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January 10, 2020
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Discarded Sanchez a window into Man Utd’s wasted millions

first_imgThat the Chilean was deemed not good enough to make Jose Mourinho’s 18-man squad for such a shambolic display at the London Stadium speaks volumes for Sanchez’s slide since joining United in January.Prolific in four years at Arsenal and three seasons with Barcelona before then, Sanchez has scored just three times in 23 appearances under Mourinho — none of which have come this season.Mourinho’s power battle with £89 million ($116 million) midfielder Paul Pogba has drawn the spotlight from Sanchez. But Mourinho’s patience with the other marquee signing of his time in charge at Old Trafford ran out this week.Sanchez was hauled off during a 1-1 draw with Wolves last weekend.He was then reportedly admonished by Mourinho in front of his team-mates for his poor form and was the only outfield player who travelled to London for the West Ham debacle left out of the matchday squad.“Look for how many months are people asking for (Anthony) Martial, Martial, Martial and saying how Alexis isn’t playing well enough,” said Mourinho justifying his decision. “This week it was time to agree and leave Alexis out.”– ‘Different football’ –Sanchez wouldn’t be the first creative player Mourinho has failed to get the best out of. United’s fiercest rivals City and Liverpool have benefited from Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne being discarded by the Portuguese during his time at Chelsea.When imploring Mourinho to attack more after being held by Wolves, Pogba defended Sanchez’s struggles to adapt from the more open football played at Barca and Arsenal.“When you play a long time with another team and you play different football in that other team you have some kind of adaptation that you have to have,” said the Frenchman.Misfiring marquee signings: Paul Pogba has defended Alexis Sanchez’s poor performances © AFP / Paul ELLISMourinho’s time at Old Trafford may be running out, particularly if he fails to summon a response when United host Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday.However, the difference in the fanfare that greeted Sanchez’s signing and his production on the pitch is emblematic of the waste that is leaving United trailing in City’s wake.Courted by his former Barca boss Pep Guardiola, United boasted of dealing a blow to City in the transfer market and of generating more social media traffic than Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain.Yet, that victory has proved a hollow and expensive one.United’s accounts last week revealed an 11 percent rise in their wage bill taking it to £295.9 million, £36 million more than City’s.Much of that went on handing Sanchez reportedly the most lucrative contract in Premier League history worth a reported £400,000 a week plus bonuses.United remain the world’s richest club for now, but that is not being reflected on the field for frustrated fans more interested in points than profits.The club’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has put his faith in Mourinho, but his trust runs out quickly when missing out on the riches of Champions League.David Moyes and Louis van Gaal were both dismissed after failing to qualify and United are already five points off the top four.Another route into the Champions League is by winning the competition.United currently look far from contenders, but they can take a huge step towards the last 16 by moving six points clear of Valencia in Group H on Tuesday.It is the type of game Sanchez was signed for. Whether he even starts will say much about his future so long as Mourinho remains in charge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez has scored just three goals in 23 appearances for Manchester United © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 1 – Manchester United believed they were closing the gap on “noisy neighbours” Manchester City when they beat the Premier League champions to the signature of Alexis Sanchez just nine months ago.But as the Red Devils slumped to a third defeat just seven games into the new league season at West Ham on Saturday to already fall nine points adrift of City, Sanchez was nowhere to be seen.last_img read more

December 28, 2019
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Things To Do

first_img “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. Murder Mystery Dinner Train will depart, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Saunday and Tuesday from Fillmore & Western Railway in Fillmore. Tickets: $89. Call (800) 773-8724. By the Light of the Silvery Moon Hike, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (661) 255-3606. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Sierra Club hike to Slide Mountain, 9 a.m. Sunday at the entrance to Ed Davis/Towsley Canyon Park, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Matthew Lax at (661) 252-2393 or Geraldine Lorme at (661) 296-0246. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “Love, Gershwin Style” will feature musical creations of George Gershwin, 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $25-$50. Call (661) 362-5304. Valentine’s Day show will feature John DiResta and Frances DiLorenza, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $76 per couple includes dinner, show and champagne. Call (661) 259-2291. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 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 “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 18 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Don McMillan and Amy Anderson will perform, 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $15, or $25.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Youth Grove dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, 10-11 a.m. Saturday at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call Tess Simgen at (661) 255-4965. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Senior Cinema will present “Pride and Prejudice,” starring Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson, 2 p.m. today at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Cost: $1. Call (661) 259-9444. Movies to Talk About will feature two locally made short films, “The Wash” and “One Paycheck Away,” 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Admission is free. Visit www.UUofSCV.org. Moonlight Hike, 5:30 p.m. Friday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Meet at the park office. Call (661) 268-0840. “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. last_img read more

