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Calleja already has his defense after almost six months without being able to use it

first_imgThe problem for Javier Calleja it is that that titular defense has not been the usual defense, rather the opposite. They are few times in which Calleja has counted on those four players, since the injuries have taken their toll. Especially in the case of Alberto Moreno, what Add three casualties and more than three months out. Therefore, this defense has only played together on the ninth day and in the match with Espanyol, in which Calleja was able to align the four together.A situation which for the team has been a handicap, since this was one of the bets clear to improve. For Calleja, speed and arrival capacity of the two sides, with those who are looking for attacks and overflow. And between injuries, low forms, and various problems; the side pair formed by Peña y Moreno He has only played two of the 25 matches of the championship. This summer Villarreal faced the preparation of his staff for this campaign with the clear idea of ​​radically changing his defense, seeking to have a completely new starting defense. Thus, the club bet very strongly on that demarcation, in which no resources were spared.Eight million were paid for the side Ruben Pain, something that had never been done. Peña’s is the strongest bet for that position, which sought to have a side of arrival and quality. After Peña, the club managed to convince Alberto Brown, paying him a good contract and thus compensating the one who arrived with freedom to the team.In the center of the defense the idea had always been to recover Pau Torres for the left profile, being clear that it would be a fixed. And for the right profile he continued betting on Raúl Albiol another year, after not achieving his signing the previous year. This time the club did achieve that signing, which was able to sign the key piece of the starting defense.last_img read more

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Lake fish die-off blamed on cold

first_imgResidents may be the ones who have to handle the mess. Funding for the sea’s fish-kill cleanups was cut last year when the Salton Sea Authority eliminated a contract for a boat that scooped up dead fish before they reached shore. “Nobody had any money (to give),” said Rick Daniels, the authority’s executive director. The authority now coordinates regular voluntary cleanups using tools like pitch forks and garbage cans, Daniels said. The next cleanup is scheduled for March 10. The Salton Sea is a 35-mile-long lake stretching across the Imperial and Riverside county line. It faces an uncertain future largely because of agreements rerouting some water to more populated San Diego. Experts believe the lake, dependent on water flows to balance high salinity, is on a perilous track threatening the health of wildlife and humans in the area. SALTON SEA – Hundreds of thousands of rotting fish have been found along the shoreline of California’s largest lake in a rare winter die-off blamed on last month’s cold snap. It’s unclear how many of the estimated 200 million fish died in the Salton Sea, but many were found floating on Friday. Officials said they started noticing the dead fish about two weeks ago. Water temperatures that dropped to the high 50s and lower 60s – considered near-lethal levels for the fish – caused the recent die-off, said California Department of Fish and Game biologist Jack Crayon. “It’s the worst I’ve ever seen,” said Gabe Jensen, a Salton City resident since 1997. “The fish are just terrible. I just got over a cancer treatment and the smell’s not helping me.” 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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Fort St. John approves borrowing $5.5 million to complete sewer project

first_imgIt included constructing a sanitary sewer around 108 Street and the Alaska Highway to provide capacity to that region of the city, at a total cost of approximately $9.45 million. By the end of 2012 the project was not yet fully funded, and was temporarily financed through cash designated for other uses. With the approval of this borrowing, those funds will be replaced for 2013 projects to proceed without having to borrow more.- Advertisement –last_img

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Uganda Cranes Vs Tanzania game date altered

first_imgMoses Basena (left) is not concerned by the change in data I the AFCON qualifier with Tanzania. Photo by Shaban Lubega.FOOTBALL–The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has agreed to move next March’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to October, 2018.This comes as Uganda Cranes were preparing to host Tanzania in their second group game of the campaign on the weekend of 23rd to 25th of March.Uganda is currently leading group L with three points from one game having defeated the Cape Verde Islands 1-0 away from home with the other two in he group Tanzania and Lesotho playing out a one all draw.“The changes have no effect on our preparations as a nation. Said interim Cranes coach Moses Basena.“We will make sure we are ready for any dates that will be availed to us because we are a big team and don’t have to worry about such issues.“Uganda has a lot of competitions coming up and may be the boys can get a breather.“What I am only hoping is that we can get friendlies too on those dates so as we can step in shape. Concluded Basena.The change of dates for all the qualifying matches means that Africa’s five World Cup finalists can play friendly internationals in March.Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco are the five African teams going to play in Russia next year.With the 2019 Nations Cup finals in Cameroon kicking off in July rather than January there are extra international dates available for qualifiers. Commentslast_img read more

