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Late Stanislas penalty gives Bournemouth narrow win over Crystal Palace

first_img Sakho protests his innocence after being penalised for elbowing Jefferson Lerma 5 5 Bournemouth rise to seventh with the win Brooks was in lightning form in the first-half Van Aanholt’s emphatic finish had seemingly put Palace on course for a point 5 But he really should have scored on 82 minutes when put clean through on goal by Ryan Fraser but Wilson could only fire straight at Wayne Hennessey.Hennessey then made a smart save to keep out Dan Gosling’s header as the game appeared to be heading for a draw.However, Mamadou Sakho’s stupid elbow on Jefferson Lerma gave the Cherries an excellent chance to win it from the spot. Junior Stanislas stuck away the penalty moments after coming on as a substitute as Bournemouth secured the late win.Liverpool fans are thankful Mamadou Sakho has left the club after pointless foulcenter_img PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE Palace woke up after that but failed to fully penetrate the Bournemouth goal in the first-half. Max Meyer’s 20-yard drive, which was comfortably saved by Asmir Begovic, was their best effort before the break.They were level ten minutes after the break, however, when Van Aanholt latched onto Wilfried Zaha’s through ball before cutting inside and crashing the ball into the roof of the net with his right foot.However, the hosts had a right to feel aggrieved as replays show the Eagles’ left-back was stood in an offside position when he received the pass.Callum Wilson could have regained Bournemouth’s lead on the hour but the striker blazed over Josh King’s knock-down on the spin. Junior Stanislas’ 87th-minute penalty saw Bournemouth earn a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at the Vitality Stadium.A brainless foul in the box by Mamadou Sakho gifted the hosts the three points after Patrick Van Aanholt had cancelled out David Brooks’ early strike. Eddie Howe’s men have made a decent start to the season but were hit with a 4-0 drubbing at Burnley last week.But they were a completely different team this time and had the lead inside five minutes when Brooks latched onto Callum Wilson’s pull-back before striking the ball beautifully in-off the bar from the right. 5 5last_img read more

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How did 49ers tryouts impact post-Garoppolo quarterback corps?

first_imgSANTA CLARA – Tuesday’s quarterback auditions at 49ers headquarters fell incomplete, so to speak, as no one immediately got signed.Thus, C.J. Beathard and untested backup Nick Mullens are the QB tandem the 49ers figure to deploy, at least for this Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Chargers, in the wake of Jimmy Garoppolo’s season-ending knee injury.Beathard went 1-4 as a rookie starter last season before Garoppolo’s ascension. Mullens has been working on the practice squad since last year as …last_img read more

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Bafana score vital 2-0 win over CAR

