first_imgAli Adams has enlisted the help of a hypnotist as part of his preparations for his showdown with Audley Harrison.Former Olympic champion Harrison, 40, will make his return to the ring to face Adams in Brentwood on 14 April.It will be the Wembley heavyweight’s first fight since he lost a one-sided world title bout against David Haye in November 2010.And the 30-year-old Adams, who was born in Iraq and lives in Chelsea, is determined to leave no stone unturned in the build-up to the biggest fight of his career.“After a 15-minute session I can spar in a trance and feel no pain. It is amazing,” said Adams.“My promoter Steve Goodwin recommended this guru who has helped many jockeys and other sportsmen that Steve has dealt with in the past.“I am hitting harder than ever before and knocking people clean out in sparring after this hypnosis. We know that Audley will be knocked out in round four.”He added “My hypnotist will be in my dressing room before the fight and will accompany me to the ring.“Audley cannot win this fight and he has always gone on about his destiny. I can tell him his destiny is to be on his back on the canvas in round four.”Related story: Adams vows to ‘destroy’ Harrison (20 January)Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgSkipper Nedum Onuoha has admitted that QPR players urged Chris Ramsey to change his methods during his final weeks as head coach. Ramsey was recently sacked with Rangers 13th in the Championship table and enduring a troubled season, partly because of their defensive shortcomings.There had been signs of improvement just before his departure – they conceded a total of two goals in his final four matches at the helm.And Onuoha believes that was largely down to Ramsey listening to players who expressed misgivings about his methods.The defender said: “As time progressed with Chris, he had some good ideas and philosophies and so on, but then certain things didn’t really fit with the way we were.“As time passed, we’d speak to him and he’d speak to us, and things were getting better because we were raising concerns that we might not be able to do some things in 100% the way he would like it.Ramsey was barracked by fans prior to his departure“We were thinking ‘We need to say something’ and he was more receptive to that. So we started to change the way we defended crosses, set-pieces and things like that.“Maybe the way we were set up initially wasn’t to our benefit, but by the end I think we were dealing with things a lot better.“At the same time, a lot of the problems came from individual errors. It can literally take one mistake to concede a goal.”Taking no chancesRamsey’s determination to play a passing style was also met with scepticism from some players.“In the last few games there’s been more of an emphasis on not taking as many chances and risks in key areas,” Onuoha explained.“I think we’ve perhaps gone too far in that direction and we need to get our key players into the game, but we aren’t conceding as much. It’s about finding the right balance.Rangers’ season has been blighted by defensive errors“In the Sheffield Wednesday game for example, there were occasions when we tried to play out from the back and it led to chances for them.“It [being more direct] was kind of something we needed to do but probably not to the extreme that we did it.”Rangers are in the process of drawing up a shortlist of candidates to replace Ramsey and expect Neil Warnock to stay as interim boss until at least the end of the month.Former Rangers manager Warnock secured a return to the club in an advisory role shortly before Ramsey was shown the door.‘Completely different’He was heavily involved in the preparations for the recent defeat at Derby – Ramsey’s last game in charge – before taking control for the 0-0 draw at home to Preston. Onuoha said: “It’s been completely different, but Neil was there for two weeks before Chris lost his job anyway, so we knew how Neil likes to work.“Although we had been following Chris’ guidelines, it wasn’t like there was a new person coming in after Chris lost his job.“Neil was involved and he was in the dressing room, but only as much as Chris wanted him to be. Chris gave him the floor to speak a few times.“I’d say Neil was involved in maybe half of the preparation for the [Derby] game, but that’s what Chris wanted – he wanted him involved as much as possible.“It’s always sad when you see someone lose their job. Unfortunately for Chris it just didn’t go his way.“I appreciate the fact that he played me through his whole tenure and made me captain. I can’t thank him enough for that.”See also:QPR hierarchy in Malaysia to discuss new head coachFerdinand laid low by food poisoning during Malaysia tripWarnock brings in Blackwell to assist him at QPRWarnock to stay at the helm as QPR take their timeFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgPatrick Mahomes has made a splash, all right. Just past the midway point of his first season as a starter, the second-year quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs is the NFL’s answer to Stephen Curry.Mahomes, who has the Chiefs at 8-1, is the leader in the clubhouse for the league’s Most Valuable Player. He is playing with combination of precision, creativity, instinct and the ability to strike from anywhere on on the field, whether it’s at the goal line or from long-distance. Sound familiar, …last_img read more

