first_img– Advertisement – Tyrone Mings says he’s been impressed by Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham following his call-up to the senior England squad. Still six months from his first-team bow, his name first entered the public eye when was featured in FourFourTwo‘s ’50 most exciting teenagers in English football’ in February 2019, but inside St Andrew’s, there had long been excitement about his huge potential. Clotet, still conscious Bellingham had barely finished his GCSEs, was nonetheless keen to see how this undoubted talent would hold up against players bigger, older, and wilier than the 16-year-old – especially given the club’s off-field issues and transfer funds at a premium.That would have to mean exposure to the professional game, and within weeks of signing a two-year scholarship in July 2019, he was on the plane to Portugal as part of Birmingham’s pre-season training camp.“As soon as he started to train with us in the first team, and when he properly joined us for pre-season last season, he was very quick to mix with the professionals and train at their level and he physically adapted very, very quick,” Clotet said.“He was able to perform with the talent he had alongside the physical demands as a professional. You could see straight away he was going to be a big player.“I never hesitated on giving him a debut, or pushing his career forward, because I thought he was ready. When he made his debut in the League Cup against Portsmouth, it was a chance to test him against a League One side in a competitive game, and he was up to the level. – Advertisement – Jude Bellingham’s first manager Pep Clotet explains to Sky Sports News the teen’s incredible 15-month journey from his Birmingham debut to first England call-up.Bellingham could become England’s third-youngest player if he features across the international break, having been called up to replace James Ward-Prowse ahead of their games with the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.- Advertisement – WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 13: Jude Bellingham of England during the UEFA Euro Under 21 Qualifier match between England U21 and Turkey U21 at Molineux on October 13, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Visionhaus) “From the first time I saw him for the U18s, straight away you could see he had an incredible talent on him,” Clotet told Sky Sports News. “You could see he was a huge complete player already, and obviously his level and talent was above the level he was playing.“I wanted to test his skill, and his level, higher up the ranks, so when he started to train with the U23s you could see he was performing in the same way as when he was in the younger age groups.”Temperament beyond his yearsWeeks after Bellingham became the latest England-born prospect to sign for one of Europe’s biggest teams, Borussia Dortmund, earlier this year, head coach Lucien Favre would say: “With someone like Jude Bellingham, I don’t look at the date of birth.”Barely 12 months earlier, only one question mark remained over the teenager’s talent – how would he handle the mental and physical pressures of the senior game?Succeeding in U23s football was one thing, but England’s Professional Development Leagues have long been tainted by accusations of being uncompetitive and a pale imitation of ‘men’s football’. Jude Bellingham joined Borussia Dortmund for £25m in July “He was one of the most important players in our team on that day and he performed very, very well.”Bellingham was introduced to the St Andrew’s crowd only weeks later as a first-half substitute in their Championship game with Stoke – and ended a matchwinner after netting Birmingham’s second in a 2-1 win.“You could never think he would come through that quickly,” said Clotet. “But I always had in my mind he would become one of the first-teamers, and help us not only to perform on the pitch but also become a very strong player for linking a very divided club at that moment.“I’m happy that this vision happened, you need a little bit of luck as well, but it all went like that and it helped to have one of the best seasons for Birmingham because it’s not easy in the circumstances that team had to bed in a player of such a huge talent that is able to achieve now what he is achieving.“That was my vision, and what I saw could happen, I saw it in him.”Where would he fit in best?England have largely deployed a 3-4-3 formation since the start of this season, often with two defensively minded midfielders in the middle of the park.Bellingham played a large part of his one senior season at Birmingham, before moving onto join Borussia Dortmund last summer, as part of a two – but Clotet feels a 4-3-3 would best suit his undoubted talent, which has seen him since become the German club’s youngest ever goalscorer – and perhaps this week, one of England’s most youthful debutants.Clotet said: “In my opinion, his best position is in a 4-3-3 as an offensive midfielder. He feels very comfortable offensively, in a position he’s able to attack the box, but you must ensure as a manager he has the freedom.“He has a very good skill in hiding his movement so can get out of situations and find his way into a shot or cross.“When a player drives the ball forward, he is normally very focused on the ball but Jude gets out of space. He’s able to see what’s around him, without the need to be constantly watching what’s happening on the ball because his skill is massive.” His debut would come barely 15 months after he made his first senior appearance, against League One side Portsmouth, in a Carabao Cup game wearing the shirt of his boyhood club Birmingham City, and in the process becoming the youngest player in the club’s history.His route to the first team had been impressively fast, but no great surprise to his then-manager Pep Clotet, who was first taken aback by the quality of the midfielder while watching him feature for the club’s academy a year earlier.Bellingham was immediately moved up to the club’s U23 side where, in what was no huge surprise, he scored on his debut and continued to excel, before soon beginning to attract attention from further afield.- Advertisement – 0:25 Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett explains why England manager Gareth Southgate has called up Borussia Dortmund teenager Jude Bellingham to the senior squad for the first time. Jude Bellingham needs to carry on playing as he his, according to England team-mate Bukayo Saka. Jude Bellingham in action for England's U21s 3:53 0:43last_img read more