first_img25 March 2013Bafana Bafana got their Fifa World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a 2-0 victory over the Central African Republic (CAR) at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening. “I’ll take the win and also I’ll take the way we played,” coach Gordon Igesund said afterwards.While South Africa won by two clear goals, it could have been a far bigger victory. Gaps appeared in the Wild Beasts’ defence late in the contest as they chased the game, and the home side wasted three clear-cut chances to turn a good margin of victory into an emphatic one.StunnerOn the other hand, the opening goal scored by Thabo Matlaba was a stunner. After receiving the ball on the left, about 30 metres from goal, he cut inside and struck a dipping shot over goalkeeper Geoffrey Lembet into the far right-hand corner to give the home team a first-half lead.Named man of the match award, Matlaba, who was a thorn in the side of the CAR all night long, said: “I always shoot from distance. I told myself there, I’m not going to pass. I didn’t see anyone to pass to and I told myself I’m going to take a shot there and I hit the target.”Despite the two-goal victory, it was far from one-way traffic for Bafana Bafana, who gave the visitors a little too much room in midfield and time on the ball. Nonetheless, Igesund delcared himself happy with the clean sheet.GoalkeepingCaptain Itumeleng Khune was called on make some good saves, but Lembet had a harder time, even though the possession stakes were almost even.The CAR netminder was beaten for a second time by Bernard Parker, who netted in the 70th minute, after receiving a ball from Siphiwe Tshabalala and beating his man before slotting it into the net past the keeper.Lembet was also somewhat lucky to prevent May Mahlangu scoring a third. The midfielder’s long distance shot drew a full length, low dive to his right from the goalie. The ball struck his outstretched arm and deflected sharply upwards onto the crossbar and behind for a corner. A few centimetres lower and South Africa would have had another goal.ControversyThe CAR had the ball in the back of the net during the game, but after first signalling a goal the referee Kalyango Ali disallowed it. “The referee did not validate a goal and the linesman did not even call the referee. The players put pressure on the linesman to disallow the goal. That’s not fair,” coach Herve Loungoudji complained afterwards.He may have had a point, but the ball made it into the net by way of an egregious hand ball that should have resulted in a yellow card at the very least. Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” goal came nowhere being as obvious.For coach Gordon Igesund, who had gone into the match without the Afcon 2013 central defensive pairing of Bongani Khumalo and Siyabonga Sangweni, the performance of his central defenders against the CAR was a highlight of Bafana’s performance.‘Excellent’“I thought Thabo Mthethe at the back was excellent tonight with Morgan Gould in the back four,” he said, “but the important thing is I said we were going to score goals and we scored two tonight. In actual fact, I think we could have scored four or five.“At the end of the day, I am very happy,” he added. “We kept the ball nicely. We got wide. We had great support here tonight. But we’ve still got a lot of work to do.“The nice thing is we can better and better. I’m getting a good opportunity to see a lot of younger players. I was happy tonight with Oupa Manyisa when he came on. He put his foot on the ball and he kept it nicely.”PlanCaptain Itumeleng Khune was also satisfied with his team’s showing. “It was a great game. We came with a plan and we executed it very well,” he said.“CAR were very good, tactically and technically, but we managed to contain them. When they came at us, they were a threat, but managed to stand firm and hold our ground and intercept those balls.”There was one negative for Bafana on the night, with Dean Furman suffering a nasty-looking head wound in the 35th minute that led to him being substituted.There were some concerns that he might have broken some facial bones, but he was given the all clear after undergoing scans and was released from hospital.PositiveBoth coaches, Igesund and Loungoudji, were in a positive frame of mind about the return match in the CAR.Igesund said: “This was a very, very important game and the nice thing about tonight’s game is I now know what we have to do when we go play them away and I’m quite confident that we’ll go there and get the points as well because I thought we were better than them in a lot of departments.“We won’t get carried away. We’ll keep working hard.”Loungoudji said: “A home match remains a home match. After the Africa Cup of Nations, Bafana has played again in front of its public and they won the match. That’s fine. But when we see Bafana again, we’ll be playing Bafana at home and then we’ll show Bafana what we can do at home.”The victory took South Africa to the top of the group standings, but they lie second after the weekend following a 1-0 win by Ethiopia over Botswana on Sunday.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa’s democracy the winner

first_img8 May 2014 Democracy was the big winner in South Africa’s fifth free elections on Wednesday as people turned out in huge numbers, especially in the country’s urban areas, to vote in a poll that, with few exceptions, went off peacefully and efficiently. “Today’s successful election is indeed a testament to the country’s active citizenry, which is crucial for any vibrant democracy,” Phumla Williams, acting CEO of the Government Communication and Information System, said in a statement. “The nation’s fifth democratic elections have undoubtedly added to our legacy of regular and peaceful elections.” Briefing journalists at the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) central Results Operations Centre in Pretoria on Wednesday evening, IEC chairperson Pansy Tlakula said voters were continuing to come out “in their vast numbers to participate in this fifth general election. “The most pressing challenge we are facing at the moment is an extremely high turnout at voting stations, especially those in urban and metro areas, where long queues continue to be experienced at a number of voting stations,” Tlakula said, adding: “It should be remembered that we have the highest number of registered voters [25.3-million] in South Africa’s history for these elections.” Tlakula said the high turnout had led to some stations requiring additional ballot papers. “We are pleased to report that our contingency planning in this regard is holding up well, and materials are able to be quickly provided to voting stations where they are needed.” The IEC had printed and distributed over 62-million ballot papers – including national and provincial ballot papers – for the elections. The IEC said the voting process had gone smoothly at 22 363 voting stations across the country, although a few incidents of violence had been reported at isolated voting stations. Phumla Williams said the country’s security forces have been on high alert throughout the elections period, adding that, to date, 97 people had been arrested and 131 cases registered for election-related offences. Four people are reported to have passed away on election day. Two people died while waiting to cast their vote, while two political party agents were involved in a fatal car accident. “We wish to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to their families and loved ones,” Williams said. On Thursday morning, election results were pouring in at the IEC’s National Results Operating Centre in Pretoria, with over 28 percent of votes having been counted by 7am, just 10 hours after polling stations closed at 9pm on Wednesday. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Unity Homes Combines Prefab with Energy Efficiency

