Voter interest on the increase: survey

first_img15 April 2011Voting interest among South Africans is on the increase, with 79% of prospective voters intending to vote in the local government elections on 18 May, according to a survey by the Human Sciences Research Council.The survey, commissioned by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to help in its preparations for the 18 May poll, found that over 90 percent of South Africans were satisfied with the country’s voting process.The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) visited about 500 areas countrywide in conducting its survey. In each area, seven households were selected for face-to-face interviews conducted in the language of the respondents. Those interviewed were aged 16 and older and cut across different race and ethnic groups.Political disinterest and disillusionment was the primary reason given by the 21% of respondents who said they did not intend to vote in the upcoming election. These respondents showed some level of mistrust of politicians while expressing disappointment at the quality of service delivery by municipalities.Some admitted that party loyalty rather than abstention remained their key electoral response to political parties not delivering effectively on their mandate.Researchers also found that political interest had increased slightly from 2004, while remaining relatively low at 42 percent. About 58 percent of the respondents expressed awareness of local governance structures such as ward committees, with this awareness most seen among poor citizens.However, satisfaction with democracy had declined slightly over the past decade, coupled with lower levels of trust in core political institutions. When it came to views on municipal performance, 45 percent expressed dissatisfaction with municipal services.Interesting was the increase in the level of trust for the SABC, with respondents expressing confidence in the public broadcaster, religious groups and the IEC. Most voters regarded the IEC highly for its “efficiency and professionalism”, with trust in the IEC increasing by 19 percent between 1999 and 2010.An overwhelming number of South Africans were also satisfied with the registration process, 98 percent saying they found it easy and 58 percent reporting to have taken 10 minutes or less to register.HSRC lead researcher Udesh Pillay said very few voters, about 13 percent, thought irregularities had occurred during the previous local government elections in 2006, while 86 percent said they have never personally experienced any irregularity.“The general feeling was that the majority is satisfied with the way things are done and how the IEC conducts its business,” Pillay said.He attributed the decline in satisfaction with democracy to increased unemployment, the recession of 2008-09, and anxieties sparked by the political transition ahead of the 2009 general elections.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Avoid NH3 Mishaps

