Trending in Canada https://www.instagram.com/p/B5iDbG8hYpS/?utm_source=ig_embedIn the styling department, the vehicle seems to remain true to the GV80 Concept, sporting a large pentagon grille that’s already made its production debut on the refreshed G90 sedan. The headlights also remained the same, small slits that flank the fascia.Even the inside was leaked, showing the large infotainment screen placed in the middle of the dash, as well as the interesting-looking two-spoke steering wheel. Two knobs are located on the centre console, one for the infotainment and the other for the transmission.RELATED Trending Videos advertisement 9 of the wildest concept cars from the past decade Hyundai’s Active Noise Control tech is a world-firstThe underhood area was not shown, but we’re assuming the SUV will sport a turbocharged V6 engine, with a four-cylinder hybrid standard. A plug-in hybrid option might also be coming in the future. The platform for the GV80 is the same as the G80’s, which means it’s rear-wheel-drive.Expect the GV80 to make its official debut in early 2020, and to be in dealerships a few months later.LISTEN: Electric vehicle clubs have been around for decades, and up until just recently their memberships consisted of backyard tinkerers converting gas-powered vehicles to electric vehicles. Now that most global automakers are producing EVs, where does that leave these clubs? In this week’s episode of Plugged In we talk with Bruce Stout of the Vancouver Electric Vehicle Association about that and much more.Plugged In is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. RELATED TAGSGenesisSUVLuxuryLuxury CarsLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Pictures of Genesis’ upcoming luxury SUV have leaked online, giving us our best look at the vehicle since the release of the concept.The leak comes courtesy of an Instagram post by @allcarnews, who spotted the vehicle in a warehouse.The GV80 is the Genesis brand’s first crossover, and is set to compete with the likes of the BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz GLE and Audi Q7. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Is the player not working? Click here. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next ›
The death of the mall is an idea as ingrained today as the waft of baked pretzels and department store perfume less than a generation ago.Even David Simon — who took the country’s leading mall owner public in 1993 and continues to reign over the firm — has his doubts.“Do we have too many malls?” Simon Property Group’s CEO rhetorically asked investors during the company’s second quarter earnings call. “Sure.”David Simon, Simon Property GroupTraffic at the country’s largest malls dropped 51 percent in the first eight months of 2020 compared to the same period last year, according to data Placer.ai provided to The Real Deal.ADVERTISEMENTThe Covid-induced emptiness comes as real estate investment trusts squabble with retailers over lease payments and struggle with their own mortgage bills. “The biggest issue for malls is their debt and lack of access to capital,” said Alexander Goldfarb, a senior analyst at Piper Sandler.Such problems were underscored last month when Brookfield Property Partners and Nandar Realty each punted on mortgage payments at individual malls, catapulting the shopping centers into special servicing. Meanwhile, two of the biggest malls in the country — the Mall of America in Minneapolis and American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey — have missed millions of dollars in mortgage payments.A recent Credit Suisse report noted that 25 percent of U.S. malls are set to close by 2022 and the no-frills website deadmalls.com lists centers that have already shuttered.“There will be a lot of shopping malls that simply won’t survive,” said Michael Soto, research director at Savills.There is, however, a mall-half-full version of this story in which the REITs that cut their losses and reposition can endure, a view held by Soto and a number of brokers, analysts and even some owners.Weathering the storm, experts say, depends on following a few strategies: partnering with e-commerce companies including 800-pound gorilla Amazon, swapping out department and clothing stores for grocery and health retail, and even leveraging nostalgia for the mall as a community gathering space.Malls may not return to their former glory — or ever again symbolize U.S. consumerism — but they can survive. Here’s how:Embrace the saboteurRetail developers tend to see Amazon as an enveloping force of evil that has severely weakened brick-and-mortar stores and made lenders reluctant to invest in physical shopping centers.Barry Sternlicht, Starwood Capital Group“They are demolishing the Main Streets of America,” Starwood Capital Group’s Barry Sternlicht said of Amazon in a May interview with TRD.After all, as mall REITs saw declining revenues in the second quarter, the Seattle-based company raked in $106 billion in online shopping sales, a 40 percent year-over-year leap.But Amazon has become so omnipresent, analysts and brokers say it might actually be wise for mall owners to embrace their enemy. One such partnership that may already be in the works entails using mall space as Amazon distribution hubs, or “fulfillment centers.”