Luton Town appoint new manager

first_img Nathan Jones was previously among the coaching staff at Brighton 1 Luton Town have appointed Nathan Jones as their new manager. The 42-year-old, who left his position as first-team coach of Championship side Brighton, has penned a two-and-a-half year deal at Kenilworth Road. He replaces John Still, who was sacked last month, and takes over Luton 15th in Sky Bet League Two. The Welshman had a short spell at Luton as a player before going on to the likes of Southend, Exeter, Brighton and Yeovil. After hanging up his boots, Jones eventually became assistant manager at Yeovil before taking charge of Charlton’s under 21s. He joined Brighton to link up with new boss Oscar Garcia and he was among the coaching staff under various managers before taking charge as interim last year, prior to Chris Hughton’s appointment. He opted to leave the Amex to fulfil his ambitions as a first-team manager.“On behalf of the board I am thrilled and excited to welcome Nathan Jones to Luton Town,” the Hatters’ chief executive Gary Sweet told the club’s official website. “After a lengthy and thorough process, in which we received numerous excellent candidates for the position, we believe that have found the best man to lead the Club’s footballing aspirations forward.“Nathan is a professional, disciplined, strong and open-minded character who is going to install a hard-working team ethic and, importantly, the prospect of fast-flowing football to Kenilworth Road.“The Board believe Nathan will modernise our Club’s football culture, blending the elements of our footballing heritage with a modern, forward-thinking philosophy.“As a Club we realise a change of thinking will not happen overnight, but we are already excited at the prospect of Nathan’s ideas and vision for Luton Town.”Jones will be unveiled to the press later this week.last_img read more

Ex-Warrior Swaggy P is a mile high after signing with an NBA team

first_img— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 10, 2018An 11-year pro, Young, 33, has been desperate to return to the NBA, going so far as to post a plaintive … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSwaggy P is back in the game.Nick Young, who earned a championship ring with the Warriors last season, was signed by the Denver Nuggets on Monday, according to ESPN.Nick Young has officially joined the squad.#MileHighBasketball

Brenda Fassie immortalised in comic book

first_imgAn anthology of comic books featuring notable women from all over the world, Femme Magnifique, has included a South African. The late singer, Brenda Fassie, gets her own comic book. South African music legend Brenda Fassie is one of the women included in a comic book anthology celebrating those who “take names and change the game”. (Image supplied) Priya PitamberSouth African music icon Brenda Fassie is one of the women featured in a comic book anthology, Femme Magnifique.These comics “celebrate women who crack ceilings, take names, and change the game”, reads the Femme Magnifique Kickstarter website.South African author Lauren Beukes wrote the comic and Anja “Nanna” Venter drew the artwork.“I was approached by US comic book editor Shelly Bond to write on a South African for the Femme Magnifique anthology,” said Beukes. She worked with Bond previously on graphic novels Survivors’ Club and Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom.Both Venter and Beukes work at the same office, but had not collaborated before. “We’ve been dying to do something together for ages,” said Venter. “She received an invitation to participate and immediately cornered me to do art.”Easy choiceBeukes knew from her first book, Maverick, a pop history on women in the country, that there were many who could fit the bill for Femme Magnifique. “I had many to choose from, from Lilian Ngoyi to Ruth First, Krotoa Eva and Sara Baartman.“But Brenda Fassie worked on so many levels, as a provocative pop star, as a lesbian icon, as a black woman who lived through apartheid and sang about the personal and the political.”Beukes said Fassie had an incredible voice, both in her singing and in how fearless she was in being herself. “Her songs made the personal political, from Black President to Too Late for Mama, she sang about the lived black experience.“Nanna and I pitched Brenda Fassie, because we thought she would be the most fun to do,” explained Beukes.It was a way to introduce Fassie to an international audience along with other female heroes, from astronaut Sally Ride to Nina Simone and Michelle Obama, all featured in the anthology.Venter said she felt pressure to do justice to an icon such as Fassie. “Brenda was the first person to say that she ultimately ‘belonged to the people’. She had an immense celebrity which has always been well-documented, and part of the public domain in South Africa.”For the artwork, Venter said she and Beukes remixed Fassie’s rich legacy to reflect it back to the world in a new form, so a new audience could appreciate it.Short but effectiveThe story is a biographical look at Fassie’s life and cultural legacy. “Like the rest of the comics in the anthology, it’s only three pages long, so it was hard to condense it,” said Beukes.But with comics, Beukes said, the art did a lot of work too. “Nanna was able to nail her iconic looks and show her through the ages.”Venter said despite having two weeks to complete the comic, it came together “super quickly”.It will be released in September and the team at Femme Magnifique are working on international distribution.We did a short comic on the life of Brenda Fassie, art by @nannaventer, for the Femme Magnifique anthology edited by @sxbond! (Out in sept).— Lauren Beukes (@laurenbeukes) May 14, 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Push to repeal COOL following WTO ruling

