Versatile Herbs.

first_imgWhen you think of herbs, you usually picture holiday dressingseasoned with sage or spaghetti sauce spiced with basil and oregano.But herbs can be useful beyond the kitchen.”Most people have heard of chives, basil and thyme, butthere are thousands of herbs out there,” said Eloise Connolly.Connolly experimented with herbs in her home garden and learnedthrough training as a University of Georgia Master Gardener. TheMaster Gardener program is an extensive training offered throughthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.Imagine the PossibilitiesTo make herbs work for you, Connolly says, open up your mind.”We all know chives are great on baked potatoes, but didyou know they can totally transform the taste of hashbrowns?”Connolly told a “Lunch and Learn” audience at the GeorgiaExperiment Station Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Ga.Herbs can provide essential vitamins, too. Parsley is stereotypedas a dish-decorating herb, but it’s also a source of Vitamin C.”A quarter-cup of parsley in your daily diet providesthe recommended amount of Vitamin C,” Connolly said. “TheItalians have used it for years as the first ingredient in theirrecipes.”Tansy, a lesser-known herb, was often used in puddings andcakes in the late 1600s. Today, “I dry it and hang it inmy closets to keep the bugs away,” she said. “It’s alsowonderful for dried flower arrangements, as the yellow flowersstay yellow.”Homemade TeasConnolly makes herb teas, too. Lemon balm and lemon mint areamong her favorites.”I once made Celestial Seasonings’ Red Zinger tea usingingredients from my herb garden,” she said. “Next, Iplan to make lavender cookies and herbal tea from my private recipe… for my gardening friends.”Connolly has another use for lemon balm. “I cut huge bouquetsof it, and the smell permeates my whole house,” she said.”It’s great for marinating fish, too.”For a new twist, try planting a thyme lawn.”I first saw one at the Herb Store in Fall City, Wa.,and I just fell in love with it,” Connolly said. “Icame home and planted one in my home garden. Thyme makes the bestground cover and the most beautiful lawn you’ll ever see.”Connolly has also planted a mint lawn. “I just let themint take over an area and I mow it back now and then,” shesaid. “When I’m finished mowing, I sit back and enjoy thewonderful smell.”Drought ResistantAnd if you’re tired of the drought killing all your landscapeplants, try planting some rosemary.”It’s one of the few plants that can survive Georgia’sdrought,” Connolly said. “It likes dry soil and producesthick, blue flowers that the bees just love.”Herbs don’t have to be planted in rich soils, either. Theygrow well in poor soils. And if you don’t have a large gardenarea, you can still grow herbs. They’re perfect container plants.As with all plants, gardening with herbs involves trial anderror.”Herbs, like other plants, have a life span all theirown,” Connolly said. “And sometimes they die and haveto be replaced. And it’s not your fault when they die.”Use caution, though, when experimenting with herbs.”Some herbs are dangerous and can be toxic if eaten,”Connolly said. “Don’t just go by appearance. A friend oncegave me a plant she thought was Queen Anne’s Lace. It took metwo months to identify it, but I discovered it was hemlock.”last_img read more

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Middlebury College wins award for energy efficient construction

first_imgMiddlebury College received the Excellence in Energy Efficiency Award Feb. 11 from Efficiency Vermont, a statewide energy efficiency utility. According to Blair Hamilton, managing director of the utility, the award was developed to recognize an organization that has effectively partnered with Efficiency Vermont to fully integrate energy efficiency into its organizational practices. Middlebury has consulted with Efficiency Vermont on a number of construction projects, including a new library that is currently under construction, a new dining and residence hall, and a chilled water plant.“This is the most prestigious award that Efficiency Vermont gives out each year. Middlebury College won because it is an outstanding partner in energy efficiency and a leader in the field. Middlebury incorporates environmental responsiveness and sustainability into the evaluation of every project,” said Hamilton.During the award presentation, the College was also cited for its efforts to prevent pollution, conserve water and reduce waste.“Once our new library is completed, Middlebury College will save $35,000 in energy costs annually due to energy efficiency measures regarding building construction and lighting. Thanks to Efficiency Vermont’s suggestions, we will not only save money annually, but we will also reduce our yearly production of carbon dioxide by 500,000 pounds,” said Middlebury College Executive Vice President of Facilities Planning David Ginevan.Accepting the award on behalf of the College were Ginevan, Project Manager Thomas McGinn, and Central Heating Plant Manager Michael Moser. The awards ceremony took place at Efficiency Vermont’s annual conference, which was held Feb. 11-12 in South Burlington.Contact for a photo: Sarah Ray at sray@middlebury.edu(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

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Peruvian Air Force Committed To Space Security

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook December 02, 2019 Peruvian Air Force (FAP, in Spanish) Lieutenant General Raúl Hoyos de Vinatea, head of the Peruvian General Staff, attended the South American Air Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, November 4-8, 2019. Lt. Gen. Hoyos spoke with Diálogo about cybersecurity and the transnational crimes that affect his country.Diálogo: What’s the importance of FAP’s participation in the South American Air Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference?Lieutenant General Raúl Hoyos de Vinatea, head of the Peruvian General Staff: We want to team up and partner with the United States, so we can focus the combined efforts of both nations and air forces on the main issues that we have in the region, such as transnational threats, which in Peru’s case are mainly related to illegal mining, illicit drug trafficking, terrorism, transnational crime, and corruption.Diálogo: Cybersecurity and space were central topics at the conference. What are Peru’s advances in this domain?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: Our main advance was the August [2019] enactment of the Cyber Defense Law 30900, giving the Armed Forces the legal framework to support the State in countering the threats or attacks that affect national security and to conduct cyberdefense operations. We’ve also acquired, for nearly $7 million, all the equipment for the Peruvian Cybersecurity and Defense Operations Center — based in Lima and with branches in every region of the country — that will be operational in December.Diálogo: What is the experience with the first Peruvian earth observation satellite, known as PeruSat-1?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: PeruSat-1 is a satellite created for national security and defense purposes, and it’s also crucially important for the country’s socioeconomic development. The satellite is operated by the National Commission for Aerospace Research and Development, an institution under the Ministry of Defense. For national defense and security purposes, we are using imagery to detect areas with illegal mining and narco-terrorist camps. So far, the country has saved more than $206 million on processed imagery — satellite images that we used to purchase.Diálogo: In your presentation, you said that illegal mining was one of the main scourges for the country’s security. Are there any foreign actors involved in this crime?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: Illegal mining in the Puerto Maldonado area, in the Amazon, is a transnational threat. Although there are Peruvian illegal miners (a minority), there is a great deal of transnational capital from private actors, who bring in dredges and machinery through the borders and operate in rivers to exploit gold illegally, polluting and deforesting the jungle. The Peruvian Armed Forces have sent a division of special forces to the area, and we plan to maintain a permanent air group in the area.Diálogo: Some of FAP’s main duties are humanitarian assistance and natural disaster relief. How does FAP prepare to respond to these kinds of events?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: Our training includes a good number of helicopter and cargo plane flight hours and personnel involved in disaster relief operations. We conduct Wings of Hope exercises, where we simulate a disaster and put in practice all our operational and logistical capabilities. These exercises are used by other sectors of the State to bring real assistance to simulated disaster areas. We also take part in Cooperation, an annual exercise coordinated by the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces.Diálogo: What technological innovations does the Project Research and Development Center (CIDEP) offer?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: CIDEP is focused on the design and production of tactical unmanned aircraft with an average reach of 62 miles, and on the production of airplane and helicopter simulators that FAP uses, such as the Twin Otter airplane and the MI-17 helicopter. Obviously, CIDEP also has its own research projects, such as the production of voice recording systems for control towers, among others.last_img read more

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Christopher Columbus And The Daughters of Italianita`: An Often Overlooked Aspect of This Holiday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed Columbus Day a national holiday in 1937, he hailed the Admiral of the Ocean Sea as a “brave navigator” whose voyage “was the culmination of years of bold speculation, careful preparation, and struggle against opponents who had belittled his great plan and thwarted its execution.”These are the selfsame qualities epitomized by Columbus’ female counterparts through the ages — the daughters of italianita` — who have blazed a trail of discovery in the tradition of Mother Cabrini, Maria Montessori, Ella Grasso, and Geraldine Ferraro. Not to mention the radical activism of Maria Barbieri , Maria Roda, Ersilia Grandi, and Annie Lo Pizzo. Yearning for labor equality and social justice, Barbieri issued “Ribelliamoci” (Let’s Rebel!), they issued an eloquent, if incendiary, call to action in 1905.“To my women comrades, these are the thoughts of another woman worker dedicated to you,” they said. “It is in my thoughts and the beating of my soul that I feel all the social injustices, that for centuries we have been humble and obedient slaves; it is in rebellion, to rise up against all of these inequities, that I invite you to struggle.”Today, the daughters of italianita` in America have excelled in every field of human endeavor.  Intellectually rigorous and supremely competent, they continue to inform, enlighten, and enrich the nation — and the world.Though demonized at every turn by GOP troglodytes, timorous Democrats and pugnacious cable-TV pundits, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi enabled former President Barack Obama to pass the most comprehensive healthcare reform in American history. In fact, her stewardship of the House of Representatives has been nothing short of historic.Speaker Pelosi is now spearheading the drive toward the inquiry that could well result in the impeachment of President Donald Trump, who may have violated his oath of office in committing high crimes and misdemeanors.Carolyn Porco is the planetary scientist who served as the leader of the Imaging Science Team on the Cassini mission to Saturn. A staunch advocate of a robust human presence throughout the solar system, Porco remains true to the spirit of exploration exemplified by Columbus, Caboto, Vespucci, and da Verrazzano: “the future is boundless, and it belongs to us.”Recently, astronomers at University College London discovered the presence of water vapor in the atmosphere of K2-18b, a possibly habitable Earth-like planet situated 110 light years from our world.  “To our great surprise we saw a pretty strong signature of water vapor,” said Professor Giovanna Tinetti, a London-based physicist from Turin and member of the UCL team. “It means first of all that there’s an atmosphere, and second that it contains a significant amount of water.”In It Happened in Italy, author Elizabeth Bettina details the valor of “Italy’s army of Schindlers,” (a phrase coined by Dorothy Rabinowitz), officials, and everyday Italian citizens who rescued Jews from perishing in the Holocaust. Rather than acquiescing in Hitler’s Final Solution, the Italians intervened to preserve a people. And in the Ferramonti Campo di Concentramento in Calabria, Jewish internees were shielded from German eliminationism: “There were doctors, dentists, bakers, teachers, rabbis. They even had their own form of government.”  Children were born and educated. Cantors sang. Ice cream vendors sold gelati.“There were even a few weddings, at least three or four that I was aware of,” according to Max Kempin.Of course, the values of a society must coexist with a nation’s security concerns.Janet Napolitano, a no-nonsense former governor of Arizona, helmed Homeland Security, the agency that must be as vigilant as it is proactive in protecting the United States from all foreign and domestic terrorist threats.When it comes to unlocking the secrets of the universe, physicist Chiara Nappi has few equals.  In addition to her research on string theory, particle physics, black holes, and mathematical physics, this Princeton University professor has written extensively on women in science. Nappi earned her Ph.D. in physics from the University of Naples.Across the final frontier, Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, an Air Force pilot and engineer, holds the record for the longest uninterrupted spaceflight of a European astronaut.Italy was in the vanguard of feminine education for centuries. In 1415, Constanza Calenda served as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Salerno. She later became the medical dean at the University of Naples.  Rebecca Guarna contributed greatly to medical literature, penning scholarly works on “Fever” and the “Embryo.” In fact, women have been practicing medicine throughout Italy since the twelfth century. During the first century of its existence, the University of Bologna boasted women professors in nearly every department.Though it has long been obscured by puerile stereotypes, the grand Italian tradition of female excellence in education, law, medicine, science, and the arts dates back to the Roman emancipation of women.According historians Roger Vigneron and Jean-Francois Gerkens, this ancient Italian notion — “the very idea of equality of men and women” — is based on Celsius’s famous dictum in the Emperor Justinian’s Digest: “The law is the art of goodness and fairness.” Moreover, “inside the Roman people itself, the role of juridical equality was the duty to be pursued.”And it is the ancestral sine qua non that inspires the daughters of italianita`.last_img
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Generation Z: Creative and committed, against the virus

first_imgWith their art, technology know-how, creative social networking skills or political commitment, post-millennials, known as Generation Z, have found their own ways to help others through the coronavirus lockdown.From Colombia to Senegal, Malaysia to North Macedonia, AFP talked to a group of 15- to 24-year-olds, who put their energy and skills to use within their communities, contributing perhaps to shaping the post-virus world.Only history will tell if they’ll become the “Coronavirus Generation”, forever marked at a formative time in their lives by the pandemic, which brought more than half the planet to a standstill. Interrupted revolutions From Hong Kong to Santiago and in other cities too, the epidemic forced the temporary suspension of demonstrations for change by pro-democracy movements.But, says 24-year-old Camila, from Chile, they’re only on pause.Preferring not to divulge her surname, she said that she had taken part in protests against social inequality in her country since the end of October.”This government prefers to risk seeing you die than to see its companies suffer losses,” she claimed.In the face of exploding unemployment in the poorest parts of the Chilean capital, Santiago, some residents have already defied the lockdown to demonstrate and call for food aid.And, warns Camila, when the pandemic is over, many will take to the streets again because they have lost a loved one and the government didn’t look after them. Topics : Solidarity beyond the smartphone”If I don’t volunteer and those like me don’t volunteer, then who will?”, asks Malak Sabah, 24.In her high visibility vest, she has been the linchpin of an initiative to sanitize the streets of Lebanon’s overcrowded Wavel Palestinian refugee camp, where she grew up.  The art of isolation Art has helped some youngsters overcome the confines of lockdown and health conditions while living in small apartments.Wan Jamila Wan Shaiful Bahri, a 17-year-old autistic painter from Malaysia, devoted her time to creating her Our Heroes series in tribute to front-line workers.”I compile all the stories I saw in the daily news regarding coronavirus,” she told AFP, from her studio at her home just outside Kuala Lumpur.Better known under the name Artjamila, the teen proudly showed one of her canvasses, depicting people dressed in blue, with big, dark eyes looking worried above their masks.One of her works was selected for a health ministry awareness campaign. More than 10,000 kilometers away in North Macedonia, high school student Eva Stojcevska found a way to keep her passion for drama alive, despite performances being cancelled.To save her school’s annual cultural festival, the 16-year-old from Skopje and her friends reorganized it on Facebook instead where several dozen people took to the virtual stage for live shows.With more than 40,000 views and rave reviews, it “turned out a lot better than expected,” she said.center_img Drones and 3-D printing Jose Otero, a 22-year-old Venezuelan living in Colombia, has come up with what he describes as a low-cost drone to beat the travel restrictions by carrying medicine and test results around the northern city of Barranquilla.”They used to tell us that we had to separate ourselves from technological devices or telephones because that separated us,” he said.”On the contrary, right now it is what unites us.”In Senegal, engineering student Ibrahima Cisse, 23, and his friends at Dakar’s ESP Polytechnic Higher School built a special bicycle equipped with a rear-end loud speaker for sharing preventative information and a hand sanitizer dispenser.He said that they were learning how to be useful through initiatives that take into account the environment, people’s needs and reducing costs.”We’re in a poor country and you shouldn’t think of extravagant projects,” he said.At 15, Romeo Estezet, a Paris high school student, has made his bedroom into a 3-D printing workshop and is turning out 80 protective visors a day.”My dream is to show other young people the usefulness and, above all, the ease of this technology, which puts the production of objects within everyone’s reach” especially in a crisis, he said. As for the future?As well as feelings of injustice and, at times, anger, the young people that AFP met expressed great optimism and hope that positive lessons will be learned from the unprecedented crisis.”I hope that, in future, people will be more aware of their health, more aware for the environment around them and understand that even their smallest steps can influence everyone,” said Stojcevska, emphasizing the looming climate threat for future generations.Badi, the sportsman, longs for society to be more focused on equality and social cohesion.”We realize that certain jobs, usually neglected, in the end are more important,” he said, referring to how there would have been nothing to eat without cashiers showing up for work during lockdown.However, for many young people the pandemic has made their economic futures more uncertain.According to an International Labor Organization study, the 15- to 24-year-olds are already the main victims of the economic slump, with one in six out of work.As the world faces historic economic and social costs from the pandemic, Sabah, the refugee, knows that hard times still lie ahead.”But they won’t last forever,” she said. Worried that some were not taking the risk seriously enough after the first COVID-19 case in the camp, an awareness campaign was launched, Sabah said.”It’s a hidden virus, you can’t deal with it with physical strength, it requires awareness, knowledge and protection,” she told AFP.Having always known a world connected by the likes of Google, Facebook and Amazon, this generation understands the power of social networks in getting a message across, Walid Badi, a French professional handball player, said.Not only that, but these young people also realize they’re best placed “to help the most vulnerable”, the 24-year-old, who lives in Ivry-sur-Seine near Paris, said.The health crisis demonstrated that “we’re not just good for staying at home, hooked to our smartphones, but are deeply rooted in reality,” he added.While competitions were off the cards during confinement, he used the time to step up action through his Solidaritess association in aid of the homeless, distributing clothes to the “forgotten” in the capital’s suburbs.last_img read more

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Duterte: No need for coronavirus hysteria

first_imgMANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte saidthere was no need for the public to be “hysterical” over the novel coronavirusacute respiratory disease (2019-nCoV) which is finding its way in the country. President Duterte also said that thepublic hysteria over the disease caused the stocks of face masks to quicklydeplete but he assured that the government has procured more stocks of facemasks. Filipinos fear over the novelcoronavirus heightened after the Department of Health confirmed last week twocases of the disease in the country, with one of them dying due to the virus./PN “If there is really a virus goingaround, why do you have to be hysterical? Why don’t you just go to the hospitaland have yourself treated or if you are quarantined, if you suspect that youhave acquired,” he added. “You know, this coronavirus (is) scaringpeople all over the country. The response of the people from the initialreports of coronavirus was almost hysterical when there was really no need forit actually,” Duterte said to the media after a Cabinet meeting on the illnesson Monday evening. President Rodrigo Duterte. PCOO “The supply has depleted because there’san emergency and there’s a need for it so everybody is buying. That’s thereason why there is a scarce supply in the market. Without the virus, the masksare not being sold by the thousands,” he said.last_img read more

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Black Cats eye midfielder Downing

first_img Press Association Sunderland are hoping to push home their interest in West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing as head coach Dick Advocaat awaits a transfer breakthrough. He began his career at home-town club Middlesbrough and had a loan spell at the Stadium of Light in 2003 before making a £12million switch to Aston Villa in July 2009 in the wake of Boro’s relegation from the Barclays Premier League. Downing was on the move again two summers later as Liverpool invested £20million in his services, although ultimately he did not fit into manager Brendan Rodgers’ plans and was sold to West Ham during the summer of 2013. He has rebuilt his reputation under Sam Allardyce at the Boleyn Stadium, but the Black Cats are hoping they can tempt him back home as they attempt to bolster a squad which has had to produce late pushes in each of the last two seasons to avoid relegation. Advocaat and sporting director Lee Congerton have been working hard behind the scenes to land the men they want, and they have shown no lack of ambition. Despite reports to the contrary, the Dutchman is understood to have tested the water with PSV Eindhoven over their Holland midfielder Georgino Wijnaldum, but the package on offer was not acceptable to them. center_img Press Association Sport understands the Black Cats are looking to take advantage of new Hammers boss Slaven Bilic’s squad re-shaping programme to persuade the 30-year-old England midfielder to return to his native north-east. Downing made 43 appearances for the London club last season, but has been linked with a move away from Upton Park this summer. last_img read more

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Pride, Red Force fireworks to set tone for Regional Super 50

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – A clash between reigning champions Barbados Pride and perennial rivals Trinidad and Tobago Red Force will raise the curtain on this year’s Regional Super50 late this month.The match, a day/nighter at Kensington Oval on January 30, will be the feature in a Group A doubleheader that will also see Windward Islands Volcanoes and Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners battle at 3W’s Oval in a 9 am encounter.Ten teams have been divided into two groups for the January 30 to February 24 tournament, Group B of which will be contested in Antigua with the night games set for the Coolidge Cricket Ground.Day matches, meanwhile, will be played at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in North Sound.Pride and Red Force, along with Marooners, Volcanoes and English County Hampshire comprise Group A while last season’s losing finalists Jamaica Scorpions together with Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Guyana Jaguars, United States and Kent will do battle in Group B.Hampshire’s Director of Cricket, Giles White, said the tournament presented a chance for the club’s younger players to get valuable experience.“We’re delighted to be involved in the upcoming Super50 competition – it’s a slightly different look to our pre-season but one that we are very happy with and we’re looking forward to be heading back to Barbados once again,” White said.We’re got a strong history with West Indies Cricket and Barbados itself and what excites me about this particular trip is, the experience our young players have gained at similar tournaments previously has allowed them to show what they’re able to do at that level, and I think they’ve got an awful lot out of it previously.”He continued: “I’d see this as an opportunity for a lot of the younger players to put their hand up and say they’re ready to play.“It’ll also be a great period of cricket in February where otherwise we’d be indoors in England so it’s a real positive and certainly a useful development tool for some of our younger players.”Each team will play each other twice in the respective group, with the top two qualifying for the semi-finals, also to be staged under the lights at the CCG.Two matches will be played every other day at match venues in the two host territories.last_img read more

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Kelechi Nwakali Moving Huesca to Elite Division?

first_imgAfter a miserable three years at Arsenal where he failed to don the Gunners colours, but rather spent time with MVV Maastricht (twice), VVV Venlo and FC Porto B. Kelechi Nwakali, however, has cause to smile after starring for his new club SD Huesca which was delayed by Visa issues and Coronavirus pandemic. The Nigerian international has promised to help take the Segunda Division side to the elite division of the Spanish League-La LigaKelechi Nwakali is a happy man again. The Nigerian international is delighted to return to action and has set a target of helping his side secure a place in the Spanish top-flight League-La Liga.Nwakali has stated he was committed to helping Segunda Division side Huesca secure promotion to La Liga at the end of this season. The midfielder joined the Oscenses last summer from Premier League side Arsenal, where he failed to play a single game for the Emirates Stadium outfit.The midfielder featured for MVV Maastricht, VVV-Venlo, MVV Maastricht and Porto B on loan during his three-year stay with the Gunners.The Nigerian international could only make his debut for the Spanish division side on June 18 against Mirandes owing to visa issues and the outbreak of Coronavirus across the globe.Huesca are already in the playoff spot after securing 54 points from 34 games, following 16 wins, six draws and 12 losses.The 22-year-old, who has made two appearances for the Oscenses, has promised to give his best to ensure his side secures promotion to the Spanish top-flight.“I’m excited to be playing competitive football again. I have waited so long for this moment and I’m fully committed to helping the club achieve promotion,” Nwakali told AOI.“The aim is to pick one of the automatic promotion tickets; we have a big game tomorrow against league leaders Cadiz.“It won’t be an easy match but the entire squad is very committed to ensuring we get back to winning ways.”Nwakali was an unused substitute in Huesca 1-1 draw against Segunda Division leaders Cadiz on Wednesday.Nwakali put up an impressive performance in his side’s 1-2 home loss penultimate Thursday at the Estadio El Alcoraz after he was introduced in the 83rd minute of the game to replace Sergio Gomez and the player recorded a commanding performance with his stats clearly distinguishing the former U-23 Eagles star.He completed five out of his seven passes with 83.3 per cent pass accuracy, three successful dribbles, 11 touches and overall 6.2 ratings.Nwakali asserted confidence in the few minutes he held the ball, leaving questions why he was not introduced earlier.The midfielder burst into the limelight in the 2015 U-17 World Cup where helped he Nigeria win the title, scooping the Golden Ball award of the tournament in the process.Besides representing Nigeria at the U-17 level, he has also played for the U-20 side and currently has one cap for the Super Eagles.Nwakali will hope to play more prominently for his club in order to boost his chances with the three-time African champions.It would be recalled that when Spanish news outfit, Dairo AS broke the story last year that Arsenal have sent Nwakali to Spanish Segunda División club SD Huesca, the brother to the Arsenal midfielder was quick to say Nwakali was not closing in on an Arsenal exit despite media speculation and was not on the verge of joining SD Huesca contrary to reports.The once-capped Nigerian international never played a senior game for the Gunners, but tasted some first-team action during loan spells away from the club.In his short career, Nwakali spent time with MVV Maastricht (twice), VVV Venlo and FC Porto B. He has racked up a total of 80 career appearances so far. But his future at Arsenal looks bleak.Born on June 5, 1998, Nwakali started his areer at the Diamond Football Academy and after his performances at 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup, in which he won the Golden Ball Award, he signed with English Premier League side, Arsenal.On September 2016 it was announced that Nwakali had signed for Eerste Divisie side, MVV Maastrcht on loan for the season. He then made his professional debut for the side the same day against Jong Ajax when he came on as a 92nd-minute substitute for Thomas Verheijdt as MVV won 1–0.In August 2017, Nwakali joined Dutch side, VVV-Venlo on loan for the first six months of the season. After the initial six-month loan deal expired, he elected to leave Venlo and return to MVV Maastricht for the second half of the season.Nwakali returned to Maastricht on loan for the second half of the 2017-18 Eerste Divisie season, having played just 380 minutes of Eredivisie football with Venlo.He was named to the provisional squad for the Nigeria U-17 side before the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup but did not make the final squad. However, coming into the 2015 edition of the tournament he was named captain as he led his country to the title, winning the Golden Ball Award along the way. The Gunners paid more than three million euros to sign Nwakali from Diamond Academy in the summer of 2016.However, the midfielder has not played competitively for their teams because of a work permit obstacle.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Kelechi Nwakalilast_img read more

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Super Seniors

first_imgAs the Wisconsin volleyball team gears up in hopes of makinga deep run in its 12th straight NCAA tournament appearance, five seniors’Badger careers will end in just three short weeks.Amanda Berkeley, Megan Mills, Jackie Simpson, Taylor Reinekeand Jocelyn Wack have been the core of the volleyball team that has won almost100 matches over the last four years from day one.Now, with three weeks at most left in their careers, thesefive seniors are beginning to look back at their time as Badgers before theymake one final push toward the Final Four.”I try not to think about that,” Wack said about the thoughtof her career as a Badger coming to an end.”Thisis it,” Reineke added. “Some of us might not be able get the chance to playvolleyball again. It’s just kind of play hard or go home. This is it. This isall we have left. We are going to work hard and play like we have nothing tolose.”The early yearsFor these five seniors, putting on the Wisconsin uniform forthe first time back in 2004 provided them with mixed emotions.”Just to have that jersey on, and be a Badger and realizethere is so much to come was so exciting,” Simpson said.”I was excited and nervous,” Berkeley added. “I’ve neverplayed in front of so many people before. I was more excited to be on the teamand be playing at the Field House when I use to watch games here.”However, from the beginning, this senior class hit the groundrunning, immediately contributing on the court. Wack earned the starting liberospot from the get-go and Simpson and Reineke quickly made their way into thestarting lineup as setter and middle blocker, respectively. Mills and Berkeley,who both walked onto the team freshman year, also contributed as defensivespecialists coming off the bench.”It’s very rare for a class to come in with as many peopleas they have and to start right away and to continue on for four yearscontributing in such a big way,” head coach Pete Waite said. “They clearlyearned their spots as freshmen. You (also) have a situation with two walk-onswho have contributed in big ways during their careers, which is also veryrare.”It was this experience that was gained during their firstyear that the seniors attribute their successes to today.”Just getting that experience was invaluable,” Wack said.”We’ve been through everything together on and off the court and that is reallypaying off this year.””It’s to the point now where you don’t even have to hearsomeone or see them to know where they are on the court,” Simpson added. “It’slike we are connected on a whole other level. A lot of that has to do with thechemistry we have off the court. We truly are a family.”Entering their first NCAA tournament, the Badgers were notexpected to make a deep run. However, Wisconsin shocked many in the volleyballworld when it upset No. 2 and undefeated Hawaii in the Sweet 16 before losingto the eventual champions, Stanford, in the next round.”The biggest thing I remember from that is how it went backand forth,” Wack said. “I remember Jill Odenthal pulling everybody in themiddle and saying, ‘We are going to win this game.’ It was just an amazingfeeling to take such a great team like Hawaii and send them back home.”Wisconsin followed up the Hawaii upset with two more upsetsthe following year by beating then-No. 2 Minnesota and then a favored NotreDame in the Sweet 16.It is these big upsets early in their careers that givesthis Badger quintet the confidence they can make a deep run in this year’stournament.”Onceyou get in the tournament, you get faced with these teams that are expected towin,” Mills said. “After we beat Hawaii and all the big matches that followed,it showed us that we could play up to that level and that we had so muchpotential that we could be good. It gave us that extra confidence.”Finally upperclassmenEntering their junior year, the Badgers were now anexperienced bunch and many expected them to make a run at a Big Ten title.However, Waite enjoyed the 2006 season because he was ableto see how the group of girls matured during their first two years.”It was fun to see them go from being kind of frustratedplayers earlier in their career, because of the mistakes they might have beenmaking — the freshmen mistakes,” Waite said, “to go to the point where they arereally enjoying the game their junior and senior year because they’ve made thecorrections, they’ve worked hard in the offseasons to be better players.”During Halloween weekend, the Badgers pulled off anotherupset, sweeping No. 2 Penn State in what the seniors consider one of thebiggest matches of their careers. All five of them contributed in Wisconsin’sdominating performance, as the trio of Wack, Mill and Berkeley combined for 16digs, while Simpson and Reineke combined for 12 kills and eight blocks.”It was unbelievable because everybody played flawlessly,”Wack said of the Penn State match. “That was awesome because it doesn’t happena whole lot. Sometimes people have off-nights here and there, but everybody onthe team picks it up here and there. That night we couldn’t be stopped.”Mills echoed Wack’s assessment of the match.”We were all in the zone,” Mills said. “We weren’t forcingit or trying to do anything miraculous. We all worked together really well.”While the Badgers rode the high of the win to moreconference wins, for the third-straight year their season ended indisappointment.After making it to the Elite Eight in their freshmen andsophomore year, the quintet was stopped short of their goal of making the FinalFour when they lost to Texas in the Sweet 16. The seniors have used that lossto motivate them to finish strong this year.”Wekind of had a chip on our shoulder, and we knew this year we wanted to do a lotbetter and we didn’t want it to end there,” Reineke said about the Texas loss.”It made us work a lot harder this season.”One last pushAfter their most successful campaign, the seniors are nowready to make their final push at making it to the Final Four.”Sometimes our staff has been spoiled and our fans have beenspoiled by the level of play they have brought to us and the effort they havegiven us,” Waite said. “It has been a great jolt, and now as we enter thetournament, they’re eager to play great and make a deep run. I know they haveset high goals, and they are going to give everything they can to the programnow.”While none of the seniors wanted to think about the fact thattheir careers could be all over Friday, the realization that their time as Badgersis winding down is beginning to set in as the quintet signed the hitting boxesthey use in practice Tuesday, a Wisconsin tradition.However, the seniors were excited to find out they will nothave to leave Madison again unless they make it to the Final Four, which wouldbe welcomed by all.”It was nice for the seniors,” Mills said about finding outWisconsin would host the first four rounds. “Either we make it to the FinalFour, or we lose at home. We are definitely striving for the Final Four, but ifwe don’t make it, there is no place to end like home.”Because the Badgers are hosting the first four rounds, theseniors feel their last shot at making to the Final Four is their best.”This is just a great place to play,” Simpson said of theField House. “The energy level is just up another notch. When you have allthose people cheering for you want to bring your game up to another level. Iknow as our season as gotten closer and closer to the end, we have all startedstepping it up.”However, whenever Wisconsin’s run in the tournament comes toan end — whether Friday or as national champions — the seniors will begin to gotheir own ways as the finish up their education and peruse other ventures likegraduate school and playing overseas. But no matter how far they end up away fromeach other, they all agreed that no one could take away the bond they developedover the last four years.”Wekind of like each other,” Wack joked. “We are like sisters. We see each otherevery day. We talk about the stupidest things all the time. We are just therefor each other for anything. I think we going to be life friends, and that issomething we are going to take away forever.”Legacy and futureRegardless of how far Wisconsin makes it in this year’stournament, the senior class will go down as one of the most decorated in UWhistory.In four years they amassed a 99-28 record overall and 61-19in the Big Ten, pulled off numerous upsets, brought record numbers of fans tothe Field House and had strong showings in the NCAA tournament.They have also accumulated numerous personal achievements. Alook in the Badger volleyball record books, and you would see the seniors allover the page.Wack is not only Wisconsin’s all-time dig leader but alsoholds an NCAA record with an 80-match streak of at least 10 digs or more.Reineke is a three-time member of the All-Big Ten team and ranks second inblocks in UW history. Simpson was a second-team All-American last season andalso ranks second in assists.”I think if you were to ask any player on this team, it’sall about the team,” Simpson said. “Any personal accolades that any of us haveearned, we would trade it in a heartbeat to have a Big Ten title. That’s whatvolleyball is all about. It’s a team sport. It’s a puzzle, and if you’remissing any single piece at any given moment, it’s not going to be complete.It’s a very unique sport in that matter.”Now as the seniors get ready to leave the program, they areconfident they are leaving the team in great shape.”It’s Wisconsin volleyball. With or without us, it is alwaysgoing to be Wisconsin volleyball,” Simpson said. “Had we not come here, itstill would have been a top 10 team with great recruits coming through. It isone of the best places to play in the country. That is a huge reason why peoplecome here. The girls next year are going to be awesome. It is a bright futurefor Wisconsin.””I think it will keep getting better and better,” Berkeleyadded. “We are always a top-notch team so I think it will continue to be thatway.”Even though the foundation is set for Wisconsin to continueit success, Waite knows replacing this class will be one of the toughest thingshe has had to do in a long time.”It will be very tough,” Waite said. “We’ll miss them forthe level of play they bring, for the effort they give in the classroom and onthe court, and just for the people they are. They enjoy this game and havegreat passion for playing it. They have been great role models for thereturning players.”I think that is something they will pass on to the groupfor next year, how hard you need to work to be good and how much fun you canhave by giving everything you can to the team every day.”last_img read more

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