It CAN be done! Ex-Manchester United star on move for Messi

first_img1 Former Manchester United flop Angel di Maria believes Paris Saint-Germain can sign Barcelona legend Lionel Messi.The four-time Ballon d’Or winner is very happy at the Nou Camp but that has not stopped clubs eyeing his signature.All of the Premier League’s big sides hope they can lure Messi to England, and Manchester City are reportedly willing to offer the Argentinean £800,000-a-week.However, Messi’s international team-mate, Di Maria, believes there is more chance of his countryman heading to Paris.“I hope PSG can bring Messi to Paris one day,” Di Maria told RMC. “Everything is possible. It is all about money. It would take a lot of money to sign a player like him.“But it would be great for Ligue 1 and French football in general if Messi joined PSG. The club has the resources to sign him and he could come to Paris.” Lionel Messi and Angel di Maria last_img read more

Call for Minister to visit Gaoth Dobhair’s flooded areas

first_imgDeputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has called upon the Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Sean Kyne to visit the flood-affected areas of Gweedore in the coming week. Substantial damage was caused by floods early on Saturday morning to roads, bridge and drainage throughout Gweedore.Pat the Cope added that a temporary footbridge is now in place to facilitate the Diver family in the short term, after the bridge serving their family home was washed away. More permanent repairs or replacement of the bridge is urgently required to facilitate vehicular traffic to the home of the Diver family.In 2009 when flash flooding caused major damage throughout Gweedore, the then Minister for the Gaeltacht Eamon O Cuiv TD visited the area immediately and provided the necessary funding for improvement works and repairs to the roads and infrastructure added Pat the Cope.“I am now calling on the current Gaeltacht Minister of State Sean Kyne TD to visit Gweedore next week with a view to sanctioning the necessary funding and to co-ordinate a comprehensive repair strategy with Donegal County Council”The Regional road which was closed earlier in the day at Meenalaugh has reopened but further more permanent repairs may need to be carried out in order to prevent future flooding. Cllr Noreen Mc Garvey said she has already been in contact with Donegal County Council and will be raising this matter at the next council meeting.She will also be requesting a full report to be carried out of all the damage caused by the flooding in Gweedore and right throughout west Donegal and a priority list of what repairs that will be required to be carried out. This report needs to be concluded before Minister Kyne visits the area added Cllr Mc Garvey.Pat the Cope paid special tribute to the Council Road Staff who responded to the calls early this morning and immediately set about carrying out the emergency repairs.“The entire response from the council must be commended as it comprehensively dealt with the matter and carried out trojan work throughout the day,” he said.Call for Minister to visit Gaoth Dobhair’s flooded areas was last modified: September 2nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Humboldt State men’s basketball set for tough task in CCAA opener against rival Chico State

first_imgArcata >> For the new-look Humboldt State men’s basketball team, their first introduction into California Collegiate Athletic Association play is going to be quite a doozy.Not only is the Jacks’ No. 1 rival in town. Not only is there going to be a national audience on ESPN3 watching from around Humboldt County and beyond. But the level of competition between the Jacks’ home opener and what they’re going to be seeing tonight is about to go up a couple of levels.Humboldt State and 7th-ranked …last_img

