Pardew keen to build on first win

first_img “We have been playing under huge pressure, we have been working under huge pressure – you can’t get away from it in this city – and it’s difficult. “We really can self-harm sometimes with the pressure we put ourselves under, but on the other hand when we win, we have a euphoria like we had today, and I thought the stadium was terrific today. I can’t thank the fans enough.” Opposite number Nigel Pearson, who saw Marc Albrighton hit the bar with a first-half cross, was disappointed to come away empty-handed after a real tussle on Tyneside. He said: “If you are not creating or taking your chances, it’s important to keep a clean sheet and we have been done on the counter-attack from what was a very promising situation for ourselves. “It’s frustrating, there’s no doubt about that, but I know that we will get a positive response from the players.” Meanwhile, both managers insisted the delay as engineers worked to secure dressing panels around the 60m screen had not affected their players. Pearson said: “The players were all very relaxed about that. Both sets of players dealt with the situation very well, as did the club and the officials. “There was no friction at all. Sometimes these things happen and you have got to deal with them.” Pardew added: “I have to pay tribute to Nigel, he was very calm about it all. He was matter of fact, it was a problem and let’s just wait and sort it out. He didn’t make a big deal and I thank him for that. “We were so impatient for the game, it just made it a little bit more difficult, but in the end it didn’t affect what was a big day for us.” A rare goal from French midfielder Gabriel Obertan was enough to secure a 1-0 victory over Leicester at St James’ Park in a game which was delayed by an hour because of problems with a newly-erected big screen. However, it was all worth the wait for Pardew as his team collected three points for just the sixth time in 27 league games in 2014. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will not allow his players to rest on their laurels after they finally ended their wait for a first Barclays Premier League win of the season at the eighth attempt. Press Association Asked if the win had come as a relief, Pardew said: “When you have been a manager as long as I have and experienced a team that’s not functioning, you have to work doubly-hard and try to protect yourself from the pressures that are coming. “I have had to take a lot of criticism and I have accepted that, you have to. But the most important thing is we can move on from this because this isn’t going to be the be all and end all for us, beating Leicester. “We need to beat some top teams and we need to improve as a team. It will help us this week in our work and instil some confidence in some players who I know can be better than they are showing.” The decisive moment arrived with 19 minutes remaining when Obertan picked up possession wide on the left and cut inside along the edge of the penalty area before thumping a low right-foot shot past keeper Kasper Schmeichel and into the bottom corner. It was his first goal for the club since October 2012, and his first in the league since his only other at Blackburn almost nine months earlier. However, Newcastle, for whom the in-from Papiss Cisse was guilty of an extraordinary miss early in the second half, had to fight for their win with keeper Tim Krul and central defender Steven Taylor both making vital interceptions at the death. For once, Pardew headed home looking forward to watching Match of the Day. He said with a smile: “I tend to watch even when it’s nasty and horrible. It’s important for me to keep up to date with what’s being said about your team and other teams. But certainly I will watch it with a smile tonight. last_img read more