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — A recent incident in suburban Chicago involving an anhydrous ammonia leak that injured several people, including first responders, underscores the dangers the nitrogen fertilizer can present in both transportation and application.Despite its dangers, anhydrous ammonia is the least-expensive form of nitrogen fertilizer and remains the form of choice for many farmers. Following all safety procedures and using personal protective equipment when handling anhydrous can prevent issues like the one in Chicago.VITAL FORM OF NITROGENTo many farmers, anhydrous is a reliable, efficient and cost-effective source of nitrogen if handled safely, according to John Rebholz, director of safety and education for the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA). In Illinois, farmers use approximately 670,000 tons annually of anhydrous, and the number of incidents are fairly low.Rebholz said if ag was solely reliant on the other forms of nitrogen (liquid and dry), the fertilizer would not only be more expensive but supply issues would arise with one less form available, he said. Farmers always need to follow safety reminders when handling or transporting anhydrous, whether it be a normal or condensed growing season like this spring has been, he said.Growers in the state are encouraged to go through training, but currently, the state of Illinois does not require training for farmers. However, ag retail employees who handle and transport ammonia are required to go through safety training.IFCA offers a free online training program specifically for farmers at their website: http://learning.ifca.com/…“IFCA’s position is that anyone who handles or transports anhydrous ammonia should go through anhydrous ammonia training,” Rebholz told DTN. “We would definitely support a training program for our farmer customers, as most of the incidents occur when the farmers are in possession of the ammonia.”Rebholz said if a farmer is in possession of anhydrous ammonia and a reportable release of 18 gallons or 100 pounds occurs, it is the grower’s responsibility to immediately notify the proper emergency personnel. Although they may not want to make the calls, it is their responsibility per federal and state regulations to contact these agencies if the release occurs while they are in possession of the anhydrous, he said.It’s necessary to provide emergency responders with specific information about the ammonia release, which allows them to prepare and act accordingly, he said. A written follow-up report is also required and must be sent to the Illinois Emergence Management Agency (IEMA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Ammonia release contact information can be found here: https://ifca.com/…PROPER HANDLING IMPORTANTHandling and transporting anhydrous ammonia in a professional manner is important to assuring nitrogen is properly applied in a safe manner, said Mark Hanna, retired Iowa State University Extension ag engineer. The fact that so much anhydrous has been — and will be — applied in such a small window leads him to believe incidents like the one in suburban Chicago happen because people get in a hurry and disregard safety rules.“I wouldn’t say it is everyone, but it is only human nature to cut corners when it comes to anhydrous safety during busy times,” Hanna said.Hanna estimated about half of the state of Iowa’s nitrogen is applied in the anhydrous ammonia form. He said that, during his lengthy Extension career, he was asked whether anhydrous is too dangerous to work with.His said his opinion is that farmers have made their nitrogen form decision, and for many, especially in the Western Corn Belt, the form they want to use is anhydrous. The cost and density of the fertilizer is extremely appealing to many, he said.While anhydrous may pose some safety hazards, those that use the product can remain safe if they pay attention to safety details, he said.When working with anhydrous application equipment, it is important to know wind direction and stay upwind when operating valves, he said. When working with this equipment, it is also important to make sure all equipment is well maintained and in proper working order, including hoses, valves and hitches with safety chains.With much of the preplant anhydrous already on in Iowa, Hanna said a rainy-day project might be to inspect the anhydrous applicator before the heart of sidedressing season. A quick run-through of the equipment might revel some different components that may need to be addressed.Another important safety measure when it comes to anhydrous is to make sure personal protective equipment is present and in good shape. This would include unvented goggles, long sleeves, anhydrous gloves and a properly fitted respirator with ammonia-approved cartridges.Also, make sure the 5-gallon emergency water supply attached to the nurse tank has water and that it is clean water. Often, dust and dirt get into the small water tank and make the water dirty, he said.Iowa State Extension had an article titled, “Equipment Considerations for Anhydrous Ammonia Application,” written by Hanna in the Integrated Crop Management (ICM) News segment on March 19. Click on the following link to read the article: https://crops.extension.iastate.edu/…The Minnesota Department of Agriculture also has anhydrous ammonia safety training online. You can find this information by clicking on the following link: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/…Russ Quinn can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

VICTORIAN AFFILIATES VOTE TO DISSOLVE

first_imgTouch Victoria have officially become a branch of Touch Football Australia under TFA’s Unitary Model, voting to have their state association dissolved at a Special General Meeting on Saturday 22nd July.Over 12 months after the historical meeting when the new constitution of Touch Football Australia was adopted, Touch Victoria joins TouchWest, Touch SA and more recently NT Touch in the unitary model’s next phase of implementation. The Special General Meeting unanimously decided to dissolve the state association. Under the new model all VTA Management Committee positions became redundant.Touch Victoria Executive Officer, Miles Davine wishes to express his thanks and appreciation to those current and past members of the committee.At the conclusion of the meeting it was declared that Matthew Gilbertson (Chair), Peter Shefford, Michael Lovett, Craig Coleman, Simon Stuart and Hamish McLean would sit as the Executive Council for Victoria representing the Victorian Affiliates of TFA.last_img read more

10 months agoEverton boss Marco Silva explains halftime shake-up for Lincoln FA Cup win

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton boss Marco Silva explains halftime shake-up for Lincoln FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva admits beaten FA Cup opponents Lincoln City forced him into major halftime changes.Silva took off Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the break and replaced them with Andre Gomes and Cenk Tosun, in a sign of how tough Lincoln were making it.”In that moment, I felt we needed a player like Andre,” Silva said.”We completely controlled the game with the ball and were creating problems for them but when they score we started to have some doubts in our build-up and we needed Andre in that moment.”About the situation with Dominic, it was the moment for us to give Cenk the chance to show his quality.”Lincoln brought nearly 5,500 fans to the tie with Goodison almost sold-out and Silva thanked the home support.”Some words for our fans also,” he said.”When you play against Lincoln at home, and with big respect for our opponent, we nearly sold out the stadium and that shows us how important the competition is.”We knew that before the match and they proved and show to us again that is important and the enthusiasm they have when we play in this competition. Congratulations to them.” last_img read more

