Members of Umphrey’s McGee & Aqueous To Perform Green Day’s “Dookie” At Brooklyn Comes Alive

first_imgBrooklyn Comes Alive recently announced its massive artist lineup, with over 100 artists slated to perform 35+ sets across two days in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This year, the event is expanding to two days, September 23rd and 24th, and will take over three of Brooklyn’s premier venues—Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg—all within a 10-minute walking radius. Fans’ imaginations have been running wild dreaming up what band lineups may be formed from the extensive roster of musicians. The guessing game is always one of the most fun parts of the Brooklyn Comes Alive experience, but today, we’re ready to roll out some more surprises.Following the previous announcements of “The Road Goes On Forever: Celebrating The Music Of The Allman Brothers Band,” A Tribute To Jamiroquai, Eric Krasno & Friends, and moe.queous, Brooklyn Comes Alive has just announced another exciting set. As reported by Brooklyn Vegan, Kris Myers and Ryan Stasik of Umphrey’s McGee will team up with Mike Gantzer of Aqueous to perform Green Day‘s Dookie & Other Rock Music.The trio debuted their Green Day tribute during this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival as a special late-night set. Its inaugural performance was a resounding success, with the high-octane performance packing the tent to capacity. At Brooklyn Comes Alive, Myers, Stasik, and Gantzer will similarly work through their energized takes on classics off Dookie, such as “When I Come Around,” “Basket Case,” “Longview,” and “Welcome To Paradise.” In addition to performing Dookie in its entirety, the band will also perform a handful of other rock classics by bands like Ween, Weezer, and The Ramones.Myers and Stasik spend the majority of their time in the powerhouse rhythm section of progressive jam titans Umphrey’s McGee. Myers joined Umphrey’s in 2003 after the departure of the band’s original drummer—Mike Mirro—and has spent the past fourteen years solidifying himself as one of the best drummers in live music. Trained as a jazz drummer, his versatility is unmatched, weaving his way through the syncopated stew of metal, prog, funk, and alternative grooves that Umphrey’s specializes in.Stasik, a founding member of UM, is rock solid on the bass, holding down the low end with skill, finesse, and precision. Stasik formerly toured with the 80’s-themed supergroup side project The Omega Moos and has played a handful of shows with his Umphrey’s bandmate (and fellow Brooklyn Comes Alive performer) Joel Cummins and members of TAUK as TAUKing McGee. Outside of these infrequent collaborations, the bassist doesn’t appear that much outside of the friendly confines of Umphrey’s McGee, so his appearance at the festival is a true rarity. Stasik has expressed that “It’s nice to rock out to some three-minute punk tunes with these badass players,” and we couldn’t agree more.Gantzer—also known as Uncle Mike—is the exciting frontman for Aqueous, one of the best young bands of 2017. He has an absurdly high level of musicianship, which allows him to float between genres with ease as Aqueous whips their way through their progressive songbook. He can play both lead and rhythm parts with perfection, and he’s a great vocalist as well. Gantzer is stoked to bring Dookie to Brooklyn, explaining that “Stasik and Kris both know how to really harness that raw ROCK energy, and performing with them as a balls-out trio is the stuff Rock n’ Roll dreams are made of. Loud, fast, and in your face! We’re ready to re-summon the rock gods and really go all out for Brooklyn Comes Alive.”We’re so pumped to see what Stasik, Myers & Gantzer have in store for this set. If their set at Summercamp was any indication, this should be one of the most exciting sets at this year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive! The 2017 Brooklyn Comes Alive lineup features members of Umphrey’s McGee, moe., The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band, and so many more. Iconic legends, such as John Scofield, George Porter Jr., Cyril Neville, DJ Premier, Johnny Vidacovich, and Henry Butler, will join members of nationally touring bands, such as GRAMMY-winners Snarky Puppy, The Meters, Primus, Soulive, Lettuce, The Motet, Lotus, Railroad Earth, The Infamous Stringdusters,Yonder Mountain String Band, The Russ Liquid Test, SunSquabi, Pendulum, Destroid, The Crystal Method, Midnight North, Aqueous, Kung Fu, Electric Beethoven, and more. Check out the full lineup of artists below, and stay tuned for upcoming announcements about bands, supergroup formations, and special tribute sets.***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Each ticket grants attendees in-and-out access to all three venues, creating the feeling of an indoor music festival all within the heart of Williamsburg. In true Brooklyn Comes Alive-fashion, a brunch set will kick off the music each day, and performances will continue into the early hours of the morning with special late-night performances.To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website.last_img read more

