My Squashed Interview With Steve Madden, Shoe Guru-Turned-Ex-Convict

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The reputation of the Long Island Press precedes me.Due to the contributions of countless fore-writers before me, its name has paved the way for sources such as Sen. Phil Boyle to send me an after-midnight text message for a quote, for a phone call from Congressman Peter King to interrupt a father picking up his daughter from a play date at my house, for perks like tickets to Jim Breuer at the Paramount and backstage passes to Foreigner at Jones Beach.But so far the biggest effect its notoriety has had in my short tenure here was that its mere association so terrified women’s shoe mogul Steve Madden that he was forced to hide out in an executive office on the third floor of Macy’s in Roosevelt Field shopping mall pretending to be stuck in traffic.Because besides being known the world over as a peddler of high-end knockoffs, Madden’s name is inextricably linked to one of the most notorious Wall Street scams in recent memory, stock fraud of monstrous proportions that defrauded scores of investors and families, Lake Success-based brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont’s “pump and dump” scheme—which netted the firm more than $200 million, was masterminded by Jordan Belfort and glamorized by Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio in last year’s The Wolf of Wall Street.Madden, a key participant in the scheme, according to federal authorities, pleaded guilty to stock fraud and money laundering, was convicted, and served 30 months of a 41-month prison sentence for his role. Besides jail time, Madden had to fork over several million dollars in restitution.Yet I wasn’t looking to corner the guy into some huge Come-To-Jesus tell-all (everybody deserves a second chance, right?) to open the eyes of the hordes of screaming teens and pre-teens who, along with their parents, were flooding the ground floor of the mall as if Justin Bieber were performing; I was simply coming to ask him flowery questions about his shoes for a glowing feature spread in the Press’ sister publication, Milieu Magazine.My ill-fated interview with the shoe titan ex-con began as traditionally as possible. An email from a publicist. Some juggling of schedules. Sure, I knew of his past misdeeds. When the Milieu writer who was originally assigned the interview left for vacation and the responsibility fell upon me, I voiced his name aloud in the newsroom, catching the attention of several Press staffers, who reminded me—hell, we’d just published a scathing feature story about the unseen victims who had gotten no screen time in the Oscar-nominated Scorsese film called “Skinning The Wolf of Wall Street” (which I can only assume at least influenced Madden’s handlers’ blatant unprofessionalism). Madden was played by Dustin Hoffman’s son Jake. (Madden’s complaint, I read, was that he was played “too nerdy.”)During my research, I also discovered that Madden, who grew up in LI’s Five Towns, found a new lease on life upon his release from prison, that he had a renewed commitment to the public and the community, that he’d even gotten married (to a former employee, when he realized he looked forward to her visits in greater capacity than he’d anticipated).I thought maybe I should wear a pair of Steve Madden shoes to the interview, which was confirmed through multiple emails with his public relations liaison Casey Bakker at PMK*BNC. Maybe an in-person interview with the designer warranted a shopping trip!The time spent hemming and hawing and justifying more shoes to my husband ran way over the time I’d allotted it—now I was running late. By the time I hit the road, there was just enough time to make it there for my 1:30 meet-up. I wore my motorcycle boot UGGs and hoped he wouldn’t notice.Lucky for me, the Southern State-to-the-Meadowbrook route I drove to work during the week was fairly empty on this Saturday afternoon.My phone rang. En route, I took the call. It was from Gabriella Weiser, Madden’s marketing director. She wanted to “go over some of the questions” I was planning to ask Madden. See “what tack” we were taking for the piece. I told her I wanted to know what types of shoes were on trend for spring. And about his new lease on life. His renewed commitment toward his public. And about his new marriage.“Yeah,” Gabriella said. “No.”“Um. What?” I asked.“Steve won’t be taking any questions about his life,” she told me. “I just want to be clear so that I won’t have to interrupt you during the interview.”“So I can only ask him about shoes?”“Yes.”“What about his new wife? His sense of community?”“No,” she said, firmly. (The “absofuckinglutelynot” was implied.)I agreed, of course, and continued to the mall—wracking my brain for 30 minutes worth of questions about shoes. I’d only come up with “Why can’t I just wear my motorcycle boot UGGs all the time?” when my phone rang again just as I was pulling into the mall parking lot. (A full 20 minutes earlier than anticipated, since traffic patterns are so different on weekends.)It was Gabriella again.“I’m so sorry, Jaime,” she said. “Steve has gotten held up in traffic. He’s not going to be able to get here until about 2 o’clock and the Macy’s event starts right at 2.”The same traffic that I was just not in?“Can you email me your questions and I’ll have Steve answer them over the weekend?” she asked.I agreed. Terrific.Since I was already there, I walked into the mall and headed toward Macy’s—as my cell phone rang yet again.It was Gabriella. Again.“Hi!!!” her voice wafted from my phone. There was an excitement there, like we were old friends. I was touched by her display of friendliness. And I thought briefly that maybe Steve had made it there after all, and she was calling me with the thrilling news.“Hi!” I enthused, right back.Silence.“Hello?” I said.Crickets.That’s weird, I thought. And then her voice came through again, in a strikingly different, sobering tone. “Hi Jaime,” the new voice said. “I called the wrong number.”“Oh.”“Yeah, again, I’m so sorry that Steve couldn’t make it. I hate to be so unprofessional and cancel the interview so close, but.”“Mmm-hmm,” I said, careful not to say, “It’s okay.” Because it wasn’t. It was unprofessional, at the very least.