U.S. Army Corps of Engineers photo by Francisco G. HammThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Galveston District has just released this beautiful photo from the Babe’s Beach nourishment project in Galveston, TX, adding that the beach fill work is currently underway near 61st street.This project, conducted by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company (GLDD), will place up to 711,000 cubic yards of beach quality sand along the island’s seawall, beginning at 61st and moving west toward 83rd Street.The scheme – officially kicked off last week – is a collaborative effort sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston Park Board, City of Galveston and the Texas General Land Office (GLO).The project will take approximately 60 days to complete and during construction, public access to west seawall beaches beginning at 61st moving west toward 83rd Street will be limited.
Comments Syracuse has never won a College Hockey America title in the program’s 10 years of existence. But even in the midst of its longest losing streak in program history — now at 10-straight games — there’s still an opportunity for an Orange title run with more conference play looming.“Obviously we’ve been struggling,” senior captain Allie Munroe said. “But throughout the room, we still have confidence in each other.”All four wins for Syracuse (4-16-1, 4-4 College Hockey America) have come against conference opponents. SU hadn’t played a conference game since Nov. 16 before Friday’s 4-2 loss to Rochester Institute of Technology. Conference play is the sole determiner of seeding for the postseason tournament, and the Orange began a stretch of 13-straight games against CHA opponents on Jan. 11. If the playoffs were to begin today, Syracuse would be the fourth seed of six teams despite being on pace for its worst program winning percentage ever (.214).Winning games has been difficult for Syracuse’s young and inexperienced defense, which relies on upperclassmen Lindsay Eastwood and Allie Olnowich. All other defenders have a plus-minus rating below minus-14. So as SU’s deficits grow from its backline’s play, its offensive play hasn’t been able to recover.While the younger defensemen have struggled, the team’s younger forwards have thrived. Freshman Lauren Bellefontaine and sophomore Emma Polaski are second and third on the team in points, respectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen the Orange last reached the conference finals in 2016-17, they had a 5-11-5 record before winter break. In its 10 years of existence, SU has still managed to make the finals six times, even with mediocre fall records.The first half of SU’s season is primarily against nonconference opponents — many of them ranked — in order to test SU before the home stretch in conference play, Polaski said.This season, SU finished 0-12-1 in nonconference games with nine matchups against the nation’s top-10 teams. While the Orange were outscored 47-13 in those contests, head coach Paul Flanagan sees worth in the first half of his season.“The experiences we’ve had in this first half are really going to help us in the second half,” Flanagan said, “Just knowing we have to do things quicker.”CHA teams also play with an underdog mentality, Munroe said. Considering their cumulative lack of success against top teams such as Wisconsin, Minnesota or St. Lawrence, CHA play gives teams an opportunity for a level playing field.“We know each other,” Munroe, the team’s leading goal scorer, said. “We know how they play, we know what’s on the line and we know that we might see them come playoff time.”While the extra motivation didn’t help in SU’s first conference game of the new year — in which RIT scored four first period goals — the Orange outshot the Tigers, 40-36, and goaltender Maddi Welch pitched a shutout in 40 minutes of relief.The bulk of SU’s conference games remaining are against five CHA teams, all without winning records. But with the worst overall record in its conference, Syracuse still has opportunity to reclaim its season in the final stretch.“Right now, we’re the underdog everywhere,” Munroe said. “But I don’t mind that and I don’t think anyone else in the room does. We have a lot to prove.” Published on January 13, 2019 at 9:57 pm Contact Tim: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+
Exercise rider Willie Delgado gallops Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled for May 17 at Pimlico. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome was made the odds-on favorite at 3-5 on Wednesday for the Preakness Stakes, and he drew an inside post position in the 10-horse field that includes a filly for the first time in five years.Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome will break from the No. 3 post, which has produced 10 winners in the previous 138 runnings of the 1 3/16-mile race, the last being Prairie Bayou in 1993.“Three is fine with me,” Sherman said. “Most of the speed is on the outside of me. If they go, they go, I can tuck in right behind them without any problems. I think my horse will perform.”So does California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn, who dared to look ahead.“One race at a time,” he said, “but I’m still thinking Triple Crown.”If California Chrome wins on Saturday, next up would be the Belmont Stakes on June 7. Only 11 horses have swept the Derby, Preakness and Belmont and none since 1978.California Chrome brings a five-race winning streak into the Preakness, having won that many by a combined 26 lengths. Still, his overwhelming odds surprised Sherman, a 77-year-old trainer who has never had a colt this good.