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DIY: Freestyle Backpacking

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first_imgMy friend Ryan Baxter and I are hiking southward up the A.T. Trail on the north side of Mt. Rogers headed towards the Old Orchard Shelter where we plan to stop for lunch. Our hope was to power up a little bit given we are both an embarrassing bit out of shape (shhh, don’t tell anybody), before making the bigger hike up the mountainside to the sweeping boulder fields that occupy the higher altitudes of the Mt. Rogers high country.I’m packing a traditional PB&J and a power bar, but Ryan’s got something else up his sleeve.“Prepare to have your mind blown,” Ryan chuckles as he begins digging through his pack for his lunch at the shelter. “Remember that surprise I was telling you about?”He pulls out what looks like a small yellow sake choko and an 8oz plastic bottle full of clear fluid (presumably sake). Unfortunately there was no sake in that bottle, but there was something close in resemblance. Alcohol.Boiling water via denatured alcoholI knew what he was up to because I had previously been reading up on small DIY survival rigs, although I’ve never made one, and had seen similar set-ups to what Ryan was about to reveal. While I had seen similar set-ups, I hadn’t seen one particularly like this. It was a homemade lightweight alcohol stove crafted out of an aluminum soda bottle. The bottle was machine-pressed into itself giving it a nice rounded rim with near pinhole sized air vents drilled into the side—all in all a much more well-crafted version of what some know as the Fancy Feast stove.Using an old Snow Peak cook pot as a cooking dish as well as a carrying container, Ryan was able to squeeze the bottle of denatured alcohol, the stove, and the windscreen all into the small pot. Minimal size and weighing next to nothing, it’s proven addition to any minimalist backpackers collection.Ryan lit up the stove and got water to boil so he could amaze me with his grand finale, but while doing so an elderly A.T. veteran named Sam wandered up with a couple hiking friends and took interest in Ryan’s contraption.“Did you make that?” Sam eyeballed the stove with curiosity before one-upping Ryan with his own homemade stove.Sam pulled out a very similar cup-shaped stove, only with the walls hollowed out to allow a tightly wound wick to be placed inside for better burn efficiency, and a stainless steel air vent built into it. The two of them marveled the craftsmanship and exchanged stories, clearly sharing a bit of enthusiastic appreciation for innovation, while I stood by observing their creations and enjoying my own personal and latest innovation of adding jalapeño jam to my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.Sam’s Alcohol StoveBut my lunch was about to get better.  Ryan had a large plastic bag of dried ramen noodles with dried mushrooms and seaweed and spices just waiting to be doused in hot water in order to spring to savory life.  The bag was placed inside a curious looking sleeve crafted out of pipe insulation and duct tape.Step One: Boil water.Step Two: Pour water into bag.Step Three: Sit around and shoot the bull until lunch is ready.The thermal bag could hold enough heat inside to cook for up to eight to ten minutes, even in freezing temperatures, allowing for minimum fuel consumption.After finishing Step Three we began Step Four, which involved me getting a share of the gruel, which I wasn’t about to argue with, I happened to know Ryan was pretty well rounded in the kitchen (you should have been at camp that night for the camp-style chicken alfredo—I’ll be thinking about that for days).DIY StoveRyan’s successfully homemade stove kit and heating sleeve.While eating lunch conversation drifted into sleeping gear which led to hammocks which led to Sam showing off one more piece of gear before we departed on the rest of our trip.Clearly a man of patience, Sam had crafted a hammock for less than $15 that rivaled many I’ve seen on store shelves selling for 50 bucks, not to mention rivaling most other DIY hammocks I’ve seen in quality.Sam’s HammockUsing two layers of rip-stop nylon, some excellent sewing skills, a custom buckle machined by a friend, and a crafty suspension cord utilizing Chinese-finger-trap technology, Sam had put together an excellent two-layer hammock allowing for a pad to be inserted inside for insulation and comfort while a custom sleeping bag with an open bottom end and straps instead of zippers is wrapped around the outside for cover and warmth.  Optional: bug netting and tarp.Sam quickly slung it up between two trees and allowed me to indulge, but I  had to quickly  climb out for fear of A: falling into an afternoon snooze, and B: developing a jealousy complex.So we bid the guys adieu and hit the trail, moving onward up the mountain to seek out adventure. But on the way up I couldn’t help daydreaming about little contraptions I wanted to build to add to my pack. As cheesy as it sounds, I guess old dogs can teach new tricks as well as learn them.Here’s a couple links you should check out if you’d like to work some quality hands-on time into your schedule:DIY Gear SupplyZen StovesTo The Woodslast_img read more

