Harvard to contribute materials to Digital Public Library of America

first_imgThe Harvard Library  plans to share several collections with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)—becoming the first DPLA content hub.The Harvard Library is dedicated to providing open access to them, where possible, through digitization and online dissemination. Through its collaboration with the DPLA, Harvard will contribute to global access to knowledge.Robert Darnton, Harvard University Librarian and DPLA Steering Committee member, noted, “By making their special collections available to the public through the DPLA, research libraries can contribute mightily to the democratization of access to knowledge.  Harvard’s collections, built up since 1638, form the largest university library in the country.  By supporting the DPLA, we will make the choicest items in them accessible to everyone in America—and eventually, we hope, to everyone in the world.”In response to the DPLA’s call, the Harvard Library is actively exploring what collections it could contribute.“The Harvard Library is committed to collaboration and open access. Earlier this year, the library made more than 12 million of its records publically available, and is actively pursuing additional collaborative and open access projects. We hope this contribution is one of many steps toward sharing the vital cultural knowledge in libraries with all,” said Mary Lee Kennedy, senior associate provost for the Harvard Library.The DPLA is still taking shape, and Harvard’s collaboration with it is contingent upon working out satisfactory arrangements on a range of matters.  The Harvard Library will ensure that any materials made available by it through the DPLA do not infringe copyright.last_img read more

Students aim to implement Callisto program at Notre Dame

first_imgMembers of student government are leading the charge for Notre Dame to a new option for students to report sexual assaults.Senior Grace Watkins and freshman Isabel Rooper said they hope the University will move forward with implementing Callisto, a new tool intended to better help survivors of sexual assault report the incidents to University officials, as its primary method of reporting sexual assaults. The implementation of this software — which has been adopted at peer institutions such as Stanford — is pending University approval, Rooper said.“Callisto is reporting software that is trauma informed, survivor-friendly and it’s a system that allows survivors of sexual assault to provide a time-stamped report immediately after their assault,” she said. “ … On average, survivors wait about 11 months to submit a report, so by having this time-stamped report immediately after the assault they are able to have better evidence to rely on if they do eventually choose to submit that report.”Joseph Han | The Observer Rooper said one of the unique features of Callisto is its matching software, which is aimed at preventing repeat offenders from assaulting another person.“You submit a link to the Facebook page of the perpetrator if you choose to opt in to this matching program,” she said. “If someone else submits that identical Facebook page, then those two matching reports are automatically submitted to Notre Dame’s deputy Title IX coordinator, Heather Ryan.”Those reports do not become public, Rooper said, unless a person’s Facebook page is submitted twice, at which time the appropriate officials who oversee sexual assault cases may view the joint report. This feature is critical because of the prevalence of repeat offenders, Rooper said.“Repeat offenders, on average, commit sexual assault or rape six times — and that’s a huge problem,” she said. “ … Often times people feel like their story is invalid if they’re the only one, but if you have someone else to stand with and saying, ‘Yeah, that person did this to me as well,’ it can be really helpful and feel more supportive and [make survivors] more willing to submit that report.”Callisto believes this feature and catching repeat offenders early will dramatically reduce sexual assaults, Watkins said.“By Callisto’s estimation, being able to intervene earlier on in a record of offending could prevent something like 56 percent of sexual assaults if everything is being reported properly,” she said.Another unique element of Callisto, Watkins said, is the methods it uses to prevent and report sexual assault.“Callisto is designed by survivors of sexual assault for survivors of sexual assault,” she said. “Jess Ladd, who is the founder of Callisto, is also an infectious disease epidemiologist by training, and so she’s coming at the issue from the standpoint that sexual assault is a public health crisis just like any disease would be, and we can use data and numbers and technology to track and ultimately try and prevent sexual assault from occurring in the future.”While the reporting of sexual assaults has increased with initiatives such as Green Dot, Watkins said implementing Callisto would be another step in making sure more sexual assaults are reported.“We want to make survivors feel even more empowered to report in the future,” she said. “I think Callisto is currently the best way of doing so with respect to the actual reporting device.”Watkins said a change is desperately needed based on how the current reporting system is structured.“Currently, the online reporting system that we have serves the purpose of both sexual assault reporting and racial discrimination reporting,” she said.  “ … I think that both racial discrimination and sexual assault deserve their own reporting systems that are tailored towards the specifics of the source of harm.”One potential attribute which could increase the frequency with which assaults are reported is integration with the Notre Dame mobile app, Watkins said.“Callisto has mentioned there’s the possibility of integrating it into schools apps that already exist on their phone,” she said. “So you don’t have to have a second wave of people trying to download the Callisto app. It would be on the app they already have, which is really exciting to me.”Rooper said she believes implementing Callisto will help create a better environment on campus concerning sexual assault.“[Callisto would create] a safer and more survivor-friendly process, because right now our process isn’t always super friendly to survivors,” she said. “So it would be great to make that process easier and more accessible and less emotionally harmful.”Tags: Callisto, Green Dot, sexual assault, Student governmentlast_img read more

