Vergini returns to Sunderland

first_img Press Association The 26-year old made 14 appearances for the Black Cats following a loan move from Estudiantes in January. After an unconvincing start, he was a part of the team which finished the season strongly to preserve Sunderland’s place in the Barclays Premier League. Argentinian defender Santiago Vergini has rejoined Sunderland on loan. center_img Vergini, a central defender who also played at right-back for the Wearsiders, told the club’s official website: “I’m very thankful to the club for giving me this opportunity. “I am very happy to be here once again. I’m also very happy to see so many recognisable faces. “The challenge for me is to become part of this team and offer all I can so we have a good season. The feeling that I’ve had here at this club has been very good. It’s a big club.” Vergini becomes Sunderland’s sixth signing of the summer, following the arrivals of goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, defenders Billy Jones and Patrick van Aanholt as well as midfielders Jordi Gomez and Jack Rodwell. Meanwhile, Sunderland midfielder El-Hadji Ba has joined Bastia on a season-long loan. The 21-year old Frenchman, who joined last summer from Le Havre, returns to Ligue 1 and a side managed by former Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele after figuring in just three first-team matches for the Black Cats. Ba tweeted: “I want just say thanks to (Paolo) Di Canio, Gus Poyet, the staff and players for all they have taught me. Fans were very nice I wish you the best.” last_img read more

Student wins film award

first_imgA USC School of Cinematic Arts student was honored with a Princess Grace Award for his work in film and digital animation on Wednesday at a gala in New York City. Willie Williams, a graduate student studying animation and digital arts, is one of 21 emerging artists from a variety of fields including theater, dance and film that received an award.The award was presented by the Princess Grace Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in honor of his late wife, Princess Grace Kelly, a well-known supporter of the arts and former Hollywood movie star.Williams received a $7,002 scholarship — the amount Williams estimated his thesis project would cost — from the foundation to fund his thesis film project, titled Our Legacy, as part of the award.“Award recipients are chosen through a panel process by professional experts in each of the three categories. They get together and watch all of the submissions and then ultimately decide who deserves an award,” said Christine Kite, communications manager for the Princess Grace Foundation.Williams, who received his BFA from Texas A&M-Kingsville and is currently enrolled in the MFA animation and digital arts program at USC, said he was completely surprised to find out he won an award.“I had no idea I was going to win the award. I’m competing against people from across the nation, kids who study at schools like the California Institute of [the] Arts, who are all doing interesting films,” Williams said. “In my mind it was a shot in the dark if I was going to actually win.”Williams said he started his career in fine arts as a printmaker, forging stills that conveyed a story through a single image. Upon suggestions from his friends and colleagues, he made the transition into filmmaking, focusing on digital animation.“I definitely did my research when I started thinking about film school. I narrowed it down to a couple of schools, but I ended up choosing USC because you can’t beat the faculty here as well as the availability of all the different types of departments in the film school,” he said.Williams was also a finalist in the 2010 Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmakers Competition for storyboards and layout for his work My Hero. He also screened his first animated film Sold at the Director’s Guild Theater in Hollywood in May. He said he hopes to open his own studio after completing his studies.“I want to employ fresh talent in the industry so that they can have a chance to spread their wings,” Williams said. “My studio would ultimately be geared towards animation, but obviously some knowledge of live-action films is essential as well.”Williams said he attributes his successes to the opportunities given to him at USC.“Going to USC film school was something I saw that I could capitalize on. The faculty here means everything to me,” Williams said. “They are truly amazing and the best part of the school, in my opinion. They make me love what I do.”Kathy Smith, chair of the John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts at SCA, said the school could not think of a more deserving artist for the award.“He has worked extremely hard the past two years while studying at SCA, taking on numerous campus jobs to help support his career and studies,” Smith said in an e-mail. “We are very grateful to the Foundation for their support of our students and in particular for the creative space and financial relief it will allow Willie on his thesis project.”last_img read more

