Poyet signs new Sunderland deal

first_img The Black Cats confirmed on Wednesday evening that the 46-year-old Uruguayan, who led the club to Barclays Premier League safety at the end of last season, has put pen to paper on a deal which will keep him at the Stadium of Light until 2016. Poyet said: “I am delighted to extend my stay with Sunderland AFC after an unbelievable season and our famous great escape.” The news will come as a huge boost to both owner Ellis Short and fans on Wearside after Poyet was linked with the vacancy at Southampton following Mauricio Pochettino’s departure for Tottenham. Sources close to the club had issued a hands-off warning to the Saints as bookmakers slashed the odds on his appointment, but they have now moved decisively to tie up their head coach. Former Brighton manager Poyet was appointed as Paolo Di Canio’s successor in October last year on a two-year deal with the club bottom of the table and having claimed only a point from their first seven league games. However, he managed not only to keep them up, but to take them to the Capital One Cup final, too, and is now planning to ensure their seemingly perennial battle against relegation becomes a thing of the past. Poyet – whose backroom staff of Mauricio Taricco, Charlie Oatway, Andy Beasley and Antonio Pintus will remain in place – said: “Now it’s a different challenge for me and the club and I am relishing the next stage with Sunderland. “We achieved so much last season, working together – the club and the fans – and we took many good memories from the season. “The prospect of creating more of those memories is one which excites me, and now I cannot wait for the next chapter in my career and the history of Sunderland AFC.” Poyet, Short and sporting director Lee Congerton have already held a series of talks over the way forward with the head coach raising eyebrows after suggesting that there might be something fundamentally wrong with the club. However, those misgivings appear to have been ironed out and rebuilding work is under way with the club announcing hours earlier that out-of-contract West Brom defender Billy Jones has signed a four-year deal. Congerton said: “We are naturally delighted that Gus has committed his long-term future to Sunderland. Our plans are well under way in terms of summer recruitment and we are working hard to bring new faces to the squad ahead of the 2014-15 season.” Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has ended speculation over his future by signing a new contract. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Experience, youth enough to see Windies through World Cup qualifiers: Mohammed

first_imgLONDON, (CMC) – Jason Mohammed believes the return of experienced players combined with the talent of the current young complement, should be enough to see West Indies safely through next year’s 10-team World Cup qualifiers.The Caribbean side failed in their bid for direct qualification for the 2019 showpiece when they lost the opening match of the recent five-match One-Day International series against England – a result that meant they would remain ninth in the ICC ODI rankings by the qualification cut-off date of September 30.Hosts England, along with the remaining top seven nations, qualified automatically“I think [we can qualify],” said Mohammed, the stand-in captain for the final ODI at Southampton which West Indies lost by nine wickets on Friday.“I think that with the senior guys back and with much of the guys youngsters, hopefully we can get the combination right and play the type of cricket we know that we can play in order to qualify for the World Cup.”West Indies rarely challenged England in the series, going down 4-0 in a lopsided affair, despite the presence of Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels who returned for the tour after Cricket West Indies shelved their controversial eligibility rule.The visitors lost the opener at Old Trafford by seven wickets, the third at Bristol by 124 runs, the rain-hit fourth at the Oval by six runs under Duckworth/Lewis before losing the final game by nine wickets. The second ODI at Nottingham was rained off after just 14 deliveries.Mohammed conceded the Windies still had much work to do in order to improve their game, with special focus needing to be placed on rotation of strike during their innings.“In the middle part of the innings there is always a lot of dot balls,” Mohammed pointed out.“[On Friday] again it was the same thing so I think it is something that we have to work on and try and rotate the strike a little bit more and in the end finish off strongly like we have been doing.”In the World Cup qualifying tournament, the Windies will meet the likes of fellow top flight sides Ireland, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe, along with ICC World Cricket League Championship nations like Scotland, Kenya and Hong Kong.last_img read more

