Tram to the slaughter

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Maurizio Sarri giving Chelsea players greater say in tactics

first_imgChelsea have picked up successive league wins (Picture: Getty)The Daily Mail claim Sarri is working to get his players back on side and has made major strides with his star men by including them in discussions on tactics.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTChelsea’s squad now have a greater say and there has been a clear improvement in performances in the last month.Sarri had said he would not be swayed from his tailored style, but has now backed away from that position. Chelsea appear to have turned a corner in recent games (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri is giving his Chelsea squad a say on tactics after proving he is able to compromise on ‘Sarriball’, reports say.Chelsea players were becoming increasingly concerned their manager had no Plan B, and would dig his team deeper into a hole due to his resistance to change.Back-to-back wins in local derbies over Arsenal and Fulham has eased the pressure on Sarri after a dismal start to the year. Advertisement Advertisement Chelsea players are now getting a say in how they play (Picture: Getty)The U-turn has improved Sarri’s standing with the players and the board, despite the club chiefs continuing to make plans should they decide to axe the Italian.After the win over Fulham at Craven Cottage, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger hinted Sarri is softening his approach.‘I think everyone has adapted to new things – also the coach,’ he said.‘You saw the way we played against Tottenham and Manchester City. It was different to the way we played in the first three months.‘Everyone needs to adapt, everyone needs to learn and it is good that it has happened in this moment.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Sarri has strengthen his position as manager after a difficult few months (Picture: Getty)‘In life, you need to adapt to things. This league is different to Italy, you have to adjust a bit.‘The coach learned from that game against Manchester City (where Chelsea lost 6-0). There we went high, we went to press, we wanted to win the ball and everyone knows what happened.’Chelsea are reluctant to pull the trigger on sacking Sarri during the season and would prefer to wait until the end of the campaign to make a decision.The Blues are battling to claim a Champions League spot this season and could leapfrog Manchester United into fourth place if they win their game in hand over the Red Devils.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Coral BarryTuesday 5 Mar 2019 10:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link844Shares Maurizio Sarri giving Chelsea players greater say in tacticslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 60 New Jobs with United States Cold Storage Expansion in Bucks County

first_img March 09, 2017 Governor Wolf Announces 60 New Jobs with United States Cold Storage Expansion in Bucks County Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that United States Cold Storage, Inc. (USCS), a refrigerated warehouse and logistics company, will expand operations in Richland Township, Bucks County and will create 60 new jobs at the site.“United States Cold Storage has experienced tremendous growth over the last 13 years. Through these efforts, the company has directly invested more than $110 million, leveraged more than $100 in additional capital investment, and created more than 500 jobs in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “United States Cold Storage could have expanded elsewhere in the U.S., but I am proud to say that the company has once again chosen Pennsylvania as the best location to grow.”To meet an increased demand for services, USCS will be expanding its existing facility at 1050 Heller Road by 200,000 square feet. The company has committed to investing $41.5 million in the project, creating 60 new, full-time jobs within three years, and to retaining 613 existing statewide positions. Hiring of new employees will likely commence in August 2017.“USCS is excited to be expanding our facility in Richland Township, and we appreciate all the support from the community,” said Mickey Hoffmann, United States Cold Storage vice president of corporate development. “This facility stores refrigerated foods that are distributed across the U.S., and its ideal location is part of the reason we need to expand the warehouse to meet additional customer demand.”USCS received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $120,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $21,600 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training, and $120,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs.The project was coordinated by Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Bucks County Economic Development Corporation (BCEDC).“It was a great opportunity to work with United States Cold Storage on another expansion project in Bucks County,” said BCEDC Executive Director Robert Cormack. “This marks our second opportunity to work with the Governor’s Action Team in assisting the company. This more than $40 million project, which will create 60 new jobs, is a tremendous achievement for all parties involved and is another example of the many advantages of doing business in Bucks County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”United States Cold Storage, Inc. is a premier provider of public refrigerated warehousing and related logistics services throughout the U.S. With roots dating back to 1899, USCS has long served a diverse customer base with requirements ranging from primary storage to fully integrated third-party logistics. The company offers more than 274 million cubic feet of temperature controlled warehouse and distribution space in 38 facilities located in 13 states.In 2016, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs. For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio County crash seriously injures one

