England U-21s 1–3 Italy U-21s: Young Lions exit European Championship and finish bottom of Group B

first_img Italy players celebrate scoring against England’s Under-21s England’s Under-21s side exited a European Championship at the group stage for a third successive tournament after being beaten 3-1 by Italy in Olomouc.The Young Lions knew a win or draw could get them into the semi-finals but they ended up bottom of Group B as they were left to rue errors at both ends of the pitch which allowed the Azzurrini to capitalise, although they were also unable to qualify for the next phase.Two goals in two first half minutes from Andrea Belotti and Marco Benassi, saw England’s static defence unpicked with ease, while Benassi’s second, with 18 minutes to go, further embarrassed Gareth Southgate’s backline before Nathan Redmond slammed home a consolation strike.It had initially looke promising with early pressure for England coming in the shape of two corners, which were swung in by Everton’s Luke Garbutt, but his set-pieces failed to create the havoc intended, while Italy’s first retort was also from a corner but an excellent cross was turned away from goal by one of their own players.The Young Lions then began to get penned back by the Azzurrini as a succession of clumsy passes and tackles gifted possession to the Italians but, when given space, Domenico Berardi could only lash over.Harry Kane showed why he’s more than just a centre forward as he dropped deep before firing a sensational through ball to Danny Ings but, with just Francesco Bardi to beat, the Liverpool new boy missed the target.Soon though, Italy had taken charge of the match with England’s pedestrian central midfield duo of Nathaniel Chalobah and Jake Forster-Caskey struggling to stifle their opponents, while John Stones was guilty of chasing opponents when remaining disciplined alongside shaky defensive partner Ben Gibson was the better option.Kane forced a splendid save from shot-stopper Bardi as he did well to take down a long raking pass, before cutting inside and getting an effort away.But a foolish free-kick was given away after 25 minutes by Garbutt and England were punished for some dozy defending with Belotti beating the backline and stretching a leg out to volley in Berardi’s excellent delivery.And it got worse just moments later as Lorenzo Crisetig, given space to drive forward, found Benassi and his shot deflected into the back of the net off Gibson.Southgate’s side attempted to rally but with the midfield lacking creativity and the full-back’s struggling to get past the halfway line, England were left passing the ball aimlessly along the back.Redmond nearly produced one moment of magic before half-time as he danced through a maze of legs but his strike was saved Bardi between the sticks.Seconds after the break, Jesse Lingard, the hero against Sweden, nearly got one goal back as he weaved his way through the Italian defence but his strike went wide.Kane and Ings also smashed efforts towards Bardi but neither were able to test the glovesman, who is on the books at Inter Milan, but has spent most of his time away on loan spells.Gibson then came agonisingly close to nudging in an Ings flick on as Southgate’s side threw everything at the Italians.Luigi Di Biagio’s side quickly looked to stifle the Young Lions by taking off dangerous winger Berardi and putting on defender Stefano Sabelli.Redmond and Lingard, who had notably begun to switch positions along the forward line, nearly combined to great affect but the latter’s curled strike was swept just past the post.But with 18 minutes to go England were left to accept their fate as Benassi took advantage of some terrible defending to head home Marcelo Trotta’s excellent flick from a throw-in.A rally of strikes from Redmond, Kane and Chalobah were all pot-shots rather than measured efforts before Norwich star Redmond eventually bludgeoned the ball beyond Bardi before the final whistle confirmed their exit from the tournament. 1last_img read more

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Dave Kaval lays out vision for gondolas to new A’s ballpark

first_imgOAKLAND — The shovel has yet to hit the ground at Howard Terminal, but the A’s are already planning innovative ways to get people to and from the proposed new stadium.Before Saturday’s A’s FanFest got underway on the waterfront at Jack London Square, Team President Dave Kaval held a news conference to detail the plans for the gondola system he’d like to get built in the city. A station would be built in downtown Oakland at tenth and Washington street in Oakland, a short walk from the 12th …last_img

