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‘Be Actors of Our Economy’

first_imgCameroonian Ambassador to Liberia, Mr. Beng’Yela Augustine GANG, has urged his kinsmen residing in Liberia to become critical actors in the development and growth of their country’s economy, while contributing positively to the development of Liberia.Ambassador Augustine GANG also wants his compatriots to become key players in every sector of Cameroun governance, to especially move the country forward, thereby improving the lives of every Cameroonian.“I speak especially to my fellow Cameroonians especially those residing in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone to show your steadfastness and focus of development in dear Cameroon,” he pleaded.The Cameroonian Diplomat made these assertions at a dinner hosted in observance of his country’s national day.The day is celebrated on May 20 every year since it was first observed in 1964.The day was chosen to unite both the English and French-speaking people of that Central African nation, which has produced some of Africa’s best footballers, including Samuel Eto’o and Patrick Mboma.Tuesday’s celebration, staged under the theme, “The Army and the Nation: Building Synergy to Preserve Peace and Security, the Guarantee of Integration, Stability and Socio-economic Development,” was held at a local resort in Monrovia.According to the Cameroonian envoy, the economy of his country will only experience dramatic growth when its citizens play a pivotal role by uniting themselves as one people.In retrospect, Ambassador GANG noted that much of his country’s development has become a reality as a result of that country’s government’s focus on the social welfare of Cameroonians.The Cameroonian envoy indicated that since independence, the government has given to inter-ethnic, inter-cultural and inter-religious harmony and solidarity.Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Una Kumba Thompson lauded Cameroonians residing in Liberia, especially those who attended the just-ended occasion that marked the celebration of their 42nd anniversary.Minister Thompson noted that the harmonious relationships between the two countries are based on “deep sense of mutual respect for the interests and wellbeing of our people.”“Historically,” Minister Thompson said, “the first country to establish diplomatic mission at ambassadorial level with Cameroun was Liberia,” when she appointed Ambassador Francis Marshall in 1960 to that nation.By that, Minister Thompson continue that as far back in 1919, Liberia played a pivotal role at the League of Nations during a period when German-Cameroon was placed under trusteeship, and the 1960’s struggle for independence in Africa.“Our two countries began to enjoy the reassuring satisfaction of a friendship based not only on our African solidarity, but our shared aspirations for global peace and happiness.”“Our two countries,” she said, “endeavored also to foster the maintenance of world peace, security, unity, non-alignment, and free trade amongst the comity of nations.”Among those present at the occasion were United States of America Ambassador to Liberia, European Union Ambassador to Liberia, Ivorian and Ghanaian Ambassadors to Liberia, as well as an array of Liberian government officials. Among them were the Ministers of Gender and Development, Julia Duncan Cassell, Education Etmonia David Tarpeh and the  Publisher of Daily Observer newspaper, Mr. Kenneth Y. Best.Others were representatives of the Chinese Embassy, President of the Liberian Business Association, Dee-Maxwell- Kemayah and the general secretary, M. Leelai Kpukuyou, and hosts of other dignitaries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


FWCP receives $1.75 million in Peace Region grant requests

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program has closed their annual grant intake, and says they received 184 applications — equaling to requests for $7.9 million — province-wide.In the Peace Region, the board received 39 grant applications, asking for $1.75 million in total.“Each grant application is being reviewed by our fish and wildlife technical committees, plus our First Nations Working Group in our Peace Region,” a statement from FWCP READS.- Advertisement -The reviews will be handled by board members in each of the three regions — Peace, Columbia, and Coastal. Each Board will meet to discuss grant applications and make final decisions.All the successful applicants will be notified in March.Grants are approved for projects that align with FWCP’s action plans. The Peace Region has seven plans on the go, including a Peace Basin Plan.Advertisementlast_img read more