first_imgOhio County, In. — A two-vehicle crash in Ohio County seriously injured an Rising Sun woman Tuesday.A report from the Indiana State Police says a van driven by Rickey Cheesman, 45, of Middletown, was westbound in the 5000 block of State Road 56 when he crossed the centerline. Cheesman struck a car driven by Betty Massong, 80, in the eastbound lane.Massong was transported for treatment of serious injuries. Cheesman was not hurt.Drugs or alcohol is not suspected but toxicology test are being conducted.The Indiana State Police were assisted by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department and the Rising Sun Police Department.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Di Canio dampens Royals speculation

first_img The former Swindon boss watched Saturday’s 2-1 Barclays Premier League defeat by Aston Villa from the directors’ box at the Madejski Stadium. McDermott was sacked as Reading manager on Tuesday, prompting speculation the Italian could be in line to replace McDermott. However, Di Canio told BBC Sport: “It was just a coincidence. I was there only to watch the game.” Paolo Di Canio claims his visit to the Madejski Stadium at the weekend had nothing to do with the departure of Reading manager Brian McDermott. He added: “I was sat with Stuart Pearce at Reading and we had some discussions about the game. “I want to watch games at the top level and [the Madejski Stadium] was full of passion, so it was good to go there. “Next time it could be Swansea or Southampton or Tottenham, I don’t know, but this is what I am going to do for the next few weeks.” However, the 44-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday and West Ham striker, who resigned as Swindon manager last month, added: “It is my ambition to manage at the top level.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

United announce parade plans

first_imgManchester United’s Premier League trophy parade will begin at Old Trafford on Monday before reaching its conclusion in Albert Square later in the evening. It is anticipated significantly more people will attend than those who braved heavy rain to acclaim United’s record 19th title two years ago. Club chief executive David Gill said: “Winning a 20th league title is a huge achievement for the club and we are excited to be able to share this special moment with our fans. “The support from the fans has been incredible this season and we’re looking forward to celebrating with them during the trophy parade.” Sir Alex Ferguson and his players will attend a send-off event at Old Trafford at 1800, with the United manager – about whom there is so much speculation – due to address the crowd prior to departure. Their open-topped bus is due to leave at 1830, with the event due to finish at 2000, after the squad have made their way into the city. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

‘One of My Top Five Innings’ Says India’s Saviour Pujara

first_imgAdelaide: Rating his knock of 123 as one of his top five innings, Indian batting star Cheteshwar Pujara on Thursday admitted that the top order should have batted better in the first innings of the opening Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval here.Pujara felt it was a decent total as the pitch was difficult to bat on.“I would say it is a decent total because there is enough turn,” Pujara said at the post match press conference.“Ashwin will also come into play. It is not an easy wicket to bat on. Sometimes when you are seeing it on TV, it doesn’t look like it is doing a lot but when I batted in the first and second sessions, I felt it wasn’t easy to bat on. I will share my experience of what line and length to bowl on this pitch with our fast bowlers.”“It is the grass. The odd ball is skidding on, and the odd ball is holding a bit more from the grass. I would say it is kind of a two-paced pitch, and it is not easy to bat on,” he added.Pujara faced 246 balls for his 123. He said it took him two sessions to figure out what shots he can play on such a surface, adding that is the reason the other batters around him should have applied themselves better.“To be honest, we should have batted better but they also bowled well in the first two sessions and I knew that I had to stay patient and wait for the loose balls,” Pujara said.“The way they bowled, they bowled in the right areas. I also felt that our top order should have batted better, but they will learn from the mistakes and put up a better show in the second innings.“It is one of my top innings in Test cricket, I could say top five,” Pujara said.“The way the team-mates appreciated it, they were saying it was one of the best.”Pujara had to struggle with a hamstring niggle as he accelerated with the tail for company, but it was a case of mind over matter in the end.“It was tough but I was set and I knew I could play my shots, especially when we lost the seventh wicket,” Pujara said. “Myself and Ash were having a good partnership but once we lost Ash, I thought I had to accelerate. I knew what shots I could play on that wicket because I had batted for two sessions, and I think it was tough it was considering the weather. It was quite hot, we are used to it in India but still…”“My leg got stuck into the pitch, and when I was trying to go for the second run, I had a little bit of a pull in my hamstring but I am going to consult the physio now,” Pujara said. “Hopefully it is not too bad.” IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