Free T-shirts, ice cream highlight Fan Appreciation Weekend

first_img Published on October 18, 2017 at 10:56 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Students will receive free food, including chicken tenders, if they attend the Syracuse men’s basketball intrasquad scrimmage Friday night in the Carrier Dome, SU Athletics announced Wednesday.The first 2,000 students to arrive will receive a free T-shirt, and students with a season pass elite will get wristbands and sit courtside. There will be contests during breaks of the scrimmage, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. There will be two, 30-minute running halves.“Our hope is to get students to attend,” said Anthony Di Fino, SU’s associate athletics director for business development. “This event is for them. Their energy is going to drive that scrimmage.”The SU women’s team will host its third annual Hoops-n-Scoops event Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Fans can watch a practice then eat free ice cream and meet the team at 1 p.m. SU Athletics asks fans who plan to attend the women’s event to email by Thursday. Admission and parking is free for both events.The men finished 19-15 a year ago and advanced to the second round of the NIT, while the women advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth-straight season, one of 15 programs in the country to accomplish the feat.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLast year, SU averaged 21,181 fans per game, second in the country to Kentucky. Syracuse has finished first in average home attendance 14 times in program history and has placed fourth or better each season since the Carrier Dome opened in 1980.Last season, the Syracuse women’s team had the sixth-largest home attendance increase in college basketball. SU averaged 2,100 fans per game, double its average the year prior.Earlier this month, Syracuse revamped its Orange Madness event, which featured musical performances, player contests including a slam-dunk contest and brief scrimmages.The SU men’s team begins the 2017-18 season Nov. 10 against Cornell at 7 p.m. while the women open up the same day at 2 p.m. against Morgan State. Both games will be in the Carrier Dome. Commentslast_img read more

Man City’s Farewell for Yaya Toure Today

first_imgManchester City will use their final home match of the season at the Etihad Stadium today to pay fond tribute to the departing Yaya Toure, a player hailed by Manager Pep Guardiola as “one of the most important” in the club’s history.The newly-crowned Premier League champions’ match against Brighton & Hove Albion this afternoon will be the Ivorian’s Etihad swansong.“On Wednesday, we are going to play for Yaya.” Guardiola told reporters yesterday. The Spaniard also said he believed the 34-year-old midfielder was capable of extending his distinguished career at another Premier League club if he had the inclination.Toure was left in no doubt of the Etihad’s affection for him as he was mobbed by his teammates and received the most resounding cheers of all during City’s trophy-hoisting celebrations on Sunday.Now, even though Toure has effectively been a bit-part player this season, the club is determined to give him one more memorable night after playing such a major role in them winning eight trophies in eight years since moving from Barcelona.“There will obviously be somebody that doesn’t play and he will play. Well, he’s not a bad player to bring in, is he, with what he’s done?” Guardiola said.“He hasn’t figured as much as he would have liked but when he leaves and individuals look back at the great players of Manchester City then I think he has certainly been one of them.“It’s a big occasion. Without doubt, he was one of the most important players in our history.”Toure’s family is settled in England and, although his name has been linked with a move to lucrative new pastures in China, media reports have suggested Everton and Burnley were among top-flight English clubs interested in snapping up his signature.Guardiola, for one, would not be surprised to see his barnstorming presence flourishing elsewhere in the Premier League next season.“I wish him well. His desire is to stay playing and he can do a job in the Premier League for another club next season,” Guardiola said.“He will decide what is best for him. He still has the desire to play. If he still has the desire he should continue.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Son Heung-min wins award as South Korea military service ends

first_imgTottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min has completed his three-week mandatory military service in South Korea – and won an award for the best performance.Officials said the 27-year-old excelled in shooting skills and was the top performer among 157 trainees.Son had returned to his homeland in March to continue his recovery from a fractured arm while the season is suspended because of coronavirus.All South Korean men must complete military service by the age of 28.Son had earned exemption from the mandatory 21-month military service after helping South Korea win the 2018 Asian Games.He graduated at a ceremony on Friday at a Marine Corps unit on the island of Jeju in the south of the country.His military service included shooting and bayonet skills, chemical, biological and radiological training, individual battle skills and first aid training.“He received the ‘Pilsung’ prize, which is one of five types of awards for best performers,” an officer said, as reported by Yonhap News Agency.“All the courses were judged in a fair and strict manner, and his military training officers have said he went through the training faithfully.”Spurs congratulated their player on social media and said he will return to London next week.Son had surgery in February after fracturing an arm during Tottenham’s 3-2 victory at Aston Villa.Spurs boss Jose Mourinho said he did not expect Son to play again this season, though that was before the Premier League’s shutdown.Although he has now finished his military training, Son will still have to complete 544 hours of community service over the next 34 months.Son excelled at shooting (Image credit: Getty Images)Son will return to London next week (Image credit: Getty Images)last_img read more

