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Crisscross Mowing

first_imgIf the homeowner in you is envious of the patterned turf at Turner Field, why not give your own lawn the patterned look?University of Georgia scientists say it’s easy. Just mow your lawn in a crisscross pattern rather than in standard rows. “Crisscross mowing is a fad that really took off after the World Cup Soccer Championships in the United States,” said Gil Landry, a turf management scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “People saw the patterned turf on television while watching the soccer games,” he said. “And now you see patterned turf everywhere — on baseball fields, football fields and golf courses.” Aside from the aesthetically pleasing look, Landry said, crisscross mowing will prevent lawn mower tracks on your lawn. “Proper mowing involves mowing in different directions to prevent compaction from mowing in the same tracks every time,” he said. Mowing lawns is a task most homeowners do often. But few do it right. “Proper mowing has a significant effect on the appearance and performance of your turf,” Landry said. “The most important rule is to mow often enough to remove no more than one-third of the grass’s leaves. If you remove more than that, you’ll slow the plant’s growth and vigor.” Landry said most people mow on a schedule of once a week or once every 10 days. But they should base their mowing on the lawn’s conditions. “In drier periods, grass will grow less. And in wetter times, it will grow more,” he said. “Also, if you fertilize, your grass will grow faster and you’ll have to mow more often.” If you like your grass to be two inches high, mow when it’s three inches high. “Don’t wait until it has grown to four inches,” Landry said. “This cuts off too much of the plant’s leaf, which is its source of food.” Mowing too often can also bring unwanted guests into your lawn. “If your grass is stressed, it can’t compete well against weeds,” he said. “Grass cut too short opens the canopy, which promotes weed growth.” Landry said another key to a well-manicured lawn is a sharp mower blade. “A sharp blade produces an even cut and a better look,” he said. “A dull blade will shred the leaf tips and results in 20 percent more fuel costs because the dull mower blade is less efficient.”last_img read more

