Dee Ford likes to use music to help clear his mind. The day before he was set to test his injured hamstring at 49ers practice in Florida, he decided to stop into a nearby music store in Bradenton.Adam Birmingham, a local high school senior with big musical dreams, was also there Tuesday. That was hardly unusual. Birmingham has been at the Bradenton Guitar Center store nearly every day for months, admiring and even playing a guitar that’s beyond his means, and otherwise out of reach.What …
Thousands of people have been left displaced by the ongoing violence in eastern DRC. Refugees have built makeshift homes in the bushes as unguarded refugee camps are deemed too dangerous. (Images: Doctors Without Borders)Khanyi Magubane In the wake of the ongoing violence sweeping the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South African President Kgalema Motlanthe has called for an immediate ceasefire to allow much-needed humanitarian aid to reach hundreds of thousands of displaced people.Motlanthe made the call at an extraordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit, held on 9 November to discuss the crises in both the DRC and Zimbabwe.“The purpose of this summit is to discuss the instability and humanitarian crisis unfolding in the eastern part of the DRC,” he said. “We remain ready to assist the people of the DRC …to achieve a lasting peace.”Dissident Tutsi general Laurent Nkunda, rebel groups and Congolese government soldiers and their allies have been engaged in sporadic fighting in various parts of North Kivu, which borders Rwanda.Over 253 000 people have been displaced by the fighting.All efforts are being made to avoid another civil war similar to the one that ravaged the region between 1998 and 2003.The fighting has also taken on regional dimension with Rwanda, which has twice invaded Congo, accused of aiding Nkunda.The government of the DRC has in the meantime called on Angola, which backed it during the war, for help.It’s believed that Angola might have heeded this call, as soldiers described as “disciplined and Portuguese speaking” have been spotted in North Kivu.In early November, general Nkunda’s powerful army defeated the national army, which has been described as weak and chaotic, during an open-fire battle.Speaking at the SADC summit, President Motlanthe said he was pleased to hear of diplomatic engagements between the government of the DRC and Rwanda.The Rwandan government has since vehemently denied that any of its nationals are involved in the unrest.On 7 November, African leaders and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met in Nairobi to tackle the DRC conflict.Ban Ki-moon stressed that neither the vast African nation nor the surrounding region can risk a return to such conflict.“I must begin by saying that I have come to Nairobi with a heavy heart. We meet today as, once again, the interlinked tensions and conflicts in the Great Lakes region threaten hard won progress.”The Nairobi summit, hosted by the African Union, brought together DRC President Joseph Kabila and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda.Tutsi rebels are said to be siding with general Nkunda, while the Hutu rebels have joined forces with the national and Angolan armies to help the DRC government.“Neither the DRC, nor Rwanda, nor the rest of the central Africa region can afford to be dragged back into conflict. The international community cannot allow this to occur,” said Ban Ki-moon.Tomaz Salamao, SADC’s executive secretary, says that after the summit leaders would send military advisors to help the DRC government.The UN has already sent a large peacekeeping force to the region. With 17 000 soldiers Monuc, as the force is known, is the largest mission to be sent to any conflict area. But it has so far failed to end the violence, which in part is driven by competition for the area’s rich mineral resources.It is believed that the UN is calling for a further 3 000 soldiers to bolster their numbers.Aid struggling to reach thousandsAid agency efforts to help thousands of people displaced by fighting in the DRC largely failed on Saturday, despite an appeal by African leaders for a ceasefire.Speaking to journalists in Goma in the east of the country, Gloria Fernandez, head of the UN office for the coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, said it was imperative that help gets to those who need it as a matter of urgency.“Our priority is to restart the activities at many health centres in the area of Rutshuru and Kiwanja,” she said. “We’re taking health supplies, water, and sanitation.”This will be the first coordinated international effort to reach at least 50 000 displaced civilians, who the UN fears have left unprotected camps around Rutshuru, 70km north of Goma, where fighting has also been rife.The refugees are thought to be roaming the bush, seeking safe shelter, food, water and care.During the press conference, Fernandez pleaded with both Nkunda’s forces and the Congolese army to let civilians move freely to areas where they felt safe and could receive help.Nkunda warns against peace troops.In the wake of SADc’s call for a ceasefire, Nkunda has said it would be a mistake for the body’s troops to take a side; that they should rather be neutral. He said they if they favour the government’s position and fight with its allies they will face the wrath of the rebels.Speaking to news agency Reuters on 10 November Nkunda said, “If they come in and fight alongside the FARDC [Congolese government soldiers] and the FDLR [Rwandan Hutu rebels], they will be weakened, they will share the same shame as the DRC government.”“If SADC engages like this, they will have made a mistake … I am ready to fight them.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at [email protected] articlesSA pilots bring air aid to AfricaUN, AU strive for peace Useful linksDepartment of Foreign AffairsDemocratic Republic of CongoUnited Nations
