Delighted Tsonga wins World Tennis title

first_imgROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP): Jo-Wilfried Tsonga clinched his 13th career title yesterday, rallying from a set down to beat David Goffin of Belgium 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the World Tennis Tournament. The sixth-seeded Frenchman hit 10 aces and, although he dropped his serve twice, he broke the third-seeded Goffin’s serve four times. Tsonga, ranked 14, lost the final here in Rotterdam six years ago. His previous title also came on indoor hard courts in Metz, France, two years ago. “I’m really happy. The last couple of months, I put in a lot of effort to come back to this level,” Tsonga said. “It’s a huge reward for me and it gives me new expectations for the rest of the year.” The powerful Tsonga changed his approach to play more to his strengths and dictate points more. “I changed my serve and worked a lot on my backhand and my returns. I also changed my strings. There were many things to improve my game,” he said. “In the second set, I showed a different mentality on court. I was more aggressive and it made the difference.” He improved to 4-2 overall in career meetings against the 11th-ranked Goffin, who won both of his career titles in 2014. The 31-year-old Tsonga reached the milestone of 400 career wins this week, and victory in the final was his 401st. Goffin, meanwhile, will become the first Belgian man to break into the top 10 when the rankings are published on Monday. “I was a bit tired. I started the final really well, but in the end Jo played better than me,” the 26-year-old Goffin said. “Of course I’m disappointed, but I played some good tennis.”last_img read more

Tanzania beat Zanzibar, move closer to semis

first_img0Shares0000Tanzania striker Ditram Nchimbi is joined by teammates Hassan Dilunga and David Mapigano in celebrating his goal against Zanzibar during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Group B match at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 10 – Zanzibar must now beat Kenya’s Harambee Stars on Saturday to qualify for the semi-finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup after losing 1-0 to rivals Tanzania in their second group match at the Lugogo Arena in Kampala on Tuesday.Ditram Nchimbi scored the lone goal for the Tanzanians to enhance their chance of making it to the last four. They will qualify for the semis on Saturday if they beat Sudan in their final group match regardless of the result Zanzibar posts against Kenya. Sudan are also on one point and have a chance of qualifying. With victory, they can progress to the last four if Zanzibar fail to get victory against Kenya.“I am happy with how we responded after losing the first game and today we were better. We played as a unit and that’s why we won. Now we focus on Sudan to get a win and confirm our place in the semis,” Tanzania coach Juma Mgunda said after the match.Nchimbi scored the lone goal in the 38th minute after reacting to a spilled ball when Zanzibar keeper Suleiman Ahmed punched a cross from Athumani Miraji back into play.Tanzania defender Bakari Mwamnyeto vies for the ball with Zanzibar’s Haji Mngwali during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Group B match at the Lugogo Arena on December 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluEven before the goal, Tanzania had some good chances to score with Miraji headed just over from a Gadiel Michael cross while Jonas Mkude saw his shot from range fly inches over the bar.Zanzibar stepped up in the second half and had a chance when Abdul Aziz Makame connected to a Mwinyi Mngwali freekick from the right, but the effort flew straight into keeper Aishi Manula’s arms.On a counter, Tanzania had a chance when Miraji released Nchimbi through on goal, but the latter’s effort was saved by the keeper who sped off his line to narrow the gap.Hamis Suleiman had two chances for the islanders, first his shot from the edge of the box being deflected for a corner while another effort also from distance went straight into Manula’s arms.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Inter Milan warned over Everton and Southampton target

first_imgThe agent of Thomas Meunier has told Inter Milan to step up their interest or risk losing the Everton and Southampton target to the Premier League.The right-back has caught the eye for Club Brugge this season and his performances have sparked interest from sides around Europe.Both Everton and Southampton are said to have scouted the 23-year-old, while Aston Villa are another Premier League club believed to be in the running for the Belgium international.The English sides have been joined in the race for Meunier by Inter Milan, who are keen to bolster their defensive options this summer.However, the Serie A club have now been told they must move quickly or face missing out.“No one has spoken with me [about Meunier] yet”, the defender’s agent, Franco Iovino, said.“Italy is an interesting destination, but it is important that the Italian teams take some concrete steps and do so quickly, given the competition from English and German clubs.” 1 Thomas Meunier last_img read more

