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Thierry Henry Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has announced his retirement from football and will return to London to take up a role in the media.The 37-year-old left the New York Red Bulls at the start of the month after they were knocked out of the MLS play-offs, but there was speculation he might choose to play on at another club – with a return to the Gunners mooted.However, the former France international and World Cup winner has instead called time on a trophy-laden career which included spells with Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, Barcelona and the Red Bulls.In a statement released to Press Association Sport, Henry said: “After 20 years in the game I have decided to retire from professional football. It has been an incredible journey and I would like to thank all the fans, team mates and individuals involved with AS Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona, the New York Red Bulls and of course the French National Team that have made my time in the game so special.“It is now time for a different career path and I am pleased to say that I will be returning to London and joining Sky Sports. I will hopefully share some of the insights, observations and experiences I have learnt over the years with you guys.“I have had some amazing memories (mostly good!) and a wonderful experience.“I hope you have enjoyed watching as much as I have enjoyed taking part. See you on the other side…”Henry will always be most closely associated with Arsenal, where he is the all-time highest goalscorer with 228 goals in 377 games across two different spells.His time at the club included winning the Premier League title twice with the Gunners, as well as the FA Cup three times.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who had known him as a young player at Monaco, signed him from Juventus for £11million in 1999, and immediately shifted him from the wing to a central striking position.Henry left Arsenal in 2007 and joined Barcelona, where he won the Champions League in 2009.He also added two La Liga titles, the Copa del Rey, Spanish Supercopa, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup to his honours list in three seasons at the Nou Camp, before playing out his career in America with the New York Red Bulls. 1
The tiny, Tudor-style building on Tobias Street has been padlocked because of bureaucratic hurdles, construction delays and problems of the group originally selected to operate the center. Day care was expected to be the main attraction at the housing project advocated by City Councilman Richard Alarc n in his first term. He said he was surprised to learn the center, originally approved in 1994, had never opened. Now he has asked that another operator be chosen, a task that will months. “I was under the impression the child-care center was opened a long time ago,” Alarc n said. “To find out the child-care services were never provided is a real disappointment.” Developers pitched the Tupper Tobias Village in the mid-1990s as an affordable-housing project that would help stimulate redevelopment and slow increasing density in Panorama City. Alarc n signed on, and the city bought a two-acre vacant lot at the corner of Tupper Street and Tobias Avenue for $475,000, then transferred the land to Tupper Tobias LLC. Developers Robert Vinson and Michael Mekeel planned 33 Tudor-style homes that stood out in a neighborhood of stucco structures. “It was a fairly unique project. We were trying to do something we thought was innovative, a good-size affordable-housing project,” said Mekeel. Alarc n pressed for the developers to include the child-care center and suggested involving the Latin American Civic Association, a nonprofit Head Start provider, according to city reports. But the project was held up by city governmental processes for several years. The mayor-appointed Affordable Housing Commission opposed funding the development, saying the city-financed homes would cost $145,000 when similar homes in the neighborhood cost $130,000. A City Council committee also initially opposed the concept. Ultimately, the project was divided into two phases and endorsed by the full City Council in 1996, with project loans awarded in 1998. But still, there were delays and rising costs that pushed the total cost to $3.5 million – of which $225,000 was dedicated for the child-care center. “These kinds of projects are time-consuming. … There are a lot of hoops you have to go through,” Mekeel said. “We really believed in our project and we hung in there.” Ultimately, however, as the process dragged on and the developer failed to close escrow on individual houses, the Los Angeles Housing Department threatened to put the project’s loan in default. General Manager Mercedes Marquez initiated Project Clean House when she joined the Housing Department in 2004 to sift out stalled or failed projects and recoup loans. Tupper Tobias Village was a problem – a holdover from the days when politicians championed projects and housing dollars were not awarded competitively. Marquez appointed a task force to figure out what went wrong – why all the homes hadn’t closed escrow and why the child-care center was still empty. “Obviously it was a difficult situation for everybody. When I arrived, the city did everything we could to get it clarified,” Marquez said. By then – in 2004 – the Latin American Civic Association, the Valley’s largest Head Start provider and planned operator of the Tupper Tobias child-care center, was losing its federal funding after regulators found problems with its operation. “We decided the responsible thing was to take back the center. We said we cannot let that move forward,” Marquez said. The Housing Department planned to seek other nonprofits to manage the center, Marquez said, but was directed by the City Council in 2006 to keep negotiating with the Latin American Civic Association. But department officials said they determined the association couldn’t show it was capable of running the center, and this month Alarc n pushed the department to find a new provider. Still, that could take six more months. “I want to uncuff the department, so they can talk to other groups,” Alarc n said. “I’m convinced the primary problem was that it took too long to develop the project. If I had known the developer would take so long, I wouldn’t have talked to him.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PANORAMA CITY – When Gustavo Perez decided to buy a home in the Tupper Tobias Village several years ago, he thought his children, then ages 5 and 7, would soon be using its much touted child-care center. But the facility, planned as the centerpiece of the innovative affordable-housing village, has sat empty for three years – its walls covered with graffiti and its grounds covered with weeds. “Maybe my grandkids will be able to use it,” quipped Perez, noting that his kids, now 10 and 12, are too old for a child-care center. “I think it was a good project in the beginning, but there were a lot of problems.”
Anything you can do Lionel…Diego Maradona was not to be outdone by Argentine compatriot Lionel Messi when he repeated the Barcelona maestro’s juggling feats with an orange.Watch Messi’s attempt here.Whose was better?
The English Football League has ruled out the possibility of including Premier League B teams or clubs currently outside the English system in its proposed restructure.Plans for a revamp of the game below the top flight, which would primarily see the EFL change from its present three-division format to one of four leagues of 20, were announced earlier this year.One of the key questions to be determined was where the additional eight clubs to bring EFL membership up to the required 80 would come from.There were suggestions some Premier League B teams or Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers could be invited to join a new National League Three, but this has been dismissed following a meeting of the existing 72 clubs.Clubs also expressed a preference to play through a winter break should one be introduced in the English game.If introduced, the new structure – contained in a document entitled ‘Whole Game Solution’ – would mean five professional divisions at the top of the English football pyramid, all of 20 teams, headed by the Premier League.The meeting made clear that, if the numbers are realigned, the preference would be for the additional eight clubs required to make up League Three to come from the National League.However, the whole proposal will require further discussion ahead of a potential vote next summer. Another issue still be addressed is a proposition for the bottom two divisions to be regionalised.A statement read: “EFL clubs have been collectively discussing the fundamental issue of reforming the structure of English league football for the first time since agreeing to assess ideas put forward by the EFL board at last summer’s annual general meeting.“Those suggestions, which aim to improve the format of EFL competitions and the revenues received by clubs, posed a number of critical questions and these have been the subject of a consultation process with clubs during this past six weeks.“All clubs, who will potentially vote on a final proposal in June 2017, have been considering the specific issues of regionalisation, the number of teams per division, divisional restructure, winter break and from where in the game the additional teams will come from.“The majority of these issues, including how the funding redistribution model will work in the future, will continue to be assessed as the discussions are shaped over the next two months, but the option of sourcing additional clubs from anywhere but the National League has been withdrawn.“In addition, the feedback has confirmed that clubs in League One, Two and the proposed League Three would want to play through a winter break if introduced.”EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey believes the decisions already made will give greater clarity as consultation continues with all interested parties.Harvey said: “The logical place for many was to source the additional teams for League Three from the National League but we felt it important that the debate was introduced at an early stage and an opportunity was provided for all club owners’ and executives’ to voice any opinions and, where applicable, table concerns.“We will now continue our consultation with the National League with a little more certainty as to what any change could mean for them. These conversations will include the FA in their capacity as the governing body not a competition organiser.”Harvey added “dialogue will continue with the Premier League” while fans’ groups and other stakeholders would be given “opportunity to register their views”. 1 The Whole Game Solution will not involve Premier League B teams
