On this day: Born May 2, 1975: David Beckham widely regarded as one of the sweetest strikers of a football in English soccer history

first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON (Reuters) – When an 11-year-old David Beckham walked into a local newspaper office in east London with his mother in 1986 the trainee reporter summoned to reception could never have known he was about to meet a future international football and cultural icon.Speaking in barely a whisper, the blonde-haired schoolboy, prompted by mum Sandra, said he had won the Bobby Charlton Soccer Schools skills competition and a trip to train with Barcelona, then managed by Terry Venables.A story went out, one of a multitude that in years to come would chronicle a Roy of the Rovers tale that took the son of a plumber to fame and fortune beyond his wildest dreams.Six years later, Beckham fulfilled his childhood ambition by making his first-team debut for Manchester United before going on to captain his country and become a Galactico at Real Madrid.Beckham, one of the so-called “Class of 92”, went on to win six Premier League titles under Alex Ferguson at United alongside youth-team buddies Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, and Gary and Phil Neville.Beckham also won two FA Cups and, memorably, the Champions League in 1999. He topped up his trophy collection with a La Liga winners’ medal for Real Madrid and added two MLS Cups during a north American adventure with LA Galaxy.That barely begins to tell the story, though.Midfielder Beckham, widely regarded as one of the sweetest strikers of a football in English soccer history, was destined for more than the sports pages.In 1999, he married one of the Spice Girls, a British pop music sensation at the time, becoming one half of the country’s new Golden Couple.Instead of “just” being a key cog in Manchester United’s dominant team of the 1990s and early 2000s, he became a brand, as big a name off the pitch as on it.High-end companies fell over themselves to sign Beckham up. On billboards around the world, he modelled everything from expensive underpants to watches and sunglasses.Actors Tom Cruise and George Clooney became pals and even Prince Harry was keen to socialise with soccer royalty.“Bend it Like Beckham” became a box-office smash and Beckham was even credited with winning London’s bid to host the 2012 World Cup, his charm helping sway the IOC vote.Even after his playing days, father-of-four Beckham is rarely out of the news. He part owns new MLS franchise Inter Miami as well as Salford City.The door to all that, and an estimated net worth of $450 million, was opened by football gifts.Venables recalled meeting that boyish Beckham at Barcelona’s Nou Camp,“As we said goodbye I made sure I would not forget his name,” he said.Had his grandfather got his way, Beckham would have signed for Tottenham Hotspur, then managed by Venables. The forms were already printed out, but Beckham only had eyes for United.After helping them win the FA Youth Cup in 1992, Beckham made his first-team debut months later in the League Cup.He returned from a brief loan spell at Preston to ignite his Old Trafford career, making his Premier League debut in 1994.RAISED EYEBROWS Ferguson’s decision to give his “fledglings” their wings at the start of the 1995-96 season initially raised eyebrows. Pundit Alan Hansen famously quipped “you’ll never win anything with kids,” after an opening-day loss to Aston Villa.Instead, with Beckham flowering as United’s right-side midfielder, they scooped the Premier League and FA Cup double.On the first day of the next season, Beckham launched a 60-metre shot from inside his own half over Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan and the world sat up and took notice.Weeks later Glenn Hoddle handed him his England debut and he went on to earn 115 caps. From 2000 to 2006 he was captain.Beckham’s celebrity status infuriated some, straining his relationship with Ferguson so much that the fiery Scot famously threw a boot at him in 2003 and cut his eye.When he was red-carded for kicking Argentina’s Diego Simeone in the last 16 of the 1998 World Cup, fans and media lambasted Beckham for the defeat. A Beckham effigy was strung up outside a London pub, such was the venom aimed his way.Yet out of adversity, Beckham grew. He led England to a famous 5-1 win over Germany in a World Cup qualifier in 2001 and his metamorphosis from villain to hero was complete when he curled in a trademark free kick against Greece at Wembley to clinch a place in the 2002 tournament.Although England’s so-called “Golden Generation” never managed to land a trophy, Beckham went past Bobby Moore’s appearance record for an outfield player in 2009 before injury ended his hopes of playing at the 2010 World Cup and his international career.Post-United Beckham never quite scaled the same heights at club level.When he joined Real Madrid in 2003, 500 journalists turned up for his unveiling at the Bernabeu.It was not until his final season in 2006-07, however, that Real won La Liga, by which time the Beckham circus was plotting a course for LA Galaxy and the Hollywood stage his fairytale career demanded.last_img read more

