Dick Advocaat understands why Sunderland owner is hesitant in transfer market

first_img Press Association Advocaat’s frustration eased on Friday as he completed the loan signing of Swedish international midfielder Ola Toivonen from Ligue 1 side Rennes. And despite Advocaat’s desire to further strengthen his squad ahead of the Tuesday deadline, the Dutchman fears he may pay the price for a series of recent failures. Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says he understands owner Ellis Short’s reluctance to enter the transfer market after receiving scant return on his investment over recent seasons. Advocaat said: “I totally understand because he has spent as much as he did over the last years and has seen nothing back every year, playing for relegation. “For him (Short) it is not a problem to spend money if the player will show a lot to the fans but a lot of players – not one or two or three, much more – he’s still paying for and they’re not here. “That is not good for the club and I can understand a bit of the suspicion.” Advocaat will continue searching for reinforcements but he confirmed a projected loan move for Napoli’s Jonathan de Guzman is definitely off. Toivonen is expected to come straight into the Sunderland squad for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Aston Villa while Jeremain Lens and Billy Jones are also available after sitting out the midweek Capital One Cup win over Exeter. Advocaat cut a happier figure in the wake of his side’s 6-3 win over the League Two Grecians and even insisted he would give his beleaguered defenders the benefit of the doubt after heavily criticising their performance on Tuesday. Advocaat added: “In the last nine games last season the defence was brilliant so they cannot lose that in one or two weeks – they have to get a certain amount of resolve and I’m not that negative. “Everything looks a little bit brighter. I’m very happy with the signing of Toivonen and we’re still working to bring in one or two other players, and we will know that next week.” Toivonen, who has 43 senior caps and nine international goals to his name, previously worked with Advocaat for a season at PSV Eindhoven. The Swede told the club’s official website : ”I worked with Dick Advocaat for one year at PSV and we came along very well, so I’m excited to work together again. ”I already knew Sebastian (Larsson) from the national team and we’ve played together for five or six years, and I also know Jeremain Lens from our two years together at PSV.” last_img read more

Captains need to use pacers differently in Test: Gautam Gambhir

first_imgKolkata: Former India opener Gautam Gambhir is excited about the Pink Ball Test between India and Bangladesh, starting at the iconic Eden Gardens here from Friday. Gambhir, who is an expert at sports broadcaster Star Sports, said both the captains will have to use their pacers differently as the conditions will be different under the lights.Gambhir while talking about Pink Ball under lights on Nerolac Cricket Live said: “I am really excited to see how this pink ball behaves because I have played with the Kookaburra ball which behaves much differently. One thing I realized was under the lights it was really difficult to pick the wrist spinner.”Another thing is that captains will now need to use their fast bowlers differently; in red-ball cricket, they use them early in the morning but in the day-and-night matches, they will probably have to use them under lights as well,” Gambhir said. IANSAlso Read: Bangladesh already a Wicket down without Shakib: Gautam GambhirAlso Watch: Govt all set to push for the contentious Citizenship Bill in the winter session of Parliamentlast_img read more

10 fun facts about Fordham

first_img Published on March 22, 2019 at 4:57 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu No. 3-seed Syracuse (24-8, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) is hosting at least one, potentially two, NCAA Tournament games. The Orange open up their 2019 Tournament with a fellow New York school, the Fordham Rams (25-8, 13-3 Atlantic 10). Here are 10 fun facts you need to know about Fordham before Saturday’s game.1. Television TimeIn 2019, every men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament game is broadcasted on the Turner and ESPN networks, respectively. But it wasn’t always the case. In the beginning of television’s expansion into society, Fordham played in both the first ever televised football game in 1939 and basketball game in 1940.2. Multi-Use GymAdvertisementThis is placeholder textFordham’s Rose Hill Gym is the oldest Division I gymnasium in the nation. It opened in 1925 and has been in use for basketball and volleyball ever since, except during World War II, when it was used as Army barracks.3. Magenta battleFordham’s original color was not the maroon it is today. It was originally magenta, but one of the Rams’ rivals, Harvard, also had that color. Since both schools couldn’t keep the color, a series of baseball games were played to decide. The Fordham Athletics site says that Fordham won the games, but Harvard failed to honor the promise. 4.Donald Trump’s brief stintPresident Donald Trump, before later graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, attended Fordham. He began school in 1964 and was a member of the squash team. Trump was a member of the ROTC program before leaving the school in 1966 to transfer to Penn. 5. Fordham’s other famous alumniFordham has famous alumni across multiple different career paths, including acting, broadcasting and coaching. Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, actor Alan Alda and Super Bowl-winning head coach Vince Lombardi all attended Fordham. Broadcaster Vin Scully and first-ever female Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro also join the list of well-known alumni. Singer Lana Del Rey signed her first record-deal while in school before dropping out to pursue music.6. No need to shopFordham tuition in 1850 was $200. That price included six suits, shirts, socks, a hat and an overcoat. Students also received a silver cup with their name engraved on it.7. Death at its doorAt the Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, Fordham has its own cemetery near the University Church. It’s been dedicated to Jesuit people, and the first burial dates back to 1847. No one has been buried there since 1909, though.8. Poetic PoeEdgar Allan Poe grew up in the Bronx, not far from Fordham’s Rose Hill campus. Every Sunday at 11 a.m., the bells at the University Church would ring 11 times, and the bells are said to have inspired Poe’s poem “The Bells.”9. Freshman Rule BookBack in 1920, Fordham had a list of rules its freshmen had to follow. Freshmen were required to carry matches for upperclassmen and ask for permission before smoking in front of them. They also had to move off the sidewalks to allow upperclassmen to pass. The newbies were required to tip their hats to their elders.10. Triple CrownFor 23 years, the third leg of horse racing’s “Triple Crown” was hosted at Jerome Park Racetrack in the Bronx about a mile from Fordham’s campus. In 1890, the Belmont Stakes moved to Morris Park before moving to Belmont Park in Elmont, New York in 1905. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

APS superintendent offers tours of Besser and Wilson Elementary Schools ahead of bond election

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — On Wednesday, we took a look at conditions inside Ella White Elementary and Alpena High School ahead of Tuesday’s election. Today, we’ll show you what students are dealing with at Besser and Wilson Elementary schools.The problems in these buildings are common across the district: leaky roofs, inefficient heating systems, and discomfort for the students who spend seven hours a day in these conditions.Superintendent John VanWagoner says, “It [the district] needs a roof and it needs some heating and the boiler and plumbing things that are just aged out and you just can’t get parts for anymore.”Arguably, the biggest problem at Besser is the roof. In classrooms, in the hallway, everywhere you look, buckets are keeping water from wetting the floor and dripping on students.“This is a classroom that we have kids in right now. This is their everyday class and they have to move their desks and everything because a different leak pops up just about every day. So the buckets are filling up with water. As we speak, there’s dripping and we have to move the chrome books, we have to move desks and stuff. Carpet gets saturated with water and we have to dry it out and clean it, almost on a daily basis,” explains VanWagoner.You can see similar problems at Wilson. One teacher says she constantly has to rearrange furniture just so the water doesn’t pour onto students and their books. But this is just the effect of a much larger problem.Building and grounds supervisor for APS, Kurt Konieczny, says the roofing system is to blame. “This roof drain – it’s dry and we have standing water all over here on these corners. So really what needs to happen is the foam and insulation needs to be re–done, wedges put in, and everything needs to be funneled back to the roof drains. A lot of this standing water in areas like this does not help us out on days like today.”Superintendent VaWagoner’s goal for this proposal is to keep kids safe, warm, and dry. That’s a challenge that is just getting more difficult with time. Many of the schools have heating and plumbing systems that are original to the buildings. To put things in perspective, the boiler system at Wilson is 63-years-old and Besser’s is 62-years-old. They’ve been repaired numerous times since their installation in the 50s. VanWagoner says the district has done its best to rebound financially over the last few years. Now, it’s time to put the kids first.“A lot people have asked questions about, you know, why haven’t maybe they been fixed throughout the years and a lot of people don’t realize that the district was essentially bankrupt six years ago. All the employees in the district took a 10 percent pay cut that they’ve never gotten back. We’re at a point now where things are so bad, and things are so desperate, that the help of the bond would make a big difference to keeping our kids truly safe, warm and dry.”WBKB did not tour every school, but these buildings are representative of what students are experiencing across the district. If you would like more information, or would like to take a tour a of your child’s school, reach out to school administrators or to Superintendent John VanWagoner ahead of Tuesday’s election. You can also visit alpenaschools.com to learn more about what will be updated if the bond is approved.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public School, Alpena Public Schools, APS, Besser, Bond Proposal, Dr. John VanWagoner, School, superintendent, WilsonContinue ReadingPrevious City of Alpena Fire Department warns of charity scamNext Hospice of Michigan enlisting the help of veteranslast_img read more

Business execs set Fly In at Pearson

first_imgAbout a dozen VIPs from around the country and abroad will be feted at a Vancouver dinner later this month, with private pilots flying in to greet them. Despite the high visibility of the Pearson Field gathering, which will include 200 other guests, the weekend visitors with impressive business credentials will keep a low profile. Their hosts assume that these investors and top-level corporate leaders would prefer anonymity as they check out the metro area’s potential as a place to do business.The business executive Fly In will take place Sept. 23-25, and the economic development organization Greater Portland Inc. expects a dozen or more top business executives to check out the region’s business opportunities. Beyond a small number of events such as the Pearson Field dinner, tours and activities will be personalized by local executives, who are acting as hosts to the high-level guests, says Susan Bladholm, the economic development organizations’s marketing vice president. Those committed so far are from the high-tech, software, green construction, solar, and venture capital industries. They’re coming both from the United States and Asia, Bladholm says.Ron Arp, a Clark County public affairs consultant also working on the event, says the Fly In is unusual in its ambition. It’s typical to invite business prospects one or two at a time rather than as a group, he says.last_img read more