first_img“Also I want to share with you the birth of my son Mateo, who was born extremely preterm and is fighting day by day with the help of the medical team,” he tweeted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City midfielder David Silva pictured during their English Premier League match against Watford at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on January 2, 2018 © AFP / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 3 – Manchester City’s Spanish international forward David Silva missed four matches recently because his prematurely-born baby son is fighting for his life, he revealed on Wednesday.The 31-year-old — who returned to the runaway Premier League leaders starting line-up for Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Watford — thanked everyone for their support on his twitter account @21LVA.last_img read more

first_imgTHERE’S nothing like money to cause a row – and that is what has happened after Donegal County Council yesterday gave Finn Harps a €20,000 lifeline.Senior soccer fans in the county are delighted with the move, as are businesses in the Twin Towns which benefit from travelling teams and their supporters.Cllr Barry O’Neill said Finn Harps was more than just a football club but a symbol of sport in Donegal and said the club should be helped in a time of crisis. Finn Harps chairman Joey O’Leary said the club employed 22 people last year and was more than just a football club.“This money will go directly into the club. We have structural work to do and this is emergency funding.“Times are tough but the reality is that if we do not get this money then Finn Harps will close,” he said.But those who have no interest in sport aren’t so happy. And they’re saying so…on donegaldaily.com.Your views are welcome in our comments section below. Foul language or ludicrous claims however will be moderated or excluded.THE GREAT DEBATE: PUBLIC DIVIDED OVER €20,000 COUNCIL HAND-OUT TO FINN HARPS was last modified: November 29th, 2011 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) Tags:Donegal County Councilfinn harpslast_img read more

first_imgJuventus look set to complete the signing of Juan Cuadrado from Chelsea on season-long loan.Cuadrado, 27, has been tipped to return to Italy all summer, having been unable to establish himself as a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge.The Colombian was signed in February from Fiorentina in a deal worth around £23m but has started only four league matches.He has fallen further down the pecking order following the recent signing of Pedro, who scored on his debut as Jose Mourinho’s side won 3-2 at West Brom on Sunday.Last week, Chelsea boss Mourinho did not rule out Cuadrado leaving but insisted that Willian, who has also been linked with a move, would stay.See also:Mourinho insists Willian will not be sold by ChelseaWest Brom v Chelsea player ratingsMarin set to complete move from ChelseaFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgAn artist’s impression of Cape Town’s Grand Parade, where one of South Africa’s fan fests will be hosted during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. (Image: Fifa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Delia Fischer Fifa South Africa media office +27 83 201 0470 media-sa@fifa.org www.fifa.com RELATED ARTICLES • Fifa volunteers pass 15 000 mark • Ten stadiums for the 2010 Fifa World Cup • Flags fly for 32 World Cup teams • Host cities for the 2010 Fifa World CupNicky RehbockWith just months to go until South Africa hosts the world’s biggest football tournament, Fifa has launched a series of action-packed fan events that will connect lovers of the Beautiful Game everywhere.The Fifa Fan Fest – to be staged in the nine South African host cities as well as Berlin, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome and Sydney – will enable football enthusiasts to watch free, live screenings of all 64 matches in a secure and festive environment.Official public viewing events were first launched by Fifa in 2006 during the World Cup in Germany. In June and July of that year more than 18-million fans gathered at 12 designated fan parks around Germany, electrifying the nation on a scale never seen before during such a tournament.Building on this, Fifa has decided to extend its fan parks to include the host country as well as a series of iconic locations across the world, spanning all three key time zones for a truly global experience.A first for football fans“The Fifa Fan Fest was an important part of the success of the 2006 World Cup and we believe that the 2010 fan fests, both in South Africa and in the other seven international venues, will bring an unprecedented experience to millions of football fans in South Africa and around the world,” said Fifa President Sepp Blatter.“The first International Fifa Fan Fest is another milestone in bringing the excitement of the World Cup to an even greater audience.”In South Africa the fan fests will be organised by the host cities, Fifa and the Local Organising Committee (LOC). Fifa and the respective cities will take responsibility for the international events. At each site there will be a top-quality giant screen, performance stage and sound and lighting equipment.And they won’t just be about football: in addition to the match broadcast, each event will offer all-day entertainment with a distinct local flavour, thereby exporting the thrill of the first African World Cup to destinations worldwide.“We are communicating with ambassadors in each city to ensure a South African atmosphere, complete with food, dancing and music,” said Fifa marketing director Thierry Weil.In South Africa this will offer lucrative opportunities for small businesses and informal traders, who will be encouraged to sell traditional cuisine and arts and crafts at the events. Local musicians, dancers and artists will also be given the chance to perform. But host city authorities will require these people to consult with them first before setting up at a venue.Media, transport and safetyDuring the German World Cup 80% of non-football stories came from the fan fest sites, and Fifa is working hard to ensure the same happens during 2010.All media organisations will therefore be free to broadcast and report from all public viewing events. South African and international fan fest cities may choose to have an on-site media accreditation system, but this will be a simple process and unrestrictive. More information on this and the facilities for journalists at the venues will be made available in 2010.In South Africa all fan fests will be fenced off and incorporated into the wider host city security plans. Both private security and police will be deployed inside and outside the venues, and full disaster management and medical facilities will be available. There will also be special access for disabled fans.“Transport arrangements will differ from venue to venue, but there will be a park-and-ride system and public transport options, so South Africans won’t have to bring their own cars,” said LOC CEO Danny Jordaan.Selection processFifa considered a number of factors when selecting the overseas fan fest cities. They were analysed according to their popularity as tourist destinations, experience in hosting major international sporting events and demographic make-up.Fifa felt it important to choose cities that have a diverse population that supports a variety of teams, ensuring lively crowds even if the home country gets knocked out.The South African venues were chosen for their crowd capacity and proximity to the official 2010 stadiums. Cape Town’s fan fest will be at the Grand Parade in the city’s CBD; St Georges Park, which is 5km from the stadium, will be Port Elizabeth’s venue; and scenic New Beach will be the site in Durban.Bloemfontein’s fan fest will be at Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre, which has a capacity for 20 000 people. Bergvlam High School will be Nelspruit’s facility as it’s only 5km from the stadium; Polokwane Cricket Club will be the venue in Polokwane; Rustenburg’s fan fest will be at Fields College School; while host city Pretoria/Tshwane’s venue is still to be confirmed.Johannesburg, which will host the World Cup’s opening and final matches at Soccer City, will have two sites: one at Elkah Stadium in Soweto – South Africa’s largest township home to 1-million people; and one at InnesFree Park in the commercial hub of Sandton.last_img read more