Johnny Depp Gives Gift Of Hearing With Hollywood Vampires In Portugal

first_imgStarkey Hearing Foundation welcomed Hollywood Vampires prior to their Rock in Rio Lisboa concert to a hearing health care mission to meet and inspire 30 patients in Lisbon, Portugal.Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Bruce Witkin, Robert DeLeo, Tommy Henriksen and Alice Cooper of the Hollywood Vampires install an hearing aid on a patient of the Starkey Hearing FoundationCredit/Copyright: Pedro Gomes/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing FoundationThe band first supported a hearing mission in Rio de Janeiro where they witnessed people hearing for the first time. Because of that meaningful experience, they wanted to help patients at another mission.More than 30 patients with hearing loss were fit with hearing devices by William F. “Bill” Austin and Tani Austin, founders of Starkey Hearing Foundation. They were joined by the Hollywood Vampires:· Alice Cooper – vocals· Joe Perry – guitar· Johnny Depp – guitar· Tommy Henriksen – guitar, vocals· Robert DeLeo – bass guitar · Matt Sorum – drums“We have our hearing, and these people do not,” said Johnny Depp. “To have Bill and his gang school us, and take part in the process of allowing people to hear makes today meaningful. Anytime you can find yourself making a difference — to see them — we are getting the gift.”Giving a person the ability to hear has an immediate inspiring impact on that person’s quality of life and a compounding positive effect on the world. Hearing empowers people to reach their full potential and creates a future filled with possibilities. Many were able to hear for the first time, to experience the joy of music and to live more independently as a result of their new found connection to the world.“When you come to do these big concerts, you think that the concert is going to be the high point of the trip, but it isn’t, this is. The mission was the high point because these people are hearing for the first time. That’s amazing that hearing is going to last the rest of their life,” said Alice Cooper.Starkey Hearing Foundation with their partner, GAES Solidaria, provided hearing devices as well as counseling and training to patients and family members on how to care and operate their hearing device.“It was another good day of people coming together to discover our humanity through caring. We had another great adventure with the Hollywood Vampires, and we appreciate their support,” said Bill Austin, founder, Starkey Hearing Foundation.last_img read more

