Chelsea announce signing of defender Matt Miazga from New York Red Bulls

first_imgChelsea have completed the signing of central defender Matt Miazga from New York Red Bulls.Miazga, who made his debut for the Red Bulls shortly after his 18th birthday, has signed a four-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge.Boss Guus Hiddink confirmed on Friday that Miaza has been signed primarily as a “squad player” for the remainder of the season.Miazga said: ‘I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, a world-famous club with a reputation for major success. I am delighted to be in the Premier League, the best league in the world, and can’t wait to meet my team-mates and get going.“I am still at the beginning of my career but I believe this is the place to develop and learn from some of the best players in the world.”Hiddink had been keen to bolster his defensive options after it became increasingly clear a new move for Everton’s John Stones will have to wait until the summer.There is also a question mark over the future of Gary Cahill who has become increasingly unsettled with his lack of first-team opportunities.However Hiddink insisted this week that Cahill would be staying at Stamford Bridge and remained a vital part of his future plans. 1 Matt Miazga last_img read more

Kids in Dungloe taking cocaine in broad daylight, Donegal mother claims

first_imgA Donegal mother has taken to social media after she witnessed several youths ‘sniffing lines of cocaine right in front of children’ in Dungloe last weekend. The mother of three, who was in the area for the Mary of Dungloe festival, took her children to the local playground but soon left after she claimed a group of teenagers were snorting cocaine ‘from the picnic table and inside a little kids house inside the park’.Writing on Facebook, she said: “In Dungloe, while visiting there for the Mary from Dungloe festival around 4pm we took our three kids to the funfair which is beside the playground. “After a while at the funfair, we decided to go to the playground where youths around 15/16 of age sniffing lines of cocaine right in front of our children on the picnic table and inside a little kids house inside the park!!“Obviously disgusted, I took my kids and left, just wanted to make other parents aware of this it’s not something u want kids seeing so openly in broad daylight and to be careful in case anything was left behind.”Gardaí in west Donegal have been notified of the incident.Kids in Dungloe taking cocaine in broad daylight, Donegal mother claims was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 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)last_img read more

QPR v Leeds United: Petrasso starts

first_imgYoungster Michael Petrasso has been handed a full debut for QPR’s game against Leeds at Loftus Road.Junior Hoilett is also in Rangers’ starting line-up, while Charlie Austin, who has been nursing a calf problem, is among the substitutes.Clint Hill is still unavailable for the home side and Leroy Fer is serving a ban after being sent off against Middlesbrough.Leeds’ new loan signing Liam Bridcutt starts for the visitors, who are without the suspended Gaetano Berardi and the injured Sol Bamba.QPR: Green, Perch, Onuoha. Hall, Konchesky, Petrasso, Faurlin, Sandro, Yun, Hoilett, Phillips.Subs: Smithies, Austin, Henry, Chery, Luongo, Tozser. Angella.Leeds: Silvestri, Wootton, Bellusci, Cooper, Taylor, Dallas, Bridcutt, Cook, Mowatt, Antenucci, Wood.Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Byram, Adeyemi, Murphy, Botaka, Erwin, Doukara.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

As cutdown day approaches, a look at top Raiders’ undrafted free agents

first_imgALAMEDA — Having spent nine years with ESPN, Jon Gruden knows a storyline.Before the Raiders got on a plane and left Winnipeg late Thursday night following a 22-21 exhibition win over the Green Bay Packers, Gruden took minor exception to a question about the latest “distraction” of playing out of the country on an 80-yard field.“There’s not as many distractions here as you think or anybody thinks,” Gruden told reporters. “Antonio Brown is doing fine. We’ve got a good, young football team. …last_img