first_imgIn response to claims in the media that many states are passing bills to mandate the teaching of intelligent design along with evolution, Seth Cooper on the Evolution News blog has listed 10 states where evolution bills are being debated and three more where discussions are taking place in the legislature.  Contrary to media reports, most states are not mandating the teaching of I.D. but rather seeking ways to permit alternatives to evolution to be heard.  (The Discovery Institute does not recommend mandating the teaching of intelligent design in public schools.)    The highest-visibility case is in Kansas.  The Wichita Eagle reported that one member of the school board is considering additional changes to the standards to allow further criticism of evolutionary theories, but the majority are working to clarify the wording of the new standards that take effect in the fall.  Tom Magnuson at ARN.org claims the Kansas City Star reporter gave an inaccurate description of the situation and made major misstatements.Since reporters often fail to do their homework and repeat the propaganda of the Darwin Party, it is important as always to have one’s Baloney Detector in good working condition.  Notice, for instance, how the Wichita Eagle labels the pro-evolutionists with the mild term “moderates” as opposed to the “conservative” members arguing for change.  What other political labels can you come up with for these opposing groups that could spin the story either way? (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma flanked by veteranSouth African footballers and World Cupambassadors Mark Fish (left) and LucasRadebe, at the Media Opening Lunch atDavos. On the left is the 2010 Fifa WorldCup mascot, Zakumi.(Image: Michael Wuertenberg, WorldEconomic Forum)MEDIA CONTACTS • Vincent MagwenyaPresidential spokesperson+27 72 715 0024• Wolfgang EichlerFifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 83 2010 [email protected]• Delia FischerFifa Media Officer+27 11 567 2010+27 11 567 2524+27 83 201 [email protected] ARTICLES• Team SA punts country at Davos• Zuma: SA’s most important year• Jacob Zuma on World Aids Day“The South African warmth and hospitality will be experienced by many, as we ensure that the rainbow nation successfully opens its borders to the world, for an African experience of a lifetime,” President Jacob Zuma told delegates at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.This is the full text of his speech on 27 February at the Media Opening Lunch hosted by South Africa with the theme “World Cup 2010 – Before the Kick-off”.Ladies and gentlemen, good day.We are very pleased to join you at this very important forum.We meet at the World Economic Forum during a crucial phase in the global economy, as evidence by the theme “Improve the State of the World: Rethink, Redesign and Rebuild”.The theme signifies that we have to ponder the future of the global economy, and rethink business models, innovation and risk management.Countries and international institutions find that they have to redesign policies and regulations to prevent future crises. It is important for us to be part of this global renewal exercise.We are also here at Davos during an exciting year for South Africa. We will in a few months host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the biggest event of its kind to have ever taken place in South Africa and in Africa. The tournament offers an opportunity for the world to see and experience Africa in a different way.It is an opportunity to tackle stereotypes and preconceptions about the continent, and explore new frontiers of interaction and cooperation. It is an important milestone in the regeneration of the continent.2010 is also an important year for us, because we will be marking the 20th anniversary of the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, which kick-started dramatic political changes. The decades of the struggle against apartheid by South Africans, supported by Africa and the world, had yielded results.We have achieved a lot since that dramatic day of the 11th of February 1990. South Africa has performed admirably in the economic, political and social spheres. This includes the political transition to a democratic state, the subsequent strengthening of South Africa’s democratic institutions, as well as economic growth.We have built a resilient economy which has been able to survive the global economic crisis, and which is actually beginning to show signs