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Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan out for six weeks

first_imgArsenal said the Armenian playmaker is “expected to return to full training in six weeks”.Mkhitaryan has been a regular under Unai Emery and has scored four Premier League goals this season.The 29-year-old will miss key league games against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City as Arsenal continue their pursuit of a top-four place.Mkhitaryan arrived at the Emirates Stadium almost a year ago as part of the swap deal that took Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan fractured a metatarsal against Spurs and will be out of action for at least six weeks © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 24 – Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will be out of action for at least six weeks because of a foot injury, the Premier League side revealed on their website on Tuesday.Mkhitaryan fractured the metatarsal in his right foot in last Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat by Tottenham and was replaced at half-time. He missed the win against Burnley at the weekend.last_img read more

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EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF MAJOR FIRE AT LETTERKENNY SHOP

first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Gardai, ambulance personnel and the fire services have been called to a blaze in Letterkenny.The fire broke out in the last half hour at Lighting Concepts close to the Port Bridge at the main entrance to the town.There is now a major backlog of traffic into the town as cars slow down. It is still unclear if there have been any injuries as a result of the fire.One eye witness told Donegal Daily that it looks as if the fire is still blazing at the top half of the two storey premises which is next to Kelly’s Toyota garage“it looks pretty serious but I have not heard if anyone was hurt.“There is a lot of smoke and flames coming from the upstairs part of the building. “I saw an ambulance, a fire brigade and the Gardai are at the back of the premises.“Hopefully nobody was hurt,” said the man. EMERGENCY SERVICES AT SCENE OF MAJOR FIRE AT LETTERKENNY SHOP was last modified: July 14th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:ambulancefireFIRE BRIGADEGardaiLIghting conceptslast_img read more

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Half-time: Porto 1 Chelsea 1

first_imgWillian’s stunning free-kick seconds before the half-time whistle hauled Chelsea level in their Champions League Group G clash.Their defensive shortcomings were evident again when Andre Andre netted for Porto six minutes before the break.Branislav Ivanovic, who has attracted criticism this season, was again at fault. Yacine Brahimi went past him, and Asmir Begovic produced a fine save to keep out the Algerian’s shot only for to Andre to follow up to score.Chelsea were the better side for much of the first half and Porto keeper Iker Casillas denied Pedro after the Spaniard had been found by Willian’s fine pass.Earlier, Casillas pushed away a shot from Cesc Fabregas after good work on the left by Diego Costa, who has caused the home defence major problems.At the other end, Vincent Aboubakar fired high and wide and then appealed in vain for a penalty following a challenge Ivanovic.Porto’s goal was somewhat against the run of play but their lead was cancelled out in emphatic fashion by Willian’s cracking strike.Eden Hazard and Nemanja Matic are on the Chelsea bench along with John Terry after being left out by boss Jose Mourinho, who gave starting places to John Mikel Obi and Ramires.Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Ramires, Pedro; Costa.Subs: Blackman, Baba Rahman, Terry, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Hazard, Kenedy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Richards Bay IDZ opens for business

