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first_img5. Spread a thin layer of composted organic mulch to blanket the soil. Cover an area at least as large as the branch spread. Mulch is nature’s way of recycling valuable materials, but be careful of pests hitching a ride.6. Aerate soils if they’re compacted and poorly drained. It’s critical not to damage tree roots living in the soil. Saturated and dense soils suffocate roots and help root diseases.7. Conservatively fertilize with any essential element which is in short supply within the soil. Nitrogen should be used sparingly, especially under large, mature trees and around newly planted trees. Use very slow release fertilizers. 8. Watering may be needed where soils are cool but not frozen, and there has been little precipitation. Winter droughts need treatment with water the same as summer droughts, except it’s much easier to overwater in winter.Trees sense changing seasons by temperature, by a dormancy timer in the leaves and buds and by the amount of light they receive. Old leaves, buds and inner bark all have pigment sensors which read the seasons. As days shorten in fall, one pigment called phytochrome sends a message across the tree to shut down for winter.Getting ready for winter in an organized way is called senescence. Senescence in trees is an ordered shutting down of summer growth and the conservation of valuable resources. Senescence brings both fall colors and renewed spring growth.Many materials collected or manufactured by a tree during the growing season are withdrawn from soon-to-be-shed and dead leaves. Tree waste materials are left behind. The last bit of tree food is stockpiled in the living cells of the outer annual growth rings. Twigs, branches and roots become collection sites and warehouses of materials needed for another season to come.Within the tree, biological doors and windows are being closed and locked. From the moment last spring’s green leaves expanded and began to make food, winter dormancy has been the designed end. The process of spring and summer growth reset and started a dormancy timer that hurries tree preparations for winter.A tree-filled landscape in late fall and winter can be mistakenly thought to be asleep. Fall and winter trees are not sleeping, but are simply still — truly counting the days until spring.Most of the growing points in the tree are protected inside overcoats called buds. Each growing point waits for a correct message to signal a new season of growth. Only then will it be apparent whether a tree has put aside and saved enough resources to respond to the new season of growth.Trees are investments that require a small amount of care. For the sake of your tree’s quality of life and your own, take a few minutes to winterize your tree. For trees, wonderful springs come from well-tended fall and winter.For more information about tree health care, contact a professional arborist or community forester.(Kim D. Coder is a professor of tree biology and health care with the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.) By Kim CoderUniversity of GeorgiaAs winter approaches it’s time to winterize pipes, cars and homes. Have you winterized your trees yet? Trees stand in the face of cold, drying winds, ice storms and deicing salts. Food reserves must be carefully conserved for the coming needs of spring. Water continues to escape trees. Any creature needing a winter meal nibbles on resting buds and twigs. Trees stand alone against all circumstances that winter can generate.Winter also is a time of serious change and reorganization within a tree. Many trees won’t survive to grow in another spring. You can do little things to make trees more effective and efficient at surviving a hard winter. A few small investments now can pay off in a large way, yielding a healthy, structurally sound tree.The “Big 8 List” of things to do to winterize your tree: 1. Remove or correct structural branch faults and deadwood that are clearly visible. Make small pruning cuts that minimize any exposure of the central heartwood core. 4. Remove new sprouts growing at the tree base or along stems and branches. Don’t over-prune green tissues. Pruning should conserve as many living branches as possible with only a few selective cuts. 2. Properly prune off branches that will touch the ground when loaded with rain and snow. Foliage and branches that are in contact with soil can invite pests and problems. 3. Remove damaged and declining twigs, branches and bark. Don’t leave pests food and shelter for the winter. last_img read more

