Blues still eyeing Saints prospect – report

first_imgSouthampton’s Luke Shaw is still on Chelsea’s radar as a possible long-term replacement for Ashley Cole, the Sunday Mirror say.It is claimed Ryan Bertrand will be given more first-team opportunities next season and that Shaw, who recently signed a new contract at St Mary’s, remains of interest.The Sunday People say David Beckham will try to convince Cole and other high-profile English players to finish their career in the United States.And Everton boss David Moyes is again linked with the manager’s job at Chelsea, this time by the Daily Star Sunday.Moyes wants to sign Barnsley defender John Stones for £2m, the People say.Fulham are said to have made an approach for the highly-rated 18-year-old along with Sunderland.Meanwhile, Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace have offered contracts to Kieron Dyer following his release by QPR, according to The Sun on Sunday.It is claimed Boro manager Tony Mowbray, who played alongside Dyer at Ipswich Town, is willing to pay him £10,000 per game and that Palace’s former R’s boss Ian Holloway has also offered a pay-as-you-play deal.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Playing a part to back the Boks

first_imgNMMU students showed their support in enthusiastic fashion. Kanyisa Jonono of the HIV preventionprogramme loveLife pledged his support for Play Your Part. Children at Charlo Primary showed thattheir blood is green.(Images: Emily van Rijswijck) MEDIA CONTACTS • Yusuf Jackson  SARU media manager  +27 82 739 7733 RELATED ARTICLES • Rugby World Cup – back the Boks • New drive to spark local sports frenzy • SAB wins big, greens Boks • Bright future for FNB stadium • The other rugby world cupEmily van RijswijckBrand South Africa paid Port Elizabeth a visit as part of its Play Your Part campaign, and to pledge its support for the Springboks ahead of the all-important Tri Nations clash against New Zealand.The campaign was launched in June, and asks ordinary South Africans to do whatever they can, no matter how big or how small, in making the country a better place to live in. The campaign will also throw the spotlight onto any initiatives which are already bearing fruit in this regard.The Boks clashed with arch rivals New Zealand on 20 August at the new Nelson Mandela Stadium, the first meeting of these two rugby giants in 41 years on Port Elizabeth soil. The home team won the game, beating the All Blacks 18-5.Despite a few early setbacks, the Springboks remain the only Tri Nations team – of themselves, Australia and New Zealand – that has never lost all of their games in the tournament.Their form has caused concern among fans ahead of the Rugby World Cup next month, but the Boks – two-time and current world champions – are determined to become the first team ever to successfully defend their world title three times.The Springboks’ schedule during the group stages of the tournament is as follows:Sunday 11 September, against Wales;Saturday 17 September, against Fiji;Thursday 22 September, against Namibia;Friday 30 September, against Samoa.The final takes place on Sunday 23 October.Saru has its own national Springbok supporters’ initiative – the Unite 2011 campaign, which features “Let’s Do It Again”, a specially commissioned anthem from award-winning local groups Freshlyground and Goldfish.National rugby prideWith less than two weeks until the Springboks depart for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Brand South Africa is initiating a series of rugby-related activities to garner countrywide support for the team.First up was a visit to Charlo Primary School, in a suburb north of the city centre, where the Boks are clearly firm favourites, judging by the enthusiasm with which national coach Pieter de Villiers and his assistants Gary Gold and Dick Muir were greeted.Also present was Oregan Hoskins, South African Rugby Union (Saru) president, and Neela Hoosain, Brand South Africa trustee.After a short video presentation by Saru and a Q&A with Bokkie the Springbok mascot, children queued excitedly for autographs. Then the Springbok coaches gave a rugby clinic to a lucky few.Twelve-year-old Lubabalo Tsako was adamant that the Springboks would be victorious. “They can do it. I believe in them.”At the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Brand South Africa asked students to pledge their support for the Play Your Part campaign.“They are signing a pledge to play their part to make South Africa great. Part of this means to support the Boks ahead of and during the Rugby World Cup,” confirmed Vuyo Veza, Brand South Africa representative.Blanket Mandilake and Ntombikayise Ngetu, two second-year IT students at the campus, gave a high-five in support of the Boks and said they were very sure the team will come home with all the glory.“We wish them all the success. We are 100% behind them,” said Mandilake. Kanyisa Jonono of the Love Life Campaign pledges his support for Play Your Partlast_img read more