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Announcing the June 2013 Geocacher of the Month

first_imgIf you know an outstanding geocacher who should be considered for the honor, send an email to geocacherofthemonth@geocaching.com. Every nomination must follow these requirements. Please include:Your name, the name of your nominee, their usernameA picture of the nomineeDescription (200 or more words) explaining why he or she deserves to be the Featured Geocacher of the MonthPlease inform your nominee that you have submitted them for the award. Nominations for Featured Geocacher of the Month are accepted at any time.Congratulations again to fredrikhast for being recognized as the Featured Geocacher of the Month for June. Share with your Friends:More fredrikhast – Geocacher of the Month for June 2013Geocachers from around the world congratulated their nominees and shared the wonders they offer the greater geocaching community. This time, all three nominees joined in on the discussion. They thanked the other nominees and talked about how amazing the geocaching community is—we agree.Geocachers proved that the most important lessons can be learned from each other, even if we’re divided by international borders, language, or culture.The three nominees for the June Featured Geocacher of the Month make geocaching a more welcoming adventure by vlogging about geocaching, creating geocaching events, crafting coveted geocache hides, and more.The Featured Geocacher of the Month is named by Geocaching HQ after reviewing community input and blog comments. After tallying the sentiment, fredrikhast is officially named the Featured Geocacher of the Month for June 2013.One comment shows fredrikhast’s commitment to geocache quality, “His caches always got that little extra! Great places, amazing stories and a lot of work and love put into his caches makes you feel fantastic when you have logged a “fredrikhast-cache”! I also like to say that I really enjoyed the events Fredrik and his teammates arranged!”Fredrik has also created a popular geocaching YouTube vlog.Fredrik will receive the earned, never for sale, collector’s edition Featured Geocacher of the Month Geocoin, along with a Featured Geocacher of the Month hat and a certificate acknowledging his contribution, signed by two of the founders of Geocaching.com. See a list of all the Featured Geocachers of the Month here.The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month geocoin (sun flare optional) Meet some of previous Featured Geocachers of the Month SharePrint RelatedGeocacher of the Month Nominess for June 2013 – Add Your CommentsJuly 2, 2013In “Community”Announcing the March 2013 Geocacher of the MonthApril 12, 2013In “Community”Geocacher of the Month Nominees for July 2013 – Add Your CommentsAugust 2, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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Coach John Wright brings new focus, purpose to Indian cricket team

