Dear Editor,I recognise that my continuing efforts to have the Indian Arrival Day monument sited at Highbury, where the first batch of Indian immigrants actually arrived, instead of Palmyra which is apparently being pushed because of ‘convenience’ and/or ‘conspicuousness’, might now be seen as ‘whipping a dead horse’; but in all seriousness, I again beg the relevant authorities to please let good historical reason and commonsense prevail. It is still not too late to do so.And now there is yet another good reason to choose Highbury: the fact that far less ‘foundational works’ is required at Highbury as opposed to Palmyra where the soil condition has already been proven to be less hospitable and to reduce its in-hospitability will definitely require more time and resources without any guarantee against another collapse.Why risk another ‘collapse’ and the possibility that the extra foundational works will require more time and money which militate against the year-end target in order to accommodate the fortuitous visit of the Indian Prime Minister.Sincerely,Nowrang Persaud
4 4 4 Juventus don’t want to sell Arturo Vidal, which is bad news for Man United.The club have been linked with the player all summer, but at £35m there are other quality players out there and not as expensive as the Chile midfielder.Click the arrow on the right to see three players the club could move for and here to keep up to date with the latest Man United transfer rumours.Do you think United need Vidal or do you agree with these fans that bringing the South American to England will stand Louis van Gaal in good stead as manager? Fredy Guarin: Inter – £18m – Italy seem to be one of Uniteds most likely hunting grounds this summer, with the Red Devils also said to be considering a move for Inters Fredy Guarin. The Colombian had a good World Cup, and after scoring four and assisting nine in Serie A last season, its clear that his quality in front of goal would be an asset. 4 Roberto Firmino: Hoffenheim – £15m – Last season Hoffenheim playmaker Roberto Firmino created 12 goals, the second highest in the Bundesliga and with 16 strikes of his own, even managed to finish fourth in the goal charts. United wouldnt be the first English team to consider a move for him (Liverpool are also big admirers), and with a place in the Brazil squad to play for following their World Cup disaster, a summer move to a bigger club could be smart. Click the arrows for three cheaper Arturo Vidal alternatives for Man United – Signing Arturo Vidal was never going to be easy for Man United, especially when Juventus are not keen to sell. The £35m value may also prove too expensive, so if the player doesnt sign, a gap in the United team still needs to be filled now more than ever considering Michael Carrick is out injured. Here are three cheaper alternatives to Vidal… Kevin Strootman: Roma – £25m-30m – Kevin Strootman has recently returned to light training after a nightmare injury ruled the Netherlands playmaker out of the World Cup. That could prove to be a double edged sword for Roma, with clubs likely to be lining up to sign the Dutchman. Man United have long coveted his signature, and the arrival of Dutchman Louis van Gaal who considered Strootman a key player for the Netherlands could further strengthen the chances of a move.
MONTEREY PARK – Some city officials want to prohibit unattended children at public libraries, parks and swimming pools. The City Council today will discuss a proposal that would make it illegal for kids under age 9 to be at public facilities without the supervision of an adult. “It’s not that we don’t want children here,” said Monterey Park City Librarian Linda Wilson. “It’s that we are concerned for the safety of children.” The ordinance targets parents who leave their children at the library for extended periods of time, Wilson said. If parents repeatedly violate the ordinance, they can be charged with a misdemeanor. A first violation of the ordinance would result in an administrative citation. A second violation may be punishable as a misdemeanor. “It gives them a little more recourse in the situation where the parents don’t cooperate,” Kim said. “But we would like to have the library rectify the situation itself.” Los Angeles County library spokeswoman Pam Broussard said that children under 9 must be accompanied by a guardian. But there is no penalty if the rule is not followed. She said Monterey Park’s proposal “is not a bad idea. I think it is something that could be up for discussion,” for county libraries. San Marino City Librarian Carolyn Crain said that San Marino passed a resolution in 1999 addressing an ongoing problem of children that were left at the library after it was closed. “We had children that weren’t picked up,” Crain said. “We weren’t comfortable with leaving them, and it wasn’t appropriate for us to take them home.” If any child was left after the library closed, the child would be taken to the police department, she said. “Since 1999, that has only happened about five times,” Crain said. “And it has never been used on the same parent.” Harry Panagiotes, Monterey Park’s director of parks and recreation, said there are times when children aren’t picked up from a class or who are too young to be alone. While the ordinance was sparked out of concerns from the library, Panagiotes said parks and recreation asked to be included in this ordinance. “Ninety-nine percent of the parents are very responsible, and they feel really bad when they are late,” Panagiotes said. “But some parents are not that concerned. This will give the Police Department more teeth than just offering a lecture.” email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “A while ago, we had two young children, probably 7 and 4, who were left in the library for four hours,” Wilson said. “They came up to the front desk and said they were hungry.” In another case, a mother left her 5-year-old at the library while she attended a college course, Wilson said. “City staff is not tasked with babysitting,” the staff report states. While it is not common, police have come to the library to help identify children and find their parents, said Monterey Park police Capt. Eric Kim. “Obviously, a child left alone in a public place creates a potential danger,” Kim said.
