Chelsea star: Blues need to start making their own luck if they are to turn season around

first_img1 Gary Cahill Gary Cahill knows Chelsea need to start making their own luck if they are to turn around their rotten season.Jose Mourinho’s men have been a shadow of the side that so impressively won the title last term, having lost half of their opening eight Premier League fixtures.It leaves the west Londoners 16th in the standings and 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, making this weekend’s home clash with Aston Villa important for both embattled sides.Cahill expects to be fit to face his former club after a back complaint during an international break which saw Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic forced off through injury playing for Serbia.“I don’t know how bad their injuries are, hopefully not too bad,” Cahill said of the pair – the latter of whom returned for their defeat to Portugal.“My injury is okay.“Luck’s not on our side at the minute, but you have to make your own luck in terms of performances at the club.“That’s something I’m determined to put right and I’m sure everyone else is.“It’s not a nice feeling at the minute and one we don’t want to have for very much longer.”last_img read more

Age is just a number! Home Instead celebrates aging with special event

first_imgWith a population of 20,000​ people​ aged over 65 in Donegal, Home Instead Senior Care Donegal are celebrating the life of senior residents in the county with a fun event this week.The ‘Age is Just a Number’ event will be held in the Station House Hotel, Letterkenny on May 9th from 12noon to 4pm.As part of the Bealtaine Festival calendar of events, this is an event that celebrates aging and wisdom while offering everyone who comes along an opportunity to learn more about the services and offerings in Donegal to these young at heart residents and their families. A fun event for everyone, here’s some of what you can expect on the day:Practical Advice And Information StandsVirtual Reality Experience ,Travel The Globe Virtually!Meet The “Experts” Nutrition, Movement And MemoriesLifestyle And Wellness InformationGuest SpeakersTea And Coffee CornerMusic, Laughter, FriendshipShare Your Story CornerFree Draws To Win Some Great PrizesMartin Murphy director of Home Instead Senior Care in Donegal said: “Everyone is welcome, bring a parent or let them bring you! There will be information and support stands on everything from social groups like the active retirement group in the county to health and wellbeing advice and maybe even a game of bingo or two.”Martin added that a unique experience will be on offer on the day. A Raphoe company called Virtual Reality Design will be there with virtual reality headsets, giving those present the chance to experience a virtual walk around capital cities of the world, by wearing the special headsets while sitting in a comfy chair. Maybe even virtually visiting where they once lived and worked in earlier years. This is a unique experience at an event like this and it is unlikely that many of those attending will have had an opportunity like this before.A free tea and coffee corner will give guests an opportunity to tell your stories and share a yarn with others. Local personality and speaker Helen Kelly will be on hand to sit and chat with the visitors throughout the day, about the state of aging in Donegal and what can be done to help everyone going through it.Sr Helen KellyMartin is keen to point out the importance of supporting the aging population in the county.He highlighted obvious issues such as ill health, loneliness and general lack of confidence and is delighted groups like Donegal Volunteer Centre are attending to talk about opportunities for all ages to get involved in volunteering and sharing their knowledge and wisdom in the communities in which they live.Cara House will also be there to offer supports and practical information specifically for those who want to embrace their elder years while learning more about the supports on offer to them. Some of the other stands on the day includeThe Foot and Ankle Clinic,DLDCCancer Care WestNutrition AdviceChiropractorHealthy Ireland Donegal LibraryAll are welcome to call into ‘Age Is Just A Number‘ at Station House Letterkenny, 9th May, 12noon-4pm. For further information contact Martin at Home Instead Senior Care office Letterkenny (074) 911 [email protected] visit Home Instead Senior Care Donegal Facebook page for further information on this and all further events.Age is just a number! Home Instead celebrates aging with special event was last modified: May 5th, 2019 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)Tags:age is just a numberelderlyeventshome instead senior careletterkennylast_img read more

Motorists warned of temporary road closure on Saturday

first_imgDonegal County Council has advised that in order to facilitate the carrying out of emergency bridge repair works at the L1512/2 Cloncarney to Kilmore Road in Trentagh, the road will be closed from 7am to 7pm on Saturday, May 18. Localised diversions will be in place.Donegal County Council apologises for the inconvenience caused and thank in advance all road users for their co-operation while these closures are in place. Motorists warned of temporary road closure on Saturday was last modified: May 17th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

