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Sam Allardyce will bring the PASSION back to England, says his former number two

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first_imgSam Allardyce would be the ideal choice as England’s next boss, according to his former assistant Phil Brown.The experienced 61-year-old is the current favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson, who quit after the Three Lions’ disastrous showing at Euro 2016.Allardyce’s perceived negative style of management means he wouldn’t be a universally popular choice to lead the national team.But Brown insists the Sunderland manager, who missed out on the England job to Steve McClaren a decade ago, is just what is needed right now as he would restore much-needed passion to the side.“We lost our identity at the Euros,” Southend United boss Brown, who spent six years as Allardyce’s number two at Bolton, told talkSPORT.“Passion – that’s what was missing. We witnessed a great tournament by Wales and we witnessed great games from Ireland and Northern Ireland.“The one thing you associate with English supporters and the one thing you would normally associate with England players, would be the passion.“But we let ourselves down from a passion point of view, especially in the game against Iceland, and that’s unforgivable.“Sam wouldn’t allow that. If it happens once, it would never happen again with him.“These players need to understand that they represent their country.“Bring your quality and your little bits of magic, that’s what these players can do, but it’s the understanding of what playing for the badge is all about – that’s what Sam would bring.“He also just brings the common man to the game again. He was brought up in Bolton and spent the majority of his time in Lancashire.“It’s the common man who supports the game and it’s who you need to relate to, and I think that’s what Sam would bring as well.“I think he’s a prime candidate.”Asked if he believes Allardyce would take the job if approached by the Football Association, Brown added: “I think he would talk to the FA, yes. He’d be a foolish man not to because it’s been one of his personal ambitions for years.“When he got to the last two with Steve McClaren last time he was bitterly disappointed he didn’t get the job.“He has had a lot of criticism over the years and a lot of people questioning what his methods are but, as far as I am concerned, they are successful. The key factor to it all is being able to man-manage.“I think the job is his if he wants it, if you ask me. There aren’t many prime English candidates about.“The pinnacle of any manager’s career is at an international level. If your country comes calling, it’s a no-brainer.”last_img read more

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Kurtenbach: Chase Center proved it could get loud in Warriors’ opener

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first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors tried their best to bring the Oracle Arena atmosphere to the other side of the Bay, they really did.And some of those efforts were validated in Thursday’s regular-season debut.The verdict: the new place can get pretty loud — if you give the fans a reason to get loud.It’s no Oracle Arena — not yet. And while I doubt it will ever reach those levels of ear-drum-ringing, goosebump-inducing, downright-disorienting noise, the Warriors will always have a noteworthy …last_img

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How is a jet engine tested?

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first_imgTesting After that test ¾ of a ton of hail is fired at the engine in just 30 seconds. Finally, virtually all serious engine problems happen within 15 minutes of takeoff! Early jet engines were unreliable. Initially they had an In Flight Shut Down (IFSD) rate of 0.9 shutdowns per 1,000 engine hours but today’s engines, such as the giant GE90, boast an incredible IFSD rate of 0.001 per 1,000 hours. Virtually all early jet-powered aircraft had four jet engines to enable them to cross oceans. The only significant exception was the twin-engine Caravelle designed for short ranges around Europe. Aircraft builder Airbus put this type of progress into perspective in the early 1990s when it said that its A330 would have to fly 17,880 years back in time to the beginning of the Ice Age before it suffered loss of power from both engines from independent causes. Part of the reliability comes from the exhaustive and torturous testing to which engines are subjected. The GE90 has been tested to 127,000lbs of thrust or 100,000hp!center_img The extraordinary increase in reliability has had far-reaching effects on aircraft design, airline flexibility and costs, all contributing to a reduction in airfares. Reliability Flexibility Testing of a jet engine takes up to two years and includes one test where 4.5 tons of water a minute is poured into the engine and it must keep running. In the 1950s, only four-engine aircraft were allowed by regulators to fly more than 60 minutes away from an airport in case of engine failure. But as the jet engine became incredibly reliable, regulators eased restrictions allowing aircraft to fly more direct and economical routes. Today, a twin-engine aircraft such as the Boeing 777 can fly up to 330 minutes away from an airport.last_img read more

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Africans doing business with Africans: conference explores continent’s trade potential

