Injury could end Taylor’s season

first_imgNewcastle defender Steven Taylor’s season could be over after he suffered a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon. “I have known Steven since he was in the Centre of Excellence and he is a great lad. It was great for him to get the goal at a set-play, it was set up for him. “But when he landed, you could tell the way he landed it was something to do with the calf or Achilles and unfortunately it’s not looking good.” It proved a day for casualties on Tyneside as Burnley lost three men before half-time with Jason Shackell and Dean Marney leaving the field under their own steam and Kevin Long, who was making his league debut as a 17th-minute substitute for Shackell, being carried off on a stretcher just 18 minutes later. The 28-year-old, who had earlier given his side the lead, limped off the pitch an hour into the Magpies’ 3-3 Barclays Premier League draw with Burnley at St James’ Park on Thursday afternoon and acting manager John Carver later revealed the club’s medics are fearing the worst. Carver said: “Unfortunately, we have lost Steven Taylor. It looks like he has ruptured his Achilles tendon – and it’s not the one he did previously, so I think that’s the end of him now for the season. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

MICHO: It is unacceptable this great club is not winning trophies

first_imgPirates were the first South African club to be crowned African champions, stunning ASEC Mimosas 1-0 in the Ivory Coast to win the 1995 African Cup of Champions Clubs.They came close to further CAF titles this decade, finishing runners-up in the 2013 Champions League and 2015 Confederation Cup, the second-tier competition.But the 2016-2017 domestic season was a disaster as the “Sea Robbers” ended a humiliating 11th in the 16-club Premiership and failed to win any of three cup competitions.Poor results have been blamed partly on “prima donnas” reportedly dominating the changeroom, reducing various coaches to helpless onlookers.A club insider told AFP this week that Jonevret was a good coach but lacked the man-management skills to rein in a group of big-headed players.Sredojevic came to Africa in 2001 and coached clubs in Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa, Tanzania and Sudan and the national teams of Rwanda and Uganda.He ended a successful spell as coach of Uganda last weekend having failed to secure $64,000 (54,000 euros) in unpaid salaries.[View the story “Former Uganda Cranes coach Micho moves to Orlando Pirates” on Storify]Share on: WhatsApp Orlando Pirates chairman Khoza welcomes Micho. PHOTO @Orlando_PiratesSredojevic named coach of struggling PiratesSoweto, South Africa | AFP |  Serb Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic was confirmed Thursday in Soweto as coach of popular but underachieving South African club Orlando Pirates.“There is huge room for improvement,” said the 47-year-old of a team that has won just one trophy in five seasons.It will be a second stint in charge of the “Buccaneers” for the slightly-built European, whose previous spell lasted just seven months.During that time, Sredojevic took Pirates to the 2006 CAF Champions League semi-finals, but indifferent domestic form cost him his job.He has signed a three-year contract as successor to Swede Kjell Jonevret, who quit Wednesday after winning only six of 18 matches since taking over early this year.“I am a changed, calmer and more confident coach that when last at Pirates,” stressed the Serb during a media conference at the Orlando Stadium home of Pirates.“My biggest motivation for rejoining Pirates is the talent at the club. I see huge room for improvement.“It is totally unacceptable that this great club has not being winning trophies. We must become a team of winners.”last_img read more

Sharks coach weighs in on debate over whether Erik Karlsson is a good teammate

first_imgOTTAWA, Ontario — Erik Karlsson eased the tension at his first press conference in Canada since September’s trade to the Sharks by sitting down at the podium and cracking a joke that everyone in the local media understood: “the time is nigh.”In the 24 hours leading into his presser in Ottawa, a clip of the two-time Norris Trophy winner walking out on the Canadian media in Toronto Wednesday night went viral on social media and was played in a loop on sports television. As Karlsson stepped into …last_img read more