“He’s still in traffic,” she said again.The other reason it wasn’t okay was because there was no traffic. It was an awkward phone call that we were both relieved to end.SUPPORT THE BUSINESSES WHO HELP MAKE OUR JOURNALISM POSSIBLE – CLICK HEREI headed toward the Macy’s shoe department where there were lines of women behind red velvet ropes awaiting the spectacle of the shoe mogul. A DJ was spinning loud tunes while a perfectly coiffed emcee in a black miniskirt and towering gladiator (no doubt Steve Madden) shoes kept the party going. We all “put our hands together” at the prospect of winning a pair of shoes! The anticipation was palpable.Four security guards blocked the front of the line where a roped-off table where Madden was to appear held center stage. I approached them and asked where they wanted press people to stand, so as not to be in the way. He pointed out a tall man who looked to be in his mid-30s.“He’s the Macy’s manager,” he said. “He’ll know where to go.”Indeed he did.“Oh, you’re here for Steve Madden?” he asked. “Right this way.”“He’s here?” I asked, feeling my cell phone, still warm from my last call from Gabriella just moments before.“Oh yeah,” he told me. “He’s here.”The manager led me up the escalator to the third floor where a beige door was placed discreetly behind the children’s department. Inside the executive office was a receptionist’s desk and some folding chairs. I was instructed to wait on one of those chairs while the manager alerted Steve Madden, who was behind yet another beige door.“I’ll tell him you’re here,” he said, just as a sophisticated woman in a black suit with (undoubtedly) Steve Madden heels walked in, balancing a tray of Starbucks coffee in her manicured hands.She looked from him to me and back again, prompting the manager to make our introduction.“This is Jaime from the Long Island Press!” he said.I’ve never seen anyone stop more dead in his or her tracks or turn as white as a ghost before. But in that moment, those very clichés came to life before me. She looked, quite simply, like someone who’d just been caught in a lie. Because she had.The Starbucks shook, but did not spill.Gabriella tried to regain her composure. She stomped toward me in 2014 spring gladiator heels. The sweetness of her wrong number-dialing voice was gone.“I cancelled this interview,” she said, accusingly.“You must be Gabriella,” I replied, overcompensating for her lack of sweetness with my own. “We spoke on the phone.”She looked at me, but did not speak. Or offer her hand (she was still holding the tray of coffee, so that was moderately understandable).“I turns out Steve is here,” I informed her. “So…” I meant so, unless you’re going to tell me that the security guard is wrong and that the person in the other room doing interviews is actually a Steve Madden doppelganger filling in for him since he really is stuck in really, really terrible, though invisible, traffic, which must be snarling hundreds of other imaginary commuters frantically scrambling to get to the mall to try some of his so-not-in-style, so-yesterday, so…’90s (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but in this case I’m using it as if it is), we have some unfinished business to take care of here. Or at the very least, I Am Owed The Professional Courtesy Of An Explanation!“You need to go back downstairs right now,” she said.“There is still no interview? Even though Steve made it through the traffic?”It was 1:30 exactly—a good half-hour before show time and our scheduled interview.“No.”Women’s shoe knockoff titan-turned-ex-con Steve Madden waves to adoring fans during a recent appearance at Roosevelt Field shopping mall. (Jaime Franchi/Long Island Press)Back downstairs I went, to where approximately 300 rabid Madden fans were lined up behind velvet ropes while a DJ blasted Ke$ha’s “Timber!” Security personnel, maybe eight of them, dressed in dark suits with earpieces and scrutinizing eyes, surveyed the crowd. They parked me next to where the red velvet rope marked the boundary of where Steve Madden would sit to meet with his fans and to sign T-shirts. Together we waited, while his national sales manager, in a flowered blue shirt raffled off strappy sandals to all who participated and three lanky models pranced and danced to the pounding rhythm set forth by the DJ. I took this time to chat up the security guys and to question why a shoe designer would need such a tremendous security detail for a mall appearance.Might he have been concerned that the people of Long Island would see in him not the figurehead of fancy footwear, but a swindler, a crook, and an ex-convict? Was the plentiful security there to protect him against an unforgiving Long Island, with their long-term memory intact?From the looks of the excited crowd, he had nothing to worry about.But his handlers’ lies about traffic, their attempt to control our interview by forbidding questions about his life that might have served to humanize him or at least have given him a platform to apologize and explain how far he’s come since his arrest and his staff’s vast unprofessionalism solidified the fact that there was one in the crowd who was decidedly now very much not a fan.At about 2:20 p.m., Madden arrived in his trademark baseball cap, button-down shirt, jeans and what I can only assume were Steve Madden shoes accompanied by more security and some staffers, including Gabriella. The whoops and cheers created a cacophony of excitement as he waved to the crowd and took his seat at the table.It was then that Gabriella spied me taking pictures. After all, it was a public event. She leaned into a security guard and whispered something to him. He then blocked my view and began to move me away from my assigned place.“You can’t be here,” he said. “Step 20 feet back.”“I’m with the press,” I told him.“Oh I know exactly who you are,” he said. “Get back!”And so I did. Back from Gabriella and Steve Madden, back from Macy’s and the Roosevelt Field mall. I’d gotten everything I needed. As Julia Roberts said to the store clerk in Pretty Woman: “Big mistake, Steve Madden.”Huge.And to think: All I was ever going to ask him about—and all I was ever going to write about—were exactly that, his shoes! His handlers’ attempts at damage control were nothing but damaging.PS- The next day, I was alerted to a new Twitter follower—Wendy Madden, who identifies herself as Steve Madden’s wife on her bio, and is obviously very much interested in what I have to say.Wonder if she’ll be re-Tweeting this. Wonder if she wears UGGs. I’m guessing, probably not.last_img read more

