Manchester City must wait a little longer to determine the extent of David Silva’s latest injury setback after he was carried off in Monday night’s 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over West Bromwich Albion. City boss Manuel Pellegrini said Silva had suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury which had been dogging him in recent weeks but the Spanish midfielder is not scheduled to undergo a full scan at the club until Wednesday. While the injury is not believed to be serious enough to rule Silva out for the remainder of the season, he is almost certain to be missing from City’s trip to in-form Crystal Palace on Sunday. Any absence could prove costly for Pellegrini’s men whose win over the relegation-haunted Baggies pulled them to within six points of Premier League leaders Liverpool with a game in hand. But such is Silva’s influence over the City side – particularly in the continued absence of Yaya Toure – his involvement is widely believed to be crucial to City’s slim hopes of overhauling Brendan Rodgers’ men. Defender Pablo Zabaleta, who headed the opening goal on Monday night, told City’s official website: “We know how important David Silva is for the team. With him in the starting XI, it’s different. “He is the one who has everything. He simply makes us play better. Hopefully we will see with his ankle that it is not so bad. Fingers crossed David will be back as soon as possible and fit for the next game.” Meanwhile West Bromwich Albion face a similar anxious wait to determine the fate of full-back Liam Ridgewell who limped off in the dying minutes of the match. Ridgewell suffered a knee injury with Baggies boss Pepe Mel saying early indications were that the player could miss out on the rest of the season’s run-in. Ridgewell’s absence would be another setback for Mel who must rouse his squad for Saturday’s clash against West Ham at The Hawthorns with his side still sitting just three points above the relegation zone. Baggies midfielder Graham Dorrans – whose first-half wonder goal counted for nothing as City effectively wrapped up victory before half-time – told his club’s official website: “It was nice to get on the score sheet but it is about getting the points on board and we never did that. “We kept a good shape and we will take some positives from the game into Saturday. Everyone – apart from everyone in our squad – expected us to come here and lose.” Press Association
THE first edition of the 48-team World Cup could take place across North America with the US, Canada and Mexico combining for a hosting bid for the world’s biggest sporting event in 2026.FIFA announced the decision to expand international football’s premier competition by 16 sides last January, and the North American trio became the first countries to make their interest in hosting the event official at a media conference in New York yesterday.CONCACAF is in line to receive six qualification spots for the expanded World Cup, meaning only three automatic places would remain available if the US, Canada and Mexico are successful. The qualification proposals are set to be ratified in May.The US has co-hosted the Gold Cup with Mexico in 1993 and 2003, while the most recent edition saw Canada share responsibilities with their neighbours to the south.The World Cup has taken place in Mexico twice – in 1970 and 1986 – while the US was the venue for the 1994 edition.US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said: “The last time I stood here (One World Trade Center) was to say goodbye, goodbye to the Copa America.“Now today we are saying hello, hello to something else, and what we are saying hello to is the 2026 World Cup and our efforts to bring that back to the United States, Canada and Mexico. We look forward to welcoming the world after what we hope is a very successful bid. Before this conference is over we will sign a memorandum of understanding between the three of our countries, signifying we will bid together.”“The general parameters of that bid are 80 games, three quarters of which will be played in the United States – 60 games in the United States – and 10 each in Canada and Mexico. The final decision on those things is up to FIFA, but that is our proposal and our agreement together. The election of Donald Trump as US President has heightened political tensions with neighbours Mexico, but Gulati insisted Trump supported and actively encouraged their involvement in the bid.”“We have the full support of the United States government in this project. The president of the United States is fully supportive and encouraged us to have this joint bid,” added Gulati.He is especially pleased that Mexico is part of this bid and that’s in the last few days we’ve got further encouragement on that. We’re not at all concerned about some of the other issues that some people may raise.“We looked at bidding alone and decided in the end we wanted to bid with our partners in North America and we have strong encouragement from President Trump to that very end.”
