Given and Van Ginkel join Potters

first_imgStoke’s summer recruitment continues apace after the club confirmed the signing of former Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given. “I know Shay particularly well from our time together at Manchester City and I’m really looking forward to working with him again,” said manager Mark Hughes. “He will not only be a great asset on the pitch as an outstanding goalkeeper but he’s also a fantastic character to have in the dressing room and around the club – a true professional.” Given joined Stoke after being released from the final year of his deal with Villa.and chief executive Tony Scholes added: “Few players can match Shay for the longevity of his career, but having finished last season as Villa’s first-choice goalkeeper it’s clear he still has so much to offer.” As well as investing in experience, the Potters have also brought in potential in the form of Van Ginkel, the 22-year-old who spent last season on loan at AC Milan. The Holland international, who was the club’s fourth signing of the summer following that of defender Philipp Wollscheid, goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard and striker Joselu, will join up with his new team-mates in Singapore ahead of their appearance alongside Premier League rivals Arsenal and Everton in next week’s Barclays Asia Trophy. “Marco is the kind of player we have been looking to bring to the club,” said Hughes. “He will bring great energy to the side and is capable of scoring goals from midfield, as he showed during his time with Vitesse (Arnhem). “I’m looking forward to him linking up with the squad in Singapore and getting the chance to work with him on the training ground and see him in action in the Barclays Asia Trophy.” The announcement of the Republic of Ireland international’s arrival on a two-year deal came less than an hour after the Potters secured Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel on a season-long loan. Given fills the gap left by veteran Thomas Sorensen’s departure at the end of the previous campaign, but, with first-choice Asmir Begovic seemingly on his way out of the Britannia Stadium, with Chelsea stepping up their interest, the 39-year-old will provide competition for England Under-21 international Jack Butland. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

‘We’d need to know how much homeowners would pay’ – Leo Varkadar on Mica

first_imgThe Taoiseach Leo Varkadar has put Donegal homeowners affected by Mica on alert this afternoon that they could be asked to contribute towards repairing their homes. Speaking in the Seanad on Thursday, Varkadar said that homes affected by Mica in Donegal would ‘be quite a bill’ and if paid there wouldn’t be room ‘to do other things’ in the country.Representatives across the county have called on the government to bring the scheme forward without further delay. Donegal homeowner Damien McCauley is one of a number of victims whose home suffers from MICA. Photo Brian McDaid.“So anything that we do, whether it is assisting people whose homes are affected by Mica, whether it is assisting people who live in defective apartments buildings, we have to know the costs,” Varkadar said.“We have to work out what contribution would come from the taxpayer and what would come from the owners of those homes themselves and we have to consider what other things, as a consequence that, we can’t do.”‘We’d need to know how much homeowners would pay’ – Leo Varkadar on Mica was last modified: April 18th, 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) Tags:MICAlast_img read more

QPR trio set to sit out Norwich game

first_imgYeni Ngbakoto, Idrissa Sylla and Jamie Mackie are unlikely to be involved in QPR’s game at Norwich.Rangers, still without the injured Grant Hall and Jordan Cousins, go into their final match of the season having ensured their Championship status by beating Nottingham Forest last time out.A win at Carrow Road could see Ian Holloway’s side finish as high as 15th, depending on results elsewhere.Rangers have lost their last four away matches and five of their last six.See also:Holloway: QPR need to be like BrentfordQPR to train in Portugal during pre-seasonTwo youngsters given contracts at QPRQPR boss explains why he left out Wszolek   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

VWSA wins huge Polo export order

first_img20 November 2009Volkswagen South Africa is set to double the number of cars it exports from its plant in the Eastern Cape, after the company won an order to export 55 000 new-generation Polos to countries including the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore in 2010.The contract, which follows from a multi-billion rand investment programme by the automaker and its component suppliers, will also see the export of 19 000 of the cars to right-hand-drive country destinations around the world by the end of 2009.This will double Volkswagen SA’s total exports from approximately 28 500 in 2009 to 55 000 in 2010. Production of the new Polo hatch began at the Uitenhage plant in July, and the vehicle is due to go on sale in South Africa from early 2010.“By the end of 2009, Volkswagen South Africa will have invested R3.5-billion in new plant, local content development and new product,” VW South Africa MD David Powels said at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park in Uitenhage this week.“A further R500-million will be invested in 2010 to complete the process and ensure that the company is well placed to capture future opportunities both in the South African and global markets.”Supplier investmentAccording to the company, one of the key factors enabling it to secure the contract was the investment of approximately R600-million by suppliers, including Rehau, Bentler, Flextech, Faurecia and Grupo Antolin, in the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP).“The investment on the part of these five suppliers into the NMBLP has resulted in the creation of 685 highly skilled, new jobs in the Metro with upside potential in coming months,” Powels said.This has enabled the company to increase local content of the new-generation Polos from below 40% to in excess of 70%.“The establishment of the NMBLP has been a crucial step in the process to enable Volkswagen to become a globally competitive manufacturer of vehicles in the Eastern Cape,” he said.As a result of the suppliers’ investment in the park, 77% of suppliers to Volkswagen of South Africa are now based in Nelson Mandela Bay – a factor Powels described as critically important in Volkswagen’s globalisation strategy.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Sponsor Post: 3 Ways to Improve Your Survey-Based Audience Research

