Hodgson expecting disgruntled Zaha to shine again for Palace

first_imgHowever, chairman Steve Parish would not countenance selling the club’s most valuable asset for anything less than £80 million, although some reports suggested he wanted as much as £100 million.Arsenal lost interest after they had a £40 million bid declined earlier in the summer. They then broke their transfer record to buy his international team-mate Nicolas Pepe for £72 million.Zaha’s frustration boiled over, however, as Thursday’s deadline for the summer transfer window approached and Palace batted away two bids from big-spending Everton, according to The Daily Telegraph.They first offered £55 million plus striker Cenk Tosun and then when that was declined they improved it to £60 million — still way off Parish’s valuation.Admitting defeat Everton filled the void by buying Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi for a fee that could rise to £35 million.In theory an opportunity still exists for Zaha as transfer windows are open across Europe, and the Telegraph reports that German side Borussia Dortmund are said to be interested.However, The Times says that Parish has also put a block on him leaving for a foreign club, risking an even smaller fee next summer should Palace fail to hold off relegation.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Wilfried ZahaLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha had hoped to be lining up on the opening weekend of the Premier League season for Everton against the London club.Instead Zaha is still at Palace amid reports of growing tension with his boyhood club after they blocked his big move to Merseyside over money.Coach Roy Hodgson admits that he had to send a sulky Zaha home early from training on Thursday and hopes a player who has led the battle against relegation the past two seasons snaps out of his funk in time for the new season.The 72-year-old said he was counting on Zaha delivering for Palace despite some reports saying Zaha — who last season signed a new five-year contract worth a reported £130,000 (140,056 euros) a week — has told the club he will not be available at Selhurst Park on Saturday.“We are looking forward to him doing this season, what he’s done for the last two seasons,” Hodgson told Sky Sports News.“His beef is with the chairman and owners of the club because he’s wanted to leave and they haven’t received the offer that they think is sufficient to allow him to leave.“He has to come to terms with that, when you sign long-term contracts you are expected to honour them and we expect him to do that.”Zaha had submitted a transfer request earlier this week hoping to move to a bigger club.last_img read more

GAA: ANOTHER GREAT DAY FOR TERMON AS CLUB SECURES TITLE

first_imgTERMON GAA club is celebrating the Double after winning the Division 3 title today.With the Intermediate Championship trophy already secured in the clubhouse at Burn Road, Termon added the title today with a five point win over Downings.The final score was 3-08 to 2-06. GAA: ANOTHER GREAT DAY FOR TERMON AS CLUB SECURES TITLE was last modified: November 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: ANOTHER GREAT DAY FOR TERMON AS CLUB SECURE TITLElast_img read more

