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Sea ice in the paleoclimate system: the challenge of reconstructing sea ice from proxies – an introduction

first_imgSea ice is an important component of the Earth system with complex dynamics imperfectly documented from direct observations, which are primarily limited to the last 40 years. Whereas large amplitude variations of sea ice have been recorded, especially in the Arctic, with a strikingly fast decrease in recent years partly attributed to the impact of anthropogenic climate changes, little is known about the natural variability of the sea ice cover at multi-decadal to multi-millennial time scales. Hence, there is a need to establish longer sea ice time series to document the full range of sea ice variations under natural forcings. To do this, several approaches based on biogenic or geochemical proxies have been developed from marine, ice core and coastal records. The status of the sea ice proxies has been discussed by the Sea Ice Proxy (SIP) working group endorsed by PAGES during a first workshop held at GEOTOP in Montréal. The present volume contains a set of papers addressing various sea ice proxies and their application to large scale sea ice reconstruction. Here we summarize the contents of the volume, including a table of various proxies available in marine sediments and ice cores, with their possibilities and limitations.last_img read more

The Negotiator Awards 2017 – the winners

first_imgHome » News » The Negotiator Awards 2017 – the winners previous nextThe Negotiator Awards 2017 – the winnersRead the full list of the winners of this year’s awards held at the glamorous ballroom of the London Hilton hotel on 31st October.The Negotiator1st November 201702,568 Views  Over 750 guests gathered to celebrate the very best residential property companies in the United Kingdom at The Negotiator Awards to celebrate the very best residential property companies in the United Kingdom.With guests from east to west, north to south, the Grand Ballroom at The Hilton on Park Lane, London, was the perfect venue for the 10th year, generously sponsored by Spark and supported by Agency Express, The Deposit Protection Service (DPS), GCB Property & Financial Recruitment, Global4Communications, Good2rent, HomeLet, JET by Reapit, Oracle Group, PropertyBOX, SDL Auctions, Together and Yomdel.Our host this year was Jimmy Carr, one of the UK’s leading entertainers, who didn’t disappoint those looking for fun, laughter and outstandingly clever repartee, throughout the evening.After a very bubbly and excited reception and a splendid dinner, 31 Negotiator Awards were presented in great style – winners listed below.The Negotiator Awards, however, is not like many other events, this is The Property Party of the Year! Sometimes exciting, with dancers and, sometimes noisy with trumpets and whistles, sometimes beating the drums… this year it was daaaaark, creeeeeepy and scaaaary as Halloween came to The Hilton in great style, with the one and only (reincarnated) Michael Jackson Thriller show!Generous guests raised funds for our supported charity, Crisis, through generous donations, a raffle and a totally spinning Charity Casino. Once again, said our guests, it was truly a night to remember.RISING STAR OF THE YEARSponsored by GCB Property & Financial Recruitment and presented by Managing Director, Gareth Broom.The judges said: “A hugely impressive entrant, with real entrepreneurial flair and financially savvy – a man on a mission!”GOLD: Mitul Gadhia of WhitegatesSILVER: Mark WorralBRONZE: Justin BeckwithCOMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEARSponsored by Oracle Group and presented by Oracle’s Chief Executive, Caroline Coskry.The judges said: “This award is truly deserved; a well-presented entry showing an impressive range of sponsorships supported by a dedicated annual budget.”GOLD: Charters Estate AgentsSILVER: Thomas MorrisBRONZE: Clear PropertyMARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEARPresented by The Negotiator Awards winner of The Lifetime Achievement Award 2016, Frances Burkinshaw.The judges said: “A comprehensive marketing campaign that reset the dial for this agency, taking it from being almost invisible to high profile amongst dozens of competitors.”GOLD: UnderhillSILVER: Marsh & ParsonsBRONZE: BeresfordsWEBSITE OF THE YEARSponsored by Yomdel and presented by the Founder and CEO of Yomdel, Andy Soloman.The judges said: “A new website designed to give visitors a better experience, to be more responsive and, crucially, generate more leads. It works!”GOLD: WinkworthSILVER: BradleysBRONZE: BassetsINNOVATOR OF THE YEARSponsored by KeyAGENT and presented by Operations Director, John Ord.The judges said: “Challenging the traditional model with slick marketing, plucky design and innovative business models, exploring all avenues to