Advocaat: Sunderland fans vital in the club’s relegation dogfight

first_img1 New Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat New Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat admits something has to change if he is to steer the Black Cats away from a relegation dogfight.The 67-year-old Dutchman was unveiled at press conference at the club’s Academy of Light training headquarters on Friday morning as he finalised preparations for his first Premier League game in charge at West Ham on Saturday.Advocaat, who inherited a team sitting just one point clear of the drop zone, said: “In principal, every thing you do in football is a challenge and you want to do as well as possible. But we are now in a situation where we are playing more or less at the bottom of the league, so something has to change.”However, the Dutchman, who arrived on Wearside after a spell as manager of the Serbia national team, admitted he is relishing the challenge of guiding a squad which faltered alarmingly during the latter weeks of predecessor Gus Poyet’s reign away from trouble.He took up the reins on Tuesday and has had three days to work with his players, although he revealed few of them were strangers to him.Advocaat said: “In Holland, we can see all the games in England – everything is on television, so I knew the squad, I knew the players, plus the fact that we have a great stadium and great fans.“With the support of them, we must do it. I have a good feeling about the squad after the last three days, so why not?”The Black Cats are without a win in six league games and seven in all competitions, a run which has plunged them into a second successive survival fight.Advocaat needs all the players he can get his hands on if he is to engineer an escape, and he could have at least one more to call upon this weekend after the club lifted its suspension of winger Adam Johnson as a police investigation into an allegation of sexual activity with a girl under 16 continues.However, Advocaat declined to reveal whether or not the 27-year-old, who had been training by himself after ban was imposed, will be included in the travelling party.He said: “What I always do, I pick the squad after the final session. We still have some injuries, we don’t know exactly who will join us.“Always after the last training, I will pick the squad so it’s the same for everybody.”last_img read more

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Proposal To Revoke Violators’ Passports Under Draft Indian Law

first_imgIndians flying abroad for employment and education, who fail to register their details with their government, may have their passports revoked, suspended or cancelled if a new law is approved, Gulf News can reveal.The draft Emigration Bill, 2019, has also mooted a fine of not less than Rs10,000 (DhDh515.5) on those who fail to register, as per the 51-page Bill posted on the website of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).Read it at Gulf News Related Itemslast_img

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Emmonak votes to keep alcohol and remain damp

first_imgCertified results from the recent election were 122 votes in favor of keeping alcohol in Emmonak and 103 votes against. The community has a total of 502 eligible voters, according to local officials.Emmonak is a community of more than 700 near the mouth of the Yukon River and had a long history of prohibiting alcohol. But voters in 2016 – also by a slim margin – approved alcohol sales at a facility run by the local government.Emmonak’s City Clerk, Mona Andrews, has worked for the community during its last two local option elections.“The first outcome, I thought it would pass, it was so close,” Andrews said. “The second round I was disappointed again. This time I had put signs everywhere in Emmonak to make sure people knew. I’m just sad that the results turned out for Emmonak to still be damp”Andrews says Emmonak is working on ways to remove bootleggers and address regional concerns over alcohol in the community. She says surrounding villages have complained about the negative effects alcohol from Emmonak is having on their residents.Emmonak’s tribal leaders and other stakeholders plan on holding community discussions regarding alcohol.Andrews expects continued efforts to restrict alcohol in the community. According to Alaska Statutes, Emmonak can start a new petition to hold another election as soon as the past results have been certified. Voters in the Western Alaska community of Emmonak have narrowly decided to continue restricted alcohol sales and remain a so-called “damp” community under local option laws.last_img read more

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