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Afrique du Sud : aperçu economique

first_imgL’Afrique du Sud est la mine des nouvelles idees economiques de l’Afrique, a la tete du continent africain en termes de production et d’extraction miniere et produisant une grande partie de l’electricite de l’Afrique.Le pays est tres riche en ressources naturelles, possede des secteurs financier, juridique, de communications, energetique et de transport bien developpes, une bourse classee parmi les 20 premieres du monde et des infrastructures modernes assurant une distribution efficace des marchandises dans toute la region du Sud de l’Afrique.L’Afrique du Sud possede un cadre juridique progressiste et de rang mondial. La legislation regissant le commerce, la main d’œuvre et les questions maritimes est particulierement bien developpee et les lois sur la politique de concurrence, les droits d’auteur, les brevets, les marques et les conflits respectent les normes et conventions internationales.Le systeme financier du pays est elabore et solide. Les reglementations bancaires se classent parmi les meilleures du monde et le secteur est classe depuis longtemps parmi les 10 meilleurs du monde.Non seulement l’Afrique du Sud est une economie emergente mais elle est aussi la porte d’entree vers d’autres marches africains. Le pays joue un role important dans l’approvisionnement en energie, en aide humanitaire, transport, communications et investissement sur le continent. Ses liaisons routieres et ferroviaires bien developpees fournissent une plateforme et les infrastructures pour un transport terrestre au cœur de l’Afrique.La croissance economiqueL’economie de l’Afrique du Sud s’est trouvee dans une phase ascendante du cycle commerciale depuis septembre 1999, la plus longue periode d’expansion economique jamais enregistree dans le pays.Pendant cette reprise (selon des donnees jusqu’au quatrieme trimestre de 2007), le taux de croissance annuel moyen du pays etait de plus de 4 %. Dans la decennie precedant l’annee 1994, la croissance economique etait en moyenne de moins de 1 % par an.Le produit interieur brut (PIB) reel de l’Afrique du Sud a progresse de 3,7 % en 2002, de 3,1 % en 2003, de 4,9 % en 2004, de 5 % en 2005, de 5,4 % en 2006, pourcentage le plus eleve depuis 1981, et de 5,1 % en 2007. Au quatrieme trimestre 2007, l’Afrique du Sud a enregistre son 33eme trimestre d’expansion continue de son PIB reel depuis septembre 1999.L’economie d’Afrique du Sud a ete completement restructuree depuis l’instauration de la democratie dans le pays en 1994. Des reformes macroeconomiques audacieuses ont encourage la competitivite, ont fait progresse l’economie, en creant des emplois et en ouvrant l’Afrique du Sud aux marches internationaux.Au cours des annees, ces politiques ont cree une structure macroeconomique solide comme le roc. Les impots ont ete reduits, les prix ont chute, le deficit fiscal a recule, l’inflation a baisse et les controles sur le change se sont assouplis.La croissance economique et une gestion fiscale prudente ont vu le deficit budgetaire de l’Afrique du Sud reculer (la difference entre le total des depenses et des revenus du gouvernement, hors emprunts) a chute de façon importante, de 5,1 % du PIB en 1993/1994 a 0,5 % en 2005/2006, le deuxieme deficit fiscal le plus bas de l’histoire du pays apres celui de 0,1 % atteint durant le boom de l’or en 1980.En 2006/2007, le pays a enregistre son premier excedent budgetaire de 0,3 %.L’inflation a la consommation a suivi une tendance a la baisse depuis 2002 lorsque les prix a la consommation ont augmente en moyenne de 9,3 % suite a la tragedie du 11 septembre a New York. L’inflation a la consommation a atteint une moyenne de 4,3 % en 2004, 3,9 % en 2005, 4,6 % en 2006 et 6,5 % en 2007.Malgre une baisse des impots generale, l’economie optimiste, un plus grand respect fiscal et une administration fiscale et douaniere en amelioration ont vu les revenus du gouvernement augmenter en fleche et atteindre 475,8 milliards de rands en 2006/2007, plus de trois fois les chiffres de 1996/1997.La notation des investissementsPlus d’une decennie de reformes institutionnelles coherentes et d’une gestion economique saine a egalement ete recompensee par une solide notation des credits, impliquant