first_img Tags: Chelsea FCEden Hazardtop Hazard joined Chelsea at the age of 21. (PHOTO/AGENCY)To my Chelsea friends and family,You now know that I will be joining Real Madrid. It’s no secret that it was my dream to play for them since I was a young boy just scoring my first goal. I have tried my very best not to distract myself or the team through this difficult period of speculation and media attention, especially the last 6 months.Now the Clubs have reached an agreement I hope you understand I had to pursue my next chapter, just as each and every one of you should when you have the chance to pursue your dreams. Leaving Chelsea is the biggest and toughest decision in my career to date. Now it’s in the open I would like to put on record one thing was always clear to me, I have loved every moment at Chelsea and not once did I ever consider, nor would I have left for any other Club.I was only 21 when I joined, so I have grown up as a man and a player with all of you, you have helped me become Captain of the Belgium National team after all. There have of course been tough times, for the team as a whole and for me personally, this is professional football. However, football to me is about having a ball at my feet, playing games and enjoying every moment, we are lucky to play the beautiful game and this is always my advice to those who ask for a coaching tip! Play football and have fun!Even when we were not playing well, I tried to do my best and this has been thanks to your amazing support. That fighting spirit, desire and the refusal to ever give up is part of the culture here at Chelsea and it comes directly from you.When I think back over my special moments in a Chelsea shirt, there are so many, we are lucky to win many more games than we have lost. Those who know me understand it is not me to list what I have won, all I can say is each and every award both as a team and as an individual have been incredible. One day I will be able to sit down over a beer and talk about or laugh with pride about my missed penalty that set up my header to win the league against Palace, or those goals against Tottenham, Arsenal or Liverpool.The memories are so vivid because of the atmosphere and occasion you create, I hope you always remember them with pride, as I do. Whether it’s on tour in the USA, or at Sunderland on a Tuesday night, in Russia on a Thursday, or of course EVERY game at The Bridge – you’ve always supported me and encouraged me to play football and be me – Like I have enjoyed myself I hope you have enjoyed yourselves, I am only sorry not leave with a defending award amongst my honours!We have many great players and my proudest moments were always as part of the team. We’ve won the FA Cup, League Cups, Europa Leagues and Premier Leagues all as a family. Each one so special in its own way and of course the game in Baku a couple of weeks ago is the perfect way to sign off from a long tough season after the World Cup.Chelsea and especially Chelsea fans will always be special to me and next season I will look for your results first. I hope that we are drawn against each other in the Champions League next season and every season so we can meet again.Before I go, one last thank you to everyone at the Club for their tremendous effort as we lived through every moment. To all of my ex-Colleagues we will say our goodbyes at the right time but I must thank the owner Mr Abramovich and his board for helping me realise not one, but two dreams, my first in becoming a Chelsea player and today my second, becoming a player at Real Madrid.I wish each and every one of you the very best my friends.EdenComments last_img read more

first_imgUS authorities have been warned by Asia-Pacific airlines against taking “ill-judged reactionary measures’’ that could threaten the global economy by imposing costs for no tangible security benefit.A strongly-worded statement from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines warns that any move by the US to expand the ban on laptops and large electronic items in the cabins of aircraft operating US-bound flights could also undermine public confidence in aviation security.AAPA joins the International Air Transport Association, the European Union and travel bodies in urging the US to look again at proposals to expand the ban to European destinations and possibly wider.AAPA director general Andrew Herdman said the association understood the need to maintain the highest level of security in air transport and were committed to working with government security agencies and others.“Despite recent events, public confidence in the safety and security of air travel remains high,’’ Herdman said. “It would be a tragedy if that confidence were to be undermined by ill-judged reactionary measures being misguidedly imposed by those entrusted with maintaining public safety.“The ripple effects of such measures, and their proposed wider expansion, threaten to disrupt the global economy and impose far greater costs on society with no tangible public security benefits.“This would only serve to further the aims of the terrorists, who measure their success by how much society over-reacts to their provocations.’’Herman said past experience with terrorist threats repeatedly highlighted the critical importance of effective intelligence gathering and analysis rather than a focus on generalised screening.He urged governments to work more closely with the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the industry.“Good security is all about comprehensive threat assessment and balanced risk management, not the elimination of every conceivable risk,’’ he said. “Aviation security is a collective global responsibility and requires effective consultation to ensure that security measures are practical, cost effective and sustainable whilst minimising the impact on the wider travelling public.’’AAPA also noted airlines had invested heavily in technology to allow passengers to use their personal electronic devices on aircraft and passengers were already subject to “onerous and inconsistent” screening measures prior to boarding a flight.It said safety issues relating to big numbers of lithium battery-powered devices stowed in an aircraft cargo bay, contrary to recognized best safety practices, also remain unresolved.While the US Department of Homeland Security has yet to make a decision on expanding the ban imposed in March on North African and Middle Eastern airports, it has confirmed it is considering the option.However, it has labelled as incorrect conflicting reports it is looking at extending the ban to all flights to the US and that it has shelved the expansion proposal.Representatives from the EU and the US are due to meet for further discussions on the issue.last_img read more

