Chelsea’s Eden Hazard ‘successfully’ undergoes surgery on ankle injury

first_img Eden Hazard Chelsea forward Eden Hazard has ‘successfully’ undergone surgery on his right ankle, the Premier League club have confirmed.The 26-year-old sustained a fracture to his right ankle while training with the Belgium national team, but he has already started on the road to recovery.Hazard is expected to return to training in roughly three months. 1center_img Everything went well with my ankle operation, now I start the road to recovery! I will be stronger. Thank you for your support!! pic.twitter.com/aokirnytkW— Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) June 5, 2017//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jslast_img

Wet and windy start to weekend for Donegal

first_imgIt’s a wet and windy start to the weekend after heavy rain and southerly winds lashed Ireland last night.Met Eireann said: “Saturday will be a blustery day with scattered showers and good sunny spells.“Southwesterly winds will be fresh to strong and gusty, but very strong along west and northwest coasts.” Revellers heading to Love Sensation on Saturday will need to pack a jacket as highest temperatures will reach just 18C with some scattered showers expected also.However, they will bask in some good sunny spells also, according to Met Eireann.Meanwhile, Sunday will start off will be another blustery and showery day with good sunny spells.However, showers will become heavy and widespread during the morning, with the odd thundery downpour. It will be another cool day with top temperatures of just 16C to 18C in moderate to fresh west to southwest winds.Wet and windy start to weekend for Donegal was last modified: August 16th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Reports say Blues are confident on Remy, QPR want duo and Diame is joining Palace

first_imgCrystal Palace are set to beat QPR to the signing of West Ham midfielder Momo Diame, the Sunday People say.Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has long been keen to bring in Diame but it is claimed that Eagles boss Neil Warnock has won the race to sign him. Hull were also reported to be interested.Redknapp wants to sign Aaron Lennon as well as Andros Townsend from Tottenham, the Mail on Sunday claim.Diame has long been one of Redknapp’s transfer targetsThe Daily Star Sunday say Redknapp is also looking to buy forward Fabio Borini from Liverpool.Chelsea are extremely confident of signing Loic Remy from QPR despite Arsenal launching a late bid to capture the France striker, according to the Sunday Telegraph. Related West London Sport story: Arsenal make their move for QPR’s Remy  Meanwhile, the Mail say Paris St-Germain are keen to tie up a loan deal for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Gallery: Cass Bell, MMA fighter by day and coach by night, announces next fight not long after returning from youth wrestling tourney

first_imgCass Bell (4-0-0), Humboldt County’s own professional MMA fighter, announced he will see the octagon again on Dec. 20.For the first time in his professional career, Bell will be fighting in a venue other than the SAP Center.Bell will fight in Honolulu, Hawaii, at a “Salute the Troops Show” put on by Bellator and the United Service Organizations (USO).Bell’s opponent for what will be his fifth professional fight has not yet been announced. Bell most recently beat Isaiah Rocha via …last_img