COVID-19 testing still available

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisDistrict Health Department #4 would like to remind the community that testing for COVID–19 is available. They recommend people get tested if they or a family member display symptoms of COVID–19, if they regularly work outside of the home, or recently traveled out of town.Testing is currently offered at the Cheboygan and Alpena branches of the Alcona Health Center, as well as the Atlanta, Rogers City, and Onaway branches of Thunder Bay Community Health Services. Those who want testing are required to call ahead and make an appointment. At–home test kits are also available through the michigan department of health and human services website.Alcona Health Center 1185 US 23 North, Alpena, MI 49707 (989) 356-4049, Ext. 3832 M-T-W-Th-F: 10:00AM-12:00PM Appointment requiredCheboygan County Fairgrounds, Cheboygan, MI 49721 (231) 627-7118, Ext. 2186 M-T-W-Th-F: 2:00PM-4:00PM Appointment required Thunder Bay Community Health Services 11899 M-32, Atlanta, MI 49709 (989) 733-6827 M-T-W-Th-F: 9:00AM-4:00PM Appointment Required205 S. Bradley Hwy. Rogers City, MI 49779 (989)733-6827 M-W-F: 1:00-4:00PM Appointment Required21258 West M-68 Hwy Onaway, MI 49765 989-733-6827 M-W-F: 9:00AM-11:00AM Appointment Required Link for ordering at-home kits from the Michigan Health and Human Services website.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Second Chance Animal Shelter sees successful “Adopt-A-Thon”Next Scramble for Scholarships continues as usuallast_img read more

Amputees draw with Iran

first_imgThe Ghana National Amputee Football Team, the Black Challenge failed to run over Iran in spite of two first half goals, as they drew 2-2 in their penultimate group game.The Black Challenge now have their destiny in their own hands in the last group match if they want to qualify to the semi finals of the Amputee Football World Cup in Kaliningrad, Russia.The Ghanaians scored what could end up as the fasted goal of the tournament within a minute after kick-off when a Richard Arthur Opentil free kick went straight into the posts for the first goal of the match.They kept the pressure on the Iranians, claiming another goal through Emmanuel Yemoh, that could have cushioned the team but a penalty and a red card changed the fortunes of the Ghanaians when Iran converted the spot kick to pull a goal back before half time.With the numerical advantage, the Iranians took control of the game, pinning the Black Challenge to the wall till they caved in to make the scores even.The players were compelled to play beyond their strength to contain the pressure and this they did with perfection, maintaining the scores at 2-2 with a destiny match tomorrow against Argentina, to whom they lost 0-5 in their last match in Argentina in 2010. Ghana are still second with seven points behind Russia who have a maximum 12 points from four matches. El Salvador and Argentina drew 3-3 so are on the same 5 points. A win for Ghana in the last match would automatically land them in the semi final alongside host Russia who play El Salvador.Iran would take on Poland. Poland lost 1-5 to Russia.In Group B, Turkey beat Japan 12-0, whilst Uzbekistan sealed their semi final berth with a 4-2 win over England. Liberia lost their fourth match 0-4 to Ukraine.last_img read more