Cost-sharing program swamped by repair orders

first_imgA 7-month-old program that lets Los Angeles homeowners split the cost of sidewalk repair with City Hall – rather than waiting 80 years for service – has been inundated with so many requests that new applicants are being turned away. Some 500 property owners, including nearly 150 in the San Fernando Valley, have applied for the 50-50 Sidewalk Program since July 1, agreeing to pay an average of $1,200 per household to get the broken, buckled and cracked concrete fixed in front of their homes. “The response has been really overwhelming,” said Bill Robertson, director of the Bureau of Street Services. “Now we have to concentrate on getting everybody caught up.” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who launched the 50-50 program in her East Valley district last year before convincing her colleagues to expand it citywide, is pushing to have it continued in fiscal 2006-07. Those homeowners who have received city estimates but haven’t yet committed with a payment have until Tuesday to decide whether to proceed. But even with the overwhelming interest from homeowners willing to pay for repairs, it will still take decades to catch up with the thousands of miles of city sidewalks that have fallen into disrepair. University of California, Los Angeles, professor Donald Shoup has floated the idea of having property owners pay for sidewalk repairs when they sell their homes, and the proposal is being discussed at City Hall. “Even though the 50-50 program has been a success, it’s not going to solve the sidewalk (problem). There’s not enough people out there that are willing to get their sidewalks done and pay the cost,” Robertson said. The city’s backlog of sidewalk repairs is legendary. Of the 10,750 miles of sidewalks, the largest municipal network in the nation, 4,600 miles are damaged and in need of repair. Robertson blamed a lot of the sidewalk problem on roots from trees the city planted to beautify neighborhoods in booming L.A. “All those trees that were planted in the ’60s and ’70s were growing and making more projects for us. Every year more and more sidewalks are being damaged,” he said. During the suburban building boom of the 1950s and ’60s, residents were responsible for maintaining the sidewalks in front of their homes, and the city would cite them for problems. City crews would make the fixes, then bill homeowners for the work through property taxes, Robertson said. In the 1970s, federal grants allowed the city to hire crews to make repairs. Once that money dried up, the responsibility reverted to homeowners, who were vehemently opposed. By 1974, the City Council had decided that property owners were responsible for sidewalk maintenance unless the concrete was damaged by parkway trees. The city would then send out crews to make repairs – using ugly black tar to patch the breaks. In 1998, voters rejected Proposition JJ, a 20-year, $20 parcel tax that would have generated $700 million for sidewalk repair. A year later, the city created a sidewalk replacement fund, allocating a fluctuating amount from the city’s general fund. This year, the city has allocated $9 million for sidewalk repairs, enough to fix just 52 miles of cracked concrete. At that rate, it would take 80 years to get a sidewalk repaired with anything more than a black tar patch. Meanwhile, the city spends between $2 million and $6 million annually in liability payouts for claims filed by people who get hurt tripping on broken sidewalks. Residents remain mixed over whether they or the city should pay for sidewalks. Arleta resident Yousef Elia Haddad didn’t hesitate to sign up once he heard about the 50-50 program. He had been trying for seven years to repair his sidewalk, which has been buckled by tree roots that stretch all the way to the front of his house. City crews patched the triangular break in the sidewalk, using the black tar – but Haddad wants a permanent fix and has already paid his $1,600 share. “I feel bad I have to pay for it. This is caused by the city planning, city property damaging our property,” said the Jordanian immigrant, who has lived in his home since 1980 and is vice president of the Arleta Neighborhood Council. “But I have no choice; which other choice do I have? If they’re not going to fix it, what is better to have, a kid from the street get injured?” Around the corner from him, resident Christina Garcia has settled for the black patch but refuses to pay for the permanent fix, even though her disabled child uses a wheelchair and finds the sidewalk difficult to navigate. “Our (property) taxes, you know, are $7,000. I just don’t feel I should pay for that,” said Garcia, who bought the home last year. “It’s senseless. If we have to pay taxes, we should all be able to utilize that funding.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “It just speaks volumes about its importance,” Greuel said. “Waiting 85 years to fix sidewalks we know about, that doesn’t work.” The city launched the program for fiscal 2005-06 by allocating $1.4 million from the general fund, in addition to the $9 million already budgeted for sidewalk repairs. After hearing from 15 to 20 residents a day, the city closed the program to new applicants at the first of the year. The backlog is so great that Robertson expects it will be June 30 before all the orders are complete. Robertson said he hasn’t been able to hire enough workers to meet the demand. Only half the nearly two dozen positions created with the additional funding have been filled because of the slow hiring process. So far, homeowners have paid more than $800,000 into the program, and 80 of the 500 sidewalks projects have been completed. last_img read more


GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS

first_imgResults from last night’s greyhound racing at Lifford were:Race 1 Novice 350 (350 yards): 1, Ross Jack 6/4 fav; 2, Heather Culmore 2/1. Time: 18.98. Distance: 4.25 lengths.Race 2 (350 yards): 1, Macsruso 7/2; 2, Tober Scolari 4/6 fav. Time 19.53. Distance: half a length. Race 3 (350 yards): 1, Inside Lane 3/1; 2, Fridays Warsaw 2/1. Favourite: Mizen Magic 5/4. Time: 19.26. Distance: half a length.Race 4 (525 yards): 1, Maybe Ted 2/1; 2, Kittys Taffy 4/6 fav. Time: 29.26. Distance: 6 lengths.Race 5 (525 yards): 1, Corner Hero 7/4; 2, Collins 6/4 fav. Time: 29.09. Distance: 4.25 lengths.Race 6 (350 yards): 1, Locnamon Bolt 5/2; 2, Thrill a Minute 5/1. Time: 19.09. Distance: 2 lengths. Race 7 (525 yards): 1, Burnpark Lee 6/4 fav; 2, Tullna Island 2/1. Time: 28.60. Distance: 11.75 lengths.Race 8 (525 yards): 1, Tahna Sabrina 5/2; 2, Castleroggy Rust 4/1. Favourite: Hather Crown 2/1. Time: 28.70. Distance: 2.5 lengths.Race 9 (525 yards): 1, Do It Kim 1/1 fav; 2, Tobys Dancer 3/1. Time: 29.05. Distance: 5.25 lengths.Race 10 (550 yards): 1, Hather Ma Man 5/4 fav; 2, Budders Luck 4/1. Time: 30.54. Distance: 2 lengths.Race 11 The Finn A4 575 semi-final (575 yards): 1, Spotty Totty 2/1 fav; 2, Spinning River 7/2. Time: 31.99. Distance: 3.75 lengths. Race 12 The Finn A4 575 semi-final (575 yards): 1, Culture Annie 3/1; Budders Reward 2/1. Time: 31.98. Distance: 2.75 lengths.GREYHOUND RACING: LIFFORD RESULTS was last modified: June 15th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordResultslast_img read more


Iceland v Croatia: World Cup 2018 match preview, predicted team line-ups and more

first_imgIceland face Croatia in their final Group D fixture on Tuesday.Playing in their first ever World Cup finals match, Iceland drew against the mighty Argentina before going down 2-0 against Nigeria in their next game. Stadiums revealed for 2026 World Cup in USA, Mexico and Canada Japan confirm Russia 2018 squad, including ex-Manchester United man 4 German icon blames Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and another star for World Cup exit Where can I listen to live coverage of Iceland vs Croatia?Click here to listen to our live commentary of the action as it happens on talkSPORT 2.What are the players saying?Hannes Halldorsson (Iceland) – “We are proving it again and again that we are no one-hit wonder. We have a really good team with a strong defence and striker and midfielders who can really hurt when we go for counter attacks. We are a nightmare to play against.”Vedran Corluka (Croatia) – “I think these are their best performances for Croatia during a major tournament.”What are the managers saying?Heimir Hallgrimsson (Iceland) – “If it’s the Eurovision Song Contest we always think we’re going to win it.  It’s the same here – we think we’re going to win all the games. And even if we lose we think we’re going to win the next one. I think it is in the genes – optimism. Just to put the question into context…for nations like Argentina, Portugal, Germany, it would be a kind of, not a disgrace, but at least a shock not to qualify for the final 16.“I would say it would be the biggest success in our football history if we qualify for the last 16 in the World Cup. So that’s just to put it into context – how much it would mean to us and how much of an achievement that would be for the players.” talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. 4 Zlatko Dalic (Croatia) – “We want to beat Iceland to stay top of our group. We have our own style of play and we are going to stick to it while being watchful on their long balls and set pieces. We know everything about Iceland and they know everything about us.”What are the predicted line-ups?Iceland (likely) line-up: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, Sigurdsson, Magnusson; Gislason, Gunnarsson, Hlafredsson, Bjarnason; Sigurdsson, Finnbogason.Croatia (likely) line up: Subasic; Jedvaj, Lovren, Vida, Strinic; Badeji, Modric; Perisic, Kovacic, Pjaca; Mandzukic.Who are the key players?Iceland: Gylfi Sigurdsson did not set the world alight against Argentina or Nigeria with Iceland largely on the defensive. However, Iceland should attack much more against Croatia, which will offer the Everton playmaker the best opportunity to show off his skills.Croatia: Luka Modric is Croatia’s best asset having netted two goals in the tournament so far and been faultless in posession.What does the Group D table look like ahead of the match? LATEST WORLD CUP NEWS Iceland manager – and dentist – Heimir Hallgrimsson 4 ‘THEY FAILED’ 10 amazing football facts you won’t believe are true Iceland face Croatia in their final Group D fixture Croatia sit comfortably at the top of Group D with six points after thrashing Argentina 3-0 last Thursday.Even if they lose Tuesday’s clash, they are guaranteed a spot in the knockout stages of the tournament.What’s the team news?It is reported Croatia’s boss Zlatko Dalic will rest at least six first team players – to avoid them picking up suspensions for their crunch knockout clash next.This includes Barcelona man Ivan Rakitic.For Iceland, centre-back Ragnar Sigurdsson may miss Tuesday’s clash, after he went off with a head injury during their loss to Nigeria. UNITED 4 World Cup 23 last_img read more


