Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward is in Barcelona to try and tie up the £22m transfer of Spanish international Pedro. Woodward flew to Catalunya ahead of Monday’s Spanish Super Cup second leg between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp. (Daily Mail)Manchester City still hope to add Kevin de Bruyne to their squad this summer. De Bruyne stunned an audience at the SportBild Awards in Hamburg by saying he would ‘definitely’ be staying with Wolfsburg. But De Bruyne’s agent, Patrick De Koster, quickly insisted that was not the case and his player had been put in an ‘awkward’ situation. City now plan to press ahead with a £50m move. (Daily Mail)Manchester City have been offered Nicolas Otamendi by Valencia but will not be sending Eliaquim Mangala in the other direction. (Daily Express)Chelsea have responded to their defeat to Manchester City by tabling a new £30 million offer for John Stones. But Everton will turn down their latest offer and will demand £40m to part with the central defender. (Daily Telegraph)Newcastle have offered £12million for Marseille winger Florian Thauvin with Remy Cabella poised to go the other way on loan. (Daily Mail)Premier League clubs have been put on alert by news from France that Zlatan Ibrahimovic can leave PSG in this transfer window. Manchester United and Arsenal both need a striker and while Old Trafford powerbrokers appear reluctant to draw the enigmatic Swede to Old Trafford, they do need firepower. (Daily Mail)West Ham have joined the race to sign £15m-rated QPR striker Charlie Austin. Austin is aware of West Ham’s interest and is prepared to join them. (London Evening Standard)But Newcastle United have ended their interest in Austin. Magpies boss Steve McClaren and his coach Steve Black were interested in bringing the striker to St James’ Park after working with him at Loftus Road while on the backroom team. But the long-running saga seems to have reached its conclusion after QPR warned clubs that they must pay the £15million fee for the 26-year-old. (Newcastle Chronicle)Sunderland will bid to re-sign Kieran Richardson from Aston Villa as they attempt to reverse their nightmare start to the Premier League season. (Daily Mirror)Norwich City are on the verge of a deal to sign Mattia Destro on loan from Roma, though Bologna are interested in the Italy forward. The 24-year-old scored 13 goals two seasons ago, leading to interest from Chelsea and Wolfsburg, but he joined AC Milan on loan last season. (The Times)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…It’s over! Manchester United target Sergio Ramos signs new long-term Real Madrid contractJuventus line up Erik Lamela deal after Tottenham tell them to forget about Christian Eriksen Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini wants to be reunited with Samir Nasri at Inter Milan ?Marseille want £12m for Florian Thauvin as Newcastle revive interest in wingerSouthampton transfer report: Ronald Koeman close to adding £8.5m defender to squad Besiktas joing chase for Liverpool outcast LucasAll over for Arsenal? Rafa Benitez details season targets for Real Madrid striker Karim BenzemaLiverpool ready Illarramendi bid after Real Madrid ‘agree deal’ for new midfielder Juventus hope to beat Arsenal with big money bid for long-term target Julian DraxlerReports – Chelsea sending scouts to watch Ghana teen star Godfred Donsah Kevin de Bruyne latest: Wolfsburg coach suggests Manchester City move is imminentManchester United transfer news: Pedro latest and Argentine international deal imminent Blow for Arsenal and Manchester United? Isco’s agent quashes speculation of Real Madrid star’s exitSergio Ramos rubbishes Man United links – ‘I never wanted to leave Real Madrid!’Done deal! Swansea sign teenage striker
Take-Away owner Daniel Rodgers revealed how he felt like the “parish priest” after he scooped €83,500 on RTE’s lotto show.The Co Donegal businessman thought he had his “chips” when thieves broke into his restaurant in Newtowncunningham.The gang threw a gas cylinder through the CKC Takeaway’s front window and robbed it as well as causing €1,500 worth of damage. However Daniel’s worries disappeared the following day when he was picked to go on RTE’s The Big Money Show.And on Saturday night the light-footed shop-owner, who even performed the ‘Cha Cha’ on the show, hit the jackpot when he scooped a whopping €83,500.Daniel was doing nicely until he was chosen to pick the golden ball on the show by host Brian Ormond.And the Donegal father-of-three was over the moon when he picked up and extra €50,000. Daniel revealed even the priest at his local church in Newtowncunningham was sending him best wishes.