South Africa condemns Syria killings

first_img1 June 2012 South Africa has reiterated its condemnation of the killing of Syrian people, once again calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the country. Speaking in Geneva on Friday at the 19th Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council on the deteriorating human rights situation in Syria, Deputy Justice Minister Andries Nel said South Africa condemned the killings of men, women and children in the Syrian village of El-Houleh. “We wish to extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to all the families of the victims of the horrific tragedy and we extend our solidarity to all the people of Syria in these difficult times,” Nel, adding that those responsible for the killings should be brought to book. “We support a thorough and immediate investigation into these killings with the full involvement of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria and the commission of inquiry established by the UN Human Rights Council. “It remains imperative that the use of violence by all parties in Syria immediately cease and that stability returns to the country,” Nel said. “South Africa believes that the 6-Point Peace Plan for Syria, as presented by Joint Special Envoy Kofi Annan, [is] an opportunity to resolve this conflict in an inclusive and legitimate manner. Every effort possible should be made to support and ensure the implementation of this plan.” Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Should I continue farming?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Given the low prices of many farm commodities and a price outlook that may not be positive in the near term, you may be considering exiting agriculture. Making a decision to sell part or your entire farm is not easy and brings with it a great deal of emotions. Farmers have told me they worry about being seen as a failure, the impact a sale will have on family and employees, or what they will do with their life after the sale. These are realistic concerns. It’s important that you don’t let emotions drive the decision-making process. Sometimes difficult business decisions must be made to preserve what is still left and plan for the future.Finding someone you trust, who has good listening skills, and with whom you are comfortable discussing the details of your business, finances, goals, and options can be very helpful. That person may not have the answers to all of your questions, but if they are willing to listen, they can offer advice and suggest people who can help.Think of the following pages as a framework from which to begin the process of selling some or your whole farm. Evaluate• Financial situation: What is the total amount of all debt obligations, to whom do you owe money, and how much is owed to each creditor? What is your net worth? Knowing the answers to these basic questions is important, regardless of your business or performance, and necessary to evaluate what and how many assets will need to sell.• Goals/needs: Do you need to sell all or part of your assets? Can you retain assets to farm part-time? Is there another enterprise worth investigating? Does it make sense to relocate and start a new business? Are you at a stage in life where it’s best to retire and enjoy time with family, travel, or enjoy a hobby?• Life after farming: What skills do you possess? You are more than “just a farmer” — you probably have skills and/or education as a mechanic, electrician, carpenter, mason, nutritionist, agronomist, etc. You have worked with livestock and machinery. You may have an advanced degree that you can put to use. You certainly have a great deal of practical, hands-on experience.Your experiences, training, education, and skills will help you focus on finding your next career. Maybe now is a time to take classes to increase your skills to enter a new career. Talk to neighbors, family, and friends to let them know you are looking for a job. State and county governments, as well as private companies, can assist you with identifying skills and job openings. DecisionsYou and your business partners have agreed that a sale of assets is the best available option, but you don’t know where to begin. The following can help you get the process started, answer questions, and/or raise issues you might not have considered.Begin with a current balance sheet. A balance sheet will provide you with a snapshot of your assets and liabilities at the time the inventories were recorded and values placed on them. The balance sheet will also show your current and non-current debt obligations.Determine whether you will sell all of your assets or a portion. If only a portion, which assets? If you are going to focus on crop production, you may want to retain tractor(s), tillage equipment, planter or drill, harvest equipment, etc.If assets are listed as collateral for loans, start talking to lenders immediately about how to handle the sale, discharging the lien, and the use of sale proceeds. Meet with a farm appraisal real-estate professional to determine a reasonable value for the acres and any real estate assets you plan to sell. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of a private sale, going through a realtor, or having a public auction.If you use a realtor or auctioneer, determine the cost, services provided, and what is expected of you. Talk to more than one real-estate professional, request references, and ask that terms discussed be in writing.Will the projected sale income be enough to cover debt obligations? If not, what is the next plan of action? If the sale of livestock isn’t enough to pay your debts, what else needs to be included? Maybe it’s milking equipment, stalls, feed mixer. While it provides a one-time cash infusion, the sale of timber or minerals may provide extra income. The sale of real estate is an option. You may not want to sell all of your acreage, but maybe there are a few acres you could sell. Involve an attorneyContact one early and make them aware of your plans. There may be issues related to the sale you hadn’t considered (for example, say you plan to divide a parcel into building lots, there may be zoning or other regulations to follow and associated court filings).Meet with your tax advisor/accountant. There are going to be tax implications from the sale of assets. How many dollars must be set aside to meet tax obligations or liabilities? A tax professional can help you implement strategies to minimize the tax bill. As a financial advisor once told me, the difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is about seven years. Help is availableComing to and making a decision to exit farming is not easy and is filled with a great deal of emotions and stress. There are people and agencies/organizations that can help, including:Family or close friendsClergyLicensed counselorsMedical professionalsOhio State University Extension professionals. You can easily find the telephone number of any Extension office by clicking on: https://extension.osu.edu/laoNational Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255Online resources: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/National Alliance on Mental Illness1-800-950-NAMI (6264)Online resources: https://www.nami.org/Many counties have professionals available for counselingOhio Workforce Training: http://www.ohio.gov/working/training/Ohio Job & Family Services Office of Workforce Development: http://jfs.ohio.gov/owd/index.stm. Arriving at the decision to sell will not be easy. Find someone with whom you can share your feelings and don’t see yourself as a failure. Talk to professionals, get answers to your questions, and make the best possible decisions. There are many people who can help you through this process.last_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

a month agoValencia president Anil Murthy has Twitter account hacked

first_imgValencia president Anil Murthy has Twitter account hackedby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia president Anil Murthy has had his Twitter account hacked.After being forced to apologise on behalf of Peter Lim to the Valencia squad for Marcelino’s sacking, his Twitter account was hacked on Wednesday night.Murthy managed to regain control of his account, stating that he’d been hacked and had deleted the previous two posts.The club president has been at the centre of the Marcelino sacking, but insists that the team need to keep moving forward.”This season we’re going to keep working to make the club improve,” he said.”On Sunday, we play at Mestalla against Leganes.”We’re calm right now, we have a new coach and the confidence of the team is in their coach.”We’re going to fight again this season to fulfil the objectives that this club deserves.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Jahlil Okafor Missed A Reverse Dunk, And Coach K Almost Lost His Mind

first_imgCoach K celebrates with the crowd.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 09: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils celebrates with fans after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 79-73 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 9, 2011 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Duke is having no trouble with 16-seed Robert Morris Friday night, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski is still rather unhappy with at least one Blue Devils player on his squad. Freshman big man Jahlil Okafor, arguably the best player in the country, did a little showboating by trying to throw down a reverse dunk early in the second half. Coach K almost lost his mind and pulled him right after.Things get a little tougher for Duke on Sunday – the Blue Devils will get either St. John’s or San Diego State.last_img read more