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first_img23 May 2016A range of challenges must be overcome to ensure better trade and investment between African countries, as well as with the rest of the world. This was one of the conclusions of a panel discussion led by Dr Petrus De Kock, Brand South Africa’s general manager for research, at the Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference (Titiic) held at the city’s CSIR International Conference Centre last week.The panel included Thomson Wilks Attorneys director Safiyya Akoojee, Portia Gumbu-Dube, head of business development at the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa, the Department of Trade and Industry’s chief director for Africa Lerato Mataboge, and Catherine Grant-Makokera of Tutwa Consulting.In his introduction, De Kock highlighted research indicating positive trends in African trade, particularly the dynamic growth of trade and investment between the Middle East and Asia region and African countries on the continent’s eastern seaboard.He also drew attention to the latest Ernst and Young (EY) Africa Attractiveness Survey, which revealed a huge boost in foreign direct investment (FDI) into traditionally small markets such as Rwanda – recent host of the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa – and Botswana.South African remains the top destination for investment, according to the EY survey, with Tshwane playing a vital role. The city ranked first for South Africa, out of 74 African metropoles, in the 2015 MasterCard African Cities Growth Index, thanks to its robust infrastructure investment and the access it provides to government structures.The panel was asked to offer workable ways to solve challenges to ensure these rankings were maintained and improved, across the whole continent.Lerato MatabogeThe DTI’s Mataboge said there were three main problems facing intra-African trade: lack of infrastructure, fragmented markets and inadequate diversity of industries. But, she said, solutions were being explored in partnership between private and public enterprises, including the DTI.The DTI, she said, worked with three key pillars to find solutions:Further integration of free trade between more African countries by reducing red tape. This meant more efficient border control processes, visa regulations and trade permissions.More cross-border infrastructure development, including improving road and rail systems.Building more capacity in regional and urban industrialisation, where municipalities were well positioned at micro level to engineer ways of doing business.The Trade Africa programme, a DTI initiative, is currently working to grow and strengthen bilateral trade between African countries. Mataboge said the ultimate goal was to involve all African countries, not only the larger regional players, in the continent’s economy. Vital to this was to inspire confidence in emerging economic players on the continent.Portia Gumbu-DubeGumbu-Dube of the Export Credit Insurance Corporation offered an innovative way to improve efficiency of cross-border trade in Africa. There should be an emphasis, she said, on language and cultural skills training, to supplement conventional trade, law and economics education. Graduates and new entrants into business in Africa should be proficient in the language, and have good knowledge of the culture and history, of countries they want to trade with. This would help them gain an upper hand in the market.Improved technical knowledge, particularly in new digital technologies, should also be ingrained during tertiary education. These were the kind of soft skills needed to complement the harder, more traditional business skills that lead to success, according to Gumbu-Dube. “We need to educate each other on how to do good cross-border trade,” she said.Catherine Grant-MakokeraAs a director at Tutwa Consulting, one of the Africa’s top trade consulting firms, Grant-Makokera emphasised the importance of cross-border trade facilitation – essentially helping all parties speak the same business language. Differing trade and business processes drove up costs and inhibited the production processes, reducing profits and jobs.Trade in Africa, she said, should not be done in isolation. Infrastructure should be uniform and automated across the board as “one line of communication that helps neighbours communicate and trade more effectively”.The key to this was more robust interaction between public and private enterprise, not only making mutually beneficial policies but ensuring these policies are properly put into practice.Safiyya AkoojeeA director at Thomson Wilk Attorneys, Akoojee outlined the role of international trade law and corporate litigation in improving trade between African countries. One challenge, in her experience, is that there was no longevity in investments. There had to be more security and assured confidence from partners in Africa to inspire international investors. Professional auditing and good legal assistance were key to making that happen.Akoojee agreed that there had to be more cultural understanding between African partners. While English remained an important business language, French- speaking Africa held a lot of potential for more business, so understanding the history and language of these territories would be an advantage. She added that conferences like Titiic were great opportunities for businesspeople to find out what was going on at grassroots level across the continent, with the added benefit of finding new opportunities to invest in projects.De Kock explained that there were more avenues for business to speak to governments about investments, to build and sustain strong relationships through individual business chambers or each country’s trade missions.The Titiic conference also included presentations on global trade and investment trends by Gaung Zhe Chen representing the World Bank, and thoughts on Africa’s business trends at ground level from CNN’s Africa business correspondent Eleni Giokos.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

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Carbon Emissions By the Construction Industry

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first_imgBurning fossil fuels or using electricity results in carbon dioxide emissions (unless the electricity is produced by photovoltaics, wind, or another renewable energy source). Since CO2 emissions cause global climate change, environmentally conscious builders aim to build energy-efficient buildings.Having an energy-efficient home is good for the homeowner, of course, but homeowners aren’t the only ones who use energy. Builders and building materials manufacturers also use energy. There are significant CO2 emissions associated with the energy required to produce building materials and build buildings — energy referred to as the “embodied energy” of the construction project. (For more on embodied energy, see All About Embodied Energy.)There are two types of energy associated with a building over its lifetime: embodied energy and operating energy. For a well-insulated efficient building, embodied energy may amount to between 15% and 50% of the building’s total lifetime energy use.If you are an environmental activist interested in addressing climate change, you’re probably aware of the following two facts:In short, for anyone concerned about climate change, embodied energy really, really matters. What is “embodied carbon”? A recently published book, The New Carbon Architecture, attempts to address the issues of embodied energy and the CO2 emissions associated with the construction industry. The book’s chief author is Bruce King, a member of the GBA Advisory Team during our early years. The New Carbon Architecture includes several chapters written by other contributors, including Chris Magwood, Larry Strain, and GBA blogger Ann Edminster.The book’s authors are aware of the front-loading problem, noting that “carbon emitted today has much, much more impact than carbon emitted after 2050.” The book also notes, “We need carbon reduction strategies that have a positive payback within a 10- to 15-year time frame,… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

