Home / Sport / Football / St Johnstone by Gordon Bannerman February 17 2018, 9.00am Updated: February 17 2018, 9.50am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppLinkedInEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Want to read more?Subscribe today from £1 a week Steven Anderson has served St Johnstone through the most successful era in the Perth club’s history. With 400-plus appearances under his belt and a goal in the historic Scottish Cup triumph of 2014, the defender is guaranteed legendary status at McDiarmid Park. He has been an integral part of the club’s rise from the lower reaches of the First Division to claim regular top-six finishes in the top flight and European campaigns. But Anderson (32) knows there is work to be done to ensure they aren’t sucked into a relegation battle this term. The centre-half was lured from Dundee United in 2004 as a raw teenager but found himself locked in a fight for survival under manager John Connolly. And memories of that … [Read more...] about St Johnstone’s Steven Anderson knows there is work to be done if they are to steer clear of trouble
There are no excuses for Hartlepool United’s players now. That’s the message from manager Craig Harrison as the squad gear up for a crucial run of fixtures. A tough season for Pools both on and off the pitch has culminated in performances and results dipping alarmingly over the last couple of months against the backdrop of financial issues and takeover talk. The news earlier this week that funds raised by supporters would enable the club to fulfil their two home games in February has given everybody a lift. That, along with the settlement of a HMRC bill and the fact that the players were paid has been welcomed by Harrison, his backroom staff and the squad. And with the transfer window closed, and just Nicky Deverdics lost after his move to Wrexham, Harrison has called on the players to focus on matters on the field now. “It’s been a strange period,” the Pools boss said. “There was a lot of things going on, transfer deadline, people could be moving … [Read more...] about Pools players know where they are – now there’s no excuses
0 Have your say Yesterday China celebrated its new year by lighting fireworks, giving red envelopes of money to children and enjoying celebratory meals to usher in the Year of the Dog. Dogs are said to be loyal, independent and communicative.In a survey of fund managers by the Association of Investment Companies, a key theme was optimism despite the recent volatility. “With valuations still at reasonable levels after the rally last year, we believe structural growth in businesses should drive re-rating this year and beyond,” says Ayaz Ebrahim, portfolio manager of JP Morgan Asian Investment Trust. He tips the consumer, healthcare and technology sectors.The last 12 months have certainly been a rollercoaster for shareholders in China. The Shanghai SE Composite index has oscillated between 3,016-3,587 whilst the Hang Seng has moved between 23,438-33,484. The former is based on all companies quoted whilst the latter follows the leading 50 shares. Such a variation shows … [Read more...] about Conal Gregory: There’s plenty to bark about as China enters the year of the dog
Overtourism is a hot topic for travellers. Justin Francis, from Responsible Travel, shares his tips for easing pressure on popular holidays sites. Last summer, 'over-tourism' became the big story in travel, when, in popular destinations around the world, local residents took to the streets to protest against being deluged by tourists. They concluded that the benefits of tourism simply weren't worth the hassle. Tourists too, 100-deep trying to see the Mona Lisa from 30m away, or unable to get into St Mark's Square in Venice, complained they came to see the sights - not just other tourists. Parts of the UK have experienced the same problems, with complaints from Bath residents that tourism has ruined the city and councillors proposing to introduce a tourist tax to fund public services in times of austerity. With more than 10 countries in Europe already charging a tourist tax, some to fund the conservation of heritage damaged by tourism, the UK has been slow to follow suit. But … [Read more...] about Are there too many tourists? Five ways to beat a less trodden path in 2018
0 Have your say As a former Super League coach with Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity, now working for NRL club St George-Illawarra, Richard Agar is in a good position to offer a view on the differences between rugby league in England and Australia. So, still with no World Cup success since 1972, why is it that this long-time disparity continues?“The biggest difference I’ve seen is pretty obvious,” he said. “It’s the numbers and the sheer depth of talent.“Illawarra itself – I know we’re St George and Illawarra – historically and still is a very, very strong area for junior rugby league.“The local comps are strong. I could take you in my car five minutes from here and you’d see what some of the league clubs are like.“The facilities and grounds are just so impressive. Rugby league is a massive sport in this country; every junior rugby kid wants to play in the NRL. “The weight of numbers they have above us … [Read more...] about St George Illawarra v Hull FC: Why is there a gap between us and NRL?