NextGen Know-How: Your employees need active leadership

first_img continue reading » Leading virtually has its challenges, and it requires leaders to adjust how they assign work and interact with their employees. Your employees may feel challenged as well, since not only do they need to learn how to work differently, but they may have other stresses impacting their work, like having children at home during work hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Just because you don’t see most of your employees on a daily basis right now doesn’t mean they don’t need leadership. The same leadership principles you apply during “normal” times are still important today—it just takes more energy and effort in a virtual environment. As a leader, you don’t have the benefit of the daily interactions like passing a colleague in the hallway or chatting before a meeting to create connections. It will require more organization, planning, effort and energy to create and maintain connection with your team.It’s important to be an active leader, not a passive leader, no matter where your employees are working. That means continuing to give and participate in:feedback,check-ins,team meetings, 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

‘Chasing the virus’: How India’s largest slum beat back a pandemic

first_imgWhat they came up with was coined “Mission Dharavi”.Each day, medical workers set up a “fever camp” in a different part of the slum, so residents could be screened for symptoms and tested for coronavirus if needed. Schools, wedding halls and sports complexes were repurposed as quarantine facilities that offered free meals, vitamins and “laughter yoga” sessions.Strict containment measures were deployed in virus hotspots that were home to 125,000 people, including the use of drones to monitor their movements and alert police, while a huge army of volunteers swung into action, distributing rations so they didn’t go hungry.Bollywood stars and business tycoons paid for medical equipment as construction workers built a 200-bed field hospital at breakneck speed in a park inside Dharavi.By late June, more than half the slum’s population had been screened for symptoms and around 12,000 tested for coronavirus.So far Dharavi has reported just 82 deaths — a fraction of Mumbai’s more than 4,500 fatalities. With a dozen people typically sleeping in a single room, and hundreds using the same public toilet, authorities realized early that standard practices would be of little use.”Social distancing was never a possibility, home isolation was never an option, and contact tracing was a huge problem with so many people using the same toilet,” Dighavkar told AFP.An initial plan to conduct door-to-door screenings was abandoned after Mumbai’s searing heat and humidity left medical workers feeling suffocated under layers of protective equipment as they combed the area’s cramped alleys for cases.But, with infections rising fast and fewer than 50,000 people checked for symptoms, officials needed to move quickly and get creative. ‘Brink of victory’ “We are on the brink of victory, I feel very proud,” said Abhay Taware, a doctor who saw around 100 patients daily in his tiny clinic at the height of the crisis.The 44-year-old father-of-two also had to fight his own battle against coronavirus when he contracted the disease in April, but told AFP he had “no doubts” about returning to work.”I thought I could show my patients that a positive diagnosis does not mean the end,” he said.Although doctors like Taware worked to reassure worried residents, the stigma persists.After an isolating 25-day spell in hospital and a fortnight in quarantine, Sushil — not his real name — said he now feared discrimination if people found out about his diagnosis.The 24-year-old also struck a note of caution, warning of a potential resurgence in infections.”People need to take as many precautions as possible. The numbers might have come down but they can swiftly rise again”, he told AFP.  ‘No escape next time’With Mumbai and Delhi struggling to accommodate coronavirus patients as India’s cases surge past half a million officials are also wary of celebrating too soon.”It’s a war. Everything is dynamic,” said Dighavkar.”Right now, we feel like we are on top of the situation,” he said. “The challenge will be when factories reopen,” he added, referring to the billion-dollar leather and recycling industries run out of Dharavi’s cramped tenements.And some in the slum fear their community might not be as lucky next time.On a blazing morning, as car salesman Vinod Kamble lined up to have his temperature taken, he recalled his terror when the virus landed in Mumbai.”I felt like Dharavi would be destroyed, and nothing would be left,” he told AFP, describing the near impossibility of avoiding infection in the slum.”We need better infrastructure,” the 32-year-old said.”Otherwise the next time a disease like this emerges, I don’t think Dharavi will be able to escape.”center_img Topics : When coronavirus claimed its first victim in India’s largest slum in April, many feared the disease would turn its narrow, congested streets into a graveyard, with social distancing or contact tracing all but impossible.But three months on, Mumbai’s Dharavi offers a rare glimmer of hope with new infections shrinking, thanks to an aggressive strategy that focused on “chasing the virus, instead of waiting for disaster”, according to city official Kiran Dighavkar.The sprawling slum has long been a byword for the financial capital’s bitter income disparities — with Dharavi’s estimated one million people scraping a living as factory workers or maids and chauffeurs to Mumbai’s well-heeled residents.last_img read more