Prosecutors reject defense arguments in Novel acid attack case

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first_imgProsecutors rejected on Monday the defense arguments submitted by a legal team defending two police officers charged with involvement in the acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan in 2017, during a hearing at the North Jakarta District Court.In last week’s hearing, the lawyers sought the acquittal of the defendants Chief Brig. Ronny Bugis and Brig. Rahmat Kadir Mahulette, saying they had no intention of harming the antigraft investigator and that the attack was simply a spontaneous act. The lawyers also claimed that the injury to Novel’s eyes had been caused by poor medical treatment, not by the attack.Prosecutors told the court the chronology of the incident in which Rahmat had googled the address of Novel Baswedan on April 8, 2017. Rahmat also studied the residential complex area for him to prepare the attack plan and escape. He borrowed Ronny’s motorcycle on April 9, 2017 and checked out the entrance and exit gates around Novel’s residential complex. As a member of the National Police’s Mobile Brigade Corps (Brimob), Rahmat also had access to a parking lot for Brimob vehicles at the Brimob headquarters in Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java, where he obtained the sulfuric acid for the attack.However, defense lawyers had argued that Rahmat was “anxious on the night before the attack” and that a “perpetrator of a planned crime would likely be more relaxed”.Read also: KPK urged to take on Novel’s acid attack case after prosecutors demand light sentence“The fact that there was a certain period of time for the suspect to calculate his action is enough to prove that this was a planned crime,” prosecutors said, rebutting the defense argument during the court hearing on Monday. The prosecutors went on to say that both defendants had spied on Novel Baswedan before the attack, waiting in front of Al-Ikhsan mosque on Jl. Deposito Block E in Pegangsaan Dua subdistrict, Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta, where Novel said his dawn prayers.“Rahmat opened the black plastic bag inside which he kept the acid. Meanwhile, Ronny kept his eye on Novel Baswedan,” the prosecutors explained. “Rahmat also told Ronny about his intention to teach someone a lesson and told Ronny to drive his motorcycle slowly when approaching Novel.”“Based on that chronology, we reject the lawyers’ defense argument that said that Rahmat acted independently in the attack,” the prosecutors said, indicating that Ronny also played a role in the attack.The prosecutors also rebutted the poor treatment claim, saying that the damage to Novel’s eye was reported by Mitra Keluarga Hospital in Kelapa Gading, where Novel was first treated after the attack before being referred to the Jakarta Eye Center (JEC).Read also: Comedian satirizing sentence demand in Novel Baswedan case targeted by alleged ‘buzzers’“Based on the hospital’s medical report on April 24, 2017, the 40-year-old man [Novel Baswedan] suffered first- and second-degree burns to his forehead and third-degree burns to his right and left corneas,” the prosecutors said.“The degree of the wounds was still unknown, however, it can be concluded that they subsequently hindered the victim in conducting his activities. Damage to the cornea can potentially cause blindness or severe deterioration in sight,” the report read.State prosecutors had earlier demanded a one-year prison sentence each for Ronny and Rahmat for alleged torture, from a maximum 12-year sentence based on the multiple charges pressed against the two officers under several articles of the Criminal Code.Topics :last_img read more