Mesut Ozil wants coffee shop deal to make switch from Arsenal to DC United

first_img Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Comment / 1/1 PLAY Read More Advertisement Top articles Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Mesut Ozil wants coffee shop deal to make switch from Arsenal to DC United Mesut Ozil is considering a switch to MLS with DC United (Picture: Getty Images)Mesut Ozil’s proposed switch from Arsenal to MLS side DC United could hinge on him striking a deal to open a coffee shop in America.The Washington-based side are set to hold talks with Arsenal and Ozil’s representatives over a potential move Stateside and they will partly be talking about cafes.Ozil owns 39 Steps Coffee, a cafe with three branches in London, and he is keen to open a new shop at DC United’s Audi Field if he moves there, according to The Athletic.It is, of course, not the German’s only concern and there will also be discussions over salary and what it means for his playing career, but coffee will certainly be on the menu.ADVERTISEMENT Read More AdvertisementAdvertisementDC United are looking for a blockbuster name to replace Wayne Rooney who is leaving to take up a player-coach role at Derby County in January.Ozil is currently paid £350,000-a-week at Arsenal and has two years left on his contract, so a deal could still be tricky to do for the 30-year-old.The World Cup winner has said nothing of a potential move away from the Emirates, although he appeared to commit his immediate future to Arsenal with a Twitter post on Wednesday in the Gunners’ new away shirt, which read: ‘New. season. loading. 〽⏳💥⚽ #M1Ö #YaGunnersYa @Arsenal’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityDC United are also considering a move for Mario Balotelli, who is currently out of contract and available on a free transfer after leaving Marseille at the end of last season.The former Manchester City and Liverpool man has also been in talks with Brazilian side Flamengo, while League Two side Carlisle have also thrown their name into the hat to sign the Italian.Carlisle director of football David Holdsworth told the News and Star: ‘I said Mario could come over and we’d have a look at him – we’ve got a little bit of budget left!”‘I told one of the agents that works with him that he would love the country walks here and he’d enjoy himself in the area.‘There are lots of appealing things in Cumbria and the Carlisle fans would love him as long as he worked hard for us.‘He’s a free agent, after all – if he wants to come and say hello to Carlisle, I haven’t got a problem with it…’MORE: Nicolas Pepe’s agent approves Arsenal’s deal for David LuizMORE: Martin Keown warns Unai Emery against signing Chelsea outcast David Luiz for Arsenal Full Screen Coming Nextcenter_img Read More SPONSORED Skip Ad Read More by Metro Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings Advertisement 1 min. story Phil HaighThursday 8 Aug 2019 8:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link110Shares Skip About Connatix V67539last_img read more