first_img24 April 2014The countdown to the 2014 IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in France reached exactly 100 days for the Springbok Women on Wednesday. They face Australia in their opening pool match in Marcoussis.The Springbok Women will be appearing in their third successive World Cup, but have been handed a tough draw in Pool C. Apart from the Australians, they will also take on hosts France and Wales.The 39-member preliminary World Cup squad, which includes the 15 contracted Springbok Women’s Sevens players, have been hard at work since January preparing for the tournament.ConfidentCaptain Mandisa Williams said in a statement that she was confident this would pay off when her teams takes to the field in Marcoussis on 1 August.“This is an exciting time for the Springbok Women,” she said. “The fact that there are only 100 days to go to the World Cup has definitely sparked excitement among the players because we have been working very hard towards this goal. But I have no doubt that this will also trigger some nerves because we now have only a little over three months to complete our preparations and reach our peak form.”Williams added: “It is amazing how time flies. We began our preparations in January and all of the sudden there is a sense of urgency to make sure all the structures are in place and that players are as fit as can be. But we are excited about the tournament and we are optimistic that all the late nights at training and the weekend field sessions will pay off.”The Springbok Women will participate in the South African Rugby Union’s Women’s Interprovincial tournament for their respective provinces in the next two months, with the competition kicking off on Friday.Training campThe preliminary squad will then be reduced, with the players set to participate in a training camp at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria from 18 to 24 June before departing for Europe on 25 June for a Pre-World Cup tour.The tour will feature two clashes against the Nomads in London and a match against France.The clash against the French, who are the Women’s Six Nations champions, in particular, will be vital in the team’s preparations for what is expected to be their toughest pool clash at the World Cup, as it will give them an idea about what to expect from the hosts, while simultaneously allowing them to familiarise themselves with the country.‘Invaluable game time’“The pre-World Cup tour will be important in our preparation because it will offer us invaluable game time against quality opposition, while also exposing us to the playing conditions in Europe close to the World Cup,” Williams said.“We are also grateful that we will face France before the World Cup because there is no doubt they will enter the tournament as one of the favourites after winning the Women’s Six Nations competition and also since they will have the luxury of home ground advantage.”The women will reassemble in Stellenbosch on 14 July for their World Cup holding camp where the final touches will be made to their game plan for the showpiece, with the final 26-member World Cup squad departing for France on 27 July.Springbok Women 2014 WRWC Pool Fixtures 1 Aug: Springbok Women v Australia – Marcoussis5 Aug: Springbok Women v France – Marcoussis9 Aug: Springbok Women v Wales – Marcoussis SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgAn Yale-educated architect credited with helping launch the design/build movement 50 years ago is at work on a mostly concrete house with a flexible interior floor plan and an all-but-bulletproof exterior that shouldn’t need any maintenance for as long as five centuries.The Home Run House is taking shape on Prickly Mountain outside the village of Warren, Vermont, not far from earlier experimental works by Dave Sellers and fellow architects who, according to an account published by Curbed in 2015, moved to the Mad River region in the 1960s itching to change the way houses were built. Sellers has been at it ever since.The house, Sellers explained in a telephone call, is designed to overcome two glaring weaknesses with contemporary residential design: houses don’t last very long because they’re made out of materials that quickly deteriorate in the weather, and houses have rigid interior designs don’t accommodate changing needs very easily.Sellers is building the house with a $1 million contribution made by two California philanthropists to the Madsonian Museum of Industrial Design, which Sellers founded in nearby Waitsfield. The gift is essentially a revolving loan fund and will eventually be used to build more houses that refine the design. Over time, Sellers expects the fund to accrue many times its current value. “We are serially funded,” Sellers says. “No one else has this amazing capacity.”Home Run House has been under construction for two years, says an article written for VT Digger by Jon Kalish, and could be finished in the next three months. Costs are relativeAlthough the house is being financed with a gift to the museum from two California philanthropists, Sellers says the $1 million price tag is misleading.He put it this way: “If you ask Elon Musk what it cost to build his first electric car, he’s not going to tell you $50,000. He’s going to tell you $50 million. There’s three years of R&D in order to get here.”Even interior framing is formed with concrete. Interior walls can be moved without affecting the building’s structural integrity.In time, could the cost of a similar house be reduced enough so ordinary people could afford one, say $120 or $140 a square foot? The problem with that, Sellers replies, is the notion of affordability that guides residential construction these days is basically flawed.“The problem with that idea is that it an unsustainable number,” he said. “When you build really shit houses that you can do for that, you take all the embodied energy and all the resources and you basically throw it away 15 years later. If you look at a 500-year house and you do it once, as opposed to 500 years of crappy buildings torn down every 20 years, it’s thousands cheaper.