EPL: Norwich face Wolves tricky test

first_imgRelatedPosts Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Spurs sign right-back Doherty from Wolves Wolves need more players next season, says manager Nuno Norwich City vs. Wolves Venue: Carrow Road Kick off: 4PMWolverhampton Wanderers make the long trip to Carrow Road to face Norwich City looking to respond to last weekend’s last-gasp defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. While Wolves received widespread plaudits for their performance against Spurs last weekend, the 2-1 defeat to the North London side ultimately ended their 11-match unbeaten run in the Premier League. Going a prolonged period without suffering defeat resulted in Wolves moving as high as fifth position, but the club now find themselves in a situation where a second successive setback could lead to dropping down into the bottom half of the standings. Given their overall progression in recent months, Nuno Espirito Santo will not be too concerned, although the competitive nature for a top-six spot this season means that Wolves can ill afford a run of three games without a win. However, the Portuguese may feel that his close-knit squad can only have benefitted from having no match in midweek, something which has not happened since the beginning of the campaign. In theory, the small rest period has come at the right time with Wolves facing back-to-back encounters with Manchester City and Liverpool after Saturday’s visit to the East Coast. As for Norwich, they head into the game having failed to emerge victorious from any of their last four outings, but Daniel Farke will be pleased with the recent performances from his team. After being unfortunate to miss out on points against Southampton and Sheffield United respectively, Norwich impressed in claiming a draw away at in-form Leicester last weekend. The Canaries found themselves under pressure in the East Midlands, especially during the second half, but there were times when they should have perhaps taken advantage of opportunities towards the end of the contest. Despite having mixed feelings at the end of the game, Farke would have been delighted with the mindset of his players, who could have easily accepted that a point against the title challengers was more than respectable. Ahead of home clashes with Wolves, Spurs and Crystal Palace, the result and manner of the performance should put Norwich in a good frame of mind as they bid to make up ground on 17th-placed Aston Villa, who they also face over the Christmas period. Norwich City possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Godfrey, Byram, Tettey, Trybull, Buendia, McLean, Cantwell, Pukki. Wolverhampton Wanderers possible XI: Patricio, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny, Traore, Jimenez, Jota.Tags: Daniel FarkeNorwich CityWolverhampton Wandererslast_img read more

Black Stars players to appear before World Cup Commission

first_imgChairman of the 2014 World Cup Presidential Commission of Inquiry has said the Black Stars players are not exempted from appearing before it and that players will be invited to appear once it is deemed necessary.The three-member commission were sworn in by Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga on Monday to begin their work of probing into issues leading to Ghana’s disastrous campaign at the 2014 World Cup.The commission constituted by President John Mahama, has amongst its terms of reference, investigating “the preparations of the Ghana Black Stars for the tournament and lapses which might have caused the early exit of the team from the tournament and the management of the Black Stars team and events in their camp during the tournament.”Many suggested that players be included in the gathering of vital information in the commission’s work despite the fact that most of them are foreign-based. The Chairman of the Commission, Justice Senyo Dzamfe, has now confirmed that players will be called upon to provide evidence once the need for their appearance becomes necessary. Other members of the commission are lawyer Moses Foh-Amoaning and Kofi Anokye Owusu Darko.The commission is expected to conclude its work and make recommendations within 30-days.last_img read more

