Work on stadium to continue soon

first_imgWork will get underway on stage two of the facility which includes the main grand stand.This follows the signing last week between the Government and Curtain Bros for the Private Public Partnership agreement and contract for stadium.Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko thanked Curtain Bros for coming on board with the National Government for building this iconic stadium.He said in the meantime the facilities will still be used as the construction goes along.The facility will be a premier stadium with eight restaurants, a huge convention centre, a leagues club, doctor’s facilities and will be the home of weightlifting.Curtain Bros will run and manage the stadium for 30 years and invest K60 million of their own funding into the project which is half of the contract value.This will allow the stadium to be professionally managed and operated in the best interest of all users and the public.“Past history has shown us governments cannot run or manage successfully our own facilities, so out sourcing to professionals is the only way to go,’’ the minister said.“We look forward to seeing stage two of the Hubert Murray Stadium completed by late next year,” he stated.last_img read more

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Jamwest crash decision imminent – Gibbs

first_imgJamaica Race Drivers’ Club (JRDC) president Monique Gibbs has said that investigations into the crash between Doug Gore and David Summerbell Jr at the Jamwest Motor Speedway in Westmoreland last Sunday are ongoing and a decision will be made soon.The crash had taken place in the final event of the day, in the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship moments after the race’s rolling start.Gibbs said that the investigation is being conducted by officials independent of the JRDC.”The decision is actually being made by the stewards,” she said. “They are concurrently doing their checks and they will keep us abreast as to the outcome. They are from the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club.”Gibbs had previously said that there are certain possible causes for the crash being explored, in order for a ruling and sanctions to be passed down. However she would not be drawn on whether starting the race at a lower point on the track would have prevented the crash, as was previously suggested by Summerbell Jr.”It is a craft of things. If the start wasn’t done properly; if the race should have been restarted or regridded; if someone picks the start, they are pushed back in terms of position, but because the race had not yet started, we have to do the requisite checks before we can apply any penalties,” she said.”We expect the decision to be made within a few days.”The incident saw Gore being hospitalised but he was released a day later and said that it was the worst crash he had experienced in over 20 years in the sport.Gore, the defending CMRC champion, also went on to say that his season is essentially over, as his Audi TT DTM race car had been written off.last_img read more

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Bayern chief fumes after Ribery Euro snub

first_img“Why ask about a handshake when there is football to talk about?” Hoeness fumed at a reporter. “He was upset about being substituted, so what?”Heynckes took a calmer approach and said a 2-0 win back at Munich next month in the return leg would rescue the situation.“It’s an uncomfortable situation, but I have been in these situations before in my coaching career,” he said.“The alarm bells are ringing, but we have a second leg and we can still correct this result. It’s certainly possible that we can beat Basel 2-0 at home.“In these matches you need to make the most of your chances.“We need to be calmer and more disciplined, but most of all we need a moment of success. We need to force our luck, but in terms of determination and attitude I can’t blame my team.”Switzerland striker Valentin Stocker came off the bench to seal the famous victory for the underdogs in the 86th minute as the Swiss giantkillers added Bayern’s scalp to that of Manchester United.Basel beat Sir Alex Ferguson’s United 2-1 in the group stages last December and boosted their chances ahead of the second leg at Munich’s Allianz Arena on March 13.“We have beaten two of the best teams in the world here now — Manchester United, from who we took four points in total, and Bayern which is unbelievable for a Swiss team,” beamed Basel goalkeeper Yann Sommer.“But we are a good side and we believe in ourselves so I don’t think Bayern under-estimated us.”The defeat compounded Bayern’s flagging confidence and seriously dents their dreams of appearing in a final on home turf on May 19.While Basel are flying high at the top of the Swiss league, Bayern have won just three of their last seven games and were held to a goalless draw at bottom side Freiburg last Saturday to leave them third in the Bundesliga.Having pulled off several good saves to deny Basel until the late winner, Bayern’s Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said his team have to fix their problems quickly.“This is very upsetting, but I can’t say that it was undeserved,” said Neuer as Bayern face title rivals Schalke 04 in Munich on Sunday in the German league.“We didn’t score a goal and had no big chances in the second half.“We are in a very difficult position now and definitely thought that we could play a different kind of football at this stage of the season.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BASEL, Switzerland, February 23 – Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness watched his German giants crash to a shock Champions League defeat at FC Basel and then lashed out over criticism of Franck Ribery.The French international was taken off by coach Jupp Heynckes with 20 minutes left in the 1-0 last 16 first leg defeat at the hands of the unheralded Swiss.But Ribery refused to shake the hand of the Bayern coach as he trudged off.last_img read more