QPR fans on Twitter react to latest defeat

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesQPR fans on Twitter have been reacting to another away defeat – and many are increasingly unhappy with Ian Holloway.Rangers are yet to win away this season and the 2-0 reverse at Derby was their third loss in a row.Manager Holloway, who presided over two six-game losing runs after taking over last season, stood by his tactics for the Derby game.But many supporters feel he has been getting it wrong – and some believe another change of manager is needed.How can you stand by your tactics when youve not won away from home since February— Mark (@duddaz87) November 22, 2017Please don’t defend your game plan Ollie.It was negative and showed no effort to win a football match against mediocre opposition.— Greg Sangwine (@GSangwine) November 22, 2017The problem with Ollie is that he shifts from the sublime to the ridiculous & the lack of consistency is killing us. We’re heading into trouble if we’re not careful #QPR— D J (@ThaGreat1) November 21, 2017Our away form:LDLLLLLDLLLDDDLL16 games without a win. Last won on the 18th February.But hey ho, the improvement has been ten-fold, squad are a bunch of triers and it’s waaaaaaay more entertaining under ‘Ollie’. #QPR— King of Zamunda (@HRHJaffeJoffer) November 21, 2017Let’s start by saying I’m not in the Ollie out camp but he does seem to have run out of ideas #QPR— Dedders (@lexdrouy) November 21, 2017Surely some serious questions about Ollie now – his squad use is abysmal. What’s the point in borysiuk or Goss for example? Multiple wingers? Les must be scratching his head why some are never used & if not, get rid. Truely baffling #QPR— Brad woodbridge (@bwoodbridge33) November 22, 2017Not sure what Ollie is up to doesn’t help himself with team selection play a striker, yes there not very good but show some intent to win a game away from home please.. digging his own grave at the moment #QPR— Russell Maynard (@MrRussellmyn) November 21, 2017Ian Holloway has lost 26 of his 51 games in charge of #qpr, he’s won 16 and drawn 9 and without an away win in the last 16.Simply not good enough.— Prime Joseph Kony (@JosephAKAShifty) November 21, 2017I don’t care if people are annoyed at this but I want Holloway out tbh the team selection and subs he made today made no sense and it finally proves to me his tactics are not working and there is no plan b, c, d etc.. #QPR— Bradley (@BradleyRblock97) November 22, 2017I really wanted Holloway to work out but enough is enough. How much longer do we keep plodding this path Tony? @tonyfernandes @QPRFC #qpr— Brian Collins (@BJC68) November 22, 2017last_img read more

HSU AD search narrowed to four

first_imgHumboldt State University announced four finalists in its search for an Athletic Director.In a release issued Tuesday morning, the university named four individuals — Cliff Dochterman, Ronald Prettyman, Melissa Ringhausen and Bill Macriss — as still being in consideration for the role which has been filled by interim administrators (most notably Duncan Robins for past two years) since former AD Dan Collen retired in May of 2016.HSU will have four separate open forums to allot the candidates …last_img read more

