Vardy’s unlikely route to record book

first_imgLONDON, AP – Jamie Vardy’s unconventional route to the English Premier League’s record book began with heartbreaking rejection from his hometown club at 16 and back-breaking work in a carbon-fibre factory. It later took in a conviction for assault, a police curfew that prevented him from completing games for his local team, and a 30-pounds-a-week ($45-a week) contract. And it involved working his way right up English football’s pyramid, first playing on muddy pitches against plumbers and electricians, then uncompromising lower-league defences, and then the bright lights and the big boys of the Premier League. One thing was a constant for Vardy on that up-and-down journey: An ability to score goals – and plenty of them. The hard work has paid off and tomorrow could see his crowning glory, as he goes in search of a scoring record for the ages. The 28-year-old striker, whose direct and hard-working playing style is straight out of the Sunday leagues, has scored in 10 straight Premier League games for Leicester, and another goal against Manchester United this weekend would see him break the record for scoring in consecutive games in the division. The record has been held by former Man United star Ruud van Nistelrooy since 2003. “There’s a lot of hard work gone into it,” Vardy says, “and long may it continue.” Vardy’s blossoming at the highest stage is a shock to most, although some say they saw it coming. Andy Pilley is the chairman of Fleetwood Town, an unheralded club in northern England that took a 150,000-pound ($225,000) punt on Vardy in 2011 when others were holding off despite his prolific form in non-league football. Fleetwood were also a non-league team then, and Vardy scored 32 goals in 34 games the following season to help them break into the Football League. Leicester soon came calling. “I remember saying, ‘We will watch when you play for England and when you play in the Premier League,'” Pilley told The Associated Press. “And, sure enough, that’s come true.” Vardy is currently top of the Premier League’s scoring charts with 13 goals — four more than his nearest rival — after 13 games and is playing alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney in England’s national team. He isn’t too dissimilar to a younger version of Rooney in the way he harasses defenders and grafts for his team, with a scrapper’s mentality. But he is quicker than Rooney ever was, and loves playing on the shoulder of defenders and seeing space ahead of him. This season, everything’s gone right — playing in a Leicester team that has bulldozed its way to the top of the league, Vardy has scored a goal every 74 minutes, all from inside the penalty area. He had only one goal at this stage last season. “It’s been a meteoric rise,” England assistant coach Gary Neville says. “The reports coming through (last season) were that he was raw, a little erratic in front of goal, but lightning quick and a handful. “He’s come into this season and he’s a completely different player. He was unpolished last season. Look at him now.” Vardy has been wearing a cast to protect two broken bones in his wrist, and scored a record-tying goal against Newcastle on Saturday while playing through injury. In truth, he’s taken knocks throughout his career. He joined the youth system of his boyhood club Sheffield Wednesday in 2002 but was released at 16, after being told he was too small. He quit football for eight months and worked in a carbon-fibre factory, a job he had to leave because of the stress on his back.last_img read more

Giants to hold public celebration of life for Willie McCovey

first_imgClick HERE if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO–The San Francisco Giants and the family of Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey are inviting fans to AT&T Park to celebrate the life of one of the franchise’s most beloved figures.McCovey passed away Wednesday at the age of 80 after battling ongoing health issues.The Giants and McCovey’s family are planning a public celebration of life to be held Thursday, November 8 at 11:30 a.m. at AT&T Park. …last_img read more

Plant a tree for life

first_imgAfter racking up a considerable number of air miles Misha Teasdale decided to offset his carbon footprint.Through its School Trees project the organisation plants fruit trees at schools, institutes and organisations around South Africa and Zambia and works with students to understand the importance of trees and how to care for plantsIn September 2010 Teasdale decided to try planting 1000 trees in one month, and to get as many people as possible involved in his project; the team planted more than the targeted 1000 trees at various schools in the Cape Flats in the Western Cape.The project’s success prompted Teasdale to turn his idea into something bigger. With the help of friends Lauren O’Donnell and Jeremy Hewitt he founded Greenpop.Greenpop promotes planting trees and sustainable living by educating people about the importance and benefits of trees.“I was a freelance writer and copy editor so I started at Greenpop doing PR [public relations] to try and attract attention to what we were doing,” says O’Donnell, director at Greenpop.“At that point we were just a group of friends trying to plant 1000 trees in one month so that’s all I expected. I didn’t think it would gain so much traction and continue.”ROOTS OF LIFE“Humans are inherently connected to nature so as soon as people are reminded of this and of the fact that our planet is our one precious home, we are easily reconnected,” O’Donnell says.“It’s human nature to know that trees are important, we just need to be reminded now and then.”Trees and other forms of vegetation are primary producers in the food chain; they provide a major and indispensable form of food and help sustain life by absorbing carbon dioxide to produce oxygen.Trees also prevent soil erosion; purify ground water by filtering out toxins; form wind barriers; and are a natural resource easily turned into useful goods.They also beautify spaces and attract diverse animals.“Green spaces make people happier, they increase pride of place, create shade and cool spaces down.“They encourage biodiversity and so much more,” says O’Donnell.GREENPOP’S MISSIONGreenpop encourages people to plant indigenous vegetation as indigenous plants are more suited to South Africa’s dry climate and don’t use up scarce water resources.Through its School Trees project the organisation plants fruit trees at schools, institutes and organisations around South Africa and Zambia and works with students to understand the importance of trees and how to care for plants.Every July Greenpop hosts a reforestation and eco-educational project in Livingston, Zambia (images: Sarah Isaacs)Greenpop’s reforestation project is aimed especially at rural communities, where residents cut down trees for firewood. The organisation wants to encourage communities to plant more trees to replace the ones they cut down. Some plant species also help improve soil quality, helping rural communities grow better crops to feed their families.During its annual Reforest Festival at the indigenous Platbos Forest in the Western Cape, Greenpop invites tree-lovers to participate in a two-day tree planting spree. Dates for the festival will soon be released.During the organisation’s 2013 Reforest Festival some 5000 trees were planted.PLAY YOUR PART“Plant a tree, either in your own neighbourhood or gift a tree on our website and we will plant it on your behalf and send you a certificate with the GPS coordinates of where your tree is growing,” says O’Donnell.To learn more about Greenpop visit its website, email the organisation or call +27 21 461 9265.last_img read more

Ray Parks returns, Alab Pilipinas extends win streak to 6

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Kyrie Irving, Celtics outlast Thunder in thriller MOST READ FILE – Photo from ABLMANILA, Philippines—Ray Parks returned and Alab Pilipinas continued its winning ways after a 111-87 whipping of Saigon Heat in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Sunday night at Lapu-Lapu Sports Complex in Cebu.Parks, the reigning two-time Local MVP, collected 23 points and seven assists in his first game back after missing three games due to a groin injury.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The 25-year-old Parks had an efficient shooting night, going 8-of 12 from the field. The 6-foot-4 guard also became the 16th player in the ABL to reach 1000 career points.Reinforcements Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos were dominant anew as both combined for 59 points and 25 rebounds to lead Alab, which stretched its winning run to six games and hiked its league-best record to 12-2, including 10-0 at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRamos had 30 points and 18 rebounds while Balkman had 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists.Alab raced to an early double-digit lead before closing out the Heat (10-7) with an 11-3 blast at the midway mark of the fourth quarter. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

House mental health task force reschedules Harrison meeting

first_img Organizers of the Michigan House’s mental health task force today announced plans to reschedule its meeting in Harrison.The meeting will be postponed until a later date. It was originally scheduled for Monday, Aug. 21, but a number of experts were unavailable to serve as panelists that day.“I apologize for any inconvenience this change has caused,” said Rep. Jason Wentworth, of Clare, a member of the bipartisan task force. “I am still looking forward to hearing from individuals throughout our area about improvements that should be made to mental health services, and I hope more people will be able to attend the meeting at a later date.”Information gathered during task force meetings will help legislators develop reforms that result in more consistency in mental health services statewide, better support for veterans, attention to substance abuse, enhanced training for law enforcement and more.The public also has an opportunity to submit written suggestions regarding mental health services online at www.House.mi.gov/CARES.The House C.A.R.E.S. Task Force, co-chaired by Reps. Hank Vaupel of Fowlerville and Klint Kesto of Commerce Township, is named for the key elements the House hopes to address in order to support residents facing mental health challenges: Community, Access, Resources, Education and Safety.### 16Aug House mental health task force reschedules Harrison meeting Categories: Wentworth Newslast_img read more

Dutch telco KPN has increased its TV market share

first_imgDutch telco KPN has increased its TV market share to 19% after adding 89,000 IPTV subscribers in the second quarter.The telco ended June with a total of 741,000, up from 416,000 a year earlier. However, KPNs DTT platform, Digitenne, continued to lose subscribers, dipping below the 800,000 mark for the first time to 771,000. That compares with 868,000 a year earlier.last_img