Chelsea linked with Man City star

first_imgChelsea are being linked with Manchester City star Yaya Toure following comments attributed to his agent by the Spanish media.Dimitri Seluk is quoted as saying: “Toure has done all he can do at City and needs new motivations. He would like a new challenge. He would not cost much.“He could sign for many big clubs, like Chelsea or Bayern Munich. We would like to see Barcelona join the race.”Toure, a key player in City’s march to the Premier League title, is believed to be negotiating a new contract at Eastlands.This page is regularly updated.Click here for Thursday’s Chelsea quizSee also:Chelsea are not like Arsenal and shouldn’t leave Stamford BridgeA move to the ‘Battersea Bridge’ make sense for ChelseaFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

A family tradition: Going out to Crabs ball games

first_imgDifferent families have all sorts of traditions when it comes to fathers and their children spending time together but one in particular has become the tradition of several local families, attending Humboldt Crabs baseball games.The Zerlangs, Tellezes, Frasers and Lurtzes are just a few of the families that carry on this tradition. All have been going to games for different periods of time and have different reasons why — but they all share a love of baseball.In 2001 Noah Lurtz was about to …last_img read more

Quakes’ Wondolowski added to MLS All-Star roster

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Chris Wondolowski is headed to his fifth MLS All-Star Game.MLS All-Star coach James O’Connor added the San Jose Earthquakes striker to the star-studded roster that’ll take on Atletico next month. O’Connor also added forwards Josef Martinez (Atlanta) and Diego Rossi (LA) to the squad, along with 10 others.Earlier this season, Wondolowski, 35, passed Landon Donovan as the league’s all-time leading goal scorer with a four-goal performance May 18 against the Chicago Fire. This …last_img read more

Warriors fans: Come meet our team covering the team

first_imgWith the Warriors’ 2019-20 season quickly coming upon us, we thought this would be a good opportunity for our sports journalists to come out and say hello. This season will definitely be different, and who better to discuss the new look and feel of the team than our sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach and senior photographer Jose Carlos Fajardo.You can find the guys talking everything Warriors at our “Bay Area News Group In Real Life” event happening on Sunday, Sept. 29 at the San Jose Woman’s …last_img read more