first_imgJohn wrightWhat does pulling a pitch-roller have to do with complacency? What does Virender Sehwag’s mum have to do with anything? What leads a man from a place with more sheep than people to believe he can make a difference to the team of a country where headcounts and opinions,John wrightWhat does pulling a pitch-roller have to do with complacency? What does Virender Sehwag’s mum have to do with anything? What leads a man from a place with more sheep than people to believe he can make a difference to the team of a country where headcounts and opinions come in millions?Where there are on average eight languages spoken in the dressing room, yesterday and tomorrow are sometimes the same word and players call umpires “Sir”.Perhaps a story about John Wright, India’s cricket coach and the man behind the men behind the madness, will throw light. As a batsman for English county Derbyshire, Wright once super-glued his gloves to his bat’s handle because of a problem with his grip. It looked peculiar when running between wickets and totally ruined the gloves, but sorted out the problem and brought him a century against Malcolm Marshall, among others.The word that you are searching for – other than “inspired” or “insane” – is scribbled in an old song-book that travels with him, in Calvin Coolidge’s famous line: “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”Persistence, a.k.a. a complete pigheaded refusal to stop trying, has been the defining principle of Wright’s life: whether as an amateur guitarist for 30 years, first-class opening batsman for 16 years and, now, coach of India for two.It has been a bruising 24 months and he has been shepherd to his flannelled flock for more days of international cricket than any other Indian coach, including the longest-serving, Ajit Wadekar. The Indians have won 12 Tests out of 29 in that time, more overseas (four) than they did in the previous two decades and 32 of 56 one-dayers (before the one-day series against the West Indies).A solid core of committed senior pros, Sourav Ganguly’s leadership and the emergence of a thrilling new generation are the visible, voluble agents of change in the laboratory that is the Indian team. The catalyst, they will tell you, is the soft-spoken, hard-headed New Zealander, who is “hamesha pareshaan (always worried)”, always on their case and always somewhere else when it’s time for the victory photos.Wright’s appointment was the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s first contact with the alien life-form of a professional coach. It was Wright’s first try with an international team after four years at English county Kent. Disaster was forecast. He was too genteel, too foreign. Imports were fine as long as they were digital cameras and DVDs but the machination-ridden world of the BCCI and the team needed a resident expert. Plus, the Indian cricketer was too complacent, stubborn and lazy to change.advertisementBut stereotypes are not straitjackets. They only shackle those who believe in them. The players who asked the BCCI for a foreign coach did not want to coast, the coach who got the job was not looking for quick bucks. The partnership has worked because despite everything dissimilar between Wright and his Indians, the single factor that binds them-cricket – can produce the strongest bond of all.There is another school of thought that says only a foreigner will succeed with teams like India or Pakistan because of a colonial hangover that demands instant obedience to the outsider. Mike Denness would shed tears of mirth but a senior Indian bristles, “Our team doesn’t need an Indian coach or a foreign coach. We need a professional coach and John is that professional.”Wright, a man of ideas, rationality and Vince Lombardi quotations, says coaches must be “low presence but high impact”. Results were “reasonable”, the team further down the road than last year but still “way off” its potential. “I can see a trend but the job’s not done. If we think we’re the best one-day team in the world, we’re kidding ourselves. But we know we can beat the best one-day team in the world.You can’t start looking behind, thinking you’re making progress. That’s ground you have gone over. You always coach ahead. Everyone’s getting excited, but how good has the opposition been? Is our running between wickets as good as Australia’s?” The Australians, with their poetry-writing players and Chinese-warlord-citing coach, have made a mythology of their methods.Wright, 48, once a science teacher, chooses the way of the blackboard and the duster-wiping away old sloppy habits and writing down the laws he wants the team to play by on a fresh slate. Commitment, effort, fitness and the team comes first are sporting cliches if merely repeated.Wright turns them into cricket tasks. So you could score a 50 in a tight one-day game and still have strips torn off you if you are out casually without batting the full 50 overs or fall short of the target. Being late for the team bus is not only impunctuality but selfishness because others were kept waiting. Fitness is important because fatigue could lead to a lapse of concentration, a poor over, a catch spilt in the last hour of the day with a Test match in the balance.advertisementThe most strident arguments against putting a foreigner in charge-language, culture or the intricate “Indian psyche” – are trifles. Wright, who still understands only a few words of Hindi, shrugs, “Cricket’s an international language.” It’s the cricket culture that boggled his mind.At his first nets, the team sat around drinking tea, waiting for its gear to be lugged off the bus by a minion. Chairs and beverages are now banned in the nets and practice has a specific purpose. It’s not just a knock, it’s a mini-innings with targets, field placings set in the player’s head.Meetings that lasted for hours, including a break where the newest players served the snacks, are now done in 90 minutes. A young player laughs, “It’s no eating, only meeting”, where the youngest is asked for his view. It may seem trivial, but practice and strategy are the building blocks of a team’s cricket on the field, the areas directly under the coach’s control. It’s a new route taken and a new focus found.Wright arrives at meetings armed with charts: field-settings for an opposition batsman, channels to bowl in. It is for the eyes to see, the mind to absorb and requires no translation. Every expert worth the price of his armchair will talk about the dangers of complacency and the need to maintain momentum.Wright asked two players to pull the pitch-roller in front of the rest: it was tough to get moving initially, but easier to do once on the go. Just don’t let it grind to a halt. Physics lesson, cricket precept.If he ever decides to put his Indian adventure into print, Wright could pinch Lance Armstrong’s title and call his book It’s Not  About the Laptop. The computer has become the totem for the great foreign hand, its jargon set against the pithy homespun wisdom dished out from “necktops”.Clever, but it’s really not about the laptop. The maligned machine-a dust-covered Sony Vaio – is a tool for taking random notes, to check statistics on the Internet before a series or prepare training and practice schedules. There are more detailed notes put into a daily journal, and the rest is done the way it is wherever men and resources have to be managed: by discussion, suggestion, persuasion, demonstration, remonstration.It could be airing a question to the batsmen: “How many 100s do we have in this room?” Or asking the seniors: “Will you be remembered as the men who made a difference to Indian cricket, who changed attitudes?” Or taking a player to one side and giving him, as required, either a belief-booster or a complete bawl-out.advertisementGoaded during a training run in Zimbabwe, one bowler raised his fist to strike Wright but stopped himself in time. Another man couldn’t bring himself to talk to the coach for a week after receiving a dressing-down for a sloppy spell. Both still play for India.His trademark phrase is “unprintable”. It’s a lively, sometimes stormy dressing room but when the dust settles, the air is clear. Ganguly, with whom Wright shares an often tempestuous relationship, grins, “Most of the time we’re fighting… about decisions, strategy, his way, my way. We fight, but I trust him a lot.”The older man says, “Because he’s a very instinctive captain, an instinctive, emotional person, there are times I can’t fathom what he has done. That goes on. I want him to be the best captain India has ever had, with the best result record for an Indian captain. I’m still on about his fitness. He has worked hard, grown in the job. I’ve got to understand him better.”Where does Sehwag’s mum fit into this madhouse? It’s about how much coaching a coach must and must not do. “I like coaching Veeru, but I don’t coach him. I don’t say do this, do that. All I say to him is, ‘How’s your mum, hope she’s well’ – because she has got a sore back -‘ and what are you going to do today?’And he says, ‘Watch the ball, play straight.’ That’s what we talk about. Watch the ball, play straight. That and making him realise when he gets in, he has got to go on. In the past I’ve been very, very tough with him.”Ganguly says it’s imperative a man of Wright’s skills be involved with Indian cricket even after his time with the team is done. Wright only thinks about the next game because Indian cricket is a blizzard of changing power equations. He reads the weather patterns better than he lets on but concentrates on covering ground one foot in front of the other.Once a game is under way, Wright can only sit and stew; he has coached the process, the result is out of his hands. It is time for the players to “take ownership” of his ideas and perform the roles he has given them in the larger game plan. “When you win, you can pour champagne on his head,” says one India player, “but when you lose no one goes near him.”After a bad day, he’ll run on his own or sit in his room playing guitar before his old ally, persistence, shows up at the door again. During his career he set out to be – and became – the first New Zealander to score 5,000 Test runs. Former county pros Peter Roebuck and Alan Wilkins say he was two competitors in one.One they saw dishevelled, hunched shoulders, cap crooked, trousers flapping, scratching around, making jokes about his own batting. “But at lunch, he would be 47 not out,” says Roebuck. For someone who has been called “diplomatic” more times than Kofi Annan, Wright is remarkably direct, “I don’t want to fail at this job. I put a lot into it. You’re not here to come second.”At the most John Wright will spend a few years more in the Indian dressing room. He has set a standard, sowed a seed and let in fresh breeze. The garden was never his. It is Indian cricket’s to tend.last_img read more

