US-China trade spat looks set to rearrange perishables supply chains

first_img© Sławomir Fajer The escalating trade spat between the US and China is threatening to upset perishables flows into the Middle Kingdom and shift trade routes as Chinese importers look for alternative sources of fruits and meat.Perishables figure prominently in the list of US origin goods on which China is set to impose 25% tariffs. Beijing’s response to the first salvo from the Trump administration targeted a number of goods, including pork, fruit and wine from the US.The second round in the confrontation – which both sides insist is not a trade war – broadens the list significantly, adding 106 goods to the tally, including soy beans, some types of beef, cars and orange juice – making up some $50bn of US exports to China last year.In terms of value, the US ranked third among fruit exporters to China last year, shipping $7.7bn worth of produce. This marked a 33% increase over the value of US fruit exports to China in 2016. By Ian Putzger 05/04/2018center_img The higher tariffs will have a huge impact on perishables flows into China, reckons Colin Wells, global head specialty vertical perishables at Panalpina.In November, Chinese internet giant JD.com committed to $1.3bn-worth of meat imports from the US over three years. This followed the lifting of a ban on US beef imports that had been in place for 13 years. China is also a huge market for US soy bean producers. Nearly one-third of last year’s US crop – 56,693 teu – was shipped to China.Mr Wells thinks US cherries and other stone fruit will be prominent victims of the tariff. Apples from Washington state may also be hit, he added.A number of producer countries stand to gain from the trade conflict, however. In Asia, Vietnam and Thailand should benefit, Mr Wells said. These two ranked first and fourth among China’s fruit suppliers last year, with exports worth $12bn and $7bn respectively.Mr Wells expects Australia and New Zealand to boost their perishables flows to China. Australia exported $3.4bn-worth of fruit to the Middle Kingdom last year, New Zealand shipped $3.bn.A number of countries further afield will also raise their volume of fruit exports to China, Mr Wells predicted. One strong contender is South Africa, he said, where growers have been looking to diversify into other markets beyond their traditional focus on Europe.Other African countries are also poised for larger exports to China, noted Conrad Archer, regional head perishables, MEAC region at Panalpina. “A lot is picking up, for example strawberries from Egypt,” he said.Last year South Africa’s fruit exports to China surged 50.5% in dollar value, while Australia’s volume going to China climbed 49.8%. These numbers indicate that these countries were already bent on boosting their flows to China. As such, the row with the US will reinforce an existing trend rather than introduce drastic shifts to new origins, Mr Wells said, but added that Chinese importers have been actively exploring new markets, such as Morocco.In response to the unfolding trade conflict with Washington perishables importers in China wasted no time to look for alternative sources of perishables.“We are getting more enquiries,” reported Mr Wells.One area that has shown a marked increase in interest is South America. Again, this is not a new market for Chinese importers. Chile ($10.3bn-worth of fruit), Peru ($2.2bn) and Ecuador ($1bn) were among the top ten origin countries for Chinese fruit imports in 2017.At this point it is unclear how shifting sourcing patterns in response to the tariffs on US fruit and meat will play out in terms of capacity needs.“Capacity is always a challenge,” said Mr Wells, with regard to air cargo. He expects some freighter operators will adjust their routes to accommodate larger volumes in some tradelanes.If Chinese importers have decided to buy large quantities from certain markets, they are usually willing to make the necessary lift arrangements, as they did with cherry imports from Latin America last year, he said.Ocean carriers will probably also see a considerable upswing. In markets like Africa, which are characterised by a pronounced imbalance in flows, this should bring a welcome correction, added Mr Archer.last_img read more