Arsenal’s top-four hopes dented by defeat at Wolves

first_img(REUTERS) – Arsenal’s fragility on the road returned, as a 3-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers yesterday put a huge dent in their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League.Arsenal needed only a point to reclaim fourth spot from Chelsea but conceded three times before the break.Unai Emery’s side were stunned, as Wolves recovered from a slow start to take the lead with a stunning Ruben Neves free kick before Matt Doherty headed a second in the 37th minute.It got even worse for Arsenal in first-half stoppage time as they carelessly gave the ball away in midfield and Diogo Jota surged through to fire a shot past Bernd Leno.A late Sokratis header from Granit Xhaka’s cross was scant consolation for the Gunners fans who had made the trip to the Midlands.With three games left Arsenal remain in fifth place, a point behind Chelsea and four behind third-placed Tottenham Hotspur.Wolves moved into seventh spot – a position that could offer a route into European football next season.last_img read more

AthenaHacks strives to empower women in STEM

first_imgThe basement of Leavey Library has transformed from a silent study bubble to a bustling hub of pink shirts, sleeping bags and young women furiously typing away on laptops. It’s the second day of AthenaHacks, an all-female hackathon providing an array of workshops, panels, tech talks and free food. The AthenaHacks founders created the all-female event to eliminate pressures associated with hackathons that are traditionally dominated by and oriented toward male programmers. Yuwei Xi | Daily TrojanIlona Bodnar, a junior majoring in media arts and practice, is one of the co-founders of AthenaHacks and is part of the event’s finance team. She and the other women who founded this hackathon wanted to eliminate the pressure and intensity that come from these typically male-dominated events.“Coding is sort of like the new literacy, like we need to know how to read and write,” Bodnar said. “And in this day and age, we really feel that if you want to make a big impact, you need to know at least a little bit of how computers work.”With more than fifteen sponsors this year, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, AthenaHacks was able to provide transportation for participants from universities across Southern California. Zynga, a social game developer based in San Francisco, sponsored AthenaHacks and hosted a Unity Workshop and a Women in Games Panel this weekend.“I was so amazed by the organization, by the AthenaHacks team and just by all the excitement and energy that the female hackers have here,” said Emily Kuo, the university relations program manager for Zynga. She said that recruiting more women has been a goal for the company.“Most of our players [at Zynga] are female,” Kuo said. “So it just makes sense to be in a space where our hackers or our engineers in tech are female as well.” A group of three students from UC San Diego — juniors Samantha Stone, Yasmine Nassar and Sarah Ji — came to the hackathon with the initial plan of creating an Android app, but were inspired to change their app idea into a website after attending one of the hackathon’s web development workshops, where they learned HTML and CSS. Ji said she was excited about being in an all-female environment.“I just think the environment is really cool and the idea of having an all-female hackathon because as previously mentioned, it is a male-dominated field,” Ji said.  “So it’s really cool to focus on women in tech and highlight that.”Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled Ilona Bodnar’s name. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more