Assuredly, the best of Nigerian football artistry will be on display at “The Cathedral”, the famous home ground of reigning NPFL Champions, Rangers International. Quite befitting that the tournament holds at the end of what has been a historic year for the city of Enugu and lovers of the Flying Antelopes who ended a 32-year wait for a league crown in exquisite fashion back in early October.The nation’s best four teams and continental representatives in next year’s CAF competitions (Rangers, Rivers United, Wikki Tourists and FC Ifeanyiubah) are using the tournament to kick-start their preparations for the new season and the commencement of a new league season.Two of the four teams that will be on parade in Enugu have had managerial changes ahead of the new season – Wikki Tourists and FC Ifeanyiubah are now handled by Mohammed Baba Ganaru and Japanese Takeshi Nakamura – while last season’s top two sides Rangers and Rivers United have stuck with their Rivers State-born tacticians Imama Amapakabo and Stanley Eguma respectively.The average Nigerian football fan can expect nothing but the best of football contest during this five-day competition which features four teams that have evolved with some of the best playing philosophies in the NPFL.Rangers’ high octane passing and off-the-ball movement confounded their opponents as they steamrolled into the championship last term while Rivers United had an impeccable home run which was characterized by some of the best footballing stuffs that Port Harcourt used to be known for.Wikki Tourists might have lost their erstwhile coach, Abdu Maikaba to Akwa United but Maikaba’s former boss, Baba Ganaru is more than capable to step up from where his predecessor stopped.For Federation Cup champions, FC Ifeanyiubah, their array of foreign imports often treated league fans to some scintillating stuffs last season and the Super Four should avail new coach, Kenichi Yatsuhashi the chance to show all what his own philosophy is all about.This year’s Super4 is expected to be a departure from what we have had in recent years in the sense that participating teams who hitherto always use the tournament as their first phase of preparation, have been engaged in different tournaments in different stages of their pre-season thus far.Ranging from the Gold Cup in Ogun State, South West, North East Cup in Gombe State, North East, to Shehu Dikko Cup in Kaduna State, Northwest, NPFL teams have engaged themselves in very competitive pre-season tournaments.Three of the Super4 campaigners (Rangers, Rivers United and Wikki Tourists) have featured in one or more of the aforementioned competitions and so are expected to be in a top shape physically and mentally. The tournament comes at a stage where the coaches already have a definite way of how their teams will look like in the next season which will make for an informed viewing.It has been announced that all games in this edition of Super Four will be played under floodlights in the hours of 1700 and 1900, West African time. This should continue the renewed tradition of giving families, civil servants and artisans a chance of being part of the beautiful game in wonderful atmospheres.It has been wondered why a lot has been said about the electric European nights at Anfield, Old Trafford and some other European cities until fans began to witness the difference between afternoon football and night football in Enugu during the last league season.It is not just the colour nor the fireworks and flames from the fans that make night football (especially in Enugu) special, but there is something extraordinary about the all round mood of the players, coaches, spectators and even the TV broadcasters. A great experience awaits.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Fisayo DairoThe best four teams in the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season will converge on the ancient city of Enugu, starting today December 7 through Sunday, December 11 for the 2016/17 pre-season tournament tagged the NPFL Super4.Last season, the tournament held over the two legs in Kaduna and Uyo with Akwa United emerging the champions.
Real Madrid Manager, Zinedine Zidane has explained why his team lost against Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday.The match ended 3-1 in favour of the Premier League side and the worst Champions League group-stage loss in nine years against Real.Zidane insisted Real Madrid are not in crisis mode. He said his team failed to win because they didn’t take their chances in front of goal.Dele Alli scored twice and Christian Eriksen adding a third before Cristiano Ronaldo netted a consolation in the 80th minute.Zidane told news conference, “We didn’t play a bad game, we had some chances and, as has been happening with us lately, we didn’t find the goal. We’re missing that calm that we’ve always had in front of goal. Sometimes you have two chances, you score two goals, but not today – we had chances and we didn’t take them. We’re not in crisis. I’m not worried and I won’t be for the rest of the year, whatever happens”,He added that “Losing two games in a row can’t be good for us but we have three or four days to rest and then football continues. The analysis I can give today is that we lost to the better team. The dressing room can’t be happy or be in high spirits. This is a bad moment but we have to accept it. We must keep our heads up. We lost but it’s a long season. We congratulate the opposition and now we have to reflect. We’re all very disappointed. Maybe we’re not at our usual level. These things happen in football. It’s upside-down at the moment.”RelatedExamining Real Madrid’s La Liga SlumpJanuary 13, 2018In “Europe”Bale Set To Make Injury Return After Two MonthsNovember 27, 2017In “Europe”Real Madrid: Zidane Worried About FutureOctober 22, 2019In “Europe”