Brazil to Test Border Surveillance During Military Operations

first_imgThe Brazilian Military is preparing to subect Project Sisfron (Comprehensive Border Surveillance System) to its first test. In June, the Armed Forces will deploy the system as part of Operation Ágata. Soldiers installed the system in the Southern Mato Grosso do Sul region under the auspices of the 4th Mechanized Cavalry Brigade in Dourados, a city in Mato Grosso do Sul. This will be the ninth edition of the operation, coordinated by the Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff (EMCFA). The Military carries out the initiative at strategic points along Brazil’s borders as part of the country’s strategy to prevent crimes such as drug trafficking, smuggling, weapons trafficking, environmental crimes, immigration, and illegal prospecting. Brazil’s Army Project Office (EPEx), created in 2012, evaluates, proposes, coordinates, and integrates efforts toward the realization of the Army’s large-scale, technologically and financially complex strategic projects. So far, those projects have included Guarani, Cyber Defense, Air Defense, Proteger, Astros 2020, and Sisfron. By Dialogo May 12, 2015 Brazil’s Army Project Office (EPEx), created in 2012, evaluates, proposes, coordinates, and integrates efforts toward the realization of the Army’s large-scale, technologically and financially complex strategic projects. So far, those projects have included Guarani, Cyber Defense, Air Defense, Proteger, Astros 2020, and Sisfron. Sisfron is one of seven Brazilian Army strategic projects and consists of an integrated system of sensors to be used to strengthen the government’s presence and readiness along the border. To deploy Sisfron, the Armed Forces will install a comprehensive set of technological resources in the border region; the sensors will provide crucial information to Military commanders. Project solidifies its pilot phase and acquires drones “This will be our first chance to verify the system functions. We are going to test whether the data is transmitted satisfactorily, so we can make any necessary adjustments,” said Sisfron supervisor, Colonel Ary Pelegrino Filho. Military authorities expect the pilot phase will end in 2016. Since Sisfron’s creation in 2013, the government has invested approximately 1.3 billion Brazilian reals ($430 million) in the initiative, which is nearly 11 percent of the overall project budget. “We have delivered 100 percent of the action support subsystem for the pilot project and 50 percent of the requirements for the sensor system,” Col. Pelegrino said. “As for the engineering work, we can safely say that it is almost 70 percent complete.” These subsystems are in the integration phase, which is why they will be tested during Operation Ágata. “This will be our first chance to verify the system functions. We are going to test whether the data is transmitted satisfactorily, so we can make any necessary adjustments,” said Sisfron supervisor, Colonel Ary Pelegrino Filho. The Brazilian Military is preparing to subect Project Sisfron (Comprehensive Border Surveillance System) to its first test. In June, the Armed Forces will deploy the system as part of Operation Ágata. Soldiers installed the system in the Southern Mato Grosso do Sul region under the auspices of the 4th Mechanized Cavalry Brigade in Dourados, a city in Mato Grosso do Sul. Military authorities expect the pilot phase will end in 2016. Since Sisfron’s creation in 2013, the government has invested approximately 1.3 billion Brazilian reals ($430 million) in the initiative, which is nearly 11 percent of the overall project budget. An investment of 480 million reals ($158 million) is budgeted for 2015 to follow up the installation of the pilot project in the region under the responsibility of the 4th Brigade. Col. Pelegrino stated that a small part of this amount – 40 million reals ($13 million) – already has been received and is being forwarded mainly to the consortium of companies responsible for the integration of the devices installed in Dourados. Project solidifies its pilot phase and acquires drones In the south, Sisfron will be set up in the area under the responsibility of the 15th Mechanized Infantry Brigade in Paraná, a state that borders Paraguay (208 kilometers) and Argentina (293 kilometers). The 4th Mechanized Cavalry Brigade in Dourados is home to the Sisfron pilot project, which began in November 2014. The pilot project is divided into three subsystems. The first is the sensor system and decision-making support, which includes all command equipment, fixed and mobile control equipment, radars, sensors, and data software. The Armed Forces anticipates the Sisfron project will be completed by 2022, and will ultimately cover 17,000 kilometers of Brazil’s borders. The Military plans on cooperating with neighboring countries to reduce crime rates along the borders through partnerships between the Army and the various law enforcement agencies. The Armed Forces anticipates the Sisfron project will be completed by 2022, and will ultimately cover 17,000 kilometers of Brazil’s borders. The Military plans on cooperating with neighboring countries to reduce crime rates along the borders through partnerships between the Army and the various law enforcement agencies. Any military move to keep the nation under surveillance is very important. Very good. This project is important. We have a long border. We are in need of serious articles on social networks.This article shows how seriously servicemembers work and their great importance to our country. There is a strategic way of innovation, science and technology, which is not only strategic for Brazil, but can also be applied to areas of the private sector.Congratulations to the Brazilian Army. Congratulations to the Brazilian Army. This mission is patriotic for guarding our sovereignty. Warm regards to all. The Brazilian government is taking too long to implement this border monitoring project.The government has failed to raise more than $240 billion dollars annually in taxes.Also, the government has fails to create thousands of jobs in Brazilian industries, and the worst is the violence resulting from the weapons and drugs entering across our borders.http://www.derlyemarcelinho.com/ The project is very interesting considering that it’s intended to support the work undertaken by civil public officials working in customs and as police. The have been working “unsuccessfully” in fighting smuggling and embezzlement crimes, as well as drug trafficking and immigration. There has been talk for many years about