The appointments of former Lone Star players as managers for national soccer teams is the right step for their progress, veteran coach Josiah N. Johnson said in a release yesterday.The man known as Masayo, who in the 1960s played alongside midfielder Philip Robinson, George Sackor and Garretson Sackor, appealed to the newly appointed coaches, including James Salinsa Debbah, Kervin Sebwe, Thomas Kojo, Janjay Jacobs, Oliver Makar and Christopher Wreh to reflect on what made them successful as footballers.“They must then apply their experience to their duties,” Masayo said.He reminded the newly appointed coaches that during his playing days, “We did not wait until there was a competition before training for it.”He said, “Two days in every week were chosen for Lone Star training and after each training coaches and players would be taken to dine at a restaurant.”He said test matches were regular and advanced training for coaches and players abroad were provided by the Liberian government, along with the LFA.He noted that the administration of Mr. Musa Hassan Bility means well for Liberian football and hoped that former celebrated star James Salinsa Debbah and the rest of his friends would receive the fullest cooperation from the Liberian government.“Coach Debbah and his colleagues have tremendous tasks to perform and we need to give them our financial and our usual moral support,” Masayo said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Vancouver Sun is out with a report today, suggesting green energy projects represent a threat, to five of the ten most threatend rivers in this province. The report comes from the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC and spokesman Mark Angelo says it underlines the public concern about a flood of private run-of-river power proposals, across the province. He says that concerns goes to the absence of a comprehensive provincial strategy, that considers the cumulative impacts of the projects. It lists the Peace River…ranked sixth on this year’s list of threatened rivers…as one of the five, under a green power threat. – Advertisement -Not surprisingly, it cites the proposed Site-C dam as the local area threat and it lists farmland, wildlife habitat and archeological sites, downstream from Hudson’s Hope, as the potential victims.
1 Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek is on his way to becoming a superstar and could make the difference for England at the World Cup, according to Crystal Palace assistant boss Ray Lewington.The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Selhurst Park, where a fine string of performances earned him a spot on the plane to Russia this summer. Lewington, who made 85 appearances for Chelsea, believes the youngster is already an incredible talent.He told talkSPORT: “I love him – I think he’s such a wonderful player.“He’s a superstar in the making.“He possesses skills that I haven’t seen in too many English players. He’s wonderfully good in tight areas, he gets out, his acceleration is incredible.”Loftus-Cheek starred on his Three Lions debut against Germany last November and Lewington backs the midfielder to make an impact at the World Cup.He added: “If he plays for England in the World Cup, which I think he might, then he could be the difference.“From what we’ve seen [at Palace], he certainly won’t let England down.He continued: “The way we judge players now – you’ve got your big pitch players, the people who get involved in everything.“Then you’ve got players who are great in tight areas, they ask for the ball, they’ve got two or three players around them, and somehow they come out the other side.“Ruben is one of the few players I’ve seen that actually does both. He gets box to box, he can run, he’s quick. But give him the ball in a tight area and he can get out of it. He’s got amazing ability.”England welcome Nigeria to Wembley on Saturday and Loftus-Cheek will be hoping to make an impression as Gareth Southgate’s World Cup XI begins to take shape.talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.