Skeptical Football Patriots vs Cardinals And An Interactive History Of The NFL

I would have included Cutler initially, but I had a “problem” with his curve: It was coming out as a perfectly straight line, virtually indistinguishable from the y=x guide (a highly unlikely outcome). I thought this might have been a data problem, but it turns out Cutler’s results really were just too vanilla for the method I was using to pick up the variation. So I tried an alternate method that is more sensitive to small variation.10It turns out the issue was a quirk of the smoothing method I was using. The geom_smooth() function in R was using a GAM model, which “fits” what order of polynomial to use as well as what values to use for each argument. In Cutler’s case, the curve was flat enough that it was choosing to use a linear function.) So to get more contour, I tried using a different method (forcing the smooth to use a local regression — or “loess” in R. The alternate method turned out to be less sensitive to large variation as well, so I was able to plot a couple more notable quarterbacks as well as Cutler:Russell Wilson — like his comrade Andrew Luck — has a very impressive curve so far in his career, albeit over a sample still probably too small for this analysis. (He also gets very good support from a strong team around him.)Cutler’s curve is still remarkably unremarkable, but at least it shows up. He appears to do slightly above average regardless of the circumstances. As a special treat for Bears fans who had to wait two weeks — and because I wanted to see what was going into this virtually straight line — I’ve broken down Cutler’s curve by quarter, and compared each to the same breakdown for Peyton Manning (our standard-bearer for such things):Being very far ahead or behind in the first quarter is rare, so you should take the tails of that quadrant with a grain of salt. In the second and fourth quarters, Cutler seems to outperform average in a pretty uniform way, and in the third-quarter he has a bit of a reverse-Matthew Stafford thing going on.Most empirically significant game of this weekThe Cardinals’ matchup against the defending champion Seahawks is a pretty big test for the team with the league’s best record.But on top of that, the Cardinals have a lot of important parts coming and going, which is always empirically significant: Their top QB (Carson Palmer) is out. Last week, Cardinals backup Drew Stanton held off the Detroit Lions’ Stafford at the end of the game, but the Cardinals still struggled. Leading for most of the game, they rushed 26 times, but gained only 46 yards. And their top receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, is injured but may play anyway. As demonstrated in the article on Moss, the value of top-notch WRs can affect our broader understanding of the game.And then there are the Seahawks — who were young powerhouses last year, but are possibly already in decline — and Russell Wilson, who last year averaged 33.7 yards rushing per game. That’s by far the most of any QB in a year his team won the Super Bowl — and he’s averaging 57.1 per game this year. What “running” quarterbacks mean for the game is a fascinating open question. A lot of newer, fancier QB-rating systems are giving QBs a lot of credit for their scrambling (often much more than if you treated those plays the same as completed pass attempts). But while those individual plays can be valuable, there haven’t been a lot of dynamic offenses built around running QBs, and it’s still unclear whether this is just a bonus skill or whether it will be a necessity in the future NFL.It’s perhaps even more valuable to see Wilson in action with the Seahawks struggling a bit (it can also be harder to isolate an individual player’s contributions when a team is firing on all cylinders). He’ll be tested against a Cardinals defense that grades out as one of the best in the NFL this year — a perfect opportunity to see what both are made of.Reminder: If you tweet questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them here.Charts by Reuben Fischer-Baum. The first 10 games of the NFL season are its exposition period — we get to know the characters and themes that we expect to see develop as the race to the playoffs unfolds.1That leaves only two stages left, development and recapitulation — meaning the season is finally one-third over! This year, like nearly every other in the past decade, the New England Patriots’ refusal to regress to the mean is a central storyline.Remember back when the Patriots were 0-1 and faced a must-win in Week 2? Well, they won. Then in Week 4 they dropped to 2-2, and the end of an era was supposedly nigh. Except no. Pats will be Pats, and now they’ve won their last six games en route to the best record in the AFC. That streak has included comfortable wins against the Cincinnati Bengals (who at one point projected to have the best record), the surprisingly strong Buffalo Bills, and Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck. (The Patriots are also tied with the Green Bay Packers for a league-leading point differential). And according to my colleague Neil Paine, the Patriots are really a second-half team. I shudder to think.But there’s another storyline that’s dominated the exposition period: The best record in the NFL belongs to the 9-1 Arizona Cardinals. While they’ve beaten some decent teams like Dallas, Philadelphia and San Francisco, they don’t have what the yakkers call a “signature” win. They have only the seventh-best SRS2Simple Rating System, or margin of