Alex Neil hopes to see a rejuvenated Norwich against Everton

first_img Press Association The Canaries slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Watford last weekend, which was a sixth reverse in their past eight Barclays Premier League matches. Only goal difference keeps the promoted club out of the bottom three, leaving little margin for error when Roberto Martinez’s men come to Carrow Road for Saturday’s televised lunchtime encounter. The rookie Scottish coach, though, insists he and his squad have the stomach for the battles ahead. “Regardless of how good you are, in football you are going to have times which are tough, and that can be the making of you, or you can accept it and roll over, but that certainly wont be the case here,” he added. Neil must decide whether to recall goalkeeper John Ruddy against his former club, or stick with Declan Rudd, who made a first Premier League appearance of the season at Watford. “They are the two lads competing for the number one slot and I will make my decision,” the Canaries boss said. Norwich tried to bring in Everton midfielder Steven Naismith with an £8million bid ahead of the summer deadline, and will aim to strengthen the squad when the transfer window opens again. Neil said: “Steven was one we ere looking at in the summer, but that does not mean we are necessarily going to try to sign him in January. “We have our targets, with our plan in place and will be setting to go about that as best we can.” Norwich manager Alex Neil is hoping a clear-the-air meeting will help his struggling side get back to winning ways against Everton following their “worst performance” of the season. Neil is confident, though, the mentality of the squad is right having looked to put the disappointment of what was a toothless display at Vicarage Road behind them with a week of hard graft at Colney. “When you get a loss and particularly a bad performance, it takes a day or two to shake it off,” said Neil at a press conference. “We like to analyse, go through it and talk about it, sort of vent our feelings, then once that is done it is in the past and we need to move on. “We will be looking for a response and making sure we are on the front foot.” Neil continued: “It was probably one of the worst performances we have put in this season, and to be honest I did not really see it coming. “If you look at how we were against Arsenal and then at Watford, it was night and day really, but it is all about getting that consistency level. “We have to get back to what we are good at and the funny thing with football is that if you win the next game, then none of the rest matters. “The bottom line is we have not won enough games, so we need to start doing that.” last_img read more

Ireland ready for Twickenham

first_imgSimon Zebo starts at full-back, with Tommy Bowe and Jared Payne restored to the back line. Paul O’Connell captains the side for the 25th time, and he’s partnered in the second row by Devon Toner. Kick off at Twickenham is at 2.30.  Meanwhile Ulster opened up their Pro 12 campaign last night with a bonus point 28-6 win over Ospreys at Kingspan Ravenhill. Connacht edged out the Dragons by 29-points to 23 While Leinster went down 16-9 away to Edinburgh. Tonight, Munster begin their campaign with the visit of Treviso to Irish Independent Park.last_img read more

Texans, Jadeveon Clowney not expected to reach long-term deal, report says

first_img Carson Wentz’s teammate says Eagles quarterback is in ‘different mental state’ The report noted Clowney will play this season under his $15.9 million franchise tag, adding that he isn’t expected to miss any games once the regular season starts but likely won’t be in attendance for the majority of training camp.ProFootballTalk, citing an unidentified league source, reported general manager Brian Gaine and coach Bill O’Brien disagreed on whether to make a long-term commitment to Clowney, who was the first player selected during O’Brien’s tenure in Houston. Better luck next year, Jadeveon Clowney.According to the Houston Chronicle, which cited unidentified sources, the Texans are not expected to reach a long-term deal with the 26-year-old before the July 15 deadline. 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo is ‘moving in the right direction,’ feels great ahead of training camp Tyreek Hill’s full argument with fiancee aired by Kansas City radio station Related News Should the team opt to tender Clowney again in 2020, his one-year salary will increase by 20 percent to $19.16 million. Without a long-term deal or a second tag, Clowney would be set to become a free agent.Clowney has spent his entire career with the Texans after being selected out of South Carolina with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 draft. The All-Pro defender has logged 29 sacks and five forced fumbles en route to three consecutive Pro Bowl selections during his career.He has 18.5 sacks and three forced fumbles over the past two seasons.last_img read more



