Crystal Palace confirm signing of Senegal defender

first_img1 New Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare Crystal Palace have confirmed their third signing inside the space of a week as Senegal international defender Pape Souare completed a move from Lille for an undisclosed fee.News of the deal emerged on Friday as club chairman Steve Parish tweeted “a warm welcome” to the 24-year-old left-back.And Eagles’ boss Alan Pardew has moved to strengthen his defence after tasting defeat for the first time since taking over at the turn of the year, seeing his side lose 1-0 at home to Everton on Saturday.Souare came through the ranks at Lille and has signed a three-and-a-half year deal at Selhurst Park, subject to a work permit being issued, and joins Jordon Mutch and Shola Ameobi in moving to Palace in the last seven days.Striker Yaya Sanogo has also joined on loan from Arsenal as Palace have been one of the most active Premier League sides in the January transfer window, which closes on Monday night.Having turned out for Senegal in the African Nations Cup, Souare flew straight into London as Alain Giresse’s side slipped out of the competition at the group stage and has agreed on a move from Ligue 1 outfit Lille.Despite having won their opening four fixtures under the former Newcastle boss, Pardew’s side have fallen behind in all but one of his five games in charge and the hope will be that the introduction of full-back Souare can sure up the Eagles’ defence.last_img read more

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Green Building Myth: It’s All About Materials

first_imgLast week I wrote about one of the common myths of green building: that it has to cost more to build green. This week, I’ll tackle another myth: that green building is mostly about materials.This isn’t quite as significant a misconception as it was a few years ago, but there are still a lot of people who think green building is largely about using products that are made from recycled waste materials, or agricultural products, or rapidly renewable products like bamboo. It is still common to hear about how “green” a building is because of the recycled-glass tiles in the entrance foyer or the carpet that’s made from recycled soda bottles.Using recycled-content and bio-based materials is a great idea, but materials are only one–relatively small–aspect of green design. Usually more important are the following:Where we build. The location of a home or commercial building has a huge impact on how much energy is used (and pollution generated) in getting to and from it. In fact, it’s not unusual for the “transportation energy intensity” of a building to be greater than the direct energy intensity of that building. In other words, for many structures, especially office buildings and retail stores, more energy is spent getting workers and customers to and from those buildings than the buildings themselves use. As energy codes are strengthened, this becomes a more and more significant issue.Energy performance. To be considered green, a building has to be energy efficient. This is usually the number-one priority in green design, and it’s the reason that energy-saving features typically earn the most points in green building rating systems like LEED (though I often argue that location is even more important). With existing buildings–where we can’t change the location–reducing energy consumption is almost always the number-one greening priority.Indoor air quality. A building that makes people sick can’t be green. As we focus on other measures, it is vitally important that we pay attention to indoor air quality. This involves addressing moisture sources (that can cause mold); seepage of radon into the building from surrounding soil or rock; formaldehyde offgassing from cabinets and wood panel products; and VOC offgassing from sealants, adhesives, and coatings.Water efficiency. In some parts of the country, conserving water is a top priority. Even in areas that aren’t particularly arid, water can be a significant issue during times of drought, or if sewage treatment capacity is limited. As we saw in the Southeast in late 2007, drought can be a huge issue even in areas where water has long been plentiful. In the eastern U.S. our reservoirs are generally a lot shallower than in the West, so the impacts of drought are felt more quickly, and we’re not conditioned to think about water conservation. Some experts suggest that, in the coming decades, water may be an even bigger concern than energy.Green building is about the integration of a lot of issues, including all of those listed above. Material selection is certainly something we should pay attention to, but it’s rarely the top priority. Don’t ignore the materials being used in a new building or renovation project, but pay more attention to these other considerations.I invite you to share your comments on this blog.To keep up with my latest articles and musings, you can sign up for my Twitter feedslast_img read more

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UST stops Cignal-Ateneo, maintains perfect record in PBA D-League

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Generika snaps 6-game skid, nips Foton in 5 sets LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Mark Nonoy, who has see action in the collegiate ranks,  led UST’s charge with 23 points, six rebounds, three assists, and one steal, while Rhenz Abando sniped away with 21 points, anchored on 6-of-9 three pointers.  He also finished with a steal and a shot block.Big man Soulemane Chabi Yo muscled his way inside with 20 points and nine rebounds for the Growling Tigers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Our mindset for this game was to see where we are right now,” said UST head coach Aldin Ayo.“Ateneo is one of the best collegiate teams in our country so we want to measure ourselves on how we can play against them.” Gian Mamuyac had 18 points to lead the Blue Eagles who played without center Angelo Kouame and head coach Tab Baldwin. / gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end MANILA, Philippines – The University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers maintained its perfect record in the 2019 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup after preying on Cignal-Ateneo, 112-98 Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.The Growling Tigers charged to a 3-0 win-loss record while the Blue Eagles dropped to second spot with a 2-1 card.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READlast_img read more