Illusions

first_imgWhen Tomlin was asked about the off the field off season disruptions of his starting QB, he said, “I don’t care about the disruption, quite frankly, when it comes to his performance. He’s a professional. His job is to play and lead us, and he’s done that. He’ll continue to do that and we’ll deal with all the other things that we have to deal with in the appropriate manner.” Wouldn’t be nice if that much discretion was afforded to all of his players?Take a look at the sterling silver-type evaluation that Tomlin gave Big Ben after his first performance of the 2010 season. “First time out, I thought he did some nice things. He moved us. It was a good start.” Yeah, Hoorah. He completed 6-8 passes and as is customary threw his signature “pick.”Meanwhile, Ike Taylor, the Steelers most complete defensive back, got into a punching match with Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks after the fourth play of the game and both were ejected. Nicks blamed the incident on Taylor. Tomlin seemed to echo those sentiments, well at least in part. “I was blocking downfield and trying to finish my block, and the next thing I knew, he was throwing punches, so I tried to defend myself,” Nicks said. Tomlin was not happy about Taylor’s reaction, characterizing Taylor’s actions as “dumb.”Here we go again, glib and baseless one liners from Tomlin. The two-headed dragon of double standards rears its ugly head again. Tomlin could have just as easily defended Ike Taylor as opposed to berating and parading him before the world and the media with an ill-advised reactionary and negative tongue lashing.The Steelers Nation had better hope that there will not be a concerted campaign to devalue the talent of Taylor in 2010 because it seems that the powers-that-be have decided that if his value is diluted they might have a decent shot at signing him, if he decides to stay.In a 2004 game against the Browns, espn.com reported, “Talking trash wasn’t enough. The Browns and Steelers decided to trade punches. Less than an hour before Sunday’s game, Browns RB William Green and Steelers LB Joey Porter squared off and wildly swung at each other near midfield. The altercation resulted in both being ejected and added another chapter to the NFL’s nastiest rivalry, which had lost some of its snarl the past few years.”Even Roethlisberger issued a quote that in hindsight seems a bit ironic. “I was 20 yards away. I picked up my helmet and went over. As a leader I want to help, but I didn’t want to do anything stupid.” Well, far be it for Big Ben for “not wanting to do anything stupid.”It is not even remotely stupid to defend yourself in the heat of battle. What was Taylor supposed to do, give Nicks a mint julep and a bouquet of flowers as he was being pushed around on the gridiron?One of the constants about this team is the defense. The “D” will ultimately dictate whether this team will excel and advance into the post season. When Roethlisberger, Byron Leftwich or Dennis Dixon throws an ill-advised pick or fumbles after being sacked or stripped of the ball, it will be the defense that will be charged with turning a negative into a positive.When the “Turk” as former head coach Chuck Noll called the bearer of the “pink slip” stands outside Tomlin’s door, his quotes and media savvy verbal assaults will be of no use.The Steelers beat the Giants 24-17 at the New Meadowlands. This was for all intents and purposes a meaningless contest that could only serve as a personnel evaluator. Coach Tomlin was again given the opportunity to redeem himself and establish himself as a “man for all players” but chose again to align himself with the chosen few. He keeps making “dumb” mistakes disconnecting with certain players for no apparent reason almost as if he is navigating through the Steelers locker room with blinders on. Well, maybe not blinders but with a pair of very thick and dark sunglasses on. You are only given so many chances to win a battle. Don’t continue to look a gift horse in the mouth, unless of course you are a veterinarian.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.) As I watched the much ballyhooed 2010 preseason “debut” of one Ben Roethlisberger I was suddenly encouraged and discouraged. It was a lackluster performance by the $100 Million Dollar Man because his effort only led to three points. Now one would normally consider that a decent effort for a little over two minutes work. However, Roethlisberger is no ordinary quarterback, remember? In spite of all the continued attention to his off the field antics, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin appears to be indifferent. When it comes to Big Ben. Mr. Tomlin seems to take it all in stride, whether Big Ben throws a nasty pick or is accused of hanging out with a “nasty” girl.last_img read more

Leafs outlast Braves 5-4 to capture home opener

first_imgNelson Leafs scored three times in the first period en route to a 5-4 victory over the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Kolten Nelson scored twice to lead the Leafs to a second consecutive win over the Braves.Nelson bounced Spokane 6-2 Saturday in the Lilac City. Leafs dominated the Braves early as Nelson, Sawyer Hunt and Eamonn Miller scored in the opening frame to give the home side a 3-0 advantage.After Hunt scored, the shot clock read 10-1 in favour of the Leafs.Nelson increased its lead to 5-1 in the third as Nelson and Sam Weber scored before the Braves rallied to make the game close.Blake Halfpenny and Trail Thompson with a pair made the score close in the final period. Greg Lind had the other marker, scoring on the power play, for Spokane.Jason Sandhu registered his second win of the season in goal over the Braves as Nelson outshot Spokane 33-26.Leafs travel to Castlegar Saturday to face the Rebels. Castlegar served up the first loss of the season to Beaver Valley as the Sunflower City squad outlasted the Hawks 7-6.The win was also the Rebels first of the season after losing twice on a trip to the East Kootenay.last_img read more