first_img9 September 2011 Creating opportunities, developing skills The 216-hectare industrial estate was promulgated in 2002 as a public entity, with 60% of its shares held by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and 40% by the City of uMhlatuze, the municipality that incorporates Richards Bay and Empangeni. “We are strategically placed – about 500km from the financial capital of the country, located adjacent to a natural deep sea water port, and operating in a region full of global players,” Richards Bay IDZ chief executive Ike Nxedlana said at a sod-turning ceremony this week. When considering incentives that involve customs control areas, Mabuyakhulu said it was important to consider the costs of administration as well as the need to discourage rent-seeking or mobility of investors when a better short-term incentive was available elsewhere. According to Mabuyakhulu, the development of a national policy on special economic development zones will allow for additional incentives to further entice investors to these zones, with most countries with similar zones offering a range of tax exemptions and reduced or waived customs duties. “This is particularly the case for SMMEs that are involved in the construction industry as well as those that will benefit through up-streaming, down-streaming and beneficiation initiatives,” he said. “It is also important that some creative incentives are packaged around the creation of jobs in relation to the objectives of the New Growth Path,” he said. “Incentives should be packaged in such a way that industries that have a high labour absorption rate are attracted to the zone.” To date, the only investor operating within the zone is Tata Steel, which has an investment of R960-million, and employs 184 permanent staff and 85 full-time contract employees. According to KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Mike Mabuyakhulu, the main purpose of attracting foreign investment to IDZs are to encourage value-addition activities and the export of beneficiated products from South Africa, and in the process also to transfer skills and technology to local companies. The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) on South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal coast has finally commenced its Phase 1A development in preparation for forthcoming investors. He suggested that the IDZ policy could refer to sector specific incentives based sectors promoted through Industrial policy. The Richards Bay IDZ will also undertake a study and prepare analytical reports to identify niche foreign markets and suggest methods to intensify local participation in the IDZ programme.center_img Nxedlana added that many other potential investors had shown an interest in the zone, naming pulp and paper producer Pulp United as one of them. Developing a national policy The availability of feedstock such as aluminium, heavy metals, various chemicals, wood, pulp, paper, agricultural products, gas, coal and electricity also offer numerous downstream manufacturing possibilities for investors. According to Nxedlana, the rapid development of phase 1A is likely to enhance the role played by small and medium-sized enterprises. He added that by October this year, they would announce the identity of a company that would invest about R1-billion to establish a fertiliser exporting company within the Richards Bay IDZ, creating about 1 000 indirect jobs during the construction phase and 150 permanent jobs thereafter. He added that tax incentives are easier to provide than changes to the national tax regime, and can be a means for governments to signal their commitment to investment. Nxedlana said that they were also on the verge of establishing the first customs controlled area within an industrial development zone in South Africa, at Tata Steel’s facilities. It will also be the first area to test the customs control area policy recently approved by the South African Revenue Service. “When investigating Intel’s decision to invest in Costa Rica, the expression of the Costa Rican government’s support and commitment through the provision of a tax incentive was of huge importance to their decision to invest … even though Costa Rica did not offer the highest incentives compared to other nations competing for investments,” he explained. “The key reason for developing zones is for developing industrial capability through utilising and learning from new technologies from the foreign firms rather than just solely generating foreign direct investment,” he said. Investors already showing interest SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Call for learners to study maths, science

first_img10 July 2012Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has encouraged those learners who won the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)-MeerKat Schools Competition to study maths and science, saying South Africa needs more people with these skills.Speaking at the awards ceremony in Pretoria on Monday, Pandor told the successful learners that the country needed more scientists. “We want to invest through you.”She also encouraged learners to be innovative so they change the character of South Africa.Learners from Grades 4 to 11 from various schools throughout the country were given an opportunity to enter the SKA-MeerKat competition, and 200 000 competition forms were distributed to various schools, science centres and community centres.The department received over 36 000 entry forms in the primary and high school categories across all nine provinces, where learners had to fill out a form and complete a multiple choice questionnaire based on the SKA project.The aim of the competition was to increase awareness of one of the most exciting engineering and research projects ever undertaken. Prizes included laptops, printers, digital cameras and organised tours to their nearest astronomy observatory.Karobo Melato, a 14-year-old Grade 7 learner at Boiterelo Primary School in Potchefstroom in the North West Province, was one of the learners who won the competition; he told SANews that upon completing matric, he wanted to be a technician in the South African National Defence Force.“I want to operate the big machines in the Defence Force,” he said.South Africa and its partner countries won the bid to host most of the telescope, with 70% of the telescope to be built in Africa and 30% in Australia.Once complete, the SKA will consist of about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over an area of over 3 000km. The core of the telescope will be constructed in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape, with outlying telescope stations throughout South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia and Zambia.The magnitude and sensitivity of the SKA telescope will allow scientists to explore the origins of the first galaxies, stars and planets and the evolution of the universe. It will be able to collect weak cosmic radio signals from the edges of the universe from a time before the first stars and galaxies formed.As the main host of the SKA, South Africa is expected to become a global centre for information technology, fundamental physics, astronomy and high-tech engineering. Top scientists and engineers throughout the world will be attracted to the country’s shores.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Be a Part of What’s Next for Geocaching

