Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa scored their first goals for Manchester United as Sir Alex Ferguson’s men hit back after Damien Duff’s early opener.Fulham took advantage of some shoddy United defending to go ahead in the third minute at Old Trafford.Bryan Ruiz rolled a free-kick in towards Duff, who was given time and space to fire past keeper David De Gea.United levelled when Van Persie volleyed Patrice Evra’s left-wing cross into the top corner of the net.And Kagawa put them in front 10 minutes before the break, tapping in from two yards out after keeper Mark Schwarzer could only parry Tom Cleverley’s shot.Worse followed for Fulham when an unmarked Rafael doubled United’s advantage by heading in Ashley Young’s cross.But Fulham were twice unlucky not to pull a goal back – first when Duff was denied by a fine save from De Gea, and then when Mladen Petric’s drive hit the keeper’s legs and then bounced onto the bar.Click here for the Man Utd v Fulham quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
24 January 2012A team of South African adventurers overcame extreme weather conditions to reach the South Pole on Sunday, after a gruelling six-and-a-half day, 111-kilometre journey to raise awareness for early childhood development.The expedition was the brainchild of Iain Buchan, chairman of Durban-based not-for-profit organisation The Unlimited Child, which promotes early childhood development by providing educational toys and caregiver training to underprivileged creches.For the challenge, Buchan teamed up with his sons Zack and Barney, Nzuzo Mnikathi, a 19-year-old orphan from Pietermaritzburg, medical doctor Pete Berning, adventurer Sean Wisedale, and professional expedition leader Dave Pritt.‘Absolutely exhausted’After reaching the South Pole on Sunday morning, Buchan described the final day’s exertion, writing on The Unlimited Child website: “We are at the South Pole after walking 19.5km today and everyone on the team is absolutely exhausted.“It was a slow uphill climb that we didn’t expect. It was very tough, especially the last 4.5km. Having said that, we are all elated to be here,” Buchan wrote.“It is the most special place on the planet. We are all so happy that we’ve finally made it. We’ve just had a chance to relax and unwind and we had a good meal at base camp.”Youngest black man to reach the South PoleDespite battling frostbite, Nzuzo Mnikathi fought his way to the South Pole, becoming the youngest black man to achieve the feat.“Today has been a great day for me. Even though I really struggled, I’ve had the best day of my life skiing to the South Pole,” Mnikathi wrote.“I started off well, but by half way I was really exhausted and I thought that I wasn’t going to make it, but the team helped me. I’ve never had this kind of experience, and I have to thank Barney, Iain, Zack, Pete and Sean Wisedale for all their help.”The expedition marks another community outreach success for financial services provider The Unlimited. The company’s Unlimited Child programme has already reached 228 creches, 626 caregivers and 13 695 children, and continues to grow.Archbishop Desmond Tutu became The Unlimited Child’s patron in 2011, but the organisation began three years before that, in 2008, in a move to address early childhood development in South Africa.Importance of early childhood developmentIt began with a conversation between Iain Buchan and his domestic worker, Nester. When Buchan learnt that Nester’s grandchild had failed grade two, he began to ask questions of, among others, education experts, and that is when he learnt how vital development is in a child’s infant years.With help from academics and early childhood development specialists, he launched a corporate social responsibility project in July 2008 through The Unlimited named Operation Abantwana. The pilot project included five creches in Marianhill and the Valley of 1 000 Hills in KwaZulu-Natal. Today it has evolved to become The Unlimited Child.The organisation states on its website: “If children do not receive the correct stimulation between the age of 0 and 6, such as learning colours and shapes through educational toys, parts of their brain will wither and die.“In South Africa, this applies to over 6-million children. If they are to have a future, urgent intervention is needed.”The Unlimited Child aims to reach 1.25-million children throughout South Africa by 2016, “but additional funding and replication of our model is required. Only then can thousands more children enter school with ready minds and the capacity to reach their full potential”.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Millions of dollars of wasted energy“I’ve found that we can indeed make pasta in just a few cups of water and save a good deal of energy,” McGee reported. “Not that much in your kitchen or mine — just the amount needed to keep a burner on high for a few more minutes.” RELATED ARTICLES An Induction Cooktop for Our KitchenAll About Microwave OvensChoosing an Energy-Efficient Refrigerator McGee continued, “But Americans cook something like a billion pounds of pasta a year, so those minutes could add up. My rough figuring indicates an energy savings at the stove top of several trillion BTUs. At the power plant, that would mean saving 250,000 to 500,000 barrels of oil, or $10 million to $20 million at current prices.”McGee’s article is posted at The New York Times Web site. The traditional method for cooking pasta wastes energy, according to columnist Harold McGee. McGee, who writes the “Curious Cook” column for The New York Times, recently investigated whether 4 to 6 quarts of boiling water are really necessary to cook a single pound of pasta.After experimenting in his kitchen and consulting with Italian chefs, McGee concluded that a pound of pasta can be cooked to perfection using a mere 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of water, as long as the cook stirs the pasta for the first 1 or 2 minutes of cooking.
