British Gas fine of £11.1m to be donated to energy poverty charities

first_imgBritish Gas fine of £11.1m to be donated to energy poverty charities Howard Lake | 11 December 2014 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Photo: gas flame by Kozorev Vladislav on Shutterstock.com  35 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Energy regulator Ofgem has fined British Gas £11.1 million for failing to deliver household energy efficiency improvements on time. The money must be paid to charities serving vulnerable people facing energy poverty.British Gas had achieved only 62% of its 2012 target in its Community Energy Saving Programme, which was designed to help vulnerable households. It blamed bad weather for contributing to this delay.It also argued the subsequently it had over-delivered on its promises to vulnerable households.It is not clear yet which charities will share the £11.1 million or when the donation will be made. Nor is it clear from Ofgem who will make the decision on which charities should benefit.There is of course the British Gas Energy Trust, set up in 2004, which exists to “help individuals and families in poverty, suffering or other distress who are struggling to pay their gas and/or electricity debts”. As a charity it is independent of the company.Why will the fine be donated to charity?[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lR_oHeSv_2M[/youtube] Tagged with: corporate Funding Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Olympia Film Society Announces New Executive Director, Audrey Henley

first_imgSubmitted by The Olympia Film Society The Olympia Film Society Board of Directors and Staff are pleased to announce the promotion of Audrey Henley as our new Executive Director.Audrey joined the OFS Staff Collective in 2005 as our Live Events Coordinator  and shortly thereafter became our Operations Director, handling all aspects of  events, rentals, and facility needs. She was instrumental in purchase of the Capitol Theater by the Olympia Film Society. Audrey has spearheaded several high profile projects in the preservation of the theater and has increased our visibility and viability as a venue.Audrey is recognized by our volunteers, local media, and patrons of the Capitol Theater as a community leader and the friendly and outgoing face of OFS. Her active participation and experience of 8 years at OFS has given her a thorough understanding of the Olympia Film Society: who we are, what we do, the importance of our volunteers and members, and how we fit within our community.In the upcoming year her focus will be to continue building important relationships within our community and beyond, membership support, and to get us on the road to a capital fundraising campaign that will allow us to restore the Capitol Theater and improve our operations budget.Please join us in congratulating Audrey on her promotion, and wish her continued success at our organization. Facebook95Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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How to Cheat* at LEED: Part 2

