QPR’s new signing Conor Washington is among their substitutes for the game against Wolves at Loftus Road.Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has named an unchanged starting line-up, with in-form striker Sebastian Polter and midfielder Massimo Luongo keeping their places.Wolves, meanwhile, are without recent signing Michal Zyro, who has scored three times in the last two matches, while Adam Le Fondre returns.QPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Henry, Luongo; Phillips, Fer, Hoilett; Polter.Subs: Lumley, Washington, Angella, Hill, Faurlin, Chery, Mackie.Wolves: Ikeme; Iorfa, Batth, Ebanks-Landell, Doherty; McDonald, Coady, van La Parra, Edwards, Henry; Le Fondre.Subs: McCarey, Golbourne, Rowe, Saville, Price, Byrne, Enobakhare.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
SANTA CLARA — A long-festering feud between Santa Clara and the San Francisco 49ers has erupted, with the city now moving to terminate an agreement that allows the team to operate non-football entertainment events at Levi’s Stadium, such as the recent Rolling Stones concert.In a letter to Al Guido, president of the 49ers Stadium Management Company, the city says it wants to end the team’s management agreement effective Nov. 15, citing allegations of fraud and a failure to comply with state …
Cape Town’s impressive Green Pointstadium and surrounding precinct areundergoing major renovation. (Image:Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town)Janine ErasmusThe City of Cape Town has announced a US$91-million (R786-million) upgrade to its existing water and sanitation infrastructure.This is an important part of the city’s current five-year development plan, and amounts to almost 15% of the total $650-million (R5.5-billion) capital expenditure budget for the forthcoming financial year.With the latest project Cape Town aims to further enhance its attractiveness as both a tourist and investment destination.HistoricCape Town is South Africa’s oldest city and traces its history back to the arrival of the first Dutch settlers in 1652, although Portuguese navigators had discovered the area some three centuries before. The existing infrastructure, while not quite as old as the city itself, therefore needs careful and constant maintenance.Old and leaking pipes are a financial burden to the city. Cape Town loses almost 19% of its piped water to burst pipes and leaks in homes and offices. This costs the city more than $473 000 (R4-million) every year. The international standard for such losses in other world-class cities is 15%.A complete replacement of Cape Town’s water system would cost $2.7-billion (R23-billion), said Clive Justus, the mayoral committee member for utility services. “The backlog of water mains replacement would become unmanageable if infrastructural replacement is not accelerated now,” he commented in a statement.Forward planningBy investing into and accelerating the replacement of faulty water mains, city management plans to avert a crisis such as that experienced by power utility Eskom in early 2008, when inadequate infrastructure was unable to meet the country’s power demands. The Western Cape was the hardest hit and suffered rolling blackouts for many weeks, as well as a severe dent to its economy.The international norm for water pipe replacement in terms of distance per year is 1% of the total network. Cape Town is currently replacing water pipes at a rate of 30km per year, but this is a big improvement on the 7.4km per year that was achieved just three years ago. The immediate goal is the replacement of 40km of pipes by mid-2009, which still amounts to just 0.5% of the total Cape Town network.The 8 000km wastewater system is also due for treatment. In the northern suburbs, where development is rapid, the system is under particular stress. From July 2009, a $6.6-million (R56-million) upgrade project will see the replacement of pipelines where it is most needed.Other projects currently underway include the allocation of $33-million (R280-million) to increase the capacity of the Potsdam Wastewater Treatment Works from 32 megalitres per day to 47. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2009. Another state-of-the-art greenfield facility is under construction at Fisantekraal, situated 10km north of Durbanville. Greenfield refers to a plant that is built on previously undeveloped land.Both plants together will provide treatment capacity for about 140 000 homes in Cape Town.Extensive upgradesThe city is in the throes of extensive upgrades in several sectors.The refurbishment of Green Point Stadium, a 2010 Fifa World Cup venue, is around 70% complete and according to the city, is on track for completion and handover in December 2009. The $520-million (R4.5-billion) project is set to become an eye-catching landmark, while the surrounding area of Green Point Common has also been revamped and will include a golf course and other sporting facilities by the time it is complete in March 2010.Cape Town’s public transport system is getting a massive overhaul with the implementation of the Integrated Rapid Transit system. Phase one, which encompasses the airport-city and the city-stadium routes, is expected