“We had a great night and it was great tow in all that money. It’s not going to change out lives but it will certainly pay a lot of bills.“Everyone has been great wishing me all the best. Even the local priest, Fr Seamus Gallagher, gave me a mention from the altar.“I felt like the priest himself I was shaking that many hands after mass,” said Daniel.Unfortunately for Daniel’s customers, his big win doesn’t mean they can cash in their chips. “I’ll have to up the prices now that so many people are calling in to say hello,” he laughed.A BIT OF DIVINE INSPIRATION HELPS DANIEL TO CASH HIS CHIPS IN! was last modified: August 7th, 2012 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:CKC TakeawayDaniel Rodgers
A sharply divided Los Angeles City Council put off until today a decision on whether to ask voters to approve a series of reforms for the Los Angeles Unified school board. Councilman Jose Huizar, who came to the council this year after nearly five years on the school board, fell short in his effort Tuesday to place the reforms on the Nov. 7 ballot. The proposals would limit campaign donations to board members, limit members to two terms and create a panel to study their pay. “All I hear about is the need to make reforms in the school district,” Huizar said. “Now is the time to put these on the ballot if there is a sense of urgency, and not wait until next March.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.But other council members, led by Councilman Herb Wesson, said they believed that the proposals need more study. They also said they are concerned about the potential impact on reform legislation being pushed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “I admire your hard work, but this needs more time,” Wesson said. “If the mayor’s legislation is approved this year, we will have to come back and look at these. I urge us to wait.” The council was unable to get a majority vote either to put the reforms on the ballot or study them further. As a result, the council will consider it again today. Councilwoman Janice Hahn also urged more study of Huizar’s proposals, as well as 51 other recommendations contained in a report by the Presidents’ Commission on School Governance. “How many of us have read the full report? It hasn’t even been formally presented to us to review,” Hahn said. “I think this commission deserves the respect to have us review their work.” Huizar said he culled the three proposals he believed were the most important for voter review. “I want to capitalize on the momentum and public interest we have now in education,” he said. “I don’t know if it will be there next year.” email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
GETTY After the game, Zidane told reporters: “I’m sorry he didn’t get to play, but no one knows what will happen.“If I think a player doesn’t fit in the team, I have to do what I think works best.“No one can change what Bale has done for the team, but as a coach I have to live in the present.”The Welshman refused to say goodbye to the Bernabeu crowd – and perhaps that’s because he’s refusing to go. 8 Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid looks increasingly bleak GETTY Rory McIlroy is Britain’s highest-earning sports star aged 30 or under Gareth Bale could become one of the world’s highest paid golfers.Well, not really, but if he does want to see out the remainder of his Real Madrid contract on the golf course – it would become a pretty lucrative hobby.Speculation around his future has gone into overdrive after Zinedine Zidane left him on the bench for Madrid’s 2-0 defeat at home to Real Betis on Sunday. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow Justin Thomas gets significantly more money from winnings than endorsements Tiger Woods’ earnings will surge in 2019 following his Masters triumph Bale earns more than the majority of professionals on the PGA Tour, but where would he rank among the highest earners?Here’s where he slots in according to Forbes’ 2018 list of annual earnings.Justin Thomas – £20.5million GETTY tense GETTY Gareth Bale would be the fifth highest-paid golfer in the world Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 8 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Salary/winnings: £2.9mEndorsements: £26.8mJordan Spieth – £32.5million 