Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero 1 Manchester City star Sergio Aguero was substituted with a back problem against Stoke City, boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed.The Argentine striker hit two goals in their 4-1 victory over the Potters on Wednesday night but left the field three minutes after grabbing his second strike of the game.And Pellegrini admitted this was due to an injury the player had picked up, although the Chilean is hopeful he should be fit for their next Premier League clash.“He felt something in the back,” he said.“My feeling is it is not too serious and he now has 10 days to recover and train well. I hope he will be fit to face Newcastle.”
Members of the Barefoot Impi teamon top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Dr Ross Tucker, a member of the team,said that when they reached the summitof Kilimanjaro, the team was engulfedwith feelings of vindication mixed withhappiness.(Images: Barefoot Impi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Ronnis DanielsThe Children’s Hospital Trust:Communications Co-ordinator+27 21 659 1796Ray MaotaSouth African mountain climbers can now relish the fact that they are the first people documented to ever climb Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro, barefoot, and all done in the name of charity.With no serious injuries, all the climbers from Barefoot Impi – a group of adventurers and philanthropists who engage in charitable causes barefoot – reached the summit of Kili.Their feat was done in aid of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in Cape Town, Western Cape Province. The expedition was sponsored by Old Mutual, a financial services provider.There were 10 climbers in the team. Matt Botha, Dr Ross Tucker, Camilla Howard, Clyde Barendse, Andrew King and Hedley Young went shoeless, the others were guides and a camera man.The money raised from the climb will go towards upgrading the hospital’s Poisons Information Centre.Carla Goliath of the Children’s Hospital Trust said: “The money donated is still coming in and some have pledged donations which we have not yet received so the amount of money raised from the climb is still to be confirmed.”The Children’s Hospital Trust is fundraisers for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.Before their departure, Sean Disney, the managing director of Adventure Dynamics International, who has climbed Mount Everest and the Seven Summits twice, said: “The objective of the expedition is to climb and summit Kilimanjaro barefoot in entirety. This naturally poses a whole new array of additional challenges that one would have to overcome during a conventional summit.”Tackling KiliTucker said: “Ultimately, to be perfectly honest, we were clinical, precise and got to the summit relatively easily. I’d go so far as to say that probably 80% of expeditions to Kilimanjaro have more problems and issues than we had.“Perhaps being barefoot forced on us a more stringent approach, but it worked, and that should, I would hope, shake a paradigm or two.”The team reached the summit of the 5 895m mountain, also known as the Mountain of Greatness and the Roof of Africa, in five days battling terrain, altitude and weather along the way.They went through extensive training for months in advance, hiking barefoot up trails on Table Mountain and spending time in ice chambers at -15°. The mountaineers basically lived barefoot for months to give their feet the best possible chance against the elements on the mountain.And all that training paid off. “We reached the peak as one very emotional tribe knowing we had achieved what we set out to do,” said King.Tucker added: “I can honestly say that when all six of us got to the summit, with no drama, there was a feeling of vindication mixed with the happiness. All it took was planning and preparation with intelligence, foresight and discipline.”Some of the rules for the hike included: walking barefoot from the gate of the mountain to its peak; set climbing times during each day and not placing a shoe of any kind on any foot during the set climbing times.Why the upgrade is neededThere are only two 24-hour emergency poison lines available to the South African public and medical profession. They are based at the Tygerberg Hospital and Red Cross War Memorial Children’s hospitals, both in Cape Town.Both use the database at the Red Cross hospital as their source of information.According to the Children’s Hospital Trust, an upgraded, internet-based system is required that can be accessed on- and offline by medical professionals throughout southern Africa. This web-based system will allow rapid and immediate access to medical institutions and healthcare professionals, as well as provide information on non-toxic substances to the general public.The cost to upgrade the Poisons Information Centre is R3.1-million (US$406 000).
Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola has joined the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) in encouraging South Africans to register to vote in South Africa’s fifth democratic elections in 2014. The first voter registration drive is scheduled for 9-10 November.IEC Voter Registration stations will be open from 8am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 November 2013Speaking from Johannesburg, Matola said, “As we are called upon to register to vote ahead of the 2014 general elections, I am reminded of the words of Sweden’s former Foreign Minister Jan Eliasson who said in 2006, ‘Acting for democracy is acting for peace and security… The only way democracy will prove itself is through a living relationship between peoples and their governments based on trust, accountability and the determination to deliver practical results.’”“As South Africans prepare to commemorate 20 years of democracy in 2014, we can celebrate the strength of our democracy which is attested to by freedom of choice, expression and movement and regular democratic, free and fair elections. “We must intensify this living relationship between government and citizens through an even more active citizenship for which the National Development Plan also calls. We must register to vote in the forthcoming elections and go to the ballot boxes to express our choices through the ballot box. “Young and old are encouraged to participate in this vital expression of a nation’s democracy,” said MatolaIEC Voter Registration stations will be open from 8am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday 9 and 10 November 2013. South Africans can also check the status of their registration by smsing their ID numbers to 32810.
