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first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

Armour: Five weeks, 21,595 miles and a lifetime of memories from the 2014 World Cup

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Obrigado and tchau, Brazil, you have been quite the trip.And I’m not talking about the 21,595 miles I flew during the World Cup.I came to Brazil prepared for five weeks of headaches: stadiums that weren’t finished; flights that got canceled or were late; and Brazilians resentful of the World Cup and all the money and resources required to put it on. Instead, it’s been five wonderful weeks of thrilling games, adventures involving animals, transportation and running and, most of all, a people who couldn’t have been warmer or more welcoming.I game-hopped at this World Cup, which was the best possible assignment. I got chills listening to 60,000 Brazilians sing their national anthem with one voice before the opener (and again every other time they did it), and again when I saw so many U.S. fans packing the stadium in Natal it could have been an NFL game.Fireworks over the Maracana in Rio after the World Cup final. (Getty Images)Fireworks over the Maracana in Rio after the World Cup final. (Getty Images)I watched defending champion Spain grow old before my eyes against the Netherlands, and got an inkling that Brazil’s World Cup hopes would stop short of the Maracana when Guillermo Ochoa stopped the Selecao cold. I delighted in seeing Colombia’s dance parties, and held my breath when it took a penalty shootout to decide Brazil-Chile.And Netherlands-Costa Rica. And Netherlands-Argentina. (Thank you, Mario Götze, for not making me — and everybody else — go through that again for the final.)I saw a total of 20 games, nearly a third of the tournament. But pulling that off meant a lot of time in airports and airplanes. Exactly how much is a lot? When I boarded a flight one morning, the flight crew and I recognized each other.It was a grind, and my rollie suitcase and I are going to need some time apart after this trip. But going to all of these different games meant I got to see and do things I never would have otherwise, and those are memories I will carry with me the rest of my life.On my first trip to Manaus, a friend and I stumbled onto a road race and jumped in to run the last 1.5 miles. When else am I going to run in the Amazon? On my next trip, I saw monkeys and got to hold a sloth. (One of my nephews was very jealous.).USA TODAY Sports' Nancy Armour holds a sloth in the Amazon.USA TODAY Sports’ Nancy Armour holds a sloth in the Amazon.I walked along streets in Salvador where the cobbles were the same ones laid by slaves hundreds of years ago. I stumbled onto the fish market in Fortaleza, and strolled through a market in Belo Horizonte where you can buy everything from fresh produce to parrots.As I ran along Rio’s Flamengo Beach, I happened to look up just as the heavy grey clouds parted, giving me my first glimpse of Christ the Redeemer.What I’ll remember most, however, is the people of Brazil and the immense pride they have in their country. Everywhere I went, people were thrilled to show off Brazil and eager to make sure I was having fun and had everything I needed — sometimes in hilarious ways.When a street vendor noticed my panic because the roads to the stadium in Fortaleza were closed and kickoff was less than two hours away, he told me he could get me a ride to the stadium. Imagine my shock when one of his buddies pulled up on a motorbike.When I couldn’t find a taxi late one night in Salvador, one of the media shuttle volunteers grabbed my suitcase, put it in his car and drove me to my hotel himself. And when I stopped at a somewhat sketchy looking convenience store after another late night (of work), one of the guys out front insisted on watching me walk the block or so back to my hotel. Only when I reached the door and waved goodbye did he turn his back.It was not a perfect trip by any means.The poverty of the favelas is shocking, and it’s appalling that anyone lives this way in 2014, let alone thousands of people in every city. Judging by the neighborhood, I’m pretty sure the hotel where I stayed the last few days in Rio is rented by the hour. And my iPhone was snatched out of my hand on my way to the Maracana for Sunday’s final.But none of that can spoil the unforgettable experience of these last five weeks. I already can’t wait to come back.Video: Trip to Manaus via Negro and Amazon rivers Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. An unanticipated problem was encountered, check back soon and try again Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_UNKNOWNlast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton shows off dramatic new ‘caveman’ hairstyle in topless picture ahead of showdown talks with Mercedes

first_img Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Top 5 Best Budget Hotels In Dubai under AED 400 a night. Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 LEWIS HAMILTON has undergone a dramatic transformation by ditching his trademark cornrows for a scruffier style.But Toto Wolff remains confident that the British driver won’t get rid of Mercedes as well for a sensational switch to Ferrari.Lewis Hamilton has unveiled his dramatic new hair style ahead of the 2020 Formula One seasonThe six-time world champion is expected to undergo showdown talks about sticking with MercedesHamilton, who has been linked with a switch to Ferrari has ditched the cornrows he rocked during last seasonCredit: AP:Associated PressHamilton, who will begin fine-tuning his car ahead of the new season in Barcelona later this month, stunned fans by showing off his new curly-haired look.The 35-year-old shared images of himself posing topless on Instagram with the new look, captioning one of the snaps: “caveman ting.”Hamilton’s dramatic transformation comes ahead of his appearance at the Spanish Grand Prix 2020, with his future beyond this season still undecided.The world champion’s £40million-a-year terms expire in December, and he has been linked with a switch to Ferrari.The obvious pairing going forward Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on Lewis HamiltonIn November, Hamilton said that he was eager to get his future resolved over the winter so he could concentrate on winning a record-equalling seventh world crown.But the Brit star revealed he has not even started negotiations with his Mercedes team over a new contract last month.Despite this, Toto Wolff has claimed that remaining with Merc is the “obvious pairing going forward”.Speaking at the 2020 Mercedes livery launch yesterday, he said: “I think it is the obvious pairing going forward.“We would like to have the fastest man in the car and I know that Lewis wants to be in the fastest car so there is an obvious mutual outcome.“The last conversation I had with him was on the evening before the Christmas party where we had a nice chat and said we would start our discussion once he comes back from America and we have properly kicked off the season.“I have great belief in the abilities of the team to attract the best drivers.“At the moment, Lewis has proven that he is the best current driver with his six titles and long-term I hope we are able to continue providing our technology to the best driver and attract them.”Lewis Hamilton buys adorable British Bulldog Roscoe new shoes and beloved pooch melts hearts trying to walk in them People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 8 MOST DANGEROUS RAINS of All Time | TOP 10 INTERESTINGcenter_img Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Most awesome bullfighting festival Source: Motorsport – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

