Preliminary World Cup squads revealed

first_imgThe holders, meanwhile, will rely on the players who led them back to the world stage, with Marcello Lippi resisting the temptation to recall Francesco Totti to an Italy squad that has Giuseppe Rossi as its only foreign-based player. In the closely-matched Group D, Germany surprised many by including Hamburg defender Dennis Aogo and Bayern Munich youngster Holger Badstuber, while Radomir Antic named seven England-based players in a formidable looking Serbia squad. Australia and Ghana, meanwhile, have backed two of their key players to recover from injury in time, with Harry Kewell and Michael Essien both included. Sadly, injuries forced the hands of many, with Charlie Davies failing to recover in time to take his place in a USA squad that instead included the comparatively inexperienced striking duo of Edson Buddle and Herculez Gomez. BrazilThe task of choosing from Brazil’s embarrassment of riches fell to Dunga, who resisted a public clamour by staying true to the players who topped their qualifying group and won last year’s Fifa Confederations Cup. Group F rivals Portugal, meanwhile, have gambled on the fitness of Real Madrid centre-half Pepe, sidelined since December, while shock inclusions were conspicuous by their absence in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s star-studded Cote d’Ivoire squad. Finally, hosts South Africa sprung few surprises in their announcement, with prodigal son Benni McCarthy, as expected, completing his return from the international wilderness by making Carlos Alberto Parreira’s provisional list. Elsewhere in Group C, there was a place for Groningen’s in-form young striker Tim Matavz in Matjaz Kek’s Slovenia selection, while Algeria coach Rabah Sadaane sprung few surprises in a squad dominated by a strong Europe-based contingent. Fifa: provisional 30-man squads The Three Lions’ Italian coach, who failed to convince Paul Scholes to join Carragher in coming out of retirement, also included two as yet uncapped players: King’s central defensive partner, Michael Dawson, and the exciting Manchester City winger, Adam Johnson. 14 May 2010 Source: Fifa.comcenter_img A quartet of Arsenal players and a trio of Ligue 1-winning Marseille players were named in France coach’s Raymond Domenech’s 30, while Mexico have named just five recognised midfielders in a squad that will be without the talents of the injured Miguel Sabah. The inclusion of Wolfsburg striker Grafite raised a few eyebrows, however, while Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes was rewarded for his fine form in the Londoners’ outstanding Premier League campaign with the third goalkeeping slot. Maradona unpredictableInevitably, Diego Maradona’s selection proved less predictable, with the Argentina coach picking the largely unknown trio of Ariel Garce, Sebastian Blanco and Juan Manuel Insaurralde among a nine-strong contingent of home-based players that also includes 36-year-old Martin Palermo. England surprisesThere were even more surprises for fans of the Americans’ opening match opponents, England, for whom Jamie Carragher and Ledley King – neither of whom have played under Fabio Capello – both received call-ups. As always with these preliminary squad announcements, surprise inclusions and notable, often controversial, omissions dominated the headlines, even if plenty of coaches remained faithful to the tried and tested stars who had excelled during qualifying. Another veteran striker who could be lining up against Maradona’s side in their South Africa 2010 opener is Kanu. The Portsmouth striker, who turns 34 in August, was named alongside club colleague John Utaka in Nigeria coach Lars Lagerback’s 30-man list. Competing at a Fifa World Cup is the highlight of any footballer’s career; this week it was revealed which players have moved a step closer to realising that dream. Title favouritesSpain, many observers’ favourites for the title, have named the injured trio of Andreas Iniesta, Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas along with outsiders such as Barcelona winger Pedro Rodriguez, Osasuna defender Cesar Azpilicueta and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez. The final 23-man squads will not be known until 1 June, but this week coaches from each of the participating nations named the 30 players from which that ultimate decision will be made.last_img read more