“Right now we’re based on lowest first cost and cheapest financing,” he continued. “That’s all the banks are doing. What happens is you force the economy into building crap, throwaway stuff. Throwing away resources, polluting the environment and having things that are expensive to maintain, and then they get thrown away. That’s where we are now: everyone wants to go cheap. Cheap Cheap Cheap. This is cheap when you say to yourself, ‘What would you pay for a house when you don’t have to pay for anything — no maintenance and no fuel bills?’ “A house like this probably could be built for $350 a square foot, he says, and that’s a deal when you think about the multigenerational possibilities and next-to-nothing maintenance and operational costs that come with it. Green Homes Don’t Have To Be DurableLow-Road Buildings Are Homeowner-FriendlyDesigning for the FutureRethinking DurabilityRevisiting Net Zero EnergyZero-Energy Construction is ‘Set to Explode’My Net Zero Conundrum RELATED ARTICLES Why the “Home Run House”? Sellers says that name came from members of his design team, the idea being that if they could pull off the project it would be as rare as a home run after so many other house designs “fail or are stupid.” Durable materials, flexible designMost of the exposed surfaces are stone or concrete, including the pillars that hold up the porch roof, and the gracefully curved sun shades for exterior windows. There is no exposed wood on the building’s exterior (and not a whole lot on the inside of the house, either), and exterior trim is made from repurposed slate blackboards. Exterior doors and the windows are clad in aluminum.“We designed it to last 500 years with no maintenance,” Sellers said. “When you build with wood, the day you walk away from the house it starts to rot. Then you’ve got to maintain it. You’ve got to paint it, and seal it and redo it.”In this respect, Home Run House looks something like an earlier Sellers work called the “Archie Bunker,” a name that evolved from the original title “Bunker of Arches,” Curbed said. It, too, is mostly concrete and designed to last 500 years with no maintenance and no fuel bills. At the Home Run House, R-40 exterior walls consist of poured concrete, spray foam, and plaster; the roof is insulated to R-60. Floors and beams also are made of concrete — 100 tons of it in all. Heat comes from passive solar sources as well as a ground-source heat pump that supplies a radiant-floor system with hot water.At 1,800 square feet, the Home Run House also is designed so interior walls can be moved or removed without affecting its structural integrity. As he looks at the political upheaval in parts of Europe and the accompanying migration of many thousands of people, Sellers sees a good case for designs that can handle changing needs.“This house is designed to handle a single family, or two families, or three families,” he said. “Or it could be designed to handle 50 people. There are no interior walls. It’s like a big barn. You sort of fill in. We basically built post and beam out of concrete, and you can build whatever you want in it. It can change over time without wrecking the house.”It also features walls that swing open to the outside, and a pair of 14-foot-square windows that open above interior plant beds, according to Kalish’s account. Electricity will come from a 600-square-foot photovoltaic array that Sellers also hopes will power an electric vehicle.If there is a chink in this 500-year armor, it’s probably the asphalt shingle roof. However, Sellers sees this as “interim roofing” that may very well be changed with an expected upgrade in PV panels down the road. “The building is a laboratory,” he said. A long and storied careerThe Home Run House is only the most recent example of Sellers’s zest for innovation, sustainable design, and experimentation. He has won a number of architectural awards over the years for work both in and well beyond the borders of Vermont. He was selected to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2017, and named to Architectural Digest’s list of top 100 architects in 1991.He co-founded Northwind Power in 1974, a company that went on to successfully develop wind turbines. His other ventures have included the Vermont Iron Stove Company, the Four Elements Corporation, which developed a sewage treatment system, and the Mad River Rocket Company, which makes a plastic snow sled, according to his bio at the Yestermorrow design/build school where he teaches.Home Run House, like many projects at Prickly Mountain, is not so much a solo endeavor as it is a collaboration — and in this case it included some pretty big names: Peter Calthorpe, the San Francisco architect and urban planner; Doug Kelbaugh, former dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan; and Harrison Fraker, a professor of architecture and the former dean of the College of Environmental Design at the University of California Berkeley. Sellers was the lead designer.There’s no telling where the next version of the Home Run House will be built, although Sellers says that he’d prefer a U.S. location. One idea that he and his colleagues are considering is buying some lots in a Vermont mobile home park and building smaller versions of the house.The key, Sellers said, will be to ensure that the houses make an artistic as well as a technical contribution to high-performance building.“You can have the most efficient, net zero, the best-of-everything building, if it’s butt ugly it’s going to be torn down in 10 years and you’ve wasted those resources,” he said. “The buildings that have lasted for 500 years, the kind that people will lay down in front of bulldozers for, those buildings are beautiful and the craftsmanship in them, people take great pride in that. And that’s one of the things we’re emphasizing — these are artistic projects that happen to be using technology. But if they’re not an art project, they don’t work.”last_img read more