Slavery and Salvation: Long Island’s Underground Railroad

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By the light of single match a group of shadowy figures followed a path that would take them under the cover of darkness from their hiding place in the attic of a Quaker house in Old Westbury, through the fields, to a waiting boat in Roslyn Harbor, where they’d quietly board and hope to cross the Sound safely on their way to freedom. A cough or a sneeze could be suicide. Rachael Hicks, born there in 1857, wouldn’t learn about her own family’s role in Long Island’s Underground Railroad until her older siblings told her about it after the Civil War had ended.Another key way station in Jericho also held its secrets. Known to us today as the Maine Maid Inn, it was once the home of the Quaker abolitionist Valentine Hicks and his wife Abigail, whose father Elias Hicks had been the spark that helped convince Quakers and other like-minded people after the Revolutionary War that all men were created equal—including people of color who were enslaved.“Elias spread the word and Valentine made the connection,” says Kathleen G. Velsor, a professor in the school of education at SUNY-Old Westbury and author of The Underground Railroad on Long Island, which came out last year. She said that a removable panel behind an upstairs linen closet at the Maine Maid Inn concealed a staircase to the attic where Hicks hid runaways until the coast was clear—and it’s still there today. The Town of Oyster Bay designated the site as an historic landmark in 2012.How many enslaved people used Long Island to escape their chains may never be answered with certainty. Quakers and other abolitionists didn’t advertise their undertakings. But the numbers had to be relatively small. According to the National Park Service, which oversees the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, only 1,000 or so people a year came north, and Long Island was not on the direct route to Canada. But was it more than a detour?Velsor insists that the Island was actually an important destination, albeit a temporary one, because the Quaker “conductors” of the Underground Railroad, which was neither a real railroad nor a tunnel underground, used their Long Island Society of Friends to help the fugitives “hide in plain sight,” dispersed among different homesteads beyond the reach of the slave catchers until they could move “up the trail.”Unfolding this chapter of our Island’s history has been daunting for Velsor, because documents are scarce and skepticism abounds. One local librarian once condescendingly responded to her query thusly: “Don’t be silly, dear! There was no Underground Railroad here because there was no slavery on Long Island.”So, in keeping with Black History Month, a little lesson is in order.Of Human Bondage“Slavery was widespread on Long Island,” says Christopher Matthews, an anthropology professor at Montclair University who has done extensive research on this topic. “It was the principal basis of the economy in the 18th century.”Between 1619 and 1850, an estimated 12 million Africans were shipped across the Atlantic. Of this staggering amount of human cargo, about 5 percent ended up in North America. In the colonial era, historians say that New York City had the second-largest urban slave population after Charleston, S.C. On Long Island in 1771, 17 percent of the population was black and virtually all were enslaved. By 1790, when the first federal census was taken, 54.8 percent of Suffolk County slave owners had one slave, and 88.7 percent owned fewer than five.The first—and the largest—slave plantation on Long Island had begun on Shelter Island in 1651 when Nathaniel Sylvester, an Englishman raised in Amsterdam, brought 24 slaves to work the land so he could provide for his brother’s sugar plantation in Barbados. Today the Sylvester Manor is the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, a nonprofit foundation, as well as the subject of a fascinating account of American history, The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island, by Mac Griswold, a cultural landscape historian and Guggenheim Fellow. Her book, published in 2013 and now in its third printing and soon to be out in paperback, is the featured selection for “Long Island Reads,” the Island-wide reading initiative sponsored in April by the Nassau Library System and the Public Libraries of Suffolk County.The owners of the stately Sylvester Manor in Shelter Island once commanded an 8,000-acre slave plantation. Today the house is part of a non-profit educational foundation, an organic farm, and a major archaeological site. (Photo courtesy John Matsunaga)Back in 1984, Griswold and a friend were rowing a dinghy down Gardiners Creek when she spotted boxwoods looming over a garden by a yellow mansion. She judged by their huge size that these shrubs must have been hundreds of years old. She was right, as she later learned when she met the couple living there who subsequently pointed out the “slave staircase” leading from the west parlor to the attic. But Griswold didn’t start her research until 1997, after she’d written Washington’s Gardens at Mount Vernon, which drew her back to Shelter Island.“Every time Washington said ‘I’ in his account book and in his journal,” she tells the Press, “he didn’t mean: ‘I graded the lawn,’ or ‘I chopped the trees’… He meant the 300 people who were working for him for free.”Nathaniel Sylvester had employed a smaller workforce when he owned all 8,000 acres of Shelter Island. Today only 243 acres of his holdings remain and his original house is most likely under the foundation of the stately structure built in 1737 by his grandson, Brinley Sylvester, and renovated in the 1840s. But inside its walls Griswold found precious paperwork dating back centuries, such as Nathaniel’s will, which referred to his slaves by name, and his inventory, which listed them by value. Griswold also found a note written to Brinley in 1719 that he still owed the vendor money for “rum, molasses, and negros.”Interestingly, Nathaniel Sylvester and his wife Grizzell were Quakers, but, as Griswold writes, that “does not seem to have made them sensitive to the plight of their slaves.” Researchers who have been conducting fieldwork at the site off and on for almost 15 years have discovered that this plantation did not fit the Southern stereotype. In fact, Native Americans, Africans, and whites lived and worked closely together.Katherine Hayes, a University of Minnesota anthropology professor who will be returning to the manor later this spring to conduct an archaeological dig there, used an analogy by the historian Ira Berlin to distinguish between what he called “slave societies,” such as the sugar plantations in Barbados (or the Louisiana hellhole in the Oscar-nominated movie 12 Years a Slave), and “societies with slaves” like the manor on Shelter Island.“Slave societies are entirely dependent on the institution of slavery,” says Hayes, author of Slavery Before Race: Europeans, Africans, and Indians at Long Island’s Sylvester Manor Plantation, 1651-1884. “That’s why slavery becomes such a cruel institution.” Societies with slaves were more like a class system, she explains.“With slave societies, if you’re born a slave, your child is a slave,” Hayes says. “It runs in the family. Whereas in societies with slaves, there’s the possibility that your children will not be slaves, or that one day you may not be a slave as well.”As for why the slaves on Shelter Island didn’t turn on their outnumbered masters, she says the threat of punishment was always present, but seldom necessary.“Just hauling someone across the ocean and putting them in unfamiliar circumstances—you put them at a severe disadvantage without ever having to beat them,” she says.Anthropologist Christopher Matthews found a similar pattern of mixed races working together in Hempstead at the Rock Hall Museum in Lawrence, formerly a 600-acre estate built in 1767 by Josiah Martin, a wealthy British sugar merchant from Antigua, who had the most slaves on a single plantation in what was then Queens. Last year in Stony Brook University’s Long Island History Journal, Matthews published an article with fellow researcher Ross Thomas Rava on their findings that the African slaves “actively participated in the construction and culture of the household rather than merely living and working there.”“These people came to an accommodation with each other,” Griswold tells the Press. “We have to consider the whole story of slavery as an American story, not as an African-American story.”The Rock Hall Museum in Lawrence was built by Josiah Martin, a slaveholder from Antigua, in 1767. Today the Georgian-style mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Photo courtesy Rock Hall Museum)Road to FreedomNot too long ago, slavery was the norm. As Shelter Island’s Lodowick Havens, born in 1774, wrote in his memoir about the 1700s, “In them days all kept slaves as could afford it.”This entrenched American institution had only begun to be challenged when the Quakers became the first organized group of whites here to voluntarily forswear slavery in the 18th century. And Long Island’s Elias Hicks and his son-in-law Valentine were among the most active in this movement. But their efforts and those of other abolitionists took a long while—not to mention a Civil War—to produce their desired results.Joysetta Pearse, executive director of the African Museum of Nassau County, credits Long Island’s Quakers with being instrumental in hastening the end of slavery, at least up North.“If an editor of a local paper ran an ad for a runaway slave—and slaves did run away from Long Island slaveholders—Long Island Quakers would write to the editors that they would boycott the papers if the editors continued to run the slave notices… They did all the harassing they could do, and the [state] legislature finally moved to address the issue.”Under pressure, New York’s legislature amended its gradual manumission law in 1817 so that all enslaved blacks would be free as of 1827. As is so often true in this republic when reforms are passed, the drafters of the original bill had wanted to make sure the property owners were adequately compensated—even if their property was human chattel. Afterwards, abolitionists turned their attention to the slave states.And given how the stakes changed for the operators of the Underground Railroad in 1850 after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act, which mandated the return of runaway slaves wherever in the Union they might be, it became very dangerous for both slaves and their “conductors.”“They couldn’t trust anybody,” says Velsor with admiration. “And that’s when you realize how heroic these people are.”Mac Griswold, the author of The Manor, will be speaking about her book on Feb. 9 and Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. at the WMHO Educational and Cultural Center, 111 Main St., Stony Brook. Admission is free. For more information, call 631-751-2244 or go to www.wmho.org. The nationally acclaimed photographer Xiomaro, whose series on the slaves’ burial ground at the William Floyd Estate is currently on display at the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York City, will be giving a free lecture at the Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit St., Oyster Bay, on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Call 516-922-5032 for more information.last_img read more