Lake Arrowhead evacuated, some 10,000 homes threatened

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. It was also not immediately known how many residents were forced to flee the mountaintop resort communities as many are part-time residents of the area, which at its seasonal height is home to upwards of 15,000 people. LAKE ARROWHEAD – Wind-whipped fires tore through the San Bernardino mountains for a third day Tuesday, forcing the evacuation of entire communities surrounding the resort area of Lake Arrowhead and raising the number of homes destroyed to more than 400. Thousands of people, including hospital patients, were forced to flee advancing flames that leaped through the mountains, burning one home after another and threatening as many as 10,000 residences, said U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Gina Sampson. The two-pronged fire destroyed 425 homes in the Lake Arrowhead and Running Springs communities, sending thousands fleeing down the mountain, Sampson said. One of the fires was threatening at least 10,000 homes; the other was threatening 400. Mountain Community Hospital in Lake Arrowhead was evacuated, and patients in hospital gowns were transported out of the area. Sampson said it was not immediately known where the patients were taken.last_img read more

Johnson wins Dungloe 5K – where did you come?

first_imgDungloe 5k 2016Place Bib Name Gender AG Club Time1. 197 Chris Johnson m SM Finn Valley 15:08,52. 155 Ciaran Doherty m SM Letterkenny A.C. 15:15,73. 130 Dermot Mc Elchar m SM Finn Valley A.C. 16:31,94. 125 Shane McNulty m SM Finn Valley 16:45,15. 170 Gerard Gallagher m SM Finn Valley A.C. 16:53,46. 157 Seamus O Donnell m M40 Finn Valley A.C. 16:53,57. 181 John Mc Callion m SM Limerick A.C. 17:09,58. 129 Colin Mc Nulty m M40 Finn Valley A.C. 17:09,79. 221 Noel Diver m SM Rosses A.C. 17:10,810. 169 Shane Gallagher m SM Finn Valley A.C. 17:13,811. 109 John Muir m M40 17:20,612. 164 Paddy Ryan m SM Finn Valley A.C. 17:27,913. 163 Mark Mc Paul m SM Finn Valley A.C. 17:28,014. 232 Willie MacGiollaBhride m SM Rosses AC 17:46,315. 138 Eamon Carr m JM Cambuslang 17:47,716. 161 Anthony Doherty m M40 Milford AC 17:48,217. 184 Eamon Mc Gee m SM Rosses A.C. 17:50,318. 219 Michael Logue m M40 Rosses A.C. 18:00,219. 110 Sharon Muir f SW 18:09,920. 133 John O Brien m SM Tír Chonaill A.C. 18:13,621. 140 Damien Macklin m SM 18:18,422. 198 Barry Gallagher m SM Finn Valley 18:20,623. 245 Kevin McGee m M40 Rosses AC 18:35,224. 215 Garvin Ward m SM Dungloe GAA 18:43,525. 212 Paul Mc Gee m SM Rosses A.C. 18:49,626. 175 Adrian Ward m M40 18:56,727. 144 Stephen Mc Geever m SM 19:10,028. 177 Manus McHugh m SM BOG AC 19:15,029. 151 Ronan Brennan m SM 19:16,530. 189 Michael O Donnell m M50 Preston Harriers 19:21,931. 134 Richard Mc Carthy m M50 Tír Chonaill A.C. 19:22,732. 201 John Paul Wilson m SM 19:25,533. 108 Eoghan O Colla m SM Rosses A.C. 19:26,834. 107 Eoghan O’Donnell m JM Giffnock North 19:28,335. 243 Odhran Catney m JM Beechmount Harriers 19:28,736. 160 Maria Ni Mhaolacain f SW LAC 19:31,337. 190 Mark Connolly m M50 Finn Valley 19:38,138. 202 Declan Ferry m SM 19:40,339. 152 Siobhan Gallagher f SW 19:43,440. 176 Declan McGee m SM 19:47,241. 111 Michael Duncan m M50 Lifford Strabane AC 19:49,942. 182 Garvin Boyle m M40 Finn Valley 19:54,143. 135 Barry Mackey m M50 Letterkenny A.C. 19:55,244. 251 Shaun McDevitt m SM 19:58,045. 122 Clive O’Donohoe m SM 19:59,946. 250 Adrian Sweeney m M40 Dungloe GAA 20:00,447. 199 Jack Walsh m JM 20:16,848. 136 Donal Haughey m M50 Tir Chonaill 20:17,249. 127 Dominick Doherty m JM 20:20,550. 203 Paul McKelvey m SM BOG AC 20:25,251. 193 Richard White m JM Crusaders 20:26,652. 104 Oran Wallace m JM Rosses AC 20:26,953. 183 Denise Ward f SW Foyle Valley A.C. 20:28,154. 141 James Macklin m SM 20:29,955. 173 Sinead Boyle f W40 Rosses AC 20:31,356. 132 Max McCole m JM 20:32,057. 124 Noeleen Merritt f W50 Finn Valley A.C. 20:32,058. 137 Eddie Carr m M50 Cambuslang 20:36,659. 126 Daire Gallagher m JM 20:40,860. 179 Marie Harper f SW Finn Valley 20:42,261. 218 Seamus Mc Enhilln m SM 20:49,662. 259 Patrick Trimble m M40 BOG AC 20:51,763. 186 Noel Boyd m M40 Rosses A.C. 20:59,564. 139 Owen Coyle m M50 Rosses AC 21:02,965. 166 Helen Mc Cready f SW Rosses A.C. 21:08,366. 216 Kevin Brennan m M40 Bog A.C. 21:13,767. 168 Andrew Turner m JM Giffnock North AAC 21:18,268. 227 Michael Rodgers m SM Rosses AC 21:26,669. 252 Adrian McGeehan m SM 21:29,670. 156 Marie Rooney f W50 Tír Chonaill A.C. 21:33,371. 253 Paddy Sharkey m M40 21:38,272. 240 Rioghnach Catney f JW Beechmount Harriers 21:40,173. 235 Denis Boner m M40 Rosses A.C. 21:40,474. 236 Johanna Mc Cambridge f JW DSD 21:41,875. 143 Cathal Mc Geever m JM 21:43,576. 145 Shaun Mc Geever m SM 21:44,977. 153 Philomena Gallagher f W40 Tir Chonaill 21:49,278. 150 Denis Boyle m M40 21:51,979. 162 Liam Doherty m M40 21:52,880. 226 Kathleen Rodgers f SW Rosses AC 22:06,281. 158 Hannah Capey f JW Greenwich Tritons 22:08,482. 123 Noreen Boner m M50 Finn Valley 22:18,183. 154 Linda Ward f W40 Tír Chonaill A.C. 22:19,884. 174 John Ferry m M50 22:20,285. 147 Jackie Harvey f W50 Tir Chonaill 22:23,486. 180 Mark Brennan m JM 22:23,787. 225 Niah McEnhill f SW 22:23,888. 167 David Turner m M40 22:25,189. 210 Odhran McGonagle m JM 22:28,290. 149 Vera Haughey f W50 Tir Chonaill 22:41,391. 214 Paul Mc Garvey m SM Dungloe GAA 22:45,692. 207 Edwina Sweeney f W40 Tir Chonaill 22:52,893. 209 Kolja Deicke m M40 22:58,894. 105 Carleen Gallagher f SW 23:00,895. 