Villas-Boas swaps touchline for racing line in Dakar Rally

first_img0Shares0000Andre Villas Boas (R), driver and former head coach of English football teams Chelsea and Tottenham, answers journalists’ questions before a technical check-up in Lima ahead of the 2018 Dakar Rally © AFP / FRANCK FIFELIMA, Peru, Jan 6 – Having coached Chelsea and Tottenham in the unforgiving English Premier League and worked alongside the explosive Jose Mourinho, Andre Villas-Boas should have few problems confronting the 9,000km Dakar Rally.The Portuguese, who makes his debut in the motorsport’s most gruelling endurance event behind the wheel of a Toyota 4×4 on Saturday, decided to take part as a way of celebrating his 40th birthday. His participation will also carry on a family tradition — his uncle Pedro Villas-Boas competed in 1982 and 1984.“I have the free time and the stars aligned,” said Villas-Boas, who left his last coaching job at China’s Shanghai SIPG in November.“It’s the 40th edition of the Dakar, I’m 40 and my uncle competed in the race when he was 40.”But he was quick to add: “I don’t have the experience. We have the best team, the best co-driver (Ruben Faria), but not the best driver!”Jean-Marc Fortin, the director of the Overdrive Racing team, admitted that Villas-Boas faces a journey into the unknown as he navigates mountains and sand dunes through Peru, Bolivia and Argentina over the next two weeks.“We haven’t had a lot of time to test,” he said. “But you can see that we have a thirst to learn.”Villas-Boas is not the first football figure to take his chances in the Dakar.Real Madrid’s Raymond Kopa raced in the 1985 event when it was still staged in Africa, as did former French national coach Michel Hidalgo in 1991.“Motorsport has been a passion in my family for a long time. My dad took me to watch Formula One Grands Prix and world rally championship races when we lived in Portugal,” said Villas-Boas.“Of course, football is my job. Motorsport is for leisure but it brings me a lot of happiness.”Villas-Boas, who worked alongside Mourinho at Porto and Chelsea before the two fell out, said he intends to work again in Europe, where he last coached when in charge at Zenit St Petersburg in Russia from 2014-2016.But for the next two weeks his focus is on rallying, not football.With the Portuguese flag proudly draped at the back of his car, his goal is simple — to finish the Dakar when it reaches Cordoba in Argentina on January 20.“I want to enjoy this mixture of nature and racing, that’s what attracted me to it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Soap opera actor Evans dies at 87

