Norwich boss Alex Neil: Made sense to sell Lewis Grabban and re-invest in squad

first_imgNorwich manager Alex Neil says it “made sense” to sell striker Lewis Grabban back to Bournemouth. Bournemouth had tried to recruit their former player again during the summer window, and in August, Grabban walked out of the Norwich team hotel ahead of the Capital One Cup tie at Rotherham, reportedly frustrated at not being able to see the move pushed through. Neil believes given the circumstances and with the funds earmarked to be reinvested in the squad during the January window, sanctioning the transfer now made sense all round. “We just felt, for us, he was a player who had run his course at Norwich really. He was not involved, he was not in our squads,” Neil said at a press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke. “Lewis contributed greatly to us getting promoted and started the season for us, then we had a couple of incidents afterwards, and to be honest I don’t think we really recovered from that. I think it was one of those where Lewis had come to the conclusion that he was best suited to playing elsewhere, and we agreed with that. “Sometimes players have their heads turned and get their heart set on going elsewhere, and I think when that happens at times it becomes a difficult one, as you try and get the best out of a player and get him focused on his job. “But in Lewis’ situation? There was too much water under the bridge and it just made sense, because we were not utilising his talents. “We had a commodity there that wasn’t supplying anything for us, s o what we had to do was try and get the best value for that, re-invest it and bring someone in who can contribute.” By a quirk of the fixture list, Grabban could line up against his old club when Norwich head to Bournemouth next weekend, as Neil confirmed there was no exclusion clause as part of the deal. The 28-year-old has rejoined the Cherries in what is believed to be an £8million deal, a considerable profit on what Norwich paid for Grabban in the summer of 2014. Despite an impressive first campaign at Carrow Road, scoring 12 goals to help the Norfolk club win promotion back to the top flight via the play-offs, Grabban featured only eight times this season. Press Association Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty is another of the Norwich fringe players who could move away this month in search of regular first-team football, with Leeds said to be closely monitoring the situation. Norwich, meanwhile, continue to be linked with Everton’s Scotland international Steven Naismith, Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle and also Brentford defender James Tarkowski. Neil, though, refused to be drawn on any other potential business, having last week secured the signature of Portuguese full-back Ivo Pinto from Dinamo Zagreb. While a much-changed Norwich team were well beaten 3-0 at home by Manchester City in the FA Cup third round, the Canaries have pulled clear of the relegation zone with three wins in the last four league matches. Neil is expecting another stern test at the Britannia Stadium. He said: “It is a tough away game, Stoke are in good form, but these games are going to be absolutely crucial for us.” last_img read more

O’Brien feels Tipp will go “all guns blazing” for Cork

first_imgIt’s claimed while Tipperary hasn’t had the easiest lead-up to their Munster Championship, they’ll go into the Cork game ‘all guns blazing.’With the loss of Kieran Bergin to the footballers, injuries to a number of players including Bonner Maher, and Jason Forde’s one match ban which is set to be appealed, the Tipp squad have had a number of issues hanging over the camp.Tipp face Cork in the Munster Senior hurling quarter final in Semple Stadium on Sunday. But, former Tipp hurler Conor O’ Brien says Tipp are an experienced side and none of these things should affect them…last_img

Expressions of interest sought for Town and Village Renewal Scheme

first_imgThe Donegal County Council are seeking expressions of interests from towns and villages across the county as part of the recently launched Town and Village Renewal Scheme. This scheme is targeting rural towns and villages with populations of less than 10,000 and is being funded by the Department of Rural and Community Development with the local authority administering the scheme.€1.1m of funding from the scheme was granted in 2018 to 11 towns and villages around the county. Expressions of interest are being sought for projects that will enhance and develop towns and villages socially, economically and culturally and proposals should include activities which will have clear positive economic impacts on the town, rather than just public realm-type actions.Applications from towns and villages can range in value from €20,000 to a maximum of €100,000.Funding of up to €200,000 will also be considered for a limited number of projects which can deliver exceptionally strong economic benefit to a town and its outlying areas.The Council is keen to receive interest from groups who may have a suitable project for consideration under the scheme. All expressions of interest will be assessed based on the priorities set out in the Scheme Outline and a maximum of 12 proposals may be selected for further development into detailed applications which will be submitted to the Department of Rural and Community Development for further assessment.The closing date for groups interest is at 5.00.pm on Friday 17th May 2019.Expressions of interest sought for Town and Village Renewal Scheme was last modified: May 1st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