More China Tariffs Hit US Ag

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — China will again increase tariffs on U.S. agricultural products as part of an announcement Friday by China’s government to raise tariffs on $75 billion in U.S. products.Again caught in the middle of the trade battle between the two countries are soybeans, which will face a 5% higher tariff starting Sept. 1, Reuters and Bloomberg first reported Friday. That will put soybean tariffs at 30%. Pork and beef will face 10% higher tariffs as well on Sept. 1.If the new tariffs go into effect, U.S. pork would face a 60% retaliatory tariff along with a 12% standard duty from China.The tariff hike is a blow for U.S. pork producers, which had seen rising sales to China. The pork industry also has been anticipating even more demand from China because of African swine fever devastating China’s hog herd.The National Pork Producers Council stated Friday, “Any escalation in the trade dispute with China is a major concern to U.S. pork producers. China, the largest pork-consuming nation in the world, is seeking reliable sources of pork as it deals with African swine fever. There is no more reliable source than the United States. Unfortunately, due to the current trade dispute, we are not able to fully participate in this opportunity.”Corn, sorghum and wheat also will be hit with 10% higher tariffs, but those will not begin until Dec. 15. Tariffs on those crops right now are 25%, and the U.S. has effectively been shut out of the market.Chinese officials announced the tariffs in a statement, pushing back on the Trump administration’s 10% tariff increase that will come in two rounds on $300 billion in Chinese goods starting Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.China also will hit the U.S. auto industry, with 25% tariffs on vehicles and a 5% tariffs on parts starting Dec. 15. China had put a hold on these auto tariffs in April.China’s government stated, “China’s adoption of tariff-adding measures is a forced move to deal with U.S. unilateralism and trade protectionism. The Chinese side once again reiterated that for China and the United States, cooperation is the only correct choice, and a win-win situation can lead to a better future.”The tariffs hit U.S. agriculture as farmer frustrations have risen over trade, the Trump administration’s handling of refinery waivers for biofuels, and a challenging crop year. Future prices for the November soybean and December corn contracts peaked in mid to late June and have steadily declined since then.With concerns of a possible U.S. recession, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell did not announce any specific possible steps Friday in a speech to other economists in Wyoming. The Federal Reserve lowered interest rates in July for the first time since 2008 over concerns that trade disputes could weaken the global economy.Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

