Zaha ready for Ivory Coast do-or-die World Cup bow

first_imgAbidjan, Ivory Coast | AFP | Crystal Palace striker Wilfried Zaha will make his long-awaited debut for Ivory Coast in a do-or-die World Cup qualifier against Morocco on November 11.The 24-year-old has never played for the African nation which he left with his family when he was just four.However, Zaha will need to hit the ground running as Ivory Coast have to defeat Morocco in the final qualifying game to ensure a fourth successive World Cup appearance after making the finals in 2006, 2010 and 2014.“The Elephants” trail Morocco by two points in Group C with just the group winners assured of making the finals in Russia.Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots has also recalled Gervinho, Max-Alain Gradel and Seydou Doumbia after being sidelined by injury.However, Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will miss the game through suspension. SquadGoalkeepers: Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe/COD), Ali Badra Sangaré (Free State Stars/RSA), Hortalin Blé Zadi (Africa Sports/CIV)Defenders: Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG), Wilfried Kanon (Den Haag/NED), Adama Traoré (Goztepe/TUR), Joris Gnagnon (Rennes/FRA), Ghislain Konan (Vitoria Guimaraes/POR), Franck Kessié (AC Milan/ITA), Simon Déli (Slavia Prague/CZE) Mamadou Bagayoko (OH Louvain/BEL), Ismaël Traoré (Angers/FRA)Midfielders: Cheick Doukouré (Levante/ESP), Geoffroy Serey Dié (Basel/SUI), Seko Fofana (Udinese/ITA), Jean-Philippe Gbamin (Mainz/GER), Habib Maïga (St Etienne/FRA)Attackers: Maxwel Cornet (Lyon/FRA), Gervinho (Hebei Fortune/CHN), Salomon Kalou (Hertha Berlin/GER), Seydou Doumbia (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Roger Assalé (Young Boys Berne/SUI), Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa/ENG), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace/ENG), Max-Alain Gradel (Toulouse/FRA)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Cheshire’s Newton wins Irish title by five