first_imgMichael Evans, who starred on Broadway with Audrey Hepburn in “Gigi” but was perhaps best known as Col. Douglas Austin on TV’s long-running soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” has died. He was 87. Evans, who lived in North Hollywood for many years, died from age-related complications Sept. 4 at an assisted-living center in Woodland Hills, said his son, Nick Evans. From 1980 to 1995, Evans played the best friend of billionaire Victor Newman on CBS’s “The Young and the Restless.” John Michael Evans was born July 27, 1920, in Sittingbourne, England. His mother, Mary Galbraith, was an Irish concert violinist and his father, A.J. Evans, was a World War I flier who twice escaped prisoner-of-war camps and later wrote an adventure book about it called “The Escaping Club.” Evans was a Royal Air Force navigator during World War II. He made his London stage debut in 1948. In the late 1950s he played Henry Higgins in a touring production of “My Fair Lady.” Evans also appeared on numerous TV shows, including “Dr. Kildare,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” “Hunter” and “I Spy,” as well as in such films as “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Time After Time.” In addition to his son, Evans is survived by another son, Christopher, of Westport, Calif., and two sisters, Rosemarie and Bridget. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgA JURY has failed to reach a verdict in a defamation action brought by a Donegal man over an article by Sunday Times columnist Brenda Power.The jury was discharged and the case will now be relisted for another hearing before a new High Court jury unless a settlement is reached in the meantime.John McCauley (46), a property consultant originally from Donegal but now based in Dubai and Lithuania, had sued over a article in which Ms Power criticised him for taking a midwife to court over the interruption of him filming the birth of his first child. After a second day of deliberations, the jury said it was unable to reach a unanimous or majority verdict in relation to one of two questions they were asked. It had reached a verdict on a question of whether the words used in the article were true or false insofar as they allege facts.However, it was unable to reach either a unanimous or majority verdict in relation to a second question over whether the words constituted honest comment on a matter of public interest.The foreman told Mr Justice Eamon deValera the jury felt that they would not reach a majority decision.Mr Justice deValera said in those circumstances he would discharge the jury which comprised seven women and four men as one juror was excused last Friday due to a prior holiday commitment. The judge, who said it was the longest time a jury had been out in his experience, thanked them and excused them from jury service for ten years.The case, which lasted five days, centred on a March 2009 article written following publicity surrounding another case brought by Mr McCauley against midwife Irish Halbach and Mount Carmel Hospital in Dublin. Mr McCauley claimed Ms Halbach had acted unreasonably by stopping him filming just after his daughter Simone’s birth by C-section in 2006. That case was dismissed in the Circuit Court.He claimed Ms Power’s subsequent column about that case portrayed him as having no consideration or care for his partner or his baby.It showed him as “some kind of head case running around with a camera”, he told the court.JURY FAILS TO REACH VERDICT IN DONEGAL ‘HEADCASE’ LIBEL ACTION was last modified: July 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JURY FAILS TO REACH VERDICT IN DONEGAL ‘HEADCASE’ LIBEL ACTIONlast_img read more

LBCC women, men combine for four water polo victories

first_imgThe Long Beach City College women’s water polo team posted two comfortable wins at home Friday to advance in the Battle at the Beach tournament. Simone Morelli scored three times to lead the Vikings past Southwestern, 13-2. Heather Penna then scored three goals to pace a 7-3 win over Sierra. LBCC (22-4) will compete at Long Beach State today. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the WeekMEN’S SOCCER Mt. SAC 3, L.A. Harbor 0 The Seahawks (11-2-4, 3-2-2) fell to the Mounties (13-2-2, 4-1-2) in SCC play despite goalie Steve Merriwether’s 15 saves. Compton 2, El Camino 1 Alfonso Dominguez scored to help Tartars (3-8-4, 1-4-2) win an SCC contest. WOMEN’S SOCCER Cypress 1, Orange Coast 0: Danielle Carty scored to lift Cypress (13-0-2, 8-0-1) to victory. MEN’S WATER POLO LBCC 16, Cerritos 7; LBCC 16, San Diego Mesa 12 Miljan Colovic totaled 11 goals to lead the Vikings to two wins in a tournament at Cypress College. LBCC will be in action in the event again today. center_img WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Cerritos 3, East L.A. 1 Shanell McMillen had 20 kills to help the visiting Falcons (12-2, 5-1) post a 30-15, 29-31, 30-22, 30-27 win. WOMEN’S TENNIS Long Beach State’s Katy Williams and Sandra Rocha beat a Loyola Marymount duo to win a second-round doubles match in the ITA West Region Championships in San Diego. In singles, Rocha won in the third round before losing in the fourth round, and Jessica Weeks and Williams lost third-round matches. CROSS COUNTRY At the Titan Invitational at Cal State Fullerton, three Long Beach State athletes competed. Cheryl Bube finished 21st in the women’s 5 kilometers in 18:53, and Morgan Noe was 51st in 20:06. Jon Breed was 27th in the men’s 8 kilometers in 26:01. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Sunday, February 11. Peggy MC CLEAN (née Gillespie)The death has occurred of Peggy Mc Clean (née Gillespie), Ard Mc Carron, Ballybofey, Donegal, peacefully at her home in the loving care of her family. Beloved wife of the late Eamon and much loved mother of Patrick, Billy, Eamon, Geraldine, Johnny, Brigid, Anne, Martin, Siobhan, Denny, Donagh and the late baby Mary, dearly loved sister of John, Hugh, Paddy, Michael, Annie, Tommy, Billy, Jim, Rose, Eddie and Peter. Deeply regretted and sadly missed by her sons, daughter, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends. Remains reposing at her home on Sunday Feb 11th from 12 noon until rosary at 10pm and on Monday Feb 12th from 11am until rosary at 10pm. Funeral leaving her home on Tuesday Feb 13th at 10.30am for requiem Mass at 11am in the Church of Mary Immaculate, Stranorlar, with interment afterwards at St. Mary’s Churchyard, Sessiaghoneill. Family time on the morning of the funeral, please. Tony FRIELThe death has taken place in the Donegal Hospice of Tony Friel of Faugher, Dunfanaghy, Co. Donegal.His remains are reposing at his late residence. Funeral Mass in St. Michael’s Church, Creeslough on Tuesday the 13th February 2018 at 11.00 a.m. Burial afterwards in Doe Cemetery. Family time please from 11.00 p.m. to 10.00 a.m. and the morning of the funeral. Family flowers only please donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o any family member.  Peter CUNNINGHAMThe death has taken place at Letterkenny University Hospital of Peter Cunningham Cloughboy, Loughros Point, Ardara.His remains will leave Shovlin’s Funeral Home, Sandfield at 4pm today, Sunday, travelling to his late residence at Cloughboy. Funeral from there on Tuesday morning at 10.15 am to The Church Of The Holy Family, Ardara for 11a.m reqieum Mass with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family time from 11pm to 11am.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: February 11th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:obituarieslast_img read more