120 Eddie Mc Fadden m M40 23:02,196. 106 Nuala O’Donnell f JW Giffnock North 23:06,597. 103 Martin McCafferty m M40 Swanglings 23:08,098. 194 Bronagh Heverin f W40 Tir Chonaill 23:30,199. 248 David Alcorn m SM 23:31,4100. 187 Marion Boyle f W50 Foyle Valley 23:38,3101. 211 Donal Boyle m SM 23:40,4102. 191 Patricia Hegarty f W40 Tir Chonaill 23:45,1103. 148 Brian Gallagher m M50 23:47,1104. 185 Aidan Brennan m JM 23:57,6105. 121 Noel Breslin m M40 24:07,0106. 246 Liz Mac Phaidin f SW 24:09,2107. 146 John Wallace m SM 24:20,1108. 192 Brendan McDyre m M40 24:21,2109. 119 Joseph Casey m M50 24:27,7110. 208 Rosemary Dewhurst f W40 Tir Chonaill 24:28,1111. 238 Evelyn Mc Geehan f W40 Finn Valley A.C. 24:35,4112. 222 Fergus Campbell m JM 24:36,4113. 213 Martin Mc Gettrick m M40 24:42,4114. 171 Maria Bonner f JW Tir Chonaill 24:46,8115. 172 Packie Boner m M40 24:47,7116. 244 Ryan Gillespie m SM 24:52,2117. 159 Georgia May f JW 25:03,9118. 233 Malachy Doyle m M50 25:23,6119. 257 Owen Gallagher m M50 Glenavey 25:26,5120. 178 Grace Garvey f SW Rosses AC 25:26,8121. 239 Mary Martin f W50 Finn Valley A.C. 25:27,2122. 142 Michael O Donnell m SM 25:39,2123. 254 Stacy Bonner f SW 25:39,5124. 113 Hugh Mc Gill m M40 26:08,7125. 220 Leona O Donnell f SW 26:16,7126. 247 Laura Greene f SW 26:17,3127. 256 Catriona Ward f SW 26:32,8128. 116 Fiona Morrow f SW 26:52,5129. 234 Bridget Molloy f SW 27:40,6130. 118 Ann Maire Gibbons f W40 Fintown 27:50,0131. 241 Sharron Sykes f W40 Beechmount Harriers 27:52,8132. 229 Darragh McGillicuddy m JM 27:52,8133. 242 Bryanna Catney f JW Beechmount Harriers 27:54,0134. 231 Marie Ní Dhonaill f SW 27:57,3135. 114 Kathleen Mc Devitt f W50 28:26,5136. 249 Gerard Sharkey m M50 Swanlings 28:28,9137. 196 Robert Davis m M50 28:32,8138. 230 Aine Clarke f JW Ennislillen AC 28:32,9139. 228 Nabla Campbell f SW 28:38,4140. 165 Gearldine Bonner f SW 28:41,0141. 258 Angela Trimble f W40 Tir Connall AC 28:47,3142. 112 Maire McGill f W40 28:52,0143. 188 Jacqueline O Donnell f W40 29:04,8144. 223 Nessa Campbell f SW 29:38,4145. 204 Tam Armstrong m SM 30:22,3146. 205 Max Davis m M50 30:23,9147. 117 Maureen Boyle f W40 Fintown 30:27,8148. 195 Desmond Brownlie m M50 Lagan Valley AC 30:49,8149. 115 Nuala Mc Cool f SW 31:44,2150. 206 Patricia McMonagle f SW 33:47,5151. 217 Darren Whelan m SM Tír Chonaill A.C. 34:12,1152. 131 Annette McCole f W40 34:12,4153. 200 Rosemary Connolly f W50 Finn Valley 34:26,5154. 237 Greg Mc Cambridge m M50 36:10,0155. 224 Catriona Campbell f JW 38:20,5 Johnson wins Dungloe 5K – where did you come? was last modified: July 26th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to 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Chelsea midfielder to leave after agreeing terms with new club