help the customer.”GOLD: Howard CundeySILVER: Next ChapterBRONZE: Williams EstatesEMPLOYER OF THE YEARPresented by Michael Stoop of Michael Stoop Services.The judges said: “True investors in people, this employer brings new talent into the industry and nurtures their development.”GOLD:  McEwan Fraser LegalSILVER: Rendall & RitterBRONZE: X1 LettingsNEW AGENCY OF THE YEARSponsored by SDL Auction Partners and presented by Auctioneer and Managing Director, Andrew Parker.The judges said: “A great concept, fantastically well delivered, superb branding and presentation and a real local focus.”GOLD: Propology Boutique PropertiesSILVER: Your NestBRONZE: WhitegatesFRANCHISE OR NETWORK OF THE YEARSponsored by Agency Express and presented by Managing Director, Stephen Watson.The judges said: “Largest doesn’t always mean best, but this business supports its franchisees, developing offices and people, building business so that they all reap the benefits.”GOLD: BelvoirSILVER: EwemoveBRONZE: Ulster Property SalesRESIDENTIAL AUCTION HOUSE OF THE YEARSponsored by Together and presented by Scott Hendry, Director.The judges said: “An outstanding entry, hugely impressive and detailed, setting out exactly why the gavel should fall right in front of them.”GOLD: IAM SoldSILVER: Network AuctionsBRONZE: SDL AuctionsPROPERTY MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT OF THE YEARPresented by a lettings legend, John Hards of AskJohnHards.The judges said: “A thoroughly professional organisation which strives for perfection, creating steady turnover and profit growth and its recent restructure is reaping dividends.”GOLD: Gibbs GillespieSILVER: Homes4UBRONZE: BalgoresPROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMPANY OF THE YEARPresented by Managing Director of the Essential Information Group, David Sandeman.The judges said: “This company has boldly grasped the nettle, taking great steps to move forward by embracing technology.” GOLD: FirstportSILVER: Rendall & Ritter BRONZE: Encore Estate ManagementSUPPLIER OF THE YEAR- TECHNOLOGYSponsored by TheNegotiatorJobs.co.uk, and presented by the Partner Network Director of Move With Us, Simon King.The judges said: “With a slick marketing revamp, this company continues to innovate even where they dominate, maintaining investment and development in their products and their staff.”GOLD: ReapitSILVER: Essential Information GroupBRONZE: YomdelSUPPLIER OF THE YEAR – PRODUCTS & SERVICESPresented by the CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals, Iain McKenzie. The judges said: “An extremely strong financial performance demonstrates the power of this excellent additional ‘bolt on’ service for traditional agencies.”GOLD: IAM SoldSILVER: ViewberBRONZE: DataloftSUPPLIER OF THE YEAR – PROFESSIONAL SUPPORTPresented by the Group Advertising Director for Property of Trinity Mirror, Paul Spencer.The judges said: “What a machine! This entry clearly demonstrated their investment in the business, their focus on improving people and processes and innovation excellence.”GOLD:  My Home MoveSILVER: Legal for LandlordsBRONZE: CunningtonsNORTH EAST AND WEST AGENCY OF THE YEARSponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Commercial Director Ian Crowther.The judges said: “Against considerable competition, this submission clinched the Gold Award for its high standards, solid performance and clear market share!”GOLD: Thomson Hayton WinkleySILVER: DuckworthsBRONZE: Next2BuyYORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER AGENCY OF THE YEARSponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Commercial Director Ian Crowther.The judges said: “A great entry that presented a great 360° view of its business, showing impressive growth, a great profit margin and investment in its staff.”GOLD: Applegate Properties SILVER: Your NestBRONZE: Galley PropertiesEAST & WEST MIDLANDS AGENCY OF THE YEARSponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Commercial Director Ian Crowther.The judges said: “A highly respected regional form offering a broad spectrum of services, traditional values with modern methods and confident use of new technology.”GOLD: Robert OulsnamSILVER:  LovelleBRONZE: Gascoines Estate AgentsEAST OF ENGLAND AGENCY OF THE YEARSponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Commercial Director Ian Crowther.The judges said: “This agency is clearly well ahead of the crowd in this region, with strong growth and dedicated to both its clients and its staff. An outstanding entry!”GOLD: Balgores LettingsSILVER: Next Chapter HomesBRONZE: IP TwelveLONDON AGENCY OF THE YEARSponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Sales Director, Darren Ypey.The judges said: “Excellent submission, exceptionally well thought out, covering every each section of their market.”GOLD: PorticoSILVER:  Adam HayesBRONZE: Martyn GerrardSOUTH EAST AGENCY OF THE YEARSponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Sales Director, Darren Ypey.The judges said: “A fine entry, covering all services. One word describes this agency: Smart!”GOLD: Brock TaylorSILVER: Gibbs GillespieBRONZE: ChartersSOUTH WEST AGENCY OF THE YEARSponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Sales Director, Darren Ypey.The judges said: “25 years in residential lettings and still, clearly, looking forward and taking an innovative approach to business.”GOLD: BradleysSILVER: Absolute Sales & LettingsBRONZE: Clever Student LetsSCOTLAND AGENCY OF THE YEARSponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Sales Director, Darren Ypey.The judges said: “Well managed steady growth, created by commitment and attention to detail, treating their tenants – as well as their landlords – as customers. A great entry!”GOLD: Western LettingsSILVER: Wardhaugh Property ManagementBRONZE: ESPC Lettings.WALES AGENCY OF THE YEARSponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Sales Director, Darren Ypey.The judges said: “Recognising the value of their team and rewarding them, while bringing in the customers with fresh and appealing marketing and use of technology.”GOLD: Williams EstatesSILVER: Williams & Goodwin, The Property PeopleBRONZE: Belvoir SwanseaNORTHERN IRELAND AGENCY OF THE YEARSponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Spark’s Sales Director, Darren Ypey.The judges said: “With an impressive growth in market share and an energy to improve housing availability through funding developers, this is the standout agency in Northern Ireland!”GOLD: CPS PropertySILVER: John Minnis Estate AgentsBRONZE: Ulster Property SalesSMALL LETTINGS AGENCY OF THE YEARSponsored by Good2Rent and presented by Chief Operating Officer, Georgina Pierson.The judges said: “A very impressive agency in a hotly contested category. They are ambitious and open to innovation and experimentation – a marketing and business machine!”GOLD: Sawyer & Co.SILVER: Applegate PropertiesBRONZE: Western LettingsMEDIUM LETTINGS AGENCY OF THE YEAR (4-11 BRANCHES)Sponsored by The Deposit Protection Service and presented by the Managing Director, Julian Foster.The judges said: “A well established firm, embracing technology and highly focused on offering specialist service elements to its clients.”GOLD: Robert OulsnamSILVER: Martyn GerrardBRONZE: Balgores LettingsLARGE LETTINGS AGENCY OF THE YEAR (12+ BRANCHES)Sponsored by HomeLet and presented by the Commercial Director of HomeLet, Andy Glynne.The judges said: “A heartfelt submission giving a clear overview of their 25 year journey, ticking all the boxes; a fine example of good honest hard graft winning out!”GOLD: BradleysSILVER: PorticoSMALL ESTATE AGENCY OF THE YEAR (1-3 BRANCHES)Sponsored JET by Reapit and presented by Jet’s Head of Sales, Suzanna Mavity.The judges said: “Impressive growth, excellent innovation, and we loved their use of video messaging  – all wrapped up in a very high quality presentation!”GOLD: Next2BuySILVER: Propology Boutique PropertiesBRONZE: Adam HayesMEDIUM ESTATE AGENCY OF THE YEAR (4-11 BRANCHES)Sponsored by Spark Energy and presented by Ian Crowther, Commercial Director.The judges said: “The epitome of a consistent, first class performer, a leader in their market, a model for others to note.”GOLD: Thomas Morris Sales & Lettings SILVER: Gibbs GillespieBRONZE: ChartersLARGE ESTATE AGENCY OF THE YEAR (12+ BRANCHES)Sponsored by Global4 Communications and presented by Managing Director, Nigel Barnett.The judges said: “So much could be praised, but simply put, this entry demonstrated everything that is right about independent estate agency today.”GOLD: BradleysSILVER: Portico Property LtdBRONZE: Marsh & ParsonsTHE NEGOTIATOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDThe Negotiator Lifetime Achievement Award was sponsored by Spark Energy and Chris Gauld, CEO, Spark, said,“There are very few people in property that are known across the country, east to west, north to south.“You have to be pretty special and while this year’s winner wouldn’t like to be called pretty, they must know that they are special.“With 45 years in the property business, they have also worked hard to develop and promote ARLA and The Tenancy Deposit Scheme, working with multiple brands, encouraging, developing, building the careers of many others, some of whom are here tonight.“Our Award winner has been described as a ‘’real force for good in the industry” – ‘A totally genuine property professional’ and –  “A thoroughly good bloke.The Negotiator Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to the former Managing Director, Countrywide Residential Lettings – John Hards  November 1, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? 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Tony Nominee Harold Wheeler Eliminated From Dancing with the Stars