The Green Police: Product Retrospective

first_imgFor several years in the 2000s and early 2010s, I was half of the “Green Police,” a video series produced by Hanley Wood, along with green remodeler Michael Anschel of OA Design+Build+Architecture in Minneapolis, MN. The short “Green Police” videos included reviews of various green building materials, systems, and programs, and some recordings of a presentation we gave at ACI (Now known as the National Home Performance Conference) in Austin, Texas. We had a lot of fun, ran across some interesting products, learned a few things, and hopefully entertained some people in the process. Like all good things, the “Green Police” series eventually had to come to an end, and was ultimately discontinued (although we still come together for conferences and trainings).Michael and I sat down recently and re-watched our videos. While some are better than others, we feel like we shared some interesting technologies and our honest—sometimes maybe too honest—opinions on what we found. We have realized that experience and maturity (in my case, at least) has led us to reconsider some of the products we reviewed. Some of our predictions were on point, some were dead wrong, and many things we liked are either no longer on the market or have still not gained significant traction after almost a decade.Still fussing and fighting, we are happy to share our updates along with some of the original videos so you can see just how right and wrong we were.Some products are dead and goneWe really liked Calstar, a masonry product that was supposed to be less expensive and produce less carbon than typical brick and block production. Unfortunately, the company did not succeed and closed up shop in 2015. Verdict: We were right, but the market didn’t agree with us.Perennial Wood was a winner too–acetylated yellow pine provided incredible resistance from rot, warping, splitting, expansion, and contraction with no toxic chemicals. And it smells like pickles!  Available in tongue and groove decking, rails and pickets, and solid stock, I used it on two screened porches with great success. It provides the traditional look of a wood porch floor without any of the durability issues. After over 6 years, my porch has no evidence of any movement or deterioration, something that can’t be said for any other wood product. While the cladding held up, the stain released from the decking. Turns out since it has no real porosity, stain can’t grab the surface, but a latex paint (which forms a film on the surface) works fine. Unfortunately, it was not a financial success and was taken off the market. Verdict: We were right again, but the marketing was off.In the early 2010s, phase change materials were looking like the next big thing. They were expected to reduce energy bills by as much as 40%. The concept is simple–when the building warms up, the material absorbs the heat and turns from a solid to a liquid, then later, when the heat is needed, the material solidifies, rejecting the heat into the living space. Thermal Core Phase changing drywall was designed to replace heavy thermal mass materials such as concrete, or to go way back, Trombe Walls (those tubes of water people used in early passive solar designs). We were skeptical for a variety of reasons, and unfortunately, it does not seem to have survived. BASF was involved in the development of Thermal Core, however they divested from it in 2017 and it seems to have disappeared. Verdict: We were skeptical and so was the market—Point to the Green Police.Some products are (sort of) still aroundNanogel, sold commercially as Aerogel, is another interesting technology. A super insulating material with a value of R-20 per inch, it can be used inside translucent glazing materials such as Kalwall. With this level of insulation, it is possible to have a completely translucent high efficiency wall structure, although adoption has been limited, especially in residential construction. Verdict: The jury is still out. We like it but it hasn’t been fully embraced or rejected by the market.Heat Mirror (review starts at 1:40 in video above) was a promising low-e window film, installed inside insulated glazing to create essentially triple glazing without the extra weight of the third layer of glass, reaching R values of up to 20. Unfortunately, the film was not durable, and stories of early failures appeared to doom the product, although it does have some life. Alpen windows has it on their website but it does not appear that it is available in any standard products. Verdict: We liked it, but it wasn’t a viable technology. Green Police – Chumps!Final Score: Green Police: 1  Market: 3  Product fail: 1That wraps up our first recap of our short career as YouTube stars. Coming up in future posts: our evolving opinions on heat pump water heaters, mineral wool, foam insulation, and plumbing fixtures. And you might get to see me murder Michael in the Roxul (Now Rockwool) booth at the Builders Show.-Carl Seville is a green builder, educator, and consultant on sustainability to the residential construction industry. After a 25-year career in the remodeling industry, he and a partner founded a company, SK Collaborative. Photos courtesy of the author.last_img read more

20 days agoArsenal fullback Tierney admits PSG striker Mbappe toughest he’s faced

first_imgArsenal fullback Tierney admits PSG striker Mbappe toughest he’s facedby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Kieran Tierney admits PSG striker Kylian Mbappe is the toughest opponent he’s faced.Tierney came up against Mbappe in the Champions League with Celtic.He told Arsenal’s YouTube channel: “The one who posed the most difficulties? Kylian Mbappé. He was so fast, like his entire team. It’s the toughest game I’ve played in my career, there was Daniel Alves and Mbappé on my side. “If I learned from this meeting? Yes, great, we suffered 7-1. But when you face the best players in the world, you learn anyway whatever the outcome. But yes, it was hard, my most difficult evening.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