December 22, 2019
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Travel Update: Find out which Donegal bus services are running today

first_imgWeather warnings and heavy snowfall have led to cancellations and delays to bus services throughout Donegal. See below for updates, Friday 2nd March:All Bus Eireann services remain cancelled this morning, including Expressway, Regional Routes and School Transport.  Bus Eireann say the situation will be reviewed this morning, with further information being provided around midday with a view to a possible resumption of some services in the late afternoon or evening.A further update in relation to Saturday morning services will be issued.McGinley Coaches have cancelled services ‘until lunchtime Friday at the earliest.’ The situation will be reviewed later today. For updates, visit: https://www.facebook.com/McGinleyCoachTravelPatrick Gallagher Coaches have cancelled the Letterkenny to Downings service this Friday.  Updates will be available at: https://www.facebook.com/patrick.gallagher.353 SITT Local Link Donegal has cancelled all services on Friday. All transport going to HSE Day services, college services and rural transport services are cancelled.Mangan Tours: 8am Falcarragh-Letterkenny and 9:30am service from Letterkenny is cancelled on Thursday, 1st March. A decision on the 9:45am bus from Crolly, 10:30am bus from Falcarragh will be made in the morning and update will be posted on Facebook. Updates on later services will be shared on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mangantours/Transport operators are asked to email info@donegaldaily.com to share service updatesFeatured image: Mangan ToursTravel Update: Find out which Donegal bus services are running today was last modified: March 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

December 21, 2019
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Can Ashleigh Barty dominate the women’s game following her French Open victory?

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesAshleigh Barty claimed her first major title when she defeated Marketa Vondrousova in the final of this year’s French Open, but with a further two majors to go, could this be just the start of a period of domination for the Australian?In US Open tennis betting, Barty is priced at 15/2, some way behind the current favourite Serena Williams (3/1). These odds will certainly change if Barty can put in a good display at Wimbledon in July, but how realistic is it to assume Barty will be the next big star in the women’s game?Australian OpenSince making her debut at the Australian Open in 2012, Barty struggled to progress past the first round, being eliminated at that stage in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She was absent for the 2015 and 2016 tournaments as she switched to cricket, but made a comeback to tennis in 2016 in time for Wimbledon where she could only reach the second qualifying round.As a wildcard entry in the 2017 tournament, Barty defeated German Annika Beck and American Shelby Rogers to reach the third round, where she was defeated by German qualifier Mona Barthel.2018 was a similar story for Barty, as she defeated Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus and Italian, Camila Giorgi. In the third round she came up against Japan’s Naomi Osaka, who was unseeded for the tournament. She lost in straights sets to the woman who went on to win the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open.A much-improved Barty reached the quarter-finals of this year’s tournament, losing in straight sets to the eventual runner-up Petra Kvitova.Embed from Getty ImagesFrench OpenUntil winning the tournament this year, Barty had previously never progressed beyond the second round of the French Open. Without a doubt she was a surprise winner of this year’s tournament, although she faced six unseeded players in seven matches, fortunately avoiding the likes of Serena Williams and Simona Halep along the way.This tournament is likely to be considered a tournament of missed opportunities for a lot of players, most notably Simona Halep and Johanna Konta. Regardless, Barty won’t mind, and her form going into Wimbledon and the US Open should put her in good stead to continue her progression.WimbledonA visit to SW19 is next on the agenda for Barty, and having just won the French Open, all eyes will be on her as she looks to continue her good season. Last year was her best result to date on the grass court, losing out to 14th seed Daria Kasatkina in the third round in straight sets.Victory at the French Open should give her a more favourable draw in this year’s Wimbledon, so don’t be surprised if she progresses beyond the third round. US OpenThe way Barty is continuing to improve on her previous bests at the majors, the US Open presents a great opportunity for her to claim another Grand Slam title. With a hard court surface like the Australian Open, there’s no reason why she can’t replicate the same form from Down Under in the States. The quarter-finals should be the minimum for Barty this year, particularly as she reached the fourth round of last year’s US Open. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