NEST to blend deferred annuities, income drawdown in redesign

first_imgIts members, according to a recent survey, most want inflation protection, flexibility, savings that match longevity, market-risk protection, access to lump sums and the ability to pass on funds to dependants.NEST currently has 2.1m members and more than £470m (€660m) in assets under management, with a public service obligation to accept any employer undertaking auto-enrolment.At retirement, the system will transfer 90% of a member’s savings into the income drawdown fund, with the remaining 10% transferred into an accessible cash fund.The drawdown fund will invest in an income-generating portfolio, which NEST said would provide a monthly retirement income.NEST said it would look to design an investment solution that accounted for inflation protection, as well as sequential risk – the risk of members losing a significant proportion of savings in early years due to market falls.The 10% cash fund is to run separately from the drawdown and will be invested in money market instruments to allow savers to take out lump sums without having to sell other assets.NEST said the separate cash fund meant members could access 10% of their savings without undermining the sustainability of the monthly income provided by the drawdown fund.After retirement, around 2% of the income drawdown fund will be siphoned off annually to finance an eventual annuity purchase.The deferred annuity will be bought after 10 years in retirement and kick-in after an additional 10 years.The master trust said it needed to consult with the industry to work out how the annuity would be offered, given that the UK deferred annuity market was not yet fully developed.It said it had not ruled out a collective DC (CDC) system, whereby members pooled mortality risk, and annuities were provided from a central fund, but it acknowledged it had reservations.However, it ruled out making monthly or annual deferred annuity purchases – akin to Denmark’s ATP’s approach – as this would prevent members from growing the annuity fund with contributions from the drawdown fund, as well as hinder flexibility.When the annuity becomes active 10 years after purchase, the income a member receives will flatten out and provide a steady income until death. (see chart)#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) has set out its new structure after the move away from compulsory annuities in the UK forced an overhaul of its at-retirement system.The government-backed defined contribution (DC) master trust will now change from offering annuity-matching and cash-pot options to include a three-phased system with income drawdown.Members will have the flexibility to choose their approach, but there will be a default that includes income drawdown which simultaneously supports a cash account and slicing off savings to fund an annuity purchase.NEST said this would ensure its system met all its members’ requirements. Source: National Employment Savings TrustRetirement income stream under NEST default option with assumed retirement age of 65NEST said it had yet to work out whether the provision of income drawdown would be managed in-house or externally, but it did stipulate there could be a minimum fund size to enter the drawdown option – with preliminary discussions mooting the £30,000 mark.CIO Mark Fawcett said the implementation timeline was still unclear and – given that the average pot size is approximately £200 – would not be required for some time.According to NEST, members will be able to move out of the default option at any point prior to annuity purchase, while any remaining funds can be added to the annuity fund or passed onto dependants as inheritance.“We have confidence the over-arching aim of a standardised strategy should be to provide a regular income throughout retirement, without requiring regular intervention by the member,” it said.“To reflect differing needs at different phases of retirement, there should also be varying proportions of flexibility, inflation protection and longevity protection.”Fawcett said the scheme developed an evidence-based blueprint to meet member needs and hoped it would stimulate the necessary innovation.He added that, while its design had been considered, the technicalities – particularly around the deferred annuity purchase – needed further consultation and industry input.last_img read more