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Women at the Game: Jacqui Forster’s inspirational football mission

first_imgThis season it took another huge step forward when Manchester City used their Champions League group opener against Shakhtar Donetsk on 26 September to host a Women at the Game event at the Etihad. They seated women who signed up in the same block and hosted pre-game food and drinks. With only six days to organise it, as they awaited permission from the top, around 60 women took part. It may be harder for top teams, who sell out games, to provide the space for such an initiative but it is also a no-brainer. “It can only be good for clubs, can’t it? To have more women going to games,” says Forster. And it certainly cannot be a coincidence that the first top-tier club to show an interest is one of those leading the way in the Women’s Super League on and off the pitch.But organising has got harder. Since August Forster’s chemo has become weekly. “Some weeks I have to go to hospital on a Wednesday for blood tests and to see the doctor, followed by Thursday in the hospital for chemo, which always takes all day. That’s two days taken out of the week and sometimes I’m not very well for a day or two. So it has been very difficult to do Women at the Game.”Her hope is that more women come forward to join her small band of volunteers, enough to assist interested clubs in different parts of the country. Raising money, after her initial investment and further personal funding, is also crucial to growth. Forster is clearly self-sacrificing. She has dedicated a significant amount of her professional career to helping empower supporters. Now she is trying to help empower women. “I just want to do something to help women,” she says modestly. “Because we have had a tough time. All this stuff that has come out recently about abuse and misogyny is terrible. Let’s do this for ourselves. A lot of the women that come along are married, they’ve got partners, they’ve got children. But sometimes it’s just nice to be a bunch of women organising for ourselves.”She is doing a lot to help women sample the fruits of the football forest but Women at the Game is also helping her. She says that at the leading cancer hospital The Christie, they jest that, with her drive to build Women at the Game, maybe she has “found the secret to surviving cancer longer than expected: being so blinking busy”. To which Forster adds: “I just don’t like to sit still.”Talking points• Chelsea and Manchester City continued their winning league starts with wins against Yeovil and Birmingham City respectively. Chelsea rested Maren Mjelde, Fran Kirby, Drew Spence and Maria Thorisdottir for the visit of bottom-placed Yeovil but that did not affect the league leaders. Eni Aluko scored two on her first start of the season, with Karen Carney and Crystal Dunn getting two apiece to extend the team’s goal difference lead over City to nine. City left it late to maintain pace with Chelsea as they scored two stoppage-time goals to secure three points. Natasha Harding scored her first Liverpool hat-trick in their 4-1 win at Sunderland but it is Lucy Staniforth’s strike that will be a contender for goal of the season. The powerful 25-yard shot put the Black Cats ahead before Liverpool took control. Read more Eni Aluko double helps Chelsea Women to 6-0 thrashing of Yeovil features A group of female fans enjoy the Altrincham FC versus Gloucester City match in January. Photograph: Michael Ripley Photography Women’s football Read more In her adult life she worked hard to help build a supporters’ trust at Altrincham and as a middle-aged woman came out of the public sector to go up against a bunch of 20-something men to interview for the job she took at Supporters Direct. However breast cancer struck in 2009 and, four and a half years after surgery and treatment, it returned; this time metastatic secondary breast cancer, this time terminal.Her prognosis is only months and it was “declared as being very short in December 2015”. Yet she is still here and is using her time to pioneer Women at the Game. The pilot of the project was, naturally, held at Altrincham last January and helped her draw up documents to assist clubs interested in the format. By the end of last season 10 games were dedicated Women at the Game matches, with a particular interest around International Women’s Day. And not all have been initiated in conjunction with Forster.“It’s been phenomenal. I had this idea about a year ago and we’ve reached a stage where clubs are organising Women at the Game days independently.” Non-league clubs have led the way. Enfield Town had 100 women attend their dedicated day and a number have continued to attend. Banbury United, Merthyr Town, Chester, Fisher and Bath City have also been among the hosts. At Chester a gazebo outside was manned by the women’s team, who welcomed the matchgoers with tea and cake and handed out leaflets. Read more Norway FA agrees deal to pay male and female international footballers equally • The Swedish side Linkopings FC secured the Damallsvenskan title following their goalless draw with Kvarnsveden at the weekend. They finished nine points clear of second-placed Rosengard, who confirmed their position in the Champions League next season with a 0-0 draw at home to Pitea.