of recovery.We have not been spared the job losses, but we have put plans in place, working together as business, labour and government to ensure that the recovery becomes faster and inclusive.We are making significant improvements in key areas of domestic policy, such as health, education as well as visible, vigorous and effective crime prevention.The country’s transport, energy, telecommunications and social infrastructure are being upgraded and expanded. This is contributing to economic development in the midst of a global recession, while improving conditions for investment. This investment has been made possible by the judicious management of the country’s finances. It is thanks to this approach that we have been able to respond to the first recession of the democratic era without placing undue strain on our public borrowing requirements.Sound macroeconomic policies, an effective regulatory environment, and sustained political and social stability, continue to make South Africa a candidate for even greater and faster economic growth.These are strengths on which we continue to build, identifying opportunities and confronting challenges. We cannot think of any logistical hurdles that cannot be overcome. South Africa is truly ready for business and for football fans from around the globe.We must note also that the country is one of the key players internationally. It has contributed much to the pursuit of global consensus in forums like the G20, at the United Nations, and most recently at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit.Working together with other emerging economies, South Africa is contributing to building a new international order that offers greater hope and better prospects for the countries of the South. We say boldly that South Africa is ready to welcome the world to Africa, in June-July 2010. We have worked for many years for this exciting tournament.Other than the football games that South Africans will be privileged to be part of, the country’s potential as a destination for business, trade and tourism will be on display during the World Cup tournament.That is why we welcome the opportunity to provide delegates to the WEF 2010 Annual Meeting with a glimpse of what to expect in South Africa in June and July. We hope it will generate much enthusiasm for the World Cup. The beautiful cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Mbombela, Bloemfontein, Kimberley and others await thousands of football fans and tourists.The South African warmth and hospitality will be experienced by many, as we ensure that the rainbow nation successfully opens its borders to the world, for an African experience of a lifetime.We look forward to welcoming you all ahead of the tournament, and also during the event.I thank you.last_img read more

first_imgJohn Ball faces the usual questions as he decides on a heating system for his new home: What system will deliver the best results at the lowest price? What will keep Ball and his wife comfortable in their Canadian locale in Climate Zone 7?But there’s something else that Ball has to consider: Their new retirement home will be empty during the winter when they’re in Florida escaping the snow and the cold. As they get older, and health care becomes more expensive, they expect to be returning to Canada on a year-round basis.As a result, Ball explains in Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor, he has to plan on two scenarios: one for now, and one for later.He’s been given a long list of options so far, including a ground-source heat pump with a radiant-floor distribution system, an air-to-water heat pump, an electric resistance water heater or boiler, and an air-source heat pump.“We are totally confused as to what type of system to install,” he writes. “We are on a restricted budget so solutions like a ground-source heat pump are out, and we do not have access to natural gas. We are looking for a balance between initial system cost and efficiency. Heating is not critical now as we spend our winters in Florida, but as Canadians we will eventually find health care costs prohibitive and need to stay home in winter.”One particular concern is whether the concrete slab for his slab-on-grade home will feel cold in the winter. Winter usually brings a few days of 35 below zero weather, so he’s considering doubling the amount of rigid foam beneath the slab, from 2 inches to 4 inches. Skip the radiant floorStephen Sheehy’s advice is not to choose a radiant-floor distribution system. “With a tight, well-insulated house,” he says, “you’ll find the heating system often not running enough to keep the floor warm.”He also disagrees with Dorsett’s suggestion for setting the floor temperature slightly above the room temperature. “If the floor is 25°F below body temperature, you may not get warm feet,” Sheehy says. “A basic question is this: In winter, do you usually walk around in bare feet?”No bare feet, Ball replies, but the flooring will consist of ceramic tile and engineered wood (no carpet), so the idea is not to have any really cold surfaces under foot.Skipping the in-floor heat would be Charlie Sullivan’s vote as well. “If you have the slab and the building well insulated, the slab will reach equilibrium with the room temperature,” he writes. “Whether the slab is unheated and at 19° or 20°C (66° to 68°F), or heated to 21°C (70°F), or even 23°C (73°F), makes surprisingly little difference in how it feels to your bare feet… In all cases, heat is conducted away from your feet into the floor, and how cold it feels has more to do with the thermal conductivity of the floor surface material than a few degrees of temperature difference.