HTML Box Score The Bulldogs pulled away with another running touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as Lauer ran for his second touchdown of the day to make the score 28-14. DES MOINES – After a tough loss at league-leader San Diego last week, the Drake University football team bounced back with a 28-14 win over the Jacksonville Dolphins at Drake Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 9 afternoon. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Mediacom/MC 22 The Bulldogs remain at Drake Stadium against the Dayton Flyers on Nov. 16. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Prior to the contest with its longtime rival, Drake, will host a senior day ceremony for its 2019 senior class. Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster PDF Box Score Story Links The Bulldogs continued their early defensive momentum through the rest of the first half, at one point late in the first quarter keeping the Dolphins inside their own five and forcing a punt on fourth down. It set up a punt that gave Drake the opportunity to end the quarter near the endzone. The team built off the drive, scoring on the first play of the second quarter with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Corwin to Cates. With five minutes left in the third quarter, a blocked Jacksonville field goal gave the Bulldogs another rush of momentum. Lauer followed by rushing for 28 yards setting up a 37-yard touchdown pass from Corwin to Feller to put Drake up 21-7. Drake was led on the ground by fifth-year senior half back Drew Lauer (St. Peters, Mo.), who rushed for 147 total rushing yards on the day, his second highest performance of the season, and he scored two touchdowns. Fifth-year tight end Devin Cates (Yuba City, Calif.) and senior wide receiver Shane Feller (Charles City, Iowa) had the other touchdowns for the Bulldogs with Feller leading on the receiving end with 65 yards on the day. Freshman quarterback Ian Corwin completed 13-of-19 passes for 169 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Next Game: On defense, the Bulldogs were led by multiple strong performances, forcing multiple turnovers throughout the game to keep momentum in their favor. Fifth-year defensive lineman Erin Morgan (Aurora, Ill.) and junior linebacker Andrew Shafis (Mount Prospect, Ill.) led in tackles with six each. Drake’s defense kicked off a strong game overall with an interception on the opening play as senior defensive back Collin Seymour (Peosta, Iowa) picked off the Dolphins on a trick play. The turnover set up a 35-yard drive that ended in a rushing touchdown from Lauer. Watch Live Dayton 11/16/2019 – 1 p.m. The Dolphins were led on offense by junior quarterback Calvin Turner Jr. who rushed for 150 total yards, and sophomore fullback AJ Davis who had 67 yards rushing, including a 53-yard touchdown run. Drake improved to 5-4 overall and 5-1 in the Pioneer Football League standings while Jacksonville (2-8, 0-6 PFL) remains winless in league play. Toward the end of the half, the Drake defensive line held the Dolphins out of the endzone from one-yard out as sophomore safety Danny Morales (Temecula, Calif.) bounced on a fumble by Turner for a touchback.
Fortuna boys soccer tamed the Panthers, beating Mckinleyville 4-0 at Mckinleyville High School Wednesday evening to stay atop of the Big 5 Conference.Fortuna (3-0, 8-1-1) started fast, scoring a goal in the fifth minute. A quick through ball by the Huskies’ Jesse Herrera put Oliver Herrera on goal where he placed a well-timed shot past McKinleyville’s keeper.Fortuna maintained its early pressure and held the majority of the time-of-possession in the opening 10 minutes. Mckinleyville (0-2, …
With Earth Day this past Sunday, I’m inspired to reflect on what motivated me — some 45 years ago(!) — to focus on a career of environmental protection and improvement, a career that has led me to a significant focus on more sustainable energy solutions. Back in the late 1960s at age 12 or 13, I became immersed in “conservation” and decided that this would be my life career. This was before the modern “environmental” movement really began, and “conservation” was the term used to describe environmental protection.Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring had come out in 1962 (50 years ago this year) and awakened the public to environmental concerns with pesticides like DDT; I consider Carson to have really ushered in the modern environmental movement. I read the book in my early teens and became a activist fighting for the banning of persistent chlorinated pesticides. The first Earth DayThose were the activist days of the ’60s, and I became the Earth Day organizer in my junior high school in Wayne, Pennsylvania. I remember putting up mimeographed flyers (yeah, there was paper waste!) in the hallways of our school promoting the huge Earth Day celebration that was to happen in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, then spending the day there absorbing the energy and listening to the speakers. That was in 1970. A lot has happened since.In high school and college I assumed that a career dedicated to protecting the environment meant studying biology and ecology, and I imagined myself becoming an aquatic biologist or field ecologist, spending my days outside researching ecological succession or how to deduce water quality from the algae species found growing lakes and rivers.Indeed, in a biology class in high school, I spent half the year on an independent-study project investigating how an aquarium full of pond water changed in chemical and biological composition over a several-month period as algae blooms occurred and the populations of some aquatic organisms soared and then collapsed. In that aquarium, I had created an ecosystem in which some organisms were altering their environment in ways that fundamentally changed their living conditions; some species disappeared entirely.That microcosm of the far-more-complex ecosystems of Earth left deep impressions on me — and helped to fuel my lifelong interest in the environment. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. Watch for a forthcoming BuildingGreen special report on windows coming out later this week. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. A move to VermontWhile I had initially thought of my New Mexico work as a sort-of interlude to my pursuit to a career in environmental biology or ecology, somewhere during that period I came to realize that I could probably accomplish more to help the environment by focusing on reducing the environmental impacts of buildings.In 1980, at the age of just 25 and with almost no background in organizational management, I moved to Brattleboro to take a position as executive director of what was then called the New England Solar Energy Association. NESEA had been founded five or six years earlier as a spin-off of the pioneering Grassybrook Village solar development in Brookline, Vermont, which failed when bank financing was pulled at just the wrong time. The organization is still going strong, but is now located in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and known as the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.A month after I arrived in Brattleboro and took the helm at NESEA, Ronald Reagan was elected president. When he took office a few months later, one of his first priorities was to undo the energy conservation and renewable-energy policies of his predecessor, Jimmy Carter. That shift in policy was tragic in terms of our nation’s continuing dependence on fossil fuels, our path toward mushrooming carbon emissions, and our exit from the world leadership role with renewable energy technology. But for NESEA, in an odd way, it turned out to be a good thing.With Reagan in office, our organization lost its federal support, which had accounted for about half of our budget. We struggled initially and had to tighten our belts, and I was forced to lay off a couple of employees, but the change forced us to diversify as an organization away from just solar energy toward sustainability — thus the name change we made. We started a series of highly successful regional conferences that continue (check out the Building Energy Conference), and NESEA remains one of the nation’s strongest regional energy organizations to this day.In 1985, after five years, I left NESEA to go out on my own. Next week I’ll cover the next chapter in my career and the formation of BuildingGreen, which is based in Brattleboro and has a staff of 20. A shift to renewable energyThroughout my environmental activist days in high school and college I was engaged in fighting air-pollution-spewing power plants, pushing for bans of toxic chemicals, and pushing back against all sorts of development. In short, I was against stuff.But then in the summer after my junior year of college, I got involved in a joint project of Ithaca College and Cornell University, examining energy self-sufficiency. Our group of idealistic students had secured a National Science Foundation grant to spend a summer studying whether a farm in Danby, New York could achieve energy self-sufficiency.While my original focus on that project was to study the forest ecosystem and determine what a sustainable biomass yield would be, I got very involved in studying solar and wind resources and helping build various home-grown systems to harness those renewable resources. This was really at the dawn of the solar age, and it was very exciting to be building solar greenhouses, simple batch solar water heaters, Savonious-rotor wind turbines made out of 55-gallon drums, and other odd-ball contraptions designed to reduce our use of fossil fuels.I don’t think we achieved energy self-sufficiency on that farm — but we were all inspired by the opportunities afforded by renewable energy. Promoting solar energy, windpower, small-scale hydropower, and sustainable biomass combustion was a way to be for something instead of against things. Promoting passive solar solutions in New MexicoAfter college I acted on that interest by applying for and getting a job in Santa Fe working for the New Mexico Solar Energy Association, which was at the forefront of the passive solar energy movement. I was initially a Vista Volunteer, then leader of the NMSEA Workshop Crew that traveled around the state leading hands-on construction workshops teaching mostly low-income people about such solar energy systems as attached solar greenhouses and Trombe walls.Those workshops took me to some incredible places, including Navajo and Apache reservations, the remote Catholic Christ in the Desert Monastery miles down a dirt road with no access to the electric grid, the poor yet picturesque subsistence-farming community of Chama, and the odd-ball town of Truth or Consequences (which really has that name). These workshops also taught me a lot about how to communicate with people as well as how to build.