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Premier League Special: Team news, previews and how to listen on talkSPORT

first_img Manchester United’s trip to Manchester City is this weekend’s big game 1 This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportmagukManchester City v Manchester United (Live on talkSPORT in the UK, and live talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland); Sunday, Etihad Stadium, 1.30pm“We are just starting the season and we have 87 points left to play for,” said Manchester CIty boss Manuel Pellegrini after his side’s damaging loss to West Ham last weekend. The six-point gap to Chelsea would be more if not for Manchester United’s late equaliser against the Blues, but that goal has created a buoyant mood at Old Trafford that could spell trouble for City. Louis van Gaal’s squad should be boosted by the return from injury of Radamel Falcao and – possibly – Wayne Rooney from suspension (a foot problem threatens to sideline the Englishman). The Red Devils are not used to being the underdogs. That said, after City’s loss to the Hammers last weekend, who is to say that they are?Newcastle v Liverpool (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland); Saturday, St James’ Park, 12.45pmUnbeaten in the league in October, Newcastle have finally emerged to give boss Alan Pardew a boost. There’s been little good cheer for Brendan Rodgers of late. Liverpool’s draw against Hull failed to answer questions over a shaky defence and a misfiring Italian. Daniel Sturridge scored for the Reds at St James’ Park last season – will his absence tell again on Saturday?Leicester v West Brom (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland); Saturday, King Power Stadium, 3pmAfter failing to win since the 5-3 victory over Man United four games ago, Leicester have slipped into trouble after surrendering to Swansea. Sunderland, QPR and this tie against West Brom make up three of their next four games, from which Nigel Pearson will be targeting nine points. Leonardo Ulloa  bagged five in his first five games – a return to that form would be welcome.Arsenal v Burnley (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland); Saturday, Emirates Stadium, 3pmWith a quarter of the season gone, Burnley are in trouble. Yet to win a game and with only five goals scored in nine games (including Danny Ings’ strike last weekend), Sean Dyche’s side go to the Emirates under mounting pressure. Arsenal are coming off their first run of consecutive wins since August, but they haven’t won at home in the league since the opening day. Expect that to change.Stoke v West Ham (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland); Saturday, Britannia Stadium, 3pmIt’s hard to know what to make of Mark Hughes’ Stoke right now, with their form in the last six games reading LDWLWL. West Ham, though, are flying, and Diafra Sakho is the man of the momen having scored a goal in each of his past seven games. He could, however, be out for up to a month with a shoulder injury picked up against Manchester City last weekend.Chelsea v QPR (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland); Saturday, Stamford Bridge, 3pmThe league’s top scorers against its worst defence: this could be a massacre, especially if Diego Costa is fit. QPR looked more robust against Aston Villalast Monday; Bobby Zamora helping Charlie Austin to find the net from one of many long balls. The Super Hoops’ record against their west London rivals is surprisingly super in recent years, with two wins and a draw in their last five.Aston Villa v Tottenham (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland); Sunday, Villa Park, 4pmDespite the prospect of facing Roy Keane in the dressing room after each game, the home side have lost five – without scoring – on the bounce. Tottenham, meanwhile, have won once in seven games. The way they capitulated at home to Newcastle is a serious worry. The boos at the final whistle at  White Hart Lane will have Mauricio Pochettino squirming.Everton v Swansea (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland); Saturday, Goodison Park, 3pmIt was a tale of two strikers for both sides last weekend: Samuel Eto’o  and Wilfried Bony inspired their sides to solid victories. Swansea ended a run of five games without a win with their victory over Leicester, but have never won at Goodison Park. Everton played some neat football against Burnley. Roberto Martinez will be able to watch both teams’ passing here and be proud.Hull v Southampton (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland); Saturday, KC Stadium, 3pmRonald Koeman’s fine work at Southampton continues apace, with another new signing – Sadio Mane – opening his account last weekend. That keeps Saints just four goals behind top-scorers Chelsea. Hull, on the other hand, are well drilled by Steve Bruce. They proved it by keeping Liverpool at bay last week, and sit 10th thanks to a series of draws and just one win since the opening day.Crystal Palace v Sunderland (Live on talkSPORT.com outside the UK and Ireland); Monday, Selhurst Park, 8pmCrystal Palace haven’t won since beating Leicester in September, while Sunderland have scored zero and conceded 10 in their past two games. Gus Poyet will demand a reaction from his side, but Neil Warnock’s men have enough to win, whether Julian Speroni  is fit or not after his Craig Dawson induced headache last weekend.last_img read more