California Snowpack is Deepest in 17 years – Good News for Water Supply

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBlessed with a brilliant blanket of early winter snow, California’s snowpack is double its average for this time of year — and the deepest it’s been in 17 years.State officials delivered the good news for California’s water supply Tuesday after the first official monthly snowpack measurement of the season.(READ more at MercuryNews.com)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Jomtien 8-Ball Pool League – Friday March 23 – March 29,…

first_imgShenanigans1275526 Simple Simons12111134 Country Road1284428 Results:  Flying Dolphins 8 v 7 Woaws Pub, Simple Simon 6 v 9 Minny Bar, DK Bar 7 v 8 Hot Legs, Winners Bar 6 v 9 Country Road, Wombat Bar 3 v 12 The Windmill, Take Care Bar 8 v 7 Shenanigans Winners Bar1284428 Flying Dolphins1257520 TeamPlayedWonLostBonusPts. Woaws Pub1257621 The Windmill1239918 Results & Standings March 14 (week 12) DK Bar1239918 Hot Legs1257520 Minny Bar1248517 Wombat Bar1221039 Take Care Bar12111134last_img

Red Wings denounce use of logo at White nationalist rally

first_imgThe Detroit Red Wings are considering legal action to stop White nationalists from using their logo as part of a “disturbing” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.The team said in a statement Saturday it “vehemently” disagrees with the rally and is in no way associated with it. The logo of the NHL club could be seen on items held by people at the rally.The Red Wings say they are “exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.” The team adds that it believes hockey is for everyone and celebrates the diversity of its fan base and the country.The Red Wings said their statement would be their only comment on the matter.NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly decried the “irresponsible and improper use” of the logo.“This specific use is particularly offensive because it runs counter to the inclusiveness that our league values and champions,” Daly said in an email to The Associated Press. “We will take immediate and all necessary steps to insure the use is discontinued as promptly as possible, and will vigorously pursue other remedies, as appropriate.”There is a Michigan-based White nationalist group called the Detroit Right Wings that uses the Red Wings’ logo. The group posted on its Twitter account that members had arrived in Charlottesville, the home of the University of Virginia and about 100 miles from Washington.The university called off all sports events Saturday, including a men’s soccer exhibition game against Wright State.last_img read more

This new crop of Steelers ‘got their mojo working’ (Aug. 23, 2017)

