Mathieu Valbuena 1 West Ham are battling QPR to land France international Mathieu Valbuena.talkSPORT told you last Friday that QPR had entered the race to sign the Marseille playmaker after he declined the opportunity to join Dynamo Moscow.R’s boss Harry Redknapp revealed his need for two new midfielders and a playmaker after QPR’s 2-0 friendly defeat to Red Bull Leipzig on Saturday and he has ramped up his interest in Valbuena after the sale of Esteban Granero to Real Sociedad.But now, according to French newspaper L’Equipe, West Ham are locked in a battle with their former manager to land the 29-year-old.Both London clubs have tabled bids for Valbuena, who is expected to leave Marseille this summer.Valbuena, who made four starts for France at the World Cup, joined Marseille from Libourne in 2006 and has picked up one Ligue 1 winner’s medal during his time at the Stade Velodrome.
Coral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.West Ham play their final game at Upton Park on Tuesday night when they take on Manchester United in their penultimate game of the Premier League season.The Hammers are 11/5 to bow out of the Boleyn with a win, while United are the 13/10 favourites.United will leapfrog Manchester City into fourth with victory, and are 11/10 to secure the final Champions League qualification spot, with their near neigbours priced at 4/6.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Up close and personal (Photo Credit:FradoMedia)If you dare, this Geocache of the Week takes you underwater and into the midst of thousands of jellyfish. Jellyfish Lake (GC11A56) or “Ongeim’l Tketau” as it is called in the local language of Palauan, is one of approximately 70 marine lakes scattered throughout the southern portion of the main island of Palau.This difficulty five, terrain five EarthCache was created by SurrenderTheBooty in March of 2007. Since then, this unique and rare lake has been visited and appreciated by geocachers all over the world.In order the log a smiley on this EarthCache, adventurers must travel to the site and complete two requirements. There’s no container to discover. Instead, geocachers discover the geological forces that created this unique location. They must email SurrenderTheBooty with a picture taken at either the arrival dock or the floating dock on the lake, as well as the GPS elevation readings at sea level, on top of the ridge, and at lake level.Swimming with JellyfishThe lake is only accessible by boat and visitors have to climb a ridge to get to the golden jellyfish. The cache page provides a comprehensive overview of Palau’s Jellyfish Lake formation over the course of thousands of years. It also details what visitors can expect when they arrive at Ongeim’l Tketau.One log reads, “Swimming in the Jellyfish Lake is a fantastic experience! The jellyfish are so fragile, so beautiful, … my English is not good enough to describe my feelings. Large jellyfish have a slow frequency when moving, smaller ones have a higher frequency. Thanks to SurrenderTheBooty for this amazing experience.”Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] Lake Floating DockShare with your Friends:More SharePrint Related11 stunning EarthCaches and how to find themJune 17, 2015In “Geocaching Info”Discover EarthCaching and 11 Stunning LocationsAugust 5, 2014In “Community””The Emerald Lakes” GC24VY3 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – October 4, 2010September 30, 2010In “Community”
Story Highlights The $46.4-million project comprises a football field, netball and basketball court, asphaltic concrete walking track, training room, spectator stands, upgraded bathrooms, perimeter fencing as well as a sprinkler system for watering the grounds. The dust bowl at 3 Deanery Road in St. Andrew, which has long been a nuisance to community members, has been transformed into a multipurpose sports complex.With the conversion of the area, residents of Franklyn Town and its environs now have a space for recreational and social activities, and to enhance their health and wellness.The $46.4-million project comprises a football field, netball and basketball court, asphaltic concrete walking track, training room, spectator stands, upgraded bathrooms, perimeter fencing as well as a sprinkler system for watering the grounds.The European Union (EU) and the Government of Jamaica provided $42 million for the project under the third phase of the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP), which is being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).An additional contribution of $4.4 million came from the Franklyn Town Community Development Committee.In expressing gratitude for the facility, Vice-President, Franklyn Town Community Development Committee, Donet Booth, said the transformed space will provide an area where persons can hone their sports skills and participate in social events.He informed that representatives from the public and private sectors have, so far, utilised the facility for sports activities.“This location has been around for many years. It has been a dust bowl, it has been an area where people just loiter and idle away… so this effort really did great for the community,” he said, during the official handover of the facility on July 7.He lauded the EU and JSIF for the valuable investment made in the community.Managing Director, JSIF, Omar Sweeney, urged the residents to treasure the facility. “You have an incredible asset that has been put here,” he said.He noted that there is scope for further development, and urged the executives of the Franklyn Town Community Development Committee to seek assistance from the private sector in this regard.“I think that what is here today is a commitment that the community has in developing this space, and I think you should take this commitment far and wide to corporate Jamaica and let (them) know that this is a space (which can be shared),” he said.As part of the project, several community groups benefited from training in disaster preparedness and emergency management, including fire-prevention techniques, facilities management and operational procedures, and budget and financial planning.The organisations involved in the training included Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB), Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Dispute Resolution Foundation and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.Head of the EU Delegation to Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska said the rehabilitated area must be used to engage community members in a positive way.“Continue to do what you are doing. You are reaping good success,” she said in a message delivered by Project Manager, Operations Section, European Union, Marlene Lamonth.Councillor for the Vineyard Town Division, Andrew Swaby, urged the community members to protect the facility and keep it in excellent condition.The project implementation period lasted for approximately six months.The Poverty Reduction Programme supports a variety of activities aimed at helping citizens to uplift themselves and their communities.These include investments in the rehabilitation of police stations, community health centres, schools, roads, community centres, and water and sanitation projects. It also offers vocational and tertiary scholarships.For the past 20 years, JSIF has made significant strides with the successful implementation of several projects geared towards community renewal. The dust bowl at 3 Deanery Road in St. Andrew, which has long been a nuisance to community members, has been transformed into a multipurpose sports complex. Managing Director, JSIF, Omar Sweeney, urged the residents to treasure the facility. “You have an incredible asset that has been put here,” he said.