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Liverpool and Everton could lose out to Fiorentina in battle for PSG goalkeeper

first_img1 Salvatore Sirigu is reportedly on the hunt for a new club Everton and Liverpool will face competition from Fiorentina in their bids to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.Both Merseyside clubs are on the hunt for a new shot-stopper this summer and have set their sights on the out-of-favour Sirigu, who has lost his place to Kevin Trapp at the Parc des Princes.The French champions want to keep hold of Sirigu as they see him as a viable back-up to Trapp but the 29-year-old Italian is wary of jeopardising his place in the national squad if he remains in Paris.According to L’Equipe, Fiorentina are planning to lure Sirigu back to his home country but may not be able to compete with Liverpool and Everton’s financial power in the transfer market.Liverpool are keen to provide competition for Simon Mignolet next season, while Everton are on the lookout for a replacement for the MLS-bound Tim Howard and their respective pursuits of the 29-year-old are set to intensify in the summerBut the report claims Sirigu is keen on returning to Italy next term and is ready to snub big-money deals from the Premier League.last_img read more

Gabrielle’s Diary Ball to take place this March

first_imgGabrielle’s 10th Diary Charity Ball will take place in the Clanree Hotel on March 23 in aid of Donegal Down Syndrome at 7.30pm. The night will start with a drink’s reception followed by a five-course dinner in the Shellbridge Suite, while the David Craig band will provide entertainment after the dinner followed by DJ Tubsy.Gabrielle’s special guest this year will be Sinead McDevitt, who interviewed Gabrielle last year for World Down Syndrome Day and she decided to have her this year as her special guest. Compere for the night will be Highland Radio’s Lee Gooch.A group of Down Syndrome dancers will take to the floor along with their partners and put on a display of dancing for the guests.Gina Grant from Donegal Down Syndrome will say a few words as well as Martin McGettigan on behalf of the McGettigan family.They have kindly given the top prize of a trip for two to Dubai including flights and accommodation to their five-star Bonnington Jumeriah Lakes Hotel. To enter just put €20 into the envelope on your table to be in with a chance of winning.There are also nine other amazing prizes kindly sponsored by local businesses.Tickets (€60) are available from the Clanree Hotel. Phone: 074 9124369Gabrielle’s Diary Ball to take place this March was last modified: March 3rd, 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) Tags:Gabrielle McMonagleGABRIELLE’S DIARYlast_img read more

Alcan moves up a gear on Coega

first_img13 July 2007Canadian aluminium group Alcan has signed a contract worth more than US$100-million for the front-end engineering design of the first phase of the proposed Coega aluminium smelter, a decisive step in finalising a $2.7-billion investment in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province.And according to Business Day, Anglo-Australian miner Rio Tinto has given assurances that its proposed takeover of Alcan would not affect the Coega smelter project.Rio Tinto’s $38-billion offer for Alcan, unanimously accepted by Alcan’s board on Wednesday, overwhelmed a hostile $28-billion bid, made earlier this year by New York-based Alcoa, which some had feared would derail the Coega project.Alcan spokesman Robert Valdmanis told Business Day that Rio Tinto “clearly values Alcan’s proposed project pipeline”, issuing instructions to move forward on projects, including the aluminium smelter project at the Coega industrial development zone outside Port Elizabeth.Alcan signed a long-term energy supply agreement for the proposed smelter with state electricty company Eskom in November, and last month announced the appointment of Brent Hegger as CEO of the smelter project.The $100-million engineering contract was won by a joint venture consisting of SNC-Lavalin, Hatch – both of whom already have offices in South Africa – and South African engineering and construction company Murray & Roberts.The engineering team will be based in South Africa, after an initial start-up phase of approximately six months in Montreal, Alcan said in a statement on Wednesday.The smelter’s front-end engineering design is expected to take nine months to complete “and will provide firm cost estimates and a critical path for construction, pending the notice to proceed from the Coega aluminium joint venture board,” Alcan said.“The second phase of the project, which would bring aluminum production to an estimated 720 000 tonnes per year [the first phase is aiming at output of 360 000 tonnes a year], is also currently in development.”The estimated total cost of both phases is $2.7-billion, Alcan said.South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation will have a 15% stake in the project, with an additional 5% reserved for black economic empowerment. Alcan “is also in discussions with additional potential partners,” but according to Business Day will retain a 25% to 40% equity stake in the project.If the project goes ahead as planned, construction of the first phase of the smelter will begin in 2008 and come on line in 2010.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Factory-Made Net-Zero Homes in California