“If you insulate well and have a flooring material with moderate to low thermal conductivity, such as wood or carpet, you won’t have a problem with the floor being too cold,” Sullivan says. All About Radiant FloorsGBA Encyclopedia: Heat DistributionGBA Encyclopedia: Green Heating OptionsRadiant-Floor HeatingHeating a Tight, Well-Insulated House Air-to-air heat pump can be the heart of the systemBall can now add some price estimates to the discussion.An air-to-air heat pump would be the least expensive option. A ductless minisplit (air-source heat pump) paired with an electric boiler is next, costing an additional $5,000, and the air-to-water heat pump with an electric boiler is $15,000 more than a simple air-to-air heat pump.A consensus seems to be emerging, says GBA senior editor Martin Holladay: Skip the floor heat and insulate the slab.If Ball ends up choosing an air-to-air heat pump, Holladay adds, he should make sure the system is rated for below-zero operation. “Equipment from either Mitsubishi or Fujitsu would work; you may even want to consider using Mitsubishi’s new MVZ air handler paired with a Mitsubishi HyperHeat outdoor unit (although this approach isn’t the most efficient),” Holladay says. “If you’re worried about keeping the house warm when the temperature drops to -30°F, a couple of electric-resistance space heaters are all you need.”Neither the Mitsubishi nor Fujitsu units have the option of built-in electric-resistance heat for very cold weather. Holladay suggests that Ball could buy one or two electric-resistance heaters at any hardware store, although Ball doubts that arrangement would work in a 2,000-sq. ft. house when the temperature falls to 30 below zero for several days.“For the ductless minisplit approach to work, you need the pay attention to the thermal envelope of your new home, making sure that insulation levels are higher than minimum code requirements; that air leakage rates are as low as possible; and that high-performance windows are specified,” Holladay says. “Installing enough linear feet of electric-resistance baseboard heat to help your home ride through the occasional cold snap is not particularly difficult or expensive. That said, if the approach makes you nervous, you can install a propane-fired furnace or an oil-fired furnace if you want.” Consider performance in very cold weatherOne of the options is an air-to-water heat pump, such as the Daikin Altherma. However, Dana Dorsett points out that the Daikin is somewhat expensive and probably wouldn’t be able to keep up with the coldest days in Climate Zone 7.“An electric boiler is very cheap to install,” he adds, “but more expensive to operate, and you may need one to cover the shortfall on the Altherma when it’s -20°F outside.” The Altherma has no specified output below -4°F, he says.If Ball won’t be around during the winter, Dorsett says, he might want to consider the Fujitsu air-to-air heat pump (the RSL3H product line), which has a specified heat output at -15°F but will continue to run in lower temperatures.“You can use an electric boiler slaved to a floor thermostat to keep the slab from feeling cold (but only when you’re there), and use the minisplit to maintain the room temperature (all the time),” Dorsett suggests. “You can buy a lot of RLS3H for the price of an Altherma — they’re nice and quiet, too.”With an electric boiler heating the slab, setting the floor temperature a couple of degrees above the room temperature “guarantees barefoot comfort,” he adds.