Orange blow 2 goal lead in 3rd period, lose to RIT 6-4

first_img Published on November 16, 2018 at 11:32 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmerman Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Four minutes into the third period, Syracuse (4-8-1, 4-3-0 College Hockey America) was in control. Sophomore forward Emma Polaski had just scored her third goal of the game to give Syracuse a 4-2 lead.RIT (3-6-4, 1-2-0 CHA) then scored four unanswered goals to sink SU, 6-4, in Tennity Ice Pavilion.RIT’s Kendall Cornine put the Tigers on the board first, beating Maddi Welch short side with a wrist shot three minutes into the game.Redshirt junior Lindsay Eastwood responded in the second period by blasting a slapshot from the point past RIT’s Terra Lanteigne. Out of SU’s top-six leading goal scorers, three — Jessica DiGirolamo, Allie Munroe, and Eastwood — are defenders.“The D are jumping into the play, and it’s creating offensive chances and we’re capitalizing on them,” Eastwood said earlier this week. “So that’s definitely huge and, you know, take care of business in the back and go to work up front is always the way we like to put it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEastwood’s third goal of the season came on the power play and began a high-scoring second period.Later in the second, RIT took back the lead with a goal from forward Logan Land, whose wrist shot lasered past Welch’s glove. Then, Polaski took over.It took ten seconds for Polaski to even the game again with her team-leading sixth goal of the season. Then, she finished a three-on-one break to give SU its first lead, at 3-2 15 minutes into the second period.Polaski’s eight goals are four more than SU’s second scoring leader, freshman Lauren Bellefontaine.Polaski wasn’t done, though. To open the third period, she redirected a shot in front of the net to record her first hat trick of her SU career. Her third goal of the game gave SU a 4-2 lead with 15 minutes remaining in the game.RIT forward Claudia Black’s goal with eight minutes left in the game made it 4-3. Then, RIT tied it back up with a flukey goal late in the game. A Tiger forward dumped it into SU’s defensive zone and it looked like Welch collected it. It appeared to be a routine play, but Welch couldn’t find the puck at her skate before Kathryn Kennedy crashed the net and snuck the puck in to tie the game.RIT continued their run by scoring on a deflection 45 seconds later to retake the lead.An empty-netter made it 6-4. Syracuse is now 0-5-1 at home. They travel to the University of Vermont next Friday and don’t play another home game until Dec. 6, when Colgate comes to Syracuse.last_img read more

R1bn boost for smallholder farmers

first_img17 June 2011 The Junior LandCare Initiative, focusing on enhancing an ethic of natural resources stewardship, reached 22 166 young people; and in total 14 815 green jobs were created through rehabilitation works related to soil, water and veld management. With regard to the Illima/Letsema programme, which is aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency and the eradication of hunger, Joemat-Pettersson said a budget of R400-million has been earmarked for this and each province will receive a share. The Eastern Cape is to receive R174.9-million; Free State R102.9-million, Gauteng R41.1-million and KwaZulu-Natal R164.6-million. “As part of the LandCare programme for 2011/12, an estimated 15 000 job opportunities will be created through the rehabilitation and land utilisation activities under the LandCare programme,” she said. “An amount of R57.7-million has been earmarked for the LandCare programme in this financial year, and all provinces will receive a share of this.” The department will establish these farmers where there is a large concentration of subsistence producers, including supporting smallholders on land acquired through land reform in partnership with the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, she said. Joemat-Pettersson said over 5 000 jobs were created in the 2010/11 financial year as a result of the support interventions of Comprehensive Agricultural Support Programme (CASP), including programmes on state land managed by the department. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries aims to establish 50 000 commercially oriented smallholder farmers focusing on homelands, Agriculture and Forestry Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said during her Budget Vote speech in Parliament in Cape Town this week. She said they will increase their support to new and existing smallholder farmers, working in close collaboration with the provinces to achieve their targets. Limpopo will receive R154.3-million, Mpumalanga R102.9-million, Northern Cape R72.05-million, North West R133.8-million and the Western Cape will get R82.3-million. Encouraging self-sufficiency A total of 15 000 smallholder farmers have been targeted for the 2011/12 financial year. In addition, a Smallholder Development Plan will be developed this year to strengthen coordination with provinces in regard to the support of 15 000 smallholder farmers. KwaZulu-Natal and Northern Cape get R60-million each; Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West and Limpopo R40-million each, Free State R52-million Gauteng R20-million, and the Western Cape R48-million. Smallholder Development Plan “For this CASP programme, a grant of over R1-billion has been allocated to the nine provinces, which will be paid out in tranches, depending on progress,” Joemat-Pettersson said. “By now the provinces will have received the initial 10% of their allocation, which will be followed by a further 20% next month, and the remaining allocations in October and January next year.” The LandCare Programme, during the 2010/11 financial year, directly and indirectly benefited 28 161 land users. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Google Friend Connect Introduces New Ways to Make Friends, Send Newsletters and See More Highly Targeted Ads