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Basel 1-4 Arsenal: Lucas Perez hat-trick helps Gunners top Group A

first_img1 Lucas Perez hit his first hat-trick for Arsenal in a convincing 4-1 win over Basel, which sends them through to the Champions League knockout stages as Group A winners.The Spaniard struck twice early in the first half then immediately after the restart, with Alex Iwobi adding a fourth later in the second period.Seydou Doumbia netted a consolation for the hosts in the final 15 minutes, but the Gunners never looked likely to lose the game which leaves them top of their group due to PSG’s draw with Ludogorets.The visitors were outstanding in the opening stages, cutting through Basel with ease to claim an early two-goal lead.Sanchez and Gibbs combined well on the left wing, with the latter firing a cross into the area which Perez hooked home after eight minutes.And eight minutes later Perez netted again, scoring an almost carbon-copy of his opener after Gibbs’ shot was parried by goalkeeper Vaclik.The hosts did have chances – Delgado forcing a save from Ospina and Traore slicing a curling strike just wide of the far post – but their attempts were few and far between.With the lead taken so early, Arsenal eased off the pressure and started a spell of relaxed possession with no cutting edge.And whilst Basel didn’t look threatening, it was obvious their confidence was rising as the Gunners failed to attack.Ospina had to save Steffen’s long-range attempt and Delgado wasted a good headed chance, but Wenger’s men reached the break in command and largely untroubled.And rather than allow Basel a route back into the game by starting slowly in the second period, they came out the traps in fifth gear – Perez completing his hat-trick two minutes after the restart with a lovely finish from just inside the area.Seven minutes later Iwobi added a fourth, finishing off a lovely team move involving Sanchez and Ozil, who played a fantastic reverse pass to assist the goal.Sanchez crashed a free-kick against the cross bar and Giroud found the side netting from Ozil’s pass, but it was Basel who grabbed the fifth goal of the game, Doumbia netting after a lovely piece of skill took him past the Arsenal defenders into the area.There were later chances for the hosts, but Arsenal never looked likely to concede again, and they secured top spot in Group A knowing that rivals PSG had been held to a 2-2 draw at home by Ludogorets. Lucas Perez celebrates scoring his first hat-trick for Arsenal last_img read more

