Dzeko sidelined with calf injury

first_img Bosnia-Herzegovina team doctor Reuf Karabeg confirmed that Dzeko will miss Sunday’s match against Israel. “It’s a very serious injury and requires the kind of treatment whose time-frame unfortunately rules out a quick return,” Dr Karabeg said on the Bosnia-Herzegovina Football Federation website. Dzeko said: “I am extremely disappointed with the news that I will miss this match but I have faith in my team-mates and believe that they have it in them to get a result.” The Dragons are second from bottom in Group B, with two points from their first three matches. City captain Vincent Kompany, meanwhile, will miss Belgium’s friendly against Iceland on Wednesday with a calf injury, national team boss Marc Wilmots revealed on Sky Sports News. The 28-year-old centre-back missed Saturday’s draw at Loftus Road with the injury, but could recover in time to play in Belgium’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales in Brussels on Sunday. Press Association Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko could miss the next three weeks with a “very serious” calf injury.center_img Dzeko was forced from the field just four minutes after replacing Fernandinho during the second half of City’s 2-2 Barclays Premier League draw at QPR on Saturday, and he has been ruled out of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel on Sunday. Reports suggest that Dzeko could also be unavailable for City’s upcoming league fixtures against Swansea and Southampton, and their Champions League tie against Bayern Munich. last_img read more

Jagielka: Players must front up

first_img But club captain Jagielka insists the squad are fully behind the Spaniard and must take responsibility for changing things. Asked if the manager’s position was becoming an issue for the players, the England defender said: “We’re massively behind him. I don’t think it’s come to that point. “You see pundits, newspapers or social media but things haven’t gone from hero to zero in the space of nine games. “It’s not a good place to be right now because if you were an honest Evertonian you wouldn’t be confident in us keeping clean sheets and you wouldn’t be confident in us scoring too many goals. “That’s not a good combination but we’ve got some good players and some good characters so we need to come to the party. “At the end of the day we go out there to play and if we don’t pick up results, the manager will take a bit of the blame but the players have to go out there and perform. “We’ve got a lot to answer for and the only way we can make it up to the fans is by winning games.” The FA Cup third round draw could have been kinder to Everton, who face a testing tie against high-flying West Ham on Tuesday. Phil Jagielka believes it is up to Everton’s under-performing players to take the heat off manager Roberto Martinez. Press Association But Jagielka is still banking on an upturn in fortune. “There’s a lot of stuff for us to sort out but hopefully we can get a result in the FA Cup and that can give us some sort of confidence to take into the league,” he said. “We hope to be a bit happier after West Ham but we need to sort out our league form, which is just not good enough.” Hull started the new year in good heart, dominating proceedings and taking the points courtesy of first-half efforts from Ahmed Elmohamady and Nikica Jelavic. That lifted them to 15th in the table, but still only two points clear of the drop zone. Survival remains the primary objective, rather than a repeat of last year’s FA Cup final. The Tigers face Arsenal on Sunday in a repeat of May’s Wembley showpiece, but Steve Bruce is battling a raft of injuries. Michael Dawson and Mohamed Diame have been out for a number of weeks, while victory over Everton came at a physical cost. “The disappointing thing was we’ve lost three or four players through the ridiculous programme over Christmas,” said Bruce. “The traveling and everything involved with it is total nonsense. We’ve lost three more arguably to fatigue. (Liam) Rosenior has a hamstring, (Andy) Robertson needs an ankle X-ray and Gaston Ramirez hurt his groin. “As well as that, Abel Hernandez is physically exhausted.” The Toffees completed a miserable run of results over the festive period with a 2-0 loss at Hull on New Year’s Day, leaving them a disappointing 13th in the Barclays Premier League. It was their fourth straight defeat and a seventh in the last nine matches, a sequence that has put Martinez in an uncomfortable position. last_img read more