Doherty TD criticises VAT on carbon tax as ‘a tax upon a tax’

first_imgNew revelations that carbon tax would be subject to VAT have come under strong criticism from Donegal TD Pearse Doherty.The Sinn Féin deputy said he has received confirmation that any future carbon tax increases would also attract VAT.This, Doherty said, means that the mooted carbon tax jumps will be even more regressive than anticipated. He said it amounted to “a tax upon a tax”. Speaking today Deputy Doherty said: “Sinn Féin is opposed to the increase in carbon tax because it will disproportionately punish those on low and middle incomes while big business and corporate polluters will not be made to pay their fair share.“The government has failed to provide any meaningful alternatives to citizens to enable behavioural change. It now seeks to pass the buck to households, once again, for their policy failures. The fact that VAT must be applied to carbon tax means the tax will itself be taxed.”Deputy Doherty said that the “catastrophic reality of climate change” must be dealt with in a fair way.He added: “The bills faced by ordinary people are already too big from sky-high rents to inflated insurance premiums. “Government investment can help bring about change such as through free insulation and retrofits, making electric cars affordable and developing the charging infrastructure and through public transport expansion and fare reductions.“These programmes are not on the agenda for the Taoiseach or Minister for Finance as they fixate on increasing carbon taxes even though the evidence does not show that it is an effective way of changing behaviours especially without alternatives being put in place.”Doherty TD criticises VAT on carbon tax as ‘a tax upon a tax’ was last modified: March 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carbon taxPearse Dohertylast_img read more

