The Reds brought in Lambert, who travelled to the World Cup with England last year, for £4million from Southampton as they reshaped their squad following the sale of talisman Luis Suarez. He scored 14 times for Saints last season but has failed to replicate that form for Liverpool, scoring just three times this term, including one against Villa last month. His situation had led to speculation he could move in the winter transfer window and that was fuelled further by the successful return to action of Daniel Sturridge at the weekend after five months out. Manager Brendan Rodgers had indicated that he wanted the player to stay but the club do not appear to have stood in his way following Villa’s enquiry. The player’s decision to reject the move suggests that Lambert intends to remain and fight for a place along with the likes of Mario Balotelli and Fabio Borini. Villa’s interest in Lambert is understandable given their poor form in front of goal in the Barclays Premier League. Paul Lambert’s side have scored just 11 goals in 23 games. Villa, who are looking for a new forward to bolster their underperforming front line, are believed to have offered £5million for the England international. Lambert, 32, has struggled to make an impact since joining his boyhood club last summer but does not appear prepared to give up his Anfield career for Villa Park. Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has turned down a move to Aston Villa, Press Association Sport understands. Press Association
The USC Graduate School has announced the creation of a program that both encourages and serves as a symbol of innovation.New ideas · The USC Stevens Institute of Innovation is partnering with the USC Graduate School to offer a new diploma in innovation. – Ian Elston | Daily Trojan Beginning in the fall, graduate students will be able to earn a Ph.D. diploma in innovation through the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation. The program is the first of its kind and is meant to complement students’ disciplinary work with practical skills.The program will be free for all Ph.D. students at USC and consists of 12 units leading to a Certificate in Innovation. Participants must maintain a 3.0 GPA and pass a qualifying exam.The courses offered include The Innovation Process: Development, Diffusion and Leadership (GRSC 610), Legal Issues and Financing of Innovation (GRSC 612) and Disciplinary Perspectives in Innovation (GRSC 615). The 12-unit structure of the program allows Ph.D. students to still focus on their disciplinary work while gaining experience in innovation.The idea for the certificate originally came from Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias. A group of faculty members, led by Jean Morrison, a professor of earth sciences and vice provost for academic affairs and graduate programs, then began to formulate a curriculum and to develop courses and syllabi. The entire process took almost a year.Morrison said she thinks it is important for Ph.D. students to take classes in areas outside of their specialization and learn to think in different ways.“I think, historically, Ph.D. education has tended to focus inward and to remain very disciplinary in nature,” Morrison said. “[The program] is meant to provide these students with a different way of looking at their disciplinary work, hoping that they’ll bring out the innovative side of whatever it is they’re going to do.”Further, she hopes the new program will help Ph.D. students find ways to make their knowledge applicable to society.The program, Morrison said, is the first innovation degree in the country.“This is, as far as we know, a completely unique and new program that we don’t think exists in this configuration anywhere else,” she said.The program has already attracted many inquiries.“We are anticipating it being very selective,” said Nicole Hawkes, associate provost of academic affairs and the program manager of Women in Science and Engineering. “I think there’s already been tremendous interest. The program was announced on Monday and already has had a dozen inquiries from students and other faculty members.”Z ShiHeng Guan, a graduate student studying computer science, heard of the program recently and said many graduate students are excited for the new diploma.“They will get excited about how it’s free, and I think it will be useful,” Guan said.
