Ryan Giggs says new-look Manchester United facing defining period

first_imgRyan Giggs reckons Manchester United will find out how far they have progressed under Louis van Gaal this season over the next couple of weeks.The Red Devils legend has been working alongside the Dutch master as his assistant at Old Trafford and United have began to march up the Premier League table after a slow start.Giggs, 40, who moved into coaching after hanging up his boots last term, believes the club’s lavish investment on players is starting to affect results on the pitch.“Obviously we’ve made a lot of investment this season and I think the new boys are just starting to settle in. It’s exciting, we’re fourth in the table and we’re looking to build from there,” he said.“We’ve got a tough few weeks coming up with West Brom and then the real tests against Chelsea and Man City. That will be a tester to see where we are. It’s a challenge.” Ryan Giggs and Louis van Gaal 1last_img read more

Southampton plot £5.7m raid for Juventus star

first_img Juventus star Angelo Ogbonna Southampton are plotting a move for Juventus defender Angelo Ogbonna this summer.They join Aston Villa in the race to sign the 27-year-old Italian, who has fallen out of favour with the Turin club.According to Tuttosport, Ogbonna is open to a move away from Italy in search of regular first-team opportunities and is apparently keen on plying his trade in the Premier League.The Saints are on the lookout for a defender with Toby Alderweireld reportedly set to leave for Tottenham during this transfer window.Juve are willing to allow Ogbonna to leave if their valuation of £5.7million is met. 1last_img read more

SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – NAOMH MHUIRE PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgConall Bonner & Cathal Casey meeting Sam at Naomh MhuireIT was late when the Donegal 2012 heroes arrived at the Banks; but no-one cared.All evening message on Twitter, Facebook and Donegal Daily kept Naomh Mhuire parish members up to date on Sam’s arrival.Some parents put their children to bed early – so they could get up again to see the Sam Maguire, a certain Mr McGuinness – and a bus loaded with football heroes. If you have pictures,  you can send them to info@donegaldaily.com. Sarah Sharkey was delighted when Colm McFadden posed for a pic with three week old Charlie.Jim McGuinness also got to meet Charlie. “Jim and Colm were real gentlemen,” said Sarah    SAM’S WORLD TOUR OF DONEGAL – NAOMH MHUIRE PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: September 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

SA eyes better labour market intelligence

first_img The project also complements the establishment of the Higher Education and Training Management Information System (HETMIS), as well as the department’s Career Advice Information System, both funded by the national Skills Fund. Across the three systems, the integrated skills mechanism would house the information gathered from various sources including population and labour force, employment and unemployment, wages and salaries and skills demand. Nzimande said that the data derived from HETMIS would be comprehensive enough to provide the data that would be required by the Labour Market Intelligence System and to be able to provide source data for the calculation of meaningful supply and demand indicators for the country. Source: SANews.gov.za Theme one: Labour market analysis, framework, data and information systemsTheme two: Skills forecasting: the supply and demand modelTheme three: Selected sectoral analysesTheme four: Reconfiguring the Post-School SectorTheme five: Pathways through education and training and into the labour market Theme six: Understanding changing artisanal and occupational identities and milieus 5 September 2012 A research project to develop a Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) System, which will enable the South African government and private sector to make better decisions in matching skills demand to supply, was launched in Pretoria on Tuesday. The project – led by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) – aims to set up systems for reliable data indicating skills needs, supply and demand in the South African labour market. HSRC chief executive officer, Olive Shisana, said the research will contribute to the development of a skilled and capable workforce for an inclusive growth plan. “This is a unique partnership between the government and research community and this research partnership represents the largest investment for the research relating to skills development globally,” Shisana said. She said there is an urgency to develop a skilled and capable workforce in order to grow the economy.‘Refining tool for a skills planning approach’ Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said that for far too long, the tools that had been used to prioritise skills in South Africa had been based on a limited understanding and analysis of the character, structure and shifts in the economy and the labour market. He said that the LMI project and other related projects held the promise of refining tools for an informed and an informative skills planning approach, tailored to the specific needs and policy context of South Africa in the 21st century. “This project is just one of the ways through which we hope to construct a common national policy narrative, institutional frameworks, and interfacing mechanisms for the country skills landscape. It is one of the its kind globally in terms of scope and national funds set aside in its support,” Nzimande said. At an initial cost of R75-million, it is one demonstration of the seriousness with which the department takes the issue of establishing a credible institutional mechanism for skills planning, he said. The research on the LMI project has been organised in six themes:last_img read more