Arsenal to make £40m offer for Dayot Upamecano to help Unai Emery fix defence

first_imgArsenal are plotting a fresh transfer bid for Dayot Upamecano (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are reportedly preparing a £40million move to sign RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano.Upamecano was firmly on the Gunners’ radar as a possible replacement for Laurent Koscielny in the summer, but Unai Emery eventually turned to David Luiz after missing out on the 20-year-old.Though Leipzig rejected a sizable offer from Arsenal for Upamecano, they are increasingly resigned to losing the highly-rated Frenchman at the end of the season.Upamecano’s Leipzig contract has a €100m release clause which reduces by €20m every year. It was therefore believed that interested clubs would have had to spend €60m (£52m) to land the youngster next summer.ADVERTISEMENT Emery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield UnitedTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:38FullscreenEmery reacts to Arsenal’s 1-0 loss to Sheffield Unitedhttps://metro.co.uk/video/emery-reacts-arsenals-1-0-loss-sheffield-united-2032306/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.However, Leipzig are now prepared to accept a cut-price fee for the defender to avoid losing him for free when his contract expires in 2021.AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to The Sun, this has put Arsenal on red alert and the north London club are lining up a fresh bid for Upamecano ahead of the January transfer window.The report claims the France Under-21 international has been identified as Arsenal’s top centre-back target.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLast year, Upamecano revealed his ambitions to join a top European club in the future, but failed to mention Arsenal in his list of ‘dream’ destinations.‘As a youngster, you dream of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, but to get there, you have to work,’ he told Telefoot.‘I’m very proud of myself, very happy. I have to keep going in the same direction.‘I have to aim higher. My preference for the moment is Leipzig. Afterwards, we’ll see.’MORE: Manchester United chief Ed Woodward slams notion he picks transfers by watching Youtube Arsenal identify Dayot Upamecano as top defensive target ahead of £40m transfer move Advertisement Commentcenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 23 Oct 2019 11:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.7kShareslast_img read more

Impressive home offers plenty of space in idyllic location

first_imgInside 20 Endell St, Bridgeman Downs.Mr Goodwin said buyers would enjoy surrounding greenery.“We are surrounded by gumtrees out here,” he said.“And the backyard is full of fruit trees, and lots of greenery.” The home at 20 Endell St, Bridgeman Downs.Mr Goodwin said the home would suit families and young professionals.“It’s a large, low-maintenance home that’s ideal for entertaining,” he said.“But ideally, we built it with a family in mind.“And it’s also in a very friendly neighbourhood.” The home at 20 Endell St, Bridgeman DownsMore from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“It was an early Christmas gift,” he said.On the upper level of the home there is four bedrooms, plus spacious master suite with ensuite and walk-in wardrobe.There is also a bathroom, lounge area and balcony. 20 Endell St, Bridgeman DownsThis large, two-level home in Bridgeman Downs has been well maintained. Owners Mary and David Goodwin bought the land at auction in 1998 and began the process of building straight away.center_img The home at 20 Endell St, Bridgeman Downs.Mr Goodwin said it was the size of the block that prompted them to buy 20 Endell St, Bridgeman Downs.“It’s a 1,330sq m block that’s 24m wide,” he said.“It was a great piece of land that allowed us to design whatever we wanted.”Mr Goodwin said the couple moved into their newly built home the week before Christmas in 1999. Inside 20 Endell St, Bridgeman DownsOn the ground level there is a foyer entrance with access to multiple living spaces, including formal lounge and formal dining rooms, home office and two bathrooms.There is also a large family room, media space and kitchen.At the rear of the home, through sliding glass doors is a covered outdoor area which leads out to the large, manicured yard and down to the in-ground pool and gazebo.last_img read more