first_imgIt is through initiatives such as Green Beings’ River Rehab that the further awareness is created to promote active citizenship as well as healthy eco-systems. (Image; Greenbeings, via Facebook)Join Green Beings on the banks of the Klein Jukskei Spruit in northeastern Johannesburg on 12 March and celebrate this year’s Water Week by helping to revitalise the waterway.The family-friendly River Rehab event run by Green Beings takes place between 8am and 1pm. It is an opportunity for residents, businesses, civic organisations and others to join their efforts in removing as much rubbish from the river and the surrounding areas as they can.Green Beings also urges people to help it introduce as many indigenous plants along the river as possible, while also removing harmful alien species and maintaining the environment.WATER WISERecent water shortages and drought in the country, with unpredictable rainfall patterns, are taking their toll on many South Africans. As a collective, the nation has become more aware of the importance of using our natural resources sparingly.South Africans are quickly realising the importance of being conscious of our impact and how this affects our daily water consumption. It is through initiatives such as Green Beings’ River Rehab that the further awareness is created to promote active citizenship as well as healthy eco-systems.There are many ways in which people can change their habits and routines to save water, and most of them aren’t difficult. These include watering your garden in the early mornings or late afternoons when it is cooler, taking a quick shower rather than a bath, and using a cup while brushing your teeth instead of letting the tap run.With on-going education people will start to realise the importance of the state of the environment and how each individual can mitigate climate change through small actions collectively to make a wider positive impact.If you would like to contribute or be part of the River Rehab on 12 March 2016, contact Green Beings via its Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.GREEN BEINGSThis year’s River Rehab is the sixth run by the organisation, which is appealing to members of the public to make it an even bigger success than previously by bringing as many friends, family and colleagues along.It is through the help from valuable stakeholders that the Green Beings NPO has been able to run such initiatives, and it is only through such collaborations that River Rehab’s aims will be achieved.The main focus of previous River Rehabs was removing alien vegetation and planting indigenous trees along the riverbanks. The next event will focus on cleaning up the park and waterway, removing alien vegetation and replacing the old dilapidated fence with an attractive wooden fence.Green Beings hopes to get individuals and businesses to help fund the implementation of this new, more inviting, fence by sponsoring sections of it. If you would like to contribute or be part of the River Rehab on 12 March 2016, contact Green Beings via its Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? Do you know anybody who is going out of their way to participate in the development of South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

