first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York SPONSORED CONTENTWhen spring comes and the weather turns warm, people are itching to spend more time outdoors. Homeowners can finally shed their winter coats and focus on their long-neglected yards and gardens. But they may not like what they see when they turn to look at their house. It may have looked fine in the winter’s gray light, but not when the sun is shining and spring is in the air. That’s the time when homeowners tend to regard the exterior of their own homes with a more critical eye. And their house’s “curb appeal” becomes a major issue. If owners want their houses to look like new, it’s natural that roofing and siding projects take priority. But that doesn’t mean they have to take all season long to complete.“Probably 95 percent of the roofs that we do are done in one day!” says Chris LoCascio, who handles exterior projects for Alure Home Improvements. He’s “only been there 25 years,” he says, adding with a laugh that “I’m a new guy here!”Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsNew guy or not, this veteran in the home-improvement business knows what it takes to get the job done. He advises homeowners to do their homework before they commit to a new project.“Don’t hire the cheapest guy on the block,” LoCascio says. “Hire the guy you’re most comfortable with, and who’s going to give you the most value for your money.”That means choosing a company with experience and know-how that can demonstrate a proven track record of success, from short- to long-term projects encompassing homes of all shapes and sizes.A skilled crew can do a roof fast—and mild weather can help a job go faster. Siding projects tend to take longer than roofs, LoCascio says. Take a typical cape house in Levittown.“I can send in a crew—usually about two to four guys—and get the whole job done in five days,” says LoCascio.Depending on the complexity of the project, some siding jobs take twice or three times that long to complete, he says, but not normally.These days, people have many siding options, but most homeowners choose vinyl for its durability and its cost. But they should make sure they like the color of the vinyl they pick, because they’re going to be living with it for a long time. LoCascio says that the most popular vinyl color these days—at least for Alure customers—is an earth-tone brownstone color. Also popular for siding is a material called “Cultured Stone,” a durable veneer made out of pre-cast cement that can resemble quarried stone but is much more affordable and lighter to work with than actual rock. Alure has a variety of siding products to choose from, and they also have a special design-imaging program so the homeowner can picture how their house would look with different colors and materials before they finally decide.As for roofing materials, some new shingles come with an algae-resistant additive but LoCascio says the warranty for that feature lasts only 10 years. On the other hand, he recommends that homeowners be aware that if moss is allowed to go unchecked on a roof, it can grow underneath the shingles and expose the underlayment—the protective felt paper on top of the plywood sheeting—to the elements, hastening the roof’s structural deterioration.“A little moss is not the end of the world,” says LoCascio. But he’s seen “pods of moss” growing on people’s roofs—and that means trouble because it could lead to leaks.Click here to learn more about Alure Home ImprovementsOn the plus side, LoCascio says, is that the shingles manufactured today come with a lifetime warranty.“You used to be able to get a 30-year shingle, a 40-year shingle and then lifetime,” LoCascio explains, “but manufacturers realized that most shingles today perform at lifetime standards.”LoCascio is no stranger to working up on the rooftop himself. But the downside when spring comes is that insects also start buzzing around up there.“Obviously, if you’re up on a roof, and you’re swatting a wasp away from you, it could be a little dangerous!” he says with a chuckle.But turning serious, LoCascio says that’s why homeowners should make sure that any contractor they hire is insured for the project they’re doing—which Alure is. After all, they’ve been improving people’s homes for years—no matter what the season.last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A woman was robbed and nearly raped in a parking lot near a housing complex, office buildings and Nassau Community College early Wednesday morning, Nassau County police said.The victim was walking in a parking lot in the vicinity of Stewart Avenue and Selfridge Avenue in East Garden City when she was attacked from behind by a man who stole her jewelry and tried to sexually assault her at 5:30 a.m., police said.The suspect then fled in an unknown direction. The victim was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for her injuries and released.Special Victims Squad detectives said the suspect is described as a black man between 5-feet, 7-inches and 6-feet tall with a medium build wearing black pants and black shoes.Detectives request that anyone with information regarding this crime to call the Nassau County Police Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.last_img read more


