Inter already has spare for Lautaro

first_imgAubameyang is living a bittersweet season in Arsenal. His good performance (14 goals in 23 Premier games, 16 in all competitions) clashes with the irregularity of the Gunner team, which just adds 31 points and is 10 in the Champions League.The Gabonese striker is valued at 70 million although Arsenal’s need to transfer it could lower the price.A signing in ManchesterIn addition to the Aubameyang option, the one they claim will also arrive will be Tahith Chong. The Dutchman has a contract with Manchester United until June of this year but has no intention of renewing and would arrive for free at Giuseppe Meazza. Martin Rickett / PA Wire / dpa & nbsp; (Martin Rickett / PA Wire / dpa) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Martin Rickett / PA Wire / dpa (Martin Rickett / PA Wire / dpa) Romelu Lukaku could have a new forward partner next season. Lautaro Martínez is in the most immediate plans of Real Madrid and, above all, of Barcelona and could leave Milan in July for 111 million euros.If this operation is finally given, Gazzetta dello Sport ensures that Inter has already chosen the replacement for the Argentine striker: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese striker, who already rang hard to arrive in this winter market, has not yet renewed with Arsenal a contract that ends in 2021. Except surprise, this will be the last summer in which the gunners can get a good figure for The Africanlast_img read more

UL Seniors to Teach in Leeward Counties

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Authorities at the University of Liberia (UL) have decided to shortly launch a project titled “The National Service Program.”This internship program is in agreement with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent mandate, which urges the UL Administration to send graduating seniors into the teaching field for at least a semester prior to their graduation.President Sirleaf, at the launch of a three-year Education ‘Operation Plan (2014/16) on May 24, mandated her officials starting with the Minister and Deputies at the Ministry of Education (MOE), to return to the classrooms and teach the students for at least three months.In so doing, the President believes her officials will experience the ‘hardships and headaches’ teachers across the country endure in discharge of their respective duties.The expected exercise according to the President is for her appointees, particularly the ministers and their principal deputies at the MOE to feel the adversity of teaching in Liberian schools.The President’s mandate was interpreted as a means of inspiring her officials into defending the plight of teachers, who over the years have been protesting against low-to-non-existent salaries and other benefits.The Liberian leader also instructed authorities of UL to allow graduating seniors from the William V.S. Tubman Teachers’ College to go into the field and teach in the classrooms for at least a semester before they can be qualified for graduation.It is based on the presidential mandate that the UL authorities plans to launch the National Service Program, mainly for students that are benefiting from government’s scholarship.UL president, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis told reporters that the National Service Program intends to encourage students to move into the leeward counties to teach for one semester before graduation.He made the disclosure in an interview with reporters shortly after the MOE’s ‘Operational Plan’ was launched at the Monrovia City Hall.According to Dr. Dennis, the initiative of teaching in the classrooms was necessary to empower the students acquaint themselves with various teaching methodologies.Dr. Dennis indicated that launching the National Service Program for students that are government scholarship beneficiaries would eventually encourage all other university students to render national service before graduation.He called on the government to work in collaboration with UL Administration to plan the National Service Program which will encourage the students to help teach their brothers and sisters in the remote parts of the country.In another development, the president of the Bong County Technical College (BCTC), Dr. John S. Flomo, has called for collaborative efforts among the county leadership to ensure the speedy completion of the BCTC project.He said construction work on the BCTC, which began in 2012, has expended over US$4 million constituting 65 percent of the work being completed.Meanwhile, Dr. Flomo has pledged to commit himself to the college and to work hard to improve existing programs at each of the departments within the college’s programs.The BCTC contains the departments of Civil, Mining and Computer Engineering as well as Agriculture and Education.last_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic latest: Man United target could miss start of next season

first_imgManchester United target Zlatan Ibrahimovic could miss the start of the Premier League season as he is keen to play in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.The striker is set to leave Paris Saint-Germain at the end of June after refusing to sign a new contract with the French champions.Manchester United are reportedly close to completing a deal for the 34-year-old as Jose Mourinho looks to make his mark at Old Trafford.However, the former Chelsea boss may have to contend without Ibrahimovic for the start of the season.The striker is keen to play for Sweden at this summer’s Olympics in Rio and if he were to do so he would not return to England until the end of August.“Yes, I am very interested [to play in the Olympics]. It wouldn’t be bad,” Ibrahimovic told Le Monde.“But the same as with the Euros, we will see what happens. There are lots of things that I need to think about at the moment.” Manchester United Zlatan Ibrahimovic 1last_img read more

