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ESSENCE Festival Announces 25th Anniversary Lineup: Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Nas, More

first_imgThe ESSENCE Festival has announced the first wave of performers for its 25th anniversary when the three-day event returns to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on July 4th-7th this summer.Main stage performers for this year’s summer event include Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige, Nas, H.E.R., Jermaine Dupri, Pharrell Williams, and Teyana Taylor. Other other artists set to deliver performances on the main stage include RBRM (Ronny, Bobby, Ricky & Mike), Teddy Riley, and Timbaland. In addition, artists set to perform in the various Superlounges throughout the venue include Alunageorge, Amanda Black, Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Nao, and Talk Box, just to name a few.Related: JMBLYA Festival Announces 2019 Lineups For Dallas, Austin Locations: Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, MoreThe event will also honor the career of MAZE singer Frankie Beverly hosted by Loni Love with special guest sets from Anthony Hamilton, Big Freedia, Doug E. Fresh, Ledisi, MC Lyte, Morris Day, Musiq Soulchild, Shelia E., and more to be announced.“When the Essence Festival was founded 25 years ago, it marked a pivotal moment of vision and reverence — a critical acknowledgment of an investment in the power of our culture,” Essence Communications CEO Michelle Ebanks added in a statement of this year’s lineup. “In the years since, it has set a standard that many other festivals have aspired to and today, the ESSENCE Festival has grown to represent an annual homecoming for black artists from across the globe. In honor of our 25th anniversary, more than 25 artists per night over three epic nights will come together to mount the world’s largest and most extraordinary cultural celebration.”Fans can reference the event poster below for the full list of performers announced on Monday, with more to be added onto the lineup in the coming months leading up to summer. Fans can head over to the event website for tickets, which are on sale now.last_img read more

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A glance at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene’s incendiary words

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is likely to be stripped of her committee assignments by the House Democratic majority over her past remarks. Greene is new to politics and has a well-documented history of racist remarks and of embracing conspiracy theories before her 2020 election. She has also endorsed violence against leading Democratic officials. She once floated the possibility that California wildfires were set by “lasers or blue beams of light” shot down from space. Greene was labeled  a “future Republican Star” by former President Donald Trump, whose political style she emulates.last_img

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Brave New Farm World

first_imgWith a visit to Ag Showcase ’96 June 29 in Tifton, Ga., anyone can learn about farming.Even farmers.Scientists with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences planned and planted crops to show how farming is moving into the 21st century.Consumers, students and farmers can see just how far agriculture has come and howresearch and technology keep changing Georgia-grown crops.Today’s farmers use satellites, computers and bioengineering to get better crops andbigger yields than ever before.In 1994, each U.S. farmer grew enough crops to feed and clothe 129 people here andabroad. That’s up by more than 100 people since the 1960s. Farmers are learning to worksmarter.”Technology and precision farming help farmers produce food and fiber moreefficiently,” said Rich Baird, a UGA plant pathologist.Baird and John Woodruff, an Extension Service agronomist, worked together with morethan 30 colleagues. They prepared fields for Showcase guests to explore near the RuralDevelopment Center in Tifton.CAES scientists often team up to find better ways to grow crops. What they learn getsout to farmers through the Extension Service and to students in agricultural colleges. Inthe end, they help improve farming and the food and fiber farmers get to consumers.”We’re learning more about each other and how to help each other, as well asteaching Georgians about the new developments and ideas in crop production,” Bairdsaid.These teams work to bring new varieties into Georgia, breed insect- anddisease-resistant plants or devise control plans that improve crops without harming theenvironment.One example growing at the Showcase farm is crimson clover. “It helps in severalways,” Baird said. “It covers the ground and keeps soil in place. It’s a legume,so it fixes nitrogen into the soil, so farmers may not need to apply as much in otherforms. And it attracts beneficial insects that control harmful insects.”Showcase crops include peanuts, corn, cotton, peppers, eggplant, watermelons,cucumbers, squash, cantaloupes, strawberries, kenaf, millet and soybeans.Woodruff said visitors will see new crops as well as better old crops and better waysto grow them. The Showcase fields will show how varieties differ and how lime alters thesoil pH. They’ll have everything from weed control to genetically engineered diseaseprevention to biological insect control. New farm equipment will be there, too. Baird said computers are showing farmers wherethey can cut crop costs to improve their profits.Computer records of yields, pest damage or moisture levels can provide maps of farmers’fields. This saves the farmer from applying costly chemicals where they’re not needed.Instead of spraying an entire 50-acre field, he may need to spray only 10 acres.”When some chemicals cost $30 an acre and up, that’s a big savings,” Bairdsaid. It helps the environment, too, he said.Part of looking ahead requires seeing where you’ve been. Woodruff said some soybean andcotton plots show a living history. They reveal what these crops were once like and howmuch growing them has changed.”We’re growing plants that have been cultivated since the turn of thecentury,” he said. “And we’re growing them right beside varieties released inthe last year or two.”We’re all making progress together,” he said. ANew crops and productionmethods improve profit opportunities for farmers. And they improve the quality consumerswant.”last_img read more