8 Getty Images Gareth Bale is mad about golf Salary/winnings: £8.8millionEndorsements: £23.7mPhil Mickelson – £32.6million 8 Salary/winnings: £16.5mEndorsements: £4mGareth Bale – £27.2million Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 8 REVEALED GETTY Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Bale, whose contract runs for another three years, is paid more than £13million a year.It is understood Zidane has told Bale to leave Madrid this summer, but the 29-year-old has reportedly told team-mates he would happily sit on the sidelines and play golf until his contract expires in June 2022.In fact, Thibaut Courtois has previously said the Madrid players refer to Bale as ‘The Golfer’ – because he goes to bed early and spends the majority of his time on the course. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Salary/winnings: £22.5mEndorsements: £4.7mRory McIlroy – £29.7million shining Salary/winnings: £1m£33.2m Salary/winnings: £3.4mEndorsements: £29.2mTiger Woods – £34.2million ADVICE no dice REPLY Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars gameday cracker GETTY 8 Phil Mickelson is still raking it in 8 Jordan Spieth finally returned to form at the US PGA Championship last week 8 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT GETTY
Pedro Caixinha wants to show a huge travelling support his side have turned a corner when Rangers take on Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.A Light Blue army is expected to head to Hillsborough for the pre-season friendly against the Championship promotion hopefuls. The Ibrox men beat English Premier League side Watford 2-1 in a closed-doors friendly on Wednesday night to speed up their recovery after the Europa League defeat to Progres Neiderkorn earlier this month. “Over the next couple of days we will recover,” he told the club’s website. Forward Martyn Waghorn scored late on to seal victory against Watford after a strike from new signing Daniel Candeias had been cancelled out by Stefano Okaka. Caixinha said: “Martyn is a hard worker who always gives his maximum. He is a guy we like a lot and it is always important for the strikers to score goals to get their confidence levels up as well.” “We felt some touches along the game, so we have three days now to totally recover them. “With these levels of confidence, we just need to prepare the approach for Sunday at a stadium which will be crowded with 10,000 of our supporters.”He added: “We want to show to them we are growing as a team, we are getting the momentum and we are getting to a good level. “We want to show also we are getting ready to start the league – that’s the main point, that’s the main idea and the boys are getting that.”
Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has urged communities to get involved in doing their bit for community spirit by supporting Tidy Towns.At the annual awards night for Letterkenny Tidy Towns last night, Minister McHugh was on hand to do the honours and praise the work of everyone involved in the activism.“Tidy Towns drives community engagement for the benefit of everyone. It brings together groups, associations and organisations which might not necessarily work with one another,” Minister McHugh said. “It’s a real privilege for me to be asked to present the awards to so many dedicated and passionate people. At all times their ambition is to make our environment a better place to live and work and socialise.“That can also be said of the regeneration funding announcements by Government in recent days, including a €1million grant that is helping to drive the Letterkenny 2040 project to rejuvenate the town centre and focus on making it a better place.“This financial support is just the start of a big, long-term strategic goal to revitalise the town and when it is combined with the tireless voluntary work through Tidy Towns I am confident it will be a success for generations to come.”Minister McHugh said he particularly wanted to thank Anne McGowan, chair of Letterkenny Tidy Towns, who has been dedicated to the organisation for something close to 30 years. “Her team, and all the volunteers and residents’ associations who make Tidy Towns the success it is, also deserve huge credit for their efforts.“I know Letterkenny Tidy Towns builds excellent networks and has been brilliant at driving connections and commitments from other organisations in the town in order to get the work done.“I’d like to see as many people, businesses, community groups and other associations join forces with Tidy Towns to promote and deliver more of their ambitious work.”Minister McHugh added: “I’d like to congratulate all the winners, particularly the young people and the schools involved. I was delighted to see Little Angel’s receive an award, especially as I had spent some time earlier in the day seeing the good work they do. It’s a great privilege to be asked to celebrate their achievements.”McHugh urges communities to get involved in Tidy Towns was last modified: November 27th, 2018 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:donegalletterkennyMinister Joe McHughtidy towns