Red Thread has been failing over the past 3 years

first_imgDear Editor,Red Thread’s involvement in the protest intending to advocate for the rights of Amerindians, in front of the privately-owned Mae’s Schools, has been hailed as admirable work. However, the organisation has now exposed itself to criticisms of inaction on similar causes.Just consider its silence in the face of the APNU/AFC assault on Amerindians over the course of the past there years.Where was Red Thread when 1,972 young Amerindians were fired, and there has since been no effort or initiative to re-engage them in productive areas that see their welfare addressed?Where was Red Thread when a Government Minister, Keith Scott, in no less a place than the National Assembly, castigated thousands of Amerindians for being greedy?Where was the outrage when Minister Scott not only rose and told the National Assembly that Amerindians were avaricious in their request for more lands, but also refused to apologize for his comments?Editor, it is not only the silence on the attacks on Amerindian people that is objectionable, but Red Thread’s silence on the violation of liberties of women in the public sector. We have seen countless professional women in the public service being bullied out of their jobs on less than substantial grounds.We have seen the despicable display of a pregnant woman being hauled before the courts, accompanied by her lawyer, Nigel Hughes, on baseless charges, and being booted out of her post. Where was Red Thread then?The organisation’s Karen de Souza had boasted some years ago about the focus of her organization, and had argued that Red Thread has three priorities, including protection and justice for women and increased visibility and voice for grassroots women.Where were the protests when thousands of female sugar workers were callously fired?Where was Red Thread when the current Government blatantly disrespected and ignored the laws of Guyana by failing to pay their full severance?Where was Red Thread when there were multiple calls for a decision of such magnitude to be based on solid information, not just based on a whim?Where was Red Thread when the Government ignored its own Commission of Inquiry Report which made it clear that no sugar estate should be closed because of the consequences?Red Thread has repeatedly rejected association with the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) by saying it is an ‘old story’ that is repeated. But how do you explain Red Thread’s silence in the face of actions taken by this Coalition Government, which the WPA is part of?How can the association between the WPA and Red Thread be discounted as an ‘old story’ when the organization is inconsistent in defending the causes it is supposed to represent?Editor, I would like to submit that credibility as an organization hinges on its consistency in fighting issues; but, in this regard, Red Thread has been failing over the past three years.Regards,Baldeo Mathuralast_img read more

Stakeholders benefit from CSN international standards workshop

first_imgParticipants during a session at the CSN international standard workshopPersonnel attached to both private and public organisations within Guyana were on Wednesday last given the opportunity to benefit from a workshop geared at increasing the knowledge regarding the impact of international standards on locally owned business.The workshop was organised by the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) in collaboration with the Commonwealth Standards Network (CSN) where it mainly focused on increasing the visibility and understanding of the benefits that international standards can bring to support development and export potential to Guyanese businesses.GNBS Marketing and Communications Head, Syeid Ibrahim in remarks at the launch of the workshop underscored that international standards play an important role in promoting productivity and efficiency, reducing costs, removing barriers to trade, and driving economic growth. Hence, building upon the Commonwealth advantage can trigger significant additional economic gains to Guyana and local businesses.The workshop was conducted by CSN Technical Standardisation Expert Glenn Bosmans along with Head of International Engagement British Standard Institution (BSI) Peter Sissons and GNBS Technical Officer Andrea Mendonca.This collaboration started at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, when the United Kingdom Prime Minister announced the establishment of the CSN to tackle non-tariff barriers and promote strong trade amongst all Commonwealth states through the participation, adoption and implementation of international standards.last_img read more