first_imgWhat’s Next for Geocaching2015 is set to be a big year for geocaching. While winter (in the Northern Hemisphere) is typically our slowest time of year, this year the gears have been turning and new ideas have been assembled. We’ve been busy innovating, creating, and experimenting—and it’s all been fueled by you, the geocaching community. In the first edition of What’s Next for Geocaching, you’ll learn how Geocaching HQ and the 9-million-strong geocaching community have come together to forge new tools, features and upgrades. Plus, you’ll have a chance to be involved, too.Innovation and Inspiration, Fueled by YouAt Geocaching HQ, one of the many reasons we love geocaching is the creativity and inventiveness of the community that molds and shapes the game. To honor that creativity and inventiveness, we’re making a concerted effort to put the geocaching community at the forefront of inspiration for what we’re working on. The first step: listening.Meet Jayme!Meet Jayme. She has been a geocacher since 2008 and has earned nearly 9000 smileys. Now, she serves as the User Insights Analyst at Geocaching HQ. Jayme is responsible for bringing the voice of the geocaching community into the product development process.She says, “We want to delight geocachers. To do so, we know we need to listen to the community’s needs, wants, and desires.”To get a read on the community’s needs, Jayme organizes player surveys, forum discussions, geocacher play-testers and games. You read that right, games! Geocachers are invited to participate in activities called innovation games. These specially designed exercises help us better understand what geocachers want and even help guide the future of geocaching.Jayme says, “There is a feeling of collaboration when a certain group of people are given a challenge and have to come up with a solution together. The games encourage thinking outside-of-the-box, working with other people, and they open up players’ eyes to how others geocache in other parts of the world and how challenging it can be to build a product that serves all geocachers, everywhere.”So far, geocachers have played innovation games at the Geocaching Block Party and at Mega-Events in Germany and Spain. This year, Geocaching HQ’ers will be hosting games at even more Mega-Events around the world to learn what geocachers need to create the ultimate toolset for their geocaching experience.Get InvolvedThroughout 2015, we’ll be releasing a series of geocacher-inspired features. We think they are pretty awesome and we hope you will too.To start, Geocaching Premium members will get a sneak peek at the new Advanced Search tool. It’s been completely retooled, revamped and streamlined based on geocaching community feedback. Now you’ll be able to find the exact adventure you want, easier. Keep an eye out for an email with more details.It doesn’t stop there. Throughout the year, there will be more opportunities to have your voice heard and influence the future of geocaching. There are a few ways to take part:Take advantage of your Geocaching Premium sneak peeks and send us your feedback.Sign up to participate in innovation games at the Geocaching Block Party and other Mega-Events.*Watch the User Insights thread in the Geocaching Forums for opportunities to give feedback.Sign up for Tips & Tricks to receive surveys about geocaching ideas and innovations.We can’t wait to show you more of What’s Next for Geocaching, so stay tuned!*More information about innovation games coming soon.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related2020 Geocaching HQ souvenir momentsDecember 10, 2019In “Learn”Geocaching Employee Spotlight: Tom, Veep of Marketing & MerchApril 10, 2016In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – January 5, 2011January 5, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

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The depth in Indian boxing catches the eye

first_imgTalk of depth in Indian sport, the 2010 Games have been a revelation. In the see-saw battle between the hosts and England to finish second in the medals tally, India did lose some gold medals which were almost taken for granted.One thought Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi or Leander and Sania Mirza would certainly win gold medals as also Ronjan Sodhi in double trap.But as if to make up for the loss of these, came the solid showing from the Indian boxers on Wednesday. Agreed, Suranjoy Singh, arguably the brightest talent in Indian boxing, walked in and out of the ring without having to land a punch as his opponent failed to show up because of an injury.That set the tone for the next two gold medals from boxing, with Manoj Kumar and the powerhouse called Paramjeet Samota rocking the Talkatora Stadium.So what is it about Indian boxing that we can now conveniently overcome the disappointment of Vijender Kumar and Akhil Kumar not making it to the final stage?I think the depth in the sport was always there. Now, it’s just that the boxers are getting the right support from the federation and the Indian government to hone their skills and gain from the exposure-cum-competition tours.Suranjoy’s achievements in the last four years are quite impressive and it was sad the paying public did not get to see the 52kg boxer showcase his talent.For sheer consistency, he has earned the nickname ‘Chhota Tyson’. It’s a nickname which has caught on among the boxing lovers and now finds its way into headlines as well! However, old timers will always remember ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson as someone who was heavier and more mean inside the ring.advertisementSamota has again shown consistency and, being in the highest weight category, he looks pretty good on his feet and in his approach.At a time when babus in the sports ministry are still calculating how much they will have to cough up for all the medals won, one must appreciate the efforts put in by coach B.I. Fernandez. On your TV sets, it is Indian coach G.S. Sandhu who does all the talking, and he is good at PR!But the man who stays tucked away from the media is Fernandez, who was almost taken away from India after the Beijing Olympics by Cuba, from where he hails. Luckily for Indian boxing, he returned to help the talented bunch. The results are there for all to see.last_img read more

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Ohio State LB Darron Lee Doesn’t Understand Why Michigan Brags About Its Success In The 90s

first_imgDarron Lee tweets message bashing the Michigan 1990's teams.Darron Lee Michigan DissIt’s been a while since Michigan’s football program was truly elite. Since the 1990s, probably. Two decades ago, the Wolverines won a national championship (1997), five Big Ten championships and had a winning record (7-2) against rival Ohio State. Since then, they’ve had a couple really good seasons, but success on a national level (and against the Buckeyes) has been inconsistent at best. Ohio State sophomore linebacker Darron Lee doesn’t understand why the Wolverines think they can brag about what happened 20-something years ago. Never knew why the TTUN always talked about the 90’s like anyone remembers…or cared but hey gotta cling to something right?— Darron Lee (@DLeeMG8) May 19, 2015Michigan’s game against Ohio State – the first Jim Harbaugh vs. Urban Meyer meeting – is set to occur on Nov. 28. We can’t wait for it.last_img read more

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Navios Acquisition Wraps Up Merger with Navios Midstream

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy of Shaah Shahidh on Unsplash Tanker owner Navios Acquisition has completed the acquisition of the publicly held units of Navios Midstream in a stock for units exchange. Following the close of the market on December 13, Navios Midstream common units no longer are publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, the company announced.“We are pleased to close this important transaction, which provides Navios Acquisition with a number of benefits, including a simplified corporate structure, larger asset base and enhanced credit profile. We believe that the combined entity will be an attractive investment opportunity for investors,”Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.The deal saw Navios Acquisition issue approximately 3,683,028 newly issued shares in exchange for the publicly held common units of Navios Midstream at an exchange ratio of 0.42 shares.Navios Acquisition expects the merger to simplify the capital and organizational structure of the group, increase trading liquidity and enhance access to the capital markets together with Navios Acquisition’s credit profile.The company also hopes the move will help build scale through a larger asset base that is capable of generating increased profitability, reduce cost of capital and create significant savings in public company costs.last_img read more

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Ohio State baseball rallies to undefeated start in 4game Florida series