RIGHT TO TRAVEL: Iloilo City gov’t can’t stop Badjaos from returning

first_imgEven the local government of Jolo maynot be able to restrict the movement of the Badjaos, said Alejano. The Public Safety and Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) of the citygovernment discovered as early as last year that Badjao mendicants would sendback to where they came from the money collected here via money remittancecenters. Theordinance provides that “those caught begging are liable to fines of P500,imprisonment of not more than a year or both fine and imprisonment.” Just recently, 87 mendicant Badjaoswere rounded up by the city government. They were lectured about the cityordinance on mendicancy. Should the Badjaos return to IloiloCity, they would again be rounded up for deportation, said Alejano. On Nov. 10, 2017 then mayor Jose Espinosa IIIordered the PSTMO to round up the roaming Badjaos and ship them back toMindanao. According to the PSTMO chief, they received information that someone orsome groups from where the Badjaos came from facilitated their travel to IloiloCity. PSTMO chief Jeck Conlu said the Badjao beggars here were from Zamboanga andJolo. For the impending deportation of theBadjaos next month, Alejano said the city government already sent communicationto Sulu governor Abdusakur Tan and the Department of Social Welfare andDevelopment there. Meanwhile,giving to beggars is punishable by a fine of P500 or community service. Anyperson, syndicate or group who utilize and exploit minors, disabled and infirmpersons in the mendicancy trade shall suffer a penalty of P2,000 in fine andimprisonment of not less than two months. “There is nothing we can do tocompletely stop them from returning. Even Manila, Cebu and Bacolod haveBadjaos,” he lamented. “Nobody can stop them from boarding aship and go somewhere else if they have the money to pay,” he added. Giving alms to street children andbeggars is not allowed in Iloilo City and such act is punishable under CityRegulation Ordinance 2002-400.center_img Because of the conflict between Muslimseparatists and government troops and the lack of livelihood opportunities,many Badjaos left Mindanao. ILOILO City – The city governmentwould be deporting to Jolo, Sulu all mendicant Badjaos next month via aPhilippine Air Force C-130 airplane. But this is just a temporary solution. Itmay not be able to stop them from returning to the city. “Filipinos man ina sila,” said Mayor Jerry Treñas’executive assistant Hector Alejano, citing freedom of movement guaranteed inthe Constitution. Mayor Jerry Treñas told Panay Newshe asked the National Bureau of Investigation and Iloilo City Police Office toconduct an investigation. The Badjaos, widely known as “sea gypsies”,are an ethnic group scattered along the coastal areas of Tawi-Tawi, Sulu,Basilan and some coastal municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur in the AutonomousRegion in Muslim Mindanao. “Tan-awon ta konmay counterparts ina sila diri sa syudadsang Iloilo,” said Conlu. “They also foundthe Ilonggos generous.” Next month is the first time the citygovernment would be facilitating the Badjaos’ return direct to their homeprovince. Previous deportation efforts were only up to Cagayan de Oro Citywhere there’s a seaport with ships going to Iloilo City. “Didto silanagapadala sang kwarta. Mga dalagku nga amount,” saidConlu. Are there persons or groups behind the proliferation of mendicant Badjaosin this city? Section 6, Article III (Bill ofRights) of the 1987 Philippine Constitution reads: “The liberty of abode and ofchanging the same within the limits prescribed by law shall not be impairedexcept upon lawful order of the court. Neither shall the right to travel beimpaired except in the interest of national security, public safety, or publichealth, as may be provided by law.” BADJAOS IN THE CITY. These Badjao beggars have been rounded up by Iloilo City government personnel from the districts of Jaro and Mandurriao. They would be deported to Jolo, Sulu next month. The city government, however, admits it would be difficult to bar the Badjaos from returning to the city. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Kunmangayo-ngayo sila nagapamilit pa kag nagapamutong, kalaw-ay gid (They force people to give them alms, it’s disgusting),” saidEspinosa who admitted that regulating the entry of Badjao beggars to the citywould be difficult./PNlast_img read more

