Naeher shakes off critics to earn place in USWNT lore

first_imgShe has been criticized. She has been questioned. She has been compared unfavorably to her predecessors.  But on Tuesday night, Alyssa Naeher became a U.S. women’s national team hero.  The U.S. goalkeeper made a massive fingertip save in the first half to deny a long-range strike from Keira Walsh in what was her best moment of the World Cup thus far.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks 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 But Naeher most certainly saved her best for last.  The USWNT and Naeher had been saved once by VAR, the video assistant having ruled out an Ellen White goal that seemed to be the leveler.  But VAR then awarded England a penalty with just five minutes remaining in the World Cup semifinal in Lyon, handing the Lionesses a chance to tie the game from the spot as the USWNT clung to a 2-1 lead.  It was a moment the U.S. needed their goalkeeper to step up, and Naeher certainly obliged. Naeher produced a sprawling save to her right to deny Steph Houghton, coming up with the moment she’s been hoping for the entire World Cup.  “I don’t really remember to be honest,” Naeher said of her save. “I just tried to let instincts take over at that point and just try to get a good jump on it, get a good read and hope to make a save.”Alyssa Naeher USWNT USA England Women's World Cup 2019Alyssa Naeher USWNT USA England Women's World Cup 2019The U.S. would hold on to win 2-1, advancing to the World Cup final for the third consecutive tournament.  “There’s no words I can give you to let you know how proud I personally am of Alyssa and how proud our entire team is,” Christen Press said. “It was so epic.”For Naeher, it was vindication in the biggest possible way. She’s been constantly questioned in her first major tournament as the team’s starter, as she takes over from Hope Solo as the USWNT No. 1. All along, Naeher has stayed even-keeled, trying to avoid getting caught up in comparisons.”I’ve said from the beginning that I just try to be me,” Naeher said. “My goal every day is being a better person and a better player than I was yesterday.”To me it’s not about comparisons, it’s about how I can help this team win here in 2019.”Naeher has had some questionable moments to be sure. Against Chile in the group stage, she whiffed on a through ball that went straight past her into the goal, only for the offside flag to save her.  Then against Spain in the last 16, Naeher was partially at fault on Spain’s opener, as she played Becky Sauerbrunn the ball in a tight spot before the defender lost possession and watched Jenni Hermoso find the back of the net.  Throughout it all, Naeher has kept her cool as her teammates and coach Jill Ellis have continued to back her, insisting she would come through for them.On the biggest stage and on the biggest moment, that’s exactly what Naeher did.”She’s making her own mark and creating her own legacy,” Ellis said after the game, “and that’s fantastic.”The USWNT goalkeeper may not be Briana Scurry and she may not be Hope Solo. But she is Alyssa Naeher. On Tuesday night, that’s all she needed to be.last_img read more

Star – Orion South diamond project approved by Provincial Minister of Environment

first_imgThe Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment has approved Star Diamond Corp’s Star – Orion South diamond project, located in the Fort à la Corne diamond district of central Saskatchewan, Canada, on mineral dispositions held 100% by Star Diamond. The Environment Minister of Saskatchewan Dustin Duncan announced approval for the Project under The Environmental Assessment Act, indicating the “The Star-Orion South Diamond Mine is a major development with the potential to bring jobs to the area and diversify Saskatchewan’s economy”.Kenneth E. MacNeill, President and CEO states: “This approval, alongside the previous positive Federal decision, marks a major milestone towards the development of a diamond mine in Saskatchewan. We have previously demonstrated that the proposed Star – Orion South project can be successfully constructed and operated and are very pleased that it has now received positive federal and provincial environmental decisions. This milestone is the result of the significant work and effort of the Ministry, our technical team and consultants, and represents our commitment to our stakeholders and the community surrounding the project. As illustrated by the PEA, the project has the potential to generate billions of dollars of corporate and municipal taxes and royalties, while also providing direct employment for hundreds of people throughout the construction phase and some 700 people continuously over its 38 year mine life.”Star Diamond’s Star – Orion South diamond project is located in central Saskatchewan some 60 km east of the city of Prince Albert. The project is in close proximity to established infrastructure, including paved highways and the electrical power grid, which provide significant advantages for future mine development.The Corporation recently announced the positive results of the PEA on the project. This estimates that 66 Mct of diamonds could be recovered in a surface mine over a 38-year project life, with an NPV (7%) of $2.0 billion after tax, an IRR of 19% and an after-tax payback period of 3.4 years after the commencement of diamond production.last_img read more