Massive million-acre estate for sale

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first_img MORE: House that’s “as good as gold” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Roxborough Downs & Mudgerebar Station, Boulia, Qld 4829Everything the light touches is yours in this incredible million-acre estate that’s hit the market — the likes of which has not been seen in years.Created by merging two mega properties together, the overall land size is 1,046,476.46 acres or 423,494 hectares, a massive expanse of Queensland countryside used to rear cattle. Brisbane prices at bottom of cycle The stations are cattle country. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe area has seen good watering. Roxborough Downs and Mudgerebar Station, Boulia, run side-by-side according to the listing by Rawdon Briggs and Bram Pollock of Colliers International — Agribusiness.It was listed as being “highly regarded Channel Country with scale” with Roxborough Downs covering 208,494 hectares and the Mudgerebar Station grazing holding covering 215,000 hectares.“The properties are adjoining and are located in a tightly held and highly regarded cattle growing region,” the listing said.It has carrying capacity about 16,000 head of cattle with the two properties containing three types of “grazing country types with the advantage of one of these being beneficially flooded Channel Country”. Roxborough Downs & Mudgerebar Station, Boulia, Qld 4829 FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Reno that needs to be seen to be believed It has several water points.As large as that is, it’s about a fifth of the size of one of the largest cattle stations in the country — Anna Creek which is about 5.8m acres, and Davenport Downs in Queensland which is 3.73m acres.The Roxborough Downs and Mudgerebar Station sale includes plant and the property has several bores and water points. The vendors are looking for expressions of interest.last_img read more

