Half-time: Chelsea 0 Southampton 1

first_imgChelsea trail at Stamford Bridge, where a bizarre error by Michael Essien led to Jay Rodriguez scoring after only 13 seconds. Essien, making his first Premier League start of the season, inexplicably lobbed the ball towards his own goal and over team-mate Gary Cahill, enabling Rodriguez to nip in and shoot past the exposed Petr Cech.Chelsea pressed for an equaliser but struggled to create clear-cut chances before Oscar’s shot forced a save from Artur Boruc.And Boruc denied Oscar again four minutes later, diving to his right to keep out the Brazilian’s header from Fernando Torres’ cross.It was Oscar’s final contribution as he was then replaced by Frank Lampard in what appeared to be a tactical switch by boss Jose Mourinho.Boruc then produced a fine stop to claw away Torres’ header as Chelsea began to pile on the pressure.Juan Mata was recalled to the Blues’ starting line-up along with the fit-again Torres, while Essien’s surprise inclusion meant Lampard dropped to the bench.The high-flying Saints, enjoying the club’s best start to a Premier League season, have won all six league games in which they have opened the scoring this term.Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Essien, Ramires; Mata, Oscar (Lampard 42), Hazard; Torres.Subs: Cole, Mikel, Schurrle, Willian, Ba.Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Rodriguez, Osvaldo.Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Lambert, S Davis, Cork, Chambers, Hooiveld.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Black Sunday: Oakland’s diehard Raiders fans say one last goodbye before Vegas

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceThe Oakland Raiders’ yearlong march into oblivion will end Sunday at the aging Coliseum.The transition from gritty Oakland to glitzy Las Vegas becomes real as the second chapter of a colorful era closes in the East Bay. It comes with a mixed sense of nostalgia, grief and anticipation that has swept across the players, coaches and their costumed devotees who populate the Coliseum’s infamous “Black Hole.”“We’re going …last_img