Boss refusing to comment on striker’s return to West Brom

first_imgUwe Rosler is remaining tight-lipped over Saido Berahino’s return to West Bromwich Albion following his loan spell at Brentford.The striker made a great start to life at Griffin Park and scored four goals in eight appearances, but his time at the club was cut short this week.He was recently dropped by Bees boss Rosler for venting his fury on Twittter after being taken off during a defeat against Leyton Orient.AdChoices广告Rosler said: “We and West Brom made a statement that he went back for personal reasons. Personal reasons can be different things. I respect that.“I will only comment on Brentford players. Saido is no longer a Brentford player, so I think [only] West Brom should comment on the issue.”See also:Striker Berahino returns to AlbionBerahino helps Bees destroy CarlisleBerahino delivers again for BrentfordBerahino targets play-offs with BrentfordWhat next for Brentford after their mad March?Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Lagos State Endorses Heritage Bank Skoolympics Project

first_imgHe said the Heritage Bank Skoolympics was a “very fantastic idea” and that the state was interested in the “pre, during and post event activities because it intended to expose the beneficiary students to proper mentoring and counselling.”Tinubu, who also doubles as the chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission said the state government was building a sports culture in the state as it is in most metropolis, through the creation of an enabling environment for sustainable sporting activities to thrive in a variety of sports events, in a bid to cater for the passion of majority of the citizenry.Also speaking, the Brand Ambassador of Heritage Bank Skoolympics, Chief Mrs. Mary Onyali, said, “I was really moved when I was approached to be the ambassador.”She urged the stakeholders to make the Heritage Bank Skoolympics a continual project, as it consist of concepts that would benefit Nigerian children.Earlier in her address of welcome, the Executive Director, Lagos and South-west/Corporate Banking of Heritage Bank, Mrs. Mary Akpobome, who stood in for the Managing Director, Ifie Sekibo, affirmed that the bank was spearheading the noble project in the state because Lagos State has been known to be successful in driving sports initiatives.She said the bank has a sustainability plan to organise the programme yearly in a bid to identify, and mentor the winning youths over a long period of time to become medallists in international competitions.Heritage Bank will be hosting over 200 public and private schools with about 6,000 students competing across all local government areas of Lagos State in the maiden event.The competition which will takes place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere and Rowe Park Sport in Yaba will feature various sporting activities like basketball, athletics, handball, table tennis, swimming, track and field events among others.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lagos State Government has endorsed the Heritage Bank Skoolympics project, an initiative of Heritage Bank Plc, aimed at building a heritage of champions through youth sports competition at the secondary school levelSpecial Adviser to the Lagos State Government on Sports, Mr. Ayodeji Tinubu, gave the endorsement at a stakeholders meeting held at the corporate headquarters of the bank in Lagos recently, noting that Heritage Bank is the only bank at the moment that is undertaking such a lofty and premium sporting project in the state, which maiden event will take place from November 2 to 4, 2016.He said, “We are very excited at the project because it will help to develop youths in the state in a disciplined manner,” adding that we have mobilized and created awareness among students in the state for the project and were looking forward to it.last_img read more

Five stats that prove Asamoah Gyan is Ghana’s greatest ever striker

first_imgAsamoah Gyan is one of the biggest names ever to play football on the continent.His popularity stretches beyond his home nation, Ghana, with Gyan being one of the first names mentioned when Africa’s most influential players are talked about.With Gyan celebrating his 34th birthday today, a number of people have taken to social media to applaud the former Ghana captain for his achievements. Some are also debating where Gyan ranks among the country and continent’s best forwards.At Citi Sports, we’ve put together five stats which show that Gyan is definitely the greatest ever striker to pull on the Black Stars jersey.51 and countingGyan made his international debut in 2003 as a 17-year-old. He scored his first goal against Somalia in November 2003 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the senior team.Gyan has also scored 51 goals over the course of his career with the Black Stars, the most scored by a player in the country’s history.Number 3 hits number 9Asamoah Gyan is renowned for turning up on the big stages.So it came as no surprise when he became the first player in history to score at eight successive major international tournaments, after netting at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, 2008 AFCON, 2010 AFCON, 2010 FIFA World Cup, 2012 AFCON, 2013 AFCON, 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2015 AFCON.He eventually scored in nine straight competitions when he netted Ghana’s winner against Mali to take the Black Stars into the quarter-finals of the 2017 AFCON.Club 200Gyan is a prolific scorer at club level as well, having netted consistently for all the clubs he has played for. He has scored 214 goals in 413 games across his club career. His highest tally for a single club came at Al Ain, where he netted 123 goals in 123 games in a space of four years.He also scored 11 goals in 37 games at Sunderland and 14 in 53 matches while at Rennes.Africa’s finestGyan is Africa’s highest goalscorer at the World Cup with six goals. He has, so far, played in three World Cup tournaments – 2006, 2010 and 2014 – and has scored in every one of them.He surpassed Cameroon legend, Roger Milla’s tally when he scored in Ghana’s final group match against Portugal in 2014. He had earlier scored in Ghana’s previous game against Germany.In 2006, Ghana’s first-ever World Cup campaign, he scored the crucial opener in Ghana’s must-win group game against the Czech Republic. In 2010, he scored three goals, against Serbia, Australia and the winner against the USA in the Round of 16.Tournament manAsamoah Gyan is the ultimate tournament man.For much of his career, he was one of the first names on Ghana’s squad lists for tournaments.Asamoah Gyan at the 2004 Athens Olympics  (Photo by Adam Davy/EMPICS via Getty Images)He was a member of the Black Meteors squad that played in the 2004 Olympics, coincidentally the last U-23 side to qualify to the Games.Since his senior debut for the Black Stars, he has gone on to play in eight African Cup of Nations tournaments, and three World Cups.last_img read more