We will move forward, Zuma tells SA

first_img13 February 2015President Jacob Zuma delivered the State Of the Nation Address on Thursday night, declaring that, while there were challenges, South Africa was on solid footing.He delivered the address during the joint sitting of parliament and listed not only the good progress South Africa has made in the past few years of his presidency, but also outlined government’s plans to keep the country moving in the right direction.The speech, which came as South Africa enters the third decade of freedom and in an era of the National Development Plan (NDP), addressed a wide range of issues, including the economy, energy constraints and job creation.The address came amid growing concerns over Eskom’s challenges to keep up with the demand for energy and against a backdrop of sluggish economic growth and high levels of unemployment.Zuma reminded the House that this week the International Monetary Fund (IMF) revised down the GDP growth forecasts for global economic growth in 2015 to 3.5%.Slow global growth, as well as domestic constraints in energy, skills, transport and logistics, among others, meant the government’s ambition of achieving a growth target of 5% by 2019 was at risk.But in his speech, Zuma listed numerous actions the government was embarking on to address some of the challenges – including announcing a nine point plan to ignite growth and create jobs.The plan, Zuma said, will include:Resolving the energy challenge.Revitalizing agriculture and the agro-processing value chain.Advancing beneficiation or adding value to our mineral wealth.More effective implementation of a higher impact Industrial Policy Action Plan.Encouraging private sector investment.Moderating workplace conflict.Unlocking the potential of SMMEs, cooperatives, township and rural enterprises.State reform and boosting the role of state owned companies, ICT infrastructure or broadband roll out, water, sanitation and transport infrastructure as well as well as Operation Phakisa aimed growing the ocean economy and other sectors.Zuma said he was confident the plan would help the economy which he said “needs a major push forward.”‘Overcoming the challenge’Moving to energy, he said government was doing everything it can to assist Eskom keep the lights on and acknowledged that the current energy constraints were an impediment to economic growth and a major inconvenience to everyone in the country.“Overcoming the challenge is uppermost in our programme. We are doing everything we can to resolve the energy challenge,” he said.“We have developed a plan which involves both short, medium term and long term responses. The short and medium term plan involves improved maintenance of Eskom power stations, enhancing the electricity generation capacity and managing the electricity demand.”InfrastructureWhile the president focused the bulk of his speech on energy, he did dedicate time to highlight some of the infrastructure programmes that the government has been embarking on to stimulate economic growth.He said the National Infrastructure Development programme continues to be a key job driver and catalyst for economic growth.In 2012, Zuma announced that South Africa would spend R4-trillion on infrastructure over 15 years, as part of a broad plan to boost economic development and growth. The spending would focus on building rail, road, and economic links in five regions in the country and building new universities and refurbishing hospitals.He highlighted, among others, several infrastructure projects that he said would unlock the economic potential of various sectors, including oceans, mining and agriculture.Operation Phakisa, a results-driven approach, introduced last year, would aim at unlocking opportunities in the shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, mining, oil and gas, bio- technology and tourism sectors.“We have committed 9.2 billion rand investment in gas and oil exploration in the port of Saldanha as part of the Operation Phakisa initiative. Operation Phakisa on Scaling Up the Ideal Clinic Initiative is aimed at promoting efficiency, effectiveness and professionalism in clinics,” said Zuma.Water projectsHe several water infrastructure projects have been delivered and these will provide water for industrial and household – and most of these are in the implementation or planning phases around the country.Major projects include Umzimvubu Water project in the Eastern Cape, Jozini Dam in Umkhanyakude in KwaZulu-Natal and projects in Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga and phase one of the Mokolo Crocodile Water Augmentation in Limpopo.Progress was being made to improve the water supply to areas that had been affected by shortages, such as Makana District Municipality in the Eastern Cape, Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality in North West and Giyani in Limpopo where we celebrated the delivery of water to 55 villages in October last year.Zuma further noted that the infrastructure programme continues to expand transport networks and to improve roads which augurs well for economic growth.“The Department of Transport will spend about nine billion rand on the Provincial Roads Maintenance Grant or the Sihamba Sonke Programme and 11 billion rand on upgrading and maintaining roads which are not tolled.“Over R6-billion will be spent in 13 cities on planning, building and operating integrated public transport networks during this financial year. We will also continue to improve the infrastructure in schools and higher education institutions to create a conducive environment for learning and teaching.”Through the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative which is part of the national infrastructure plan, 92 new schools have been completed to date and 108 are under construction.About 342 schools have received water for the first time.Fight against corruptionOn the subject of corruption, the president highlighted some of the steps that were being taken to fight corruption.He said government has in place seven anti-corruption institutions and 17 pieces of legislation that are intended to combat corruption.“This demonstrates a concerted effort by government to break the back of this scourge in the country.”In the 2013/14 financial year, 52 persons were convicted in cases involving more than R5 million.Thirty one public servants were convicted in the first quarter of 2014/15 and freezing orders to the value of R430-million were obtained.“To prevent corruption and promote ethical governance, in December I signed into law the Public Administration and Management Act which amongst others prohibits public servants from doing business with the State,” said Zuma.As in previous years, the speech listed suggestions and inputs from SA citizens who highlighted particular issues ranging from crime, access to education, water, electricity and support for small business.Those who wrote to the president did so via social networking platforms and thousands of suggestions and inputs were received.Source: read more

China Discourages ‘Weird’ Architecture

first_imgUnhappy with the direction that modern urban architecture has taken, Chinese leaders have issued a directive that prohibits the construction of big, strange-looking buildings that are too obvious about their foreign design influences. The New York Times reports that the State Council, China’s cabinet, and the Communist Party’s Central Committee issued a directive that seeks to reel in projects that are “oversized, xenocentric, weird” and instead encourages designs that are “suitable, economic, green, and pleasing to the eye.”China already has three reproductions of the Arc de Triomphe, an Eiffel Tower, and ten White Houses. But enough is enough, the party leader said.President Xi Jinping called for an end to “weird architecture” in 2014, and the People’s Daily later predicted that would spell the end to modernistic designs like “Giant Trousers,” the nickname for the building housing the China Central Television headquarters in Beijing.Chinese leaders have now followed up with this formal directive. The Times said that experts expect stricter design guidelines for public buildings — guidelines that favor functionality over wild flights of architectural fancy. “We shouldn’t go overboard in pursuit of appearances,” said Wang Kai, vice president of the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design.The move comes two months after a conference called to address problems associated with China’s urbanization. More than 56% of the country’s 1.3 billion population now live in urban areas, up from 18% in 1978 when the last conference of its kind took place.Patrik Schumacher, director of Zaha Hadid Architects, which has designed some of Beijing’s modernist buildings, said that the directive is an attempt to make the country more reliant on its own architectural talent and to prevent foreign design firms from trying out their brash design ideas on Chinese soil.In addition to pushing more conservative building designs, party leaders also called for an end to gated residential communities. Those already built will gradually be opened to traffic, with the goal of reducing traffic congestion.last_img read more

Hindu outfit hounds Gujjar family

first_imgA Gujjar family, which helped in the burial of the eight-year-old rape victim of Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, has lodged a complaint alleging harassment from the Hindu Ekta Manch. Muhammad Rafi from Kathua’s Kootha village said in his complaint: “My way was blocked by a group of agitators and foul language was used around 2 p.m. on April 13. They even threatened me and my family of dire consequences.” Talib Hussian, a lawyer activist, seeking justice for the Kathua rape victim, said, “The Hindu Ekta Manch is leaving no stone unturned to make sure that the Muslim nomads are intimidated and forced to give up their land.”last_img read more