City aims to increase bicycle use

first_imgTo a commuter, Los Angeles may be a huge city with clogged freeways and constant bumper-to-bumper traffic. But to a cyclist, it’s a city of endless opportunity.The Los Angeles Department of Transportation is attempting to take advantage of the city’s flat surfaces and static climate to make it a bike-friendly city with its 2009 bicycle plan. The plan, which LADOT is publicizing through a number of workshops offering members of the public a chance to comment and make suggestions, could alter roads across the city, including a number of those around USC.Right lane · Jared Shier (right) and Eric Bruins, members of the USC Cycling Club, discuss LADOT’s proposed bicycle plan at an interactive public workshop Saturday. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanThe plan concentrates on making a citywide bicycle transportation system by building 696 miles of new bike lanes — the 5-foot line on the side of a regular street — and separate bike paths. It also plans to install and improve bike signage and parking, emphasize bike safety through education and regulation and increase efforts to fund the plan.“[The 2009 bicycle plan] is a complete revision of the 1996 and 2002 plans which were essentially the same plan,” said Michelle Mowery, senior project coordinator of bicycle planning and outreach of LADOT. “We took information [from previous plans] and figured out what was still feasible and merged it into the new plan … it’s a huge rebuild.”Although the plan is a long-term proposition, with LADOT expecting the process to take more than a decade, they are hoping to use the workshops to give the community a chance to add their input.Around USC, the plan proposes a bicycle lane on Adams Boulevard, a bicycle lane that goes along Exposition Boulevard until Vermont Avenue and encourages bikers to use more “bike-friendly” streets like 29th Street.Jefferson Boulevard, according to Mowery, is cited in the plan as a “potential” bicycle lane because LADOT would have to compromise by stripping the street of its side-street parking to gain the five feet needed for a bicycle lane.Some students might enjoy more bike lanes and routes around the campus, but several who attended one of LADOT’s interactive workshops at the Bethune Regional Library in Exposition Park on Saturday, were skeptical.Eric Bruins, a senior majoring in public policy, planning and development, and a member of the USC Cycling Club, said the plan is a good step for the community, but will need work for it to become a reality. Bruins said he was especially concerned about work along the proposed “Expo Line” route, which is frequently used by USC staff.“There was an engineering decision somewhere along the line that [a] bike path doesn’t fit, so they moved it to bike lanes, which is fine for [the cycling club] because we’re used to riding on the roads, but it’s going to be hard to convince [students],” Bruins said. “They lost a huge potential biking constituency when they made that decision, and I don’t think they realized that.”But potential changes would require official analysis into their environmental and traffic impact.According to Brett Hondorp, principal of Alta Planning and Design, the engineering company that works with LADOT to design the lanes, the city is very careful when making those decisions about possible bike lanes.For the plan to become a reality, it must go through several transportation, planning and subcommittees before reaching the City Council for approval.“The timeline is vague at this point,” Mowery said, “because the bike community is asking that the time is extended.”Some community members, such as former USC photography professor Lisa Auerbach, who attended the workshop, were skeptical that the plan will ever become a reality.“Words like ‘encourage,’ words like ‘should:’ They’re pretty hedging terms … It sounds good on paper, but when you actually get to the meat about what they are going to do, it’s not there,” Auerbach said.Bruins added that many of these obstacles are a result of bureaucracy.“It’s not a planning problem, it’s a political problem,” Bruins said. “There are so many steps along the way that are really [just] political opposition.”LADOT believes the plan is necessary to get people to think about bikes as a form of transportation rather than recreation, Mowery said. The city hopes to see 5 percent of Los Angeles commuters regularly use their bicycles by 2020, but achieving that will require work from all sides.“If we continue at the level of interest we have had for the last ten years, in twenty years this could happen,” said Mowery. “But we need to get everyone excited.”last_img read more

