Leicester train rolls on

first_img POOR PERFORMANCE LONDON (AP): The expectation is that the rails will come off Leicester’s title challenge and Manchester United will get back on track. Little goes to the script in this Premier League season. But Manchester United’s problems with scoring at home won’t go away, with boos again ringing out at Old Trafford yesterday after the hosts were stunned 1-0 by Southampton. Leicester went three points clear at the top – for 24 hours at least before Arsenal host Chelsea – by beating Stoke 3-0. And Manchester City slipped further behind the pacesetters by drawing 2-2 at West Ham. Jamie Vardy, having set the record for scoring in 11 consecutive Premier League games earlier in the season, ended a goal drought exceeding 10 hours for Leicester. Danny Drinkwater and Leonardo Ulloa scored either side of Vardy’s 66th-minute goal. A first-ever Champions League qualification for the central England club seems less fanciful by the week. Manchester United went an 11th home game in a row without scoring in the first half and then conceded after the break when Charlie Austin netted on his Southampton debut. “It was a poor performance, of course, because football is not only defending but also creating chances, and we didn’t create,” van Gaal said. United remain fifth, but are now five points behind Tottenham, who came from behind to win 3-1 at Crystal Palace. A moment of individual brilliance saw Tottenham go in front with 10 minutes to go. Dele Alli, one of the breakthrough stars of the season, flicked the ball up and back over his own head before volleying into the bottom corner. The biggest scoring game of the day was on the east coast with a nine-goal thriller, including two in stoppage time. After Norwich threw away a 3-1 lead in the second half to Liverpool, Sebastian Bassong thought he had secured a 4-4 draw, but in the fourth minute of injury time, Adam Lallana scored his first goal of the season to clinch a 5-4 victory for 7th-place Liverpool.last_img read more

Housing Minister slammed over failure to publish housing report

first_imgfrustration has been expressed towards the Minister for Housing following what has been described as the ‘failure’ to produce a report on the review of the Tenant Purchase Scheme.Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal, Charlie McConalogue, said promises had been made earlier this year that the report would be published ‘shortly.’Deputy McConalogue said: “I raised this matter in the Dáil in June of this year, but when no report was published, I raised it again last week and was exasperated to be given almost word for word, the exact same reply I received in June. “On that occasion, the Minister promised the report would be published but last week’s response from the Minister shows there is no clear plan to actually publish the report.“It has been now well over two years since the review of the Tenant Purchase Scheme was completed, but since then the government has been dragging its heels on the matter,’ McConalogue said.“The very fact that the review has been finished for so long but appears to have lay gathering dust on the Minister’s desk since then, is a clear indication that the Minister and the government, have no grasp of how many people are still anxiously awaiting the publication of the review.“The scheme was reintroduction but quickly found that a number of people were barred from entering the scheme due to its rigid criteria. “In the majority of cases, they were refused due to the fact their only source of income was social welfare. However, often the applicants were old-age pensioners who want to own the house they have made their home,” he added.“They were barred from the scheme despite the fact they had amassed lifelong savings to support the purchase of their home.“The response from the Minister is an insult to those hopeful the review might bring about changes to the scheme to allow them to buy out their home.“The report is ready for publication and there is no reason for further delays from the Minister at this stage. I will continue to press the Minister to publish this report immediately and afford local authority tenants in these situations the opportunity to make their home their own,” concluded Deputy McConalogue.Housing Minister slammed over failure to publish housing report was last modified: October 31st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Brand South Africa hosts Afcon journos

first_imgBrand South Africa is hosting journalists visiting South Africa for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) this week. The tour kicked off in Durban on Thursday with a visit to the striking Moses Mabhida Stadium, a Fifa World Cup stadium and the venue for five Afcon matches.The visiting journalists represented a mix of sports and business publications from countries including Russia, Zambia, Brazil and Qatar.“The purpose of such tours is to position South Africa in terms of the business of sport. We want to show the legacy left by the Fifa World Cup. We also want to show that South Africa is serious about inter-regional development,” explained Sandile Ngidi of Brand South Africa.Trade destinationThe day began at the Elangeni Hotel, where a number of short talks were presented, highlighting KwaZulu-Natal as a trade destination.Phillip Sithole, the head of KwaZulu-Natal Tourism, said investing in sports events such as the Fifa World Cup had produced an excellent return on investment for the city.“If you look at the benefits we received from the World Cup as well as [UN climate change summit] COP 17 , they now amount to billions of rands,” Sithole said. “Hosting major events also addresses issues around infrastruture; you can’t host major events if you don’t have the infrastructure for them.”The most visible symbol of the infrastructure development for major events in the city of Durban is undoubtedly the Moses Mabhida Stadium with its massive arch, which begins in two pieces on the south side of the stadium before coming together as one, representing the coming together of the South African nation.Stadium tourIt was thus a natural choice to take a tour of the stadium, which was buzzing with activity ahead of Afcon 2013. A guided tour included a visit to the very well equipped and spacious players’ changing rooms and a journey to the top of the arch on the SkyCar. From there, one took in a wonderful panoramic view of the surrounding city.During the morning meeting, the journalists also learnt about the Sharks rugby team, which is based in Durban. Not only is the Sharks one of the most successful brands in KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa, it is also on of South Africa’s top 100 brands, making it a “superbrand”.Sharks’ advertising and match day events manager Novashni Chetty laid out the holistic approach of the franchise to Durban, KwaZulu-Natal and beyond and explained how the players have become an integral part of different communities and helped to uplift them.The Sharks’ reach was emphasised by an anti-bullying campaign that has gone beyond the boundaries of South Africa, and the signing of a deal with United Arab Emirates Rugby for the Sharks to open three academies in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai.Trade and InvestmentClaude Pretorius, destination marketing manager of Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal, said major events such as the Fifa World Cup and Afcon 2013 were opportunities to create awareness.“Because of the awareness around these big events, it’s an opportunity for us to host our target audience during these events. While they’re here we give them an opportunity to see the existing infrastructure, to see the planned projects, to see what the opportunities are,” Pretorius said.“What is also very important is the amount of international publicity that South Africa gets for free, which would otherwise be very expensive for us,” he added.Durban Container TerminalIn the afternoon, the group also paid a visit to Transnet’s Durban Container Terminal in the Durban Harbour, the busiest port in Africa. The evening featured dinner at the uShaka Marine World theme park.The visit to Durban was day one of a tour for the journalists that will include the opening ceremony and opening matches of Afcon 2013 at the National Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday. – Southafrica.infolast_img read more