“To make sure that the minisplits are pulling the bulk of the load, you may need to buy a hard-wired wall thermostat, since the setpoints will have an offset when it’s just sensing the temp of the incoming air at the head,” Dorsett says.center_img “We are open to any solution,” he says. “What would you suggest?” RELATED ARTICLES Our expert’s opinionHere’s what GBA technical director Peter Yost had to say:It’s hard to give good guidance without full information about the climate, the design of the home, and details on patterns of occupancy. It turns out that John Ball’s home is located in northern New Brunswick in a rural area with very reliable grid electric power. The floor plan is pretty open and they routinely do a fairly aggressive nighttime setback of 5°C (9°F). Someone does check their house on a regular basis while they are away.In the past, Ball has had a high-efficiency wood stove (which could have handled the peak load for Ball when conditions max out any heat pump, at least when someone is there to feed the stove). But this time around, Ball is fine with backup/peak heat coming from any and all of these approaches: propane fireplace, electric fireplace, surface-mounted radiant electric heat, or baseboard electric heat.In terms of cooling, Ball says that few homes in their town have central AC systems because of great maritime breezes, but he is pretty concerned about heat gain in their master bedroom and great room, both with lots of glass to the southwest picking up their great view.(Side note: It has always amused me that historically, the peak electric load in Canada is generally the hottest day in summer, and the peak electric load in Florida is the coldest day in winter. The former is because space heating is largely non-electric in Canada, and the latter because all that strip heat in Florida is kicking in at the same time.)Ball also is quite open to photovoltaics over time, and although New Brunswick reports fewer than 50 homes with grid-connected PV systems, that is likely to change quite a bit in the near future. The province has set a goal of 40% renewable energy generation by 2020.So where does all this new information leave us? I’d make the following points:A minisplit cold-climate heat pump seems like a good fit, given Ball’s open floor plan. With a minisplit system, a nighttime setback is usually a mistake, since these heat pumps operate most efficiently without a setback. But if Ball wants the nighttime setback, that means either a “smart” thermostat that will ramp up based on weather info, and/or quick-acting spot heat for comfort such as the radiant surface-mount panels (while the outdoor temperature rises in the morning and the heat pump moves away from deep overnight lows).Ball is open to exterior shading devices to manage that southwest summer sun. Adjustable or fixed-but-seasonally-installed awnings can be both functional and attractive. And if this approach eliminates the need for summer space conditioning, maybe Ball would be open to a high-efficiency propane heating system, which could provide domestic hot water as well.We can all agree that putting as many dollars as Ball can into the performance of his building enclosure is a sure bet, regardless of the heating system(s) he chooses.Integrating grid-connected PV is becoming less expensive and more practical at an amazing pace; every project should be looking at how this fits into the picture.last_img read more

first_imgMetropolitan East (Open Girls) and Northern (Open Boys) defended their Queensland Secondary Schools Touch State Championship crowns with deserved grand final victories at the Gold Coast Touch Association complex at Owen Park, Southport on Sunday 29 April 2007.Met East, with no less than eight current Open or 15 Years State representatives, were hot pre tournament favourites in the Open Girls division.The talented outfit swept all before them in the round games before being pushed all the way by a gallant Metropolitan West combination in an entertaining final that resulted in a 3-2 victory to the defending champions.In semi-final action, Met East, guided by Peter Bell, Australia’s most successful International coach in the history of the sport, dispatched South Coast 8-2.Met West, under the direction of 2005 Australian Youth World Cup 18 Years Girls Coach Mick Kelly, defeated Northern 10-3 in their semi-final to set up an absorbing showdown in the “Battle of Brisbane” for the State crown.The game was end to end in the opening exchanges with both sides denied the early ascendancy by desperate last-ditch defensive efforts.After several close calls, Met East’s Cobras Women’s Open NTL young gun Kelly Jones sliced through from acting half and managed to find the ever present Tallon Mc Carthy who dotted down for a 1- 0 lead.Met West hit back strongly when the free running Lorna Blair exploded out of acting half to surprise the Met East defence and gift wrap a long range touchdown for Ashley Monkland who squared the ledger at 1-1.The game ebbed and flowed, and right on half time Met East’s Sharks Women’s Open NTL pocket dynamo Kristy Brennan nearly sent her team to oranges breathing a little easier when she scythed through from acting half, only to be denied by some fantastic on line defence from the Met West team who covered support players expertly to keep their title dreams alive.Both teams had their chances after half time, but it was big game specialist, the indefatigueable Gen La Caze who stepped up to the plate to generate a quick hands play that gave Kristy Brennan an opportunity to race twenty metres and score with her signature dive over for a 2-1 lead.Met West, with talented