Manchester United trigger De Gea contract extension

first_imgDe Gea has long been linked with a number of top European clubs but it now appears he will be staying put at Old Trafford until at least the end of the 2019/20 season.The 28-year-old joined United from La Liga side Atletico Madrid in a deal worth a reported £18.9 million ($24.1 million) in June 2011.He took over from Edwin van der Sar and helped United win the last of the 13 Premier League titles they secured under former manager Alex Ferguson in the 2012/13 campaign.Such has been De Gea’s impact upon the English game, he has been named in the Professional Footballers’ Association Team of the Year for each of the last four seasons.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spain’s goalkeeper David de Gea’s (pictured November 18, 2018) deal was set to expire at the end of the 2018 season and, without activating the extension clause, he could have entered into pre-contract talks with another club © AFP/File / LLUIS GENEMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Nov 29 – Manchester United have triggered the one-year extension on star goalkeeper David De Gea’s contract, British media reported Thursday.The Spain stopper’s deal was set to expire at the end of the current season and, without activating the extension clause, he could have entered into pre-contract talks with another club after the latest transfer window opens on January 1.last_img read more

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Spanish flu survivor’s blood to be vaccine aid

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BUFFALO, N.Y. – A 92-year-old woman who survived the Spanish flu in 1918 has given 10 vials of her blood to medical researchers who are trying to develop more effective vaccines against bird flu. Dorothy Horsch was in kindergarten when she contracted the illness, which killed 20 million to 40 million people worldwide. “My mother and father and sister and I, all four of us had it, and all four of us survived,” she said Friday. “That was a miracle.” “All we did was lay in bed. I don’t remember eating,” said Horsch, whose mother hung a camphor bag around her neck to ward off germs as schools and businesses closed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsShe drifted in and out of consciousness with fever; she doesn’t know for how long. The family eventually recovered, helped by twice-daily house calls from their doctor. Horsch’s blood will be part of a catalog of blood and bone marrow samples being compiled by Sea Lane Biotechnologies, a Menlo Park, Calif., company that hopes to track changes in the virus that might help develop better vaccines. “We’re looking at the different human responses to the various flus over the course of history,” said Michael Horowitz, general counsel for the company.last_img read more

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JOB VACANCY: DONEGAL BASED INTERNATIONAL COMPANY KELSIUS LOOKING TO RECRUIT PHP DEVELOPER

first_imgDonegal based International company Kelsius are recruiting again and are looking for a PHP developer to join their dynamic and innovative team. Kelsius manufactures, distributes and maintains a system that wirelessly and automatically monitors the temperature and safety of all food products, both hot and cold, as well as medicines, blood samples and other temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical material.Kelsius improves HACCP compliance, saving time, reducing risk and providing information at your fingertips. HACCP – short for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point – is a systematic approach to identifying and controlling hazards that could pose a danger to the preparation of safe food or medicines.Kelsius is recruiting for the role of PHP developer.  You will be responsible for enhancing and maintaining various applications (Client facing and internal web based applications), to continue to grow our market base.Main Responsibilities:Develop new software features and maintain existing software:Design, implementation, testing, documentation (Agile).Provide accurate time estimates.Liaise with Project Manager and other existing members of the team.Adhere to the company software management policies and procedures.The successful candidate will: Have some experience with PHP and MySQL. Knowledge of PHP framework(s) and big data a plus.Demonstrate initiative, be a self-starter, show willingness to learn.Possess good Object Orientated skills.Have strong organizational skills and demonstrate a good attention to detail.Have good interpersonal skills and be a team player.Contact: Fred LussonContact Details:  In you are interested in applying for this job and would like more information, please contact flusson@kelsius.comJOB VACANCY: DONEGAL BASED INTERNATIONAL COMPANY KELSIUS LOOKING TO RECRUIT PHP DEVELOPER was last modified: July 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:jobsnewslast_img read more