Christian Benteke is starting to show signs of real improvement under Jurgen Klopp, according to former Liverpool goalkeeper David James.The £32.5m signing has yet to win over the Anfield faithful and missed a string of chances in Tuesday night’s FA Cup defeat at West Ham.But James was impressed by parts of Benteke’s game at Upton Park and believes Klopp can bring out the best in the powerful Belgian.“I have been impressed with him over the last couple of cup matches,” said the ex-England star, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“His footwork at times [against West Ham] was exceptional. That is not something I associate too often with Benteke – his aerial prowess everyone is aware of.“But I see improvement. Jurgen Klopp has this ideology of improving players and I see improvement in Benteke.“I saw some stuff [from Benteke against West Ham] especially when Sturridge was playing up front with him. The two of them linked very well.”
Experience: it’s a quality not taken for granted in the transfer market.Some managers favour experience over potential when compiling their wish list, such as Jose Mourinho, and there could well be a few such players heading to Old Trafford.With this in mind, talkSPORT.com has taken a look at a selection of players who have been through it all in the game and look to be on the move this summer.Scroll through the gallery above to check out who features. 7 7 7 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) – Rooney has one season remaining on his contract at Old Trafford, but his 13-year stay could come to an end this summer. The forward was used sparingly by Jose Mourinho last season, which cost him his place in the recent England squad. Being left out by Gareth Southgate might be key in any decision over his future in the next couple of months. John Terry (Chelsea) – Out-of-contract Terry is leaving Chelsea, thats for sure. But what we dont know for certain is where hes going next. There have been rumours of a drop from the Premier League to the Championship, with Aston Villa and Birmingham City mooted. Its a waiting game to see where the decorated defender next ends up, but hell surely want to remain in the top flight. 7 7 7 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) – click the arrow above, right, to take a look at more experienced players your club might consider signing this summer – Ronaldo, if reports are to be believed, wants out of Real Madrid. It’s said the Portuguese is furious over accusations of tax-fraud and is looking to leave Spain altogether. A return to Manchester United, predictably, is being touted as his most likely destination. The Portugal international scored 38 goals in all competitions for Real last season. Dani Alves (Juventus) – Alves’ contract in Turin expires at the end of next season and Juve could decide to cash in on him this summer. The full-back, still considered one of the best in the world, is understood to be a target for Manchester City. With Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna being released, City dont have an experienced player in this position to turn to. Pep Guardiola signed Alves while in charge of Barcelona in 2008 and the pair could again work together, this time in England. Pepe (Real Madrid) – No new deal has been offered to Pepe at the Santiago Bernabeu, much to his disappointment. After 334 appearances for Real, the centre back is set to become a free agent and despite already being 34, could be a valuable addition to any squad. Its understood he is close to agreeing a move to Paris Saint-Germain. Alvaro Negredo (Valencia, pictured on loan at Middlesbrough) – Negredo spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, and it was a difficult return to the Premier League for the striker. He will return to parent club Valencia over the summer, but rumour has it he will again be on the move. He told reporters earlier this month that his preference is to remain in Englands top flight. West Bromwich Albion are being heavily linked to his signature. 7 Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – Ibrahimovic is another player out of contract in the Premier League. The striker was included on the list of released players, which surprised few given he is recovering from a serious knee injury and isnt expected to make a return until January 2017. Theres every chance he could again be seen in a Man United shirt, but other clubs can agree a deal this summer, too. Either way, hes unlikely to be seen on a football pitch again before the turn of the year.