Offshore ReWIND: The Most Read News in the First Half of 2017

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first_imgTo remind you of just how interesting the first half of 2017 was, the Offshore WIND editorial staff compiled a list of the most read articles published during first six months of this year. Even though the industry has been notably active since the beginning of July as well, our team has decided to set the time parameter to end with 30 June and thus provide a new overview in addition to our annual Offshore ReWIND.Artificial North Sea Island Plan Moves AheadAfter presenting their vision of an artificial island acting as a power hub in June last year, TenneT took a step forward this March by signing a trilateral agreement – including TenneT Netherlands, TenneT Germany and Danish Energinet.dk – on developing the North Sea Wind Power Hub project.The so-called Power Link Island, presumably located in the shallow waters of Dogger Bank, will connect the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Norway and Belgium with the transmission cables simultaneously functioning as interconnectors between the energy markets of the six countries. The island will connect large wind farms located far offshore, allowing a potential total connection capacity of between 70,000MW and 100,000MW. This way, far-shore will become near-shore and the costs will be reduced. Staff, components and assembly workshops will be stationed on the island, therefore optimizing and simplifying complex offshore logistics. TenneT expects that the island could start operating by 2035 or 2040 if everything goes as planned.Germany Accepts First Subsidy-Free Offshore Wind Auction BidGermany’s Bundesnetzagentur selected three offshore wind projects by DONG Energy and one project by EnBW in the first auction for grid connections and funding for existing offshore wind farm projects, with at least one of the developers offering the lowest price bid of 0.00 Euro cents per kilowatt-hour. The average award price was 0.44 Euro cents per kWh, and the highest price accepted was 6.00 Euro cents per kWh. All four projects are in the North Sea.In July last year, DONG Energy also made headlines after the company won the rights to build Borssele I and II by submitting the lowest bid with an average price of 7.27 Euro cents per kilowatt hour – 5.1 Euro cents less than the originally estimated compensation.Boskalis’ Revamped Vessel Coming Up in 2018As of 2018, Boskalis will add a new self-propelled DP-2 crane vessel to its fleet, as the company has put Finesse, one of its semi-submersible heavy lift vessels, up for a conversion. After the upgrade, Finesse will be equipped with a 3,000t mast crane, dynamic positioning (DP2) and accommodation for up to 150 people, and will be capable of transporting and installing offshore wind turbine foundations. After the upgrade, Finesse will be equipped with a 3,000 tonne crane, dynamic positioning (DP2) capabilities, as well as accommodation for up to 150 people. The vessel, which is already berthed at Keppel Shipyard, will also be capable of transporting and installing offshore wind turbine foundations upon its completion in the third quarter of 2017.Boskalis mentioned the conversion of the vessel in October 2016, when it won a contract from DONG Energy for the transport and installation of the Hornsea Project One foundations, saying the converted vessel will be used on the projectSBM Offshore: Floating Wind Technology Is the Future (Interview)Pilot floating wind farm projects such as the ones recently approved in France provide floating technology developers with a chance to demonstrate that their products can be a part of the future energy mix, Joost Heemskerk, SBM Offshore’s Renewable Energy Product Line Director told Offshore WIND.MHI Vestas Launches 9.5 MW Offshore Wind TurbineMHI Vestas Offshore Wind launched the V164-9.5 MW wind turbine.Built on the industry-leading V164 turbine platform, the V164-9.5 MW wind turbine was launched by MHI Vestas on 6 June. The V164 platform’s 80-metre blades are already capturing wind energy on the Burbo Bank Extension wind farm off the coast of the UK. Just one single turbine is now capable of powering more than 8,300 UK homes.Siemens Wind Power CEO to Head Siemens-Gamesa Offshore BusinessOn 8 May, the Board of Directors appointed Markus Tacke as the company’s new CEO, with Michael Hannibal, former CEO of the offshore division at Siemens Wind Power, now CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s offshore business.The wind turbine market recently saw a giant being born after the merger of Siemens Wind Power and Gamesa, which now together have some 27,000 employees, 75GW installed globally, and an orderbook valued at around EUR 20 billion. In terms of offshore wind, the company concentrates on technology developed by Siemens, with the latest turbine having an 8MW capacity.Mating of Hywind Scotland Floating Turbines (Video)Statoil started assembling the turbines for the 30MW Hywind Scotland floating wind farm at the assembly site at the beginning of May. The same month, the first two of the five SPAR-type floating foundations arrived to the assembly base and were unloaded off Stord before being verticalized using ballast water and aggregates, reaching a draft of more than 75 metres.The turbines will lie moored in the fjord off Leirvik on Stord and undergo some final tests before being towed one by one to the field off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The floating wind turbines will have a total height of 258 meters, with 178 metres of the structures floating above water, and the remaining 80 metres submerged underwater. The EUR 200 million project, owned by Statoil (75%) and Masdar (25%), is expected to be commissioned late this year.Denmark Makes Room for Testing 330m Tall Wind TurbinesDanish Government has approved the expansion of the national wind turbine test centres in Østerild and Høvsøre. Four new sites will be added, facilitating testing of turbines of up to 330 metres. Currently, the test centre at Høvsøre counts five and the one at Østerild seven sites for testing large wind turbines. Each centre will be expanded by two additional sites, thus leading Denmark to having a total of 16 sites where next-generation wind turbines can be tested. This will also allow for erecting turbines of up to 330 metres at the Østerild test centre and those of up to 200 metres at Høvsøre.In January last year, Megavind called for additional locations and facilities for testing wind energy technology and entered a dialogue with the Danish government to discuss possibilities to find additional prototype test sites. Megavind pointed out the need for 4-7 new test sites in Denmark to meet the growing demand for testing next-generation wind turbines.3sun Recruiting 100+ Technicians, Former O&G Workers Welcome to ApplyIn January, 3sun Group launched a recruitment campaign looking for more than 100 new technicians to service GBP 6 million worth of new and extended offshore and onshore wind farm contracts. The target of the campaign was local people with mechanical, inspection, instrumentation and electrical background who would re-train for roles on multi-client contracts in the UK and internationally.After completing the training at the 3sun Academy, they are now joining teams across the UK and Europe, with some earmarked for the “Made in Great Yarmouth” project at Great Yarmouth’s Outer Harbour. The 40-strong Galloper team is building the 56 6MW Siemens turbines for the wind farm at the purpose-built pre-assembly yard at Great Yarmouth port.DONG Explains the Thinking behind Subsidy-Free BidsDONG Energy revealed the factors behind the decision to place two zero subsidy bids in the first round of offshore wind auctions in Germany. DONG based the decision to submit the zero bids on several factors, including the ever-evolving technology, the location of the two wind farms, and certain changes in the German law.DONG also welcomed the extension of the project realisation window to 2024 by which the developer expects turbines with capacity of between 13MW and 15MW to be available on the market. With bigger turbines, the developer can increase electricity production while reducing the number of turbine positions at the same time.last_img read more