Social participation key to efficient cities

first_imgJohannesburg’s population grew by 1.2-million people in the decade between 2001 and 2011. (Image: For more free images, visit the image gallery) Former finance minister and now minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, says that Johannesburg is South Africa’s fastest growing metropolis in terms of population growth.(Image: Shamin Chibba) Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau is also looking abroad for inspiration on how to make the city more liveable.(Image: Romaana Naidoo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jean Robertson  Vuma Reputation Management  +27 87 941 3497 or +27 82 994 7744 RELATED ARTICLES • Revamping Gauteng’s freeways • Making democracy work for all • Joburg – from mining camp to big city • Nelson Mandela Bay is smartShamin ChibbaCaring cities take responsibility, and social participation is needed in order for cities to function efficiently. This was the message Johannesburg’s mayor, Parks Tau, punted at the 2013 Metropolis Annual Meeting in Sandton on Wednesday, 17 July. The event, which takes place between 16 and 18 July, brought together more than 80 mayors from around the world to discuss ways of overcoming challenges such as poverty, informal housing, transit and communications infrastructure, and public services. Keeping in line with the conference’s theme of Caring Cities, Tau said a city with the ability to care is also able to act and take responsibility. “This theme is underpinned by the profound philosophy of ubuntu. We are bound by accountability.”According to Metropolis secretary-general Alain Le Saux, the organisation was established in 1984 as an international forum for major cities to gather and discuss common issues and goals. Usually, such topics involve water supply, transport and sanitation. But, according to Le Saux, Tau wanted this year’s discussion to be about putting citizens first. “We are not looking at the transport company but at the people inside the bus.”More active citizen participationFor cities to become more resourceful, Tau said their citizens would have to actively participate in the way they are run. He urged citizens to look at public participation beyond the transactional framework and bring their expertise to provide local solutions to problems. “If you go to Soweto on a Wednesday, to an area where waste is collected; after the trucks have moved there are a group of young people who sanitise the bins and send them back to the houses. The households then give them some money. Now that is community involvement. They have found a solution to a problem.”Tau looked abroad for innovative ways of making Johannesburg more liveable. He spoke of how Brazilian cities came to regularise informal settlements in its major cities, which subsequently gave inhabitants a degree of security. “It gave people the ability to [interact] with the city because they are not living in temporary environments.”He spoke of the Lula Movement in Brazil, which involved citizens in the development of communities. Former president Luiz Inácio “Lula” Da Silva put in place measures which would make citizens more responsible. For instance, one of the objectives was the provision of education to children. Citizens would be given free basic services if they continued sending their children to school. However, if their children were not at school, the government would stop the free services. “This is building a different relationship as opposed to people just being passive recipients of municipal services,” said Tau.Nádia Campeão, the vice-mayor of São Paulo in Brazil, said public participation requires access to information to ensure social control. “To us, social participation is about taking care of the city. It is only through this that we can reach our goals.”Johannesburg to be centre of urban innovationAccording to Trevor Manuel, minister in the Presidency, Johannesburg is South Africa’s fastest growing metropolis in terms of population growth. In his address, Manuel said between 2001 and 2011, the city grew by 1.2-million people. As a reaction to this growth, he announced the establishment of the Centre for Urban Innovation, which will be used by the Johannesburg City Council to track innovative practices of cities from around the world. The centre will also bring stakeholders together to deal with urban issues, said Manuel. “Part of what it will do is to convene and stream ideas.”In Manuel’s opinion, stakeholders do not use enough of the ideas urban planners are publishing. “I am staggered by the amount of information and how little we are using to implement and drive change.”Manuel believed Johannesburg and other major South African cities are still dealing with the vestiges of the Group Areas Act, an apartheid law which assigned racial groups to specific residential and business zones in urban areas. He suggested an efficient land use management initiative that would maximise the value of land and improve the efficiency of a city’s function. “Unless we do this early, people will settle where they move to and it will become harder to [relocate] them. The idea that the poor settle on the most marginal land because it is cheaper actually disadvantages them.”International cooperation and challengesTau suggested that cities around the world should co-operate to learn from each other. He said as the world comes closer together, new forms of communication between metropolitan areas will take place. “We as large cities need to embrace closer collaboration with each other.”Campeão agreed that international cooperation is one of the best ways to capture good practices and solutions for cities. And with this in mind, São Paulo is already making an effort to increase its global relations. The city will be one of the major venues of the 2014 Fifa World Cup and it is hosting the World Expo in 2020.Current challengesAntonio Balmón, the executive vice-president of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area in Spain, said cities are facing three challenges, namely demographic growth and urban concentration, climate change and the transformation of economic dynamics. He said new policies need to be drawn up to deal with rising temperatures and sea levels, food security, globalisation and the liberalisation of financial markets. Cities, he added, should also accept their new roles as economic promoters, cultural transformers of economic policies, and co-operative centres for national and supranational economic policies.MegacitiesLe Saux spoke about the transformation to megacities and the challenges this poses. One of the major problems, he said, is access to land. He recommended that land be prepared in a way that would provide people with the ability to help themselves. “We have to believe in the capacity of the people to organise their lives. But for that to occur, the local authorities need to give them what they need; land, public water, energy and other basic services.”Le Saux said cities should stop building outward. “When the city is 100 kilometres long then the water supply has to be 100 kilometres long.”He proposed that development be refocused on the city centre, which would force urban planners to build upward. “In the past the network was very big. But today, we have to see if it is possible to create small networks and to make a conjunction between these networks. That could probably be less expensive and easier to organise.”He said current building technology allows us to recycle water, generate electricity and develop an internal heating system, which could save cities a lot of money. “If we can do this to all parts of the city, then we would have found our solution.”last_img read more