Nuclear Waste, KFC, and Girl Scout Cookies

first_imgDear EarthTalk: Why don’t we reprocess and re-use our nuclear waste like France does? Would it be possible for us to start doing so?                                                            — Albert Jukowsky, Silver Spring, MDReprocessing nuclear waste to extract more energy from it, while expensive and controversial, is indeed to this day still practiced in France, the UK, Russia, India and Japan—but not in the United States, where it was invented. The process involves breaking down spent nuclear fuel chemically and recovering fissionable material for use in new fuels. Proponents tout the benefit of reducing the amount of nuclear waste, resulting in less highly radioactive material that needs to be stored safely.Nuclear reprocessing was first developed in the U.S. as part of the World War II-era Manhattan Project to create the first atomic bomb. After the war, the embryonic nuclear power industry began work to reprocess its waste on a large scale to extend the useful life of uranium, a scarce resource at the time. But commercial reprocessing attempts faltered due to technical, economic and regulatory problems. Anti-nuclear sentiment and the fear of nuclear proliferation in the 1970s led President Jimmy Carter to terminate federal support for further development of commercial reprocessing. The military did continue to reprocess nuclear waste for defense purposes, though, until the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War made continuous ramping up of our nuclear arsenal unnecessary.More recently, George W. Bush pushed a plan, the Global Nuclear Energy Project (GNEP), to promote the use of nuclear power and subsidize the development of a new generation of “proliferation-resistant” nuclear reprocessing technologies that could be rolled out to the commercial nuclear energy sector. Federal scientists came up with promising spins on reprocessing nuclear fuel while minimizing the resulting waste. But in June of 2009 the Obama administration cancelled GNEP, citing cost concerns.Proponents of nuclear power—and of reprocessing in particular—were far from pleased with GNEP’s axing, especially in light of Obama’s earlier decision to close Yucca Mountain as the U.S.’s future nuclear waste repository. “GNEP may have gone away, but the need to recycle spent fuel in this country is more important than ever because of the government’s stupid decision to close Yucca Mountain,” said Danny Black of the Southern Carolina Alliance, a regional economic development group, on the Ecopolitology blog. “Without Yucca Mountain, the pressure is on the industry to do more with recycling.”But a 2007 report by the nonprofit Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) would seem to justify Obama’s decision. IEER found that nuclear reprocessing would actually increase our volume of nuclear waste six fold. IEER also reported that France, which runs the world’s most efficient reprocessing operation, spends about two cents per kilowatt hour more for electricity generated from reprocessed nuclear fuel compared to that generated from fresh fuel. IEEE further reports that the costs to build the breeder plants needed to convert spent nukes into usable fuel would “create intolerable costs and risks.”For now, U.S. nuclear plants will continue to store waste on site, with spent rods cooled in pools of water for upwards of a year and then moved into thick steel and concrete caskets. While proliferation and terrorism have long been risks associated with hosting nuclear plants on American soil, recent events in Japan underscores that even Mother Nature poses a threat. As such, advocates of reprocessing probably stand little chance of reviving plans in a political climate now so hostile to nuclear development.CONTACTS: Ecopolitology, www.ecopolitology.org; IEER, www.ieer.org. Dear EarthTalk: I understand that fast-food giant YUM! Brands, owner of KFC, is under fire by Greenpeace and others for rainforest destruction. What’s the story?  — Betsy Barnard, Wellesley, MAYUM! Brands, which operates 38,000 fast food restaurants in 110 countries (including not only KFC but also Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, WingStreet, A&W and Long John Silver’s), has come under fire of late from Greenpeace and other rainforest advocacy groups for sourcing palm oil, paper and other goods from suppliers notorious for destroying tropical rainforests in Indonesia and elsewhere. While McDonald’s and Burger King have worked in recent years to cut their ties with palm oil and logging companies linked to rainforest destruction, YUM! continues to ignore calls to source their resources more responsibly.Indonesia’s tropical rainforests are home to orangutans, tigers, elephants, clouded leopards and dozens of other endangered plants and animals. Environmentalists report that 40 percent of Indonesia’s rainforests have been logged over in the last half-century, mostly to clear the way for palm oil plantations. The cleared timber is sold at huge profits for paper and pulp, while the palm oil brings in continuous revenue for multinational corporations despite denuding lands once rich in biodiversity.Tropical rainforests also sequester significant amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) in their growing woody biomass; chopping them down only accelerates the rate of global warming by allowing more CO2 to escape into the atmosphere where it contributes to the greenhouse effect. Despite a partial moratorium on rainforest destruction announced by the Indonesian government in May 2011, analysts believe that nearly half of the country’s remaining tropical rainforests will be cleared within two decades.Over-exploitation of natural resources—and deforestation in particular—is a huge obstacle to Indonesia’s growth. According to the Rajawali Institute for Asia at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, by eliminating its natural capital for negligible gains, Indonesia lost $150 billion in future revenues between 1990 and 2007, wiping out one-third of the country’s national savings in the process.There are “major economic risks for Southeast Asia’s agriculture and timber sectors if they don’t take prompt action to conserve their forests,” reports Glenn Hurowitz, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. “Global consumers are increasingly demanding deforestation-free products,” he says, adding that Nestle, McDonald’s, Unilever and others have pledged to obtain their palm oil from sources certified “sustainable” by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.YUM! Brands is not the only offender. Greenpeace has also targeted Mattel toys for supporting suppliers that contribute to Indonesian deforestation. And two Michigan girl scouts were shocked to find out the cookies they were selling contained palm oil obtained from deforested land in Indonesia. They spread the word to fellow girl scouts across the country, thousands of whom have stopped selling cookies as a result.Concerned consumers should write the company a letter asking them to stop using products derived from deforested rainforest lands. Greenpeace makes it easy by hosting an online form letter that sympathizers can sign onto and the group will take care of delivering your message directly to YUM! executives.CONTACTS: YUM! Brands, www.yum.com; Center for International Policy, www.ciponline.org; Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, www.rspo.org; Greenpeace Form Letter to YUM!, https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=689.last_img read more

