Ex-Tottenham defender Jadon Brown excited about Huddersfield ‘challenge’by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham defender Jadon Brown is excited about his move to Huddersfield Town.After signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with Town, the Lewisham-born defender was ‘very excited’ at the prospect of joining the Club and moving away from home.“It’s a new challenge for myself with being away from home, a new dressing room and a new opportunity,” he told HTTV.“It was an easy decision for me because I have more opportunities to be in and around the First Team and I thought that if I get that chance then that is something that I can try and take.”The youngster added that he wanted to ‘get the experience’ of playing against different types of footballing sides.“As you get older the game changes and you’re not always playing against technical player.“For me as a player I like to get forward a lot and you know you’ve got to do more defending in the box, more blocks and more heading, so I can challenge my game a lot as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
PTOLEMAIDA, Greece — If earthquakes struck in slow motion, the results might be visible in a place like the Greek village of Anargyri, a hardscrabble enclave in a black landscape gutted by coal mining.The village in northern Greece once had more than 400 people. Now it has fewer than 50, after being torn apart over decades. Its roads are slowly buckling, its door frames have shifted, its walls and home foundations have cracked beyond repair. Residents are leaving not in panic but out of desperation.One after another, the tiny villages in Greece’s lignite belt have been destroyed by mining as the ground becomes too unsteady to hold homes upright. Bells at one church in the area are not rung regularly for fear of causing more cracks in the walls.Cattle farmer Michalis Bitas first noticed the damage to homes in Anargyri in 1986.“That’s when mining started locally. It slowly began to eat up the houses before it went on to eat us up too,” he said.Bitas is from one of the few dozen households in the village who have refused a power company’s offer to move them to a rented apartment in a nearby town. These villagers are demanding full compensation for their homes — a right only granted by law if mining occurs directly below a settlement.“I have sheep and machinery. What am I supposed to do? Move them into an apartment?” Bitas said.Heavy-duty coal excavators and vehicles on the horizon near the village look like toy trucks, dwarfed by the scale of the blackened mining fields.Greek is still hooked on coal, despite warnings about the dire consequences of global warming issued both by a new scientific report and experts at the recent U.N. climate talks in Poland and despite ambitious European Union-wide targets to replace coal use with renewable energy.Greece is currently the world’s 12th largest producer of lignite — known as brown coal — mining 36 million tons annually, according to U.S. federal government energy data. Lignite is a low-grade coal that throws off higher carbon dioxide emissions than black coal. It is often burned near where it is mined since its low energy density makes it too expensive to transport very far.Nearly a third of Greece’s electricity is produced by coal-fired plants and the country has no phase-out plan to stop using domestically produced coal, unlike most parts of Western Europe. Despite abundant wind and sun, only around 15 per cent of Greece’s energy is produced by renewable sources. Most of its reduction in coal use in recent years has been offset by an increased use of imported natural gas.Under measures hammered out with Greece’s bailout creditors, the state-controlled power company, PPC, will privatize three coal-fired electricity plants, prolonging their life.Also, contrary to many of its EU neighbours, Greece is on course to expand its dependence on oil and gas as the nation tries to attract overseas investment to counter a financial crisis that lasted nearly a decade. The Greek government has embarked on a major exploration drive for oil and gas off its western and southern coasts.The oil and gas ventures have alarmed environmental groups, which have issued an urgent plea to the Greek government to reverse its course and switch investments to the renewable sources like solar and wind power.“We must act directly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but our country is moving in the opposite direction,” a letter addressed to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said. It was signed by 34 environmental and human rights groups, including Greenpeace, the World Wide Fund for Nature, Amnesty International and Doctors Without Borders.Greece is planning to invest “in fossil fuels for decades, along with worrying delivery of hundreds of thousands of square kilometres, on and offshore, for hydrocarbon extraction,” the letter said. “This would surrender the country to the nightmare consequences of climate change.”In Anargyri, despite the destruction of their homes, residents have mixed feelings about coal, since PPC is a key employer that provides 5,000 local jobs. The other attraction is that lignite, mined domestically, is not vulnerable to financial market swings or geopolitical shocks, unlike imported oil and gas, which in Greece mostly comes from Russia.“Clearly, lignite activity will be reduced and will be replaced by other sources of energy, renewable sources of energy,” PPC executive Konstantinos Theodoridis told The Associated Press.“But lignite will continue to be a strategic fuel that, in any geopolitical instability, is the only energy-producing fuel that is absolutely controlled by our country,” he said.___Derek Gatopoulos in Athens contributed. Follow Kantouris at http://www.twitter.com/CostasKantouris___Read more about climate issues from The Associated Press at https://www.apnews.com/ClimateCostas Kantouris, The Associated Press