first_imgIt’s not uncommon for credit unions to overlook existing cardholders as a significant opportunity to help stimulate portfolio growth and increased profitability.  But, it is more common for credit unions to equate portfolio growth and increased profitability solely on new account acquisition.  However, it is easier and more cost effective to leverage your existing cardholders for increased portfolio growth and profitability than to acquire new accounts.When you consider there are billions of credit card solicitations a year that are going out in attempt to acquire your credit union’s existing cardholders, you need to make sure that you are actively managing your existing cardholders with care.  You also need to regularly communicate on why your card program is best for them, and encourage them to keep and use your card as their card of choice.  In addition, you need to offer products and features that will drive increases in balances, volume, usage, and loyalty with your credit union rather than allowing them to accept another financial institution’s offer.What do you do to better manage your existing cardholders?First, evaluate whether you have a competitive credit card program that will help retain your cardholders.  It is easy for a cardholder to make the decision to jump to another offer if you don’t offer what is considered a competitive program in today’s market.  For example, if you don’t currently offer your members a Platinum credit card with an option for rewards, including the periodic price incented balance transfer promotion, your credit union is not going to be considered competitive.  Platinum and Rewards cards have become the standard, and in today’s competitive market, it will be very difficult to hold on to the existing accounts without a competitive card program. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In the recent BIGcast, Analytics as The Fuel for Innovation – Implementing Analytics at OCCU, Andrew Bertrand, Data Analyst at Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) in Shelton Washington, discusses his role as a data analyst, getting started with data analytics, and data pooling for predictive analytics.Getting Started with Analytics at OCCUIn the podcast, Andrew explains that prior to installing OnApproach M360 Enterprise, OCCU, a credit union with $360 Million in Assets, had an ODBC connection to their core system. It was a hassle to obtain data, and it didn’t meet the growing needs of a data-driven organization. Andrew realized that he could not possibly perform any predictive analytics without obtaining the history of member transactions.After briefly (and in Andrew’s words, “foolishly”) considering to build their own data warehouse, Andrew decided it would be an inefficient use of time and resources. As John Best describes, for a financial institution to build their own data warehouse from scratch, is like building a “house of cards” as it has to be rebuilt repeatedly as elements are added and improvements are made. continue reading »last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Burn HaloMeshing ferocious death metal with lead singer James Hart’s elegant vocals, these genre-defying hellraisers appeases the mainstream audience and counterculture shredders alike. Albums such as Up From the Ashes and Wolves of War and their latest single “Dying Without You” excites even the most casual listeners of rock and metal. Opening the show is Black Tide, Sycamour, Everlit, Fight Of The Century and Halo To Havoc. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. Revolutionli.com 6:30 p.m. December 3.The Book of KringleSanta will be reading from The Book of Kringle: Legend of the North Pole. The reading will be followed by a book signing by the authors, Derek Velez Partridge and Mary Packard. Come down and tell the big guy just how much you love him climbing through your chimney each year, eating all your chocolate chip cookies and gulpin’ down all your milk. Man that dude’s got the life, huh? Gets to grow his fur out mad long, dress up in slick bright red threads, cruise around on flying reindeer, and is socially accepted, even revered! While you’re there, tell the rolly fella you’d like a year’s supply of Greek food! (We know some Press staffers sure do!) Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. December 3.Roz ChastThis cartoonist is a brilliant interpreter of the everyday. Her cartoons depict neuroses, hilarity, angst and domesticity, and are loaded with words, objects and patterns. More than 1,000 of them have been printed in The New Yorker since 1978. Join us in a moderated conversation with audience Q & A and a book signing to follow. VIP includes a reception. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50. 8 p.m. December 3.Mike DelGuidice & Big ShotThis is the only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, The Piano Man, himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$40. 8 p.m. December 3.Fred Astaire Dance Studio Grand Opening EventEnjoy an evening of exceptional local food, fine wine, music and dance at the grand opening celebration of Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Huntington! Festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Huntington Chamber of Commerce, professional ballroom dance performances, student exhibitions, raffle drawings and a social dance party! Get up out of your seat and dance, dance, dance! Doors open at 5 p.m. with dancing lasts until 8 p.m. This is a free community event! Fred Astaire Dance Studio, 132 West Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station. fredastaire.com/huntington Free. 5 p.m. December 3.Eileen Ivers “An Nollaig” An Irish ChristmasEileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul capture the spirit and magic of the season in their heartwarming holiday show. Nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and music star of Riverdance, Eileen Ivers, will change the way you think about the violin. Hailed as one of the great innovators and pioneers in the Celtic and World Music genres, Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. You seriously do not want to miss this super-fiddle madness unleashed in all its stringed and bowed glory! Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. December 4.Eric Burdon & The Animals Fifty years since this great band took over the airwaves at the forefront of the British Invasion, the band is back on tour so you can relive the legendary singles such as “Baby, Let Me Take You Home” and “House of the Rising Sun,” and enjoy so much more of their powerful repertoire as it evolved over the years, from San Francisco to New Castle. With Burdon’s soulful vocals, they’re the definition of classic rock and roll. But the Dec. 4th show has been postponed to Feb. 6. Opening the original Dec. 4th show was going to be Leslie West, a legendary rock guitarist in his right, who put Mountain on the map. But the rescheduled Eric Burdon & the Animals concert will now open with Randy Jackson of Zebra. Ticketholders can hold onto their tickets or exchange them. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $30-$65. 8 p.m. December 4 [Rescheduled!].Hammer of the GodsConsidered by many to be “The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience,” come witness the mind-blowing tunes of the band that changed rock and roll forever in a two-hour multimedia retrospective of Led Zeppelin with selections from every album! The New York Times raves: “It’s a hot ticket!” Wowzler, Batman. Wowzler. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $30-$40. 8 p.m. December 5.Jingle Bell Bottom BallThe second annual disco-themed holiday show lights up the opening nights of the festive season. Groove out to performances from Disco Unlimited, The Trammps, Machine, and Archie Bell, all guaranteed to score a little holiday cheer. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. December 5.Classic Albums Live – A Very Lennon Christmas“Imagine” a voice synonymous with charm and wisdom. “Come Together” with fellow loving fans, as John Lennon’s best music is honored in an emotional night of sublime rock divinity. Raise a glass as you and your loved ones remember this gifted soul as we approach the anniversary of his slaying (Dec. 8) and what would have been his 75th birthday this past Oct. 9. We love you, John. [Read All About Lennon’s Amazing Time Living On Long Island HERE] The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$45. 8 p.m. December 5.Doo Wop ExtravaganzaDo it up doo-wop style with this amazing lineup! Take a trip down memory lane with classic hits by the Duprees, the Tymes, Jay Siegel’s Tokens, the Classics, Johnny Farina of Santo & Johnny, the Eternals and Kathy Young. Guaranteed to deliver a great night of music and memories, this show will have you singing “skiddly bop doo-bee-doo weeee” all the way home! (Yes, this is a very good thing!) NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$49.50. 3 p.m. December 6.Robert Irvine What happens when you mix cooking, physical challenges, audience participation and dancing? A Robert Irvine LIVE performance, of course! The king of food challenges and Food Network celebrity chef has starred in Dinner: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America, Restaurant: Impossible and Restaurant Express. He’s also faced off against the best of the best in the Iron Chef competitions. Nothing is impossible when it comes to Robert Irvine, and every show is unique. He always needs some culinary assistants, so be prepared to get invited on stage! Maybe he’ll sign your spatulas! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $25-$149.50. 8 p.m. December 6.Laughs For Eddie Dunn: Share smiles, laughs and love while helping Eddie and his family beat cancer at The Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore on Dec. 6!Laughs For Eddie DunnEddie Dunn has a big heart. He loves his family and friends, loves playing pool, and loves making people smile. After his father passed away a few years ago, Eddie stepped up to the plate for his family, taking on not only his dad’s responsibilities looking over the well-being of his mother, three sisters and two grandchildren, but continuing to share love and joy to those in desperate need, donning his father’s colorful costume, hat and face paint as a clown alongside his mother, spreading laughter to children and the elderly alike. This must-attend fundraising event is furtherance of that tradition, as comedians take to the mic and tell jokes, now in Eddie’s honor. Eddie and his family need your help. At 40 years old, Eddie has recently been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer, and this sinister disease has spread to his blood and bones. Eddie’s not a quitter, and will never give up the fight, or hope. Come down and share a laugh or three with this special, much loved man. Join Eddie, his family, and friends, in this extraordinary expression of life, love and laughs. Help fight this insidious disease, and help spread some light in the process. If you can’t make it, read more about Eddie, his plight, visit and contribute to Eddie Dunn’s Go Fund Me account: https://www.gofundme.com/Eddie-Dunn-s-story. Eddie, his family, and all his friends Thank You from the bottom of their hearts. The Brokerage, 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore. govs.com For tickets, call 516-798-2989 or 516-655-1424. $25 Donation. Doors open at 6 p.m. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. December 6.Rob ThomasThis three-time Grammy winner, power-pop god and award-winning songwriter has worked with industry icons such as Mick Jagger, Willie Nelson and Santana. And who wouldn’t want to work with him? Between his work with Matchbox Twenty and his solo career, Thomas has penned a string of chart toppers including “3AM,” “Disease,” and of course, “Smooth,” Billboard’s number-one pick on their list of “Top Hot 100 Rock Songs.” His latest album The Great Unknown, is diverse, showcasing just how unique his songwriting can be. No one does it like Thomas, so don’t miss this show! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $49.50-$89.50. 8 p.m. December 8.Third Eye BlindQuite possibly the most awesomest thing to come out of San Francisco (besides all that scrumptious, scrumptious sushi, of course), these iconic rockers are heading to Long Island in support of their latest drop, Dopamine. If frontman Stephan Jenkins keeps his word, this will be the band’s last album. So don’t miss this opportunity to relive your ’90s angst with “How’s It Going To Be” and rock out to their rousing anthem, “Semi Charmed Life.” Jenkins and the boys are going to own the stage, and you need to be there! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $49.50-$89.50. 8 p.m. December 9.–Compiled by Timothy Bolger, Desiree D’orio & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more


first_imgHotel Esplanade is determined to implement good practices with this strategy, with the support of WWF, and thus reduce the amount of organic waste it generates through business. Throwing food is a big economic problem for the economy, but also for consumers. Encouraging hotels to make a change is not only a step towards raising their awareness, but also towards raising awareness of this problem which, ultimately, every individual should be aware of. “At WWF, the fight against food waste is very important to us and we want to encourage a change in behavior in our hotels. Our longtime partner, Hotel Esplanade, has recognized this project and started implementation with the aim of reducing food waste. According to the first data we received after the measurement, we saw where significant changes should be made, and the hotel staff was convinced not only of the environmental, but also of the economic benefits. We believe that with this example we will inspire other hotels in the region to dare to fight against excess food leftovers.”, Points out Fabijan Peronja from WWF Adria. It is estimated that around 88 million tonnes of food are thrown away in Europe, while 1/5 of the population is at risk of poverty. The amount of food thrown away globally is more than enough to feed every hungry person on the planet. In the last 40 years, the amount of food wasted has doubled. More than 50 million tonnes of fruit and vegetables grown in Europe are discarded each year just because they are distorted or the wrong size. These are just some of the worrying facts that prompted Zagreb’s Esplanade to be the first hotel in Croatia and the region to join WWF’s global Food Waste project in an effort to reduce food waste and reduce its harmful impact. to the environment and planet Earth. “It has been noticed that guests often take a lot more food than they consume, so tens of kilograms of food are thrown away every day. The buffet offers a sumptuous offer of attractive dishes, so it is understandable that guests want to taste as much of what is on offer. But the hotel regularly replenishes food, so it won’t happen that some dishes disappear during breakfast or an event. In this case, the hotel will overdo food by trying to encourage customers to choose the right food for their events through customized communication, but also encourage guests to take food in smaller portions on several occasions to really consume what they take. In the same way, the hotel will encourage the staff to adjust the consumption of food to their needs, in order to reduce food waste in that area as well. In addition, the hotel has a special approach to the organization of food preparation, taking into account the forecast of consumption according to the number of guests, their profile and, for example, nationality, which is especially useful for dishes that take a long time to prepare such as štruklji, desserts, bread and etc. We believe that after informing the guests and educating the staff, the new measurements will give surprisingly positive results. Through this initiative, we think and act concretely for a better future for all of us”Grgic points out. Reducing the amount of food waste is a major challenge in the quality management of the food and beverage sector in the hotel industry. Waste with its huge amount and pollution in the world is not only a very serious environmental problem, but also a very sensitive social factor. Chef Ana Grgić and her team “Through its responsible business and waste management program, Hotel Esplanade has been striving for many years to properly and efficiently manage food in the process of procurement, food