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All upgrades to the Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg will be complete this week, with the state-of-the-art facility set to welcome over 60 000 football fans for the opening ceremony and opening match of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup. There is also a disability suite to house disabled dignitaries. Sejaphala said that Fifa wanted to ensure that people with disabilities enjoyed the game with the rest of the crowd, rather than being seated behind the teams’ bench. Situated in central Johannesburg, Ellis Park has been transformed into a world-class showpiece, from the pristine beauty of the green grass on the playing field to the dressing rooms that boast jacuzzis and massage areas. World class The nearby Johannesburg Stadium will be used as a Fifa hospitality centre, catering for officials and dignitaries. Gigantic stage The 61 400-seat stadium also boasts a gigantic stage at the north stand, not far from the newly built legacy tunnel, where artists will carry out their performances before and after games. The 15 metre prize-giving platform, situated below the presidential suits, has also been completed, and this is where the Fifa Confederations Cup winning team will collect the prize and lift the coveted trophy. According to Sejaphala, Fifa requires that President Jacob Zuma be seated between Fifa President Sepp Blatter and stadium CEO Paul Appalsamy in the front row of the presidential suite when the first whistle blows on 14 June. Renovations have also been made to the VIP section at the west stand of the stadium and the top-notch presidential suits which have been expanded to accommodate more guests. About 150 seats covered in red suede have been built next to the suit. “[By Monday], the innovations at the stadium will be completed and it will be ready to accommodate the thousands of people who will be attending the Fifa Confederations Cup,” stadium project manager Zack Sejaphala told BuaNews during an exclusive tour of the stadium. 3 June 2009 The stadium will accommodate more than 1 200 media officials, with two Fifa mixed-media zones having been completed with the broadcast compound being erected beneath the presidential suit. The old sports shop has been renovated and turned into a temporary office for Fifa officials and the conference centre has been renovated and extended to accommodate 1 200 people and will serve as a media conference centre. Presidential suite The first game features hosts South Africa taking on Asian champions Iraq in a Group A match, while the final match and closing ceremony will also be held at the same venue. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material He said Fifa had been impressed by the extended and modern change rooms, while for the first time in its history, the stadium will have a paraplegic seating section that will cater for people with disabilities from the corner of the south stand to the north stand.
A major HIV counselling and testing campaign set to reach 15-million South Africans is due to kick off this month. (Image: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos visit the image library) A major HIV counselling and testing campaign will be launched in South Africa this April. Recognised as the most comprehensive in the world to date, the drive aims to have 15-million South Africans tested by June 2011.The initiative, which is being led by the South African National Aids Council (Sanac) and government, will run until the end of 2011, when the National Strategic Plan on HIV and Aids is concluded.Speaking at a Sanac meeting in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, on 17 March, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said: “The main objectives of the campaign are to encourage South Africans to know their HIV status; to equip those who test HIV-negative with ways of ensuring that they do not get HIV; to increase health-seeking behaviour; and to create a quick and easy entry point to accessing wellness and treatment services for those who test HIV-positive.From April 15, everyone who visits one of the 4 300 health facilities in the country will be offered an HIV test, regardless of whether they show symptoms or not, the minister added.Previously only pregnant women and people showing symptoms of HIV were given the option of being tested, while others had to volunteer and request a test.“I don’t have a feeling that South Africans understand that the biggest weapon against HIV must be prevention,” Motsoaledi said. “The mainstay of the fight against any disease is to prevent it from happening.”The Department of Health will raise funds for testing kits to be supplied to all health centres. “Health facilities won’t be expected to provide those,” the minister said.According to the Health Department, there are currently more than 5-million people living with HIV/Aids in South Africa – out of a population of 49-million.In the 2010/11 national budget, presented by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, the Department of Health’s HIV/Aids allocation increased by 33% from the previous year.Compared to budgets for other departments, 33% is the highest increase, said Motsoaledi.But “we can’t keep on increasing by 33%. We have got to cut the rate of infection. That’s where the issue of prevention comes in,” he said.“If we keep on increasing [the budget] we will reach a situation in South Africa where the whole budget must go to the treatment of HIV/Aids, and I don’t think any country can afford that. So, our war of prevention is extraordinarily important.”Private-public partnershipLocal business has shown great support for the drive. “We fully endorse and support government’s campaign, its targets and the keen focus on HIV prevention,” said Brad Mears, CEO of The South African Business Coalition on HIV/Aids (Sabcoha), which works with the private sector in combating the epidemic.Mears said his organisation would establish workplace wellness facilities to provide HIV counselling and testing.“You don’t have to be a scientist to know that prevention is better than cure at all times. But if you have failed to prevent it and it has happened, you have to treat it. We do accept that the fact that we have got so many people on treatment, might be the failure of prevention,” Motsoaledi said.