The official launch of the ‘High 5 for Conall’ campaign took place on Monday last organised by the ‘Friends of Conall’. Family, friends and work colleagues gathered in the Mount Errigal Hotel on February 18th as it marks exactly five months to Conall Shiels’ fifth birthday.Siobhan McKeague, the chairperson of the committee, outlined the aim of the new campaign. She said: “We are a group of friends and family who want to help Kieran, Aoife, Cara and Senan by adapting their family home to suit Conall’s needs.“Conall was born with hydrocephalus, a condition that causes excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to build up within the ventricles (fluid-containing cavities) of the brain. He is a 24-hour palliative care child.“At a routine scan during Aoife’s pregnancy, she and Kieran were told that the prognosis for surviving past birth was poor. For them, this was the most devastating news.“The good news, however, is that Conall is a fighter and has survived and astounded all who care for him. He is a remarkable and special little boy. “What a fifth birthday present this would be if we can get the Letterkenny and Donegal communities to help the Shiels’ in their hour of need.”The ‘Friends of Conall’ want to ease the financial pressure of adapting their home.They have sought quotes and are looking to provide Conall with bathroom facilities and a fully furnished room to the ‘Laura Lynn’ specification standard, where Conall goes for respite from time to time.They want to raise €55,555 (all the 5’s for Conall) and carry out and complete work before his fifth birthday.Alma Kavanagh, a secretary, spoke of the generosity shown so far, she said: “Already €15,859 has been donated. But there have been so many offers from people to fundraise in the coming months, with bunnyhops at Easter, 5ks and sponsored cycles to name but a few, all being organised. “Ann Touhy (Room Junkie) will host a masterclass that will benefit Conall and she has kindly offered her services to design the room,” she added.“Forker Blinds are kind-heartedly providing the window dressings, local schools have pledged to host coffee mornings and non-uniform days. Sinead Shiels will seek sponsorship for a haircut and John and Nicola Harran (Little Angels) will host an evening in their house to raise funds for this campaign.“A special mention must also go to the ‘Letterkenny Babies’ Facebook page. They have already posted a bric-a-brac thread on their page with sales being donated to the fund. And in conjunction with the page, Sweeney Maintenance Services will raffle a five-hour house clean.“We have also had numerous offers from tradespeople who will paint, plaster, and a very generous pledge from electrician Steven Hassan to provide any electrical work that needs to be done,” Kavanagh said. “We will explore every avenue for funding, and we must thank Jimmy Kavanagh for pointing us in the right direction as we begin this task.“From the moment Conall was born we all felt that we wanted to do something, but we held off as Conall’s prognosis was so bleak. Thankfully though, he is here, he is happy, he is our hero and 2019 is going to be his year.”In addition to raising funds for the adaptation, the TY students in Loreto Convent, as part of the YSI, have formed a group called ‘Friends of Conall – A Voice for All.They will be lobbying for a nurse to be employed at Little Angels SS, for cross-border respite for children with complex needs and for a change in protocol for families seeking funding for home adaptations.Conall’s father Kieran thanked everyone for their continued generosity and goodwill: “From the minute Conall was born, Aoife and I have been overwhelmed by the generosity, friendship and goodwill that we have received from our friends and family.“Conall has proven to be a real fighter and through this fundraising campaign, we will be able to care for him going into the future.“We appreciate everyone’s donations and offers of help, Conall is such a lucky boy to have friends, family and a community that cares so much.“I’m sure that if he could he would say a huge thank you himself.”To donate you can visit the Go Fund Me or if you would like to fundraise or make a direct donation you can contact Siobhan (086 170 2787), Alma (087 695 2551) or any committee member.High five for Conall: Campaign launched to help young boy and family was last modified: March 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:High Five for Conall