Three quarters of drivers do not feel confident driving bad weather

first_imgBe careful on the roads of Donegal in the coming days as 3 out of 4 drivers have admitted that do not feel confident driving in bad weather conditions.Met Eireann have put in place a five-day-long weather advisory for theentire country due to low temperatures and potential snowfall this week.Recent research by Liberty Insurance suggests nearly three in four Irish drivers panic in poor weather conditions. Conducted by RED C Research among 724 drivers, the survey found that ice on the roads and snow have the strongest negative impact on confidence amongst drivers: less than half (43%) of all drivers are confident driving in snow, while just over a third (35%) feel confident operating their vehicle with ice on the roads.In advance of these extreme weather conditions, Deirdre Ashe, Director of Personal Lines at Liberty Insurance, offers some tips on staying safe at home and on the road in the days ahead:“We would also like to reassure our customers that home and motor insurance policies apply as normal during snowfall. As ever, we would urge people to continue to stay safe in the days ahead and take every precaution both at home and on the road.”Take care when driving Clear your entire car of snow, not just the windscreen; as you drive around corners the snow can dislodge from your roof and impact other vulnerable road users. Do not pour hot water on your windscreen to clear the snow and ice. The sudden change from cold to hot can severely damage the glass.Only travel where absolutely necessary. Check your tyre pressure and thread depth (minimum 1.6mm).Try to avoid steep inclines on snowy roads. If you can’t avoid a snowy hill, make sure to keep your momentum to avoid getting stuck.Be aware of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and be mindful of your surroundingsDrive slowly. If you cannot avoid driving in freezing conditions,reduce your speed below the speed limit to appropriately respond to patches of ice and snow. Avoid sudden starts and stops. On slippery roads, be sure to avoid quickly accelerating and braking to prevent losing control of your vehicle.Avoid using your fog lights unless absolutely necessary. Fog lamps will dazzle other road users, especially when the white snow on the road is reflecting the light back up at them. If you’re in any doubt about which lights to use, put yourself in the position of other drivers on the road.If you do start to skid on a patch of slippery road, avoid using the brakes as this will prolong the skid. Instead, take your foot off the accelerator to allow yourself to reduce speed until you can gain control of the car.Stock A Winter Emergency Kit. In the event that you do have to pullover during heavy snowfall or find yourself with a broken-down vehicle, be prepared with a winter emergency kit. Recommended items include: a hi-visibility jacket, a flashlight and batteries, hand-warmers, blankets, drinking water, shovel and ice scraper, jumper cables, and standalone emergency lights.Have a fully charged mobile phone to hand so you can call for assistance in the event of an emergency.Finally, don’t panic! Home insurance and motor insurance policies apply as normal in a storm. Insurance cover is not impacted by the weather conditions. Three quarters of drivers do not feel confident driving bad weather was last modified: February 27th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaldrivingsafetysnowlast_img read more

Takeaways: A’s throttle Mariners, but now the hard part begins

first_imgOAKLAND — A’s third baseman Matt Chapman is considered day-to-day with a left ankle injury he suffered in the early stages of Wednesday’s game with the Seattle Mariners.Even without a Most Valuable Player-candidate like Chapman, though, the A’s showed no signs of slowing down.The A’s hit six home runs — including two each from Mark Canha and Jurickson Profar — and received a solid performance from new pitcher Homer Bailey as they flattened the Mariners 10-2 at the Coliseum to extend their win …last_img read more

