauthored BuildingGreen’s special report on windows that just came out. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed.last_img read more

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1 Dec
2019

Congress, NCP now focus on seat swap

first_imgThe Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) may have fixed a seat-sharing arrangement for the Assembly elections, but the parties are now facing the challenge of deciding which constituencies they will each contest.The two allies have agreed to contest 125 seats each, but will have to exchange seats they had previously contested based on the current political scenario. The alliance now rests on a smooth transfer of seats, talks for which are in progress. On Wednesday, the senior leadership of the State Congress held day-long deliberations in Delhi to decide candidates for 100 seats. And on Thursday, both parties held a meeting and talks are likely to be over within a day or two. “Both parties have reached an understanding that each will contest 125 seats. This formula has been reached on the basis of the present strength of the parties. A number of seats will be exchanged, and that will be finalised within a day or two,” said a senior Congress leader, who was part of the negotiations. He said neither ally wishes to push the discussions to a breaking point.A senior NCP leader, too, confirmed the seat-sharing formula. “There are allies such as Raju Shetti, Left and others. We will be sparing 38 seats for them,” he said. NCP president Sharad Pawar has already announced five candidates from Beed district. The Leader of Opposition in the Council, Dhananjay Munde, will contest from Parli against his cousin, Women and Child Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde. Besides, Sandip Kshirsagar will contest from Beed, Namita Mundada from Kej, Prakash Solanke from Majalgaon and Vijaysinh Pandit from Gevrai. “The exchange of seats will take place based on the present political scenario. We may get seats which were never with us but are favourable to us now, and vice versa,” the Congress leader said.Sources said the NCP has asked for seats such as Igatpuri, which the Congress has contested in the past. Two seats in Navi Mumbai, which were with the NCP, may go to the Congress as local NCP leaders have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In 2014, the parties had contested the elections independently. In 2009, the NCP fielded candidates in 117 seats, and the Congress in 171. The share of the Congress has come down to 125 owing to the losses it suffered in successive Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in the State. Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan said the alliance with the NCP was final. “We are together and will be fighting the polls in an alliance. As of now, our alliance is unaffected by whether the BJP and Shiv Sena contest together or not. We are of finalising candidates and the list will be out soon,” he said.last_img read more

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