effective border control using technology. In addition, society needs the integration of federal and related public services and agent training. The project is worth the hope that it leads to good and effective results. Let’s wait and see. Congratulations! To support the expansion, during 2015 the Military will acquire light vehicles, cranes, patrol boats, and individual equipment for service members, which will be supplied to units participating in Sisfron stage two. The plan is for stage two to begin in 2016, with the contracting process beginning in 2015. This will be the ninth edition of the operation, coordinated by the Armed Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff (EMCFA). The Military carries out the initiative at strategic points along Brazil’s borders as part of the country’s strategy to prevent crimes such as drug trafficking, smuggling, weapons trafficking, environmental crimes, immigration, and illegal prospecting. Sisfron is one of seven Brazilian Army strategic projects and consists of an integrated system of sensors to be used to strengthen the government’s presence and readiness along the border. To deploy Sisfron, the Armed Forces will install a comprehensive set of technological resources in the border region; the sensors will provide crucial information to Military commanders. In addition to the progress toward completing the pilot phase, the plans for 2015 include seeking the requests for proposals to provide remote-piloted aircraft which will be used to conduct surveillance in the areas where the sensors will be deployed. In the next phase, the project will be expanded to the northern and southern areas of Brazil. In the north, Sisfron will be used by the 13th Motorized Infantry Brigade and the 17th Jungle Infantry Brigade. The 13th Brigade is located in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, a state that has a 780-kilometer border with Bolivia. The 17th Brigade is headquartered in Porto Velho, the capital of Rondônia, but it also has units in the state of Acre. Rondônia has a 1,342-kilometer border with Bolivia, while Acre has a 1,430-kilometer border with Peru. The Military is well-deployed to carry out the initiative; most of the units in the 4th Mechanized Cavalry Brigade are stationed along the border with Paraguay, covering almost 600 kilometers in Mato Grosso do Sul. The goal of the Armed Forces is to have the Sisfron pilot project cover that entire length. The third subsystem is composed of engineering works, which include the construction of physical facilities, vehicle garages, and Troop housing, in addition to any retooling necessary to support or use the electronic equipment acquired. “We have delivered 100 percent of the action support subsystem for the pilot project and 50 percent of the requirements for the sensor system,” Col. Pelegrino said. “As for the engineering work, we can safely say that it is almost 70 percent complete.” These subsystems are in the integration phase, which is why they will be tested during Operation Ágata. In addition to the progress toward completing the pilot phase, the plans for 2015 include seeking the requests for proposals to provide remote-piloted aircraft which will be used to conduct surveillance in the areas where the sensors will be deployed. Diálogo is presenting each of the projects, their objectives and challenges, as well as new developments, in a series of weekly reports. This week’s report features Sisfron. The second subsystem is designed to support actions and refers to equipment for individual Soldiers, vehicles, ships, and “anything necessary to allow the Army to take action to contain an adversary,” the Colonel said. The 4th Mechanized Cavalry Brigade in Dourados is home to the Sisfron pilot project, which began in November 2014. The pilot project is divided into three subsystems. The first is the sensor system and decision-making support, which includes all command equipment, fixed and mobile control equipment, radars, sensors, and data software. Sisfron stage two brings the project to Brazil’s north and south The second subsystem is designed to support actions and refers to equipment for individual Soldiers, vehicles, ships, and “anything necessary to allow the Army to take action to contain an adversary,” the Colonel said. The Military is well-deployed to carry out the initiative; most of the units in the 4th Mechanized Cavalry Brigade are stationed along the border with Paraguay, covering almost 600 kilometers in Mato Grosso do Sul. The goal of the Armed Forces is to have the Sisfron pilot project cover that entire length. The third subsystem is composed of engineering works, which include the construction of physical facilities, vehicle garages, and Troop housing, in addition to any retooling necessary to support or use the electronic equipment acquired. Sisfron stage two brings the project to Brazil’s north and south In the south, Sisfron will be set up in the area under the responsibility of the 15th Mechanized Infantry Brigade in Paraná, a state that borders Paraguay (208 kilometers) and Argentina (293 kilometers). In the next phase, the project will be expanded to the northern and southern areas of Brazil. In the north, Sisfron will be used by the 13th Motorized Infantry Brigade and the 17th Jungle Infantry Brigade. The 13th Brigade is located in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, a state that has a 780-kilometer border with Bolivia. The 17th Brigade is headquartered in Porto Velho, the capital of Rondônia, but it also has units in the state of Acre. Rondônia has a 1,342-kilometer border with Bolivia, while Acre has a 1,430-kilometer border with Peru. Diálogo is presenting each of the projects, their objectives and challenges, as well as new developments, in a series of weekly reports. This week’s report features Sisfron. To support the expansion, during 2015 the Military will acquire light vehicles, cranes, patrol boats, and individual equipment for service members, which will be supplied to units participating in Sisfron stage two. The plan is for stage two to begin in 2016, with the contracting process beginning in 2015. An investment of 480 million reals ($158 million) is budgeted for 2015 to follow up the installation of the pilot project in the region under the responsibility of the 4th Brigade. Col. Pelegrino stated that a small part of this amount – 40 million reals ($13 million) – already has been received and is being forwarded mainly to the consortium of companies responsible for the integration of the devices installed in Dourados. last_img read more

