Poyet takes blame for heavy defeat

first_img The Uruguayan was swiftly installed as a 1/4 favourite to be the next top-flight manager to lose his job with bookmaker William Hill after a humiliating afternoon at the Stadium of Light, and although he insisted he had not heard from owner Ellis Short in the immediate aftermath of the debacle, he took the criticism on the chin. Poyet said: “I am responsible. I am one of the few in football nowadays, I am honest. When things go right, I tell you I am responsible, and when things go wrong, I tell you I am responsible. I don’t pick and choose. “There’s one thing Gus has got, he’s got a bigger heart than anyone.” Sherwood was thrilled with his side’s display, but was taking nothing for granted despite seeing them ease themselves six points clear of the drop zone. He said: “It’s a fantastic step towards safety, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, we realise that. We have managed to drag Sunderland into it now and push them underneath us, but it’s all about next week now, Swansea at home, and getting the points there. “I’m sure our fans will be very jubilant and welcoming the players to a home fixture. The boys are looking forward now to playing at home in front of an expectant crowd. “Losing becomes a habit, doesn’t it, and winning does also, so we are hoping to continue that, albeit it’s only three games.” Meanwhile, Poyet was less than happy with a comment from former team-mate Chris Sutton in a BBC blog in which he likened Sebastian Larsson’s delayed return for the second half to a pub team player having a cigarette at half-time. Poyet said: “Seb Larsson is one of the biggest and best professionals we have got at the football club. He had a massive cut in his leg, they were trying to stitch it, they couldn’t do it quickly enough. “He didn’t want to come off because he felt responsible for the 4-0 in the first half, and we waited for him. We asked the referee to delay a little bit the second half – there are some rules in football which mean you can do it, but not for long – and he came out. “It’s very disrespectful about one hell of a professional. Seb Larsson doesn’t deserve that.” “I hate people when they pick and choose and they change, they have got too many faces. I am not. I am responsible and as the one who is responsible, you are the one who has to take it.” Asked if he was determined to carry on in his mission to drag the Black Cats out of trouble for the second successive season, Poyet remained defiant. He said: “I do. That’s not even in question. I need to accept the responsibility. I pick the team, we train in a certain way and then Saturday 3pm, that’s the thing.” Sunderland’s hopes of a much-needed victory were dashed inside 44 chaotic minutes as Villa ended a 614-minute wait for an away league goal, and then built upon it in impressive style to race into a decisive 4-0 lead. Christian Benteke set the ball rolling with a neat 16th-minute shot from Leandro Bacuna’s pull-back and after Gabriel Agbonlahor had helped himself to a double, followed suit a minute before the break with a powerful header which gave bemused goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon no chance. The defeat saw Villa leapfrog Sunderland, who are now in 17th place and just four points clear of the relegation zone. However, there was support for Poyet from former Tottenham team-mate and Villa boss Tim Sherwood. He said: “It’s not great, is it, when you are beaten heavily at home, but Gus will bounce back. He’s that type of character who has seen it all and done it all before. Press Association Under-fire head coach Gus Poyet took full responsibility after Sunderland were trounced 4-0 at home by fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Aston Villa. last_img read more

Mental health awareness month to focus on sharing stories

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USG Media TeamThe USC Academic Culture Assembly will continue to execute its plans for its third annual Mental Health Awareness Month in October with eight events, including student panels and interactive attractions. The MHA events will run through the month of October.According to the ACA, the organization aims to initiate important conversations that destigmatize and explore the intense complexity of mental health.Communications Director Abigail Jackson said the assembly aims to reveal how mental health is a pervasive issue in University culture throughout October, even if struggles individuals face are not always visible.“With mental health, you could see someone on the street and not see any markers of [mental health issues],” Jackson said. “In a lot of ways, that could be pretty isolating for someone who is struggling with mental health problems, because they don’t see anyone else struggling with the same thing.”Every year, the topics and conversations surrounding Mental Health Awareness Month are centralized under a main theme. Last year’s topic focused on self-care and community care, while this year, the assembly’s topic is “Uncovering Hidden Wounds: Recognizing and Sharing Our Mental Health Stories.”Jeffrey Cho, ACA’s financial director, explained how this year’s theme will feature current USC students and professionals to discuss their own mental health experiences and resources.“This year, we wanted to focus on highlighting student experiences with their mental health journeys,” Cho said.For example, one of the first events held emphasized the recognition of one’s mental wounds. During this event, the ACA hosted a panel of counselors and psychiatrists from the Engemann Student Health Center to discuss  specific symptoms and coping mechanisms for different mental illnesses, bolstering awareness for others and themselves.Cho explains how the programming intends to reach all audiences, but it especially focuses on freshmen who may find the resources helpful during their first year.“We are trying to also consider the freshmen that are going through this big and kind of scary transition of being an adult for the first time,” Cho said. “They should be comfortable tackling mental health issues and owning their first year here at USC.”On Tuesday, the ACA will host a panel of students who hold executive positions of different organizations to discuss their experiences with mental health. According to Cho, the purpose of the event is to show how all kinds of students struggle with mental health and destigmatize the conversation surrounding it.Due to the magnitude of this event, the planning for MHA began over the summer under the direction of Mental Health Awareness Month Director Jamie Wu, along with two assistant directors, Dennis Woo and Cynthia Jiang. Over the past few months, they have been reaching out to professionals, students and speakers on campus and beyond.The organization will hold a Mental Health Resource Fair on Oct. 24 on Trousdale Parkway from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to provide students with more information about resources from organizations on campus.“We want to have programming that is widely accessible to every USC student and have events that are relevant to every student, especially so we can have USC students be aware of the greater picture behind the various issues we are hosting events about,” Cho said.last_img read more