68 000 volunteer applications for 2010

first_img2 September 2009A total of 67 999 people from 170 countries have applied to become volunteers for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, with an average of 1 600 applications being received each day between 20 July and 31 August.2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) CEO Danny Jordaan said the programme proved to be hugely popular: “We are honoured by the incredible response we have received from around the world,” he said.Strong foreign responseAccording to the LOC, there was a strong response from outside of South Africa, with Nigerians showing great interest with the highest number of applications (750) from outside of the host country.The United States followed with 554 applications, while Brazil was close behind with 489. Zimbabweans registered 449 applications, while Italy managed an impressive 414.Other African countries that responded were Cameroon with 375, the Democratic Republic of Congo with 109, and Lesotho with 106.Local applicationsLocally, with two World Cup stadiums, Johannesburg came in with the most applications, receiving a total of 16 280 applications for Soccer City and Ellis Park.Pretoria received 8 496 applications, followed by the Nelson Mandela Bay with 7 365, Cape Town with 5 998, and Nelspruit in Mpumalanga province and Rustenburg in North West province coming close behind with 5 781 and 5 558 applications respectively.eThekwini/Durban received 5 148 volunteer applications, followed by Polokwane in Limpopo province with 5 503, and Mangaung/Bloemfontein in Free State province with 4 371 applications.Administrative supportThe LOC said that most volunteers had applied to provide administrative support for the tournament, as well as hospitality and ushering services, fan park services, and information technology and telecommunications.In order to assist with hearing-impaired spectators, 83 volunteer hopefuls have applied to work in sign language support.The next step is for the applications to be screened, with the interview process beginning in December. Overseas volunteers will be interviewed by teleconference, while host city interviews will be conducted simultaneously at venues in each city.Once the final selections have been made, the volunteers will then be trained in their respective fields before the World Cup kicks off.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

SA ‘redefining its message to the world’

first_img4 May 2011 As the 21st World Economic Forum on Africa kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa’s message to the world is moving beyond an emphasis on the country’s rich cultural diversity, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. “We are now highlighting our achievements in the fields of science, technological innovation, financial services and our recognition as a systemically important member of the international community,” Gordhan said on Wednesday ahead of the opening of the meeting. “In our hosting of WEF Africa, we will confidently say that South Africa is indeed responding to the new reality.” The three-day meeting, starting on Wednesday, will discuss how sub-Saharan Africa can sustain its growth path and become one of the pillars of global growth and demand. To be held under the theme, “Shaping Africa’s Role in the New Reality”, the meeting will take place against the backdrop of the increasing global recognition of Africa’s growth potential. Gordhan, South Africa’s lead minister for the WEF on Africa, said the country was ideally placed in the shifting poles of power and economic growth, not only as an emerging market, but also as a leading economy on a continent that has become an indispensible partner in the global economy and is home to approximately 15% of the world’s population. “We are strong promoters of inclusive growth, job creation, and the diversification of the economy,” the minister said. He added that South Africa was actively participating and contributing to positions formulated in global policy making. “We are also assuming an increasingly important position in the international arena. We are one of the non-permanent members on the United Nations Security Council, the only African country to be a member of the G20, and now most recently, we have taken a seat at the table of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa forum (BRICS), which, with its population of over 3-billion people, serves as a major platform for global dialogue and cooperation.” Among issues to be discussed at the WEF Africa are how African economies can mitigate their exposure to the volatility in commodity prices, and how the continent can strengthen its voice in multilateral forums such as the G20 and the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 17). The COP 17 conference will take place in Durban in December. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