December 18, 2019
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African eyes on the universe

first_imgThe Southern African Large Telescope ishoused at the Sutherland Observatory inthe remote Northern Cape province.(Image: Graeme Williams,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For morefree photos, visit the imagelibrary.)MEDIA CONTACTS• SALT+27 23 571 1205salt@salt.ac.za• South African Astronomical Observatorystaff member contactsIn the remote Northern Cape, the largest telescope in the southern hemisphere is producing crystal-clear images from deep space, thanks to the province’s unique climate and topography. A semi-desert region, the Northern Cape is far less developed than the rest of South Africa, with vast stretches of arid bushland between its cities and towns.Yet this emptiness is part of the reason the province has become a major hub for astronomical observations, because there’s not much in the way of artificial light or radio waves to interfere with optical and radio astronomy.The Southern African Large Telescope near the town of Sutherland is not only the largest in the southern hemisphere, it’s among the largest 10 in the world. South Africa is also one of the two global finalists in the bid to host the massive Square Kilometre Array, which, if the country wins, will also be located in the Northern Cape.In addition to its remoteness, the Northern Cape has a low topography suited to radio astronomy, with mountains providing extra shielding against radio waves from distant metropolitan areas.The southern hemisphere is the perfect place for astronomy, because it sees more of the sky than the north. And South Africa’s sophisticated infrastructure and first-class science and technology sector gives it the capacity for some of the best astronomy in the world.The Southern African Large TelescopeOn a hilltop in a nature reserve in the Northern Cape, near the small town of Sutherland, is a masterpiece of modern astronomical engineering. The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) is the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere, and equal to the largest in the world. Gathering more than 25 times as much light as any existing African telescope, SALT can detect objects as faint as a candle flame on the moon.Opened in November 2005, SALT is one of the leading instruments of its kind, enabling local and international scientists to see distant stars, galaxies and quasars a billion times too faint to be visible to the naked eye.The telescope is similar to the Hobby-Eberly Telescope in Texas, but has a redesigned optical system – an achievement of South African astronomer Dr Darragh O’Donoghue – that uses more of its mirror array.Eleven metres in diameter, this array enables imaging, spectroscopic, and polarimetric analysis of the radiation from astronomical objects out of reach of northern hemisphere telescopes.SALT is facility of the South African Astronomical Observatory, the country’s national optical observatory. Its won support from the country’s government for both its advanced astronomical technology and the host of spin-off benefits it could bring to the country. It has become an icon for what can be achieved in science and technology in the new South Africa.Funding and partnersA talented team of local engineers and scientists succeeded in building SALT on a rapid – for big telescope projects at least – five-year timescale. The cost of construction was kept to within the original budget of US$20-million defined in 1998, even before the final designs were completed.The cost of the construction and operation of the telescope over its first 10 years is a total of US$36-million: US$20 million for the construction of the telescope, US$6 million for instruments and US$10 million for operations. A third of this funding is from South Africa, and rest from the project’s partner countries: Germany, Poland, the United States, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.The institutional partners of the SALT consortium are:Carnegie Mellon UniversityDartmouth CollegeGeorg-August-Universität GöttingenHobby-Eberly Telescope BoardNational Research Foundation of South AfricaNicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre of the Polish Academy of SciencesRutgers, the State University of New JerseyUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonUniversity of Canterbury (New Zealand)University of North Carolina at Chapel HillUnited Kingdom SALT Consortium (UKSC), comprising:– Armagh Observatory– Keele University– University of Central Lancashire– University of Nottingham– Open University– University of SouthamptonIn 2007, the two new partners joined the consortium:American Museum of Natural HistoryInter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India)Building the telescopeIn the year 2000, on