Device Simplifies Building Rehabs

first_imgA device worn like a backpack automatically records room dimensions, the location of HVAC equipment, and electrical sources as it’s carried through a building by a technician, greatly simplifying planning for energy upgrades, the website VPA reports.The Rapid Building Energy Modeler, or RAPMOD, was created by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and its partners and is being developed by Baumann Consulting.The device needs a single pass through the building to create a three-dimensional model, giving engineers and architects information that ordinarily would take much longer to collect. The Berkeley Lab said that in field tests conducted at two West Coast hotels, a technician with a RAPMOD completed indoor mapping in two days, rather than the three months it had previously taken with manual scanning.In a video posted with the VPA report, Baumann engineer Annie Marston explains that the device records not only the geometry of the building, but the location of lights and electrical outlets and other features that architects would need to pay attention to before planning renovations and upgrades. A 3-D image produced from the recorded data includes an infrared image of each of the rooms and other information that can be transferred into an energy modeling program used to calculate where energy savings can be made.Developers say it also will be helpful for architectural design.Among the instruments in the RAPMOD are cameras, laser scanners, a barometer which measures height, and magnetometers that sense the location of metallic structures, the report says. The virtual map of the structure is accurate to within 10 centimeters (about 4 inches).The device now weighs about 33 lb., but developers are trying to reduce that to 22 lb. It costs $20,000.last_img read more

Mehbooba betrayed mandate by allying with BJP, says Omar

first_imgAs the National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah, 81, filed his nomination for the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat on Monday, the party vice-president Omar Abdullah said the Peoples Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti “betrayed” the people of J&K by allying with the BJP in 2015.“Dr. Abdullah is a four-time Chief Minister and represented J&K in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha many times. The principal task ahead of the State is to protect its special status,” said Omar Abdullah, who accompanied his father when he filed his nomination for the Srinagar-Budgam seat. The NC vice-president said the PDP “berated and belittled the mandate of people in 2014 by joining hands with the BJP”. “The PDP joined hands with the same BJP, given the fact that our party had extended unconditional support to them to keep the BJP out in 2015. But late Mufti Sahab declined our offer saying that they are joining hands with the BJP to forge friendship with Pakistan, remove AFSPA, bring back power projects and usher development in the State. We ask them what they were able to achieve,” he added.Disqualification soughtIn a separate development, BJP State spokesman Altaf Thakur on Monday wrote a letter to the Chief Electoral Officer, J&K, and sought disqualification of the NC candidate from Baramulla parliamentary constituency, Muhammad Akbar LonePro-Pak slogan“It is to bring to your kind notice that Mr. Lone through his speech resorted to ultimate disrespect of the country by raising pro-Pakistan slogan — ‘Pakistan Zindabad’, which has hurt the sentiments of people of not only Jammu & Kashmir but also the people of entire India,” the letter reads.Mr. Thakur asked the CEO to take serious note of Mr. Lone’s speech. The complaint comes a day after a video surfaced online showing Mr. Lone praying for the welfare of Pakistan and raising slogans. “Please disqualify him from the candidature of Barmulla so that peace and harmony is maintained in the country and J&K,” the BJP leader said.last_img read more

Crores for Indian Olympic medallists, but what will para-athlete Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda get?

first_imgWhen a regular athlete wins a medal at an international stage, he or she is lavished with praises and cash awards, but the case with a para-athlete seems to be a whole new ball game in the country.High jumper Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda made the nation proud by winning the first medal for India at the ongoing Paralympic Games in London. However, despite the historic medal win he seems to be getting a step-motherly treatment.The 24-year old from Karnataka, who has an impairment in his left leg, had sailed over a height of 1.74 metre in the final of the Men’s High Jump F42 event to finish second on Monday night.While crores of rupees were lavished on the Indian Olympic medal winners, Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken tweeted that the silver medallist should get Rs 30 lakh. However, he was yet to make an official announcement.So far, only the Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) has announced to award him Rs 10 lakh.This is in sharp contrast to the awards that the central and state governments showered on the six Olympic medal winners, who were awarded more than Rs 1 crore each along with various other material benefits.It now remains to be seen if the Karnataka government takes note of Girisha’s achievement and rewards him for it.Maken announces SAI job for GirishaMeanwhile, Maken on Wednesday also promised a job for Girisha at Sports Authority of India (SAI). The minister made the announcement on micro-blogging site Twitter.Maken Tweeted: “Paralympic silver medallist Nagaraj to be offered a job of coach in Sports Authority of India at an officer level!”It could be mentioned that Girisha wanted recognition of his achievement and a job for his victory at the Paralympic Games.advertisementlast_img read more