Ralf Reichert – ESL – Managing the world’s largest esports company

first_imgAs Global President and CEO of ESL Ralf Reichert is, unsurprisingly, a busy man. He took the time to talk to Esports Insider on a variety of topics including official betting partners, WESA, his involvement as an advisory member of the Esports BAR, the next event of which is taking place in Miami on September 18-20, and more. Ralf Reichert, ESLEsports Insider: Ralf, as CEO of the world’s largest esports company, can you tell us what your day to day consists of?Ralf: I get to the office at 9am and if I’m lucky I have an hour before the main craziness of the day starts – that’s unless I deal with some Asian opportunities. My day consists mostly of managing my inbox, meetings and calls at the office. I am very dedicated to having my email inbox clean and literally use it as my to-do list – I believe that it helps to set an example for the rest of our management team and I try to never be behind on emails.  The second wave of craziness starts around 2pm, when first New York and then 3 hours later LA wakes up… I try to be on my way home hopefully at 6:30pm but usually have evening obligations in the form of calls with our US-based offices. I travel frequently, one or two days a week usually within Europe, and then that day is dominated by flights and meetings – my inbox gets out of control on those days!ESI: What is your role as a member of the Esports BAR Advisory board? Moreover can you detail your thoughts on how the Esports BAR events are contributing to the growth of the industry?Ralf: My role is best divided into three activities. Firstly in an advisory capacity, in which I help with the “why”, “when” and “how”. Secondly by playing matchmaker where I help to secure key executives to attend the Esports BAR.Get the best neighbourly relations at #EsportsBAR Miami ? https://t.co/dQ5CSyhBcI pic.twitter.com/veIrA2kUTw— Esports BAR (@esports_bar) July 14, 2017Finally, I’m attending the event as one of the key speakers where I’ll try to contribute to the event by saying smart things. ESI: ESL One Cologne recently agreed an Official Betting Partner in the form of Betway. Can you comment on the significance of this? Why Betway, and moreover why is it important that tournament operators like ESL work with official, regulated betting partners?Ralf:  Betway are a highly regulated operator with a strong integrity function and exactly the sort of business that esports should embrace.“Companies like that are the antidote to dodgy, unregulated skins and cash betting sites that target underage gamblers and undermine esports credibility”Companies like that are the antidote to dodgy, unregulated skins and cash betting sites that target underage gamblers and undermine esports credibility. ESL is one of the founding members of the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) and we have voluntarily subjected ourselves to the highest integrity standards independently monitored and enforced by ESIC. In its role as the official guardian of integrity of our sport, ESIC also works with reputable betting operators offering markets in esports to monitor suspicious betting and proactively deal with the threat of match-fixing. Betway was one of the first betting operators to sign an information sharing MOU with ESIC and have been enthusiastic supporters of our work since we launched, helping to fund our education program. ESI: Can you shed any light on the recent restructuring of the company which saw some staff lay-offs?Ralf: We are proactively making changes to the structure and operations of our organisation to adapt to the rapidly growing and changing market and our core principle is twofold: we either are the best in the world, or we work with the best partners.“ESL is one of the founding members of the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) and we have voluntarily subjected ourselves to the highest integrity standards independently monitored and enforced by ESIC”It’s worth pointing out that the layoffs are extremely limited and focused around one area, namely the operational TV production at live events. The total number of affected staff amounts to less than 5% of the total global workforce, and the flexibility created by those layoffs allows us to open up more roles in areas of expansion: producing original content, scaling global sales, increasing our in-game capabilities, and driving excellent brand articulation for ESL globally.ESI: ESL is a part of the WESA which governs the Pro League – how closely do you work with them? For instance, on the 18 month leeway given for teams to comply with the multiple team ownership ruling? Moreover, how effective can the WESA be with only a limited number of teams as members?Ralf: We remain very close and are in regular discussions where we try to come up with new ways to help and push the industry.“We will only be offering internships within the UK to begin with but will look to offer students internships within other EU offices if possible”ESL traditionally has always been very close to the teams and team owners, but working through and with WESA offers a more formal way of continuing our working relationship with all parties, and has contributed a lot to progress on many more fronts. Topics like player contracts, transfer windows, player hospitality, marketing co-operations, travel policies and so on are just a handful of examples of areas WESA is tackling on a daily basis.  ESI: ESL recently signed an exciting partnership with the University of York. With higher education facilities in the UK, the US and elsewhere getting involved in esports, will ESL look to be heavily involved? The York partnership for instance is based on ‘education and research’, what will the research aspect consist of? Ralf: ESL will be advising and guiding the University of York in technological research and development for the esports industry; the primary focus of which is to enhance esports viewer engagement experience but will also consist of new emerging points of interest for the industry.“Our core principle is twofold: we either are the best in the world, or we work with the best partners”ESI: What will an ESL internship offer students? Will this be something you’ll be looking to implement globally?Ralf: The idea of the Internships is to help students supplement their learning with hands on industry experience in their specialisation within esports. We will only be offering internships within the UK to begin with but will look to offer students internships within other EU offices if possible.Disclaimer: Esports Insider is an Official Media Partner of the Esports BARlast_img read more

Five English Premier League coaching disasters

first_imgDavid Moyes’ 10 month stay at Manchester United is one of many managerial fiascos in the English Premier League. Here are five English football coaching disasters:Brian Clough – Leeds UnitedClough, one of England’s greatest managers, lasted 44 days at Leeds United when they were reigning champions in 1974. The players hated his brash style and remembered his past criticism of them and never cooperated. Clough went on to twice win the European Cup with Nottingham Forest.Roy Hodgson – LiverpoolThe man who now coaches England, started at Liverpool on July 1, 2010, but speculation of a sacking started in October and he left the following January 8. Poor league form and a fan clamour for club legend Kenny Dalglish to step in sealed Hodgson’s fate. Dalglish was in turn sacked in May 2012.Jacques Santini – Tottenham Hotspur Santini was one of France’s most respected coaches when he became Tottenham’s manager on June 3, 2004. He transformed Lyon and was coach of the French national team. But he left after 13 games in November. He blamed broken agreements with the club, but also admitted he was wrong to resign from the French post before the 2004 European Championships had finished.Joe Kinnear – Newcastle UnitedThe rough and tough Kinnear had a stormy four a half months in charge of the Tyneside club. He used 52 expletives at one press conference and annoyed player Charles N’Zogbia by calling him ‘insomnia’. Kinnear was taken ill and eventually had heart by-pass surgery.Harry Redknapp – SouthamptonRedknapp resigned from Portsmouth in November 2004 and a few weeks later joined their arch-rivals Southampton in a failed bid to extend the club’s 27-year stay in the top division. Redknapp could not transform the team, argued with the chairman and quit in December 2005, to return to Portsmouth. Studious Giggs set for another reinventionFollowing a record-breaking playing career, Ryan Giggs is poised to enter uncharted territory after being named as the interim successor to sacked Manchester United manager David Moyes.As English football’s most decorated player and United’s record appearance-maker, he is guaranteed to receive the full backing of the club’s fans, but management represents a step into the unknown.Giggs, however, has been preparing himself for a career in the dug-out.The Welshman has been studying for his UEFA Pro Licence — European football’s highest coaching qualification — and was promoted to United’s coaching staff by Moyes at the start of the season. Speaking last year, Giggs’s former United team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, now manager at Cardiff City, said that the midfielder already had designs on the Old Trafford hot-seat, then occupied by Alex Ferguson.“He’s looking at that United job for himself, Giggsy. He’s got top potential,” Solskjaer said.“Giggsy is going to play another year, but I’d say he’s got his eyes and ears open more to what the manager is doing.”Former United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen, meanwhile, believes that Giggs possesses all the necessary credentials to make a success of life in the dug-out.“Without a shadow of doubt, Giggs can be a manager. He’s got enormous knowledge about the game,” the Dutchman told the Daily Telegraph earlier this year. “He’s a very good thinker. He’ll be a very shrewd decision-maker. He’s tough. Believe me, Giggs is tough. He’ll handle the media and the stress with ease. It’s about getting the right guys about him.”Giggs has defied convention by continuing to play into his 40s, but having been used sparingly by Ferguson, who retired last year, he saw his playing time diminish significantly under Moyes.– ‘Just incredible’ –Having averaged 34 appearances over the previous four campaigns, he has played only 21 times this season and has made only four starts since the turn of the year.It prompted reports of a fall-out with Moyes, but Giggs insisted that he had “no problem with the manager”. He demonstrated his enduring importance with a magisterial display as United overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit by beating Olympiakos 3-0 in the Champions League last 16, prompting disbelieving plaudits from his team-mates.“What’s left to say about him?” said midfield colleague Michael Carrick.“He is just incredible. He comes into a game like that and he hasn’t played a lot of football, so to physically be able to do it and get through a game shows how well he looks after himself.”However, Giggs lasted only 45 minutes of the quarter-final first leg against Bayern Munich, and with his contract due to expire at the end of the campaign, talk of retirement had already begun.The player himself was coy when asked about his future plans last month, saying: “I am just trying to enjoy this season and then at the end I will take stock and see what I want to do.” Whatever he achieves in the United dug-out, Giggs is already certain to leave a historic legacy at Old Trafford.His 962 appearances are unlikely ever to be surpassed, and some of his goals — such as the season-defining solo effort against Arsenal in a 1999 FA Cup semi-final replay — have passed into United legend.A devilish tormentor of opposition right-backs when he blazed onto the scene in the early 1990s, Giggs has refined his game in recent years and now operates more often than not as an elegant midfield playmaker.He attributes his longevity to the discovery of yoga techniques, while his interest in sports science suggests an eye for detail that will serve him well as he takes his first steps as a manager.A sobering thought for United’s fans is that Giggs may have already played his last game for the club, but the next chapter in his career appears to be just beginning.– See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/04/five-english-premier-league-coaching-disasters/#sthash.J5RHvygs.dpuflast_img read more

VP Pence Tests Negative for COVID-19, as Senate Finalizes Economic Package

first_imgVice President Mike Pence and wife Karen’s COVID-19 tests came back negative, his press secretary said on Saturday night.Pence announced during Saturday’s task force briefing that he and the second lady were being tested for the coronavirus after one of his staff members tested positive for the virus.The staffer was last at the White House on Monday but had no contact with Pence or President Trump. The person had “mild cold symptoms,” but “he’s doing well,” according to Pence.The vice president said the nation was in day six of the “15 Days to Slow the Spread” program. Dr. Anthony Fauci added that the administration’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus are working, but Americans need to continue following the 15-day guidelines. Click here to learn about the recommendations.Pence said that 195,000 Americans who are symptomatic have now been tested as coronavirus testing becomes more widely available across the United States. Of those tested, he said that 19,343 people have been diagnosed with the virus.As of Sunday morning, a tally by Johns Hopkins University shows that more than 26,900 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the U.S., with at least 349 deaths associated with the virus. Over half of the states in the country and Washington D.C. have now reported at least one death from the respiratory illness.The U.S. closed its borders to nonessential travelers from Canada and Mexico starting at midnight on Saturday.This weekend, the Senate is working on an economic stabilization package expected to cost more than $1 trillion. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is proposing direct payments of $1,200 per person and $2,400 for couples amid the pandemic.During Saturday’s briefing, President Trump told reporters that he believes congressional leaders are “getting very close” to a deal on the economic recovery package.“We’re getting along with Republicans and Democrats and independents and liberals and conservatives and actually it’s a very nice thing to see,” said Trump.last_img read more

Barcelona’s Dani Alves eats banana in response to racist taunt

first_imgBarcelona’s Dani Alves centre shoots during the final of the Copa del Rey between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Barcelona has defended Dani Alves for his response to a racist taunt and teammate Neymar posted a photo of himself with a peeled banana on the internet in support.Alves, who is Black, was about to take a corner in Sunday’s 3-2 win at Villarreal when a banana was thrown at him. The Brazil international picked it up, peeled it and ate some of it before throwing the rest aside.After the match, Alves said humor was the best way to combat racism in sport.“Barcelona wishes to express its complete support and solidarity with our first team player Dani Alves, following the insults he was subject to from a section of the crowd at El Madrigal on Sunday,” the Spanish league champions said Monday in a statement. “Barcelona urges all clubs to continue fighting against the blight on the game which any kind of aggression against a sportsperson on the basis of their race represents.”Neymar posted a photo of himself on Instagram holding a peeled banana alongside his son, who was holding a doll that resembled a banana, with the hashtag message “we are all monkeys.”Besides Neymar, fellow Brazil teammates Hulk and Fred also lent support via their social media accounts.Argentina striker Sergio Aguero and Brazil women’s striker Marta both posed for photos while biting into bananas, while former Brazil international Roberto Carlos also posted an internet photo of himself with the fruit.“We have suffered this in Spain for some time,” Alves said Sunday. “You have to take it with a dose of humor. We aren’t going to change things easily. If you don’t give it importance, they don’t achieve their objective.”The match referee included the 75th-minute incident in his match report, so Villarreal could face a fine.Alves has often been subjected to racist taunts and called fighting racism “a lost war” in January 2013 after segments of Real Madrid’s fans abused him with monkey chants during a match. Madrid defender Marcelo, who is also Brazilian, was also recently greeted with monkey chants by a section of Atletico Madrid fans this season.Former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o was convinced not to walk off at Zaragoza in 2006 after fans berated the Cameroon striker with racist chants. Two years earlier, Spain fans at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium infamously greeted England’s Black players with monkey chants during an international friendly match.last_img read more

Reggae Boy Morgan hits new heights

first_imgLONDON (CMC): Jamaica international Wes Morgan was one of four Leicester City players named in the Professional Football Association’s team of the year in London, England, yesterday. The 32-year-old England-born Morgan has been one of the linchpins of Leicester’s defence this season, as the minnows have stunned the Premier League with their astonishing title bid. Leicester are closing in on their first-ever title, leading the standings with 73 points – five clear of North London side Tottenham Hotspurs – with four games left in the season. Morgan, who skippers the Foxes, has featured in all 34 Premiership games for them this season, scoring a single goal. That strike proved massive, as it lifted the leaders to a crucial 1-0 win over Southampton earlier this month. He spent most of his career at Nottingham Forest where he became their longest-serving player, before moving to Leicester in January, 2012. Morgan helped Leicester win the Championship in 2014 and then scored two goals as they managed to finish 14th in the Premiership. He has been a regular for Jamaica and was a key part of the side that reached the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup last year, and is currently involved in the country’s sputtering World Cup qualifying campaign. As expected, Morgan’s teammates Jamie Vardy, N’Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez, have all been included in the PFA team. Vardy’s 22 goals have been the catalyst for Leicester’s extraordinary campaign while midfielders Kante and Mahrez have been revelations.last_img read more

DONEGAL RAILWAY SHOW LEAVES THE STATION TODAY!

first_imgThe Letterkenny model from track level inside the real Coach 58The Railway Show season is starting in Donegal Town and will make a welcome relief from the overload of politics and not so sunny climates!Donegal Railway Heritage Centre is holding its first model railway exhibition of the year from today, Saturday, May 24 through to Monday, May from 12 noon to 5pm each day.There will be working scale models of the old County Donegal Railway stations at Letterkenny and Donegal Town, each assembled in different coaches from the original Donegal rolling stock. There will be an OO gauge layout in the original passenger trailer No 5. There will also be working displays of old Hornby O Gauge tinplate trains in both electric and clockwork, some of these being up to 90 years old.There will also be a Meccano and Dinky Toy display and films of the old railways of the County when they were running. Weather permitting, there will be train rides for children on a miniature railway and the garden railway will be in operation.Meanwhile the County Donegal Railway Restoration Ltd will be holding its AGM in the McGowan Room, one of the railcar trailers on the railway, at the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre today at 2pm.At the end of the AGM, around 3pm, there will be a book launch open to the public – this will be a revised and updated edition of the key reference work on the County Donegal Railway and one of the co-authors will be present to sign copies. This should make excellent reading for anyone with any interest in the story of the railways around Donegal or those who remember the railway and any elderly relatives.To complete a busy time for the railway, the company is also recruiting, see below, and CVs can be handed in from now up to the end of the show on May 26.Railway Situation VacantCounty Donegal Railway Restoration Ltd needs staff to assist the Donegal Railway Heritage Centre in developing and maintaining its buildings and displays and in increasing its revenue.The work involves a variety of fund-raising and sales tasks, assisting at shows, document design and other computer tasks, and basic maintenance of the displays in running order, plus some housekeeping of these to ensure the museum is kept impressive for visitors, and displays are refreshed and changed. As the wages are funded through Pobal preference will be given to those currently on the unemployment list, recently laid off or who have special needs. Send CV or hand in at the address below. Excellent references needed. Closing date May 26.More information from: The Manager, Donegal Railway Heritage Centre, Tyrconnell St, Donegal Town. Telephone: (074) 9722655DONEGAL RAILWAY SHOW LEAVES THE STATION TODAY! was last modified: May 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalRailway Showlast_img read more