Arsenal and United fighting to sign Sterling for £15m – report

first_imgArsenal and Manchester United are to fight it out to sign Raheem Sterling for £15m, The Sun claim.It is suggested that the Harlesden teenager’s contract talks at Liverpool have stalled and United’s Sir Alex Ferguson and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger are both looking to capture him.Liverpool have stepped up their efforts to agree a new contract with Sterling, according to the Daily Mirror, who say Chelsea and Manchester City are interested and that the Anfield club fear they could lose him.Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is said to want Sterling’s future to be resolved soon – possibly by the new year.Meanwhile, QPR are among the clubs interested in signing former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill on loan from New York Red Bulls, the Daily Mail say.Sunderland are also said to be keen on the 33-year-old Australian, who is believed to favour a temporary return to Everton.The Daily Star say Frank Lampard will accept an offer to join QPR if he is left out of Chelsea’s Club World Cup game against Corinthians on Sunday.The Daily Telegraph have an interview with QPR’s Shaun Wright-Phillips, who feels manager Harry Redknapp can get the best out of him.This page is regularly updated. YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Mandela celebrates 92nd birthday

first_img19 July 2010 Surrounded by members of his family, Nelson Mandela celebrated his 92nd birthday at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg on Sunday. Mandela started off his day by receiving visits from old friends, including former Zambian Prime Minister Kenneth Kaunda. Various other invited guests brought him gifts and cards. He was later serenaded by a large group of his grand-children and great-grandchildren, most of whom wore Nelson Mandela Day t-shirts to mark the first United Nations Nelson Mandela International Day. Many of Mandela’s family had been out volunteering at community projects before they arrived at his private birthday party. After singing “Happy Birthday, dear granddad!” the children were joined in their applause by the man of the moment. After two of his youngest great-granddaughters tried unsuccessfully to blow out the candles themselves, they were helped by a group of older ones. Mandela and his wife, Graça Machel, also celebrated their 12th wedding anniversary on Sunday. They were joined at the private celebration by his second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. Before the main party got under way in a marquee erected in the garden, prayers were said by various ministers of religion. The occasion also marked a commemoration of the passing away since the 1940s of various members of the family. These included Zenani Mandela junior, who was killed in a car accident at the age of 13 on 11 June, 2010; Mandela’s daughter, Makaziwe, with his first wife Evelyn Mase, who passed away in 1946 after an illness at the age of nine months; Mandela’s eldest son, Thembekile, 24, who was killed in a car accident on 13 July 1969; and his second son, Makgatho, 54, who died of complications of Aids on 6 January 2005. Source: Nelson Mandela Foundationlast_img read more

Public service charter: ‘make it real’

first_img A Batho Pele call center number – 0860 428 392 – has been launched to get public feedback on the implementation of the charter. Last month, all trade unions represented in the Public Service Coordination Bargaining Council signed the charter and committed to take the lead in its implementation. On Wednesday, Sisulu said the charter would be internalised in government so that all officials came to know and understand the expectations of the people. “During the drafting of the charter, we asked our people to comment and give suggestions on how we can improve service delivery, and they said public servants must be on time and work daily to resolve their problems. That’s all they are asking for – a public service that meets their expectations.” She said the charter was binding to all public servants, including those in local government. In her budget vote speech earlier this year, Sisulu told MPs that the service charter represented “a social contract between ourselves, public sector unions and citizens – the main beneficiaries of services delivered by the state”. During last month’s launch of the charter, Sisulu committed the government to creating the working conditions that would enable public servants to meet the requirements of the charter. SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter Serve the public in an unbiased, impartial manner;Provide timely services;Respect and protect each person’s dignity and rights as contained in the Constitution;Not engage in any action or transaction that conflicts with or infringes on the execution of their duties;Act against fraud, corruption, nepotism and maladministration; andDemonstrate professionalism, competency and transparency in the performance of their duties. 12 September 2013 Parliament has called on the government and labour to ensure that the recently launched Public Service Charter is fully implemented, and that South Africans are empowered to know their rights and report bad service. During a briefing by Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu in Cape Town on Wednesday, members of the portfolio committee on public service and administration urged the minister, along with public service unions, to ensure that the charter’s vision became a reality. “We are all aware of the challenges facing our people,” said the acting chairperson of the committee, Eric Nyekembe. “We hope this charter will introduce a chapter where government and labour will work together to improve service delivery. “This charter must empower our people to report and complain when they are faced with bad service.” The charter, which all public servants will be expected to sign, seeks to ensure an effective, efficient and responsive public service by committing public servants to:last_img read more

