Lambert: I’m not immune to sacking

first_imgAston Villa boss Paul Lambert has once again emphasised he does not feel immune from the the sack, insisting he “never stops worrying” about it. And last weekend they suffered a 2-1 FA Cup third-round reverse at Villa Park against Sheffield United – a club that have been struggling this term towards the lower end of Sky Bet League One. Lambert – under whom Villa finished 15th in the Premier League last season, his first in charge of the club – said after a 1-1 home draw with Swansea in December that although he has a good relationship with his chairman Randy Lerner, he always works with “that fear” of losing his job. Returning to the theme this week, Lambert said: “I never stop worrying. I’m not immune from it. “The relationship between me and Randy is what it is. You are never immune from anything, and I would never view it that way. “You just keep going – there is no secret formula to it. You just keep going and don’t lose focus on what you are trying to do. I will never waver from that.” Lambert has also been keen to stress how bad a week he has had off the back of the Sheffield United result. Before the game, he had caused a stir by saying that most fellow top-flight managers would probably prefer to do without the FA Cup. After the match – for which he fielded a first XI showing only four changes – he claimed that comment had been taken out of context. And asked ahead of the Arsenal contest how he had been feeling in the days since the cup tie, Lambert said: “The same way I do after every other game (Villa have lost). “I don’t sleep great, I don’t eat great. The usual stuff. “It is just the life of a football manager. It is a great job, but you don’t feel great (after defeats). “And contrary to other people’s reports, I never degraded the competition at all. “I tried to win the game, I put the best team out I possibly could and we got knocked out. Good luck to Sheffield United. We weren’t good enough.” There were boos from Villa fans at the final whistle in the Sheffield United game and while Lambert has expressed his understanding for the supporters’ frustration, he has also called for them to “stick with it” and do all they can to help the team on Monday night. “I don’t have any problem with the crowd,” Lambert said. “If the team is not performing, then you expect people to vent their frustration – that is normal. “But we are a young side. “Last year, we played Newcastle at home and we were getting beaten 2-0 in the first half. “Then we scored, and for about 40 minutes, it didn’t matter what we did, that crowd was right with us. They were brilliant that time. “Because you are in your second year, it might be a different view, but if they can stick with it and see us through the hard times when we need them… because we certainly need them. “They have been excellent for us overall, and we expect if we are not performing that certain things will happen. “But we’re hoping on Monday that they will get right behind us.” Villa will assess the condition of defenders Ron Vlaar and Nathan Baker ahead of the Arsenal match. Both club captain Vlaar and Baker sat out the Sheffield United game with calf and hamstring problems respectively. Forward Gabriel Agbonlahor, who also missed the cup tie, and goalkeeper Brad Guzan are fit despite having had niggles, but the contest is too soon for midfielder Chris Herd and defender Joe Bennett to make their comebacks after injury. Ahead of Monday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with Arsenal, Villa are on a poor run of form, having won only one and lost five of their last seven games in all competitions. The midlands outfit’s record at their own ground for the entire campaign to date has been disappointing, with it showing just two victories and six defeats from 10 top-flight fixtures Press Associationlast_img read more

Grand Champion Market Lamb — Bailee Amstutz, Richwood

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio State Fair Grand Champion Market Lamb was shown by Bailee Amstutz of Richwood, Ohio. Watch as Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo talks with her on the win and the work behind her top lamb.last_img

The Lackey Geocoin: An Unexpected 26,000-mile, 5-Year Journey

first_imgBy Holly Walker, Geocaching HQ Guest Experience CoordinatorThere’s the “you” when you begin a journey, then if by magic, there’s a completely different “you” when you finish a journey. As geocachers, we’ve all experienced this phenomenon. You learn and you grow and you change, even if ever so slightly, into a new person. And so it’s the same as we vicariously travel through Geocaching game pieces known as Travel Bugs®. We’re able to track an object as it moves around the world to new places. And sometimes when we see that Travel Bug, years later, the whole world we know has changed. This is one of those stories.On February 7, 2010, Arkfiremedic placed a 2009 Groundspeak Lackey Geocoin in a Travel Bug hotel in Arkansas. The mission? “Try to make it back to Groundspeak Headquarters [in Seattle, WA] from Arkansas.” Lackey Geocoins are limited edition items annually released by Geocaching Headquarters. Commemorating its employees, or Lackeys as they we occasionally (and lovingly) referred to by the community, these Geocoins feature each Lackey’s unique pixel icon, an artistic characterization of each person and a rite of passage when hired. (You can see that latest Geocaching HQ Logbook Geocoin or Lackey Geocoin here.)What could have been a simple 2,000 mile trip from Arkansas to Geocaching HQ across the country became, in the end, much more. This 2009 Geocoin, featuring just under 30 Geocaching Lackeys, spent nearly five years traveling to eleven different US states, visiting three countries across three continents, and logging over 26,000 miles all in an effort to visit us. To the delight of the coin’s owner, this lackey geocoin reached its final destination a couple weeks ago. On January 5, 2015, the coin finally arrived at Geocaching Headquarters and met a staff of over 80 lackeys! My how things have changed here at headquarters in the last 5 years!Shortly after arriving, the Geocoin was discovered and photographed by the Lackeys and quickly retrieved that afternoon by a kind geocacher visiting HQ. Wondering where the coin is headed next? “The coin would love to come back to sunny Arkansas to retire the rest of its days in its owner’s collections.” And off it went back into the world…This is just one of the many awesome trackable stories we encounter each day at our office. You’re invited to join. Schedule a hosted visit with us the next time you find yourself in Seattle. Discover all the interesting trackables our geocache contains and pick up your own Lackey Geocoin. Or activate a trackable from home and send it our way to travel the world for you. Who knows what kinds of adventures it may have.“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” – Ernest HemingwayHolly in the Geocaching HQ lobby SharePrint RelatedThe Center of the Trackable UniverseSeptember 15, 2011In “Community”Geocaching Headquarters (GCK25B): Been There, Logged That.July 9, 2014In “Community”Visit Geocaching HQOctober 28, 2019In “Community” Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

