Martinez: Everton ready for artificial turf test in Europa League

first_img Everton manager Roberto Martinez 1 Everton manager Roberto Martinez has stressed his confidence that his players are ready for the challenge of facing Young Boys on the Swiss side’s artificial pitch.In preparation for Thursday’s Europa League last-32 first leg, the Toffees have this week been training on a similar surface used by Everton Ladies and the Widnes Vikings rugby league team.Young Boys have won all five of their European games at their Stade de Suisse home this term, including a 2-0 victory over Napoli.And asked during his pre-match press conference at the stadium if he was worried about the pitch there, Martinez said: “Obviously it is a completely different surface and the bounce of the ball is different.“The home team are a bit more used to those conditions.“But from our point of view, we have done our preparation right – the whole week we have been working on that sort of surface, and I feel we are ready.“I think it is more about making sure we don’t do too much, because I think recovering from working on this sort of surface can take a little bit longer than with natural grass.“But overall, we are ready as a team to be able to perform and be ourselves tomorrow, and it is not an excuse or a reason for us not to be able to compete in the game.”Everton, who are enjoying their first continental campaign in five seasons, head into Thursday’s match off the back of an impressive effort in the group stage.They accrued 11 points en route to claiming top spot in Group H, with their only loss coming after that position had been secured, however, their domestic form has been more disappointing.The Toffees have won just two of their last 13 Premier League fixtures, and suffered early exits in both FA Cup and League Cup competitions.But Martinez, whose side came fifth in the Premier League last season but are currently 12th, hopes continued success in Europe can help the Merseysiders gain some momentum in what remains of their top-flight campaign.The Spaniard added: “For us to be involved in the Europa League is a phenomenal opportunity to grow as a team and it is something we need at the club.“European football is something that needs to run in our DNA and we want to have this on a consistent basis.“In terms of the season, we have never had a real momentum in the league and that has been affecting us in our results.“But we have been pristine in Europe and, now, in the knockout stages we are really excited and looking forward to it.“We embrace the competition and we want to take this competitive edge into the Premier League and finish the season as strong as we can.”last_img read more

Income data for minorities in Clark County can be tricky

first_imgWhen the U.S. Census released its 2015 data on income, as estimated by the American Community Survey, it gave generally positive news. Median household income in Clark County rose 4.1 percent to $64,272 between 2014 and 2015. That means half of households earn more than that and half earn less.However, if median household income is broken down by race, it suggests this happy news hasn’t benefited everyone. Between 2014 and 2015, median household incomes dropped 5.6 percent among black or African-American households, 6.3 percent among Asian-American households, 8.5 percent among households of two or more races, and 1.6 percent among Hispanic or Latino households.The most striking figure is this: Between 2005 and 2015, median household income among black households in Clark County dropped 21.8 percent, far more than any other race. It was estimated to be $40,861 last year — well below the overall median for all households.Why was there such a big decline?“The numbers are junk,” said regional labor economist Scott Bailey. “The sample is just too small to get anything reliable.”Bailey, who works for the state Employment Security Department, points out that the Census’ estimated incomes for black households, and other minority households, have gyrated over the years. The data say that in 2005 black households earned $52,262 — nearly $2,000 more than the median income for all households that year. (This goes against national data saying that black households have consistently earned less than whites.) Then, the next year, their median income dropped to $40,668.The sample size used in the surveys is just too small, making the margin of error significant, Bailey said. That $40,861 figure comes with a $12,878 margin of error. That means median household income may be as low as $27,983 or as high as $53,739, depending.last_img read more