Maine Poised to Approve State’s Largest Wind Farm

first_imgRegulators from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection have signed off on a proposal to build a 62-turbine wind project, the state’s largest. The Bangor Daily News reports that a draft order approving the proposal from a subsidiary of First Wind of Boston, Massachusetts, is subject to public comment and further review. But even critics think the project is likely to win final approval.The $398 million wind farm in the Bingham area, about 50 miles west Bangor, would have a total rated capacity of 186 megawatts.Its supporters say the project will make the region’s power grid more reliable and provide an economic boost to the state.Critics object to the project’s potential impact on wildlife, the environment, and the tourist industry, a major employer in the state. Further, a group called Friends of Maine Mountains, objects to the land-use permit authorizing construction on grounds that First Wind is not setting aside enough money for the eventual decommissioning of the project.“I won’t say that I’m overly optimistic that DEP is going to do anything different than what’s in the draft,” Friends of Maine Mountains president Chris O’Neil told the paper, “but we’re going to take one shot at pointing out some weaknesses in … the applicant’s materials.” Maine ranks 26th in nation for wind energyAccording to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Maine has a total installed wind capacity of 431 megawatts in 13 separate projects, making it 26th in the country. Wind now provides about 7.5% of the state’s electricity.According to AWEA, the state set wind energy goals in 2008 that will require a total of 2,000 MW of installed capacity by 2015.There is still some question about that financial underpinnings for the project. The developer won approval for a financial partnership to pay for wind development in July after a Maine Supreme Judicial Court review. But the decision is apparently still open to further appeal by one of the intervenors in the case.But O’Neil says his group is focused on delaying wind projects, not defeating them, the Bangor paper reported. “If we can slow them down, we consider that victory,” he said.The wind farm would span a number of communities. The developer has already signed agreements to provide annual payments of $176,000 to Kingsbury Plantation, $106,000 to Bingham, and $20,000 each to Abbott, Parkman and Moscow, the newspaper said.Public comments are being accepted until September 4.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar wants to dedicate ‘Sachin A Billion Dreams’ to father, brother

first_imgThe whole nation knows how important his father Ramesh Tendulkar and brother Ajith Tendulkar are for legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.It is now learned that the Master Blaster wants to dedicate ‘ Sachin A Billion Dreams’ to his father and brother.Tendulkar’s father used to tell him in his childhood that no matter if he has chosen cricket in his life, what would matter in the end is how virtuous he was as a person.Whereas Tendulkar’s brother Ajit played an integral part in his life as he was the person who introduced him to cricket, who introduced the former Indian batsman to his coach Ramkant Achrekar and encouraged him always during his cricketing journey.The 44-year-old still remembers all the guidance and lessons his father and brother has given to him and those lessons have made Sachin the man he is today.He has been an inspiration for millions not only as a cricketer, but also as a person for his humble nature, humility and down to earth nature.’Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ traces the journey of the Indian cricket legend and will bring the unknown story of his struggle on celluloid.All the content pieces of the film, which has been released, have created immense buzz and a lot of anticipation for the film.Produced by Ravi Bhagchandka of 200 Not Out and Shrikant Bhasi of Carnival Motion Pictures, and helmed by Emmy-nominated James Erskine, ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is all set to release on 26th May 2017.last_img read more

Report: PSG 7 Celtic 1

first_imgParis Saint-Germain 7 Celtic 1: Cavani and Neymar score braces in sparkling win Guy Atkinson Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 11/23/17 Paris Saint-Germain - cropped Getty Images Celtic took an early lead against Paris Saint-Germain, but the French giants bounced back in breathtaking fashion to secure a 7-1 win. Edinson Cavani and Neymar both scored braces as Paris Saint-Germain registered a thumping 7-1 Champions League win over Celtic at Parc des Princes.The Scottish side were on the end of a 5-0 humbling in the reverse fixture two months ago, but might have allowed themselves to dream of a more memorable evening when Moussa Dembele gave them a shock lead after just 56 seconds.That early goal only served to spark PSG’s heralded attacking triumvirate into life, though, as Cavani, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe scored four first-half goals to leave Brendan Rodgers’ side shell-shocked, effectively settling the game before the interval.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player PSG eased up for most of the second half before a stunning late salvo added a deserved gloss to the scoreline. Marco Verratti added a fifth with a cool finish before Cavani bagged his second with a superb back-post volley, aided by a deflection off Kieran Tierney. The final word went to Dani Alves – the Brazilian firing home a stunning strike from 25 yards that crashed in off the post.PSG are three points ahead of Bayern Munich at the summit of Group B and a draw against the Germans next month will be enough to top the group ahead of the last 16 stage.150 – Edinson Cavani has scored his 150th goal for Paris in what is his 216th appearance for the club in all competitions. Machine. — OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 22, 2017 Celtic’s trip to Paris had started so well and they took an improbable lead inside the opening minute with a goal that was made in France. Frenchman Olivier Ntcham’s cleverly disguised corner was met just inside the penalty area by his compatriot Dembele, whose deflected shot flew past Alphonse Areola to send the visiting support into raptures.Their joy was short-lived, however, as the world’s most expensive footballer delivered a finish of typical precision to pull Unai Emery’s side level after nine minutes. Adrien Rabiot jinked his way through the Celtic half before playing in Neymar down the left, where he was able to drill a low shot past Craig Gordon and into the far corner.Moments after Ntcham had drilled a powerful strike just wide for Celtic, PSG took the lead, as some clever interplay between Neymar and Verratti released the Brazilian inside the area and, in an almost carbon copy of his opener, he stroked into Gordon’s far corner.Neymar then turned provider for the third in the 28th minute, getting his shoulder to Alves’ looping cross to tee up Cavani inside the six-yard box for the Uruguayan’s 150th PSG goal.  @KMbappe & @neymarjr #PSGCEL — PSG English (@PSG_English) November 22, 2017 The hosts’ fourth arrived 10 minutes before the break as Mbappe took full advantage of some reckless defending from a free-kick to power home for his seventh goal for the club since his move from Monaco.Mbappe was denied a second when his scuffed shot was saved by Gordon before Verratti grabbed a fifth with a drilled finish into the bottom corner with 15 minutes remaining.Cavani added his second with a well-controlled back-post volley in the 79th minute, Tierney inadvertently steering the ball past the helpless Gordon. The final act was reserved for Alves, whose swerving long-range strike just a minute later cannoned in off the post to put PSG in seventh heaven. Key Opta facts:- PSG (24) have scored more goals in a single Champions League group stage than any other side ever. – Celtic conceded seven goals in a European game for just the second time in their history – also 0-7 vs Barcelona in September 2016.- The first five shots on target in this match resulted in five goals, four for PSG and one for Celtic.- Edinson Cavani scored his 150th and 151st goals for PSG in what was his 216th appearance for the club in all competitions.- Cavani has scored more goals in all competitions this season than any other player in Europe’s big five leagues (21 goals).- Moussa Dembele’s opener vs PSG after 56 seconds was Celtic’s fastest ever goal in the Champions League.- This goal was also the first Champions League goal PSG have conceded inside the first minute.- Neymar (15) has been directly involved in more Champions League goals versus Celtic than against any other opponent (7 goals + 8 assists in 6 appearances).- Neymar has scored as many Champions League goals as Rivaldo (27) – the only Brazilian with more is Kaka (30).- Celtic have lost all four matches against Paris in European competition, conceding 16 goals and scoring just the one. read morelast_img read more