Closing year iffy for landfill

first_img “Market conditions will dictate when the landfill will close,” he said. Carlos Ruiz, with Los Angeles County Department of Public Works’ Environmental Programs, said his group’s previous analysis conflicts with Spear’s report. County analysts found Sunshine Canyon Landfill can take about 92 million tons and last an extra year or two at the most. BFI is seeking a new land-use permit to combine two separate dumps – one in county jurisdiction and one in city jurisdiction – into one massive landfill. The joint landfill could take in up to 12,100 tons of trash per day, generating an estimated 2,500 truck trips a day. Kerry Cavanaugh kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sunshine Canyon Landfill could take in up to 57 million tons more trash than officials have predicted, potentially extending the life span of the Granada Hills dump far past the 26 years that are expected, according to a consultant hired by dump opponents. At the request of attorneys hired by local activists, Wisconsin-based landfill engineer J.W. Spear analyzed trash decomposition and compression to show that Browning Ferris Industries underestimated the dump’s 90-million ton capacity and 26-year life span. Longtime Granada Hills activists in the North Valley Coalition now have the backing of national environmental giants, the Sierra Club and Natural Resources Defense Council, plus the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, which represents BFI’s workers, in their fight over Sunshine Canyon. Spear’s report was submitted to Los Angeles County officials this week. The county’s Regional Planning Commission is considering a new land-use permit for Sunshine Canyon Landfill today. The newly formed coalition of residents, environmental groups and organized labor is pushing for a guarantee that the landfill will close when it reaches 90 million tons or after 26 years – as officials have always estimated. Currently, the permit allows BFI to keep adding trash until the dump is full – even years longer than anticipated. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “A closure date would be advantageous and give an end point to the agony that surrounding communities have suffered,” said Jan Chatten-Brown, an attorney representing Protect Our Water and Environmental Resources, or POWER. The Teamsters local, whose contract with BFI expires in 2007, decided to join to coalition because its members are residents of the community, said spokeswoman Leigh Strope. “They are concerned about the impact this landfill is having on the health and safety of their families and their children.” In Sun Valley, the Teamsters have rallied to support BFI competitor, Waste Management, which has proposed to expand Bradley Landfill and build a transfer station. BFI District Manager Greg Loughnane said the POWER coalition’s request is misguided. The closure date is an estimate. The landfill’s permit regulates the footprint of the dump, not its capacity or life span. last_img read more