Home cut in half, put on a truck and taken to a rural hideaway

first_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoThe kitchen before the renos.Other original features of the home include soaring ceilings, wide verandas, gleaming floorboards, and ornate fretwork. There is an airconditioned wine cellar with capacity for 490 bottles and an in-ground Quartzon saltwater swimming pool.Set across two levels, the circa 1904 home also features doors from Mrs Walsh’s late grandparents’ home at Chermside. The kitchen area is spacious and sleek. Triple-storey ‘manor’ for sale Is your yard a honey pot? 114 Ratcliffe Rd, Hunchy after the renovation. Brisbane Lions halfback on why he loves Camp Hill The property is positioned between Palmwoods and Montville and being sold by Property Lane Realty Woombye, selling agent Athena Law. Phone 0408 884 104.center_img Wine and dine your friends at 114 Ratcliffe Rd, Hunchy. “My grandparents had an old Queenslander at Chermside and when they passed the house was demolished but I laid claim to their French doors,” she said.“We had them sent to Cairns where we were living at the time but then had to get them sent back to Hunchy where we were moving to due to work.”With Mr Walsh now working in Brisbane, the couple have decided to sell their sprawling property and downsize.“It’s only a few years until retirement so Brisbane is a stepping stone for us,” Mrs Walsh said. What a stunner, check out this home at 114 Ratcliffe Rd, Hunchy.While it took 14 years and more than $1 million to renovate the home known as Raincourt, it was cut in half on site at Cardross St, Yeerongpilly and later relocated to 114 Ratcliffe Rd, Hunchy.Mrs Walsh said she bought the home without her husband having laid eyes on it.“He was a pilot with Virgin and I just made the decision,” Mrs Walsh said. “I bought him a ute and a house, and he really loved it. He was in Melbourne for a course”.When Mrs Walsh decided the home needed a bit of work she turned the front bedroom into a dining room. “We closed it back off and made something out of it,” she said.“The nursery ended up being turned into an ensuite. We opened up the wall between the lounge and dining area and we moved the fireplace a number of times.“There were beams where we kept wanting to put it, hence the constant move.“We put in casement windows and French doors leading onto the veranda. Those doors came from the Gympie Police Station. And we also extended the kitchen upstairs”. One of the bathrooms at 114 Ratcliffe Rd, Hunchy. The bathroom had a massive makeover. 114 Ratcliffe Rd, Hunchy before renovations.Historic French doors from a country police station have been incorporated into the renovation of this beautiful hinterland homestead, which once sat on a block of land in Brisbane.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home is now on a 0.49ha site at the Sunshine Coast having undergone an extensive renovation by Ruth and Tony Walsh. MORE:last_img read more

Klopp’s threat to play Liverpool’s kids in FA Cup replay shocks pundits

first_img The FA had been braced for a response from Klopp in the event of Liverpool drawing at Shrewsbury, but they were, sources say, surprised by the strength and public nature of his comments. Premier League clubs fielding weakened sides in the FA Cup is nothing new. Watford made wholesale changes for their third-round replay at Tranmere last week, losing 2-1, while Liverpool themselves fielded a vastly inexperienced side when beating Everton 1-0 in their third-round tie earlier this month. It is unlikely, at this stage, that the FA will entertain calls to scrap replays entirely, as per Klopp, Guardiola and Mourinho’s wishes. The Shrewsbury case, they will argue, is a perfect example of why replays exist. The League One club can expect a healthy windfall from their Anfield visit in terms of television and gate receipts – although Liverpool are yet to confirm ticket prices for the game. Indeed, Shrews manager Sam Ricketts confirmed on Sunday that the money earned from the replay would help pay for new video analysis equipment and improved drainage at the club’s training ground. The example of Lincoln, who reached the quarter-finals as a non-League club in 2017, can also be cited. The Imps earned around £1.3 million from that run, using the funds to build a new elite performance centre. They have since earned promotion to League One. Shrewsbury have already earned around £225,000 from their cup exploits this season, and would earn a further £180,000 were they to win the replay – a distinct possibility if they are facing an Under-23 side. Their funds will be further boosted by television revenue, with Sunday’s game having been broadcast live on BT Sport. The likelihood is that the replay will also be screened live, even if Liverpool do field a youth team. Read Also:Klopp: Liverpool will snub FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Liverpool did exactly that in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup at Aston Villa, a game which took place just 24 hours before the Reds played Monterrey in the Club World Cup semi-final in Qatar. On that occasion, the club were deemed not to have a choice, with their youngsters, managed by Critchley, beaten 5-0 at Villa Park. Days later, the first team beat Flamengo to become world champions for the first time in the club’s history. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Jurgen Klopp’s threat to “play the kids” in Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth-round replay with Shrewsbury has been met with bemusement at the Football Association, but sources have told Goal the Reds boss’ dramatic decision is unlikely to lead to major changes in the way English football’s oldest cup competition is set up.center_img Klopp sparked huge debate across the football world after announcing, in the wake of his side’s 2-2 draw at the Montgomery Waters Meadow on Sunday, that he planned to “respect” the Premier League’s mid-season break by allowing his first-team squad to miss next week’s replay against the League One outfit. The Reds boss said that he himself would not be present for the game, which will take place at Anfield on February 4 or 5. Instead, Neil Critchley, manager of Liverpool’s Under-23 team, is set to take charge. ‘He has so much potential but he rarely uses it’ – Augustin is Bielsa’s big Leeds gambleKlopp has been both vocal and persistent in his belief that the demands placed upon elite players are too great, and has repeatedly called for changes to the fixture calendar. He, along with fellow high-profile managers such as Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho, has called for cup replays to be scrapped altogether, and has vehemently criticised the Football League for insisting upon a two-legged League Cup semi-final. His comments after Sunday’s game at Shrewsbury, therefore, were no surprise. He spoke safe in the knowledge that Fenway Sports Group, Liverpool’s owners, support his stance. There is no danger of any internal criticism. The wider debate, though, will rage. Andy Holt, owner of League One side Accrington Stanley, has labelled Klopp “a disgrace”, while others have called for Liverpool to be heavily sanctioned if, as is almost certain, they follow through with their plan to field an Under-23 side. FA sources, meanwhile, have been left surprised and frustrated by Klopp’s suggestion that it is they who are not respecting the mid-season break. It is understood that all Premier League clubs were informed prior to the season that FA Cup fourth-round replays could impact upon their winter break. The FA, sources have confirmed to Goal, have been big advocates of the break, which they argue is even more important this year with the European Championship to come this summer. They have already agreed to move the fifth round of the competition to midweek, a decision which sources say will cost the FA significantly in terms of commercial revenue, and with the Champions League set to resume in three weeks’ time, it is difficult to see an alternative slot for any fourth-round replays.last_img read more