South Africa moves to unlock ‘blue economy’

first_img21 July 2014 Teams of representatives from the government, business, labour, civil society and academia have begun working on plans to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans, in the first activation of a new initiative, dubbed Operation Phakisa, that was launched by President Jacob Zuma on the weekend. Inspired by the “Big Fast Results” methodology successfully applied by Malaysia, Operation Phakisa – from the Sesotho word meaning “hurry up” – aims to fast-track the delivery of priorities outlined in the country’s National Development Plan. Key to this will be a series of “laboratories”, or work sessions, in which teams of experts and stakeholders conduct intensive planning at a practical and detailed level in order to deliver complete, signed-off action plans for presentation to Cabinet. The first implementation of Operation Phakisa will initially be led by the Department of Environmental Affairs, and focus on four priority sectors: marine transport and manufacturing, offshore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, and marine protection services and governance. “South Africa is uniquely bordered by the ocean on three sides,” President Zuma told delegates at the launch of the initiative at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban on Saturday. “With the inclusion of Prince Edward and Marion Islands in the southern ocean, the coastline is approximately 3 924 kilometres long.” But the full economic potential of this vast marine space remains largely untapped. South Africa’s oceans, Zuma said, have the potential to contribute up to R177-billion to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), while creating up to 1-million new jobs, by 2033 – compared to R54-billion generated, and 316 000 jobs created, in 2010. In the area of marine transport and manufacturing, Zuma said, the expert/stakeholder work sessions would look at exploiting South Africa’s location and expertise to increase its share of the global marine manufacturing market, including ship-building and repair, and oil rig repair and refurbishment. They would also look at capturing the benefits of growing volumes of cargo handling, and supporting activities such as storage and warehousing. Regarding offshore oil and gas exploration, Zuma said the government was looking at creating a more enabling environment in order to increase the number of exploration wells drilled, while maximising the value captured for South Africa. The government was also looking at enhancing growth in aquaculture, which was relatively underdeveloped in South Africa despite being an increasingly important contributor to food security globally. At the same time, Zuma said, the government recognised the need to continuously balance the economic exploitation of the oceans with the maintenance of their environmental integrity. This would be achieved by developing an institutional framework for the management of South Africa’s ocean space, and by improving the protection of South Africa’s oceans, particularly around critically endangered ecosystems. Zuma said the expert/stakeholder teams – comprising over 180 representatives – had begun their work last week, and would spend next few weeks, until 15 August, “further developing these aspirations and ideas, setting ambitious targets, and formulating detailed delivery plans for accelerating delivery. “These work sessions will help create transparency and help to remove bottlenecks and resolve the most critical challenges facing a sector,” Zuma said. Once the plans had been completed and approved, Operation Phakisa would enter its first implementation phase, which would be rigorously monitored and measured against publicly stated targets. “The people of South Africa deserve much better from all of us,” Zuma said. “Through Operation Phakisa and all our other key strategic interventions to achieve the goals of the National Development Plan, we must work tirelessly to move our country forward and build a better life for all, especially the poor and the working class.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Building Science Information for Builders