Source: BuaNews 17 September 2010 The South African government has taken the tough decision to cut its losses and cancel further investment in the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor project. While technologically sound, and potentially ideal for developing countries, the PBMR has been unable to secure sufficient investment to keep it going. South Africa was at the forefront of developing the new nuclear technology that, its proponents argued, was safe, clean and, because it could be adopted in small-scale and modular fashion, ideally suited to the needs of developing countries. However, the government, “after careful deliberation, analysis and review, and mindful of the fiscal constraints in these hard economic times, has had to make a decision no longer to invest in this project,” Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan told Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. Hogan said the scale and size of the PBMR company was now being reduced to a few people, with the focus now on the retention of its intellectual property and certain of its skills, and the preservation of its assets.Decision ‘not taken lightly’ She said the government’s decision had not been taken lightly, and that it was mindful of the impact this would have on the careers and livelihoods of the PBMR employees. “Nor have we lost sight of the significant investment already made by government in this project and the impressive scientific advances already achieved in pioneering this particular form of nuclear technology,” Hogan said. The minister said the government had to consider the fact that the PBMR has not been able to secure an anchor customer or another investment partner, and that further investment in the project could well be in excess of an additional R30-billion. Over the last few years, a total of R9.244-billion had been invested in the project, of which the government had contributed 80.3%, or R7.419-billion. State electricity company Eskom had contributed 8.8%, with Westinghouse and the Industrial Development Corporation accounting for 4.9% each. The project has been missing deadlines constantly, with the construction of the first demonstration model delayed further and further into the future. Additionally, the opportunity afforded to the PBMR to participate in the US’s Next Generation Nuclear Plant programme as part of the Westinghouse consortium was lost in May when Westinghouse withdrew from the programme. Should South Africa embark on a nuclear build programme in the future, it would not use Pebble Bed Technology, which is still primarily in the research and design phase. “Finally, the severity of the current economic downturn, and the strains that it has placed on the fiscus, as well as the nature and scale of government’s current developmental priorities, has forced government to reprioritise its spending obligations and therefore, of necessity, to make certain tough decisions – this being one of them,” Hogan said.‘Care and maintenance mode’ The government had commissioned an independent high-level review of the project, with an inter-departmental task team evaluating the options available. Several of the task team’s recommendations had been approved by Cabinet, including that the PBMR be placed in “care and maintenance mode” in order to protect its assets and intellectual property. The company will be downsized by 75%; about 600 employees have already left in terms of prescribed procedures. Retrenchment of the remaining staff will continue, while the PBMR’s Fuel Development Laboratory will be decommissioned. A Helium Test Facility at the University of North West will only be mothballed if the university decides it does not wish to continue using the facility. The Departments of Higher Education and Energy will seek to continue supporting nuclear graduate programmes at universities that benefited from PBMR-related investment. However, the closing of the project would inevitably result in some leakage of skills. At the same time, Hogan said, “we do envisage the further up-skilling and training of a younger generation of scientists and technicians who have benefitted from our investments in PBMR.” A full review and audit of the project, still to be conducted, would help to capture the lessons to be learnt from such an undertaking, and identify any outstanding steps that still needed to be taken, Hogan said.The technology in itself ‘fully viable’ A feasibility study on the project started in 2000, and in 2003 the National Nuclear Regulator reported a positive view on the possibility of licensing the PBMR. In 2005, the PBMR’s focus shifted to work needed for licensing a demonstration power plant and the detailed design work required for manufacturing long lead-time items for the plant. The funding given by government was intended to ensure continuation of the project, while providing a firm foundation for acquiring an anchor customer and additional private sector investment for the project. It was originally envisaged that Eskom would be the PBMR’s anchor customer, purchasing up to 24 PBMR reactors, with a first demonstration PBMR to be built at Koeberg Nuclear Power Station site in Cape Town. “It is absolutely clear from all the high-level reviews that have been undertaken that there is no doubt about the validity of Pebble Bed Technology itself,” Hogan said. “The main feature of the Pebble Bed Reactor is that its safety features are inherent in the physics of the design, as opposed to add-on engineered safety features, as found on current Light Water Reactor nuclear plants. “However, between 2005 and 2009, it became increasingly clear that, based on the direct-cycle electricity design, PBMR’s potential investor and customer market was severely restricted, and it was unable to acquire either [investors or customers].”