Minister Anything could happen if Brexit deal rejected

first_imgLONDON — A senior British Cabinet minister has said that a second referendum or a so-called “Norway-plus” deal could be in the cards if Prime Minister Theresa May fails to win lawmakers’ approval for her Brexit deal.Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd is the first minister to discuss a “Plan B” should May be defeated in a key parliamentary vote scheduled for Tuesday.Rudd, who backs May’s Brexit deal, said “anything could happen” if the government is defeated in Parliament, and predicted a chaotic period.She told the Times on Saturday that while none of the possible alternatives is better than the current Brexit deal, she would prefer a model similar to Norway, which is not an EU member but is part of the European Economic Area.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pak must hand over Dawood Salahudeen to India to show sincerity in

first_imgNew Delhi: If Pakistan was sincere in tackling terror, then it should at least hand over to India Dawood Ibrahim, Sayeed Salahudeen and other terrorists who are Indian citizens and residing in that country, government sources said Saturday. They said Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and other terror groups even after the dastardly Pulwama attack. If Pakistan really wants to send a message that it was serious about addressing India’s concerns over terrorism, then it should hand over Dawood, Salahudeen and other terrorists who are Indians, the sources said. Referring to actions by Pakistan such as holding ceratin terrorists in preventive custody, the sources said India considered them to be cosmetic. Cosmetic action will not cut any ice. India has been asking Pakistan to hand over Dawood, Salahudeen and several other terrorists who are wanted in India in connection with a series of terror attacks. The sources said India has shared various key details such as coordinates of terror groups operating from Pakistan soil to Islamabad which can be verified by a third country. After the Pulwama terror attack, India has mounted a diplomatic offensive to corner Pakistan internationally on the issue of terrorism. India has been pressing for concrete and verifiable action by Pakistan against terror groups operating from Pakistani soil. Tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and subsequent aerial strike by India on a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot on February 26. Pakistan retaliated the strike next day by unsuccessfully attempting to target Indian military installations. The JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.last_img read more

The plight of neglected animals at Casablancas Ain Sbaa Zoo

first_imgBy Zineb El Bekkari- Casablanca That humans suffer the worst deplorable situations imaginable on a daily basis is something that we might have grown accustomed to in Morocco. To see voiceless animals caged for life, deprived of food, and resigned to their plight, is heartbreaking and calls for alarm. The Zoo of Ain Sebaa, located in Casablanca, the fledgling economic hub of Morocco, was an institution that was once the pride jewel of every Moroccan. The sad reality is that the Zoo has fallen on a downward hard times due to neglect and mismanagement for years, and has become more of a moral pitiful slow death of the animals living there under some of the most unsanitary despicable conditions those animals are subjected to everyday. The zoo was a curious attraction to countless people from different ages and different parts of Morocco for decades. Now it is but a dilapidated long forgotten facility forsaken by time and misery and the misfortune of the resilient animals housed there. The animals continue to make do with the meager rations they receive every now and then from the keepers. Lodged in cages with leaky roofs and clogged drains, many of these animals have surrendered to the benevolence of caring banana throwers here and there, pieces of meat here and there, and regular meals come most irregularly to them. No one knows for sure how this fall from grace came about to afflict Ain Sbaa zoo, but we know for sure that it needs some urgent attention before animals start dying from preventable diseases and malnutrition. Memories of kids begging their parents for weeks to get them to the zoo on the weekend were now just memories that haunt the conscience of those who still care. The sounds of their laughter as they were first introduced to a real monkey still resonate in my ears and in my hollow heart. Visits to the Zoo taught kids to appreciate other forms of life and instill basic values such as respect for all creatures large and small. Respect for the animals that were not native to Morocco and were brought in as guests. They end up living in such unhospitable cages day in and day out.The Zoo today is nothing but a stinky repulsive home to the very animals that were uprooted from their natural habitat only to end up bleeding life because they were uncared for, neglected, and deprived of the most basic needs. Perhaps the first feeling that hits you once you set foot on its ground is that of despair for the animals.During the last visits that we made to the Zoo, we couldn’t see one single guard in charge of making rounds to monitor the tours. Previously, three thieves climbed the walls of the Zoo in their attempt to steal the Zoo’s only ostrich. Had there been a guard in there, the AMPAE believed, it wouldn’t have been possible for these men to have injured the largest living bird. On the bright side, the redevelopment of the zoo will be launched soon, but the fate of those animals is anyone’s guess. How are Moroccans going to be assured that the animals are not in danger? There is a general consensus among all who see the conditions of the animals at the zoo that something needs to be done urgently to prevent animal starvation and mistreatment at others zoos in the country.A 3rd visit to the zoo will take place this Sunday, at 10am Ain Sebaa Zoo to raise awareness about this crisis, and to give the starving animals food and water. More pictures of the zoo can be seen at the Association Marocaine pour la Protection des Animaux et de l’Environment on Facebooklast_img read more