Rodwell: We’re learning Barca style

first_img The Chilean took over from Roberto Mancini after City’s disappointing campaign last time out and is slowly trying to bring the squad round to a new way of playing. Rodwell told the Sun: “Pellegrini likes us to press high up and press in numbers, to get the ball back as soon as possible and then play simple football. New boss Manuel Pellegrini is working on getting Manchester City to play like Barcelona, according to midfielder Jack Rodwell. “He wants us to keep the ball until we’re in the final third and then see. “It’s early and he hasn’t gone into too much detail – he’s gradually drip-feeding us. “You look at Barcelona and what they do and it works for them so hopefully we’ll adapt.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Trojans prepare for a tough battle with No. 21 Buffaloes

first_imgBenjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanDashing Davis · Senior running back Justin Davis and the Trojans are facing their fourth-ranked opponent of the season in No. 21 Colorado. Davis has rushed for over 100 yards in two consecutive games.The Trojan football team has a chance to get back to .500 on the season when they face the No. 21 Colorado Buffaloes at the Coliseum Saturday. Last week, the Trojans defeated unranked ASU 41-21 while the Buffs were on their way to a 47-6 smack down of Oregon State.Colorado is in an unusual position, leading the division for the first time since 2007 when they were still a member of the Big 12 conference. Last week’s victory was their largest margin of victory in 24 years and they are off to their best start since 2005, the same year they had their last national ranking.USC is 10-0 in meetings against Colorado, but this year’s Buffalo team is one of the most experienced the Trojans have had to face. Head coach Clay Helton said he was very impressed with the Colorado team as a whole as they have grown from last season.“We saw them last year, game after game, losing close games,” Helton said. “We walked away from our game saying, ‘Wow. When they mature, they are really going to have something here,’ and lo and behold it’s a year later and they’re doing wonderful things.”Colorado has a balanced and talented offense, ranking third in the Pac-12 in both passing and rushing. Though the Buffs haven’t announced a quarterback for this game, both have been performing at a high level.Senior quarterback Sefo Liufau started the first three games of the season before injuring his ankle. In that time he put up 768 yards and six touchdowns. Replacing him for the last two starts has been freshman quarterback Steven Montez. Montez immediately impressed after throwing for 743 yards, eight passing touchdowns and one rushing.“Both QB’s play the same way,” junior defensive back Jonathan Lockett said. “Same body type and same style of running.”Helton said that because of the similarities between the two possible starters, the defense has prepared only one defensive game plan.“I went back and watched film and figured out how they put this many points on Michigan, how they put this many points on Oregon, on Oregon State, and they’re really improved from the past two years,” graduate transfer defensive end Stevie Tu’ikolovatu said. “I’m impressed.”The Buffs also boast the top-ranked defense in the conference and are returning nine starters. Colorado is especially known for their tough front seven, which could provide problems for a Trojan run game that has stuttered at times. However, senior running back Justin Davis is coming off of his second straight 100-yard game. Davis credited the offensive line for contributing to his success.“They’ve just been working their butts off all week and stuff’s starting to click,” Davis said. “We always have room for improvement. We can’t stop there because we’ve still got some very hard teams ahead of us.”On the offensive line though, the praise has been for offensive line coach Neil Callaway.“Give it up to coach Callaway,” redshirt junior center Nico Falah said. “They’re a really good defensive front. Coach Callaway’s doing his best to get us ready for their schemes, their defensive line games and everything.”The offensive line will most likely be without senior captain and right tackle Zach Banner who is listed as doubtful with an ankle injury. The team will also probably be without redshirt freshman safety Ykili Ross, who has a shoulder injury and is listed as doubtful according to Helton. Redshirt senior Jabari Ruffin, who is recovering from a concussion, is 50-50.The matchup between USC and Colorado begins at 1 p.m. at the Coliseum and is being televised nationally on Pac-12 Network.last_img read more

