Jack Grealish: England midfielder says he ‘loves pressure’ after impressing in Belgium | Football News

first_img Ashley Cole and Jamie Redknapp discuss what Jack Grealish offers England and how he fits into Gareth Southgate’s system England’s hopes of reaching the Nations League finals were ended as they lost 2-0, but Grealish earned man-of-the-match honours as Gareth Southgate’s side produced an encouraging second-half display.“I absolutely loved it,” Grealish told Sky Sports. Harry Kane said he enjoyed playing alongside Jack Grealish in the Aston Villa man’s first competitive start for England against Belgium on Sunday 4:38 – Advertisement – Gareth Southgate praised the performance of Jack Grealish in England’s Nations League defeat to Belgium “For me, this is what I have been waiting for. These are the games that I dreamed of playing in. This is what I love, the pressure of needing to play well.”Grealish’s initial failure to break into Southgate’s squad – and then into his starting lineup – has been a bone of contention among many onlookers, who are convinced the 25-year-old offers a level of creativity that England are otherwise missing.While Grealish has made a fine start to the Premier League season, scoring four goals and providing six assists in Villa’s opening seven games, it was perhaps only injuries to first-team regulars Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling that saw him given his chance.Asked if Grealish had moved up the pecking order, Southgate told Sky Sports: “Yeah, 100 per cent.“I sort of explained to him what we wanted to see when we brought him in in September. I think it’s been helpful for him to bed in with the group so that he knows the way we want to play and the players get an understanding with him. And today was a great game for us to see him in and to see the level, and I couldn’t speak highly enough of his performance.“What I saw that I knew I would see was somebody with the bravery to play. I think he took the ball in tight areas, his techniques were good, he took players out of the game – we knew he would buy a lot of free kicks, which of course he did. I just thought he was outstanding and he should be absolutely delighted with the way he played.” Jack Grealish England Chat Thumbnail England captain Harry Kane provided an additional stamp of approval on Grealish’s display.“Fantastic player, really like him, really like training with him,” Kane told Sky Sports.“It was great to get out there on the pitch with him today. You can see his qualities on the ball, once he gets on it he’s not afraid one-v-one, always looking for that pass forward, which is obviously great for a striker.“So really positive signs, he’s obviously been on great form for his club as well, so he’s just got to keep his head down, keep working hard as he has done and I’m sure he will get plenty of opportunities in an England shirt.”Despite the high praise from coach and captain, Grealish is refusing to get ahead of himself and remains aware of the hard work that will be required to keep his place in the starting lineup. – Advertisement – Jack Grealish was the star of the show even in defeat for England and now his manager Gareth Southgate sees it too, writes Adam Bate.“Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood,” wrote George Orwell. This was the night, surely, even in a 2-0 defeat to Belgium that ended England’s Nations League hopes, that Gareth Southgate came to understand Jack Grealish.The touch that will be remembered for some time came in the 79th minute, a delicate caress with the outside of his right boot that deceived Thomas Meunier and allowed Grealish to race free. The pass to Harry Kane that followed proved it was not just for show.There were plenty of them on a night when England lost but Grealish won. The debate about whether he should be in this squad is over. Discussion over whether he has a place in this team should stop too. A more fitting question is whether he is now England’s best player. Jack Grealish impressed on his first competitive start for England 5:51 Jack Grealish says he “loved the pressure” that came with making his first competitive start for England as he starred despite a Nations League defeat to Belgium.The Aston Villa midfielder started last month’s friendly victory over Wales but had lodged just 14 minutes of competitive action – in September’s 0-0 draw in Denmark – before Sunday’s encounter with the world’s top-ranked side in Brussels.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Jack Grealish in action for England against BelgiumImage:Jack Grealish produced a brilliant performance for England against Belgium 0:27 “He’s [Southgate] just obviously praised me after the game, which is obviously nice,” Grealish said.“He’s been brilliant with me since I first come here in September. He’s told me what I need to do to get into the side and I’ve gone away and worked on that. At the end of the day that’s what you need to do in football, there’s only one person that you need to impress if you want to get in the team and that’s the manager.“You look around the changing room and there’s unbelievable talent. There’s people that weren’t in this squad, the likes of Marcus and Raheem, there’s even Jadon (Sancho), Phil (Foden), there’s Mason (Mount) – all in my position, who are all world-class players.“Especially the two that aren’t here at the moment, Raheem and Marcus, when they’ve both been here I’ve tried to learn little bits off them and hopefully I can continue to do that because it would obviously be a dream for me to play with them one day.”Grealish genius earns Southgate trustlast_img read more

