Transoceanic XXVI Multinational Exercise Concludes in Peru

Transoceanic XXVI Multinational Exercise Concludes in Peru

first_imgBy Dialogo September 23, 2011 In late September, the review and evaluation meeting of the Transoceanic XXVI multinational exercise came to an end, at the Naval Tactical Training Center (CENTAC) of the Peruvian Navy (MGP). Peruvian Vice Admiral Carlos Tejada Mera, in his role as host of the event, emphasized in his closing address the success obtained at the meeting with the achievement of the proposed objectives, in response to the interest of the Maritime Traffic Control Organization (ORGACONTRAM) in establishing common standards to guarantee the safety of maritime commerce and to the interest of regional maritime authorities in improving the operational procedures for traffic control. The meeting was attended and participated in by the local operational control commanders (COLCO) of the regional Navies belonging to the International Maritime Traffic Defense (CODEFTRAMI) plan; representatives from the Navies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay; and local operational control commanders and advisors working under the South Atlantic Maritime Area Coordinator (CAMAS). South Africa also has a clear interest in these exercises. At the meeting, agreement was reached on changes in the current rules and operational procedures incorporated in the Standing Operations Order, and Ecuador was confirmed as the host of the next exercise, Transoceanic XXVII, which will take place from August 6 to 17, 2012. The final planning session will be held from May 11 to 17, 2012, in the city of Guayaquil. The Transoceanic XXVI exercise took place from August 8 to 19, with the participation of the Navies of the countries mentioned above. It involved planning and guidance of control operations for international merchant ships and fishing boats, real and fictitious, in a global operational scenario. In addition, a regional course on dispersant use (OPRC Level 3) was held in August, the opening session of which took place at the San Borja Naval Center (Lima, Peru), and in which the general secretary of the Regional Cooperation Operational Network of Maritime Authorities of the Americas (ROCRAM), Alejandro Martínez Moreno, and representatives from the maritime authorities of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, members of the mentioned network, participated. The objective of the course was to improve management capabilities to optimize preparation for and processes of response to spills of hydrocarbons and other polluting substances.last_img read more

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Billy Joel. Today’s Most Awesome Person Ever. Here’s Why. (Video)

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York “I have a fantastic Buzz today,” I announced this morning.“Drinking before work?” asked Sal.Hardy har har.Yes, Sal. But that’s not why it’s so fantastic.Now, normally, I get very angry when people skip my write-ups on these here Buzz entries, as frankly, my unearthly ability to entertain is a gift that cannot be paralleled.But in this case, go ahead, as the gift I give to all pales in comparison to the one the great, iconic, Long Island treasure/deity Billy Joel himself bestowed unto young Michael Pollack.Pollack, a student at Vanderbilt University, was in the audience at a January event with Joel titled “An Evening of Questions and Answers and a Little Bit of Music.”In one shining moment, all three happened.Pollack asked a question, Joel gave an answer and then there was a little bit o’ music.As they say in the ‘hood, and in the chicken nursery, peep it.last_img read more

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Top 3 reasons CEOs lose sleep over credit union cybersecurity

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Few things cause more sleepless nights for CEOs than the thought of a credit union cybersecurity event. How do I know this? During a recent tabletop exercise I was facilitating, I gave my usual – “relax, this is a no fault exercise” at the beginning of the session. Then, about halfway through the scenario (which involved a series of data theft events) the CEO approached me and said “I thought you said this would be FUN! This is what keeps me up at night!” As we begin our series on credit union cybersecurity preparedness, I felt there wouldn’t be a better place to start than with addressing the top 3 reasons “why” credit union executives are losing sleep about cybersecurity preparedness.NOT realizing Information (Data) is the new KING – credit unions are just beginning to have that “aha” moment when they realize that their “information” is more important than their cash. Cash is insured and while certain protections exist against cyber threats, I have yet to find a reputation insurer that actually works. Smart credit union CEO/CIOs are escalating the acceptance among their staff and board that data has taken the top spot.Black box syndrome or who’s behind the magic curtain – For the most part, credit union executives are struggling to gain the depth of expertise needed to protect against cybersecurity threats AND stay on top of regulations. The day-to-day operational work alone taxes historically understaffed credit union IT staff. When communicating “up”, transparency isn’t purposely avoided but the complexity of explaining technical concepts is often a hurdle for many credit union CIOs. Technology committees were formed to help reduce the risk that comes along with an ever increasing dependency on technology but committee volunteers (even when technology savvy) are finding it difficult to keep pace with increasing credit union cybersecurity threats and regulations. continue reading »last_img read more