Nasri out for eight weeks

first_imgManchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is facing around eight weeks on the sidelines with the knee injury he suffered at Newcastle. The 26-year-old France international was carried from the field at St James’ Park on a stretcher with his left leg in a brace during Sunday’s 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over the Magpies, with manager Manuel Pellegrini later revealing he had damaged his medial ligament. Nasri, who was due to undergo a scan on Monday, tweeted: “Thank you everyone for your kind words and overwhelming support, I suppose its kind of good news that I will be out around 8 weeks.” Nasri was hurt in a 75th-minute challenge by compatriot Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, which earned the Newcastle man a yellow card. However, Pellegrini later claimed Yanga-Mbiwa should have bee sent off for the tackle. He said: “It’s very serious. It was a very unfair kick and the player of Newcastle, it was directly a red card. I don’t understand why he was not sent off.” Magpies boss Alan Pardew defended his player and wished Nasri a speedy recovery. He said: “He made a point in his mind that he didn’t want him to get away, and he was a bit rash in that challenge. He is not like that, though, and I hope Nasri is okay.” Nasri’s injury marred a good day for City on Tyneside as they left St James’ Park with a 2-0 victory which took them back to the top of the table. But full-back Pablo Zabaleta has warned his team-mates they cannot afford to relax after laying down a marker in the race for the title. City ground out a controversial victory at St James’ and in the process, extended their unbeaten run away from the Etihad Stadium to eight games, further evidence that they have addressed their failings in that department earlier in the campaign. Press Association However, Argentina international Zabaleta knows that will count for little if they do not maintain their standards in the weeks and months ahead. He told City TV: “That is so important for this team, to keep winning games and keep going, and also be a consistent team. “Sometimes people ask about when we play at home, that we are a different team, but today we showed again that even if you don’t play at your best, it’s important to win the game. “We are in good shape now and we need to keep working hard because there is still a long way to go to the end of the league. “Nobody is dropping points now, everybody is very close, it’s very tight at the top of the table. It was fantastic to come back today to the top of the league.” City’s sixth victory in those eight away fixtures proved to be hard-earned as they took an early lead and were then grateful to referee Mike Jones for ruling out a Cheick Tiote equaliser which might have turned a tight game. Edin Dzeko fired the visitors ahead with just eight minutes gone as he emphatically dispatched Aleksandar Kolarov’s inch-perfect cross past keeper Tim Krul. But the Magpies thought they were back in it when Ivory Coast international Tiote blasted an unstoppable 34th-minute half-volley past keeper Joe Hart, only for Jones to belatedly chalk it off after ruling that Yoan Gouffran had interfered with his sight-line from an offside position. The mood inside the stadium turned ugly as the home fans, and in particular Pardew, who became involved in a heated touchline exchange with opposite number Pellegrini, vented their fury on the official. However, City survived a concerted second-half fightback and as the home side pushed for a late equaliser, clinched victory with a second in stoppage time when Alvaro Negredo struck. Defender Martin Demichelis said: “I haven’t seen the replays, so I don’t know if it was on or offside. I understand the frustration, but people were maybe more focussed on the referee rather than us. “We had to focus, keep the intensity, and that’s what we did.” The fact that City managed to keep a clean sheet in such circumstances was a source of satisfaction for Zabaleta. He said: “We showed a great team spirit. Probably we didn’t play well with the ball, but sometimes, those games are about three points and today we did it, so we are really pleased with that.” last_img read more