Scorpio Bulkers: Renewables highly compelling market for our future

first_imgThe ship is expected to be deployed globally, however, there is reach demand slated in Asia, Europe ad North America. The vessel is scheduled for delivery in 2023. “While we know that we have a fair bit of work to do in building out the organization, we enter the market with confidence that we have the credentials to be on the same stage as very credible, long-term incumbents. The idea of venturing into the renewables started being explored two years ago, Emanuele A. Lauro, the company’s co-founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer said during a conference call held on Tuesday. The growth rate in the market is believed to be far more predictable than in dry bulk which was rather cyclical. The ship’s water depth survival in jacked-up mode will range between 65 and 70 meters. Commenting on the business organization and playing the market, Mackey said that specialist competencies involved during the construction of the ship and post-delivery are yet to be built up. The move into the renewables has been described as a natural progression for the company as many of Scorpio’s clients transition from fossil fuels to low carbon technologies and less-polluting energy sources. Having investigated the market outlook, from a customer-centric perspective, the company found that as turbines more than doubled in size and the growth in output quadrupled, a material shortage (up to 10 ships) of high-spec wind turbine installation vessels was expected from 2024. Scorpio disclosed that it was in a really strong liquidity position to fund the vessel, having secured approximately $161 million of liquidity over the recent period. Market trends and needs have basically shaped the future design of the vessel, with a major focus on deck space and turnaround times, as well as depth, as wind parks are being built further from shore. Furthermore, the company is confident that it would secure bank financing for the vessel as well, keeping the debt to equity ratio at 60-40 percent. The company signed a Letter of Intent with South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Inc (DSME) to construct a wind turbine installation vessel, costing approximately $265-$290 million.  Hence, the NG-16000X design GustoMSC vessel will be able to accommodate around 130 people, and be fitted with a 1500 Leg Encircling Crane (LEC) from Huisman Equipment B.V The vessel Posted: about 1 month ago The final construction contract is expected to be signed in early Q4 2020, once the final design details are agreed upon, and will include options to construct up to an additional three units having similar specifications. The debt portion of the equation is likely to come from export credit agencies in Korea. Scorpio Bulkers breaks into new market with plans to build $290 million wind turbine installation vessel Based on the current data daily rates for an offshore wind installation vessel stand at around $220K, which is likely to go up in a couple of years once the company’s vessel is delivered, paving way for strong returns to the company’s shareholders. “When it comes to contracting we start today with the pre-qualification discussions with those customers in order to be in a position to tender for contracts within the next 12 months or so. And then it will be a commercial decision on what our risk tolerance will be and when exactly we want to contract the vessel.” Cameron Mackey, Chief Operating Officer, said four key elements characterize the vessel: precision, stability, capacity, and robustness. Business organization The hull length of the vessel will be 148 meters, its width being 56 meters while its depth will span 12 meters. Posted: about 1 month ago Scorpio decided to invest in the offshore wind after discussions with numerous stakeholders, renewable energy specialists, potential customers, and designers as it realized the sector had an enormous growth opportunity, offering very attractive returns. The company believes the vessel will be the most advanced, dedicated, turbine installation vessel in the world. “We believe that the strategic rationale, the financials, and the long-term outlook in this area of renewables is highly compelling for the future of our company,” he pointed out. It will be powered by a hybrid battery and is fuel-cell ready. “These will probably involve jacking engineers, project engineers, heavy-lift specialists, etc. But beneath that, there is a very clear endorsement from the customers that we have the health, safety, environmental, and quality (HSFQ) DNA required to credibly compete here and deliver the service,” Mackey added. Scorpio Bulker’s decision to invest in a wind turbine installation vessel, announced earlier this week, came as a major surprise for the market, with many questioning the motives behind the dry bulk operator’s bold move into a brand new sector. “We, as a team, are very excited about the potential this investment creates for our company.” The estimated life of the vessel is 25 years.last_img read more

Mike Daum’s homegrown loyalty has produced huge results for him and South Dakota State