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Fire breaks out at bus stand in Goa

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first_imgPanaji: A fire broke out at the main bus stand and the Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) complex, which houses the transport department office, on Monday.Director of Transport Nikhil Desai said, “There is a major damage to the enforcement and registration sections, and old records could be lost.” He said the department has ordered an inquiry into the incident.Fire service officials said the cause of the fire was a short-circuit in one of the super markets at the KTC complex.Eyewitnesses said clouds of dark smoke emanated from the bus stand premises, which alerted commuters and shopkeepers. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar visited the bus stand, which is the state’s biggest, and is being used by thousands of commuters daily.last_img

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22 children die of mystery disease in Bihar

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first_imgAt least 22 children below the age of six years have died and 35 others hospitalised due to a mystery disease during the past one week in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district, official sources said.While four children died at the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH), three others died at Kejriwal hospital in Muzaffarpur town, the sources said.SKMCH Paediatrician Dr Braj Mohan confirmed the death of four children at the hospital since yesterday.Twenty other children were still being treated at the hospital till date, Braj Mohan said.Superintendent of Kejriwal hospital Dr Bibi Giri said three children below the age of six years due to suspected encephalitis at the hospital during the past 24 hours.He said 15 others were still admitted for treatment at the Kejriwal hospital.State health department have sent a team of experts from Regional Malaria Research Institute ((RMRI)led by Dr Krishna Pandey from Patna. The team had already collected the blood samples and returned to Patna, Principal secretary (health), Amarjeet sinha said.The blood samples were sent to a specialised laboratory in Pune for examination and obtaining report to diagnose the disease children suffer in Muzaffarpur.Meanwhile, alarmed with the death of 22 patients due to a mysterious disease in Muzaffarpur, state Health minister Ashwini Chaube will visit the North Bihar town tomorrow to review medical facilities for the treatment of the unknown disease, an official release said.Chaube will also visit the Sri Krishna Memorial College-cum-Hospital and Kerjiwal Hospital to meet the patients and their kins, the release said.advertisementThe health minister will also discuss with the doctors about the outbreak of the mysterious disease and hold a meeting with the health and other officials there, it said.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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National Institute of Technology (NIT), Uttarakhand invites application for recruitment for various posts

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first_imgThe National Institute of Technology (NIT), Uttarakhand, has invited applications for recruitment for its various non-teaching posts. The NIT, Uttarakhand is one among the ten newly sanctioned NITs in 2009 by government of India under the 11th Five-Year Plan. The institute is fully funded by government of India under the ministry of human resource development. Presently, NIT Uttarakhand is carrying out its activities from its temporary campus at Government Polytechnic, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand.  VacanciesName of the posts:SuperintendentSuperintendent (Accounts)Technical Assistant (Mechanical Engg.)Technical Assistant (Civil Engg.)Technical Assistant (Electrical Engg.)Technical Assistant (Electronics Engg.)Technical Assistant (Computer Science & Engg.)Technical Assistant (Library & Information Assistant)Technical Assistant (Students Activity & Sports Assistant)Junior Engineer (Electrical Engg.)Junior Engineer (Civil Engg.)NurseStenographerJunior AssistantTechnician (Civil Engg.)Technician (Computer Science & Engg.)Technician (Mechanical)Technician (Library)Pay Scale: The salary pay scale offered by NITUK Uttarakhand is Rs 5200 to 20200 with grade pay Rs 2000 per month.Eligibility CriteriaAge Limit: The maximum age of the candidate should be 27 years and minimum should be 18 years. Age relaxation will be applicable for all categories.Educational Qualification: Applicants must possess class I Bachelor’s Degree/Master degree/Class X with 60 per cent or its equivalent.Selection Procedure: An interview, skill test and a written test would be conducted to shortlist candidates.How to apply: Interested candidates can apply in prescribed application, which may be downloaded along with details of posts, qualifications, experiences and general conditions from official website. Applications complete in all respects including self-attested copies and documents should reach the Director, National Institute of Technology, Uttarakhand.Important Dates: The last date for submission of application is September 17, 2014.advertisementlast_img read more