the first day of southern hemisphere spring, a few hundred people gathered on the hilltop near Sutherland for the SALT ground-breaking ceremony. After nearly four years of construction, in March 2004, installation of the massive mirror began. The last of the 91 smaller mirrored hexagon segments was put in place in May 2005.First light with the full mirror was declared on 1 September 2005, with the telescope obtaining images of globular cluster 47 Tucanae, open cluster NGC6152, spiral galaxy NGC6744, and the Lagoon Nebula being obtained. SALT was officially opened by President Thabo Mbeki on 10 November 2005.Both SALT and the Hobby-Eberly Telescope have unusual designs for optical telescopes. The primary mirror is composed of an array of mirrors designed to act as a single larger mirror. Each SALT mirror is a hexagon, one metre in size, with the array of 91 identical mirrors together making a hexagonal-shaped primary mirror 11metres by 9.8 metres in size. Each of the smaller mirrors can be adjusted in order to properly align to make them function as a single mirror.SALT’s instrumentation for includes the SALT Imaging Camera (SALTICAM), designed and built by the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO); the Robert Stobie Spectrograph, a multi-purpose longslit and multi-object imaging spectrograph and spectropolarimeter, designed and built by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rutgers University, and SAAO; and a fibre-fed High Resolution Spectrograph, designed by the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.The telescope has a 1.5-Mbit internet connection, feeding to what is termed the “beach-head”, from where other institutions can access the data. An artist’s impression of the SquareKilometre Array. To give a sense of thescale, the small object in the shadow inthe foreground is a car.(Image: SKA South Africa)The Square Kilometre ArraySouth Africa has been shortlisted to host one of the biggest and most sophisticated scientific instruments in the world, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – a future generation international radio telescope that will enable astronomers to probe the early evolution of our galaxy.In September 2006 the International SKA steering committee in the Netherlands announced in September 2006 that South Africa and Australia had been shortlisted as sites for the SKA, a set of thousands of antennae that, put together, would cover a square kilometre.The network of dishes will be at least 50 times more powerful than any telescope yet built.If South Africa were to win the bid, it would bring a massive injection of expertise and economic activity to the Northern Cape, with benefits for the local aluminium, computer, communications, electronics and steel industries.The SKA project will cost in the region of US$1-billion, and could generate as much as R500-million in foreign investment for South Africa.South Africa and Australia beat bids from Argentina and China to make the SKA shortlist. A final decision is expected by 2008, while construction on the SKA will probably start in about 2013 and be completed by about 2019.Global design programmeIn 2006, European funding was agreed for a €38-million (US$46-million) global programme to design the Square Kilometre Array.The four-year SKA Design Studies programme will see astronomers in Australia, South Africa, Canada, India, China and the US collaborating closely with their colleagues in Europe to formulate the most effective design and develop the technology required.Designing and then building such an enormous and technologically advanced instrument is beyond the scope of individual nations, which is why the project aims to harness the ideas and resources of countries across the world.The Karoo Array TelescopeIn the meantime, South Africa has begun work on a SKA prototype known as the Karoo Array Telescope (KAT), with technology that will parallel that of the SKA.Construction on this smaller version of the SKA is expected to be complete in 2008/9, and will entail cooperation with some of the other countries involved in the SKA project to ensure efficient technology transfer.While the KAT will have about 1% of the SKA’s receiving capacity, it will still be a powerful radio telescope in its own right. It will also prove that South Africa is committed and ready to host the SKA.Radio quietnessA radio telescope has to be as far away as possible from artificial sources of radio waves, such as cellphone and radio networks.Working with the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) to measure radio frequency interference levels in some of the most remote parts of the country, the South African SKA team has identified three sites in the Karoo in the Northern Cape, all three boasting radio interference-free zones of 150 kilometres, far exceeding