first_imgIn his final act, “The Dauminator” has continued to dominate. He currently averages 24.9 points and 11.3 rebounds a game. In January he became the first player in the last two decades to score at least 30 points with 15 boards in three straight games. In his most recent game at Denver, Daum’s 28 points moved him to 15th all-time in scoring, passing the likes of Bird and Otis Birdsong.Regardless of where Daum finishes on the all-time leaderboard, he’s on a mission to finish what he started five years ago. His home has changed from the fields to the hardwood, but his attitude remains unchanged.“Starting it here and finishing it here is a big thing,” Daum said. “I came here as a freshman and this school immediately took me in like a home. The community welcomed me. Now I just want to finish.” It’s a mentality South Dakota State’s 6-9 big man had instilled in him while growing up in Kimball, Neb. —  your typical Midwestern town with a population of fewer than 2,500 that proudly declares itself “The High Point of Nebraska.”When Daum wasn’t busy traveling the AAU circuit with the Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Fever, he was dreading the 15-hour days of driving tractors and grain carts in 90-degree heat as he helped his father Mitch — a former Houston Oilers tight end — with the wheat harvest.SCONZO: Chris Clemons forging unforgettable legacy at Campbell“I just remember that was super stressful for me,” Daum told Sporting News. “I’m this young kid that doesn’t want to be out on the farm, but I have to be because I know I have to help my family. It was definitely stressful.”Today, Daum’s stresses are a little less taxing. The two-time defending Summit League Player of the Year has at this point in the season scored 622 points — behind only Campbell’s Chris Clemons and Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis — for the conference-leading Jackrabbits. His 282 rebounds this season rank fourth nationally and have helped him become South Dakota State’s all-time leading rebounder.Perhaps more impressive is the fact Daum sits on the brink of joining one of college basketball’s most exclusive clubs: scoring 3,000 career points. To date, only eight Division I players have ever reached that milestone, and Daum is on its doorstep, needing just 146 points in his final six-plus games (depending on postseason success) to join that list. Clemons is also in position to score 3,000 career points this season.But the fact the redshirt senior is poised to make history in his fifth year at SDSU may be all the more impressive, given the current culture of college basketball is ripe with mercenary graduate transfers moving to schools with better chances of postseason success. Or he simply could have decided to leave early to play in the NBA.“If you start something, you have to finish it and do it to the best of your ability,” Daum said. “Loyalty means a lot to me. These guys are brothers to me and guys that I’m going to be in touch with for the rest of my life.”—When “The Dauminator” first arrived on campus, he was hardly “dauminant.” He was a self-described chunky player, and almost exclusively a scorer. He was just a year removed from dropping 12 3-pointers in a single AAU game in Las Vegas — the game where SDSU coaches first caught wind of the budding star — but SDSU’s coach at the time, Scott Nagy, thought it best to redshirt Daum — something Daum said was “exactly what I needed.”“The Dauminator” was ready to earn his moniker as a redshirt freshman after dropping nearly 30 pounds and fine-tuning his game his redshirt season. He averaged 15.2 points in just a little more than 20 minutes a game, garnering Summit League Freshman and Sixth Man of the Year honors. The Jackrabbits won their conference tournament with his help before falling to Maryland in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.South Dakota State’s success that season didn’t come without consequence. Nagy left for the same position at Wright State. T.J. Otzelberger, an assistant at Iowa State under Greg McDermott and Fred Hoiberg, took over.“I knew Mike Daum was an elite player going into his sophomore year,” Otzelberger told SN. “Needless, I probably didn’t know just how awesome.”Under Hoiberg, Otzelberger gleaned the wisdom of a new trend in basketball: positionless players. Daum wouldn’t be pigeonholed into playing down low because of his stature or his 87-inch wingspan. He’d be a do-it-all type guy, drawing comparisons from Otzelberger to Georges Niang or a “poor man’s Larry Bird” from Kansas coach Bill Self.“He scores the ball in so many ways,” Otzelberger said. “He can shoot the 3, score at the rim, beat you off of the dribble. He finishes with both hands at the basket. He’s a complete offensive skill package. He’s such a weapon.”In Daum’s first season under the Otzelberger regime in 2016-17, he averaged 25.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game, including dropping 51 points in a game against Fort Wayne. Daum was named the Summit League Player of the Year, but once again, the Jackrabbits were bounced in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by eventual national runner-up Gonzaga.MORE: SN’s midseason All-America teamDaum did more of the same as a junior last season. He averaged 23.9 points a game, upped his rebound average to 10.3 and repeated as the conference’s best player as the Jackrabbits repeated as Summit League champions. SDSU was even a trendy pick as a 12-seed to upset Ohio State in the Tournament, but like the two years prior, the Jackrabbits failed to advance past the opening round. Daum posted an impressive 27 points and six boards against Big Ten Player of the Year Keita Bates-Diop, invalidating concerns that he only bullies lower-level opposition.As March turned to April, Daum found himself in an envious, if not precarious, position: His national profile had never been higher. He could leave early and declare for the NBA. He could transfer to a bigger school and take another shot at finally winning an NCAA Tournament game with a new team. Or he could stay at home with his friends, coaches and teammates, and do something that so few had ever done before him.He declared for the NBA draft without hiring an agent, but in a matter of eight days, something changed. Daum remembered what he learned during those exhausting summer days on the farm: You don’t leave family behind when they depend on you. Mike started something at South Dakota State. Now he had to finish it.“I like to use the term ‘servant-leader,’” Daum said. “I want to be there for my guys. I want to lead by example. I want to lead by making sure they’re taken care of and that I take care of this coaching staff and program so that it continues to succeed.”DECOURCY: Grant Williams on verge of history at Tennessee Feb. 23: Mike Daum became the 10th player in Division I history to score 3,000 career points. His 25 points (3,006 career) helped South Dakota State top South Dakota in the process to remain atop the Summit League standings.When Mike Daum starts something, he finishes it. If nothing else, he’s loyal.last_img read more