PM Harper failing to fulfill Mulroneys Oka promise on modern treaties

first_img(Mohawks from Kahnawake battle with Canadian soldiers during the 1990 Oka crisis. File/photo) Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsAs the smoke was clearing from the 1990 Oka Crisis, then-prime minister Brian Mulroney wrote to the premiers of the Northwest Territories and the Yukon about the long, hot summer saying his government would be responding to the demands of “Aboriginal people” in four parts.At the top of the list was “resolving land claims.”Mulroney assured the two premiers the issue would receive Ottawa’s full attention.“The federal government is determined to create a new relationship among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians based on dignity, trust and respect,” wrote Mulroney to former NWT premier Dennis Patterson and former Yukon Premier Tony Penikett in near-identical letters dated Nov. 15, 1990.The other issues on the list included, “defining a new relationship between Aboriginal peoples and governments,” also “improving the economic and social conditions on reserves” and “addressing the concerns of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples in contemporary Canadian life.”Throughout the summer-long crisis in Kanesatake and Kahnawake which spread across the country, the issue of comprehensive claims, or modern treaties, continued to crop up as a major irritant from the First Nation side. Pundits and First Nation representatives who appeared on CBC, CTV and other local cable newscasts repeatedly mentioned the need for Ottawa to overhaul its approach to comprehensive claims. APTN did not exist at the time.In response, after the guns, tanks and helicopters faded from television screens, Mulroney began an overhaul of the land claim system. First, he eliminated the six-claim cap on the number of negotiations Ottawa would deal with at any one time. In 1992, the British Columbia-specific treaty table was created and in 1993 former Progressive Conservative Indian affairs minister Tom Siddon unveiled an overhaul of Ottawa’s comprehensive claim and specific claims policies.The LettersDownload (PDF, Unknown)Since then, only four B.C. modern treaties have been settled while First Nations involved in the process have amassed about $500 million worth in loans from the federal government to pay for negotiations. As of January 2013, Canada has issued $1 billion in loans and non-repayable contributions to First Nation groups involved in claims talks which can take up to three decades to reach a final agreement.It’s also emerged that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s cabinet has stalled three modern treaty negotiations for two years.As it nears the end of its first majority mandate and its ninth year in power, the Harper government is only now beginning to address the issue of comprehensive land claims and folding it into a process named to imply a redefinition of Ottawa’s relationship with its Indigenous nations.It’s called the “reconciliation framework” and it was first mentioned by Ottawa in a statement issued by Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office last Thursday in response to the release of a report by former federal negotiator Douglas Eyford.Eyford was appointed last July by Valcourt to meet with dozens of First Nations across the country on improving Ottawa’s comprehensive land claims policy. As his report points out, Eyford travelled well tilled soil. The federal comprehensive claims policy has been updated three times since its 1973 creation. There have also been eight studies or reports on the issue since 1983, including a 2006 report from the federal Auditor General and two Senate reports, in 2008 and 2012.“Many of the issues I have considered are neither new nor unforeseen. The observations, findings, and recommendations of these reports remain relevant and compelling despite the passage of time, legal developments, and changes in policy having placed some of the issues in a different context,” said Eyford, in the report.Comprehensive claims encompass territorial claims, self-government and Aboriginal rights. They are negotiated in areas not covered by so-called “surrender” treaties or numbered treaties. The majority of these claims stem from British Columbia, the North, parts of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.Specific claims generally stem from historical grievances over loss of land or the misuse of monies held in trust by Ottawa.Eyford’s report also mentions a “reconciliation framework” and issues recommendations on its possible creation.“Canada’s commitment to reconciliation should be reflected in a new framework that: continues to support modern treaty negotiations, but addresses institutional barriers…provides a rights-informed approach to treaty-making,” said the report. “(It should also offer) other reconciliation arrangements for Aboriginal groups that are not interested in negotiating a comprehensive land claims agreement…and improves the implementation of modern treaties and other agreements with Aboriginal groups.”Valcourt’s office is saying little about its own vision for this new framework aside from sending links to the department’s interim comprehensive claims policy which was widely panned by First Nation groups.In an emailed statement, Valcourt’s office said the reconciliation framework is simply the renamed “framework for addressing Section 35 Aboriginal Rights.” The minister also has no plans to roll anything out soon.“This framework will be developed incrementally and through dialogue with partners,” said the statement. “Over the coming months, we will engage with Aboriginal groups as well as other stakeholders, including those who provided input during the engagement meetings (with Eyford), in order to seek their feedback on those recommendations.”Valcourt’s framework plans, however, are getting a lukewarm response from the Assembly of First Nations.AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said Valcourt needed to open direct discussions with First Nations on the issue.“Any work on a ‘reconciliation framework’ needs to be discussed directly with First Nations,” said Bellegarde. “We are concerned that this government is relying too much on ministerial special representatives and other agents when the federal government has a duty to engage directly with First Nations.”It all seems a far cry from what was promised following the Oka crisis by the Mulroney government of which Valcourt was once a part.“I have great respect for the peaceful and patient manner in which most chiefs, elders and Aboriginal people have expressed their grievances and my government will continue to work with these individuals to find appropriate measures to respond to the needs and concerns of Aboriginal people,” said the letters, which Mulroney signed. “These grievances raise issues that deeply affect all Canadians and therefore must be resolved by all Canadians working together.”According to a memo sent to Mulroney with draft responses to the two premiers, the letters “were developed in consultation with the Department of Indian Affairs.”The MemoDownload (PDF, Unknown)jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Shastri has done wonders by making Kohli the boss: Gaekwad