Even as Mahendra Singh Dhoni is sweating it out in Zimbabwe with a group of young players in a limited-overs series, star Virat Kohli, rested for the tour, has also found a way to keep himself occupied away from the crease. The dashing 27-year-old, who was on a record-breaking spree recently, is now busy changing diapers. Yes, you read that right.While Dhoni ended a long wait of almost two years, 20 months to be precise, to win an ODI series when India defeated Zimbabwe in the second ODI on Monday, Kohli has passed the time by being active on Social Media and attending reality television shows. Recently, Kohli also showed his love for football when he posted a picture in support of the ongoing European Championship in France.Kohli will soon be part of The Tara Sharma Show season 4, televised on a popular channel Star World, an episode of which has already been shot. The teaser of the show suggests that the Indian Test captain will talk about “children pursuing their passions.”Kohli will also be seen changing diapers and he seems to have liked it as well.Not only that. Kohli was also reportedly seen on the sets of Anushka Sharma-starrer Phillauri last week. Reports also suggest that the love birds have reunited after their alleged break-up.11 MILLION TWITTER FOLLOWERSThe poster boy also went past 11 million followers on micro-blogging site Twitter and needs a few more to supass most-followed Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, who has 11.2 million followers.A big thank you to all 11 Million on Twitter. Your support and love means a lot. Grateful always ??? pic.twitter.com/g2mW6EgEyJadvertisement Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 9, 2016RECORD IPL SEASONKohli has been in smashing form this year. With 973 runs in 16 games at an average of 81.08 and a strike rate of 152.03, he finished as the highest scorer in the Indian Premier League this season.He had not scored a century in T20 cricket before the IPL this year now he has four tons to his credit, a record which no one else has been able to emulate in any other T20 tournament around the world.
zoomThe converted Nápoles alongside at Gibdock before reentering service with Baleària. Image Courtesy: Gibdock Baleària’s ferry Napoles has started operating using LNG as fuel following the completion of a major conversion project carried out by Gibraltar’s Gibdock shipyard.The 186-meter long Napoles, which has a capacity for 1,600 passengers and 1,430 lane meters of cargo, is the first of six ships that Baleària plans to convert to dual fuel operations to comply with International Maritime Organization (IMO) sulphur cap regulations.Gibdock has secured a contract to convert a second vessel, Sicilia, which is due to arrive at the yard later this year.Napoles arrived at Gibdock in mid-November 2018, with the yard already having pre-fabricated two LNG bunker fuel reception stations for later installation. The majority of subsequent work took place alongside the yard’s main repair wharf, with some elements of the LNG conversion undertaken in Gibdock’s Panamax size Dock No.1.The project included the installation of dual-fuel LNG and diesel engines produced by MAN Energy Solutions as well as a Wärtsilä tank for LNG storage.According to Gibdock, one of the key elements of the project was the modification of the MAN 9L 48/60-A main engines to 9L 51/60DFF, completed by MAN Primeserv. Extensive automation system and cabling work was also carried out by Gibdock.With this change in fuel, Nápoles is expected to reduce its CO2 emissions by 9,113.45 tons and NOx emissions by 871.37 tons a year as well as fully eliminate all sulphur and particle emissions, the ferry company earlier explained.After its departure, Napoles began working on a new passenger and Spanish freight route connecting Huelva and the Canary Islands.