Letter: A Unique Red Bank Story, The T. Thomas Fortune House

first_imgContributed by D. Robin Blair |I appreciate The Two River Times front page article of March 1-8, “Opening This Fall: Tribute to Overlooked Red Bank Legend.”T. Thomas Fortune and family moved to their Red Bank home “Maple Hall” in August of 1901, according to a Red Bank Register article of that year. The Fortune home was subsequently deemed significant by its inclusion in both the National Register of Historic Places (Dec. 8, 1976), and in the New Jersey Register of Historic Places (Aug. 16, 1979). As a tradition for Black History Month in February, the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation participated in the 28th Annual African-American Read-In at both the Red Bank and Long Branch libraries with their “Reading Fortune: A Voice for the Ages.” This event is sponsored by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and endorsed by the International Literacy Association. The goal is to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.Thank you for bringing attention to this unique Red Bank story. The story starts with the son of a slave becoming the editor of the most influential African American newspaper in the nation. With his position, he befriends many of the most notable 20th century figures, e.g. Frederick Douglass. But the story continues with the current rehabilitation of his home made possible by Roger Mumford. In this public private partnership, Mr. Mumford will provide the nonprofit T. Thomas Fortune Foundation with a magnificently restored building to be named the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center.For information about the T. Thomas Fortune Foundation, visit: tthomasfortuneculturalcenter.org.D. Robin Blair Member,Board of DirectorsT. Thomas Fortune Foundationlast_img read more

Leafs hold off pesky Bruins to win eighth straight, host Rockets Saturday

first_imgThe Grand Forks lost for the 19th straight time Friday night in the Boundary City.However, don’t tell the Nelson Leafs those 19-straight loss Bruins are easy ponits on the schedule.Grand Forks pushed the Leafs for most of the game before surrendering a 4-1 decision in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The win was the eighth consecutive for the Green and White, leaders of the Murdoch Division. After a scoreless first period, Grand Forks opened the scoring minutes into the second frame when Jacbo Jeske beat Cody Boeckman in the Nelson nets.Casen Willans got that one back before team captain Colton Schell notched what proved to be the winner with five minutes remaining in the period.Goals by Cole Arcuri, on the power play, and Jacob Boyczuk ten seconds apart sealed the hard-fought win for Nelson.Nelson, improving to 14-5-1, out shot the Bruins 47-30.Grand Forks goalie Robert Dunsmuir was outstanding in the home nets.The Leafs host Golden Rockets Saturday at the NDCC Arena.Puck drop is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Colton Schell finished the game with three points while defenceman J.J. Beitel and forward Matthew Naka each had two assists. . . .Schell is on a six-game point streak with 14 points duirng that time. . . .Nelson rookie Colton McCarthy was a minus-1 in two games for the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Tribe lost 2-1 to Calgary and 5-2 to Medicine Hat. Moose Jaw plays in Cranbrook Saturday against the Ice. The coaching staff wanted to get a look at McCarthy, property of the Warriors, and asked the Leaf rookie to play on this three-game western road swing.last_img read more

Friesen sparks Wranglers past Nitros in KIJHL Championship opener

first_imgThe hosts outshot the Wranglers 11-3 in the frame.Kimberley maintain the lead until Friesen set up Kolby Page with the game-tying marker in the third period.100 Mile House kept up the pressure, out shooting the Nitros 10-6 in the period, until Friesen beat Tyson Brouwer for the winnner.100 Mile House, defeating Summerland Steam to advance to the KIJHL final,  held a 27-23 shots advantage in the game.The series shifts to 100 Mile House for Games three and four of the series Tuesday and Wednesday. The road back to the top of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League hit a pothole for defending champion Kimberley Dynamiters Saturday in the Bavarian City.Ryan Friesen scored the game-winner with six minutes remaining in the game to spark the 100 Mile House Wranglers to a 2-1 win over the Dynamiters in Game one of the League Championship series.The Wranglers now secured home-ice advantage as the team prepare for Game two of the best-of-seven series Sunday in Kimberley.Kimberley opened the scoring in the game as Jordan Busch scored a power play marker with assists by Sawyer Hunt and Jared Marchi seven minutes into the first period.last_img read more