U.S. Open 2019: Naomi Osaka, defending champ and world No. 1, bounced by Belinda Bencic

first_imgBencic completed a 7-5, 6-4 triumph in one hour and 27 minutes, reaching only her second Grand Slam quarterfinal with a win that ensures Ashleigh Barty will replace Osaka atop the WTA rankings.Back in the QF! @BelindaBencic defeats World No. 1 Osaka 7-5, 6-4 to reach the QF stage in Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2014…#USOpen pic.twitter.com/U77E34blRi— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 2, 2019Bencic hit the ground running and opened up a 2-0 lead in the first set, only for Osaka to reel off three straight games.Any thought that normal service had been resumed proved misguided, however, and Bencic struck again as she nailed a passing shot to break before wrapping up the set when Osaka returned a serve out wide into the net.The world No. 12 did a tremendous job of extending the rallies and brought up triple break point in the fifth game of the second with another astonishing pass at the end of a remarkable rally. NEW YORK — Belinda Bencic produced a stunning performance here Monday to end Naomi Osaka’s title defense at the U.S. Open in the fourth round and bring her stint at the top of the world rankings to a close. Osaka won plaudits for her class on and off the court in the third round, persuading an emotional Coco Gauff to do a joint interview in front of the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd after her straight-sets win over the 15-year-old American. U.S. Open 2019: Serena Williams calms fear over ankle injury U.S. Open 2019: Novak Djokovic in ‘constant pain’ for weeks with shoulder issuecenter_img As a result, she had plenty of backing under the roof of the same arena, but that did not inspire her to victory in the face of a magnificent showing from Bencic.Bencic, of Switzerland, had won her two previous meetings with Osaka, defeating her at Indian Wells and Madrid. Having had the benefit of Anett Kontaveit’s withdrawal from her third-round tie, Bencic continued her hold over the Osaka, of Japan, in fine style. Related News Osaka subsequently sent down a double fault and then called for the trainer. She carried on but was unable to make the inroads needed to restore parity as Bencic secured arguably the biggest win of her career, celebrating arms aloft as her opponent directed a tame off-balance forehand into the net.Bencic will next face Donna Vekic, who overcame Julia Goerges in three sets, in a match between two players looking to reach the semi-final of a slam for the first time.STATISTICAL BREAKDOWNBelinda Bencic [13] bt Naomi Osaka [1] 7-5 6-4WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORSBencic – 29/12Osaka – 26/21ACES/DOUBLE FAULTSBencic – 0/6Osaka – 9/3BREAK POINTS WONBencic – 3/7Osaka – 1/1FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGEBencic – 61Osaka – 57PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVEBencic – 82/59Osaka – 72/41TOTAL POINTSBencic – 69Osaka – 55last_img read more

BaliPure trips Power Smashers

first_imgPanelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LIST: Jan. 20 class suspensions due to Taal Volcano eruption View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home A victory packed with unforgivable errors is definitely not a happy thought for BaliPure coach Roger Gorayeb.The Water Defenders gave up the opening set before sending the Power Smashers to their knees Tuesday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Donnie Nietes: Old warrior in a hurry? Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “It was a bad game,” said Gorayeb in Filipino after his team scraped past the Power Smashers, 17-25, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22, to maintain an unbeaten slate after two games.“Committing errors are normal, but we should learn from every mistake,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnJerrili Malabanan somehow pacified her coach after leading BaliPure with 20 points, 19 of them on crisp and solid attacks at the net, while Grethcel Soltones contributed 15 points.“We lacked communication inside the court. This should not happen at this point in the tournament,” said Gorayeb. He was particularly annoyed at his team when the Water Defenders mounted a rally and pulled within a point or two on several occasions—only to commit a service error in the next sequence to bail the Power Smashers out.The trio of Jovelyn Prado, Regine Arocha and Dimdim Pacres scored 11 points while Katherine Villegas added 10 for the Power Smashers, who slid to 1-1.“Our team should learn from this and develop maturity as a team,” said Gorayeb.It could had gone either way in the final three sets with the Water Defenders pulling through with a couple of lucky breaks in the deciding set after the Power Smashers knotted the count for the last time at 22.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jarlast_img read more

JARLA’S TAKE ON DONEGAL’S NEW YEAR SWIMS!

first_imgJARLA’S TAKE ON DONEGAL’S NEW YEAR SWIMS! was last modified: January 1st, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Jarla’s Viewlast_img read more