first_img Tags: Cheshire, Co Sligo, Flogas Irish Amateur, James Newton Cheshire’s James Newton recovered from an early wobble and survived a late scare to seize the Flogas Irish Amateur Open title with five shots to spare at County Sligo on Ireland’s west coast.The 24 year old from Macclesfield led by five after three rounds and kept the field at bay throughout a difficult final round.Newton, from Prestbury Golf Club,  closed with 74 to finish at nine under par. He began with three bogeys but quickly recovered and although he tripled the 16th coming home, he had enough shots in hand to withstand the blow.Ireland international Conor Purcell emerged as his closest challenger but the Portmarnock star could only get within five strokes of the leader.“I knew that I could win,” said Newton. “One of my goals was to win a 72 hole event. I’ve ticked that off quite early. I need to go back and re-evaluate my goals now.”At the start of the week, Newton’s name was not near the list of favourites. He travelled by ferry from Holyhead with precious few credentials. Over the past four seasons, Newton has hurtled down the world rankings, from top 50 to obscurity.“I changed coach last October and moved to Peter Barber at Didsbury Golf Club,” Newton explained. “The good has always been good enough and he [Barber] has made the bad a lot better.”Two rounds of 66 testified to the quality of his game. Five ahead at the halfway stage, Newton punched in 69 after round three to hold his lead. In the end, he succeeded by a distance.“It’s nice to have a win early on in the season,” Newton reflected. “And I know that I can do it again this year so I just need to go and do it.”After a rocky start, Newton recalibrated at the fourth and a welcome birdie changed his demeanour. Another followed at the fifth, where he got up and down for his four, and he continued on a steady course from there.A lank, lithe figure, Newton has a background in martial arts. At the age of 10, he had a black belt in karate. His athletic ability was evident off the tee. With the driver, he had up to 40 yards on his playing partners and he provided a forceful demonstration on number eight, which played as the hardest hole on the course. He powered his way to a rare birdie three with a four iron to the green.Hopes of a home success quickly dwindled amid the wind and rain at Rosses Point. First round leader, Ronan Mullarney, lying second overnight, endured a dismal day. Mullarney carded a course record 62 in Thursday’s opening round but finished with 78, which left nine shots off the pace in fifth place.In the second last group, Conor Purcell found a way to cope with the grind. He picked up two shots on the front nine to reach seven under but he needed Newton to lend a helping hand.“To shoot the score he did with the lead he had was pretty impressive,” said Purcell. “I was always playing for second really. He [Newton] was comfortable after nine.”Purcell signed off with 72 to finish as runner-up on four under. The Dubliner began the year with victory at the Australian Amateur Championship and has finished second in the first two domestic events of the season. Such form, no doubt, will have pleased the watching Walker Cup selectors.“All you can do is put yourself in the mix,” said Purcell when asked about his Walker Cup prospects. “I’ve had what I consider a good start to the year. I just need to push on from here.”Image copyright Pat Cashman PhotographyLeading scoresFlogas Irish Amateur OpenAt County Sligo Golf ClubPar 284275       J Newton (England), 66, 66, 69, 74280       C Purcell (Portmarnock), 70, 69, 69, 72281       C Strickland (England), 67, 69, 72, 73; A Edwards-Hill (England), 67, 69, 71, 74284       R Mullarney (Galway), 62, 72, 72, 78285       K Kouwenaar (Netherlands), 67, 69, 74, 75286       J Wilson (Scotland), 73, 67, 73, 73; J McMahon (England), 72, 65, 76, 73; O Huggins (England), 71, 70, 74, 71; M Hammer (Germany), 71, 64, 74, 77; H Foley (Royal Dublin), 70, 73, 73, 70; B Dietzel (Germany), 70, 70, 79, 67; R Moran (Castle), 68, 68, 75, 75; E Walker (Scotland), 66, 72, 74, 74287       D Langley (England), 74, 68, 71, 74; A Herrmann (Germany), 70, 71, 75, 71288       M Power (Kilkenny), 73, 75, 68, 72; L Sanges (Wales), 72, 68, 75, 73; A McCormack (Castletroy), 71, 71, 72, 74; J Bolton (England), 67, 70, 77, 74289       A Marshall (Lisburn), 74, 71, 74, 70; M Hirmer (Germany), 73, 67, 73, 76; H Byers (England), 71, 70, 76, 72; M Boucher (Carton House), 71, 70, 73, 75; J Johnston (Scotland), 69, 72, 72, 76; G Cullen (The Links Portmarnock), 69, 70, 74, 76290       J Biggs (England), 77, 69, 73, 71; P McKeever (Castle), 73, 69, 77, 71; J Cass (England), 71, 73, 73, 73; P Coughlan (Castleknock), 71, 72, 74, 73; R Brazill (Naas), 71, 69, 75, 75; K Egan (Carton House), 70, 66, 73, 81; B Firth (England), 69, 71, 75, 75; J Burnage (England), 69, 70, 77, 74; K Cantley (Scotland), 68, 72, 74, 76; J Hull (England), 67, 73, 78, 72 19 May 2019 Cheshire’s Newton wins Irish title by five last_img read more

Guyana’s best days are ahead –Energy Director

first_imgEdison Chouest Offshore officially opened its office in Guyana on Friday evening under the name G-Boats Incorporated. More than 60 Guyanese are employed with the company whose vessels supply the operations of ExxonMobil and its partners offshore.Director of the Energy Department, Dr Mark Bynoe, along with Finance Minister Winston Jordan officially opened the office located on the corners of Quamina and Carmichael Streets, Georgetown.Dr Bynoe in his keynote address noted that better days are ahead for Guyana.“Occasions like these continue to demonstrate the positive strides the country isDr Mark Bynoemaking as a place for doing business, investors’ confidence and emphasising that the benefits from the oil and gas sector will redound to Guyana and Guyanese,” Dr Bynoe is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.G-Boats was incorporated in Guyana in January 2016. Daniel LaFont, Business Development Manager for Edison Chouest Offshore, said that he is extremely pleased to be working in Guyana.LaFont noted that already more some 67 Guyanese are employed in entry-level positions on vessels as riggers, cooks and oilers with the opportunity for advancement. There are 10 boats working under the G-Boats name.There are two Guyanese serving as first mates, positions just below the Captain. Three persons are working in the newly opened office and the company is looking for three more individuals to work in the office, LaFont noted.“We are training them to move up … to higher positions. More drilling rigs means more employment,” LaFont noted.President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar, noted that the introduction of G-Boats signals intent in the transferal of the safety and standard of operation to other industries. He also commended the use of local content.“I’m happy to know that the population of ships… means more jobs for Guyanese and more offshoot of services of services that will be provided by Guyanese,” Indar said.Edison Chouest, a Louisiana, USA, was birthed 58 years ago. Today, the company has more than 200 vessels worldwide including offices in Brazil and Trinidad and Tobago and employed some 10,000 persons.last_img read more