Community Development

first_imgHi my name is Smanga iam the director for a company named Mphakathi Recyclers. The company is a start up which aims at not only employing the youth but also to give people a means of generating an income through recyclables. The following Document was compiled by me can you please reply to it with feedback on how I can get it running because I have faced many difficulties when I try getting it off the ground. MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty)Ltd ‘It’s only trash if you throw it away’ Registration number: 2015/165488/07 Postal Address : 642a Ntombela Street White City Jabavu Soweto, Gauteng 1868 Contact Person : Mr Smanga Mthembu Email : Smanga Cell phone : 063 394 8170 Director : Mr Smanga Mthembu Signature : THE BUSINESS 1.1 BUSINESS DESCRIPTION UMPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd is a recyclable collecting business based in Schools around Soweto. The business mainly collects (but is not limited to) Plastic bottles, Glass bottles, Paper and cans recyclables for a profit by selling it Buy-Back-Centres or ‘Depots’. To conduct business UMPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd must be in contract or agreement with local schools for ‘product and service’ relationship that aims at uplifting the community and create means for income and also offer relief to poor or struggling families. The main product or service offered by the entity is a Burial Scheme. If the local school is contracted with UMPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd and the children at the school bring any of the above mentioned recyclables to school with them on a daily basis (weekdays) then the entity is obligated to assist with the burial of a parent or guardian at no fee at all. The entity will immediately provide the following: • Tables • Chairs • A Tent • Gas Stoves • Pots and Plates • Sound system (If required) This will half the cost of the funeral for the remaining family members, allowing the parent or guardian a dignified funeral which is very important in the African tradition when it comes to bereavement. All this because their child took what is considered ‘trash’ to school. 1.2 GOALS FOR THE BUSINESS In order for UMPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd to be sustainable the following goals must be met: • Six months Be in contract with at least one school in Soweto with about +/-1500 pupils • Twelve months Be in contract with at least 4 schools in Soweto, each with +/-1500 multiply by four equals +6000 pupils. If each of these pupils comes with at least two 2L plastic bottles or two old magazines/books or five times 330/440ml cans or and two 375ml glass bottles for the initiative. • Three years Be in contract with at least 20+ schools in Soweto, each with +1500 pupils multiply by twenty (or more) equals +30000 pupils. . If each of these pupils comes with at least two 2L plastic bottles or two old magazines/books or five times 330/440ml cans or and two 375ml glass bottles for the initiative. Please note that the above is only estimates as the success of the project could accelerate at a rate much faster than the predicted ones. 1.3 THE MARKET Currently the market for recyclables is dominated by plastic recyclables. MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd will also collect these plastic bottles, but is not limited as such the less dominated markets in recycling such as cans, paper and glass bottles will be targeted. The market can be better explained through the SWOT ANALYSIS. • STRENGHTS 1. We will collect materials which have not been not been collected on a large scale 2. We will employ unemployed youth in Soweto (community upliftment) and create opportunities for self-employment 3. The initiative will reduce pollution bringing down our carbon-footprint 4. The financial burden of burying a loved one will be greatly reduced if the child is in a school contracted with MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS. 5. Where the family cannot afford a donation will be offered if all the stake-holders agree on it 6. The only condition is that all monies from recycled products is deposited to the entities bank account 7. It’s a community effort and community empowerment opportunities will follow naturally by giving a lifeline to the poor or even child headed households. 8. Children will learn the importance of recycling and its benefits for our environments (sustainability) 9. The project is a niche’ • WEAKNESS 1. The business is a start-up: Funding, Marketing, Advertising, Vehicles etc. these are all essential for the success of the entity. 2. Other Competitors are already recycling on a large scale (Pik’it’Up) • OPPORTUNITY The opportunity for growth and sustainability is apparent because when other schools and parents get word of what MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd is offering to them as a service, they will want to join as they know how important it is to bury a loved one with dignity in African community. The more schools join the more revenue MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS can generate through these recyclables, thus extending its reach and growing the enterprise. In a matter of years we would have surpassed our competitors with the help of the community and schools. The thought of relief for parents knowing that when they pass away his/her children in primary schools will be able to bury them with ease and dignity all the because they assisted them by giving them recyclables to take to school. • THREATHS Legislation on recycling regulates on how much waste can be recycled at a particular site due to the health hazards associated with the accumulation of waste. Since MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS will be operating from schools material to be must always be kept at an absolute minimum. 1. Start-Up Costs 1.1 Material Needed • Bulk Bags> Not yet available • Containers> Not yet available • Banners> Not yet available • Tents> Available • Chairs> Available • Gas Stoves> Available • Pots> Available • Décor> Available • Protective Gear> Not yet available • Vehicles> To be hired MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd is a recycling collecting business that aims to recycle cans, glass bottles, paper and plastic bottles for a profit by selling the mentioned recyclables to Buy-Back-Centres for revenue. The above mentioned recyclables have to be provided by the pupils in the school for our service (Burial Scheme) in case death occurs to a parent or guardian. This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is an agreement between MPHAKATHI RECYCLERS (Pty) Ltd reg no. 2015/165488/07 and Primary school for the above mentioned service in exchange for recyclables mentioned above. Director : Mr Smanga Mthembu Signature Name of School : Principal/Deputy Signature : School Stamp :last_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress Report – May 4th, 2015