first_imgLike many builders, Tedd Benson and his team at Bensonwood Homes have taken an active interest in the emerging market for energy-efficient homes. In addition to developing panelized construction techniques and producing many custom timber frame commercial and residential buildings since its founding in 1974, Bensonwood built a home in Norwich, Vermont, to the Passivhaus standard.The Passivhaus project was instructive, Benson noted in a recent email to GreenBuildingAdvisor, not only because the building maximized energy performance as designed, but because it highlighted a performance feature – the Passivhaus standard for airtightness – that could be applied cost-effectively to other projects. The most visible of those “other projects” is Unity Homes, a separate homebuilding company that offers four basic designs, relies heavily on prefabrication, and builds its homes to meet or exceed the Passivhaus airtightness requirement: 0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference. Passivhaus certification is optionalBenson, who is chief of Unity, makes a point of noting that while airtightness and energy efficiency are virtues of Unity’s houses, Passivhaus certification is not a requirement.“Because of how our building systems work, and our off-site fabrication precision and control, we decided to make the (Passivhaus) airtightness requirement the Unity Homes standard,” Benson explained. “But we did not decide that all of our homes will be PH!”Other minimum performance standards for Unity include wall insulation to R-35 and roof insulation to R-44. For now, at least, distribution is geographically limitedBenson says that while most of the company’s focus is on the Northeast, the plan is to expand production to other parts of the country with the help of additional partners and investors. And with expansion should come economies of scale, Benson adds, that will help drive down costs. Still, the current prices offer good value, he says.“We know we’re starting out well enough in pricing that these homes will be competitive with very inferior conventional alternatives in many markets.”center_img Four basic styles, one airtightness standardBy the time Benson announced the company’s launch, in an October 9 post on this blog site, “The New House Rules,” the company’s first two homes were already in production.The Unity lineup includes a two-story traditional style home, the Tradd, offered in configurations ranging from two to four bedrooms; a single-story cottage, Xyla, in configurations ranging from one to three bedrooms; a two-story Swedish-inspired home, Värm, available with two to four bedrooms; and the modern-style Zum, a single-story with two to four bedrooms.Prices cited on the Unity Homes website exclude land, permits, site improvements, taxes, and shipping and onsite assembly charges for locations more than 50 miles from the company factory, in Walpole, New Hampshire. Unity has tried to keep prices relatively affordable. A 2,056-sq.-ft. configuration called Tradd 212, with two bedrooms and two and a half baths, for example, starts at $339,500.The Zum line, meanwhile, is designed for maximum passive solar benefit and tends to be a little more costly per square foot. It starts at $298,500 for a 1,594-sq.-ft. two-bedroom, two-bath called the Zum 212. And though slightly smaller than the Tradd 212, the Zum 233 – a 1,773-sq.-ft. three-bedroom, two-bath – starts at $373,250.last_img read more