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No funding for sea survival training centre in Donegal

first_imgThere has been shock over confirmation that Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) will not apply for the funding to proceed with the €1.5 million Sea Survival Training Center in Greencastle.Donegal Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has described the lack of plans for the project at the National Fisheries College in Greencastle as “shameful”.The Senator received the information from the Minister for the Marine, who said the proposed project is under review. The Minister confirmed that there is no provision or plans to proceed with this additional project and funding has not been requested by Bord Iascaigh Mhara for 2020, nor has it been provided, for the facility. Senator Mac Lochlainn said it is clear that the plans have been abandoned: “In 2016, just before the general election, the Fine Gael led government announced this funding and it was widely reported in Donegal.“Almost four years on and the latest response from the Minister for the Marine, to my questions, confirms that the well-advanced plans for the centre are still under “review” and that BIM has not requested any funding to move to construction in 2020.“It is clear from the full text of the Minister’s response that they have abandoned this Sea Survival Training Center for fishermen, emergency services and marine tourism providers in the northern half of the island.“This is shameful and I am calling on Donegal Minister Joe McHugh to clarify where he stands on this issue now having welcomed the funding announcement back in 2016,” he said. It was stated that the new centre would include the development of a fifteen-meter simulator pool, an elevated platform equipped with a wave machine, water spray unit and fans capable of simulating the type of extreme weather conditions fishermen are often faced with.The centre would also be equipped with two changing areas, a self-contained heating unit which can maintain water temperatures of 23-28 degrees Celsius, as well as a water treatment unit and a new classroom which can accommodate sixteen students.This would allow the college to replicate weather conditions and provide a more extensive training course.Mac Lochlainn spoke about the importance of training and testing the fishers in tough conditions.“Surely we have learned from too many tragedies at sea how important it is to train and test our fishers in surroundings that accurately reflect the tough conditions that they will face at sea,” he said. The only other centre of its kind is to be found in Cork at the other end of the island.No funding for sea survival training centre in Donegal was last modified: December 11th, 2019 by Dionne MeehanShare 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:Bord Iascaigh MharadonegalGreencastleNational Fisheries CollegeSea Survival Training Centerlast_img read more

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Is Inflation Theory in Trouble?

first_imgFor more than a quarter of a century, “inflation” has been viewed as the savior of the Big Bang theory.  The Big Bang was in trouble in the late 1970s because of the flatness problem and the horizon problem: our universe appeared to be too homogeneous and isotropic to be an accident.  If a runaway inflation occurred within the first second of the expansion, cosmologist Alan Guth calculated, it would even out any differences and produce the nearly-uniform universe we all know and love.  It seemed an elegant, simple solution.    Many argued in the meantime that inflation was untestable.  Some said it was an ad hoc “rescuing device” to save a theory in trouble.  Nevertheless, Guth and others have claimed that it has passed every test thrown at it (02/21/2005).  Astronomers have pretty much incorporated one of the varieties of inflation into the standard model.  This week in News at Nature, however, a study was reported that doesn’t need cosmic inflation. Could the Big Bang have come not at the beginning of the universe, but after a long, slow period of shrinkage?    That’s one theory bolstered by a new analysis of the Big Bang’s afterglow, which shows that the early universe did not inflate with the smoothness that many theorists expected.    “The standard, canonical models will be ruled out if this holds,” says Amit Yadav, an astronomer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  “The simplicity is gone.”There’s a lot at stake in the result, the article states: “it could also lead to a radical reinterpretation of what the Big Bang was and whether it marked the universe’s beginning.”    On another campus, a different study is calling inflation into doubt.  According to Science Daily, Lawrence Krauss at Case Western Reserve University failed to find the expected noise pattern in the cosmic background radiation expected from inflation theory.  The article, in passing, questions the testability of inflation:Inflation theory arose in the 1980s as a means to explain some features of the universe that had previously baffled astronomers such as why the universe is so close to being flat and why it is so uniform.  Today, inflation remains the best way to theoretically understand many aspects of the early universe, but most of its predictions are sufficiently malleable that consistency with observation cannot be considered unambiguous confirmation.The team claims the polarization pattern that had been used by inflationists as confirmation could be produced by a different mechanism.If the universe is older and more complex than a recent inflationary Big Bang, other questions arise.  According to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, the universe cannot be infinitely old.  It would have gone to its heat death infinitely long ago.    The only solution appears to be a controlled expansion done by intelligent design.  Enter the Bible, that claims a dozen times that God stretched out the heavens.  That fits not only the expansion evidence, but the fine-tuning as well.  Materialists are left totally baffled trying to account for these observations without design.(Visited 32 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Proteas send records tumbling at Oval