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FIFA head Infantino must mend bridges, sort out finances

first_imgGianni Infantino will mark his first working day as president of soccer’s governing body on Monday by playing in a soccer match with Swiss-based FIFA employees battered for months by an unfolding corruption scandal.The match symbolises a return to the primary focus of FIFA that for some has been lost in tales of high-living by top executives and abuses that culminated in the banning of Infantino’s veteran predecessor Sepp Blatter for six years.When he walks into the presidential office at FIFA’s headquarters on a Zurich hilltop, the new incumbent will quickly have to deal with financial and administrative problems, bring back sponsors, motivate a demoralised work force and engage with clubs and players who are growing increasingly disillusioned.Previously general secretary of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, Infantino must also dispel the notion he was elected to represent only the interests of his own powerful continent. Some had expected a Bahraini rival to win the post in a tilt towards Asia for the sport.FIFA has been the subject of criminal investigations in the United States and Switzerland, although these will be lurking uncomfortably in the background rather than an immediate worry.The same goes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Russia and Qatar in a highly controversial vote in 2010 and the subject of the Swiss investigation.One of the Swiss nationals earliest tasks will be to appoint a secretary general to take charge of day-to-day operations, a post Infantino has already indicated will go to a non-European.advertisementAnother priority will be to lift the morale of the 400-odd employees at FIFA, many of whom are highly-qualified and have soldiered on for the last eight months trying to ignore the chaos at the top.”They went through a difficult time, a difficult period and I want to tell them that I count on them, that I believe in them and we will do great things together,” Infantino told a news conference after being elected.FIFA’s lack of credibility has made it difficult to sign new sponsorship deals and it is facing a $108 million deficit for 2015, according to Suketu Patel, who sits on the independent audit and compliance committee.Patel said there was a shortfall of $530 million between the budgeted revenue and actual contracts signed so far for the 2015-18 cycle.Jerome Champagne, one of Infantino’s four rivals in the election, has said that two of the eight sponsorship slots for the 2018 World Cup and 20 out of 27 slots for other competitions remained unfilled. FIFA did not comment on the figures.Infantino will have to come good on the generous promises of development funds for FIFA’s 209 member associations made during his electoral campaign.”The sponsors need to regain trust and confidence in FIFA and, if we can achieve this, then revenue streams will increase and FIFA will not have to worry about the future,?? he said.”I have vast experience in this area and ?.my track record showed that UEFA didn’t go bankrupt at all, on the contrary revenue increased.”He must also mend bridges with the clubs and players, who complained they were left out of the process which led to a sweeping reform package passed before Infantino was elected.FIFA’s competitions depend on a delicate agreement signed with the clubs who release their players for national team games on certain dates stipulated in an international calendar.The international players’ union FIFPro last year launched a legal complaint at the European Commission against football’s transfer system, which could have wide-ranging ramifications.FIFPro did not even congratulate Infantino on his election, instead unleashing an angry statement saying it took a “dim view” of the whole process.”FIFAs system of governance has been based on favour swapping and financial inducements, not to mention obstructing external oversight from governments and the games key stakeholders,” said FIFPro.”The players, much like the clubs, leagues and fans, were ignored in the latest reform.”It added that the rights of the world’s 65,000 professional players were “often blatantly overlooked and exploited as a result of FIFAs monopolistic structure”.FIFAs unity is another important matter.Large parts of Africa and Asia voted for main rival Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa and even Infantino’s South American allies admitted there were issues over the drain of their top players to European clubs.”We have told Infantino that clearly there are opposing interests because of the way the European market operates,” Uruguayan soccer chief Wilmer Valdez told reporters.last_img read more

