AVB prepares to face Spurs fans

first_img Reaction to Villas-Boas’ outburst in internet forums so far has been mixed. Some supporters claim Spurs need to start playing more attractive football if they are to get more vocal backing at White Hart Lane, while others agree with the manager and have called on the fans to increase the volume for the fourth-round game, which is close to a sell-out. One way Villas-Boas can appease the disgruntled fans is by taking the team on a run in the cup competitions. The 35-year-old put a lot of emphasis on trying to win the Europa League last season and, as a result, his team suffered an early exit to Leeds in the FA Cup and a fourth-round knockout in the Capital One Cup by Norwich. But with over £100million invested in seven new signings this summer, the Portuguese believes it could be a very different story for Spurs in the cups this season. “We will introduce changes but the difference this season is that we have the quality available to throw in a very good team,” the Tottenham manager said. “We will definitely do lots of changes because the schedule has been quite tight. We will have played Thursday, Sunday and Wednesday. “We want to continue to do well and we have a responsibility at home to go through. “We have the team to do it, so naturally the changes will happen.” Erik Lamela has struggled to impress since his £30million move from Roma, but he will get another chance to make an impression on Wednesday with a rare start. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Nacer Chadli are expected to get a run out while Brad Friedel is likely to replace Hugo Lloris in goal. Villas-Boas also has a selection dilemma up front. Jermain Defoe has scored eight goals in the cup competitions this term, but Roberto Soldado is short of goals from open play and could start alongside the England international if Villas-Boas decides to ditch the 4-2-3-1 formation he has deployed all season. Another intriguing idea would be starting with Emmanuel Adebayor alongside Defoe. Two seasons ago, Spurs won seven of the eight games that Adebayor and Defoe started together, with the pair chipping in 10 goals between them. Last season they scored nine in 11 games as a strike partnership, but Adebayor has not played for the club this season. Adebayor was told he could leave in the summer and Villas-Boas made him train with the development squad last month. The former Arsenal striker was on the bench for last week’s Europa League victory in Moldova, though, and could be called upon for the meeting with Hull, who are likely to get men behind the ball again just as they did on Sunday. The Tottenham manager criticised Spurs fans for not getting behind their players during the 1-0 win over Hull in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday. Villas-Boas said both he and the players were unhappy about the “negative” atmosphere which he thinks made it feel like Spurs were the away team at White Hart Lane. Press Association Andre Villas-Boas will gauge how his criticism of Tottenham fans has gone down on Wednesday when Hull return to White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup.last_img read more

