Wow! The 15 most valuable squads in this season’s Champions League revealed

first_img 9. Atletico Madrid: the market value of Diego Simeone’s squad is £459.90m 15 15 13. Napoli: the market value of Maurizio Sarri’s squad is £312.66m 15 15 15 6. Manchester United: the market value of Jose Mourinho’s squad is £509.18m 11. Liverpool: the market value of Jurgen Klopp’s squad is £406.35m 15 4. Manchester City: the market value of Pep Guardiola’s squad is £529.65m 1. Real Madrid: the market value of Zinedine Zidane’s squad is £669.42m 15 15 2. Barcelona: the market value of Ernesto Valverde’s squad is £635.85m 15 14. AS Roma: the market value of Eusebio Di Francesco’s squad is £290.68m 5. Bayern Munich: the market value of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad is £523.26m 7. Juventus: the market value of Massimiliano Allegri’s squad is £484.74m 15 15 12. Borussia Dortmund: the market value of Peter Bosz’s squad is £352.82m 15. Monaco: the market value of Leonardo Jardim’s squad is £227.61m – click the arrow above, right, to see the top 15 in full 10. Tottenham Hotspur: the market value of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad is £443.03m 15 8. Paris Saint-Germain: the market value of Unai Emery’s squad is £469.17m It’s in the Champions League, the most prestigious competition of them all, that coaches and players are so fiercely judged.It’s the tournament where the most valuable squads in football are found and has taken a look at the mammoth figures involved. Scroll through the gallery above to see the top 15 most valuable squads in the Champions League, courtesy of figures from Transfermarkt on 12 September 2017. 15 15 15 3. Chelsea: the market value of Antonio Conte’s squad is £552.96m last_img read more

Roland makes swimming history

first_img14 August 2006Roland Schoeman turned in a sensational display at the Deutsche Ring Aquatics short course competition in Hamburg at the weekend, setting a world record in the 50 metres freestyle whilst also winning the 100 metres individual medley.It proved his decision to miss Swimming South Africa’s annual awards function, where he was named Athlete of the Year for the third year in succession, to be a good one.The 26-year-old sprint ace became the first man in history to break the 21-second barrier in the 50 metres freestyle, touching in 20.98 to shave 0.12 seconds off the previous mark set by France’s Fred Bousquet in 2004.Financial rewardThe new record was worth $15 000 to Schoeman, who also shares the 100 metres world short course record with the USA’s Ian Crocker.In the final, he was a little off the record he swam in the semi-finals, turning in a winning time of 21.28.In the final of the 100 metres individual medley, Schoeman touched in 52.56 seconds to secure victory.He is off to Victoria, Canada, next to compete in the Pan Pacific Championships from 17 August to 20 August. Last year, in Montreal, he won two gold medals and a silver at the Fina World Aquatics Championships.Return to competitionRyk Neethling, returning to competition after a two-month break, took third in 100 metres individual medley, some way behind Schoeman in 54.19 seconds.After the competition, Schoeman was named swimmer of the meet, which saw him add a car to the $15 000 he had won for his world record.He was not the only South African to stand out.Lyndon Ferns picked up gold in the 50 metres butterfly – an event in which Schoeman holds the world record, set in Montreal in 2005 – in 23.24 seconds.WomenIn women’s action, Suzaan van Biljon excelled in the breaststroke, winning the 50 metres in 31.17 seconds, and taking victory in the 200 metres in 2:23.42.Liza-Mari Retief secured fourth-place in the 100 metres butterfly in a time of 59.84 seconds. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Africa’s very own Walk of Fame