Plot an Epic

first_imgNew Year’s resolutions usually result in empty promises. Let next year be the exception. Signing up for one of the Blue Ridge region’s epic races is the perfect motivation for making 2013 your most adventure-driven 12 months yet.Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race: Chattanooga, Tenn. • March 24 Get a taste of the city’s vast network of surrounding singletrack when you run this loop course in the Prentice-Cooper Wilderness Management Area on Signal Mountain. Choose between 10.2- and 6.5-mile options as you wind through the woods toward amazing views of the Cumberland Plateau. It’s Southern trail running at its finest. rockcreek.comCharlottesville Marathon: Charlottesville, Va. • April 6With four months to train, now is the ideal time to start preparing for a spring marathon. Make it a good one and get ready for this tough but stunningly scenic course that moves through the Central Virginia countryside. Runners will start in downtown Charlottesville and head out of town toward pastoral landscapes filled with rolling hills and expansive horse farms. A late-mile stretch on a greenway paralleling the Rivanna River will relieve aching legs, but along the way you’ll pass plenty of natural beauty to keep you moving. charlottesvillemarathon.comOdyssey Wild, Wonderful 24 Hour Adventure Race: Fayetteville, W.Va. • May 18 This will certainly be one of the longest days of your life, but it will undoubtedly result in a lifetime of memories. At this annual adventure challenge, solo racers and teams of up to four members spend 24 hours traversing the tough terrain of West Virginia’s New River Gorge. You’ll navigate the area’s deep canyon country by trekking with map and compass, as well as pedaling steep singletrack on mountain bikes. Racers also get a hearty stretch of the New’s class V fun in whitewater rafts. It’s an epic test of will in one of the region’s most rugged wild spaces. oarevents.com Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon: Cambridge, Md. • June 9 A popular qualifier for both the Ironman World Championships in Kona and the Lake Las Vegas 70.3 World Championship, this half-Iron takes place on a flat course in coastal Maryland. Despite not having to contend with elevation change, the distance is still grueling, as triathletes taking off from Great March Park complete a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. The field fills at 2,600 racers. tricolumbia.orgThe Bear Run: Linville, N.C. • July 11 Don’t let the five-mile distance fool you. The Bear—held every year during the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games—is a serious running challenge. Legs and lungs will be burning as runners huff it from the small town of Linville to the top of Grandfather Mountain. It’s a relentless road climb in the heart of the North Carolina High Country that’s not to be underestimated. gmhg.org Shenandoah Mountain 100: Stokesville, Va • September TBD (usually first Sunday)A great option for budding endurance mountain bikers looking to conquer the infamous century mark, the Shenandoah Mountain 100 has become a rite of passage for serious regional riders. The loop course through the George Washington National Forest has some hardcore climbs, including a big lift on the Lynn Trail and the long 20-mile ascent of Shenandoah Mountain. But what goes up must come down, so you’ll be rewarded with bomber payoffs on Dowes Draft and Chestnut Ridge. While experienced riders have dubbed the race epic yet attainable, it will certainly require training for developing mountain bikers. Consider one of the three-day course tours offered by race host Shenandoah Mountain Touring. mtntouring.comSix Gap Century Ride: Dahlonega, Ga.  • September 29Don’t underestimate the mountains of North Georgia. This is serious cycling country. Experience it for yourself with this ultra challenging route that takes riders up and down six of the steepest climbs in the Appalachians—bringing quads to the bonking point with more than 10,700 feet of vertical climbing over the 100-mile course. The ride’s hardest ascent at Hogpen Gap can break the will of even the toughest riders, averaging a seven percent grade for seven miles, with sections as steep as 15 percent. A three-gap half ride is also offered. cyclenorthgeorgia.comGIT-R-DONE3 Tips for Making it to the Finish LineGrab A PartnerEnlist a buddy and train together for the big race. Having a partner usually means extra motivation and accountability, since you won’t want to let each other down.Join a ClubLocal track clubs usually have programs that will add structure and experienced advice to your training.Don’t Go OverboardIf you’ve never run a 5K, maybe you shouldn’t sign up for an ultra. Be realistic when it comes to making a distance leap, and you’ll have better odds of success.last_img read more