first_imgCincinnati, Oh. — Duke Energy today awarded $276,600 for 16 projects designed to aid clean water, clean air and conservation initiatives across Greater Cincinnati.“We’re proud to support organizations implementing impactful programs that aim to protect, improve or restore natural resources,” said Lynn Good, Duke Energy’s chairman, president and CEO. “From expanding land restoration to protecting habitats to educating future leaders on environmental stewardship, these projects will make a positive difference on the environment and the community.”Good joined the grantees for a ceremony at Smale Riverfront Park’s Anderson Pavilion earlier today. Each year, the Duke Energy Foundation funds programs across southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky that emphasize land and wildlife habitat conservation efforts; protection of water quality, water-related resources and air quality; and environmental education for local teachers and students.“Duke Energy continues to invest in cleaner energy, reducing our environmental footprint and employing groundbreaking technologies that offer customers more convenience and control over their energy use,” said Amy Spiller, president of Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky. “We also continually invest in community programs and projects that directly benefit this region and everyone who lives here.”The following are summaries of each of the 16 local projects that were awarded a combined $276,600 during this morning’s ceremony.Boy Scouts of America$10,000 for ecology and conservation programsThe Dan Beard Council, the local administrative body of the Boy Scouts of America, will apply its Duke Energy grant toward the hands-on ecology and conservation programs offered at Camp Friedlander in Loveland, Ohio. The programs help scouts build a better connection to nature through exposure, education and practical experience.Cardinal Land Conservancy$25,000 for Rinsky Woods Nature PreserveCardinal Land Conservancy, a regional land trust across seven southwest Ohio counties, will put its Duke Energy grant toward matching other funding to purchase a globally endangered habitat type in northeast Clermont County, Ohio. The new nature preserve will serve the surrounding communities by providing a hiking trail for passive recreation for all to enjoy.Children Inc.$10,000 for Service Learning ProgramSince 2005, the Children Inc. Service Learning Program has facilitated more than 5,000 projects with 220,000 students at more than 80 schools in our region. This Duke Energy grant will help enable Children Inc. to partner with Cincinnati Natural Center as well as expand its “service learning” strategy, which integrates meaningful community service with preparation and reflection to enrich students’ learning experiences, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.Cincinnati Parks Foundation$10,000 for increasing Cincinnati’s tree canopyCincinnati Parks’ ReLeaf program aims to increase the planting of trees – and develop the tree canopy – across Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods. The Duke Energy grant will be used to purchase hundreds of trees for residents to plant on their properties along streets where Cincinnati Parks cannot plant because of narrow rights of way. The benefits are clear: Trees remove pollutant elements from the air and help reduce energy use by providing shade.Cincy Red Bike$25,000 to expand bike share systemCincy Red Bike, which launched in 2014, will use its grant toward making bike share available to more neighborhoods and residents of Greater Cincinnati and, as a result, decrease single-occupancy vehicle trips. The expansion project will add 25 new bike share stations and 300 more bicycles, predominantly electric assist bicycles, which will aid users in traveling longer distances and mitigating the region’s topographical challenges.Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati$10,000 for community garden hubsThe Civic Garden Center is a regional horticultural resource whose mission is to build community through gardening, education and environmental stewardship. Duke Energy’s grant will allow the Civic Garden Center to expand the reach of its Community Gardens program by helping the organization establish three garden hubs, implement conservation techniques and make hands-on conservation instruction available to all nearby community gardeners.East Row Garden Club$10,000 for Newport Tree Revitalize programEast Row Garden Club will use its Duke Energy grant to partner with the city of Newport, Ky., and property owners to increase the overall tree canopy in the city. In turn, the new trees will improve public health, lower energy costs for residents and continue to revitalize the community for years to come. The need to improve the canopy in Newport comes on the heels of a recent assessment conducted by a local urban forestry council. In addition, the city recently removed about 120 trees lost to emerald ash borer.Foundation for Ohio River Education$20,000 