preparation and recycling of food waste, but through this initiative the intention is to further encourage the highest possible use of food in kitchens and restaurants. Through employee training and through informative and educational messages aimed at guests, we will try to point out this global problem. Of course, we want to encourage other individuals and institutions to move in that direction”, Pointed out the General Manager of the Esplanade Hotel Ivica Max Krizmanić and added that the Esplanade Hotel strives towards a ‘zero food waste’ strategy. “This project is challenging, certain changes in the patterns of behavior of employees and guests in handling food are necessary, but with the right tools and focused guidance, through proven methods and examples of good practice, we believe we will get measurable results”Said Krizmanic.center_img Furthermore, the hotel has been working on the digitization of promotional materials for years, and offers guests a choice of 7.000 newspapers and magazines in digital form completely free of charge. The hotel encourages guests to do business responsibly through a program of more careful use of hotel bedding and towels, and also encourages guests and staff to consume filtered tap water to reduce the amount of plastic waste. For many years, Hotel Esplanade has been striving to reduce waste and the harmful impact on the environment as part of its responsible business program – both through independent initiatives and through joint cooperation. Thus, Esplanade lamps are turned off for an hour each year in support of WWF’s global Earth Hour project for more rational use of energy. The hotel was the first in Croatia to introduce Tesla destination chargers, and recently Porsche destination chargers through which guests charge the batteries of their vehicles completely free of charge. WWF and the Esplanade Hotel Zagreb have joined forces through an initiative to reduce food waste aimed at sustainability, zero food waste and reducing environmental impact. “We have been implementing a waste reduction strategy and carefully designing all our menus for years in the entire business of the food and beverage department, but there are always situations in which it is possible to further reduce food waste. We started this project in some segments, and the plan is to then continue to spread the idea of ​​reducing food waste throughout the business. Many of our guests and clients, especially foreign ones, are aware of this problem and welcome our initiative, but there are also many who simply do not think that way, so they need a little awareness. This is not about saving, but about jointly reducing the harmful impact on the environment”, Pointed out the chef of Esplanade’s kitchen Ana Grgić and added that by accurately measuring food waste, they detected that most waste is generated in places such as breakfast buffets and when organizing large events offering buffet meals. Source / photo: Hotel Esplanade Zagreblast_img read more


first_imgROXAS CITY, Capiz – Three Capiz townswere among this year’s national awardees of the Department of the Interior andLocal Government’s (DILG) Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).      The towns of Dao, Dumarao and Jamindanwere recently conferred 2019 SGLG winners during the awarding ceremony in MetroManila early this month. Marecor Diaz, chief of the localgovernment monitoring and evaluation section of the DILG-Capiz, said four townshere were assessed for the national level – of which, three municipalitiespassed.  Año said the 380 LGUs “proved thatthere is good work executed at the local level for the benefit of the Filipinopeople.”      The criteria include financialadministration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order,business friendliness and competitiveness, environmental protection, tourism,culture and the arts.center_img DILG secretary Eduardo Año, meanwhile,congratulated the 380 winning local government units (LGUs) – composed of 17provinces, 57 cities and 306 municipalities. She said the SGLG is a challenge forlocal governments to continue good governance practices while providing betterpublic services.  The SGLG, which originated from theSeal of Good Housekeeping, is DILG’s response to the clamor of the people forintegrity and performance in public service.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more


first_imgAbout 20 or so years ago, sportscasters started to use terms like double double, triple double, and quadruple double in basketball.  A double double refers to the situation where a player has double-figure results in scoring, rebounding and/or assists and/or blocked shots and/or steals.  The triple double moniker puts three of these possibilities together.  The quadruple double has four. As  you can guess, the frequency goes down dramatically after the double double.I can’t remember what the figure would have been had this terminology been around when Oscar Robertson played.  I think that for most of his career (if not every game) he had a triple double.  His came in scoring, rebounding, and assists.  Obviously, the possibilities go up as the length of the game increases.  The pros turn in most of these because they play 48 minutes.  In high school, the double double tops the list.  In college a few triple doubles sneak in, and players like Lance Stephenson of Indiana are making it a habit to have triple doubles.  Hope this clears up these sports terms.last_img read more