One of my biggest wins: Tiger Woods after winning Masters, his first major in 11 years

first_imgTiger Woods completed one of sport’s greatest comebacks to end an 11-year major title drought at the Masters on Sunday by claiming a fifth Green Jacket.A gritty two-under 70 clinched a one-shot victory over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele and earned the 43-year-old a 15th major title that many thought would never come and instantly sparked talk of Woods making a run at Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors.Not since the 2008 US Open had Woods hoisted a major trophy and the last of his four Augusta titles came in 2005.But after a beaming Woods slipped on his fifth Green Jacket, he will be aware that Sunday’s win has brought him tantalisingly close to another Nicklaus record – that of six Augusta titles.The victory also marked the first time Woods had reached the winner’s circle at major without leading after 54 holes and broke Gary Player’s record (13 years) for the longest gap between Masters wins.It also gave him 81 PGA Tour titles, one away from the career record held by Sam Snead.Woods’s girlfriend Erica Herman, mother Kultida and two children Sam and Charlie watched while a massive gallery roared as he marched up to the 18th green to put the finishing touches on a milestone victory.When his final tap in bogey putt disappeared into the cup, Woods delivered one of his trademark fist pumps and then raised both arms in the air while screaming in absolute delight as the crowd chanted, “Tiger, Tiger, Tiger”.He then quickly spotted his family and raced over to hug his children before making his way to the scorers room while being congratulated by his fellow golfers who lined the way.advertisement”I was just trying to plod my way along the golf course all day,” said Woods. “When I tapped the putt in, I don’t know what I did but I know I screamed.I can’t thank my family, friends and fans enough for their support. Having my family by my side today is something I will never forget. To not only be able to play again, but to be able to win again, is something I will forever be grateful for. This jacket sure is comfortable. Woods (@TigerWoods) April 14, 2019My life has come a full circle”To have my kids there – it’s come full circle. My dad was here in 97 (when he won his first Masters) and now I’m the dad with two kids there.”Along with coping with a number of injuries over the past decade, Woods also had to deal with the damage done from a very public and scandalous divorce and an embarrassing DUI arrest.Woods’s return to the top garnered praise from world leaders and sporting greats alike, with United States president Donald Trump and his predecessor Barack Obama both offering congratulations via social media.”Congratulations to @TigerWoods,” tweeted Trump, who earlier this year played golf with Woods. “A truly Great Champion!”Love people who are great under pressure. What a fantastic life comeback for a really great guy! J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2019Nicklaus, 23-times tennis grand slam winner Serena Williams, Super Bowl champion Tom Brady also applauded the victory on Twitter while swimmer Michael Phelps, the winner of a record 23 Olympic gold medals, was at Augusta National to cheer Woods on.Written off as too old and too beaten up from four back surgeries and multiple knee operations, Woods underwent a back fusion procedure in 2017 and slowly returned to form.He ended last season by winning the Tour Championship and showed signs of a breakthrough at the majors by being a title contender at last year’s British Open, where he led in the final round, and PGA Championship, where he finished runner-up.All those moments built to Sunday, when Woods was once again his old familiar dominating self.”I had serious doubts after what transpired a couple years ago,” said Woods. “I could barely walk. I couldn’t sit. Couldn’t lay down. I really couldn’t do much of anything.”Luckily I had the procedure on my back, which gave me a chance at having a normal life.”To have the opportunity to come back like this it is probably one of the biggest wins I’ve ever had for sure because of it.”All eyes were on overnight leader Francesco Molinari, who led by two shots, Woods and the weather when play began on Sunday as the race for the Green Jacket turned into a final sprint with the forecast predicting rain and thunderstorms.advertisementIn a desperate attempt to get the season’s first major across the finish line before the storm hit, officials pushed up start times and sent golfers off in threesomes from both the first and 10th tees.Paired together in the final round of last year’s British Open, won by the Italian at Carnoustie, Molinari and Woods found themselves in the last group again battling for a major title.At Carnoustie it was Woods who stumbled on the back nine while leading. But on Sunday it was Molinari who slipped up, with the 36-year-old from Turin finding the water at the 12th and 15th. The two double bogeys ended his Green Jacket bid.Molinari was far from the only contender to meet their demise at the 12th. Augusta National’s signature hole at the heart of Amen Corner had the leaderboard spinning with Koepka, Tony Finau and Ian Poulter all ending up in the murky waters of Rae’s Creek.”Sometimes it is your day, sometimes it isn’t, but I’m really happy of the way I felt out there today,” said Molinari. “I’ve done a couple of things that I wish I had done differently now but I’ll learn from my mistakes.”Also Read | ANA Inspiration: Ko Jin-young becomes fifth Korean to win eventlast_img read more