first_imgEditor’s note: we offer our long-term sponsors the opportunity to write “Sponsor Posts” and tell their story. These posts are clearly marked as written by sponsors, but we also want them to be useful and interesting to our readers. We hope you like the posts and we encourage you to support our sponsors by trying out their products.Online, survey research is great for collecting deep, interesting data about your audience. It’s the perfect compliment to web analytics and syndicated audience measurement and can provide benefits to everybody in your organization, from the editorial staff to the ad sales folks. However, it’s easy to get it wrong. In fact, we tend to think that most people do just that. And, depending on how it’s used, bad data can often be worse than no data.Most of the time, problems can be traced back to sampling error. In technical terms, sampling is the act of observing a small selection from a larger population in order to learn information about the entire population. In the case of online surveys, sampling refers to how you recruit respondents.So, here are three things to think about that will help improve the quality of results next time you survey your audienceInvitation designThe way in which you engage website visitors affects the type of visitor you will attract.There are many important aspects to the design of an invitation, including tone of voice and branding, but perhaps the most important is the level of noisiness. At one end of the spectrum, there are invitations that are too subtle: a button in a blog post, a static feedback link in a footer, etc. These can result in a polarized, self-selected sample. At the other end of the spectrum are noisy invitations. A typical example is the “TAKE A SURVEY, WIN AN IPOD” popup invitation. Crass promises of compensation can have many unintended affects on the sample and carry a high cost in terms of visitor experience. In general, the goal should be an invitation that is measured, interesting, and respectful. It should be obvious enough so that every (hopefully randomly) selected visitor has an equal, but not annoying, opportunity to participate. At Crowd Science we tend to use text-based HTML overlays.TimingRespondents feel and respond differently depending on when they are engaged. Catching someone in a particularly bad, or good, or busy, or anxious mood can affect the way they respond to a survey. The obvious example here is Monday-itis. If you run editorial on a website, and your bonus is tied to visitor satisfaction scores, you definitely don’t want pre-caffeinated, Monday-morning respondents overwhelming your sample. Similarly, if you’re running an Apple blog, it’s important to be cognizant of the effect of macro events, like Sir Steve unveiling the fabled tablet at Macworld. Avoid errors due to timing by recruiting as evenly as possible across all meaningful time periods. The unusual visitors are important, but only in the right proportions.Survey lengthRespect respondents’ time and they’ll return the favor with good data. This is obvious, but it bears repeating. Even the most generous respondents will suffer respondent fatigue given a long enough questionnaire. The sweet spot for online research is six to 12 questions. That’s long enough to dig deeply into one or two topic areas and collect a few attributes upon which to segment – but well within the tolerance and attention span of most visitors, even without monetary compensation. Online survey research is easy to do, but easy to screw up. Follow these tips and listen to your audience. What survey methods have worked for you? What hasn’t worked? Let us know in the comments.Photo credit: Dominik Gwarek. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Tags:#Sponsors#web rww sponsor 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Crucial outing

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Fajardo scored 35 points in the series opener, which San Miguel lost, 99-94.San Miguel, the four-time defending champion, pulled away early and buried the Hotshots by as many as 20 points, with the end result painting a picture of how the Finals ended last year.Austria and his charges also absorbed a Game 1 loss to Magnolia before winning the next four games to notch their eighth all-Filipino crown.“I told the guys before the game, ‘less talk and more action,’” said Chris Ross, who was among San Miguel’s heroes in Game 2. “I know the type of team we have. We have a bunch of resilient guys. After a loss, we usually play some really good basketball.”While both are pleased after Game 2, Austria and Ross stressed the importance of staying vigilant in the series—as if quashing the idea of possibly sweeping their foes again.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Game time is at 6:30 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum where the Beermen shoot for a follow-up to a 108-101 Game 2 victory two nights ago where they played with so much control that didn’t at all reflect on the final score.“It will become an interesting game because it now boils down to just a best-of-five,” coach Leo Austria said. “I’ve always pointed out to my players the importance of getting a win first, [which we now have].”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe key to the San Miguel dominance, as Austria would later admit, was getting everyone involved and the Beermen not being a one-man wrecking crew.“We were able to set up plays and we were able to not [rely heavily] on June Mar Fajardo,” Austria said after getting seven men in twin digits in Game 2. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Baptism of fire for Maroons San Miguel Beer and Magnolia break their 1-1 tie in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday, with the Beermen looking to wrest control of the series and put a serious dent on the Hotshots’ collective confidence.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “After watching the tape, they’ve probably figured out what happened. This is not going to be easy. Magnolia will come back hard,” Austria said with a tone of certainty.“It could happen again. It may not,” said Magnolia’s Paul Lee when asked about the possibility of last year’s heartbreak repeating itself. “But until the results are out, we’ll just try to put out the best fight we can and live with the results.”“It’s kind of unfortunate that it takes a loss to wake us up,” Ross noted. “But give credit to Magnolia, man. They are scrappy and they are a really good team. We know that these [three] wins [that we need] are not going to come easy and our guys are up to the task.”Marcio Lassiter, who was scoreless in Game 1, couldn’t agree more: “I’m pretty sure Magnolia will have some different schemes in Game 3.”And with his personal performance mirroring his team’s improvement, the San Miguel gunner hopes he sustains confidence as the series plods along.“I knew it would just take some time so I just have to build on this game,” Lassiter said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more