the SKA requirement of 100km radio interference-free areas.The Northern Cape sites also have a low topography suited to the SKA, with mountains providing extra shielding against radio waves from remote metropolitan areas.The southern hemisphere also has the astronomical advantage of being exposed to more sky than the north. South Africa is also on the same longitude as Europe, so it sees the same night sky, and scientists can easily link up with facilities there.In addition to the radio quietness of its sites, South Africa has the capabilities and track record to host, support and contribute to the science that will be generated by largest radio telescope ever built.Radio signals from the pastThe core element of SKA should be in the centre of a radio interference-free region at least 100 kilometres in diameter. This is because radio emissions from the early universe – which the SKA will seek to capture – are in the range of a few hundred megaHertz, a frequency band now crowded on earth with TV and cellular telephone transmissions.To pick up these radio emissions – literally, radio signals from the past – the SKA will have a receiving surface of one million square metres, 100 times larger than the current biggest surface.The huge receiving surface will consist of many small antennae, divided into a core element and a periphery. The peripheral antennas could be between 1 000 and 10 000 kilometres away from the core element, making the SKA an intercontinental system.The signals received by all these antennae will be combined to form one single, big picture.The result will be an instrument capable of probing the secrets of the very early universe, just after it began about 14 billion years ago – so science tells us – with the Big Bang.Listening to the early universeAstronomers explore the universe by passively detecting electromagnetic radiation and cosmic rays emitted by celestial objects. The earth’s atmosphere shields us from much of this radiation, so modern astronomy is done from large optical telescopes on high mountains, or from orbiting satellite observatories.Radio astronomers, on the other hand, concentrate on the relatively long wavelength (or low frequency) radio waves that penetrate the earth’s atmosphere with little impediment or distortion.Because electromagnetic radiation travels at a fixed speed of about 1.08 billion km/h, very distant objects are observed as they were in the distant past. Astronomers are therefore able to “look back in time” to observe the early stages of the evolution of the universe.Most existing radio telescopes were built 10 to 30 years ago. For radio astronomy to progress, a new telescope with 100 times the collecting surface of existing telescopes will be needed in about 10 years’ time.The SKA will probe the so-called “Dark Ages”, when the early universe was in a gaseous form before the formation of stars and galaxies. At present, astronomers do not have the necessary tools to observe radiation from this period of the universe, which extends from about 300 000 years till one billion years after the Big Bang.Radiation reaching us from these Dark Ages has travelled a huge journey through space, and is in the form of radio signals emitted by the neutral hydrogen gas that dominated the universe during this period. The signals are, however, extremely faint, and require a telescope with the planned sensitivity of the SKA to be detected.The SKA will map the time evolution of this cosmic web of primordial gas as it condenses to form the first objects in the universe. It will also chart the development of these adolescent stars and galaxies, which will provide us with information about our own origin. The atoms in our bodies, our planet and our star were formed by the nuclear reactions that powered these early stars.Useful linksSouthern African Large TelescopeSquare Kilometre ArraySquare Kilometre Array South AfricaKaroo Array TelescopeHobby-Eberly TelescopeSouth African Astronomical ObservatoryAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryArmagh ObservatoryCarnegie Mellon UniversityDartmouth CollegeGeorg-August-Universität GöttingenInter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (India)Keele UniversityNational Research Foundation of South AfricaNicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre of the Polish Academy of SciencesOpen UniversityRutgers, the State University of New JerseyUnited Kingdom SALT ConsortiumUniversity of Canterbury (New Zealand)University of Central LancashireUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillUniversity of NottinghamUniversity of SouthamptonUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonDepartment of Science and TechnologyNorthern Cape Provincial GovernmentNorthern Cape TourismIndependent Communications Authority of South Africalast_img read more