I love insulation. It’s a wonderful thing because it saves energy. It makes buildings more comfortable. And it’s pretty inexpensive considering how long it lasts (or should last). I get asked a lot for my opinion on the best insulation to put in a building and my answer is straightforward: A well-installed insulation is the best. I like fiberglass. I like cellulose. I like spray foam. I like mineral wool. I like blown, sprayed, batt, and rigid insulation.Yeah, different materials have different properties, with their advantages and disadvantages. But if it’s installed well and protected by good water and vapor control layers, it should do its job for a long, long time.So, what are my two ways to make sure you get the most out of your insulation? Both have to do with installation.1. Request a minimum thicknessWay back in 2011 I wrote an article called “Is There a Downside to Lumpy Attic Insulation?” I refer to it now and then but it’s important enough to make it the highlight of this article. The point of the article was that if you install insulation uniformly, as in the lead photo above, you’ll get much better performance than from insulation installed (or later disturbed) like you see in the photo reproduced as Image #2 at the bottom of the page. Flat beats lumpy. In that article, I showed an example of an attic done two different ways. First, you insulate the attic uniformly to a thickness that gives you R-30 everywhere. You can’t do this in a typical attic because the roof framing doesn’t give you enough space over the eave walls to get full thickness so you’d have to do something like use raised-heel trusses. But we’re going to assume here that you get full thickness everywhere because that’s what you should be doing, even if it’s not required by code.In the other scenario, I looked at what happens if you take the same amount of insulation and install it so that you have enough thickness for R-10 on one side of the attic and R-50 on the other side. Your first guess may be that the average resistance to heat flow would be R-30 since 10 and 50 average to 30.But you’d be wrong. In the article about lumpy insulation, I showed the calculation and it comes out a lot less than R-30. In fact, at R-17 it’s about half. That means you have almost twice as much heat flow even though you have the same amount of insulation.So, rule number one is to make sure your insulation contractor isn’t selling you on average thickness. That means they’re getting away with selling you less R-value.Where this matters the most is when you have less thickness of insulation. For example, if you’re using closed-cell spray polyurethane foam, you’re getting an insulation with a much higher R-value per inch than many of the other insulation types. So you usually get less thickness.In a 2×4 wall where you need R-13 to meet code, spray foam contractors usually install two inches of closed-cell spray foam. Since it’s usually rated at about R-6.5 per inch, that means if, say, 25% of your wall has only 1.5 inches, you get about R-10 there instead of R-13. If the rest of the wall is right at 2 inches thick, your average R-value in the cavities is 12, not 13. You’re not getting what you paid for.2. Request Grade I installation qualityIn addition to making sure you get the thickness to achieve the R-value you’re paying for, you should also make sure the insulation is installed in other ways that ensure it achieves maximum R-value. RESNET created an insulation grading protocol back in 2006 and certified home energy raters have to use that protocol for every rating they do. When they’re inspecting a house, they have to determine the R-value for each insulated assembly and also the grade (Grade I, II, or III). Grade I is the best, Grade III the worst.The protocol is based on looking for two things. First, the amount of missing insulation determines what grade it might be. The RESNET illustration is reproduced as Image #5 below. The dark areas represent gaps in the insulation.Officially, Grade I means essentially no gaps, Grade II can have up to 2% gaps, and Grade III can have no more than 5% missing insulation.The other factor is compression and incomplete fill. The insulation might fill the cavity completely from side to side and top to bottom but still have a reduced R-value if it’s compressed or doesn’t fill the cavity completely from front to back. (I’m thinking of walls when I use those directional terms. Adjust as necessary for ceilings and floors.) I wrote a thorough explanation of the grading protocol back in 2012, so check it out for more detail.And yes, Grade I is possible with fiberglass batts, too. I’ve seen it done a few times, as in the photo below (Image #6) from a Habitat for Humanity project in Nashville.TakeawaysWhen you get insulation, you want to make sure you get the full R-value you’re paying for. Do these two things:Insist on having the insulation installed to a minimum thickness, not an average thickness.Insist on Grade I installation quality.By the way, if you read the manufacturer’s instructions for installing insulation, they generally align with Grade I installation quality — so you’re not really asking for anything special here.This certainly isn’t all there is to getting a good insulation installation. Before you ever get to the installation part of the job, way back in the design phase, it’s a good idea to see what you can do to eliminate thermal bridging and make sure you can get full thickness everywhere (as with raised-heel trusses). Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, building science consultant, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. RELATED ARTICLESIs There a Downside to Lumpy Attic Insulation?The Fundamentals of Series and Parallel Heat Flow Three Code-Approved Tricks for Reducing Insulation ThicknessWhat’s the Definition of an ‘R-20 Wall’? Installing Closed-Cell Spray Foam Between Studs is a WasteGrading the Installation Quality of Insulation