Brenner: I’m the best sportswriter in the world

first_imgSo I’m sitting here, writing my very last column, on my final day of work in the office of The Badger Herald. At this moment, I find myself pondering one of the great unanswerable questions in sports:Why are (most) athletes so freaking humble?It’s like clockwork: A tremendous athlete, one who has obviously worked harder than Santa Claus on Christmas Eve to get where he or she has gotten in a particular sport, wins a prestigious award that most of us simply dream of winning; some ESPN-type personality asks said athlete for his or her emotion at that moment; and instead of saying something like “I’ve worked so hard, and it feels so good” or “This is a dream come true,” they have to give that suddenly run-of-the-mill answer:”I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.”Um, why not? What did your teammates do that was so darn special? Maybe you’re that much hotter than everybody else. Maybe your sheer presence scared the bejesus out of the competition. Maybe you were just luckier than Dave McGrath getting locked inside a Guinness factory with Dan Marino and Melissa Stark.Maybe, oh maybe, you’re just that good.So why not shout it out loud? Grab some headlines! Say something outrageous, for once in your life!Willis McGahee and Stephon Marbury have the right idea. By each declaring they were the greatest individual talent at their respective position (McGahee, a football running back, and Marbury, a basketball point guard), McGahee and Starbury ensured that moments in their own personal spotlight would never be in short supply.Even better than their righteous attempts at self-promotion, McGahee and Marbury were brave enough to honestly admit their true feelings to the world. This is easier said than done for most athletes.What you don’t know is how many other athletes actually feel this way and never worked up the guts to admit it.First, I spoke with Brett Favre in an exclusive interview. He said he hasn’t stopped thinking about Terrell Owens’ announcement that when TO was with Philadelphia, if Brett Favre was his quarterback, the Eagles would have been undefeated to that point in the season.”Brett Favre’s going to be honest with you, Brett Favre can’t blame TO for thinking that way,” Brett Favre said. “Nothing against Donovan McNabb, but the Eagles would have won the Super Bowl that year if they had good ol’ No. 4 on their side.”When I wake up in the morning, I piss excellence,” Favre added.Troy Smith did an okay job of reveling in his moment last Saturday when he won the Heisman trophy. Maybe a little too much credit was given to his teammates, but Smith was pretty professional as a whole.But afterward, after throwing down a few cocktails, Smith was another big-time star with an image of humility to profess his love for his mirror.”I’m the first Big Ten quarterback to win the Heisman trophy, I’ve heard,” Smith said in a telephone call while intoxicated, or during a “drunk dial” for the college mind. “I’d like to thank myself, for being so talented … and I’d like to thank the voters, for helping to show that punk Brady Quinn who’s boss.”Wait, this just in. Derek Jeter just announced his plans for the 2007 season in a press conference. His lone goal: try to be the best shortstop in the game.”Y’all write this down, man, I’m pissed,” DJ said at his news conference. “I’m so sick of hearing ‘A-Rod this, A-Rod that,’ why can’t I get any press? The only time I’m mentioned in the press is when Jessica Biel is involved.”Wisconsin athletes, respectful as they all may be, are not immune to these pressures, either. When I tried to ask UW’s own Sara Bauer, a generally mild-mannered women’s hockey player, about winning the Patty Kazmaier award last season, Bauer stopped taping her stick long enough to look me in the eye and say, “Oh, I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the sound of how awesome I am.”Ex-Badger running back Brian Calhoun concurred. “I’m the best there was, the best there is, and the best there ever will be,” Calhoun said via text message. “That’s all there is to it.”You see, these guys have the right idea. With that, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you who’s boss in the Wisconsin sports writing world. That’s right, it’s Mr. Mile High himself…What? I’m fired for insubordination? You can’t fire me! I’m the best sportswriter in the all the land!Well, it’s been fun, anyway.OK, no, seriously. It’s been a distinct pleasure holding down the Thursday column for the year of 2006.I’ll close by delivering my American Idol-esque speech. I’d like to thank past Heralders Mac VerStandig, Mike Robinson, Tom Ziemer and Adam Parks for helping me get involved with this paper. Shannon and Schmoldt .45, thanks for giving me a shot at an editors’ spot, despite my freshman status at the time. D-Mac, Big Poppy and Klugs, this section turned out great this semester. Hopefully, our readers agree. As for you readers, kudos for putting up with my blabbering drivel from time to time, this job is all made worth it when people enjoy picking up this newspaper on a daily basis. Thanks for reading.Send any comments or questions to abrenner@badgerherald.com, and have an awesome holiday break!last_img read more