India’s top singles player Somdev Devvarnman was gracious in defeat giving credit to Belgian qualifier David Goffin who beat him in a first round of the Chennai Open on Wednesday.Somdev was shocked 2-6, 4-6 by the 20-year-old Goffin in the upset of the day. “Before I say anything, I’d like to say Goffin deserves a lot of credit. From my side, I don’t think I played very well,” he said.Somdev said he was surprised by his defeat because he was “hitting the ball really well in practice.” “I am very disappointed with my performance today and hopefully I’ll play better as the season progresses,” he said.Goffin on his part said,”My game was trying to be aggressive and reach the net. I tried to be aggressive in the court from the first moment until very end.” Asked how he managed to keep his focus towards the end of the game when the vocal crowd got behind Somdev, Goffin said, “These games are never easy to win. I tried to focus on my game till the last point and finish the match.”Somdev admitted that Goffin’s aggressive start to the game, in which the Belgian made the local favourite run all over the court and took a 4-0 lead, “unsettled” him. That unsettled me a bit. The first set wasn’t ideal for me,” Somdev said. But the Indian said he had not seen much of Goffin’s play before, though he did study videos of his matches.”I actually felt he was getting a bit tired. (And) there were a few times, I failed to capitalise on his errors.” The Indian said it was “back to the drawing board now” after this defeat. “It’s time to start playing well again (and) move up the rankings,” he said. Looking ahead to the Australian Open qualifiers, he said, “I have a whole week and so I can book my flight now.”advertisementAsked how he rated Goffin, Somdev said, “You go and see his results last year and he did really well towards the end (of the season). I don’t know what changes he’s made to his game, but as far as potential goes, a lot of people have potential, but you have to put the work in to realise it.””He’s young, talented, has a lot of work ahead of him and I wish him all the best,” he said.- With PTI inputs
Crystal Palace launch bid for Everton striker Niasseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have launched a bid for Everton striker Oumar Niasse.The Sun says Palace have made a £6.5million bid for Niasse.Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has turned to the 28-year-old Senegalese international after a loan deal for Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke fell through.Hodgson is desperate for another striker to boost his team’s fight for Premier League survival.And he believes Niasse can supply the goal power he needs while record signing Christian Benteke continues to recover from knee surgery.Everton boss Marco Silva will not stand in the way of a player who has not started a single Premier League game this season or scored since last May. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Arsenal could change Ramsey stance for Denis Suarezby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are desperate to sign Denis Suarez from Barcelona this month.The Gunners feel the midfielder is the one who will help boss Unai Emery take the team to the next level.And the Daily Mirror reports that he would ideally sign on a loan deal with the possibility of a £15 million transfer in the summer.But the issue is that Barcelona want to sell him permanently this month.It is possible that Arsenal will let Aaron Ramsey join Juventus in January for a sizeable fee, as it would give them enough cash to sign Suarez permanently.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd in talks to find new shirt sponsorby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are in talks to find a new shirt sponsor.The current Chevrolet deal, which started in 2014, is worth more than £450m over seven years and remains the biggest sum paid to a football club for shirt sponsorship.Sky Sports says industry sources are confident a new deal will see United match or even surpass their current agreement.The current Chevrolet deal equates to £47m per year and was more than double the previous sponsorship with AON.AON still sponsors the United training kit and training ground – a deal which nets the club £17m a year alone.The Chevrolet deal expires in 2021.
