Champions League: Zidane’s Plaudit for Benzema

first_imgReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has hailed the impact of Karim Benzema after his compatriot lifted the European champions from the early blow of conceding to beat Napoli 3-1 on Wednesday night.Madrid is now on the brink of a seventh successive Champions League quarterfinal as the Los Bloncos aim to become the first team to retain the trophy in the Champions League era.Lorenzo Insigne’s wonder strike from 40 yards after just eight minutes had given Napoli a shock lead at the Bernabeu.However, Zidane was rewarded for keeping faith in Benzema despite fierce criticism of late from the Spanish press as he headed home his 51st Champions League goal to equalise before second-half strikes from Toni Kroos and Casemiro gave Madrid a commanding lead.“I am always happy with him, said Zidane.“He needed that goal which lately he didn’t get, but I am happy not only for the goal but also for how he played generally. He made the rest of the team play better and his movement is very good.“The performances of Karim, Cristiano (Ronaldo), James (Rodriguez) they all made the rest of the team better.”Benzema’s goal also moved him ahead of compatriot Thierry Henry as top French scorer of all-time in the Champions League proper.“It was a great night. We all played well, not just me,” Benzema told Spanish TV station MEGA.“I am very happy and proud of my work. There are a lot of sacrifices, but now I feel good.“I scored a goal and saw that the fans were with me which is very good for my confidence.”Napoli had chances to set up a mouthwatering second leg on March 7 as Dries Mertens blazed over with the goal at his mercy and former Madrid winger Jose Maria Callejon had a goal ruled out for offside late on.However, Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri believes his side still have a chance of reaching the quarterfinals for the first time in their history.“Clearly Madrid played their best game of the past three months and we didn’t play our best,” said Sarri.“If we manage to play at our best we are not that far away. We may lose (in the second leg) but we can go for it.”“It is the first game we have lost in four months. We didn’t manage to express ourselves 100 percent, but we can’t lose our confidence because we have the return game and league games to come.“We don’t have a great chance of turning it around but we have a chance.”Even a pre-match pep talk from former Napoli great Diego Maradona couldn’t inspire the Italians to victory.However, Sarri believes their fast start more than justified his decision to invite the Argentine into the dressing room before kick-off.“Diego spoke with us for 30 seconds, but he is a legend so clearly it had an impact. Our first 10-15 minutes were our best.”Despite that early blow, though, Madrid responded like European champions to take control and Sarri lamented his side’s distribution from the back under Real’s intense pressing.“It was difficult to mount counter-attacks because we gave the ball away so much,” he added.“We were playing a very good team, the best team in the world. The only thing is I feel we committed more errors than normal.“It is normal to suffer in this stadium, it is normal to commit errors, but thanks to these type of games you improve.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Uganda Cranes draw Rwanda, Kenya in World Cup qualifiers

first_imgIn other highlights from the draw, African football champions Algeria, led by Riyad Mahrez, will take on Burkina Faso, Djibouti and Niger in the second round of qualifying.Other heavyweights such as Senegal, relying on 2020 African Footballer of the Year Sadio Mane, and Mohamed Salah’s Egypt will take on less-fancied nations.Madagascar, surprise quarter-finalists in last year’s Africa Cup of Nations, will face the Democratic Republic of Congo.All five African teams failed to reach the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup, the first time that had happened since 1982. Uganda Cranes starting XI vs Malawi in their last game, a African Cup of Nations qualifier, at Namboole last year. PHOTO FUFA MEDIAGroup AAlgeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, DjiboutiGroup BTunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial GuineaGroup CNigeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, LiberiaGroup DCameroon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, MalawiGroup EMali, Uganda, Kenya, RwandaGroup FEgypt, Gabon, Libya, AngolaGroup GGhana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, EthiopiaGroup HSenegal, Congo Brazzaville, Namibia, TogoGroup IMorocco, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, SudanGroup JDR Congo, Benin, Madagascar, TanzaniaAfrican champions Algeria to face Burkina Faso in World Cup qualifyingCairo, Egypt | AFP |  Uganda Cranes will face Rwanda, Kenya and Mali for a place in the final round of African qualifiers for the 2022 Qatar World Cup.Uganda were placed in Group E, one of 40 teams that will compete in 10 groups after the draw in Cairo.“It is a group that presents great opportunity, but also intriguing challenges. We look forward to the journey,” said Uganda Cranes coach Johnny Mckinstry. The group will be a tough one, as Uganda will have four East African derby matches to overcome. It will also be interesting for the reason that Coach McKinstry was Rwanda coach before.“On the footballing level, obviously, Uganda has done better than Kenya and Rwanda in recent years. Derby games can throw up surprising results and are so unpredictable but we will play them with high perfection and a lot of focus. We shall be fully focused and professional to make sure we get the results we need” said McKinstry.The matches will take place from March 2020 until October 2021. Group winners will advance to the third round which will be played in November 2021. The five winners of the final round will secure berths in the 2022 World Cup.Uganda Cranes have never made it to the World Cup before.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju aiming for top 10 Indian finish at 2028 Olympics