Black athletes could make history at Winter Olympics

first_imgUnited States long track speed skater Shani Davis glides around a turn as he practices in Adler Arena for the 2014 Winter Olympics, Jan. 31, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)(NNPA)–There are five African-American athletes to keep an eye on during the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi in Krasnodar Krai, Russia.Speed skater Shani Davis, along with women’s bobsled members Lolo Jones, Lauryn Williams, Aja Evans and Jasmine Fenlator, are each in position to help make American history in the Winter Olympics.Davis, 31, already made history by becoming the first Black male athlete to win a Winter Games Olympic individual sport medal when he won gold in the 1000-meter speed skating event at the 2006 Olympics at Turin. He won gold in the same event at the 2010 Winter Games at Vancouver, and could become the first American to ever win three straight Winter Games Olympic gold medals if he wins the 1000-meter again in Sochi.Unlike Davis, though already seasoned Olympians, Jones and Williams will be performing in their first Winter Games, both as members of the USA women’s bobsled team. Jones, 31, is one of the most famous hurdlers for team USA, but switched to bobsled with hopes of earning her first ever Olympic medal. She had fell just short of winning a medal as a hurdler during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, finishing in 4th place in the 100-meter hurdlers.In this Oct. 25, 2013, photo, Jazmine Fenlator, right, and Lolo Jones look up after coming to a stop after racing in the U.S. women’s bobsled team Olympic trials in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)According to reports, Jones persuaded Williams to join her on the women’s bobsled team to help her chances at taking the gold at Sochi. Williams, 30, won a gold medal during the Summer Games in London with the women’s 4×100-meter relay team. If she wins a gold medal in the women’s bobsled event, she’ll become the first woman to ever win a gold medal in both the summer and winter Olympics.Jamie Greubel, left, and Lauryn Williams of the United States celebrate on the podium after winning the two-women Bob World Cup race in Innsbruck, Austria, on Sunday, Jan. 19. 2014. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)A win for Williams and Jones would also mean a gold medal for Evans and Fenlator, too. Evans, 25, who competed in the shot put and sprinting in college, is the brakeman for the team, and Fenlator, 28, will serve as the diver. All four women are looking to become the only African-American women to win a Winter Olympic medal besides Vonette Flowers, the first ever Black athlete to win a Winter Olympic medal when she won gold in the 2-man bobsled event in 2002 Olympics at Salt Lake City.Black athletes in Sochi for OlympicsShani Davis: Speed skatingAbout Davis: Davis began roller skating at age 2 in Chicago. He quickly became bored with roller skating, as he was always “getting in trouble for skating around the rink at high speeds.” At age 6 a coach suggested he switch to ice skating. Shortly thereafter, his mother started working for an attorney, whose son was involved in speed skating. These influences led him to switch, and he joined the Evanston Speed Skating Club the same year.Most memorable achievement: Winning gold in the 1000m at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, and winning gold at the 2005 and 2006 world all around championships.Future goals: To win gold in the 1500m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, to make him the first male speed skater to win gold at three consecutive Games.Elana Meyers, left, and Aja Evans of the United States celebrate their second place at the two-woman Bobsled World Cup race in Koenigssee, southern Germany, on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)Aja Evans: BobsledAbout Evans: Previously a sprinter and shot put athlete, her coach at the University of Illinois mentioned bobsled to her while watching the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. She considered the physical attributes required for the sport, and realized she had all of them. She first tried bobsled in October 2012 in Lake Placid, N.Y.Her hero: U.S. heptathlete and long jumper Jackie Joyner-Kersee.Future goals: To compete in bobsled at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, and in athletics at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Jazmine Fenlator: BobsledAbout Fenlator: She began bobsled in September 2007 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. Her college athletics coach Robert Pasquarillo sent in an application to the United States Olympic Committee on her behalf. “My first thought was a flashback to ‘Cool Runnings.’ My next thought was remembering how Vonetta Flowers became the first African-American woman to win a gold medal in a winter sport in the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, and it was in bobsled. I wanted to show disadvantaged kids that it’s not where you come from, it’s where you end up.”Family trials: Her family almost lost their house in August 2011 because of Hurricane Irene. “The night before our ‘combine and push’ championships, which rank you for the start of the season, I got a call from my sister that there was four feet of water in our home and that they had been living in a hotel for a week.”Future goals: To win a gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.Lolo Jones: BobsledAbout Jones: She was looking for something different following the 2012 Olympic Games in London. That year, she took up bobsled. “Hurdlers get fired up with things in our way. We are used to obstacles, so I saw bobsled as a new challenge.”Sporting philosophy: “I am inspired by failure. The process of defeat, picking yourself back up again, is the hardest thing in the world.”Future goals: To win a medal in bobsled at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and in the 100m hurdles at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Lauryn Williams: BobsledAbout Williams: Previously a sprinter, she won silver in the 100m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and gold in the 4x100m relay at the 2012 Games in London. She also won gold in the 100m at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. She began competing in bobsled in 2013.Awards: She was named the 2004 Athlete of the Year by the Sports Council in the United States.Goal: To win gold in bobsled at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.Source: TeamUSA.com; Sochi2014.com.Jessica R. Key, Indianalponis Recorder contributed to this report.http://m.indianapolisrecorder.com/mobile/news/article_12862ede-8f4f-11e3-87c8-0019bb2963f4.htmlhttp://www.afro.com/sections/sports/story.htm?storyID=81394last_img read more