Innovation pioneers of the credit union industry

first_imgThe future of Credit Unions is highly reliant on a new population, larger than the Boomers and more relevant to Credit Unions now more than ever. The burning question Credit Unions are asking themselves and their members is “How we can capture the millennial market?”In a time when tech-savvy millennials are overlooked as consumers yet have more information at their fingertips than any other demographic, Credit Unions are in a position to be favored over banks. Competition between the two is fierce as this younger generation begins to borrow money for homes, cars, and business ventures. Banks are spending significantly more money than credit unions to market to millennials, advertising convenience but overlooking demand for quality. According to a recent Gallup survey, banks have lost market share and the trust of consumers. Credit Unions must seize this opportunity to position themselves as a trusted leader in financial services to millennials by marketing to them with the same personal care and attention as they would be treated when walking into a branch.In a recent interview from the Tampa Bay Business Journal with Tom Dorety, President and CEO of Suncoast Credit Union, he said “If you don’t get a connection with millennials now, you may lose it forever.” In my hundreds of conversations over the years with Credit Union leaders and marketing executives, they would agree that catching the attention and trust of millennials, or they would like to say their future members, is on the for front of their strategic goals.When it comes to millennial member engagement, technology is key. In order to achieve that personal connection with a growing member base, credit unions must adopt customer intelligence strategies in order to personalize the millennial member’s investment experience. Some Credit Unions are in front of the curve, while many are still lagging far behind.Credit Unions have an advantage over banks as they are structured differently and can be more agile with innovation. Many Credit Union leaders describe themselves on the innovation curve such as “in the infancy stages”, or “we are toddlers”, and “we are learning to walk”. I have heard in so-many words that they are now starting to “look” at data yet have started a big data project this year.In a recent thought leadership talk, Disruption Day Tampa Bay, I was delighted to share the stage with many professional peers discussing disruptive technologies relevant to credit unions. Big data is one that was discussed as a technology that has great business value but still not well understood. It’s become apparent that as credit unions attempt to grow beyond the “infancy stage” they are often trying to run before learning how to crawl. Credit Unions have the opportunity to leverage better and deeper connections with their members but it cannot be achieved overnight. Credit Unions, or any business for that matter, should not feel burdened with figuring out big data or data analytics on their own. They should rely on industry experts that can move them efficiently and quickly to where they should be on their Business Intelligence maturity plan, which is walking with ease and accuracy. 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carolyn Eagen Carolyn Eagen is an Account Executive with Sogeti USA, a Capgemini Group Company. Carolyn and Sogeti help clients identify a best practice approach to complex business challenges through advanced technology … Web: www.us.sogeti.com Detailslast_img read more

Shots fired in Johnson City along Broad Street and Corliss Avenue

first_imgNew York State Police, Johnson City Police, and Binghamton Police all responded to the scene. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Johnson City Police are investigating a shot fired incident along Broad Street and Corliss Avenue in the village. A 12 News crew got to the scene at around 9:45 p.m. and overheard a neighbor telling police they heard “a loud bang.” It is unclear if there is a threat to the public at this time, or if there are any injuries. This is a developing story. Stick with 12 News for further updates.last_img

Boris Dvoršak is the new Deputy Director of Finance and Corporate Affairs of Uniline

first_imgA graduate economist and long-term manager with more than 15 years of experience in leading and managing key projects and working in leading positions in the shipbuilding industry, Mr. Boris Dvoršak is a new addition to Uniline and is coming to the position of Deputy Director of Finance and Corporate Affairs. Uniline, a leading destination management company in Croatia and the region of Southeast Europe, has expanded its team for finance and corporate affairs. By the way, Dvoršak worked for six years as an assistant director for business processes, then also a director where he was in charge of human resources, legal services, ICT, finance and accounting, and investment and security. He was also the leader and member of business teams in charge of projects from various business segments – company acquisition, implementation of ICT solutions, development and business planning and improvement of business processes.last_img read more