The next option is known as Enzo’s Hideaway. This was a former speakeasy inspired by Roman aperitivo bars, located in the storied rum-runner tunnels that adjoin Maria & Enzo’s. Enzo’s Hideaway will pour Prohibition-era cocktails at its Tunnel Bar and it will serve a casual menu of hearty Roman dishes, such as Bucatini alla Carbonara (hollow spaghetti with creamy egg and pancetta sauce) and Tonnarelli Cacio e Pepe (square-cut spaghetti with pecorino and black pepper).©Patina Restaurant Group The first restaurant will be known as Maria & Enzo’s. This will be an Italian trattoria with a theme of being placed inside the old abandoned airline terminal from the 1930s. It will feature an open and airy dining room with artifacts that reference air travel, including maps and historic flight paths. The menu is inspired by Sicily, with a range of family-friendly dishes – Arancini di Carne (rice balls stuffed with meat), Melanzane Parmigiana (eggplant Parmesan) – and handmade pastas – Busiate con Granchio (spiral pasta with crab), ‘Ncasciata al Forno (Sicilian baked pasta). The restaurant will also feature fresh fish, steaks, and chops.©Patina Restaurant Group Share This!The hits just keep coming for Disney Springs! Disney has announced the there will be an additional three restaurants added that are expected to open this winter. Each one will be an Italian eatery, but each one will have its own particular style.©Patina Restaurant Group The last option will be a fast casual restaurant called Pizze Ponte. Here Guests can pick up things like pastries, pizza, Italian sandwiches, and espresso. Savory items include signature Triangolo (stuffed pizza bread) sandwiches, Porchetta (roast pork) and Pizza al Taglio, Sicilian-style pizza by the slice. You can’t miss dessert which includes Bomboloni (Italian doughnuts) Sfoglia di Riso (pastry with rice cream) and Tiramisu. Yum!The new restaurants will be adjacent to the upcoming restaurant, The Edison, the lavish “Industrial Gothic”-style destination.Disney Springs is really making it hard to choose where to eat! With great options that abound, if you’re looking for a good meal, look no further than Disney Springs.
Gmail users can now receive attachments up to 50 megabytes, sent files are still limited to 25 megabytes. I’m a fan of Drive or OneDrive to store/send large files. Note: It only works for Gmail incoming mail.I’m always on the lookout for new productivity tools and templates. Thanks to Sitepoint for updating their 40+ free productivity dashboards and templates article with new applications for me to try out. If you like what you’ve read today, share the post with your colleagues and friends.Want to make sure you don’t miss out on updates? Subscribe to get notified when new posts are published.Did I miss some resources you found this week? I’d love to see them! Post them in the comments below.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWeekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: October 28, 2016In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to improve user experience with micro-interactions, find a six-point checklist for creating accessible videos, discover some spooky CSS, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility,…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: January 20, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn how to avoid UX burnout, find out about the publication of the Section 508 Refresh, discover why the grid won’t solve all your layout issues, and more. 