Yasiel Puig to minors, future with Dodgers in doubt

first_imgDENVER >> Yasiel Puig is expected to officially be assigned to the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Thursday. He will have 72 hours after that to report to his new team.Whether he ever plays for the Los Angeles Dodgers again is very much in doubt.“I don’t want to handicap that situation,” Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said Tuesday at Coors Field. “It certainly is a possibility. Beyond that, it’s just speculation.”The Dodgers certainly didn’t offer a clear process for Puig to work his way back to Los Angeles. In fact, Zaidi gave the impression that Puig was given the news about his demotion — when the Dodgers were unable to trade him before Monday’s non-waiver deadline — through his agent and not directly from the Dodgers. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he has not spoken with Puig since the outfielder was told not to show up at Dodger Stadium for Monday’s flight to Denver. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t want to get into that level of detail,” Zaidi said. “But suffice it to say, he understands the message from us and what we hope he accomplishes down there.”Roberts spoke vaguely of swing mechanics and a more consistent approach, both off the field and at the plate. But what the Dodgers really hope Puig accomplishes in Triple-A is to regain enough value for them to eventually trade him, whether it is later this month (after clearing waivers) or in the off-season.“Everything is on the table right now,” Zaidi said. “We have discussions with almost every team about a lot of our players. So I wouldn’t want to single him out and talk about that.”Puig’s behavior has been less of an issue this season. While Zaidi said Puig’s demotion was “a domino effect” of being able to upgrade in right field with the acquisition of Josh Reddick, neither Zaidi nor Roberts went so far as to call the move strictly a baseball decision. Asked if he had found himself devoting more time and energy to Puig than any other player, Roberts responded with just one word — “Yes.”If Puig’s time with the Dodgers can be salvaged it will clearly require a commitment on his part to become more professional in his preparation and work ethic.center_img “We can all continue to grow. But — Yasiel can continue to grow. I’ll leave it at that,” Roberts said. “I mean, there’s definitely been good moments of quality work. But that needs to continue to be consistent.“This is something that we expect him to understand is not punitive. It’s for his growth, to become ultimately a better baseball player.”Late arrivals at the ballpark, poor work habits and a lack of preparation might have been tolerated when Puig was playing at an All-Star level. But he has been a fairly mediocre player — for all his highlight-reel physical skills — for some time now. Puig has no longer been able to overpower the game with his athleticism as he did when he burst onto the scene in 2013. Since the start of last season, he’s hitting .258. (.321 slugging, .411 on-base percentage) with 18 home runs in 160 games while always being just another sprint down the first-base line away from a hamstring injury.But Zaidi said it was not fair to characterize this week’s move as a sign that the Dodgers had simply run out of patience with the 25-year-old outfielder.“Look, a lot of this is circumstantial as I have said. You can never assume you’re going to make a trade,” the GM said. “The fact that we were able to get a right fielder that we believe is an upgrade for this team right now did have a little bit of a domino effect in terms of what his role was going to be and where he was going to play moving forward. That’s really the primary element here.“So I don’t think that (saying the team ran out of patience with Puig) is a fair description because there are a lot of ways the last 48 hours could have unfolded where he would be playing right field for us today. The primary thing was the trade deadline, looking for targets, looking for ways to improve the team. That was the primary driver.”last_img read more