National Youth squad members Ali Brigginshaw, Toni Tupuhi, and Lizzie Campbell were never going to go quietly, and it was the combination of long time Brisbane Metropolitan junior touch team mates Campbell and Brigginshaw that conjured a short play close to the line to allow Brigginshaw to slide over and put the teams back on level terms at 2-2.Both teams searched for the chink in the opposition’s armour, and it was Gen La Caze, running a beautiful A/B line that split the Met West middles to create space for the touchdown hungry Kristy Brennan to secure her second and put the champions in front 3 – 2 with little time left on the clock.Ali Brigginshaw threw the kitchen sink at Met East in a valiant attempt to inspire a late comeback, but the clock and the stout Met East defence was having none of it, and the game ended in the next set with the defending champions holding on for a deserved 3-2 win.Player of the Series, Met East’s Kristy Brennan was outstanding, and was well supported by Player of the Final Gen La Caze, the classy Kelly Jones, and Kirsty Quince, whose tireless efforts in attack and defence would make the Energizer bunny look over his shoulder and question his work ethic. Ali Brigginshaw and Lizzie Campbell were fantastic for a spirited Met West side that gave a great account of themselves against the odds.Northern completed an emphatic 5-2 victory over Metropolitan West in the Open Boys division. The highly skilled and fleet footed country combination secured a three peat of State Championships to underline the enormous spread of talent across Queensland in the school system.In semi-final action, Northern disposed of South Coast 11-3, and Met West triumphed over South Coast 7-2.In the Boys grand final, both teams searched for the early lead and came close with several attacking forays being thwarted only by last gasp defence, or poor option taking with the ball in hand.Northern drew first blood with an exceptional piece of play from the gifted Kristian Congoo who brought the crowds back to Touch with a simultaneous dive for the score line to the left and a well weighted flick pass to the right to part the middles on the scoreline for the alert Joel Townson to dive over and give the boys from the North a 1-0 lead.Met West pressed the line twice in the next few sets only to be denied by some great vision in defence by Josh Hall who nabbed two intercepts in quick succession to deny the Brisbane boys the equalizer.That man Congoo, who was busier than Santa’s elves on Christmas eve, couldn’t stay out of the action and he dotted down after a glorious long ball from play maker Chris Taiters to give the Northern boys a 2-0 score line.Met West were entitled to feel a little unlucky with several early chances going astray until their little general Matty Hopkin engineered some great flowing phase then finished off with a pinpoint long ball for Clargie Saltmere to narrow the gap to 2-1.The momentum continued to swing in the next few minutes and Met West fans kept the faith as Hopkin, on a hot streak, continued to dictate terms, splitting the Northern defence from acting half to link up with John Fainges to lock the contest up at 2-2.On the stroke of half time the game was turned on its head again when the impressive Chris Taiters got through the line for Northern and Congoo found space to score his second touchdown and give the boys from the bush a 3-2 advantage.After the break, both teams dug in, fully aware of the impact the next score would have on the complexion of the contest. Met West needed to score to stay alive, Northern wanted to break their opposition’s spirits and earn some breathing space.It should not surprise that the mercurial Kristian Congoo waved the magic wand once more, selling an audacious dummy close to the line to plunge over to snare a hat trick of touchdowns and put his team 4-2 up.Met West tried hard to rally, but when Joel Townson produced a masterful reverse flick pass for Mitchell Lauder to score and take Northern out to a 5-2 lead, the three peat souvenir t-shirts were being broken out of the box for Coach Shane Laskey and the Northern team who have set the benchmark for school touch in Queensland for the last three years.The fat lady was half way up the Pacific Highway when the full time siren sounded and a resounding 5-2 verdict went the way of Northern.Kristian Congoo was awarded the Player of the Final, whilst Lyle Murgha from Peninsula was named Player of the Series.At the conclusion of the tournament QSST Coaches Peter Bell (Girls) and Kathy O’Brien (Boys) named State Teams to contest the National 18 Years Tournament in Coffs Harbour from 17-21 September 2007.The 2007 QSST Open Teams:Girls: Genevieve La Caze, Kristy Brennan, Kelly Jones, Kirsty Quince, Candice Humm, Mtia Tass, Tallon Mc Carthy (Met East), Ali Brigginshaw, Lizzie Campbell, Toni Tupuhi (Met. West), Kirsty Beer (Wide Bay), Jess Shaw (South Coast), Jane Royal (Northern), Melissa