California Approves Efficiency Standards for Computers

first_imgThe California Energy Commission has approved the country’s first energy-efficiency standards for computers and computer monitors, a move that will affect millions of devices and reduce utility bills collectively by $373 million a year.In a post at the Appliance Standards Awareness Protect, Chris Granda says that the unanimous vote comes after years of work by the computer industry, the Natural Resources Defense Council, consumer groups, and investor-owned utilities. The new standards will save 2,332 gigawatt hours of electricity a year, and come with a relatively modest increase in the cost of covered devices. An added $5 for a more efficient computer monitor will add up to $31 in savings over seven years; spending $10 more on a desktop computer will reap $44 in savings over five years.For individuals, the savings aren’t huge. But given the number of computers, laptops, and workstations in California, statewide energy savings are projected to be substantial. The New York Times reported that the amount of energy saved annually will equal the electricity used by 350,000 homes.Because California represents about one-eighth of the country’s population, the new standards could eventually become the template for a national efficiency standard, The Times said.last_img read more

Maoist killed in Gadchiroli

first_imgNAGPUR: The police gunned down a woman, who was a member of the Communist Party of India (Maoist), in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra on Friday.“A team of Gadchiroli police was attacked by the Maoists near Bhendikanhar forest in Pendhari sub-division of Gadchiroli around 6 a.m. today. The Maoists had taken a position in the forest and opened indiscriminate firing on the police team. The police team put up stiff resistance and retaliated the fire in self-defence. As the police team was getting dominant in the gun battle, the Maoists fled from the spot taking advantage of thick forest. After the encounter, the police team launched a search operation in the area and managed to recover the body of a woman Maoist,” the Gadchiroli district Superintendent of Police said in a statement.The police also recovered a weapon, ammunition and Maoist literature from the spot. The woman had not been identified at the time of writing this report.In Chhattisgarh, meanwhile, Maoists damaged an under-construction building of a primary school and hospital in Kohakameta village in Narayanpur district on Friday. “The Maoists once again proved that they are opposed to development … The building was being constructed painstakingly by the authorities to provide relief to local villagers,” said Narayanpur SP Santosh Singh.CRPF constable kills selfIn a separate incident, a Central Reserve Police Force constable killed himself with his own rifle at the Pranhita police headquarters in Aheri division of Gadchiroli on Friday morning. Amit Kumar, 29, hailed from Haryana and was part of the CRPF’s 37th battalion. “The reason behind his suicide is still to be ascertained,” the Gadchiroli police said in a statement.last_img read more