There were 27 head-coaching changes this offseason, but only one — Northern Illinois’s hiring of Thomas Hammock — involved an alumnus returning home. Hammock and 11 other head coaches — all non-alums — made their FBS coaching debuts over the weekend, while Miami’s Manny Diaz made his debut the previous Saturday.If the recent success of certain high-profile alumni head coaches is predictive, Hammock should lead a successful squad in 2019. Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs were among the most efficient teams in the country. Fitzgerald led Northwestern to its first appearance in the Big Ten title game a third consecutive bowl game victory. Jeff Tedford coached Fresno State to its best season in school history. Scott Satterfield turned Appalachian State into the darlings of the Sun Belt and parlayed it into a job at Louisville. Bryan Harsin led Boise State to the Mountain West championship game for the second consecutive season.In total, alumni head coaches went 159-122 (.566) in 2018. According to Sports-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System, the average alumnus-led program was 4.16 points better than the average team in 2018, the highest mark of any season since 1975. However, alumni-coached teams have also seen a broad range success relative to the average team in this time period.There were 146 alumni head coaches from 1975 through 2018. In total, they won 52.6 percent of their games, and the median alumnus-coached team was 2.2 points better than the average team in a given season. Non-alumni head coaches, of which there were 641, won 51.1 percent of their games and were on average 0.37 points better than the average team in a given season.That divide has increased over the last 20 years. Alumni head coaches have gone 2469-2029 (.549), while non-alumni have gone 13177-12299 (.349).4These win percentages don’t add up to 100 because NCAA sanctions — and resulting win vacations — have altered end-of-season records.In addition to recent success, there are several qualities that make the alumni coaches unique. Alumni traditionally begin their college head coaching careers where they suited up. Of the 146 alumni head coaches from 1975 to 2018, only 26 (17.8 percent) had previous Division I head coaching experience. That has continued to be the norm. Since 2000, of the 53 alumni head coaches who were hired, all but eight were becoming first-time head coaches.Hawaii head coach Nick Rolovich knew at some point in his career he’d return to Honolulu. It ended up being where he got his first crack as the man in charge. “One of my real goals in coaching is to repay Hawaii [for] what Hawaii as a state and a university gave me,” Rolovich said. “Which is everything.”And once installed at the head of the program, alumni seldom leave. Of the aforementioned sample, more than 75 percent didn’t take another Division I head coaching gig after securing the job, and nearly 70 percent spent their entire college coaching careers at their alma mater.One potential reason for this continuity is that alumni seem to be working with a longer leash, perhaps as a result of performance. Since 1975, more than 80 percent of alumni head coaches lasted at least three years with a program, while the same is true for just 15 percent of non-alumni. While more than 12 percent of alumni last at least 10 years, only 2.2 percent of non-alumni can say the same.5Not counting coaches with stints of 10 or more years who didn’t coach 10 or more years after 1975.Some alumni coaches attribute this trend to their one of their strengths: having already demonstrated an ability to represent the university well as a student-athlete. “It’s very easy for me to talk about Boise State,” Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin said. “I don’t need a map.”“If you can have success, then hopefully they’ll be proud of you,” Fitzgerald said. “That’s the hope, at least.” But is hiring an alumnus predictive in any significant way?Not especially.To measure how predictive hiring an alumnus is of on-field performance, I pulled all of the head coaches from 1975 to 2018 as well as their alma maters, their head coaching experience and their team’s SRS (as well as its previous season SRS), removing interims from the sample.6If a coach didn’t start the season as the head coach and was at the helm for fewer than six games in a given season, they were removed from the sample. Then I ran a linear regression. Controlling for the coach’s experience and the previous SRS of the team, coaches at their alma maters are statistically indistinguishable from non-alumni.However, a team’s previous season SRS (0.72) is far more predictive of on-field performance — each point of SRS in a previous season is worth around three-quarters of a point in the current one. Furthermore, whether it was the first year of a head coach at a given school is also more predictive of on-field performance than whether they were an alumnus; being a newcomer is strongly negatively correlated with performance (-1.53 SRS).Plus, despite the recent success they’ve had, in terms of historic single-season performance, alumni haven’t produced a ton. Of the 20 best single seasons, as defined by SRS, only one7Bryant’s 1978 Alabama team. In terms of alumni head coaching performance, Bryant accounts for the two best single-season SRS marks and five of the top eight. was coached by an alumnus.Phillip Fulmer is the last coach to win a national title at his alma mater. That was in 1998. Since 1949, only Steve Spurrier, Bryant, Ralph Jordan and Frank Leahy can say the same. That isn’t to say there aren’t obstacles. The allure of returning home is countered by increased expectations, both from inside and outside the locker room. Happiness is fickle and patience wears thin when losses pile up. And sometimes winning isn’t enough, even at your alma mater. At Maryland, Ralph Friedgen was fired after going 9-4 and winning ACC Coach of the Year. He later burned his diploma.