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In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn about six new useful guides for user research methods, learn why automated accessibility tools may not be the first tool of choice for an audit, find a slew of resources for learning CSS Grid, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a post highlighting my favorite user experience, accessibility, WordPress, CSS, and HTML posts I’ve read in the past week.Hope you find the resources helpful in your projects!Want more resources like these on a daily basis? Follow me @redcrew on Twitter.Tweet of the WeekUX is not an activity, its an outcome. Its what our users want. Its the product. #conveyux— Rashmi Sharma (@Rasharma91) March 1, 2017User ExperienceExcellent resource from the UK Government Digital Service: six new user research methods guides have been added to their service manual. Each guide has examples, case studies, and related guides.What’s happening with the first cohort of students at Center Centre? Co-founder Jared Spool gives an update about the students, their progress, and discusses some of the 30 three-week courses the students will take in their two-year program.Competencies are how we measure each student’s progress. Nice! UX Booth is offering a free ticket to IA Summit 2017 for one special person who wants to be a live blogger. Interested? Email UX Booth by March 9, 2017 explaining why you’re the best person for the job.Feeling letdown by a setback?The #UX tip of the day: Sometimes a setback is a setup for a comeback. pic.twitter.com/YuGaBPNJQ6— Sarah Doody (@sarahdoody) March 2, 2017 AccessibilityIf you couldn’t attend this week’s California State University Northridge (CSUN) Assistive Technology Conference, Ling-Yi Kung has graciously published notes from CSUN sessions on testing, design, and games. Thank you, Ling-Yi! Automated accessibility testing tools are often the first tool of choice for auditing a site. But you may want think twice after reading analysis from the UK Government digital services analysis on what they learned when they tested automated tools on the world’s least-accessible web page. Why you don’t want to use color alone in your documents or designs:Avoid using only color to represent something meaningful. It’s problematic for colorblindness but also for b/w printing. #a11y #CSUNATC17— mikey a11ylagan (@mikeyil) March 2, 2017Disheartening results in Jared Smith’s analysis of the accessibility of Alexa Top 100 website home pages. Compared to 2011, the number of errors has increased 60 percent over the past five years. On a good note, awareness of web accessibility has increased.WordPressGood news for theme developers! The Freemius Insights analytics service is now available for themes (previously only available to plugins). Freemius offers an opt-in prompt to allow developers to gather usage data on WordPress version, PHP, plugin and other data.Creating a responsive web design isn’t only about adding breakpoints to your stylesheet, says Rachel McCollin in her How to Convert Any Responsive WordPress Site into Mobile First post. It’s about performance and… developing content that works on any device and designing around that content.Joe Dolson explains what happened this week when the distinction between WordPress and WordPress.com wasn’t made at a conference talk. Since I create WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress sites for my clients, I take time to explain what WordPress is (the application), and how WordPress.com and self-hosted WordPress are different.Brute force attacks continue to be major issues for WordPress sitees. Wordfence takes a closer look at a criminal organization targeting WordPress sites, focusing on their techniques and who’s behind the attacks.CSS and HTMLWhile you can use it to enhance your text, text-fill-color can be problematic, says Chris Coyier. You’re losing the integrity of the shape.After I read the title, Text stroke: stuck in the middle with you, I had the 1970’s song by Steelers Wheel playing in my mind most of yesterday morning. Excited about learning CSS Grid and want to ramp up your knowledge? One of the best places to look is the Learn CSS Grid resource post by Jen Simmons. You’ll find:Code examplesScreencast tutorialsConference talksTechnical documentationand more, including her own CSS Grid demos. Have more resources not listed in her post? Send them to Jen so she can add them.Speaking of excitement about CSS Grid, let’s not forget keyboard users, says Susan Robertson. Using CSS Grid means being responsive and accessible with our code. While you can reflow content with ease, it can cause issues with source order versus display order.What I Found InterestingThanks to Pete Meyers for pointing me to the Tech Terms Computer Dictionary this week. A new online dictionary for me to waste time wandering, er, explore the meaning of technical terms.