moins de risques pour les investisseurs et reduisant le cout du capital pour les emprunteurs des secteurs public et prive du pays.Les notations de credit de l’Afrique du Sud n’ont cesse de s’ameliorer depuis 1994, avec une augmentation de Standard & Poor’s, Moddy’s et Fitch en 2005. Toutes les agences ont cite l’amelioration de la stabilite economique du pays, la reduction de la vulnerabilite aux chocs exterieurs, une dette moderee et des institutions politiques fortes et stables.En 2006, Moody’s et Fitch ont indique que la tendance a la hausse allait probablement se poursuivre, revisant leur prevision au sujet de la notation de l’Afrique du Sud de stable a positive. Fitch a explique que le changement de prevision traduisait l’amelioration de la performance et des previsions en matiere de croissance suite a une augmentation rapide des investissements publics et prives et des micro-reformes permanentes de l’economie.De plus, le pays a considerablement ameliore ses finances publiques deja solides et son bilan exterieur.Les defis: l’approvisionnement energetiqueLa plus grande menace immediate de la croissance economique permanente de l’Afrique du Sud est une contrainte de capacite qui s’est developpee precisement a cause de la bonne performance economique du pays au cours de ces dernieres annees.Cette croissance, associee a l’industrialisation rapide et au programme d’electrification de masse de ces dix dernieres annees, a finalement conduit, en janvier 2008, a une demande d’electricite depassant l’offre.Les coupures de courant qui en resulterent inciterent le gouvernement a agir rapidement pour regler la crise. Le plan de reaction comporte un investissement de 343 milliards de rands sur cinq ans pour financer une nouvelle generation de centrales electriques et un ensemble de mesures de reduction de la demande civile et industrielle.Les agences de notation Standard & Poor’s et Fitch ont declare en janvier 2008 que le manque d’electricite n’etait pas considere comme une menace immediate de la notation de credit du niveau d’investissement de l’Afrique du Sud mais pouvait devenir un probleme si cela limitait la croissance economique.Les defis: le chomageLe Fonds Monetaire International (FMI), dans son evaluation de pays annuelle de 2007, a indique que l’economie de l’Afrique du Sud traversait sa plus longue periode d’expansion jamais enregistree et que ces dernieres annees ont vu une croissance elevee dans un environnement d’expansion de credit rapide, de prix des actifs en hausse, de renforcement des finances publiques et de developpement des reserves internationales financees par des entrees massives de capitaux.Au meme moment, le FMI a exprime ses inquietudes sur le deficit actuel du pays et le taux d’inflation.Le rapport du FMI a aussi identifie le probleme de longue date du chomage comme etant l’un des principaux defis de la croissance economique dans le pays avec la pauvrete, les grands ecarts de richesse et l’incidence elevee de VIH/Sida.Mais le rapport a aussi approuve l’approche de ces problemes par les autorites sud-africaines avec des politiques visant a augmenter la croissance economique dans un environnement stable et des initiatives afin de reduire le chomage et ameliorer les conditions sociale.Le FMI a declare que cette strategie pourrait etre soutenue par des reformes du marche du travail et une plus grande liberalisation du commerce.La cle identifiee par le FMI pour repondre a ces defis sera l’integration economique de la majorite auparavant defavorisee de l’Afrique du Sud. L’economie de l’Afrique du Sud presente une dualite marquee avec une economie financiere et industrielle elaboree ainsi qu’une economie informelle sous developpee.Alors que le secteur economique financier et industriel de premier rang a cree des infrastructures et une base economique avec un grand potentiel de croissance et de developpement futurs, son secteur economique de deuxieme rang represente a la fois un potentiel inexploite et un defi pour le developpement du pays.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Aout 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :South Africa YearbookSouth African Reserve BankSouth African TreasuryDepartment of Trade and IndustryStatistics South Africalast_img read more