A Sacred Space

first_imgHow can you design buildings without being passionate about how they are built and the materials they’re made from? How can you engineer something strictly by the numbers, sneering at the “artytechs” who actually care about the user experience?When I was a junior in high school beginning to consider what I would study in college and do with my life, I was torn between pursuing architecture and engineering. I had already spent a few summers working as a carpenter and painter, and my favorite TV show was This Old House. I knew I wanted to build things, but after talking to practicing architects and engineers, I was dismayed by the rift between the two disciplines.A visit to Tedd Benson’s timber frame workshop gave me the answer. Dr. Ben Brungraber, Benson’s engineer, told me that there was a discipline that blended the two fields: architectural engineering. You mean, I can study the art and the science of building?Well, it turns out that while architectural engineers receive a liberal education in the science of building, we don’t fit neatly into a box. And an architectural engineer who spends 10 years as a nomadic carpenter really doesn’t fit neatly into a box.Not that I’m a big fan of conforming, but after working with architects, engineers, and builders of all sorts, I now understand where I do fit in. I’m a designer with special interests in green building and building science, and sensitive to the nature of building materials. The problem is that I can’t call myself an architect because I don’t have the right degree. I spent my 20s working as a carpenter and learning how to run a small business; for the last few years, I’ve been designing and managing projects. So last winter I decided to go back to school.Although I started my first semester looking to just get through it as quickly as possible, it turned out to be a refreshing, exploratory, intense (and time-consuming!) semester. During work hours, I met with new clients, drew kitchen details with Autocad or Sketchup, sized ridge beams, and argued with a vendor who supplied us with leaky doors. At 3 p.m. twice a week, I drove an hour to hand-draft and build paper models of theoretical projects through which we explored “spatial typologies,” “limitations of method,” and other abstract ideas. Several times I had to leave the three-hour classes early, skipping out on such discussions as the differences between two-point perspective and three-point perspective so that I could keep an evening meeting with a client to discuss bathroom budgets and the relative merits of dense-pack cellulose versus closed-cell foam insulation.Weekends became sleepless work-a-thons, painstakingly hand-drafting plans and elevations, concentrating on line value and rendering shadows accurately, or attempting to finish a model for a Monday afternoon class presentation. At work the next day, I would crank out shop drawings for a custom home theater, size another ridge beam, or discuss stormwater management strategies. Then I would zip off to the class, which consisted mostly of 20-somethings, with an instructor in his mid-30s like me.What I learned, now that I’ve caught up on my sleep and had a chance to reflect, is best summed up by our final project, a nondenominational “sacred space.” We were to work with an actual site for the first time and to think deeply about what we wanted the user to experience, but not to worry about frivolous details such as budget, construction techniques, or the location of the bathroom. Three elements were required in the design: an entry that incorporated the idea of a transition from unprotected to protected space; a stair that expressed the concept of circulation and connection; and a culminating space that fostered a sense of sanctuary, peace, and self-reflection.I had some fun with the drawings, using a night scene with the building lit from within to expose the structure in the elevation pictured above. But the project really made me think about the design process and the homes we design. It’s easy to focus on the nuts and bolts, solving the problem at hand. It’s up to the designer, however, to inject some “sacred” into the spaces we create and to really consider the user experience. It’s also the designer’s responsibility to keep from getting stuck in a box.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho leaves Man United after more than 2 years

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Mourinho lasted 2½ years at United and won two titles, the English League Cup and the Europa League in his first season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 MOST READ Spurs ‘starting to figure out each other’ as they go 5-1 on homestand FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 file photo Manchester United’s manager Jose Mourinho reacts in frustration during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. Manchester United says Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect. The decision was announced Tuesday Dec.18, 2018, two days after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool left United 19 points off the top of the Premier League after 17 games. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United says Jose Mourinho has left the Premier League club with immediate effect.The decision was announced Tuesday, two days after a 3-1 loss to Liverpool left United 19 points off the top of the Premier League after 17 games.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club. We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. #MUFCFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 18, 2018last_img read more

Video: The Lights Went Out During The Michigan vs. Rutgers Game

first_imgLights go out during Michigan-Rutgers game.It’s been a long year for both Michigan and Rutgers on the hardwood. Saturday, the basketball Gods decided to make it just a little bit longer. During the first half of the contest between the Wolverines and the Scarlet Knights, the lights went out at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. Here’s video of the incident.Lights going out at Rutgers-Michigan game mid-play. #B1G— Matt C (@05HAWKI) March 7, 2015The issue was quickly fixed, and the teams have resumed play. Michigan is up 41-26 with two minutes to play in the first session.last_img read more