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Greater reforms needed

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The survey found L.A. to be the nation’s 16th-most-expensive place to do business, second only to San Francisco in California. No wonder so many large corporations choose Burbank, Orange County or even Santa Monica over L.A. – not to mention the countless others that leave California altogether. That’s not to say that everything about the city’s business-tax reform was wrong: There were tax breaks for Hollywood, the incomprehensible system of nine tax categories was “simplified” to just seven and businesses making less than $100,000 a year were let off the hook entirely. These changes were worthwhile, but not even close to enough to repair Los Angeles’ reputation. Incredulous at the survey’s results, Garcetti’s press secretary, Josh Kamensky, says, “I defy you to tell me how eliminating a tax for 60 percent of the businesses is cosmetic.” The reason is simple. Many of those in the 60 percent – tiny operations like hot-dog vendors and makeup artists – weren’t paying taxes to begin with. Taking them off the books didn’t change the fundamentals. That’s to say, the change was, yes, “cosmetic.” Business-tax reform was a small step forward, but there’s still a lot more that needs to be done to improve L.A.’s business climate. REMEMBER business-tax reform? It was the great idea that percolated in Los Angeles City Hall for the better part of a decade. Lots of politicians paid lip service to making L.A. less of a business-hostile environment, but few were willing to endure any changes that would cause even a short-term loss of revenue. Then came City Council members Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, who overcame the resistance of the self-serving City Hall ruling class to win a series of small reforms. But it should come as no surprise that the watered-down reform plan the city adopted didn’t do much to change L.A.’s reputation as a city hostile to business. The Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Survey finds that business-tax reform in L.A. was “cosmetic.” Taxwise, L.A. remains an oftentimes prohibitively expensive place to set up shop. last_img read more

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WATCH: Accrington Stanley score superb team goal in League Two

first_imgFrom the goalkeeper to the back of the net in a matter of seconds. ⚽️Poetry in motion from @ASFCofficial. pic.twitter.com/neeCTg1lhl— EFL (@EFL) October 16, 2017 Watch Accrington Stanley’s goal below… Accrington Stanley scored the goal of the weekend in League Two with Sean McConville rounding off a superb team move.In a 1-0 win over Coventry City, McConville put the finishing touches on a combination of passes that started with Stanley’s goalkeeper and also included a volleyed backheel!You can see a video of the goal below…center_img 1last_img read more

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Must-listen: ‘I’d employ Unsworth over Barton every day of the week’

first_imgSimon Jordan has launched a stinging attack on Joey Barton following his controversial criticism of David Unsworth.Barton made headlines this week for branding Everton caretaker boss Unsworth a “glorified PE teacher”, claiming he is too overweight to lead the club and insisting he should stick with academy football.The personal attack on Unsworth did not go down well with Toffees fans and Jordan, who has clashed regularly with his fellow talkSPORT presenter in the past, claims Barton stepped over the line.“Joey Barton waxing lyrical about the idea players won’t respect David Unsworth because physically he isn’t condition… well I think Barton has aspirations to manage himself and I suspect there will be a challenge for him when he is looking to enforce discipline and culture in his players because I don’t think he passed the sniff test on that himself,” said the former Crystal Palace owner, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Maybe he’d like to have the opportunity to be a manager and David Unsworth is getting that opportunity and he thinks that is not fair for him.“If I am a football club chairman, which I was, and I have got a choice between who am I going to employ as my manager between David Unsworth and Joey Barton, I am going to pick David Unsworth every day of the week and twice on Sunday.“I know managers that have managed Barton and while he is an intelligent guy in some respects and is quite erudite in his opinions, some of what comes out of his mouth is nothing short of a disgrace.“He is a person that, to me, was a bang average Premier League player, he has been difficult wherever he has been, I don’t think he is a real model for anybody. Sometimes he speaks very well and very intelligently and there should be more of that and less of the identity of trying to create a reaction in people by saying something that I don’t believe is authentic.”Watch Simon Jordan’s full verdict on Joey Barton below…last_img read more

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Talent development: a Kick Off Special – Thursday, November 9

first_imgMark Saggers hosts a Kick Off special live from MediaCity in Manchester looking at the changing environment for modern footballers and the accompanying pressures.The demands asked of young players and the increased presence of social media is looked into as part of an ongoing discussion surrounding mental health.Academies are scrutinised for their approaches to nurturing young talent and the question of planning for a different career path is also examined.Listen above or click here to download the Kick Off special from iTunes, along with previous editionslast_img read more