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier NO HELMET, NO PROBLEM—Courier photographer Thomas Sabol captures Steelers rookie LB T.J. Watt still battling, even after his helmet was knocked off, during a play against the Falcons, Aug. 20 at Heinz Field.“Got my mojo working, but it just won’t work on you. Got my mojo working, but it just won’t work on you. I’m going down to Louisiana to get me a mojo hand I’m going down to Louisiana to get me a mojo hand. Got my mojo working, but it just won’t work on you.” (Muddy Waters)The Pittsburgh Steelers faced the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, Aug. 20 at Heinz Field and won by the untidy score 17-13. Regardless of how this almost-meaningless preseason game played out, the game caused me to have a flashback to a song that my father and grandfather used to love; “I got my mojo working,” recorded by the late, great Muddy Waters. My “pap” and my father would often refer to a man or woman who had fallen madly in love with the opposite sex as being a victim of “roots” or a well-placed “mojo” or spell that was placed upon them.AUBREY BRUCECOURIER STEELERS CENTRALLet’s fast forward to the Steelers of 2017. If last Sunday was any indicator, the Steelers just might be the new “root” workers in the NFL, especially in the division where they compete, the AFC North. Players with names like Juju Smith-Shuster, Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stephon Tuitt seem as if they are fresh off a Louisiana riverboat looking to make a few friendly wagers. With “Juju” lining up for the Black and Yellow, I am totally convinced that a new “mojo-hand” will have a place of residence in the Steelers nation. Take a listen boys and girls, if the Steelers can’t get their mojo going, I am reasonably certain that they can get their “Juju” workin’, even if “Juju” hasn’t quite proven himself yet. Another one of the sorcerer’s apprentices that may be on the true road to stardom is rookie running back James Conner. After a slow start against the Falcons, Conner turned up the propane tank and torched the Falcons for 98 yards on 20 carries. The one negative about Conner’s performance was that he dropped a few easy passes, but those miscues could have easily been attributed to a slight case of the jitters. Nonetheless, he confirmed that he realizes how important it is for him to be a quality receiver in Steelers offensive coordinators Todd Haley’s offense as well as a great rusher. Conner does not want to be a “situational” back and said as much. “(I don’t want to be) short yardage, I just want to be a valuable receiver,” he said. As the game progressed, Conner also appeared as if he became more comfortable with the Steelers’ zone-blocking scheme.GOIN’ THE OTHER WAY—Courier photographer Thomas Sabol captures the hoopla surrounding one of Jordan Dangerfield’s two interceptions for the Steelers, as they defeated the Falcons, 17-13, Aug. 20.For over the past decade, the real backroom gamblers, the New England Patriots, have kept a mojo-hand on the Steelers. First, they cheated the Steelers, then they beat the Steelers, then they cheated and beat the Steelers. Pittsburgh never really knew whether they were cheated, beaten, outfoxed or outcoached. Pittsburgh oftentimes looked timid, almost appearing to be in a semi-fetal position even before the game began. But hold up lads and lassies…the era of “timidity” in regards to Pittsburgh facing New England seems as if it may have become past tense. A once-unsure and tentative Steelers defense may now have their “Tutu” and the remainder of his D-line cronies operating in sync and that, my friends, does not bode well for the rest of the NFL offenses. “We know we can get to the quarterback, it’s just getting there,” Tuitt proclaimed. “We will be using a lot of different ways (to do that). We gave up a lot of third down conversions at the beginning of the game. They moved the ball on us and they converted third downs but this is a preseason game, we’re just out here—we’re not going to show too much.”If the Steelers back up strong safety Jordan Dangerfield “got no respect” before the Steelers/Falcons clash, I am certain that offensive coordinators from around the league will taking a fresh look at film featuring Mr. Dangerfield after he burned the Falcons for a couple of picks. Rodney Dangerfield may have moved on to the spirit world, but Jordan Dangerfield is very much alive and kickin. ‘Many Steelers’ past players and coaches who may have been “spellbound” by the “riverboat gamblers and sorcerers” from the land of Paul Revere, masquerading as a professional football team…those days may be gone. The cards are now being dealt from a new deck by a new set of dealers and fortunately for the Steelers, the cards are not marked and the Patriots do not get to deal first, and the Steelers younger players are not intimidated by history because they have not been a part of past losers. Can’t you imagine, the wind blowing through the Patriots, the slightly ajar “window of opportunity” for an NFL championship, causing the “candles of exposure” to flicker, casting an eerie glow on the photo of Bill Belichick, causing many skeletons in the New England Patriots’ closet to begin rattling at the stroke of midnight?The Pittsburgh Steelers no longer have to worry about any other NFL teams’ mojo because they may finally have figured out and gotten their own mojo working, and that, boys and girls, spells trouble for the rest of the NFL.last_img read more

The Booker Brigade Boycott is on—sign Kaepernick, now! (Aug. 30, 2017)