Zuma talks partnerships, jobs and more

first_img13 February 2012President Jacob Zuma has called on all South Africans to participate in taking the country forward.The government was doing its part, he said; now it was time for the rest of us to “play your part” and invest in South Africa, he said, calling on business, labour, civil society and residents to form a partnership with the state.Zuma was speaking at a business breakfast briefing hosted by Brand South Africa, the SABC and The New Age newspaper at Grand West Casino in Cape Town on Friday.Just a few hours before, he had said goodnight to his guests after delivering his fourth State of the Nation address in Parliament.The mood at Grand West was jovial; everyone was relaxed and satisfied. The President himself was fresh-faced and upbeat.At the breakfast were government ministers, deputy ministers and business people, all armed with their questions. The briefing was broadcast live on SABC, and the general public was able to send in their questions for the President on Twitter and SMS.The openness of the dialogue was precedent-setting for a sitting South African president, and certainly marked a change in the government’s way of doing business.“We want to do things differently. We want to take South Africa forward. We believe we’ve made progress, but we know that there are challenges,” Zuma began. The government was tackling the economy in a way that it had not done in the past. “We can’t only do politics; we must also do the economy.”Zuma said the government’s major programme was infrastructure as it believed that building infrastructure would give opportunities to all.The government was creating an enabling environment and building infrastructure, and business needed to invest in opportunities that would open up. This would bring jobs and so improve the quality of life for all.“We have discussed the difficulties of doing business in South Africa. We are opening this. You must participate in this window period.”Partnership was a big theme for Zuma, who called on business to work with the government to deal with the negative impact of job losses. Training was mentioned as a possibility. “We must create the kind of projects that can create jobs.”What is differentAsked what was different for workers in his latest State of the Nation address – we’ve heard this all before, was the criticism – he said: “We’ve created an environment where jobs can be created. We have a massive infrastructure programme; there is money for it.“The private sector must see the opportunities for investment, and invest. The logical consequence of that is jobs.“You can’t have jobs without investment, and the government is creating an environment for investment.”He had three items on his wish list from the private sector: invest in the country, have confidence in the country, and big business must help small business.A hot potato issue, especially given that the Mining Indaba has just finished in Cape Town, is the nationalisation of mines. The final word on the topic came from the President.Setting many minds at rest, and garnering a round of applause, he said: “Nationalisation is not our policy. It is as clear as that. Our policy is a mixed economy.”Of potential, he said Africa was one of the fastest growing regions in the world, and the country should invest in that potential. “South Africa has the potential to grow. Working together, we can take advantage of Africa, the BRICS countries and the changing economy. Invest in this country; invest in your future.”Brief questionsAsked what keeps him awake at night, the President answered: the plight of the poor. “I am kept awake thinking of ways to alleviate their plight.”He pointed to South Africa’s strategic global importance in regards to shipping, saying it did nothing in its waters for its economy, despite the shipping lanes that passed the country. There were massive opportunities in this sector.Of toll roads, another hot potato, Zuma said they were necessary for road maintenance. However, the issue was not closed. South Africa was unusual in that the government was open to discussion of ideas and policies it had put forward.In answer to a question from the floor, the President said fronting in business – whereby companies use black people as figureheads to up their black economic empowerment ratings – would be punished.The details of what that punishment would be still had to be worked out, though. The law must come first, he said, and the details would come after.Rural developmentOf small towns, their factories and rural areas, he said the government was talking of reviving the economy and development of those regions as part of its plan.Asked about what was being done to stop farm murders, he pointed out that as crime was falling, so were farm murders. The police were working with farmers to stop this crime.The police were also working hard to address the issue of piracy. Many raids had already been carried out.Regarding service delivery, the government had delivered to some degree, but there were still challenges. There was electricity and water available where there had been none before. “The question of infrastructure remains a challenge.”The Italian ambassador offered his country’s and Europe’s help – we could share experiences, promote investments and help you avoid the mistakes we made in industrial policy and job creation, he said, to which Zuma replied that South Africa was certainly keen to learn what went wrong, and what would happen to alleviate the present economic crisis.Questioned about land reform, Zuma again spoke of the Green Paper on Land Reform he had mentioned in his State of the Nation address. “We are looking at those issues,” he said.“The fact is that lots of land was taken away and many people were left landless. We can’t let this continue. We need frank views from South Africans on how to solve land issues.”First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Minnesota Homestead: Choosing Windows