BRICS on track to set up development bank

first_img18 November 2014 President Jacob Zuma flanked by international relations minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and finance minister Nhlanhla Nene during the informal BRICS meeting. (Image: GCIS)An interim board of directors has been set up by BRICS to lead the next phase to establish the National Development Bank (NDB), an institution similar to the International Monetary Fund that will support the five emerging national economies.This was announced by BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) during an informal meeting on the first day of the G20 Leaders’ Summit held in Brisbane, Australia from 15 to 16 November, according to a statement from the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO).Appointment of NDB presidentThe leaders of BRICS also recommended their finance ministers to appoint an NDB president and vice-president well in advance of the next BRICS Summit to be held in the Russian city of Ufa in 2015.The bank, which will be headquartered in Shanghai, China, will focus on BRICS infrastructure projects, but will be also open to new members from the United Nations. Each BRICS country will contribute US$2-billion to the bank’s funds from their budgets over the next seven years. The bank’s authorized capital will be set at US$100 billion.BRICS cooperation at new levelBRICS leaders underscored that the signing of the agreements establishing the NDB and the Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) brought BRICS cooperation “to a fundamentally new level with the creation of instruments to contribute to the stability of the international financial system’, according to DIRCO.“The Leaders asked their Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors to ensure that, by the next BRICS Summit, the CRA Working Group concludes the procedural rules and operational guidelines of the Governing Council and the Standing Committee of the CRA. They also asked their Central Bank Governors to ensure that the Inter-Central Bank Agreement foreseen in the CRA be concluded by the Summit in Russia.’On the G20 Leaders’ Summit, BRICS leaders discussed some of the issues on the agenda, which include measures to promote growth and job creation; investment and infrastructure; trade; and cooperation on tax matters.Global economySix years after the international financial crisis, BRICS leaders noted that a full recovery is yet to be experienced by member countries. However, emerging market economies have been contributing to global economic activity by sustaining high growth rates, despite adverse circumstances and spill-overs from policies of major advanced economies, especially monetary policies.“The Leaders noted the G20 efforts, but underscored that more needs to be done to support global demand in the short-run, especially by advanced economies, and to promote an increase in investment and long-run growth potential. They underscored that investment and economic reforms are critically important to boosting demand and lifting long-term growth. Emerging market economies remain in general well prepared to face external shocks,’ said DIRCO.The BRICS leaders also noted their concern at the non-implementation of the 2010 International Monetary Fund reforms, and its impact on the Fund’s legitimacy and credibility. They said in the event that the United States fails to ratify the 2010 reforms by the end of 2014, they called on the G20 to schedule a discussion of the options for next steps that the IMF has committed to present in January 2015.EbolaThe Ebola epidemic is of concern and has severe economic and social impact, the BRICS leaders noted. They also expressed their commitment to work with the international community in the response to this epidemic and supported efforts made by the United Nations and its agencies, including the World Health Organization, as well as other institutions.In addition, BRICS leaders reaffirmed their commitment to reinforce full-fledged intra-BRICS cooperation as agreed at the Fortaleza Summit in Brazil earlier this year. They said they look forward to the formulation of a long-term economic cooperation framework to forge closer BRICS partnership.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africa’s Route 62 is world’s best road trip