first_imgSouth African speedster Dale Steyn on Wednesday said sitting out of Indian Premier League (IPL) games during this edition had given him time to develop a couple of new tricks in the nets. (Full IPL Coverage)The pacer played just one match and was overlooked by Gujarat Lions for most of the IPL season nine, with Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo and Dwayne Smith getting the nod most of the time.”Unfortunately this year I had to sit on the sidelines, but that was okay as it gives you a different perspective. I watched the games from the side, sat back without that pressure to perform and win games,” Steyn was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”It can be quite overwhelming to continually go out under pressure to win. I got a lot of training done, which means I’ve got a couple of new tricks in the arsenal. So it was a different kind of IPL for me but now I’m ready to go,” he said.Steyn will now feature in six T20 matches for English county side Glamorgan where is looking forward to getting some game time.”I’ve been bowling fast, my body’s feeling good and I just want to play some cricket for Glamorgan now.”Asked how he got into the county side, the 32-year-old said: ??Morne Morkel was supposed to come here and he got selected to go to the Caribbean and I was rested, but I just wanted to get out and play some cricket.”advertisement”He said ‘Maybe you should get hold of Jacques Rudolph because I was going to go to Glamorgan’, and within an hour I was on the phone to (Glamorgan chief executive) Hugh Morris, by the next day I was on my way to get a visa and here I am.””I’m just excited to be here because I haven’t played a lot of cricket this year,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, says that the new National Sport Policy, currently before Parliament, paves the way for sports in Jamaica to become more of a business. Mrs. Neita Headley was addressing day-two of the Business of Sport International conference at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston on Thursday, May 2, where she spoke on the topic: ‘Sport Entities, The Government, National Policy and The Body Politic.’ She also presented a copy of the document to Barbados’ Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Hon. Stephen Lashley, whose country is currently developing its own policy. [RELATED: Government Spends $344 Million on Sports] The White Paper, which was tabled in Parliament on March 25, seeks to transform Jamaica into one of the most engaged and successful sporting nations in the world.   It recognises the major contribution of sport to national progress and establishes the framework for the development of sport over the decade 2012 to 2022. The White Paper, which has the input of a wide cross section of stakeholders, addresses human resources and structures needed to ensure transparency, accountability and reliable governance structures. Also dealt with is the provision of well-equipped, appropriate and safe indoor and outdoor sporting facilities, and it identifies key stakeholders and their roles in the development of sport. The policy also recognises the unique opportunities created by the country hosting and participating in international sporting competitions and the ability of these events to contribute to economic growth by strengthening Brand Jamaica in the global marketplace.   Mrs. Neita Headley stated that in this, the 21st century, sport must be seen as a potential career path, providing employment to athletes, administrators, managers, agents, trainers, coaches, support personnel and officials.    The Minister cited the recently announced Caribbean Premier League in cricket as a major step in professionalizing the sport in the region. Meanwhile, Moderator and President of Business of Sport, Carole Beckford, informed that currently, just over 27,000 persons are employed in the sports industry, which is contributing more than 2.6 per cent of Gross Development Product (GDP). Also addressing the session were Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport in Belize, Hon. Herman Longsworth; and the Barbadian Sports Minister, Hon. Stephen Lashley, who both called for more regional collaboration in sports. Minister Lashley also pointed to the need for greater focus on disciplines such as golf, polo and rugby, which he said, “are doing extremely well in the sports tourism market”.   By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