Man U plan N9.6b bid for Ighalo

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United will have to complete the £20 million (N9.6 billion) transfer of Odion Ighalo by the end of May, after loan talks with Shanghai Shenhua reportedly collapsed.United chiefs were hoping to extend the Nigeria international’s loan deal for the Premier League’s “Project Restart” but the Chinese outfit will only sanction a permanent deal. With Ighalo’s loan drawing to a close at the end of the month, United now face a decision whether to cough up £20 million to sign him or accept he won’t be part of their squad if and when the season resumes.The Chinese Super League is set to resume in July meaning it’s likely there will be a clash with delayed Premier League fixtures, which is why Shanghai bosses are unwilling to extend his loan deal.And they will only let him return to the Premier League if their £20 million valuation is met by the end of the month, according to The Sun.Ighalo has a stunning £400,000-a-week deal on the table in Shanghai – figures United cannot match.They also potentially face competition from Newcastle United, should their takeover be completed. Their prospective new Saudi owners are keen on a deal for the 30-year-old as they look to overhaul the club’s squad.Ighalo, who has scored four goals in eight appearances for the Red Devils, has previously outlined his hopes to remain at Old Trafford until the end of the season, telling BBC World Service: “I would like to finish the season if it’s possible.“I was in good form, good shape, scoring goals and now we’ve stopped for over a month. I’ve given it my best and hopefully we’ll come back to play.“The team had a good momentum before the pandemic started. At the moment I’m on loan, and this will cut short my time at the club.“The club, myself, every footballer is going through a lot because we can’t do what we love and what we know how to do best, so we’re just thinking about that for now and to finish the season before we start thinking about the contract.” Tags: BidManchester UnitedOdion IghaloShangai ShenhuaTransfer Talkslast_img read more

