Hughes has confidence in Butland

first_img Press Association Stoke boss Mark Hughes is convinced goalkeeper Jack Butland has what it takes to reach the top despite shipping him off on loan to Sky Bet Championship strugglers Barnsley. “We picked ourselves up and performed well at Tranmere too. We are improving and the lads are playing in a confident manner. We will get better though, there is no doubt about that. “This is a big fixture for us. We have had a very difficult start to the season, so to have the points that we have on the board already is pleasing. Three more on Sunday would ensure a very good start for us.” Hughes has a doubt over Matthew Etherington who suffered whiplash in a traffic incident on Friday morning, but he is confident the midfielder will recover in time to line up on Sunday. Butland has failed to figure at the Britannia Stadium this season and Hughes believes the 20-year-old’s development will be better served by a three-month spell of guaranteed first-team action. Hughes said: “It was always our intention to get Jack Butland out on loan. “It was vitally important to get him out to allow him to continue his development. He is an outstanding young talent and someone we have incredibly high hopes for. “We will keep a close eye on him and he will come here on certain days to maintain the work he has been doing with us. “It is a good move for him and he will learn a lot from it. He has the potential to be the next England keeper.” Asmir Begovic will keep his place in goal for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich with Hughes giving short shrift to Spanish media reports that he is wanted by Atletico Madrid and Napoli. Hughes added: “It doesn’t surprise me to see Asmir Begovic’s name linked with other clubs because he is an outstanding goalkeeper. I don’t know how much of it is just speculation though.” Hughes was delighted with the way his side bounced back from last week’s disappointing defeat at Arsenal with a midweek Capital One Cup win at Tranmere. And he believes victory over the struggling Canaries will constitute a fine start to the season for his side who were widely tipped to struggle this season following the departure of Tony Pulis. Hughes added: “We played very well against Arsenal. To go there and perform to the level we did was very encouraging for us. last_img read more


Sporting Club ordered to pay agent €62,500 over Black Meteors striker Kwabena Owusu’s transfer

first_img Tags: Kwabena OwusuLeganesSporting Club An Accra High Court has ordered football academy, Sporting Club in Accra and its Coach and President, Fiifi Parker Hanson, to pay an amount of 62,500 Euros to Spanish Football Association-licensed agent, Jose Andres Rosagaray Arenillas, as commission on the transfer fee they received for Black Meteors striker, Kwabena Owusu, in his move to Spanish side Leganes.The club entered an agreement with Mr Jose Arenillas in 2016 to find Kwabena Owusu a football club in either Spain or Portugal and provided him with a letter of authorization to facilitate the assignment. The parties agreed to a 25% commission for the intermediary should he help the player secure a club.Kwabena Owusu eventually made a move to Leganes for 250,000 Euros in August 2017.The court found that the club and its President acted contrary to the terms of the agreement by contracting another agent to do the same job it had provided “exclusive mandate” to Mr Jose Arenilla to undertake, while the contract subsisted.Sporting Club argued that at the time of engaging the other agent, its contract with Mr Jose Arenillas had expired. The plaintiff, Mr. Arenilla, however produced evidence which backed his claim that he had a valid agreement with Sporting in place when the new agent was engaged to do exactly what he was originally supposed to do.According to the facts, Jose Arenillas, following the agreement, facilitated the movement of the player from Accra to Spain in March 2016 by footing all expenses including flight tickets, travel documentation and the general upkeep of the player. Through the agent, Owusu went ahead to have trial stints with Racing Santander and Alcorcon but could not secure a permanent deal with either club.Despite the exclusive mandate contained in the Jose Arenillas’ letter of authorization which was valid until June 30, 2018, Sporting Club went ahead to sign an exclusive deal with another agent to undertake the same task already assigned. But the club contended that the arrangement with Jose Arenillas expired on June 31, 2017 and so it was entirely in its power to have engaged another agent, who eventually secured the player a permanent move to the Leganes Club. It submitted that since Jose Arenillas’ letter of authorization had expired, he had no right to demand that commission be paid to him for the transfer.The Court upon analyzing the evidence, ruled in favour of Jose Arenillas on the basis that he was able to prove his case that the letter of authorization was valid till June 30, 2018.This meant that at the time of Owusu’s move to Leganes, he was the agent with exclusive mandate and the one to benefit from the 25% commission fee. Sporting Club’s evidence that Jose Arenillas’ agreement elapsed on June 31, 2017 did not impress the Court as it was pointed out that the agreement could not have expired on the said date since June did not have 31 days.“This is what the defendants rely on to insist that the said letter of authorization expired on June 31, 2017. It must be stated that since June has only 30 days, an authorization alleged to expire on June 31 cannot be relied on as a legally binding contract. As stated, the evidence of the 1st defendant under cross-examination confirms the plaintiff s case I therefore find as a fact that the 1st defendant furnished plaintiff with a letter of authorization expiring on June 30,2018,” Justice Georgina Mensah-Datsa said.The Court concluded that Jose Arenillas was entitled to 25% of the transfer fee of the player as there was a standing agreement between the two parties.A cost of fifty thousand Ghana cedis (GHS50,000) was awarded against the club.last_img read more


Artisanal wooden MAME cabinet with projector doubles as classy furniture

first_imgRather than hunting through Craigslist or eBay for an old arcade cabinet that you can put in your living room, designer Love Hulten created this wonderfully crafted wooden cabinet that won’t stick out like a sore thumb. Dubbed the R-Kaid-Redelux, the cabinet combines MAME, which is an arcade game emulator, and Maximus Arcade, which is software that allows access to different emulators — all kept within a polished wood housing.The controllers are built into the unit, but are wireless, so they can detach without the mess of being tethered. They’re made of polished wood as well, so they uniformly fit the overall aesthetic. The unit also makes use of an optional trackball (as some arcade games just aren’t the same without it) which can be magnetically docked.The unit is kept compact not with a tiny screen, but by not including a screen at all. R-Kaid-Redelux includes a 300 ansi mini projector, so the unit can remain a small size and be more easily moved between rooms. In the above video, Hulten shows off the unit in action, playing Street Fighter 2 and Metal Slug 2, which are only two of the 1,000 or so games held on the i3 PC rig kept inside the wooden frame.The Redelux is an upgrade of the R-Kaid-6, a unit Hulten built in 2011.If you’re into this piece, or would like to check out (or own) some of Hulten’s other work, head on over to his portfolio, where he notes that some of his pieces can be reproduced or put on sale.last_img read more