Africa ‘one step closer’: AU report

first_img17 July 2006African countries are moving towards attaining their shared goals for the continent, according to the report on the outcomes of the 7th African Union Summit held in Banjul, Gambia earlier this month.The report found that “some progress toward improving human development was made during the past year, but [that] the challenges remain enormous,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sue van der Merwe said in Pretoria on Friday.Briefing heads of diplomatic missions in South Africa on the outcomes of the summit in Pretoria on Friday, Van der Merwe noted that Africa’s economy – according to the World Bank’s 205 report – grew by 4.4% in 2004, with virtually all countries reporting positive growth.The region was projected to grow by 4.1% in 2005 as the benefits of past reforms and a more peaceful environment continued to translate into expanded economic activity.At the same time, Van der Merwe said, the African Union (AU) summit report was cautious to point out that “the region [still] faces serious challenges. More than 314 million Africans live on less than US$1 a day – nearly twice as many as in 1981.“The continent is home to 34 of the world’s 48 poorest countries and 24 of the 32 countries ranked lowest in human development. The HIV/Aids pandemic costs Africa 1 percentage point of per capita growth a year, while malaria kills about 2 800 Africans a day.”The Deputy Minister said these findings are consistent with the common positions that African countries have adopted in seeking to remove the impediments to developments while at the same time ensuring they stayed on track to realise the Millennium Development Goals.Fighting hungerThe report recommends strengthening the capacity of the AU Commission, Nepad, and the continent’s regional economic communities to improve co-ordination of initiatives in food and nutrition security.Member countries are also urged to develop early warning systems for food security, to build intra- and inter-regional trade in food, and to speed up implementation of the Maputo Declaration on allocating 10% of their national budgets to agriculture.Regional economic communitiesThe AU summit highlighted the importance of regional economic communities in consolidating Africa’s agenda – while warning against the proliferation of such structures.The summit accepted the recommendations of the first conference of African ministers in charge of integration, suspending recognition of new regional economic communities while recognising the following eight existing bodies:Economic Community of West African StatesCommon Market of East and Southern AfricaSouthern African Development CommunityInter-Governmental Authority for DevelopmentArab Maghreb UnionEconomic Community of Sahelo-Saharian StatesEast African CommunityEconomic Community of Central African StatesThe regional economic communities were urged to co-ordinate their policies in order to help accelerate integration.Ending conflictsThe AU summit commended the Comoros for its reconciliation process, Mauritania for its constitutional referendum of 25 June, and Sudan for the signing of the Darfur Peace Agreement in Abuja on 5 May as well as progress made in implementing the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Southern Sudan.It also expressed satisfaction with Burundi’s signing of the Dar-Es-Salaam Principles of Agreement on 18 June, and with progress made in Ivory Coast, despite the delay in the implementation of the roadmap adopted by the Ivorian government in February.At the same time, the AU expressed great concern that increased instability in Somalia would have far-reaching consequences on the peace process in that country and the stability of the region as a whole.The summit confirmed its full support for the transitional federal institutions of Somalia, particularly the country’s transitional federal government, appealed to all parties to follow the path of dialogue, and welcomed the preliminary agreement reached between the transitional government and the Union of Islamic Courts under the auspices of the League of Arab States.United Nations reformUN reform remained a priority for the AU, Van der Merwe said, noting that the outcomes of the 60th UN General Assembly were “a disappointment to many of us”.On that occasion the world’s mostly developing countries were denied representation on the UN Security Council, despite years of negotiations.“We will however consistently assert the importance of multilateralism and the urgent need to revitalise and reform the UN,” the deputy minister said. “We will also consistently call for more equitable representation of Africa and other developing regions and for the adoption of more just and transparent rules and procedures.”The AU summit also re-endorsed the Ezulwini Consensus, which proposes two permanent and five non-permanent seats for Africa in a reformed UN Security Council, as well as strengthening the UN General Assembly to “enable it to fully play its role as the most representative and democratic organ of the United Nations system and world parliament.”At the same time, the AU was encouraged by the establishment of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council and the Peace Building Commission. Africa was allocated 13 seats in the former and seven in the latter.2010 World CupThe deputy minister also touched on the 2010 Fifa World Cup to be hosted by South Africa.“There has been a lot of speculation about our state of readiness,” Van der Merwe said. “Let me assure you that we are quite ready and the continent is behind us. The summit endorsed South Africa as the host for the 2010 World Cup and declared their support for this endeavour.”The AU has declared 2007 the Year of Football in Africa, and invited Fifa president Sepp Blatter to address its next summit in January.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