first_imgExemplary or “Double Secret” Credits – Needles in the HaystackThroughout the LEED for Homes rating system there are points for “Exemplary Performance.” When you have done more than enough work to max out the points available in certain credits, you can take extra points in the ID section, although you can only take a total of 4 ID points, so don’t overdo it without getting the credit.1. High-Performance Clothes Washer. If you use the performance path (as many people do) and you put in a very efficient clothes washer, you get to take 1½ ID credits. If you try to put in anything but 1 point in an ID credit line on the spreadsheet, you get an error message, but it will accept the 1.5 points and move on.2. Extra Pest Control. Once you max out your 2 points in this category, you can take ½ point for each item, up to a total of 1 ID point.3. Extra Irrigation Measures. Just like Pest Control, after you max out this credit, you can take ½ point, up to a maximum of 2 points in the ID section.4. Framing Efficiencies. Following on the heels of Pest Control and Irrigation, if you max out the framing efficiency credits you can take extra points in the ID section. Documentation – Everyone’s AlbatrossJust like voting in Chicago, do your LEED documentation early and often. The biggest problem that project teams have is getting their documentation together. When done as the job progresses, it doesn’t become a huge mountain to climb at the end, when everyone has moved on. I am the rater on projects that have been finished, sold, and occupied for over a year, and I’m still waiting on paperwork from my clients. If you pay for the certification, you may as well go ahead and get it. And Don’t Forget the Prerequisites!LEED does have a few critical prerequisites – no matter how well you do, if you miss just one of these, you are out of luck. Make sure you understand what is required and that it gets done in the field.1. Durability evaluation form and checklist. I have problems with this particular requirement of the program, but it’s a rule that you have to follow.2. Erosion control. Most of this is a code requirement, but if it isn’t where you are, make sure to do it.3. No invasive plants. Get the list from your extension service and make sure none get planted on your site.4. Energy Star. Unless you use the prescriptive path, the house must meet the requirements for the Energy Star Homes program, although it doesn’t actually have to be labeled as such. Until the new LEED for Homes version is released next year, you don’t need to move to Energy Star Version 2.5 or 3, but that will likely be required in late 2012.5. Framing waste order factor. This calculation has to be done for each project. I am dubious of its value, but you’ve gotta do it.6. FSC letter to vendors. Write it and send it out to everyone who sells you wood for the job.7. Waste management planning and documentation. Check into recycling opportunities and either save all your dump manifests or get monthly reports from you haulers and recyclers.8. Combustion venting. Doors on all fireplaces and wood stoves, no ventless heaters or fireplaces, and no open-combustion appliances or heaters connected to the living space. This helps to keep you from killing your clients.9. Basic ventilation. Hire an HVAC contractor who knows his stuff or buy the ASHRAE 62.2 standard, read it and follow it. It’s not that difficult.10. Manual D duct design. Although this is a code requirement, it’s often neglected. Use the same knowledgeable HVAC contractor, or better yet, hire an independent consultant to design and size the system and then put it out for pricing. Then make sure they do what it says.11. Radon vents in zone 1. If your building is in a radon hazard area, you have to put the vent system in under the slab or in the crawl space. If you forget, you are in for an expensive surprise at the end of the job.12. No HVAC in the Garage. Keep the furnace and ducts out of the garage; see Combustion Venting above about not killing your clients.13. Operations training. You have to either spend an hour with your client or have an outline for an hour of training and have a written owner’s manual. That’s a good business policy, and the hour you spend with them will probably save you lots of phone calls in the future. For Experts Only – The Tough Credits1. Design Charrette. It’s always a good idea to have a design charrette, but not always feasible on single-family projects, although the time and money spent to hold one will probably pay off in both first cost and operating energy savings. If you are doing a large development or a multifamily building, one charrette can cover all the homes and almost guarantees you a better project, money and energy savings, and a point on your score.2. Design for Solar Orientation. The Anazasi did it almost a thousand years ago; I think we should be able to figure out how to design with sun in mind and pick up a point in the process. Why is this one so difficult?3. Efficient hot water distribution. To get the 2 points for this you have to be very careful about where you locate all your hot water fixtures — preferably they will be close together — and make sure that the plumbing is designed to keep wasted water at a minimum. This can be tough, but if you design with an efficient hot water system in mind, it can be done.4. Backdraft potential test. If you install unsealed fireplaces and wood stoves (not a good idea in a high performance house), you can get an extra point if you have a (very complicated) third-party test performed proving that it can’t backdraft. If you have a monster range hood without makeup air, don’t even bother with this one — it won’t pass.5. Test ventilation and duct systems. If you have a third-party rater test the required whole-house, bathroom, and kitchen vent systems, and if the rater confirms that they meet ASHRAE 62.2 requirements, you can pick up 2 points. You can pick up another point for testing and balancing the HVAC duct system and confirming that it meets the designed flows at each register. Keep in mind that these tests aren’t inexpensive, and if they don’t come out right, you don’t get the points.center_img *Are We Really Cheating?Well, no, we’re not cheating to get certification. But LEED is a complex animal, takes some effort to figure out, and requires somewhere between a little and whole lot of extra time and energy to manage, depending on how organized your operation is.Larger contractors with administrative staff and architectural firms that are used to the documentation requirements of commercial projects tend to have an easier time keeping up with everything. Smaller single-family builders, particularly in the current economic climate, often struggling just to keep each job on track and on budget, have more trouble keeping up with the documentation and required field operations to meet certification.LEED is not for the faint of heart or those with weak administrative skills. But it can help make a home better and give the project team some ammunition for future marketing when followed through to completion. Now that all of you who read the first column in this series think you are experts at working the LEED for Homes system, I will show you some of the points that are much harder to qualify for along with a few that are pretty easy, but they are not very obvious and you have to know about them to take them.last_img read more

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Why The Time To Argue For A Meeting Is Now