COMMENT LIVE TV Associated Press Television News First Published: 27th December, 2019 11:31 IST Written By Kenny Pickett threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Taysir Mack with 47 seconds left and Pittsburgh held on to beat Eastern Michigan 34-30 in the Quick Lane Bowl on Thursday night.After taking its first lead of the game, Pittsburgh (8-5) then forced Eastern Michigan (6-7) to turn it over on downs from its 40. That sealed Pitt’s first bowl victory in five appearances under coach Pat Narduzzi.The Eagles came up just short in a closely contested game just as they did in three previous bowls under coach Chris Creighton.Eastern Michigan quarterback Mike Glass was ejected with 10 seconds left after throwing punches at two players. Eagles cornerback Kevin McGill was ejected earlier for unsportsmanlike conduct.Glass was 28 of 50 for 311 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. The senior also ran for 83 yards and a score.Pickett completed 27 of 39 passes for 361 yards and three scores, including a school-record, 96-yard TD pass to Maurice Ffrench. Ffrench finished with 12 catches for 165 yards, most of which came on the tying score in the second quarter.RECORD BOOKSFfrench had 96 receptions this season, breaking Larry Fitzgerald’s school record of 92 set in 2003.Glass surpassed Charlie Batch’s single-season record of 3,390 yards of total offense set in 1997.THE TAKEAWAYPitt: Coaching continuity with offensive coordinator Mark Whipple returning for a second season should help the program. The offense showed some signs of life in the bowl game after scoring 20 or fewer points in eight games this season.Eastern Michigan: The program is on solid footing, earning consecutive bowl bids for the first time and three in four years after previously doing it only once as a Division I team. The Eagles will just have to hope they can keep coach Chris Creighton away from Power Five conference schools.UP NEXTPitt: Hosts Miami of Ohio on Sept. 5. The Panthers will have a chance to be very good on defense if defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman, Patrick Jones and safety Paris Ford all choose to stay in college instead of entering the NFL draft.Eastern Michigan: Plays at Kentucky on Sept. 5. The Eagles will be breaking in a new quarterback, attempting to replace Glass. Preston Hutchinson and Jairus Grissom gained some experience in 2019 and will likely have a shot to start next season.___ Last Updated: 27th December, 2019 11:31 IST Pitt Rallies To Beat Eastern Michigan In Quick Lane Bowl Kenny Pickett threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Taysir Mack with 47 seconds left and Pittsburgh held on to beat Eastern Michigan 34-30 in the Quick Lane Bowl on Thursday night. WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US
The Tipperary team to face Armagh is expected to be named later tomorrow morning.The Premier started the championship season plagued by injuries, but it’s expected that Michael Quinlivan, Philip Austin and Paddy Codd will be fit to start the game in Semple Stadium on Satuday.The All Ireland football round 3B qualifier is a must win game for both sides. And following a hard fought victory over Cavan last week, Tipp coach Shane Stapleton says he hopes the players get their just rewards.Throw-in is at 5 o’clock on Saturday evening in Semple Stadium – Tipp FM’s live coverage comes in association with Jim Strang and Sons, Kilsheelan, main Peugeot dealers.
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Embattled Haitian President, Jovenel Moise, says he has no plans of encouraging another 1986 incident: when then-president of Haiti Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier fled the country following opposition-led demonstrations against his administration.Moise, speaking for the first time publicly for nearly a week, said that it would be “irresponsible” on his part to step down in light of persistent demonstrations being staged by opposition parties for his removal from office amidst claims of corruption.“It would be irresponsible on my part for me to stand here today, to sign and submit a letter of resignation and say ‘I am leaving’ and leave the country like this and the system regenerates itself,” Moïse told an impromptu news conference on the grounds of the National Palace.The crisis in Haiti was triggered by the publication in January 2019 of a report on the Venezuela-funded PetroCaribe Oil initiative, under which Caracas provided oil and other petroleum products to Haiti under a preferential agreement.Moise has denied any wrongdoing and last week named former prime minister Evans Paul to head a team that would hold discussions with all stakeholders and on Tuesday reiterated a call for the all stakeholders to meet to discuss a way forward.“However long it takes, I am ready for dialogue. We don’t want to have another 1986,” he said, noting also that the economic situation in the country is also as a result of the failure to have his government ratified by the Parliament.“Parliament spent eight months refusing to give us a government,” said Moïse, who came to office in 2017.Moïse said Haiti is “worse off” than it was from 2004 to 2015, the years following the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.“You didn’t vote me to come fight with anyone. You voted me so that I could come fight against a system. It would be difficult for anyone who became president today to confront this system because it has the capacity to regenerate itself,” Moise said as he defended his term in office so far.But opposition leaders have immediately rejected Moïse’s bid for talks, saying his offer was “not credible” and called for more street protests.In a statement, the anti-corruption organization, Nou Pap Dòmi said Moise “must resign.“He has no credibility and has long lost our trust. Our position remains the same: A corrupt president can’t govern our nation.”Opposition leader André Michel said the latest statements by Moise lacked credibility.“Mr. Jovenel Moise does not have the moral authority to attack the guards of the exclusionary system that we are fighting today because his election campaign was betrothed by these people,” Michel said, adding that during the 2016 elections Moïse “had at his disposal more economic means than all the other candidates together”.