Professor leaves quietly amid controversy, lawsuit

first_imgAfter the Sexual Harassment Task Force at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work dissolved in Spring 2018, the school has started making changes to its harassment and discrimination policies. (Julia Rosher/Daily Trojan) “I would imagine that they could at least release something saying that he is no longer on the faculty [so] that students know that, because it wasn’t just me who became fearful seeing him around,” Fenwick said. Tory Cox, assistant dean of field education at the Virtual Academic Center, also worked on the Sexual Harassment Task Force. Cox served as a co-chair for the Steering Committee, which guided the Environmental Culture Workgroup, Policy Workgroup and Assessment Workgroup. He also served as a liaison between the groups. Cox said that in preparation for the Fall 2019 semester, the School of Social Work updated its guidelines in business agreements with field organizations that graduate students work with to complete their required internship hours. These changes included measures to make students aware of harassment and discrimination policies at these internships and inform them on how to file a complaint. Guerrero could not be reached for comment at the time of publication. Fenwick said she was informed of Guerrero’s departure from USC through “underground gossip” rather than an official message from the University. While Fenwick said she understands the University must be careful with the information it releases concerning Guerrero due to the lawsuits at hand, she said that she and other students should have been informed that Guerrero would no longer be present on campus. “They owe it to Karissa to inform her, to let her feel safe and comfortable being on campus, and they haven’t done that because they won’t announce anything,” Winer said. “They’re keeping everything for some reason confidential.” Cox said the School of Social Work also sent out a school climate survey in January that included questions on sexual harassment and discrimination for students, faculty and staff. Its results are currently being compiled and will be used to identify more key issues the school must address. But she said she hasn’t received many updates on the progress of the recommendations since the task force submitted its report in Spring 2018. Hathaway and University Media Relations declined to comment on the status of the libel lawsuit. He said field instructors, who supervise students during internships, also received training, which includes live sessions and a 30-minute video about the University’s expectations for harassment and discrimination policy and reporting. Fenwick was also a student member of a Sexual Harassment Task Force assembled in Fall 2017. Students, faculty and staff on the task force compiled a 49-page report with recommendations to improve the School of Social Work’s policies, procedures and communication regarding issues of harassment and discrimination. Erick Guerrero, a former USC assistant professor who was placed on probation in Fall 2018 following an investigation of his alleged sexual harassment of a student, is no longer employed at the University as of Nov. 20, 2018, University Media Relations confirmed to the Daily Trojan.center_img “The idea of culture change is an important thing to recognize, that this is what the effort of the task was, to make sure that what had taken place previously would not take place again,” Cox said. Carl Castro, an associate professor at the School of Social Work,who was also part of the task force, said changes have already begun, but communication was more consistent before the task force dissolved last spring. Back then, he said updates were routinely provided via email and on the task force website. “Many of us have been wondering what is happening with those, when are they being implemented and how,” Fenwick said. “It seems like the school just wants the whole thing to fizzle out, which I guess I can understand from their perspective, but it’s unsettling I think from some of ours.” In October 2017, graduate student Karissa Fenwick filed a lawsuit against USC and Guerrero, accusing him of sexually harassing her in his hotel room during an academic conference. Guerrero also filed a libel lawsuit in October 2018 against 72 professors from the School of Social Work who publicly condemned him after the sexual harassment allegations surfaced. “We’ve done a nice, really thorough circle of what it takes in the field environment to make sure all parties are well-informed and that the process for filing a complaint is clearly delineated,” Cox said. Cox said these changes seemed necessary in light of recent sexual harassment allegations made on campus and complaints students made regarding their internships. “I just think we need a school-wide and University-wide campaign of communicating changes,” Castro said. “You can’t just say it once, you’ve got to say it multiple times, in multiple ways, in multiple venues.” Fenwick’s lawyer John Winer said he did not know why the University has not Guerrero’s departure publicly commented. Guerrero’s lawyer Mark Hathaway said Guerrero, who was an assistant professor at the Dworak-Peck School of Social Work resigned from the University. The Daily Trojan could not confirm this with USC. The School of Social Work faculty also voted to add six extra pages to its Faculty Guidebook on sexual harassment and discrimination policies, which is waiting on University approval, according to Castro. “We have students in every state doing internships, so the more spread out you get, the more important your policies and expectations are … so that agencies know where you’re coming from as an institution,” Cox said. last_img read more

Here’s what happens if natural disaster strikes at the Tokyo Olympics 2020!

first_imgImage Courtesy: Sky Sports/ReutersAdvertisement 47uyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2fkoWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eccwak9s( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 2jxcfWould you ever consider trying this?😱1qe5sCan your students do this? 🌚c3lpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Japan is infamous for its high frequency of earthquakes. Geographically located in a volcanic zone on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the country experiences an average of 1500 earthquakes every year. Add to that the severe occurrence of typhoons, and the perturbation of a terror attack, you would think that how risky it would be to host the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics, one of the most grand events of the world? Well fret not, because the organisers are preparing their best measures to take precautions against the worst kind of calamity.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Sky Sports/ReutersJust before Christmas last December, the Olympic Gymnastic Centre at Tokyo’s Ariake district and the Tokyo Aquatics Centre went through an artificial ‘disaster drill’, where the stadium staff practices safety measures in case of a real earthquake occurring during the main event.Presuming the occurrence of a 7.3-magnitude earthquake, a bilingual public address was played in the stadium during the drill, which will be used to pacify the audience in emergency situations.Advertisement “There has been an earthquake. Please stay calm and protect yourself. This venue is safe. Taking action in a panic may lead to danger. Please stay calm and follow the staff’s instructions. The elevators may not be used.” this announcement is to be played in both Japanese and English.While the typhoon ‘Hagibis’ was the reason of the dismissal of three Rugby World Cup matches back in October, July and August is not the season of their frequent occurrence. However, the organisers are confident on having the best measures to counter the damage.Advertisement For counter terror measures, the Japan Self Defense Forces will also be present during rescue operations. The JSDF military personnel will be used to escort the panicked audience out of the stadium. Sniffer dogs will also be on patrol at the Tokyo Central Station and around the venue.(L)The firefighter team along with JSDF personnel escorting dummies during the drill, (R) a sniffer dog at the Tokyo Central Station. (Image Courtesy: AFP/Ruptly)Emergency troops from the Tokyo fire department were also present in the drill. The fire response team practised rescue operations out of the stadium using dummies. The firefighters have also gone through mandatory anti terrorism drills.The fire department using dummies to practice escort operations during the drill. (Image Courtesy: AFP)During the drill event, Yuriko Koike, the Governor of Tokyo inculcated an emergency meeting with the supervising officials from the fire department, coastguard, JSDF and various other officials.On receiving the news of an earthquake or similar case of crisis, Koike will be observing the venue and other affected areas around the city, and will assign her subordinates tasks accordingly.“We have many guests domestically and from abroad for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Please exert your utmost efforts to ensure the safety of spectators and Games workers as much as you do for Tokyo residents,” she announced in the drill meeting, ensuring the prioritisation of safety of the global audience and the citizens of the city in case of emergency.The 2020 Tokyo Olympics will kick off on 24th July. Advertisementlast_img read more