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Pasalic has won six caps for Croatia Instead, the Croatia international has been loaned out and he has had spells at Elche, Monaco, AC Milan and Spartak Moscow.And now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Pasalic is off to Atalanta after agreeing terms with them. 2 The Italian club are set to sign the midfielder on loan for the season, but they do have the option to make the move permanent.Atalanta can sign Pasalic outright next summer provided they cough up £13.3m in full. LIVING THE DREAM REVEALED Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets Latest transfer news Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland moving on Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic has given the thumbs up to a loan move to Atalanta.The 23-year-old has been at Stamford Bridge since 2014 but he is still yet to appear for the first team. targets TOP WORK RANKED LATEST IN DEMAND Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Such a deal will mean Chelsea make a hefty profit on a player they bought for just £3m from Hajduk Split back in 2014. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January three-way race Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Pasalic has spent his entire Chelsea career away from Stamford Bridge on loan 2last_img read more


first_imgThe Irish winner of the 2011 UK Ironman contest Gerry Duffy is one of the speakers at this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Week, which starts on Monday, March 5.Duffy, who ran 32 marathons in 32 days, is a motivational speaker.High-profile media commentator Dr. Maureen Gaffney, social media guruKrishna De and Gerry Duffy are just some of the high profile speakers.Organised by Donegal County Enterprise Board, in conjunction with its enterprise partners in Donegal, the aim of the week-long programme of events is to inspire and motivate people to consider starting their own business and to provide a learning and networking forum for those already in business. Running from Monday 5th March through to Friday March 9th in venues across the county; the theme for the week is “With winning in mind”.“There is a great mix of guests and some brilliant events this year”, saidMichael Tunney, Chief Executive of Donegal County Enterprise Board.  “Wehave lined up some really inspirational speakers along with consultantswho can give practical day-to-day advice on how to run a business”.The week kicks off in Letterkenny at lunchtime on Monday 5th with DebraSearle, entrepreneur, author and adventurer.  Debra first hit theheadlines when she single-handedly rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.In an epic 3 ½ month journey she battled 30 foot waves, sharks and force 8gales in a 23 foot plywood boat before reaching her destination. Sincethen she has completed the Yukon River Quest and sailed around theAntarctic. Debra has also launched two companies, published a book andpresented regularly for BBC television. Events continue on Tuesday 6th with a workshop in Letterkenny Institute ofTechnology (LYIT) on generating new business ideas, followed later thatday by a Failte Ireland seminar on marketing tourism websites held at theStation House Hotel in Letterkenny. That afternoon in Ballybofey PaulaFitzsimons, a consultant with the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)project will speak about gender and entrepreneurship.On Wednesday two of Ireland’s leading digital marketing experts, KrishnaDe and Gareth Dunlop, will host a workshop and panel discussion on websitedesign and online strategy for small businesses.  Krishna De is anaward-winning commentator and social media strategist for companies suchas RTE, Bank of Ireland and Diageo.  Gareth Dunlop is a respected digitalmarketing consultant and ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’ at the NorthernIreland Science Park. He is also former managing director of digital mediafirms Tibus and ION Online Marketing.On Thursday morning the focus will turn to the “Student Enterprise Awards2012” in the Mount Errigal hotel Letterkenny, during which there will be ashowcase of the finalists and the announcement of the overall winners.There will also be seminars on controlling cashflow, marketing yourbusiness and lean manufacturing.One of the biggest events of the week will take place on the morning ofFriday 9th, when leading broadcaster and academic Dr. Maureen Gaffneyheadlines a seminar on “Maximizing Your Business Potential ThroughWellbeing”.  Dr. Gaffney is a regular contributor to the Vincent Browneshow, appears frequently on RTE television and radio and is an Irish Timescolumnist.  Her most recent book, “Flourishing”, reached number 1 in theIrish best-seller list.  Dr. Gaffney will discuss ways to maintain apositive outlook and increase your mental resilience, beneficial advicefor any business people.  She will be joined by Gerry Duffy, Irishtri-athlete and author.  Gerry rose to public prominence last year when hewon the inaugural UK Iron man competition, finishing first by over 22hours after a gruelling week long endurance test.  Claire Burge, founderof GetOrganized, will join the seminar to provide advice on how toincrease personal productivity. Enterprise Donegal Business Week 2012 will wrap up on Friday evening witha “Cook Off” between TDs Padraig MacLochlainn and Charlie McConologue in Redcastle Hotel, hosted by Community Chef Brian McDermott.  Brian willalso provide a cookery demonstration showing how to prepare a classic fishdish using local ingredients.For further information about Enterprising Donegal Business Week 2012contact Celine Carroll, Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 oremail Alternatively, you can visit theDonegal County Enterprise Board’s website at andregister online.IRONMAN TO KICK-START ENTERPRISING DONEGAL BUSINESS WEEK was last modified: February 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