Motor industry, government talk more jobs

first_imgPresident Jacob Zuma recently paid alightning visit to vehicle manufacturersin the Eastern Cape province.(Image: Emily van Rijswijck) Volkswagen South Africa is building a new eco-friendly press shop that will maximize output of vehicles. (Image: For more free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Simon Zakhele Lelaka  Volkswagen South Africa  +27 41 994 5448 RELATED ARTICLES • VW builds R500m ‘green’ press shop • South Africa’s auto industry to turn green • Two-billion reasons Mercedes-Benz chose SA • SA to create 5-million new jobs • New ambulances for North WestEmily van RijswijckSouth Africa’s government and automotive industry have thrashed out the broad outlines of a long term vision to create more jobs in the sector. The government aims to create 5-million jobs by 2020, and is hoping that some of these can be channelled through the automotive manufacturing sector.President Jacob Zuma recently paid the country’s automotive province, the Eastern Cape, a quick visit. “The government has identified the automotive industry as a key growth sector. That is why we are here today,” said Zuma at the special gathering held at the Coega Industrial Development Zone. “We want to share ideas with the industry on how to further strengthen the sector.”The whirlwind visit to Port Elizabeth and nearby Uitenhage on 28 September gave the president some idea of the industry’s job creation efforts and challenges, and where the government could assist with future endeavours. Zuma was accompanied by economic development minister Ebrahim Patel, Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet and Lakela Kaunda, the head of the private office of the president.   Biggest employerThe Eastern Cape is South Africa’s automotive hub.  It is home to four of the sector’s biggest manufacturers – Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA), General Motors South Africa and the Ford Motor Corporation, all of which are located in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.Mercedes Benz South Africa is based in Buffalo City (East London). In addition, the region has some 80 component manufacturers which, with the vehicle companies, provide many job opportunities in the Eastern Cape. The sector has shown substantial growth in production and exports over the last decade, despite labour challenges and a tough open market system. The industry contributes between 6% and 7% to South Africa’s GDP and makes up 12% of the country’s total exports, with 70 countries around the world importing locally made vehicles.VWSA growing green credentialsVWSA is by far the biggest employer, representing almost 53% of the industry’s workers. At its state-of the-art plant in Uitenhage the company has invested more than R5-billion (US$634-million) in facilities over the past five years, and its latest investment shows the company’s commitment to becoming a green manufacturer.The VWSA site is home to the most advanced and environment friendly paint shop in the country. Emissions from this new plant have been reduced by 75% compared to that of the old shop and the volume of solvents used has been reduced from eight litres to just two litres per vehicle.The company is currently building a new press shop which will be particularly eco-friendly in terms of design and materials for its construction, with recycled aluminium used for roof and side cladding. There will also be systems for gathering rainwater and using natural light, among others. President Zuma first visited the employee learning academy before being taken on a walkabout of the Polo and Polo Vivo production lines and the paint shop. His visit was received with much cheering and ululating from the factory workers, who downed tools to quickly smile and wave to the president. New Growth Path for job creationEarlier this year, Zuma indicated in his State of the Nation address that 2011 will be the year of job creation. In 2010 he announced the country’s New Growth Path, a plan for the government’s creation of 5-million jobs by 2020. At the time the government identified the six sectors that could provide new jobs: infrastructure, agriculture, mining, tourism, green energy and manufacturing.Zuma told automotive representatives that there are currently 64 000 more jobs in the economy than there were a year ago but that the growth rate is still substantially lower than that achieved in 2008.  The group affected the most by unemployment, which stands at around 25% countrywide, was the youth sector. This makes up 30% of the employment force, yet suffered 60% of job losses.Zuma affirmed that the government will continue to maintain its infrastructure expenditure programme, which includes the Port of Ngqura and the Coega IDZ, developed at a cost in excess of R10-billion ($1.3-billion).Public employment schemes and other government job creation initiatives will continue, he added, but the long term aim is to turn to strong sectors such as the manufacturing and automotive industries to boost the economy. Zuma said that the country should take advantage of an industry which has such a strong competitive advantage over the rest of the world. Through the Industrial Development Corporation some R102-billion ($13-million) in funding will be available over the next five years, he said. “Job creation is a collective effort,” said Zuma. “The government will play its part and provide the necessary incentives to boost the industry, which in turn should contribute to skills development and training.”Through the Automotive Production Development Plan (APDP), said Zuma, it is hoped that vehicle production can be increased from the 550 000 units per annum currently produced to 1.2-million by 2020. The APDP came into effect in 2008 and is aimed at stimulating local content production and exports through various tariffs and allowances.The automotive perspectiveDavid Powels, MD for VWSA, gave a brief overview of the industry over the last decade.  During this period, he said, there was stable growth in productivity, units manufactured and exports. But despite these statistics and government interventions, South Africa’s contribution to the world market is less than 1%, said Powels.He sketched a sobering picture of competition in the global market, with some 60 competitors worldwide and 1 300 different vehicle models available.“We are still in a situation where we are not really globally competitive, functioning in a small but intensely competitive market.”Powels is also chairperson of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). He highlighted a few of the association’s concerns, such as the creation of a stable labour relations environment, which will contribute towards pushing up productivity levels; setting up free-trade agreements with sub-Saharan Africa; and increasing the local content. Concerns over logistics and infrastructure support such as rail, ports and electricity supply were also raised and the fact that South Africa still manufactures EU 2 level fuels whereas the global market is already on EU 5 fuels. These terms refer to emission standards for vehicles, laid down by the European Union.The issue of preferential procurement were raised by Stewart Jennings of Naacam, the Authority of the South African Automotive Components Industry. Jennings said: “South Africa is not always as loyal to South African products as they should be as a result of the country’s open, free-market system.”Despite this, the component industry remains robust, investing R8-billion ($1.02-billion) over the last three years and showing an employment rate up by 5%. The lack of skills and the unstable labour market, as well as the volatility of the rand was also cited by Jennings as points for concern. Despite these issues, Jennings said the industry remained optimistic and was looking forward to forging closer relations with the government.“The motor industry has been an incredible success story in South Africa,” he said. “We want to grow a much closer alignment with government, especially going forward with the APDP.”last_img read more