“The argument is that if you want to have a viable long-term mall, we’re all taking emergency steps to get through this together, and that’s why this is a pill that might need to be swallowed for now,” said Casey Sobhani, head of DLA Piper’s U.S. leasing practice. “It’s a good argument, because it’s a true argument.”Casey Sobhani, DLA PiperSimon Property reportedly entered into talks with Amazon in August to convert space now leased by imperiled department stores such as J.C. Penney and Lord & Taylor into fulfillment centers. (Simon Property also teamed up with Brookfield to buy J.C. Penney out of bankruptcy.)Messages left with Simon Property were not returned.“The brands that sold clothing did so well in the past, but it is now a bizarre, different time.”Jay Luchs, Newmark Knight FrankA spokesperson for Amazon declined to discuss those negotiations but told TRD that the e-commerce giant has warmed to malls. Amazon has even opened 23 bookstores in both enclosed and outdoor shopping centers throughout the U.S. — perhaps a cruel irony for former mall stalwarts such as Borders and Waldenbooks that argued they were pushed out of business by Amazon.“It made sense to open a bookstore, because books is how Amazon began,” the spokesperson said. “There are still things people want to touch and feel before bringing them into their home.”Besides 4,500-square-foot bookstores, Amazon is also opening pop-up shops in several malls. A store at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s Century City mall in Los Angeles, for example, is currently showcasing rotating televisions for sale.Some smaller mall REITs want to go one step further: Offer Amazon and other e-commerce sites affordable rents and other concessions in exchange for incentivizing shoppers to come pick up their purchases.Lou Conforti, CEO of Columbus, Ohio-based Washington Prime Group, said he sees distribution hubs replacing department stores as the anchor tenants that draw customers into the mall.“Amazon is a partner, not an enemy,” Conforti maintained. “For us to completely negate and stiff-arm a mode of getting a good or a service — primarily e-commerce [products] — to a consumer is the dumbest darn thing on the planet.”Find new essential tenantsJay Luchs, a retail broker at Newmark Knight Frank, argued that “malls are confused as to who is going to stay and who isn’t.”“The brands that sold clothing did so well in the past, but it is now a bizarre, different time,” he said.Department stores such as Neiman Marcus and apparel chains like the Gap, the backbone of American malls in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, have either stopping paying rent, face bankruptcy, or both.The “inessential” tag for many retailers amid the pandemic, Luchs said, mirrors the pre-Covid trend that consumers no longer need the mall for clothes — just as malls no longer need department stores to anchor their space.Jim Sullivan, a managing director at the financial services firm BTIG, said it would be a “good trade” said for malls to replace their department stores with anything that would help bring in more wanderers. “Retailment” options such as restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory and Dave & Buster’s are a proven traffic generator, even as malls reopen, Sullivan argued.In contrast to that, along with fading department stores, are essential tenants: pharmacies, grocery stores and other businesses that have seen increased foot traffic and in-store sales amid the pandemic.Thomas O’Hern, MacerichDuring Macerich’s second quarter earnings call, its CEO Thomas O’Hern practically serenaded supermarkets. “We think it’s a great use,” he said. “In many cases we’ve had interest from the grocery store but we haven’t had the space.”With J.C. Penney and Macy stores on their way out of several Macerich-owned malls, O’Hern said, “it’s going to give us the opportunity to do more of that.”Another business with perhaps a more reliable customer base is medical clinics.Gary Weiss, a commercial real estate leasing agent in Century City, pointed to the Westfield Century City mall’s recent placement of a walk-in UCLA Medical Clinic as a shrewd idea — perhaps the patient strolls around the shops after getting a clean bill of health.More radical ideas, Weiss said, include converting movie theaters into public storage space. “Even when these theaters were built there was the idea that one