Apollon host APOEL in mouthwatering clash

first_imgBy Nemanja BjedovCYPRUS’ two Europa League representatives Apollon and APOEL go head-to-head in Round 8 of the Cyprus championship on Saturday afternoon at 3pm at the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol.“APOEL recently changed their coach and he is trying to implement new tactics. We have already analysed what changes were made and we will prepare for them in the same way we prepare for any other game regardless if we play locally or in Europe,” said Apollon coach Christakis Christoforou“I want us to perform well and regardless of the outcome, our goals – which are focused on the Europa League – will not alter,” added Christoforou whose side top the table on 18 points. However, Christoforou will not be able to count on Abraham Gneki Guie, Bertrand Robert and Charalambos Kyriakou for the APOEL clash.“Charalambous started training with the team and hopefully he will be fully fit for the match against Lazio (on Thursday), while Robert is currently in Israel in the medical centre we cooperate with. Guie is currently following an individual training regime and it is still unclear when he will be able to help the team,” Christoforou added.APOEL coach Giorgos Donis recorded his first win with the Cyprus champions in the last round when the Nicosia giants overcame Anorthosis 1-0 at the GSP Stadium, and he will be looking to build on the result.“I believe this is an important game if you take into consideration the current standings. Obviously earning points is important and we do not want the gap between us and the teams on top to widen; however, at this time I am not entirely focused on the result,” assessed Donis.“My priority is to make my team play better, for us to improve as a unit. The final result definitely counts and this game is a big one, but we approach each match in the same way. We will analyse the opposition,” added Donis whose side lie sixth in the table, trailing Apollon by five points.APOEL central defenders Aritz Borda and Joao Guilherme are doubtful, but Donis has insisted that the missing players should not be an excuse and that his team must show themselves as being as strong as possible in every game.Elsewhere, on Saturday at 5pm, Doxa Katokopia host AEK Kouklion, while an hour later Alki take on Ethnikos Achnas.In-form Ermis Aradippou face AEL at the Ammochostos Stadium in Larnaca at 7pm.On Sunday afternoon at 4pm, Anorthosis meet Enosis Neon Paralimni, while at 6pm Aris and Omonia host AEK Larnaca and Nea Salamina respectively.last_img read more

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Grealish: the flamboyant star heading to the top

first_imgJack Grealish, Aston Villa’s attacking midfielder and winger, has long been linked with moves away from the club following a string of impressive performances over the past few years. The 24-year-old has been identified as a player that Manchester United, in particular, have a keen interest in.Question marks over his professionalism have been flagged up after the recent fiasco in which Grealish crashed his Range Rover after attending a friend’s party and driving back at four in the morning. Despite this, stories about the player being courted by the country’s biggest clubs persist.Why are Manchester United interested?Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has often said that Manchester United are in need of a cultural change. Although this involves a variety of behind-the-scenes changes, the main driver of this desired adjustment is the first-team squad itself.Since the Norwegian took over as permanent manager, United have seen a number of players depart the club, including Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herrera, Alexis Sanchez (loan), Marcos Rojo (loan), Marouane Fellaini, and Ashley Young.In terms of incoming players, the club have brought in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and Bruno Fernandes. The players had an average age of 23.2 at the time of signing.Further, with the exception of Bruno Fernandes, all signings joined from other British clubs (Leicester, Crystal Palace, Swansea).In a January press conference, Solskjaer said: “That’s the task we’ve started and you can see we are still a way off but we’ve started something that needed doing.”Solskjaer has also hinted at both the squad makeup as well as the desired style of play. It is clear that United are now favouring young players with a more pronounced upside. Moreover, quicker, more mobile players are being prioritised where possible (James, Fernandes), with some exceptions being made for defensive positions (Harry Maguire).In December of 2019, the Norwegian said: “I see this attack as being quite similar to the one we had with Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez, with the interchanging of positions and the fast, flowing football.”While this statement is wishful at best, it is an indication of the desired style of play. You can see this reflected in the moves that have been made.Why Grealish?Grealish ticks two boxes right off the bat. He’s young and he’s British. While the latter is no indicator of player value or talent, it removes the immediate stumbling block of acclimating to the league, country, and overall approach to football. Nothing more, nothing less.In terms of his age, at 24 years old it’s reasonable to assume that Grealish’s best years are ahead of him and that he can further improve his game at Old Trafford. Both on account of the improved facilities and coaching staff, but also from being able to play with higher-quality team-mates.Furthermore, unlike many of United’s signings since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, Grealish would not be guaranteed a starting position regardless of the transfer fee. This is a chance for the player to step up and become part of a young collective looking to elevate their game. Being able to rotate a player without significant fear of disgruntlement is a bonus for any manager.Also, we can’t ignore the fact that Grealish impressed against Manchester United at Old Trafford, where the attacking midfielder scored a peach of a goal to put Aston Villa ahead in the first half.Finally, Grealish would cost less than James Maddison, who was linked with United in December and January before the arrival of Fernandes. Villa have been rumoured to have placed an £80 million price tag on Grealish, although their dire financial situation, a possible relegation and the effects of the coronavirus may lower that amount.Style of playGrealish came up being perceived as a traditional number ten, though he has grown to be as equally adept when playing on the left as well.His heat map paints the picture of a player spending most of his time on the inside left area of the attacking third, while finding joy both down the line as well as when cutting in towards the middle.Grealish is an accomplished dribbler, able to control the ball with either foot and is happy to carry it up the pitch during a transition.His dribbles per 90 figure of 6.82 betters that of fellow Premier League players like Marcus Rashford, Bernardo Silva, Heung-Min Son, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah, James Maddison and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Meanwhile, his dribbling success percentage of 57.07% is higher than that of James Maddison, Wilf Zaha, Sadio Mane, Kevin de Bruyne, Heung-Min Son, Bernardo Silva, Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling. It does trail behind the figures of Roberto Firmino (57.58%), Aubameyang (61.54%) and Pulišić (58.16%).Overall, the combination of a high dribbling attempt rate and his dribbling success percentage make him one of the league’s most effective dribblers. It is a tremendously useful skill to have in your toolbox, especially with the low-block defensive setups United regularly have to face.Moreover, it helps against high pressing teams like Liverpool and Manchester City, where the ability to manoeuvre out of congested spaces on the pitch can prove pivotal during a counter-attack.Goals from midfieldFinally, the Aston Villa player has also aided his side’s cause this season with 7 league goals.That’s as many as Sebastien Haller and Alexandre Lacazette, both of them strikers, as many as Man City’s Riyad Mahrez, who plays for a vastly superior side, one more than James Maddison, and one fewer than Kevin de Bruyne.He has also outscored Nicolas Pepe, who Arsenal paid a whopping £72 million to acquire from Lille last summer.The important piece of information the data discloses here is that Grealish has outperformed both his total xG (expected goals) figure, as well as his xG p90 (expected goals per 90 minutes) figure. He has scored 7 league goals against a total xG of 5.37, while his 0.25 goals per game is higher than his 0.19 xG per 90 minutes number.There are some limitations as to what can be deduced here, but it would stand to reason that should Grealish be presented with an increased volume of shooting opportunities in high-quality situations he would more than likely achieve a proportional rise in scored goals.Room for improvementHowever, Grealish is not all perfectly honed just yet. There are two shooting metrics that tell us of a player who needs to work on both his shooting accuracy, as well as the positions from which he decides to have a crack at goal.It’s normal if a player has a low shots on target percentage if the average volume of shots is high. The more shots the likelier it is that some won’t hit the target.However, when a low shot accuracy percentage is combined with a low average volume of shots, then there’s something that the player must definitely try to focus on.As with every single piece of statistical information, his shooting metrics are somewhat bound to the context of the team he finds himself in and the quality of the opposition they’ve faced. That said, even with this in mind, his shooting is something that can noticeably be improved.Potential risksThe recent car accident after an ill-advised social outing has already been mentioned. The disappointing thing about it in the grand scheme of things is that it came after a two-year period in which Grealish appeared to mature as a professional.Most of his previous misadventures came before the beginning of the season prior to the last one. There were three key incidents that gave Grealish a sub-par reputation.In 2015, he was sighted at a Manchester bar hours after his team had lost 4-0 away from home. Manager Remi Garde banished the player to the under-21 squad after that incident.Meanwhile, in 2016, he and some of his friends caused a disturbance at a Birmingham hotel with a party that reportedly got out of hand. Pictures of a drunk and unconscious Grealish made their way to the tabloids.At the time, his then manager Roberto Di Matteo stated: “In general for the sake of any player they need to learn about what it takes to be an athlete. He needs to grow up very quickly. It’s not the first time and he needs to understand if he wants a good career he has to stop. First, it’s a feeling of disappointment. I expect all players to behave in a professional manner at all times.”Furthermore, in 2017, England under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd dropped Grealish from the starting lineup after the player arrived late to a team meeting.Beyond off-the-field behaviour and other disciplinary issues, there is also the concern of being able to step up with the world watching. At Aston Villa, he has gone from flawed prodigy to one of the club’s outstanding players, a permanent fixture in Dean Smith’s starting lineup. He has revelled in that role, but making the jump to a club with a significantly elevated profile brings a kind of pressure few players are equipped for.Signs of maturityIn a recent derby against Birmingham, Grealish remained calm despite being attacked from behind by a rival fan, who had invaded the pitch and punched him in the jawHowever, there are some signs of encouragement. Grealish himself has spoken about his previous behaviour and how he’s striving to improve. In an interview with The Times, the player said: “As I started playing a few games, and did well in the Cup semi-final, I found it difficult. I thought I was still Jack. I thought I could still go to these places, go out and do whatever but I couldn’t because everywhere I went people were just trying to stitch me up. I kept being in the papers for the wrong reasons.I can’t live like when I was 17 or 18. That’s part of growing up. I’ve seen it happen with quite a few other players. But I want to be a role model for kids, and be successful.”More recently, there have been reports that United and Solskjaer, in particular, were naturally taken aback by the player’s recent troubles, but remained impressed by Grealish’s leadership skills shown during Villa’s promotion to the Premier League.There was a notable moment during that season. In the derby game against Birmingham City, Grealish was attacked from behind by a Birmingham supporter, who had invaded the pitch and punched the player on the side of his jaw. Grealish remained calm, did not react, and walked away. Later on, he would go on to score for Villa, securing a 1-0 win.Transfer fee will dictate perceptionIf United are indeed looking into signing him, they could do a lot worse than by taking a chance on the player. He has all the attributes to make a substantial contribution to their cause next season.However, the potential for the transfer being deemed a success is ultimately linked with how much Villa will be able to command for him.Should they manage to secure a figure closer to the £80 million mark, expectations would inevitably rise. The pressure of a large transfer fee has often been seen to mentally plague players far more than some fans would like to admit.Nevertheless, should United manage to acquire the player for a relatively more palatable amount, the odds are in favour of the transfer being seen as an astute piece of business.last_img read more

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Papuan chef Charles Toto serves up sustainability and environmental protection in a platter

first_imgActivism, Conservation, Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Activism, Food, Forest People, Forest Products, Forests, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Indigenous Communities, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Rainforest Conservation, Rainforest People, Rainforests, Saving Rainforests, Sustainability, Traditional People, Tropical Deforestation Charles Toto is the founder of the Jungle Chef Community, a network of enthusiasts from across the Indonesian region of Papua who promote sustainable living and environmental protection through local cuisine.Toto came up with the idea after seeing foreign documentary makers and tour groups embarking on weeks-long treks in the Papuan wilderness with nothing more than instant and canned food.Over the years, he has learned to make the best use of the ingredients served up by the forest and the sea, and has taken his unique mission to culinary shows across Indonesia and abroad.But for Toto and his group, the opening up of Papua’s forests to palm oil and other commercial operators, aided by a government-backed infrastructure push, threatens the region’s natural wealth and heritage. Charles Toto’s epiphany came during his time working in the kitchen at a hotel in his home region of Papua in eastern Indonesia.The hotel catered to foreign visitors, many of whom flew in to shoot documentary films, sometimes for several weeks at a time, in the lush jungles of Papua, home to some of the last unspoiled wilderness areas in the country.“When I saw them bringing in so much luggage, I wondered to myself what they would eat in the forest,” Toto told Mongabay Indonesia.He had friends among the guides who accompanied the groups, and they filled him in: instant food and canned sardines, for the most part.Toto was 16 when he enrolled in a culinary program at a vocational school in Jayapura, the Papua provincial capital. At that point it wasn’t his life’s dream; he’d had his heart set on becoming a lawyer. But after missing out on a place in a regular high school, which would have set him on his way to a career in law, he figured he would sign up for vocational school.After the three-year course, he wound up in an entry-level job washing dishes at the hotel in Jayapura. And that’s when the tourists came into his life, ushering in the epiphany: Why not, he thought, cater to these tour groups by providing them with fresh, wholesome meals during their trips?The idea went over well, and Toto embarked with his first tour group in 1997, a year after leaving vocational school. That inaugural trip lasted some six weeks, with the group trekking through the densely forested Baliem Valley in the Papuan highlands, then heading west to the now-famed coastal paradise of Raja Ampat.“A hotel chef would think to bring his own meat because it’s more hygienic,” Toto says. “But I think food from the forest is more hygienic, it’s cleaner and organic.”Charles Toto serves up sustainability and environmental protection in a platter. Image by Luh De Suriyani/Mongabay-Indonesia.He learned from the locals about the meals that could be conjured up using the resources found nearby, and bartered ingredients with them. It was, in effect, a return to his roots as a native Papuan, and an embrace of the principle that has served him to this day: “The forest is a market for Papuans to shop in without having to spend money.”Toto thrived in his culinary niche, constantly learning something new amid the rigors of trekking and sailing through largely unexplored places. Disaster was no obstacle, either. “We got stranded on an island once for three or four days. We had to make do with whatever [food] was there,” he says.As his business thrived and his renown spread, Toto built up a network of like-minded chefs. In 2008, he founded the Jungle Chef Community, which brings together dozens of local chefs from across Papua who specialize in rustling up meals from ingredients they find in the forests. Toto and his community have appeared at culinary events across Indonesia and around the world, promoting their unique mission.“We train our members how to identify local cooking ingredients and how to make traditional Papuan food,” Toto says.Foraging and hunting locally is widely accepted as a sustainable use of natural resources, and cuts the cost and carbon footprint from shipping in food from farther away. In the case of the Jungle Chef Community, it also helps sustain interest in ancient practices, values and culture that are at risk of slowly dying out as younger generations of Papuans embrace a more modern lifestyle.“The key is to be able to obtain and [creatively] use what nature provides you with at that time and in that place,” Toto says.The Jungle Chef Community also runs a program that teaches cooking traditional food to children, along with other practices to protect the environment, such as waste management and planting mangroves.Charles Toto gives a presentation at an international food festival in Bali. Image courtesy of Ubud Food Festival.But the most intense pressure on the group’s mission comes from the government’s sweeping infrastructure development plan that activists say threatens the pristine forests and rich biodiversity of Papua.“A lot of sago farms are being sold off as [infrastructure] is developed in Papua,” Toto says. Sago has for generations been a staple food for the lowland peoples in the island of New Guinea and the Malukus, but local dietary preferences are increasingly shifting to rice, a more land- and water-intensive crop that is also eating up Papua’s sago farmlands.Another threat to the region’s forests is the arrival of the palm oil industry, in search of new lands after the wholesale deforestation of much of Sumatra and Borneo, and incentivized by the infrastructure expansion. Large swaths of forest-clearing are already being reported in Papua, along with a high number of hotspots — the calling card of an industry notorious for slash-and-burn clearing.Nearly 200 square kilometers (77 square miles) of forest have been cleared in Papua’s Merauke district since 2014 for a single plantation, according to the Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI), with 10 square kilometers (3.9 square miles) being opened up just since October last year.The challenges are mounting, but if anything they’ve encouraged Toto to come up with even more ways to introduce local Papuan cuisine boasting fresh ingredients from its forests.“Papua is indeed rich in natural resources from its forests,” he says, “and the Jungle Chef Community introduces it through cooking.”Banner image: A river valley in a mountain range in West Papua province, Indonesia.This story was reported by Mongabay’s Indonesia team and was first published on our Indonesian site on May 25, 2017.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Article published by Basten Gokkoncenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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Citizens of Georgetown subjected to double taxation scam

first_imgDear Editor,I am indeed very disappointed that the citizens of Georgetown — particularly those in the legal profession and civil society groups — have not come out against yet another attempt by the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown to unlawfully double-tax them.The most recent attempt that I refer to is the declaration by the Council of their intention to charge residents a fee of two hundred dollars per barrel for the collection and disposal of their household waste. Their declaration that the City Council is an autonomous body and must generate its own revenue is really an assertion that the Council is above the law and can gouge the pockets of its citizens.First of all, just like the parking meter debacle, the Council is proceeding again in a high-handed manner, without consultation with citizens, who are the stakeholders. This is unfettered bullyism at best.But secondly, and more importantly, this action is illegal. The Council is obligated to provide refuse collection and disposal service from the property rates it collects. It can’t then turn around and charge another fee for providing the same refuse collection and disposal service that is already catered for in the property rates. This is double-taxation.The Council first implemented this illegal scheme in the commercial district; and when it got away with the scam, decided to broaden the scam.How would the Council go about implementing this system with more than 42,000 households in the city?Best regards,Sambu Jacobuslast_img read more

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Damning Liverpool verdict: ‘Under pressure Rodgers doesn’t know what he’s doing’

first_img“Brendan Rodgers doesn’t know what’s he’s doing.”That’s the damning verdict from talkSPORT presenter and lifelong Kopite Micky Quinn, who is today sharing the pain of the red half of Merseyside following their disappointing Champions League exit.He admits there is a lot of work for Rodgers to do, and insists the Anfield manager has to settle on a first choice line-up and stick with it.Quinn told Hawksbee and Jacobs: “There are too many changes every game. We’re a third of the way through the season and Brendan doesn’t know what his team is. “I was very surprised with the team last night [against Basel]. He thinks he can just put players in who have been out for two or three games and they can just pick up the thread and the tempo of a Champions League game, with the example of that being Jose Enrique.“He’s gone from not giving Rickie Lambert any game time at all to playing him for five games in a row because of injuries. Lucas hadn’t had a sniff and then he played against Real Madrid and hasn’t missed a game since.“With the pressure building on Brendan Rodgers, I don’t think he knows what he’s doing, I really don’t.“Look at that set-up last night for a Champions League game at home knowing you’ve got to beat Basel. No width, no pace up front, no creativity. I was very surprised with the team selection.“The team weren’t good enough in the Champions League – it was tedious at times – and have been a million miles away from last season.“He’s signed, what is it, £150million worth of players and it’s just chop and change, chop and change. If you sign these players you’ve got to play them and give them some consistency. He’s always on about learning and the number of games they have to play, but footballers need to play and get their eye in.“He’s got a lot of work to do, but they are capable of improving once he settles down and knows what his best team is.“I’m not going to say sack Rodgers because I think he’s got enough credit in the bank from last year, but Liverpool is a massive club and an institution and when you lose games, the pressure comes. And Rodgers is a young manager and that pressure has really got to him and his coaching staff in the last few games.”last_img read more

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FA Cup preview: Grayson on Preston’s clash with Manchester United

first_imgPreston North End boss Simon Grayson joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show to look ahead to Monday night’s FA Cup clash with Manchester United.The Whites come up against Louis van Gaal’s side in the last match of the fifth round at Deepdale.Grayson’s side have won their three previous fixtures, but will face a tough task against the Red Devils’ international stars.You can listen to Simon Grayson’s interview with the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show above, and leave your comments below…last_img read more

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Condors name co-A.D.s

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles 2 p.m. California High School will have co-athletic directors to administrate its sports programs this season. Leonard Espinoza and John Horwath have been named to replace Jim Patricio, who resigned last spring. The new athletic directors will retain their coaching positions, Espinoza with girls basketball and Horwath with girls volleyball. “We decided against splitting into boys A.D. and girls A.D.,” Espinoza said. “We’ll share the (fall sports) responsibilities for football, and I’ll handle cross country and girls tennis. John will take care of girls volleyball and boys water polo 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Nicholl: Gerrard’s transfers depend on current players

first_img“He didn’t turn around and bring in eight, nine or 10 players to change things around.“That tells you there was enough in the club at that moment to turn things around adding three or four.“So if the new managers comes in and says he needs eight or nine players to turn this around that will take time but he’ll get the time.”The former Rangers player said that whilst he is unsure of his own future, the impact of Gerrard’s arrival has been felt by the players.Ahead of Sundays game against Hibs he said: “The ones under contract will be hoping they get off to a good start under the new manager and the ones on loan will be hoping to impress so they can stay.“I don’t know anything about my future.“I know the reason I was brought in and the length of time I was supposed to be in for.“We’ll wait and see what happens.“We’ll get them ready and sorted for Sunday and whatever their futures hold, it will be good for some and other ones will have to buck their ideas upAsked if Ibrox is still a big draw for potential signings, Nicholl said the pull is still strong.“Yeah, you would like to think so. “For goodness sake, you’re playing in front of 50,000 people every week and if you’re doing well and you’re being cheered by that many then it’s the greatest feeling in the world.” Rangers caretaker boss Jimmy Nicholl has said that incoming manager Steven Gerrard’s transfer business will be determined by what he can get out of the current squad.The ex-Cowdenbeath manager said the squad haven’t been consistent enough and that Gerrard may decide to make wholesale changes.But should the former Liverpool captain get more out of the team, Nicholl said Gerrard may feel he only requires three or four quality additions and compared it with Graeme Souness’s arrival at Ibrox in 1986.He said of Gerrard: “If he gets more out of the group we have at the moment then he may only need three or four players. “It would be a lot better if he only needed that many in.“Players probably haven’t produced what their capable of consistently.“He might get it out of them.”“When Graeme Souness came in he bought Terry Butcher, Chris Woods and there was myself and him. last_img read more

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Novel approach to promote Jane Austen’s links to Donegal

first_imgDonegal’s connections to relatives of beloved classic novelist Jane Austen are set to be included in new local tourism brochures for 2019.Three of Austen’s nieces – Marianne, Louisa and Cassandra Knight – lived in the region in the 1800s and are buried in Letterkenny and Ramelton.Letterkenny’s connection to Jane Austen was a main focus of the Cathedral Quarter Literary Festival in 2017 and her niece’s graves are still visited today. Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh raised a motion at the Letterkenny Municipal District meeting this week to propose further promotion of the area’s links to Jane Austen in tourism publications.Cllr Kavanagh also called for signs to be erected in the graveyards to direct visitors to the women’s graves.“There is worldwide interest in Jane Austen and there are societies dedicated to her around the world. I think her links to the area is something that we don’t exploit enough,” Cllr Kavanagh said.Cllr Kavanagh pointed to Buncrana’s ‘Amazing Grace Country’ branding as an example of how cultural connections can be marketed for a region. “I’m not saying that we’d have tourists flocking in their thousands if we promote that Austen’s nieces are buried here, but I think it should be included in tourism guides,” Cllr Kavanagh said.The motion was passed, but not all councillors were on the same page.Cllr Dessie Shiels said connecting Jane Austen to Letterkenny through her family was “scraping the barrel a bit”.He questioned why tourism materials should “promote a deceased author who was never in the town”, adding: “I would like to see what the brochure is going to say before I can support this.”Cllr Shiels said that he has lived in Letterkenny for 42 years and never heard about Austen’s nieces. Cllr Gerry McMonagle, who seconded the motion, called on councillors to look at the spirit of the proposal and recognise that the historical insight could bring more visitors to the town.May, Lou and Cass, as they were known, were the daughters of Jane Austen’s older brother, Edward.In 1834, Cass married Lord George Hill, who owned vast amounts of land in north-west Donegal. They moved to Ballyarr House in Ramelton, and the Georgian estate remains there to this day.Cass died in 1842, shortly after giving birth to their fourth child. Her sister Louise moved to Donegal to bring up the children, and Marianne followed later. The two sisters are buried together in Tully Graveyard near Ballyarr. Cass is buried alongside Lord Hill in the graveyard of Conwal Parish Church at the top of the Church Lane Letterkenny.Novel approach to promote Jane Austen’s links to Donegal was last modified: October 11th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Cathedral QuarterCllr Jimmy Kavanaghjane austenLetterkenny Municipal Districtnovelistlast_img read more

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Hudson never trails, knocks off Marshfield girls basketball

first_imgTigers drop to 2-5, host Oshkosh North on ThursdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Hudson scored the first six points of the game, and Marshfield never recovered as it dropped a 69-51 decision to the Raiders in the opening round of the 8th Annual Marshfield Tiger Girls Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night at Marshfield High School.Hudson (7-2) cruised out to a 14-4 lead in the first 5:40 of the game, and the Tigers never got closer than eight the rest of the way.Lexi Jonas hit five 3-pointers in the first half for Hudson and finished with a game-high 17 points.Marshfield (2-5) closed to within 33-25 after a 3-pointer from Meg Bryan and a free throw by Jenna Jakobi with just more than two minutes to go in the first half, but the Tigers would only score one more point in the half and trailed by 12 at the break.Hudson came out of intermission and scored the first seven points to push its lead to 19. Marshfield responded with six in a row, including a pair of baskets by Jakobi, and cut it to nine on a 3-pointer from Meg Bryan.However, Marshfield did not score for the next 3:20, turned the ball over on four-straight possessions, and fell behind by 15. The Tigers finished with 17 turnovers in the loss and could not get Hudson’s lead back under double digits.Ema Fehrenbach scored 16 points, making 8 of 10 free throws, and Bryan added 11 points with three 3-pointers for Marshfield.Wausau West defeated Oshkosh North in the first game Wednesday and will play Hudson at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by North against Marshfield at approximately 3 p.m. Marshfield’s game will be broadcast on WDLB-AM 1450 and wdlbwosq.com.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Raiders 69, Tigers 51Hudson 38 31 – 69Marshfield 26 25 – 51HUDSON (69): Lucy Fashingbauer 0-2 0-0 0, Izzy Hanson 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Cable 0-0 0-0 0, Lexi Jonas 6-13 0-0 17, Lexi LeFever 0-0 0-0 0, Grace Uchytil 0-0 1-2 1, MaKenzie White 0-1 1-2 1, Ty Huber 0-4 0-0 0, Kayla Gertschen 2-3 2-2 7, Kylee Christiansen 6-8 2-3 14, Shayla Wallin 6-14 2-4 16, Ashley Juza 4-7 2-2 10, Kassi Jenkins 1-3 0-1 2, Kaiya Sundeen 0-1 1-2 1, Elise Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 25-56. FT: 11-18. 3-pointers: 8-16 (Jonas 5-7, Wallin 2-4, Gertschen 1-1, White 0-1, Huber 0-1, Juza 0-2). Rebounds: 33 (Wallin 11). Turnovers: 14. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: none. Record: 7-2.MARSHFIELD (51): Shantel Nienast 0-1 0-0 0, Meg Bryan 4-9 0-0 11, Kaydee Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Kendra Tremelling 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Jakobi 4-11 1-2 9, Corianne Johnson 2-6 2-5 7, Maddie Nikolai 0-4 1-2 1, Ema Fehrenbach 4-11 8-10 16, Katie Osinski 2-4 1-2 5, Sophie Koehn 1-2 0-2 2. FG: 17-48. FT: 13-23. 3-pointers: 4-8 (Bryan 3-5, C. Johnson 1-3). Rebounds: 27 (Jakobi 6). Turnovers: 17. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 2-5.last_img read more

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