for river and urban stream research and educationFoundation for Ohio River Education teaches people of all ages to become environmental stewards through hands-on programs. The Duke Energy grant will fund programs on the Ohio River for students to learn about water quality monitoring, habitat assessments and studies of aquatic organisms. In addition, the organization will use some of its grant money for a pilot program that provides training and materials for schools to conduct monitoring and cleanup activities at urban streams near their campuses.Green Umbrella$14,600 for green infrastructure at schoolsGreen Umbrella’s Watershed Action Team will use the lessons learned from a pilot project at Gamble Montessori to help four more schools take important first steps toward building green infrastructure on their campuses. This includes installing rain gardens and trees to manage stormwater, which is the leading cause of water pollution in our region.Lincoln Heights Comprehensive Development Corp.$20,000 for a green, sustainable and resilient eco districtLaunched in 2016, the nonprofit Lincoln Heights Comprehensive Development Corp. aims to transform Cincinnati’s Lincoln Heights neighborhood, a historical African-American community, into a sought-after, safe, walkable, livable and sustainable “net zero” village. The organization will use the 2018 Duke Energy grant to continue what they started with its 2017 grant – training young adults as environmental champions, upgrading its bioswale, improving tree cover and more.Madisonville Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation$25,000 for Little Duck Creek Trail improvement projectThe Little Duck Creek Trail improvement project is a community-driven environmental restoration initiative at the Little Duck Creek Nature Preserve in Cincinnati’s Madisonville neighborhood. The local redevelopment nonprofit will use the Duke Energy grant money for the targeted removal of invasive vegetation and hire an expert to provide grant consulting services that aim to secure state funding for additional environmental and conservation education programs for the Madisonville community.Miami University$15,000 for student energy case competitionFounded in 2012, this annual case competition brings together students from all majors to learn how to understand, analyze and solve interdisciplinary business challenges in the energy sector. This year’s case will focus on attracting and retaining young talent to the energy industry given the aging workforce. Specifically, the industry’s transformation to a smart grid and the demand for innovative solutions related to sustainability are critical for achieving this goal.Mill Creek Alliance$15,000 for environmental education and service programsThe Mill Creek, which was once designated the “most endangered urban river in North America,” and its tributaries touch 37 political jurisdictions and more than 450,000 residents across Greater Cincinnati. The Duke Energy grant will support Mill Creek Alliance’s efforts to provide environmental education and service programs to more than 1,000 students in schools in and around the watershed. It will also help fund environmental workforce development programs as well as a summer youth program for students interested in pursuing careers in a variety of environmental fields.Thomas More College$20,000 for water quality researchThe Duke Energy grant will allow Thomas More College to fund undergraduate research in water quality at the college’s 25-acre teaching and research field station along the Ohio River in Campbell County, Ky. Students will study the No. 1 threat to our region’s aquatic resources: nonpoint source pollution – namely runoff from agricultural and urban areas. This work will ultimately lead to insights and solutions that reduce the adverse impacts of stormwater runoff.University of Cincinnati Foundation$25,000 for research training program for teachersDuke Energy will once again support for the Summer Environmental Research Training program that provides funds for K-12 teachers to team with UC researchers for six weeks of hands-on scientific research and instruction in air and water quality, biodiversity, waste management and other topics. The summer program aims to inspire teachers, enhance their scientific understanding, and help them develop curriculum modules and ideas to use in their classrooms.Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden$22,000 for pollinator-friendly habitatsCincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will put its Duke Energy grant toward initiatives aimed at increasing the number and size of pollinator-friendly habitats in urban landscapes across Greater Cincinnati. The project will include finding and growing the best plants for pollinators, educating homeowners and landscape professionals through a best practices workshop and handbook, and creating two large pollinator gardens at key community sites.last_img read more


first_imgThe Polk County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a 30-year-old inmate was beaten to death by two other inmates over a food debt.The incident occurred on Tuesday on the second-story walkway of a maximum security dorm for violent inmates.According to the report, the deceased Shawn Holliday Jr, 20-year-old Brett Crosby and 41-year-old Christopher Jackson, all got into an altercation over a food debt.Two detention deputies noticed the incident taking place and ran to break up the fight. That’s when they say they saw Crosby stomping on Holliday’s head.Holliday Jr. was said to have suffered severe head trauma and was taken to Lakeland hospital where he later died.Crosby and Jackson have since been charged with murder.last_img