JLL cuts up to 90 in new jobs woe

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Palace releases list of holidays for 2021

first_imgThe proclamation has also included November 2 (Tuesday) and December 24 (Friday) as two additional non-working days “to strengthen family ties by providing more time for the traditional All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day and Christmas Day commemorative activities, and will promote domestic tourism as well,” the proclamation read. “To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos shall inform the Office of the President of the actual dates on which these holidays shall respectively fall,” the proclamation stated./PN The regular holidays for next year are January 1 (Friday) – New Year’s Day; April 1 – Maundy Thursday; April 2 – Good Friday; April 9 (Friday) – Araw ng Kagitingan;  May 1 (Saturday) – Labor Day; June 12 (Saturday) – Independence Day; August 30 (last Monday of August) – National Heroes Day; November 30 (Tuesday) – Bonifacio Day; December 25 (Saturday) – Christmas Day; and December 30 (Thursday) – Rizal Day. MANILA – The Malacañang Palace has released yesterday the list of regular and special non-working holidays for year 2021.President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation No. 986 on July 30 which consists of nine regular holidays and nine non-working holidays.center_img Special non-working days, meanwhile, are February 12 (Friday) – Chinese New Year; February 25 (Thursday) –EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary; April 3 – Black Saturday; August 21 (Saturday) – Ninoy Aquino Day; November 1 (Monday) – All Saints’ Day; December 8 (Wednesday) – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary; and, December 31 (Friday) – Last Day of the Year. The proclamation declaring national holidays for the observance of two major feasts of Islam, Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha, will be issued after the dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined.last_img read more

Jamie Vardy closes in on Premier League record as Leicester beat Watford

first_img A tidy one-two between Troy Deeney and Ighalo almost put the latter clean through on goal but this time Huth made the interception. Leicester led early in the second half when a speculative looking toe poke from Kante slipped through Gomes’ grasp and over the line. The King Power Stadium held its breath shortly afterwards in the 56th minute when Vardy went down injured. The relief was palpable when he eventually regained his feet. Vardy was soon on the deck again though, after being brought down by Gomes. Riyad Mahrez, Leicester’s usual penalty taker, was going to take the spot-kick but the little Algerian handed the ball to Vardy and he blasted his shot straight down the middle of the net. It was a nice gesture from Mahrez with the record in the sights of Vardy. What looked like being a routine win for Leicester got more uncomfortable when Kante tripped Juan Carlos Paredes and Deeney halved the deficit. Watford never really looked like equalising though and Gomes had to tip a Mahrez curler round the post as the hosts threatened a third goal late on. TWEET OF THE MATCH Vardy scores for the 9th consecutive @premierleague game. Woohoo! – (@GaryLineker) Leicester fan Gary Lineker is happy for England striker Jamie Vardy. Leicester: Kasper Schmeichel: 7 Danny Simpson: 7 Robert Huth: 7 Wes Morgan: 6 Christian Fuchs 7 Marc Albrighton: 7 N’Golo Kante: 6 Danny Drinkwater: 7 Jeff Schlupp 6 Riyad Mahrez: 6 Jamie Vardy: 7 Subs: Shinji Okazaki 6 Nathan Dyer 5 Andy King 4 Watford: Heurelho Gomes 6 Allan Nyom 6 Craig Cathcart 6 Miguel Britos 6 Nathan Ake 6 Ikechi Anya 7 Etienne Capoue 6 Ben Watson 6 Almen Abdi 7 Troy Deeney 7 Odion Ighalo 6 Subs: Juan Carlos Paredes 7 Alessandro