first_imgGoogle just announced a number of major updates to Google Friend Connect (GFC), the company’s set of tools that can bring social networking tools and widgets to any site. Today, Google is extending this functionality with a new ‘Interests’ section that helps a site’s visitors to get to know each other, a newsletter tool and gadgets that display personalized content recommendations. Google now also allows site owners to connect this data they gather from their users with their AdSense accounts to display more highly targeted ads.As Mussie Shore, Google’s product manager for the Friend Connect project, told us yesterday, Google wants to make it easier for site owners to engage their community. Friend Connect, which launched in December 2008, is currently in use on over 9 million sites. 2 new users join a GFC-enabled site every second. According to Shore, small communities with between 1,000 and 5,000 members represent the sweet spot for Friend Connect. Related Posts Newsletters and RecommendationsThis new poll is the central new feature as other new tools like the newsletters and personalized recommendations are linked to the answers. Site owners, for example, can now send opt-in newsletters to a very specific group of their members – advanced Fender Stratocaster-playing Beatles fans, for example. The answers in this poll also influence the kind of content recommendations that a user sees in the new Friend Connect content recommendation gadget. Even users who aren’t members of the site will profit from this as the gadget will display recommendations based on the aggregate data Google has collected from all of the site’s members.In addition to all of these new tools, site owners can also use the new GFC export tools and APIs to link all of this data to third-party tools. Link to AdSenseSite owners can now choose to link some of the ads on their sites directly to answers that users have made public in the ‘Interests’ section. Site owners can link existing ads on their sites to these or create new ones right from the AdSense section of their Friend Connect accounts. This allows Google to display more personally relevant ads that match the interests of a site’s users. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Finding Other MembersThe central idea behind these updates is that Google wants to make it easier for users on a site to connect and get to know each other. The new “Interests” section on Friend Connect is the hub for most of these new features. This is a poll with very specific questions that will appear when they join the site. In Google’s example, a site owner who runs a site about guitars could ask members what kind of guitar they play, what their favorite amplifier is, or if they consider themselves experts or beginners. All the data that users enter here becomes a part of their public profiles on GFC-enabled sites. This allows users to find other members with similar interests and a new private messaging feature allows them to get in touch with each other. This also gives site owners a better overview of what the interests of their visitors are. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Google#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Green and Cool Roofs Provide Relief for Hot Cities