A New Lab To Test Water Heaters

first_imgFlorida Set-Up Permits Side-by-Side ComparisonsCOCOA, FL — The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) recently announced the opening of a new laboratory for testing solar water heaters, on-demand water heaters, and conventional tank heaters. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program, the Hot Water Systems Laboratory will provide answers to a variety of questions, including: How much do solar water heaters contribute to the reduction of peak electric loads?“Solar water heating is an excellent way to save energy on water heating and reduce whole-house energy use, but utilities are specifically interested in knowing whether or not solar is providing relief to the power grid during peak times. Our testing will answer their questions,” says Subrato Chandra, the Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership project manager at FSEC.Measuring the Performance of Integrated Collector and Storage SystemsResearchers are particularly interested in the efficiency of solar batch heaters. Principal investigator Danny Parker noted, “Solar integrated collector and storage systems, where the storage tank is on the roof and sensitive to weather, have never been verified before, only simulated, so we’re interested in seeing how they work, particularly on winter mornings.”The lab is currently collecting 90 channels of data from seven water heaters:1. A standard 50-gallon electric water heater.2. A solar water heater with a 40-square-foot flat-plate collector, an 80-gallon storage tank, and a differential controller.3. A solar water heater with a 32-square-foot collector, a 40-gallon integrated collector storage tank, and a standard 50-gallon electric tank for backup.4. A solar water heater with a 40-square-foot flat-plate collector, an 80-gallon storage tank, and a DC pump powered by photovoltaic module.5. A standard 40-gallon natural gas water heater.6. An on-demand natural gas water heater.7. An on-demand electric water heater.The seven water heating systems will be tested for a full year. For more information, visit www.floridaenergycenter.org.last_img read more

With sights set on U23 team, UE’s Kath Arado ‘surprised’ to make seniors pool

first_imgJames Harden has 31 points, Rockets blast 76ers Arado, thrilled with her new accomplishment, said she was surprised after being named to the pool, where the final lineup for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will be chosen since she never even intended to join the seniors’ squad.The UAAP’s reigning Best Digger and Best Receiver tried out for the Under-23 team and she kept telling Kung Fu Reyes, the head coach of the U23 squad, that she has no intentions of joining the seniors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnd yet, Arado’s in the place senior coaches Shaq Delos Santos, Reyes, and Brian Esquibel believe she belongs.“Actually, I was surprised when I read my name because I went to the tryouts hoping to become part of the U23 team and I even told coach Kung Fu and coach Brian about it,” said Arado Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre after UE lost to De La Salle, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash “Now I don’t know what the coaches have lined up for me but whatever their decision is I’ll always bring it.”Arado wasn’t the only Lady Warrior chosen to don the Philippine colors in international competition with teammates Judith Abil and Mary Ann Mendrez being part of the U23 pool.“I’m happy that us three were chosen and of course I’m happy for my teammates because we tried out simultaneously and we were able to perform well,” said Arado.The 5-foot-5 libero added that her inclusion to the national team pool is a big boost for her and her volleyball career especially now that she’s in her last year with UE.“This is a huge help for me because now I can know what are the areas that I can still improve on and what I have to do to get better at it,” said Arado. “I have to do this to make sure I still have my confidence with me and the experience that I can get is also a big help.”ADVERTISEMENT Kath Arado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Kath Arado is one step closer into getting international tour of duty.University of the East’s sturdy libero was chosen to be part of the talent pool for the Philippine National Women’s Volleyball Team that Larong Volleyball Ng Pilipinas Inc. announced on Friday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more