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Davis pens three-year Saints extension

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first_imgClub captain Kelvin Davis has become the latest Southampton player to commit his future to the club by signing a new deal until 2016. Press Association After Morgan Schneiderlin and Jason Puncheon last week penned new deals, the 36-year-old goalkeeper has followed suit. Davis is Southampton’s longest-serving player and has made 283 appearances since joining from Sunderland six and a half years ago. “When I first came to this club, to say that I would have been here for this period of time is something that I would have dreamed about,” Davis told the club’s official website, saintsfc.co.uk. “For that dream to have materialised and for me to be feeling good is something I am really, really pleased with.” center_img He added: “I’ve seen a few things – a few ups and downs – but since Nicola Cortese arrived with Markus Liebherr, the club has been on a journey.” Davis’ previous deal was due to expire at the end of next season and his new contract will take him through to his testimonial year. The goalkeeper had been on the verge of a move to West Ham in 2009 when the club, relegated to League One, was financially ruined, but Davis was quick to commit his future to the club and helped secure back-to-back promotions. “As club captain, Kelvin plays an extremely important role at Southampton,” Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “His presence in the dressing room is second to none, and his experience has proved to be vitally important to the club as we look to achieve our aims. “He has been a massive part of this club during his six and a half years here, and there are few things in football that he hasn’t seen so far in his career. “Every successful team needs to have characters and people like Kelvin, so I’m delighted that he has committed himself to the club for a further three and a half years.” last_img read more

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Villa tactics delight Lambert

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first_img “Tactically it was fantastic but you have to have lads who will carry it out and right from the off we were outstanding,” he said. “We have worked a lot on training and the lads have grasped what we are trying to do. “It is hard coming here, a club that nearly won the league last year, a club that has Champions League football and a club whose resources are massive compared to ourselves. “Right from Gabby (Agbonlahor) to (Brad) Guzan defensively we were immense. “There was another goal for Gabby; he signed a new deal and has started the season brilliantly. If he can keep that form, great.” Lambert said there was nothing in the Senderos-Balotelli incident but claimed something untoward had occurred between the Italy striker and Villa’s other centre-back Nathan Baker. “I saw the one before that between Balotelli and Nathan Baker and the fourth official saw that,” he added. “It is a physical game and we are not going to be shrinking violets coming here. You have to handle the occasion and playing against top players.” Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert felt his side were tactically perfect in their 1-0 win at Liverpool but denied they were over-physical in their approach at Anfield. Gabriel Agbonlahor scored from a ninth-minute corner and Villa held on to their lead as they prevented their hosts creating anything dangerous. Defender Philippe Senderos appeared to land a kick on Reds striker Mario Balotelli, who also came in for some rough stuff from Alan Hutton in the first half, but Lambert insisted there was nothing untoward in their approach. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, shorn of the attacking pace of injured Daniel Sturridge and opting to drop Raheem Sterling to the bench, admitted his side struggled to break down the visitors. “It is disappointing. We started slowly, gave away a poor goal, picked up the tempo after that and the players gave everything but we lacked that bit of quality and the final ball,” said the Northern Irishman “You have to give Aston Villa credit, they defended well once they got the goal, kept their lines tight in a low block and we couldn’t get the final pass so it was really frustrating for us. “They defended well; the back four and midfield five were in and Agbonlahor on the counter-attack is always a threat. “We started slowly which is unlike us. We have found a problem with Aston Villa in my time here. We lacked that bit of quality in the final third. “It was just as a team we didn’t have the intensity in our game. Everything was centralised and they were very compact, we needed to get around the sides a bit quicker. “Second half was much better in terms of the domination but apart from Coutinho’s little bit when he hit the post and worked the space well, we never created as much as we would normally do.” On the physicality of Villa Rodgers, who claimed he had not seen the Senderos kick at Balotelli, added: “It is a man’s game and I don’t think they were overly aggressive at all.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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USC partners with India conference on soft power

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first_imgWorld Travel: Austin Maddox, a journalism fellow of the Center on Public Diplomacy, captures content on her phone for a video CPD plans to release this semester. (Amara Aguilar)It’s a hot December day in New Delhi, India, and Amara Aguilar is in a room with a travel blogger, a few international ambassadors, various diplomats and a videogame designer, giving a lecture on making GIFs. Aguilar attended India’s first major conference in December on soft power, the use of cultural and economic influence to appeal to other countries, rather than the use of military power, which invited USC’s Center on Public Diplomacy as a primary academic partner. The two-day conference included panels, workshops and performances and brought together diplomats, scholars and experts from around the world.Aguilar, an associate professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, kicked off the conference with her workshop: “Soft Power Through Digital Storytelling.” Aguilar, a CPD faculty fellow who conducts digital training for the Center, said her workshop aimed to empower individuals to share their country’s stories through social media.“It was a really great trip overall,” said Aguilar. “[CPD] is always amazing to work with.” Participants in Aguilar’s workshop learned to make videos and GIFs that covered a wide range of topics like travel, tourism, literature and art and discussed the best ways to engage audiences visually.“All of these topics are really important for people to be able to tell their stories, so other people can understand the country and the people of the country,” Aguilar said. “In your pocket you have your mobile device, which is a powerful tool to create really compelling content at little or no cost.”Aguilar said CPD excels at recognizing the importance of social media and data as tools of public diplomacy, something not everyone has caught onto yet. Austin Maddox, a CPD student fellow, attended the conference as a video journalist and reported live from USC’s Instagram story. The first-year graduate student in the School of Journalism spent her time at the conference collecting B-roll and interviewing attendees for videos that CPD plans to release later this semester.Of the people that Maddox interviewed, she said Gopi Kallayil, Google’s chief evangelist of brand marketing, stood out as a favorite. Part of Kallayil’s work aims to combine spirituality and technology through the practice of yoga.                         “He’s brought yoga to 80 percent of all Google offices,” Maddox said. “I thought he was really cool and insightful … [his work] is something that I, personally, and I know a lot of my friends deal with in our lives; trying to maintain a center while still engaging in technology.”Jay Wang, the director of CPD, spoke on a panel called “Public Diplomacy, Successes and Challenges in National Building.” Wang spoke about the importance of technology as a tool for public diplomacy, but also some of the challenges.“We don’t have the playbook as we enter into this new era of how we engage with international publics,” Wang said. “Because the scale of change is so big, it presents a huge challenge for us to have a firm grasp of what’s happening in the technological field, and what are the implications for our practices.” Wang said one of CPD’s focuses is professional training and education, which Aguilar assists with often. While CPD has traveled to numerous countries, it will be holding its first international training session in Brussels next month, called “Technology, Storytelling & Public Diplomacy.” The workshop will focus on the integration of data and technology as tools of public diplomacy. Wang said the conference in New Delhi was significant because CPD had yet to travel to India. As a “leading academic center” in the field of public diplomacy, Wang said it was important for CPD to partner with India’s first conference on soft power. “On campus, many, I don’t think, really know the center exists, but the center’s work in this field is very well recognized in Washington D.C. and increasingly in many other countries,” Wang said.Maddox said one of her goals for this semester as a student fellow is to engage USC students with CPD’s work. “[CPD] values the student perspective,” Maddox said. “[Public diplomacy] is something that young people around the world would be interested in. It just needs to be presented in a way that they can understand.”last_img read more

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