LEED Gets Tougher Energy Requirements

first_imgAs indicated above, the referenced energy standard and modeling requirements do not change and still require the applicant to calculate the baseline building performance rating according to the building performance rating method in Appendix G of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 (with errata but without addenda 25) using a computer simulation model for the whole building project. This is not a move to the newer 2010 version of the ASHRAE 90.1 standard.You can read the specific changes in the USGBC’s Rating System document.Note also that new point thresholds are provided for different building types (e.g., health care) to align the effective percentage increase in performance. Each of those is best identified in the Summary of changes. The move may be destabilizingIt is difficult to argue against increasing energy efficiency, but this change to LEED 2009 may have a destabilizing effect, since it changes a rating system in midstream, with little advance notice, cutting against the certainty that the real estate industry craves (even in this instance when the effective window will only be for those projects registered through October 31, 2016).Given that most building projects are budgeted, programmed, planned, and designed over a period of years, to propose a substantive change that will have significant first cost impact, to be effective in a matter of weeks, will reverberate throughout the building industry and no doubt expose participants to increased liability for this unexpected change. Additionally, projects attempting to comply with governmental mandates or contractual obligations for LEED certification may have problems complying.You are urged to consider the impact this may have, in particular for projects not yet registered, with the thought that all projects pursuing LEED 2009 should now be registered by April 7, 2016, in advance of the effective date of the change.Everyone involved with LEED projects should promptly review their contracts to determine the implications of this change in LEED and what amendments to contracts may be necessary. RELATED ARTICLES The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that beginning on April 8, 2016, all new projects registering for LEED 2009 will need to satisfy increased minimum energy performance thresholds.According to USGBC, the results of a recent ballot show that 78.6% percent of the consensus body voted in favor of this change to the 7-year-old rating system. By LEED rules, a minimum of two-thirds approval was needed for any balloted measure.With this change, projects must now earn a minimum of four points in the Energy Performance credits. The referenced energy standard and modeling requirements in LEED 2009 will not change; buildings falling under the proposed change can use the same methodologies and referenced standards, but will need to earn additional points in order to achieve certification.This change is significant. The requirement that LEED projects will need to satisfy increased energy performance requirements will no doubt increase first costs. This is a change to a longstanding rating system that is the benchmark in green building laws, construction contracts, and more. Looking at the Costs of LEED v. 4What One Change Would You Make to LEED?What LEED Credit Is Almost Never Achieved?LEED Can Help Fix the Water ProblemAre LEED-Certified Buildings Energy-Efficient?Recent Changes to LEED for Homes — Part 1GBA Encyclopedia: LEED for Homes Change applies for the short termRecall that Rick Fedrizzi, retiring CEO of the USGBC, announced on October 29, 2014 that LEED users would be able to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until October 31, 2016. That extension was occasioned by the delay in LEED v4. Thus, this change will apply to LEED 2009 projects registering between April 8, 2016 and October 31, 2016 (the last day to register a project under LEED 2009).Today, the Minimum Energy Performance prerequisite, using Option 1, Whole Building Energy Simulation, requires that the applicant:Demonstrate a 10% improvement in the proposed building performance rating for new buildings, or a 5% improvement in the proposed building performance rating for major renovations to existing buildings, compared with the baseline building performance rating.The changed credit language is:For projects that register after 04/07/16 and are subject to the four point mandatory minimum, demonstrate an 18% improvement in the proposed building performance rating for new buildings, or a 14% improvement in the proposed building performance rating for major renovations to existing buildings, compared with the baseline building performance rating. Stuart Kaplow is an environmental attorney and a frequent contributor to GBA. This column was originally posted at Green Building Law Update. Kaplow is legal counsel and past chair of the U.S. Green Building Council Maryland.last_img read more

Parrikar expected to hold Cabinet meeting on June 15

first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar who is expected to return from the U.S. late on June 14 has summoned a Cabinet meeting on Friday.This was disclosed by a Cabinet Minister in the BJP-led coalition government on Wednesday requesting anonymity. The Minister said that they have been informed by the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) on Wednesday that he would like to meet the Council of Ministers on Friday and requested them to remain in Goa.“The venue for the meeting with the Chief Minister has not been confirmed yet. But we have been informed by the CMO about the proposed meeting,” the Minister said. Mr. Parrikar (62) has been undergoing treatment in a New York hospital for more than three months. He was shifted to the U.S. in March this year, for specialised treatment.last_img

Poems That Make Grown Women Cry

first_imgFollowing the success of their anthology Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, father-and-son team Anthony and Ben Holden, working with Amnesty International, have asked the same revealing question of 100 remarkable women: What poem has moved you to tears?From Yoko Ono to Judi Dench, Annie Lennox to Vanessa Redgrave, Carol Ann Duffy to Kaui Hart Hemmings, and Joan Baez to Nikki Giovanni, this unique collection delivers private insights into the minds of women whose writing, acting, and thinking are admired around the world.Poems That Make Grown Women Cry is emblematic not just of the human struggle to make a difference, but of women’s ongoing efforts for equality. It is a celebration of poetry’s age-old power as a means of sharing feelings, thoughts and hope, sparking inspiration and aspiration to truth, justice and freedom.The poems chosen range from the eighth century to today, from Rumi and Shakespeare to Sylvia Plath, W. H. Auden to Carol Ann Duffy, Pablo Neruda and Derek Walcott to Imtiaz Dharker and Warsan Shire. Their themes range from love and loss, through mortality and mystery, war and peace, to the beauty and variety of nature.Find out more about the book here.last_img read more