Diamanti 5 STAR MAN: Riyad Mahrez Jamie Vardy will grab the headlines but Riyad Mahrez made it possible. The little Algerian had a quiet first half but after the break he was his usual self, causing untold problems for the Watford defence. He is Leicester’s usual penalty taker and it was a nice touch to let Vardy take the spot-kick as his team-mate closes in a piece of Premier League history. MOMENT OF THE MATCH: The Leicester fans chanted ”England’s number nine” as Mahrez put the ball on the penalty spot. By popular demand, he offered Vardy the chance to continue his terrific goal scoring run and the 28-year-old did not disappoint as he got his name on the score sheet for the ninth game in a row, putting him within touching distance of Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 10-game record. A great display of team spirit by Mahrez. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Leicester were frustrated in the first half and Claudio Ranieri changed it at half-time, bringing off Jeff Schlupp for Shinji Okazaki. Straight away the game became more open and the Foxes looked like the attacking force we have come to know. Watford will have been encouraged by the way they started, with Odion Ighalo looking dangerous. But that was as good as it got really for them until Troy Deeney’s penalty. The Hornets have yet to win successive top-flight away matches since 1987. MOAN OF THE MATCH: Heurelho Gomes’ handling error will probably leave Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores rather angry. The game was delicately-poised at the time, even though Leicester were on top at the beginning of the second half, and handing – literally – the home team the advantage made it a uphill struggle. WHO’S UP NEXT? Newcastle v Leicester, November 21 (Premier League) Watford v Manchester United, November 21 (Premier League) Vardy netted for the ninth successive fixture to leave him just one game away from equalling the Dutchman’s 10-match scoring streak set in 2003 while at Manchester United. The 28-year-old, who was relatively quiet for much of the afternoon, struck his 12th goal of the season from the penalty spot and can move level with Van Nistelrooy after the international break when Leicester travel to Newcastle. Should he score at St James’ Park, Vardy can break the record against Van Nistelrooy’s former club at the end of the month. Vardy’s effort on Saturday gave Leicester a two-goal lead, adding to Ngolo Kante’s opener, but Troy Deeney got Watford back into the game from the penalty spot. The Hornets could not rescue a point though and Claudio Ranieri’s side moved level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City ahead of their game on Sunday at Aston Villa. Much of the talk in the build up to the game focussed on Vardy’s goal scoring exploits but Watford have their own in-form striker and Odion Ighalo made a nuisance of himself early on. The Nigerian almost got the chance to add to his seven goals this season. Robert Huth and Christian Fuchs combined to snuff out the danger on the first occasion before a brilliantly-timed sliding tackle by Danny Drinkwater thwarted Ighalo. Ighalo was involved again in the 10th minute when a good Watford move resulted in Ikechi Anya pulling the ball back for Etienne Capoue but Kasper Schmeichel got down well to save his effort. Vardy threatened for the first time when he set up Marc Albrighton, whose half-volley was gobbled up by Heurelho Gomes. Ighalo was still a danger and midway through the first half he saw a shot strike a post with Schmeichel reacting well to tip over Abdi’s first-time shot on the follow up. Jamie Vardy closed in on Ruud van Nistelrooy’s Barclays Premier League scoring record with another goal in Leicester’s 2-1 home victory against Watford. Press Associationlast_img read more