Wenger: No complacency at Arsenal

first_imgManager Arsene Wenger insists there can be no complacency from Arsenal if they are to secure a top-four finish despite Everton’s unexpected home defeat by Crystal Palace. “We never had and we never tried to influence the decision of Sky or any other company. “If you want to know more, you look at the teams who have been protected since the start of the season and the teams who had the biggest rest between games. “You will see and you come to your own conclusions. I don’t question the objectivity of the television companies, but sometimes their choices don’t look very rational.” Wenger added: “If you want an objective view, I haven’t made it – just make your analysis between Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man City, Man United and all the other teams who play in the Champions League and you will come to your own conclusions.” Both Arsenal and Hull are set to receive 25,000 tickets for the FA Cup final, with the rest passed on by the Football Association to their ‘football family’ and Club Wembley members. Wenger feels the lack of a fair split between the two sides at the 80,000-seater national stadium could have an impact on the atmosphere. “One of the charms of the FA Cup final was always that the stadium was reality divided in two. It’s a shame that it doesn’t happen any more because that was always an absolutely fantastic atmosphere,” said the Arsenal manager, whose side were cheered on by some 50,000-plus Gunners fans in the semi-final penalty shoot-out win over Wigan last weekend. “I remember I have been at European Championship finals of the nations and World Cup finals and always there’s a little bit of a lack of atmosphere because it is so divided. I think the atmosphere will lose a little bit.” Arsenal will have midfielder Mathieu Flamini back from a two-match suspension at the KC Stadium, while Ozil may also travel up to east Yorkshire if he is deemed fit enough. The German playmaker has not featured since limping off at half-time in the Champions League second leg against Bayern Munich on March 11. Wenger is in no doubt the best is yet to come from the 25-year-old, who has struggled for consistent form after a positive start when joining from Real Madrid on deadline day for £42.5million. “He had a period where he was tired, because he was not used to playing through the season and he was a bit jaded,” said Wenger. “Mesut Ozil is a fantastic football player, and I would put him on the list to be player of the season next season.” The Gunners, who beat West Ham on Tuesday night, saw their hopes of Champions League qualification receive a boost after Roberto Martinez’s side saw their seven-match winning streak brought to an abrupt end by the Eagles, now safe in the Barclays Premier League for another season. Wenger, though, insists there is still plenty of work ahead for his side, who travel to FA Cup final opponents Hull on Easter Sunday where they could have record signing Mesut Ozil available again following a hamstring injury. “It is of course a big encouragement but there is a lot of work to do for us, and that’s what we want to continue to do,” said Wenger, whose side are a point ahead of the Toffees. “We have a big game at Hull, we just want to prepare as well as we can for it. “I think mentally we are in a better shape than a week ago, because we had two important wins, and that of course puts us in a better condition on the confidence front.” Arsenal’s trip to Hull was rescheduled following the decision by the Premier League to move Chelsea’s home game against Sunderland forward ahead of the Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid. The switch was berated by Gunners’ fans, many of whom had already made travel plans for the original date of Saturday. Wenger feels while the alteration “is not too disturbing” in terms of preparations, it leaves questions over just which fixtures can be changed, having seen Arsenal have to play at Manchester City on a Saturday lunchtime kick-off earlier this season soon after returning from a crunch Champions League game away to Napoli. He said: “We never got any help on that front. Never. “There is no written rule. When you speak to the Premier League, it is not the Premier League. It is the television companies who help, they decide who plays when and some clubs have maybe better introductions with television companies. Press Associationlast_img read more