Six Wellington youth wrestlers make state; varsity spring sports start tomorrow

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — We will restart the “sports today” feature — updating people of the various local sports news of the day. If you have sports news send it to sumnernewscow@gmail.com. Wellington youth wrestlers qualify six:Wrestling may be over on the high school level, but the Wellington Youth Wrestling program is involved with its biggest time of the year. Six local youth wrestlers are going to the Kansas Kids State Championship at the Expocentre in Topeka on March 28 to March 30.The boys qualified after placing in the top four at the district tournament held in Winfield this past weekend.Those Wellington winners are:•True DeJarnett, who finished third;•Kyler Henry, third;•Seth Brown, fourth;•Dylan Ferguson, fourth;•Andrew Pelkey, second;•Tyson Hodson, second.There were 11 wrestlers competing Saturday in Winfield.•••••On tap for today and tomorrow:As mentioned before, the varsity baseball and softball games have been postponed in Rose Hill for today and will be played tomorrow at the same time.Don’t forget the Wellington High School tennis season starts Tuesday with the only time the Crusaders will be competing at home at 3 p.m. at the tennis court complex at Sellers Park.Those competing include: Augusta, El Dorado, Goddard Eisenhower, Kingman and Wellington. Sumner Newscow will have a preview of the tennis team tomorrow.•••••Wellington Middle School tennisThe WMS boys tennis team will start its season today at 3:30 p.m. with El Dorado at home.The full schedule is as follows:Middle School tennis:Monday, March 25 — El Dorado, home, 3:30 p.m.Tues.. April 2 —Winfield away, 3:30 p.m.Wed., April 3 — Ark City Invitational, 9 a.m.Thur., April 4 — Prairie Hills, home, 3:30 p.m.Mon., April 8 — Andover Central, away, 3:30 p.m.Mon., April 15 — Eisenhower, away, 3:30 p.m.Mon., April 22 — Goddard Invitational, 9 a.m.Thurs., April 25 — Goddard, home, 3:30 p.m.Mon., May 6 — Pioneer League in Winfield, 1 p.m.The full schedule for the Wellington Middle School track team is as follows:Middle School track: Thurs., April 4 — Arkansas City, Mulvane, Wellington at Winfield, 3:30 p.m.Tues., April 9 — Goddard, Wellington at Ark City, 3:30 p.m.Thurs., April 11— Richard Lawrence Relay at Wellington, 3 p.m.Tues., April 15 — Andover, Wellington at Haysville, 3:30 p.m.Thurs., April 25 — Caldwell Middle School track (sixth grade) at Wellington, 1 p.m.Tues., April 30 — Bob Hoover Invitational at Andover, 3:15 p.m.Thurs., May 2 — Maize Middle Invitational at Maize Middle, 3:30 p.m.Tues., May 7 — Pioneer League Div. IV at Wellington, 3 p.m.last_img read more

March Madness: Kentucky surge, Duke decline illustrate challenge for selection committee’s bracketing