Cable technology provider Teleste has acquired Iqu

first_imgCable technology provider Teleste has acquired Iqu Systems, a German company specialising in intelligent passenger information systems and software.Teleste said the acquisition would complement its offering of passenger information solutions for public transport, one of the company’s key focus areas.The company said that a major aim of the transaction is to strengthen its capabilities as a provider of modular solutions that meet public transport operators’ demands for smooth and reliable delivery of passenger information.Teleste’s current offering for this segment will be complemented by iqu System’s business, which consists of software solutions, displays and related services. The company also holds a firm position in the German public transport market, which will enable Teleste to increase its market reach and presence in the area.Iqu, which has a strong customer base in Germany, Poland, Austria and Switzerland, is expected to post sales of €2 million this year. Teleste said that the acquisition will not have any significant impact on its financial figures in the current year.last_img read more

Last year was the year operators finally listened

first_imgLast year was the year operators finally listened to consumer demands: we want new “sexy” bundles, and we will just buy Netflix-like services à la carte if we don’t get them.Ovum’s new bundling forecasts (that all include fixed broadband as a service) estimate that subscriptions to next-generation bundles will make up almost 41% (356 million) of total bundled subscriptions by 2023. The most prominent next-generation bundle is expected to be fixed broadband with mobile, followed by broadband and pay TV. Ovum predicts that subscriptions to the first bundle will make up 38% of all next-generation bundle subscriptions and 15% of total bundled subscriptions by 2023.In contrast, legacy dual/triple-play bundles (the most well-known being fixed broadband and fixed voice, possibly with pay TV as the third element) are losing traction and are forecast to shrink from 50% of bundled subscriptions in 2018 to 32% by 2023. But the so-called legacy quad-play bundle – that includes a smartphone bundled alongside fixed voice and pay TV in the fixed broadband bundle – has some legs left. If we count this as a “legacy bundle,” then Ovum expects to see slight growth in overall legacy bundles (see Figure 1).Operators have traditionally been slow to adjust their products to fresher ones. A few years back, one Asian telco said it would love to introduce new bundles, but legacy OSS and BSS couldn’t cope. Today, that seems to be less the case. Rather, we see some telcos moving quite fast to trying and testing new bundles.Bundle marketing is still patchy. In some cases, these new bundles later “disappear” from the operator’s main landing webpage for bundles (presumably because they weren’t a hit after several months). But one telco told Ovum that even though a bundle (in this case, fixed broadband with pay TV) no longer appeared on the main webpage, this did not mean the consumer couldn’t buy that bundle. Another telco said the marketing of an older bundle type (in this case, broadband with fixed voice and pay TV) had merely shifted to a different part of the operator’s website (which this author couldn’t locate!). For consumers, getting a clear view of what’s available and what’s not can get confusing. We doubt whether most understand that their existing bundle could still be available even if it’s no longer advertised. In short, operators should have a reference to every bundle that’s on offer, or consumers won’t know whether their preferred bundle is still around.Keeping to this theme, Ovum believes the marketing of bundles is about to become more complicated. Several operators (particularly in Asia) are wrapping quirky goods (e.g., a Dyson vacuum cleaner, air/water purifiers, etc.) or non-telco services (e.g., power and gas) around the traditional telecoms bundle that has been discussed here. One leading Asian telco has an extensive hard copy folder of quirky bundles, which customers to the retail shop can browse. While we are not against operators taking on the role of de facto retailer where it makes sense, we do caution that all things bundling need to be kept simple for consumers. Anecdotally, we know of one case where a consumer (in Taiwan) measured the cost of a luxury good being bundled with telco services, only to conclude the bundle made absolutely no financial sense – and that simply is not smart bundling.Nicole McCormick is practice leader, broadband and multiplay at Ovum.Straight Talk is a weekly briefing from the desk of the Chief Research Officer. To receive this newsletter by email, please contact us.last_img read more