U.S. government working to speed up EMV adoption

first_imgby: Brandon KuehlAccording to a White House announcement, as part of its “BuySecure” initiative, the U.S. government began a payment card replacement program on January 1, 2015. The plan is to issue more than one million new EMV chip government payment cards by the end of 2015.Late last year, President Obama signed a new executive order — “Improving the Security of Consumer Financial Transactions” — mandating government credit and debit cards begin transitioning to EMV chip cards on January 1, 2015. The government will also upgrade retail payment card terminals at federal agency facilities, such as passport offices, to accept EMV chip cards.These moves, affecting the cards on which payments from Social Security and other benefits are issued, put the government’s shoulder behind industry efforts to adopt EMV’s higher security cards. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Regulator: Third-party risk management is a heightened supervisory focus

first_img continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A bank regulator recently warned that managing third-party risk is a heightened supervisory focus.The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in its Semiannual Risk Perspective report identified increasing use of third-party service providers and the concentration of critical operations among few service providers as operational concerns.The report notes a growth in partnerships between banks (you can substitute the term credit unions) and third-party companies or vendors. Financial institutions are becoming more reliant upon third-party financial technology companies for new emerging products and services. This is driving third-party risk.The report also noted that consolidation — both among banks and among third-party service providers — has “increased reliance on a smaller group of third parties providing critical applications and resulted in large numbers of banks, especially community banks, relying on a small number of service providers.”last_img read more

Southern Tier participates in National Take Back Prescription Drug Day

first_img“It’s important to monitor what you have in your home, securing it up with a lock, and dispose of it safely when it’s no longer wanted or needed,” Olevano said. Olevano says this year, with young people at home and often unattended, it’s important to monitor what is in your house. The national day also aims to educate people about the dangers of abusing medications. (WBNG)– Tomorrow is National Take Back Prescription Drug Day and the Southern Tier is taking part to dispose of old prescriptions safely. Binghamton University Vestal Police Department Chenango County Sheriff’s OfficeTioga County Sheriff’s Office Susquehanna County Sheriff’s Office Norwich Police Department Sidney Police Department Oneonta Police Department 72 North Ave. in Owego Spencer Fire Department Officials say you can drop your items off at any of these locations and law enforcement and the DEA will incinerate and safely destroy the prescription drugs afterward. center_img National Take Back Prescription Drug Day aims to provide not only a safe way for people to get rid of their old, expired, or unused prescription drugs safely, but also conveniently and responsibly. Officials say those taking part in Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be taking necessary steps to protect those who drop off items from the virus. 12 News spoke with Christina Olevano on Around the Tiers, the Project Director for the Tioga Allies in Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition who says this day is very important. In the Southern Tier, a number of places are participating in taking back medications, including: last_img read more

The new contract continues the arrangement of the Pula beach Hidrobaza

first_imgContinuation of the Hydrobase refers to the arrangement of the secondary beach in the central zone, which includes the construction of part of the internal communications of the central zone, completion of public lighting, irrigation system, arrangement and equipment of the picnic zone, children’s playground and part of the sports field – basketball court “one on one”. In addition to sports facilities, a smaller “picnic zone” with tables and benches will be arranged and formed, while a children’s playground with a thematic story of the Hydrobase will be arranged for children. Based on the invitation of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia for the allocation of grants from the Program for the Development of Public Tourist Infrastructure in 2019, the City of Pula was approved from the Tourism Development Fund in the amount of 400 thousand kuna to be spent on was signed today in the premises of the Ministry of Tourism by the Deputy Mayor of Pula Robert Cvek. The study will aim, among other things, to extend the tourist season, promote sustainable tourism with the support of development strategies, increase visibility, attractiveness, accessibility of peripheral destinations by better use of historical, gastronomic, natural and cultural heritage, increase the use of IT tools for networking offers and more. On that occasion, the Deputy Mayor expressed satisfaction that the Ministry recognized the value and quality of the project of arranging one of the most visited beaches in Pula. “For many years, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism, we have been investing in the renovation and equipping of Hidrobaza beach and I am glad that we will continue to do so next year.”, Said the deputy. Funds for the upcoming beach renovation works, which are estimated at around 2,5 million kuna, will be planned in the city budget for next year. We would like to remind you that so far around HRK 14,2 million has been spent on the renovation of the Hydrobase, of which the City of Pula has allocated around HRK 10,6 million, while the rest of the grant was received by the Ministry of Tourism. Tourism is an important economic activity for the growth and development of Pula in general, and for its valid and efficient development, proper planning is important. Since Pula is rich in extremely valuable cultural and historical heritage and records an increase in the number of visitors during the tourist season, it is necessary to ensure an integrated approach to tourism development planning by synergy of all sectoral policies related to tourism. PREPARATION OF THE SUSTAINABILITY OF TOURISM DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREA OF THE CITY OF PULA In addition, the Decision on project selection and awarding grants under the Public Tourism Infrastructure Development Program in 2019, the City of Pula, among only 8 cities, approved co-financing in the amount of 100 thousand kuna for the development of a strategic document of the Tourism Sustainability Study action plan. Source / photo: City of Pulalast_img read more

Norway’s SWF hits back at stock-picking criticism

first_imgThe manager of Norway’s giant oil fund should steer clear of the kind of speculative investment methods used by commercial asset managers, two independent commentators have argued. Norges Bank, whose arm Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) manages the NOK8.6trn (€863bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), has responded by criticising the premises of the commentators’ analysis. In an article published in Norwegian business daily Dagens Næringsliv (DN), Halvor Hoddevik, executive chairman of Oslo-based consultancy Rann, and Richard Priestley, professor and leader of the Department of Finance at BI, the Norwegian Business School, said NBIM’s stock-picking activities had underperformed by around one percentage point a year since 2013.  This underperformance on some 20% of the GPFG equities portfolio equated to around NOK10bn (€1bn) a year, or NOK12bn including costs, the authors claimed. “Based on new data, we confirm our finding from 2015 that the speculative part of the equity management in the oil fund does not contribute to risk-adjusted returns before costs,” the men said in the article.“This is not a report, it is tabloid commentary in a Norwegian newspaper that doesn’t contribute to an educated discussion”– Egil Matsen, deputy governor of Norges Bank “Even the most conservative estimate of the performance of the stock picking strategy would say that the performance is zero and therefore, after costs, it’s clearly a minus business for which there is no justification.”As with its direct real estate management activities, this “commercial” business undertaken by NBIM was not serving the interests of the Norwegian people, they said.“Let NBIM do what it is good at — spreading risk and harvesting systematic risk premia – [but] other commercial activities like stock picking and managing property portfolios should be abandoned,” Hoddevik and Priestley said.The experts used data from 2013 to September 2017 from NBIM to undertake their analysis.Priestley told IPE he does not oppose active management for the GPFG, in the sense of overweighting assets to certain risk factors in order to harvest a premium.“What I am against is commercial activity, because this should be outside NBIM’s mandate.“The cost is much higher, and I don’t think it is possible for the oil fund to beat the market by picking out stocks — or managing property with partners — so they will most likely make a loss here after costs,” he said.Norges Bank criticised the commentary from Priestley and Hoddevik.Egil Matsen, deputy governor of Norges Bank with particular responsibility regarding matters related to NBIM, said: “We welcome a critical and educated debate about the management of the fund, but this is not a report, it is tabloid commentary in a Norwegian newspaper that doesn’t contribute to an educated discussion.”He said the criticism was based on unclear premises, and that the report’s authors had not disclosed the method or analysis.Matsen argued that the fund’s strategies were interdependent, and should not be evaluated separately.“The annualised excess return for the fund is 27 basis points,” he said, adding that at today’s market value of the fund, this corresponded to NOK20bn in extra return a year.NBIM recently defended its use of active management in both equities and bonds in a letter to the Finance Ministry.Responding to a request by the ministry for analyses of its active management, Øystein Olsen, chairman of the Norwegian central bank Norges Bank and Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive of NBIM, said that over the past three years, the fund’s relative return after costs had been 35 basis points higher than it would have been with a passive indexing strategy.“The fund currently has an investment approach that is index-oriented but where all of the investment strategies are active,” they explained.Having an explicit target to get the highest possible return within the mandate’s constraints was “essential for ensuring the best possible standards in the execution of all parts of the management assignment,” Olsen and Slyngstad wrote.“A passive approach to operational decisions is not an adequate alternative,” they said.Two academics were commissioned by the Norwegian finance ministry to analyse the performance of NBIM’s active management.The report by Magnus Dahlquist, professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, and Bernt Arne Ødegaard, professor at the University of Stavanger, is due to be submitted next month. Norway’s SWF ‘loses NOK12bn a year on stock picking bets’last_img read more

Arsenal aim for October return of fans to Emirates Stadium

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium could once again ring to the sound of chanting fans next month, with the English Premier League club on Wednesday, saying it planned to allow a reduced crowd.Matches had been played in empty stadiums since Premier League’s coronavirus lockdown was lifted in June. But last week, 2,500 fans were allowed into Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium for a pre-season friendly against Chelsea.This was after the government announced pilot events for the return of spectators to elite sport.“We hope to be able to welcome supporters back to Emirates Stadium on a reduced capacity basis from the Sheffield United game scheduled for October 3,” Arsenal said.“’When fans return to Emirates Stadium, extra measures will be in place to protect us all. These are clearly exceptional circumstances and the health, safety and security of everyone is our top priority,” the north London club added in a statement.English FA Cup winners Arsenal, who also claimed the Community Shield last week by beating Liverpool 5-4 on penalty kicks, begin their Premier League campaign at Fulham on September 12. “Gold season ticket-holders and premium members would have priority access to the limited tickets available,” Arsenal said.Reuters/NAN.Tags: ArsenalEmirate stadiumFanlast_img read more

Ryan Mason back for Spurs after ankle knock

first_img Mauricio Pochettino wants Tottenham to prioritise targets already playing in England when the transfer window opens next month. Spurs are keen to sign a striker to provide cover for Harry Kane, who has scored 11 goals already this season but remains Pochettino’s only genuine centre-forward. The Argentine maintains Son Heung-min, Nacer Chadli and Clinton Njie could step in if needed but they are all more comfortable as attacking midfielders – and Njie is now expected to be out until March with a knee injury. His absence means Tottenham are likely to step up their search for another striker but Pochettino says he would prefer a player ready-made for English football. “Always it is difficult to bring in players from outside [England],” Pochettino said. “For them to adapt in the Premier League, to the culture, the language – it is difficult to bring in players from outside. You need to take the right profile. “I prefer to take players from England first. If we have the option to take players from here, I prefer it – from the Premier League, or the Championship or League One.” Norwich boss Alex Neil says his side’s impressive win over Manchester United last week will count for nothing if they don’t build on it. Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason is available for Saturday’s match at home to Norwich after he recovered from an ankle injury. Press Association Mason has not played in almost a month but returned to training this week and is in contention for the clash at White Hart Lane. Danny Rose is also back after missing last weekend’s win over Southampton through illness but Alex Pritchard remains out with an ankle problem. The Canaries registered a 2-1 victory over out-of-sorts United last week for their first success at Old Trafford since 1989 and they moved out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone as a result. Neil’s side travel to Tottenham on Boxing Day and the 34-year-old knows there is still a long way to go if they are going to survive in the League. “It’s pleasing because we have played well in the last few games and maybe not picked up a lot of points so the fact that we played well in that game and picked up three points means a lot to the players,” he said. “It’s not going to mean anything if we don’t kick-on and pick up more results. “There is no point us going to Old Trafford and getting three points from a really difficult venue and then under-performing in the games coming up which are going to be really important to us. “So we are looking to try and build a bit of momentum and I think the players have a good belief they can take into the next few games.” Neil’s side face a Tottenham team who sit in fourth in the table and have only lost one game in the league since September. Neil knows that they are a strong side to compete against but believes his team have what it takes. “They have good players but like everyone they have to perform and that’s the hard part,” he added. “What they have got is they have a good manager who has got them well organised and they believe in what he is trying to do. “I think Tottenham are in a good vein of form, I know they lost against Newcastle but apart from that they have been in good form so we need to try and influence the game as much as we can. “I think this league this season has been unpredictable. “Tottenham have a good settled squad and if they can keep everybody fit they will certainly be near the top come Easter. “I don’t need to remind the players they are capable of winning at Tottenham because they know they are.” last_img read more