Telling South Africa’s history at Freedom Park

first_imgHigh on a hill overlooking the nation’s capital, and facing the Voortrekker Monument, sits Freedom Park. Together they two tell the story of the nation, from the beginning of time through colonisation and on to democracy.The great questions – who am I and why am I here; what comes before birth and after death – are explored at the park, which recounts the history of Africa and celebrates South Africa’s heritage.But it is more than that. Freedom Park is also a cultural institution housing a museum and a memorial dedicated to chronicling and honouring the many who contributed to South Africa’s liberation. The museum aims to preserve and narrate the story of the African continent, and specifically South Africa, from the dawn of humanity, through pre-colonial, colonial and apartheid history and heritage, to the post-apartheid nation of today. It is a long walk here on Salvokop, spanning some 3.6 billion years.Freedom Park is a national and international tribute to, and advocate of, liberty, diversity and human rights; it inspires reconciliation and nation-building; encourages reflection on our past to improve our present and build our future as a united nation; and, contributes to better understanding and co-operation among nations and peoples.And it is a repository for South Africa’s indigenous knowledge. It:Tells the South African story as it unfolds;Honours those who gave their lives for South Africa’s freedom;Is a place to experience the diversity of our history and remember loved ones who played a role in that history;Is a place where South Africa’s unique heritage and cultures can be remembered, cherished and celebrated;Fosters a South African community spirit, by being a symbol of unity through diversity; and, Works with African and other international institutions to tell the story of Africa from an African perspective.Language is a crucial element in understanding South Africa, and weight is given to the nation’s official tongues. S’khumbuto, the central memorial, is named for the siSwati word signifying a place of remembrance and one to invoke the ancestors’ assistance. Mveledzo is the Tshivenda name given to the spiral path that wends between S’khumbuto and Isivivane, itself named to bring to mind the Zulu and Xhosa practice of paying homage to Earth for good luck.Uitspanplek is the Afrikaans translation of “a place to relax”, and the //hapo museum pays tribute to the Khoi people.//hapoA comprehensive African story 3.6 billion years in the making, from creation through the great struggles faced by the people of the continent is unpacked in //hapo, the museum at Freedom Park. The story starts with African creation legends and combines indigenous African knowledge and contemporary scientific thought.//hapo is a Khoisan word pronounced with a click, as Xapo. It means “a dream”. It gives a holistic view of the history of the African continent. Speaking at the opening in April 2013, then deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe said //hapo “is the product of our collective history, it also resonates with the imperatives of the present, as well as the edicts upon which our nation is founded”.Africa’s story is divided into seven epochs: Earth, ancestors, peopling, resistance and colonisation, industrialisation and urbanisation, nationalism and struggle, nation building and continent building. As complex as the story can be, the narrative blends culture, history and spirituality.The story is brought to life using touch screens with information readily available, flat screen monitors that play pre-recorded interviews with various experts and ordinary people, and use of objects such as fossil and rocks. Story tellers are also on hand, and to enhance the stories films, animation, interpretive and archival, are also used.Engraved on the walls in the reception area are the words: “//hapo ge// hapo tama // haohasib dis tamas ka I bo”, which means “A dream is not a dream until it is shared by the entire community.”The epochs give a holistic view of events leading up to liberation, such as Codesa. Pictures of freedom fighters such as Govan Mbeki, Solomon Mahlangu, Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko, Nelson Mandela and many others are splashed on the walls.But //hapo is not the only element at Freedom Park; there is also S’khumbuto, Isivavane, Moshate, Tiva, Uitspanplek and Pan African Archives. All of them are designed to blend into the landscape, using stone, copper and natural materials to bring a calm, earthen feel.Garden of RemembranceFreedom Park is a place of celebration. Its Garden of Remembrance is a tribute to African and human dignity, and a place for the renewal of the human spirit. The garden symbolises the final resting place of all those who gave their lives in the conflicts which shaped South Africa. It is a tranquil space, filled with monuments, statues and sculptures, and invites reflection and prayer.It contains soil and a plant from each province, in honour of those affected by each of the conflicts.The tranquil garden houses S’khumbuto, the park’s main memorial; Isivivane, the boulders; and Uitspanplek.S’khumbutoS’khumbuto bears testimony to the various conflicts that shaped present-day South Africa and remembers those who died during these struggles. It comprises:Wall of Names, inscribed with the names of those who played a significant part in the conflicts;Gallery of Leaders recognising international and local leaders who inspire everyday heroism;Amphitheatre, a terraced venue for major cultural celebrations and national events;Sanctuary, a serene space for prayer and meditation;Eternal Flame for the heroes who played a role in shaping the country; and,Reed sculpture, comprising almost 200 ascending metal reeds to signify the rebirth of the South African nation. It is visible from across the capital.IsivivaneIsivivane is the spiritual resting place of those who played a role in the freedom and liberation of South Africa. It houses the Lesaka and the Lekgotla.The Lesaka is a burial ground dotted with boulders from each of the provinces. There are another two boulders that represent local government and the international community.The Lekgotla is a semi-circular structure built around the bole of an uMlahlankosi tree. It is a place to meet and hold discussions in the age-old traditional African way. The uMlahlankosi trees were donated by each of South Africa’s provinces.Water plays a significant role in cleansing and healing in many belief systems, and visitors to the Garden of Remembrance are asked to wash their hands when they leave each area.UitspanplekOverlooking the city of Pretoria, Uitspanplek’s green lawns and pools offer a place to reflect after leaving the Garden of Remembrance.The park was built bearing in minds the words of Nelson Mandela: “The day should not be far off, when we shall have a people’s shrine, a Freedom Park, where we shall honour with all the dignity they deserve, those who endured pain so we should experience the joy of freedom,” he said in 1999.Freedom Park is a monument to human rights, dignity and freedom, and a memorial to those who sacrificed their lives to secure liberty. It focuses on heritage as an essential building block of nation-building and challenges visitors to reconcile the trials of South Africa’s past with its new successes, to nurture understanding and compassion, to foster reconciliation.It was established as the government’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and took into account the public’s need for a memorial to honour those who sacrificed their lives to win freedom. It also celebrates and explores the country’s diverse peoples and common humanity, through compelling stories, performances, exhibits and architecture.Thabo Mbeki, as president of South Africa, gave his blessing to the park in June 2008, saying it was “a monumental tribute to freedom”. For all time, it would live on as a representative of:Human freedom from the blind dictates of the forces of nature;Freedom from ignorance and superstition;Freedom born of knowledge that gives birth to technological revolutions;Freedom occasioned by socio-economic advancement;Freedom from political oppression; and,Freedom from the alienation of human beings, one from the other.SAinfo reporterReviewed: April 2015Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A Ohio rubber crop is coming your way from OARDC