“I never thought I’d be that kind of price,” he said. “I really thought I’d be 6-5.”Speedster Social Inclusion was the 5-1 second choice of new Pimlico oddsmaker Keith Feustle. The colt drew the No. 8 post. He skipped the Kentucky Derby and is one of seven new horses lining up to challenge California Chrome.“I’m never afraid of nothing,” owner Ron Sanchez said. “We have a great post position. We have slow horses to our outside. That’s going to help us a lot.”Bayern and Ride On Curlin are the co-third choices at 10-1. Bayern, who drew the No. 5 post, is trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who is seeking a sixth Preakness win. Rosie Napravnik will ride the colt, trying to become the first female jockey to win the race.Ride On Curlin finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago.Once again, Ride On Curlin drew an outside post, landing in the No. 10 spot after breaking from the 19th position in the Derby starting gate under Calvin Borel. This time, Joel Rosario will ride the colt.Borel has switched to filly Ria Antonia, who is the longest shot in the field at 30-1.“I wish she was 50-1,” co-owner Ron Paolucci said. “The way she works and trains, she thinks she’s 3-5.”She will try to become the first filly to win the Preakness since Rachel Alexandra beat the boys in 2009. Like Rachel, Ria Antonia did not run in the Derby first. She finished sixth in the Kentucky Oaks, held the day before the Derby. After the Oaks, Ria Antonia’s owners switched trainers, dumping Baffert for Tom Amoss.“I always wanted to run in this race,” Paolucci said. “My filly is a really big filly, she’s really solid. Coming back in two weeks gives her an absolute edge. I know it’s really going to help her.”General a Rod is the only other Derby horse to try the Preakness. He was 11th at Churchill Downs.There is a trio of 20-1 shots in the field. One of them, Kid Cruz, is trained by Linda Rice, giving the Preakness a female trainer, jockey and filly in the same race for the first time.The other 20-1 shots are Pablo Del Monte, who drew the No. 9 post, and Ring Weekend, who will break from the No. 4 spot.Illinois Derby winner Dynamic Impact drew the No. 1 post, putting the colt along the rail, a spot not favored by most trainers who fear getting trapped inside.
Sanlam is justifiably proud of their starfund manager.(Image: Sanlam) Kooyman, centre, has shied away fromWestern markets in favour ofdeveloping countries.(Image: Pixelink 24) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nora GeldenhuisSanlam Investment Management Global+27 21 950 2633RELATED ARTICLES• Healthcare from your mobile • Gordhan: making SA work smarter• UCT MBA among world’s best• Visa buys SA’s Fundamo for $110mRay MaotaSouth African fund manager Kokkie Kooyman has been named the international Fund Manager of the Year for the second year running by the UK-based jourmal Investment Week.He fought off three rivals, including two funds from London-based Polar Capital and one from Jupiter International, to take top honours in the category Specialist Financial Funds.Kooyman, who heads financial services group Sanlam’s Investment Management (SIM) Global, received the sought-after accolade at a ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 7 July 2011.The highly competitive awards aim to throw the spotlight onto funds that have performed exceptionally over a three-year period, while taking into account the methods used and whether the fund’s performance is sustainable.With his SIM Global fund Kooyman has achieved compound annual returns of 16% (US dollar) for investors during the last 10 years despite having to work through two bear markets within the decade.A bear market is a situation within the financial sector which sees the prices of securities falling and analysts adopting a gloomy outlook, with the prediction of losses.The fund has consistently ranked among the world’s top three for the past six years.SIM in uncharted territoriesKooyman said: “Our approach has remained consistent since we started the fund in 1999. We compare and invest globally – as opposed to many of our competitors who only look at developed market banks.”He said that he has been visiting banks in Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and China for the last 16 years, and has gained a thorough understanding of those countries’ banking sectors. Currently, Kooyman leans towards Japan and Indonesia as good investment prospects.He added a number of banks in the UK and US to his list in 1997, and said that the difference with SIM and other fund managers was that the companies he and his team looks at were “usually below the radar of other investors and/or brokers”.SIM would advise people to invest in countries which have underdeveloped financial markets and whose citizens are not deeply in debt, such as certain Asian and Middle Eastern countries.Kooyman said: “Currently, we believe that Turkish and Indian banks are being misunderstood by the market.”He also sees great opportunity in Brazil, and has tended to stay away from Western markets in recent years.High yield equity fund to launch in 2011Kooyman recently announced a new SIM offering.