first_imgMASTER SGT. MICHAEL BOOKER:10—U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Booker, a man who has served both his country and community well, not to mention corporate America, is in a perfect position to set the wheels in motion here in Pittsburgh for what is clearly sweeping the country. A nationwide boycott against all NFL football until Colin Kaepernick is given a fair and deserved opportunity to earn a living playing quarterback in the league. If you don’t know the Kaepernick story, shame on you for being the least-informed rock in the pile…Google it, man! But you need to know about Sgt. Booker. A track man out of Wilkinsburg during the glory days of the late ‘60s and ‘70s who decided to serve his country, and serve he did, up close and personal in Iraq and other conflicts. Homecoming became marriage to the lovely Charmaine, two great kids and the lifelong addiction to basketball, highlighted by his legendary role as the voice of the nationally-recognized Connie Hawkins Pro/Am Summer Basketball League (when he wasn’t playing and coaching in the little time he had available.). All that being said, not a greater Steeler fan has been born on Earth, but his love for the Black and Gold and all other parts of the NFL stops “Right Here…Right Now!” Booker is boycotting the NFL, the Steelers and you for that matter until, and I quote, “This unfair, racist, hypocritical and planned blackballing of Kaepernick comes to an end!” I, for one, am joining the brigade and here’s why. No. 1, Kaepernick is no bum. He was in Super Bowl XLVII against the Ravens. No. 2, he was exercising his first amendment right to speak or, if you will, not stand for something! No. 3, what he was protesting against was important and meaningful. No. 4, he’s better than 75 percent of the backup quarterbacks in the NFL. No. 5, he said if he signed, he would not protest again. Hey, where’s that Rooney rule when you need it? I’m just askin’!:09—OK, here we go with your Steeler report. Ya know you want it. You love it. You want more of it. No. 1, James Harrison is still the miracle man. No worries there at all. I share your same concerns. When oh when, dear football gods, will we ever have a defensive secondary that can stop the pass. If we don’t pick up Kaepernick, then Dobbs is your backup. Speed solved a multitude of problems. No. 2, don’t worry, Le’Veon Bell is coming. He watches TV. He sees James Conner running just like me and you. No. 3, you just gotta love Ryan Shazier…nuff said! Hey, they lost to a good, not great, Indy team (Aug. 26), but again, it’s only preseason.:08—The fight was OK. No surprises. Mayweather did what he do. Control the tempo of the fight, smart, in shape, pinpoint. McGregor, not used to long rounds, ran out of gas. A 40-year-old legend beat a nobody to the boxing world…it was OK. That’s all I can give ya.:07—But all you old school cats know you miss the conventional old school boxing game. Ali, Frazier, Holmes, Foreman, Moore, Sugar Ray, Hearns, Hagler, Duran. C’mon man!!!:06—I don’t care about “no stinkin” Cavaliers. And LeBron’s a bum. (The greatest bum on the planet, but a bum nonetheless. That being said, Kyrie Irving is gone and will make Boston the second-best team in the east. That remains true until they beat Cleveland in playoffs. I’m not sure Isaiah Thomas can play second fiddle to LeBron without issues. He’s a scoring guard. Should be OK. We’ll see.:05—The Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds Sunday (Aug. 27), 5-2, which means you still have to hold on. They’re not dead yet.:04—All I can tell ya is if you weren’t at D. Law and Chandra’s house for the “Just Friends” summer get-together, you didn’t only miss the good conversation, turkey ribs and the yams, you missed the summer breeze on the deck. Man, that’s worth the ride out to…none of your business! Job well done, “House of Law!”:03—Get ready to get ready. Next week we will release the names of the finalists for this year’s Pittsburgh City League All Sports Hall of Fame Inductees. But in the meantime, know this so you don’t get left out again like you did last year. Friday, October 6, pre-reception party at the fabulous Savoy, 6 p.m. until, $5 cover benefits the H.O.F., free parking, cash bar, cash kitchen, ultimate meet-and-greet reunion, 17 states represented coming home. Saturday, Oct. 7 is the H.O.F. awards, 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. awards show, $50 adults, $25 youth 12 and under, street and lot parking. Dress to impress, afterparty at the Savoy, 10 p.m. until – no cover – cash bar – free parking, honoring the 1966 and 1971 Schenley City League and State Champion basketball teams, along with 25 of the greatest living legends in City League athletics history. For more information, call Achieving Greatness Inc. at 412-628-4856.:02—Look back to the fight game a minute. I got Sugar Ray Leonard top welterweight over Mayweather, Hearns, Duran and Hagler, when they were all at their best in that class. My old man puts Mayweather over everybody, but Sugar Ray Robinson. What say you? Text me at 412-628-4856.:01—Wednesday, Aug. 30! You still have time to get your ride together, go deep in your summer closet for your best black and white combo, and have you and your significant other come on down to the Old School Black and White party/Car Cruise and Show at the top social spot in town…The fabulous Savoy. B&W rolls on from 4 to 9 p.m., inside and out, rain or shine. The car show in the Savoy lot 4 to 7 p.m. Registration is $10 for car show or party admission, proceeds benefit the City League Hall of Fame awards – cash bar – cash kitchen – free patron parking – First, second, third place large trophies for best car on site. No categories – Black and White people, black and white attire. Let’s bring the peace, love and good looks! Call 412-628-4856 for info. Do it. Do it now! (Oh, by the way, free back to school bookbags for the first 50 registered cars.):00–GAME OVER. Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