day people would stop going to the movies, and these could be repurposed,” he noted.Perhaps the most “essential” mall tenant yet is to be found in the struggling Mall of America. The Minnesota Transitions Charter School is paying a monthly cost to lease space at the 5.6 million-square-foot property, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported earlier this month. The charter school was damaged in the unrest following the killing of George Floyd.School officials told the paper that the mall could lead to “job shadowing and internships for students” as well as using the mall’s famous indoor roller coaster for physics lessons.Curate space with purposeMore broadly, for some, the typical U.S. mall — once seen as a den of mind-rotting teen consumerism — is now being reimagined as a public square.“It’s work. This isn’t: I’m gonna sit back on my ass in the mall office and wait for the rent checks to come in.”Lou Conforti, Washington Prime GroupOne retailer lessor mentioned using mall space for voting booths and community meetings, for example.Dominic Lowe, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield“We’re evolving beyond the mall,” claimed Dominic Lowe, executive vice president of design, development, and construction for Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield. “We want to reshape our asset to become a more diverse micro city or micro village.”In order to assure lenders and maintain a baseline relevance to customers, each mall may need to more intentionally define its focus.“Mall operators need to find ways to make the mall experience less homogenous and more curated,” said retail strategist Marshall Kay. “Some have operated more like the owners of flea markets, who are filling stalls.”For some high-end urban malls in Los Angeles and New York, Newmark’s Luchs noted, that can be as simple as doubling down as a spot for luxury brands.But such curation may not play out the same way in smaller markets like Peoria, Illinois.Lou Conforti, Washington PrimeConforti of Washington Prime, which has malls in Peoria and other mid-sized cities throughout the Midwest, said his general managers walk the downtown streets and seek to lure businesses that can provide an antidote to (often struggling) national chains.“It’s work,“ Conforti said. “This isn’t: I’m gonna sit back on my ass in the mall office and wait for the rent checks to come in.”Local tenants could help malls’ hoped-for reputation as community gathering space.“Communities have used shopping centers as a way to provide a sense of normalcy,” said Sandy Sigal, CEO of Woodland Hills-based retail REIT NewMark Merrill. “That is the role retail is going to play in the long term.”Keep an e-friendly mindsetBrokers and analysts say they would like to see mall REITs use tech to their advantage instead of viewing it as a threat to their business models.Specific innovations include virtual reality advancements for “virtual dressing rooms.”“Mall-based apparel retailers can utilize virtual dressing rooms to attract customers back to stores to inspect products, yet offer the safety of not having to try them on physically,” said Jie Zhang, a professor of retail management at the University of Maryland business school.Another example cited is the widespread use of radio frequency identification technology, or RFID, which tracks inventory, making it easier to ship products from store to store and reduces the labor costs of refilling inventory.Beyond any specific fixes, many mall owners are frustrated with tenants they view as not trying to modernize.Sigal, at the California-based mall owner NewMark Merrill, grumbled that Covid non-rent payers like Bed Bath & Beyond are guilty of “self-inflicted” damage.But perhaps the onus to modernize rests more on the mall than the tenants.Reposition, in partWhile mall REITs have their fair share of financial troubles looking ahead, many of the malls still sit on extremely valuable property.“Communities have, in a lot of cases, been built up around these malls,” said Donald Bredberg, managing director of the retail advisory firm StoneCreek Partners.That means that if all else fails, in some cases, mall owners can make a tidy sum either selling off their land or repurposing it.The latter is happening now in Los Angeles, where Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s Westside Pavilion is being rented out to Google, and in New York, where the shuttered Neiman Marcus in Hudson Yards is being marketed as future office space.Bredbreg noted that repositioning part of a mall can help bring in more foot traffic to the remaining retail.As with other facets of the U.S. economy, mall post mortems are already being penned.But in revising the make-up of their tenants, understanding which companies are friend and foe, and making a few modernizations, Bredberg said: “Not all is lost.”