Lloris: Spurs closing on top three

first_img “The club has been trying to establish itself in the top four for some years now.” The table certainly suggests Spurs are close to their London rivals Chelsea, with just one point separating the two clubs. Lloris has been pleased with the start to the season but is also wary of the threat from other teams currently outside of the top four. He said: “For the minute, the season has been promising, but the hardest part is yet to come because there are still a number of key matches to be played and we’ll have to be ready for that. For the moment, we’re well-placed, though we’re not beyond a possible charge by Arsenal.” Lloris had to be patient after initially making the move to England due to Villas-Boas keeping faith with Brad Friedel. Now established as the first-choice goalkeeper at Spurs, Lloris reckons the experience of challenging Friedel for the position has made him stronger. “Things were very clear, that I was coming to Tottenham as the number one,” he said. “But the manager made a decision at the start, and then made a different one a few weeks later. The negotiations over the move were with the chairman, but it was also the choice of the coach. I also had talks with him during that time. “It’s not easy, because I came in after the start of the season, and he was already under pressure because the results were not good at that point in time. It’s the sort of situation which helps you grow, it’s a personal challenge.” Spurs currently sit behind Manchester United, Manchester City and reigning European champions Chelsea in fourth spot after accruing 48 points from their opening 26 league games. Lloris, 26, moved to White Hart Lane in the summer after a four-year spell with Spurs’ upcoming Europa League opponents Lyon. Now he is part of Andre Villas-Boas’ Champions League-chasing squad and Lloris told French radio station RTL he believes Spurs are getting closer to the teams above them in the table. “Today, there’s United, City and Chelsea who are a cut above, and who have more financial means. But Tottenham is just behind,” he said. Tottenham are the fourth-best team in the Barclays Premier League but are closing in on the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea, according to goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mee extends Burnley deal

first_img “I’ve enjoyed my time so far and hopefully we can have many more seasons like the last one and achieve more things. “It (promotion) was definitely the highlight of my career. “It’s always been a dream of mine to play in the Premier League and hopefully that will be realised this season. “Last season was a fantastic season for all the lads and we need to go on, push on and top that now which would be really nice.” The 24-year-old, who had 12 months remaining on his existing deal, was a key figure in the team’s promotion success last season which saw them keep 19 clean sheets. “It was an easy decision to make, I’ve enjoyed my time here, particularly under Sean (Dyche) and it’s been a great time since I joined,” he said. Burnley defender Ben Mee has signed a new three-year contract ahead of the club’s return to the Barclays Premier League. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News New Zealand hold nerve, clinch thriller in Hamilton to win series

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India have never won a T20I series in New Zealand.New Zealand registered their seventh win in nine games in Hamilton.Colin Munro’s 9th fifty boosted New Zealand to their 2nd 200+ score in this series. New Delhi: India needed 68 in the last five overs in their pursuit of 213 against New Zealand in Seddon Park. Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya, all the big-hitters who were capable of taking India over the finish line had departed. However, Dinesh Karthik, who had helped India clinch victory against Bangladesh in the Nidahas Trophy final in a similar position was there along with Krunal Pandya, a capable batsman. Karthik smashed debutant Blair Tickner for a boundary in the 17th over but Krunal broke the shackles by hammering Tim Southee for two fours and a six in the 18th over. The equation boiled to 30 off 12 balls and India were in the contest with Karthik and Krunal smashing a six off Scott Kuggleijn. India needed 16 off 6. Southee held his nerve but on the third ball, Karthik refused the single to Krunal and the match was sealed. A six was hit of the last ball but New Zealand held on to seal a tense four-run win and win the three-match series 2-1 on Sunday.It was a day of coincidences in both the men’s and the women’s team. In the women’s game earlier, India needed 16 off the last over but they lost by two runs. In this game, Southee managed to defend 16 but there will be plenty of discussions as to why Karthik refused the single which could have raised some tension in the New Zealand camp. Kane Williamson’s team, though, will not be complaining as they sealed the win to bounce back in style after a poor ODI series in which they were outplayed. Rohit won the toss and brought in Kuldeep Yadav in place of Yuzvendra Chahal but it was the hosts who dictated the course of the game.Just like they had in Wellington, Colin Munro and Tim Seifert gave New Zealand a blazing start. Munro got going with a six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar while Seifert launched Khaleel Ahmed for a four and a six. The final over of the powerplay, bowled by Krunal, resulted in a deluge of runs with both Munro and Seifert clearing the boundary as New Zealand raced to 66/0. Hardik felt the brunt in the next over with both batsmen finding the boundary. Kuldeep’s first over produced a stunning stumping from Dhoni that saw Seifert being dismissed for 43 but Munro notched up his ninth fifty with two sixes off Kuldeep and Krunal. Munro benefited from a drop from Khaleel and he punished Hardik by smashing a full toss to deep midwicket with Vijay Shankar fumbling and he launched the bowler for another six. Munro’s big hitting rubbed was halted when Kuldeep snapped him for 72 and after hitting two boundaries, Williamson’s (27) brief cameo was ended by Khaleel. Krunal’s day became even worse with Colin de Grandhomme smashing him for 15 runs in the 16th over. De Grandhomme hit two fours off Bhuvneshwar and some superb hitting from Mitchell and Ross Taylor helped New Zealand end on 212/4. Taylor ended the innings on a high with a last ball four off Khaleel which proved to be costly in the long-run.India stutterShikhar Dhawan has been the man in form in T20Is but when he fell in Mitchell Santner’s first over, India were facing an uphill task. Vijay Shankar got going with a couple of fours off Kuggleijn and Rohit also held one end up by finding the gaps on a regular basis as India smashed 57 in the powerplay. Shankar raised the tempo by hammering two consecutive sixes off Ish Sodhi but Santner took his second wicket when Shankar (43) holed out to deep midwicket.Rishabh Pant started like a train and he blasted three sixes and a four to race to 23 off 6 balls but New Zealand built the pressure with two quiet overs. Pant felt the pressure and he gifted Blair Tickner his maiden T20I wicket. Hardik Pandya struck a couple of sixes off Mitchell but once he and Rohit fell in quick succession, the game was up for India and even a late fightback could not prevent India from ending their sojourn Down Under on the ultimate high.With overseas results going India’s way, it is now time to get into World Cup mode as the countdown enters the final stage.last_img read more