• Fifa has announced that it will regulate the international transfer system of women’s football as of 1 January 2018.• The Australian Women’s League (the W-League) began at the weekend. Most notably Perth Glory were 4-1 winners against the reigning champions Melbourne City (who finished fourth in the league last season but went on to win the play-off style finals series), with the Matildas and NWSL top scorer, Sam Kerr, getting the first goal in the fourth minute. Share on Twitter Facebook Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content A downpour could not dampen the enthusiasm of these Liverpool supporters as they toured London before the 1950 FA Cup final between Arsenal and Liverpool. Photograph: PA Twitter center_img Share on LinkedIn Chelsea celebrate during their win. Photograph: Chelsea FC via Getty Images • Arsenal parted company with their manager, Pedro Martínez Losa, during the international break, so his No2 Ismael García stepped into the breach to lead the side for their 2-0 defeat of Everton. Holland’s Euro 2017 star Vivianne Miedema opened the scoring with a wonderful goal after twisting and turning away from three Everton defenders to find space for a shot. Beth Mead’s volley secured the Gunners’ first win since the opening day.• Arsenal’s captain, Alex Scott, has announced she will retire at the end of the season. The 33-year-old, who will focus on her budding broadcasting career, has won nine league titles and seven FA Cups with the club and was part of the quadruple-winning side of 2006-07. Topics Facebook Forgive the slight digression from women’s football, to tell the tale of a remarkable woman and her quest to bring the national game to more women.The Altrincham fan Jacqui Forster is founder of Women at the Game, an organisation that works with clubs to bring groups of women together to attend matches.It is a simple idea and one which has taken on a life of its own in its short existence. But what makes Forster’s dedication to this concept inspirational is that she is leading this charge while undergoing treatment for terminal cancer. Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Messenger Share via Email Twitter There is only one question to ask: Why? Why dedicate the remainder of her life to such a project? “I’ve worked in football for so many years and there is a distinct lack of women supporters,” she says. “I’ve got confidence, so I can go to a match on my own, but a lot of women just can’t do that and a lot have said to me over the years: ‘I’d really like to go to a football match but I don’t feel I can.’“Going to live sport, and my sport is football, is something that a lot of women would like to do but for whatever reason they haven’t had an opportunity.”When she spoke at a Women of the World event a Muslim woman stood up and said: “My son is nine and is desperate to go to a football match but I’m terrified of taking him” – and these are people Forster wants to help. “This is not just for women. It’s for women to bring their children as well because, if you’re struggling, if you’re a single parent, it’s a big help. Whatever your age, whatever your circumstances, you can come along.”When Forster’s sick leave from her job at Supporters Direct, the organisation that assists and helps set up community-owned clubs, expired she was cut adrift. Clubs, SD board members and individuals who had worked with her rallied to a Crowdfunder campaign to support her income deficit and raised close to £2,000 before Forster asked for the donations to stop. Supporters Direct reversed its controversial decision after a wave of pressure and agreed to pay its longstanding staff member her salary until December 2016. So Forster decided to put those initial donations to good use.“I thought about what I would like to do, had a chat with some friends and we came up with the name between us,” she says. “Women at the Game basically encompasses different sports and it’s about going together – women going together. It’s organised by women and it’s only women that go.“We organise it in a way that means it’s comfortable for most women to do, and where no question is a stupid question. It was just a case of sharing my favourite sport with other women that haven’t had the advantages I had, like being taken by my dad from a young age.”It was chance that meant Forster’s dad took her to games as a child initially. “On the Saturdays when my mum had to work, as a part-time hairdresser, she asked my dad to collect me from my dance class. I was five years old, what does a dad, a joiner, originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, do with a five-year-old daughter? The obvious thing for a Geordie is to go to the football.”That is when her love affair with Altrincham began: “It was so busy I used to have to sit on his shoulders to see and I stood on a terrace with my dad. I lost my dad when I was 21, and it hit me very hard because we were very close. My mum was not interested in football whatsoever. But I carried on going to the footie. And I never really gave it up.” Twitter Share on Pinterest Megan Rapinoe: Fifa insults women by nominating student for player of yearlast_img read more