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Warm, dry temperatures allowed farmers to spend a lot of time in the field in Ohio last week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 3rd. Late week warm temperatures and receding soil moisture surpluses yielded the largest planting opportunities of the season.  Fertilizer application and manure application occurred last week in preparation for planting where soil temperatures were still a little too cool. The ideal weather also favored planting of specialty crops. Apples and peaches are in bloom as well.View the complete reportlast_img read more

Get a Viral Launch Page For Your Startup With LaunchRock

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#start#tips If you want to see the virality of LaunchRock in action, search Twitter for “Maple Butter,” a new project from Flowtown‘s Dan Martell. And the sign-ups for LaunchRock itself aren’t too shabby – over 5000 since the website went live this weekend.The LaunchRock service gives you the tools to build your launch page – you simply point the A record of your domain to the IP address LaunchRock provides. You’ll get a unique URL to share as well as analytics about who and how much sharing is going on.According to co-founder Jameson Detweiler, “I look at it this way, you manage email marketing campaigns with tools such as Mailchimp and Constant Contact, and you manage support with tools such as GetSatisfaction and Zendesk. Why not a tool that’s built to assist in the various vital steps of launching and growing a business?”The LaunchRock team say that they’re planning on adding some additional features, including A/B testing of marketing messages and a LaunchRock widget on your own hosted landing page. But in general, says Detweiler, the focus is helping people “rock” the launch process. “We want to expand on what we’re doing here and build tools to help people find their best users and engage them as effectively as possible.” audrey watters We’ve written before about the importance of having a Web presence for your startup, even if you aren’t prepared to launch. But a team at this weekend’s Startup Weekend in Philadelphia has taken this idea one step further, designing a product that will help startups build viral launch pages: LaunchRock.LaunchRock is one of those incredibly simple but incredibly awesome ideas. Built by Jameson Detweiler, Dave Drager, and Stephen Gill over the three days of Startup Weekend, LaunchRock makes it incredibly simple to get interested users signed up for your startup service or product, pre-launch. Of course, any “please give us your email address” option can do that, but LaunchRock makes it incredibly easy for users to share the link to your launch page to friends. Even more importantly, it rewards those users who are most eager – based on the number of friends they invite – by bumping them up the list of those slated to get access to your site. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Why It Would Be A Good Idea For Facebook To Buy Microsoft’s Atlas Ad Platform

first_imgTags:#advertising#Facebook#Microsoft Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification taylor hatmaker Related Posts According to dual reports from BusinessInsider and AllThingsD, Facebook is in talks to buy Atlas Solutions, Microsoft’s ad platform. Atlas, part of Microsoft’s $6.2 billion acquisition of aQuantive back in 2007, could position Facebook to grow its business and compete with Google’s vast targeted ad network, AdSense. Picking up a Web-wide ad platform would make perfect sense for Facebook, which drummed up 85% of its revenue last year from advertising. Even more important, such an ad network would allow Facebook to use its information on more than 1 billion users to serve targeted ads on sites outside of Proving the company knows how to make money selling ads on the Web at large could help boost investor confidence and keep the wind in the sails of Facebook’s share price. Considering that from mid-2011 to mid-2012, Microsoft’s ad division hemmorhaged almost $2 billion  Microsoft is no doubt chomping at the bit to unload Atlas – the company has failed to turn a profit peddling ads for the five years it has owned the platform. Whether or not the deal ever comes to fruition, it seems to make sense for both companies.center_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more