Gas prices for Fort St. John down, but still higher than nearby communities

first_imgAs for the countries major metropolitan areas, Vancouver was the one to avoid, with an average price of 126 per litre, 12 cents more than the next highest average in Victoria, and 43 cents higher than the lowest average in Edmonton. It was arguably better described as a slow trickle than a drop, but as we finished the month yesterday, the common posted gasoline price in Fort St. John was still moving in the right direction for motorists.It was a 116.9 cents a litre, down 11 cents in less than two months, but still 3 cents higher than the common price in Dawson Creek, and 5 cents above that city’s low end price.The real bargains however, were to be found after you crossed border into Alberta, with the Fas Gas at Demmitt down to 96.9 cents a litre, and the Husky at Hythe at 95.8.- Advertisement -If you kept going east you found the low end Costco Price in Grande Prairie was all the way down to 81.9, and by the time you got Edmonton, 77.4 was, the most common price, according to the Gas Buddy monitor.It also had the Alberta average down to 88.4, and senior analyst Dan McTeague talked to us about the variations in price and the reduction pace.The same Gas Buddy website monitor yesterday afternoon showed BC still had the highest provincial average at a 114.8 cents a litre — 26 less than the Alberta and Manitoba averages — which were the lowest in the country.Advertisementlast_img read more

Drake Plays At Kansas State In NCAA First Round Saturday

first_img Buy Tickets The winner of Drake and Kansas State will face the winner of No. 2 Stanford and No. 15 New Mexico State on Monday, March 20. Start time and broadcast information is to be determined. TicketsTicket sales through the Drake Athletics Ticket Office have now ended. Please contact the Kansas State Ticket Office to purchase tickets for Saturday’s game at 800-221-CATS (2287). Bulldog Party Headquarters in ManhattanFuzzy’s Taco Shop in Manhattan will be the Bulldog Party Headquarters for pre and post-game parties. Below is the schedule of pre-game events for Saturday, March 18. Stay up to date on the latest news and information about the Bulldogs by visiting the Tournament Central page at GoDrakeBulldogs.com/NCAA. Those needing ONLY Saturday’s First Round tickets, must purchase their tickets when arriving at the game at the Kansas State Ticket Office. Currently, only all-session tickets are available for sale. Single-game tickets will be available at walk-up on Saturday. K-State Game Notes Those who purchased tickets through the Drake Athletics Ticket Office, please refer to your order confirmation email regarding ticket information and pick-up locations. MANHATTAN, Kan. – The No. 20/18 Drake University women’s basketball team (28-4) is a No. 10 seed in the NCAA Tournament as Drake will play at No. 7 seed Kansas State (22-10) Saturday, March 18 at 3 p.m. The NCAA First Round game will be broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN3 with Brenda VanLengen and Carol Ross on the call. The duo were the first recruits for Drake head coach Jennie Baranczyk, who is in her first NCAA Tournament as a head coach. Baranczyk, who spent two seasons on the K-State coaching staff (2004-06), has led the Bulldogs to a 99-60 record in five seasons since taking over in 2012-13. She was voted the 2017 MVC Coach of the Year and the espnW Mid-Major Coach of the Year. Scouting Kansas StateNo. 24/RV Kansas State is in the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight season and 15th time in program history. The Wildcats’ 22 wins are the most since the 2008-09 (25) season. K-State is led by third-year head coach Jeff Mittie, who coached TCU from 1999-2014 prior to taking over the Wildcats for the 2014-15 season. Kansas State is led by its All-Big 12 senior duo of Breanna Lewis and Kindred Wesemann. Lewis averages 13.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game while Wesemann averages 14.0 points and has made a team-leading 85 three-pointers. Seniors Caitlin Ingle (Runnells, Iowa) and Lizzy Wendell (Blue Springs, Mo.) are set for their NCAA Tournament debuts. Ingle has started 111-consecutive games while Wendell has started 126-straight for the Bulldogs. Ingle and Wendell recently moved up on Drake’s all-time assists and scoring charts, respectively. Ingle is at the top with 779 assists while Wendell is third with 2,534 points. Ingle has the third most assists among active players and Wendell the second most points. Drake earned the Missouri Valley Conference’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth by winning its sixth MVC Tournament title against UNI last Sunday in Moline, Ill. The Bulldogs are making their 11th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first NCAA appearance since 2007. In 2007, Drake lost to eventual NCAA champion Tennessee. Story Links View The Bulldogs NCAA Journey Series HistoryDrake and Kansas State have played 17 games all-time with the Wildcats holding a 12-5 advantage. The two teams last played each other in 2000 at the Knapp Center in a tight contest won by Kansas State, 69-63. The Bulldogs and Wildcats played each other at least once every year from 1978-1987, including three Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) tournament games (1978, 1979, 1981) and one NCAA Tournament game in 1980 won by K-State, 74-65. The series resumed in 1997 with one game each season until the last meeting in 2000. Student Ticket InformationDrake students interested in attending the game can purchase tickets for $8. Tickets must be purchased at the Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. Please make sure to show your student ID when purchasing your game ticket. For more information about Drake’s 2017 NCAA Tournament appearance please visit http://godrakebulldogs.com/ncaa. If you have any ticket questions please email the Drake Athletics Ticket Office at [email protected] Live Audio Drake Game Notes Drake enters the 2017 postseason on a program and MVC record 22-game winning streak. The impressive streak is the second longest active winning streak in the country behind UConn (107). The streak includes a perfect 18-0 mark in league play, a feat never accomplished before in MVC history. Drake claimed both the MVC regular and tournament titles for the fourth time (1997, 1998) and the first sweep since 2000. The Bulldogs’ 28 victories are tied for the single-season mark in program history with the 1981-82 and 1978-79 teams. Live Stats Des Moines Watch PartyRookies Sports Bar & Grill in Clive is the home of all Bulldog postseason watch parties! Grab your friends and family and head to Rookies to cheer the team on as they play in the NCAA Tournament! 10 a.m. – Pre-game Party Begins at Fuzzy’s Taco Shop12 p.m. – Mini Pep Rally with Bulldog Brass and Cheer1:30 p.m. – Hotel Send-off for Team (Holiday Inn Manhattan at the Campus)Fuzzy’s Taco Shop606 N. 12th StreetManhattan, KS 66502 ESPN3 Rookies Sports Bar & Grill2180 NW 156th St. | Clive, IA*Once Drake has completed play in the tournament, subsequent parties will not be held. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Spanish firm starts on SA solar projects