first_imgToothlessHaving begun the third day on 86 for 1, the Proteas ended it on 403 for 2, with Amla on on 183 and Kallis on 82. England’s vaunted bowling attack had proved toothless in the face of the application of the pair, who exhibited rock-solid technique and fantastic powers of concentration. The first cricket test between South Africa and England at The Oval, even with a day to go, has delivered a host of records for the Proteas, including the first ever triple-century by a South African in a test match, thanks to Hashim Amla. Amla batted for the better part of two days for his 311. His innings last 13 hours and nine minutes, making him one of only four batsmen to have two innings of over 11 hours in test history, the others being Brian Lara, Mahela Jayawardene and Younis Khan. South African recordAmla had surpassed AB de Villiers’ South African record of 278 not out to end on 311 not out, making him the first South African to score 300 runs in tests. Century in 100th testIt began with captain Graeme Smith, who became only the seventh man in history to score a century in his 100th test, and the first South African to achieve the feat. His 131 put him in the illustrious company of Colin Cowdrey, Gordon Greenidge, Javed Miandad, Alec Stewart, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Ricky Ponting. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material When Smith fell with the total on 260, Amla was joined by Jacques Kallis, South Africa’s all-time leading run scorer. Between them, Smith, Amla and Kallis represent three of the most mentally tough cricketers in the game and they proved it in this game. It was the fourth highest score in a test in England and the second highest at The Oval, trailing only Sir Len Hutton’s famous 364 against Australia in 1938. By the time South Africa declared at tea, they had reached 637 for 2, which was the fewest wickets lost for a 600-plus score in test match history. In fact, both partnerships exceeded 250 runs, making it only the second time that has happened in a test, following Australia’s achievement of the feat in their 659 for 4 against India in January in Sydney when Michael Clarke scored a triple-century. With all due respect to the batsmen involved in those two stands, the 377 against England must rank more highly, given the strength of the opposition, which is currently ranked as number one in test cricket in the world, although they were made to look a distant second to South Africa on Sunday. Having elected to bat, England finished day one on 267 for 3. On day two, they were bowled out for 385 and the Proteas ended play on 86 for 1. From day three, the records began to tumble. ‘A sensational performance’Cricket South Africa released a statement from acting CEO Jacques Faul at the end of the fourth day’s play, which read: “This has been a sensational performance by our top order, but Hashim has to be singled out for first breaking AB de Villiers’ record of 278 not out and then going on to join the 300 club. 23 July 2012center_img Kallis, very quietly, notched his highest score against England in England, finishing on an impressive 182 not out, which was devoid of any drama. It was his 43rd test century, second only to Sachin Tendulkar in the history of test cricket. It was also the 20th time that Kallis has been involved in a 200 run partnership, which is a world record. Second longest inningsIncidently, the second longest innings in terms of time batted in test history belongs to Proteas’ coach Gary Kirsten, who batted for 14 hours and 38 minutes when he made 275 against England in Durban in 1999. He batted for 10 minutes short of 11 hours in compiling 210 against England in Manchester in 1998. Together, Kallis and Amla added an unbroken 377, the highest partnership yet in South Africa versus England tests and the third highest ever in the Proteas’ history, trailing only the 415 Smith and Neil McKenzie put on for the opening wicket against Bangladesh in 2008, and the unbroken 429 between Jacques Rudolph and Boeta Dippenaar against Bangladesh in 2003. Matters did not improve for England on day four as their four frontline bowlers each conceded more than 100 runs. For the first time in 36 tests, they gave up more than 500 runs. England had never before had two consecutive 200 run partnerships scored against them. “To round it off we have had our captain, Graeme Smith, scoring a century on his 100th Test match appearance and our acknowledged batting champion, Jacques Kallis, making his 43th Test match century. Hashim and Jacques have also equalled the performance of Graeme and Herschelle Gibbs in sharing three treble-century stands.” There was little to indicate that a torrent of records would fall in the game after the first two days. “The Proteas have produced outstanding batting performances over the years, but an innings of 300 has been the one thing missing from the top order’s CV and it is wonderful that Hashim has put that to rest. “Hashim’s contribution to South African cricket has gone far beyond the runs he has put on the scoreboard. He remains a wonderful role model to our youth with the humility and dignity he displays on the field, his totally professional and focused approach on the field, and the manner in which he conducts himself both on and off the field. 200 run partnershipsIt marked the sixth time that Kallis and Amla have shared in a 200 run partnership, taking them level with the world record held by the former Australian opening pair of Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer. After Alviro Petersen had been lost for a duck, Smith and Amla combined for 259 runs for the second wicket, a record for the Proteas against England.last_img read more