Fire damages 600-year-old shrine damaged in Srinagar

first_imgThe shrine Saint Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadani in Srinagar was built in 1395 by Shah Sikandar. It houses exquisite woodcarvings and papier-mâché artwork, modelled on the Persian artworks of the 13 and 14 century.Read the full report here.last_img

Monsoon session of Odisha Assembly begins today

first_imgThe monsoon session of the Odisha Assembly is scheduled to begin here from Tuesday. The session will continue till September 20 and have 11 working days.The House will pay tributes to the memory of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away recently, on the opening day.The supplementary budget was to be presented during the winter session of the Assembly. The State government, however, has decided to present the supplementary budget in the monsoon session to allocate funds for a host of populist schemes announced by it in the recent months.The supplementary budget will have provisions for recently announced schemes such as the Biju Swasthya Kalyan Yojana and the State food security scheme besides the routine allocations for other schemes.Meanwhile, the Opposition parties, the Congress and the BJP, said that they would raise issues such as unemployment, corruption and farmers’ problems in the monsoon session. The Congress has already identified issues like non-payment of insurance money to farmers, the BJD’s efforts to set up a Vidhan Parishad without taking Opposition parties into confidence, while the BJP would raise issues such as percentage commission in government offices, farmers’ problems and alleged hijacking of central schemes by the state government.“We will raise unemployment problem in a big way,” Leader of Opposition Narasinha Mishra of the Congress said.With PTI inputslast_img read more