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NY State Passes Law to Stop Prosecuting Teens as Adults

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State lawmakers this weekend approved a long-sought bill to raise the age of criminal responsibility in New York State to 18.The state had been debating whether to abolish prosecutions of 16- and 17-year-olds who commit non-violent crimes as adults in criminal court for a dozen years but made little progress. When the state Assembly and Senate approved the measure, officials lauded the change as a legacy achievement for Albany and potentially life changing for offenders.“For too long, draconian punishments for youthful mistakes have ruined the lives of countless young New Yorkers,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “By coming together, we reversed this injustice and raised the age of criminal responsibility once and for all so that 16- and 17-year-olds are no longer automatically processed as adults.”New York and North Carolina are the only two states in the nation that prosecute defendants aged 16 and 17 as adults.The bill was passed as a part of the state’s $163 billion budget package.“The steps we have taken today to reform the criminal justice system will go a long way to ensure that young people who make mistakes are not unfairly swept into the same category as violent criminals,” added Assemb. Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood), in a statement. “It serves the best interests of all communities to reform those individuals who, with support and age-appropriate treatment, have the potential to achieve law-abiding and successful futures.”Leading up to the state’s April 1 deadline to reach a budget agreement, which passed without a deal, criminal justice reform organizations held several public rallies supporting a “raise the age” measure, expressing concern for teens incarcerated with adults.Dr. Jenny Bencardino, a Long Island advocate for increasing the age of criminal responsibility, said she’s heartened that 16- and 17-year-olds will no longer have to be exposed to adult inmates in jails and prisons.Bencardino pointed to a report published by Scientist Action and Advocacy Network that found “incarceration can leave a lasting and traumatic mark on adolescents as they are separated from friends, parents, and loved ones, and deprived of the opportunities to practice pro-social behavior.”The report cited scientific research showing how areas of the brain instrumental in decision-making and regulating emotions and impulses “are among the last to develop.” That’s to suggest, Bencardino said, that a teen that listens to career criminals in jail are prone to taking that experience with them when they leave prison.“I’m really happy they’re going to be removed from that environment,” she said.Some lawmakers and prosecutors opposed the measure on the grounds that it will make young gang members more difficult to prosecute.Under the change, violent felony charges in a newly established Youth Part of criminal court would be subject to a three-part test of the seriousness of the allegations to see if the case should be transferred to Family Court. Those not eligible for such transfers will still be treated as adults during sentencing, although judges can consider the defendant’s age when imposing incarceration. Non-violent felonies and misdemeanors would be handled in Family Court, where cases are automatically sealed, although prosecutors could seek to have serious non-violent felonies transferred to criminal court in serious cases.The measure will not go into effect immediately. Officials said the state will increase the age of juvenile delinquency from 16- to 17-year-olds in October 2018, and then raise the age of criminal responsibility to 18 in October 2019. Along with the age-cap on adult prisons, young people will be prohibited from being jailed on Rikers Island in New York City beginning in October 2018, officials said. Instead, they will be housed in a juvenile detention facility.Among the other significant measures included in the state budget is an increase of $129 million for Long Island schools, $2.5 billion for water infrastructure upgrades, expanding ridge-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft to Long Island, and tuition-free assistance for college students beginning this year.Under the free tuition program, students whose households earn $125,000 or less will be eligible for tuition assistance that will effectively make college free. Students who quality must be enrolled in college full-time, complete their degree on schedule, and maintain a certain Grade Point Average. The program will be phased in over three years, with the income cap increasing from $100,000 in 2017 to $110,000 in 2018, until finally, $125,000 in 2019.While Long Island boasts the second-most college-age students in the state, only 55-percent of students will be able to take advantage of the program once its fully phased in—the lowest percentage of any region in the state.last_img read more