‘Bearded’ female lizards turn off males, but have secret advantages

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA—A century ago, the cast of circus characters often included bearded ladies, women with decidedly manlike facial hair. Eastern fence lizards have their own bearded ladies. Males sport prominent blue patches on their undersides, and many females have smaller, lighter blue splotches on their chests and necks. Female lizards find the blue in potential mates quite sexy, so evolution has favored brighter patches. But male lizards are turned off by blue females, so it’s a mystery why females have any blue at all.Tracy Langkilde has some clues. A biologist at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, she and her colleagues have evaluated how blueness affects female lizards. Although there are some downsides to being blue, bearded females run faster and have young that survive better than do offspring of nonblue peers, Langkilde reported here this week at the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.“It’s a very eloquent study, important to our understanding of why males and females [of all species] are different,” says Erica Westerman, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago in Illinois who was not involved with the work.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In every species, males and females are built from the same set of genetic instructions and so, in theory, should look the same. But they don’t. To understand how this so-called sexual dimorphism arises, Langkilde turned to the eastern fence lizard (Sceloporus undulatus), a 15-centimeter-long reptile that lives on rocks and tree stumps in the eastern United States. “Our work suggests that traits can have different costs and benefits for the two sexes,” she explains.Langkilde’s earlier studies and other work showed that the blue patches on the undersides of males are badges of maleness that appeal to females. Then in 2013, she and her colleagues found that males prefer to mate with nonblue females. When blue females do mate, they are slower to lay their eggs by about 2 weeks, and their clutches of eggs weigh less than clutches from nonblue females. Langkilde wondered if males tended to shun these females as mates because of these deficiencies. “Not all traits are benign for the sex that doesn’t need them,” agrees Simon Lailvaux, an integrative evolutionary biologist at the University of New Orleans in Louisiana, who wasn’t involved in the study. “Studies like this tell us what those costs are specifically for females.”Now, Langkilde and her colleagues have taken a closer look at these females, not only in the lab but also in the field. They suspected that high testosterone levels cause the blue splotches and reproductive problems, so they gave pregnant nonblue females this hormone. And indeed, treated females laid their eggs later than untreated females, and the resulting young were smaller and didn’t survive as well as the young of untreated females, Langkilde’s team reports.But the researchers also found that blue females sprint faster, reaching speeds of 1.5 meters per second compared with the 1.2 meters per second achieved by nonblue females. And more of the field-caught young with blue moms survived after 2 months in the lab than did young of nonblue moms. “These results suggest previously unreported, possible fitness advantages for bearded ladies,” Langkilde says. In addition, males may mistake blue females for other males, and so those females are less harassed by overly eager suitors, who can court so much that they interfere with the female’s other activities. Given that 70% of the females in some lizard populations have blue on them, “there may be some unexplained trade-offs in the costs (delayed reproduction) and benefits (higher offspring survival) for females bearing male traits that may explain the existence of these traits,” writes Peter Zani, an integrative biologist at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, who was not involved with the research, in an e-mail.“Attempting to understand evolutionary trade-offs is of interest to a broad swath of biologists,” Zani adds. Indeed, such work can tell us about ourselves, Westerman says. “It’s difficult to study the costs and benefits of females having malelike traits in our own species, but there might be benefits that we don’t understand yet.”last_img read more

Akal Takht chief priest wants RSS banned

first_imgGiani Harpreet Singh, chief priest of the Akal Takht – the highest Sikh temporal seat – has said the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) should be banned because the way it was working, it would divide the nation.Mr. Singh told journalists in Amritsar that the remarks made by RSS leaders were not in the interest of the country.Mr. Singh’s comment came in the backdrop of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s recent statement, in which he had claimed that ‘Bharat is a Hindu Rashtra.’“The RSS should be banned. The remarks by RSS leaders are not in the interest of the nation. It would hurt and draw a new line of division in the country and destroy it,” he said on Monday.Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Gobind Singh Longowal had also opposed Mr. Bhagwat’s remark, terming it highly objectionable.Mr. Longowal said the Constitution gave all its citizens religious freedom. However, Mr. Bhagwat was intentionally trying to impose the “Hindu Rashtra” agenda by ignoring it.last_img read more