December 18, 2019
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Johannesburg gets food trucks for spring

first_imgOn an idyllic spring day – a clear blue sky and warmer sun rays – Johannesburg’s latest food hub opened in the parking lot at Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre, in Sandton. The eatery needs the space of a parking lot because it is a group of five to six food trucks.“As an outdoor concept we thought that a spring/summer pop-up would be a fantastic way to kick off,” said Jade Mann, owner of the Good and Proper Food Trucks Eatery.“We wanted to launch in the Sandton CBD, being Johannesburg’s commercial hub. We pitched the concept to the Benmore Gardens Shopping Centre, which saw the value in this unique concept and accordingly gave us the opportunity to host Good and Proper at the centre, for our first three-month pop-up.”It is running from 1 September until 25 November 2016, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 11:30am and 3pm.Mann said there was a movement globally towards craftsmanship because consumers were increasingly seeking hand-crafted products and food trucks fell perfectly into that niche.“Artisan food trucks provide options that are not mass produced and are high quality, made with fine ingredients, love and attention to detail.”The trucks, each unique in appearance and design, circle numerous tables and chairs, fashioned out of wooden crates or steel drums, a few shaded by huge, colourful umbrellas. That way, people can either sit and enjoy their meals in the cheerful environment, or go for the takeaway option.“One of the main reasons behind the food truck park concept is to create cool spaces where people can, apart from being able to access great artisan food, take a break, hang out with friends and colleagues, and grab some sunshine, music and good vibes,” said Mann.Food on offerThere are many sweet and savoury options so various palates will be satisfied. Think everything from gourmet burgers, pizzas, Belgian waffles, ice cream, pork belly on skewers, fresh salads and artisan sandwiches, to chicken wings, paella, tacos, and more. There is also a bar and a coffee truck.A few trucks would also rotate, said Mann, and the number could even increase. Because South Africa was so diverse and had many cultural dietary requirements, such as eating halaal or kosher food, she said the eatery was exploring further options.Future plansFood trucks became extremely successful in Cape Town before moving to Johannesburg, she said. This is the first pop-up in the City of Gold.“Our plan is to open further pop-ups and permanent locations… As part of our Benmore offering, we are also going to be starting with Friday afternoon/evening after-work drinks this week, when customers will be able to have sundowners and enjoy a selected group of the food truck vendors who normally trade during the day.”The Good and Proper Food Trucks Eatery would like to expand food trucks to other areas of Johannesburg and South Africa, and Mann said they were investigating various locations.See the trucks, seating area and set-up on the first day of trading:(All images: Priya Pitamber) Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

December 16, 2019
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Georgia Lawmakers OK Third-Party Solar Leasing

first_imgIn Georgia, lawmakers have approved a bill that for the first time will allow homeowners and businesses to lease photovoltaic (PV) systems rather than forcing them to buy the systems outright, according to published reports.The Solar Power Free-Market Financing Act is designed to lower financial barriers that prevent some homeowners from adding solar, the website UtilityDive reports.The bill sailed through the Georgia House of Representatives without a single dissenting vote in February, and then unanimously passed the Senate last month. PVTech says Gov. Nathan Deal was expected to sign it, although it was not listed among signed legislation as of April 6.The bill’s unimpeded movement forward appears due to a compromise between solar advocates and utilities that limits the size of residential systems to a capacity of 10 kilowatts. Businesses with solar panels would not be permitted to generate more than 125 percent of their total energy demand, UtilityDive said.With that deal in place, the measure won the support of Georgia Power Co. and the state’s electric cooperatives. GBA reported on the Georgia initiative along with a similar effort in Florida in February.last_img read more

November 18, 2019
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Patients undergoing dialysis complete first ever bike rally

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 13 (PTI) A bike expedition was undertaken by a group of six dialysis patients to encourage and empower people undergoing the treatment to lead “normal” lives.Organised by Nephroplus — a dialysis delivery network in the country, the four-day long journey kicked off on October 9 from Jalandhar, covering parts of Ludhiana, Kurukshetra, Panipat, and Sonipat on the way.The bikers, who rode over 400kms across eight cities, were felicitated by paralympic and Arjuna awardee Rajinder Singh Rahelu in Connaught Place today.”A lot of the people undergoing dialysis unfortunately believe that they cannot lead a normal life or cannot do things an otherwise healthy person can do.”We are creating a guest-centric culture at NephroPlus where all the 10,000+ guests are empowered to lead a normal life owing to our emphasis on holistic care,” Vikram Vuppala, founder and CEO OF NephroPlus said. Keeping in view the medical needs of the bikers, a fully equipped ambulance capable of conducting a dialysis session en route also accompanied them on the ride.”We are positive that seeing fellow people on dialysis taking part in this expedition will dramatically improve the confidence of kidney-disease patients across India,” Sohail Bhagat, Vice President of strategy at NephroPlus said.The expedition was flagged off as a curtain-raiser to the second edition of the worlds only Dialysis Olympiad to be held in Thyagaraj Sports Complex on October 29.The event will include a series of activities like running, cycling and basketball for the patients. PTI RJS TRSlast_img read more