This NWSL Season Has Been Nuts Heres How We Forecast The Finish

Boston63.175.647.51.915.82.4<1<1<1 TEAMOVERALLOFF.DEF.WLTPLAYOFFSFINALSWIN Kansas City103.696.1113. RATINGAVG. SIM. SEASONPLAYOFF CHANCES Chicago99.689.3112. Houston93.683.6106. W. New York120.3138.197.811.95.52.699%65%37% This year’s surprise standout, the Western New York Flash, has skyrocketed to the top of our table and now has the greatest chance of winning the NWSL championship — 37 percent — up from just a 5 percent chance before the season started. With the league’s top two goal scorers, Lynn Williams and Jessica McDonald (seven and six goals, respectively), the Flash are almost certain to earn a playoff spot. The Washington Spirit will likely grab another — our model gives them a 96 percent chance of making the playoffs.There’s a little less certainty for the third and fourth playoff spots. The Portland Thorns are currently in first place in the league, with 26 points, and have an 86 percent chance of making the postseason. But the team has lost their past two games, in part because several national team players have been absent as they prepare for the Olympics. So Portland may continue to fall in our rankings over the next month. The Chicago Red Stars’ chances of making the playoffs have remained about the same from our initial forecast — dropping to 46 percent from 47 percent — but a strong start to the season has given way to three losses in the past four games.The biggest shock this season, however, has undoubtedly been the rapid descent of the league’s top two teams, Seattle and Kansas City. Both teams were heavily favored in our initial predictions — with a 78 percent and 72 percent chance of making the playoffs, respectively — but at this point, it’s extremely unlikely that either team will earn a playoff berth. There are still six weeks of matches left, but both teams’ chances of winning the championship have plummeted more than 20 percentage points since the season started. Sky Blue97.299.494. Although our preseason forecast didn’t think it was impossible for both Seattle and Kansas City to miss the playoffs (it assigned roughly a 6 percent chance to that possibility), their drastic decline may indicate that we should re-evaluate some components of the model for next year’s NWSL season. As in many of our sports forecasts, each NWSL team’s rating is reverted toward the league average between seasons to account for factors such as changes in personnel and retirements. For the NWSL, two-thirds of a team’s rating from the previous season carries over into the new season; that amount is based on the first three seasons and is in line with other soccer leagues around the world (both men’s and women’s). This year’s results, however, may indicate that NWSL teams should be reverted further toward the league average each season. Or maybe this is just a crazy season. Only time (and more data) will tell. If at the start of the National Women’s Soccer League season you thought two-time defending champions FC Kansas City would be in third-to-last place just over halfway through the season or that two-time regular-season champions Seattle Reign FC would have almost as many losses as they did in their previous two seasons combined, you’re either psychic or your predictive abilities are far greater than ours.Before this year’s matches got underway, we built a model to forecast the league using the best information we had available: data from the three previous NWSL seasons. But because two of those years were dominated by Seattle and Kansas City, correctly predicting this year’s chaos in the league would have been very difficult. So with the table in tumult and the end of the regular season not far off, we thought this would be good time to update our initial predictions, see what’s changed and look ahead to which four teams are most likely to reach the playoffs this fall. Below is a table showing each team’s overall rating — made up of offensive and defensive components (higher is better for both) — as well as its projected win-loss-tie record and its chances of making the playoffs. Portland106.9110.9102. Orlando90.882.1101. Seattle109.9101.6120. Washington115.0123.5104.311.54.44.1965829 read more

City leaders want to expand homeless storage centers

first_img Posted: January 30, 2019 Updated: 7:13 PM Dan Plante 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- City leaders are talking about doubling the size and opening new homeless storage centers.KUSI’s Dan Plante has more on these homeless storage centers. January 30, 2019center_img Dan Plante, City leaders want to expand homeless storage centers Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

first_imgEmerald Expositions has agreed to acquire GLM Markets for $335 million from Providence Equity Partners.The deal, announced this morning, is expected to close in January. The acquisition will be funded with about $200 million of debt and a $140 million equity investment from Onex Partners.Onex Partners acquired Emerald—then known as Nielsen Expositions—in June. GLM CEO Charles McCurdy and Providence Equity Partners acquired GLM from the U.K.-based Daily Mail & General Trust in September 2011 for $173 million. McCurdy says of the deal with Emerald, “We see healthy growth with GLM and the market seems to be realizing the value of tradeshows in a way it wasn’t a few years ago. Multiples have expanded and my investment partners saw the value of a transaction.”McCurdy would not disclose information about GLM’s current financial situation. However, he did point out that GLM’s previous owners said annual revenue was about $75 million when he acquired the company three years ago, “and we’ve grown at a double-digit rate every year since then.””It’s meaningfully bigger than it was back then,” he says.McCurdy, who was CEO of Canon Communications before acquiring GLM, says he will begin looking for his “next project” once this deal closes next month.GLM’s events include, among others, NY NOW, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition and Surf Expo.Emerald, based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., produces more than 65 tradeshows and events each year.Emerald Expositions CEO David Loechner says in a statement, “This acquisition expands upon our position as a leading tradeshow organizer in the United States.”last_img read more