What do single moms, motivated professionals and baby boomer retirees have…

first_imgAll three thrive in the industry of Network Marketing!  Interesting to note that there are many different views of the industry itself and most if not all are right.  Just as in the professions of, say, dentistry or roofing some are to be trusted, some need to be put out of business and everything in between.  Simply put, when done right, Network Marketing is a powerful profession endorsed by successful business men such as Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki who say “There are many benefits the Network Marketing industry offers those who want more from their lives”.  To read more about why Trump and Kiyosaki recommend the industry click here: http://www.professionalnetworkers.com/pdflibrary/WhyNetworkMarketing.pdfMotivated professionals do well because they have great networks in place and they know how to succeed in the financial arena.  Baby Boomer retirees do fantastic because not only are they backed by the wisdom and experience of the years they are also often ready to re-invent themselves and give back by serving and helping others.  Single moms quite honestly find this to be a extraordinary model.  Network Marketing is a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) effort and women, being natural at relationships and connecting, excel in this kind of business.  Take into account that 85% of all women that earn over $100,000 per year in the United States do it in the industry of network marketing. It is a business that thrives on helping and serving others and combined with the flexibility of building your business on your own time, from home, while wearing your pajamas and making the kids eggs and you have a perfect option.Joanna Power and Isagenix teamWhether a person wants to build a full time income or create an extra $500 a month to supplement the family budget the industry of Network Marketing can help you make it happen.  It is an industry that welcomes all ages, experience levels and backgrounds.  A good company provides support and training, allows for significant tax advantages and a person can build the business part time while they work another job.Network Marketing is not a get rich scheme, but with patience, effort, and consistent work, a distributor can earn a good amount of money.  Network marketing is a simple business model in which a company sells their service or product to customers through contractors who educate the customer on how to use the products for the greatest benefit.  People tell other people, just like they would if they bought something great at Target or Macy’s, only they get compensated for sharing the information.  In this model, one person does not have to do everything to profit, it is teamwork and a team player will succeed in the business. In this business distributors are not the employees of the company, but contractors who take products from the company to the consumer. The distributor earns commission for products they sell.  Many large companies follow this model to sell their product.Align with a company and product that you truly believe in.  Create a residual income that grows as you grow.  Spend time with people who want more out of life and are also willing to serve and grow.  Learn to serve deeply and help others get what they want so that you can have what you want.  Network marketing is the way of the future because it helps us to connect with each other.  We get to develop friendships that are deep and lifelong because we all want the same thing…..MORE OUT of LIFE and to get out of the J.O.B. (just over broke) model and stop trading time for money.  Network Marketing, when done right, is personal growth with a compensation plan.My company rocks and is perfect for me!  I have been with them for over 8 years now.  This is my first go at network marketing and I had a lot to learn.  I have been forced to grow myself- to become more empathetic, compassionate and allowing- and at the same time grow into a leader.  This industry is built to help people.  The only way I win is to reach out and help someone else.  This is the real deal.  Nutrition is critical and there is a health care crisis coming beyond what you could even imagine.  I have dug and dug to find something wrong at the corporate level.  They are for real.  The products are for real.  This company is filled with people that love life and they love to help others love their life again.  Through simple and proper nutrition people feel fantastic again.  This is what gets me out of bed in the morning!  I get to help people.  Fire them up again.  Help them help themselves and get their mojo back.  I have literally watched lives change and it is a deep and lasting impression.  I am humbled by it and look forward to truly making a difference.So, no matter what your stage of life you just may want to consider taking this wonderful journey!  If you would like to learn more and explore if this may be a solution for you please contact Joanna Power at 360.701.4231 or [email protected] Facebook13Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Stewarts’ Farm Sanctuary Proposal Takes Seed

