first_imgWenger was impressed by Praet when Arsenal played Anderlecht in 2014 (Picture: Getty)In the end, Praet decided to swap Genk for Anderlecht so he could continue his studies, winning the Belgian Pro League three times after joining the first team, before moving to Sampdoria in 2016.Speaking about his time at Arsenal back in 2014, Praet told Belgian newspaper HLN: ‘I was 16 when I went to do a trial at Arsenal. I played a match with the reserves, I visited the training complex and I went through training with the first team. I never met Arsene Wenger. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 7 Jun 2019 8:31 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Comment What Arsene Wenger has said previously about ‘physically weak’ Arsenal target Dennis Praet Praet tussles with Nacho Monreal in the Champions League five year ago (Picture: Getty)During those European clashes in 2014 – in which Anderlecht famously came from three goals down to draw at the Emirates – Wenger was asked about Praet’s brief time at the club.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When he was 15 or 16 years old, he came with Kyle Ebecilio who, in between, went back to Holland,’ Wenger recalled.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘At the time, he was judged – I didn’t know he was here, I didn’t know him at the time – a bit weak physically.‘Since then he has developed well. I was honestly impressed by his performance when we played in the first game [which Arsenal won 2-1 in Anderlecht].’ The Belgian midfielder had a trial with the Gunners when he was a teenager (Picture: Getty)Sampdoria star and Arsenal target Dennis Praet was considered ‘physically weak’ when he failed to impress while on trial at the club as a teenager, Arsene Wenger has previously revealed.The Belgian midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer along with Sampdoria teammate Joachim Anderson, with reports in Italy claiming the Gunners have proposed a £44million double deal.Praet is already familiar with the red half of north London, having spent time there on trial as a 16-year-old while he also played against Arsenal twice in the Champions League. Advertisement Praet has enjoyed a strong campaign with Sampdoria this past season (Picture: Getty)‘The move to Arsenal fell through because I gave priority to school. Absolutely 100% I wanted to finish my school and at Anderlecht I could make the perfect combination.’Praet made 37 appearances for a Sampdoria side that finished ninth in Serie A this past season, scoring two goals and laying on three assists, while he knows Arsenal star Lucas Torreira well and formed a strong partnership with the Uruguayan before he moved to the Emirates.More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinic Advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgSINN Power has attached two supporting structures for its wave energy converter (WEC) modules to the port wall in Heraklion on Crete, Greece, where the company will install and commission the first two of the total of five of its devices in early July. All five wave energy converter modules, with the revised SINN Power technology, are expected to be installed on the port wall by 2019.The two WEC modules are funded by the German Federal Government and primarily serve to test the updated technology for its functionality.This spring, the production of the individual components, which took place mostly in Germany, was completed and the WEC modules were then transported to Greece by truck. After the arrival of the truck with the components in early May, the SINN Power engineering team began welding the supporting structures, which were recently attached to the breakwater wall.The lifting rods, generators and floating bodies will be assembled in the coming weeks.Once the further three WECs are in place, they will allow for testing the electrical connection of several generators in practice and thus serve the further development of the innovative wave energy technology, the German wave energy developer said.Illustration of the planned WEC test modules at the project site in Heraklion, Crete. Image courtesy of SINN Power.The project is permanently supervised by five to seven SINN Power engineers at the project location in Greece. They monitor the mechanical loads of the revised WEC modules and evaluate the data on the generated electricity.In August 2017, the company was awarded a €1.0 million grant from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) to expand its research activities on Crete with additional wave energy converters next to its WEC prototype installed in 2015 at the breakwater wall of the Port of Heraklion.Following the successful completion of the test on the wall-mounted wave energy modules, SINN Power plans to test a floating version of its wave energy converter technology. The planned floating wave energy converter will consist of 18 modules.last_img read more


first_img The Spaniard has developed a good understanding with the 29-goal striker and provided another assist for the Barclays Premier League’s leading scorer against Tottenham on Sunday. Enrique sees similarities with the bond he struck with another Uruguayan, Diego Forlan, when the two played together at Villarreal. And he likened Suarez’s influence on Liverpool with that of Messi’s for Barcelona, saying: “It’s like at Barcelona – the first player they look for when the game is in a bad situation is Messi because you know he can do something. Luis is the same – I look for him because I know he can do something different and we understand each other.” Liverpool defender Jose Enrique believes striker Luis Suarez performs the same role for the Reds as Lionel Messi does for Barcelona in being the go-to guy in times of trouble. He added: “If you are good players you understand each other. When I was at Villarreal with Forlan I linked up really well with him as well. “In the game all the time the first person I look for is him (Suarez) and he always makes a movement and I try to put the ball there and he does the rest. It is really easy to understand with him. He is our best player and he can do something from nothing.” The victory over Spurs was seen as something of a watershed moment in terms of the side overcoming a perceived mental block in regards to recovering losing positions. Their 3-2 win over their third-placed opponents was only the second time this season Brendan Rodgers’ team had come from behind to win in a league game, and when Spurs took a 2-1 lead at Anfield Enrique admits their previous poor record had him thinking a victory was unlikely. “In the first half they killed us a little bit because they scored in the last minute,” he said. “It was a little bit bad at that point but the manager said some words in the dressing room to lift us. “They scored again in the second half and, to be honest, I didn’t think we would win the game. “But the team worked very hard and this is the important thing because when the team stick together you can see the results and the character from the team was really good.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgAn analysis by the Clippers states the project will bring only 32 new annual events to the market, while 46 other events, which would have been staged elsewhere, will instead be “market-shifted” to Inglewood and thus would not count as a net increase in greenhouse gases in the region.Meany has accused the environmental groups of operating under MSG’s guidance. The application’s analysis was verified by multiple experts, he said.The project is greenhouse gas net neutral, he says, and the development team is committed to fixing any issues, even if they are discovered after construction is finished.“We are trying to be environmental stewards,” Meany said. “We think we have a project that is the most environmentally sensitive of any project that has been brought forward.” Developer frustratedIn an interview Tuesday, developer Chris Meany of Wilson Meany expressed frustration with the hold-ups, but said he is confident CARB will certify the arena application eventually.Meany declined to speak about the specific issues stalling the approval process. He said the state agency is focused on climate change and alleges it is holding this project to a higher standard than others.“CARB thinks this is an opportunity to get extra mitigations to help with an issue that we all should be concerned about,” Meany said. “At every step of the process, we’ve been asked to do more than any other project, and you know what, we’re doing more.”The only difference, he said, is that other projects didn’t have a billion-dollar company fighting them.“Our opposition has done a lot to throw sand in the gears,” he said.Forum owners thank NewsomIn a statement, a representative of the Forum thanked Newsom for supporting the Air Resources Board and for his call that the Clippers comply with AB 987 “both in letter and in spirit.”“It is time for the Clippers to live up to the environmental promises they made to the local community, environmental groups, the Legislature and others,” the representative wrote. “The bottom line is that jamming three large-scale venues within a mile of each other would ruin the experience for all event attendees and overwhelm Inglewood through crippling traffic and completely insufficient parking, increasing pollution and decreasing the quality of life for the surrounding communities.”MSG launched a public campaign against the project last week and has multiple lawsuits pending.The $1 billion arena is expected to be built near the intersections of Prairie Avenue and Century Boulevard, just across the street from the Hollywood Park Casino and the new NFL stadium for the Rams and Chargers, which opens in 2020. The Forum, which would compete with the arena for concerts and other events, is less than a mile away at Prairie and Manchester Boulevard.Proponents of the project have argued that the area has dealt with higher traffic volumes in the past when the Hollywood Park Racetrack and the Forum, then home to the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings, were operating simultaneously. They say the development will be a much-needed economic boon for Inglewood. The city and the Clippers are negotiating a $100 million benefits package that would include $75 million for affordable housing.Opponents cite environmental harmThe Natural Resources Defense Council, Climate Resolve and four state legislators have come out against the project. They say it will harm the region and have called out its application for approval under AB 987, alleging it is not net neutral because the analysis in the application assumes Staples Center and other venues won’t replace events they would lose to the new arena.“Inglewood residents should not be burdened with the weight of hundreds of thousands of metric tons of greenhouse gases and associated toxic air contaminants,” wrote Jonathan Parfrey, executive director of Climate Resolve, in an opposition letter.Related Articles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell credits his grandmother for his love of basketball Clippers vs. Mavericks: 3 trends to watch in their NBA playoff series Clippers see room to improve vs. Mavericks in Game 2 Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener center_img Clippers mindful of Mavericks’ role players thriving in the bubble “I support holding project sponsors to California’s high standards for environmental benefit and mitigation, and I hope you collectively can find a path forward,” Newsom wrote.Assemby Bill 987, passed in 2017 and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018, was designed to speed up the process for the Clippers and protect the development from drawn-out litigation. If CARB doesn’t approve the project, it is likely to get locked down for years because of lawsuits brought by its opposition, the Madison Square Garden Co., owners of The Forum concert venue.The Clippers want to start construction in 2021 and have the arena game-ready three years later, when their lease at Staples Center expires.Earlier this month, two state legislators who support the project accused CARB of racism and said the delays have put the arena at risk.A spokesman for CARB declined to comment and deferred questions to the governor’s office. Newsom’s media representatives did not respond to requests for comment. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Efforts to fast-track a new arena for the Los Angeles Clippers in Inglewood have ground to a halt because the California Air Resources Board does not believe the project meets the necessary environmental standards, according to a letter sent to both sides Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.The letter, which describes the project as an important economic benefit for the community, urges the Clippers and CARB to continue working toward a resolution.Newsom was disappointed to learn that the two sides had reached an impasse over “key questions related to environmental mitigations” for the proposed arena, according to the letter.However, the governor signaled that he would not intervene in the decision-making process by CARB, an independent body tasked with determining whether the Clippers can adequately prevent a net increase in greenhouse gases and other emissions. State law requires at least half of the reductions come from local measures, such as expanding public transit.last_img read more