The Courier has the BEST City League High School Football Coverage. (Get 2017 standings, profiles and more…)

first_imgUSO PLAYERS Damon Macklin, Kenneth Pipkins and Dorian Jackson look to lead the Eagles to a second-straight City League championship. (Photos by Thomas Sabol)USO head coach Lou Berry knows the entire Pittsburgh City League is coming for his Eagles. After all, they are the defending City League champions.“That’s the case,” he confirmed with a smile. “Anytime you’re the champ…”Perry. Carrick. Allderdice. Brashear. Westinghouse.USO CHEERLEADERS, cheering their team to a convincing victory over the Brashear Bulls, 26-7, Sept. 8.“I haven’t seen them play as of yet, but they’re always tough,” Berry said of the Bulldogs.That game occurs Oct. 6. But before then, it’s Allderdice’s turn to give USO their first City League loss.“We have a big one Thursday night (Sept. 14), so I’ll know more about our team come Thursday night, see how we handle a little bit of success, but we’ll be under the lights against Allderdice, who from what I understand have a very veteran-laden team.”USO (University Prep, Sci-Tech, Obama schools) hasn’t lost a league game so far this year, with their biggest test happening in their first league game of the season, last Friday, Sept. 8 against Brashear. USO beat the Bulls 15-14 in the 2016 City League championship game.Brashear returned seven starters on both offense and defense this year, while USO had only three returning starters on “O.” But it was a tough-nosed USO defense that had multiple sacks, an interception, and limited Brashear to only 7 points in the game. The Eagles won, 26-7, at Cupples Stadium on the South Side.CHAMPS—Can the USO Eagles defend their 2016 City League title? Only time will tell.Though USO lost its first two non-conference games to out-of-state teams, the competition they faced seemed to have them prepared for Brashear. The question now is: Can they hold off the rest of the improved City League contingent that’s looking to knock off the champs any time, any place?“Yea,” said star QB/DB Dorian Jackson of the Eagles. “We’re working on going all the way to states. We aren’t working on just the City.”USO DEFEATED BRASHEAR, 26-7, Sept. 8, at Cupples Stadium, for the Eagles’ first win of the season.Jackson, a senior, said the best part of his team is the defense. “Our defense will get better each week, we’ve always had a strong defense.”After the Sept. 14 Allderdice contest, USO (1-2) will travel to Steubenville, Ohio to face Steubenville High School (Sept. 22), followed by Carrick (Sept. 29), Westinghouse (Oct. 6) and Perry (Oct. 12). The Eagles finish the regular season in West Virginia against Wheeling Central Catholic, Oct. 20.Other standout players for USO include Damon Macklin, a senior cornerback with “great hand-eye coordination,” Berry said. Macklin also led the team in rushing last year. Also, Raujee Clerfe is an exceptional “two-way player who gets it done at the receiver and outside linebacker position,” and an improved defensive line. “We’re starting to get the penetration but also finishing off plays in the backfield,” Berry said.But overall, “We gotta get better, we’re still nowhere near where we want to be,” Berry, now in his seventh season at USO, told the Courier. “I understand the growing pains that come with a young, inexperienced team, but sometimes it gets a little frustrating when you’re the reason why you don’t finish drives, you’re the reason why you’re committing turnovers that prevent you from being great.“So, we got a long way to go.” Other high school football notes as of Sept. 13, 2017…Steel Valley does not mess around. They’ve got the 2016 PIAA 2A State Championship in their backpocket, and, after going 15-0 last year, they’ve won their first two games this season. Next up for the Ironmen are Valley (Sept. 15), and at South Allegheny (Sept. 22). Who knows, they just might go undefeated yet again…Woodland Hills is going through a transformation, to say the least. There’s no more coach Novak, Kevin Murray resigned before the season, but the players are battle-tested and tough-minded. Currently 1-2 and in 6A, they’ll next face Penn-Trafford (Sept. 15) at the Wolverina, then it’s at Chartiers Valley (Sept. 22).Aliquippa gave Beaver an ole’ fashioned…(loss) on Sept. 8, with a 30-10 victory. The Quips are now 3-0 in 3A, and it looks like they’ve only begun. The state title, for sure, is on Aliquippa’s mind, so watch out Freeport (Sept. 15) and at Ellwood City (Sept. 22), the Quips’ next opponents. Remaining USO Schedule – record as of Oct. 16, 2017(4-4, 4-1 in City League)Sept. 14—7 p.m. at Allderdice (LOSS)Sept. 22—7 p.m. at Steubenville, Ohio (LOSS)Sept. 29—3:30 p.m. at Carrick (WIN)Oct. 6—3 p.m. Westinghouse (WIN)Oct. 12—7 p.m. Perry (WIN)Oct. 20—7 p.m. at Wheeling Central Catholic, W. Va.MARVIN GREEN of Westinghouse did his part in running over Perry, 38-0, in a City League contest, Sept. 7. (Photo by Will McBride)THE BRASHEAR BULLS, above, have won two of the last three City League titles. But after losing in the championship game last year, they want another taste of the City League title. In the bottom photo are some of Brashear’s Cheerleaders. (Photos by Thomas Sabol)MALEIK HEMINGWAY, PERRY (Photos by Will McBride)WESTINGHOUSE’S TAY’VON LEE-MATTOXCity League Football remaining schedules, all records as of Oct. 16, 2017All City League conference games played at Cupples StadiumWestinghouse (4-3, 2-2 in City)Sept. 15—7 p.m. at Brashear (LOSS)Sept. 22—7 p.m. Hickory (WIN)Sept. 29—7 p.m. at Fort Hill, Md. (LOSS)Oct. 6—3 p.m. at USO (LOSS)Oct. 13—7 p.m. Allderdice (WIN)Oct. 19—7 p.m. at CarrickBrashear (4-4, 3-2 in City)Sept. 15—7 p.m. Westinghouse (WIN)Sept. 22—7 p.m. at Hollidaysburg (LOSS)Sept. 28—7 p.m. at Perry (WIN)Oct. 5—7 p.m. Carrick (WIN)Oct. 12—7 p.m. at Erie Strong Vincent (LOSS)Perry (1-6, 1-3 in City)Sept. 16—5 p.m. at South Park (Buffalo, N.Y.) (LOSS)Sept. 22—7:30 pm. at Brooke, W. Va. (LOSS)Sept. 28—7 p.m. Brashear (LOSS)Oct. 6—7 p.m. at Howland, Ohio (LOSS)Oct. 12—7 p.m. at USO (LOSS)Oct. 20 – 7 p.m. AllderdiceAllderdice (4-4, 3-1 in City)Sept. 14—7 p.m. USO (WIN)Sept. 21—7 p.m. at Carrick (WIN)Sept. 29—7 p.m. Dubois Area (at Allderdice) (WIN)Oct. 6—7 p.m. Hollidaysburg (LOSS)Oct. 13—7 p.m. at Westinghouse (LOSS)Oct. 20—7 p.m. at PerryCarrick (1-7, 0-4 in City)Sept. 16 – 1:30 p.m. at Linsly School, W. Va. (LOSS)Sept. 21 – 7 p.m. Allderdice (LOSS)Sept. 29 – 3:30 p.m USO (LOSS)Oct. 5 – 7 p.m. at Brashear (LOSS)Oct. 13 – 7 p.m. at Bridgeport, Ohio (WIN)Oct. 19 – 7 p.m. Westinghousecenter_img Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierlast_img read more