first_imgEditor’s Note: This is part of a series of posts describing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Rochester, Minnesota, by Tracee Vetting Wolf, Matt Vetting, and their son Max. You can find their complete blog here. A list of their previous posts appears at the bottom of this column. This post was written by Matt. One of the important features of our house are the windows. The house is oriented with one of the long dimensions facing south with large windows on the main floor in order to allow the winter sun to heat the 4-inch-thick concrete slab in the living room and kitchen. In the 3D SketchUp illustration below of our house, on the left is the south-facing facade. The image on the right shows the north-facing facade. RELATED ARTICLESAdvances in WindowsHow to Order WindowsPassivhaus WindowsShedding light on WindowsWhat Windows Should I Buy? The north (right) and south elevations of the house show window placement.With a proper passive house design, solar gains can account for 20%-50% of the yearly heating cost. Ideally, the south facing windows should be an absolute maximum of 12% of the overall floor area. Any more than that and you will end up with overheating during the day and excessive heat loss at night. If you’re not carefully designing the structure to handle the heat load, a maximum of 8% is recommended. Some of the overheating during the day can be mitigated by providing a thermal mass to absorb the heat, evening out the heat gain and allowing heat to be radiated during times of shade or late in the day. Between 70% and 85% of the home’s windows should be south-facing to capture the most winter sun, which would be lost to windows facing north, east, or west. Several design iterations were executed to optimize the number and size of the windows to obtain the right ratio of windows-to-slab size. After factoring out the frames of the window so that glazing is correctly calculated, we have 273 square feet of glazing, with 196 square feet, or 72%, located on the southern face. The value is on the low side of the suggested value as other factors were considered, such as including operable windows upstairs on the north side for cooling. To make a proper calculation of the volume of the house to be conditioned, spaces such as the “open to above” area and the basement is counted in the overall square footage. Our total living space will be 1,732 square feet, but the total area of the house used for calculating conditioned space is 2,151 square feet. This number includes a 280- square-foot below grade basement (below one-third of the house) and the “open to above” area in the dining room. As such, the square footage ratio of south facing windows to overall floor area is 9.1%. Solar gain and U-factor To optimize solar gains and minimize thermal losses, the windows should have the lowest U-factor (the inverse of R-value) possible and highest solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC). We thought that triple-pane windows would be out of our price range so our initial design plans incorporated Marvin Integrity windows. However, after thinking about the form of heating and cooling we were going to utilize in our build (two outdoor minisplit compressors paired two indoor units, centrally located, one upstairs and one downstairs), we thought it essential that we upgrade to triple-pane to minimize heat loss and convection currents that can make a room feel cold. We used the National Fenestration Research Council (NFRC) certified product guide to get some ideas of which companies produce triple-pane windows that at least meet the version 6.0 of the Energy Star Guidelines for northern climates (U<=0.28, SGHC>=0.32). We sent our designs to Marvin, Zola, Wasco, and Accurate Dorwin and had each send us a quote. The specific product lines quoted were: Marvin Clad Ultimate, a wood-clad (pine) window with extruded aluminum exterior, double-pane Low E2 glass with argon fill. Wasco Geneo line, with frames made with a uPVC/fiberglass co-extruded material, argon-filled insulated triple-pane glass. Accurate Dorwins fiberglass triple-pane, argon-filled, Sungate 400 glass. Zola Thermo Clad pine wood triple-pane, argon-filled. The Marvin Clad Ultimate were relatively expensive for the meager U-values obtained (~0.28) and whose cost was mostly dictated by the use of wood for the frames. Aesthetically, on the interior space where the wood would be exposed they would have been amazing, but we couldn’t justify the extra cost and insufficient U-values. Similarly, the Zola Thermo Clad windows were slightly more, again due to the inclusion of wood, but they have the best thermal properties with a U-factor of 0.14, half that of the Marvin Clad Ultimate. In addition, the cost of shipping ($4,000-$5,000) added 20% to the cost of the window budget. While beautiful, Zola windows were out. The Wasco Geneo line and Accurate Dorwin windows were similar in price with Accurate Dorwin being slightly less expensive but with slightly poorer thermal performance, U=0.15 for Wasco and U=0.20 for Accurate Dorwin. Accurate Dorwin had a version of the window with a U=0.14, but this sacrificed the SGHC and would only be appropriate for non-south facing windows. On the negative side, the Wasco Doors were 30%-60% more expensive than the Accurate Dorwin doors. (For a table showing doors and window specifications and prices, take a look at this blog entry). In the end, the thermal properties of the Wasco windows and doors and the 20% final discount on the entire bill led us to choose the Wasco Geneo line. In addition, Wasco is produced in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, my hometown, so we could go and visit the manufacturing facility and showroom. Mike Wilson from Wasco windows gave over an hour of his time showing us how Wasco windows are manufactured. We were able to see and touch the product lines which gave us confidence in our selections. Final numbers The total rough opening square footage was 354.5 square feet, of which doors were 83.4 sq. ft. and the garage windows were 28.7 sq, ft, (double pane). The total cost was about $17,000. Approximately $8,000 of that was for the three doors. The cost overall was about $48 per square foot. If you look at the cost for the triple-pane fixed and operable windows, the cost was about $33.5 per square foot. This is a totally reasonable price for the excellent thermal properties the Wasco windows provide. The costs mentioned here do not reflect shipping. Accurate Dornin came with free shipping, Wasco shipping was about $500 and Zola was going to be as much as $5,000. The 20% Wasco discount is not reflected in the calculations above. Installation We ordered a total of 18 windows and doors. That included 13 triple- pane windows, one each facing east and west, two facing north and nine facing south. There are three full glass doors — two swing doors and one sliding door. The swing doors face east (to patio) and west (main door), while the large slider faces south. The remaining two windows are simple double-pane windows that face north out of the garage, which is an unheated space. The windows are European style tilt-and-turns, which means they open inward rather than outward and depending on the orientation of the handle they can either swing open or tilt inward. They also have several attachment points when locked assuring that the sash seals tightly to the frame when closed. Installation was a difficult process due to the below-freezing temperatures we were having at the time, as well as some timing issues. We had been working with a particular individual at WASCO windows who had indicated he would come up with the windows and help do a couple of installs. Well, on the day of delivery we learned that employee had jumped ship so no installation examples were going to happen that day, which is probably good because our window openings had not been prepped due to subcontractor time constraints and the weather. The owner of the company David Paulus agreed that he would personally come up (a 4-hour drive) and help with the install a week later. Unfortunately, there was a miscommunication and when he arrived our build team was not ready. At least he was able to look at our situation and give some guidance on what to do prior to his next visit a week later. We so appreciated that he agreed to make the drive again and the next time he arrived we had the men and materials to prep the openings and do the install. Other posts about the Minnesota Homestead: Why We Built an Energy-Efficient Home Energy Planning for a Net-Zero Home Nordic Rootslast_img read more