The Ministry of Youth and Sports is relocating from the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville to 19th Street Sinkor due to the impending renovation of the Complex.The ministry, which has been occupying the SKD Sports Complex for nearly nine years, is expected to move by Saturday, June 21, 2014, according to its Press and Public Affairs Department.The repair work at the Complex is set at the cost of US$16 million agreement signed between the Liberian government and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in July-2013.The senior engineer and chief of Chinese technical team, Mr. Yi Xuebo said, “the renovation is duly authorized by the PRC government and it is a Chinese fully funded project.”Engineer Yi said, “the US$16 million is temporary because it could be a bit higher during the actual construction period.”He named areas to be renovated as the playing pitch, track, tennis court, scoreboard, practice pitch and around the field.Youth and Sports Minister Eugene Nagbe said a comprehensive renovation will lead to the restoration of the SKD Sports Complex.The renovation is expected to last for about two years.Earlier, the formal agreement, known as the Letter of Exchange Notes, was signed between Foreign Minister Augustine K. Ngafuan and Chinese Ambassador, Zhao Jianhua.Ambassador Zhao said the renovation of the Complex is the PRC’s first ever project and assured Liberians of a brand new complex.He added that the Complex is a manifestation of the Chinese friendship towards the Government and People of Liberia.Foreign Minister Ngafuan described the project as a continuation of a “Good Partnership.”“You have entered a terrain that is very close to a lot of Liberians…sports, which they call (here) the passion of life,” he said, “sports is not just for recreation but also for reconciliation which is also good for progress.”The Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex is a multi-purpose stadium built in 1986. The decade’s civil war destroyed the 35,000 capacity’s Complex.In September 2005 a US$7.6 million renovation began and completed two years later was done by Hunan Constructing Engineering Group Corporation.Meanwhile, as the result of the Complex impending closure the National County Meet will be held at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.However, the shutting down of the tennis court would not affect the over 600 youths that are involved in the game, because the Liberia Tennis Federation (LTF) has been experiencing leadership crisis for about 18 months.LTF Secretary General John P. Dexter and Acting President, Houssein Cheaitou have been tussling over the leadership of the federation to the detriment of the sport.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sometimes a loss a says a whole lot more about a team than a win does.After loosing 12-1 in their series opener on the road against the Healdsburg Prune Packers on Saturday, the B52s responded with a much better outing on Sunday and pushed the Prune Packers into extra innings, eventually loosing 4-3 in 10 frames.It was a loss which B52s’ head coach Scott St. John said described as a moment in which his club showed perhaps as much promise going forward as it had in any win this season.“After …
Seeking the ideal materialToday’s commercial solar cells are made from one of three materials: silicon, cadmium telluride (CdTe), or copper-indium-gallium-selenide (CIGS). Each has strengths and weaknesses.Silicon solar cells are highly efficient, converting up to 25% of the sunlight that falls on them into electricity. Silicon also is very durable. However, it is very expensive to process silicon into wafers. And these wafers have to be very thick (about 0.3 millimeters, which is thick for solar cells) to absorb all of the sunlight that falls on them, which further increases costs.Silicon solar cells – often referred to as first-generation solar cells – are used in the panels that have become familiar sights on rooftops. Our center is studying another type called thin film solar cells, which are the next generation of solar technology. As their name suggests, thin film solar cells are made by putting a thin layer of solar absorbent material over a substrate, such as glass or plastic, which typically can be flexible.A CZTS solar cell on a flexible glass substrate made by Corning. (Photo: Tara Dhakal)These solar cells use less material, so they are less