Kyle Walker plays down top-four hype as Tottenham go 12 games unbeaten

first_imgTottenham defender Kyle Walker has played down the side’s chances of ending their long wait for Champions League football, insisting the young Spurs side must ‘keep their feet on the ground’ as they continue their unbeaten Premier League run.The north London side have been a force home and away this term and have not dropped points since the opening day of the season, with Sunday’s impressive 4-1 London derby victory over West Ham extending their run to 12 games.Victory at White Hart Lane also lifted Spurs to within just two points of Arsenal in fourth place, and the ruthless manner of their display against the Hammers is perhaps a sign it will not take long for them to leapfrog their fierce rivals.Walker, who was on target with a wonderful outside-of-the-boot strike on Sunday, admits that morale is high within the squad, but he also warned his team-mates they must not allow their recent success to go to their heads.“It was a fantastic performance and every year people are saying about the top four, but this year we just need to concentrate on ourselves,” he told talkSPORT after the victory.“If we keep putting in the performances we are now, I don’t think many teams will come here and beat us and I think teams will struggle against us at their own grounds as well.“There has to be a belief [that they can make the top four] with how we’re playing, we’re all confident in ourselves and with each other and confident in the manager and what he’s trying to put across. I think that’s key, we’re taking steps in the right direction.“We’re playing with a smile on our faces. There’s a good togetherness, a good vibe about the place and it’s making the difference out there on the pitch.“But the main thing is keeping our feet on the ground. That’s vital, we can’t get ahead of ourselves.”With an average age of 24, Tottenham’s squad is the youngest of all the teams in the Premier League this season, with a line-up including the likes of Walker (25), Harry Kane (22), Dele Alli (19), Christian Eriksen (23), Eric Dier (21) and Erik Lamela (23) barely changing since the campaign kicked off.Their opening day defeat to Manchester United aside, the youthful Spurs side are yet to really face a major struggle this term, and Walker highlighted the importance of the role Tottenham’s more experienced stars will play when more difficult times do come their way.He added: “We’re a young team with not too much experience and that’s where the more experienced players, the likes of me, Jan [Vertonghen], Hugo [Lloris] , Moussa [Dembele], Toby [Alderweireld] and Danny rose, we need to get them together when times are tough.“We will have some tough times throughout the season – well, hopefully not but it will happen – but hopefully we can just keep this run going.“That’s the main thing. If we can just keep producing on a Saturday, Sunday and Thursday, that’s all that matters to me.”last_img read more

Porto Central Inks Port Construction Deal with Van Oord

first_imgzoom Brazilian joint venture Porto Central and Dutch dredging firm Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors signed an agreement for the development and construction of Porto Central. As a joint venture between the Port of Rotterdam and TPK Logística, Porto Central is a greenfield multipurpose port being developed in Espírito Santo, Brazil.Under the agreement, the parties have established an integrated team, which works on a fast-track process from conceptual design to construction and operation of the port.During the first phase of the development, the focus will be on the clients of Porto Central. Also, the conditions and requirements of the necessary permits and approvals will be fully incorporated in the designs and plans. The second phase deals with optimizing construction methods and schedules to enable the port operators to start with their operations as soon as possible. The third phase of the cooperation is the actual construction of the port.The development of Porto Central will serve several industries, such as oil & gas, mining, agribulk, offshore supply, shipyard and others.Various cargos will be handled such as containers, soybeans, crude oil, oil products, LNG, iron ore, vehicles, marble and granite, fertilizers and other general cargos.The port will be developed in phases to a deep-water port with up to 25 meters draft, capable of receiving deep-draught vessels such as the largest bulk carriers in the world and Very Large Crude Oil Carriers (VLCCs).Consisting of an area of around 2.000 hectares, Porto Central will be able to accommodate various large-scale terminals along its 10 km of berths and piers.last_img read more

Snake chases lawmakers from Nigerian parliament

first_imgLagos: A snake burst onto the chamber floor of a state parliament building in southwest Nigeria, sending lawmakers scampering and forcing an indefinite recess, officials said Friday. “When we were about to enter into plenary, a big snake just ran out of the chamber which disrupted our sitting and we had to hurriedly leave the chamber,” said Olugbenga Omole, a spokesman for lawmakers from Ondo State. The snake appears to have fallen from the roof into the plenary chamber. It did not bite anyone before it was caught and killed by parliament staff, said Omole. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHe blamed the incident on the dilapidated state of the assembly due to a lack of funds and overdue maintenance. “That chamber is no longer safe for legislative business and because of that, we decided to adjourn indefinitely. The house will be going on an indefinite recess,” Omole said. He said lawmakers would not return until a proper fumigation of the complex was done. This was the first time a snake was known to have made an appearance in the assembly floor, though there have been complaints of rodents and reptiles in the bushes around the complex. Omole did not say what type of snake caused Thursday’s disturbance. Nigeria has many snakes, including venomous vipers, spitting cobras and puff adders. According to a 2001 study published in the African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, nearly 500 people per 100,000 of the population are bitten by snakes in Nigeria on average per year.last_img read more