Uganda Cup: Bul stand in Express’ path to semis

first_img Tags: Bul FCExpress FCGeorge SsemwogererePeter Onenstanbic uganda cuptop Express eliminated Police FC in the last round (file photo)Stanbic Uganda Cup-Quarter finals Express FC vs Bul FCBetway Mutessa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Monday, 11-03-2019 @4pmWANKULUKUKU – Express FC will be hoping to take care of Bul when the two sides meet in the Stanbic Uganda Cup quarter finals on Monday afternoon.The Red Eagles have not reached the semis since they lost to KCCA in 2017 but with some of the big guns already out, they will be fancying their chances to go all the way.With only Vipers, amongst the traditional top four sides, left in the competition, George Ssemwogerere’s side are right to dream of a first triumph in the competition since 2007 but they will need to win on Monday first.“We want to win it because it is a while since we triumphed in the Cup, said Ssemwogerere ahead of the game.Express will have a host of players returning for the game. Eric Kambale who has been out for a while returns after recovering from injury while Lawrence Kigonya who missed the 0-0 draw at home to Mbarara in the League due to suspension also returns.Speaking about the team news, Ssemwogerere had this to say;“It’s good that Kambale (Eric) is back. The only worry is, he’s not yet on the level he is supposed to be playing at but he is doing well, added the former Isaac (Mutanga) adds leadership to us and he is welcome, (Brian Umony) also improving fitness wise as well as Tony (Odur). They are experienced players and make us stronger.For Bul, they are one of several clubs featuring in the top tier minus winning ether the Cup or League.They may be one of the outsiders for this year’s Uganda Cup but definitely a side that is capable of causing upsets.Having eliminated Mbarara in the round of 32, they will be confident they can also take care of Express.“We know how big a side Express is but we are not scared of them. Said Bul coach Peter Onen.“All we are supposed to do is try and play well and hopefully win the contest.“When you reach such a stage, people will start talking about you winning the competition but for us we are concentrating the task ahead of us and that is Express.Match Facts:This will be the third meeting between the two sides this season with Bul winning one and drawing the other.However, it is the 17th meeting between them since Bul were promoted to the top tier in 2011.In the first 16, Bul have won 7, Express 4 and the other five ending in draws.Bul have not won any of their last two visits to Wankulukuku, drawing one and losing the other whilst not scoring a single goal.Express have won three of their last five Uganda Cup games, losing only one.At home, the Red Eagles have won all of their last two Cup games including the penalty shoot-out victory over Police in the last round.For Bul, they have won 5 of their last 6 Cup games, losing the other.Away from home, Onen’s side have won all four of their last four cup games including the penalty shoot-out win over Mbarara at the round of 32 this season.The Stanbic Uganda Cup quarter final results and fixtures.–Saturday, 09-03-2019 – Nebbi Central FC 0-1 Bright Stars FC.–Sunday, 10-03-2019 – Kyetume FC 0 (4)-0 (1) Wakiso Giants FC.–Monday, 11-03-2019 – Express FC vs Bul FC–Tuesday, 12-03-2019 – Proline FC vs Vipers SCComments last_img read more