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The Clincher: Multitouch Ultrabooks Still Reliant on Touchpads

first_imgRelated Posts Three years ago, during the nadir of the last economic downturn, the netbook form factor helped rescue an ailing PC industry. Intel was reluctant to acknowledge that fact until at least a whole year later. Many netbooks were based on the first single-core Intel Atom processors. They too had touchpads. But these early netbooks weren’t beholden to a manufacturer’s standard, in order to qualify for a certification program (today’s Intel Ultrabook program uses the word “inspired” rather than “certified”). So a standard setter like the Asus Eee PC 701 could feature a 7-inch diagonal screen with 800 x 480 resolution, and fold up to 6.5″ x 8.9″ – smaller than today’s iPad. By comparison, HP’s Folio 13 has a 13.3″ diagonal screen. Among the other ultrabook models Synaptics mentioned today: Acer’s Aspire S3-951 series (right), also available now, measures 8.6″ x 12.7″ with a 13.3″ diagonal screen; Lenovo’s u300s measures 8.5″ x 12.75″ with a 13.3″ diagonal; and Toshiba Portege Z830 (shown in the video above) measures 9″ x 12.44″ with a 13.3″ diagonal screen. Synaptics today mentions Intel’s minimum target screen size of 11.1 inches, and its upper bounds of about 13 inches. If you were to shrink these “stage 2″ ultrabooks for Intel’s lower screen bounds, and still leave room for the touchpad, the resulting size would still be close to 8″ x 11.5” – still just beyond the target typing paper benchmark for a tablet.This matters to the accessories market, which has already seen a resurgence thanks to the iPad, Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, and Samsung Galaxy Tab. No matter how thin an ultrabook becomes (expect thinner than 0.75″), there’s an entire market catering to scholars that won’t take it seriously unless it scales down to legal pad-size or below. What’s more, consumers may – even subconsciously – conclude ultrabooks are less practical than tablets with respect to portability. During the (brief) heyday of the netbook, consumers stated size was at least as important to their purchasing decision as price. Intel may need to consider this fact before it creates the next great novelty form factor, and perhaps put some of that $300 million ultrabook fund toward expediting the development of touchscreens. Tags:#mobile#Trends scott fulton The promises from Intel on the week before CES 2012 in Las Vegas speak of a device that’s as lightweight as a tablet, but that has the full keyboard users require to do real-world work, and the Windows 8 operating system they need for their everyday software. It’s a “tablet plus,” if you will. But will you really be able to touch an ultrabook’s screen the same way you would a tablet’s screen?A statement this morning from Synaptics, the principal maker of touchpads for notebook computers, reveals that many of the spotlighted PCs with Intel’s new ultrabook form factor will indeed be multitouch, but not on the screen. Although Synaptics does make capacitative touchscreen control chips, the older, separate touchpad units remain Synaptics’ bread-and-butter. And that affects two components of the overall form factor that could impact consumers’ comparisons of ultrabooks with tablets like Apple’s iPad: size and weight.As Intel rolls out “phase 2” of its Ultrabook (capital “U”) adoption guidelines for this year, it specifies the use of Intel’s own integrated HD graphics processors. That compels manufacturers such as HP, Acer, and Toshiba to build systems with bigger screens in the 16:9 aspect ratio that consumers expect with “HD” video. Although the iPad is marketed as the perfect device for remote streaming video, its 7.31″ x 9.5″ size means HD video requires letterboxing, the lack of which is supposed to be one of the Intel form factor’s key advantages.So ultrabook screens must be wide by definition. The inclusion of a Synaptics touchpad in addition to the wide screen will make the 2012 round of ultrabooks big – perhaps too big for consumers to consider them in the same league with tablets. For example, HP’s first ultrabook – its recently released Folio 13 – is 8.67 inches tall, incorporating the combined height of the keyboard and the touchpad below it. To accommodate the HD aspect ratio, though, it becomes 12.54 inches wide – more than an ordinary sheet of typing paper, which is the usual benchmark for a “tablet” form factor.And though ultrabooks will be marketed as lightweight, that measurement will no doubt be in comparison to typical notebook PCs – many of which are actually no larger. The Folio 13 will be 3.3 pounds, according to HP specs. An iPad, by comparison, weighs just 1.33 pounds. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

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