A head Turner for S.D.

first_imgSAN DIEGO – The San Diego Chargers certainly were aware that Norv Turner was 24 games under .500 and made only one playoff appearance in his nine seasons as an NFL head coach. It didn’t scare them off in the slightest. The Chargers also signed Ted Cottrell a two-year contract as defensive coordinator, then added Ron Rivera as linebackers coach just hours after the Chicago Bears said he wouldn’t be back as their defensive coordinator. Rivera, a linebacker on the Super Bowl champion 1985 Bears, had interviewed for the job that went to Turner. While the immediate reaction by fans was lukewarm, the Chargers pointed to Turner’s previous experience and the chance at continuity. Turner was San Diego’s offensive coordinator in 2001, when he installed the system that helped carry LaDainian Tomlinson to the league MVP award in 2006. “This isn’t a team where you’re rebuilding,” said Turner, who had been San Francisco’s offensive coordinator. “We should start fast. We should be good early and we should be good late. Not having to go through the normal things you have to go through when you make a coaching change is going to help the players more than anyone.” Turner has done well working with young players, and quarterback Philip Rivers is expected to benefit from his tutelage. Rivers was voted to the Pro Bowl as a first-year starter. Turner also knows general manager A.J. Smith, who was an assistant to the late John Butler in 2001. Smith survived a power struggle with Schottenheimer, who was fired last Monday by team president Dean Spanos, who cited a “dysfunctional situation” between the coach and GM. Turner said he spoke with a handful of players on Monday morning and they seemed relieved there wouldn’t be major changes. “Everyone I talked to today said one central thing: We want to win a championship,” Turner said. “We’ve been talking about it ever since I had the opportunity to interview. If it happens, it would be a heck of a deal for all of us.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Turner got his third shot at a top job when he was given a four-year contract Monday to take over a team that went an NFL-best 14-2 before melting down in the playoffs and then in the front office. The hiring came a week after the surprise firing of Marty Schottenheimer and less than 24 hours after the Chargers finished interviewing the last of six candidates. Turner was the only one with NFL head coaching experience and the only one from the offensive side of the ball. last_img read more

Indemand Serie A tempted by Premier League football

first_imgOne of the biggest revelations of the Italian Serie A this season, Cagliari’s Nicolo Barella, seems destined to move to a major European club maybe already in the next transfer session.The 21-year-old midfielder has played a total of 42 league matches for the Rossoblu, having scored seven goals in the process. This season, Barella has been outstanding in Serie A, which ultimately earned him the first international call-up.The glittering performance hasn’t gone unnoticed, with numerous notable clubs already showed their appreciation for the prosperous youngster. According to the Daily Mail, the Italy international has expressed his desire to play in the English Premier League one day, with Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United all monitoring his development for quite some time.“Cagliari has received offers and rejected them.“I am glad that I am still playing for the club that I am a supporter of.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I feel at home here. In consultation with the chairman, we have chosen to ignore the proposals.“I have not even considered them, Cagliari has always been my first choice.“If I had to choose between the Serie A and the Premier League, I would go for England because I love the way they approach the game,” Barella told Gazzetta dello Sport.Meanwhile, AC Milan, Juventus, and Inter have already contacted Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini over a potential transfer of a £44million-ranked prodigy.last_img read more