to be on the road in time for the World Cup in 2010.City planners are also developing a stronger network of roads in suburban areas. This will include developments such as walking and cycling routes and better provision for public transport.Africa’s leading airportCape Town International Airport, voted by the World Travel Awards as Africa’s leading airport no less than seven times, will see the opening of its new Terminal 2010 at the end of 2009. About $118-million (R1-billion) has been ploughed into the terminal, which will accommodate the domestic and international volume until 2015. Two new parkades are also nearing completion.Business, education and private internet usage are getting a $47-million (R400-million) boost in the form of a brand-new fibre optic network. Phase one, the laying of about 202km of cable and connection points in key municipal and educational buildings, is in progress and the second phase will involve the expansion of the network to the suburbs, especially those that have no access to modern telecommunications.The fibre optic network is one of the factors that earned Cape Town a spot on the Intelligent Community Forum‘s 2008 list of the world’s most intelligent cities. It also fulfils Fifa’s stringent telecomms requirements for 2010.As if this weren’t enough, Cape Town is also investing heavily into the business of entertainment, with a $50-million (R430-million) film studio under construction just 20km out of the city. The Cape Town Film Studio will boost the filming industry in Cape Town, which is already the darling of international filmmakers. The city has seen film crews for both high-profile feature films such as Free Willy 4, Goodbye Bafana, 24: Redemption and Blood Diamond, as well as commercials, scurrying around its streets.The studio complex is expected to open its doors early in 2010.Useful linksCity of Cape TownDepartment of Water Affairs and ForestryCape Town Film StudiosCap Town International AirportCape Film Commission
by Bob Bertsch, MFLN Network Literacy, firstname.lastname@example.orgWhen we started planning the 2018 MFLN Virtual Conference on cultural competency, a couple of issues came to mind. Well, actually, a lot of issues came to mind, but let’s focus on just two.First, we wanted to engage conference participants in conversation about cultural competency. This is nothing new for the MFLN. We strive to spark a conversation in each of our webinars and learning experiences. We want to engage you in an exchange of experiences that enhances your work and encourages your professional growth, but some experiences are easier to share than others, and conversations about some topics are more difficult than others. Cultural competency is a difficult topic. We wondered if conference participants would be ready to share their experiences or if fear of judgement or of saying the “wrong” thing might hold them back.Second, we recognized that cultural competence is not something you simply acquire. It’s not something that can be gained over the course of 3 days. As the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration put it, “Developing cultural competence is an evolving, dynamic process that takes time and occurs along a continuum.” In other words, it’s a journey. We wondered how we could extend and enhance the Virtual Conference into a learning experience that could launch or re-launch you on your cultural competence journey.Here’s what we came up with.“Storytelling for Cultural Competence” is a learning experience that will help you get started on your cultural competence journey, get the most out of the 2018 Virtual Conference, and carry you forward.The experience is made up of four parts.The Personal Storytelling Journal (available now)This guided journaling experience encourages self-knowledge (an important part of cultural competence), cultivates empathy and connection, and provides a space to practice the vulnerability and authenticity required for cultural conversation. It was designed as a pre-conference activity to prepare you for the 2018 MFLN Virtual Conference, but it can be started or completed at any time.The Virtual Conference Journal (available now)This short journal will help deepen your Virtual Conference experience. It has space for notes and reflections for each conference session with “guiding questions” and quotations provided by the conference presenters.The Advocacy Action Plan (coming soon)In this guided experience you’ll learn new strategies, set personal goals for change and continue your cultural competence journey.The Storytelling for Cultural Competence Discussion Forum (available now)This forum is a private and safe space for registered users to share their thoughts as they work through the learning experience.We hope you’ll join us for any part or all of this experience, because when it comes to cultural competence, we all have something to teach and we all have something to learn. We believe peer support, practice and shared experience can change the way we think and act, and by changing the way we think and act, we can deliver more effective support and care to those we serve.You can join the Storytelling for Cultural Competence experience now!
The Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) Goa on Monday filed a letter petition in the Bombay High Court at Goa asking for a court-monitored probe into the “formalin in fish” issue. The administration appears to be continuing to withhold crucial facts, and is not taking any real action to protect Goans from fish possibly laced with formalin, while only making statements of false reassurance to the public, said the petition.Simultaneously, AAP has also notified Garima Singh, Director (Enforcement) of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India about the circumstances in which the events of July 12 regarding the events leading to Goa Food and Drugs Administration’s testing of imported fish from other States, unfolded, said AAP convenor, for Goa, Alves Gomes said. It may be recalled that during the Maggi Noodles controversy of 2015, the so-called clean chit given by Goa FDA had been refuted by FSSAI, its own parent body, raising serious doubts on the credibility and independence of the local body tasked with protecting Goans from unsafe food and drugs, said Mr. Gomes in a press release issued here on Monday evening.Despite assurances by the Chief Minister that he is “personally monitoring” the issue, it has been reported that no FDA officials have actually been present at fish markets to enforce the monitoring, pointed out AAP. “If the FDA office could be given additional security, then why couldn’t FDA inspectors enforce effective monitoring under police protection if required,” asked Mr. Gomes, adding, “A larger question also arises – are the wholesale agents so powerful that even the Home Minister does not dare to live up to his promises?”.The AAP has said that the “test reports” made public by the FDA are incomplete, vague, and appear to be a hurried reaction to AAP’s demand. “The reports are yet another attempt to quell the issue rather than attempt to ensure safety of fish consumed by Goans. AAP is continuing its own investigation into the matter, and will continue to present more facts and raise further questions until Goans receive the right answers,” said Mr. Gomes.He said that AAP will also raise this issue at a national level since many other States including Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Nagaland, Assam, Orissa, etc., have found the carcinogenic-laced fish being sold in their markets.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, April 18, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Partly sunny, with a high near 53. West wind around 9 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.In The Community: The Aleppo Shriners Circus returns to the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road) during April school vacation week. The circus will run from Wednesday, April 18 to Sunday, April 22:Wednesday, April 18: 2pm & 7pmThursday, April 219: 2pm & 7pmFriday, April 20: 10am, 2pm, & 7pmSaturday, April 21: 10am, 2pm, & 7pmSunday, April 22: 1pm & 5pmTickets cost $10. The Box Office opens on April 9. Call 1-800-700-0013 to purchase tickets. Parking is free. Proceeds from the carnival will benefit the Auditorium. Join the Facebook event HERE.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department will NOT be offering its weekly safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building today.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less! Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.Leaves/Brush Drop Off: The Wilmington Yardwaste Center on Old Main Street will be open today from 8am to 2pm for the drop-off of leaves and brush. Residents will need to purchase a punch-card for $15 in order to enter the yardwaste center. Punch-cards will be available for purchase through the Collector’s Office at Town Hall and will allow up to 5 vehicle trips to the yardwaste center per card. NO GRASS CLIPPINGS OR STUMPS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Commercial vehicles will not be allowed. Make sure to bring photo identification to show you are a Wilmington resident.At The Library: Tech Help Drop-In at 2pm. Beyond The Fairy Tale: Interactive Theatre Workshop for Kids at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Senior Center: Podiatrist at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Cards at 1pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.]Wilmington Public Schools: NO SCHOOL this week due to April vacation.Go Wildcats!: 4 Wilmington High teams are in action today. See the schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing email@example.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For April 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 20, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For April 22, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
File photo of LightningSeven people were killed and 10 others injured in separate lightning strikes in five districts on Thursday, reports UNB.The five districts are Habiganj, Meherpur, Cumilla, Satkhira and Netrakona.In Habiganj, a farmer and a schoolgirl were killed when thunder bolts hit them in separate places in Baniachong upazila.The deceased were identified as Tarin, 15, daughter of Jahir Miah and a class IX student of Sujatpur High School and farmer Mizanur Rahman, residents of Sotomukha village in Sujatpur union.Tarin’s father Jahir Miah said a thunderbolt hit Tarin while working at the court yard of their house and she died on the spot.Besides, Mizanur was killed in lightning while he was cutting paddy at Daulatpur haor.In Meherpur, Helu Zoarder, 55, son of Nabin Zoarder of Mohammadpur village, was killed as a lightning struck him while he was working at the field of the village in Gangi upazila around 11:00am.Besides, six people were injured in lightning strikes at Mohammadpur, Kasba and Motmura villages of the upazila.In Cumilla, Md Ishak Miah, 55, a former union parishad member, was killed after being hit by a lightning at Baira village in Nangolkot upazila.The incident took place while cleaning hyacinth from his pond at noon.In Satkhira, a thunderbolt hit Ashraf Hossain, 28, son of late Abdul Majid of Ghola village in Shyamnagar upazila, while working at his fish enclosure, leaving him dead on the spot.In another incident, Aminur Rahman, 16, son of Abdus Sattar of Gangati village, was killed and two other teenage boys were injured as a streak of lightning hit him while he was sitting at the veranda of a mosque after saying zohr prayers.The injured are Mizanur Rahman, 15 and Akhterul Islam, 17.In Netrakona, Mitu Akhter, 12, daughter of Habibur Rahman, was killed and her grandmother Safura Begum and younger brother Rakib Hossain, 8, were injured in a lightning strike at Atithpur village in Barhatta upazila.