point guard derryck thonton dukeJust one day after he met face-to-face with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, five-star Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton has committed to the Blue Devils, according to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi. Breaking News. PG Derryck Thorton has told ESPN that he has made a verbal commitment to Duke. STORY http://t.co/cdlFzc6kM1— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) April 21, 2015As Biancardi states, Thornton will reclassify to 2015 and enroll at Duke this summer. His decision fills a crucial void for the national champions, who didn’t have a true point guard on their roster following the departures of Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones. The 6-foot-2 Thornton will be expected to run the show for Krzyzewski’s squad, which is still in the running for a handful of 2015 recruits, including five-star wing Brandon Ingram. Despite the losses of Jones, Cook, Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor, Duke projects as a borderline top-10 team next season with Thornton, forward Chase Jeter, shooting guard Luke Kennard and Rice transfer Sean Obi joining a nucleus of returnees which includes starting forward Matt Jones, Final Four hero Grayson Allen and veteran big men Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson.
Senior GIS Manager and Trainer, Simone Lloyd, speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on September 6, said it is important that agencies know that they have access to the software, which can be used to facilitate fulfilment of their mandate. The National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) is urging ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to take advantage of the geospatial technologies and resources available through a four-year Enterprise-wide Licence Agreement (ELA) signed in 2015. Story Highlights The National Spatial Data Management Division (NSDMD) is urging ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to take advantage of the geospatial technologies and resources available through a four-year Enterprise-wide Licence Agreement (ELA) signed in 2015.The ELA, signed with global market leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri), which provides world-renowned mapping and spatial and analytics software, aims to ensure that all government agencies have access to geospatial data.Senior GIS Manager and Trainer, Simone Lloyd, speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ on September 6, said it is important that agencies know that they have access to the software, which can be used to facilitate fulfilment of their mandate.“We recognise that some agencies were able to, based on their mandate and their resources, engage Esri and be able to get whatever current software is available to facilitate their mandate.However, other agencies were not able to, so we decided as a government, to approach and to bargain for the agreement to cover the entire government, so that all agencies can actively acquire software from Esri,” she explained.The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service manages the yearly payment for the licence.Ms. Lloyd said through the upcoming inaugural staging of the GIS User Conference, the NSDMD is hoping to promote the ELA and expand the use of the GIS software by MDAs.The User Conference will be hosted on October 10 and 11 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel.“The fact is, as we move towards Jamaica being more technologically enabled and, therefore, more sustainable, we need to ensure that more agencies come on board,” Ms. Lloyd said.She noted that the NSDMD will be hosting a special ‘Getting Started’ workshop during the User Conference, and is inviting agencies that have recently joined the ELA and those not yet using the software to send representatives. Training sessions for the workshop will focus on the benefits, the procedure of becoming a part of it and what it entails.She said there has been significant uptake of the GIS technology since the ELA was signed, particularly by MDAs in the security field, such as the Ministry of National Security, the Jamaica Constabulary Force and the Jamaica Defence Force.Meanwhile, the NSDMD is working with the agencies to find a solution to limitations with hardware, experienced by some agencies, to host the GIS software available under the ELA.Ms. Lloyd said the agreement has also led to the expansion of the GIS in Schools Programme (GISSEP) of the NSDMD, as it allows schools to acquire the GIS software at no cost on their mobile phones and in computer laboratories.“This allows students to be exposed to it and be able to utilise it in preparing for examinations and with the Geography school-based assessment and other aspects of their curriculum,” she said.
APTN National NewsHollywood’s elite are at the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival.One Algonquin filmmaker will premier her short film during the opening night celebrations.Her film explores Indigenous identity and representations.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.