Frankfurt thrashed 6-1 ahead of Chelsea Euro clash

first_imgFrankfurt, who are challenging for a top four spot in the Bundesliga and held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at home last week, were stunned in a bizarre first half at the BayArena where all seven goals were scored.“We knew Frankfurt had an intense Europa League game behind them, so we wanted to play with energy from the beginning,” Leverkusen striker Kevin Volland told Sky.Kai Havertz opened the scoring for Leverkusen after just two minutes, and Julian Brandt added another before Jonathan Tah deflected in a Filip Kostic shot to briefly allow Frankfurt back into the game.A brace from Lucas Alario, a Charles Aranguiz strike and a Martin Hinteregger own goal put Leverkusen 6-1 up by the 36th minute and completed a Bundesliga record of seven goals in the first half.Frankfurt remain in fourth but are now level on points with Leverkusen, and only three points ahead of seventh-place Hoffenheim.“I am not going to kick my team when they are down, we need to get the boys back on track,” said Huetter.Sunday’s horror show also damaged what had been a healthy goal difference advantage over their rivals in the race for Europe.– Schalke safe –Elsewhere, Schalke secured their Bundesliga survival with a 0-0 draw at home to Augsburg.“It’s a shame for the fans that we weren’t able to win today, but staying up was the main thing,” said interim coach Huub Stevens.Stevens, who had twice managed the club before and led them to UEFA Cup glory in 1997, stepped in and took the reins from Domenico Tedesco in March with Schalke just four points clear of the bottom three.Sunday’s draw put them seven points clear of Stuttgart, who are in the relegation play-off place, sealing safety with two games to spare.Stevens refused to answer questions about former Huddersfield coach David Wagner, who played under him at Schalke in the 1990s and is rumoured to be next in line for the head coach job.“As a member of the Schalke board, I am unable to comment,” he said.Freiburg also avoided the drop as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Fortuna Duesseldorf.Vincenzo Grifo gave the hosts an early lead from the penalty spot, before Dawid Kownacki smashed in the equaliser for Duesseldorf on the half-hour mark.Freiburg’s Janik Haberer was sent off in the second half, but they held on to secure the point and another year in the top flight.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eintracht Frankfurt suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat in Leverkusen on Sunday © AFP / INA FASSBENDERBERLIN, Germany, May 5 – Eintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Huetter said that Sunday was one of the worst days of his career as his side were thrashed 6-1 by Bayer Leverkusen, just days before they travel to Chelsea for the second leg of their Europa League semi-final tie.“Today is a very dark day, one of my worst as a coach,” Huetter told Sky.last_img read more

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Groves: I’ll bounce back and be champion

first_imgAn emotional George Groves insisted he would be bounce back from his controversial stoppage against Carl Froch and become a world champion.Hammersmith’s previously unbeaten super-middleweight was on the verge of glory after flooring the notoriously durable Froch in the first round.He continued to have the upper hand only for referee Howard Foster to step in and stop the contest as Froch attacked a flagging Groves in round nine.It meant Froch retained his WBA and IBF belts and Groves, booed into the ring after his outspoken pre-fight comments, was cheered by the 20,000 crowd in Manchester who felt he was on his way to victory when Foster intervened.“I beat him with my hand speed and I beat him with a lot of other things as well,” said Groves.“Froch is a tough man. I knew that. I knocked him down in the first round and knew the job wasn’t done, but I knew that with each round I beat him he would get more and more reckless.“That’s what he was in that ninth round – he was reckless. He was coming in with shift-arm shots that, if they land they can buzz you and if they don’t land they can scuff you and knock you off balance.“I knew I was fine. I had three or four rounds left if need be to just carry on controlling and dominating Carl Froch and I’d be sitting here with two [world championship] belts.”The Groves camp want an immediate rematch and Eddie Hearn, who promotes both fighters, has suggested the pair will lock horns again.And the 25-year-old, an underdog going into the fight, believes he proved he belongs at world level.Groves said: “Carl before this fight said it had come too early for me and that a lot of people said that as well. Do I belong at this level? I think I answered that question.“Name any opponent and say ‘This is your next fight’ and I’ll take it. I’ll fight anyone. I know I’m ready to.“I’ll make adjustments – I always do – and I’ll be back fitter, stronger and better.“There’s a few things I feel aggrieved about right now, but I’ll get back in the gym and I’ll come back and be world champion.”See also:Heartbreak for Groves in world title clashFroch insists ref was right to stop fightFroch claims Groves rejected rematch offerPromoter predicts Froch-Groves rematchGroves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight refereeGutted Groves says he proved he belongs at the top levelFroch ordered to face Groves in rematchGroves to face Froch in rematch on 31 MayFroch-Groves rematch will be at WembleyGroves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’Groves: My left hook will finish 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Clean energy firm attracts US investor

first_img13 November 2008US-based Denham Capital, a leading energy-focused global private equity firm, has announced an equity investment of US$150-million (about R1.56-billion) in BioTherm Energy, a South African developer, owner and operator of renewable and clean energy generation projects.“Having opened BioTherm’s first plant just over a year ago, we are delighted with this substantial investment by Denham Capital, a major foreign investor, in a business that will generate more electricity in South Africa, contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gasses and create more jobs in the South African economy,” Minerals and Energy Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said in a statement issued by Denham Capital this week.Sonjica was referring to a 4.2 megawatt biogas power plant, based at the PetroSA facility in Mossel Bay, which she opened in September 2007.At the time, it was the first private sector renewable power generation project in southern Africa funded under Clean Development Mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol, under which the project earns carbon credits because of its contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gases.Under the European carbon-trading scheme, these credits are in turn sold, primarily to European industries, which need to reduce the cost of their compliance liabilities.Denham Capital’s London office head Louis van Pletsen said that Denham would provide the necessary equity capital for BioTherm to develop, invest or acquire projects totalling approximately 300 megawatts, equivalent to the electricity needed to supply about 500 000 households.“Private sector investment from companies such as BioTherm Energy will be essential in addressing South Africa’s energy deficit,” he said. “Our investment in BioTherm reflects the range and geographic reach of Denham Capital’s energy investment strategy.”Small-scale generationAccording to the statement, the opportunity for small-scale, on-site generation in South Africa has grown significantly, and BioTherm Energy has secured, and is continuing to develop, a substantial pipeline in waste gas co-generation, biomass and combined heat and power projects, many of which qualify for carbon credits under the Kyoto Protocol.These projects can generate electricity much more rapidly than conventional large-scale power projects, thereby providing much-needed relief to the South African power system.BioTherm Energy co-founder and CEO Charles Liebenberg said that a partnership with Denham Capital would allow BioTherm Energy to continue its aggressive expansion programme.“For years South Africa has had cheap energy, and an unfortunate result of this is inefficient usage,” he said. “BioTherm Energy’s projects ensure that all forms of energy can be best harnessed to avoid waste, reduce carbon emissions and provide reliable power.Power conservation programmeLiebenberg added, however, that the government’s power conservation programme, which rations electricity supply to all consumers, reflected the severity of the power crisis in South Africa – something that BioTherm could help address.The company is targeting energy-intensive industries where industrial processes release significant amounts of waste energy both as heat and gasses, which can be used to produce electricity, which is then sold on to the host site or to Eskom.BioTherm Energy is also instituting multi-level sustainability in all of its projects through the participation of black economic empowerment (BEE) partners, and community-based development programmes.Denham Capital partner Scott Mackin said the company’s investment in BioTherm reflected their strong belief in the potential for innovative solutions to South Africa’s power crisis.“We are delighted to be working to develop this exciting and valuable business, with a highly skilled and committed management team with a proven track record,” he said. “We believe BioTherm Energy is well positioned to delivery much needed additional clean and reliable power to the South African economy.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Laptops for South Africa’s teachers

first_imgThe initiative aims to ensure that every teacher owns and uses a laptop, by providing them with a monthly allowance to cover the costs of purchase and internet connectivity. Teachers across South Africa have welcomed the roll-out of the Teacher Laptop Initiative, saying they are looking forward to sharing ideas, learning from each other and improving the quality of teaching in the country. “Education remains a tried and tested vehicle to take learners out of the vicious cycle of poverty, and the laptops have potential to expose our teachers to levels they have never been before,” Ramasehla said. “We commend the Education Labour Relations Council for taking a bold step to assist teachers,” Ntola said, adding that well trained and supported teachers would lead to quality of education delivery. Choice of packages Teachers participating in the initiative are required to use their laptops both in their teaching and their administration. “It helps us to work smart,” said Mthunzi Mbewane, a grade 8 and 9 teacher from Mkhatshwa Junior Secondary School in KwaZulu-Natal. “We will benefit a lot from the laptops as we will get information to assist us in improving our teaching skills. 20 July 2010 “With this initiative, teachers will be able to share ideas and learn from each other on the methods they use in their schools to improve the standard of learning, especially for under-performing schools,” Mbewane said. National Professional Teacher’s Organisation President Ezra Ramasehla said the laptops would make a difference in helping teachers to deliver quality service in the classrooms. Each qualifying teacher will be given a monthly allowance of R130, and will have to add the rest. The laptop package includes school administration materials and the national curriculum, as well as internet connectivity.center_img “Currently we have 80% information on learners in the data and next year we will have 100% and be able to track all of them,” he said. Suppliers include Dell, Fujitsu Siemens, HP, Lenovo, LG, Mecer, Pinnacle, Sahara, Cell C, MTN, Telkom and Vodacom. Launching the initiative in Pretoria last week, Deputy Education Minister Enver Surty said it would enable teachers to access data information and be able to use it in their schools. On Thursday, teachers countrywide got a brief lesson on computer literacy, e-mail, internet and various software packages. South African Democratic Teachers Union President Thobile Ntola welcomed the initiative, saying that the technology would allow the department to circulate information directly to the teachers. Improving teaching quality Working smart As from this week, qualifying teachers will be able to buy laptops from suppliers accredited to participate in the initiative. They have a choice of packages ranging from R250 to R390 a month from suppliers that have been accredited by the department. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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7 Filmmaking Safety Tips

first_imgImage via Rebel Sun.Along with closed-toe shoes, proper attire is a key element of overall set safety. This means avoiding clothing that has baggy sleeves or long, loose ends to avoid accidentally snagging equipment. You’ll also need to be able to move freely and quickly, so functional-yet-professional attire protects everyone.Never Assume The Camera Is Safe Closed-Toe ShoesImage via Shutterstock.Film sets can already be dangerous places, but they’re even more so if you show up with a non-professional attitude (or attire). Closed-toe shoes are a necessity because everyone on set will need to navigate gear, wires, and potential hazards like broken lights — not to mention lifting heavy rigs and equipment. Be professional, and don’t risk harming yourself or others.Proper Use of C-StandsHow to properly set-up (and break-down) C-stands should be everyone’s first lesson in film school. (I know from experience that it’s not.) An improperly set-up C-stand can be devastating to a production, especially if it drops potentially thousands of pounds of gear, backdrops, or equipment onto the people around you. Anyone who comes into contact with C-stands needs to know how to handle them properly and safely.Dress Practically and Professionally Follow these tips to keep your shoot safe and successful.Cover image via Studio Binder.In 2014, the film industry was shocked when a 27-year-old camera assistant died while filming a feature film on set in Georgia. Sarah Jones’s death rippled throughout the industry, and safety standards, which had been slipping for years, returned to the forefront of Hollywood’s attention.Whether you’re working on a big-budget Hollywood production with union rules and large crews or a small-time indie project with a few friends, safety should always come first.No matter your budget, here are some basic filmmaking safety tips that can protect you and your crew on your next shoot.Proper Cord ManagementIf you’re on a film set, cords will undoubtedly appear. It’s important to know how to work with them and how to safely store or use them on set. Loose cords are a huge safety hazard. If you’re not sure how to properly tie or tape down cord lines, your set is simply not safe.Along with the video above, here are some more resources for cord management best practices.Production Tips: 6 Ways to Manage Cords on SetGrips, Gaffers, and Best Boys: The Grip and Electric DepartmentsA Beginner’s Guide to Wrapping/Wrangling Cables the Professional Waycenter_img Image via The Black and Blue.On many sets, your camera’s (or cameras’) safety is your highest priority. It’s often the most expensive piece of equipment, and obviously it’s the most important. Never, ever assume that it’s safe, no matter where it is — especially if it’s on a tripod or a rig. All it takes is one person to unscrew a mount, get distracted, and forget about it. The results can be disastrous.Stick to a Schedule, Take BreaksImage via Shutterstock.Film set safety and good pre-production go hand and hand. If you have a good producer and a solid production schedule, safety is much easier to maintain. If you’re on a poorly managed shoot where everything is behind schedule and your crew is overworked, it’s much more likely that an accident will occur — to the detriment of your production and livelihood.Prioritize SafetyIt’s important to make safety a priority from the beginning. Bigger film sets obviously have safety managers who keep an eye out for any potential problems. If you’re on a small crew, you’ll need to keep safety at the forefront of everyone’s minds in every meeting and discussion.What are some safety tips you practice on set? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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UNC Honored Coach K’s 1,000 Wins Before Tonight’s Rivalry Game

first_imgCoach K honored before game against UNC.UNC and Duke just tipped off in the latest installment of their classic rivalry. The first game between the two teams back on Feb 18 was an overtime thriller, before which the two schools joined together to honor legendary former UNC coach Dean Smith, who had just passed away.Tonight, UNC returned the favor, presenting Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski with a plaque to commemorate him reaching the 1,000-win plateau. The public address announcer at the Dean Dome also thanked Krzyzewski for the respect he showed Smith after his passing.Great moment by @GoHeels players and Coach Roy Williams to honor Mike Krzyzewski’s 1,000 wins. #UNCvsDUKE pic.twitter.com/v67UFaeJvu— Durham Magazine (@durhammag) March 8, 2015Cool gesture on UNC’s part, and a great show of admiration and respect within the confines of a heated rivalry.last_img read more

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Video: Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser, Nigel Hayes Show Off Their Awesome Handshake In The Locker Room

first_imgJosh Gasser, Nigel Hayes perform their amazing handshake.Wisconsin’s pre-game locker room appears to be a loose one as the Badgers prepare for their Sweet 16 contest against North Carolina in Los Angeles. Prior to their West Region semifinal contest against the Tar Heels, Wisconsin sophomore forward Nigel Hayes and senior guard Josh Gasser showed off their awesome handshake in the Staples Center locker room. Check it out:  Wisconsin and North Carolina are set to tip off at 7:47 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on TBS.last_img

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Mens Volleyball No 11 Ohio State returns to winning ways with straightset

Redshirt sophomore Jake Hanes (16) anticipates making contact with the ball at the game against George Mason on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.A frustrating stretch of three straight losses hung over the No. 11 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (3-3) prior to Saturday’s match against Erskine, the longest winless stretch it has experienced since the 2013-14 season.Yet, the Buckeyes quickly found themselves back to their winning ways as they broke their three-game losing streak with a dominant, straight-set victory over Erskine (1-5), 25-12, 25-22 and 25-17.Ohio State men’s volleyball head coach Pete Hanson called a team meeting Saturday morning to discuss what happened in the home loss to George Mason on Friday.“I kind of asked the guys, hey, what did they think about as they reflected back on the match,” Hanson said.He noticed that a lot of the same things were mentioned.“They didn’t play with a lot of energy,” Hanson said. “They weren’t really committed to what we needed to do to beat a good team, and consequently a good team beat us.” The Buckeyes proved their commitment early on Saturday when they tallied 16 of the final 21 points in the first set, cruising to 25-12 victory.Despite 19 service errors in the match, Ohio State used six aces and 9.5 blocks to finish Erskine in straight sets.Two of those aces came from sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes, also adding 12 kills, eight digs and contributing on five blocks for the Buckeyes.But Hanes was outpaced in the kill category for the first time this season, as sophomore outside hitter Martin Lallemand tallied 13 kills, adding two aces and contributing on two blocks.Looking to build on the one-sided first set, Ohio State jumped out to an early second set lead, but eight service errors kept the Buckeyes from pulling away. But a kill by redshirt senior middle blocker Blake Leeson began a 3-0 scoring run, pushing the Buckeye lead to 21-17.Leeson also helped jumpstart a 7-1 run by the Buckeyes to start the third set with a two kills and an ace, leading to 25-17 victory.Though Leeson was productive, hitting 11 kills on 13 attacks for an .846 hitting percentage, he recognized the team still has room for improvement.“There are a lot of things we have to do mentally to fix some issues that we have,” Leeson said. “I think that with each game, with the young group that we do have playing on the court right now, I think that [experience] will help that.”Ohio State also had a significant contribution from the bench.Freshman middle blocker Ethan Talley made the most of his time on the court, adding three kills and contributing on a team-high seven blocks.Ohio State will return to action against conference foe Ball State at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Muncie, Indiana. read more

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