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University lost its opener against defending champion La Salle but another story was Ron Dennison’s personal battle against the crowd in white-and-green inside Mall of Asia Arena Sunday.Dennison was the focus of the La Salle faithful’s hatred, which stemmed from an on-court scuffle involving the Tamaraws and Green Archers in the Kadayawan Cup a few weeks back.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary “I want to show to the La Salle crowd that I can play cleanly,” said Dennnison. “I think they saw that. They aren’t blind for all I know.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding De Ocampo goes to Meralco in three-team trade E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad The graduating guard said the jeers only fueled him to play better and he played his best game yet, putting up a career-high 21 points to go along with seven boards, and four assists.“Those boos were added motivation for me,” said Dennison, whose previous career-high of 13 points also came against La Salle, in Filipino. “People close to me know that whenever the crowd is against me I play usually harder.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDennison was also efficient from the floor going 10-of-14 overall and 9-of-12 in the two-point region.Also, Dennison’s 21 points are almost half of his total production from Season 79. He only scored 45 points the entire season last year. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients
The International Olympic Committee has stipulated that, in team sports, any joint team Tokyo entries must have qualified as a single unit.That means a joint women’s team needed to enter the IHF Women’s Hockey Series Finals in Ireland from June 8 to 16.Thursday was the deadline for submitting squads and, with the North not responding, the South decided to enter alone.“It will just be the South Korean team, not a unified team,” an official at the Korea Hockey Federation in Seoul told AFP.South Korea’s sports minister Park Yang-woo held out hope of a change of heart by Pyongyang.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RJ Abarrientos steals show as Gilas wraps up Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup on high note Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too FILE – North Korean cheerleaders wave the Unified Korea flag as they attend the men’s preliminary round ice hockey match between South Korea and Czech Republic during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 15, 2018. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)South Korea is dropping its plan for a joint women’s field hockey team with the North at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, officials said Thursday, after Pyongyang failed to co-operate.Sporting ties triggered a rapid diplomatic thaw on and around the peninsula last year, but are stagnating with the wider process over the North’s nuclear arsenal deadlocked.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “We have repeatedly sent our request but there has been no response. We will wait until the very last minute,” he told reporters earlier this week.“If there is progress in talks for joint teams later, we will resume discussions but we have to prioritise the opinions of the athletes,” he said.Pyongyang and Seoul have announced plans for a joint bid to host the 2032 Summer Games, but officials in the South Korean capital say there has not been any discussion on the project with their northern counterparts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ The two Koreas formed their first-ever unified Olympic team — a joint women’s ice hockey squad — for the 2018 Winter Games in the South, where they proved a media sensation despite losing all five of their matches by a combined scoreline of 28-2.The two Koreas then formed several joint teams for the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia and in February agreed to send unified basketball, judo, field hockey and rowing squads to Tokyo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBut just weeks later a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump collapsed in disagreement over sanctions relief and what Pyongyang would be willing to give up in return.That left North-South relations in limbo, with Pyongyang not responding to offers of talks or implementing previous agreements. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments
Manchester United spent 6.5 million pounds ($10 million) to take Bastian Schweinsteiger to Old Trafford in the close season, British media reported, citing a statement released by the midfielder’s first club TSV 1860 Rosenheim.The World Cup winner joined from Bayern Munich in July for a fee widely reported to be 15 million pounds but it appears the Red Devils paid far less than that to reunite the 31-year-old with Louis van Gaal, who managed him at the Allianz Arena from 2009-11.Rosenheim, where Schweinsteiger began his youth career in 1992, are an amateur side in the south of Germany that play in the regional fifth division of the Bayernliga Sud.The club released a statement on Wednesday detailing how much they had received from a sell-on clause included in Schweinsteiger’s contract at Bayern.”The transfer fee adds up to 9 million euros ($10 million),” Rosenheim said.”We have been credited for two years (that Schweinsteiger spent at the club).”We will receive the payment in two instalments, and after deducting the adviser and legal costs, we will receive 19,000 euros),” the statement added.Schweinsteiger was 13 years old when he moved from Rosenheim to Bayern in 1998. He spent 17 years with the current Bundesliga champions, winning eight league titles, the Champions League in 2013 and a FIFA Club World Cup.