Chelsea warned it would take a huge offer to capture Fellaini

first_imgEverton boss David Moyes has reacted to reports of Chelsea’s apparent interest in Marouane Fellaini by insisting it would take a huge offer to prise the Belgian away from Goodison Park.Fellaini has been in fine form this season and is tipped to follow the likes of Joleon Lescott and Jack Rodwell by making a big-money move from the Merseyside club.Chelsea are said to be planning to table a £30m bid for him when the transfer window opens in January.And Moyes said: “They [other clubs] know where Felli is. They know where to come and watch him. They know as well that it will be a big price if they are interested.” YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Port Elizabeth does Mandela proud

first_img14 June 2010 The friendly city of Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth gave thousands of football fans – as well as Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan – an exuberant welcome as the first World Cup match kicked off at its new stadium on Saturday. “I wanted to be here, to see the first World Cup match in my own city in the very stadium that has the name of Nelson Mandela,” said an evidently proud Jordaan of the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium, which cuts a impressive picture with its white, sail-like structures.‘This reflects how far we have come’ For Jordaan it was something he thought impossible while growing up in Nelson Mandela Bay/Port Elizabeth during the years of Apartheid. “When I grew up here, this was a white area. I couldn’t come here. To stand here and be part of the organisation of the World Cup in this area, in this stadium – it’s incredible to see. This match reflects how far we have come.” For the local and foreign fans in the stands, the feeling of camaraderie broke all international boundaries, as hundreds of Korea Republic supporters cheered and chanted, shouting “Dae han min guk”, the Korean word for “Korea”, as their sports idols gave a commanding performance in beating Greece 2-0. “It’s fantastic, the way that everyone is just bonding,” said Nelson Mandela Metro University architecture student Elke le Roux, as Greece and Korean fans did a little jig in the stands, rallying up deafening support from the crowds as a chorus of vuvuzelas synchronised perfectly with the tune of a Korea Republic fan band.Promoting Korean culture and history Five Korean musicians – dressed in full traditional clothing, colourful face-paint and playing traditional Korean instruments – are celebrating the end of a year-long trek around the world to promote Korean culture and history. “This – coming to the World Cup in South Africa – is the grand finale of a worldwide trip,” said Korean flute player Jin-Won Chung, a mechanical engineering student from Seoul National University, who is enamoured of the “noisy but amazing” vuvuzela. “We are glad to be here to witness this wonderful situation,” said Chung. “We came here with our costumes and our music to show the world Korean culture. We are also trying to protect the heritage of the beautiful island of Dokdo by creating awareness. “We have already travelled to North and South America, Australia, Europe and Kenya. South Africa is the last and best stop.”Following Greece around the country The Greece fans also came out in their droves to support their team. A group of 13 Johannesburg-based Greece supporters chartered a flight to Nelson Mandela Bay for the game. “We are following Greece around the country,” said Melina Lambiakis, from Bedfordview. “We watched the opening match yesterday, and now we are in Port Elizabeth today.” When asked what inspired the countrywide tailing of the Greek team, Lambiakis said that if you were Greek, you had no choice but to support your country. “We are just compelled to support.” Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

Mobile money transactions on the rise

first_img8 July 2010 The growing use of mobile phones has opened the door for innovative financial transactions, says First National Bank, with consumers now able to use their mobiles as virtual wallets, giving them the ability to transact in even the remotest of locations. “The power of telephony has always been underestimated, with the launch of mobile phones in Africa, no one expected the radical change it would create, and recently Africa has become one of the fastest growing mobile markets on the globe,” said FNB Smart Services CEO Yolande van Wyk in a statement this week. According to FNB, its eWallet solution specifically, has seen a remarkable up-take in a very short period, predominantly because it speaks to people’s needs to replace cash easily and safely. Once there is a complete network providing access into this ecosystem, true cashless transactions become a reality, said Van Wyk. “It also dramatically reduces the costs of transactions as the negation of bricks and mortar services reduces the total cost of service provision; a cost saving that is then translated back into a benefit for the customer.” Since its inception in November 2009 more than 100 000 eWallets have been created with over R80-million been sent to friends and family from FNB accounts. According to FNB, while the service itself sounds simple, the ecosystem behind it is what really makes it tick. It is the collective companies, networks, and agents that work behind the scenes that bring the services into the hands of the consumer. Significant growth Access anytime, anywherecenter_img To date, FNB Smart Services has seen a significant growth in demand for paid-for content services, airtime transfer, mobile banking, merchant payments and even person-to-person money transfers. With the advent of various m-commerce models like mobile money and mobile banking, access to and the facilitation of financial transactions and financial information has become a method and means of business for African entrepreneurs. There is a need to place emphasis on partnerships, investigate interoperability, deploy incentives for users and partners, and deploy business models that reward qualified risks, Van Wyk explained. Van Wyk said that to effectively bring mobile banking solutions to the African market, service providers needed to bring the customer to the centre of the environment and make the stakeholders secondary. Customer-centric approach “The reality is that mobile money offers everyone access, no matter the physical infrastructure around them, or their income bracket,” the statement read. Mobile banking services is rapidly creating a service driven industry allowing consumers access to their financial information anytime, anywhere. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA scientists in stem cell breakthrough