TMC MP Santanu Sen claims getting death threats

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Santanu Sen Monday claimed that he has been receiving death threats from unknown persons for the past several days. Sen, however, did not specify the reason for the threats. He said that the number of calls threatening to put an end to his life has escalated in the past few weeks which prompted him to lodge a police complaint. It may be recalled that the party’s Krishnaganj MLA Satyajit Biswas was shot from point blank range by unidentified assailants in full public view on February 9 inside a Saraswati puja marquee at Phoolbari village in Nadia district. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose “I have been receiving life threats from unknown numbers for the last one-and-a-half month. Initially, I had ignored those threats since I am a politician,” Sen told PTI. However, in the last few weeks, the number of such calls have increased sharply, he said. “My family members and well-wishers suggested me to intimate the police. So I had lodged a complaint at the local police station,” Sen said. Sen is a key organisational leader of the TMC in North Kolkata and its suburbs. The TMC leadership has recently sought reports from the party’s district presidents regarding the security status of MLAs and important leaders in the respective districts. Apart from enhancing security of MLAs, the district leaders are also keen on providing additional security to key people in the organization’s set up ahead of the elections.last_img read more

The Internet of Things May See Huge Growth So Companies Want in

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 4 min read July 22, 2014 These days, users are aware of the exchange of their personal information and make a decision if what they get in return is worth the invasion. When it comes to the smart home, some people are willing to give up their data to save on utility bills, automate the garage door and avoid plumbing leaks, among other things.Most of the things in our lives are not designed to save us money. Most aid in consumption. Your toaster reminds you to buy more bread, your coffee maker encourages you to get better coffee, your TV encourages purchases of more channels and more shiny discs.The Internet of Things, or IoT for short, which describes a market of everyday objects and appliances with Internet connectivity, is going from novel to pervasive. Today, there are 1.9 billion connected devices, and that number is predicted to grow to 9 billion devices by 2018. Erickson predicts there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. Related: 8 Ways the ‘Internet of Things’ Will Impact Your Everyday LifeApple didn’t invent smartphones, it made them pervasive, and that created a market where there had been none.Google earlier this year purchased smart thermostat maker Nest primarily because it was the first company to make IoT have a value proposition.Smart energy is going to depend on embedding technology in everything in the home, but consumers often own their appliances for years. Nest controls the furnace in a home, and that furnace may be 15 years old. Being able to upgrade without having to spend $15,000 to get a new furnace lets consumers enjoy the savings of smart energy without a huge initial investment.One of the companies seeking to gain an early lead on IoT is Belkin, best known for its switches, routers and network storage devices. Its CEO, Chet Pipkin, has a vision for connecting all sorts of appliances to the Internet with smart modules, in a series of products called WeMo, allowing users to control home electronics from anywhere.“What makes our point of view with WeMo a little more unique is that we’re providing the actual devices to mar the Internet of Things right now and providing more devices and modules that serve as an onramp, where it takes existing appliances, and is able to on board them to the Internet of Things right here, right now,” Pipkin says.Related: What’s the Right Path for Startups Entering the ‘Internet of Things’?Belkin integrates a frugal value proposition to customers who want to save money. Taking a modular approach, WeMo offers a mobile app so users can control their home technology from anywhere, and program the home to their personal preferences. This gives WeMo the advantage of home-energy savings to the masses, without having to install expensive new systems.By getting its feet wet with a broad-appeal product, and giving the developer community the tools to find ways to use the product in other solutions, Belkin reduces its costs in researching ways the technology could be applied.Most venture capitalists and technologists agree that the age of IoT is coming, but to get consumers excited, early adopters need to prove the value proposition. Belkin, with its WeMo series of products, seeks to reach these early IoT adopters.Cisco, a competitor to Belkin, released a report estimating IoT will be a $14.4 trillion market over the next 10 years. IoT is smart energy today, controlling Christmas lights with your iPhone tomorrow, and a refrigerator that knows if the milk has spoiled in the near future.Related: Samsung Reportedly Looking to Snatch Up Startup SmartThings For $200 Million Register Now »last_img read more