first_imgEver since it celebrated the opening last year of zFab, its 91,000-sq.-ft. factory in Sacramento, California, ZETA Communities has been pushing hard to expand the market for its prefab construction products, which include commercial and residential structures intended to deliver high performance at relatively low cost.One of ZETA’s showcase projects, a 1,561-sq.-ft. two-bedroom town home in Oakland, had construction costs of about $165 per sq. ft. and earned a HERS Index of zero. ZETA has since dug deeper into the affordable, energy-efficient housing realm with commitments to build a number of single-family infill projects and many more multifamily communities.The first three homes of Tierra del Sol, a 22-home community in Stockton, were in fact recently completed at zFab, and the developer, a local nonprofit called Visionary Home Builders, is now fielding buyer inquires on the houses, each of which features three bedrooms, two baths, 1,268 sq. ft. of conditioned space, an attached garage, good air-sealing and insulation, and a 4.5-kW photovoltaic system that is expected to bring the performance of the building to net zero energy.About $127 per sq. ft.All 22 houses are built to the same basic design, with an R-22 floor, R-26 walls, an R-50 roof, and airtightness of about 1.03 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference. As noted in a recent Jetson Green post, the mechanical systems include a hybrid heat-pump water heater and minisplit heating and cooling. The cost to the homebuyer for all this will be $160,000.Tierra del Sol homes are limited to buyers with annual household income of no more than 80% of the area median, and financing must come through a Federal Housing Administration-approved lender. Approved buyers also will be eligible for $30,000 of down-payment assistance. ZETA estimates that annual energy savings for each house will average $2,000.last_img read more

Arunima Sinha also has spine fracture

first_imgNational-level volleyball player Arunima Sinha, who lost her left leg after being pushed out of a speeding train by robbers and is undergoing treatment at AIIMS, has fracture in the spine too.Though her condition is stable, a CT Scan of her spine showed fracture, doctors treating her said.Arunima, 23, who is also a national level football player, was admitted to the AIIMS Trauma Centre on Monday night after it was detected that her amputated left leg had been infected.”We did her spine assessment and the CT Scan of the spine showed fracture there. After opening the bandages of the amputated leg we found the infection there was minimal,” AIIMS Trauma Centre chief Dr M. C. Misra, who is looking into Arunima’s case, said.Doctors conducted a CT Scan after she complained of severe pain in her back. On Monday night, her haemoglobin level had fallen drastically and she had to be given blood and plasma, he said.”She is very cheerful now. She had a good sleep last night. But she will take time to reconcile and rehabilitate,” Misra said.Sinha was travelling through Bareilly to Gautam Buddha Nagar on the outskirts of Delhi to appear for CISF recruitment examiniation when three men attacked her and tried to snatch her gold chain.When she resisted, they pushed her out of the moving train. Another train coming in her direction ran over her left leg. Her left leg was amputated which later developed a severe infection.Both the long bones of her right leg were also fractured.advertisement”There are many sports prosthesis available and there are sportsperson who play with help of prosthetics. Arunima is passionate about sports and a girl with strong determination.,” the doctor said.last_img read more

Oklahoma State No. 21 in First AP Poll of 2016 Season

first_img11Ole Miss 14Washington Also of interest. This is the first time OSU has been ranked in the preseason since 2013. That year turned out pretty good. Here is the preseason as well as AP high and AP postseason ranking for every year’s team in the Mike Gundy era. 1Alabama (33) 2Clemson (16) 17Iowa 10Notre Dame 201415 20121918 21Oklahoma State 20101013 7Michigan (1) 12Michigan State 201313617 RankTeam 19Louisville 2008716 6Ohio State (1) 5LSU (1) 20USC OSU won’t make this list this year, but my pals at CBS did a cool post on the biggest flops in recent memory in preseason AP polls. Texas!If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! YearAP PreAP HighAP Post 3Oklahoma (4) 22North Carolina 23Baylor 24Oregon 9Tennessee 2007 16UCLA 18Georgia 13TCU 25Florida 8Stanford 2011923 200995 4Florida State (5) 2015420 15Houston 2005 2006 Oklahoma State checked in at No. 21 in the first AP Poll of the 2016 season. It was No. 19 in the Coaches Poll (per the usual, the liberal media bias is shining through and most media members hate us). What can you do?Here’s a look at the top 25.last_img read more