Sunderland closing in on Jan Kirchhoff move

first_img Press Association Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is closing in on his first January signing after Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff arrived in to the north east. Kirchhoff appears to be surplus to requirements in Munich after spending last season on loan with Bundesliga rivals Schalke, with injuries having limited his involvement at the Allianz Arena. He has made just 10 appearances for the club in the two and a half years since he signed from Mainz, all of them as a substitute and just one this season in the 1-0 German Cup victory over Darmstadt last month. Allardyce’s concentration on defenders – he has also been heavily linked with Lorient’s Lamine Kone – is understandable with Younes Kaboul’s hamstring injury set to sideline him into February, an absence which has prompted 36-year-old Wes Brown’s return to the team for the last two games. Skipper John O’Shea too is approaching the end of his career at 34 and whatever role the senior pair have to play during the remainder of the current campaign, they will need to be replaced sooner rather than later. The Black Cats have conceded 39 goals in their 20 Barclays Premier League games to date this season and scored just 22, and their failings at both ends of the pitch have left them in 19th place, four points shy of safety. Allardyce has traditionally built from the back and while getting the best out of his strikers is also a focus, he is convinced that clean sheets will provide the foundation for yet another survival bid. Meanwhile, Sunderland have been credited with an interest in Italy striker Ciro Immobile, currently on loan at Spanish club Sevilla from German outfit Borussia Dortmund, while sources on Wearside have dismissed links with former Newcastle frontman Andy Carroll. center_img The 25-year-old headed for England to hold talks and undergo a medical after being left out of the Bayern squad which flew to Qatar for a mid-season training camp on Wednesday. A statement on the club’s official website, www.fcbayern.de, said: “The travelling party does not include Jan Kirchhoff, who is away with his agent concluding negotiations for a possible transfer.” last_img read more