Mumbai: After a long hiatus, gold is likely to glitter this Akashaya Tritiya and the industry is expecting high double-digits volume growth given the positive consumer sentiment and stable prices. Retail price of gold has come down to around Rs 31,500 per 10 grams from around Rs 33,700 in mid-February. “We expect robust demand for gold/gold jewellery this Akshaya Trithiya due to price stability since the past few months and the improved consumer sentiment since Gudi Padwa. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraLooking at the current momentum we expect at least 10 percent demand growth this auspicious occasion,” All-India Gems & Jewellery Domestic Council chairman Anantha Padmanabhan told PTI. Expectations are conservative as the general election is still on in some parts of the country, which will impact the overall demand. It can be noted that the Northern and Eastern states are yet to complete the polls. Of the seven phased polling, only four phases are over and across the Southern and the Western states. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysEchoing similar views, World Gold Council managing director Somasundaram PR said this Akshaya Tritiya looks more optimistic than last year as the market has settled down after policy changes including note-ban and GST which had hit the industry very badly. “Organised retail players, who are gaining groun with their more targeted marketing, are having greater impact on the positive consumer sentiment,” he said. However, he admitted that places where the polling will take place during the festival (northern and Eastern states), might have negative impact with people hesitating to carry gold. India Bullion and Jewellers Association National vice -president Saurabh Gadgil said he expects 15-20 percent growth in demand this Aksahya Tritiya. “The sentiment is positive as in most places voting will be over and also the festival falls virtually at the beginning of the month when salaried people have a thicker pockets,” he added. Kalyan Jewellers chairman TS Kalyanaraman is expecting a 25 percent sales growth as a result of their planned efforts during the last two months. Kalyan Jewellers has launched a pre-booking scheme through which customers can select and place their jewellery orders in advance, and simply pick it up on Akshaya Tritiya or closer to that date, thus avoiding the rush and long wait. “We have seen a 30 percent growth in pre-booking compared to last year,” he added. Titans jewellery division chief executive for CK Venkataraman said the current sentiment and jewellery market outlook look positive. “In past five years, we have seen a double-digit growth every year and we expect this Akshaya Tritiya season to be very good and has ruled out the polls impacting sales. Last year it opened 30-40 stores with most of them covering small towns. We are hoping to see a good share of business and walk-ins coming from these markets.
Taroudant- After the success of Moroccan Resource Centers of English Network (MoRCE-Net) 1st conference held in Agadir, April 16-19, 2013, the 2nd conference under the theme “Promoting Lifelong Learning through Enhancement Activities and Project Work” took place November 16-18 in Marrakech in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education, the US Regional English Language Office (RELO) and the British Council.The event was not only an opportunity for more than 125 teachers from different regions of Morocco to meet and share their best practices in teaching English, but also a historic event that marked the announcement of 100 resource centers in varied locations around the kingdom.The event was held as a platform exclusively for ELT professionals (trainers, supervisors and teachers) to share practical and inspiring experiences that will help them create and run efficiently English resource centers in their schools. For this reason, the board of MoRCE-NET made it clear in their booklet that “Participation in this conference is limited to ELT professionals who have already established a resource center or have decided to create one”This promising national project aims to equip 100 resource centers all over the kingdom with educational equipments, tools and devices that will help the learners develop their linguistic, communicative, and cultural competencies. “Creating an English club is the first step to creating a healthy environment for teachers and learners to meet outside of the classroom to practice English,” Mohamed Bakkas, a teacher of high school, told MWNThe MoRCE-Net president Mr. Abdellatif Zoubair said that MoRCE-Net is a qualitative addition to the rest of the associations and centers that operate in the field of teaching and learning English in Morocco. Its main purpose is to provide spaces within educational institutions all over the kingdom to engage students in various activities and provide resources for learners in order to help them refine their talents and develop their linguistic, communicative and creative competencies. “As a novice teacher, I didn’t have a clear idea about the procedures of setting up an English club and how to efficiently manage it,” said an ELT participant to MWN “The workshops and presentations given by professional practitioners were of great importance to me,” she added.The participants were very satisfied with the higher level of professionalism in the presentations and workshops of all the speakers, and most of them showed considerable enthusiasm for creating a resource center in their school where they will put into practice the activities and skills they learned during the event.Photo credit: Rachid Tagoulla© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