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What’s new in member business lending?

first_imgThe outlook for credit union member business lending is sunny.Callahan & Associates reported that 34.4 percent of U.S. credit unions offered member business loans, as of September 2015. This is up 86 basis points from September 2014.Total MBL outstanding balances topped $50.9 billion, up 12.29 percent year over year from September 2014. Although member business loans are growing in size and popularity, these loans account for only 6.5 percent of the total industry loan portfolio, the second smallest loan product, followed only by credit cards.This news came before the National Credit Union Administration and the Small Business Administration announced they have partnered to increase SBA loans. Plus, last month the NCUA Board modernized its business lending rule.“With this final rule, we begin a new era,” NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz said in the announcement. “Today, the vast majority of credit unions making these loans have well-established member-business lending infrastructures and risk management in place. So, it is time to transition from prescriptive limits to over-arching principles that will provide greater flexibility for credit unions to serve more member businesses.” continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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The Istria Trade Union of Kvarner and Dalmatia reacted to the postponement of the appointment of the Management Board of Jadran dd

first_imgThe Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia (SIKD) reacted to the current situation, ie postponing the appointment of the Management Board of Jadran dd from Crikvenica, a tourist company that owns 8 hotels, 2 campsites and a tourist resort on the Crikvenica Riviera.Namely, the President of SIKD Bruno Bulić forwarded the letter to the members of the Supervisory Board of Jadran dd Crikvenica, the Minister of Tourism, the Minister of State Property and CERP and to the Prime Minister, in which he points out that SIKD is surprised and worried about the expiration of the current Management Board. Jadran dd, no agreement was reached on the appointment of a new or extension of the current President of the Management Board of Jadran dd”It would be unusual and unacceptable if the ownership of the Adriatic remained unchanged, but in a situation where it is certain that there will be a change of ownership in a very short time, it is almost incomprehensible.“Points out Bruno Bulić, President of the Trade Union and adds that in the period until the formal change of ownership the Company must function, work processes must take place, and for this extremely important economic activity, where the human factor is crucial, it is unnecessary to create uncertainty, unrest and discomfort among workers. .The entire press release of the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia is transmitted in its entirety:” We are surprised and concerned that by the expiration of the term of the current Management Board of Mr. Dino Manestra, ie by 17 January 2018, you have not reached an agreement on the appointment of the President of the Management Board of Jadran dd Crikvenica.Namely, the session of the Supervisory Board at which the Management Board of Jadran dd Crikvenica was to be appointed, according to unofficial information we have, which is unfortunately hidden from the workers, was postponed twice because the owners’ representatives failed to agree on who will take over the presidency. Management Board of Jadran dd Crikvenica.It would be unusual and unacceptable if the ownership of the Adriatic remained unchanged, but in a situation where it is certain that there will be a change of ownership in a very short time, it is almost incomprehensible.The fact is that the Republic of Croatia, ie the Ministry of State Property cares to sell this company, that the published tender received, according to official CERP data, a binding offer from the bidder PBZ CROATIA OSIGURANJE dd mandatory pension fund, and ERSTE doo on behalf of ERSTE BLUE mandatory pension fund; that the price offered is almost 6 million more than the initial fixed price; that in the binding offer the bidders undertook to recapitalize in the amount of HRK 200 million in accordance with the invitation within 6 months from the day of concluding the Agreement on sale and transfer of shares, so in the opinion of SIKD the sale of Adriatic shares is almost based on the change of ownership. safe.And precisely because of that, it is incomprehensible that until the expiration of the mandate of the current President of the Management Board Dino Manestra, no new Management Board has been appointed or the mandate of the current President of the Management Board Jadran dd has not been extended for a while until the change of ownership. In the period until the formal change of ownership, the Company must function, work processes must take place, and for this extremely important economic activity, where the human factor is crucial, it is unnecessary to create uncertainty, unrest and discomfort among workers.The workers of Jadran dd have gone through their ordeal in the last twenty years, when they did not receive a salary or they received it late and reduced. It was a time when the Adriatic was a “case”, when various long-term caretakers toured the Adriatic with the intention of catching it. Today, Jadran is a stable company, and investors have recognized that it is a good “bridegroom”, that is, we hope future owners, so we do not want to believe that Jadran dd is once again creating a “case” where politicians will collect political points.If the future owners, ie bidders do not have the possibility (and legally do not have) to nominate a candidate for President of the Management Board, for a relatively short period until the change of ownership, the acting President of the Management Board should be appointed. If there are problems of this kind, then indeed this Government of the Republic of Croatia has very big problems. In this sense, the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of State Property, as well as members of the Supervisory Board of Jadran dd, will be responsible for the consequences that could arise due to late appointment of the Management Board of Jadran ddTherefore, we call on the Government of the Republic of Croatia and all competent ministers to give instructions, ie members of the Supervisory Board to appoint without delay the Acting Management Board of Jadran dd for a period not exceeding 6 months, and in which period the new owner would appoint the Supervisory Board in accordance with the Companies Act. ddBruno Bulić, President of the Trade Union ” Related news: CERP RECEIVED ONE BINDING OFFER FOR THE PURCHASE OF SHARES OF JADRAN DDlast_img read more