expensive than crystalline solar cells made from silicon. It is not possible to coat crystalline silicon on a flexible substrate, so we need a different material to use as a solar absorber.Although thin film solar technology is improving rapidly, some of the materials in today’s thin film solar cells are scarce or hazardous. For example, the cadmium in CdTe is highly toxic to all living things and is known to cause cancer in humans. CdTe can separate into cadmium and tellurium at high temperatures (for example, in a laboratory or house fire), posing a serious inhalation risk.We are working with pyrite and CZTS because they are nontoxic and very inexpensive. CZTS costs about 0.005 cents per watt, and pyrite costs a mere 0.000002 cents per watt. They also are among the most abundant materials in the Earth’s crust, and absorb the visible spectrum of sunlight efficiently. These films can be as thin as 1/1000 of a millimeter. Global demand for energy is increasing by the hour as developing countries move toward industrialization. Experts estimate that by the year 2050, worldwide demand for electricity may reach 30 terawatts (TW). For perspective, one terawatt is roughly equal to the power of 1.3 billion horses.Energy from the sun is limitless – the sun provides us 120,000 TW of power at any given instant – and it is free. But today solar energy provides only about 1% of the world’s electricity. The critical challenge is making it less expensive to convert photo-energy into usable electrical energy.To do that, we need to find materials that absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity efficiently. In addition, we want these materials to be abundant, environmentally benign, and cost-effective to fabricate into solar devices.Researchers from around the world are working to develop solar cell technologies that are efficient and affordable. The goal is to bring the installation cost of solar electricity below US$1 per watt, compared to about $3 per watt today. RELATED ARTICLES Cost of Solar Electricity Hits a New LowPV Systems Have Gotten Dirt Cheap Green Building in the Cheap Energy EraSolar Potential Is Far Greater Than Earlier EstimatesThe Big Allure of Cheap PVSolar Now or Later?U.S. Wind Energy Prices Hit an All-Time LowThe End of Peak Oil? So far, cells are inefficientWe need to crystallize these materials before we can fabricate them into solar cells. This is done by heating them. CZTS crystallizes at temperatures under 600 degrees Celsius, compared to 1,200 degrees Celsius or higher for silicon, which makes it less expensive to process. It performs much like high-efficiency copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) solar cells, which are commercially available now, but replaces the indium and gallium in these cells with cheaper and more abundant zinc and tin.So far, however, CZTS solar cells are relatively inefficient: they convert less than 13 percent of the sunlight that falls upon them to electricity, compared to 20% for more expensive CIGS solar cells.We know that CZTS solar cells have a potential to be 30% efficient. The main challenges are 1) synthesizing high-quality CZTS thin film without any traces of impurities, and 2) finding a suitable material for the “buffer” layer underneath it, which helps to collect the electric charges that sunlight creates in the absorber layer. Our lab has produced a CZTS thin film with seven percent efficiency; we hope to approach 15% efficiency soon by synthesizing high-quality CZTS layers and finding suitable buffer layers.CZTS solar cell structure (Drawing: Tara Dhakal) Pyrite has a stability problemPyrite is another potential absorber that can be synthesized at very low temperatures. Our lab has synthesized pyrite thin films, and now we are working to layer those films into solar cells. This process is challenging because pyrite breaks down easily when it is exposed to heat and moisture. We are researching ways to make it more stable without affecting its solar absorbency and mechanical properties. If we can solve this problem, “fool’s gold” could turn into a smart photovoltaic device.In a recent study, researchers at Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley estimated that solar power could provide up to 45% of U.S. electricity by 2050. To meet that target, we need to keep driving down the cost of solar power and find ways to make solar cells more sustainably. We believe that abundant, nontoxic materials are key to realizing the potential of solar power. At Binghamton University’s Center for Autonomous Solar Power (CASP), we are investigating ways to make thin film solar cells using materials that are abundant in nature and nontoxic. We want to develop solar cells that are reliable, highly efficient at converting sunlight to electricity and inexpensive to manufacture. We have identified two materials that have great potential as solar absorbers: pyrite, better known as fool’s gold because of its metallic luster; and copper-zinc-tin-sulfide (CZTS). Tara P. Dhakal is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York. This post was originally published at The Conversation.