first_imgIn past seasons, the eventual official bracket has born a reasonably close resemblance to the committee’s hypothesis. The bracket reveal became a thing in 2017; since then, the committee has placed 22 of 48 teams on the same seed line in the reveal they would occupy when the bracket became official. Only nine teams fell off the top four lines to lower seeds and were replaced. The committee is getting somewhat worse at this — or the challenge is tougher — because last year included five misses, the most ever, most notably Louisville and Nevada both falling from No. 4 seeds to the 7 line.FAGAN: Bracket predictions: Projecting the Field of 68Based on the uncommon turnover with the No. 1 ranking and the abundance of unranked teams wreaking having on the top 25, the 2019-20 season figured to pose a far greater challenge in that regard. And the past 23 days of basketball have produced what we expected.If the projection by Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan were the final bracket, the 2020 reveal would have three teams missing from their original projections. There have been plenty of teams whose Februarys did not support the initial acclaim or dismissal:West VirginiaFebruary committee preview: No. 2Ryan Fagan’s Sporting News current bracket: No. 7Mike DeCourcy’s Fox Sports current bracket: No. 8Overview: The Mountaineers owned an 18-4 record on the morning of Feb. 8, when the NCAA Bracket Preview aired on CBS. This was considered by some, including Sporting News, to be the most curious of the committee’s decisions.Within hours, they took the court at Oklahoma’s Lloyd Noble and made someone look smart. (Not the committee.)Losing at Oklahoma, a solid team that likely will make the field, almost was the highlight of West Virginia’s past month. The Mountaineers have won only one time in the past seven games and now are 19-10. Indeed, two of those were against projected No. 1 seeds Kansas and Baylor, but two also were against teams whose NCAA Tournament hopes already were over (TCU) or became reanimated by beating the Mountaineers (Texas).What’s left: at Iowa State, BaylorForecast: Mountaineers will wind up in an 8/9 game. The good news: If they win, at least they won’t have to play KU or Baylor.KentuckyFebruary committee preview: UnrankedRyan Fagan’s Sporting News current bracket: No. 3Mike DeCourcy’s Fox Sports current bracket: No. 2Overview: Kentucky was 17-5 on the morning of the bracket preview, with a loss to lowly Evansville that looked much worse when it wasn’t countered by subsequent wins over LSU, Auburn and Florida. (It still looks kinda bad, and continues to agitate Kentucky coach John Calipari. The Wildcats have lost only once since Jan. 18, have won six road games and are 24-5. They clinched the SEC regular-season title over the weekend.)What’s left: Tennessee, at FloridaForecast: It will be difficult to push Kentucky below the 3 line, and a continued surge could push them into a No. 2 seed.DukeFebruary committee preview: No. 2Ryan Fagan’s Sporting News current bracket: No. 3Mike DeCourcy’s Fox Sports current bracket: No. 3Overview: The predictive metrics continue to love the Blue Devils, whether it’s KenPom (No. 5), ESPN’s BPI (No. 2) or the NCAA NET rankings (No. 6), which are a predictive/results hybrid metric. But they’ve dropped three games since the preview, including two against teams that are either borderline (N.C. State) or out of luck (Wake Forest) in terms of earning an NCAA at-large bid. And they needed two miracles to avoid defeat at North Carolina in the first of their rivalry games. The Devils are 24-6 while competing in the poorest ACC in memory.What’s left: North CarolinaForecast: An ACC Tournament title could get them back into the No. 2 seed conversation. It is their good fortune that many of those competing against them for spots on the 2 and 3 lines (Creighton, Villanova, Seton Hall or Michigan State, Penn State and Maryland) are in the same conference and might damage each other’s cases.FAGAN: The 11 most important bubble games this weekAuburnFebruary committee preview: No. 4Ryan Fagan’s Sporting News current bracket: No. 5Mike DeCourcy’s Fox Sports current bracket: No. 5Overview: Auburn was 20-2 before the Feb. 8 reveal and has gone only 4-3 since, with losses to two teams that will not make the tournament without automatic bids (Georgia, Missouri).What’s left: Texas A&M, at Tennessee.Forecast: It’s possible, given those numbers, that the committee will judge the Tigers more harshly and stash them on the 6 line even if they manage to win both. It seems a No. 5 would be their ceiling without an SEC Tournament title — which they certainly are capable of achieving.CreightonFebruary committee preview: UnrankedRyan Fagan’s Sporting News current bracket: No. 3Mike DeCourcy’s Fox Sports current bracket: No. 3 If you think March typically is a mad month, take a look at what February has done to the NCAA selection committee‘s official tournament bracket projection.Now an annual tradition, the committee reveals the top 16 seeds in the NCAA Tournament roughly one month before selection Sunday. On this occasion, the decision to do so demonstrated how out of character this particular college basketball season has been — and almost certainly will continue to be until the champion is crowned. Overview: The Bluejays’ dynamic offense powered them to a remarkable February that included victories at Seton Hall and Marquette. They won five in a row before their surge ended with a surprising loss Sunday against St. John’s, but an attack that now ranks No. 6 in adjusted efficiency and produced 83 points per game in that stretch carried them to prominent positions on most bracket projections.What’s left: Georgetown, Seton Hall.Forecast: Closing with consecutive home games, including one against the top team in the conference, is an enviable position for the Jays. Rising to a No. 2 seed appears to be not out of the question, although it certainly would require a Big East Tournament title (or a lot of losing among other candidates).last_img read more