La Liga: Madrid host Leganes as Valencia, Sevilla do battle at Mestalla

first_imgReal Sociedad vs LevanteReale Arena, San SebastienWednesday, 30-10-2019 @9pmNewly promoted Granada’s table topping exploits are understandably grabbing all of the headlines around La Liga at the moment, meaning Real Sociedad’s rapid progress under Imanol Alguacil has somewhat slipped under the radar.It’s been a tremendous start to the campaign for Txuri-urdinak who moved up to 3rd at the weekend with 0-1 win against Celta Vigo at Balaidos – the three points sealed late in the piece through a tidy finish from substitute Alexander Isak after Celestes had been reduced to ten men midway through the second half.The victory marked Sociedad’s sixth win of the season already, and they are firmly in the mix at the business end of the table amongst a clutch of big teams on 19 points, just one point shy of the surprise league leaders who they face at Los Carmenes next weekend.Sociedad will be desperate to build further momentum going into that key clash where they could conceivably pinch top spot from Nazaries’ grasp, and a win over Levante this Wednesday is an absolute must for Alguacil’s side if they are to remain in the thick of things.Txuri-urdinak are around the 4/9 mark to prevail, and it’s easy to see why. They have won three from four at Anoeta this season and five from their last six at home, whilst visitors Levante have lost four from five on the road this term and 11 out of their last 15 away La Liga games.Levante had been compensating for their travelling woes with some solid form as home, but even that has gone awry in recent weeks. A 0-1 defeat to Espanyol at the weekend means Granotas are now without a win in three on their own turf and have just one victory from their last seven La Liga outings overall.With results/form worsening, confidence low and matches against Sociedad, Barcelona and Bilbao coming up over the next fortnight, it’s easy to envisage Levante heading further south from their current 13th place and Paco Lopez’ charges may well find themselves in the relegation places by the time they leave San Mames a week on Sunday.Granotas did manage to earn a point on their last trip to Anoeta in March but have won just one of their last 11 games against Txuri-urdinak, a record they’re unlikely to improve upon here based on their current woes and Sociedad’s excellent opening to the campaign.Valencia vs SevillaEstadio de Mestalla, ValenciaWednesday, 30-10-2019 @9pmHopes were extremely high for Valencia this season after their Copa Del Rey success and 4th place finish in 2018/19, but it’s been a bang average start to the new campaign so far for Los Che on all fronts.Four points from a possible nine has left their potential qualification for the UEFA Champions League knockout stages in the balance, whilst domestically they sit a modest 12th ten games in following three wins, four draws and three defeats – the latest of those losses coming at the weekend as Segunda champions Osasuna ran out 3-1 winners at El Sadar.With half a dozen sides including Wednesday’s opponents Sevilla all making strong starts to the season, Los Che are currently six points adrift of the top four – a gap which would worsen significantly were Sevilla able to bag all three points at Mestalla here on Matchday 11.So there’s definitely an element of ‘must win’ to this contest for Valencia and boss Albert Celades, and they will at least be encouraged by the fact that they’re unbeaten at Mestalla in La Liga this term (W3, D2) and haven’t lost to Sevilla in their last eight encounters with the Andalusians at home.This definitely feels like the right opportunity for Sevilla to break that mini hoodoo, after they moved up to 5th and level on points with 2nd placed Barcelona after an excellent 2-0 home victory against Getafe at the weekend, thanks to second half goals from Javier Hernandez and Lucas Ocampos.It’s been a cracking few weeks overall for Los Palanganas who have won five from their last six in all competitions, keeping clean sheets in four of those games. A 100% record in three matches into the Europa League means the club are firmly on course to progress to the knockout stages and should consequently be able to take their foot off the gas on that front over the next few weeks.Nonetheless, there are still a few question marks hanging over Julen Lopetegui’s side in terms of their away form in La Liga. They have lost their last two on the road against Eibar (3-2) and Barcelona (4-0) and that tempers enthusiasm for backing them this Wednesday night at the odds on offer – especially considering Valencia have yet to lose in the league at home this term.Two of the last three meetings between the sides at Mestalla have ended all square, and our tentative vote goes with another draw being played out here on Matchday 11.Athletic Bilbao vs EspanyolEstadio San Mames Barria, BilbaoWednesday, 30-10-2019 @10pmAthletic Bilbao were sitting pretty on 11 points from five games just a few weeks ago, but their fine start to the campaign has evaporated over the past month, with just two points gained from their last five La Liga outings. Los Leones desperately need to regain the winning thread at San Mames this Wednesday, but face no easy task against Espanyol who they have beaten just once in the last seven meetings between the teams.Athletic Bilbao were celebrating top spot in La Liga after beating Alaves 2-0 on 22nd September, but things have rapidly gone south for Gaizka Garitano’s side. They are now 10th in the table following a 2-0 defeat away to Atletico Madrid at the weekend, having only managed 1-1 draws against Valladolid and bottom club Leganes in their last five outings.Los Leones have now scored just one goal from open play in their last 450 minutes of La Liga football, and it’s