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New Effort Will Streamline Green Building Standards

first_imgThe new system will have three partsThe five organizations involved in the effort are ASHRAE (what used to be the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the International Code Council (ICC), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).According to the EBN report, the cooperative effort will result in a three-part system:An updated version of the 189.1 standard.IgCC, which becomes an “adoptable, code-enforceable version of 189.1” but ceases to be developed as an independent system.The LEED (Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design) rating system.The individual components will work together in a more coordinated way than they do now.Speaking to EBN, ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix said, “Had we continued down the separate paths, there is always the chance that someone eventually is going to lose in that game. I think this is a win-win for everybody.” Five of the country’s most influential developers of construction industry standards have announced a joint effort to create a single green standard that would be more coherent and cohesive than the jumble of overlapping green building standards and regulations that currently exist.The agreement is an attempt to create a “single, holistic system” integrating the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program, ASHRAE’s 189.1 building standard, and the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), according to an article posted at Environmental Building News(EBN).For those designing or building single-family homes, however, changes are probably years away. The new agreement is not expected to be in place before 2017 at the earliest, and it will not initially have any jurisdiction over what regulators call “the low-rise residential sector.” Changes in residential approach could come laterThe agreement covers commercial and high-rise residential construction, but not single-family homes. That’s partly because neither the 189.1 standard nor the scope of the technical content in the IgCC covers single-family (low-rise) construction, Owens said. In time, however, the same approach could be applied to low-rise residential.“If I were a residential builder,” Owens said, “I would see that this is a model that could potentially streamline and harmonize a lot of local programs that are out there and their relationship to code. When the USGBC and ASHRAE, ICC, AIA, and IES are successful in developing an organized framework of how codes, standards, and rating systems all interact, I think the model is replicable on a residential scale.”Should that happen, Owens said, residential builders should find the regulatory landscape much easier to navigate.center_img A mixed bag of standards led to some confusionIf you’re not a code specialist, all of this may seem like a big bowl of alphabet soup. Brendan Owens, LEED vice president for technical development, posted an article in which he explains the background and how the new cooperative effort will be an improvement.In 2005, he writes, the USGBC, ASHRAE, and IES collaborated on the ASHRAE 189.1 standard. In a parallel effort, the ICC started developing the International Green Construction Code.“All of these tools started to appear in the market and jurisdictions appeared to be very confused,” he said by telephone. “We had this situation where there wasn’t an articulate and planned framework in the market and each organization was just talking about this and trying to clarify it on their own, and we weren’t having the effect we wanted to have.”The fact that the five organizations are working together is, Owens said, one of the most important parts of the agreement.last_img read more

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Stretchable Batteries Could Power Devices Embedded In The Body [Video]