first_img10 July 2015An Afri-Global Walk of Stars, similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was planned along Cradock Avenue, in the northern Johannesburg suburb of Rosebank, the African Global Heritage Foundation (AGHF) said.It will feature five-pointed stars inlaid into the pavement, which will be inscribed with names of people who have distinguished themselves and have left their mark globally and locally.“The walk is set to be a huge resource for Rosebank,” said Phineas Tichana, the Walk of Stars executive producer, “and a mega marketing tool for Johannesburg to promote tangible heritage as an open air museum, and enhance the business, cultural, and civic well-being of South African and African achievement.”Mock unveilingThe walk has been dedicated to Nelson Mandela, as well as every other South African and African who has made an outstanding impact on the world.A mock unveiling will coincide with Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July. “A formal inaugural induction will then be held in September to induct the first South African and African stars,” reported the Rosebank Killarney Gazette.CategoriesStars will be given to people who have excelled in radio, music, sport, film, television and performing arts, as well as to those who have rendered great service to their fellow citizens.Other categories will make provision for contributions from corporates, humanitarian organisations, and special honourees.The general public can nominate people, and the selection committee will make the final decision.The African Walk of StarsThe South African class of inaugural inductees:Recording: Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Hugh Masekela, Oscar Mdlongwa aka Oskido, Jonathan Butler, Lerato Molapo aka Lira, Chicco Twala, Johnny CleggTheatre/live performance: Joe Mafela, Sello Maake KaNcubeSport: Lucas Radebe, Francois Pienaar, AB de Villiers, Gary Player, Ali Bacher, Caster SemenyaMeritorious: Imtiaz Sooliman, Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada, George Bizos, Desmond Tutu, Patrice MotsepeTelevision: Rolene Strauss, Connie Ferguson, Siyabonga Twala, Bonang MathebaFilm: Leon Schuster, Terry PhetoThe African class of inaugural InducteesRecording: Oliver Mtukudzi, Sade Aku, Salif KeitaFilm: Lupita Nyong’o, Genevieve NnajiTelevision: Alek WekSport: Didier DrogbaFrontline member-states champions:Kenneth KaundaRobert MugabeJoaquim ChissanoQuett MasireSam NujomaSamora MachelJulius NyerereKamuzu BandaHollywood Walk of FameEM Stuart, the volunteer president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, came up with the idea of a Walk of Fame in 1953. He wanted to “maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world”.Eight years later, in 1960, construction of the famed walk began.“An average of two stars are added to the walk on a monthly basis,” reads the Walk of Fame site. “The walk is a tribute to all of those who worked so hard to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction.”Source: Rosebank Killarney Gazettelast_img read more

U.S. EPA to eliminate all mammal testing by 2035

first_img U.S. EPA to eliminate all mammal testing by 2035 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., announced today that it will stop conducting or funding studies on mammals by 2035. The move, which is already eliciting strong reactions from groups supporting or opposing experiments on animals, makes EPA the first federal agency to put a hard deadline on phasing out animal research.EPA’s decision “is a decisive win for taxpayers, animals, and the environment,” says Justin Goodman, vice president of advocacy and public policy at the White Coat Waste Project, a Washington, D.C.–based animal activist group that has slammed such research as a waste of taxpayer money. “Animal tests are unreliable and misleading,” he asserts.But Jennifer Sass, a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, a Washington, D.C.–based environmental group, blasts EPA’s decision. “It’s very disappointing and very frustrating,” Sass says. 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But chemical companies have long complained that the tests—many of which they pay for—are expensive and time-consuming. And animal advocacy organizations have urged the agency to move toward nonanimal models, such as computer programs and “organ-on-a chip” technology, a collection of cells designed to mimic entire organs. Legislation, including a 2016 amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act, has required EPA to move away from animal experiments.In June, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler sent an internal memo outlining a plan to eventually phase out the agency’s animal testing, first reported by The Intercept. In the memo, which became official today, Wheeler writes that “animal testing is expensive and time-consuming,” and that scientific advances that don’t involve animals are allowing researchers to evaluate chemicals faster, more accurately, and at lower cost. The agency, he writes, will redirect its resources toward these “New Approach Methods” and away from animal testing. “The EPA will reduce its requests for, and our funding of, mammal studies by 30 percent by 2025 and eliminate all mammal study requests and funding by 2035.” After that date, any studies will require administrator approval.At a news conference in Washington, D.C., this morning, Wheeler also announced $4.25 million in funding to five institutions to develop nonanimal alternatives to current tests: Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland; Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, both in Nashville; Oregon State University in Corvallis; and the University of California, Riverside.It’s not clear how many animals or research projects will be affected by the changes. EPA says the total number of animals used in toxicology studies submitted to the agency annually ranges from 20,000 to more than 100,000. Goodman estimates there are about 20,000 animals in EPA labs—including rabbits, mice, and rats—most of which are used to gauge the safety of environmental pollutants such as smog and ozone. Other animals—including rabbits, guinea pigs, and dogs—are tested by chemical companies (or the testing is outsourced to contract research organizations) to meet EPA requirements on the safety of new products. Goodman says the new EPA policy will affect both realms. Companies will no longer to need to use as many—or any animals—to meet EPA standards, and the agency itself will no longer conduct mammal testing. (Goodman says some toxicology testing is conducted on fish, and he expects that to continue.)“This is the most comprehensive and aggressive plan in U.S. history to cut government animal testing,” Goodman says. “I think it’s going to be the gold standard for other agencies.”Sass says she’s concerned that EPA’s proposed changes will give the chemical industry, which will need to develop its own nonanimal alternatives, too much control over these technologies. “A lot of nonanimal tests are done by contractors, so they’re proprietary,” she says. “There’s no way for experts to evaluate how these chemicals are tested. You’re going to have a black box funded by industry.”At the press conference, Wheeler denied that the policy shift was influenced by chemical companies. Instead, he said he was motivated by his mother, who is an animal lover, and his zoologist and veterinarian sisters. EPA has also recently teamed up with the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and representatives from PETA, the White Coat Waste Project, and the Humane Society of the United States took part in today’s press conference.Sass says even though scientists have made great strides in creating nonanimal models, they’re often still no match for the real thing. She notes that to determine whether a chemical causes a disease like lupus, researchers need to see the impact on the entire immune system, not just a few cells in a dish or on a computer. And the learning disabilities caused by lead poisoning would not have been picked up without animal experiments, she says. “You can’t test whether a cell has ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder].”Ann Bartuska, vice president for land, water, and nature at Resources for the Future, a Washington, D.C.–based nonprofit that conducts independent research into environmental and energy issues, says Sass raises legitimate concerns. “The process needs to be transparent so others can evaluate how effective these new approaches are.”But Bartuska, a former deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (which conducts and funds numerous animal studies), notes that EPA has a science advisory board that will oversee the plan, and she says the agency has given itself enough time to make sure nonanimal alternatives work before it completely phases out its mammal research. “It’s a very major step that I think will have an impact on other federal agencies,” she says. “It’s right to be cautious, but something has to change.” unoL By David GrimmSep. 10, 2019 , 6:00 PMlast_img read more