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Why cities are getting hotterThe world’s urban areas are rapidly expanding, and the density of city populations is increasing as they grow. In 1950, 746 million people lived in cities; in 2014, that number had risen to 3.9 billion. By 2045 more than 6 billion people may live in urban areas.Urban heating is caused by many factors. They include the properties of building materials, such as thermal conductivity, thermal mass, and thermal resistance; air emissions produced by building heating and cooling systems and motor vehicles; urban designs that trap heat in street canyons, preventing it from radiating back to the atmosphere at night; and body heat produced by residents themselves. Do Green Roofs Temper Urban Heat?Vegetated RoofsDesign a Green or Living Roof SystemDefining Habitable TemperaturesCan Rural Living Be As Green As Urban Living? Cities in a warming worldIn the words of John Wilmoth, director of the United Nations Population Division, “Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century.” The world’s urban population is growing, and climate change will add to urban heating.Unless societies act to mitigate UHIs, rising urban temperatures will threaten human health, strain energy resources, and reduce economic productivity. Green and cool roofs are excellent choices to mitigate urban heat island effects, and can be applied at a city-wide scale or block by block. Together with other strategies — such as adding more parks, lawns, ponds, trees and other green infrastructure — they can help to keep temperatures in the world’s cities livable. We found that these roofing strategies did reduce the urban heat island effect, but their impacts were not uniform within the city. They also reduced breezes from Lake Michigan and altered regional air circulation in ways that could offset some of their cooling and air quality benefits. While the roofs still had a net cooling impact, urban planners will need to understand impacts on energy consumption and air quality to maximize benefits from installing green and cool roofs. How green and cool roofs can helpOur research showed that green and cool roofs helped to reduce UHI effects in Chicago. But we also observed important regional- and local-scale effects that affected how well these systems performed.First, the impacts of green and cool roofs on UHIs varied at different locations. We found that green and cool roofing strategies reduced daytime peak urban roof temperatures across the Chicago metropolitan area by about 2-3° Celsius. However, in downtown Chicago they lowered roof surface temperatures by 7-8° Celsius. This dramatic difference indicates that green and cool roofs are most efficient in highly urbanized areas.Infrared image showing buildings radiating heat in downtown Chicago.Second, because green and cool roofs lowered rooftop temperatures in the city, they reduced the relative temperature difference between air over Chicago and air over adjoining Lake Michigan, which is typically 4-5° Celsius cooler than air over the city during daytime in summer. By doing so, they weakened the strength of breezes that blow from the lake to the shore in warm weather and help to cool shoreline neighborhoods. Urban planners can offset this effect by designing streets so that they channel air easily instead of blocking natural flow patterns.Third, we found that these rooftop surfaces did not just reduce temperatures immediately above the urban rooftops. Their impact extended into the lower atmosphere, up to altitudes of about 2.5 kilometers. This affected regional weather patterns by reducing local convection — a process in which warm air rises into the atmosphere, removing heat from earth’s surface.Overall, our analysis suggested that large-scale installation of green and cool roofs could actually decrease wind flow in Chicago by lowering horizontal wind speeds and reducing vertical air mixing during daytime. This may lead to air stagnation near ground level, and potentially could reduce air quality. We are investigating these possibilities now. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and the United Nations projects that this share will rise to 70% by 2050. During the daytime, these expanding urban areas absorb more solar energy than the surrounding countryside. At night they radiate the heat back to the atmosphere. Higher temperatures in cities compared to the areas around them create what are known as urban heat islands (UHIs).Urban heat islands threaten urban sustainability and public health in cities. The heat island effect raises death rates, increases energy demand for cooling, and makes life uncomfortable even for healthy residents. It affects various communities differently: poor and elderly residents and small children are most vulnerable, followed by people who live in highly industrialized areas.In a recent study conducted by the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative, we examined whether green roofs, which are covered with plants, and cool roofs, which are surfaced with reflective materials, could reduce UHI effects in Chicago. These roofing strategies are widely used across Europe and have recently been adopted in multiple U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Portland, Oregon. Developing cities in Asia, such as Indore in India are also implementing cool roofs to mitigate UHIs. Choosing between green and cool roofsGreen and cool roofs each offer advantages and disadvantages. Installed on a large scale, green roofs could add a substantial amount of green space to cities and provide habitat for plants and insects across urban areas. Additionally, plants can improve urban air quality by removing solid and gaseous pollutants from the air.On the other hand, cool roofs do not require watering and cost less than green roofs to install and maintain. Green roofs also increase local humidity: moisture is released when plants are watered, and plants release more water to the atmosphere from their leaves.Many other issues will also influence decisions about where to install green and cool roofs. One important consideration is environmental justice. Low-income and minority neighborhoods are disproportionately vulnerable to negative health impacts from extremely hot weather, so planners may choose to focus heat reduction strategies on these areas.It is also important to note that human thermal comfort is governed by many variables, including time spent outdoors, social and economic behavior, and access to cooling resources, such as air conditioning and swimming pools. Planners should consider these factors as they apply heat mitigation strategies at the local scale.Getting more insight into the effects of green and cool roofs can inform city planning initiatives, such as the Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure 2040 Vision, by identifying where green and cool roofs will work most effectively. Cities in northern latitudes, such as New York, Portland, and Toronto, can benefit from green roofs because they have adequate water to irrigate them. In contrast, cool roofs are more appropriate for cities in arid and semi-arid environments such as the southwestern United States. Ashish Sharma is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Notre Dame. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