SA celebrates with Obama

first_imgMillions of people around the world will watch the historic inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama.Khanyi Magubane As the United States comes to a standstill on 20 January to witness the inauguration of its 44th president Barack Obama, South Africa has planned its own series of celebrations.Dubbed one of the most prolific moments in American history, the inauguration of Obama, America’s first black president, has grabbed the attention of the world.The swearing-in of Obama as the nation’s 44th president on the west steps of the Capitol, Washington DC, at noon (7pm South African time) is expected to draw between one to three million spectators.  South African ambassador to America Welile Nhlapo will represent the country at the celebrations.No foreign delegations were invited to the inauguration and countries were informed beforehand that only those on ambassadorial level will be invited.Not to be left out though, a glitzy, formal inauguration ball will held at South Africa’s Monte Casino on 20 January, where a live satellite transmission of the events will be screened.Tickets to the now sold-out event were going at R1 000 (US$100) each.Renowned South African film producer Anant Singh is also in the process of filming a documentary around the ascension of Obama to the top seat.Singh was in America on election day in November 2008 when Obama was announced as the winner of the elections and declared the president-elect.At the moment all that is left for Singh is to capture the final footage of the historic inauguration.Currently, talks are in place with various South African and American TV networks to air the documentary soon after the swearing-in.The documentary includes an interviews with Obama himself, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, who hosted Obama in South Africa when he visited Robben Island.  Television stations in South Africa will broadcast the event.Party revellers will also be out in full swing as nightclubs in South Africa also host “inauguration parties”.A Cape Town based nightclub Roots Club will be hosting an Obama party in Observatory, where revellers have been encouraged come dressed up in an American theme.In Johannesburg, club goers will also be making their way to Sinabar. The popular nightclub will start the evening’s proceedings with a live broadcast of the swearing in.President Motlanthe’s message to ObamaAlthough not attending the event, President Kgalema Motlanthe has issued a congratulatory message to Obama.He hailed the profound place in history the event will always hold. “Your election to this high office of the American people, carries with it hope for millions of your country men and women as much as it is for millions of people of particularly of the African descent both in the continent of Africa as well as those in the Diaspora”.Motlanthe reiterated that Obama’s victory is Africa’s victory. “Accordingly, Africa which today stands proud of your achievements, can only but look forward to a fruitful working relationship with you both at a bilateral and multilateral levels in our endeavour to create a better world for all who live in it.“We express the hope that poverty and under-development in Africa which remains a challenge for humanity will indeed continue to receive a greater attention of the focus of the new administration,” said Motlanthe.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at Related articlesObamamania sweeps Africa Yes, we can Obama: African for White House? Useful linksDemocrats abroad South Africa Department of Foreign AffairsDemocratic Partylast_img read more