first_img “Our talented music director, Harold Wheeler, will not be joining us for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars,” said BBC Worldwide Productions and ABC in a statement. “Since season one, Harold and his band have performed brilliant music in our ballroom for our dancers and the American viewers at home. We are grateful to him and his band for their amazing work and years of collaboration. We wish him the best of luck.” Six-time Tony nominee Howard Wheeler has been eliminated from the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. The Harold Wheeler Orchestra and Singers, which is made up of 28 members, has been let go from the hit ABC show after 17 seasons, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The move was allegedly the result of an attempt to appeal to a younger audience for the long-running dance competition show. Wheeler received Tony nominations for his orchestrations of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray, The Full Monty, Swing, Little Me and The Life.  View Commentslast_img read more

Tickets Now Available to See Reed Birney & Betty Gilpin in I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard

first_img Reed Birney Related Shows I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2015 View Comments Tickets are now on sale to see Tony nominee Reed Birney and Nurse Jackie’s Betty Gilpin in I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard. The show, which will explore the eternal struggle of parents and kids finding common ground, is written by Halley Feiffer and directed by Trip Cullman. The Atlantic Theater Company production will begin previews off-Broadway on January 7, 2015 and officially open on January 20.Ella (Gilpin) is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father David (Birney) proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her off-Broadway debut…and things unravel from there.The world premiere will play a limited engagement through February 15 at Atlantic Stage 2.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Launches Online Voter Registration to Increase Efficiency and Offer Convenience

first_img August 27, 2015 Pennsylvania Launches Online Voter Registration to Increase Efficiency and Offer Convenience SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Efficiency,  GO-TIME,  Government That Works,  Innovation,  Results,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Pedro Cortés today announced that Pennsylvania is the latest state to launch the convenient option of registering online to vote.The online registration application, hosted by the Department of State, is now available for use by eligible citizens at register.votesPA.com.“Online Voter Registration is about making the voting experience more convenient and more accessible,” Governor Wolf said. “It is about giving citizens an easier way to exercise their right to vote and establishing a clearer connection between the political system and the citizens. Online voter registration is secure, it improves accuracy and will reduce costs for counties by cutting down on time-consuming data entry.”Online voter registration (OVR) is currently available in 22 states, with the measure approved but not yet implemented in another five states plus the District of Columbia.“As elsewhere, Pennsylvanians have grown accustomed to doing business online, whether it is shopping, banking or filing their tax returns,” Sec. Cortés said. “As a natural extension, they want the convenience of registering to vote using their own computer or mobile device. Online voter registration makes the process more accessible and accurate.”The new site, available in English or Spanish, also allows currently registered voters to more easily make updates to their voter record, such as a change of name, address or party affiliation. Additionally, registered voters may use the new site to request assistance at the polling place.“OVR has support from county election officials because it will improve accuracy, increase the integrity of the voting rolls, reduce time-consuming data entry and yield considerable cost savings,” Sec. Cortés said.A May 2015 report by the Pew Charitable Trusts said states using online voter registration had seen per-application savings ranging from $0.50 to $2.34. In Arizona, which in 2002 became the first state to implement online voter registration, election officials report their cost is 3 cents for each online application versus 83 cents for a traditional paper form.“Pennsylvania’s counties have the primary responsibility for managing voter registration and conducting our elections, and we strongly support measures such as this that facilitate and improve our citizens’ access to the polls,” said Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman, President of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania.When an applicant completes the online form, the information is forwarded directly to the appropriate county voter registration office for processing. There, election staff will find that electronic application eliminates the problem of trying to decipher often illegible handwriting. Additionally, county election staff will not have to follow up on missing information on the electronic applications, because the online form cannot be submitted if any required data fields have not been completed.Counties will receive the applications through the same system which currently forwards Motor Voter applications from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, so there was minimal training needed for county election workers.The online system is more secure for applicants because the form will be transmitted directly to the proper county voter registration office for processing. In contrast, a traditional paper application containing personal information might pass through several hands before the registration is complete.The latest protocols in data security have been built into the system and will be constantly monitored and updated. The Pew study reported that there have been no security breaches in any of the states already using an online system.Because the online voter registration site is directly linked to PennDOT’s Motor Voter system, if an applicant has a driver’s license or PennDOT ID card, the signature already on file with PennDOT can immediately be linked to the voter record.Applicants who do not have a driver’s license or PennDOT ID card will be able to print, sign and mail the completed online application to their county voter registration office. If they are not able to print the application, they may request that the Department of State mail them a signature card to complete and return to their county office.To learn more about online voter registration, visit www.votesPA.com. Click here for online voter registration frequently asked questions.last_img read more

