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Cardiff tipped to snub bid as Fulham are linked with Carlton Cole

first_imgCardiff City are set to reject an offer from Fulham for Peter Whittingham, according to The Sun on Sunday, while West Ham striker Carlton Cole has been linked with a move to Craven Cottage.It is claimed Fulham will offer £2.5m for Bluebirds midfielder Whittingham, who scored 13 goals last season.The Sunday Express say Fulham want Fraser Fyvie, 19, who has turned down a new deal at Aberdeen, while The Sun suggest the Whites are one of several clubs interested in Burnley striker Charlie Austin.There is continued speculation about Clint Dempsey’s future, with the Daily Star on Sunday reporting that Liverpool’s American owners have sanctioned an £8m bid to buy him from Fulham.The People, however, suggest the Anfield club’s offer is unlikely to be more than £6m.Striker Andy Carroll has been linked with a move to west London as part of a possible deal for Dempsey.The former Newcastle man is also wanted by West Ham, and The People say Fulham will move for Cole if the Hammers get Carroll.The People also claim that Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones is interested in signing Joey Barton on loan from QPR.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Buitendag lines up elite surf Tour place

first_img14 August 2012South Africans Bianca Buitendag and Sarah Baum maintained their challenge for coveted places on the 2013 ASP Women’s World Championship Tour (WCT) when they finished fifth and ninth respectively in the ASP six-star rated Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro at Oceanside in California on Saturday.Competing in peaky, small waves of only half-a-metre to a metre in size, 18-year-old Buitendag built on her confidence-boosting victory in Peru a fortnight earlier by advancing through a strong field of WCT and Star Tour competitors to reach the quarterfinals.She bowed out in the last eight to world number five, Courtney Conlogue of the USA, to finish in fifth place overall. The result was worth 1 560 rankings points, the second highest haul of the year to date for Buitendag.RankingIt sees sees the South African maintain her number five ranking on the ASP Women’s Star Rankings but with an increased lead of 773 points over sixth ranked Rebecca Woods of Australia.Six women qualify for the WCT from the Star rankings annually and with three of the four women above her in the rankings – Conlogue, Malia Manuel and Paige Hareb – having already qualified for the 2013 ASP WCT through their elite tour results, Buitendag is now effectively in second spot.Sarah Baum also had a good run in the Supergirl Pro, winning her opening heat ahead of Buitendag and placing second behind Conlogue to reach the last 12 where she was eliminated by ASP world number six Malia Manuel and Buitendag.RisingBaum picked up 920 points for her ninth place result, which moved her up from twelfth to tenth in the rankings.With four of those ahead of her already qualified for the WCT, she currently sits in an effective sixth place and on the cusp of giving South Africa two girls amongst the world’s top 17 ranked female surfers on the 2013 ASP Women’s WCT.Rosanne Hodge, the only other South African competing at Oceanside and a former four-year WCT member, produced her best result of 2012 with a 13th place finish.She finished third behind Baum and Conlogue in their round 24 encounter, and her 13th place was worth 650 points, which lifted her to 28th in the rankings.ASP WOMEN’S STAR RANKINGS(After Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro )Courtney Conlogue (USA) 11 810Sage Erickson (USA) 9 870Malia Manuel (Haw) 9 840Paige Hareb (NZ) 8 170Bianca Buitendag (RSA) 7 813Rebecca Woods (Aus) 7 040Sally Fitzgibbons (Aus) 7 000Pauline Ado (Fra) 6 890Sofia Mulanovich (Per) 6 050Sarah Baum (RSA) 5 490SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

My greatest ‘Madiba moment’: Pienaar

first_img11 December 2013 For Francois Pienaar, the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning Springbok captain, his greatest “Madiba moment” was when the former president agreed to be a godfather to his two sons. Speaking to journalists shortly before the memorial Service for Nelson Mandela got under way at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Pienaar, who had a personal bond with Madiba, said it was up to young people to carry the former statesman’s legacy forward. When the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup on home turf in 1995, Nelson Mandela donned the No 6 shirt of the team’s captain – Francois Pienaar, a white Afrikaner – and the two embraced in a spontaneous gesture of racial reconciliation which melted hearts around the country. South African Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins, in a statement issued after Mandela’s passing away last week, commented: “Through [Mandela’s] extraordinarily vision, he was able to use the 1995 Rugby World Cup as an instrument to help promote nation-building just one year after South Africa’s historic first democratic election.” For Pienaar, however, there came an even greater moment. “When my boys sat on his lap for the very first time, and when Stefan asked [Mandela] to be his godfather, and Mandela said yes. That moment when they sat on his lap, that to me was my best moment,” he said on Tuesday. “Children have got this wonderful opportunity to follow in his footsteps,” Pienaar added. “They have got to vote, they are the ones that will carry Madiba’s legacy. “I met Madiba for the first time in 1994 at the Union Buildings and I was very nervous then because I didn’t know why he wanted to meet me. I didn’t know what we were going to talk about. “But as our relationship grew, I felt very blessed,” Pienaar said. “Our relationship has been such a wonderful journey. What is very special for me is that it was after the World Cup that I got to know him better as a person, where there was nothing to gain politically for being my friend.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_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