Gemma beats Ôhorrendous’ weather to retain title

first_img30 Mar 2015 Gemma beats Ôhorrendous’ weather to retain title England international Gemma Clews beat both the field and atrocious weather to retain her title in the Delamere Comboy Scratch. She scored two-over par 75 around her home course of Delamere Forest in Cheshire, to win by a stroke in what were described as “the most horrendous conditions imaginable.” The scratch event, which was started last year, should be played over 36 holes but organiser Jackie Hesketh recounted how the competition was reduced to 18 holes after two failed attempts to start the first round. “We eventually managed to get them out at the third attempt, after making it a one-round competition.” she said. “Shortly after they had all started and the rain had stopped, the wind speed got up to 40mph, the balls were moving on the greens and the gazebo for the starter on the first tee took off and landed halfway down the first fairway! “The Delamere members did a wonderful job in clearing rain from a few greens and all the competitors appreciated the effort that everyone went to and thoroughly enjoyed the course.” Clews (Image © Leaderboard Photography), who is a member of the England Golf women’s squad, was one shot clear of regional squad player Billie-Jo Smith of Lincolnshire and Surrey’s Iona Stephen. Leading scores Par 73, CSS 76 R/O 75  Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) 76  Billie-Jo Smith (Woodhall Spa); Iona Stephen (Wentworth) 77 Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) Click here for full scoreslast_img read more

India hopeful Trump will continue US support of smart cities

first_imgThough Donald Trump has yet to move into the White House, smart city projects in India have already been discussed with his transition team.Business Insider mentioned that discussions have been held between Trump representatives and other government parties over U.S. plans to help develop three Indian smart cities.The Obama administration previously signed a memorandum of understanding to develop smart cities in Visakhapatnam, Allahabad and Ajmer. America agreed to assist with feasibility studies, capacity building, project planning and infrastructure development for the projects.“We had initial discussions with the transition team (under new Presidency),” said U.S. Department of Commerce official Vinay Vijay Singh. “It is still early stages but we have shared our plans and they have been included.”Singh says a Trump presidency is likely to continue to support the three cities, though certain issues may be addressed“Indian cities should be enabled to have more autonomy,”said Singh. “The mechanics between the Centre and states in India need to be worked out.”He adds that U.S. support of the three smart cities is not driven politically but by American private sector interests, which see this as a growth area.Focused on energy, transportation and communicationsThe focus areas of the three smart cities are energy, transportation and telecoms, according to the U.S. government.“We will help identify opportunities and it is important that there should be more cities to cities contact for greater synergy on best practices,” said US Trade & Development Agency’s Devin Hampton.Meanwhile, Singh says the U.S. is continuing efforts to help India develop other aspects of its smart city strategy, particularly around funding models and risk aspects.“We will continue to engage with all stakeholders. We will also work with multilateral institutions to help eliminate the initial risk involved in such projects,” said Singh said.As example of the risk mitigation work, he cited the U.S. Treasury Department’s assistance to the Pune Municipal Corporation in helping the city raise funds through issuing bonds. Donal Power Tags:#India#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#Trump#u.s. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Citiescenter_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Related Posts For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Dr. Barbara O’NeillWhat are some types of scams that have defrauded military families?Many types of scams are targeted toward military families. Some examples include fake insurance policies, affinity fraud investment scams (i.e., scams that target people with a common bond), the sale of used cars with questionable titles, predatory loans, work-at-home schemes for military spouses, and door-to-door sales of burglar alarms, new roofs, and home repairs. Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.An example of a typical fraudelent email.Urge military families to check out unfamiliar products and services and to investigate the background of salespeople (e.g., investment advisors) who are urging them to make a purchase. Some fraudsters wear fake military insignias in an effort to bond with military families and establish an aura of trust. Pitches to spend money quickly or “lose out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” are particularly suspect and should be avoided. Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on July 1, 2013last_img read more

Sack Vijay Rupani, urges Congress

first_imgDays after the BJP government in Gujarat accused the Congress of inciting violence against north Indians, the Congress on Friday hit back by demanding that the Centre impose President’s Rule in the State after sacking Chief Minister Vijay Rupani for failing to maintain law and order.At a press conference at the party’s headquarters, Shaktisinh Gohil, senior Congress leader from Gujarat, said the exodus from the State in the wake of attacks on north Indians following the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district “indicates that law and order in the State has collapsed”.Mr. Gohil said the violence was a BJP conspiracy to drive out people from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, among others, who worked in the State’s industrial units. He cited official figures of the Railways to show that data showing a 137% jump in passenger traffic over the corresponding period last year was proof of an exodus.The Congress leader said 165 FIRs had been filed in connection with the violence. He released photos that appeared to show some of the key accused alongside BJP lawmakers. Condemning the ‘objectionable language’ used by Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor in the aftermath of the rape, Mr. Gohil, however, defended Mr. Thakor and said the legislator had helped to maintain peace in Sabarkantha.last_img read more