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Jacob Deva Racusin, a Vermont builder and educator, has just written a book called Essential Building Science. The book aims to provide builders — especially so-called “natural builders” — with a basic understanding of the ways that heat and moisture flows affect residential buildings. (The book is available from New Society Publishers for $34.95.)Racusin is one of three partners who founded a company in Burlington, Vermont, called New Frameworks Natural Building. Racusin, a member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), is a builder who “gets it.” He is well versed in house-as-a-system thinking. Among the mentors he credits are GBA contributors John Straube and Marc Rosenbaum.Racusin’s construction company takes an admirable approach to air sealing — an approach that more builders should emulate. In his book, he writes, “We use the blower door frequently during the building process. During new construction, we use the tool at least once, if not multiple times, to make sure we are on target with our air-sealing goals; this allows us to correct the installation of all of the various materials and components prior to finishing.”Racusin has posted at least one comment on the GBA site, and he’s familiar with the Pretty Good House idea. In fact, a table in his book listing residential standards and certification programs includes a line for the “pretty good house.”Racusin’s book aims to accomplish two goals. His first goal is to introduce building science concepts to builders. Racusin describes the various ways that heat and moisture flow into and out of a building: for example, he explains the stack effect and discusses vapor permeance. After these introductory chapters, Racusin focuses on his second goal: providing advice on building assemblies (foundations, walls, and roofs),… center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Inventory Your Digital Assets

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®Last year, my brother-in-law passed away. A pretty tech savvy seventy-something, he used computers a lot for online bill-paying, online shopping, and financial account access. As family members gathered from points all across the U.S., I observed his sons trying to make sense of missing or illegible usernames, passwords, and security questions. It was a real “teachable moment” for me as I saw first-hand what happens when people pass away without a list of their digital assets.Photo by Wilson Hui (Creative Commons License 2.0)The term “digital assets” refers to personal information stored electronically on either a computer or an online “cloud” server. Anyone who uses e-mail, has a password protected cell phone or iPad, uses social media, makes online purchases, or pays bills or does banking online has digital assets. Like all Americans, military families have many digital assets that often need to be accessed far away from home. Digital assets generally require a user name, password or PIN, and/or security questions to access and can be difficult or impossible to retrieve if someone is incapacitated or passes away.Encourage service members to take the time to record their digital assets using the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Digital Assets Inventory Worksheet that I developed. They should then keep this information in a safe place and share it only with a power of attorney, executor, and other trusted person who would need to have it. Writing everything down will also help them keep track of their digital life by itemizing account access details in one place so this information is available when needed. Below is a list of categories:Electronic Devices- This category includes all of a person’s electronic gadgets including a smart phone, tablet, laptop computer, desktop computer, and external hard drive.Benefit Accounts- Examples include airline miles, Amtrak railroad miles, hotel rewards program points, and online accounts for retailer reward/loyalty programs.E-mail Accounts- Specific examples include Yahoo!, Google Gmail, AOL, Outlook, Hotmail, Juno, and an employer’s E-mail account.Financial Accounts- This category includes bank, credit union, and brokerage accounts, and online access for mutual funds, retirement savings accounts, credit cards, employee benefit accounts, PayPal, and Social Security.Online Merchant Accounts- Included here are accounts that someone creates to make online purchases from any retailer. Specific examples include Amazon, Blair, Chadwicks, eBay, Etsy, Zappos, and Wal-Mart.Organization Accounts- Include here access information for professional societies, membership organizations, and personalized charitable organization donation web pages such as those for American Cancer Society fundraisers.Photography and Music Accounts- These are web sites where people store often irreplaceable family photos and music. Examples include Instagram, Snapfish, Flickr, and a digital music library.Publication Accounts- This category includes online access to newspapers, magazines, and blogs.Social Media Accounts- In this category are various types of social media that often include intellectual property and personal photographs. Examples include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.Video Accounts- This category includes web sites, such as YouTube and Vimeo, that are used to store videos that people create for personal or professional use.Virtual Currency Accounts with Cash Value- Many people have digital currency with real U.S. dollar currency value stored in web sites such as Bitcoin, Farmville, Second Life, and World of Warcraft.Web Site Accounts- This category of digital assets includes domain names, hosting services, online business accounts, and cloud storage sites such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Apple iCloud.Once military families have inventoried their digital assets, they are not quite done. The final step is to include specific language in estate planning documents (e.g., will, trust, and power of attorney) that authorizes a fiduciary to handle digital assets, as well as tangible assets, in the event of their death or incapacity. Digital assets should be referred to in a will, as someone would similarly do for a list of untitled personal property. However, do not include them in a will. A will becomes a public document when someone dies, which will not keep digital asset data secure.This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on August 11, 2015.last_img read more