victory adjusted for strength of schedule. in football, second to the Packers in the NFC, and only a half-point ahead of the defending champion Seattle Seahawks (who have four losses).Aside from being the class of their respective conferences so far this year, the two franchises have little in common. The Cardinals have now secured their second winning season in a row — and can count that as an accomplishment in light of their 90-year history of losing. Although the Patriots’ dominance of the regular season continues apace, they will likely be disappointed if they don’t win their first Super Bowl in 10 years.To illustrate just how divergent these two franchises have been, I created a chart to show the entire history of the NFL (or at least what we have stats for). This is the cumulative regular-season point differential since 1920, for all teams (with the Patriots and the Cardinals highlighted):The current Patriots dynasty is lengthy and steep, and belongs in the same group as the San Francisco 49ers of the 1980s, the Cleveland Browns of the ’50s and ’60s, or the Chicago Bears of the ’30s and ’40s (especially when you factor in league parity).That chart is fun, but it would be a lot more useful if we could make out all 81 NFL franchises individually. Well …Chart of the weekThanks to the great work of designated Skeptical Football charts guru Reuben Fischer-Baum, you can do just that. Roll over a line to see the team’s entire history, and move along the line to see exactly how many points it has scored compared to its opponents at a given point. You can also click on a team to keep its line highlighted, and then roll over another team for comparison. Irrelevant dates (where no regular-season games were played) are excluded from the timeline.Here are a couple of things I found from the interactive that I thought were interesting:Even more Aaron RodgersFirst, Aaron Rodgers — apparently unmoved by my ongoing criticism of his failure to throw more interceptions3Of course, Rodgers throwing eight touchdowns in the first half over the past two weeks isn’t helping resolve the issue. For any skill level, win-maximization may call for “risky” strategic adjustments in certain scenarios. So while Rodgers keeps looking better and better, the Hacker Gods are remaining silent on his ability to make those adjustments. — is absolutely tearing it up this year (at least when his team is ahead, which is most of the time lately). Recently, he accomplished something pretty cool that I didn’t know about:On Sept. 25, 2011, Rodgers threw three touchdown passes as the Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears 27-17. With that result, the Packers had scored 2,991 more points than their opponents all-time, ahead of the Bears’ 2,989 — and the Packers haven’t looked back. As of last Sunday, Green Bay held the NFL’s best historical margin of victory by 358 points.Comment of the weekLast week Neil Paine and I wrote an article titled “Randy Moss May Well Have Been The Greatest Receiver Of All Time” — which focused on the insane “With Or Without You” stats that Moss put up in his career. In the discussion, we raised the possibility that if receivers can have as much of an impact as Randy Moss appeared to have, that may cast doubt on some previous knowledge — like how good of a quarterback Joe Montana was considering he had Jerry Rice running routes for so long.A few different people in the comments and elsewhere raised the point that Joe Montana had already won two Super Bowls before Jerry Rice arrived in San Francisco:Upon further consideration, I’m inclined to agree that it’s fairly unlikely that Rice was the driving force behind the 49ers’ success. But I’m not so sure Montana was either.Winning in the NFL can happen for a lot of different reasons — a star quarterback (think Peyton Manning), a successful new offensive or defensive strategy (think West Coast offense, zone blitz, or, more recently, the Wildcat), or a standout player who creates mismatches that other teams struggle with (think Randy Moss). But the effects of various win-generating phenomena can come in a lot of shapes and sizes.For example, let’s compare the 49ers to the St. Louis Rams. Pay particular attention to the “Greatest Show on Turf” era from 1999 into the early 2000s:The “Greatest Show on Turf” Rams had a few different things going for them, but their success was sudden, rocky, and lasted only a few years. They “broke the game” for a while in the sense that they were something the rest of the NFL didn’t know how to deal with. But despite having a lasting effect on how football is played, their dominance was fragile.On the other hand, from the early ’80s to the late ’90s, the 49ers outscored their opponents by around 2,500 points — by far the most dominant stretch in the Super Bowl era. And they did it with a practically straight line, meaning they were better than their opposition by a nearly constant amount.4Maybe you can do better, but I couldn’t find a line that straight for that long.If the 49ers owed a significant part of their success to any one player (or phenomenon of any kind), we’d likely see more variety in the team’s arc as that player’s performance fluctuated, or as he was injured, or left.5One interesting line for comparison purposes is the Indianapolis Colts, where you can see that Peyton Manning’s arrival shifted their trajectory, but it was still a lot rockier than for a team like the 49ers or the Patriots. But the consistency of the 49ers’ ascension suggests they were more of an organization-driven phenomenon. At