Then-sophomore outfielder Ronnie Dawson awaits a pitch.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State baseball team opened the 2016 season with a bang.Over the course of the four-game weekend, OSU hammered six home runs, pounded out 38 hits and maintained an unbeaten 3-0-1 record in Vero Beach, Florida’s, Dodgertown Classic. Several Buckeyes had outstanding weekends, but none more than redshirt junior Jacob Bosiokovic. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound right fielder finished the weekend with a .412 batting average after going 7-for-17, including three home runs and eight RBIs. Senior captain Nick Sergakis also finished with a .412 average, and senior second baseman L Grant Davis batted a clean .400. Game 1 versus Toledo In the opening game, the Buckeyes were led by their workhorse pitcher, Tanner Tully, who retired 24 of the 25 batters he faced over six scoreless innings as they defeated Toledo 7-1. “It was just what the doctor ordered to have a first start like that,” OSU coach Greg Beals said in a press release. “Give the Toledo hitters credit. I thought they took some good swings and hit him at times. He wasn’t his sharpest, but six scoreless innings is pretty darn good.”OSU’s offense was powered by the long ball against the Rockets, as it crushed three home runs during the game. Bosiokovic went 3-for-5, with a solo home run in his first at-bat of the year which gave the Buckeyes the early lead. Junior catcher and team captain Jalen Washington also crushed a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to push OSU’s lead to 5-0. Then, in the bottom of the sixth, junior center fielder Troy Montgomery hit a two-run homer to right, pushing OSU’s lead to an insurmountable 7-0. Toledo would tack on a late homer in the top of the eighth to mark the final score of 7-1. Beals said it was great for his team to step up and play clean baseball in the first game of the season, as it has been a long road coming for some of his guys. “Both Jacob and Jalen took advantage of their opportunity today,” Beals said. “Jalen has been working his tail off for three years and got the nod. It was great to see him get off to a good start. For Bosiokovic, he struggled and dealt with some injury in the past, and hopefully today will allow him to relax a little bit and have a great season for us.”Game 2 versus NiagaraTo start Saturday’s doubleheader of the Dodgertown Classic trip, the Buckeye bats continued to carry the momentum, especially Bosiokovic. The Delaware, Ohio, native went 2-for-5, including a two-run homer and a walk-off three-run shot to seal a 10-8 comeback victory for the Buckeyes.Redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer started off hot for OSU, allowing only one run over the first four innings. But then the wheels started to fall off for the Minster, Ohio, native, as he allowed four runs in the fifth. He was pulled that inning, giving way to sophomore reliever Seth Kinker, who stopped the bleeding for OSU. That bandage didn’t stay on for long though, as Kinker allowed two more runs in the top sixth inning, pinning OSU to a 7-4 deficit. The Scarlet and Gray showed resiliency, however, as Washington scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore designated hitter Jordan McDonough. Kinker would settle down, pitching a scoreless seventh, and Bosiokovic correspondingly hit a two-run home run off the left-center scoreboard tying the game. Kinker pitched a scoreless eighth, then redshirt sophomore Yianni Pavlopoulos made his season debut in the ninth, blanking the Purple Eagles and setting the stage for Bosiokovic.OSU quickly got runners on base in the ninth after senior shortstop Craig Nennig walked and advanced to second on a throwing error. Montgomery was then intentionally walked, bringing up No. 17. Bosiokovic crushed a 2-2 pitch off the foul pole in left field to give the Buckeyes their second victory in as many games. Game 3 versus PittsburghIn the second half of the doubleheader on Saturday, the Buckeyes faced the Pittsburgh Panthers. The game would turn out to be a marathon, as the two teams battled 13 innings before OSU won the game 11-8 after a three-run 13th. Montgomery continued his hot start, as the Fortville, Indiana, native went 3-for-6 on the evening, including his second home run and three RBIs. Senior John Havird pitched 5.2 innings for the Buckeyes as the Game 3 starter for OSU, allowing five runs while striking out six Panthers batters. With Pittsburgh up 6-5 heading into the top of the ninth, OSU rallied for the second time that day, scoring three runs to take the 8-6 lead. The lead wouldn’t last, however, as it evaporated after giving up two more runs to send the game into extra innings. No runs were scored in the 10th, 11th or 12th innings as both teams held their ground. The Buckeyes broke through in the 13th with three runs to push their lead to 11-8. Nennig, Davis and Montgomery all scored to provide the insurance runs for the Scarlet and Gray. Freshman relief pitcher Connor Curlis came in to start the 12th inning and remained in for the 13th to finish off the Panthers and pick up the two-inning win in his collegiate debut. Game 4 versus ToledoAs the final game in Vero Beach got underway, the Buckeyes’ red-hot bats continued to bring home the runs. Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson hit a double to bring home Montgomery and Bosiokovic in the top of the first inning. Dawson would later score on a sacrifice fly by freshman third baseman Brady Cherry to give OSU the early 3-0 lead. The lead quickly dissolved, however, as freshman starting pitcher Ryan Feltner gave up four runs over the first three innings, leaving the Buckeyes down 4-3. Feltner was pulled in the fifth for senior lefty Daulton Mosbarger. Over the next three innings of scoreless ball, Mosbarger struck out six, allowing just one walk and three hits. OSU tied the game in the eighth when Dawson scored on another sac fly, this time off the bat of junior first baseman Zach Ratcliff. But in the bottom of the same inning, Toledo would tack-on a go-ahead run on a fielding error, putting them in position for the win.The Buckeyes once again turned to the bat of Bosiokovic, who provided the game-tying run on a sacrifice fly to score Davis. The game ended in a 5-5 draw, marking the first time since 2002 that the Buckeyes tied a game. The Buckeyes will next look ahead to the Coastal Carolina Tournament from Feb. 26 to 29. OSU is scheduled to play Duke, Coastal Carolina (twice, Games 2 and 4) and Liberty in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. read more

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