University Advancement making plans to work with next administration

first_imgMany students know USC raises a lot of money from alumni and other donors, but few know about the person whose job it is to raise that money.Money talks · Sam Lopez, USC’s new assistant vice president for advancement communications, will work with President-elect C. L. Max Nikias on future fundraising efforts. – Sunil Murali | Daily Trojan For the past five weeks that person has been Sam Lopez, USC’s new assistant vice president for advancement communications.“Fundraising is an art form,” Lopez said. “There are many ways it can be done. In the world of communications, we help get messages to the donors. We help connect the great ideas and talent of this university to its sponsors.”Lopez said forming strong relationships between donors and the university is crucial to raising money.“It’s about tailoring the message to the audience,” Lopez said. “We form partnerships between donors and what they care about. It’s like matchmaking.”Though a major aspect of Lopez’s job is to raise funds for the school, his job also encompasses updating the school’s infrastructure. The Division of University Advancement constantly evaluates how the school does business and works to make enhancements that will raise the overall quality and cost-effectiveness of the university.Re-evaluating the current infrastructure is especially important now, Lopez said, since USC’s administration will be facing changes upon President Steven B. Sample’s retirement. He has to ensure the office of advancement is working to meet the needs of the current administration, as well as the next.“USC raises a lot of money,” Lopez said. “We’re one of the top universities for that, and we don’t want to lose that momentum.”Courtney Surls, vice president of development, said a smooth presidential transition is something the Division of University Advancement has been preparing for the past two years.“We know that [Nikias] has a bold vision for the future that will build on everything President Sample has already done,” Surls said.Nikias’ aspirations for USC include doubling the size of the school’s endowment.“He’s very focused on fundraising,” Surls said. “We’re making sure we have our systems and procedures aligned, that we have the right people in place, that it’s a very professionalized system.”Peter Lasher, associate senior vice president for development, agreed.“[Nikias] is coming in with a very ambitious plan,” Lasher said. “We have to help translate it into different donor postulations and help them understand how their private donations will make a difference.”Lopez’s job is also made more difficult by the recent economic crisis, which has affected schools’ fundraising all across the nation.“USC donations dropped 9.8 percent last [fiscal] year,” Lopez said. “It was still less than the national average, which was 11.9 percent. But as confidence in the economy returns, so will philanthropy.”Lopez, however, said the biggest challenge facing USC isn’t fundraising at all, but changing certain perceptions about the school.“Our biggest challenge is overcoming the perception that we don’t need resources,” Lopez said. “Without the support of alumni and friends, this place wouldn’t have the quality of education, research, academic programs, sports and more, that it has. It would be devastating.”Lasher said the office needs to ensure that every small donation goes appreciated.“Sometimes when we think about donors, we think about a big monolithic group,” Lasher said. “But we’re expecting a different kind of generation, and the practices we’ve traditionally used are evolving.”Lopez, who’s been working in higher-education communication for 16 years and at three other universities, added that working in the division of university advancement has been great so far.“There’s a lot of collegiality among advancement staff,” Lopez said. “A university is many pieces, and one area helps raise other areas.”Though most students don’t know anything about the division of university advancement, it’s a function that all schools have and Lopez is more than happy to spread the word.“The future philanthropists are current students, so it’s great to spread the word about what we do,” Lopez said.last_img read more