first_imgAdvertisement c5r1hNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsz4iWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ezr31b( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 473kWould you ever consider trying this?😱7hxq9Can your students do this? 🌚pdv9Roller skating! Powered by Firework Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju, on Thursday, has claimed that he would fail as the minister of sports; if India cannot finish within the top 10 of the medals tally by 2028 Olympics. Rijiju also mentioned that the country cannot afford to lag behind in sports, as the prevailing mediocrity in the management of National Sports Federations (NSF) is just “unacceptable”.Advertisement During the unveiling programme of the logo of India House which is to be established in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics, Rijiju said, “Our country is set to become the third largest economy in the world by 2022 or 2024, we will be in top three in many fields in the next four-five years. There is no reason why we cannot do well in Olympics,”Advertisement “2020 Olympics is too near but by 2024 or in 2028, India should be in top 10 in medals tally. It is our target. If India cannot do this, I will feel my becoming Sports Minister is of no use,” he added.He then asked the IOA to ensure that the standard of governance in NSFs is high and specially warned that no athlete’s career should be ruined because of any bureaucrats or coach.Advertisement “Mediocrity in sports management will not be accepted. This is very much needed if we want to become a sports powerhouse in the near future. The IOA and the NSFs will have to have high standards of governance. I am happy with the functioning of the IOA. I want the IOA and NSFs to follow high standards of governance.”“Ego of those in the sports management does not serve any purpose. If the career of an athlete is ruined because of the ego of people in the management, the government will not tolerate it. Our approach is athlete centric and sports centric,” he said.  Advertisementlast_img read more

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37 Linden youths graduate from First Lady’s ICT workshop

first_imgFirst Lady Sandra Granger attended the closing ceremony of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Training programme in Linden, Upper Demerara-Berbice (Region Ten), which saw 37 youths receiving certificates accredited by the Board of Industrial Training (BIT).In brief remarks, the First Lady said the programme is aimed at providing young people with skills necessary for the world of work. She also praised the participants for completing the five-week programme.The programme, spearheaded by the Office of the First Lady, provides young adults with training in the areas of Information Communication Technology (ICT), literacy and numeracy, entrepreneurship, sexual reproductive health, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, micromanagement development; and soft skills, including ethics and time management.Similar workshops are slated to be held throughout the country.Director of Community Development and Social Management of the National Data Management Centre, Phillip Walcott, who delivered the feature address to the graduates, urged them to achieve all that they can as life progresses, and aspire to be innovative and motivated.“The people who will innovate are the people who are determined they will not be mediocre; they will not just be part of the crowd, but they will stand out.Do not be content to run with someone else’s vision; stand out! You are at a great starting point,” he said, as he noted that the programme is expected to be expanded.last_img read more

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BCGEU strikes tentative agreement with City of Fort St. John

first_imgFor more information on the agreement, Click Here The BC Government Service and Employees Union have announced it has reached a tentative agreement with the City of Fort St. John. In June, the B.C.G.E.U. accepted the City’s application for mediation, after employees voted 92 per cent in favor of strike action on June 15th. B.C.G.E.U. spokesperson Erin Sikora says a tentative agreement has been reached, and a ratification meeting will be held on July 21st.- Advertisement -Sikora says the City will decide on the tentative agreement on July 27th or 28th. While all the details cannot be released until an agreement is ratified, some information has been made public. It promises a three year agreement that would expire on December 31, 2011 and a three per cent per-year increase. The B.C.G.E.U. represents around 120 city employees, who have been without a contract since the end of December. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 2 Inter Milan 0