Voluntary Separation Offered to Public-Sector Workers

first_img The Government, through its Special Early Retirement Programme (SERP), is offering voluntary separation from the public sector to employees 50 to 59 years of age who are under the non-contributory Government pension scheme.The SERP, which is being undertaken through the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, was opened on January 2, 2018 and will close for applications on February 16, 2018.Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, on February 7, Deputy Financial Secretary, Strategic Human Resource Management at the Ministry of Finance, Wayne Jones, noted that the SERP is part of the public-sector transformation programme.Additionally, he explained that the measure is also an effort to manage the public-sector wage bill.However, he pointed out that “the public-sector transformation initiative is ultimately about service delivery and service efficiency,” and noted that this is the reason for the exemption of some groups from the programme.These groups include members of the security forces, teachers and healthcare professionals, which he said are sectors that already have a shortage of personnel.Mr. Jones said that eligible persons may apply for the programme through their Human Resources Department, adding that the organisation would need to do an evaluation of the application, as well as the role of the employee, to determine whether that application can be approved.Successful applicants will receive an incentive of two weeks’ salary for each year of service up to a maximum of one year’s salary.The Deputy Financial Secretary also outlined that applicants must have been vested with 10 years’ service, with at least one pensionable appointment in a pensionable post during this period.Additionally, approved applicants will receive, as part of their package, pay for vacation leave not taken.Interested persons may contact the SERP at 778-5581 or email address The Government, through its Special Early Retirement Programme (SERP), is offering voluntary separation from the public sector to employees 50 to 59 years of age who are under the non-contributory Government pension scheme. However, he pointed out that “the public-sector transformation initiative is ultimately about service delivery and service efficiency,” and noted that this is the reason for the exemption of some groups from the programme. Story Highlights Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, on February 7, Deputy Financial Secretary, Strategic Human Resource Management at the Ministry of Finance, Wayne Jones, noted that the SERP is part of the public-sector transformation programme.last_img read more

Official Funeral for Easton Douglas

first_imgFormer Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament, Hon. Easton Douglas, OJ, CD, is to be accorded an Official Funeral by the Government of Jamaica.Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, made the announcement during today’s (September 12) post-Cabinet press briefing held at Jamaica House.Senator Reid informed that Cabinet has approved an Official Funeral for Mr. Douglas, who died on Sunday, August 26, at the age of 81.The Official Funeral will be held at the St. Andrew Parish Church, Hagley Park Road on Thursday, September 20, starting at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the St. Dorothy’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Old Harbour, St. Catherine.Mr. Douglas was Member of Parliament for South East St. Andrew from 1989 until 2002 when he retired. He served as Minister of Health; Public Service; and Environment and Housing.He also had a long career in the public service, serving as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of National Security and Housing in the late 1970s and 1980s. Prior to that, he worked as Government Town Planner.last_img read more