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Three ways to cut waste from your marketing budget

first_imgOne of my favorite things to do when I attend a conference is to spend some time talking with credit union marketers. I love to hear what’s going well, but I also enjoy helping them troubleshoot the problems that are keeping them from success. In talking with those credit unions that have a marketing department of one (sometimes it’s just the CEO!), I’ve discovered that they all encounter a few common obstacles on a regular basis. As we head into the time of year when marketing plans are traditionally drafted and approved, here are three tips to help you avoid those same hurdles:Don’t schedule a meeting with every skilled ad rep that sends you an email or walks into your branch. They know exactly which buttons to push to get that meeting—and eventually your signature. Before you agree to meet with them, ask them some specific questions to determine whether they’re offering a product or service that lines up with your goals or simply trying to sell you the marketing package-of-the-week.Don’t become a “Cocaine Advertiser.” Cocaine advertising is the phrase I use to describe the desperate tactics you might be tempted to employ when loans are down or membership growth isn’t as robust as you’d like. You settle for the quick high that comes from doing lines of whatever marketing gimmick is being pushed at the moment. The rush of activity might make you feel like you’re accomplishing something, but in the end, all you get is a temporary fix. Instead of taking this short-sighted approach, look in the mirror and identify the internal issues might be keeping your credit union from success. Then, adjust your marketing accordingly.Craft the right message by speaking to your ideal member. What struggles are they having? What media are they consuming? What truly matters to them? Capture their interest by talking about them, not you. The headline is the primary source of your success. Rather than pushing your credit union’s name, use this simple, powerful marketing tool to communicate how you can make your ideal member’s life better. Remember, people only care about who you are AFTER they discover what you can do for them. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: yourmarketing.co Details There’s a fourth tip, but it only matters if you’ve followed the first three. The tip? Be consistently patient. You can earn people’s trust, but they tend to grant it slowly and carefully. Marketing is not a silver bullet or lipstick to dress up a pig. It takes consistent effort to learn where you can reach your ideal member and persistent focus to figure out how to meet them there on a regular basis. last_img read more

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The CUInsight Experience podcast: Jill and Randy – Morning walks (#101)