Osimhen to spearhead Napoli’s sharp attack against Parma

first_img Promoted Content7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Best Natural History Museums In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemLil Nas X Is About To Beat A World Record!Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The World Victor Osimhen is in line to make his Serie A debut having been included in Napoli squad for their 2020-21 campaign opener versus Parma. The Nigeria international alongside Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Algeria’s Faouzi Ghoulam are among the 23 players listed by manager Gennaro Gattuso for Sunday’s trip to Stadio Ennio Tardini. Osimhen joined Napoli on a five-year deal in July after an impressive debut season in the Ligue 1 with Lille where he scored 13 goals in 27 appearances. The ex-Wolfsburg man kicked off his career in Gattuso’s team with an eight-minute hat-trick against L’Aquila – an encounter that ended 11-0. Again, he found the net thrice as Stadio San Paolo giants hit Serie C club Teramo 4-0 as they ended their pre-season training camp in Castel di Sangro on a flying note. The 21-year-old’s goalscoring start to life at the club has caught the attention of the Archbishop of Naples, Crescenzio Sepe, and he hopes to see the Nigerian score more goals.Advertisement “What I said to Victor Osimhen? We talked and I said to him: ‘ You have scored 3 goals in 7 minutes, next time you have to score 5 goals in 5 minutes, you have to score almost every minute, do you understand?’,” Sepe said. “And did he understand? No, not so much: he doesn’t speak Italian… I communicated in Neapolitan, somehow, we got along. He is happy, I saw it from his face regardless of the language we spoke. I congratulated him and all the players.” read also:Osimhen: ‘Napoli still the best choice for me’ The Lagos-born goal machine is looking forward to playing against Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo in his maiden Serie A campaign. “I’m really looking forward to a new career here in Serie A. Playing against the likes of Christian Ronaldo is something one can eagerly wait,” Osimhen told Caf website. “While at Lille, I had the opportunity of playing against some of the best players in the world like Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and it would definitely be a whole great experience to play against Ronaldo, who is one of the greatest players on earth. So, I’m looking forward to facing him soon.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

Gene Alan Williams, 86

first_imgGene Alan Williams, age 86, passed away Friday, June 26, 2020 at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Dr. Howard Bonnett, in Greensburg, IN, with family members at his bedside.  Born May 21, 1934 in Greensburg, IN.  Gene was the eldest of four children of the late Fred S. and Naomi (Thurston) Williams.Gene graduated from Greensburg High School in 1952.  He worked at Johnson Wholesale Co until entering into a tool and die apprenticeship at Chrysler Automotive in Indianapolis, IN in 1953.  During the Korean Conflict, he joined the United States Navy.  Following boot camp, he entered into the Navy Aviation Electronics School.  In 1954, he was stationed at NAS Glenview, IL and U.S. Naval Air Station in Anacostia, DC.  He was honorably discharged from the United States Navy on April 10, 1961.After his military obligations, Gene married Betty Davis Eastwood on September 9, 1960.  His employment was a mechanical engineer for Federal Mogul, and BCA, first in Greensburg and then in Gallipolis, OH, while living in Point Pleasant, WV.  Following retirement, they moved back to Greensburg.Gene belonged to the Masonic Lodge #36 in Greensburg and served as Past Master.  He was a member of the Scottish Rite and Murat Shriners.  He was also a member of The American Legion and The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 927.  Gene was an avid golfer and a member of The Greensburg Country Club.Gene was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Betty.  Survivors include; his brother – Roger T. Williams of Greensburg; his two sisters – Carol (Dr. Howard) Bonnett of Greensburg, IN and Kathleen (Raymond E.) Webster of Mishawaka, IN; his step-son – Roddy (Lorraine) Eastwood of Rushville, IN; Roddy’s three daughters and their families; and his friend Norma Wells.Family and friends are invited to attend a Graveside Service at 11am on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at South Park Cemetery with Ray Sweet of the First Christian Church presiding. Military Honors will be conducted by the United States Navy and the American Legion Honor Guard.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gene’s name to First Christian Church, 425 N. Broadway, Greensburg; The American Legion, Welsh-Crawley-Kramer, 326 E. Main St, Greensburg; or to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St, Columbus, IN 47201.  Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more