DU admissions 2014: St Stephen’s College postpones FYUP admissions

first_imgSt. Stephen’s College, Delhi University (DU), has postponed the final admissions to the four-year undergraduate programme course following a directive from the University Grants Commission (UGC).The commission, in a notification, ordered DU that admissions for the 2014-15 academic year at the undergraduate level in general degree programmes, including honours programmes, shall be only for the three-year undergraduate programme.The three-year course was the practice prior to the introduction of the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).The notification stated that under no circumstances shall Delhi University or any of its colleges admit students for the four-year programme.”In view of the reported UGC directive to the Delhi University regarding its undergraduate programmes, St. Stephen’s College, while continuing with the ongoing selection process, including the publication of provisional lists of selected and wait-listed candidates for various courses, shall defer final admissions till a decision is taken on the matter by the competent authority,” said the college in a press statement.The UGC has further said that any deviation from this directive either by DU or any of the colleges under it shall be deemed to be in contravention of the UGC Act 1956, with its consequences.The statement from St. Stephen’s added: “The college will admit students only to duly approved courses. Students seeking admission to a particular course need to have definitive information about the structure and duration of the courses they join.”The ‘admission list’ being put up now is, hence, provisional. The final admission to all courses, including payment of fees, is deferred till a decision on the matter is taken by the University/the UGC.”advertisementHowever, the admission interviews as well as sports trials and interviews will continue as per the schedule already announced, said the college.”Candidates, if affected by any delay in the University/UGC taking a final decision in respect on the FYUP, shall be granted three working days for depositing their fees from the time a notice making the final admission offer is put up on the college notice board and web site,” added the statement.Being a minority institution, St. Stephens conducts its admission process separately from other colleges in DU.last_img read more

WA Super League Series Starting Soon

first_imgIt’s that time of the year again, with the 2008/2009 WA Super League Series starting on 2 November.It is a tournament for Perth Metropolitan affiliates, with the best from the clubs battling it out over 10 rounds, plus finals. There are Men’s and Women’s Open divisions, with Mixed One Day Tournaments included during the tournament as well. The Series starts in Brighton, with the tournament being shared between seven locations across Perth and outer districts throughout the course of the series. Five teams will play off for the Men’s Open title, with Southern Stars vying for back to back premierships. Perth Brothers will be the favourite in the Women’s Open’s and Mixed divisions after taking out the 2007 titles. The finals will be played in Fremantle on 18 January 2009.For further information, please visit – www.superleagueseries.com.aulast_img read more

4-Star Penn State Commit Shane Simmons Tweets Turtle Emoji, PSU Fans Freak Out

first_imgShane Simmons Tweets an image of a turtle.Shane Simmons TweetThe college football recruiting Twitter world is a place full of top-10 lists, little humility and cryptic emojis. Avoid it at all costs, if you can. There are times when you can’t avoid it, though. Like when a recruit committed to a school tweets something about another school, causing a semi-freakout among fan bases. That happened today. Shane Simmons, a four-star linebacker in the 2016 class committed to Penn State, tweeted a turtle emoji, something often used by Maryland players and fans. — Shane Simmons (@Shizzeee_) May 17, 2015 He then retweeted the following tweet from four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., who committed to Maryland on Friday.#ShizzeeeToUMD @Shizzeee_— Dwayne Haskins, Jr. (@dh_simba7) May 17, 2015 Then Penn State fans reacted. @Shizzeee_ Booooooo!!!— E (@We_Are_Penn_St) May 17, 2015 @Shizzeee_ what’s up with the turtle emoji— Justin Muffley (@muffley10) May 17, 2015 @Shizzeee_ PSU is where it’s at— Justin Muffley (@muffley10) May 17, 2015 @Shizzeee_ He’s making fun of them…they don’t even realize it.— Brian Richards (@fuzz3307) May 17, 2015 @We_Are_Penn_St @Shizzeee_ hes making fun of Maryland lol— David (@DFi5her) May 17, 2015 @Shizzeee_ #TheMovement pic.twitter.com/9pvCyGJfZD— SaulGoodman (@Linebacker_U) May 17, 2015 @dh_simba7 @Shizzeee_ Hells No! Let every man decide his path and do not judge or scorn him for it. #WeAre!!— R. Robert Garcia (@TexasTrinity) May 17, 2015 @dh_simba7 @Shizzeee_ why would he want to play for a bunch of losers. What has Maryland ever won. Oh yeah they win at disrespect— Andrew Ball (@PhileePhan) May 17, 2015 Simmons was considering Maryland at the time of his commitment to Penn State. Now that Haskins is on board with the Terps, many recruiting analysts believe other top in-state prospects will follow. Simmons, a Hyattsville, Md., native, could be one of them.last_img read more