Louis van Gaal: Manchester United only have themselves to blame

first_img The Dutchman saw his side race 2-0 ahead and after being pegged back, go 3-2 up with just 11 minutes remaining before unlikely hero Paul Dummett rescued a point for the Magpies on an eventful evening at St James’ Park. Van Gaal, whose side have now slipped to sixth place in the Barclays Premier League table after a run of just one victory in eight attempts, said: “I am very disappointed, but we have to blame ourselves because we could have finished this match much earlier. There were big chances for (Jesse) Lingard and (Marouane) Fellaini and we didn’t do that. I have said that also to my players. Louis van Gaal insisted Manchester United had only themselves to blame after twice squandering leads to draw 3-3 at struggling Newcastle. He said: “We were talking about ‘Boring, boring United’ and Newcastle having questionable character – I think both teams showed that that’s not true. We said it might be a 0-0 and it’s ended up a 3-3. “Manchester United are a quality team and they keep the ball and they control it once they’re in front. You don’t realise what a monumental effort that is, to come back from 2-0 and 3-2, and to perform as we did.” It proved to be a good day for McClaren, who revealed his delight at the acquisition of Shelvey in particular. He said: “When I came in in the summer and we were looking at quality players and young players and English players, we tried to get Jonjo Shelvey then. “It wasn’t to be, but I am delighted to get him now. He’s 23, he’s English, he’s in the England team and I think he’s got more to come, and certainly will add quality and character to this team.” “The referee makes a decision on a penalty that maybe has a big question mark over it, but we could have finished the game by ourselves much earlier. “There was the deflected shot from Dummett to equalise, but okay, that is happening and that is luck for Newcastle United. But you have to force the luck and finish the chances when you get them when they are so big.” Rooney’s ninth-minute penalty got United on their way and they looked to be coasting when Jesse Lingard made it 2-0, although Georginio Wijnaldum gave the Magpies hope three minutes before the break. Aleksandar Mitrovic levelled from the spot with 67 minutes gone, but Rooney looked to have won it with a fine 79th-minute strike until defender Dummett lashed home a last-gasp equaliser with the help of a deflection off Chris Smalling. Referee Mike Dean gave two penalties on the night – one to Manchester United for handball against Chancel Mbemba and the other to Newcastle for Smalling’s tussle with Mitrovic – both of them contested by the respective managers, and might have given at least one more. Van Gaal added: “In my opinion, there is no discussion about the penalties. I have seen the video and you see Mbemba is putting his hand to the ball and that was why Fellaini could not head the ball. He did it with purpose and consciously, so that is a penalty. “The heavyweight wrestling between Mitrovic and Smalling, you can clearly see that he [Mitrovic] is pushing the head of Smalling to the ground. Then it is about heavyweight champions and who is the heavyweight champion at the end of it, and that was Smalling in his eyes. I cannot understand that.” Newcastle boss Steve McClaren, who said he “couldn’t believe” the penalty awarded against Mbemba, was delighted with the way his players, watched by new signings Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet, fought for their point. Press Associationlast_img read more

Hancock County athletes claim indoor track wins at UMaine

first_imgORONO — Local athletes were among the many first-place finishers Saturday in the latest day of Eastern Maine Indoor Track League action at the University of Maine.In the first of the day’s two meets, the George Stevens Academy girls finished second behind Hermon. The Eagles won the 4-by-200 and 4-by-800 relays as a team, and Grace Broughton (55-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash) provided the team with two individual wins.For Bucksport, Addie Morrison beat out 16 competitors to win the girls’ 400-meter dash. The sophomore’s winning time was 1 minute, 4.66 seconds.Ellsworth, Mount Desert Island and Sumner competed in the second meet of the day, and the Trojans enjoyed a particularly strong showing with a total of 38 personal records. MDI won the 4-by-800 relay on the girls’ side, and Marilyn Sawyer (girls’ 55- and 200-meter dashes), Katelyn Osborne (girls’ 400-meter dash) and Elijah Denning (boys’ pole vault) added individual wins.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textEllsworth placed third as a team behind Hampden Academy and Bangor on the boys’ side. In the high jump, junior Nate Mason cleared a height of 5 feet, 10 inches to come away with first place for the Eagles in the high jump.The teams will be back at UMaine for the final regular season meet Saturday, Feb. 2. Ellsworth, MDI, GSA and Sumner will compete in the first meet at 10 a.m., and Bucksport will compete in the second meet at 2 p.m.last_img read more