becoming clearer by the week that this Bilbao side are clearly lacking in the creativity department. Save for veteran Raul Garcia’s four goals this term, Garitano’s men could be severely struggling at the wrong end of the table.That’s undoubtedly where Bilbao will end up if they don’t get their act together soon, and fans will be baying for three points at home to 19th placed Espanyol this Wednesday to stop the rot.On paper, this looks the ideal opportunity for Athletic to start turning the corner, as despite their woeful run they have still lost just one of their last 19 matches at San Mames whilst Espanyol have lost six of their ten La Liga fixtures this season.The hosts look too short in the betting though here at odds-on based on their current problems, the aforementioned recent meetings between the teams and the fact that seven of Bilbao’s last 19 home fixtures have been drawn.It’s perhaps too early to say that Espanyol have turned things around under new boss Pablo Machin, but Periquitos will head to the Basque Country in good spirits after back to back 0-1 away wins against Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League on Thursday and Levante in La Liga on Sunday.And Espanyol’s away form hasn’t really been the problem for them overall this term – they have gained all of their eight points in La Liga on the road and won four of their five away assignments in Europe.Real Betis vs Celta VigoEstadio Benito Villamarin, SevilleWednesday, 30-10-2019 @11pmThe early La Liga table makes for pretty bleak reading for both Real Betis and Celta Vigo, who have each lost five of their opening ten matches. The clubs currently sit level on just nine points in 18th and 17th respectively heading into this Wednesday evening’s encounter at Benito Villamarin, which offers the sides a huge chance to clinch a potentially season changing victory and move clear of the bottom three.La Liga fans certainly didn’t expect Real Betis to be toiling so badly this season after a busy summer in the transfer market and the capture of manager Rubi, who guided Espanyol to an impressive 7th place finish last term.But things just haven’t been working out thus far for the 49 year-old and Los Verdiblancos, who have been shipping goals left, right and centre. With 20 goals conceded at a rate of two per game, Betis possess by some distance the worst defensive stats in La Liga and look extremely vulnerable every time the opposition moves into the final third.Betis’ problems have largely been on the road though, which offers some cause for optimism ahead of this Wednesday’s fixture in Andalusia. Betis have lost four of their five away matches, conceding 14 goals in total, wheras they have registered two wins and two draws from five outings at Benito Villamarin, conceding just six times.Whilst an eight point haul from five home games is nothing more than average for a club of Betis’ size, results at least demonstrate that Rubi’s squad feel more comfortable in front of their own fans and we can anticipate a better showing from Los Verdiblancos on Wednesday following consecutive away defeats since the international break against Real Sociedad (3-1) and Granada (1-0).Betis’ status as favourites for this Matchday 11 clash is clearly justified by their promising home results to date, but also by Celta’s dismal results on the road – both this season and last.Fran Escriba’s side have picked up just two points on their travels so far this term and have lost their last two away matches 2-0 against Eibar and Alaves.Celestes are now incredibly without an away La Liga victory in 17 matches since beating Villarreal 2-3 last December, one of only two success in their last 31 outings outside of Galicia.Real Madrid vs LeganesEstadio Santiago Bernabeu, MadridWednesday, 30-10-2019 @11:15pmFriday’s El Clasico postponement means Real Madrid arrive fresh for this Wednesday’s home clash against Leganes and they will have a point to prove after losing their first La Liga game of the season away to Mallorca (1-0) ten days ago.Los Blancos were woeful at Son Moix and fully deserved to come away with nothing from a game which was made worse for them by Alvaro Odriozola’s dismissal 15 minutes from time.The 23 year-old is subsequently banned for this midweek clash, adding to a number of potential selection issues for boss Zinedine Zidane , with the likes of Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez all nursing injuries.It’s certainly feasible to suggest that Real will have been glad to swerve a clash with Barcelona based on their current form, as they were average at best despite pinching a 0-1 success away to Galatasaray in the Champions League last week.A home fixture against bottom side and fellow Madrilenians Leganes is far more palatable for Zidane’s charges as they seek to regain some momentum and potentially record the kind of resounding victory that has so far eluded them this term.Whilst Real have been far from convincing throughout the campaign, the stats and difference in quality between these sides still suggests that it’s likely to be a difficult night for Lega on Wednesday.Real have won three and drawn one of their four home games in La Liga, scoring ten goals in the process, including four against current leaders Granada last time (4-2). Leganes make the short trip across the city to the Bernabeu having picked up just one draw from their four away outings this term, and they have lost seven of their ten La Liga matches so far in total.Lega do at least head into this contest on the back of their first league win of the campaign, after beating Real’s recent conquerors Mallorca 1-0 at Butarque on Saturday, thanks to a goal 30 minutes in from Danish forward Martin Braithwaite.Comments Tags: Leganesreal madridsevillaSpanish La LigaValencialast_img read more