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COVID-19 cases in Region 6 now at 45

first_img* Iloilo province – 16 The COVID-19 cases per area were asfollows: Eight of the 45 confirmed cases havealready successfully recovered, according to DOH-6, while seven died. The three persons who tested positivefor the virus were all from Caluya, Antique, according to the Department ofHealth (DOH) Region 6 in COVID-19 Case Bulletin No. 22 released on Friday. They were natives of Cebu City butworking at the Semirara Mining and Power Corp. (SMPC) in Semirara Island. The latest to recover (just yesterday,April 17) from COVID-19 was a resident of Guimbal – a 51-year-old female (theregion’s Patient No. 18). Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, head ofDOH-6’s Local Health Support Division, reminded Western Visayans to observequarantine, and that meant not leaving the house to curb the virustransmission. Patient No. 35 is also confined at thehospital in Semirara./PN * region’s Patient No. 44 –59-year-old-male The Western Visayas Medical Centersub-national laboratory has released the results of the tests it conducted on140 specimens from suspected and probable cases; 137 were negative forSARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-9. * region’s Patient No. 43 –45-year-old-male ILOILO City – There are now 45confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Western Visayas. The island province of Guimarasremains free from the COVID-19. * Iloilo City – five These droplets also landon objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 bytouching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.center_img Some patients may haveaches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. Thesesymptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected butdon’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. People can catch COVID-19from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to personthrough small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a personwith COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Of the 45 confirmed cases, 13 wereconfined in hospitals while 14 were on home quarantine. Three others were on“facility-based” quarantine (identified by their respective local governmentunits). They had close contact with Antique’sfirst confirmed case of COVID-19 – a 74-year-old male who became the region’sPatient No. 35 and also connected with SMPC, said Pulmones. All three of them were asymptomaticand being isolated at a hospital in Semirara Island, Caluya. As to the three new COVID-19 casesfrom Caluya, Antique, Pulmones said they were the following: * Aklan – six * Antique – five * Negros Occidental – one * region’s Patient No. 45 –65-year-old male * Bacolod City – seven The most common symptomsof COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. * Capiz – fivelast_img read more

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15 more LSIs test positive for COVID-19