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Chef Benny Masekwaneng gears up for his first-ever culinary experience in Davos

first_imgCelebrity Chef Benny Masekwaneng has been hard at work, crafting an authentic South African menu for guests attending a networking dinner hosted by Team South Africa during the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. South Africa will be participating at WEF from 22 – 25 January 2019, to promote inclusive growth and development.As one of SA’s most-loved culinary masters, Chef Benny has featured as a judge on Masterchef SA, as well as The Ultimate Braai Master. For the first time, he jets off to Davos with a South African delegation, offering guests a meticulously-selected culinary experience that aims to introduce them to fine African cuisine.The chef who was born in Alexandra, previously spoke to Times LIVE about the loss his family experienced during apartheid, which impacted his dream of becoming an electrical engineer. His fate, however, led him to pursue a path he’s always been passionate about: cooking!He explained: “We stayed really close to the (men’s) hostels and when the political violence went up, we were forced to move from our house and lost everything in the process. The money that was set aside for my engineering studies had to help us get by, so I ended up helping my mother in her catering business.”With more than 20 years in the industry, Chef Benny applauds local chefs for bringing innovation and excellence to the dining room table.He told Brand South Africa: “We are exactly where we need to be when it comes to global standards. We have the luxury of accessibility to what other countries are doing.”As an avid lover of slow cooking dishes like oxtail, pork trotters as well as split peas and sugar beans, we are sure international guests are in for quite a warm, hearty treat prepared by our favourite chef!last_img read more

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Electrifying Buildings for Decarbonization

first_imgThe most efficient electric devices, heat pumps for space and water heating, have a small market share today. Many homes need additional electrical work to accommodate them, and consumer awareness of this heating technology option is low.In Rocky Mountain Institute’s new report, The Economics of Electrifying Buildings, we analyze the economics and carbon impacts of electrifying residential space and water heating both with and without demand flexibility — the ability to shift energy consumption in time to support grid needs. We compare electric space and water heating to fossil-fueled space and water heating for both new construction and home retrofits under various electric rate structures in four cities: Oakland, California; Houston; Providence, Rhode Island; and Chicago. By SHERRI BILLIMORIA, LEIA GUCCIONE,and MIKE HENCHEN RELATED ARTICLES Seventy million American homes and businesses burn natural gas, oil, or propane on site to heat their space and water, generating 560 million tons of carbon dioxide each year — one-tenth of total U.S. emissions.But now, we have the opportunity to meet nearly all our buildings’ energy needs with electricity from an increasingly low-carbon electric grid, eliminating direct fossil fuel use in buildings and making obsolete much of the gas distribution system — along with its costs and safety challenges.Reaching “deep decarbonization” goals of 75% or greater reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will require eliminating most of the CO2 produced by furnaces and water heaters across the country, alongside other measures across the economy. Further, electric space and water heating can be intelligently managed to shift energy consumption in time, aiding the cost-effective integration of large amounts of renewable energy onto the grid.Achieving this vision will require massive market transformation, including discontinuing the expansion of the gas distribution system, widespread adoption of new appliances in homes and businesses across the country, and new markets for intelligent devices to provide flexible demand to the grid. Eleven million households burn oil or propane for heat — the most carbon-intensive and costly fuels — and another 56 million burn natural gas. Scenario analysisWe modeled one year of energy use for water heating, space heating, and air conditioning in a single-family home to determine the annual carbon impact and the 15-year net present cost of each scenario. Across geographies, home types, rate structures, appliances, and fuels, we considered 34 scenarios (see Image #2 below).In many scenarios, notably for most new home construction, we find electrification of space and water heating and air conditioning reduces the homeowner’s costs over the lifetime of the appliances when compared with performing the same functions with fossil fuels. Costs are also reduced for customers in several retrofit scenarios: for customers switching away from propane or heating oil, for gas customers who would otherwise need to replace both a furnace and air conditioner simultaneously, and for customers who bundle rooftop solar with electrification.New homes and homes currently lacking natural gas service also avoid the cost of gas mains, services, and meters not needed in all-electric neighborhoods.However, for many existing homes currently heated with natural gas, converting to electric heat pumps for space and water heating will increase customer costs at today’s prices. Customers with existing gas service face higher upfront costs to retrofit to electric space and water heating than to install new gas devices, and either pay more for energy with electric devices — generally in colder climates — or save too little in energy costs to make up the additional capital cost. Image #3 below illustrates these results across several scenarios.Many factors could improve the cost-effectiveness of electrifying space and water heating compared with gas in the future. The price of heat pumps is expected to decline as the market grows and manufacturers realize economies of scale.The value of electric demand flexibility is likely to increase as the share of variable renewables grows on the electric system — customers’ ability to capture this value with intelligent devices can reduce the lifetime costs of electrification but depends on new market structures, rate designs, and utility programs. Carbon pricing or other climate policies may impose additional costs on natural gas supply. Or gas commodity prices may rise in the future.center_img Natural Gas Pipelines Are LeakingDomestic Hot Water: No Perfect SolutionHeat-Pump Water Heaters Come of AgeGet Rid of Your Gas Water Heater!All About Water HeatersGreen Basics: Green Heating OptionsThe California ModelMinisplit Heat Pumps and Zero-Net-Energy Homes Carbon findingsElectrifying space and water heating already reduces carbon with today’s electric grid in all but the most coal-heavy systems. Even in a grid powered exclusively by natural gas, electrification would reduce carbon emissions relative to gas appliances in the home.With a renewable electric system, carbon emissions from electric space and water heating go to zero. In places like Oakland, Houston, and Providence, the electric grid is already low-carbon enough to offer emissions reductions from electrification. Even in places like Chicago, where coal often remains the marginal generator today, continued retirement of coal plants is likely to make electrification the low-carbon option over the long term.To capture the near-term benefits of fuel switching where most beneficial, and to prepare for a long-term approach that includes widespread cost-effective electrification, we offer five recommendations for regulators, policymakers, and utilities:Prioritize rapid electrification of buildings currently using propane and heating oil for space and water heating. Although these represent less than 10% of U.S. households, they account for more than 20% of space and water heating emissions. Electrification is very cost-effective for propane customers, and has a cost comparable to that of heating oil, depending on local pricing. Electrifying these homes in the near term can build scale and market maturity to support even more widespread electrification in the future.Stop supporting the expansion of the natural gas distribution system, including for new homes. This infrastructure will be obsolete in a highly electrified future, and gas ratepayers face significant stranded-asset risk in funding its expansion today. Furthermore, electrification is a lower-cost and lower-carbon solution than extending natural gas service, either to new or existing homes.Bundle demand flexibility programs, new rate designs, and energy efficiency with electrification initiatives to effectively manage peak load impacts of new electricity demand, especially in colder climates that will see increased peaks in winter electricity demand from electrified heating.Expand demand flexibility options for existing electric space and water heating loads. Only 1% of the 50 million existing electric water heaters in the U.S. participate in demand response. As widespread electrification adds loads, particularly in winter, effective demand management will mitigate system costs and aid renewables integration.Update energy efficiency resource standards and related goals, either on the basis of total energy reduction across both electricity (in kWh) and gas (in therms), or on the basis of emissions reductions across both electric and gas programs. Otherwise, successful electrification could penalize utilities for not reducing electricity demand, even when it provides cost and carbon benefits. ©2018 Rocky Mountain Institute. Published with permission. Originally posted on RMI Outlet.last_img read more