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Construction Starts on Crowley’s Commitment Class ConRo Ship

first_imgzoom VT Halter Marine, Inc., a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc., officially began construction on the first of two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group on Wednesday, October 22.VT Halter Marine and Crowley entered into a contract for the pair of ships in November 2013 and construction began with the first steel plate cutting in Pascagoula, Miss., yesterday morning.John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services said: “These new ships will embody superior technology and construction and we are anxious to get them into service for our partners in Puerto Rico.”The Commitment Class ships have been designed to maximize the carriage of 53-foot, 102-inch-wide containers, which offer the most cubic cargo capacity in the trade.The ships will be 219.5 meters long, 32.3 meters wide (beam), have a deep draft of 10 meters, and an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 metric tonnes.Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent-units), with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles in an enclosed Ro/Ro garage.The main propulsion and auxiliary engines will be fueled by environmentally-friendly LNG.The ship design is provided by Wartsila Ship Design in conjunction with Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime, a leading Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm.The Commitment Class, Jones Act ships will replace Crowley’s towed triple-deck barge fleet, which has served the trade continuously and with distinction since the early 1970s.These new ships, which will be named El Coquí (ko-kee) and Taíno (tahy-noh), are scheduled for delivery in the second and fourth quarter of 2017 respectively.Press Releaselast_img read more

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Qatargas Commissioning LNG Cargo Shipped to Ennore Terminal

first_imgDoha-based liquefied natural gas (LNG) firm Qatargas has supplied a commissioning LNG cargo for Ennore, India’s newest LNG receiving terminal located near the city of Chennai.The LNG cargo was delivered onboard the 160,000 cbm tanker Golar Snow on February 25, 2019.The cargo was sent to the state-owned Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), which owns and operates the five million tonnes per annum (MTPA) terminal, by the Swiss commodity trader, Gunvor. Qatargas sold the cargo on a Free On Board (FOB) basis to Gunvor.Ennore will be India’s fifth operational LNG terminal and the first LNG terminal on the East Coast of India. Once fully commissioned, Ennore will provide regasified LNG to anchor customers.In addition to the Ennore Terminal, terminals located at Mundra and Jaigarh are also due to be commissioned in the near future as well as a host of other gas related infrastructure projects. These additional terminals will increase India’s capacity to import LNG from 30 MTPA to 44 MTPA – a 46 percent increase as India continues to make strides in achieving its ambitious target of 15 percent gas in the energy mix.​Qatar has established a strong partnership with India since July 1999 when Qatargas started supplying LNG to Petronet. Since then it has delivered over 1,500 cargoes under its various long term sales and purchase agreements as well as supplying significant volumes into the short term/ spot market.last_img read more

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