Bordline ESS uses a modular concept to maximise standardisation at subsystem level while allowing easy scalability of both voltage and installed capacity. The equipment can be installed within an engine compartment, on the roof or under the floor.Centrepiece of energy storage system is the Bordline BPW battery module, which incorporates high power prismatic Li-ion cells using a Lithium Titanium Oxide anode. According to ABB, the characteristics of the LTO cell ‘fit very well with the demanding requirements of rail applications’, in particular the fast charge capability, low temperature performance and charge/discharge efficiency.Semi-automated production#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Recognising the growing pressure to decarbonise the transport sector, ABB has decided to expand its traction offering with a high-performance energy storage system for rail, road and off-road applications. This move into battery traction is designed to build on ABB’s core competence in the field of electric traction, where it supplies many of the converters used to feed traction motors.ABB has already received orders for its energy storage systems from vehicle manufacturers in several countries. Within Switzerland, they are to be used in new trolleybuses for Zürich, Lausanne and Fribourg. Bordline ESS has also been offered to Stadler as part of the project to modify 51 GTW diesel multiple-units used by Arriva Nederland. These diesel-electric units use ABB’s Bordline CC750 DE traction converters, which will be modified as part of the conversion to diesel-battery operation.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Traction equipment supplier ABB has inaugurated a battery production facility in Switzerland to support decarbonisation initiatives. Hans Weigum reports from Baden.,#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# ‘With our production facility for energy storage systems here in Baden, we are expanding our technology and market leadership in the area of sustainable mobility’, said Robert Itschner, CEO of ABB Switzerland, at the opening ceremony. ‘We are now able to supply the entire drive train including energy storage solutions for rail, e-bus, trolleybus and e-truck applications from a single source.’Assembly of the batteries takes place in a new production facility within ABB’s main plant at Baden, Switzerland, which was formally opened on October 31. Here the individual cells manufactured by an external supplier in Asia are assembled to create standard modules, which are then used to assemble the custom-designed storage packs for different vehicle types.The battery modules are produced in a semi-automated production line; robots pick and place the components, as well as undertaking welding and quality checks. The cells are laser welded, both to minimise the heat input, and to ensure precision and high repetition accuracy. The aim is to ensure a stable electrical connection with a low contact resistance and minimal degradation over time.According to ABB, the use of high quality cells should allow the batteries to last for about 10 years’ operation within a vehicle with minimum attention. Once the storage capacity has degraded to a certain level, the modules could then be reused for another 10 to 20 years for static energy storage in buildings, perhaps to balance the grid supply as cover for unpredictable solar or wind power or to store energy at off-peak times to reduce consumption during high tariff periods.Emphasising that the performance, life and safety of batteries are highly dependent on the temperature at which they are operated and stored, ABB has incorporated a thermal management system into the Bordline BPW battery modules. These are liquid cooled, using a patented concept, which the company believes offers a better thermal performance than forced air convection.ABB’s assembly facility includes precautions against the cells igniting due to electrical overload or mechanical damage, and special attention to prevent a fire from spreading within the batteries. This suggests that the risk is not negligible once the batteries have been installed on a vehicle, even with high quality batteries specially designed for the purpose.
Play Your Part partners IMC CEO MillerMatola, and CEO of Heartlines GarthJaphet at the Play Your Part breakfast. Eskom GM Pieter Pretorius said hiscompany supports the campaign. Zeng Msimang, director of strategy andcontent for the Department ofInternational Relations and Cooperation,said the Play Your Part campaign hashelped the government raise funds toprovide famine relief to Somalia. (Images: Nosimilo Ramela) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chantal Wellington IMC digital content manager +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Play Your Part: Make SA even better • IMC plays its part for Mandela Day • Play your part for a better South Africa • Playing a part to clothe childrenNosimilo RamelaThe International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa introduced its latest campaign, Play Your Part, to representatives of government departments, business and NGOs at a recent breakfast meeting in Sandhurst, Johannesburg.The campaign encourages South Africans to do whatever they can, no matter how big or small the contribution, to create a better country. It also aims to connect and celebrate citizens who are already playing their part and making an impact in their communities.Speaking at the breakfast meeting on 17 August 2011, IMC CEO Miller Matola said: “Play Your Part is a national movement for social change, contributing to social cohesion and national unity.”The IMC has collaborated with forgood, an online social network with a humanitarian focus, to create a facility whereby willing South Africans can connect with each other to share stories about the work they are doing, exchange ideas for projects and secure resources.“There are amazing people doing amazing things every day, everywhere in our country, this is a platform for them to share their stories, and to celebrate great stories,” said CEO of Heartlines Garth Japhet.The online resource gives information to people who are keen on doing something in their respective areas, but do not know how to go about it.“Play Your Part will help connect people who are interested in the same things. It will also connect them with the opportunities they are looking for,” he said.Japhet added that the Play Your Part site, powered by Forgood, will also provide regular news updates and list events taking places various communities.Play Your Part enables users to create their own profiles, join the campaign and start making a difference.Business joins inFinancial Times CEO Rochelle Josiah said her publication endorses the initiative and would be playing its part through some of its own projects.Michelle Gerszt, marketing executive of the Smile Foundation, spoke about how her NGO is playing its part by helping children with facial abnormalities access free corrective plastic and reconstructive surgery.“We help children with abnormalities such as cleft lips and palates, burn victims, those with facial paralysis and other conditions. The medical staff who work with us all work for free: they volunteer their time to help our young patients. They are playing their part in changing the lives of young people and their parents.”Gerszt said her organisation is proud to be part of the Play Your Part initiative as it promotes the same values as the foundation. “The work we do brings people together for the purpose of making a difference in the lives of those in need.”She added that the Smile Foundation had a skills development programme in place to equip medical teams with the necessary techniques and knowledge.“Instead of bringing in specialists from other countries, we have our own doctors and nurses trained and skilled to perform these complex surgeries. We are investing in the medical teams we work with and we support the public hospitals we work in by purchasing equipment that can be used by the departments of plastic and reconstructive surgery.”Pieter Pretorius, GM for the country’s power utility Eskom, said his company’s 49m initiative was also making a difference in South Africa.“We are proud to be associated with the IMC’s Play Your Part. The campaign speaks to the same ideas as our project: 49m is about mobilising people to play their part in building a better future for South Africa. We want to encourage people to reduce their consumption of electricity, thereby reducing our carbon footprint.”Pretorius added that people can make small changes like remembering to switch off any lights or appliances that are not in use. “It’s not about sacrificing, but rather about being considerate. The power we save today is the power we’ll need tomorrow to light our rooms, watch our televisions and boil our kettles.”Government adds its supportZeng Msimang, director of strategy and content for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, said the Play Your Part campaign has helped the government raise funds to provide famine relief to Somalia.She added that although the initiative is a local one, the department would promote it across all countries it works in.“For us Play Your Part is about being patriotic and it starts with our diplomats. We want it to start internally with the way we treat and behave towards each other.”
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel scorched his way to the pole position for Sunday’s Formula One Indian Grand Prix while Force India can hope to score points in the first ever home race with Adrian Sutil qualifying for the eighth position on the grid here on Saturday. Blog | PhotosVettel, running on soft tyres, clocked 1:24.178 to secure 13th pole position of the 2011 season, pipping McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton by 0.296 secs. Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber (1:24.508) was third.Hamilton will actually start from fifth position due a three-place grid penalty for ignoring a flag warning.Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was fourth, followed by McLaren’s Jenson Button. Up next was Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who crashed in the final seconds after hitting the raised part of a kerb. Fortunately, the Brazilian was not injured.Force India’s second driver Paul di Resta did better than the final practice session in the morning but could not make the Q3 and settled for 13th position after clocking 1:26.503, just behind Mercedes GP’s Michael Schumacher.India’s Narain Karthikeyan did well to finish in 22nd position, just behind Hispania teammate Daniel Ricciardo.
Jose Mourinho claimed on Friday that Manchester United are displaying strong home form despite nine Premier League draws at Old Trafford this season.Their latest point was against Everton on Tuesday, but was only secured from the penalty spot in injury time after another performance that drew criticism for lacking ideas and invention. (Also read: Winger Jesse Lingard renews contract with Manchester United)Although United’s manager conceded that 1-1 against Everton had been a “bad result”, he remained upbeat about his team who, in total, have drawn 10 but not lost any of their past 20 league games.”I still think in spite of the bad result — a draw is a bad result — we are strong at home. We lost only one game (against Manchester City),” Mourinho told a news conference.”I know, as an example, 10 matches, 10 draws or 10 points, 10 matches with five victories is 15 points. What is better? The 15 points, obviously.”In terms of looking to the future, I prefer to look at 10 matches with 10 draws, you have something that is not easy to have. You are quite solid mentally, difficult to beat, fighting against difficult circumstances,” he said.Sixth-placed United have not lost a league game since their 4-0 defeat by Chelsea in October.”It’s good to know that we have a fantastic run of 20 unbeaten matches in the Premier League,” Mourinho said.United visit basement-side Sunderland on Sunday, and Mourinho offered his sympathy to their manager David Moyes, whose team are 10 points adrift from safety.”I have sympathy with every manager that is fighting hard to reach their objectives,” the Portuguese added. “Some of us, we are sacked in the middle of the season. It’s difficult for everyone, so of course I have sympathy.”advertisementMourinho also offered his congratulations to Jesse Lingard, who signed a new four-year contract on Thursday.”He’s English and made in the academy — these players are very important for the club. It’s a very important contract and I congratulate him,” he said.United will be without captain Wayne Rooney, full back Ashley Young, central defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones and midfielder Juan Mata for the trip to Sunderland.
Silent fans, black eggs, 90-hour trip: recalling West Brom’s tour of China Share on Twitter Portsmouth “In my second year as a scholar, we used to get changed at Fratton Park in the away dressing room and the coaches at the time, Paul Hardyman and Andy Awford, would call contacts they knew to try to find somewhere to train on the day,” Whatmough, the Gosport-born defender who joined aged 12, says. “A lot of the time it was down at Eastney Barracks, the old naval base. Another day we just trained on the club car park. We had a jog, a stretch and that was all we could do. There have been some really tough times.”Portsmouth plummeted through the divisions and, while their troubles badly hindered them, it forced them to turn to the next generation. Whatmough, as well as Ben Close, Brad Tarbuck, Jed Wallace and Conor Chaplin, were thrown in at the deep end. “In a selfish way, it gave a lot of young lads the opportunity to get into the first team, because the club didn’t have money to sign players that they wanted to,” Whatmough says.Aged 17, Whatmough’s touch of class attracted admiring glances, including that of his country, for whom he played alongside Dele Alli and Joe Gomez at youth level. “It was in 2014, for the under-18s, against Croatia. Later that year I played for the under-19s against Germany and Leroy Sané played. We drew 1-1. That was a really special time, to go and represent England in a different country. He [Sané] was probably quicker then than he is now, which is scary.”PST succeeded not only in its determination to consign the dark days of winding-up orders and points deductions to the past but also in stabilising the club. Paul Cook steered them out of League Two last year and by the time the Tornante investment group, led by the former Disney chief executive, Michael Eisner, acquired the club a few months on, Pompey were a different proposition.In good hands and health, Portsmouth find themselves fine-tuning things as they make a tilt for promotion. “To be in the situation where we are now is credit to the players, the staff and the board above, who are backing the club to spend money and to do what they’re doing,” Whatmough says. “Whatever they’re doing at the moment, it seems to be working from the top down. It’s nice to be a part of and where the club is now compared to where it’s been before, it’s a massive step up. With the way the club is going now, it’s enjoyable to be a part of it.” Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Portsmouth have done it all in recent years – a crash course in the good, the bad and the ugly – but things are seemingly on the up as they look down on the rest of League One, sitting pretty after one defeat in 12 matches.It is six years since Portsmouth suffered the first of two consecutive relegations, dropping from the Championship into League One, and five since the Portsmouth Supporters Trust saved a club left black and blue by previous regimes from liquidation.Later that year, in November 2013, Portsmouth’s current longest-serving player, Jack Whatmough, made his debut, having witnessed the club’s sorry slide, after winning the FA Cup in 2008, first-hand. They plan on investing further, with Fratton Park desperately in need of refurbishment. There have been conversations with architects over a redesign and Eisner has stated his first choice is to stay in their mystical 119-year-old home.As Eric, Eisner’s son and a club director, recently alluded, there is a long way to go. “In one year we are falling more in love with it, and the fans. It seems like we’re in the first quarter, the beginning of the game,” he said. For Portsmouth that is the exciting bit.Of all of their investments, the £100,000 they paid Derry City for Ronan Curtis in May looks increasingly ingenious. The additions of Lee Brown and Nathan Thompson were smart but the Croydon-born winger, who moved to Ireland at the age of eight, lit up the league on arrival. He has scored six goals and set up five others, earning him a call-up to Martin O’Neill’s senior squad in September. “It’s been a great year,” says Curtis, whose godfather is the former Wales manager, Chris Coleman.In five years at Derry the 22-year-old made a lasting impression and scored in the Europa League against Midtjylland. Curtis also played with Patrick McClean, the younger brother of the Stoke forward, James, who, along with the Everton defender Seamus Coleman, helped him settle at international level. For his club Curtis has gone from playing in front of 2,000 to almost 20,000. “It’s just a different kettle of fish over here in England, a different type of professional set-up. Your washing gets done for you, there’s lunch, dinner for you and all those little things. You don’t have to clean your own boots and stuff like that.”Along with Jamal Lowe, the forward who was playing for sixth-tier Hampton & Richmond Borough until last year, and the captain Brett Pitman, the striker who scored 14 goals to help Bournemouth into the Premier League in 2015, Curtis has formed a free-scoring triumvirate that has primed Portsmouth for a return to the Championship. Until defeat at home to Gillingham last weekend, Kenny Jackett’s side were unbeaten this season.“The club is massive and hopefully we can get back to where we belong,” Curtis says. “There is a great buzz. It does feel special.”Talking points Facebook Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Football League blog Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Sunderland’s Josh Maja, left, has nine goals this season and has referenced Jermain Defoe’s role in his development. Photograph: Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images Read more Pinterest Share on Messenger Twitter League One Topics Ronan Curtis, right, who has earned a call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad on the back of his consistently excellent displays for Portsmouth this season. Photograph: Adam Rivers/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock features • Sunderland have soared towards the top of League One, with the teenage striker Josh Maja instrumental in their good form. The 19-year-old has scored four times in his past four games, taking his tally to nine goals for the season. The former Fulham youngster made his debut in 2016 and has referenced Jermain Defoe’s role in his development. “Jermain was a big role model for me and he supported me while I was moving up to the first team,” he said.• Hull City Supporters’ Trust is preparing a £45m takeover of the Championship club, with a UK/US consortium, made up of investors in the sports crowd micro-financing business SportyCo, set to meet the owner Assem Allam next week. Allam’s son, Ehab, speaking last month, said: “I would like think there is hope for us to move the club on this year.”• Forest Green Rovers are the last unbeaten team standing in the EFL, after 12 league matches this season. “Let’s kick on, let’s go and get another 12 games,” the manager, Mark Cooper, said after a draw at Newport on Saturday. Reuse this content
Burnley manager Sean Dyche has praised the composure of his team following their comeback win over Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.The Clarets picked up their second consecutive victory in the space of three days to move out of the bottom three into 16th position.“I was really pleased, the calmness was one of the biggest things I was pleased with, because they took a lead, and then it’s how you react,” Dyche said, according to Burnley Express.“I thought there was a calmness, we kept probing, we kept playing and kept asking questions.”“I thought our two centre-forwards were excellent, they built into the game, got hold of the ball, they fought, and we started to find moments.”“When those moments come, we think we’ve got quality – the first goal is an excellent goal. Dwight does well, he’s still growing into the game, still getting used to what it’s like, he fires one across and Woody is looking like he’s coming back to where he wants to be.”“He’s driving across the box, really sharp, and him and Barnesy were a handful.”Match Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“It felt like it at the time, but credit to Huddersfield, however you look at it, they’ve got a goal, a good one from their point of view and a soft one from ours.”“We’re getting tighter with that, to be fair, I don’t think we gave too much away tonight.”“I think, on the balance of play early on, after the first seven or eight minutes, we got a real foothold, and we started to keep the ball, mix it well, and when we do that, we are a side that can cause trouble.”“We were causing trouble. We were calm after the first goal, and then we score, and it changes with the sending off.”“But then that’s difficult, and credit to Huddersfield, they kept working, stayed diligent and stayed in their shape, so we had to keep probing, until we found the chance.”“There were other chances, but it was a really good goal and a really good finish from Barnesy and we deserved to win the game from there.”