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Busmen hope to chart return course toward AFC Cup

first_imgLATEST STORIES But they were stopped in their tracks by Istiklol of Tajikistan in the inter-zone semifinals with a 1-1 draw last Tuesday at Panaad Stadium. Ceres was one of the last six teams from an initial roster of 52 from 29 countries.The 0-4 defeat in Dushanbe last month proved too tough to overcome for the Busmen, who came out with a more attack-minded approach in the second leg only to find Istiklol in solid form defensively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“When we started the season, we didn’t expect to get this far (in the competition),” said Ceres club chair Leo Rey Yanson. “We’re happy we made history and gave Philippine football the respect it deserves in the AFC Cup.”A return to the continental competition remains up in the air for the Busmen since only the Philippines Football League champion is assured of a spot in the tournament next year. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/STEPHEN TAN (FILE)Its fairytale run in the AFC Cup may have ended last Tuesday, but Ceres-Negros is taking comfort at the fact that the country has created ripples in an event where Philippine clubs only started joining three years ago.The Busmen made history by becoming the first Asean zone champion of the competition, punching beyond their weight as they bested more established clubs in Vietnamese champion Hanoi FC, Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia and Home United of Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Filipino SEA Games medalists receive cash incentives from PSC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

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‘Other than cricket, India’s performance in all games is far below international standards’

first_imgHolding Field”While the 2002 World Cup has been exceptional, it has remained true to the cliche that great expectations beget great is appointments.”K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, Bangalore Towards a GoalYour cover story was interesting as it gave a respite from politics (“Topsy Turvy”, July 1). The early exit of superheroes from,Holding Field”While the 2002 World Cup has been exceptional, it has remained true to the cliche that great expectations beget great is appointments.”K. CHIDANAND KUMAR, BangaloreTowards a Goal Your cover story was interesting as it gave a respite from politics (“Topsy Turvy”, July 1). The early exit of superheroes from the World Cup shows that it is time for new stars to twinkle in football’s sky.DIPTANSU SHARMA, GuwahatiWhile your cover story was interesting, I disagreed with the “underdog” tag you gave the Japanese and the Koreans. The home ground advantage levelled the playing field. The same, however, did not apply to Senegal and Turkey. Moreover, every sportsperson plays for his country, not the continent. And finally, Bayern Munich beat Valencia to win the UEFA Champions League and not Manchester United as stated in the box.UDAY MEDURI, on e-mailOther than cricket, India’s performance in all games is far below international standards. When will we be high achievers instead of mere cheerleaders?S.C. KAPOOR, NoidaAs long as the all-India Football Federation continues to be influenced by politics and politicians, the most populous nation in the world will never play in a World Cup. What we need at the helm is a person with an avowed interest in football. A coach should be inducted from Europe or South America. Unless we improve our infrastructure, nothing can ever work in India’s favour.HIPPU KANUNGO, CuttackIt hurts to watch countries like Puerto Rico, Qatar and Senegal-each the size of some of India’s districts-going all out to play the World Cup while we stay home. It is disheartening but the fact remains that we have devoted our enthusiasm to cricket and neglected all other sports. Instead of fighting an imaginary battle, what we need to do is channelise our energy in the sports arena.C. VIJAY NARAYANA, on e-mailRoad to NowhereIt is strange that Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh continues to receive accolades when nothing seems right with the state (“Roadblock”, July 1). The Congress Government in the state has set new benchmarks for corruption and inefficiency. The electricity board of a state that used to have surplus power not long ago is in a shambles with regular power cuts. A severe water crisis, a stagnant economy, development at a standstill … it is hardly surprising that nobody wants to invest in the state today. The tragedy is that for all its inefficiency, the Congress will probably win elections for the third time and complete the state’s damnation.VIKRAM SINGH CHAUHAN, JabalpurYes, Digvijay has failed to improve the state of roads in Madhya Pradesh but it is a fraction of the list of his failures. With poor infrastructure many industries have downed shutters, the magnitude of poverty is constantly rising and medical services are dismal. How can he be called a good administrator when he has crippled the state both economically and financially?DR SHARAD JAIN, Indoreadvertisement”It is sad that our society and media allow hollow people to use their faces as money-making machines. Whatever happened to depth?”KETAN CHAPHALKAR, on e-mailThe irony is that a beautiful state with immense tourist potential has failed to entice people who reject it for the very reason that makes tourism possible: travel. Not only are the roads bad, flouting of traffic rules is another nuisance. Most crossings are devoid of signals and traffic policemen. However, with elections approaching, urgent steps are being taken. This is a satire on our democratic system where the lawmakers remember their duties only in the last few months of their five-year tenure.POORNI V., on e-mailThe story should also have focused on the countless lives lost in accidents because of the dismal condition of roads and the insensitivity shown by the administration to the continuing criticism voiced in the local media.ARINDAM MUKHERJEE, Bhopal Forward MarchIt is surprising to see the lack of character and calibre in most of our ministers today (“Ready for a Facelift”, July 1). They do not seem to know that heading a ministry implies a responsibility to run the country’s highest department in the field. The way every MP and MLA seems to be in a hurry to grab a ministry is ample proof of this ignorance. Gone are the days when ministers used to be dynamic leaders with knowledge and experience in their field to take the nation forward. The irony today is that most of our elected leaders are either begging for portfolios or blackmailing their leaders for the same. The appointment, therefore, is more a means of adjustment and caste-appeasement. Can’t some responsible national leaders do something to ar rest this alarming and disgusting trend by making suitable amendments to the Constitution?MUKESH BANSAL, Delhi advertisementlast_img read more