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In 2004, the History Channel broadcast a Modern Marvels Special on Natural Rubber. My favorite quote from that special is “Our four most important natural resources are air, water, petroleum, and rubber.” (I would have argued for soil to be part of the list.) Nonetheless, while most people guess the first two, some also guess petroleum; almost no one imagines that rubber is fourth on the list.I recently found out that many Ohioans think that black rubber, like what we see in tires, seals and gaskets and hoses, is synthetic and derived from petroleum. In fact, this is far from true — natural rubber looks black when it is reinforced with carbon black — Natural rubber is used to make about 50,000 different products. The rubber component of a passenger car tire may be 50% natural and 50% synthetic, but the higher the performance required the greater the proportion of natural rubber. Airplanes land on 100% natural rubber tires — if synthetic polymers were added these tires would not take the stress of landing and would explode. Truck tires are 95% to 100% natural rubber. All natural rubber has been harvested by tapping tropical rubber trees and the United States has imported all we require. This is an enormous amount each year of about 1.5 million metric tons or 3,306,000,000 lbs. However, we now face a significant supply problem. As Southeast Asia, China and Brazil expand and develop their economies, they need more and more rubber. The increasing demand is greater than all of our imports so where shall we get the rubber we need?To address this critical supply issue, OARDC scientists are developing an annual rubber crop for Ohio farmers as quickly as we can. This crop plant, a cousin of our common dandelion, is being developed by improving plants collected from the wild from Kazakhstan by USDA in 2008. The species name is Taraxacum kok-saghyz, erroneously called the Russian dandelion when it was grown at sites all over the United States during World War II. Our new selections are named Buckeye Gold — gold for the flowers and gold for the money we hope our farmers and rubber manufacturers will make. The quality of the rubber is almost identical to the rubber tree rubber. It is a root crop, but the rosettes can be used for feed or biofuels. Since it can be grown as an annual, we think that it will become part of our normal crop rotation. In 2013, we planted 8 acres at three OARDC research stations and on a local commercial farm, the largest North American planting in 70 years. We also began planting box studies (figure 3) to understand the yield potential of this new industrial crop. Since then we have used rapid phenotyping methods to select large plants with triple the rubber content, which are being interbred this spring. Germains Seed Technology of California has primed and pelletized improved seed for us and this has been planted on several acres. Its biggest challenge is weed control — we need to kill the common dandelions without killing the rubber dandelions.Our results indicate that Ohio farmers should quite soon be able to grow this new crop on a large enough scale (several million acres) to make the United States self-sustainable for natural rubber production, and then expand to allow this country to become a rubber exporting country!Many new rubber extraction refineries will be needed, creating many new jobs across the agribusiness continuum. The first of the rubber biorefineries, on a pilot scale, became operational in Wooster, Ohio, in December 2012, thanks to a Third Frontier grant from the Ohio Department of Development. OARDC scientists are actively working to make this crop and process commercially viable, and work closely with industrial (Cooper, Bridgestone and Ford) and academic (Oregon State University and the University of Guelph) consortium partners in the Program of Excellence in Natural Rubber Alternatives. For more information, contact Dr. Cornish and check out her website: http://cornishlab.cfaes.ohio-state.edu.last_img read more

HS coach Castillo replaces Gorayeb as NU head coach

first_imgNational University has instated the chief tactician of its high school volleyball program as the new head coach of the Lady Bulldogs, replacing the beleaguered Roger Gorayeb.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ According to a statement released to social media, NU named Raymund Castillo to take over post of Gorayeb, who resigned in April after failing to lead the Lady Bulldogs to the Final Four of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.Castillo will start his new job in Season 80.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I am very honored to lead the women’s team but it is a very big responsibility,” said Castillo in the statement. “I believe our team has everything, skills and talent, we just need to give them the sense of purpose and learn how we can work together.”Castillo will inherit a team Gorayeb polished that includes superstar Jaja Santiago, setter Jasmine Nabor, and reliable attackers Jorelle Singh and Risa Sato. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rodman’s N. Korea trip off to uncharacteristic low-key startlast_img read more

Andy Murray upbeat after hip surgery, hopes to play again

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end The three-time Grand Slam champion says “I don’t feel any pressure to come back. If it allows me to play that’s brilliant.”After an emotional Australian Open exit in January, Murray had an operation to repair his damaged right hip with a metal implant. The 32-year-old Murray says he is now without pain for the first time in 18 months but cannot do “any high-impact movement.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMurray, who has two daughters, says “having the surgery was to improve all the day-to-day things and my quality of life.” P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Britain’s Andy Murray poses during the Castore partnership announcement at the Queen’s Club, in London, Wednesday March 6, 2019. Murray says he is pain-free after hip surgery but likely won’t play at Wimbledon. Murray told the BBC in an interview he wants to continue playing but the surgeons “couldn’t give me any guarantees.” (Steven Paston/PA via AP)LONDON, England—Andy Murray says he is pain-free after hip surgery but likely won’t play at Wimbledon.Murray tells the BBC in an interview he wants to continue playing but the surgeons “couldn’t give me any guarantees.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Post-Ronaldo Real Madrid facing tough reality check Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