Aston Villa, West Brom target Obafemi

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Everton set to compound West Brom woes Southampton striker Michael Obafemi is attracting rival Premier League interest.Reports claimed Aston Villa is considering a £10 million move for Obafemi, but face competition from West Brom. Villa have identified the 20-year-old as a target as they look to add more goals to their ranks after they struggled in front of goal last season.However, West Midlands rivals West Brom are also eyeing up the Saints front man, as they look to strengthen their attack after promotion from the Championship.Southampton will not let Obafemi leave easily, however, with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl a big fan of the Republic or Ireland striker.It is likely that a £10 million bid would be enough to secure the services of Obafemi, with Villa and West Brom monitoring the situation very closely.Tags: Aston VillaMichael ObafemiPlayer InterestPremier LeagueSouthampton FCWest Bromwich Albionlast_img read more

Byron set for Curragh date

first_img Trainer Tom Hogan reports last year’s Prix de la Foret winner to be on course for the Invesco Pension Consultants Minstrel Stakes at the weekend. A return to France for the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville on August 4 is on the agenda for Gordon Lord Byron, who was last seen finishing fourth to Lethal Force in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Gordon Lord Byron is to have a run on home soil at the Curragh on Saturday before going on his travels again in search of more Group One glory. Press Associationcenter_img “We probably have a busy autumn campaign set for him. He will be travelling over and back so I thought we’d leave him at home and the owners would like him to run at home again this year,” Hogan told hri-pressoffice.ie. “This race at the Curragh looks a suitable opportunity for him and the ground is no problem for him. “We will probably go to the Maurice de Gheest and maybe take on Lethal Force again, hopefully we will get drawn near him this time. We will go back and play with the big boys again. “He ran well over a mile in Hong Kong last year. Even though he’s never won over a mile, he clocked a time faster than most horses in Europe, and the champion miler in Japan was behind him. “There are plenty of options with him from six furlongs to a mile. He’s in great form and we’re very happy with him.” last_img read more

Pochettino targets derby glory

first_img “We need to arrive at that moment that every game feels the same as if we are preparing for a game against Arsenal. “We need to be aggressive and focused on our job, never give up and try to get the victory – this is the winning mentality we need to have.” Having won his opening four games in charge at Spurs, Pochettino has had to lift his squad following a more barren spell and the former Southampton manager admits his side is still a work in progress. “Always after the game when you analyse you learn. It is important to fix some things and to improve in different situations,” he added. “We have a lot of work to do to improve the concept of the team but we are going in the right way and we need to show our work from the training ground and in the training sessions and produce that in the game.” Press Association The 42-year-old will take charge of his first game against the Gunners since being appointed as head coach at White Hart Lane in the summer and has already seen how much the derby means to Tottenham supporters. Spurs have won just twice at Arsenal in the Premier League era and have suffered some heavy defeats in recent years – but Pochettino is targeting a win this weekend as he looks to guide the club above Arsenal in the table for the first time in 19 years. Mauricio Pochettino is ready to wrestle control of north London football from Arsenal – starting with a win at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. “We are ambitious,” he said when asked about finishing above Tottenham’s fiercest rivals. “We (the new coaching team) arrived three months ago and we need to make our way but we are focused on the game and know the history. But it is also important to write the history, starting now. “This is a big game, a tough game, I know. It is always an important game. We need to prepare for the game, to have a good performance and be aggressive. We need to play the game when the referee starts the game and not before. We need to play 90 minutes aggressively and stay focused on our job.” Spurs go into the game having taken just one point from their last three league games, having started the new campaign with back-to-back London derby victories over West Ham and QPR. They will be buoyed not only by a 3-1 Capital One Cup third round victory over Nottingham Forest on Wednesday but also by the fact Arsenal have won once in their last five fixtures. Pochettino admits there has been an extra buzz around the training ground as the derby approaches – but wants to see the same kind of atmosphere ahead of any game his team go in to. “Up until yesterday we were focusing on Nottingham Forest,” he said. “But yes, after West Brom we feel something special – but we always need to feel the same feeling. last_img read more