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaCOLTS NECK – Entertainer Jon Stewart and his wife, Tracey, have moved closer to turning the historic Hockhockson Farm on Route 537 into an agricultural sanctuary-education center.On Tuesday, the Monmouth County Agriculture Development Board voted unanimously to declare the 45-acre Hockhockson Farm, now operating with horse boarding and the growing of vegetables and flowers, a commercial farm.When the board reached its meeting curfew of 10 p.m., it tabled the remainder of the application until its next meeting, May 3 – to be heard at the same location and time, 7:30 p.m. at the Monmouth County Agricultural Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township.At that time, the board will deliberate whether the sanctuary’s education-visitor center, which is not allowed in the township’s agriculture zone, would be a legitimate part of the farming operation. If the board approves, the application would bypass a township variance needed for the zoning and move to the township Planning Board for site plan approval.William Potter, chair of the Agriculture Development Board, said the board “most likely” would decide the matter at the next meeting.The Stewarts, a Red Bank couple applying as the JTS Land Trust, hope to begin operating the sanctuary in the spring of 2017, according to Tracey Stewart. Jon Stewart, the former host of the popular “Daily Show” on Comedy Central television, was not at the meeting.JTS Land Trust is the contract-purchaser of the Hockhockson Farm, which is owned by the Cooke family. Robert Cooke III, who lives on the farm, testified his family has owned the farm a “couple hundred years.”Tuesday’s 2-1/2-hour hearing, attended by about 20 members of the public, combined a presentation of the applicants, JTS and Hockhockson Farm; questions from the board; public comments supporting the application; and concerns raised by the township.Robert Cooke III, an owner of Colts Neck’s Hockhockson Farm, at a meeting of the Monmouth County Agriculture Development Board. His family has owned the farm for a “couple hundred years,” Cooke said.Basically, the township is concerned about losing control over the building of the education-visitor center – proposed as 8,400 square feet over two floors– and any other parts of the application; that tenant farmer Robert Laurino, rather than the farm owner, was providing financial statements toward the farm qualifying commercially; and that a movie/TV studio, once talked about but not longer in the plans, be specifically excluded if the board grants a Site-Specific Agricultural Management Practice (SSAMP).In discussing whether Hochhockson Farm, which sits between Laird and Swimming River Roads, qualifies as a commercial farm, various board members expressed no doubt.“I feel it meets the criteria of a commercial farm,” said board member Gary DeFelice.“I think it clearly does fit,” added board member Nancy Grbelja.The vote was 10 to 0 in favor. Board member J. David Holmes, an Upper Freehold farmer, recused himself from hearing the application because he has sold hay to the Stewarts.“I might not have had to recuse myself,” Holmes said. “(But) just on the safe side, I did.”After the farm was declared commercial, the hearing moved more on to what the Stewarts plan there – growing crops and protecting farm animals, while educating visitors on farming and healthy eating.“The goal of the farm is to be excited to see where food is coming from,” said Tracey Stewart, a former veterinary technician who lived on a farm as a child. “I do think of a farm as a perfect classroom.”“Adorable animals” are a way to draw people to the facility, she said. Anticipated living at the farm would be four to six cows, two to four pigs, six to 10 sheep, six to 10 goats, two to four horses and up to 50 chickens, according to JTS’s application.Tracey Stewart said the farm will not be a rescue facility, per se. Instead, it will be getting animals from the New York State-based Farm Sanctuary, which rescues animals.“We’ll be getting the cream of the crop,” Tracey Stewart said.The new education-visitors center will be part of the hub of the farm, or just beyond the main farmhouse.The farmhouse, whose oldest section dates to the late 1700s, will not be modernized and, therefore, not be available for general public access. Instead, it will be generally off-limits – regarded, according to Tracey Stewart, “as a fragile piece of history.”In response to a question from DeFelice about whether the education provided would be detrimental to traditional animal production on farms, Tracey Stewart said no.“I might have something different on my plate, but we’re all sitting at the same table,” she said.Tracey Stewart said the plan is to keep Laurino farming the property – “Absolutely, we need him,” she said – and no standing buildings on the farm are to be demolished.Colts Neck officials questioned whether the JTS and Hockhockson Farm application was in the right place – before the Agriculture Development Board, rather than the township Planning or Zoning boards.The township officials sought more detailed plans, beyond conceptual ideas.“We’ve heard a lot of concepts, but the devil is in the details,” said Township Attorney Joseph Clark.“We’re not adverse to the concept, we’re adverse to the process,” said Deputy Mayor Michael Fitzgerald. “There must be a reason they didn’t come to us first (at the township level). They lawyered up and came to you.”“I built my house there, I had to follow the rules from Colts Neck,” said John Young, who lives next to Hockhockson Farm.But Sue Fulton of Asbury Park told the board any question of process – the county Agriculture Development Board being the wrong place – “flies in the face of what you’re here to do.”“You need to keep farming around here,” said John Kissel, a township resident expressing his support. “You have to have farming or else you have developments, otherwise you have schools to pay for.”Former Tinton Falls Mayor Mike Skudera, who lives near the farm, expressed his support.“I’m excited about this idea,” said Jason Saleh of Little Silver. “I just want to voice my support for this.”Early in the hearing, Cooke explained how the farm was once 290 acres, but downsized a few times. From the time his grandfather ran the farm to now, it has had various uses: cattle, Christmas trees, flowers, hay, straw, horses. A farm stand has been on the property on and off since the mid-1980s, Cooke said.The Stewarts own a farm in Middletown, but it is only about 12 acres, or about one-third the size of Hockhockson Farm, said their lawyer, Philip San Filippo.last_img read more