Sharks’ Erik Karlsson undergoes groin surgery

first_imgSAN JOSE — Defenseman Erik Karlsson underwent surgery last week to address a groin injury that he suffered this season, the Sharks said in a news release Wednesday.Karlsson underwent the surgery on May 31. The Sharks said the surgery was successful and that Karlsson has started rehabilitation. Karlsson, slated to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, is expected to be ready for the 2019-20 season.Karlsson first suffered the injury in mid-January and missed 27 of the Sharks’ final 33 …last_img


Seeing Africa in a new light

first_img10 October 2006By this time next year, global perceptions of Africa could be changing radically as two major new international television stations project a different image of the continent and provide African viewers with a global context to better understand global forces and seek advantage for the continent in trade, investment and tourism.The two new stations – CNBC Africa and Al Jazeera International, which are both set to go live in the next six months or so – will intensify the media spotlight on Africa at a time when the northern hemisphere view of the world is being increasingly challenged by economic realities and reforms at the United Nations and multilateral institutions.New global realitiesA recent cover story in the influential Economist pointed out that the developing world now accounts for more than 50% of global economic output measured in purchasing-power parity.The rise of major industrialising developing powers – such as China, India, Brazil, Mexico, South Korea and Turkey – have prompted reforms at the UN, IMF and World Bank as the global centre of gravity shifts closer to the developing countries.Major corporations in the developing countries – such as India’s Tata Industries and South Africa’s SABMiller – now account for more than a third of all foreign direct investment in the developing world.South-south co-operation is no longer a political slogan – it has become an economic reality. Increasingly, global economic growth depends on the economic growth of developing countries.24-hour Africa business channelIn recognition of these new realities – and the emergence of Africa as a major trade and investment partner of China and the new developing powers – CNBC, the global business TV leader, is set to open a 24-hour Africa business channel by mid-2007 with an initial investment of R190-million (roughly US$25-million).CNBC Africa, an autonomous unit with its headquarters in Johannesburg and set to train a new genetation of African financial journalists, will beam six hours of dedicated Africa programming each week day and will have correspondents in Cape Town, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana and London. It will also incorporate its Asian, Middle Eastern and European services for its African viewers.Zafar Siddiqi, chairman of CNBC Africa, said that the new service would address dysfunctional broadcasting policies between African countries, poor communications and inadequate marketing on the continent and an over-sensationalisation of news.“We will set a new standard in broadcasting on the continent that will spur others … we will work closely with all broadcasters around Africa,” Siddiqi told the the first International Media Forum in Johannesburg last month.The Forum, which was partnered by the International Marketing Council of South Africa, sought to promote a dialogue between international media and South Africans about mutual perceptions of the country and the African continent.Al Jazeera: five new Africa bureauxAl Jazeera International, a new English-language station spawned by the successful Qatar-based Arabic station serving the Middle East, is due to go live before the end of the year with a 24-hour global news service with five bureaux in Africa.Al Jazeera has hired some of the top names in British journalism, including the legendary interviewer David Frost and former BBC heavyweight Nigel Parsons, who heads the station. It seeks to portray global news from a centre of gravity which lies outside of the industrialised world, and will portray global news from a developing world perspective, thus reflecting the new global realities.“We will set out to normalise news coverage in Africa,” said Andrew Simmonds, Al Jazeera International’s Africa bureau chief, who attended the Forum.The renewed interest in Africa is being driven by a confluence of forces: increased global interest in Africa’s rich resources – particularly oil and steel – the rapid rise of the continent as a destination for Chinese and Indian investment and trade, major growth in South African investment in Africa, and a deeper understanding of the link between terrorism, poverty and failed states.No built-in bias against AfricaDelegates to the International Media Forum heard a succession of influential speakers representing the world’s leading news organisations – CNBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal, BBC, DowJones Newswires, Reuters and Africa Confidential – sketch the news global realities and the rising importance of Africa in a globalised world.The messages that come through repeatedly were that news organisations are driven by what their readers and subscribers want – rather than focussing on either negative or positive news – that there is no built-in bias against Africa, and that African countries and companies need to develop better communication strategies to compete in the global market place if ideas and enterprises.South African Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad, who spoke at the conference, welcomed the tone of speeches from the international editors and suggested that South Africans should revisit the view that the global media was a monolithic bloc that sought to marginalise the continent and entrench negative stereotypes.“We cannot simply dismiss negative reportage as the product of the racist or the colonial mindset, nor must we paint all reporters with the same brush,” he said. “We also need to be more open to investigative journalism.”Randy Walerius, London-based Africa and Middle East editor at Dow Jones Newswires, said that the slogan and driving force of his news organisation was: “news to profit by”.“We don’t look at news as positive or negative,” he said. “It’s whether the news offers news [for readers and subscribers] to profit by.”Importance of open communicationThemba Maseko, the new director-general of South Africa’s Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), presented the government’s new communications strategy, which seeks to correct preceptions by clear and repeated communication of government policy and its achievements, and promised better access for journalists.Addressing a dinner of the international media and invited guests, Pahad suggested that the Forum should become a regular event on the annual calendar.The Forum kicked off an overdue debate between the international media and South African stakeholders in business and communications about differing domestic and international perceptions of South Africa and the importance of open and clear communication to promote good governance and economic transparency.South Africa’s challenge is to ensure that just as opportunities open up for Africa and South Africa with changing international perceptions, we do not become prisoners to our own stereotypes that global opinion is biased against us and always looking to reinforce the negative.It is time to open ourselves to international scrutiny and put our case more convincingly and more professionally.John Battersby is the UK country manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa, based in London. 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Green Buildings, Missed Opportunities, and Lessons Learned