Hi-tech shacks for better living

first_imgThe iShack offers a potential solution to South Africa’s housing delivery backlog, increasing urbanisation and the growing number of informal settlements in the country. The high-tech shack was developed to provide township communities  with a reliable source of electricity and protection from extreme temperatures. Nosanjo Plaatjie and her three young children live in the iShack prototype in Enkanini, outside Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. The iShack is equipped with a photovoltaic solar panel capable of producing enough electricity to power three lights, a mobile phone charger and an outdoor motion detector spotlight. For communities living without electricity, access to power through the solar panels is one of the biggest benefits. (Images: Malcolm Worby) MEDIA CONTACTS • Andreas Keller +27 21 881 3196 RELATED ARTICLES • New way to build green homes • Entrepreneur builds internet empire • First CT homes to feed power to grid • Sunlight transforms communitiesWilma den HartighA team of researchers from Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Sustainability Institute have developed an innovative approach to upgrade housing and improve living conditions in informal settlements.The iShack, or improved shack concept, offers a potential solution to South Africa’s housing delivery backlog, increasing urbanisation and the growing number of informal settlements in the country.According to the UN Habitat State of the World’s Cities 2012/2013 report, 62% of the urban population in sub-Saharan Africa lives in slums. Such dwellings are characterised by poor living conditions and inadequate access to infrastructure such as basic energy, sanitation and water services.“Shacks are becoming the new norm – so what can we do today to improve the living conditions of people through energy intervention, lighting, cell phones, communication, upping security?” says Andreas Keller, one of the designers of the iShack.The sustainable housing concept allows people who don’t have brick and mortar houses to upgrade their existing shacks, or install new shacks, by incorporating solar power panels to meet basic energy needs, and ecological design principles to make daily living a little bit more comfortable.Solutions for South Africa’s housing challengesIn 2011, the National Research Foundation awarded a grant to SU to find ways to upgrade informal settlements, focussing on priority areas such as water, sanitation, food security, waste management, energy and general structural upgrades to shelters.The first iShack was built in October 2011. It drew the attention of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which was so impressed with the idea that it provided grant funding for a pilot project to determine if the improved shack system can be applied at a large scale.Up to 100 shacks will either be newly built or refurbished, and two lucky families are already testing the first prototypes – one new, one refurbished – in the Enkanini Township just outside Stellenbosch.For one of these residents, Nosanjo Plaatjie, a single mother who works as a domestic worker once a week, and her three young children, the brand new iShack has changed their lives.Keller explains that it is important to test how well the iShack design works in new structures, as well as those that are already standing.What does it look like?If you take a quick look at the newly-built eco-friendly shelter it doesn’t look that much different from any of the other makeshift wooden or corrugated houses in the area. But on closer inspection, the improvements are significant.Keller says the structural modifications using ecological design principles make the dwelling much more comfortable to live in.The large windows are positioned in such a way to achieve better air circulation and sunlight heating during the day. The sloped roof and overhang shades the structure on hot days, but in the winter months residents can also harness this handy feature to harvest rainwater.  Solar panels provide more than just electricityKeller says that for communities living without electricity, access to power through the solar panels is one of the biggest benefits.Having electricity means that residents have more disposable income, as they don’t have to spend money on candles and paraffin for lighting and cooking.The iShack prototype is equipped with a photovoltaic solar panel capable of producing enough electricity to power three lights, a mobile phone charger and an outdoor motion detector spotlight, which reduces the risk of crime and helps people feel safer in their homes.Households can access these services on a pay-as-you-go basis, and upgrade the solar infrastructure to run more appliances such as a radio, television or fridge.With electricity residents can also charge their mobile phones at home, a luxury for many people who have to walk long distances to charge their phones elsewhere.Keller explains that a working mobile phone is a lifeline for many South Africans as it enables people to find jobs and earn a better income – as the resident of the second retrofitted iShack prototype discovered.“The man, who relies on casual painting jobs for his weekly income, was able to keep his phone charged and switched on to find more work,” he says.“Mobile phone connectivity is perhaps the greatest example of how the iShack is helping people. We take for granted the ability to be connected all the time.”Using recycled materials“One of the objectives of the project is to use existing materials,” Keller says. This also reduces the overall cost of the iShack.In the pilot houses, the developers have made use of recycled cardboard boxes and old Tetra Pak containers, such as long life milk boxes, for insulation between the exterior zinc surface and the interior.Flame-retardant paint reduces the risk of fires, and inside there are rows of recycled bricks to create a durable floor that can also protect against temperature changes.Maintenance and trainingKeller says one of the most important aspects of the project is training, education and maintenance of solar power systems. Without this, technological interventions in community upgrades often fail.To ensure the iShack concept is successful, local entrepreneurs will receive accredited training in business and engineering principles to help community members maintain the technology in their houses. Technicians will be paid from user fees.“It is important to inform residents about the type of appliances they can use,” he says. “Direct current appliances are more energy efficient and designed to run on solar energy.”“We also have to tell residents about the maintenance of solar panels, because if you don’t clean them often it will reduce their efficiency and the number of solar units you can get out of them.”Keller and his team are also looking to set up energy hubs in the communities where iShacks are built. These facilities will be the base from where trained technicians assist communities and where residents can buy suitable appliances and top up their energy accounts.last_img read more

Messi nets 3, Dembele debuts as Barcelona routs Espanyol

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  After going on as a second-half substitute, Dembele didn’t take long to help his team when he passed for Luis Suarez to round off the rout in the 90th.A third win in as many rounds left Barcelona atop of the standings, with two more points than second-place Sevilla and four more points than defending champion Real Madrid in sixth.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 shutoutMessi opened the scoring at Camp Nou when he received a pass from Ivan Rakitic in what appeared to be an offside position. With no call coming from the referee, Messi dribbled around a defender and fired home.“They told me that the first goal could be offside, (…) but we did a lot to create several chances,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. He got his second by sliding to redirect Jordi Alba’s pass by goalkeeper Pau Lopez. Messi started the attack but lost the ball, only for it to take two deflections off defenders before falling to Alba in the area.After Espanyol forward Pablo Piatti hit the post, Messi made it a treble with a left-footed strike to slot in another pass from Alba.Dembele went on moments later to a round of applause from his new supporters. Barcelona paid a club-record sum to Borussia Dortmund for the 20-year-old France forward. With add-ons, his transfer could reach 147 million euros (about $173 million).Dembele showed his speed when he raced down the right side on a quick counterattack and crossed for Suarez to score.Suarez was making his league debut this season after missing the first two matches with a leg injury.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and Ousmane Dembele set up a goal in his debut for Barcelona in a comfortable 5-0 win over crosstown rival Espanyol on Saturday.Messi struck twice in the first half, and leads the Spanish league with five goals. Gerard Pique headed in a fourth goal.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open title LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

a month agoSevilla sporting director Monchi: We won’t dwell on Real Madrid defeat

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sevilla sporting director Monchi: We won’t dwell on Real Madrid defeatby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla sporting director Monchi insists there’s no need for panic after defeat to Real Madrid.This was Sevilla’s first defeat of the season in LaLiga Santander, but Monchi isn’t getting carried away either way.”It’s a very long season,” he said.”We’re happy with what the team is doing.”We can’t draw positive conclusions for either the good or the bad.”We came up against a team made to win and they played a very good game.” last_img read more

25 days agoPogba calls Man Utd crisis meeting

first_imgPogba calls Man Utd crisis meetingby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United star Paul Pogba reportedly called a team meeting during training last week.He urged his team-mates to “stick together” amid their miserable start to the season.United have made an indifferent start to the campaign with only two wins from their opening six Premier League fixtures ahead of the visit of Arsenal to Old Trafford on Monday.In fact, the Red Devils have won only five of the 17 matches played since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was given the managerial job on a full-time basis in March.An Old Trafford source told The Sun: “Paul got all the players together and has been speaking to them about sticking together.“He has been in good spirits of late and is still pulling for Ole. He initiated a sort of rallying call to the boys. He knows he has a lot of responsibility and trying to inspire the younger guys around him.“The backroom staff are impressed and been appreciated while he has been out injured.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoDavid Luiz decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal offer: I needed new story

first_imgDavid Luiz decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal offer: I needed new storyby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Luiz says he decided to leave Chelsea before Arsenal’s offer to sign him.Luiz, 32, decided he wanted to start a new challenge away from Stamford Bridge.He joined Arsenal on deadline day in a deal that shocked the Premier League.”I always liked Chelsea, no doubt. I saw a possibility of writing a new story in a new place, but I am forever grateful to Chelsea, to all people, to friendships that are for life,” Luiz told TalkSport.”It was an individual decision made through honest conversation – between me and Frank Lampard, no one else.”We had a different idea of the future of the game and that’s why I chose to take a new path.”It’s always very difficult because of the rivalry, but I made the decision to leave Chelsea even before receiving Arsenal’s bid.”As soon as I decided to leave Chelsea – after a few days – Arsenal’s proposal came, and as it was another great club, I didn’t think twice.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more