first_imgKolkata: Rating each bowler a match winner, former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad said the kind of options this team is blessed with, India never had going into a World Cup. “We have a very balanced side – both in the batting and bowling department. And especially with the fast bowlers and spinners, the kind of option the Indian team has today, I don’t think we have ever had this kind of options,” Gaekwad told IANS. “Our bowlers, spinners or pacers, are match winners on any given condition.” Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju The pace battery of the Virat Kohli-led Indian team has the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, whom many rate as the world’s best especially with the white ball, in-form Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is expected to swing the ball both-ways in English conditions. In the spin bowling department, wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have struck gold for India so far and will be expected to continue the good work in their maiden World Cup campaign. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters Gaekwad, who featured for India in 40 Tests and 15 ODIs, also heaped praise on head coach Ravi Shastri, saying Shastri operates the way he used to during his time with the team. “He has done well right from the beginning. He has put captain (Kohli) as the boss of the team. He has taken a backseat unlike Greg Chappell. I did the same with (Md) Azharuddin when he was the captain. “Ravi has a great understanding with the captain and is a great man manager. Knowing Virat, the way he pushes the players everyone has to be on their toes and Ravi also helps in that.” Gaekwad, who worked as a national selector also besides coaching the team from October 1997 to September 1999, and again in 2000 for a brief period – before John Wright succeeded him — said the much-talked about No. 4 spot is more or less settled with K.L. Rahul fitting the bill. There has been lot of changes at No. 4 since Kohli took over as captain. There has been a process of trying out new players for the No.4 spot by the selectors. “Rahul is my pick because he is a stroke player and he will complement the top three as all of them are stroke players. Now there is Dinesh Karthik who has proved over a period of time that he can settle the innings once there are early wickets lost. “As far as Vijay Shankar is concerned, if he gets a chance in the XI we will see,” said the 66-year old who did not have Shankar in his 15-member squad before it was announced. Gaekwad likened “mentor” M.S. Dhoni’s presence in the team to Sachin Tendulkar, saying if he was the coach he would pick the decorated former India skipper even if he was in the worst form of his life. “The biggest advantage Virat (Kohli) has is Dhoni. His mere presence gives confidence to the captain. You can’t go to the shop and buy experience, what Dhoni has. He is the mentor of the Indian team. When I was coach of the Indian team, I told Sachin during a series against Australia where he had a stiff back, to just stand at slips and don’t move. “He could not move, he was in a bad situation. So a mere presence of a player makes a big difference to the opposition. “If I was the coach, I would play Dhoni if he is fit. Whether he gets runs or not, I don’t care. I play him. His fitness and keeping is out of the world anyway.” Gaekwad further said Rishabh Pant, whose exclusion from the squad made so much noise, is still a work in progress and his glovework needs to improve. “Pant still needs to learn a lot. His wicketkeeping needs to improve. As a batsman, Pant can finish a game on a given day but he is not a planner. Karthik is a planner.”last_img read more

Ohio State womens lacrosse overpowers San Diego State 1911

The Ohio State women’s lacrosse team claimed a victory against the San Diego State Aztecs, 19-11, at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Wednesday night after tying its season-high for most goals in a period. Thanks to a team-high of five points off three assists and two goals by sophomore attackman Jackie Cifarelli, OSU improved to 5-6 overall and 4-1 at home. The Buckeyes played at full speed in the first half of the game, scoring 12 points and shooting with 63 percent accuracy. Less than a minute into the match, Cifarelli made the first score of the game. After another 20 minutes, OSU had built a 9-2 lead. The Aztecs, though, would answer and trade goals back and forth with OSU, but OSU didn’t lose the lead, going into the half with a score of 12-5. Junior attackman Katie Chase said it was teamwork that got OSU going. “We started playing together really well,” Chase said. “Our defense got some really big stops for us and our attack got it flowing. Once we got into the flow of the game, our goals just kept coming. It was a strong team effort all around.” Coming out of the game’s intermission, though, the Aztecs scored four goals in the first five minutes of the half, cutting OSU’s lead to three, 12-9. Chase, though, said the comeback was expected. “We knew that was going to happen,” she said. “We just needed to get back in the flow of our game.” The Buckeyes quickly called a timeout, and after that, they controlled the rest of the half. Chase said remembering the team’s theme this year provided the boost necessary. “Our theme is ‘Buckeye Strong,’ be strong all over the field,” Chase said. “Our thing this year is just playing with heart, playing like you want it all over the field, play for each other.” The Buckeyes went on to score five consecutive goals and earn their biggest lead of the game, 18-10, with just more than 10 minutes left in the game. “San Diego State is a great team,” OSU’s women’s lacrosse coach Alexis Venechanos said. “They took us to our last limits and it was a very challenging game but we definitely responded so we are able to take some positives.” The Buckeyes finished with 11 saves and 15 groundballs despite 22 fouls and seven turnovers. OSU is scheduled to take on Vanderbilt at noon Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse scores early often to down Jacksonville 132