first_imgDefender Per Mertesacker feels Arsenal have answered their critics by closing in on Champions League qualification once again, but admits failings against the Barclays Premier League’s top three killed off their title dream. The Gunners will be guaranteed a place in the Champions League qualifiers for the 17th consecutive season should Everton come unstuck again when they tackle Manchester City on Saturday, or Arsenal beat West Brom 24 hours later before attentions turn to ending the club’s trophy drought in the FA Cup final against Hull at Wembley. As positive an ending as the campaign may yet bring, Mertesacker cannot help but reflect on what might have been, with Arsenal at one stage seven points clear of current leaders Liverpool at the top of the table before paying a heavy price for a series of poor results against their direct rivals. “We have struggled heavily with a couple of injuries, but we have regrouped very well and how we managed the situation was maybe more important than last year, so securing Champions League football was another test for us,” he said. “It is not done yet, Everton play Manchester City on Saturday, but we have it in our own hands. “However, everyone wanted us to get further up, especially the fans, and we were top of the table for a long time. “Everyone dreamed about the title, but it takes more than staying top until the winter period. “We could not afford those (losses) in big games against big teams, so we did not deserve to be in the first three. That is something we have to manage much better next year. “The (defeats in the) early away games (at Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea) killed us this year. Hopefully we can learn from that. Press Association Arsene Wenger’s side took a significant step towards securing a top-four finish with a 3-0 win over a lacklustre Newcastle side at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, where fit-again record signing Mesut Ozil scored one and created another. Arsenal are now four points clear of Everton with just two games to go, with the Toffees having been beaten by Southampton at the weekend. “Everyone questioned our qualities, but how we came back as a team, that makes us stronger for the future.” Mertesacker added: “We are in a cup final and it is important to secure Champions League football, so these are good targets to go for. “We are happy to have a lot of players back. The squad is getting stronger and stronger.” Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the Newcastle match because of a groin complaint which although not serious will leave the England man touch-and-go for the FA Cup final. Newcastle, meanwhile, will head back to the north-east looking to regroup following what was a sixth straight defeat which has left their place in the top 10 now under serious threat. Alan Pardew, who returned to the dugout following a lengthy touchline ban, accepts the supporters have a right to voice concerns following a miserable run of just 13 points from 17 league games since the turn of the year – with many of the 2,000-strong Toon Army calling for the manager’s head during Monday’s night’s latest feeble offering. Midfielder Dan Gosling said: “Having the manager there on the touchline again was a great help, but ultimately it is the players who cross the white line who have to do the job, and again at Arsenal, we did not do that. “We have lost some games where we should not have, but we can’t just keep saying that. “We are disappointed, but we will go again now on Saturday and have a cup final against Cardiff. “The fans have always been tremendous and we get a great travelling army, and at home we will need them now more than ever to push us over the line.” last_img read more


first_img Associated Press February 6, 2020 Davidson, VCU meet in conference play Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDavidson (11-10, 5-4) vs. VCU (16-6, 6-3)Stuart Siegel Center, Richmond, Virginia; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: A10 foes meet as Davidson takes on VCU. Davidson easily beat UMass by 35 at home on Saturday, while VCU fell to Rhode Island on the road on Friday, 87-75.center_img STEPPING UP: Marcus Santos-Silva has put up 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Rams. De’Riante Jenkins has complemented Santos-Silva and is putting up 10.7 points, four rebounds and two steals per game. The Wildcats have been led by Jon Axel Gudmundsson, who is averaging 14.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists.A10 ADVANCEMENT: The Wildcats have scored 75.2 points per game to conference opponents thus far. That’s an improvement from the 70.3 per game they recorded against non-conference competition.CREATING OFFENSE: Gudmundsson has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Davidson field goals over the last five games. Gudmundsson has 35 field goals and 29 assists in those games.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Wildcats have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Rams. VCU has an assist on 44 of 88 field goals (50 percent) across its past three games while Davidson has assists on 50 of 93 field goals (53.8 percent) during its past three games.STIFLING DEFENSE: VCU has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 25.4 percent of all possessions this year, the eighth-highest rate among all Division I teams. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more