Defense Contractor Accused of Threatening to Kill Local Congresswoman Over Vaccine Bill

first_imgA government defense contractor working in Maryland is accused of threatening to kill a South Florida member of Congress over a bill she filed which would require that public school children be vaccinated.Court documents filed in federal court identify the member simply as “Congressperson #1.”However, sources report the politician who received the threats is U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson. Her spokeswoman referred questions to Capitol Police.An affidavit states that Darryl Albert Varnum left a phone message for Wilson on June 26 of this year, in which allegedly told the congresswoman to “get the f**k out,” as he believed that she was taking away his rights. The message continued, “I’ll come down to Miami b**ch. I’ll f**k you up. Like Cubans don’t even know.”Nearly 12 minutes after that message, Varnum apparently posted a picture of the American flag and “H.R. 2527 Vaccinate All Children Act of 2019″ on his Facebook timeline. The post read, “Holocaust has begun! I’m done with this bulls***. Time to step up or ship out!”A short time later, another post appeared stating, “All our guns are next, been trying for years!”Varnum works for Sealing Technologies, which has a contract with the Defense Information Systems Agency, according to court documents.The affidavit states he had access to “sensitive information” due to his job.The vaccination bill is currently making its way through Congress.last_img read more

PSE Awards 10 Local Organizations Funding for New Solar Installations

first_imgFacebook19Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Puget Sound EnergyAs the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted families throughout Washington, local organizations that have been helping them will receive support from Puget Sound Energy. PSE will grant nearly $580,000 to 10 organizations throughout its service area for new solar installations which will total 235 kW of new installed solar enough to power/or save nearly 240,000 kWh. This will help local organizations by reducing its operating costs while also helping the environment by producing green power.The ten recipients are:Anacortes Housing AuthorityCommunity Youth ServicesFamily Support CenterHomes FirstKing County Housing AuthorityKulshan Land TrustLummi Nation Housing AuthorityMuckleshoot Housing AuthorityLydia PlaceOpportunity Council“We are in an unprecedented time where agencies dedicated to serving our communities and customers are more critical than ever,” said PSE Director of New Product Development Will Einstein. “If we can help these agencies add solar energy to their facilities, we can support their core mission by helping to reduce their costs and provide those savings to the families they serve with renewable energy.”King County Housing Authority received $75,000 for a 35 kilowatt system which is expected to generate 35,000 kwhs, about 25 percent of its annual electric usage, and save the organization about $3,000 in electric bills each year.“Our partnership with Puget Sound Energy solves several challenges at once: the installation of solar panels supports the expansion of cleaner energy and a healthier environment while helping to keep the housing affordable by lowering the operating costs at the property,” said King County Housing Authority Resource Conservation Manager Jenna Smith.  “It’s also helping make the push to a clean energy future more inclusive.”In Thurston County, Homes First will generate roughly 25,000 kwhs a year, which is almost 70 percent of its annual electric load and more than $2,200 in electric savings each year.“It has been a dream of mine since joining Homes First to solar power some of our homes,” said Homes First CEO Trudy Soucoup. “Being able to provide our community with homes that are safe, healthy, and affordable for our lowest of income neighbors while also reducing energy costs and reducing our environmental footprint makes the work we do even more impactful.”She added, “I believe it is often thought that affordable rental homes that are energy efficient and environmentally friendly can’t be accessible to the lowest-of-income members of our community. Providing this opportunity really makes our tenants a part of a community they thought unreachable, rather than apart from their community.”Applications for the next round of grant funding for 2020-2021 is currently open through Sept. 4, 2020. To learn more about how to apply, please visit: pse.com/greenpowergrant.PSE continues its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and helping our customers do the same. Enabling our community partners to install solar projects is just another way we are committing to a better energy future. For more on PSE’s commitment, visit pse.com/together.last_img read more