The Little Master’s fear seems to be coming true as age apparently has been catching up with the legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar . For, the all three innings Tendulkar batted in the ongoing home Test series against the Kiwis, he was bowled out by one seamer or the other. On the fourth day of the second Test in Bangalore, Tendulkar managed his highest score of the series – a meagre 27 – when Tim Southee rattled his stumps on Monday. In the first innings, he was bowled out by Doug Bracewell for only 17 runs. In the first Test in Hyderabad last month, which India won by an innings and 115 runs, Tendulkar was bowled out by Trent Boult for only 19 runs. Earlier, when Tendulkar was bowled through the gate in the first innings, there were quite a few voices in the commentary box that felt the master batsman’s footwork was to be blamed. Sunil Gavaskar and Sanjay Manjrekar, who were on air when Tendulkar was dismissed by Bracewell, felt that Tendulkar was not taking a big enough stride and was getting stuck on the crease. In fact, the former batting legend said on air that “it is a worrying sign” as he expressed concern about the “big gap between the bat and the pad” in Tendulkar’s dismissal on Tuesday. Sachin very much capable to play: ShuklaHowever, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) stood by the Master Blaster insisting that he was “capable to play”. In Delhi, BCCI vice president and Union Minister Rajiv Shukla said, “He is making runs. It is not important to make centuries. He is still very much capable to play.” Rubbishing speculations over Tendulkar’s retirement, Shukla said, “When he thinks that he should retire, he will. I think it should be left up to the player to decide when he wants to retire. We should not put any pressure on them.” – With Headlines Today inputsadvertisement
Backpacker magazine publisher Active Interest Media has acquired SNEWS, a news network serving the outdoor and fitness markets. SNEWS publishes magazines such as GearTrends and eFitBiz.”With this strategic alliance, AIM becomes a leading source of news, content and communication for both the engaged media consumer and the businesses who want to reach them,” AIM president and CEO Efrem Zimbalist III said in a statement.In 2007, AIM completed seven acquisitions, including the purchase of Rodale’s Backpacker for $14 million and Restore Media’s Old-House Journal and Old-House Journal’s New Old House titles. The company also acquired Yoga Journal in 2006. “We are actively looking for special interest media properties that fit within the segments we’re in, healthy living, home and arts, marine, and outdoor,” AIM COO Andrew Clurman wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “SNEWS is a great complement to Backpacker’s coverage of the outdoor industry. We’re exploring how SNEWS might serve as a model for b-to-b media in our other markets.”SNEWS will continue to operate from it Grass Valley, California office and will retain a number of its senior staffers, including former San Jose Mercury News reporter Therese Iknoian and author Michael Hodgson. AIM, which also publishes Vegetarian Times and Better Nutrition, is based in El Segundo, California.The deal was completed on December 21. The terms were not disclosed.
Ogle’s memo to employees: Phelps’ decision to leave comes just weeks after CEO David Nussbaum stepped down to take a position as chief executive at America’s Test Kitchen. During that time, the company also made two quick divestitures of its World Tea Media group and its HOW Design events. Thanks, Jim Phelps joined the company about eight years ago and instantly made a mark by overseeing a digital transformation that a led to a significant ecommerce operation. His departure will also trigger a reorg of the company’s digital team “in several ways,” says Ogle. F+W chief digital officer Chad Phelps is resigning from the company, according to an internal memo from interim CEO James Ogle. Again, I appreciate Chad staying on for the next short while to ensure we stay the course with this important business. I am in Fort Collins this week and we will continue to talk through these changes; but if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me. I would like to hear from you as your input will be valuable in setting our long term direction. In the spring of 2014, F+W underwent a corporate rebranding and then sold a majority stake to Tinicum, a private investment firm. Early last week Chad Phelps, Chief Digital Officer, tendered his resignation effective December 1st. Chad has been a driving force for F+W for eight years and he is ready for a new challenge. We thank him for his tremendous effort transforming a primarily print-focused media company to the ecommerce and content leader we are today. While at F+W, Chad has also created a talented and results-driven team, second to none. The Digital Media team formerly centralized under Chad will be reorganized in several ways. Chad and I have spoken about this at length mindful of what’s best for the business and least disruptive in the short term. There will be some ‘moving parts’ so I ask everyone associated with these changes to be flexible knowing the ultimate structure we end up with will be dependent on the final candidate we choose to fill our search. And that you continue to perform the important work you do without interruption as we head into the critical holiday shopping season. Chad and I have had the pleasure of working together for nearly 15 years and I want to thank him personally for the innovation, drive, and passion he brings to his work. I hope you will join me in wishing him well in the next venture of his career. Chad will stay on through the next six weeks to allow for a smooth transition as we search for our next leader of the digital business. According to the memo, Phelps’ last day will be December 1, allowing the company time to find his replacement. Between 2008 and 2014 ecommerce revenues grew from $6 million to $60 million, and the company now has about 33 online stores that generate more than 100,000 transactions each month.