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Lessons Learned the Hard WayLessons Learned on the Path to Energy EfficiencyLessons Learned on a Living RoofA PhD and an Architect Build a Net-Zero HomeAfter a Bumpy Start, a Passivhaus Success Story Learning from our mistakesOne good thing that has come out of this experience is my commitment to help others avoid the mistakes I made. At my Build Boston talk, I used my own home as an example — both of “green that means something” and green that, well, doesn’t mean a whole lot; and I used my own remodeling experiences (including but not limited to the infamous addition) as a template for how to and how not to advance along the path to a sustainable future.I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes. They’ve become the basis for the standards, goals and tools I’m developing to help others — homeowners, architects and contractors alike — make sure that their projects truly are part of the solution to our environmental challenges. Originally built in 1895, the home had been added onto in the 1980s (the addition is visible on the right hand side of the photo) and the basement had been partially finished. We had lived in the home a couple of years, had our first child, were beginning to feel that we needed “more space” to accommodate our changing needs. Where would the grandparents stay when they came to visit? Where would we put all the toys? Where would we eat every day, since the dining room was “too nice” for young kids?Without giving it much thought, we decided to add on; it never occurred to us that we could do otherwise (Images #2 and #3, below). We added on a bathroom, mudroom (with laundry), an office/guest bedroom, and a kitchen, bringing our total square footage up to 2,400.We turned our old kitchen into a family room and opened it up to the kitchen to create a combined cooking, eating, playing and casual gathering space. (The plan is shown below as Image #4.) I once gave a talk at a Build Boston conference with Jonathan Kantar of Sage Builders, on the topic “Green That Means Something.” Yes — the implied subtext is that there’s a whole lot of “green” out there that doesn’t mean all that much. But if you visit GBA regularly, you probably already knew that.Anyway, one of the problems that we addressed is missed opportunities in green building. Homeowners typically get only a small handful of chances to dramatically improve the performance of their homes — say, when we put on a new roof or upgrade mechanicals or finish a basement. But very few of us have the foresight to take full advantage of these opportunities, no matter how green-minded we may be. In fact, some of us, present company included, have been known to squander an opportunity and even make it harder to improve performance in the future.Back in 2003 — before I had drunk the sustainability Kool-aid — my husband and I were living in an 1,800-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home (photo, above right).center_img Complicated geometry carries an energy penaltyAs much as we have enjoyed our new space, the addition was not a good move from a sustainability perspective. This is largely because of the energy penalty of those additional 600 square feet — space that needs to be heated, cooled, and electrified for the rest of the home’s lifespan.Could we have mitigated the damage somewhat by upgrading our insulation at the same time? Perhaps. But the effectiveness of any “damage control” would have been undermined by the design, which took a home with some complicated geometry and made it much more so. A bump-out here, dormers there, varied roof lines — all these architecturally interesting forms make it harder and more expensive to air seal and insulate properly.Finally, we missed an opportunity to fix our basement space, which we were already using as living space but wasn’t insulated, sealed, and ventilated properly. If we had not done an addition, we could have conditioned our basement properly and used this space to meet our changing needs. (If done right, a finished basement can be comfortable, beautiful and have excellent indoor air quality).But we didn’t do this. We did the addition, increased our energy footprint, and made it much harder to reduce this footprint in the future. No matter how “green” the choices are that we’ve made since then — from installing a high-efficiency boiler to changing out light bulbs to using fans for summertime cooling as much as possible — they won’t be able to make up for this missed opportunity.Which isn’t to say that we haven’t tried or won’t keep trying. In fact, we have made good progress towards reducing our energy use since 2004. But we were starting much further back than we would have been if we’d made different choices back in 2003. Rachel White is performance manager at Byggmeister, a high performance remodeling firm based in Newton, Massachusetts, on a mission (impossible?) to quantify the impact of its work.last_img read more