If you ask the folks at the green-building certification program Living Building Challenge, there’s really nothing like occupying a building for a year and monitoring its performance if you want to learn how it operates and what might be improved.It’s likely that most homeowners and builders, green or otherwise, would agree with that concept. But for the Living Building Challenge, it has become the centerpiece of its certification process, which requires meeting 20 sets of criteria — LBC calls them “imperatives” — and a 12-month performance evaluation once construction is completed and the candidate building is fully occupied.GBA recently posted an item about the Greenest Home, a 2,000-sq.-ft. house being built on an infill lot in Peterborough, Ontario, by students and instructors at Endeavour Centre, a nonprofit building school in Peterborough. The Greenest Home is an LBC certification candidate and will be the core project of the center’s five-month Sustainable New Construction certificate program.Like many building projects that push the performance envelope, LBC projects seem destined to become enduring case studies.Envelope repairThat notion came into focus in a Daily Journal of Commerce commentary written by Amanda Sturgeon, certification director for LBC and its umbrella organization, the International Living Future Institute. Sturgeon reflected on the role of LBC’s 12-month monitoring requirement in addressing the performance of two recently certified projects: the Tyson Living Learning Center, a 3,000-sq.-ft. educational center near Eureka, Missouri, that is a satellite campus of Washington University in St. Louis; and the 5,902-sq.-ft. Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab in Kamuela, Hawaii.One LBC requirement is net-zero-energy operation, achieved through design and construction techniques aimed at increasing energy efficiency and through the use of renewable-energy systems. The Tyson Living Learning Center was equipped with a roof-mounted photovoltaic system. During the first few months of monitoring, however, the building’s energy demand routinely outpaced the energy generated by the PV system, highlighting a disparity between the building’s modeling predictions and its actual performance.The university had the building’s HVAC systems commissioned and audited construction details of the building envelope. Sections of the exterior walls and ceilings were missing insulation, Sturgeon wrote, and a blower-door test showed that and the shell was leaky. In addition, nearby trees were shading parts of the PV array. The school responded by upgrading the insulation levels and airtightness of the envelope and by adding two pole-mounted tracking PV arrays, bringing the capacity of the entire PV system to 23 kW.The upgrades worked as expected, the building performed at net zero energy for the next 12 months, and the process underscored for LBC the importance of its 12-month performance requirement. “The need to demonstrate net-zero energy over the 12-month period before being able to certify under the Living Building Challenge,” Sturgeon wrote, “caused a tracking and analysis effort around the building performance that may not have occurred otherwise.”Net positiveNotably different building performance issues arose during the monitoring of the Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab, which also began monitoring in May 2009. Design modeling for the building focused on ventilation, daylighting, and energy use. Because the building is intended for use as a teaching tool, instructors and students monitor its energy use in great detail.Plug loads can be switched off when not in use, Sturgeon noted, and energy use can tracked according to time of day, helping the occupants accurately evaluate the building’s overall energy performance. The lab is equipped with a grid-tied PV system with a total capacity of 26 kW, although there are three arrays, each equipped with a different panel type. The building also features a solar thermal system and an experimental radiant cooling system, consisting of a radiant cooling array and a 25,000-gallon insulated storage tank.The monitoring teams found that the lab was producing considerably more energy than it used — the excess power is used by other buildings on the academy campus — and so they set out to discover why.Modeling of the building’s performance included both its ventilation system and, as backup, a cooling system. But the modeling was based on the tropical weather conditions in Hilo, on the eastern shoreline of the Big Island, because it was the only location at the time for which weather modeling data were available. The Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab is on the north side of the island at a higher elevation. The weather is cooler there in the summer, and so the Energy Lab remains an energy producer for the academy campus. Based on usage data collected so far, the lab uses 19,090 kWh per year and generates 38,994 kWh of electricity per year.
Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Raymar Jose just missed out on a double-double with his 12 points and nine boards in the win.Coach Boyet Fernandez was glad with how Cignal responded from its shock loss to Marinerong Pilipino, 66-65 last Thursday, noting that at the team knows how important the games are especially with the loaded schedule they have in the first three weeks of the tourney.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re just a little tired, but the boys really wanted to get back on the winning track,” he said. “We know that we have to build up wins so that we’ll have a little bit of a buffer.”Potts got things going in the first quarter as he strung eight points to allow the Hawkeyes to take a 22-16 lead before they pulled away in the ensuing frames and grab a lead as high as 25, 64-39, with a Simon Atkins fastbreak with 1:25 left in the third period. Paolo Pontejos got himself going for AMA (0-2) with 24 points, three rebounds, and three assists, while Mario Bonleon went for 13 markers on a dismal 5-of-20 sniping, to go with eight boards in the defeat.Andre Paras impressed in his first game for the Titans, winding up with five points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and three assists in 34 minutes of play.The Scores:CIGNAL HD 86 – Potts 17, Raymundo 16, Jose 12, Atkins 8, Bringas 7, Cahilig 7, Sumalinog 6, Arboleda 5, Sara 5, Arong 1, Batino 1, Villarias 1, Bartolo 0.AMA 76 – Pontejos 24, Bonleon 13, Subido 11, Villanueva 9, Bragais 7, Paras 5, Jordan 4, Celso 3, Calma 0, Carpio 0, Macaranas 0, Malones 0, Salonga 0.Quarters: 22-16, 44-30, 66-47, 86-76.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Davon Potts. PBA IMAGESCignal HD pounced on AMA Online Education with a wire-to-wire 86-76 victory Tuesday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Davon Potts led the way for the Hawkeyes as he fired 17 points and three rebounds, while Pamboy Raymundo unfurled 16 markers and two assists.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Durant planned for this title months ago in picking Warriors Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments
Mens 30 years: By Rachel Moyle The Mens 30 years final was the mirror image of 2003, with the Sydney Scorpions and the Sydney Mets facing off again. Determined to reverse last year’s result, the Scorpion’s case was strengthened when Mets’ star and Australian Mixed Captain Tony El-Takchi was sidelined in their semi final with a knee injury. Within one minute both sides had scored once and excitement lifted about the speed and intensity already being shown. With beautiful passing, stepping and chasing from players like Garry Sonda and Jason Yee, who were part of the Mets winning Mens Open side earlier in the week, the Mets came back from a 3-1 deficit just before half time to take it to 3-3. John Moujali and Scott Danswan scored to give the Mets a 5-3 lead, with Danswan running the length of the field to cross the line. Jason Yee’s no-look pass was once again the catalyst allowing Michael Fahat to cross the line for a 6-3 lead. Yee’s passing was a game-long highlight. Coach Michael McDonald was certainly relieved when the siren sounded. The Sydney Mets were back-to-back Champions and also the Champion Permit for 2004 after claiming five titles between the 20 years, Open and Senior Divisions. “This is great”, said McDonald, “There’s been a lot of tough competition out here this week and it’s a relief to have won this, the guys have done really well this week, they were the best team, they deserve it.” Player of the Final: Garry Sonda- Sydney Mets Player of the Series: Tony El-Takshi – Sydney Mets Mens 35 years: By Rachel Moyle The Sydney Scorpions were favourites to take out the title in this division, having several past and present Australian representatives out on the field. Ex-Australian player and current coach of the 20 years Mens side, Sam Ayoub, started well for the Scorpions, combining with another World Cup representative in Jeff Cheung for the first score in just 2 minutes. Jeff Cheung then scored again off a great step to beat the defender to give the Scorpions a 2-0 lead and shock the Mets with a quick start. The Mets looked slow in attack and headed continually to the right, but after pushing forward and passing left, they crossed for their first touchdown and Kevin Thorsby brought the score to 2-1. After a clash of heads, Kevin Thorsby then had to leave the field for treatment with blood pouring from a cut under his eye. The defense picked up just before half time, with the Scorpions looking like they would hold the Mets away from their line. John Schembri somehow managed to make it across though and it looked like the Scorpions would take just a 3-2 lead into half time. A brilliant pass from David Cheung put his other brother Michael across the line right on the stroke of half time though and the Scorpions took a 4-2 lead. When the Mets scored immediately after half time, the match lifted in intensity and the crowd sensed the match tightening. The Sydney Scorpions had other ideas though and kicked into another gear, piling on four touchdowns in the last ten minutes. David Cheung led the way with his Player of the Final performance and a great touchdown stepping his way past three players before diving over the line to seal the match 8-3. Player of the Final: David Cheung- Sydney Scorpions Player of the Series: John Samin- ADF Warriors Mens 40 years: By Rachel Moyle: In the Mens 40 years final the local Northern Eagles were out to claim the title for the