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Italy, Belgium, Germany win Euro Qualifiers; France, Cyprus Lose

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first_imgAttack-minded Italy and Belgium won in style while Germany made it two wins from two games in 2020 European Championship qualifiers on Saturday.But Saturday was not an entirely good night for European powerhouses. In the biggest upset, Turkey contained France’s offensive power to hand the world champion a shock 2-0 defeat.World Cup finalist Croatia put its campaign back on track with a 2-1 victory over Wales, and Northern Ireland rallied late for its third straight victory.Russia thrashed San Marino 9-0 for its biggest win since the Soviet era. That surpassed the previous post-Soviet marks of 7-0 against Liechtenstein and San Marino.FRANCE UPSETStar-studded France scored four goals in each of its first two wins in Group H, with its intimidating forward line of Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe grabbing a goal each in both games.It didn’t work against Turkey.The three started in Konya but finished empty-handed in the first victory for Turkey against France after four losses.France coach Didier Deschamps was scathing about his side’s performance.“When you play like that on a collective level there’s nothing positive to take from the game,” he told broadcaster TF1. “We didn’t play the way we should have against a team which played the way it likes to.”The Turkish side proved highly effective, converting the first chance in the 30th. Kaan Ayhan headed in the first goal and, 10 minutes later, Cengiz Under stunned France with the second.With three wins in three games, Turkey leads Group H with nine points. France is three points behind in second, along with Iceland which beat Albania 1-0. Moldova beat Andorra 1-0 for its first win in this group.BELGIUM CRUISESLed by captain Eden Hazard a day after he completed a highly anticipated transfer from Chelsea to Real Madrid, Belgium applied pressure against Kazakhstan in Brussels from the start which quickly paid off in a 3-0 win.Dries Mertens put the hosts ahead with a deflected shot 11 minutes into the game with Hazard providing a key pass. Four minutes later, Mertens turned into a supplier with a cross for Timothy Castagne to make it 2-0.Five minutes into the second half, forward Romelu Lukaku was in the right place for an easy tap in after Mertens’ shot bounced off the post.“If you lead 2-0 after 15 minutes, then that is excellent,” said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez. “In the second half we also started well, so the mentality of this team was very good.”Artyom Dzyuba led the Russians with four goals in Saransk.Belgium stays perfect, leading Group I with nine points. Russia and Scotland, which beat Cyprus 2-1, have six points.ITALY ATTACKSItaly’s new attack-minded approach under coach Roberto Mancini is looking like an effective remedy after the disappointment of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.Facing unbeaten Greece in Athens, Italy needed just over half an hour to put the result beyond doubt with the goals coming in a 10-minute span for a 3-0 win.Nicolo Barella opened the scoring in the 23rd with Andrea Belotti setting the goal up in his first game for Italy since September 2018. Lorenzo Insigne made it two in the 30th and Leonardo Bonucci headed home the third in the 33rd.Mancini wasn’t entirely happy.“No, it wasn’t our best performance but we were good at controlling the match from the first minute,” Mancini said. “But we should have pushed more, we sat back too much … in the second half we should have scored more goals. That needs to be improved.”Italy tops Group J with nine points from three games. It hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday.Finland grabbed a 2-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina and is three points behind Italy in second. Armenia got the first three points in the same group after beating Liechtenstein 3-0.CROATIA REBOUNDSJames Lawrence scored an own-goal to give Croatia an early boost after diverting a cross from Ivan Perisic in the 17th minute in Osijek.Croatia looked to be the better side anyway as it moved on from recent inconsistent results.Perisic doubled the advantage early in the second half for Croatia to rebound from a 2-1 loss to Hungary in Budapest. Substitute David Brooks cut the deficit for Wales with a deflected shot in the 77th.Hungary kept momentum with a 3-1 win in Azerbaijan to share the Group E lead with Croatia on six points, with Wales and Slovakia trailing by three points but with a game in hand.NORTHERN IRELAND LEADSNorthern Ireland beat Estonia 2-1 and is a surprising early leader of Group C that includes Germany and the Netherlands.Substitutes Conor Washington and Josh Magennis scored in the 77th and 80th minutes respectively to overturn Estonia’s early lead from a free kick by veteran Konstantin Vassiljev.After a confidence boosting 3-2 victory over the Netherlands, it was only a question of time for a dominant German side to score against Belarus in a 2-0 win.Leroy Sane fooled a marker inside the area before a curling finish for the opening goal early in the first half. Marco Reus half-volleyed the second goal in the second half as Germany looked confident as a team that is putting a disastrous World Cup campaign behind it. Germany next plays Estonia on Tuesday.Northern Ireland has nine points, three more than Germany which has a game in hand.___By KAREL JANICEK Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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