1 Dec / 2019

Azam Khan in Rampur

first_imgEmerging from his absence in the public sphere, senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan made an appearance in Rampur on Monday. The Rampur MP, who was last seen in Rampur during Id celebrations in August, presented himself before the Special Investigation Team (SIT) official Dinesh Gaur in the Mahila police station. He was accompanied by his wife, Rajya Sabha MP Tanzeen Fatima and son Abdullah Azam, who is an MLA from the neighbouring Suar constituency.The Uttar Pradesh police have declared Mr. Khan a “land mafia” and has lodged FIRs against him in more than four dozen cases. On September 25, the Allahabad High Court had granted stay in 27 of these cases.The SIT had asked him to appear before it on September 30. Mr. Khan spent almost 45 minutes at the station. Later addressing the party workers, he said he would need four to five days to respond to the “long list of charges”.He described the administration’s behaviour towards him and his family “vindictive” and added that they were following the orders of their “political masters”.Before presenting himself in front of the SIT, Mr. Khan accompanied Ms. Fatima to file her nomination papers, on an SP ticket, for the upcoming bypolls for the Rampur seat. Mr. Khan has represented the seat nine times. The seat fell vacant when he was elected to the Lok Sabha earlier this year.Earlier in the day, Ms. Fatima deposited the bill and penalty of ₹30 lakh in the electricity department. She was charged with power theft at her Humsafar resort.last_img read more

first_imgSri Lanka appointed opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan as its new captain on Monday as part of a major overhaul of its cricketing structure following the national team’s defeat by India in the World Cup final earlier this month.Former skipper Kumar Sangakkara, his deputy Mahela Jayawardene and a fourmember selection committee led by retired batting star Aravinda de Silva resigned earlier this month.A new selection committee led by former captain and administrator Duleep Mendis has been appointed.The 34-year-old Dilshan has previously led Sri Lanka in several Twenty20 and one-day internationals and is most likely to be an interim captain, with a younger player expected to be skipper at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.He has played 66 Test matches, scoring 3,990 runs at more than 42 runs per innings. In 203 One- Day Internationals, Dilshan has scored 5,456 runs and taken 62 wickets, bowling off- spin.Dilshan also had an excellent World Cup, where he was the tournament’s highest scorer with 500 runs.Having been an inconsistent middle- order batsman, Dilshan’s performances improved after he was promoted to open the batting.Mendis said that one of his main tasks will be to look for younger talent capable of taking over from current stalwarts like Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Dilshan and Thilan Samaraweera, who are nearing their mid- thirties and are unlikely to be at their prime at the next World Cup.” Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to announce the appointment of Tillakaratne Dilshan as the national captain in all three formats of the game for Sri Lanka’s tour of England in May 2011,” an SLC statement said.advertisementSri Lanka Cricket said on Monday that selectors have postponed naming a vice- captain because prospective candidates are nursing injuries and may not be available for next month’s tour of England.Anjelo Mathews is in the running for vice- captain and the 23- year- old all- rounder is tipped to be Sri Lanka’s choice to be captain for the next World Cup.The changes also come amid a debate in Sri Lanka over the sports minister’s order to national cricketers playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League to return early to prepare for the English tour.Sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said the national team duties must be a priority over playing in the IPL. Dilshan, Sangakkara, Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Suraj Randiv are among the players who may be compelled to return early.Muttiah Muralitharan, who retired from international cricket after the World Cup and is not bound by a contract with SLC, has criticised Sri Lanka’s decision.last_img read more

first_imgYeng Guiao sees silver lining in latest election loss: ‘I can focus more on basketball’ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Gilas’ first game in the pool stage is against Japan on Friday at 4:30 in the afternoon.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Janine Pontejos lit up for the Filipinos with 11 points, eight of which came from long distance, while Afril Bernardino added six points.Clare Castro and Jack Danielle Animam rounded out the scoring for the Philippines with three and two points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Philippines’ 17-point winning margin was its second highest in the tournament after it obliterated Samoa 21-1 in its opening game and set the record for the largest victory in Fiba 3×3 history.Pauline Malanga led Vanuatu, the 15th ranked team in the event, with three points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Gilas Pilipinas women’s team shines in Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup. Photo from FibaMANILA, Philippines—Gilas Pilipinas Women’s 3×3 completed an incredible sweep of the Qualifying Draw A after a sweet 22-5 dismantling of Vanuatu in the Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup Thursday in Changsan, China.The Philippines, ranked 10th in the tournament, topped the group with a 3-0 record and advanced to Pool C main draw where it will face with the no. 3 seed Japan and sixth seed Sri Lanka.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more