November 18, 2019
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Let The March Madness Begin!

first_imgThursday marks something of a national holiday for American sports fans, when office productivity plummets. The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, better known as March Madness or the Big Dance, begins in earnest.A few play-in games have already happened, but Thursday and Friday feature the real opening extravaganza: 16 games each day, from noon to midnight.The single-elimination tournament means every game is a must-win for all 68 schools, producing tense, dramatic finishes. Upsets are eagerly anticipated as elites like Kentucky fend off unknowns trying to spark an improbable run and become the next tournament darling, like last year’s Dayton.Fanatics, novices and even President Barack Obama are trying to predict the winners of every game of every round by completing an estimated 70 million tournament brackets, according to the American Gaming Association — that’s more brackets completed than votes cast in the last presidential election. Here’s a brief explanation of how a basketball tournament transcended sports to become a national craze:MADNESS FROM THE STARTCollege basketball has long filled the gap in the American sports calendar when baseball and football are dormant. In 1939, Oregon beat Ohio State in the inaugural eight-team tournament.It seems modest now, but it was a risky venture: a year earlier the rival National Invitational Tournament had begun at New York’s old Madison Square Garden, already the most famous venue in basketball.The two tournaments competed for years, before the NCAA, as college sports’ governing body, managed to force member schools to participate in its tournament if they were invited (the NIT still exists as a consolation tournament).The NCAA field kept growing as TV coverage spurred interest, so more spots were given to smaller schools. The potential for a David to slay a Goliath set the stage for what remains the most-watched basketball game ever: the 1979 final pitting little-known Indiana State, led by Larry Bird, against powerhouse Michigan State, led by Magic Johnson.A quarter of U.S. homes tuned in for the classic game that transformed Bird and Johnson into rival superstars and catapulted college basketball into the American consciousness.THE BIG DANCE GETS BIGGERThe fledgling ESPN cable network began broadcasting the tournament’s oft-ignored early rounds in 1980, giving national exposure to lesser-known schools. CBS popularized the term “March Madness” through the 1980s as unlikely champions like North Carolina State and Villanova captivated Americans.TV ratings skyrocketed, and so did revenue for the NCAA. In 2013, according to the latest figures available from Kantar Media, TV advertising revenue was a staggering $1.15 billion, more than even the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl (though pro football, by far the most popular American sport, has far fewer postseason games).This year, 68 schools play in 14 venues across the U.S. Every game will be on TV and streaming online. The champion must win six games as the field winnows, from the Sweet 16 to the Elite Eight to the Final Four. The semifinals and championship will be played April 4-6 in a football stadium in Indianapolis.AN AMERICAN OBSESSION: BRACKETS! UPSETS!Fans competing in online bracket pools — often for money, though that’s technically illegal — have up until the moment the first game tips shortly after noon Eastern (0400 GMT) Thursday.Brackets will be busted by unpredictable upsets, like tiny Mercer’s dethroning of Duke last year. One of the most famous upsets was achieved in 2001 by Hampton.Who does Kentucky, this tournament’s overwhelming favorite, play in its first game? Hampton. That game just happens to be scheduled for prime-time on March 20. Kentucky is favored to win by 32 points, according to oddsmakers. But in March, anything is possible.(RICK FREEMAN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

November 18, 2019
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Greece’s Tsitsipas Climbs to No5 in ATP’s World Rankings

first_imgGreek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas climbed one place in the ATP world rankings reaching No5 (4,045 pts) leaving behind him Japanese Kei Nishikori and German Alexander Zverev.Novak Djokovic is at the top of the list followed by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the second and third place respectively.On her part, Maria Sakkari is 32nd in the WTA world rankings with 1,670 ptsTweetPinShare8484 Shareslast_img