India court recognises transgender people as third gender

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first_imgBBC News 15 April 2014“It is the right of every human being to choose their gender,” it said in granting rights to those who identify themselves as neither male nor female.It ordered the government to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and education in line with other minorities, as well as key amenities.According to one estimate, India has about two million transgender people.In India, a common term used to describe transgender people, transsexuals, cross-dressers, eunuchs and transvestites is hijra.Campaigners say they live on the fringes of society, often in poverty, ostracised because of their gender identity. Most make a living by singing and dancing or by begging and prostitution.http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27031180?OCID=fbasia&ocid=socialflow_facebooklast_img read more

Baumli adds his name to winners’ list at US 36

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first_imgOn the restart, Wright got a good jump while Richards and Rudolf battled for second. Rudolf cleared Richards and focused on Wright. Wright ran the top of the track and Rudolf ran the bot­tom, setting up the late-race duel for the win. By Jacob Blair  OSBORN, Mo. (July 12) – J.J. Baumli prevailed in what was arguably the best IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature of the season Friday at US 36 Raceway. Rudolf methodically moved his way into third as frontrunners Chris Wright and Cade Richards had a large gap on the rest of the field. Chase Rudolf had struggled in his Karl Kustoms Northern Sport Mod heat race and found himself starting last in the feature. After making the necessary adjustments, he proved in the opening laps of the feature he had a fast race car. It looked as though the two would settle the race between themselves. Rudolf needed a caution if he were to add his name to the battle for the win. With four to go, the caution flew and Rudolf be­came an immediate contender. J.J. Baumli prevailed in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature that had US 36 Raceway fans buzz­ing Friday night. (Photo by Judy Staley) Brad Whitney had jumped to the early lead but the field never gave him more than a few car lengths, as second through sixth swapped several times between multiple drivers. After all the moving around, Mich Ross and Baumli emerged as the two most able to challenge Whitney. With racing room hard to come by, Ross got too high in turn four and left the battle to Whitney and Baumli. Baumli cleared for the lead as the white flew and earned his first checkered flag of 2019. Whitney finished second. Blake Peeler ran a patient race as he took his time working through the field. After starting eighth, Peeler finished in third, needing one more caution to chal­lenge the leaders. Ross ran the top and Baumli worked the middle to bottom lane of the track. They both converged on Whitney and with the laps winding down, the three found themselves three-wide for the lead with two to go. The white flag was in the air when Rudolf drove deep into turn one. The car stuck and he got a run off turn two. The two battled down the backstretch, but Rudolf bettered Wright in turn four and cleared him for a trip to Westfall GMC Victory Lane in his first appearance at US 36. Wright fin­ished second with Richards third. Matt Lent finished fourth after battling for the lead early.last_img read more

Betty Marie Huesman

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first_imgBetty Marie Huesman, 77, of Osgood passed away Friday, May 24, 2019 at Margaret Mary Health in Batesville.  Betty was born Thursday, June 19, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of John and Georgia (Taylor) Wheelden.  She married Carl Huesman August 27, 1960 and he preceded her in death December 29, 2011.  Betty worked for Batesville Casket for 30 plus years and was a member of Osgood First Baptist Church.Betty is survived by son John Franklin (Christina) Huesman of Osgood; daughters Tish (Charlie) Aguero of Kissimmee, FL and Amanda Huesman of Osgood; brother Fred (Cheryl) Wheelden of Kissimmee, FL; 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.A service celebrating her life will be held 12 PM Friday, May 31, 2019 at Osgood First Baptist Church, 124 N Sycamore Street, Osgood, IN 47037 with Pastor Steve Allen officiating.  Family and friends may gather to share and remember her 11 AM – 12 PM Friday, May 31 also at the church.  Memorials may be given in honor of Betty to the family.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812) 654-2141.  You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Messi suffers quadriceps injury

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first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Barcelona have revealed that Lionel Messi has “a minor right quadriceps injury” ahead of the team’s return to La Liga action.Quique Setien’s side will resume their title defence against Mallorca on June 13, three months after the 2019-20 campaign was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Spanish champions have said in a statement that Messi “trained in isolation” on Friday due to a slight injury, although the Argentine is expected to rejoin his teammates “in a few days”.“Barca captain Leo Messi has a minor right quadriceps injury and trained in isolation, doing specific exercises to avoid unnecessary risks with just eight days remaining before Barca finally get back to playing matches. He should be able to rejoin his teammates in a few days time,” read a statement from the Catalan outfit.Messi has again been in excellent form at club level during the 2019-20 campaign, scoring 24 times and contributing 16 assists in 31 appearances in all competitions.The 32-year-old has already suffered both foot and adductor injuries this season.Tags: BarcelonaInjuryLa LigaLionel MessiQuadricepslast_img read more