Deschamps highlights the contribution of Griezmann

first_img Regaring Coman, who left the field with a limp at the end, Deschamps said he twisted his ankle but “it is not serious” and “he is young, he will recover quickly.” 26/06/2016 at 22:48 Deschamps did admit that he raised his voice at the interval: “There are times when it is necessary to shake things up” in order to “calm” the players as well as “getting them going”. “Antoine is accustomed to playing in the forward line. Today he showed his usual ability and efficiency”, Deschamps noted after the game. “In the first half there were many fouls, a lot of provocation, so we had a lot to lose and needed more fluidity in our play”, he added. The coach justified the entrance of Kingsley Coman to strengthen “the offensive presence” of the team. He explained: “As Ireland defend in a compact manner, I decided to play Griezmann and Giroud together, along with increasing the pace on the wings with the inclusion of Coman.” He felt the team went on to create “more danger and many chances”. France manager Didier Deschamps stated this Sunday that he was not surprised by the great performance of Antoine Griezmann, whose two goals helped the French defeat Ireland in Lyon. CEST EFE Ireland had taken the lead through a Robbie Brady penalty after just two minutes, but the Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann led the comeback. His two goals within three second-half minutes gave the host nation their passage into the last eight.last_img read more

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying groups

first_img 02/12/2018 GRUPO I Upd. at 17:07 GRUPO H GRUPO C GRUPO F Switzerland Denmark Ireland Georgia Gibraltar GRUPO G sport.es GRUPO B GRUPO H Croatia Wales Slovakia Hungary Azerbaijan IN SPORT.ES UEFA did a draw on Sunday in Dublin to ascertain the qualifying groups for Euro 2020: Belgium Russia Scotland Cyprus Kazakhstan San Marino GRUPO E CET GRUPO A Spain Sweden Norway Romania Faroe Islands Malta England Czech Republic Bulgaria Montenegro Kosovo Poland Austria Israel Slovenia Macedonia Latvia France Iceland Turkey Albania Moldovia Andorra RELATED STORIES Spain’s UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying group draw Portugal Ukraine Serbia Lithuania Luxembourg Holland Germany Northern Ireland Estonia Belarus Italy Bosnia and Herzegovina Finalnd Greece Armenia Liechtenstein GRUPO D Los grupos de la fase de clasificación de la Eurocopa 2020last_img read more

Surrey plays host to 2012 B.C. Summer Games

first_imgThere’s baseball players, soccer enthusiasts, volleyballers, hoopsters . . . and that’s just fro the West Kootenay.Kootenay athletes join counterparts from throughout the province in Surrey this weekend for the 2012 B.C. Summer Games. More than 2,600 athletes, their coaches and families are in Surrey for opening ceremonies Thursday.Competition begins Friday and runs through until Sunday’s closing ceremonies.”The B.C. Summer Games provide an excellent opportunity for young athletes to test their skills and abilities through healthy competition,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts.”Our community has once again come together in a collaborative spirit, and I want to thank the thousands of volunteers who are helping us put on a world-class event.”Some fast facts on the 2012 Games: 2,366 athletes, 474 coaches and 323 officials will participate in the BC Summer Games. As many as 3,000 volunteers will contribute to the Games. The average age of the athletes is 14 years. 20 sports are included in the Games. 2,000 medals will be awarded in 284 medal presentation ceremonies. One coach with each Zone Team is required to be a fully certified NCCP Level 2 coach in his or her sport. Based on data from past Games, the estimated economic impact to the host community is $2.6 million. Volunteers will prepare more than 32,000 meals over the course of the Games. Surrey School District 36 has offered the use of area schools for athlete accommodation. The City of Surrey previously has hosted the BC Summer Games in 1989 and the BC Seniors Games in 2001.See the list of Kootenay athletes at: http://www.bcgames.net/results/default.aspx#P_Gridlast_img read more