“We are starting a high yield equity fund which will comprise a portfolio of 30 shares, targeting an average yield of 5%,” he said. “That will only be later in the year.”Moving away from Sanlam’s often volatile small-cap orientated funds, this new fund will be large-cap focussed.Indonesian motor finance company Adira Dinamika Multi Finance is Kooyman’s investment opportunity of choice at the moment. In just 12 months the company’s stock has gone up 60% and, he believes, is able to rise even higher.The makings of KooymanBComm graduate Kooyman completed his articles at financial services firm Arthur Young, which later globally merged with Ernst & Whinney to become Ernst & Young.His distinguished financial career started at the University of the Western Cape when he held a position as accountancy lecturer between 1979 and 1980.He was appointed head of internal audit at fashion chain Truworths in 1983 and joined Repfin Finance as financial director three years later, until 1989. Here he managed to turn Repfin’s fortunes, which were not looking promising, around.The Fund Manager of the Year said: “My experience inside businesses, troubleshooting at Truworths and then at Repfin, gave me a lot of insight for my later career as an analyst and portfolio manager.”Kooyman also spent 10 years in the asset management division of savings and investment group Old Mutual, where he established his reputation.Besides heading SIM, Kooyman also manages investment firm Nedgroup’s South African financial fund. “It’s a fun job which SIM has allowed me to carry on doing,” he said.
14 November 2011Nineteen-year-old swimming sensation Chad le Clos secured the overall Fina/Arena World Cup title in Japan on the weekend, joining Ryk Neethling and Cameron van der Burgh as South Africans who have captured the prestigious title.After claiming the $100 000 (approximately R788 000) first prize, Le Clos, in an interview with Fina, revealed that he had enjoyed a fair share of good luck on his way to the title because he had begun the season as a late replacement.“I was lucky to be in the series and the great start in Dubai (where he won six gold medals) gave me the possibility of making the top three and possibly winning.”Le Clos twice delivered six gold medal performances; apart from Dubai, he also achieved the feat in Beijing.Tough scheduleSwimming in his seventh and final meet in Tokyo, Le Clos admitted that it was tough to maintain his form through so much time and travel, with events taking place in Dubai, Stockholm, Moscow, Berlin, Singapore, Beijing, and Tokyo, between 7 October and 13 November.In Tokyo, he won the 200 metres freestyle, which was his 22nd win during the World Cup Series. He also picked up silver medals in the 200m butterfly, 200m individual medley, and 100m individual medley, and added a bronze in the 100m freestyle in which Olympic champion Alain Bernard finished fourth.His final margin of victory in the overall World Cup standings was substantial. Le Clos claimed first place with 176 points. Second went to Japan’s Hidemasa Sano on 90 points, with Germany’s Marco Koch in third with 65 points.‘They were gunning for me’Looking back on his performances in Japan, Le Clos said: “I knew it was going to be hard and that there were some wonderful Japanese and Chinese swimmers, who are good at medleys, breaststroke and butterfly. They were gunning for me, as you could see.”Questioned about what he enjoyed most about the World Cup, Le Clos said: “Swimming against the best in the world and getting to swim against Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. If you want to win Olympic gold, you have to beat those swimmers.”He summed up his World Cup season by saying: “It’s been a tough World Cup and I learned so much. I made a few mistakes but enjoyed the experience and the support has been amazing.“Thank you to my sponsors and Olympic Federation for the support for my success at the World Cup. A special thanks to my coach Graham Hill for a solid preparation.”Cherry on the topBack home, there was a cherry on the top for Le Clos; he won the Most Promising Athlete award at the Telkom Swimming South Africa Aquatic Awards in Kempton Park on Saturday.The Swimmer of the Year award went the way of two-time World Series winner Cameron van der Burgh.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Energy giant Sasol is the largest funder of academic research in South Africa but still has world class in-house research facilities. (Image: Media Club South Africa)• Claire MargettsTimes Higher [email protected]• Competitiveness Forum tackles education, labour • Research output rises, papers double • University of the People offers online education for all • Biotech research lab in South Africa • One step closer to HIV vaccineInternational businesses grant South African researchers, on average, $64 000 (about R692 000) each a year for academic research. This puts them fourth on the list of funding recipients globally, and makes us the only African country in the top 10, according to the World Academic Summit Innovation Index.The index is compiled by the Times Higher Education, a leading global publication with a specific focus on higher education. It is best known for its annual ranking of universities. Using industry income – funding received by academic staff from business – as an indicator, the only countries better funded than South Africa were South Korea, Singapore and the Netherlands. It is the only African country on the list and lies ahead of India, the only Brics partner in the top 10.Using data from its World University Rankings, the index suggests that businesses are moving funding away from traditional research universities in North America and