the very least, it implies that they were the sum of many different quality parts.Playing around with the interactive, I’m fascinated by how different phenomena manifest. For example: How do the impacts of offensive and defensive innovation compare? What are the effects of a quarterback versus those of a coach? There are a lot of possibilities, so let us know what you uncover in the comments or on Twitter.Week 11 kicking awardsI keep thinking (and my editor keeps hoping) this will be the week I won’t bother talking about kickers, but then Las Vegas Locomotives alumnus Graham Gano has to go and attempt a 63-yard field goal with one second left in a thriller between the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons. Unfortunately for the Panthers, it was blocked.My kicking model suggests that a kicker in 2014 should typically be able to make a 63-yard field goal around 40 percent of the time — but this may be skewed by the fact that such long kicks are so rarely attempted. Still, Gano’s 63-yarder wasn’t what earned him the “kicker loss”6Where the margin of victory of a losing team is smaller than the points below expectation its kicker gave up. and Week 11’s Least Valuable Kicker award. What did him in was his previous miss, a 46-yarder, which a 2014 NFL kicker should typically make about 77 percent of the time.My algorithm picked the Falcons’ Matt Bryant as the MVK over the St. Louis Rams’ Greg Zeurlein (who had an excellent week, going 5/5 with two 50+ yarders in the Rams’ huge upset of the Broncos), on account of Bryant making four field goals in a game his team only won by two (though none was over 44 yards).But the biggest news of the week is that with Nick Novak missing a kick for the San Diego Chargers, we’re down to just two perfect kickers, and they’re both veterans: the Indianapolis Colts’ Adam Vinatieri and the New York Giants’ Josh Brown.Gunslinger of the weekThere were 26 interceptions thrown in Week 11, and seven of them were thrown by the Manning brothers. Eli Manning had five in the Giants’ narrow loss against the 49ers — four of which were thrown with his team trailing7And the last, coming on fourth down, was actually better for his team than an incomplete pass would have been. — enough to win him our Gunslinger of the Week award.8For those of you keeping score at home, our Week 10 winner will go down as the New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees, for his aggressive tack against San Francisco that almost led to a stunning comeback.Throwing a practically embarrassing number of interceptions now and then is something great quarterbacks do. QBs, don’t be ashamed of looking bad when trying to win! A loss is a loss, whether you throw zero interceptions or six. My maxim is: If a quarterback loses a game without throwing a few interceptions, he probably didn’t try hard enough.9Yes, future pedantic emailers, this is a deliberate oversimplification.In general, Eli Manning is a bit of an unknown. He puts up fairly big totals for a mediocre team, but often gets criticized for his high interception rate. Yet his win curve looks mostly like his big brother’s, only flatter, and it’s plausible that his shame-free style was partially responsible for the Giants’ shocking wins in two Super Bowls. Eli’s gambling wouldn’t necessarily make the Giants favorites against stronger competition, but it might have given them a better chance against a team like the 2007 Patriots than a better team with a quarterback who took fewer risks.Just for fun, I looked at the Pro Football Reference list of quarterbacks with the most four-plus-interception games. The top four are George Blanda, Joe Namath, Ken Stabler and Terry Bradshaw (all of whom won championships, and three of whom are in the Hall of Fame). Of the top 50 such QBs, 15 have won championships (and account for 20 Super Bowls), including both brothers Manning.Rookie QB watchThe biggest news in rookie QB-land was in Tennessee, where sixth-round-pick Zach Mettenberger had a fairly strong game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (263 yards and two touchdowns). He’s now guaranteed to reach the magical four-start line when rookie QBs are more likely to have successful careers. I’m not quite ready to move him up in the rankings just yet, but every pass he completes is one more than Johnny Manziel has completed all year. As of now, I’d order the rookies’ estimated career prospects like so:The Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles had a bye week.The Oakland Raiders’ Derek Carr, despite finally winning a game Thursday night (in dramatic fashion) has had a pretty weak couple of weeks, with just 172 and 174 yards in Weeks 11 and 12, despite a combined 69 pass attempts.The Minnesota Vikings’ Teddy Bridgewater’s two game winning streak came to an end in Chicago.Mettenberger.The Patriots’ Jimmy Garropolo.Manziel once again got all dressed up with no ball to throw.Not really in the game yet but worth keeping an eye on: Logan Thomas is now second on the depth chart in Arizona. So far this year he has a 108.9 NFL Passer Rating, but he’s gotten it the hard way: He has only one completion in eight attempts (10 if you count sacks), but it went for 81 yards and a touchdown.Reader responseIn Week 9’s column, I introduced my experimental “win curves” for quarterbacks, which depict how much each QB typically wins relative to various expectations, and I included a number of examples.I covered most popular quarterbacks, with a couple of notable exceptions. One request I got an awful lot: read more