Blue Heron EcoHaus: Adding Walls and Roof

first_imgThe importance of roof overhangsThe roof is what really gives a house its personality. In A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander writes, “The roof plays a primal role in our lives. The most primitive buildings are nothing but a roof. If the roof is hidden, if its presence cannot be felt around the building, or if it cannot be used, then people will lack a fundamental sense of shelter.”We had really debated about doing a house without overhangs. When scouring design sites, we had seen a lot of examples of houses without overhangs.I really like the look of some of the vernacular houses we saw, and we came very close to building something along these lines. However, we were talked out of it — or perhaps, talked into proper overhangs, by our engineering team from Integrated Design. They were very adamantly against the “no overhang” aesthetic that we were drawn to. Granted, they had some valid points including: adequate shading in the summer, protecting the siding and windows from rain and excessive moisture, and keeping water away from the foundation. Grudgingly, I did some of my own research, and, dammit, they were right.Our favorite house is called the “Stockily in Balsthal” by Pascal Flammel Arkitekten. Now those are overhangs. This house is just so badass. (Granted, this house has very large windows on the gable ends that have absolutely no shading — which would certainly lead to overheating).Our house is only a bungalow, so we could not have as crazy intense overhangs as this place — but still it served as good inspiration, and also got some good eye-rolls from the engineers, especially when we would tell them, “Well, if we can’t build a house without overhangs, then we want this!”After playing around with solar studies (using a computer program) and tracing the path of the sun at our GPS location, we found that the optimal overhang width — one that would give complete shading in the summer, ultimate solar gain in the winter, and still look badass — was a 48-inch overhang. Most roof overhangs in this part of the country are 12 inches to 20 inches wide, so 48 inches is quite a statement. I loved that fact that it balanced the aesthetics with the practicality of overhangs.But I was not sure how this would really look until the guys got the rafters up and in place. At 38 feet wide and nearly 20 feet tall, the truss company had to send a special truck out to deliver them. I took that as a good sign that these were going to be unique. The day following the completion of the excavation, backfill, grading, and dirt hauling, Taylor and Curtis with EcoSmart got to work framing the double-stud exterior walls. We had chosen to use the “deep wall system” originally developed by Rob Dumont, a local Saskatoon engineer who is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of superinsulated green building. He has been a major inspiration to the owner of EcoSmart Developments, Murray Guy.Dumont had been one of primary engineers in creating the Saskatchewan Conservation House – which is one of the original homes that inspired the German Passivhaus movement. Rob Dumont built his own home in 1992 using his deep wall system. It was considered to be the most energy efficient house in the world at the time.Rob Dumont’s home in Saskatoon. [Photo credit: Michael Henry]Dumont developed this superinsulated wall system and Peter Amerongen from Edmonton, Alberta, has been perfecting it over the past few years, using it in the Riverdale NetZero and the Mill Creek NetZero homes, among others. To my knowledge, no one since Dumont himself has built another home in Saskatchewan using this type of wall system. I’ve written about this wall system previously, but now we were going to see it come to life before our eyes.Taylor and Curtis had of course never built this type of wall before, but they had done extensive research and were very motivated. This wall system includes two parallel 2×4 walls, spaced 16 inches apart, thereby creating an 8-inch void between each 2×4 wall. There is no need to offset the studs as the large void, which will be filled with dense-packed cellulose (recycled newspaper), has no thermal bridging whatsoever.We elected to space the 2x4s at 16-inch centers for both the interior and exterior walls. It is possible to space the non-loading bearing wall at 24-inch centers, but when attaching the wood siding to the exterior wall (our non-load bearing wall), this might be a little more tricky. RELATED ARTICLES Monitoring Moisture Levels in Double-Stud WallsLstiburek’s Ideal Double-Stud Wall DesignGreen Basics: Double-Stud Walls Is Double-Stud Wall Construction the Path to Efficiency on a Budget?Robert Dumont’s Superinsulated House in SaskatoonEvery House Needs Roof OverhangsMartin’s Ten Rules of Roof Design Editor’s note: Kent Earle and his wife, Darcie, write a blog called Blue Heron EcoHaus, documenting their journey “from urbanites to ruralites” and the construction of a superinsulated house on the Canadian prairies. Their previous blog on GBA was called Dealing With Really Bad Water. The blog below was originally published in July 2015. (A complete list of Kent Earle’s GBA blogs is provided in the “Related articles” sidebar below.)center_img Of course this wall system takes a bit longer to construct then your typical stick-framed house, as each wall needs to be built twice. What the guys did was to lay the lumber one on top of the other to ensure that the spacing was appropriate. The studs were nailed together with a double bottom plate (we will be pouring 1 1/2 inches of concrete for the main floor, so another bottom plate was needed in for securing the drywall) and a double top plate. The two walls were then secured to a 16-inch-wide 3/8-inch OSB header and footer, and tipped up into place using wall jacks. The walls were then glued and nailed into place and sheathed on the outside.The first day they framed the west wall, which is 30 feet long. Honestly, the excitement of seeing a wall could not be contained that day.On day two they framed the north side, which is a 48-foot wall with minimal penetrations — one window in a bedroom, one in the hall for ventilation, and the back door.Day three was the west wall, again 30 feet long, which included three large windows. (Energy efficiency geeks will note that there is minimal benefit to large windows on the east side and there is risk of overheating in the spring and fall.) However, these windows look onto an amazing river view that we had to enjoy. The windows will have glazing with a special coating designed to reduce heat gain (more on that later).On day four they ambitiously completed our southern wall, our primary 48-foot wall. This wall has three massive windows — each more then 10 feet wide — and a patio door to the deck. This side of the house looks onto a beautiful southern view across the river valley. The windows will also be a source of heat gain in the wintertime.Next would come the interior walls and roof. Suddenly, this was looking like a house! BLOGS BY KENT EARLE Dealing With Really Bad WaterMaking an ICF FoundationLet Construction BeginPicking High-Performance WindowsHow Small Can We Go?Choosing a Superinsulated Wall SystemHeating a Superinsulated House in a Cold ClimateIs Passivhaus Right for a Cold Canadian Climate?last_img read more