Women’s tennis still winless in conference

first_imgAnother hard fought match by the University of Wisconsin women’s tennis team Saturday was not enough to help capture its first Big Ten victory of the year against the Purdue Boilermakers.The loss leaves the Badgers at 0-6 in conference play and 5-13 overall. Adding to the disappointment was that the Badgers had a chance to win every match before ultimately falling 6-1 to the Boilers.“I think we fought really hard today, and we competed hard at every spot,” UW head coach Brian Fleischman said. “Purdue was just the better team today.”The contest started with three tightly contested doubles matches that were headlined by the new-look No. 1 pairing of senior Elizabeth Carpenter and freshman Aleksandra Markovic.Carpenter had been playing with freshman Angela Chupa where the duo had garnered a national ranking. The switch didn’t lead to the desired results in a tough 8-4 loss in their match, but Carpenter didn’t seem to think the new playing partner was much of a factor.“I think that she and I can be a great doubles team,” Carpenter said. “I just think that there are little things that we have to overcome and I think this week we’ll definitely work on that going into next weekend.”The Badgers went on to lose the battle for the doubles point, but a late victory by Chupa and her playing partner Jessica Seyferth, a sophomore, looked like it might swing the momentum.“After we lost the doubles point, I thought it was good momentum going into singles to win on that doubles match,” Seyferth said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t carry over to all the matches.”As Seyferth alluded to, the team found the going tough throughout the singles matches, struggling to get over the hump in the search for their first conference win.The lone bright spot was the play of Carpenter at number one singles versus Purdue’s Michelle Sammons. The senior fought hard to win her first set in a tiebreaker, but then she dominated the second set, winning 6-0 to claim the first and only point for the Badgers on the day.“The first set [Sammons] got up quick,” Carpenter said. “She was on fire and playing really well. I just had to contain her hitting winners. Once I started getting going I really figured her out. The second set I took advantage of that and just kept going.”As for the rest of the team, junior Katya Mirnova had her three-game winning streak halted in three sets versus Stephanie Wooten, while freshman Dana Larsen lost another close one to Remi Martin in three sets as well. Seyferth struggled at the beginning of her match with Tatiana Ganzha and couldn’t recover in time, losing a heartbreaker in the second set tiebreaker. Markovic also lost in straight sets to Jennifer Rabot.“All the matches were close,” Carpenter said. “We didn’t get blown out anywhere so everyone did compete. I know that everyone played tough.”“We put ourselves in position I think in every spot to win today,” Fleischman added. “The other team was just a little bit better than us.”Despite the setback, Fleischman hopes to use this match as a learning experience for his players.“You can look at a loss in two ways. You can either be discouraged or you can actually learn from it,” he said. “I think today we learned again that we are doing the right things. It just comes down to execution.”Looking ahead, the Badgers have two more Big Ten matches next weekend against Iowa and Minnesota.“Going into Iowa, I think we just need to make sure that were rested and mentally ready for a battle,” Fleischman said.last_img read more