Luongo made the majority of these appearances during two stints with the Panthers from 2000-2006 and 2013. He also spent eight seasons with the Canucks and reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2011.His first 24 appearances came in 1999-00 season as a member of the Islanders. 20 years into his NHL career and Roberto Luongo is still making history as he now second all-time in appearances by a goaltender.Luongo entered his 1,030th game Sunday night at the end of the second period against the Lightning, passing Patrick Roy for sole possession of second place. He will likely remain No. 2, as he is 236 appearances behind all-time leader Martin Brodeur. Second All-Time in Games Played.LUONGOAT. 🐐 pic.twitter.com/q1WlW4zX5j— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) February 11, 2019The Montreal native has the opportunity to add to his historic career again this season as he currently sits one win away from tying fellow Canadian Ed Belfour for the third most career wins. Luongo is also third in time on ice, seventh in save percentage and ninth in shutouts.The six-time All-Star inherited a 3-2 Panthers’ deficit from James Reimer and allowed two power-play goals in the third period, extending Tampa Bay’s lead to three before the game’s end.Luongo will have his first chance to make more history this season Feb. 12 at home against the Stars.
“U-16“ Football National Team of Bosnia and Herzegovina beat their peers from Latvia with the result of 4:0 in the first round of the UEFA development tournament that is being played in Finland.In this match, Edis Smajic scord two goals, in 30th and 46th minute, while Luka Grahovac scored in the 68th minute and Adin Omic in 76th.Elects of Sakib Malkocevic will play the second match at the tournament today against Russia at 3.00 p.m. as announced from the Football Alliance.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)
WASHINGTON — Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker had a testy exchange with the chair of the House Judiciary Committee today during hearing in which lawmakers asked him for details on his handling of the criminal investigations surrounding President Donald Trump.The chair of the committee, Democrat Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York asked Whitaker, who is an Ankeny, Iowa native, was asked if he had talked with President Trump about the investigation. “As I’ve said earlier today in my opening remarks — I do not intend today to talk about my private conversations with the president of the United States. But to answer your question, I have not talked to the president of the United States about the special counsel’s investigation, ” Whitaker replied.Nadler then asked Whitaker if he had talked with White House officials about the investigation. “Again mister chairman, as I mentioned in my opening statement, I do not intend today to talk about my private conversations with the president, nor White House officials,” Whitaker replied. “But I will tell you consistent with what I have already said, I have not talked about the special counsel’s investigation with senior White House officials.”Whitaker continued clashing with Nadler when he pointed out the chairman had exceeded his time limit for questions. “Have you ever been asked to approve any request or action to be taken by the special counsel?,” Nadler asked. “Mister chairman, I see that your five minutes is up,” Whitaker said to groans and laughter in the room. “I am here voluntarily, we have agreed to five minute rounds,” Whitaker said.The hearing recessed a short time later as the representatives were called to take a vote. Whitaker is an attorney who had been serving as chief of staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions when the president asked Sessions to resign. Whitaker was named acting Attorney General and is expected to be replace soon as William Barr will take over.Whitaker was the Republican Party’s nominee for state treasurer in 2002. He was one of several candidates who competed against eventual Republican nominee Joni Ernst in the 2014 U.S. Senate Primary.