8 March 2013 At Hakskeen Pan, a dry lakebed in South Africa’s Northern Cape, a team of 317 previously unemployed people funded by the provincial government is finishing up its job of clearing rocks and stones from 10-million square metres of desert race track – by hand. When they’re done, they’ll have helped create what “the fastest man on earth”, land speed record holder Andy Green, has described as “the world’s best race track, just waiting for the world’s first 1 000 mph car to arrive”. That will be in late 2013 or early 2014, when South Africa will host the most ambitious attempt yet made on the world land speed record – a crack at a new record of 1 000 mph (1 610 km/h) which, if successful, will mark the biggest ever increase (30%) in the history of the record, and will also exceed the low altitude speed record (around 994 mph) for aircraft. The Bloodhound Project is the name of a global education initiative that has been built around the record attempt. It aims to inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and its centrepiece is the Bloodhound SSC (Super Sonic Car), a 33 000 horsepower jet- and rocket-powered racing car. The car, currently being built in a special technical centre near Bristol in the UK, will come to South Africa towards the end of 2013 or early in 2014 for test runs, before returning about a year later for the record attempt. Behind the venture is the same British team, led by Andy Green and project director Richard Noble, that holds the current record of 763 mph (1 228 km/h), set in the Black Rock Desert in the US in 1997. Green, a British Royal Air Force fighter pilot, was the man behind the wheel then, and will be again when Bloodhound SSC fires up in the Northern Cape from late 2013.Faster than a bullet – literally What will happen then makes for some hair-raising mathematics. The Bloodhound SSC will be powered by an EJ200 jet engine from a Typhoon fighter jet, which will be coupled with a prototype hybrid rocket. Together, they will put out 100 000 KW – the equivalent of 180 Formula One cars. According to the team’s preliminary calculations, the 12.8-metre long, 6 422 kilogram (when fuelled) vehicle will “be more advanced than most spacecraft and faster than a bullet fired from a handgun. “Its 900 mm diameter wheels will spin at over 10 000 rpm, generating 50 000 radial g at the rim. The car will accelerate from 0 to 1 050 mph in 40 seconds and, at V-max (maximum velocity), the pressure of air bearing down on its carbon-fibre and titanium bodywork will exceed 12 tonnes per square metre. “At this speed, Andy Green will be covering a distance equivalent to over four football pitches every second, or 50 metres in the blink of an eye.”Ideal location for horizontal rocket launch The venue for this hi-tech venture, South Africa’s Hakskeen Pan, was chosen over 34 other locations after a satellite programme identified level strips of land around the world that could handle a vehicle weighing nearly 6.5 tonnes travelling at inhuman speeds. For a record attempt to be successful, Bloodhound will have to complete two runs within the space of an hour, with the average times calculated as the new record. “The ability to control the car’s stopping, and therefore the turnaround time, is key to the success of the record attempt,” the Bloodhound website notes. Hakskeen Pan, located about 160 kilometres north of the town of Upington, fitted the bill perfectly. Over 20 kilometres long and five kilometres wide, it has a vertical variation of only 61 millimetres over the entire 20-kilometre distance of the run, making the pan’s surface ideal for a record attempt. Predictable dry weather conditions for key parts of the year added to the site’s appeal. According to the Bloodhound Project, the Northern Cape provincial government has been a crucial partner in creating the ideal run site for the record attempt. In a November update on the Bloodhound website, project member Rudi Riek noted that the government had spent close to R8-million on clearing Hakskeenpan, in the process creating employment for 317 people. The decision to clear the stones on the pan by hand was, Riek said, made for two reasons: because it would be the best way to ensure minimal impact on the surface, but also because it was the best way to uplift the community living in the vicinity of the pan.6 000 tonnes of stones and rocks Between November 2010 and November 2012, the team worked a total of 130 days, due to heat and rain delays. It is, as Riek noted, an extreme environment: “The temperatures range between minus 6 degrees and plus 45 degrees Celsius, and if it is not extremely dry, then it is extremely wet.” The job they’ve done has been monumental. The track is 20 kilometres long and, including the safety zones, 1.1 kilometres wide. “I need to give you some perspective,” Riek wrote. “20 000m x 1 100m = 22-million square metres of area cleared by 317 people in 130 days. Add to that the fact that even the smallest little stone is lodged into the clay and needs to be forcibly removed, and then imagine doing this in extreme conditions, including sub-zero temperatures in the morning, soaring temperatures in the afternoon, and on some days severe dust storms.” Their harvest? By the time of project director Richard Noble’s visit to the site to thank the workers and their families in January, the team had removed 6 000 tonnes of stones and rocks, resulting in what the Bloodhound website has claimed as “the first world record associated with the Bloodhound Project – the largest land mass cleared by hand, amounting to the equivalent of 4 000 football pitches”. Additional work undertaken by the Northern Cape government has been the removal of a large number of stone slabs, the removal of an elevated road surface stretching across the width of the track, and the completion of a new fence to secure the pan from access by animals or vehicles.