Zaha remains committed to Crystal Palace

first_imgCrystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is adamant that he will continue to give his best for the club regardless of what happens with his futureThe Ivory Coast international had seemed destined to leave Selhurst Park for the second time in his career after another impressive campaign in last season’s Premier League that saw him play a central role in the club’s rise from the bottom of the standings to a respectable 11th-place finish.Zaha had been strongly linked with moves to Manchester City, Chelsea and even Borussia Dortmund in the summer transfer window.But now that the English transfer window shut last Thursday, the 25-year-old has declared that he will be turning his full focus into helping Palace achieve their aims for the new season.“It makes no difference to me, because I had my head down anyway,” said Zaha, according to SportsKeeda.“All that stuff was not going to affect me or how the team were playing. Whatever happens, happens.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“But I’m all Palace, and you can see on the pitch that all I think about is the team doing well.”The former Manchester United player revealed that talks over a new deal are still ongoing.“We are still speaking about [a potential new contract], still negotiating, whatever. Just going to see if we can come to an agreement,” continued Zaha.“The main thing for me is scoring goals. Everyone talks about ‘no end product, no end product’. Well, tell me now.”Zaha managed to score the second goal for Palace in their 2-0 win over Fulham in Saturday’s opening game of the new league season.last_img read more

Fiorentina are not good at killing games off – Coach declares

first_imgFiorentina’s head coach Stefano Pioli has admonished his side to learn from their mistakes in an attempt to manage games better after their 1-1 draw with Frosinone last Friday.Frosinone’s Andrea Pinamonti fired in a late goal that equalized for his side prompting Pioli to declare that the Viola ‘aren’t good at killing games off’.“We’re not good at killing games off,” the Coach said after his side’s fourth straight 1-1 draw via Football Italia.“Either that or you have to know how to keep the ball. If you leave games open, one lapse is enough for the three points to slip away from you.”“We created a lot, even if Simeone didn’t have that many chances. The goals will come for him, but he must keep working. We must think about scoring more.”Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie 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….“We have to learn from our mistakes. Their goal came from a ball we lost, so we must work on improving these situations.”“We had to manage the tempo of the game better and we didn’t always succeed. Our growth also passes through these things.”“The front three must improve and find more of an understanding on the field.”last_img read more

Icardis former agent critical of Wanda

first_imgMauro Icardi’s former agent feels the wife and agent Wanda Nara is a misfit for the star striker suggesting she only cares about money.Wanda and Inter seem to be having a rift over the Icardi’s contract situation and openly revealed they almost sold him to rivals JuventusHowever, the Argentine’s former agent has come out to discredit Wanda’s work.“Icardi has given a lot on the field as a striker,” Ablan Moreno told Football Italia via Radio Sportiva.“However, he has a bad influence beside him, who only thinks of money. His work on the field is phenomenal and he’s grown a lot in Italian football because his mentality and body are perfect for Serie A, but Wanda Nara only cares about money and not his image and value as Inter’s captain.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“Any agent can talk about renewal, but the way you do it is very important. You can’t just say ‘these are Icardi’s numbers’ and put everything on social media.“They need to go to Inter and talk instead of putting everything on the internet.”#Icardi’s former agent: ‘Wanda is hurting him. She only thinks about money’ https://t.co/7Ri4RJpHdI pic.twitter.com/KOgbhsgprx— CalcioMercato (En) (@CmdotCom_En) December 19, 2018last_img read more

San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond discusses the controversy at SANDAG over

first_imgSan Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond discusses the controversy at SANDAG over Transnet funds 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond was in studio to discuss the controversy at SANDAG over Transnet funds.RELATED STORY: Examining the controversy at SANDAG over Transnet funds May 13, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 13, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Jim Desmond, SANDAG, Transnet FacebookTwitterlast_img read more