Adkins focused on the future

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first_img Adkins added: “I am pleased to be the Reading manager. We will take it one game at a time and try and keep this club in the Premier League. It’s a good club, I’ve been impressed with them and I’ve always known what sort of club it is. We’re in the Premier League and we want to stay there. I am excited.” Many had sympathy with Adkins after the way he was treated at Southampton and it is typical of how things fall that they will be his second opponent. Survival, however, is Adkins’ primary focus. “I can’t talk about Southampton as it’s in the hands of the League Managers’ Association,” he added. “I am looking to the future, I’ve had two months out and gone around Europe, I’m excited about the future and passionate about playing football.” Reports had suggested Brighton’s Gus Poyet was Reading’s top target with Adkins not thought to be interested. He addressed that, though, saying: “When it happened with Brian I was in Germany and Reading wasn’t on the agenda at the time. “We’re now looking forward to the next stage together.” Press Association Nigel Adkins was keen to draw a line under the past after being appointed as Reading’s new manager on Tuesday morning.center_img The 48-year-old has signed a contract until summer 2016 to replace Brian McDermott at the Madjeski Stadium. He was surprisingly sacked by Southampton in January despite securing back-to-back promotions. Reading are in a more perilous situation than Saints – they are second bottom and seven points shy of safety – but meet Adkins’ old club in his second game. A trip to Arsenal comes first, though, and Adkins wants to forget about the past. He said: “I’ve not made any comments since I left Southampton and I want to take the opportunity to thank all the people there. I thank the fans, the players and supporters. We were on a fantastic journey but we have to move on now.” last_img read more

Dreadful debut for Delph

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first_img Moments after Delph had been replaced by Jesus Navas, Real added insult to injury as an incisive move resulted in Karim Benzema volleying the opening goal past City goalkeeper Joe Hart. Cristiano Ronaldo added the second shortly after before Pepe made it three from a header. Yaya Toure pulled one back for City in first-half stoppage time from the penalty spot but Real winger Denis Cheryshev added Real’s fourth with 15 minutes to go and Manuel Pellegrini’s side never looked like launching a comeback. After an evenly-matched start, City were dealt a double blow after Delph went down following a challenge with Modric and Gareth Bale then set up Benzema from the right wing, the French striker firing past Hart from the middle of the box in the 21st minute. Ronaldo quickly doubled Real’s advantage when Toni Kroos launched a perfectly-weighted ball to his feet before the Portuguese wriggled clear of Aleksandar Kolarov to chip into the net. Hart parried the ball but it went backwards and over the line, with his scrambled efforts to scoop it clear in vain. The Spanish giants moved 3-0 up just before the break from the set-piece when Isco sent in a corner and found Pepe, who climbed the highest in the box from 10 yards out to power a header past the motionless Hart. Toure pulled one back for City in first-half stoppage time from the penalty spot after Sergio Ramos handled the ball following a flick-on from Raheem Sterling. After the break, Real went close twice in quick succession around the hour mark when Ronaldo almost played in Isco with a one-two before the Portuguese playmaker burst into the box and fancy footwork almost undid the City defence with a shot that crept wide. Real did add a fourth in the 73rd minute through Cheryshev, who bundled in the ball as it fell at his feet from close range following a surge into the box by Isco, with City unable to gain further traction. Fabian Delph’s Manchester City debut ended with a suspected hamstring injury as Real Madrid claimed a 4-1 victory in the International Champions Cup game in Melbourne. Press Associationcenter_img The 25-year-old midfielder, who signed from Aston Villa after making a U-turn over his switch to City last week, lasted less than 20 minutes after a tussle with Luka Modric resulted in him being carried from the pitch on a stretcher. City will now face an anxious wait to determine the severity of Delph’s injury, with their opening Barclays Premier League match against West Brom just over two weeks away. last_img read more