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a month agoReal Madrid coach Zidane pushes Modric to snub Croatia selection

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane pushes Modric to snub Croatia selectionby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane wants Luka Modric to snub national team selection.Modric is currently sidelined with injury, though is expected to be called up by Croatia for the Euro qualifiers against Hungary and Wales, which will be held on October 10th and 13th.Marca says Zidane wants Modric to stay in Madrid and avoid risking a setback in his recovery.Zidane’s stand has the full support of the board, which will make the request on his behalf. last_img read more

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Midday meal report on schools in gram panchayats discussed to redraw plans

first_imgBALURGHAT: In a recent development to provide quality cooked food to be served to the students of different state-run primary and high schools under the scheme of midday meal project in South Dinajpur, a special review meeting on the basis of reports submitted by the officials after inspection in schools has been conducted at Balurghat district administrative building, said a senior government official while talking to Millennium Post on Sunday.”We have convened a meeting on Friday to take appropriate measures so that children get quality food in government-aided primary and high schools. The meeting was chaired by the divisional commissioner Hari Ramalu along with top district administrative officials and district magistrate Nikhil Nirmal,” said district information and cultural officer (DICO) Santanu Chakraborty. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to him, a special drive on midday meal inspection was held for a fortnight from September 2 to 14 by 78 top officials in all eight blocks and two subdivisions. The officials were directed to visit 2,242 schools covering all 64 gram panchayats. During the inspection, they covered 90 percent of the given target which included 2016 schools. “In the meeting, a thorough power-point presentation was given by the officers who had been associated with school inspection. A feedback report on inspection was also accepted. The officials had also been submitted a full-fledged report, including suggestions for better service with special focus on low cost interventions,” said district nodal officer Mahadyuti Adhikary. Adhikary said some suggestions, including special recognition of teacher-in-charges and headmasters of various institutions with exemplary midday Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaymeal practices and a joint workshop involving them and teachers to replicate good practices were accepted during the meeting. “A significant decision was taken that a special workshop will be organised after puja holidays on it,” he said. Notably, special attention has been given to resolve the problem of drinking water crisis in schools. It is learnt from the officials that a joint inspection team from both block and Public Health Engineering (PHE) levels will be organised shortly for water testing. The team will have to submit the report at the earliest to the higher authorities. “The problem related to the matter of approach road connectivity and boundary wall (fencing in schools) will be sorted out soon through block levels. We can’t tolerate the low-quality of rice (food-grains) provided through public distribution system. We have directed all block development officers to look into the matter carefully and asked them to initiate stringent action if the quality of rice is not properly maintained,” said an official. According to a senior official, the figure of proper student-teacher ratio will be maintained strictly while action will be taken to rationalise the ratio if the figure is not balanced. Apart from this, the stress has also been given on constructing dining hall in individual institution. District magistrate Nikhil Nirmal said: “Proper steps will be taken on the basis of their reports. We are determined to provide good cooked food to have served for the students in future.”last_img read more