Seaman Sikuliaq reporting for duty, Captain. The low rumbling of the engine of the RV Sikuliaq was music to ocean scientists’ ears last week during a 23-day cruise to test how the newest addition to the U.S. oceanographic fleet handled icy seas. Starting from Dutch Harbor on the Aleutian island of Amaknak in Alaska, the ship ventured north into so-called ten-tenths sea ice—the name shiphands give to a sea ice coating that stretches to the horizon.The 80-meter-long Sikuliaq is not an icebreaker, but its hardened hull is rated to move through sea ice as thick as 0.8 m. And it “crunched” smoothly through ice it encountered during various trial procedures, reports chief scientist Carin Ashjian, a biological oceanographer from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts. (The ship moved easily through 0.5 m-thick solid ice, but was stopped by stacked “rafting” ice that was 1.5 m thick. 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Winches delivered sampling and sensory equipment smoothly in ice and water, and crews successfully exited the ship on foot to take samples from surrounding ice. Inside the nearly 3500-gross-ton vessel, large decks and spacious lab areas had scientists salivating. “She’s a great ship, and a great addition to the U.S. science fleet,” Ashjian says. The ship has about 24 berths for scientists, in addition to a crew of about 20, and has a range of about 30,000 kilometers.Previously, U.S. scientists have relied on the Coast Guard’s Healy icebreaker for access to the Arctic. Now, Sikuliaq will allow scientists to access icy areas during the fall and spring “shoulder seasons” that other existing vessels generally avoid. “She opens the southern parts of the Bering Sea during those times of year,” Ashjian says.WHOI oceanographer Sam Laney was particularly interested in the scientific possibilities that will allow. “Since people don’t get a lot of opportunities to come up here in the Bering Sea this early in the year, we don’t have a lot of data on what phytoplankton species are ‘early risers’, i.e., species that do especially well in early spring. These would be analogous to crocuses or daffodils on land: the plants that you see blooming earliest in the year,” he wrote in a blog post during the cruise.Laney tested some new sampling equipment during a foray with other scientists off the ship and onto the ice. A few graduate students took samples that might inform their dissertations, Ashjian says. But the real science will begin in July, when Sikuliaq finally begins research operations in icy seas during a fall cruise back to the edge of the sea ice.
Nearly all life on Earth depends on the ability of plants to convert light into chemical energy. Chloroplasts, the little factories that carry out this conversion, are widely considered passive in this work: They just sit there and absorb whatever light hits them. But it turns out that’s not always the case. A team of researchers from the United Kingdom reports today in Nature Plants that it has discovered a species of shade-dwelling begonia called Begonia pavonina (above) that arranges light absorbing components in its leaves to boost their light absorption. Typical chloroplasts contain membrane-bound compartments called thylakoids that stack atop one another in a somewhat haphazard arrangement. In B. pavonina, however, this stacking is far more regular, creating what are known as photonic crystals. These crystalline arrays strongly reflect blue light, giving the leaves an iridescent glow. But more importantly, they concentrate the more abundant green and red wavelengths of light on the leaves’ energy absorbing apparatus. The upshot is that B. pavonina’s leaves soak up as much as 10% more energy than other low-lying forest dwellers. That may not seem like much, but under the thick canopies of Malaysian forests where B. pavonina lives, that extra energy gives the plant the juice it needs to edge out its competitors.