Members of the OSU men’s lacrosse team rush to the ball during a game against Jacksonville March 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won, 13-2.Credit: Dan Hope / Lantern photographerThe weather was cold, but the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team was on fire against Jacksonville.Playing the third of a three-game home stand, the Buckeyes (3-6, 1-0) defeated the Dolphins (1-7, 0-1), 13-2, inside a soggy Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium Saturday.Getting off to a quick start, junior midfielder Jesse King and sophomore attackman Carter Brown tallied a pair of goals within the game’s first 45 seconds to put the Buckeyes ahead.After King notched his second goal of the game less than two minutes later, OSU held a man-up advantage for four minutes after Jacksonville senior midfielder Mike McCredie crosschecked junior midfielder Turner Evans in the head. OSU went on to score twice during the man-advantage.OSU coach Nick Myers said Evans — who did not return to the game — would be evaluated by the medical staff and the team is expecting to know more on his condition in the coming days.“Right now we are going to have to wait and see,” Myers said. “Obviously he took a big shot in the first quarter, you hate to see that.”Taking a 6-0 lead into the second quarter, the Buckeyes continued their onslaught.Sophomore attackman Gordie Koerber tallied his second and third goals of the season in the second quarter before Brown completed a first half hat trick by scoring with 2:30 remaining.Brown finished the first half with four points (three goals, one assist), and King had seven points (three goals, four assists), as OSU took a 9-0 lead into the break.Starting the third quarter, the Buckeyes continued to spread the wealth as junior midfielder Rick Lewis tallied his second goal of the season, and sophomore attackman Ryan Hunter managed to register the first two goals of his career.Hunter said it was important for OSU to move the ball quickly and focus on the fundamentals so the weather wouldn’t be a factor.“One thing was just moving the ball,” Hunter said. “Our feet were heavy so it was key to keep the ball moving up around the perimeter and make sure our feet were moving and focus on ground balls.”Lewis said the offense did a good job of drawing double teams and then finding the open teammate which created good looks for the Buckeyes.“This week we just kept it simple and got back to the basics,” Lewis said. “Just drawing doubles, making singles, and just playing as a team. I think we did a great job of that. We shared the ball and got a good result for us.”It wasn’t until the 3:51 mark of the third quarter that Jacksonville got on the board, adding another with 12:52 left in the fourth.But that was all the Dolphins would get as freshman attackman J.T. Blubaugh put an exclamation point on the game by scoring with 59 seconds left.The two goals scored were the fewest OSU’s given up since defeating Bellarmine by the same score of 13-2 in 2012.Myers said it was important for the defense to bounce back from its disappointing 13-7 loss to Notre Dame earlier in the week, but it took an entire team effort to limit Jacksonville the way they did.“Defensively, we took it on as a challenge because we understand we haven’t been playing our best lacrosse, coming off 13 goals on Tuesday,” Myers said. “It was really a next play mentality. Our offense did a good job of maintaining possession and I thought we won some faceoffs, so it was a collective effort.”Freshman midfielder Jake Withers was able to control the faceoff circle once again, winning seven of his 10 draws to help give OSU extra possessions on offense.“The faceoff guys work their butts off all week so it’s nice to see it pay off,” Lewis said. “All those guys are battling every day in practice so it’s definitely a credit to that.”Offensively, nine different players registered a point on the day for OSU, including junior attackman Reegan Comeault, whose first quarter goal extended his point streak to nine games.OSU is scheduled to be back on the road next weekend as the team heads east to take on the Delaware Blue Hens. Game time is set for Sunday at noon. read more

Paul Pogba confirms rift with Jose Mourinho

first_imgFrance midfielder Paul Pogba has accepted he had some “small issues” with his boss at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho during this past season, however, he believes things have improved since his return to England.Speaking at a news conference at France’s World Cup training base in Moscow, Pogba said his second year with United was not ideal, according to ESPN.“It was a better season that the previous one,” Pogba said.“It was an experience. There were some small issues with [Mourinho], but they were nothing in the end.“Being a substitute, that sort of thing, it helps you to grow. I have to accept it.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Pogba also defended international teammate Antoine Griezmann, who is struggling for form through two World Cup games despite scoring a penalty in the 2-1 victory over Australia.“Antoine is doing very, very well — he is happy,” Pogba said.“Just because he did not score in the second match [against Peru], it does not mean that it is not the same Grizou.“Leave my Grizou alone! You have forgotten about Euro 2016. Think about all of the defensive work he did against Peru. He helped us to keep them out.”last_img read more