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SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_img· It’s official! Coffs Harbour and the ATA are a couple once again. We’ll all be converging on Coffs for the 2005-2007 NTL’s. 13 constituent bodies and regions have also been issued with permits to compete at the 2005-2007 NTL’s (see stories on the website for full details) · Need a new cap or t-shirt for your struggling wardrobe? Check out the merchandise on sale on the ATA website for a bargain. · In what NSW touch are describing as one of the best all-schools finals ever, Kingsgrove North came back from 3-0 down to force the boys final into a drop-off before eventually losing 4-3 to Tomaree. In the girls Kelly Pepper led St Paul’s Port Macquarie to a 4-3 win over Terrigal, her player of the final performance helping St Paul’s defend their 2003 title. · Benji Marshall may be one of the best new things in NRL footy but he’s also played a bit of touch, and while he’s sidelined for a few weeks with an injury, the Wests Tigers keep playing and their website keeps running. Check out the player profile on Benji for some interesting and slightly useful information such as…If Benji could have three wishes he would marry Delta Goodrem, sing like Craig David and be able to fly! · Learn to play like Tony El Takchi, Gab Rose or Jason Stanton as the NSWTA and some of Australia’s leading players hold a training camp for kids 12-16 years old with either beginner, intermediate or elite skill levels. The camp will be held from the 5th-7th October, check out the NSWTA website or contact them for more details. · Touch balls hitting frozen fingers…ouch…The ACT’s winter competition commences on May 17. With temperatures already dropping down in the minuses overnight, it’s a chilly few months ahead for touch footballers in the nation’s capital! · The SASSSA (South Australian Secondary Schools Sports Association) is holding the finals in their knockout championships in Adelaide on 19th and 20th May. · Happy Birthday to Mellissa Craft, the ATA’s recently married awesome Travel Merchandise Manager, who celebrated her birthday on Saturday May 8. No, she won’t reveal her age. · The Victorian Touch Association is looking for a men’s open coach, if you’re interested (and suitable), check out their website and have your application in by Friday 14th May. · The Australian Uni Games are back in Perth in September, a little touch and a lot of fun for those involved, and event organisers are looking for volunteers. Visit their website to check it out. · The Toowoomba Touch Association deserve a mention in our weekly snapshot for their website efforts, including info, pictures, up-to-date results and ladders as well as game reviews. By Rachel Moylelast_img read more

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a month agoWoodward: Man Utd committed to youth policy

first_imgWoodward: Man Utd committed to youth policyby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward insists they’re committed to providing the right investment for the first team.United announced a record revenue of £627.1million on Tuesday, with the release of their annual financial figures.“We remain focused on our plan of rebuilding the team and continuing to strengthen our youth system, in line with the philosophy of the club and the manager,” said Woodward.”This is reflected in the recent addition of three exciting first team players, key player contract extensions and the talent we have coming through our Academy.”Everyone at Manchester United is committed to delivering on our primary objective of winning trophies.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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3 dengue cases reported in Ggn

first_imgGurugram: Authorities in Gurugram have confirmed the first three cases of dengue in the district amid incessant rains causing a spurt in monsoon diseases and mosquito-borne diseases like dengue, malaria and chikungunya in parts of India.Blood tests of a 42-year-old man in DLF Phase 2, a 25-year-old woman in Sector 23 and a 40-year-old man from DLF Phase-3 confirmed that they had contracted dengue haemorrhagic fever The trio is being treated at private hospitals in the city for high fever, difficulty in breathing and other symptoms of dengue. Health officials stated their condition to be stable. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder70 suspected cases of dengue have been reported from across the district this year, as per official data. Last year, eight confirmed dengue cases had been reported from Gurugram till August 31. Health department officials have said that the decrease in number of dengue cases this year could be attributed to slew of measures taken this year by authorities to keep vector-borne diseases under check. “The number of fogging machines, this year, was increased to 26 from 14. Two vehicle-mounted fogging machines were brought. The number of health workers was also increased,” Dr Brahmdeep Sandhu, chief medical officer of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram, told Hindustan Times. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAround 2.8 lakh houses were surveyed and breeding spots found in around 5,000. Besides, 1,242 houses were issued notices. The number of malaria cases in the district this season is also down at 15, compared to the 30 cases reported during the same period last year. In 2015, 451 cases of dengue were registered in the district, 86 in 2016, 66 in 2017 and 93 in 2018. In August, the Haryana government made vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria, chikungunya and Japanese encephalitis notifiable for the next three years, under the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, which empowers local authorities to implement epidemic-control measures. Under the Act, government or private hospitals, laboratories or clinics are liable to face action by the state government, if they fail to report a notifiable disease. Last Wednesday, the Municipal Corporation Gurugram had urged all stakeholders to contribute to the dengue-free campaign in the district. Several government schools were also given a list of dos and don’ts to put an end to the mosquito-borne disease, and told to hold awareness campaigns on their premises for students and parents.last_img read more

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