‘World’s best race track’ The result has exceeded expectations. Green, in his latest “Bloodhound Diary” update for the BBC News website, wrote in February that wheel tests conducted at Hakskeen Pan in November had enabled Bloodhound performance expert Ron Ayers to come up with a figure for the hardness of the pan – an important consideration, given that each wheel of Bloodhound SSC will be supporting a load of nearly two tonnes. “The desert hardness is (and here’s a figure you will never use in a pub quiz!) about 400 cubic mm per kiloNewton,” Green wrote. “That means that the wheels only penetrate about 10mm into the surface, even under two tonnes of load. Or put another way, the 2-tonne (20 kN) load only displaces about 8 000 cubic mm of desert soil – about a fifth of the volume of a golf ball! “This is a very firm surface by anybody’s standards,” Green continued. “Now that the Northern Cape team is finishing up the clearance work, it really is the world’s best race track, just waiting for the world’s first 1 000 mph car to arrive. We’ll be there soon enough.” When they do arrive, one of the most sparsely populated areas of South Africa will receive an extraordinary amount of global attention. For the Bloodhound Project is not primarily about speed. Rather, it is an international education initiative aimed at inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians by demonstrating these subjects in the most exciting way possible. “The unique nature of the world land speed record, where the challenge comes from confronting the laws of physics rather than other teams with similar technology, means the Bloodhound Project can share all its data, designs, achievements and setbacks in the process,” the Bloodhound website states. As a result, the initiative is already being followed in 217 countries, with approximately 7-million learners from 48 countries registered to access Bloodhound information and lesson materials in class. The team has also made presentations to hundreds of thousands of people since its launch at London’s Science Museum in October 2008.Extreme science, extreme sport According to Crizelda Cjikela, Northern Cape MEC for Education, the educational and scientific aspects of the project are key to the province’s collaboration with Bloodhound. “As a government collective, we are obligated to explore all opportunities to develop the province as a hub for technological and scientific advances,” Cjikela said in July 2012, when Andy Green paid a visit to view progress on his Hakskeen Pan race track. “In recent years, this vision has been substantiated by not only being selected as the preferred site for the Bloodhound attempt, but also by winning the bid to host the Square Kilometre Array,” Cjikela said. “With the recent announcement that the province’s first university will be established in Kimberley, we are firmly on track to provide our youth with the opportunity to build an incredibly bright future.” Besides the educational benefits, the land speed record will also create massive media exposure internationally, allowing the province to showcase the unique diversity of its tourism offerings. Since repositioning itself as a premier destination for adventure and extreme sports, the Northern Cape has already attracted niche markets such as skateboarding, waterskiing and even motor racing. Meanwhile, Dave Rowley from the Bloodhound education team, based full-time in South Africa with the Northern Cape Department of Education, has been developing links with schools, colleges and universities across the country. South African partners support this programme include Scifest Africa, Sci-Bono, the City of Cape Town, the Sci-Enza science centre, and the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineering. An ambassador programme has also been launched, with 15 engineers, scientists and speed enthusiasts recruited to help promote and deliver the Bloodhound education programme to schools across South Africa. Green himself has no doubt about the project’s potential reach. Speaking at the project’s launch in 2008, he said: “I’ve met graduate engineers who are adamant that our previous record was what inspired their career choice as youngsters: that sort of thing makes all the effort worthwhile. “Bloodhound SSC will be so much faster and, we hope, will fire up every school kid about the science and technology. We’re going to invite everyone to follow our adventure in this, the most exciting and extreme form of motorsport – the world land speed record. Both as a mathematician, and as a Royal Air Force fighter pilot, I can’t think of anything better.” SAinfo reporter