24 days agoEx-mentor: I urged Gueye to stay calm at Everton

first_imgEx-mentor: I urged Gueye to stay calm at Evertonby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveA former mentor of PSG midfielder Idrissa Gueye says he was in contact when Everton blocked his move in January.Jimmy Adjovi-Boco, the founder of the Diambars Institute in Senegal, was one of Gueye’s junior mentors.He recalled: “I was often in touch with him at that moment – because I felt the big disappointment coming, I had to be there to discuss with him, to advise him, to reassure him that it was only part of the process. “It is said that the train never runs twice, but I was convinced that he was doing too well so that it would not happen one day or another. What happened this winter has reinforced the desire to work together on both sides.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

17 days agoPenarol youth coach Goncalves delighted for Valverde over Real Madrid breakthrough

first_imgPenarol youth coach Goncalves delighted for Valverde over Real Madrid breakthroughby Carlos Volcano17 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePenarol youth coach Nestor Goncalves is delighted seeing Fede Valverde make an impact at Real Madrid.Goncalves is the son of Uruguayan great Tito Goncalves and coached Valverde at Penarol.He told AS: “A while ago I sent his mother a message from three years ago, where on that day I predicted her son’s present. He has no roof. “For some it will be a surprise, but for me it is not. What I expect from him I know is going to happen because that’s how it was.”His mother Doris always tells me that I was important to him and that fills me with enthusiasm. There is nothing more rewarding than continuing to maintain a friendship of so many years. They have sent me (Real coach Zinedine) Zidane’s statements about Fede and they are very happy.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Tom Herman Gets Involved In Ohio State vs. Michigan Spat, Trashes Jedd Fisch

first_imgTom Herman Haters Gonna Hate photo.Tom Herman Haters Gonna HateTom Herman may now the head coach at Houston, but he certainly hasn’t forgotten his roots with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Friday night, Herman, who coached at OSU under Urban Meyer from 2012 to 2014, came to the defense of his former colleague Zach Smith, who was portrayed negatively in a recent Michigan recruiting pamphlet. He wasn’t messing around either.In the pamphlet, which you can check out here, Michigan lists a number of statistics meant to prove that its assistant coach, Jedd Fisch, is a better alternative to Smith when it comes to player development. Smith responded on Twitter with a number of tweets, trashing the Wolverines program. Herman chimed in with some tweets trashing Fisch. Check this out:Gloves are off. I’d be proud to have @CoachZachSmith coach TD or Maverick. How many Gold Pants does that guy have? https://t.co/5cnV2mLV9H— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith #TheChampIsHere pic.twitter.com/YbIRjQHfKN— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith pic.twitter.com/hlrLQyGHOl— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015.@CoachZachSmith, 5 yrs full-time=52-14. TTUN guy, 6 yrs=41-60. I want my son to play 4 a winner & Nat. Champ #Facts pic.twitter.com/o8n2YrJamA— Tom Herman (@CoachTomHerman) June 7, 2015If you’re wondering, Fisch’s 41-60 record is a combination of the years he’s put in with the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Hurricanes and Jacksonville Jaguars. It’s an odd stat.Forget Ohio State vs. Michigan. Can we get a Houston vs. Michigan game sometime soon?last_img read more

ESPN The Magazine Makes College Football Playoff, National Title Prediction

first_imgESPN PlayoffESPN PlayoffThe college football preview of ESPN The Magazine has been released. In the magazine are a number of predictions for the 2016 season.  Twitter/Playoff.Twitter/Playoff.Among them: a College Football Playoff forecast. ESPN college football expert Brad Edwards has made his prediction for the playoff and the New Year’s Six bowls. Here’s ESPN The Magazine‘s College Football Playoff:No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 WashingtonNo. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 ClemsonHere’s ESPN The Magazine‘s national championship:No. 1 Oklahoma over No. 3 Clemson. The rest of the New Year’s Six bowls:Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Houston vs. Notre DameCapital One Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. AlabamaRose Bowl: Michigan vs. USCAllstate Sugar Bowl: Tennessee vs. TCUThe full magazine is on newsstands now. [ESPN]last_img read more