Blazers hand Suns worst loss ever in season opener

first_imgIt was the most one-sided season-opening loss by any team in NBA history and the most one-sided loss by the Suns in any game in their 49 years.Suns coach Earl Watson said he was “embarrassed” by what happened.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Portland came in here and basically kicked our butts as bad as they could,” Watson said. “They didn’t have no sympathy.”Damian Lillard scored 27 points and Pat Connaughton added a career-high 24 points, making 4 of 6 3-pointers for Portland. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP “It’s going to be hard for me to sleep tonight,” the Suns’ Devon Booker said.The Blazers dominated even though they were without one of their best players, guard C.J. McCollum, who was suspended one game for leaving the bench area during a tussle involving the Suns’ Alex Len and Caleb Swanigan in a preseason game a week ago.“That was a great way to start the season,” Stotts said. “I was really pleased with our defense through the whole night. Offense got off to a slow start but picked up.”Portland led 60-35 at the half and outscored the Suns 64-41 in the second. The Blazers led by as many as 58, for a time flirting with the most one-sided game in NBA history, a 68-point blowout of the Miami Heatby the Cleveland Cavaliers on Dec. 17, 1991.The Suns shot 31.5 percent to Portland’s 49 percent, made 7 of 27 3-pointers to the Blazers’ 14 of 24 and were outrebounded 57-33.Phoenix had the league’s second-worst record last season at 24-58 and looked at least that bad throughout the opener. The Suns have not made the playoffs in seven seasons, the longest drought in franchise history. They are trying to rebuild with youth. That takes time and some painful moments, such as the one Wednesday night.Eric Bledsoe scored 15 points on 5-of-18 shooting. Booker added 12 on 6-of-17 shooting. Bledsoe was 1 for 6 on 3s, Booker 0 for 3.Portland’s bench outscored Phoenix’s 61-26.After Booker’s 13-footer tied it at 17, Lillard sank a layup and the Blazers bolted away from there. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Bledsoe’s three-point play cut the lead to 45-35 with 4:38 left in the third quarter, but Portland scored the final 15 points of the half 60-35 at the break.The Suns shot 29 percent in the first half (14 for 49) to Portland’s 44 percent (22 for 50). Phoenix was 1 for 11 from 3-point range in the first two quarters to the Blazers’ 7 of 13. Most tellingly, the Portland bench outscored its Phoenix counterparts 24-0.It only got worse (or better from Portland’s perspective) after that.The Blazers led a numbing 98-55 entering the final quarter.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: The one-game suspension, for taking a few steps off the bench in a preseason game, cost McCollum $165,000. … Connaughton, a fourth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Orioles, had a previous career high of 15 points. … Portland had six players in double figures. … Blazers have won four consecutive season openers. … Trail Blazers don’t play their home opener until next Tuesday against New Orleans.Suns: Len sat out the game with a sprained left ankle. He was injured in Saturday’s practice. … Rookie Josh Jackson started and made a 3-pointer with his first shot, but was 3 for 9 the rest of the way with only two rebounds. … Marquese Chriss made 1 of 5 shots and had one rebound and five fouls in 12:05 minutes.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At Indiana on Friday night.Suns: Host Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Shabazz Napier of the Portland Trail Blazers high fives Pat Connaughton after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the second half of the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 18, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Trail Blazers defeated the Suns 124-76. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — If the Phoenix Suns were a Broadway show, they’d close for good after opening night.The Suns weren’t just bad in their 124-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in their season opener on Wednesday night. They were historically awful.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments UFC president calls Jon Jones ‘biggest waste of talent ever’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Trail Blazers outshot, outrebounded and outhustled the Suns from the opening tip.Portland tied the second-largest margin of victory in franchise history. Only a 50-point win against Cleveland (129-79) on Nov. 21, 1982 was larger.“The obvious statement is we played really well,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.The 48-point rout exceeded Denver’s 139-93 (46-point) victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on opening day in 1987.The blowout also topped Phoenix’s 44-point loss to Seattle (151-107) on April 2, 1988.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READlast_img read more

London Olympics: Spain lose to Honduras in football, knocked out of Games

first_imgSpain crashed out of the London Olympics after they suffered a shock 0-1 defeat at the hands of Honduras. The Spanish outfit have lost two games from as many played, failing to qualify for the next stage with one more group match remaining. Jerry Bengtson scored a seventh-minute header, the Honduran striker’s third goal in two games, to seal the Spaniards’ fate Sunday, Xinhua reports.In an ill-tempered encounter, Iker Muniain hit the post and substitute Rodrigo the bar amid a second-half Spanish onslaught, but the Central American side battled heroically to keep Luis Milla’s star-studded side at bay.Great Britain moved within a point of qualifying for the last eight after they beat United Arab Emirates 3-1.Two second-half goals from substitutes Scott Sinclair and Daniel Sturridge proved crucial after captain Ryan Giggs had opened the scoring for the host nation early on.Brazil came from behind to beat Belarus 3-1 at Old Trafford thanks to a stunning second half free-kick and last-minute assist from Neymar.Ten-man Senegal blew Group A wide open with a shock 2-0 win over highly-fancied Uruguay at Wembley.Egypt’s hopes of qualifying for the last eight took a blow as they drew 1-1 with New Zealand at Old Trafford after wasting several chances.Giovani dos Santos’ two-goal cameo from off the bench gave Mexico a 2-0 win over Gabon and sent El Tri top of Group B.Kim Bo-Kyung was South Korea’s hero with a second-half winner as they beat Switzerland 2-1 in their Group B encounter at the City of Coventry Stadium.advertisementStriker Kensuke Nagai fired Japan to the brink of the quarter-finals with a late winner against Morocco. The Grampus Eight frontman struck with an instinctive lob six minutes from time to settle a tight Group D encounter with a 1-0 victory.last_img read more