first_imgThe scenic Route 62, between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, has been named by CNN Travel as the world’s best road trip destination. Here are five must-see stops along the legendary Western Cape route.Voted the best road trip in the world by CNN, Route 62 in the Western Cape has it all: wildlife, good food, fine wines, beautiful views and lots to do. (Image: Route 62 website)CD AndersonA CNN Travel poll, as voted by tourists and travel journalists, puts the scenic and fun-filled road between Cape Town and Oudtshoorn, Route 62, as the top road trip destination in the world, beating out a host of legendary global grand tours including Canada’s Alcan Highway and the Ticlio Pass in Peru.While Route 62 primarily connects Cape Town to Oudtshoorn, and ultimately the Garden Route further east, a host of attractions and activities along the road, and off its beaten path, incorporate smaller towns in the area, including Montagu, Humansdorp and parts of the Klein Karoo.CNN calls the road “a journey to the unexpected”, with something for everyone, highlighting the natural beauty of the region’s “fauna, rivers, valleys and plains” and the diversity of activities available that turn the seemingly mundane commute into an adventure.Everything and anything from wine tours and safari drives, heritage and art tours, hiking and mountain climbing, water sport and fishing, or just quiet contemplation while watching one of kind views with a cold drink and a good meal, Route 62 has it all.Ronnies Sex ShopThe legendary roadside bar, midway on the route, is a quirky and fun stop, popular among tourists and regular road warriors alike.Legend has it that in the late 1970s, local farmer Ronald Price opened a roadside produce stall, complete with a proudly handpainted sign. Friends of Ronnie mischievously amended the sign to its now infamous title, and convinced Ronnie to turn the stall into a coffee shop-bar for bikers and other travellers.Forty years later, and the quirkiness of the place didn’t end at the sign. Inside, the bar is completely covered with travellers’ graffiti, donated neckties, bras and other random bric-a-brac, ceiling to floor. Ronnies includes a full restaurant, overnight accommodation, communal pool with vista views of famous Karoo sunsets and good old-fashioned peace and quiet from the busy road, with just a touch of good-natured anarchy.ZA Route 62 – Oudtshoorn – Cango Caves & more https://t.co/AWzTXTPzPA pic.twitter.com/AIt9CuL3ri— Overlandtour (@overlandtourDE) March 2, 2017Route 62: Ronnies “Sex” Shop https://t.co/kGE3TBtLAa pic.twitter.com/ApX9em4r20— Sabine Ludwig (@sl4lifestyle) February 9, 2017Drive Route 62 Western Cape….and leave your name on the wall of Ronnies Sex Shop…best cheese and onion toasties ever….. pic.twitter.com/rMH6Njparg— Ross Nicholas (@rossrenee1) October 22, 2016The world’s longest wine routeIncorporating hundreds of small, up-and-coming winemakers and larger, more established wine farms, Route 62’s world class wine route centres on the industry’s defacto capital – the town of Robertson – where not only can you visit the Klipdrift brandy plant and see how this South African magic is made, but you get to taste some of the country’s award-winning wines. The town’s annual Wacky Wine Festival (between April and June) is a must-attend event, gathering the best wines of the region for wine fans with a sense of humour and a taste for the adventurous.Just beyond Robertson, the mountain town of Montagu is not only the home of South Africa’s dried fruit and nut industry, but it also has a popular natural spring spa and some of the best rock climbing in Africa.Bestee jou volgende #SaligeSondag op dié pragtige vrugteplaas net buite #Montagu! https://t.co/AzbtsEzGg3 @MontaguRoute62 #KleinKaroo pic.twitter.com/MEqL0ar2za— LekkeSlaap (@LekkeSlaap) February 19, 2017Take a trip down Route 62 to Montagu and go rock climbing – http://t.co/GKDiCfeaOq // pic.twitter.com/zfR7eFl1TQ— Nightjar Travel (@NightjarTravel) January 13, 2014Friday o’clock means a #brandy tasting at #Klipdrift #Distillery. #robertson #southafrica pic.twitter.com/9mzEKJDHcq— The Robertson Small (@Robertsonsmall1) August 14, 2015Cango CavesLocated inside the foothills of the Swartberg range and just outside Oudtshoorn, this extensive limestone system of tunnels and chambers dates back millions of years, and reaches almost 300m underground.Visitors can choose to see the caves as part of a conventional walking tour, or do something more daring in the Adventure Tour. It offers guided climbing tours through the caves’ darkest, narrowest and deepest chambers.All #AdventureTours for #Monday26December are #SoldOut. #LimitedSpace on the #HeritageTour. #BookYourTour @ 044-2727410 pic.twitter.com/TpDuwddzmR— Cango Caves (@CangoCavesOdn) December 24, 2016Call us on 044-2727410 to #BookYourTour. #OpenForBusiness #Heritage #Adventure #FamilyFun #LoveOudtshoorn #MeetSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/xd7GwzE8XA— Cango Caves (@CangoCavesOdn) October 28, 2016All #AdventureTour tickets are sold out for tomorrow, #29December. Book @ 044-2727410. pic.twitter.com/CH71cP434g— Cango Caves (@CangoCavesOdn) December 28, 2015WildlifeLike the rest of South Africa, the Route 62 region is rich in and famous for its variety of flora and fauna, from the world famous Garden Route bloom in September to the ostrich industries of Oudtshoorn. Here, visitors can ride an ostrich, buy ostrich curios and even sample the famous ostrich steak.There are a number of wildlife reserves, both private and public, including the Touwsberg nature reserve, near the town of Ladismith, and the Sanbona reserve. The latter offers both a heritage tour of the area’s indigenous San culture and there’s a chance you’ll see the only free-roaming white lions in the world.Animals that can be spotted regularly in the area include smaller buck: klipspringer, steenbok, duiker and springbok, as well as larger game such as wildebeest, kudu, giraffe, gemsbok and the Cape mountain zebra. Predators include leopard, rooikat and jackal.Meerkat Magic, also outside Oudtshoorn, is a one-of-a-kind research reserve, dedicated exclusively to studying the habits of wild meerkats. Open to the public, visitors can join guided tours of meerkat colonies with knowledgeable guides, and even learn how these popular creatures communicate.All the very best #Meerkat Magic Mojo my friends for 2017! From Grant Mc Ilrath The #Meerkat Man: Conserving wild #Meerkats since 1993. pic.twitter.com/rCbED4ZI5V— #Meerkat Mc Ilrath (@The_Meerkat_Man) December 31, 2016Ranger Marco photographed this healthy sub-adult ‎#WhiteLion at ‎#Sanbona this week. pic.twitter.com/G5sup8AS8s— Sanbona (@SanbonaSafari) July 4, 2013Oudtshoorn is a town in the Klein Karoo area of South Africa. It’s known for its ostrich farms and rests along the Route 62 wine route. pic.twitter.com/DnqZqfyOdN— Travel2SA (@Travel2SA1) December 10, 2016The views#DailyEscape: Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo? : https://t.co/uZGrZ5iOP2 pic.twitter.com/w66plh2h2k— Travel Channel SA (@travelchannelsa) January 31, 2017#KleinKaroo #? https://t.co/HBOLywSLqr pic.twitter.com/qojZBRAvUw— Annalogy (@AnnaMartFourie) January 23, 2017Relive the nail-biting moments of the season 3 finale of @UltimateBraai on the banks of the Breede River at 4pm #WhatToWatch pic.twitter.com/yCVT0aD1DZ— Travel Channel SA (@travelchannelsa) November 15, 2016Swartberg Pass, from the appropriately named ‘Die Top’: September 2016———————————————————… https://t.co/MvXxZUfOGI pic.twitter.com/SQPJN2kE76— ESK Photography (@ESKPhotos) February 19, 2017The views from the top of the Swartberg Pass are stunning pic.twitter.com/xwigOF9OSC— Brian Lee (@LeeBJM) January 22, 2017From the dusty hum of the Klein Karoo and the lush, rolling valleys of the Breede River to the never-ending Swartberg mountain massifs in-between, while Route 62 might offer the best food, drink and roadside entertainment, there is still nothing that compares to just stopping anywhere along the route to appreciate the peaceful beauty of the region’s diverse landscape.Watch a video of the great views captured by Route 62 travellers here For more insight on Route 62 and the surrounding area, visit the Route 62 website.  Source: CNN, Official Route 62 website Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trackables on the Move!