RANKED MONEY Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED “For any club who wins titles in the recent years, you have a team with the know-how to finish it off and you can see it in any sport,” he said.“I take Tiger Woods – 10 years since he won a Major tournament and the longer it goes, the harder it becomes. This club hasn’t won the league for over 10 years so obviously you need to get back into knowing how to do it.“We started with the new manager from scratch basically and we try to get this mentality of winning every game, progressing every game, working every day and hopefully we can build this up and win the title sooner rather than later. That will make the big difference.” ADVICE impact Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won silverware Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED Woods won for the first time in five years on Sunday 2 Tiger Woods lifted the Tour Championship just hours after Arsenal had seen off Everton across the Atlantic – and Petr Cech believes there are comparisons between the Gunners’ wait for a Premier League crown and the American’s decade-long run without a major.Severe back problems and issues away from the fairway had seen Woods, a 14-time major winner, struggle to get back to his best in recent years. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Cech kept a first clean sheet of the season on Sunday 2 However, a return to form in Atlanta over the weekend saw the 42-year-old win the Championship as he now targets another of golf’s biggest prizes.Arsenal, meanwhile, are rebuilding under new boss Unai Emery having not lifted the Premier League since they went unbeaten throughout the 2003/04 campaign.Like Woods, Arsenal have tasted success in that time, winning four FA Cups under former boss Arsene Wenger in the intervening years.But the wait for the big one goes on and, speaking after Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored to seal a 2-0 victory over Everton, Cech drew parallels between Woods and Arsenal. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won
Join us to get in-game insights and analysis Sunday when the 49ers take on the Seattle Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium starting at 1:05 p.m.The 49ers (3-10) may currently hold the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, but San Francisco is coming off an impressive win over the Denver Broncos and are playing much better these days. Tight end George Kittle, who is likely headed to the Pro Bowl, has emerged as one of the NFL’s most dangerous receivers — he caught seven passes for 210 yards and a TD in …
The European Union has mandated that greenhouse gas emissions over the next 38 years be cut by 80% from 1990 levels. That goal puts significant pressure on many sectors – transportation, utilities, urban planners, and builders, among others – to get their carbon-reduction act together soon. But the building industry, which is cited as a major source of emissions, will have to be especially agile in addressing energy efficiency if the EU is going to meet its target, a recent analysis points out.By 2050, greenhouse gas emissions of the EU’s building stock will have to be 88% to 91% below 1990s levels, according to a study by the Brussels-based Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), titled “Principles for Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings: Paving the Way for Effective Implementation of Policy Requirements.”The document driving these policy requirements is the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which imposes what it calls a “nearly zero-energy building,” or nZEB, standard on all new public buildings beginning in 2019 and on all buildings (including homes) beginning in 2021. The EU is leaving it up to member states to draw up nZEB regulations suitable for their climate and other regional conditions, but the directive does define, in general terms, an nZEB as a “building that has a very high energy performance…. The nearly zero or very low amount of energy required should to a very significant extent be covered by energy from renewable sources, including renewable energy produced onsite or nearby.”Balancing efficiency and renewablesThe BPIE analysis is intended to highlight practical approaches states can take as the EU develops a more-specific definition for nZEBs. BPIE also looks at key features of existing nZEBs and offers technical solutions that stakeholders can apply as they try to shape their nZEB markets. Member states have until the end of next year to formalize their nZEB definitions, regulations, and carbon-reduction targets, which they’ll then submit to the European Commission.One issue that will come into play in designing and building each project: how to determine the optimal balance between energy efficiency and renewable energy – a balance that will be struck in part, BPIE notes, by weighing climate-influenced energy demand, financing options, and the performance of existing low-energy buildings. BPIE also notes that while EU members may now have different ways of calculating building performance, the EU will have to agree on a single calculation method.Given the EU’s management of its financial tribulations lately, it will be interesting to see how quickly member states can come up with a coherent and aggressive nZEB definition.
The Odisha government extended free treatment for cancer patients in the whole State from Tuesday. Under the programme, all cancer patients can avail chemotherapy and consultations from oncologists free of cost at all district headquarters hospitals. Renowned cancer specialist Dinesh Pendharkar is supervising the programme pro bono.This is expected to reduce the burden on the Acharya Harihara Regional Cancer Centre (AHRCC), Cuttack. Apart from Odisha, patients from West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh critically depend on the AHRCC. Earlier, the same facilities were available in only 13 hospitals in the State.Announcing free cancer treatments in all districts, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “Patients from rural areas and tribal-dominated pockets would be benefited immensely from the programme. This will help reduce the financial and psychological burden on people.”Moreover, radiotherapy centres will be set up at Nabarangpur, Jharsuguda, Angul and the Bhubaneswar Capital Hospital at an estimated cost of ₹ 40-50 crore per centre in the next two years. These centres would help detect cancer at a primary stage, said Mr. Patnaik.In the first phase of the free cancer treatment programme, about 5,000 patients have been benefited.
The Opposition party Rashtriya Janata Dal raised the issue of Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case in the State Assembly and alleged that the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government was “protecting” the main accused Brajesh Thakur.“The Nitish Kumar-led government has been protecting the main accused Brajesh Thakur in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case of girls, as he is politically close to him,” alleged Leader of the Opposition Tejaswi Yadav.His party leaders too supported him and demanded CBI inquiry into the case. Brajesh Thakur was the owner of the NGO which was running the affairs of the state-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur in which 44 girls, all aged between 7-18 years were living. The rape of at least 16 girls have been confirmed in medical test done at Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).“Other girls report of medical test are awaited,” said Muzaffarpur Senior Superintendent of police Harpreet Kaur. Mr. Thakur was arrested within 48-hours after the sexual plight of the girls was exposed. A police complaint was lodged by the state social welfare department. Altogether 10 persons, including seven women, have been arrested and sent to jail.Responding to Tejaswi Yadav’s allegations, Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi told the Speaker that his government “neither protects anyone, nor implicate.”“My government would recommend for speedy trial in the case…people have been arrested in the case and sent to jail and we would also recommend for probe into the affairs of all shelter homes and short stay homes in the state,” said Sushil Modi.Mr Modi also raised the issue of RJD MLA Raj Ballabh Yadav who was earlier arrested and sent to jail in connection with a rape case of a minor girl of Nalanda district.“What about Raj Ballabh Yadav?…why he had gone to meet RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav when he was absconding in the rape case?” asked Sushil Modi.Amid pandemonium the assembly Speaker Vijay Choudhury adjourned the House till lunch.