Agriculture Minister Hails LASCO for REAP

first_img REAP encourages students to participate in sustainable environmental practices, including tree planting, recycling, energy conservation and well-kept schools and community environment. Story Highlights Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has hailed LASCO’s Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP), which is in line with his recently announced fruit tree-planting programme. Mr. Shaw was addressing the sixth annual staging of the REAP awards ceremony and luncheon, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on June 7. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has hailed LASCO’s Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP), which is in line with his recently announced fruit tree-planting programme.Mr. Shaw was addressing the sixth annual staging of the REAP awards ceremony and luncheon, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on June 7.REAP encourages students to participate in sustainable environmental practices, including tree planting, recycling, energy conservation and well-kept schools and community environment.The tree-planting programme announced by Mr. Shaw, which is dubbed the ‘Greening of Jamaica’, will be implemented over a period of five years and will result in the planting of a total of five million trees.The programme was first mentioned by Mr. Shaw during his 2018/19 Sectoral Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on May 1.Mr. Shaw said his programme is likely to be adopted by other developing countries.“In my meeting with the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), José Graziano da Silva, I told him about the plan, and he has indicated with keen interest the FAO working with Jamaica to make a model out of it for developing countries,” he said.Mr. Shaw met with Mr. Da Silva in Rome, Italy, in the capacity of Chairman of the FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean, while attending the 159th Meeting of the Council of the FAO of the United Nations, recently.The Minister plans to extend the fruit tree-planting programme into a reforestation project, as “there are a lot of critical forests across Jamaica that we have watched become denuded”.Meanwhile, Mr. Shaw is planning to moot a proposal for the establishment of a law that will make it mandatory to separate solid waste from recyclables, including plastic.He said that separating garbage, which has been practised in other developed countries, has become critical, especially in light of the threats of plastic to the oceans and the environment.Meanwhile, Founder and Executive Director of the Lasco Affiliated Companies, Lascelles Chin, said REAP represents LASCO’s deep concern for the future of Jamaica and invested $43 million in the programme, designed to build environmental awareness, education and development among students.Under the programme, Mr. Chin noted that a total of 500 schools have been involved with 27,000 trees planted and seven million plastic bottles collected.“We continue to encourage schools to maintain their vegetable gardens. This has been a tremendous success, as revenues collected by many schools exceed $500,000 each per annum. Lasco remains committed to REAP,” he said.Mr. Chin urged the students to protect and preserve the environment, describing it as a “lifelong commitment and journey”.The Lasco Founder and Chairman said that Fort George Primary and Infant School, recipient of the 2017 REAP Award, was able to secure a grant of $4.1 million from the Culture, Health, Arts,Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund to improve water catchment, reading and recreational facilities at the institution.For his part, REAP Programme Director, Stephen Newland, said more focus will be placed on growing school gardens.Among the 20 schools participating in the 2017/18 staging of the REAP competition, Newstead Primary School from St. Mary placed first.The sixth staging of REAP was held under the theme ‘Rooting for Nature’.last_img read more