Europe, where it has historically channelled funding, to researchers in the East and South Africa. Among the best-known innovations to come out of academic research before they are monetised by industry include the internet (research done at the University of California, Los Angeles and George Boole at Queen’s University in Cork), holograms (Imperial College of London), plasma screens (University of Illinois) and fluoride toothpaste (Indiana University).Business-funded university research plays an important role in fuelling the knowledge economy, and the relationship between universities and business has evolved, says Phil Baty, the editor of Times Higher Education. He says that ivory tower discoveries and research are only able to make a social and economic impact if universities partner with industry. “And for some, an ability to attract funding from big business could even be a case of sink or swim in this age of austerity.”Professor Helena Barnard of Gibs, the Gordon Institute of Business in Johannesburg, says this is true especially of a developing economy such as South Africa’s. “Faced with the choice between text books and expensive toys for researchers and finite resources, it is only right that we choose to pay for text books.”However, it is imperative that a relationship between university research departments and business exists, says Barnard. Studies have shown that countries advance economically when a strong relationship exists between them. She stresses that such a relationship benefits an economy, especially a developing one. “Researchers deal with what is called pre-competitive research; that is to say, research in its infancy that may eventually drive a nation forward socially. It is research that may have economic benefits but those are too far down the road for a business to concentrate on.”Symbiotic relationshipBusiness funding of university research encourages essential links between commerce and academia, she adds. Even if business angles research towards topics and ideas important to industry, it is research that will likely create new businesses, products and jobs. “Universities earn reputations from research they conduct and industry gains a set of really smart people studying problems holding back their success. Once a business can see an economic benefit from the research they will take it over and take it in-house.”The professor points to Sasol as an example of this symbiotic relationship. The chemical and energy giant is the largest funder of university research – R250-million ($23-million) over 10 years from 2006 – in the country, but it still retains its own in-house research and development division. Sasol-funded research, through its University Collaboration Initiatives, supplements the salaries of researchers rated by the National Research Foundation, as well as funds Masters and PhD studies in the engineering and science fields.For David Constable, the Sasol chief executive, the money spent is not just an investment in Sasol but an investment in the future of South Africa. “It helps to retain critical research capacity at our universities and to grow the next generation of world-class scientists and engineers. Sasol considers this investment as a proactive step to help our universities create the research and development skills which are essential for the growth and prosperity of both the industry and this country.”Valuable to businessThe obvious caveat to South Africa’s ranking is numbers. Barnard acknowledges that there are fewer researchers in South Africa than in the other countries rounding out the top 10. “The rankings are decided by averaging the funding spend across all working researchers. South African researchers are punching above their weight. The work being done is proving valuable to business so they continue to fund the research.”In 2011, while she was the minister of science and technology, Naledi Pandor told a gathering of Sasol shareholders that the company’s investment in research was helping to build a stronger economy. “To develop these talented young minds, our universities, national facilities and institutes need to have highly skilled and inspirational faculties with well-equipped facilities. This is true in general, but particularly in the research and teaching facilities for science and chemical engineering at South African universities.”Research funding to a large degree is aimed at studies in technology and engineering. In the South African context, and to an extent in other developing economies, medical research is also well funded. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with the national departments of health and science and technology, recently announced a R370-million fund to develop vaccines and other technologies to fight HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.At the announcement, Professor Kelly Chibale, the founder and director of the University of Cape Town’s Drug Discovery and Development Centre, said: “It gives us an opportunity to develop lifesaving drugs that can have a huge impact in South Africa, the African continent and the world.” The centre will receive R55-million through the initiative.In a knowledge-based economy universities matter as they are the drivers of research and the custodians of information. For this reason the index matters, it shows that research done in South Africa is proving vital. And as Barnard jokes, “as long as we can show that, business will continue to find the fancy machines researchers need”.
7 February 2014The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is to team up with Indian state-owned company Coal India Limited to explore opportunities in the South African mining industry value chain, the DTI said on Thursday.The agreement to explore mutual prospects in South Africa’s coal sector was reached after a meeting between DTI officials and Coal India representatives on the sidelines of the African Mining Indaba in Cape Town.“Coal of India is in the business of mining and exporting low-grade thermal coal and has been mapping the South African coal mining industry, with the interest of acquiring mining concessions and information on how best to exploit coal deposits in a way that serves the best interest of all stakeholders,” the DTI said in a statement.During the meeting, the DTI said, it had elaborated on government policies and the regulatory framework in the mining industry, the importance of the sector and the costs involved in the business “in an effort to clarify and provide predictable solutions”.The DTI’s Yunus Hoosen said discussions like these with different stakeholders were “a breakthrough on how South Africa could engage more productively with investors in the mining sector”.Hoosen said the talks also served as a platform for encouraging big mining role players to develop smaller mining companies in the coal sector, and also to zoom in on the beneficiation and localisation opportunities within the industry.SAinfo reporter
• South Africa has a diversified economic base and an economy that offers world class business services in areas such as information and communication technology, transport and logistics, and financial and professional services. We have strong and transparent public institutions, and are committed to responsible macroeconomic management of the economy.• South Africa has a sound regulatory framework that provides protection for investors and our commercial and legal practices are in line with those in the rest of the developed world. South Africa ranks 14 out of 140 countries in the WEF Global Competitiveness Report 2015/16 in terms of the efficiency of our legal framework in settling disputes, and comes 24th in terms of judicial independence. In the same report, South Africa also ranks high in the enforcement of property rights, coming in at 24th place.• In terms of our attractiveness as an investment destination, the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2015/16 indicates that:• South Africa has improved by two places in terms of its business sophistication environment and now stands at 33rd out 140 countries.• South Africa also stands at 50th out of 140 countries in terms of technological readiness (up 16 places from 2014/15). In terms of innovation, South Africa improved by 5 places to stand at 38th.• In terms of financial market development South Africa stands at number 12 of 140 countries, and is the most diversified on the continent.• To support investment into the country, government has finalised the new Protection of Investment Bill, which aims to balance the rights and obligations of investors and government while also preserving the right of government to regulate in the public interest.• One of our most significant interventions has been the establishment of a One Stop Inter-Departmental Clearing House which will provide efficient support to investors to ensure that South Africa offers an investment friendly environment. This will be operational by the end of 2016.• Incentives and support services for investors in the Special Economic Zones programme are also being developed by the DTI.• South Africa will attract investors in the manufacturing sector through the DTI-led incentives such as the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme and the Manufacturing Investment Programme. Over the medium term, and starting in 2016, government will review all incentives to assess their effects on economic growth, productivity, competitiveness, the balance of trade and employment.• The Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) remains a central component of government’s strategy to diversify the economy. This includes direct transfers and tax incentives. In the 2015/16 fiscal year, government set aside R24 billion in tax incentives and R16.2 billion in direct funding to support industry.• New growth sectors such as oil and gas, metal engineering and capital equipment and agro-processing will be targeted for intensive government support.• Recalibration of industrial finance will aim to strengthen the package of government and development finance institutions’ support for the productive sectors.• Growing the oceans economy with a focus on marine transport and manufacturing remains a central component of South Africa’s industrial imperatives.• Operation Phakisa was launched in 2014 to ensure rapid economic development in key sectors. The first sector to be identified was the ocean’s economy which currently contributes R54 billion to GDP but has the potential to contribute R177 billion.• Mining Phakisa is currently underway which will contribute to South Africa’s drive to add more value to its mineral resources. This could be achieved through the beneficiation of our mineral resources (focussing on five value chains i.e. platinum group metals, iron & steel, titanium, polypropylene and capital equipment for the mining sector).• Education Phakisa is also currently being implemented. This will ensure South Africa is able to make the right investments in identified areas to produce the skills required to drive the economy. Producing the right skills for the economy will contribute positively to the market’s ability to absorb skills while equally producing the required skills.• Many international companies have increased their investment and expanded their South African operations:Mercedes has invested R 2.4 billionGeneral Motors has invested R 1 billionFord has invested R 3.6 billionMetair Group has invested R 400mGoodyear R 670 millionBMW has recently increased its investment by R6 billionVW has increased its investment by R4.5 billionBeijing Automobile International Corporation (BAIC) announced an investment of R11 billion in a vehicle manufacturing planHisense has expanded its South African operations and has recently started exporting into the SADC region from its South African baseMarriot Hotels has announced it will increase its South African footprintStarbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme and Facebook have chosen to set up office in South Africa
If there have been breakout stars at this year’s World Cup, they’re certainly the bold hairstyles sported on some of the world’s top teams. There are seemingly countless mohawks, faux-hawks and ‘dos that can really only be called a “Macklemore” on the pitch at the premier soccer tournament.Countless, that is, before today.We pored through each of the 56 World Cup games so far to inventory the haircuts of the starting lineups for each of the 32 teams in the tournament. We counted up every striking mohawk, all of the slightly less committed faux-hawks and, of course, the lamentable-in-retrospect Macklemores.All told, in the group stage we counted 24 honest-to-God Mohawks, 31 faux-hawks and a whopping 36 Mackelmores.Neymar of Brazil, of course, is in a league of his own.So is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Ermin Bicakcic:At five apiece, the Ghanaian and Cameroonian contingents had more mohawks than any other squad. Together, those two teams composed more than 40 percent of all inventoried mohawks. The Nigerian team had the most faux-hawks, and the Chileans had the most Macklemores (five and four, respectively). Russia, Costa Rica, Honduras and Australia were the only nations with unexciting, uninspiring hair.Now we wouldn’t think hairstyle would have any effect on performance. And it doesn’t. We plotted the combined number of mo’s, faux’s and ‘mores against the number of points each team picked up in the group phase:That’s pretty hairy (forgive us). But when we break it down by style, something fantastic emerges. It appears that Macklemore-style haircuts are positively correlated with victory, and mohawks with defeat.And the trend has continued into the first knockout round. Of the eight games in the Round of 16, four matches had a team with a higher number of Macklmore-style haircuts than their competition. In those four contests, the team with more shaved sides and gross tops won 75 percent of the time.Is it a small sample size? Yes. Is it completely meaningless? Yes. Is there a shred of evidence that the hairstyles of a team member has any sort of impact on the athletic performance of a team? Absolutely not.But still.
Rafael Benitez feels that fans should not be “concerned” by Newcastle United’s EFL Cup second-round defeat to Nottingham ForestFollowing Daryl Murphy’s 2nd minute opener for the hosts, Newcastle spent almost the entire game on Wednesday night behind until Salomon Rondon equalised in injury time.But their renewed hopes proved to be short-lived after Forest weighed in with two late goals to win 3-1 and knock Newcastle out of the EFL Cup for the second successive season.Asked if fans should be worried, Benitez told Sky Sports: “No, don’t be concerned.“They knew at the beginning it would be a difficult start to the season so we must just keep working and carrying on.“I am disappointed. Everyone could see what happened. I didn’t like the beginning of the game – I think the team reacted well.“We didn’t have much control but we were close, maybe we are missing the final pass to create the more clear chance.“When we had the draw and we were there, everyone saw what happened.”Benitez added: “We are disappointed, we lost the game, and even more was the way we lost, we conceded an early goal, they were not creating clear chances, we didn’t have clear chances either.“We could see what happened at the end, the way you lose you have to be disappointed, it’s not the first time this year this has happened.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“The positive thing for me is you could see the reaction from the team and then we have to manage the situation better.”FULL TIME – Nottingham Forest 3 Newcastle United 1 #NUFC pic.twitter.com/h6LlXokiSL— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 29, 2018Striker Ayoze Perez was denied a penalty for a challenge by Forest goalkeeper Luke Steele.“The decisions weren’t in our favour and it was difficult to take,” continued Benitez.“A lot of players seem to do well in terms of effort, they were working hard, it was a question of managing the final minutes better.“After the penalty appeal, we had the feeling we deserved more.”At the same stage of the competition last year, Forest grabbed a 3-2 win over Newcastle at St James’ Park.