first_imgOf the 15 new cases, only one was from this city – a 22-year-old female (Patient No. 413) from Lapuz district. “Sa gihapon ginapahanumdom naton ang mga pumoluyo nga i-observe ang minimum health standards para malikawan nga paglapta sang virus,” said DOH-6 epidemiologist Dr. Glen Alonsabe. ILOILO City – With 15 more locally stranded individuals (LSIs) positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) yesterday, Western Visayas’ cases surged to 427. * 35-year-old male from Balasan, Iloilo (Patient No. 123)* 24-year-old male from Escalante Negros Occidental (Patient No. 212)* 26-year-old male from Escalante, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 213)* 20-year-old male from Escalante City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 219)* 16-year-old- male from Dumangas, Iloilo (Patient No. 276)* 51-year-old male from Nueva Valencia, Guimaras (Patient No. 297)With 159 recovered patients and 11 deaths, Western Visayas’ active cases stood at 257 as of yesterday. * 31-year-old male from Bago City (Patient No. 414)* 33-year-old male from Bago City (Patient No. 415)* 23-year-old male from Binalbagan (Patient No. 416)* 36-year-old female from Hinoba-an (Patient No. 417)* 25-year-old male from Binalbagan (Patient No. 418)* 21-year-old male from Binalbagan (Patient No. 419)* 21-year-old male from Himamaylan (Patient No. 420)* 25-year-old male from Himamalyan (Patient No. 421)* 24-year-old male from Victorias City (Patient No. 422)* 35-year-old male from Escalante City (Patient No. 423)* 20-year-old male from Escalante City (Patient No. 424)* 32-year-old male from Himamaylan (Patient No. 425)* 24-year-old male from Himamaylan (Patient No. 426)* 21-year-old male from Toboso (Patient No. 427)All these 15 new cases were asymptomatic and being quarantined.DOH-6 also reported that six more patients recovered, bring the total number of cases that overcame the disease to 159. These were the following: The region breached the 400 mark on July 8 – 412 cases from July 7’s 395 cases, data from the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 showed. The 14 others were from Negros Occidental cities and towns. They were the following: Here’s the breakdown of the 427 cases – Aklan, six; Antique, 15; Capiz, six; Guimaras, zero; Iloilo province, 41; Negros Occidental, seven; Bacolod City, 11; Iloilo City, 36; and repatriates, 305. What are these minimum health standards? These are the wearing of facemask, physical distancing and washing of hands with soap and water./PNlast_img read more

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UEFA Champions League ready to restart, at long last

first_img Read Also: Iheanacho faces Leicester exit as Foxes hunt for suitors Wolves entertain Greek champions Olympiakos on Thursday having drawn 1-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie. Their campaign started more than a year ago now, with a 2-0 win over Northern Irish side Crusaders in the second qualifying round on July 25, 2019. Extending it by another couple of weeks would do them no harm. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… UEFA also recently insisted it was “confident” there would be no more delays despite cases of coronavirus emerging among players at Real Madrid and Sevilla. It is, in any case, now or never. Indeed, the preliminary round of next season’s Champions League begins next Saturday, the same day Bayern Munich entertain Chelsea and Napoli visit Barcelona in their outstanding last 16 second legs. Before that, Manchester City defend a 2-1 first-leg lead at home against Real on Friday as Pep Guardiola’s side target Champions League glory on the back of the club’s success at getting a two-year ban from the competition overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The winner of that tie will face Juventus or Lyon in the quarter-finals in Lisbon. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City face Real Madrid on Friday looking to clinch a place in the quarter-finals, fresh from having their two-year ban from the Champions League overturned – Wolves’ longest year – It is the Europa League which is first up, though, with the last 16 being completed on Wednesday and Thursday.center_img Wolverhampton Wanderers’ coach Nuno Espirito Santo is targeting a place in the Europa League ‘Final Eight’.Their season started more than a year ago now Two ties – Inter Milan against Getafe and Sevilla against Roma – will go ahead as one-off ties in Germany as the first legs were never played. Six second legs will also be played with the winners heading to Germany for the last eight. Among the ties to be completed is Manchester United’s against Austrian side LASK, which will be a formality for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team after they won 5-0 in the first leg in March. Their form since the Premier League resumed in mid-June has been excellent and they have already sealed a place in the 2020-21 Champions League, but now they want to finish this never-ending season with a trophy. “Now our focus is on the Europa League because this is a really good trophy and we want to win,” Bruno Fernandes told MUTV. “I came to Manchester to win trophies. We need to play every game to win. If we go into the Europa League and win every game, we know we’ll win the trophy.” United, Europa League winners in 2017, could yet find themselves facing Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-finals in Cologne on August 16 should both teams get there. The UEFA Champions League and Europa League are set to restart this week after an enforced hiatus of almost five months.. This move will allow the Europe’s soccer governing body, UEFA, clear up the last remaining games in a troubled season. Both competitions were frozen in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the continent, and while European football’s governing body acted swiftly to move Euro 2020 back a year, for a long time it was unclear how it would manage to complete its two landmark club competitions. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin In the end the solution was to set up two mini tournaments bringing all teams together in one place from the quarter-finals onwards, with all ties being decided in one-off matches behind closed doors. And so the Champions League will move to Lisbon for the ‘Final Eight’ starting on August 12 and ending with the final at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz on August 23. The Europa League, meanwhile, will be played to a conclusion at a series of venues in western Germany, with the last eight beginning on August 10 and the final in Cologne on August 21. “I believed it from the first moment,” said the UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin recently when asked if he ever doubted it would be possible to play the tournaments to a conclusion. “You should always be optimistic, and if something like this crisis happens, you must have a plan ready. “At the present time, we will be playing matches without spectators until further notice. We will not take any risks.” There is, though, no question of further changes being made to the formats despite concerns about an increase in Covid-19 cases in and around Lisbon, and more recent worries in Germany about a rise in cases there. 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Pochettino plans new era at Spurs