DreamWorks’ profits beat the experts

first_imgFourth quarter profits fell by more than half at DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc., but the company still easily beat Wall Street expectations. The company reported net income of $63.2 million, or 61 cents per share in the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2005, compared to net income of $192 million, of $1.99 per share in the same period last year. Revenue fell to $172.9 million from $495.7 million in the same period last year. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial had expected earnings of 42 cents per share. Results were driven mainly by home video revenue from the film “Madagascar,” which contributed $152.3 million worth of revenue during the quarter. Last year’s quarter included home video revenue from the company’s huge hit “Shrek 2” and box office revenue from “Shark Tale.” Despite winning an Oscar for the film “Wallace & Gromit: the Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” DreamWorks Animation took a charge of $25.1 million for the film, which did not perform well at the box office. The write-off reduced fourth quarter earnings by 15 cents per share. The Glendale-based company did not give earnings guidance for 2006. DreamWorks Animation said its next film, “Over the Hedge,” will be released in May and may not generate profits for the company until its release on home video in the fourth quarter. The film “Flushed Away” will be released in November and will not generate significant returns until 2007. Ahead of the income report, DreamWorks shares rose 23 cents to close at $26.86 Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange. They gained 8 cents in late-session trade. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fulham ‘in pole position’ to sign French defender in January

first_imgFulham are weighing up a £3m bid for Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, according to The Sun.The France Under-21 star has been linked with a number of clubs but Whites boss Martin Jol is apparently in pole position to sign him in January.The Sun also say angry referees are threatening to boycott Chelsea matches.They have held talks about not taking charge of Blues games and even discussed all-out strike action, it is claimed.Ex-referee Clive Wilkes told the paper that officials are angered by Chelsea’s accusation that Mark Clattenburg used “inappropriate language” to John Obi Mikel during Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.Wilkes said: “I keep in touch with a lot of the lads and there is such a strength of feeling about what is happening to Mark.“I know a few referees who are even talking about boycotting Chelsea games because of all this.”He added: “There have even been murmurings about strike action but that’s very much the last resort.“They’d much prefer to get around the table with the FA, PFA, the clubs and players to sort this out as quickly as possible.”The Daily Express suggest Chelsea will face an FA charge after Clattenburg was confronted by Mikel, Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo and others immediately after the United game.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

World Cup: ‘South Africans to thank’

first_img20 August 2010Political parties across the spectrum have echoed President Jacob Zuma’s praise for South Africans, attributing the success of the 2010 Fifa World Cup to the passon and patriotic spirit of ordinary citizens of the country.During Wednesday’s joint sitting of Parliament to debate the successful hosting of the World Cup, the people of South Africa emerged as the true stars of the tournament, and were lauded for their contribution by Zuma and political party leaders alike.Democratic Alliance leader and Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said the single greatest achievement of the World Cup was the way it had changed stereotypes.“We demonstrated that Africa is not ‘the hopeless continent’ that The Economist magazine said we were 10 years ago,” Zille said. “We showed the Afro-pessimists that we have enormous potential. And we started to believe ourselves again.”The leader of the African Christian Democratic Party, Kenneth Meshoe, said the World Cup went beyond all expectations. “Yes, Africa did it and South Africa did it in style.”The World Cup brought with it a sense of joy and harmony that South Africans had never experienced before, Meshoe said, added that the image of country had been improved immeasurably thanks to the success of the tournament.Royith Bhoola of the Minority Front said South Africa had gained the respect of the world when Sepp Blatter gave the country a near-perfect 9 out of 10 for its hosting of the event.“Our organisational ability in sport goes to show that we are a nation that we can be proud of,” Bhoola said, adding that the success of the World Cup had renewed faith and hope in South Africa.“Accolades must be awarded to all South Africans, who showed the true spirit of brotherhood and patriotism,” he said.Freedom Front Plus leader and Deputy Agriculture Minister Pieter Mulder thanked South Africans who had dared to dream that the country could host the World Cup, quoting Robert Goddard of the American space programme, who said: “Every dream is a joke, until the first person accomplishes it.”Mulder pointed out that most journalists both internationally and locally, pessimistic about the country’s ability to host the World Cup before the tournament began, had only positive things to say about South Africa once the soccer spectacle was over.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more