first_imgShare with your Friends:More What adventures will the Heffleys get into on the road? Find out when Greg Heffley and his family hit the road in author-illustrator Jeff Kinney’s latest installment in the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul arrives in stores on November 4, 2014, and is available for preorder. Want to make sure you’re the first to know about Wimpy Kid news, games, events, sweepstakes, and more? Sign up for the Wimpy Kid newsletter. They’re on the move! The Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trackables are making their way into the hands of geocachers across North America. As the colorful Heffley Family themed tags move from geocache to geocache, you can keep an eye out for them and help the Heffleys find their lost luggage!Greg, Rodrick, Manny, Mom, and Dad have hit the road, but they’ve lost a few things along the way. Can you help them find what they’re missing?The Heffleys need your help finding 6,000 Wimpy Kid trackables hidden across North America. Each trackable features an item the Heffleys have lost. When you find a Wimpy Kid trackable, use the code to log it and then keep it moving by putting it in another geocache. Make sure you log it to see how far your trackable goes! When you place it in a geocache, others will have a chance to help the Heffleys, too!When you find and move (or discover) a Diary of a Wimpy Kid Trackable, you’ll get a cool trackable icon to add to your list of trackables: SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar postFive reminders about trackablesAugust 28, 2018In “News””Diary of a Wimpy Kid” Author Talks GeocachingJune 1, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

India hopeful Trump will continue US support of smart cities

first_imgThough Donald Trump has yet to move into the White House, smart city projects in India have already been discussed with his transition team.Business Insider mentioned that discussions have been held between Trump representatives and other government parties over U.S. plans to help develop three Indian smart cities.The Obama administration previously signed a memorandum of understanding to develop smart cities in Visakhapatnam, Allahabad and Ajmer. America agreed to assist with feasibility studies, capacity building, project planning and infrastructure development for the projects.“We had initial discussions with the transition team (under new Presidency),” said U.S. Department of Commerce official Vinay Vijay Singh. “It is still early stages but we have shared our plans and they have been included.”Singh says a Trump presidency is likely to continue to support the three cities, though certain issues may be addressed“Indian cities should be enabled to have more autonomy,”said Singh. “The mechanics between the Centre and states in India need to be worked out.”He adds that U.S. support of the three smart cities is not driven politically but by American private sector interests, which see this as a growth area.Focused on energy, transportation and communicationsThe focus areas of the three smart cities are energy, transportation and telecoms, according to the U.S. government.“We will help identify opportunities and it is important that there should be more cities to cities contact for greater synergy on best practices,” said US Trade & Development Agency’s Devin Hampton.Meanwhile, Singh says the U.S. is continuing efforts to help India develop other aspects of its smart city strategy, particularly around funding models and risk aspects.“We will continue to engage with all stakeholders. We will also work with multilateral institutions to help eliminate the initial risk involved in such projects,” said Singh said.As example of the risk mitigation work, he cited the U.S. Treasury Department’s assistance to the Pune Municipal Corporation in helping the city raise funds through issuing bonds. Donal Power Tags:#India#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#Trump#u.s. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citiescenter_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more