Wolfe Island Passive: The Envelope

first_imgAfter a couple of weeks of intensive work between the architect (Mikaela Hughes), our passive house consultant and middleman to the suppliers (Malcolm Isaacs), and ourselves, we have the final plans. With the house being factory-built from cross-laminated timber (CLT), there are far fewer changes we can make after this point than to a conventional stick-framed house. But we’re happy with things.The house is small by North American standards, with under 1,600 square feet (or less than 150 square meters) of interior area, and that’s the way we like it. We’ve tried to combine elements of what people around here expect a house to look like, to reflect something of the village feeling, but at the same time, this is not an ordinary house nor does it entirely look like one.However, the differences are subtle — at least from the outside. BLOGS BY DAVID MURAKAMI WOOD Adding the Insulation Building With Cross-Laminated TimberWindows, Doors, and UtilitiesWolfe Island Passive House — An Introduction Passive solar orientationFirst, the orientation and balance are not what people would expect. The windows are predominantly on the south side, regardless of the view, in order to maximize passive solar gain. The southern roof will be completely covered in panels for solar water heating and PV generation. The windows on the east and west bring in light in the morning and evening but also are designed for cross-ventilation in the summer. On the north side, windows are minimal, but this also produces an interesting and slightly whimsical pattern. RELATED ARTICLES Product Guide: Cross-Laminated TimberGeorgia City Bucks Wood High-Rise TrendCan Foam Insulation Be Too Thick?Foam Under Footings The bedrooms face southUpstairs, there is a small landing area, and again the south-north split is evident. On the south side, we have two generously sized bedrooms, and in between a Japanese sitting room with a raised wooden platform covered with tatami (woven grass) mats. This will also double as a guest bedroom, with futons stored beneath the tatami. To the north, there is a walk-in closet, which could be converted into a smaller bedroom if necessary, and on the northeast corner, a Japanese-style bathroom space, with separate water closet, a changing room, and a wet room containing the shower and soaking tub.The chimney from the stove, the solar thermal pipes, and the PV cables will run through the central core of the house from the utility space below up through the storage attic above. The whole house is designed to minimize the distance that water has to travel and the length of pipes from toilets, etc.Outside, the roof extends well out from the wall line, to provide shade for the upper windows from the harshest overhead sun, while maximizing the solar gain at other times. Downstairs, the same effect is created by the porch that runs all along the west and south sides of the house. Editor’s note: David and Kayo Murakami Wood are building what they hope will be Ontario’s first certified Passive House on Wolfe Island, the largest of the Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River. They are documenting their work at their blog, Wolfe Island Passive House. For a list of earlier posts in this series, see the sidebar below. Downstairs, an open floor planThe ground floor is dominated by a relatively large space, running the whole length of the house, from the kitchen in the east through the dining room to the lounge in the west. I use the conventional terms because that’s how we’re thinking of the space, although the latter two “rooms” are entirely flexible in how they could be used and laid out.The main entrance is in the northwest corner, and this is where the first element of Japanese thinking comes in. The “genkan” (entrance hall) is a place where you take off outdoor clothes, including shoes — we don’t wear outdoor shoes in the house — and there is a deliberate change of flooring to indicate where this transition occurs. Also in the north half of the ground floor is the utility/machine room, where all the tanks, the energy-recovery ventilator, the control panels, the washing machine, etc. will be. And finally, there’s a dedicated pantry for all the kitchen and food stuff, freeing up the kitchen area itself for actual cooking (which we both enjoy).center_img This solar orientation also affects the interior structure and layout. Places where we will spend most of our time and want to be brightly lit and warmest all are on the south side, whereas the north side of the house has all the utility spaces. R-50 walls and an R-60 roofSo how will this design perform? What about R-values and U-factors?The wall structure should be just over R-50, and the foundation significantly better. The roof structure will be more than R-60. There will be other houses with higher claimed R-values, but the figures here are not claims but are based on tested values for the components, certified by the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany.What’s more, with the precision cutting of the manufacturing — we’re talking 1 mm tolerances — the tightness of the house will be unparalleled, and the windows and doors (about which more in a later post) will be much better performing than any equivalents more commonly available in Canada.There are other considerations when it comes to what kind of R-values we are aiming for. First, we’re by no means in the coldest part of Canada: -25° Celsius (-13°F) is about as cold as it gets here in February — and it is never that cold for more than a few days at a time — compared to -45°C (-49°F) in places like Edmonton.Second, we will have to burn some wood for water heating anyway, which means that the house will never be anything less than comfortably warm in winter. And finally, we already will be exceeding the requirements of the Passive House standard. In short, pushing for much higher performance would mean significantly increased costs and a more bulky look to the house, and all for very limited noticeable gain.We think we’ve got the balance right. The timber walls are over 4 inches thick, not counting insulationThe external walls of the house are 4 1/3 inches (110 mm) thick cross-laminated timber (CLT), wrapped in 11 inches (280 mm) of rigid wood fiberboard insulation, followed by a vapor-permeable moisture barrier and local white cedar siding. The CLT sits on the concrete foundation and the fiberboard forms a continuous layer of insulation with the EPS beneath.The roof also is CLT, but there’s a lot more fiberboard insulation up there: around 14 1/16 inches (360 mm). The roofing will be steel. This will last a long time, and when it does eventually need to be replaced, it can be recycled. Twelve inches of rigid foam under the slabThe most important thing about a Passive House is the envelope: the foundation, walls, and roof. In the sections drawings (see Image #4, below), you can see what we are going for.We’re not deviating much from the standard way most Passive Houses do things with the foundation, which will be an engineered concrete slab with 12 inches (305 mm) of expanded polystyrene (EPS) insulation beneath the slab and about 10 inches (255 mm) of vertical EPS at the edges. The insulation continues out well beyond the foundation itself to provide a frost skirt around the whole foundation. This is the only significant amount of petroleum product we’ll be using in the whole house and one that couldn’t be avoided.last_img read more