The Senior Bowl, held in Mobile, Ala., is an opportunity for senior football players to showcase their talents in front of pro scouts and coaches. And Former Ohio State football players Ross Homan and Dane Sanzenbacher were invited to the field. Homan and Sanzenbacher understand the importance of the opportunity. “The best players in the nation are out here, competing and trying to showcase their skills,” Homan said. Being at your best and separating yourself from the rest is something Homan said is crucial in a game like this. “It’s very important. You’re always being evaluated every time you step on the field,” Homan said. “It’s a huge job interview; that’s the way I look at it.” Sanzenbacher agreed. “It’s an opportunity for you to show your talents and stand out from everybody else,” he said. Since the Sugar Bowl, Homan and Sanzenbacher have been training for the NFL draft process. Both were recently invited to the NFL Combine, and both said they plan to attend. During practice, Homan said coaches and scouts have been telling him to keep doing what he is doing and to relax and play to his ability. Sanzenbacher, who was a late addition to the Senior Bowl, had his first day of practice Tuesday, and said the competition there is one of a kind. “You can’t really replace that competition. It makes everybody better,” he said. “You’re working with some of the best players in the nation and it makes every rep that much more critical.” Being so close to the NFL, Homan said he is ready to make the most of the opportunity. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “I have dreamed of it since I was a little kid, and now I have the opportunity to make it a reality.” Sanzenbacher said the feeling is surreal. “It’s weird. It doesn’t feel that close,” Sanzenbacher said. “There’s still a lot of steps that you need to go through to actually put on that jersey and play in the NFL.” Homan’s ultimate goal is to be a success and leave nothing undone. “Just be successful; just have no regrets,” Homan said. “Never look back and wish I could have done this or could have done that.” Sanzenbacher has different ambitions. “(I want) to put myself in a position to be successful after football,” Sanzenbacher said. “Obviously you want to play well and take (football) as far as you can, but ultimately, while you’re playing, set yourself up for the future.” Neither Homan nor Sanzenbacher has a preference of what team he would like to compete for. They said would just be grateful for the chance to play in the NFL. Sanzenbacher said he would never forget the experiences he had playing for OSU. “It kind of made me the football player that I am,” he said. “Being able to run out on Senior Day, to get your name announced as captain and your family on the field was definitely up there for me.” What Homan will remember most about OSU is his success on the team. “The close games, battles, sealing the deal on Big Ten championships,” Homan said. “Everything we’ve won, I’ll keep memory of.” The Senior Bowl will be televised at 4 p.m. Saturday on the NFL Network.
Ohio State’s junior-forward Mason Jobst (26) steals the puck away from NotreDame’s sophomore forward Mike O’Leary (19) during a Big Ten conference matchup at the Schottenstein Center on November 3, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. OSU lost 1-4. Credit: Alex Hulvalchick | For the LanternThe No. 6 Ohio State men’s hockey team will go on the road for the final time this season against No. 10 Minnesota, aiming to secure the program’s first-ever season sweep of the Gophers. Although that’s significant, it means a bit more for redshirt sophomore defenseman Wyatt Ege.Ege hails from Elk River, Minnesota, which is just outside the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Ege said a win against the Gophers would be huge, not just for the team, but for his family watching the game from the stands.“It’d mean a lot. Not playing for them, playing for a different school. You play for big time Ohio State now,” Ege said. “To go home and get a couple wins in front of my family and some people I know will be awesome.” Ohio State (19-7-4, 12-7-1-0 Big Ten) is coming off a weekend series split against top-ranked Notre Dame, with a narrow 2-1 loss on Feb. 9 and a 5-1 win Saturday. Minnesota (18-13-1, 9-10-1-1 Big Ten) returns home after sweeping Wisconsin on the road by a combined score of 11-3 in a two-game weekend series. With a record of 11-3-1, the Buckeyes have had ample success on the road.Ohio State assistant coach JB Bittner said completing a season sweep in college hockey is always tough, regardless of the opponent.“Even Friday and Saturday is hard, then you throw in the season series of four games, that’s really tough to do,” Bittner said. “We’ll expect that they’ll be at their best this weekend.”The Golden Gophers have a surplus of scoring depth with five players registering at least 20 points each. Junior forward Tyler Sheehy earned the Big Ten First Star of the Week this week, racking up three goals and five points in two games against Wisconsin.The forward depth doesn’t just stop at Sheehy. Minnesota also has one of the most electrifying players in the country in freshman forward Casey Mittelstadt.Mittelstadt was the eighth overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft by the Buffalo Sabres. Mittelstadt also helped Ohio State associate head coach Steve Miller and the United States win a bronze medal at the 2018 U-20 World Junior Hockey Championship, during which he earned Most Valuable Player honors.“He’s an elite player, one of the elite players in the country,” Bittner said. “We’ll just be aware when they’re on the ice with him and take away his time and space, don’t let him have freedom to kind of do what he wants.”Traveling to 3M Arena at Mariucci will be a test for the Buckeyes, not just because Minnesota has the top home record in the Big Ten at 12-5-0, but it has a bigger ice sheet than any other venue.Minnesota’s rink is Olympic sized (200-feet long, 100-feet wide) instead of the average ice rink size (200-feet long, 85-feet wide), giving a skilled team like the Gophers a lot of room to make plays. Although the ice size has changed since the teams first met in Columbus, Minnesota is still the same team.“I think their tendencies would be similar, but just the way they do everything will be different. They have a lot more room,” redshirt junior goaltender Sean Romeo said. “They’re a skilled team. They love having that room on the ice. It helps them, but it’s nothing that we’re not ready for.”Romeo earned the Big Ten Second Star of the Week Tuesday for his stellar goaltending against Notre Dame. Romeo gave up just three goals and had a .957 save percentage, along with a career-high 39-save performance in Saturday’s win. Romeo offered a simple mentality on how he will approach the game on the bigger ice sheet with a wide grin on his face.“Just got to stop the puck,” Romeo said.Puck drop for the weekend series is at 9 p.m. Friday on Big Ten Network, then 5 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.
The World Cup came to an end before it even started for Dani Carvajal – he limped off and has most likely sustained a hamstring injury in last night’s win over Liverpool at the Champions League final.Just minutes after Mohamed Salah was subbed due to shoulder problems, Carvajal was already in tears as he realised his World Cup dreams have been shattered, according to Goal.He tried to backheel but this led to an injury, tears and leaving the field – all of this with 10 minutes remaining of the first half.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Carvajal is famous for his muscle problems – an injury prevented him from participating in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid back in 2016. Due to this same injury, he was forced to miss even the Euro 2016.The Spaniard also had to take a break twice in the 2017/18 season, with the first being due to chest pain, which turned out to be pericarditis, and a hamstring injury as well.
Tianjin Quanjian forward Alexandre Pato believes Milan pulled off a masterstroke by having Leonardo return.He also admitted he is ‘waiting’ for a call from his fellow Brazilian. Leonardo managed Pato at Milan between 2009-10 campaign and ever since then has returned to San Siro as the club’s general manager, prompting hype from the striker.“Leonardo has the vision, competence and authority to give the club a new approach,” the 28-year-old told Tuttosport and quoted in Football Italia.“I’m not only talking in a technical sense. I imagine that at the club, there’s been some loss: many people have left in just a year and a half, so Leonardo can give security to the whole club.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“He’s the right person at the right place at the right time: he’ll do a great job. In the meantime, I’ll be waiting for his call… after that we’ll see!Pato also shared his thoughts about Elliott Management’s takeover of the Rossoneri.“It seems to me that in a few weeks, the new owners have moved decisively with regards to the club’s organisation,” he added.“That’s good for Milan and their future. The club deserve to return to the top.”
Rangers Football Club manager Steven Gerrard has revealed he will put out his strongest team when the club squares up against Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup on Sunday.The former Liverpool youth team coach refused to divulge whether he plans to give backup keeper Wes Foderingham another league cup appearance in place of the influential Allan McGregor, will give midfielder Scott Arfield time to prove his fitness.“We will go as strong as we can possibly go on Sunday. We won’t take any other game into consideration. We want to win the semi-final and we will go as strong as we can,” Gerrard said, according to Daily Mail.Graham Dorrans, meanwhile, has undergone knee surgery and will out for the next three months.The former West Bromwich Albion midfielder has struggled with injuries since moving to Ibrox, and Gerrard admitted that: ‘He has had an operation on his knee and he will be missing until after Christmas, which is disappointing for him and for usOwen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“Hopefully we can have him back not too long after Christmas – but with a clear knee, clear of pain and with a head clear as well.”“If we can get to that stage, Graham Dorrans is capable of pushing for a starting place in this 11 when you talk about ability and quality. We won’t give up on him, we will give him the support.”“He has had a frustrating few months but I think that has been down to desperation and wanting to play and be part of this, so you give him credit for that in a way.”“Sometimes, as I have experienced myself, the only way is to go under the knife and try and get it sorted that way, so we hope he is going to get it fixed.”
Former Juventus manager Marcello Lippi believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival could not have been better timedThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner stunned the football world by leaving Real Madrid for a €112m switch to Juventus in the summer.Ronaldo recently revealed that the Real president, Florentino Pérez, no longer valued him and so he decided to leave.While his old employers struggle in his absence, Ronaldo has made an impressive start to life in Italy.The Portugal captain has managed seven goals and five assists in 10 Serie A games.And Lippi thinks that Ronaldo’s timely arrival has given Juventus a brilliant boost as they chase an eighth straight league crown and a first Champions League title since 1996.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.The veteran Italian coach also suggests that a Ronaldo from three years ago wouldn’t have been as effective as he is now.“Juventus signed him at the right time,” Lippi told Courier Dello Sport, via Express.“His impact is unbelievable.“If the Bianconeri had signed him three years ago, he would’ve had a much less impact than now.”Ronaldo also recently spoke of his hopes of winning a record sixth Ballon d’Or this year.Juventus will host Cagliari on Saturday at Turin with kick-off to start at 20:30 (CEST).