Real Madrid 2-4 AC Milan: World champions downed in Dubai

first_imgStephan El Shaarawy scored twice as AC Milan defeated Real Madrid 4-2 in Tuesday’s mid-season friendly in Dubai.The Italy international netted once in each half as the Serie A giants overcame their La Liga counterparts in an entertaining encounter.Both sides named strong starting XIs for the clash, with Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti coming up against his former employers.Jeremy Menez opened the scoring for Milan, taking advantage of an error from Real defender Nacho to coolly convert.El Shaarawy produced a fine finish to add to that lead, before Ballon d’Or frontrunner Cristiano Ronaldo claimed his almost obligatory goal to pull one back for Ancelotti’s men.The Liga leaders created several chances in the second half, but Milan looked equally dangerous and further goals from El Shaaraway and Giampaolo Pazzini made for a convincing victory, despite Karim Benzema’s late penalty. Real came into the game on the back of a 23-match winning streak in competitive matches, and Ancelotti will expect an improved showing when they return to Liga action at Valencia on Sunday.After a low-key opening to proceedings, Milan capitalised on Nacho’s mistake to take the lead midway through the first half.The defender’s ball back to goalkeeper Keylor Navas was woefully short and Menez took control, left Navas on his backside with a feint and tucked the ball into the bottom left-hand corner.That advantage was doubled shortly after the hour-mark when El Shaarawy received the ball on the edge of the penalty area, cut inside on his right foot and drove a low finish into the same corner of the goal.Milan’s double strike appeared to spark Real into life, and they halved the deficit 10 minutes before half-time through Ronaldo. Jese Rodriguez drove forward from midfield and released the Portuguese, who took advantage of poor positioning from former Real keeper Diego Lopez to slot home at the near post.Real made a raft of changes at the break and one of those, keeper Iker Casillas, was called into action almost immediately as he kept out El Shaarawy’s effort with his legs.El Shaarawy was not to be denied for long, however, as he swept home from close range after being teed up by substitute Andrea Poli’s pass.Once again Real’s response was positive, and almost resulted in a goal when Jese’s deflected shot struck the base of the post and rebounded to safety.With 17 minutes to go, Pazzini headed in M’Baye Niang’s pinpoint cross, before the latter’s foul on Nacho allowed Benzema to convert from the spot in the 84th minute. It was too little, too late for the European champions, however, as Filippo Inzaghi’s men held on for the victory.last_img read more

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Cup 2017: Mostar to host the World’s Best Jumpers for the third time

first_imgRed Bull Cliff Diving World Cup 2017 will start in June, and the good news for fans of jumps in our country is that Mostar was selected for one of the stops for the third time.The world’s best male and female jumpers will demonstrate their incredible stunts on the 16th of September at the Old Bridge again, which delighted many viewers in the previous two years.Like last year, on the Old Bridge will perform world elite in both competitions: in the championship of women and men. The height of the platform for men is 27 and for ladies 21 meters. For three seconds, which is how long the jump lasts, they reach speeds of up to 85 km / h, and perform breathtaking stunts. Since the competition on the Old Bridge will take place in mid-September, we can expect pleasant temperatures and ideal conditions – both for competitors and spectators.The championship will visit six attractive locations worldwide this year. The season will be opened at the edge of Europe, on the Irish island of Inis Mor, in June. From there, Championship in July will move to the magnificent volcanic monolith of Portuguese Azores Islands, and then in Polignano a Mare, in the south of Italy. After the summer break, in September, the competition will be continued on the cliffs of Hell’s Gate in Texas (USA), and the world cliff diving elite will arrive in our country on the 16th of September, at the Old Bridge in Mostar. The finale of the season will take place in October at a new site, waterfall Rininahue in southern Chile.When it comes to men, we must mention the six-time champion Gary Hunt and last year’s runner-up Jonathan Paredes. When it comes to women, there are sensational Rhiannan Iffland and Lysanne Richard, the two finalists from the season 2016. But there is still plenty of competitors in both competitions, so it is hard to predict the favorites.For all the information about the championship and the latest news, visit and read more

New law governs driverless vehicle operation on Iowa roads

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa is joining 29 states in creating some basic rules of the road for vehicles without a human behind the wheel. Representative Ashley Hinson of Marion said although it may be years before driverless or fully “autonomous” vehicles are in use, it’s time to start planning.“The wheels of technology are turning fast, moving forward and vehicle safety is definitely in question for the future and this bill speaks to many of those things,” Hinson said during House debate of the bill.The new law will require driverless cars and trucks to carry liability insurance. The manufacturer must certify that all applicable federal safety standards have been met on the vehicle, unless an exception has been granted. Hinson predicted lawmakers will have to address other issues surrounding driverless vehicles.“We’re going to have to talk about lane striping, work zones, data sharing practices, education and outreach because, let’s face it, there is a lot of that that needs to happen before these vehicles are on the road,” Hinson said. “And I would anticipate there will be some further conversations about liability as these vehicles come to fruition.”The new law, which goes into effect July 1st, specifies that driverless public buses will authorized — when the technology is ready for the public streets and roads. The governor approved the new lawlast Friday.last_img read more