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NPP launches unit in Assam

first_imgThe National People’s Party, which aims to be the alternative to the Congress and ally Bharatiya Janata Party in the northeast, launched its unit in Assam on Wednesday with the plan to contest all 14 Lok Sabha seats in the State.The launch coincided with the completion of a year of the NPP-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government in Meghalaya, where the BJP is a minor partner.“We are ready to contest 25 seats (across the eight Northeastern States). Being with the National Democratic Alliance does not stop us from contesting elections,” NPP president and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma said after inaugurating the party office in Guwahati.6th N-E StateAssam is the sixth Northastern State where the NPP has entered. The party has 20 MLAs in Meghalaya, five in Arunachal Pradesh, four in Manipur, and two in Nagaland. It is a minor ruling partner of BJP in Manipur and Nagaland.The NPP’s entry in Assam follows the decision of BJP’s ally Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Tripura. In Assam, the Asom Gana Parishad had walked out of the BJP-led alliance government in January following differences on the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.However, the NPP stole the thunder from AGP by mobilising support against the Bill with Mr. Sangma cashing in on popular sentiments to emerge as the “tallest leader” of the Northeast.“What the region needs is a party that can bring all the people together on a common platform and make their voices strong enough for Delhi not to ignore. NPP was formed with this goal, and in the last four years, we have spread to all corners of the region,” Mr. Sangma said.He took a dig at the BJP’s ‘Act East Policy’ and its earlier avatar ‘Look East Policy’ during the Congress rule. “Whether it is ‘Look or Act’, we will have to help ourselves. No one else will ‘Look or Act’ for us,” he said.The Assam unit of National People’s Party is headed by retired IPS officer Dilip Kumar Bora.last_img read more

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