Naga register will shield State from outsiders, says Nagaland Deputy Chief Minister

first_imgNagaland’s Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton has defended the government’s decision to compile a register of indigenous Naga inhabitants, arguing that it will help to safeguard the State from outsiders.Mr. Patton, who also holds the Home portfolio, told The Hindu, “The Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN) may take more time; we are consulting all civil society groups, including the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah). It can be delayed by a few months.” In June, the State decided to compile a register to prevent issuance of indigenous inhabitant certificates to ineligible persons. The June 29 notification set December 1, 1963 — the day Nagaland gained Statehood — as the cut-off date. Mr. Patton said there is a rethink on the cut-off date too: there has been a demand from a section that the date be April 28, 1977.According to the 1977 notification, the indigenous inhabitant certificate should be issued to only those who had settled in Nagaland or had bought a property before 1963. “Some are saying that the cut-off date should be 1963 or 1977, we have not decided anything but are contemplating on the date too. There is nothing wrong in compiling the list,” said Mr. Patton.The RIIN is often called a variant of Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC). The only difference is the exclusion from the list will not make the people “illegal or Stateless.” The NSCN(IM), which signed a framework agreement with the Centre for finding a solution to the decades-old Naga problem, has opposed the RIIN. It has called the list “a bid to divide and undermine the inherent rights of the Nagas, besides diluting the peace process approaching a final settlement.”The NSCN(IM) has been fighting for Nagalim or ‘Greater Nagaland’ by bringing the Naga-dominated areas in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh under Nagaland, thus uniting 1.2 million Nagas. It has also demanded a separate flag and a constitution for the Nagas. The Centre has ruled out any division of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.last_img read more

Its official Real Madrid has just signed Brazilian starlet

first_imgReal Madrid have just completed the signing of Brazilian teenager Rodrigo Rodrigues from Gremio Novorizontino on a six-year contract deal.The 18-year-old will go into the Castilla squad after making a move that had been confirmed to by his former club president last September, according to AS.The Sao Carlos native is now free to move to Madrid, where he is expected to go straight into the Castilla side. However, the midfielder is set to link up with his compatriots Augusto Galvan and Vinicius in the youth ranks next season.“This is a dream for me to wear the shirt of the world’s biggest club,” he said.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“This is the best club for me to develop as a player, I hope I can win plenty of trophies here and bring the fans a lot of joy,” he stressed.Rodrigo made his professional debut in 20017 at the age of 16, starting and providing the assist for Henrique’s goal in a 3–1 away loss against Santos and also joined Palmeiras on loan, being assigned to the under-17 squad.last_img read more

Ministry of Health asks for more money for Blood test machine

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Consultations on Health & Agriculture launched Related Items:appropriations committee, blood test machine, hon. john phillips, interhealth canada, ministry of health Exercise Design Training Workshop 22nd – 26th February 2016 HOA Opens, slew of Health Bills on Agenda; Key questions to Border Control Minister Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – Ministry of Health wants to tap into the contingency fund to buy a machine for the Blood Bank. During the Appropriations Committee meeting last week, it seems legislators on that Committee are poised to authorize the funding for the purchase of an immunoassay analyzer which will be set up in Providenciales and will be owned by the public. Currently, the Ministry of Health and Human Services says it is reliant upon and has access to the one blood testing machine at the TCI Hospitals ran by Interhealth Canada. Health officials are asking for $80,000 more in the health budget to buy the immunoassay machine. Among the questions put to the team from the Ministry making the request was one from Appropriations Committee member, Hon. John Philips who enquired about trained personnel; it was assured there is trained staff but that there would be a special session run on the specific machine when it is being installed after being purchased. last_img read more