first_imgNewly-appointed head coach Mauricio Pochettino has promised to bring attacking football to Tottenham after agreeing a five-year deal that leaves Southampton needing a new manager. In just 16 months at the St Mary’s helm, the former Argentina international was transformed from a relative unknown in England to one of the hottest managerial prospects around. Utilising a squad comprised of home-grown talent and intelligent acquisitions, Pochettino led Saints to their best-ever Barclays Premier League finish last term, with his possession-based, attacking philosophy impressing onlookers. One of those was clearly Levy, who on Tuesday handed the 42-year-old a deal until 2019 and declared the new head coach would “embrace the style of play we associate with our club”. “This is a club with tremendous history and prestige and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to be its head coach,” Pochettino told Tottenham’s official website, www.tottenhamhotspur.com. “There is an abundance of top-class talent at the club and I am looking forward to starting work with the squad. “Tottenham Hotspur has a huge following across the world and I have great admiration for the passion the fans show for this team. “We are determined to give the supporters the kind of attacking football and success that we are all looking to achieve.” Levy – who earlier this month got rid of Sherwood after six months in charge – believes his new man can deliver the goods. Pochettino is the man Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has called upon to deliver Champions League football to his club, hoping he will succeed where Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood both failed. All the signs are that Pochettino could be up to the job. “In Mauricio I believe we have a head coach who, with his high energy, attacking football, will embrace the style of play we associate with our club,” he said. “He has a proven ability to develop each player as an individual, whilst building great team spirit and a winning mentality. “We have a talented squad that Mauricio is excited to be coaching next season.” Pochettino had a year remaining on his deal at St Mary’s and has taken with him assistant manager Jesus Perez, first-team coach Miguel D’Agostino and goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez. Those departures leave Saints facing a rebuilding job this summer, exacerbated by the fact vultures are preparing to swoop for many of their players. Highly-rated teenager Luke Shaw and playmaker Adam Lallana have attracted interest from Manchester United and Liverpool respectively, while Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers and Jay Rodriguez have also been linked with a move away. Last month executive director Les Reed said the club’s intention was to keep their star players but Pochettino’s exit will make that harder. Malky Mackay, Steve McClaren, Murat Yakin and Michael Laudrup are amongst the early frontrunners to replace Pochettino, with Saints chairman Ralph Krueger pledging to find a replacement to keep the club going in an upward trajectory. “The club has been on a constant path of growth since the arrival of Markus Liebherr in 2009,” he said in a statement on www.saintsfc.co.uk. “This growth took place before Mauricio came, it continued strongly under his leadership, and it will continue into the next season. “The board’s job is to find opportunity in this challenge and to continue to move the club forward. “We have begun the search for a new high-calibre manager. We will be looking for a manager that shares our values, our principles and our philosophy. “A manager who can continue to grow the first-team and build on our strong foundation – a foundation led by an ambitious vision and plan that continues to build on our world-class academy, our amazing 129-year heritage and our excellent staff, and rewards our loyal and passionate fan base.” Press Associationlast_img read more