Sikhs are not Muslims, states media post US Gurdwara shooting

first_imgA candle-light vigil for the victims of the Wisconsin massacre.Most reports on the tragic August 5 mass shooting at a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, took care to give readers a crash course in Sikhism as well. This was a precautionary measure to prevent further hate crimes against the community.,A candle-light vigil for the victims of the Wisconsin massacre.Most reports on the tragic August 5 mass shooting at a gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, took care to give readers a crash course in Sikhism as well. This was a precautionary measure to prevent further hate crimes against the community. Sikhs are adherents of a religion that originated in India, TV anchors would say, often adding, “Sikhs are not Muslims.”That just about sums up the quandary of the community, as it mourned the six victimsincluding four Indian citizensgunned down by 40-year-old Wade Michael Page, a discharged US Army soldier. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Page died by shooting himself in the head after a police officer fired at him. While it was revealed that Page had been a long-time member of white supremacist groups and music bands, it’s not yet known what caused his rampagewhether it was a random shooting, or if he thought he was attacking ‘Muslims’ or if he was actually targeting Sikhs.The distinction, even if it becomes clear, will offer little comfort to the Sikh community, estimated to number between 300,000 and 500,000 in the US. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, they have borne the brunt of any backlash that has occurred. The first victim of a post-9/11 hate crime in the US was a Sikh gas station owner in Arizona, Balbir Singh Sodhi, shot dead just four days after 9/11 by an American who wanted to “kill a Muslim” in retaliation.”There’s an inundation in the popular news media over the last 11 years with stories about terrorism and bin Laden and the Taliban, and that’s the only image you see when you see a turban and beard,” says Amardeep Singh, director of programmes at the New York-based Sikh Coalition. He recalls there was similarly misdirected anger towards Sikhs during the Iranian hostage crisis of 1979. “My father was told to go back to Iran because they associated Sikhs with Ayatollah Khomeini,” says Amardeep.advertisementAbout half of the Sikh men in the US sport the traditional beard and turban, according to Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Washington-based Sikh Council on Religion and Education (SCORE). In contrast, virtually no Muslims in the US wear turbans. As Harvinder Kaur Kochar, vice-president of the Philadelphia Sikh Society, notes, “It’s very simple, 99.9 per cent of people with turbans in America are Sikhs, they are not Muslims.”But simply proclaiming they are different from Muslims puts Sikh groups in an awkward spot. “We can’t deny all the time that we’re not Muslim. That means, go after Muslims. We don’t want to say that,” points out Rajwant. Instead, Sikh groups say they often collaborate with Muslim groups to jointly counter any bias and hate. In April, Congressman Joe Crowley from New York led 92 members of the US House of Representatives in calling for FBI to start collecting data on hate crimes against Sikh Americans who are currently clubbed with other minority groups on this issue.Rajwant notes that even the election of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in India, or his state visit to the White House in 2009, did not increase awareness about Sikhs in the US. But he believes the Wisconsin massacre could be a “teachable moment”, even if it took a tragedy to create one. Adds Amardeep, “In the last two days, I’ve seen more stories about Sikhs, our heritage and our background than I’ve ever seen in my whole life. We just need that times a hundred.”last_img read more

Where will Argentina vs Mexico matches be played?

first_imgMexico’s two November international friendlies against Argentina have confirmed locations in the South American nation, with the host cities and stadia revealed in late October.With many European teams in UEFA Nations League action and several countries in the region already booked up for the November window, Argentina and Mexico are taking the unconventional step of meeting twice in one window.The first match, which will take place on Friday November 16 will be held in Cordoba , with kick off at the Estadio Mario A. Kempes at 9pm local time (7pm US ET) . Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Four days later, on Tuesday November 20 , the teams will meet in Mendoza , near the Chile border, at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas . Kick off for the fixture will also be at 9pm local time (7pm US ET) .Each nation is being led by an interim manager, though that’s expected to change after this slate of friendly matches with Argentina preparing for the 2019 Copa America and Mexico looking toward the 2019 Gold Cup.The matches will be the first time since the 2015 Copa America that El Tri has played in South America, with friendly matches generally taking place in the United States.Who will play for Mexico & Argentina? Mexico interim boss Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti has utilized a young group of players.PSV star Hirving Lozano, club teammate Erick Gutierrez and Wolves forward Raul Jimenez have been part of each call-up overseen by the Tigres manager, but the majority of players are young and lack the World Cup experience those players boast.This window, however, could see the return of players like West Ham forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez and Real Sociedad center back Hector Moreno – though both are working to gain starting minutes with their clubs.Argentina’s caretaker, Lionel Scaloni, named his squad on November 1 with Erik Lamela called up following an excellent start to the season at Tottenham following his return from injury.Scaloni hadn’t called upon Lionel Messi for the two international breaks since the World Cup as the Barcelona is on a hiatus from Argentina duty.Any slim possibility that Messi could return for the Albiceleste was ended when  he broke his arm in October  – an injury that was expected to keep him off the field for three weeks.The interim coach also recalled Juventus forward Paulo Dybala, Inter striker Mauro Icardi and Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi, all of whom were involved in games against Iraq and Brazil in October.The matches will cap a busy 2018 for the Mexico national team, marking the 15th and 16th outings for El Tri in a year that saw another elimination in the round of 16 at the World Cup, once again delaying the goal of arriving at a fifth game on foreign soil.last_img read more