Van Dijk: De Ligt is calm

first_imgVirgil van Dijk backed Netherlands team-mate Matthijs de Ligt to be unaffected by a shaky Serie A debut for Juventus.Former Ajax defender De Ligt received criticism for his performance in Juve’s dramatic 4-3 victory over Napoli on Saturday.The 20-year-old played alongside Leonardo Bonucci due to Giorgio Chiellini’s anterior cruciate ligament injury but struggled to cope with Napoli’s rampant attack in the second half and was partly at fault for all three goals Juve conceded. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman has defended the €75million centre-back, however, and Liverpool star Van Dijk echoed those sentiments.”I saw Matthijs arrive very normally. Nothing was wrong,” UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Van Dijk told a news conference ahead of Netherlands’ Euro 2020 qualifier with Germany.”Everybody that knows him also knows that he always stays calm in these kinds of situations.”Of course, I spoke to him. But we don’t need to tell each other a lot. I think it’s also something you only talk about when you see each other for the first time again.”After that, the focus is on the future and the match in front of us as a pairing. So that’s what we did.”De Ligt’s former club-mate Frenkie de Jong also switched to a European heavyweight in the offseason by joining LaLiga champions Barcelona, though the midfielder has been used in a slightly different role to the one he played for Ajax and typically occupies for the Netherlands.”No, not at all. Those guys are amazing, they know that and we do too,” Van Dijk said when asked if extra work was required to accommodate the duo in Netherlands’ system.”I think they will show why they are so important to us once again.”Koeman, meanwhile, refuted the suggestion Netherlands will be feeling extra pressure following their 3-2 home defeat to Germany in March.”There’s always pressure on us. Especially now against Germany,” Koeman said. “From the outside, it may seem as though we have some pressure on our shoulders, because of our most recent meeting.”We still have some spare games. I believe we can take a big leap with a good result against Germany tomorrow. In that case, the rest of the qualification will be a bit easier. If not, reaching the Euros should still be our main target, of course.”last_img read more

Solid September stabilises challenging commercial vehicle market

Commercial vehicle registrations up 0.8% in September to 43,787 units, rolling year up 0.5% to 295,231.Truck registrations stable 4,727 units in the month, rolling year up 20.3% to 47,695.Van registrations up 1.1% to 39,060 units in September, rolling year down 2.6%, with 247,536 registrations.Click through to download the full September 2012 commercial vehicle registrations news release and data tables.UK van and truck registrations: 2012 and % change on 2011 September% changeYear-to-date% changeRolling year% change “The September plate change provided enough of a boost to stabilise van demand in a challenging economic environment,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Continuing the trend seen so far this year, light rigids performed strongly in the month growing 23.4%, while light vans and pickups reversed recent declines, recording rises of 8.8% and 17.2% respectively.”Click through to download the full September 2012 commercial vehicle registrations news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Total43,7870.8%221,438-3.4%295,2310.5% Trucks4,727-1.5%34,37116.0%47,69520.3% Vans39,0601.1%187,067-6.3%247,536-2.6% read more

Multotecs SX10 low density spiral opens up coal separation options

first_imgMultotec Gravity Division says its new SX10 low density spiral further extends the benefits this innovation offers in fine coal beneficiation, with the technology able to produce both thermal and coking coal on one spiral.The Multotec SX10 low density spiral’s reduced cut point of 1.55 g/cm3 delivers considerable advantages over the cut points of between 1.6 and 1.8 g/cm3 typically achieved in the coal industry today, according to Multotec Technology Manager, Faan Bornman.The result, he says, is cleaner coal with less waste being achieved in a single stage. This helps achieve savings on capital costs as no further spiral stages are required for cleaning down the line.“The approach taken with the Multotec SX10 spiral is to remove the gangue, or mineral containing particles, from the trough in two off-takes,” Multotec said.The first off-take removes ash, opening up the available separation surface of the spiral and allowing the remaining material to separate more easily. This separates clean coal from less-clean coal.“The low density spiral is essentially a primary and secondary stage on one centre column,” Bornman said. “Rejects are discarded into the centre column and the remaining product is re-pulped before being sent to a secondary off-take.”Facilitating the two off-takes is a longer spiral on the Multotec SX10. This increases the residence time and gives the particles sufficient time to separate, according to the company.Depending on the setting of the product box splitters, this new spiral has the ability to produce both thermal coal and coking coal on one spiral, Multotec claimed. Bornman said this was proven through test work done in the US where the two offtakes enable the removal of most of the gangue leaving a middlings and cleaner coal products to be collected at the dart splitters.Experimental work was carried out using coal from two South Africa collieries as well as doing site test work in the US. Promising results were obtained leading to the first order for Multotec SX10 spirals from a North America-based mine, it said.last_img read more

VOX POPULI Five things which can make progress in handball

 Loading … Do we need a “center line” in handball? YES NOView Results The intention of the European Handball Federation to start a discussion with national Federations and TOP teams about rules of the game in process of evaluation began by IHF, showed that awareness exists about all the challenges and problems which handball has nowadays.Here are five questions about possible changes based on voices of famous handball coaches, players and experts which we could in past would like to get a response from visitors.CENTER-LINE IN HANDBALL? Cutting “defensive monsters” – Player’s replacement only when team is in posession? YES NOView Results Two points for goals behind 9-meters line? YES NOView Results TWO POINTS FOR GOALS OUTSIDE 9-METERS LINE  Loading …PLAYERS REPLACEMENT ONLY WHEN YOU ARE IN BALL POSSESION? “Challenge” for teams? YES NOView Results Shot-clock in handball? YES NOView Results  Loading …CHALLENGE IN HANDBALL?  Loading …VOX POPULI: PET stvari koje bi promenile rukomet na bolje  Loading …SHOT-CLOCK IN HANDBALL? ← Previous Story Nora Mork next two years at CSM Bucuresti! Next Story → Champions are out! Meshkov Brest to play at knock-out stage! read more