Girls Make Your Move – Supporters Toolkit

first_imgThe Girls Make Your Move Supporters Toolkit has been launched to provide free resources for you to use to compliment your own promotions, while also supporting the initiative.  This toolkit comes on the back of the Girls Make Your Move initiative launched earlier this year by the Australian Department of Health. The campaign aims to encourage and support young women to be physically active. The Supporters Toolkit provides infographics, posters, images, web badges and social media content in support of the campaign and can be found through the ‘Get Involved’ page of the campaign website (listed below). Touch Football Australia is right behind the campaign and encourages all women to get active, have fun and enjoy participating in sport.If you would like more information on how to support the campaign please visit:www.australia.gov.au/girlsmoveRelated LinksGirls Make Your Movelast_img read more

Postal Service More financial loss as mail delivery slumps

Citation: Postal Service: More financial loss as mail delivery slumps (2018, May 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-postal-financial-loss-mail-delivery.html Amid sharp criticism from President Donald Trump that it is being scammed out of billions by online retailers such as Amazon.com, the Postal Service called for greater freedom to raise stamp prices to help cover costs. It warned of a serious financial situation that prevented it from making much-needed investments in letter and package delivery, saying it could not wait for a task force created by Trump to study the reasons behind its losses at a time of increased competition in the e-commerce age.That task force, which was established by an executive order signed by Trump last month, will have 120 days to submit a report with recommendations.The Postal Service has requested that the Postal Regulatory Commission grant it power to raise stamp prices beyond the rate of inflation, a change to its pricing system that would be the biggest in nearly a half century.”Congress and the commission need to act now,” said Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan.The Postal Service’s report shows a net loss of $1.3 billion between January and March, larger than a $562 million loss in the same period last year, due in part to rising fuel costs and added wage expenses as it grows its package business.The Postal Service notched a 10 percent increase in package delivery, boosted by its business with Amazon and other Internet retailers, but suffered a loss in first-class letters and marketing mail, which together make up more than two-thirds of postal revenue.Quarterly revenue came to $17.5 billion, up slightly over the same period in the previous year.Trump in recent months has railed against Amazon, accusing it of not paying enough in shipping costs. He says the Postal Service “loses a fortune” and should charge more for delivering packages, including on Sundays, which Amazon has a competitive advantage in providing goods to people’s homes thanks to a contract with the Postal Service in which its vast network of mail carriers is used for special deliveries.Trump’s executive order said the Postal Service is on “an unsustainable financial path and must be restructured to prevent a taxpayer-funded bailout.” The task force established by Trump is being assigned to study factors including the Postal Service’s pricing in the package delivery market.Package delivery has been a bright spot for the Postal Service. Helped by booming e-commerce, it has enjoyed mostly double-digit increases in revenue from delivering packages, though that hasn’t been enough to offset declines in first-class letters and marketing mail.To become financially stable, the Postal Service is urging Congress to provide it relief from a mandate to prefund retiree health and pension benefits, something that neither the government nor private companies are required to do. The prefunding requirement, put in place by Congress beginning in 2007, has contributed to 11 straight years of financial losses. It has defaulted on the multibillion-dollar prepayments each year since 2012.”Today’s USPS quarterly financial report shows the Postal Service’s underlying business strength while also indicating the need to address external matters beyond USPS control,” said Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers. “Congress should address the pre-funding burden it imposed.”The Postal Service is an independent agency and does not use taxpayer money for its operations. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Q&A: Trump, the post office and Amazon The U.S. Postal Service reported another quarterly loss on Friday after an unrelenting drop in mail volume and costs of its health care and pension obligations outweighed strong gains in package deliveries. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further read more

Foxconn selects company with close ties to Walker

Explore further Foxconn announced Monday that it chose Hammes Company to be the lead developer on the project that will house a display-screen factory on a campus spread over 2,900 acres (1173.61 hectares). Foxconn could qualify for up to $4.5 billion in taxpayer incentives.Hammes is led by Jon Hammes, Walker’s campaign finance chairman for his re-election bid. Hammes is part owner of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and has given hundreds of thousands of dollars to Republicans and causes over the years.Wisconsin Democratic Party chair Martha Laning says the Foxconn project “is all about helping Scott Walker save his own career and not about the people of Wisconsin.” Foxconn wants to tap 7 million gallons of water a day Citation: Foxconn selects company with close ties to Walker (2018, May 11) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-foxconn-groundbreaking-ceremony-wisconsin-facility.html Foxconn Technology Group has selected a company led by a Republican megadonor with close ties to Gov. Scott Walker to develop the master plan for its massive campus in Wisconsin. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more