Sochi, Russia | AFP | World Cup coaches expressed a quiet confidence on Wednesday about Video Assistant Referee technology ahead of its likely adoption for this year’s showpiece event in Russia.Representatives from the 32 teams to have qualified for the World Cup gathered in the Black Sea resort of Sochi for a briefing on how “modern life” was taking over the beautiful game.Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology is expected to be given the green light by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), when the body that determines the laws of the game meets on Saturday.VAR has been heavily promoted by world football’s governing body FIFA, despite its implementation this season in leading leagues such as the German Bundesliga and Italy’s Serie A not convincing everyone.Earlier this week, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said European football’s governing body would not introduce VAR in next season’s Champions League due to ongoing “confusion” surrounding its use.But coaches emerging from the Sochi meeting said they were ready to ring in the changes — even if the system had not ironed out all the kinks.“This is the new life. This is modern life,” said Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz.“It is obvious that football cannot go on with its eyes closed to the modern world.”– Referee mistakes –VAR can only be used when there is doubt surrounding any of four key game-changing situations: after a goal, penalty decisions, after a straight red card or in cases of mistaken identity.Two of the top complaints have involved VAR either being used too often and slowing down the game or — conversely — not being called on in decisive moments.One case in England — where VAR has been trialled in the FA Cup — saw the referee given a different picture from the one shown to confused fans on television.Some head coaches said Russia will be something of a test case about which it was premature to pass judgement. “It’s something to improve football, we suppose,” said Uruguay’s assistant coach Celso Otero.“I think VAR will be approved and then we will evaluate it.”Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said FIFA’s refereeing department chief Massimo Busacca assured sceptics at Wednesday’s meeting that video replays produced fairer outcomes.Busacca said “it was very important for the referee to make less mistakes to have the video assistant,” Rohr told AFP.“VAR is coming to eliminate mistakes by the referee. It’s actually something that makes the game fair,” Saudi Arabia’s assistant coach Manuel Suarez agreed.England in particular have had famous run-ins with disputed goals at the World Cup.Diego Maradona’s “Hand of God” saw Argentina through in 1986 while Germans are still smarting about a goal that helped England win their only World Cup in 1966.Some coaches agreed that resorting to replays could result in match interruptions that break up a team’s rhythm and momentum.“It might slow down a little bit the play,” said Egypt assistant coach Jose Fantaguzzi.“But in general, the technology is very important for the time being.”Yet Fantaguzzi also admitted that his squad was a little bit anxious about how it will all turn out.“A little bit, but not that much,” Fantaguzzi said with a laugh. “We are just ready to follow the rules and prepare.”Share on: WhatsApp
Tags: Northampton Golf Club, Peggy Durant Congratulations to Peggy Durant who has just completed 80 years of membership at Northampton Golf Club.The milestone was marked by almost 50 women members who played a nine-hole event and attended an afternoon tea in Peggy’s honour, where she was presented with a memento by ladies’ captain Liz Mulliner.Peggy, who will be 94 next week, joined the club on 27 November 1937 when the subscription was around £3.10shillings, or £3.50.Her father, Fed Whiting, was club captain in 1941 and Peggy and her late husband, Charles, followed in his footsteps in 1972 when they were both captains in the same year. It was the first time the club had had husband-and-wife captains. Their son, Nick, follows the family tradition and, having joined as a junior, has already clocked up over 50 years of membership.Peggy still volunteers regularly during club events, helping with registration and scoring. During her own playing days Peggy got down to 10 handicap and has great memories of helping to win team events, as well as individual successes.Over the years she has seen many changes, including the obvious alterations to dress codes and equipment. When Peggy started playing there were only a handful of clubs in her county but over the years the game has opened up to many more people with more venues, different types of membership and pay as you go opportunities.Golf clubs are urged these days to focus on retaining club members and Peggy is happy to share the secret of why she’s stayed at Northampton Golf Club for eight decades and has never considered another club.“The celebration says it all – I’m sure there are no end of clubs that would extend similar honours to a senior member but the friendliness here always feels special,” she said.Peggy will have to maintain her membership for another couple of years to beat the record established by the late Geoffrey Crosskill who entered the Guinness Book of Records in June 2016 after completing 82 years and 18 days’ membership at Eaton Golf Club, Norfolk.Caption: Peggy Durant, with her son, Nick, cuts an anniversary cake (Image courtesy Dennis Tyrrell) 4 Dec 2017 Congratulations to Peggy on 80 years of membership