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Producers Council is urging swift passage of H.R. 2393, legislation to repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and poultry, following yesterday’s World Trade Organization (WTO) decision that the requirements violate international trade rules.This week the WTO rejected an appeal by the United States of the international trade body’s October 2014 ruling that the U.S. Country-Of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law discriminates against Canadian cattle and pigs and Mexican cattle. COOL requires meat to be labeled with the country where the animal from which it was derived was born, raised and harvested. Canada and Mexico send livestock to the United States to be fed out and processed. The WTO decision paves the way for those countries to place retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports.The bill introduced by House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and cosponsored by 56 members would amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to repeal the meat labeling provisions. No companion measure has been introduced in the Senate yet.In a letter of support sent to members of the Agriculture Committee, NPPC President Ron Prestage, a veterinarian and pork producer from Camden, S.C., said, “We must avoid retaliation from our No. 1 and No. 3 export markets, and quick passage of H.R. 2393, followed by immediate action in the Senate, will ensure that U.S. jobs and the American economy will not suffer the negative effects of tariffs.”Canada and Mexico are expected in the coming days to request authorization from the WTO to retaliate against a host of U.S. products, including pork, beef and even non-agricultural goods. The countries are expected to claim billions of dollars in damages, and the WTO likely will authorize a high level of retaliation possibly as soon as this summer.“We can’t afford to have our products restricted, through tariffs, to two of our most important markets,” said Prestage, who pointed out that last year the U.S. pork industry exported almost $6.7 billion of pork, including about $2.5 billion just to Canada and Mexico, which added nearly $63 to the price of each hog marketed.last_img read more

Indians spend 33.4 minutes playing Android games daily: Report

first_imgOn an average, an Android gamer in India spends 33.4 minutes daily, playing games on their smartphone or tablet. For comparison, the global average for daily time spent playing games on Android devices is 37 minutes according to mobile analytic research by Flurry.The global average is 37 minutes daily On the basis of this research by the firm, American top the list of global gamers and spend 51.8 minutes as a daily average. The data was collected from 60,000 android devices and provides insight into the habits and preferences of gamers worldwide.Germany, Russia, Italy and South Korea follow the U.S. in terms of time spent on gaming and India is placed 6th according to this research. China closes the top 10 with a score of 28.6 minutes spent daily.The research also reveals that Action and Arcade games are the most popular category across the board with more than half the gaming population engaging in these games and as high as 3 in four people in South Korea, for instance, playing these games.Indians play two times more Casino and Card games than others Exception to the rule also reveal tidbits about various countries. India, for instance recorded an average of 68 sessions per month on Cards and Casino based games (more than double the global average) and got its kicks from games like Teen Patti and Poker. Germans in comparison, would much rather play Brain and Puzzle games (66 monthly sessions).In terms of sports based games, national passions again sway decisions, with the UK audience preferring Football, and Indians choosing to play -no runs for guessing- Cricket even while on their smartphones.advertisementThe research depicts the latest situation in the Android based mobile gaming industry which is expected to grow to $27 billion by 2017. The Android population itself has crossed 1 billion this year, according to Google, almost double from 530 million last year.last_img read more