first_imgThank you for tuning in to episode 101 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by Trellance transforming data into actionable insight for credit unions from coast to coast.In this season’s final episode, we are changing things up a little. My co-host, the one and only Jill Nowacki, and I are looking back on this crazy year and discussing the good that is often overlooked while moving forward to 2021. I share some ways that the CUInsight Experience will be new and improved for 2021.Listen as Jill and Randy talk about bringing your whole self to work and valuing the differences among peers; the authenticity and culture each individual brings to the workplace. Jill shares some things she is excited to see happen in the next year or two, and Randy discusses how technological advances have allowed him to stay connected with credit union thought leaders. They collectively speak about the difficulties of keeping remote team members connected to the rest of the team while maintaining the credit union’s culture and how many industry leaders have successfully taken this challenge on. Jill shares a book she thinks everyone should read and some final thoughts for wrapping up the 2020 season. Randy shares some exciting news about changes to Season 3 of The CUInsight Experience and how its pivot will be bigger and even better!Most of all, we hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday, and we will see you back here in 2021.Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, StitcherBooks mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find Jill:Jill Nowacki, President/CEO of Humanideijill@humanidei.comwww.humanidei.comLinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook Show notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at Trellance, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you!Shout out: Brett MartinezBook mentioned: We Can’t Talk About That At Work by Mary-Francis WintersPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37, 64 & 82) In This Episode:[01:25] – Welcome back to the show, Jill![02:47] – Jill shares some hacks she has found to help us all get along under the same roof.[04:42] – Jill speaks about bringing your whole self to work and the challenges it may pose as you climb the hill.[07:50] – Jill discusses the similarities between 2020 and running a marathon.[11:10] – When thinking back on the year, what is some good that came out of it?[13:05] – Jill shares some favorite things she found while going on their morning walks.[15:35] – Jill speaks about what she is excited about for 2021 and 2022.[17:40] – Randy discusses the Zoom happy hour they have every week with some credit union people.[19:53] – What have you seen with the leaders you’ve talked to about working remotely and being more flexible with employees?[22:21] – Jill speaks about trying to survive in 2020 and how that has kept people stressed.[24:54] – Jill talks about how hard it is to keep remote team members connected and maintain the credit union’s culture.[27:36] – Jill shares a concept she learned in college that applies today.[28:38] – Listen as Jill shares a book she believes everyone should read.[29:42] – Jill gives some final thoughts to wrap up the 2020 season.[30:23] – Randy shares some changes that will occur with this podcast.[30:55] – Randy is also launching a new podcast.[31:26] – Thank you for listening, and Happy Holidays! 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Arsene Wenger rates Liverpool’s chances of repeating Arsenal’s Invincibles season

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 31 Dec 2019 5:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Comment Advertisement Arsene Wenger rates Liverpool’s chances of repeating Arsenal’s Invincibles season Klopp’s side are still unbeaten in the league this season (Picture: Getty)Asked whether Liverpool can pull off an ‘Invincibles’ season, Wenger told beIN SPORTS: ‘They were close last year and they are still on course to do it.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘But I think what Liverpool is expecting at the moment is just to win the Premier League and that is the first target for such a football city.‘To stay for 30 years without winning the Premier League… nobody would have predicted that.‘That is their main target and I think they are on a good run and on a good course to achieving that this season because their main opponent is quite far away already.’ Chris Wilder’s side travel to Anfield this week (Picture: Getty)Michael Owen has backed Liverpool to record their 19th win of the season at home to Sheffield United on Thursday evening.‘Liverpool are unbeaten in 50 games in all competitions at Anfield and won their last 17 home league games,’ he told Bet Victor. ‘Yes, they have ridden their luck at times, but you must admire their consistency and resilience as well as their undoubted class and I would be surprised if they didn’t start 2020 as they finished 2019 with a home win.‘Sheffield United lost their unbeaten away league record at the Etihad on Sunday and they will feel they didn’t have the rub of the green against City.‘But I would be surprised if they were able to stop this Red juggernaut as they march on at the top of the table.’MORE: John Lundstram injury update from Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder ahead of Liverpool trip Arsenal went the 2003/04 season unbeaten under Wenger (Picture: Getty)Wenger says Liverpool have managed to accumulate the same sort of ‘belief’ that was present in his famous Arsenal side of 2003/04.‘You look at the number of goals they score and the number of goals they concede. They are very good,’ the Frenchman added.‘They play intelligent football, their players make intelligent decisions on the pitch.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 City‘My experience when you play the whole season unbeaten is that they accumulated the belief that if they just continue to play they will win the game.‘That is very difficult to get in the team because you need a special run to do that and to get the fear of losing out of the team.‘It’s something that is very important and they have that at the moment.’ Advertisement Arsene Wenger has backed Liverpool to end their 30-year wait for a Premier League title (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger believes Liverpool are ‘on course’ to repeat Arsenal’s incredible feat of 2003/04 and go the entire Premier League season unbeaten.The Reds have won 18 of their opening 19 matches in the English top flight this season and appear destined to win the league title after 30 painful years of trying and failing.Though second-placed Leicester are 13 points worse off in the table, Jurgen Klopp is refusing to get too carried away ahead of their clash with Sheffield United.However, former Arsenal boss Wenger is confident Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson will be lifting the Premier League trophy at the end of the campaign.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Emergency Proclamation, