Tourism = occupation of the future

first_imgTourism is considered one of the key drivers of the country’s socio-economic progress. It can be compared in scope to oil exports, food production or car production. It has become one of the key factors in international trade and is one of the main sources of income in many developing countries. It represents 10% of world GDP, 6% of world exports and 1 in 11 of all world jobs. And now you can study it part-time, with work, family and other obligations, 100% online.It is crucial for success in tourism to follow trendsCreative thinking about news in the field of tourist offer is important for the success of an individual tourist organization. The main trends of the future are:Emotional experiencesExperiences of local specialtiesBody careGastronomyShoppingAn escape from everyday lifeThe full article is available at connectors.You can find the only online program in the field of tourism in Croatia at DOBA FacultyProgram Business and management in tourism includes the most modern subjects precisely from the field of trends in tourism, such as Development and design of top products and services in tourism, Sustainable Tourism and Local Environment, Social Media Strategies and Marketing, Tourism Trend Management,… We spend it in completely online, but don’t worry, we have been conducting online studies at DOBI for 17 years in a row, we have experience, international accreditation, developed support seven days a week, and your diploma will not say that you studied online, namely this way of studying is equivalent to classical – so officially, as in practice. Why? Check it out for yourself.Worried about an online degree? Due to the equality of both ways of studying, it is not written on your European diploma that you studied online.Do you want to get to know us better?We will be happy to forward you informative material if you trust us your contacts.Join us:05.09. in Zagreb06.09. in Split06.09. online07.09. in the riverMore information on consultation dates, addresses and registrations available is here.At DOBA Faculty, we have prepared an interesting video that shows how to become a successful online student, among other obligations?last_img read more

Ambon hospital suspends operations after 25 medical workers test positive for COVID-19

first_imgThe Maluku provincial administration has temporarily closed Haulussy Hospital in Ambon after 25 medical staffers working in the facility tested positive for COVID-19. Maluku COVID-19 task force head Kasrul Selang said on Monday that the Health Ministry’s Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes) had sent more results of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, in which three among them came back positive for healthcare workers in the hospital.Meanwhile, the other 22 medical workers tested positive for COVID-19 through rapid tests, which had been administered on some 100 staffers in Haulussy, the oldest hospital in Maluku province. “The 22 people comprise 17 nurses and five administrative staffers. The hospital has also sent swab samples has but yet to receive the results from the Ambon Environmental, Health and Technology Center (BTKL),” Kasrul said.Maluku Health Agency head Meykal Pontoh said one of the three medical workers whose PCR tests came back positive was a doctor.The hospital subsequently decided to suspend operations from May 11 to 24 to cut the chain of virus transmission, as well as to prevent patients and other medical workers from contracting COVID-19. “We will halt services and stop activities at Haulussy Hospital for the next 14 days to sterilize the hospital,” Kasrul said. Hundreds of healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus battle have tested positive for the virus across the country, amid reports of a shortage of protective gear and surging number of COVID-19 patients.In the hardest-hit Jakarta, for instance, 174 medical staffers in a number of hospitals tested positive for the coronavirus as of April 11, while in Semarang, Central Java, some 46 workers at Dr. Kariadi General Hospital contracted COVID-19 after reportedly treating patients who had covered up their travel history to virus-hit regions.Thirty-eight doctors and 17 nurses have died from COVID-19 since Indonesia announced its first two confirmed cases on March 2, according to government data. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine appears to work as well in older adults in early study

first_imgDr. Jacqueline Miller, Moderna’s head of infectious disease development, told a US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) panel the company plans to post weekly updates on enrollment of Black and Latino trial subjects on its website.Pfizer Inc told Reuters last week that 19% of the 11,000 subjects already enrolled in its vaccine trial are Black or Latino.Miller said the demographic makeup of Moderna’s trial is a frequent topic at meetings with US officials heading the White House program aimed at accelerating development of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.Deep freezeCompanies and health officials also are working on ways to distribute COVID-19 vaccines, some of which must be shipped and stored at extremely cold temperatures.Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, questioned Pfizer’s plans after the company said its vaccine must be stored at ultra-low temperatures for up to 6 months or in specially designed shipping containers for up to 10 days.Once removed from the containers, the vaccine can be kept for up to a day at a temperatures between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius (36-46°F) – roughly the temperature of a normal refrigerator – or 2 hours at room temperature.”The complexities of this plan for vaccine storage and handling will have major impact in our ability to efficiently deliver the vaccine,” Messonnier said.Pfizer told the CDC panel it is working on making the vaccine stable at higher temperatures. Pfizer shares were down about 1.5%.Moderna’s vaccine has to be kept at minus 20 degrees Celsius for shipping and longer-term storage of up to six months, but it can be kept at regular refrigeration temperatures for up to 10 days. The vaccine will be distributed in 10-dose vials with no preservatives, the company said.Moderna is also working to make the vaccine stable at higher temperatures, Miller said.Moderna, which has never brought a vaccine to market, has received nearly $1 billion from the US government under its Operation Warp Speed program. It has also struck a $1.5 billion supply agreement with the United States. Moderna Inc said on Wednesday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine induced immune responses in older adults similar to those in younger participants, offering hope that it will be effective in people considered to be at high risk for severe complications from the coronavirus.The company is one of the leading contenders in the race to develop a vaccine against the virus that has killed more than 820,000 people worldwide. Its candidate, mRNA-1273, is already in late-stage human trials testing its ability to safely prevent infection.The latest data from an early Phase I study includes an analysis from 20 additional people detailing how the vaccine performed in older adults. The analysis looked at subjects given the 100-microgram dose being tested in the much larger Phase III trial. Moderna said the immune responses in those aged between ages 56 and 70, above age 70 and those 18 to 55-years-old were similar.Health officials have been concerned about whether vaccine candidates would work in older people, whose immune systems typically do not respond as strongly to vaccines.Moderna shares, which have more than tripled in value this year, rose about 6% after the data’s release.The company has so far enrolled over 13,000 participants in its late-stage study. About 18% of the total participants are Black, Latino, Native American or Alaska Native, groups that have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic, and are often under represented in clinical trials.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Chick-fil-A Has ‘Record-Setting’ Sales on Appreciation Day

first_imgABC News 2 August 2012Chick-fil-A posted “record-setting” sales on Wednesday as thousands of people swarmed the chicken chain for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Dayafter the chain’s chief made anti-gay comments.  (NO – pro-marriage comments!).“While we don’t release exact sales numbers, we can confirm reports that it was a record-setting day,” Steve Robinson, Chick-fil-A’s executive vice president of marketing, said in a statement.At least one location had to close early after nearly selling out of chicken. At others, lines snaked around buildings and patrons waited upwards of two hours to snag their chicken sandwiches and show their support for Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy’s comments supporting traditional marriage.“We are very grateful and humbled by the incredible turnout of loyal Chick-fil-A customers on August 1 at Chick-fil-A restaurants around the country,” Robinson said. “We congratulate local Chick-fil-A Owner/Operators and their team members for striving to serve each and every customer with genuine hospitality.”…The CEO has not spoken publically or agreed to any more interviews following the backlash over comments he made to the Baptist Press supporting “the biblical definition of the family unit.”“We are very much supportive of the family,” Cathy said. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives.”After an outpouring of support for Cathy and his company during Wednesday’s Appreciation Day, gay activists are taking to the streets, or rather the Chick-fil-A parking lots, around the country for National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A on Friday to protest the chicken chain’s opposition to the LGBTQ community.Same-sex couples are being urged to take photos and videos of themselves kissing outside of Chick-fil-A restaurants nationwide.About 11,000 have said on Facebook that they will attend the event. The Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day event had about 55 times that many Facebook attendees. read more

Article Questions Lawmakers Connections To Casino Grants

first_imgThree area lawmakers are being questioned for their role in how funds from the Lawrenceburg casino grant program is distributed.Sunday’s Indianapolis Star article written by Tony Cook suggested several instances of lawmakers supporting government grants to companies and organizations they have dealings with.Former State Representative Bob Bischoff (D) supported a $1.85 million grant to Linkmeyer Development. While Bischoff did not mention it in a support letter of the grant in 2009, Linkmeyer Development is owned by his son and nephew.The grant was awarded to Dearborn County, which used the funds to pay Linkmeyer Development to build a new road off of U.S. Route 50 in Aurora. The road would go through 30 acres owned by Linkmeyer Development, which would raise the value of their land by $5.7 million.Senator Johnny Nugent (R- Lawrenceburg)The article also reported Republican Senator Johnny Nugent, of Lawrenceburg supported a $500,000 grant to Zimmer Tractor. Zimmer later purchased Nugent’s lawn and garden business on Route 50 in Aurora, which Nugent had reportedly been attempting to sell. According to the Indianapolis Star, Zimmer leases the property from Nugent for $3,000 a month, excluding the first three months of the year.Representative Jud McMillin, (R-Brookville) voted in favor of the grant towards Zimmer Tractor in 2012. The Indianapolis Star reported McMillin did not disclose that his law firm was representing Zimmer Tractor. McMillin told the newspaper that he was unaware of his firms’ involvement when he voted for it.Last year, Destination Brookville LLC was recommended to receive a $600,000 grant to help restore a local theatre and develop a restaurant. The company was founded by McMillin in August 2010. While he did not vote on the grant, some grant committee members told the Indianapolis Star that McMillin did not say his mother and other family friends owned the business.State Rep. Jud McMillin (R- Brookville)All three lawmakers say personal interests did not play a role in their decision to support certain grants.The grants come from Hollywood Casino and are used to help businesses in ten Southern Indiana counties. Lawrenceburg passed an ordinance formalizing the grant-approval process in 2012.last_img read more

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through May 22

first_imgIMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Ryan Roath, Phoenix, Ariz., 900; 2. Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas, 899; 3. Ronnie Welborn, Princeton, Texas, 800; 4. Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas, 787; 5. Glen Hibbard, Euless, Texas, 785; 6. Alexander Wilson, Salinas, Calif., 764; 7. Kyle Wilson, Monterey, Calif., 760; 8. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 749; 9. Ben Ketteman, Pflugerville, Texas, 745; 10. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 733; 11. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz., 730; 12. Joe Spillman, Marble Falls, Texas, 707; 13. Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif., 680; 14. Larry Hood, Bakersfield, Calif., 669; 15. Tommy Fain, Abilene, Texas, 653; 16. Josh Vogt, Santa Maria, Calif., 641; 17. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 628; 18. Cody Burke, Sa­linas, Calif., 624; 19. Steve Streeter, Madera, Calif., 613; 20. Mike Jergens, Plover, Iowa, 608. IMCA Late Models – 1. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 419; 2. Curt Schroeder, Ames, Iowa, 358; 3. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 325; 4. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 302; 5. Colby Springsteen, Wapello, Iowa, 295; 6. Curtis Glover, Des Moines, Iowa, 289; 7. Jason Hahne, Web­ster City, Iowa, 285; 8. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 275; 9. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 262; 10. Craig Jacobs, Urbandale, Iowa, 252; 11. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 232; 12. Ben Nading, Ankeny, Iowa, 212; 13. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, Iowa, 194; 14. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., 192; 15. Ronald Klein, Sherrill, Iowa, 186; 16. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 184; 17. Joel Calla­han, Dubuque, Iowa, 174; 18. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill., 170; 19. Kevin Kile, West Liberty, Iowa, 169; 20. Jerry King, Waterloo, Iowa, 168.IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 572; 2. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, 551; 3. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 529; 4. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 482; 5. Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas, 464; 6. John Ricketts, Bur­leson, Texas, 363; 7. Tony Dowd, Mansfield, Texas, 356; 8. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 344; 9. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 342; 10. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, 339; 11. Ryan Hall, Midlothian, Texas, 336; 12. George White, Fort Worth, Texas, 306; 13. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 293; 14. Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas, 258; 15. Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, 256; 16. Herbert R. Wood, Kennedale, Texas, 253; 17. Tyler Russell, Abbott, Texas, 247; 18. D.J. Es­tes Jr., Mansfield, Texas, 229; 19. Justin Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, 222; 20. Kyle Flod­man, Hickman, Neb., 202. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 845; 2. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 805; 3. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, 796; 4. Colby Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 753; 5. Michael Sheen, Lamesa, Texas, 701; 6. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 680; 7. Jeff Bauser, Belton, Texas, 636; 8. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 607; 9. Colin Deming, Hobbs, N.M., 604; 10. Michael W. Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 602; 11. James Lynch, Donnellson, Iowa, 586; 12. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 577; 13. Cary White, Lamesa, Texas, 568; 14. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., and Kyle Clough, Wallace, Neb., both 561; 16. Keith Cagle, Odonnell, Texas, 559; 17. Aaron Corley, Meadow, Texas, 543; 18. Charles Cosper, Belton, Texas, 531; 19. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, and Jay Schmidt Jr., Tama, Iowa, both 517.IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 830; 2. Jerrad Steele, Andrews, Texas, 665; 3. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 628; 4. Justin Lathram, Hobbs, N.M., 613; 5. Jeremy Oliver, Chilton, Texas, 610; 6. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D., 558; 7. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 551; 8. Andrew Sebastian, Minot, N.D., and Lee Riley, Lubbock, Texas, both 541; 10. Adam Arm­strong, Beatrice, Neb., 527; 11. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 519; 12. Cody Nielsen, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 502; 13. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 501; 14. Colton Pfeifer, Stock­ton, Kan., 493; 15. Dustin Griffiths, Ottumwa, Iowa, 485; 16. Aaron R. Shearn, Sioux City, Iowa, 472; 17. John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, 446; 18. Jamie Songer, Ankeny, Iowa, 440; 19. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake, Iowa, 436; 20. Tiffany Bittner, Norfolk, Neb., 434.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 905; 2. Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif., 895; 3. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 756; 4. Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 745; 5. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 691; 6. Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., 669; 7. Dan­iel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., 654; 8. Brett Lowry, Montezuma, Iowa, 618; 9. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 553; 10. Kyle Griffith, Taft, Calif., 547; 11. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Al Sotomayor, Morgan Hill, Calif., both 539; 13. Colby Heishman, Brooklyn, Iowa, 531; 14. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 530; 15. Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill., 529; 16. Brandon Clough, Wallace, Neb., 524; 17. Robert Gallaher, San Jose, Calif., 509; 18. Austin Carter, Beloit, Kan., and Doug Smith, Lanesboro, Iowa, both 475; 20. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 474.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 858; 2. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 839; 3. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 812; 4. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 804; 5. Allen Montgomery, Fort Worth, Texas, 772; 6. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 670; 7. Brad Shirley, Springtown, Texas, 656; 8. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 607; 9. John Freeman, Runaway Bay, Texas, 604; 10. Jarrett Roberts, Temple, Texas, 590; 11. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 572; 12. Cody Shoemaker, Paradise, Texas, 571; 13. Kevin Green, Robinson, Texas, 569; 14. Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, Texas, 544; 15. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 527; 16. James Holder, China Spring, Texas, Jay Coone, Burleson, Texas, and Gene Bur­nett, Leander, Texas, each 512; 19. Alec Smith, Hobbs, N.M., 496; 20. Michael Newhard, Green­ville, Texas, 483. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 677; 2. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 615; 3. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 588; 4. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 570; 5. Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside, Iowa, 554; 6. Ryan Bryant, Mason City, Iowa, 485; 7. Megan Lappegard, Spencer, Iowa, 466; 8. Jacob Kofoot, Bode, Iowa, 457; 9. Willard Van Haitsma, Spring­town, Texas, and Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, both 396; 11. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 393; 12. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 389; 13. Danny Jack Baggerly, Joshua, Texas, 388; 14. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., and Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, both 376; 16. Brant Bach­man, Weatherford, Texas, 372; 17. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 358; 18. James More­head, Joshua, Texas, 344; 19. Caine Mahlberg, Dunlap, Iowa, 341; 20. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 340.West Coast Super Stocks – 1. Steve Nash, Pahrump, Nev., 201; 2. Lonnie Welch, Bakersfield, Calif., 188; 3. Tim Randolph, Santa Maria, Calif., 181; 4. Billy Simkins, Bakersfield, Calif., 174; 5. Clay Daly, Watsonville, Calif., 154; 6. Brady Bell, Bakersfield, Calif., 144; 7. Chad Weber, Santa Maria, Calif., 113; 8. Johnny Bedingfield, Bakersfield, Calif., 102; 9. Wayne Coffman, Bodfish, Calif., 97; 10. Jon Blackford, Nipomo, Calif., and George Bradburry, Pahrump, Nev., both 94; 12. James C. Wulfenstein, Pahrump, Nev., 70; 13. Dustin Chastain, Tonopah, Nev., 68; 14. William A. Stevens, Bakersfield, Calif., 66; 15. Jim McCoy, Pahrump, Nev., 64; 16. Donald W. Riley, Pahrump, Nev., 63; 17. Dale Daffern, Las Vegas, Nev., 33; 18. Mike Corwin, Bakersfield, Calif., Daniel Vlaszof, Las Vegas, Nev., and Cory Little, Pahrump, Nev., each 32.last_img read more

Van Straten’s 100th IMCA Stock Car career win proves just as exciting as his first one

first_imgIMCA Sunoco Stock Car career wins number one and 100, and a lot of them in between, came at Shawano Speedway for Travis Van Straten. (Photo by A and H Photos)HORTONVILLE, Wis. – Travis Van Straten remembered the excitement that surrounded his first feature win as an IMCA Sunoco Stock Car rookie in 2001.It was just as exciting to return to Shawano Speedway to get his career 100th victory in the division on July 29.“I knew going into the class that it would be tough to win one, let alone 100 features,” he said. “I was very excited and surprised when I won the first time. My oldest son was just three months old when I won my first feature and I remember the trophy was bigger than he was.”Thirty-four of his feature wins came during Van Straten’s national championship season in 2015. He averaged 25 wins a season while compiling seven track and two Allstar Performance State titles from 2014 to 2016.“I feel very blessed have to have accomplished everything I’ve been able to. I’ve had good cars and a lot of good people helping me,” he added. “I am very thankful for all the help I’ve gotten along the way, especially from my wife Gina and sons Trevor and Trey. None of this would have been possible without them.”He’s also thankful he didn’t get stuck on career win number 99 for too long.Van Straten came into the season a dozen shy of triple digit wins. After plugging away through some new car issues, he won on back-to-back nights at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway and Shawano to reach the century mark.Jeremy Christians made the Friday race close; a late re-start opened the door for Van Straten the next night at Shawano so he could start prepping for the barrage of What did it take to become the 21st driver in division history with 100 wins? questions.“I have had good, consistent cars every night out for a long time. I’ve got a new car this year that I’m working the bugs out of and there was a winless couple of weeks while we were trying out some new setups,” he explained.“We had taken a family vacation to an amusement park in Ohio,” continued Van Straten (also noting that he preferred going fast around a dirt track to the ups and downs of a roller coaster). “On the way home my wife suggested getting the old car out and maybe getting to 100 sooner. It’s a 2013 Wolfe Chassis, the same car Brandon Czarapata won Super Nationals and a national championship with.”Van Straten has stepped away from the sport for several seasons to devote more time to home and family. He won 23 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features before returning to the Class Too Tough To Tame.“Feature wins are getting harder to come by. Every track around here has so many good drivers,” Van Straten said.last_img read more

Arsenal head of football leaves club

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Arsenal’s head of football, Raul Sanllehi, is leaving the club with Managing Director, Vinai Venkatesham, set to take over, the Premier League side announced on Saturday.Sanllehi, who was formerly Barcelona’s Director of Football, was initially appointed the club’s head of football relations before taking on the role of head of football in 2018, following a restructuring. Stan and Josh Kroenke said in a statement on behalf of owners, Kroenke Sports & Entertainment: “We have no doubt that Venkatesham is the right person to take the club forward.“He has shown outstanding leadership during the current crisis and is held in high regard internally and externally.“We know everyone will rally round him so we can move forward successfully.”Venkatesham, who has been at the club since 2010, said there was “much work to do” to ensure Arsenal were competitive again.“While this will not happen overnight, I believe we have many of the critical ingredients to do so. There are many positives to build on across the club,” Venkatesham said. Arsenal sparked a social media backlash this month when the club announced plans to lay off 55 staff, less than a week after winning the FA Cup and qualifying for the Europa League.“I’m proud and pleased with the contribution I’ve made at Arsenal over the past three years and I look forward to enjoying the club’s future success. Arsenal is a true footballing institution,” Sanllehi said in the statement.Reuters/NAN.Tags: FC BarcelonaPremier LeagueRaul SanllehiVinai Venkateshamlast_img read more

Pardew to lobby for fixture changes

first_img “We have the same points total as we did when we finished fifth after the same amount of games, so we have got to take that belief into the second half of the season and try to improve on it. “If we can, then we have a chance of Europe, and that must be a realistic goal for us in the position we are in at the moment.” City will arrive confident of repeating their opening weekend victory over the Magpies at the Etihad Stadium having smashed six past hapless West Ham in midweek, and with manager Manuel Pellegrini boasting an embarrassment of riches within his squad. The challenge of man-managing so many top international players is one which can present its own problems, but Pardew insists that is not necessarily an issue. He said: “Not when you are winning. If you are winning – and obviously, they are going to win more than they lose – it’s much easier to have a big group because you can just say as a manager, ‘We won, await your chance’. “It’s not so easy when you are losing games and you have got a big squad. It’s harder for teams like us, Everton, Villa, Spurs, that mid-group. “It’s tougher for those teams because you can’t win every week, and that’s what you are trying to do. “If you can win every week and you can keep bringing in quality, then the group is okay.” Pardew could have goalkeeper Tim Krul and midfielder Yohan Cabaye back from injury, but will once again be without Fabricio Coloccini and Mathieu Debuchy, while full-back Davide Santon is a doubt with a thigh problem. Frenchman Massadio Haidara, 21, could continue at left-back and while his manager admits he could face the sternest of tests, he has full confidence in him. Pardew said: “He’s got a fantastic left foot and fantastic pace. He lacks experience and this is possibly not the greatest game to come into – obviously, Manchester City is a real test for the back four. “But I still have great confidence that he can pull it off.” Now Pardew has signalled his intention to lobby both the domestic and European governing bodies to introduce a greater flexibility should Newcastle remain on contention. Asked if Europe is still a target given last season’s difficulties, Pardew said: “Yes. I think there might be a situation where maybe the agenda will change in terms of the fixtures. “It’s something I will be pushing for if we get close, the Premier League to try to help us, let us play on a Monday night or on a Wednesday and try to approach UEFA about that. “The stats back up the suggestion that it’s too early for teams to play that quickly.” Whether or not Pardew gets his wish remains to be seen, but in the meantime his eighth-placed side will resume their pursuit of another top-five finish when free-scoring Manchester City arrive at St James’ Park on Sunday. Three successive defeats, two of them in the league, have taken some of the gloss off a run of nine games which yielded just a single defeat. However, that sequence of fixtures did include a home victory over Chelsea and away wins at both Tottenham and Manchester United, and they will approach City’s visit to Tyneside with some relish. Pardew said: “For us, the most important part is to attack every game. Press Association Alan Pardew has set his sights on Europe once again in the hope that the football authorities will give English teams a fighting chance. The Magpies suffered badly as a result of their involvement in the Europa League last season when Pardew’s resources were stretched beyond their bounds, and they found themselves engaged in a bitter fight for Barclays Premier League survival. He has campaigned ever since for the fixture schedulers to give sides a better chance of competing on both fronts with Swansea, and to a lesser extent, Tottenham having suffered similarly this time around. last_img read more

Football: Nine former Badgers find home in NFL following weekend draft

first_imgFrom Pewaukee to the NFL. So proud of you broski!!! #BoltUp— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) April 30, 2016Watt joins another former Badger in the Charger’s backfield in running back Melvin Gordon, who struggled a bit in his rookie campaign in 2015. Blocking for the former Heisman trophy candidate will be nothing new for Watt, and Gordon doesn’t seem to mind reuniting with his former lead blocker.@DerekWatt34 glad to have you back bro #BoltUp #Congrats— Flash | 28™ | A01 (@Melvingordon25) April 30, 2016As for Schobert, he’ll join a former Wisconsin great himself in offensive lineman Joe Thomas, who was drafted by the Browns in 2007. The linebacker will also join former Penn State defensive lineman Carl Nassib, who the Browns selected in the third round of this year’s draft. Nassib was the player who beat out Schobert in the competition to be named the 2015 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.Extremely happy and blessed to be a member of the Cleveland Browns organization #DawgPound— Joe Schobert (@TheSchoGoesOn53) May 1, 2016While Watt will likely have to fight hard to earn a spot on San Diego’s final roster, Schobert is in a position to possibly contribute in his debut season with the Browns, even if that may be on special teams where the linebacker showed he is more than capable of contributing.And even though Watt and Schobert were the only Badgers selected in this weekend’s draft, seven other former UW players were signed as undrafted free agents.The biggest name to be signed was quarterback Joel Stave, who signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Additionally, both wide receiver Alex Erickson and cornerback Darius Hillary signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, offensive lineman Tyler Marz signed with the Tennessee Titans, wide receiver/safety Tanner McEvoy signed with the Seattle Seahawks, tight end Austin Traylor signed with the Dallas Cowboys and safety Michael Caputo was the last to sign with the New Orleans Saints. Could not be happier or more proud bro!!! Incredible!!! I’m definitely coming to visit!!! @DerekWatt34— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 30, 2016 When former University of Wisconsin linebacker Joe Schobert got his name called during this past weekend’s NFL draft as the first pick of the fourth round by the Cleveland Browns, there was a strong possibility that he would be the first and last former Badger to hear their name announced.While there were plenty of Wisconsin players with their names eligible to be called, Schobert was the only name that was a lock to be drafted.It may have taken another 99 picks, but eventually, Schobert was no longer alone as the only Badger in the NFL, as the San Diego Chargers took fullback Derek Watt with the 198th overall pick — the 23rd pick of the sixth round.And with that came no shortage of congratulations for the second Watt brother to have the opportunity of playing at the next level.Woohoooo!!!! So proud of you bro!!!!— TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) April 30, 2016last_img read more