first_imgThe Sooners need this one to keep their Playoff hopes alive, and this is a chance to add a second quality victory for the CFP committee. Oklahoma and Jalen Hurts, who is on track to be a Heisman Trophy finalist, need to pour it on against their rivals.Will Mike Gundy let that happen? Oklahoma State squeaked out a victory against West Virginia with backup quarterback Dru Brown, and Chuba Hubbard is still trying to win the FBS rushing title.It has been an up-and-down season for the Cowboys, but a victory against the Sooners would override the three losses. Rivalry Week is here: a week that determines bragging rights for FBS fan bases across the country, no matter what the records are leading into the game.It’s what makes college football more distinct than most sports, and though the meaning has changed in the College Football Playoff era, it still spawns the most passionate games of the regular season. MORE: Sporting News Week 14 college football rankingsThat will be no exception this week; Rivalry Week is guaranteed to generate some huge storylines. Here’s a closer look at the six best conversation pieces at the Thanksgiving dinner table.Commonwealth Cup for the CoastalBlack Friday starts with a beauty in the noon spot. The Commonwealth Cup comes with more drama than usual, with the winner advancing to the ACC championship game and take their best swing at Clemson.Virginia Tech is heating up at the right time. The Hokies have won three straight games, and they are coming off back-to-back shutouts against Georgia Tech and Pitt. Virginia, the preseason pick to win the Coastal Division, has more on the line here.The Cavaliers have lost 15 in a row in the series, including a bitter 34-31 overtime loss last season. When winning streaks in a rivalry reach that total, the psychological element is in play. Can Virginia Tech disappoint what is sure to be a pumped-up crowd in Charlottesville? The winner will go to Charlotte and have an excellent chance of landing in the Orange Bowl. Speaking of the New Year’s Day 6. …UC-Memphis cook-offThe Black Friday schedule continues with a huge AAC matchup between Memphis and Cincinnati in the 3:30 p.m. spot. This battle of 10-1 teams fits the description as the Group of 5 game of the year.The Bearcats already clinched their spot in the AAC championship game under Luke Fickell, and their only loss this season came against Ohio State.Memphis would need Navy to lose if they can’t beat the Bearcats, but this game is at home. The Tigers are 11-1 at home the last two seasons, with the only loss coming to UCF. The winner here will be favored to win the conference championship game and to snag the Group of 5 bid in the New Year’s Day 6.MORE: SN Week 14 bowl projectionsMichigan’s big chanceCan Shea Patterson lead an upset of Ohio State?The traditional noon kickoff starts with that question. Michigan has lost seven straight games to the Buckeyes, who will be double-digit favorites. Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh is 0-4 in The Game, and this is his first head-to-head matchup against Ohio State coach Ryan Day. The Buckeyes embarrassed the Wolverines 62-39 last season, and this year’s team has played with even less remorse.It comes down to whether you believe Patterson can make enough plays in the passing game to engineer a Michigan upset in The Big House. In Michigan’s last two victories against Michigan State and Indiana, Patterson is 44 of 65 (67.7 percent) for an average of 375 yards per game, and that comes with nine touchdowns and one interception. Offensive coordinator Josh Gattis’ offense has come to life, but the Buckeyes will speed that clock up with a furious pass rush led by defensive end Chase Young — who will be looking to make a Heisman Trophy statement.This is Patterson’s game to prove it.Paul Bunyan’s AxeThe other noon Big Ten matchup has a lot riding on it, as well. Paul Bunyan’s Axe is an amazing rivalry trophy, and this is the first time since 2004 that the Gophers will arrive to the game holding it.Minnesota and Wisconsin are playing for a spot in the Big Ten championship game, and the personality mismatch between P.J. Fleck and Paul Chryst could not be more pronounced.Minnesota will look to string together drives around Tanner Morgan; Wisconsin will lean heavily on running back Jonathan Taylor, who still has an outside chance at the Heisman Trophy. This feels like a close game that could come down to a last-minute field goal.MORE: SN Week 14 Playoff pictureIron Bowl beauty contestHow badly does Alabama need to beat Auburn by to keep the College Football Playoff committee’s attention?That’s the big question with backup quarterback Mac Jones, who passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns in a 66-3 blowout against Western Carolina on Saturday. That said, it’s dangerous to assume the Crimson Tide will just blow through an Auburn team who has been tested by four top-10 teams this season. The Tigers — who have what is perhaps the best defensive line in college football — lost three of those games by an average of seven points per game.Alabama might not be able to run it enough to impress the committee. On the flip side, a loss of any kind will knock the Tide out of contention, and kick up more Gus Malzahn-to-Arkansas rumors.Bedlam barrageOklahoma has won four straight matchups against Oklahoma State, but the last victory was by a single point.last_img read more


first_imgIn observance of its 110th anniversary, the National Library has prepared a calendar of events under the theme “Preserve the past, embrace the future”, which will aim to educate and promote the importance of knowing and preserving one’s history.Some of the exhibits on displayChief Librarian Emily KingThe anniversary celebrations were kick-started on Sunday, with a 5K fitness run and walk in collaboration with the Guyana Athletics Association. This event was followed by a photography exhibition showcasing some of the agency’s past achievements, librarians and Guyanese authors at the library’s Church and Main Streets, Georgetown location on Monday.At Monday’s exhibition, Chief Librarian Emily King during a brief interview with this publication explained that since the library is one of the country’s most valued repository, it is tasked with the responsibility of helping to preserve materials that possess historic value, and according to her, this is the aim behind the exhibition.“This year we are celebrating 110 years and that’s no mean feed for any organisation…our theme for this one tenth anniversary is ‘preserve the past, embrace the future’ and right away persons would want to think why preserve the past, we are one of our nation’s valuable repositories, and because of this we are charged with preserving these materials for future generations, so that they can have access and know there future,” King stated.With regards to the period for which the events will be held, King highlighted that celebrations will conclude on November 14, 2019 with the finals of a reading competition.“Up to the end of November we will be conducting a number of events so we can sensitise members of the public that libraries are still vital and we’re here to stay…we will conclude on the 14th of November and the event, which rounds up all of our celebrations, will be the finals of our champion readers competitions”.Some of the events will include a health fair, which will be held on Thursday, followed by the launch of a Champion Readers Competition, which is expected to have a total of 110 schools from across the country participating. This will be followed by an award ceremony at the library’s main branch, among other events.last_img read more


first_imgIt’s that time of year again when people dress up as their favourite characters, spooky spectres, or something witty. Inspiration can be hard to come across, with many planning their outfits weeks in advance.Heading out tonight but don’t have a costume?Here’s five costume ideas (using things you already have lying around at home):  ZombieBeing a zombie is really simple – just cut up an old t-shirt, add some fake blood, and put some black eyeshadow under your eyes.  The best part about this costume? It doesn’t matter if you make a mistake! You can also get more adventurous by buying a small zombie palette for a couple of euro. You can check out a tutorial by clicking here. Voilá – a zombie!   Eleven from ‘Stranger Things’All you need for this costume is a pink dress (which you/one of your friends probably already has) and white tube socks. Although Eleven is bald for most of the series, you can style your hair like hers when she wears the blonde wig. Draw some blood coming out your left nostril and you’re good to go. A SimGot some green card, a hairband, and a few minutes to spare? Why not be a sim? Click here to see a tutorial on how to make the plumbob. God’s giftYou can opt to dress up as God’s lift to men/women with a sheet of paper and accessorize with a few tasteful Christmas bows. BatGot an old umbrella lying around? Click here to see how you can transform your broken umbrella into a pair of batwings! Happy Halloween! 5 cheap last minute Halloween costume ideas was last modified: October 29th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We got about half of the wheat planted and we have been running beans since we switched from corn. The yields have been from the low 60s up to the low 80s. Those highs have been some of the best beans we’ve ever had. They are all non-GM beans and with the premium we can get from them they will do pretty well. We have the county fair this week so the combine will be stopped today. We are headed to the fair for the hog show.The stems have still been green on some of these varieties and it has been slow going for bean harvest in some of our fields. We planted some rye as an experiment in corn stalks to see if we can get some early straw next year and it sure won’t hurt the soil either.The weather has been really nice. I am glad the hurricane went back out the other direction and didn’t head this way. Without mud it has been a lot easier to get trucks and equipment in and out of the fields this fall so far.We are two-thirds done with corn and when we finish beans we could have all of our corn off in another five or six good days. The stalk quality depends on the variety. Certain varieties are weathering the stress of the year better. We don’t want to leave it stand out there any longer than we have to. We have found a little bit of mold in the corn but not enough to be docked on what we have hauled in. It looks like Diplodia on the ears in a couple of varieties. Certain varieties handled the stress better than others.last_img read more


first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Diaz flew in to this city to help up with Colonia backstage, harking back to their teamwork that helped the Zamboanga lass end the medal drought for the Philippines ini the Olympics.“We will come back and prepare in the Asian Games, we have five women’s events,” said weightlifting chief Monico Puentevella.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThere was no women’s competitions in this edition of the Games. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Filipino weightlifter Nestor Colonia. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Not even the presence of Rio Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz could carry the Philippine team in weightlifting competitions here Monday.Nestor Colonia failed to make the podium finish during the men’s 56-kilogram division at MITEC.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Centeno, Biado lead 4-gold haul View commentslast_img read more