“A lot of times, criticism is a faceless person,” Western Michigan head coach Tim Lester said. “But at your alma mater, sometimes it’s a little bit harder because you do know who they are.”It can be a challenge to remember that it is, in fact, a job.“You have to be able to mix the business side with the side where your heart is,” Rolovich said.Regardless of the campus where a coach cut his teeth, the terms of employment remain clear. In college football, the long-term prognosis isn’t stable. “Either we’re going to get fired or we’re going to leave,” former Tulsa head coach Bill Blankenship said. Blankenship coached at Tulsa, his alma mater, from 2011 to 2014. “The odds of retiring at the school that hired you is a pretty low percentage.” When David Shaw informed his parents that he was Stanford’s new head football coach, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. “Pride,” he recalled in an interview this offseason, “is such a small word for that feeling.”Shaw remains at the helm nearly a decade later.Stanford is where Shaw was a four-year letterwinner and where his dad was nearly elevated to head coach. It’s where Shaw met his wife and where he proposed; where he left and where he returned. The lockscreen on his iPad is a family photo taken among the eucalyptus trees on campus in 1975, then replicated some 35 years later. “To have so much of your life associated with a place,” Shaw told me, “is weird.”An alma mater, Shaw contends, is an extension of home. In turn, its people — from the dining hall staff to the university board of directors — are akin to family. In 1957, Paul “Bear” Bryant left a winning program in College Station to return to Tuscaloosa, where the Alabama Crimson Tide had endured a fourth consecutive losing season. Why? “I’ve heard mama calling,” he told his players.Hiring an alumnus1For this article, “alumnus” refers to a coach who spent his undergraduate years at the university (not counting graduate degrees). has been a marketable, low-risk, high-reward strategy for athletic departments for almost a half-century. Unless a splashy move is feasible, if an athletic director seeks to turn around a program — or merely wants to sell more tickets — there are far worse blueprints to follow than returning someone to their roots. Which is perhaps why alumni have permeated the market for much of the modern era. Since 1975, 38 FBS football programs2Including West Texas A&M, which moved out of FBS in 1986. hired more than one alumnus as head coach.3The University of Nevada once brought in three consecutive alumni as head coaches. Over that period, there was only one season in which alumni didn’t hold at least 10 percent of the available head coaching gigs.And recently, hiring from within has been a successful strategy. Alumni accounted for roughly a quarter of the coaches represented in last season’s final Top 25 rankings. This season, alumni will command 18 programs, or 13.8 percent of the market. The fraternity includes long-tenured stalwarts (Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald and Air Force’s Troy Calhoun) in addition to the more idiosyncratic personalities in the sport (Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy).Shaw was hired to “take the dips out of Stanford football.” He became the winningest coach in program history two years ago. But was the university seal on Shaw’s diploma in any way predictive of that success? And more broadly, does an alumnus traditionally make for an exceptional hire? When Shaw’s legacy is written, it will no doubt be penned in cardinal red.“It’s one thing to fit the program, it’s another thing to fit the entire institution,” Shaw said. “Because I went to school here, I understand the ethos, I understand the air of this place.”But despite the recent tear of success, that indelible connection that he and fellow alumni head coaches have isn’t terribly predictive of future success.Neil Paine contributed research.
Greece plans to provide refugees and migrants arriving in the country with a health card, a senior public official said on Saturday.Speaking to Praktoreio FM, General Secretary for Public Health Yiannis Baskozos said the cards would be handed out to each new arrival.“We have decided there should be a health card that will include the basic results of health tests that are carried out and which will be useful for them when they move about within the country or across borders and for their reallocation to other countries,” he said, adding that the cards would be available in around a month.He also said that in conjunction with the Immigration Policy Ministry, health authorities would draw up a national healthcare plan for migrants and refugees that would include the provision of mental experts.“Psychological support may even be the most important measure to protect their health that you can take.”Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram