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Twelve. That’s the number of times goalkeeper James Jacobs had to dive, slide, punch, spin, and leap to make a save. Unfortunately, his efforts were not enough, as Babylon’s Louis Ferrigno, unmarked, scored on a volley inside the 18-yard box in Mattituck’s 1-0 road loss October 5.“It’s unfortunate that the ball bounced the wrong way and they capitalized,” Tuckers head coach Will Hayes said. “The game, as a whole, came down to who was going to make a mistake first. They made a mistake and we didn’t capitalize, and we made our mistake and they did.”Jacobs opened the first half making what some would think were some risky plays, coming far out of the box to challenge forwards, leading to him diving on the ball to make one save, and pushing the ball up the field to make another. He said he knew it was going to be an even matchup, and he was ready for the challenge.“I was always on my toes. I was ready for anything,” he said. “I stopped all that I could. Unfortunately, the one goal that went in — the kid was wide open and he blasted it home.”He was also comfortable with his strategy, and his coach was confident in the senior’s abilities — even when he batted the ball above the net after an indirect kick and leapt up to make a save on the corner kick that followed. A minute after, with no help from his defense, he came out to challenge two forwards heading toward him, and knocked the ball out of bounds.“I love playing off my line — I think you have to as a goalkeeper,” Jacobs said. “Say I didn’t come out of the box for all of those, they would have been 1-v-1 with me at the goal, so you have to come off your line.”Regardless of the outcome, Hayes thought his team — No. 2 in League VII (7-3) behind undefeated Babylon (9-0) — did what it set out to do.“We were looking to get the ball wide behind their center backs,” the coach said. “The few times we did we didn’t capitalize, and we didn’t move the ball as well as I’d hoped, but we pressed the midfield, and credit to Babylon, they controlled the middle of the field today.”Regardless of how many times the ball came his way, Jacobs said he felt secure not just in his chances to make a save, but with the talents of his defensive line in front of him.“All of the backs, especially Bryce Grathwol and Chris Nicholson, played their butts off the whole time,” the goalkeeper said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better line.”Senior right back Jake Catalano was also racing to every ball, taking the throw-ins to try to move the ball up the field.“Compared to last time we faced Babylon, we’ve evolved,” he said. “We used to kick the ball up the field and now we’re distributing it through midfield. We’re the best at winning headers. But the defense was solid. James was able to stop everything. Up to a certain point, he can’t stop much more than that.”Jacobs said he hopes the two teams meet again soon. “It’s definitely different this year compared to my last three years on the team,” he said. “I feel different with these guys, great. I definitely want to play Babylon again, because I think we can do it — I think it’s a very, very winnable game. We just have to bring our game. Some games like today we’re strong defensively but we lack on offense, others we bring the offense but struggle on defense, so we have to come with everything we have.”firstname.lastname@example.org Share
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Peter Wearmouth is a director in Capita’s health property team. He has had a successful career spanning both multinational companies and the health sector where he has held a number of executive posts including chief executive, NHS Estates; director, Partnerships for Health; director of healthcare facilities, Bradford NHS Trust; director, the Construction Forum; and president of the Institute of Healthcare Estate and Engineering Managers.
Ulferts & Wittrock opted for the MCO-PX with Multidolly due to its ease of operation, multi-functional uses, relatively low deadweight and lower running costs, said Nooteboom.The MCO-PX with six axle lines and Multidolly with two axle lines was purchased mainly to be used in the transportation of the superstructure of Ulferts & Wittrock’s Terex SL3800 and Demag CC2800 cranes.The option to extend the load floor between the Multidolly and rear axle makes this combination suitable for most special transport operations, including the transport of ultra-long steel structures and concrete elements, claims Nooteboom.For the transport of lighter loads the Multidolly can be detached due to its unique coupling system, which turns the vehicle into a six-axle extendible semi low-loader suitable for smaller transport jobs.The MCO-PX with Multidolly has an axle of 12 tonnes per axle line at 80 km/h, and Ulferts & Wittrock chose a distance between the axle lines of 1,510 mm instead of 1,360 mm because it is easier to obtain an exemption from the German authorities for a 12-tonne axle load, explained Nooteboom. www.nooteboomgroup.comwww.ulferts-wittrock.de
British engineering contractor John Laing Group is to acquire a controlling interest in M40 Trains, which operates the Chiltern Railways franchise linking London, Aylesbury and Birmingham. Subject to approval by the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising, Laing will buy the 23% stake owned by venture capitalist 3I, and another 35% from the management buy out team, lifting its stake from 26% to 84·4% at a cost of £6m.CAPTION: Czech Railways inaugurated electric operation on its 91 km route between Brno and Ceska Trebov
THE Union Switch & Signal Microlok Object Controller is a programmable microprocessor device used for vital or non-vital control and indication of lineside devices such as points, signals, or other equipment. The device was launched by US&S at the AusRail exhibition in Brisbane in November 2006 as a low cost vital/non-vital logic controller with variable inputs and outputs. It offers both ethernet and serial link communications port options and provides an integrated TCP/IP stack to allow compatibility with commercial communications products. The Object Controller has a number of potential applications including the monitoring and control of hand-thrown or powered points, intermediate signal vital logic and remote device monitoring, or movable bridge alignment and locking.The Object Controller has been designed to fit into a typical lineside location box, significantly reducing the amount of space required for its installation. Union Switch & Signal, Australia
Two members of Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), have submitted their resignations of President Michel Martelly as demonstrators continue to protest the electoral process in the French speaking Caribbean country.On Friday, council member Jacceus Joseph submitted his letter stating that because of his “deep convictions” he could not be an “accomplice of elections stained by a deficit in credibility, which will necessarily generate political instability, as well as illegitimate political leaders.”The other resignation came from Pierre Manigat Jr., the CEP’s vice president and press representative, who said his decision was based on prior commitments made with the association of Haitian journalists (AJH), which urged him to resign because of the “disasters the elections could generate” if maintained.Two other CEP officials had already quit since the beginning of the electoral campaign: Néhémie Joseph, shortly after the presidential elections’ first round, saying he was not confident he could fulfill his mission in accordance with his convictions.Also resigning was Yolette Mengual, after her appointment as the CEP’s women representative was strongly questioned by human rights groups and opposition sectors. Haitians were scheduled to elect soon a new president on Sunday as outgoing President Michel Martelly is constitutionally due to leave office on February 7.
South Africa’s COVID-19 cases reach 2028 South Africa records two more COVID-19 deaths South Africa reports 99 new COVID-19 cases South Africa map. Source: “World reference atlas” South Africa map. Source: “World reference atlas”South Africa’s economy could contract 8.2% this year, and grow just 0.6% in 2021, if a second wave of COVID-19 cases hits the country and its main trading partners, the OECD said on Friday.If a second wave of infections is avoided, the economy will contract 7.5% in 2020 before rebounding 2.5% next year, the OECD said in a report on Africa’s most industrialised economy.South Africa was in recession before the pandemic struck, with recurring power cuts by struggling state utility Eskom and weak business confidence dampening economic activity.President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government has promised to fast-track reforms to raise economic growth potential, but some investors are becoming restless about the pace of change.“South Africa cannot afford to delay reforms. It is essential to undertake reforms to restore long-run fiscal sustainability and growth, while continuing to support the economy in the short run,” Alvaro Pereira, the OECD’s economics department country studies director, told a news conference.National Treasury Director-General Dondo Mogajane told the news conference that low levels of productivity and competitiveness were inhibiting job creation and investment, and said the government was focused on addressing those problems.In its report, the OECD – a global organisation that seeks to promote economic growth, prosperity and sustainable development – suggested the South African government was right to prioritise reining in the public sector wage bill, which it said was high by OECD standards.The OECD proposed indexing civil servants’ salaries below inflation for three years, a move likely to exacerbate existing conflict between the government and trade unions, who are already fighting in the courts over promised wage increases.Other recommendations included developing tourism, raising investment in transport infrastructure, easing regulatory restrictions and reforming the pension system to boost coverage.Related