Henare, Rebecca Lapraik (Sun Coast)Coach: Peter Bell, Assistant Coach: Karley Banks, Manager: Peta RogersonBoys: Chris Taiters, Mitchell Lauder, Kristian Congoo (Northern), Matt Hopkin, Cody Green, Clargie Saltmere (Met. West), Peter Norman, Dylan Taikato (South Coast), Ben Drury, Jayden Taylor (Capricornia), Lawrence Oberlenter, Lyle Murgha (Peninsula), Alex Patikura (Darling Downs), Nathan Boys (Sun Coast), Chris Rankine (North West)Coach: Kathy O’Brien, Assistant Coach: Ryan Pollock, Manager: Adrian Brandonlast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-AC Milan director Gandini questions Elliott directionby Carlos Volcano12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer AC Milan director Umberto Gandini has questioned Elliott Management’s handling of the club.Gandini commented on the work of chief exec Ivan Gazidis.He said, “This is a very different club to all the others, because the owners aren’t involved in football. Their objective is to restructure Milan, get it close to what it ought to be worth and then monetize on their investment.“I’ve known Gazidis for many years and I told him that being a CEO in Italy is very different to in other nations, as he’d have to answer for his decisions.“Up until recently, I asked myself who are Milan, as they need to have a face and right now, they don’t. Is it the owner who decides, Gazidis, the President or the Coach? Before, their face was Gennaro Gattuso.” last_img read more

first_imgBeijing: Visiting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held talks Thursday with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in which the Southeast Asian leader was expected to discuss a ruling on the disputed South China Sea. The 2016 Hague arbitration ruling mostly invalidated China’s claim to virtually the entire South China Sea and found that it violated the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. The row over the waters a major global shipping route thought to be rich in oil and gas reserves has for years marred China’s relationship with the Philippines and other neighboring countries with rival territorial claims. Beijing has transformed a string of disputed reefs into missile-protected island bases. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDuterte, however, has largely avoided the subject in favor of seeking warmer ties with Beijing. Philippine nationalists and left-wing groups have criticized the president for not demanding Chinese compliance with the arbitration ruling, which came the same year Duterte took office. Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago “Chito” Santa Romana told reporters Thursday that Duterte has mentioned the ruling to Xi several times, but not in a direct discussion as he planned to do this meeting. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsDuterte “has exerted a lot of diplomatic capital to build a reservoir of goodwill and friendship with President Xi,” Santa Romana said. “So he has decided that it’s time to include in the diplomatic agenda and in the discussions sensitive issues that may have caused misunderstanding if it were brought up in the past.” Santa Romana added that Duterte is in Beijing “to build bridges, not to burn bridges with China.” It’s unlikely that Duterte’s move will have any effect on China, said Jay Batongbacal, a maritime affairs scholar at the University of the Philippines. “China’s position will not change just because Duterte changes tune,” Batongbacal said. “At best, Duterte might be seen as using the arbitration discussion as a move to leverage other concessions. At worst, it may be just for show.” At the start of Thursday’s meeting, Xi said he was willing to work with Duterte to “grasp the current situation” from a long-term, strategic perspective. “This will not only benefit our two countries and our peoples, but also will provide positive energy to the region,” Xi said. Neither leader mentioned the South China Sea in their introductory remarks in the presence of reporters.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG — The federal government says some provincial flu vaccination programs may have to set back their timing this year due to delays and shortages.With flu season set to start, the Public Health Agency of Canada says about 55 per cent of the total flu vaccine order is currently available to distribute across the country.The agency says it aims to have 90 per cent of the supply by the end of the month.Manitoba’s Health Department has notified health-care providers that the delays may affect the number of flu shots available, and the department is delaying some advertisements that promote the vaccine.Health Minister Cameron Friesen says the province is working to ensure nursing homes and other high-priority areas get the vaccine.Friesen says the delay this year is due to manufacturers of the vaccine experiencing shortages.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more