first time in NTL history. Standing in their way however, were the ACT, the defending Champions and team that had beaten the then-undefeated Sydney Scorpions in the semi final. The Northern Eagles started well but beautiful passing from Captain and experienced Australian representative, Gary Lawless, kept the ACT in the game. Player of the Final and also Player of the Series, Mark Jansson, put the Eagles in front right on half time with an incredibly quick run past three ACT defenders to put the ball down. Jansson continued his good form in the second half with another touchdown and several more good runs and passing. With just five minutes to go and the score at 4-3, the ACT dropped an almost certain touchdown, with the Northern Eagles capitalising to take a 5-3 lead. Tony Cox sealed the win for the local team, intercepting a loose pass and running the length of the field for his touchdown. For the ACT and retiring Captain Gary Lawless, the loss was disappointing, but for the Northern Eagles it was the culmination of many long and hard years of work. “A lot of us have been playing together for years”, said Captain/Coach Paul Seward. “We’ve been contenders in the past, but we have never won it. This is the first time we’ve done it and it’s great, I’m just so proud of the boys.” Player of the Final: Mark Jansson- Northern Eagles Player of the Series: Mark Jansson- Northern Eagles Mens 45 years: By Lisa Plummer The Mens 45 years final saw the Sydney Mets come from second in their pool to defeat first placed Northern Eagles. The Mets nearly went through on their first set of six touches and the Eagles answered back just as strongly, indicating the crowd should be prepared for an exciting match. The Mets scored early on, just five minutes into the first half. Wasted opportunities and careless penalties frustrated players on both sides throughout the first half, and the Mets went into half time leading 1-0. Whatever coach John Delpech said to his players at half time worked, and Lindsay Delpech made a great run from dummy half, putting Ray McIlhoney over the line. While John Delpech nervously paced the sideline, his team continued to dominate the try line with Wayne Brennan crossing the line to take the Mets to a 3-0 lead. With just five minutes remaining the Mets’ Bob Behnke crossed the line to seal victory for his side. The Eagles finally put two touchdowns on the board after Bram Carey and Tony Webb scored to leave the score at 4-2 at fulltime. Mets coach, John Delpech praised the strength and performance of the Eagles but “this time we were way too good on the day”. Player of the Final: Lindsay Delpech- Sydney Mets Player of the Series: Mick McAll- Southern Suns Mens 50 years: by Rachel Moyle The Mens 50 years final saw the Gold Coast Sharks come from fourth in their pool to face the defending Champions, the Hunter-Western Hornets. Dave Bull set the game alight for the Hornets and within the first few minutes had scored two touchdowns. The Hornets started the second half with a 3-0 and continued to build on that as the match went on. The defending Champions had a 7-0 lead before the Gold Coast Sharks managed to register a score, but when they did it was a good one, with Ted Bryant bringing the Sharks fans alive with a brilliant effort. In the end it was the Hornets with a 8-1 victory, coach Kim Miller wanting to congratulate the Sharks. “They did a great job to make the grand final from fourth position, but we really lifted in the final, everyone played well and it was just a real team effort.” Player of the Final: Michael Gallagher- Hunter-Western Hornets Player of the Series: Colin Thomas- Sydney Mets Womens 30 years: By Lisa Plummer The Womens 30s final saw Sydney Scorpions taking victory over the Sunwest Razorbacks six touchdowns to four. Razorbacks Teena Jennings crossed the line in the first two mins of play, followed by a second try by Sue Ginns not long after. The Razorbacks drove the ball strong and hard while simple mistakes saw the Scorpions dominated early in the match. Dianne Pierce put the Razorbacks over the line again, stretching their lead to 3-0. A dive over the line by Maria Sonda half way through the first half put the Scorpions back into the game. Great defence lifted the spirits of the Scorpions and Cristy Hornery crossed the line. Within just a few minutes, great hands saw winger Christine Beynon cross the line, and the scores were tied at 3-3. Kim Melville was the next to cross the line for the Scorpions and tight defence saw them hold out the Razorbacks for the rest of the first half. The Scorpions came out firing, with Christine Beynon scoring her second try of the match in the first set of six of the second half. After a tough decision by the referees, the Scorpions scored again, making the score 6-3. Strong defence and attack saw the Scorpions clearly dominate the Razorbacks throughout the second half of the match, and a runaway try by Razorbacks Toni Brown saw the score rest at 6-4 at full-time. Scorpions Womens 30s manager and Tournament Leader Gary Croft was happy with the way his team performed. “It’s a great honour to be involved with such a great group of players, and to see players like these ladies play the game in such good spirit.” Player of the Final: Sue Hamill- Sydney Scorpions Player of the Series: Tracey Elliot- Sydney Scorpions Womens 35 years: By Lisa Plummer An outstanding hat trick of tries to the Southern Suns Annette Mounsey saw the Suns take out the title in the Womens 35s division over the Hunter Western Hornets. The Suns scored their first