first_imgOscar’s lovely finish and Eden Hazard’s cool penalty were the highlights of a classy first-half display by Chelsea in their pre-season friendly in Indianapolis. They made the perfect start to their opening Guinness International Champions Cup match, going ahead after only 11 minutes when Oscar beautifully curled home.And the Blues doubled their lead when Hazard tucked away the spot-kick after Victor Moses had been fouled in the box.Chelsea dominated most of the half, although Petr Cech produced a fine save to keep out Rodrigo Palacio’s deflected effort.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Van Ginkel; Moses, Oscar, Hazard; Lukaku. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Kurtenbach: Hey Warriors, welcome back to the ‘real NBA’

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOh, so this is how the other 29 NBA teams have been living.They’ve been balancing their moments of brilliance with equal, counteracting instances of ineptitude. They’ve been scrapping for everything they get and find themselves at the mercy of 3-point variance on a near-nightly basis.They’ve been lacking rhythm, verve, and joy.And their seasons are an exhausting grind. Frankly, it’s amazing how …last_img read more

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Endangered fynbos gets protection

first_imgFynbos at the Bothasig Nature Conservation Area. (Image: City of Cape Town) MEDIA CONTACTS • Julia Wood   Manager, Biodiversity Management  Department  +27 21 514 4155 RELATED ARTICLES • Floral wealth in caring hands • Protea hotspot under scrutiny • Research to boost rooibos exportsLucille DavieCape Flats plain fynbos, a critically endangered species of flora, has gained another refuge in Cape Town.The Bothasig Nature Conservation Area has been established in the suburb of Bothasig, under the umbrella of the Protected Areas Act, after a 10-year battle to get it declared. The drivers of the campaign were ward councillor James Vos and the city’s biodiversity management department.The 10ha site, 15km north-west of the city centre, was previously an illegal dumping ground and a home to vagrants. “I am pleased to announce that what was a dumping ground and magnet for criminal and anti-social activities is now becoming an area of natural beauty that can be enjoyed and appreciated by all who visit it,” said Vos. “I believe that the establishment of nature reserves and conservation areas are essential in the rebalancing of our environment and our community.”Less than 1% of the Cape Flats plain fynbos is conserved. Bothasig also contains two seasonal wetlands. A fence will be erected around the perimeter of the site, with controlled access. All alien vegetation will be removed and a series of pathways, with signage, will be constructed.Vos said the development “provides a wonderful opportunity to preserve the natural environment within a fast-developing urban landscape”. “Complementing the existing conservation areas alongside Edgemead and towards the Tygerberg Nature Reserve, these conservation sites will benefit the community as a whole in the years to come. This was achieved through much hard work and perseverance.”There are 10 other sites in Cape Town that preserve Cape Flats plain fynbos, including Rondebosch Common, Blaauwberg Conservation Area, Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve, and Milnerton Racecourse Nature Reserve.Cape Town has thousands of indigenous plant species, with 190 endemic to the city and occurring nowhere else in the world. The city and environs has many different soil types and micro climates which support these unique plant species.Natural shrubland or heathlandFynbos is the natural shrubland or heathland vegetation occurring in a small belt of Western and Eastern Cape. It thrives in winter rainfall coastal and mountainous areas with a Mediterranean climate. The Cape’s fynbos is known for its exceptional biodiversity. It grows in a narrow 100km to 200km coastal belt stretching from Clanwilliam on the west coast to Port Elizabeth on the south-east coast, and forms part of the Cape floral kingdom, where it makes up 80% of the plant species found in the area. Of the world’s six floral kingdoms, it is the smallest and richest per unit of area.Vos is working, too, to preserve Cape Flats sand fynbos, which is also critically endangered. “I am working very closely with the staff from the Tygerberg Nature Reserve to consider additional conservation measures such as the restoration of the critically endangered Cape Flats sand fynbos as well as the introduction of other rare plant species; and the putting into practice of educational signage and footpaths,” he explained.The Cape Floristic Region, in which the Cape Floral Kingdom occurs, has a high proportion of unique and endangered species, and as a result is considered a global biodiversity hot spot, according to the department.“The City of Cape Town presents a difficult challenge for biodiversity conservation among cities within South Africa, and possibly globally, as the urban footprint coincides with many unique vegetation types and habitats,” the department states on the City’s website.21 natural vegetation typesOf the 21 national vegetation types in South Africa that are considered Critically Endangered, 10 occur within the city. Of these, three occur nowhere else but within the city’s boundary.A further six threatened vegetation types occur in the city. The Cape Flats is an area that has been under-conserved and has experienced huge urban sprawl dating back decades. This area alone supports more than 1 460 different plant species of which 203 species are threatened with extinction, and five are globally extinct in the wild.“We need to conserve biodiversity, not only for its own sake and for future generations, but because intact natural habitats offer many benefits to humankind, including an improved quality of life and health through the many ecosystem goods and services they provide.“Well-managed natural areas offer recreational and educational as well as sustainable harvesting and nature-based tourism opportunities, and are known to enhance adjacent property values,” says the department.last_img read more

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MISS20 Clip-in On Bang Fringe Hair Extension Natural 1B#-Straight And Longside – Great

first_imgHair piece Midlength:7″/17cm Size:15cm*22cm I was really excited about this order. It just didn’t look real enough on my hair, plus i can now say that a fringe officially does not suit meif you suit a fringe and literally have jet black hair it will be good, but i just use it to muck around with my cousin rather than going outside with it. The clip on hair fringe looks great. It looks natural like it is my own hair(as they should). So often hairpieces tend to look ‘fake’ or too shiny and synthetic, however this product i am very pleased with, for the price too. Shall be looking to order other hairpieces from same supply. I didn’t think it was gonna be that good because of the price but its actually a really good quality, and it blends into my hair very well once its clipped in. Burned my hair with proxide wore this for nearly 6months it was a life saver nobody new it was not my own hair great bye grat price. Absorlutely love this hair piece. Looks so natural and fits my hair colour perfectly. Will be ordering more for sure. It does what it says on the tin and has two clips to hold it in place unlike other ones i’ve purchased from other sellers. CLIP ON HAIR FRINGE Secure:2 pcs of metal clip bring a secure and easy grip SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-11-01 12:16:16Reviewed Item MISS20 Clip-in On Bang Fringe Hair Extension Natural Black 1B#-Straight And LongsideRating 4.7 / 5  stars, based on  21  reviewscenter_img Natural Looking, Easy to apply in seconds I loved this idea, it was quick and easy to use and the shape meant your appearance would always be as if you had just left your hairdresser. It looks real on love it looks better if your hair is straghten bont look good if your hair if natraly frizzy. The fringe/bang wig is beautiful and frames my face very well; it arrived on time and securely, so thank you very much miss20 and amazon uk. Easy to use wrong style for me as the longer parts are to thick. Eventhough the price is less, it meets my requirements. I will recommanded this product whoever is interested. Features of MISS20 Clip-in On Bang Fringe Hair Extension Natural Black 1B#-Straight And LongsideWeight:36.5GMidlength:7″/17cmSize:15cm*22cmSecure:2 pcs of metal clip bring a secure and easy gripNatural Looking, Easy to apply in secondsWeight:36.5G Posted on November 1, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Hair ExtensionsTags MISS20 Alrightlast_img read more

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Planning a New Home: Where to Spend the Money?

first_imgThat’s the subject of this week’s Q&A spotlight. A tight, well-insulated building envelope is fundamental to a high-performance house. So is a heating and cooling system that keeps it comfortable with a minimum input of energy. What happens when the construction budget can’t handle the added costs of high-quality windows and extra insulation as well as high-efficiency mechanicals?That basic question is what’s plaguing Dave W as he works to complete plans for his new home.“Which would you recommend for spending $$ on first: better windows and insulation to reduce heating/cooling requirements, or higher efficiency systems (including geothermal) to reduce costs for meeting the requirements?” he asks in a Q&A post at GreenBuildingAdvisor.“Perfect world would obviously mean doing both,” he adds, “but limited resources ($$) means we’re probably going to have to make [a] choice between options.” RELATED ARTICLES Concerns over minisplit performanceJesse Lizer wonders what happens to the performance in extremely cold temperatures. Moreover, in researching options for his own house (which he covers in a separate Q&A post, Lizer says that ground-source heat pump systems aren’t necessarily that expensive. One quote he’s gotten puts the cost of a ground-source system at $13,000 (after tax credits), which would be substantially less than the special cold-weather ductless minisplit system one manufacturer recommends.The key, Holladay points out, is that a superinsulated house loses heat very slowly, so anything short of a prolonged cold snap shouldn’t be a concern. “If you’re worried,” he write, “install a couple of inexpensive electric-resistance space heaters to get you through the occasional cold snap. That’s a lot cheater than a $25,000 ground-source heat pump.” Weighing the allure of a ground-source heat pumpA geothermal system (more accurately referred to as a ground-source heat pump) is especially intriguing for many homeowners, including Dave. The systems are electrically operated, so they don’t burn any fuel directly, and they can return several times more heat than the energy required to operate them.This energy output-to-input ratio, called the coefficient of performance or COP, is what makes ground-source heat pumps so attractive. The systems are also better suited to cold climates than conventional air-source heat pumps, some of which need a boost from electric resistance elements when temperatures fall into the 30s.The main reason for the high cost of a ground-source heat pump is the expense of installing the ground loop, whether installed horizontally in trenches or vertically in bore holes. And improvements in air-to-air heat pump technology, including the ductless minisplit systems now offered by several Asian manufacturers, could be game-changers.“Ductless minisplit heat pumps have an average COP that is nearly the same as most geo-source heat pumps,” Kevin Dickson tells Dave, “yet the installation cost is just a fraction of what a central geo-source heat pump would cost. More efficiency improvements are happening in the air-to-air heat pump arena,” he adds, “but the cost of drilling and/or laying geo-source coils is not going down. I’m betting on air-to-air technology to make geo-source technology obsolete very soon.” Spending where it countsDuctless minisplit systems begin to look very attractive in superinsulated houses where heating loads are very low and conventional heating equipment is overkill. And that’s at the heart of Dave’s dilemma.“The answer to your question is simple: skip the ground-source heat pump, for the reasons that Kevin mentioned, and focus your attention on improving the thermal envelope of your home,” writes GBA senior editor Martin Holladay. “Anyone who pays attention to these issues realize that for a single-family house, a ground-source heat pump makes no economic sense compared to the ductless minisplit heat pumps from Asia, which are capable of heating a home when the outdoor air temperature is -17 degrees F.”Armando Cobo put it this way: “Whether you have limited resources or not, every house should have: 1. Top envelope seal job and moisture management detailing. 2. Best insulation that you can afford. 3. Best windows that you can afford. Those three will reduce your heating and cooling loads to the max (within you budget), where you can reduce the size of the HVAC system. Hopefully, the HVAC system is designed, installed and commissioned properly.”James Morgan also signs on for the envelope-over-mechanicals priority list, summing up with this: “A top-of-the-line bilge pump is only needed if you have a very leaky boat.” Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated HouseEquipment Versus Envelope Q&A: Do geothermal systems live up to the hype?Green Basics: Heat PumpsGreen Basics: Insulation Overview Our expert’s opinionHere’s what Peter Yost, GBA’s technical director, had to say:It feels a bit like piling on, but optimizing the building envelope as much as you can afford over the space conditioning systems is the clear winner in my book.A couple of key points:Importance of design: Spending money on optimizing the building envelope means spending money on design first. Building configurations, window placement, and total square area of glazing have a lot of influence on building performance, even before you get to building assembly design and construction. And layout can become really important if you get the space conditioning loads low enough such that an open floor plan means minimized distribution.Do what we do best: As a builder or remodeler, optimizing the building envelope performance is largely in your control whereas optimizing the HVAC system is likely to place much of that control in someone else’s hands. Systems such as ground source heat pumps, in my experience, are very dependent on the quality of installation and the engineering of the system. Spending the money on your expertise and craftsmanship is a more certain return, in my book.Shift to importance of other loads: Interestingly, if you get your space conditioning loads low enough, then the performance of equipment related to other loads — such as hot water, appliances, and lighting — can become as important to your overall energy performance as your HVAC system and its performance.Long-term logic: Lastly, you can almost always change out mechanical equipment much more easily than you can radically change building envelope performance, particularly when the space conditioning loads are relatively small because of your killer envelope. Put your money in the envelope — initially and for the long run.last_img read more

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