first_imgYou’ve had a meeting or two with your dream client. They’re engaged, and you have developed an excellent understanding of their needs. At the end of your last meeting, they asked you to send them pricing and a proposal and told you they’d have a meeting with you in two weeks after they’ve had a chance to review what you send them.The chirping you hear are the crickets that the Gods of Sales have sent as a plague against your pipeline, a punishment for your ceding control of the process and failing your dream client (you have left them alone to figure things out for themselves). You are now chasing them, a desperate stalker begging for a meeting.If you are going to argue for a meeting, you want to do it while you are in a meeting. Waiting and chasing does nothing to improve your odds.Who Leads This Dance?In a choice between you leading your client through the process of making a decision to change or allowing them to lead, the responsibility to lead belongs to you. You can, no doubt, collaborate and bring your client into that process with you, improving their buy-in and both of your results. Or you can allow them to lead, even though they lack your knowledge and experience.Your dream client buys what you sell infrequently and for a single company. You frequently sell your solution and help many different people and lots of different companies, giving you a distinct advantage in situational knowledge. You know what works when it works and when it doesn’t, and why you might do one thing instead of something else.If someone should be leading, it should be you. It’s your responsibility, even if your dream client is trying to drive. There is a reason we call what we do “selling.” You have to sell a meeting, then you sell the process (a series of other meetings and commitments), and then you sell your solution.The Time to Sell a Meeting Is Before You Lose ControlThe time to sell the meeting is before you lose control of the process. The time to sell the process is when you are sitting across from your contacts. If you are going to trade value (an idea you will find in The Lost Art of Closing: Winning the 10 Commitments That Drive Sales), your rationale for the meeting and what your dream client gains by saying yes, is before your contact tries to take control of the process. You recommend the next steps and share how it benefits your client. No more pushy sales tactics. The Lost Art of Closing shows you how to proactively lead your customer and close your sales. If you miss the window and your contact tries to take control of the process (something they may not even be aware they are doing), you have to try to take it back by arguing your case for a meeting (without being argumentative, but by being a combative diplomat).You gain nothing by ceding control. You leave your dream client in a worse position, knowing they cannot answer their questions or resolve their concerns. They are also unlikely to be able to answer questions from their peers, and you should not expect them to sell the deal for you. You do, however, have a lot to lose.Losing Without a FightThere is a difference between being likable and needing to be liked. It is helpful to be likable, the kind of person people with whom people want to do business. Being smart and likable is an excellent combination. What is not helpful is needing to be liked, which means “conflict-averse,” unwilling to have difficult conversations when that is what is required. Being smart isn’t enough to make up for an unwillingness to engage in the conversation about what comes next.Look, you are going to leave some meetings without another meeting securely locked on your client’s calendar. However, there is no reason to give up without making a strong case for doing what you know to be right and preventing your dream client from skipping steps and avoiding the conversations they need to have to get what they want in the future. You gain nothing by giving up and giving in without giving your best effort in securing the next meeting.A Greater Challenge LaterIt’s no more comfortable having the conversation about what your dream client needs to do later, after time has gone by and you have spent months chasing them across time and space, both of you older and neither of you any wiser. Arguing your case with your dream client’s voice mail isn’t wildly effective, nor is making your case over email, where your note will quickly slip off the screen and forgotten.There is no scenario where waiting to have this conversation makes it easier for you to gain the commitment you need. It may, however, make it more difficult after your contacts have had conversations without you present to help them.If you have a choice between doing what is right and doing what is easy, do what is right. Doing what seems easy makes things more difficult in the long run.Trade enough value that you deserve a yes, and then ask. If you don’t get a yes, restate the value and ask again. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more

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Undefeated and unloved, Mayweather eyes final payday

first_imgRELATED VIDEO Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The 50th bout of Mayweather’s 21-year professional career has been disparaged variously as a freakshow, publicity stunt or simply “bad for boxing.”Mayweather, who has spent years crafting an image as the fighter that fans love to hate, is not even remotely fazed by the catcalls.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBecause not for the first time, the boxer who delights in displaying the trappings of his wealth across social media, will be laughing all the way to the bank.Mayweather, whose career earnings reportedly topped $700 million following his last bout in 2015, could, according to some estimates, pocket another $200 million this weekend. It is the latest money-spinning stop on a career that has seen Mayweather go from 1996 Olympics bronze medallist to be regarded as one of the greatest boxers in history.Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on February 4, 1977, Mayweather was destined for the ring.His father, Floyd Mayweather Sr., was himself a talented former welterweight who once fought 10 rounds with Sugar Ray Leonard. Floyd Sr. taught his son to box almost as soon as he could walk. Floyd Sr. was holding his infant son in his arms when he was shot in the leg during a family dispute, an injury that effectively ended his career.“He was training to be a fighter in the crib,” Mayweather Sr. said of his son.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters It means that the dollars have continued to flow in ever-increasing numbers, from $25 million to fight Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 to around $220 million for his 2015 fight against Manny Pacquiao.But while the dollars have rolled in and the bank balances have swollen, Mayweather has struggled to build up a reserve of public goodwill.Multiple convictions for domestic violence point to the fighter’s dark side, while in boxing terms he has faced accusations that he ducked his most dangerous opponents, such as Pacquiao, until they were past their peak.His cagey, cautious style inside the ring, while earning grudging approval from purists, has also frustrated fans hoping to see him take a more aggressive approach.Mayweather, who insists Saturday’s bout with McGregor will be the last time he ever enters a ring, is unapologetic about the tactics that have guided his career, believing his is a template that many rivals would like to emulate. “When a person has been so dominant in his era, I think other fighters are going to pay attention,” he told reporters recently.  “The main fighters are going to pay attention because they want to be at my level and they want to do the same thing — they want to dominate with ease.” LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Las Vegas, United States — Two years after retiring from boxing, Floyd Mayweather climbs back into the ring on Saturday chasing history and one last mammoth payday.The 40-year-old former welterweight champion will become the first boxer in history to post a perfect record of 50-0, if as expected, he proves too strong for Conor McGregor, the mixed martial arts star fighting in his first ever boxing contest.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather, who grew up in a cramped apartment with seven relatives, frames his early life as a battle for survival. ‘Never been easy’  “It’s never been easy for me. Boxing is easy but life has never been easy,” Mayweather says.  “I had a father who was a hustler and a mother who was on drugs. I was the man in the house from 16. That’s just the way it was.” When Mayweather fought at the 1996 Olympics, his father was serving a five-year prison sentence for drug-trafficking.  In Floyd Sr’s absence, his uncle Roger had taken over the training of the young fighter, overseeing his entry to the professional ranks. Within two years, the skillful, lightning-fast Mayweather had won his first world title, knocking out the WBC superfeatherweight champion Genaro Hernandez in eight rounds.Years of domination followed as Mayweather plowed through the divisions up to welterweight. In 2006, he took the unusual step of buying out his contract with promoter Bob Arum, in order to take greater control of his career. Since then Mayweather has been able to dictate terms for most of his fights, taking a cut of the back-end profit in exchange for upfront risk.  Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Mayweather, McGregor get ready for business Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mayweather shaking off ring rust1.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks about the upcoming fight against UFC fighter Conor McGregor during a press call at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on July 11, 2017. The two will fight August 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada.Gene Blevins / AFP FILE PHOTO Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

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Opinion Cleveland Browns lack consistency to win games

Cleveland quarterback Josh McCown hangs his head as he walks off the field after throwing an interception to Oakland safety Charles Woodson to end the Browns’ late fourth quarter drive on Sept. 27 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSThe Cleveland Browns’ 2-6 record ranks them second to last in the AFC North. Recently, on Sunday, the Browns faced the Arizona Cardinals which resulted in a 34-20 loss. The game revealed a key factor that hinders the Browns from having success: the lack of consistency in team performance.The lack of consistency stems from the injuries the Browns have sustained on offense and defense. Quarterback Josh McCown has had multiple injuries that have led to him sitting out for short periods of time on multiple occasions.Then there is Joe Haden, a Pro Bowl cornerback, who has been inactive for four of the nine games due to various injuries. Haden is an important player for the Browns’ defensive secondary. The former Florida Gator brings experience and leadership that the other cornerbacks can follow.However, Haden’s season has been a tumultuous trainwreck. He’s been torched by opposing receivers often — most recently Arizona’s Michael Floyd, who dusted Haden for a 60-yard score.The Browns started the game strong forcing two fumbles, which they used to rack up two scores. The Cardinals receiving corps had only one touchdown in the first half, as the Browns secondary kept scores to a minimum. Until after halftime, that is, when the Browns defense lost two important players due to concussions, Haden and safety Donte Whitner.Shortly after their departures, the Cardinals found offensive matchups that led to 27 unanswered points. The Cardinals offense was successful in large because of the two injured Browns players. The result of the game would have been different if it weren’t for the Browns’ sudden injuries and inconsistency on both sides of the ball.Offensively, McCown is too inconsistent for the Browns to win. The Cardinal defense shut Cleveland’s offense down completely. The Browns didn’t score at all during the second half, leaving the defense to struggle further. The inconsistent play has been the deciding factor in the previous losses, as well. Haden’s and Whitner’s presences are essential for the Browns to have long-term success. Those two players bring consistency to the Browns defense. Red-hot starts followed by ice-cold finishes are filled the Browns season. Unfortunately, that won’t get the job done in the AFC North. Until Cleveland finds its missing consistency, losing seasons will remain the norm. read more

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Scouting Virginia Tech A look at the 2015 Hokies

Virginia Tech then-junior cornerback Kendall Fuller (11) attempts to break through a group of OSU defenders during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21. Credit: Lantern File PhotoOhio State’s quest to repeat as national champions is set to begin on Monday against the only team that beat them last year: Virginia Tech. Here is an in-depth look at what the 2015 Hokies bring to the table.Offensive weapons returning The Hokies have 16 starters from last season returning — eight on both offense and defense. They also have their punter and kicker back.Every offensive player who scored a point for Tech in 2014 is returning for the upcoming year.Their quarterback — redshirt senior Michael Brewer — is back for his final year. Brewer’s top two targets, sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Ford and redshirt sophomore tight end Bucky Hodges, will both suit back up for Tech in 2015.Ford led the squad in receiving in 2014 with 709 yards.  He tied with Hodges for the team lead in touchdown receptions with six. The 6-foot-7 Hodges uses his size to create mismatches for smaller defenders. In addition to the six touchdown catches, he was second on the team in receiving yards with 526.In the backfield, senior J.C. Coleman, a 5-foot-6 speedster, will get most of the carries early in the year. Coleman, who rushed for 533 yards and three touchdowns in 2014, became the starter after injuries to sophomores Marshawn Williams and Shai McKenzie.Williams, who is still recovering from the anterior cruciate ligament injury he sustained last season against Duke, and McKenzie, who is suspended, won’t be available to play against OSU on Monday. Redshirt junior Trey Edmunds, Tech’s leading rusher in 2013, will most likely be the back Hokie coach Frank Beamer uses to spell Coleman versus the Buckeyes.The 2014 Hokie offense was far from prolific — ranking 96th in the nation. However, with all of its key players at the skill positions back for another season, the outlook for the unit is more promising.Shut-down unitTech’s defense — led by defensive coordinator Bud Foster, who is widely regarded as one of the country’s best — looks to be one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s — if not the nation’s — top squads. Last year, they ranked 21st in total defense in the NCAA.Junior cornerback Kendall Fuller, an ESPN preseason All-America selection, will look to continue shutting down opposing team’s top receivers. Despite playing the majority of last year with a fractured wrist, he still managed to tally 15 pass breakups, a forced fumble and two interceptions.Opposite Fuller at cornerback will be redshirt sophomore Brandon Facyson. He was sidelined for most of last season because of a broken leg, but he looks to regain the form he had in 2013 when he was a 247Sports first-team freshman All-American.On the defensive line, the Hokies return four key cogs to a unit that has the potential to be great. Each of the four starters was named to the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy, which is handed out annually to the nation’s top defensive player.That group — highlighted by redshirt senior defensive end Dadi Lihomme Nicolas, a preseason All-ACC selection — will look to apply pressure on quarterbacks all year long. At the other end position, redshirt junior Ken Ekanem will continue to give offensive lineman fits. In 2014, he and Nicolas combined to record 33 tackles for a loss and 18.5 sacks.On the interior, the Hokies have even more talent with redshirt senior defensive tackles Luther Maddy and Corey Marshall.Maddy — who was hurt on Sept. 23 last year and missed the rest of the campaign — was third-team All-ACC in 2013. Additionally, he was selected alongside Nicolas to the preseason All-ACC team for the upcoming year.Marshall earned second-team All-ACC in 2014, after recording 41 tackles, 9.5 of which were for a loss.Even though the Buckeyes boast one of the top offensive lines in the country, expect the loaded Hokie front four to pose challenges for the “The Slobs” and the rest of the O-lines they face in 2015.Last year, defensive dominance was the reason why Tech left the Horseshoe victorious. To pull the upset for a second straight season, its defense will have to wreak havoc again.Biggest question markThe biggest question mark facing the Hokies in fall camp was who would start on the offensive line.The unit lost three seniors to graduation, which opened up starting spots at center and right tackle. Those spots seemed to be claimed at the end of spring practice by sophomore Eric Gallo and redshirt senior Wade Hansen, respectively.The picture was slightly less clear until Monday morning when the depth chart was released.With Hansen battling a foot injury, sophomore Parker Osterloh — a 6-foot-8 versatile lineman who can play every position on the line except center — had filled in nicely for him.Hansen is still the starter, but the time he missed might have stunted the growth of the O-line’s chemistry.However, the performance of Osterloh and freshman Yosuah Nijman gives Beamer and his staff a little bit of comfort knowing that if the starting group struggles, he has two solid players to substitute.The ability of the new lineman to step in and play at a high level will be crucial, as the overall success of the offense — especially the Hokie running game — hinders predominantly on the line’s performance.If they are able to take care of their business against a Buckeye front seven that is missing its best player — suspended junior defensive end Joey Bosa — things could get interesting.Final overviewIf the Hokies are going to have a chance at upsetting the Scarlet and Gray, their defense will have to be disruptive — like it was in 2014. If Tech’s loaded defensive line can get into the backfield and pressure whoever is playing quarterback for the Buckeyes, it could make the game interesting.Fuller, the elite corner, will be assigned to mark OSU’s No. 1 receiver, Michael Thomas. Separation might be limited for Thomas, which will force an already-depleted receiving corp for the Buckeyes to step up and help out the quarterback.On the other side of the ball, the offensive line will need to be in control of the line of scrimmage, which will create holes for Coleman to run through and time for Brewer to connect with his targets.Beyond the BuckeyesThe Hokies’ Monday tilt against the defending champs will be their biggest game all year.Following the opener, they are slated to play three more non-conference games — all winnable matchups against Furman, Purdue and East Carolina — before starting their ACC schedule on Oct. 3 at home versus the University of Pittsburgh.The only other preseason AP Top 25 opponent Tech is scheduled to play is at No. 16 Georgia Tech on Nov. 12.The Hokies are set to end their 2015 regular season on the road against in-state rival Virginia on Nov. 28. read more

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Lewandowski wants Bayern exit confirms agent

first_imgRobert Lewandowski’s agent has confirmed reports that his client has told Bayern Munich that he wishes to leave the clubThe Poland international has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid over the course of this season with Chelsea and Manchester United also believed to be monitoring his situation in Munich.Lewandowski appointed Pini Zahavi as his agent earlier this year, which only intensified the rumours surrounding his future.Zahavi is known throughout the world of football for having famously brokered the €222m world record deal that saw Neymar leave Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last summer and it is believed that Lewandowski hired him in order to negotiate the terms for a deal with Real.The 29-year-old became the Bundesliga’s top scorer for the third consecutive season as Bayern won their sixth successive league title, but he has yet to win the Champions League in his career.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Zahavi feels that Lewandowski has achieved everything that is possible at Bayern and revealed that the Pole wants a new challenge.“Robert feels he needs a change and a new challenge in his career,” Zahavi told Bild, via Bavarianfootballworks.“The managers of Bayern know about it.”In his four years at Bayern, Lewandowski has scored 151 goals in 195 games in all competitions.last_img read more

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Ronaldo sends Morocco home

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s fourth-minute header proved to be the difference between the European champions and Herve Renard’s men.After stealing the headlines against their Iberian rivals, Spain, Portugal’s captain once again showed he might just be the man to watch out for at this finals.The Real Madrid forward scored the solitary goal of the game as he headed in a Joao Moutinho cross to score his 85th international goal for Portugal, which makes him the all-time leading international goal scorer in Europe; one ahead of the great Ferenc Puskas who has 84 goals for Hungary.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Morocco must feel hard done by as they created more chances and had more possession in the game, a complete resemblance of their first game in the finals against Iran.The lack of quality in the final third combined with the inability to take their chances as proven to be the North African’s side downfall as they become the first team to officially exit the world cup.Portugal now shift their attention to their third and final group game against Iran in which a draw should see them qualify for the next round.last_img read more

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Mina Everton a great opportunity

first_imgLatest Everton signing Yerry Mina says he now has the opportunity to grasp a ‘great opportunity’ following his €30.2m transfer from Barcelona.The Colombian star and center-back signed a deal at Goodison Park and it will last until 2023. Mina also confirmed that he couldn’t resist the temptation of playing football in the Premier League.“I’ve watched the Premier League for a long time and it’s the best in the world, so this is a great opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to competing here,” Mina told Everton TV as quoted in Football Espana.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I know all about the Everton players and I’m looking forward to playing with my new team.“I’ve spoken to the Coach a lot and know his passion for the club and determination to be a success. I’m also determined to do my best for Everton.”At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Mina scored three goals for Colombia, all coming from headers off corner kicks. Mina did not play in Colombia’s opening 2–1 loss with Japan but started at centre back in each of Colombia’s remaining matches.last_img read more

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