January 5 2000 The riparian habitat surrounding t

first_imgJanuary 5, 2000The riparian habitat surrounding the Agua Fria waterway which runs through Arcosanti’sproperty is a delicate one. With grant-funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,Arcosanti residents are participating in a Riparian Restoration Program, erectinga three-and-a-half mile barbed-wire fence around the area to keep cattle out andprotect the habitat. In this photo, Rio and Karen lug a roll of wire across thedesert to continue the fencing. Photo and text by Benjamin Ericson.last_img

UK pay TV operator BSkyB has successfully priced a

first_imgUK pay TV operator BSkyB has successfully priced a £3.25 billion (€4 billion) series of bonds to help finance its acquisition of Sky Italia and a majority stake in Sky Deutschland from 21st Century Fox. The bonds will be issued in four tranches, with a €1.5 billion bond with a 1.5% coupon due in 2021, a €1 billion bond with a coupon of 2.5% due in 2026, a US$750 million (€580 million) bond with a coupon of 2.625% due in 2019 and a US$1.25 billion bond with a coupon of 3.75% due in 2024.As a result of the transactions, BSkyB’s gross debt will increase by a further £3.25 billion from its June base of £2.589 billion.Proceeds of the US dollar bonds will be swapped into euros, resulting in a cost to Sky of approximately 1.3% for the bonds due in 2019 and 2.4% for the bonds due in 2024.last_img read more