PM wrong, Buddha’s teachings of no use, says Sambhaji Bhide

first_imgHindutva leader Sambhaji Bhide, who was booked for allegedly orchestrating the Bhima-Koregaon clashes in 2018, has stirred up controversy yet again by objecting to a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech at the 74th United Nations General Assembly. Mr. Bhide, who heads the fringe right-wing Sangli-based outfit Shiv Pratishthan Hindustan, said the PM was “wrong” to say that India has given “Buddha and not yuddha (war) to the world.”Remarking that the teachings of the Buddha were of no use, the octogenarian, known for his provocative claims, said it was the ideals and principles of Maratha warrior kings Chhatrapati Shivaji and his son, Sambhaji, that were required to keep peace in the world.“The PM says that India has given the Buddha to the world … that may be so, but the Buddha’s teachings are of no use … The PM has spoken erroneously. The right code of conduct and behaviour [dharma neeti] were demonstrated by Shivaji and Sambhaji. But Maharashtra can rectify this error [in the PM’s address] by perpetuating the tradition of Shiv Jayanti [celebrating Shivaji’s birth anniversary] which is our work,” Mr. Bhide said at an event in Sangli on Saturday.Both Mr. Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis rank among Mr, Bhide’s biggest admirers, regarding him as an exemplar of simple living and an “inspirational teacher”. Mr. Modi had visited Mr. Bhide’s home in Sangli to seek his blessings during the 2014 Lok Sabha election campaign.Opposition hits outMr. Bhide’s remarks dubbing the Buddha as “irrelevant” drew a storm of criticism from the opposition, as well as from pro-Maratha outfits like the Sambhaji Brigade. “The Buddha has shown India and the world the path of peace … but while the PM talks about the Buddha at world forums, his guru [Sambhaji Bhide] says something altogether different,” State Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat said in Mumbai.NCP leader Jitendra Awhad said that to understand the teachings of the Buddha, one first ought to have some buddhi (brains). “It was Gautam Buddha, who, through his teachings, introduced the world to samatajnana (knowledge of equality) … Unfortunately, in Maharashtra, after Nathuram Godse, we now have his successor in the form of Sambhaji Bhide,” Mr. Awhad said.Sambhaji Brigade leader Santosh Shinde said Mr. Bhide was deliberately attempting to sow discord between the Maratha and Dalit communities as the latter had embraced Buddhism.“All through the aftermath of the Bhima-Koregaon clashes, Mr. Bhide was repeatedly given a clean chit by the Devendra Fadnavis government. He was not even probed for his role in stoking hatred between two communities despite an FIR being lodged against him. Even now, he is carrying on with his divisive comments,” Mr. Shinde said.A long-time member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Mr. Bhide left the organisation to found his own outfit in the 1980s. He has a formidable following in the sugar belt districts of Sangli, Satara and Kolhapur. Legal troubleFIRs were lodged on January 2, 2018, a day after the Bhima-Koregaon clashes, against Mr. Bhide and Milind Ekbote, who heads the fringe outfit Samasta Hindu Aghadi.An FIR in Pimpri-Chinchwad against the two was registered by Anita Ravindra Salve, a member of the Bahujan Republican Socialist Party, and Anjana Gaikwad. The Shikrapur police, too, had lodged a case against Mr. Ekbote under Section 307 (attempt to murder) and other sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Maharashtra Property Damage Act.While Mr. Bhide has never been questioned by the police in connection with the clashes, Mr. Ekbote is out on conditional bail.Earlier this month, Mr. Bhide again raised eyebrows with his remarks after the lunar craft Vikram of the Chandrayaan 2 mission failed to land on the moon minutes before its descent. He claimed that the 39th attempt by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to send a spacecraft to the moon was successful because it was launched on Ekadashi day as per the Indian system of time.last_img read more