Regular season is over with — Leafs now concentrate on post season

first_imgOkay.The regular season is done, over with, complete.Fifty-two taxing, troublesome and labourious games are now in the books for the Nelson Leafs.Thankfully, the Green and White can now forget about what has been a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season to forget and concentrate on the first-round matchup against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, beginning Friday in Fruitvale.Nelson concluded the regular campaign on a sour note, dropping a 4-1 decision Sunday afternoon at the NDCC Arena to the visiting Castlegar Rebels.Two second-period goals by Konnor Madsen and Yannis Soukas proved to be the difference as the markers snapped a 1-1 tie to power the Rebels past the Leafs.“We’ve had a bunch of injuries this season, and because of that our bench has been always short,” said Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap when asked about the recent 52-game campaign.“When we were losing in games guys were getting tired and frustrated and once we started to get down on ourselves it was hard to win.”“But we’re starting to get players back and win games and keep our heads up more,” Dunlap added.Unfortunately, Sunday the Leafs were still missing a couple of key cogs in the wheel in forwards Dylan Williamson, Aaron Brewer, Branden Chow and Timothy Nichols.Of the four, Williamson and Brewer may be ready for Friday’s first game against Beaver Valley. The result saw the offence struggle against the Rebels.After Soukas opened the scoring in the first period, Matt MacDonald tied the game up for Nelson with a power play marker midway through the frame.Madsen restored the lead for Castlegar early in the second. Nelson looked to have tied the game late in the period when Dunlap was set up in the slot for a one-timer.However, Castlegar goalie Austin Wells somehow shot across the goal crease to thwart Dunlap, who could only look upwards in disbelief.Castlegar proceeded to go down the ice with Soukas scoring his second of the game to give the visitors some insurance heading into the period intermission.“It’s been a good season for us, except what happen a few weeks ago with the ineligible player and losing (head coach) Dave (McLellan) to suspension,” said Dunlap.“But I believe overall we’ve done pretty good considering.”Carson Wornig scored in the third to complete the scoring for Castlegar.Nelson, outshooting the Rebels 33-32 in the game, now prepare to somehow change direction this season has taken beginning Friday in Fruitvale in the first round of the Murdoch Division playoffs against the Nitehawks.Game two is Saturday before the series shifts to the NDCC Arena for Games three and four, February 23 & 24.Dunlap is optimistic the start of the post season is just the change the Leafs need.A few of the injured players are expected back.So too is Leaf head coach Dave McLellan, who has spent the past few weeks on the suspended list for the clerical error that cost the team points in the standings, dropping Nelson like a tire-iron from second to fourth in the division.“We’ve won some pretty big games of late,” Dunlap said.“We’ve beat BV (Beaver Valley) . . . we beat Kamloops (last weekend) and we’re starting to come together as a team,” the Alaskan native added.“For a while we had some negativity creep into the team but we’re starting to now play better and come together as a team.“Which recently it’s been a huge up for us.”Leaf fans can only hope the turn of the KIJHL page from regular season to playoffs is a change for the better for the Green and White.last_img read more