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#mobile devices The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology christina ortiz What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … “Flexible means the device could be bent or twisted, which essentially requires the device to be very thin. Stretchable represents a more challenging type of mechanics, which requires that the device must accommodate a large strain deformation, including not only bending, twisting, but also stretching and compressing.” The two could possibly go hand in hand, say in a nifty new watch design from a well known tech giant, but successful flexible devices will require more than mere flexibility. As mobile devices become more and more like physical attachments, they will have to move like our own skin, stretchy and flexible.A report from Bloomberg News about the possible Apple iWatch says that it may take about three years to be able to develop glass flexible enough to curve or even wrap around someone’s wrist. While Apple and others work on making flexible mobile devices a reality, they may also want to take a look at adding some stretchiness to the product development. Image courtesy of Northwestern University. Finally, they were able to come up with “pop-up” technology that allows the circuits to bend and twist. Typically, circuits inside of batteries are rigid, but creating bridges using metal wiring to connect the elements gives the circuits the ability to stretch and flex along with any device. The power in the metal bridges works its way through the circuits to power the battery.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Its life span is about 20 charging cycles – and it can be recycled just like any other lithium-ion battery. Due to its small size, it can hold a charge for only eight to nine hours, but the battery charges wirelessly using coils that induce charging through an external source. This makes it ideal for use in medical devices embedded in the body. ‘Flexible’ And ‘Stretchable’ Are Distant Cousins It seems like a stretchable battery would be attractive for the flexible device market, but Huang says the two aren’t as alike as one would think. In an email to ReadWrite, Huang said that while the OLED displays from Nokia and Samsung are flexible, they aren’t stretchable. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Two years ago, Nokia made waves when it displayed a concept phone using a flexible OLED display. Samsung and Ericsson have shown similar prototypes. So flexible devices and displays are on the market horizon. But they’re still just a first step toward a new class of future devices that can not just flex, but actually stretch – so they can be safely and comfortably implanted in the body, for example.   In a video (below), Huang and Rogers demo the battery by hooking it up to an LED light and slowly stretching it out. The battery was able to reach about 300% of its original size and still provide power. Once stretched, the battery can regain its original size without damage to the circuits.  So what is the prognosis for these “stretchable” devices? One piece of the puzzle has recently been developed in a partnership between Northwestern University and the University of Illinois: a stretchable lithium-ion battery. The “Stretch Armstrong” of Batteries It took Yonggang Huang and John A. Rogers, from Northwestern and University of Illinois, respectively, six years to develop a cordless power supply that was versatile enough to be used in stretchable electronics, particularly devices used inside the human body. last_img read more

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CWG 2014: Indian shooters continue medal-winning feats on Day 4

first_imgShreyasi Singh clinched a silver medal in women’s double trap shooting Young markswoman Shreyasi Singh clinched a silver medal while Mohd. Asab managed a bronze as Indian shooters continued their medal-winning feats on the fourth day of competitions in the 20th Commonwealth Games on Sunday.Shreyasi bagged a silver in women’s double trap to give India their eighth medal from shooting, before Asab made it nine by finishing on the podium following a tense shoot-off for the bronze.For both shooters, it was their first Commonwealth Games medal, with Asab winning it in his maiden appearance. For Delhi girl Shreyasi, she made up for the disappointment of failing to win anything in front of her home crowd fours years ago at the Games in the Indian capital.The 22-year-old Shreyasi shot down a total target of 92 to bag the silver, two shots behind gold winner Charlotte Kerwood of England.Another Englishwoman Rachel Parish won the bronze with 91 points, after a shoot-off with Cynthia Meyer of Canada.A not-so-impressive first round of 22 points saw Shreyasi trailing at the third spot after the third and penultimate round but the Delhi shooter recovered some lost ground in the final round to taste success at the Barry Buddon Centre.With Kerwood, in whose name the Commonwealth Games record of 106 points (at 2006 Melbourne) stands, struggling in the final round, Shreyasi was in with a chance to go for a shoot-off for the gold but missed the double target twice to settle for the white metal. Shreyasi had rounds of 22 24 23 23.advertisement”I trained in Italy for some time before the Commonwealth Games and that has helped me. I would also like to thank the federation and the government,” Shreyasi said.The other Indian in the fray, 20-year-old Varsha Varman finished fifth with 88 points (22, 19, 24, 23).In the other event, Punam Yadav clinched India’s seventh medal in the weightlifting event of the Commonwealth Games as she lifted a total of 202kg to claim a bronze in the women’s 63kg category.Punam, who won a bronze in junior Asian Championship early this year, was locked in a gripping battle with Olayuwatoyin Adesanmi and defending champion Obioma Okoli, but the two Nigerian athletes totalled five kilos more than the Indian.last_img read more

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