first_img8 November 2012Spanish renewable energy group Abengoa announced on Tuesday that it has begun construction on two concentrated solar power projects in South Africa.Abengoa will build a 50 MW solar power tower near Upington and a 100 MW parabolic trough solar power plant near Pofadder, both in South Africa’s semi-desert Northern Cape province.The announcement follows Monday’s signing of the first round of agreements between the government and independent power producers signalling the start of South Africa’s first large-scale renewable energy projects.On Tuesday, Abengoa signed long-term power purchase agreements with Eskom, South Africa’s state power utility, and closed project finance agreements with a group of South African and international financial institutions.Abengoa, who will build, operate and maintain the two solar plants, owns a controlling 51% of the projects, with the South African state-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) owning 29% and a local black economic empowerment partner owning the remaining 20%.“South Africa has one of the best solar resources in the world, with great potential to be a leader in concentrating solar power generation [CSP],” the company said in a statement.Abengoa currently has 743 MW of installed solar capacity around the world and 910 MW under construction, and is one of the few companies in the world that builds and operates both tower and parabolic trough plants.According to Abengoa, the two plants will reduce South Africa’s carbon dioxide emissions by about 498 000 tons a year, while creating between 1 400 and 2 construction jobs and about 70 permanent operation jobs, as well as numerous indirect jobs to fulfill the needs required by the plant and its construction.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Valent

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 2015 Trade TalkValent’s Field Development Manager, Dawn Refsell, visits with the Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins about INTEGO SUITE soybeans, Valor Herbicide and Asana XL insecticide.Valent Dawn Refselllast_img