first_img22 March 2012 A group of scientists from South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have established a groundbreaking biomedical stem cell technology – a first for Africa – which could hold the key to finding cures for some of the contintent’s biggest diseases. The CSIR announced on Tuesday that its gene expression and biophysics group had generated the first induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in Africa. “The ability to grow these stem cells, a complex skill currently available at only a handful of institutions in the US, Europe and Japan, has revolutionised the way that researchers are able to investigate and understand diseases,” the CSIR said in a statement. “It also holds enormous promise in what is known as ‘regenerative medicine’ – growing new tissue to replace diseased tissue in sick individuals. “With the advances made at the CSIR, Africa is now set to benefit from this new and powerful technology.”Inducing adult cells to revert to stem cells According to the council, Dr Janine Scholefield, one of the CSIR researchers involved in generating iPSCs, had recorded video footage of rhythmically beating cells through a microscope. “The beating pattern is distinctive, and easily recognisable as heart muscle cells,” the CSIR said. “These cells, however, didn’t come from a heart, but were, instead, transformed into heart cells, from skin cells taken from an adult. “This is the basis of iPSC technology, which induces adult cells (like skin cells) to revert back into stem cells, which are cells at the earliest stage of life. These early stem cells can then be programmed to become any type of adult cell, such as skin, heart, brain and blood cells.”Vast medical possibilities The medical possibilities of iPSCs are vast, and include growing new tissue for transplanted into people suffering from various diseases. “It could be used for restoring sight by replacing defective tissue in the eye; transplanting new heart muscle cells into people with serious heart diseases; giving people with anaemia new healthy blood cells; even harnessing brain cells to treat disorders such as Parkinson’s disease,” the CSIR said. Another way of harnessing the technology is to create “disease-in-a-dish” models, by growing diseased tissue from the stem cells of sick patients. “Since stem cells can be made from a patient’s own cells, the cells contain the exact same genetic characteristics as the patient these were taken from, meaning that this tissue will be ‘sick’ in the same way as the patient.”Avoiding ethical controversies Part of the novelty of the technology lies in the fact that stem cells can be made from almost any individual with almost any disease, simply by taking a skin sample from that person. Another benefit of using iPSCs is that they bypass the ethical controversy surrounding classical stem cells, which must be taken from embryos. Scholefield will be collaborating with Professor Susan Kidson at the University of Cape Town Medical School in developing her models, allowing for the testing of possible cures, or understanding the disease, without having to subject a patient to invasive surgery or untested trial medication. Applying cutting-edge research in Africa Scholefield spent three years working with international experts at Oxford University in the UK in order to perfect the technique of creating iPSCs. She now forms part of a team of CSIR scientists with expertise in various emerging health technologies, who work to apply this knowledge in an African context. According to Dr Musa Mhlanga, who heads up the CSIR’s gene expression and biophysics group, cutting-edge medical research “is not useful to Africa if knowledge is being created and applied only in the developed world. “Given the high disease burden in Africa, our aim is to create knowledge, as well as be innovators and expert practitioners, of the newest and best technologies.” Mhlanga’s group receives long-term financial support from the Department of Science and Technology. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Syngenta Ordered to Pay Farmers Over $200 Million

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A federal jury has ordered Swiss giant Syngenta to pay $217.7 million to Kansas farmers after a verdict was announced this week at a trial in Kansas City. The class action lawsuit was brought because of the Viptera line of corn seed Syngenta began selling to farmers in 2011. At the time, Sygenta hadn’t received Chinese approval of the trait (MIR162) within the seed that gave it insect resistance.China began rejecting U.S. grain shipments in 2013 because it detected the unapproved trait in corn. China would go on to approve the trait in 2014 but farmers contended the damage had been done because of lower corn prices and lost sales. The plaintiffs contend that the China rejection led to grower losses of more than $5 billion.The trial featured four Kansas farmers representing more than 7,000 across the state. Syngenta issued a statement saying they were disappointed with the verdict “because it will only serve to deny American farmers access to future technologies, even when they’re approved in the U.S.” The release said the case is without merit and Syngenta will be moving forward with an appeal. Class action lawsuits have been approved in several other states, including Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, and South Dakota.last_img read more

Miami East names Laycox member of the month

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The April 2018 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Tyler Laycox. He is the son of David and Stephanie Laycox of Troy and Kelli Ordway of Dayton. He is a freshman and first year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.Tyler has participated in a variety of FFA opportunities in his first year of membership, including State Greenhand Conference and National FFA Convention. He competed at then County and District Novice Parliamentary Procedures and District Rural Soils Evaluation Career Development Events. He sold over $1,000 in fruit sales and plans to attend the Chapter Exchange program to Minnesota this coming June. His Supervised Agricultural Experience consists of designing and marketing custom made birdhouses.Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month. The officer team will nominate one member that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities. If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.last_img read more