Measuring “ease of use” using Member Effort Score

first_imgData shows that credit unions with true member loyalty enjoy higher net income, lower costs and faster growth than credit unions with less loyal, engaged members. There are a variety of “experience” elements that are important to members and help build loyalty.Quality service, trustworthiness, products, pricing, and “ease of use” are the elements that are most highly correlated to loyalty. Credit unions have been measuring many of these elements for some time, but “ease of use” often gets overlooked. More credit unions are now measuring Member Effort Score (also known as Customer Effort Score) to capture ease of use as a part of their overall member experience (MX) program.About Customer Effort ScoreCustomer Effort Score was introduced by CEB in 2010 in a Harvard Business Review article. The methodology was revised by CEB in 2013 after further research showed the need for adjustments to the question wording and scale.The essential idea behind Member Effort Score in the credit union industry, is that reducing the effort required for your members to do business with you will result in fewer detractors and a better member experience, thus improving loyalty. In other words, the easier you make it to do business with you, the more loyal your members will become.How do you determine where you need to reduce effort? Put simply, by asking members that recently interacted with you if you made it easy for them to handle their issue.The scores, especially when segmented by the types of interaction (question, problem, technical support, etc.) or channel (phone, web, mobile), can highlight the areas of your business where members have to put forth high effort to get what they need done. Think of those times when you’ve had to call a service provider back multiple times to get an issue resolved, or you try to find a solution on a website…but you’re forced to call in and try to use the touch tone phone tree. High effort erodes loyalty.We are often asked, is Member Effort Score better than Net Promoter Score (NPS) or Satisfaction (CSAT)? In working with credit unions, our data has shown that a combination of measures is most effective when building a member feedback or member experience program. NPS is, by nature, a relationship-oriented metric. When members consider how likely they are to recommend the credit union, all of their past experiences are rolled into the rating they choose. As credit unions analyze NPS and the comments that go along with the scores members provide, they are often able to uncover the root cause of service or product issues and make adjustments.However, Member Effort Score is beneficial when used to measure member experience within a specific channel or touchpoint. Consider this, a member may have had a multitude of great experiences with the credit union and be highly likely to recommend. However, their recent experience with your online banking was very difficult and took way longer than they anticipated. This very loyal member, may indicate that they needed to put forth a lot of effort to use online banking. Imagine if this member continuously had issues with the online banking channel…one would guess that this would impact their overall loyalty at some point. Member Effort Score can be used as a spotlight to highlight current high effort experiences in your member journey. When used over time, it can provide an early warning signal to loyalty eroding, high effort interactions.The reality is… a metric alone cannot provide leaders all the information necessary to improve the credit union. It’s how you use the feedback and take action that creates the impressive results that NPS, Member Effort Score, Ease of Use, or any other metric promises. 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Rebecca Secor Rebecca Secor came to Member Loyalty Group from Educators Credit Union after developing their Net Promoter Program. During her time at Educators, she was a Marketing Specialist, Member Experience Auditor … Web: www.memberloyaltygroup.com Detailslast_img read more