PSG goalkeeper Buffon: Man Utd stronger without Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon admits Champions League opponents Manchester United are a tougher opponent without Jose Mourinho.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won his first three matches as caretaker manager — with Buffon’s former Juventus team-mate Paul Pogba scoring four goals in the last two.Buffon said: “Will it be more difficult against Manchester United without Jose Mourinho? That is maybe the case.“But that is not down to the value of the coach.“Someone like Pogba has got something to prove. I think it will be a more complicated challenge.”Asked about finally winning the Champions League with PSG, the 40-year-old said: “They’re certainly among the big contenders, but the strongest team doesn’t always win. Especially in a shorter tournament.“It’s sometimes the bravest who win.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
The United Kingdom (UK) Diaspora is looking to engage young people of Jamaican heritage in a month-long internship programme in the island.“We want the young people to stay connected and get a taste of Jamaica while getting their skill sets developed,” said Future Leader UK representative on the Diaspora Advisory Board, Tanesha Westcarr.She was speaking to JIS News on the first day of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Monday (July 24).Dubbed the ‘Heritage Programme’, the initiative will engage young people ages 18 to 25 in a four-week work and cultural experience. It is set to get underway in December 2017.Targeted are youth who have not been back to Jamaica for 15 years or more or who have never travelled to the island.Mrs. Westcarr is seeking support for the programme from the local public and private sectors to provide meals, cultural excursions and transportation.She said some corporate sponsors have already come on board to offer job placement.Persons interested in assisting may contact her at [email protected], Mrs. Westcarr, who is one of six Diaspora recipients of the 2017 Governor-General’s Achievement Award (GGAA), is committed to bringing Jamaican youth in the UK together to deliberate on issues that affect them.She was instrumental in starting the Jamaica Youth Forum UK in 2016, launched at the Houses of Parliament in London.The forum provides a platform for engagement, advocacy, and empowerment, and targets Jamaican youth and those of Jamaican descent in the UK.Mrs. Westcarr told JIS News that Members of Parliament (MP) in the UK were present to hear the issues that the young people are facing.She said matters such as identity, leadership, crime and violence were discussed.She noted that the session was important in providing an opportunity for the young Jamaicans to air their concerns.“Many young people with Jamaican heritage never get a chance to come together, and they never get a chance to talk about topical issues (directly affecting them as a Diaspora).Mrs. Westcarr said that coming out of the session, a network has been formed, where the young people can stay connected.The young leader said that she is looking at having another youth forum in Birmingham in September.She said that ideally, the hope is to stage the forum at least twice per year.Mrs. Westcarr, who was nominated as Future Leader by the UK Diaspora Board, represents the UK Diaspora youth, liaising with various stakeholders including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith. “We want the young people to stay connected and get a taste of Jamaica while getting their skill sets developed,” said Future Leader UK representative on the Diaspora Advisory Board, Tanesha Westcarr. Story Highlights Dubbed the ‘Heritage Programme’, the initiative will engage young people ages 18 to 25 in a four-week work and cultural experience. It is set to get underway in December 2017. The United Kingdom (UK) Diaspora is looking to engage young people of Jamaican heritage in a month-long internship programme in the island.
Marcos Alonso has signed a new contract at Chelsea that will keep him at the club until 2023The Spanish left-back originally had another two years remaining at Stamford Bridge.However, in light of his impressive start to the season and reported interest from boyhood club Real Madrid, Chelsea have awarded Alonso a contract extension.The 27-year-old, who revealed earlier this month that he was close to agreeing on a new deal, expressed his delight after the announcement.“I am so happy to stay here longer and to keep playing for one of the best teams in the world,” Alonso told the club website.“It’s been a very good two seasons and I am looking forward to more.”Club director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are delighted to be extending Marcos’ contract.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“In the past two seasons, he has developed into an important player for the club, demonstrating his outstanding ability and a fantastic attitude that has helped him become a Premier League champion and Spain international.”Alonso has provided 15 goals and 11 assists in 92 appearances for Chelsea since his arrival in 2016 from Italian club Fiorentina.The Spain international has won the Premier League and FA Cup in his time at West London.Five more years. 🙌Congratulations on the new contract, @marcosalonso03! 👊 pic.twitter.com/dhtn4fRqDY— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 24, 2018