try of the match after just three minutes with the Hornets hitting back after a great dummy by Michelle Brown saw her put Gai Taylor over the line. Annette Mounsey’s first try came with under a minute left to go in the second half, and on the half time siren, Suns Captain and Coach, Allyson Fisher crossed the line to make the score 3-1 going into half time. The second half saw wasted opportunities for both teams, and Suns player Jill McGuiness put Annette Mounsey through for her second try early on. Strong, tireless defence by the Suns held the Hornets out and their fast driving of the ball saw them and Allyson Fisher once again put Suns player Annette Mounsey over the line, to secure the full time score at 5-1. Great sportsmanship was shown at the end of the game and Player of the Final and also Player of the Series, Allyson Fisher was relieved for her girls. “Thank god, finally!”. Player of the Final: Alison Fisher- Southern Suns Player of the Series: Alison Fisher- Southern Suns Womens 40 years: By Rachel Moyle The Womens 40 years final saw last year’s Champions, the local Northern Eagles out to defend their title against the undefeated Sydney Scorpions. The Scorpions opened the scoring quickly, with Carol Furlonge crossing in the first minute of the game, while the Northern Eagles took several minutes to put pace into their attack. Gabby Whelan took advantage of the Eagle’s slow start and dished off well to Mary Wachman for their second touchdown before the Northern Eagles hit back with a touchdown to Karen Mooney. After half time it was a complete Scorpions affair, after the constant fumbling by the Northern Eagles and the Scorpion’s good running allowed another three touchdowns. The Sydney Scorpions claimed the title with a 5-1 victory and Coach Paul Malcolm praised the effort of his team. “We were expecting a very tough game today, we were close in the minor rounds, but the girls just put in such a good team effort”, he said. For the players, it was a win for their captain, Judy Malcolm, who had been unable to take the field in the final. Player of the Final: Jan Rose- Sydney Scorpions Player of the Series: Heather Desbois- Tropical Queensland Cyclones
TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville names Pochettino as ‘ideal’ Mourinho replacementby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville wants Mauricio Pochettino to takeover at Old Trafford.Jose Mourinho was sacked as manager on Tuesday after the club’s worst start to the season in 28 years.And Neville thinks United should target Tottenham’s manager.Neville told Sky Sports: “I’ve been fortunate to spend time at Tottenham’s training ground, and for me he [Pochettino] feels like the ideal candidate. “Man United have tried managers who have won European cups, they’ve tried managers who have won multiple leagues. “My view is they need someone who meets the three key principles of the football club, and that is promotion of youth, entertaining football, and to win football matches.”
Tottenham ace Alli: Why Chelsea striker Morata a nice guyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham ace Dele Alli admits Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata shocked him last year.He was surprised he was approached by the Spaniard after the Blues beat Spurs 2-1 at Wembley in August 2017.Morata had only just joined the Blues and clearly wanted a keepsake from the win.Dele told BT Sport: “I always get surprised by a player who you think is a very good player and then after the game they came up to you and ask can I have your shirt.”It is always a bit of shock. I think that can change your perspective of that person – it shows you how humble they are.”I think the biggest one that surprised me was Alvaro Morata from Chelsea because of the rivalry between Tottenham and Chelsea.”I think he even posted it on his Instagram after so it just shows what a nice guy he is.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Arsenal buoyed as release clause halves for RB Leipzig defender Upamecanoby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are hoping to go back in for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.The centre-back is their main defensive target for the next two transfer windows.German reports suggest that his club want a fee close to what Manchester United paid for Harry Maguire.But according toL’Equipe, he will have a buyout clause in his contract of £53 million that becomes active next summer.It would allow the Gunners to get him for a similar fee they are believed to have offered Leipzig in the past summer window.Upamecano has been recovering from a knee injury this season, which has limited his game time. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
SOREL, Que. – The Nature Conservancy of Canada says it is expanding a wetland conservation area in southern Quebec that is home to several bird and wildlife species.The conservation group says it’s adding 25 hectares to its 305-hectare preserve on Ile de Grace, about 95 km northeast of Montreal.The island located between Sorel and Trois-Rivieres consists of forested wetlands — an important habitat for many bird species including the least bittern, which is considered threatened under the Canadian Species at Risk Act.The wetland also home to waterfowl, wildlife, and several species of flowers, according to the group.The Nature Conservancy announced the creation of the new protected area on Feb. 2, which is World Wetlands Day.They also announced new conservation areas in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia.