And his experience of coaching teams competing for honours on multiple fronts could be another key factor.– Past is the past –“The best advice I can say to the players from my experience is just to think about the next game,” he said.“Then we will see how the players have recovered, who is injured, not injured and take decisions game by game.“If we don’t win, now I want to see how we react and keep going.“If you think ‘nine games is a lot’, it’s better not to think about it or compare what happened last season.“Last season is last season and sport is always in the present, the next one. The past is the past.”Guardiola did concede, however, that his team has improved considerably compared to 12 months ago.Ederson has proved an impressive addition in goal and Kyle Walker has added much-needed speed in the right-back position.But the City manager also believes the experience of veteran players has proved crucial.“We have played most of the time with just two new players – Ederson and Kyle,” he said.“Most of the players were here last season all together but it’s a question of time.“There is more energy, more energy from Kyle, but it takes time and now we know each other better.“We have many here – Vincent (Kompany), David (Silva), Sergio (Aguero), Fernandinho – they won one or two Premier Leagues.“Maybe they can help us understand how important it is to win the Premier League for the other guys, how they need to improve to win the Premier League, the desire to win it.“We are closer but we are still far away, we are just in November, and the desire to win counts a lot to achieve something.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola is confident Manchester City are better equipped to cope with the gruelling winter schedule this season than they were 12 months ago.The Premier League leaders face a hectic December in which they must play nine games in the Premier League, League Cup and Champions League. “I’m not thinking about it but I know our schedule is full, like all the teams, there are a lot of games for everybody.”City’s impressive strength in depth is another reason that Guardiola can approach mid-winter with far more optimism than last season when, for the first time in his managerial career, he went through a campaign without winning a trophy. That draining programme is two more games than Guardiola was required to play in December 2016 when City won three and lost three in the league, seriously damaging their chances of competing for last season’s title.But despite the burden of an additional two games, and the pressure of leading the league table, City boss Guardiola has no worries of history repeating itself.“When you compare to last season, our problem was actually before December,” he said.“After the second international break we had four Premier League games, three at home, and we weren’t able to win once – Southampton, Middlesbrough, Everton – we weren’t able to win.“This season (at the same time) we had three games at home and were able to win them all.“What happened last season, in November and December, was a consequence of what had happened earlier.
Tags: Award, Volunteer of the Year Four amazing people, who make a real difference to others, are the finalists for England Golf’s Volunteer of the Year Award, sponsored by Players 1st.They are Jean Hooper of Bramley Golf Club, Surrey; Sue Robertson of Berkshire, co-founder of the Disabled Golf Association; Richard Ward of Wrag Barn Golf Club, Wiltshire; and Jenny Winch of Test Valley Golf Club, Hampshire.Their outstanding achievements, which have immeasurably increased the enjoyment of other golfers, will be highlighted when the winner is announced at the England Golf Awards 2018 at the Royal Lancaster London on Thursday 22 February.England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink commented: “Congratulations to four truly remarkable people whose stories deserve to be told far beyond the golfing community.”The four Volunteer of the Year Award finalists:Jean Hooper of Bramley Golf Club, Surrey Jean, a retired teacher, has been the club’s junior organiser since 2009 – while also fitting in a term as ladies’ captain and serving on both the ladies’ and club committees.As junior organiser she has dramatically increased the number of young members, both boys and girls. She supports the youngsters in every way, with innovative competitions, social events, fundraising, coaching and integrating the juniors in the club.She uses her experience and skills from her teaching career to mentor juniors, helping them to gain confidence and life-skills and to further their education.One former junior paid a personal tribute: “When I joined the golf club I was in a lot of trouble at school and I felt awful in myself, lacking all confidence. By the time I was 16 she’d helped me hugely and appointed me junior captain. Her faith in me to this day, I believe, makes me the person I am.”Sue Robertson of the Disabled Golf AssociationSue, who lives in Wokingham, cares for her husband, Graeme, who has multiple sclerosis, and her three children, as well as holding down a fulltime job in IT. Despite having her own health problems Sue founded the Disabled Golf Association with Graeme and takes on the bulk of the organisation – which includes over 50 golf events a year.According to one of the nominators who put Sue forward for the award, she is a diamond. “Sue is the beating heart of the Disabled Golf Association and always has time for you as an individual.” he said.“Sue provides a fabulous service which creates a family for all us disabled players in which playing is only a part, the real benefit is the feeling of belonging and the friendship and support of others.”Another said: “She is the source of energy for hundreds of disabled golfers around England, including myself, and our lives would be considerably poorer without her efforts.”Richard Ward of Wrag Barn Golf Club, WiltshireRichard has been junior organiser for eight years and, despite a demanding job and a growing family, has developed the section into one of the most successful in the South West.There are Wrag Barn players in every boys’ and girls’ county squad from U12 to U18, and the club completed an unprecedented clean sweep of all five Wiltshire junior competitions. He involves all the youngsters in the junior section, ensuring teams comprise different players, both girls and boys, regardless of handicap.To improve the juniors’ playing skills he has introduced club competitions and takes them to other courses to widen their experience. He has developed Wrag Barn Junior Week, eight full days of activity for children, regardless of age, experience or ability.A nominator said: “Richard has put his life and soul into junior golf and has attracted hundreds of young people into a game that will keep them healthy, active and energised for life.”Jenny Winch of Test Valley Golf Club, HampshireJenny has held a host of roles at Test Valley: ladies’ captain for three years, secretary, handicap secretary, competitions secretary, fixtures secretary and social organiser. But it’s her other contributions that make her stand out, according to a nominator.She built a starter’s hut in memory of one member, laying the foundations and mixing the cement. She grows flowers and shrubs for the tees, makes hundreds of divot bags and stands to hang them on, has a home office dedicated to preparing posters, score cards, sign-up sheets and notices. Jenny runs an annual charity coffee morning where her plants and home-made produce are a huge attraction for a county-wide audience.“No one could be more dedicated to the club and the members are truly grateful and in awe of all she does,” said a nominator. “Her real love is making everything special for others; without Jenny, Test Valley would be a much poorer place.”Next week, find out more about other finalists for our England Golf Awards 2018 17 Dec 2017 Amazing finalists shortlisted for Volunteer of the Year Award read more
In this June 30, 2013 file photo, former NFL football player Wade Davis, grand marshal for the Chicago Gay Pride Parade, speaks to reporters prior to the parade in Chicago. One of the people enlisted to help advise All-American defensive end Michael Sam of Missouri before publicly announcing he was gay was Davis, a former NFL player who came out in 2012 – nine years after retiring. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)NEW YORK (AP) — A new type of playbook is fast evolving in the world of sports: An informal, commonsense protocol for how prominent gay and lesbian athletes can come out with maximum acclaim and minimum turmoil.Key decisions include how to reveal one’s story, whom to tell it to and — crucially — when to tell it.“The earlier in the offseason, the better,” said Cyd Zeigler, a co-founder of the website Outsports, the platform of choice for many athletes to share their coming-out story.“Minimizing the distraction to your teammates is super important,” Zeigler said. “I recommend to everyone, ‘Don’t do it in the middle in the season.’”Jason Collins used an April 2013 column in Sports Illustrated to become the first openly gay player in the NBA. He’s now a reserve with the Brooklyn Nets.In February, Missouri defensive end Michael Sam came out via coordinated coverage by ESPN, The New York Times and Outsports. Sam is projected as a middle-round prospect in the NFL draft this week, which would put him on track to be the league’s first openly gay player.On April 9, University of Massachusetts guard Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball, making the announcement on ESPN and Outsports two days after the NCAA championship game.The logistics of Sam coming out were coordinated by Howard Bragman, a public relations expert who is vice chairman of Reputation.com, which helps clients manage their online images.Bragman has been ushering celebrities out of the closet since 1991, when he helped actor Dick Sargent of the TV series “Bewitched.” The first gay athlete he worked with was Esera Tuaolo, who came out in 2002 after nine years as a defensive tackle in the NFL. Other clients included golfer Rosie Jones in 2004 and pro basketball star Sheryl Swoopes in 2005.One of the biggest changes during his career, Bragman said, is the attitude of young Americans.In this April 17, 2013, file photo, top WNBA draft picks, from left, Norte Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne and Baylor’s Brittney Griner pose following an interview at The Associated Press in New York. The slam-dunking Griner can add published author to her list of achievements with “In My Skin,” which chronicles her love of basketball and struggles with bullying, sexuality and family acceptance. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)“This younger generation — the ‘Will and Grace’ generation — is comfortable about having gay friends,” he said. “Kids are coming out in junior high, high school.”Bragman offers advice for athletes considering coming out:—Break the news before anyone else does, and don’t feel obligated to repeat your story. Choose wisely how you tell it and whom you tell it to, because the first stories will define the narrative.—Anticipate tough questions and answer them in a truthful yet consistent, controlled way.—Define yourself in well-rounded terms, to make clear that being gay is only one facet of who you are.—Get back to work.In a column on his LinkedIn page, Bragman said it was crucial that Sam chose to come out before the NFL draft.“Had he come out after, he would have faced criticism for not telling the truth,” Bragman wrote. “He not only owned his truth, he put it in perspective and got great respect for his integrity along the way.”One of the people enlisted to help advise Sam before his disclosure was Wade Davis, a former NFL Europe player who came out in 2012 — nine years after retiring. Davis is now executive director of the You Can Play Project, which seeks to increase acceptance of gay athletes in sports.His paramount advice to Sam was to stay focused on football.“The NFL doesn’t want any player who’s looking to get famous off of something other than being an athlete,” Davis said.Davis played a major role in Gordon’s coming out.“In my first talk with Derrick, coming out didn’t even come up,” Davis recalled. “When we eventually started to have that conversation, Derrick was the one who initiated it.”One fundamental decision was to put the team first — informing his coach, teammates and staff.“You’re putting everyone in the best position so no one’s blindsided,” Davis said.Despite the recent high-profile coming outs, many gay athletes aren’t ready to take that step. Davis said he’s in contact with several players who are out to their coaches and teammates, but not to the wider world.“A lot of them don’t come out to protect their teammates, who will have to answer questions they’ve never been asked before,” he said.Some other gay athletes “are dealing with so much shame that they’re nowhere near ready to come out,” Davis said.Since its launch in 1999, Outsports has chronicled the stories of more than 200 athletes who made the decision to come out, including 77 in 2013 and dozens more this year, according to Zeigler. The vast majority have been athletes who did not gain national attention.Zeigler said one milestone came in 2007 when John Amaechi, four years after ending his NBA career, came out as gay. Amaechi won support from former teammates and coaches, while retired NBA player Tim Hardaway Sr. was disinvited from the 2007 All-Star Game after responding to Amaechi’s news by saying, “I hate gay people.”“That moment showed us where things were headed,” Zeigler said. “Gay athletes were going to be accepted, and homophobes were going to be rejected.”Speculation persists about when the first openly gay players will surface in Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League.While some MLB veterans have come out as gay after retirement, the NHL has never had an active or former player come out — a fact that puzzles NHL director of player safety Patrick Burke.Burke, the son of longtime NHL executive Brian Burke, helped launch the You Can Play Project in 2012 in honor of his younger brother, Brendan, who revealed he was gay to his family in 2007 and died in a car accident in 2010.The NHL, said Patrick Burke, has done more than any of the other major leagues to prepare the way for openly gay players.“We know there are active gay NHL players and retired gay players,” he said. “When they’re ready to speak up, the league is fully ready to help them.”___Online:You Can Play: http://youcanplayproject.org/Outsports: http://www.outsports.com/comingout___Follow David Crary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CraryAP read more
28 November 2005South Africa has a new category of public servant. Community development workers will help the government with service delivery by improving communication and helping local people to access services to which they are entitled.Community development workers – a concept introduced by President Thabo Mbeki in 2003 – are multi-skilled public servants deployed in communities to help people access government services and poverty alleviation programmes.They work as community facilitators, focusing on finding solutions to identified needs and blockages by interacting with national, provincial and local government structures.The first intake of 1 300 community development workers has just completed its one-year training programme – combining class-based and in-service training – at institutions such as the University of the Western Cape. A further 900 community development workers were recruited in November.Speaking at launch of the community development workers programme in Winterveldt in the Western Cape last week, Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi urged the workers to help ensure that government was “based on the will of the people”.“You must live with the people, walk with them and talk their language,” Fraser-Moleketi said.As part of their work, community development workers will interact with ward committees, councillors and local municipalities, among others.“We assure you that all spheres of government will provide support for you”, Fraser-Moleketi said.Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, also speaking at the launch, encouraged community development workers to learn about the challenges South Africa faced in social welfare, infrastructure, education and health provision.Describing community development workers as “our future managers in the public service,” she urged councillors to partner with them in the development of the country.One community development worker, Nosisa Mbatha (24) from the Hibiscus Coast Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, told BuaNews that since starting her new job in February, “I have since known a lot of ordinary people, helping them to access government services such as social grants.”Mbatha said she hoped her contribution would help the country meet the Millennium Development Goals of halving poverty and underdevelopment by 2015.Next week, she said, they would be holding workshops for people on how to participate in the country’s African Peer Review Mechanism.The community development workers programme is driven nationally by the Department of Public Service and Administration.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material read more
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton expects quiet January marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton expects a quiet January market.The Seagulls signed Jurgen Locadia for a club-record fee of £14.1m nearly a year ago, but the striker scored for the first time since February in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Boxing Day.Ahead of facing Everton, Hughton said: “Locadia started slow because of injury and perhaps Glenn (Murray)’s form. But he’s now very much playing a part in the squad.”I don’t expect us to do too much business. We’ve got some players that might possibly go out on loan, mostly younger players.”But certainly as regards coming in, I don’t expect us to be busy.” read more
Chelsea ace Cesc comes clean over ‘farewell’ claimsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Cesc Fabregas has cooled talk he was saying his farewells to Blues fans after their 0-0 draw with Southampton.The Spaniard looked emotional at the end of the Blues’ 0-0 home draw with Southampton, and touched the crest on his shirt.According to reports, Fabregas is close to joining Monaco on a two-and-a-half year deal.However, the midfielder explained his gesture on social media: “500 games in English football, the best and most competitive football in the world, what a ride it has been! A proper dream come true to reach these numbers. Another proud moment in my career. I will see you all at the Bridge on Saturday.”500 games in English football, the best and most competitive football in the world, what a ride it has been! A proper dream come true to reach these numbers. Another proud moment in my career. I will see you all at the Bridge on Saturday. @[email protected]#cesc500pic.twitter.com/LN2DSb9CIC— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) January 2, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say read more
Tottenham manager Pochettino: Solskjaer has no extra motivation to beat meby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has no extra motivation to beat his side on Sunday.Pochettino is the favourite to take over from Solskjaer when his caretaker stint at Old Trafford is expected to end at the end of the season.But the Argentine doesn’t believe that will motivate Solksjaer to get one over him at Wembley.”The motivation is already going to be there. When you are a manager or a coach, you cannot be focused on all the rumours. The most important thing is to have motivation to do our jobs in the best way,” Pochettino said.”Of course United will come to win and for him there is massive motivation or challenge to manage Manchester United. For me it’s a massive challenge to be at Tottenham.”We are so competitive, we are people that love to win and hate to lose. It’s always about wanting to win. The motivation in the Premier League is already there.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say read more
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid striker Morata calls on fans to get behind Kokeby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid striker Álvaro Morata has called on fans to get behind captain Koke.The whistles from a small section of the home fans at the Wanda Metropolitano when Koke was substituted during Tuesday’s visit from Bayer Leverkusen is still a talking point in the red and white half of the capital. Morata said, “This is a team. “We’ve always worked as one and when one of us isn’t having the best of times we support each other; we’re a family and that’s the way it has always been for us atléticos, we support one another and that’s the way it should be.” read more
CALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board has approved NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd.’s plan to abandon a 266 kilometre section of its Peace River Mainline system in northwestern Alberta.The approved plan calls for the TransCanada Corp. subsidiary to remove a nine kilometre section of the pipeline running through the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation Reserve Land and leave the rest of the pipeline segments in place.The NEB says this was the largest proposal to abandon a facility ever considered by the regulator. TransCanada indicated in its application that the section of pipeline running north-south about 34 kilometres west of Peace River, Alta., is no longer needed and customers will be served by other pipelines in the network.The NEB says the company will be liable and accountable for monitoring and maintaining the pipeline in a safe and environmentally sound manner for as long as it remains in the ground.The company said in its application that the cost of project is estimated at $29.7 million.(THE CANADIAN) read more
New Delhi: The total installed capacity of NTPC group has reached 55,126 megawatt (MW) with the addition of a 800 MW unit of Gadarwara Super Thermal Power Project in Madhya Pradesh. “We wish to inform that pursuant to change in procedure for capacity addition notified by Central Electricity Authority, first unit of 800 MW of Gadarwara project (2×800 MW) has been added to total installed capacity of NTPC,” NTPC said in a filing to BSE. With this, the total installed capacity of NTPC Ltd is now 47,325 MW and that of NTPC group is 55,126 MW. Shares of NTPC were trading at Rs 134.50 per scrip, down 0.37 per cent, on BSE.