Long Island Nonprofits Reimagine Fundraising Amid Pandemic

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Long Island Insurance Community, a nonprofit that brings together insurance industry leaders to give back to the community and to those less fortunate, holds a big, annual fundraiser for the United Way of Long Island attended by hundreds. That was pre-pandemic.Unable to unite this year, LIIC instead launched a virtual text-a-thon, sending a barrage of texts and live streaming an event to benefit the United Way of Long Island’s COVID-19 response fund. The group raised $96,000 — half the amount in prior years, but not bad for a fundraiser that, otherwise, would have been canceled. It announced raffle winners and presented messages from LIIC cochairs, United Way partners, executives and people benefiting from services.“You used to have 300 people in a room,” said Gloria Gargano, LIIC cochair and a United Way of Long Island board member. “We were able to come up with something that kept people engaged and allowed us to raise money.”While many businesses figure out how to transform with the times, nonprofits facing challenges are reinventing fundraising. “We had to shift gears and create a vision that was able to engage long-term contributors and new contributors,” Gargano said. “And trying to maintain COVID safety.”Nothing beats being there and events remain effective ways to raise money, but groups have often gone virtual.“COVID-19 took all of us by surprise,” said Susan Munro, assistant vice president of constituency programs for the Northwell Health Foundation. “We were concerned about how we would sustain our fundraising efforts.”Northwell adapted, creating a COVID-19 Emergency Fund, raising $34.5 million from 17,000 donors and helping to secure small and larger contributions.“Northwell completely transitioned all of our events to virtual settings in almost record time,” Munro added. “We were doing things we never did before.” The organization transitioned its Northwell Health Walk to a virtual fundraiser, raising more than $1 million for its COVID-19 Emergency Fund. Rather than canceling the Feinstein Summer Concert, Katz Luncheon and Fashion Event, and Constellation Gala, Northwell “evolved all of them into high-end video productions that raised significant support for Northwell,” Munro continued. The system even transitioned its Ladies’ Day Out shopping event into a virtual shopping week with a percentage of proceeds benefiting Northwell’s women’s health initiatives.Family and Children’s Association (FCA), one of the largest and oldest health and human services agencies on Long Island, based in Mineola, sharpened the focus of fundraising.“We had to be very specific and targeted in our ask,” said Dana Jarrett, FCA development associate. “Before, we could be general.”FCA, through its COVID assistance fund, raised money for items like Google Chromebooks for children in homeless shelters. “We sent pictures to the donors of the kids who got the Chromebooks,” Jarrett added.FCA transformed its scholarship appeal event from a breakfast to a campaign, including a Zoom call where donors met recipients who obtained $2,500 college scholarships. It transformed its pre-Thanksgiving Fall Harvest Celebration gala into a Gifts of Gratitude Campaign, raising more than $100,000 to date. Island Harvest Food Bank developed a taste for tech, shifting its Taste of the Harvest to a virtual event with three chefs  — David Burke, Claudia Fleming, and Guy Reuge  — slated to teach cooking online Dec. 9.“The food and ingredients for preparation of the meal will be delivered to event participants,” according to the group. “From the comfort of their own home, they will have the opportunity to prepare a three-course meal with the help of each of the talented chefs.”While groups got innovative, golf didn’t go away. Northwell held two golf events with COVID-19 safety protocols, no dinners or gatherings, and FCA held one with 32 foursomes, grossing $117,000. “Everybody wore their masks. We had a way to do social distancing,” Jarrett said. “One person in a golf cart. People had to bring their clubs.”The Over 50 Fair, run by Barbara Kaplan, went virtual in September, raising $3,100 to benefit the Interfaith Nutrition Network.“They’ve been doing food and fund drives at the Over 50 Fair since 2012, as well as some of the All Kids Fairs,” Kaplan said.Meanwhile, the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington got a $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts CARES grant and planned an online fundraiser with movie star Elliott Gould.For more business coverage visit longislandpress.com/category/businessSign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.last_img read more

WHO opens door to broader use of masks to limit spread of coronavirus

first_imgA senior WHO official told reporters there was some possibility of airborne transmission of the virus that has now infected over 1 million people and killed 50,000 people worldwide since emerging in China last December.But the main driver of the pandemic was still believed to be sick people with symptoms who were coughing and sneezing and contaminating surfaces or other people.”We must preserve medical surgical respirator masks for our frontline workers. But the idea of using respiratory coverings or mouth coverings to prevent coughing or sneezing projecting disease into the environment and towards others … that in itself is not a bad idea,” Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergencies expert, told a news conference.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease who is top U.S. infectious disease official, said on Friday that Americans should cover their face if they have to go in public, but they should still stay isolated as much as possible. Topics : Ryan acknowledged a “very important and healthy debate” on the wearing of masks.He said that if used, they should be part of a comprehensive strategy and would not negate the need for handwashing and social distancing.”So we can certainly see circumstances in which the use of masks, both homemade or cloth masks, at community level may help in an overall comprehensive response to this disease,” he said.Ryan, citing data from Italy, said that there did not appear to be a link between people taking drugs against hypertension known as ace inhibitors and getting the disease or developing severe disease.Click https://tmsnrt.rs/3aIRuz7 in a separate browser for a GRAPHIC on global tracking of the spread of the coronavirus.Exhausted staff in some overwhelmed health care systems could be a factor in mortality rates, Ryan said, adding: “We need to reduce the tsunamis of patients coming through the door to give doctors, nurses and other carers the opportunity to save more lives.”Dr. Maria van Kerkhove, a WHO epidemiologist, cautioned against comparing mortality rates between countries, noting that some may be missing mild infections as they focus on patients in severe condition.”What we really need to be focusing on right now is what is the age profile of people who are in ICU (intensive care units),” she said.”We are seeing more and more individuals who are of the younger age group – in their 30s, in their 40s, in their 50s – who are in ICU and who are dying,” she said, citing Italy and China.Generally older people or those with underlying medical conditions will have more advanced disease and a higher risk of death, van Kerkhove said.”But we have some time to go before we can really understand what mortality looks like across different countries so I would urge you to take those mortality rates with caution when comparing across countries,” she said.center_img The World Health Organization on Friday said that medical masks should be prioritised for health workers, but it opened the door to greater public use of homemade masks or other mouth coverings as a way to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.last_img read more

Mansfield house sells for $50k above asking price despite passing in at auction

first_imgThe house passed in at auction.However, once the house went to market, interest exploded.“I priced it at $1,020,000,” Mr Comino said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“We got six offers after auction (and) out of those, five were new buyers.” The house sold for $50,000 above asking price. The house at 16 Sandringham St, Mansfield, sold for $1,070,000.A MANSFIELD Tudor-style home sold above the seller’s expectations after passing in at auction.LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills agent Kosma Comino said when the 16 Sandringham St house went to auction about a month ago, there was only one registered bidder, and the property passed in at $851,000. The price sparked a bidding war.This excitement created a bidding war, resulting in the house being sold for $1,070,000 — $50,000 more than the asking price.It was purchased by a young family who loved its Tudor style, and enjoyed the fact their children could walk to the nearby school. However, a price on the listing post-auction drew six written offers.Mr Comino said due to the grand presence of the house, buyers had assumed the house was out of their price bracket before auction.“It’s a really big house and it looks really special online,” Mr Comino said.“Everyone thought it would be $1.5 million, so when they saw it at $1,020,000, that created a lot of excitement in the market.”last_img read more

UK Royal family and MPs to meet President Xi Jinping

first_imgMembers of United Kingdom’s Royal Family and politicians will greet China’s President Xi Jinping as he begins his four-day state visit to the country.President Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan will take part in a procession along The Mall to Buckingham Palace, ahead of a state banquet to be hosted by the Queen later.Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said that Britain was strengthening its relations with China.Ministers expect more than £30bn of trade and investment deals to be struck during the visit, which will also include talks between Mr Xi and Prime Minister David Cameron.President Xi and the first lady arrived into the UK on Monday, and are staying at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London.Among the activities that Xi is expected to be involved in during his stay are addressing both Houses of Parliament and meeting UK Prime Minister David Cameron.The UK Treasury has expressed hopes of establishing China as Britain’s second biggest trading partner within 10 years.The trip, the first UK state visit by a Chinese leader since 2005, has been hailed by officials from both countries as the start of a “golden era” of relations.last_img read more

Bizarre incident at Portsmouth Secondary

first_img Share LocalNews Bizarre incident at Portsmouth Secondary by: – April 7, 2011 Students of the Portsmouth Secondary School at a basketball game. Photo credit: GIS NewsIn what appears to be a bizarre incident, the normal school day was interrupted at the Portsmouth Secondary School, when some students allegedly began acting hyper and deranged-an incident similar to what occurred at the Grandbay Secondary several years ago.It is alleged that 3 female students each from the second, third and fourth form started turning over desks and screaming at the top of their lungs. One student even allegedly fought with a teacher.Eyewitness saw one young female student running down the main road to the school screaming.“She was rescued by another young lady and the two fell on top one another on the ground screaming. They then got up and continued down the street screaming as teachers and other students attempted to calm the two. Another young lady who was being ‘prayed for’ after violently attacking a teacher knelt calmly on the ground then suddenly attacked the teacher who was praying for her and other students close by. She threw a chair at a male student, “according the eye witness.While information about what really transpired is sketchy at this time, Dominica Vibes can confirm that officials from the Ministry of Education met with staff members about the matter.Dominica Vibes will continue to follow that story. Tweet 54 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

You are too short, Mourinho tells struggling Spurs defenders

first_img Mourinho admitted: “If I was one of my attackers I would be very frustrated that behind we are unable to stop it. But it is also great to know the team never gives up. I want to praise that fantastic spirit. “People who accumulate 180 minutes in two games were fantastic. The others who are not playing too much or came back from injuries, like Erik Lamela and Tanguy Ndombele, deserve praise.” Lamela and Ndombele returned to action at Norwich. Mourinho also welcomes back midfield pair Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko to the squad for today’s trip to Saints. The boss may be struggling to solve their defensive issues but he has wasted no time in sorting their away form. Tottenham had not won away for 11 months before Mourinho’s November arrival. They have won two and drawn one of their four away games in the Prem under him. He said: “Is that better than before? Yes. Is it perfect? No. José Mourinho accuses Tottenham defenders of giving away goals like ‘gifts’ after two defensive howlers allow Norwich a point “At Manchester United we got to half-time at 1-1. But the second half starts and we concede a ridiculous goal, that is the problem.” Read Also:Tottenham’s defence leaves Mourinho sympathising with strikers Yet Mourinho, despite being without the injured Danny Rose, insists he is not planning to bring in any new defenders this month. He said: “No, no, in January we have more time to work to try to improve.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 They have conceded 17 goals in ten matches in all competitions since the Special One took over from Mauricio Pochettino. Mourinho takes his defence-shy team to struggling Southampton today. He said: “We play so well, we create so much. In the beginning we were conceding lots of goals on corners, we stopped that. “We conceded the other day against Brighton from a free-kick. But there are things in football that are very difficult to control. “When I am small and you are taller than me by 15cm there are things in football that are impossible. The only solution is to select a majority of tall players to cope with the physicality of the Premier League or in European competitions. “But we have to improve, we concede too many goals and it is very frustrating.” Many will dismiss Mourinho’s claims as a tall story as four of the defenders who played against Norwich on Saturday — Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth — all stand above 6ft. But Spurs looked shoddy at the back again as they drew 2-2 at rock-bottom Canaries. Tottenham have now let in 12 goals in eight Premier League matches under Jose. By contrast they have scored EIGHTEEN goals in those top-flight contests and a further five in his two Champions League fixtures. Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniversePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Loading… Jose Mourinho claims the reason Tottenham’s defenders are coming up short — is because they are too small.last_img read more

Chelsea keen on Lazio hitman

first_img Il Messaggero claim that the Blues are weighing up a move for the 29-year-old either this month or in the summer. Read Also:Serie A: Immobile nets hat-trick as Lazio thrash Sampdoria to keep title chase alive Immobile has banged in 26 goals in 25 games this season in all competitions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Chelsea are reportedly keen on signing Lazio hitman, Ciro Immobile, according to Italian news outlet Il Messaggero. Lazio’s Italian forward Ciro Immobile has scored 23 goals this season. Frank Lampard has made it clear he wants to sign the striker to ease the burden on Tammy Abraham.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks10 Irresistibly Beautiful Asian ActressesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconic5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarianlast_img read more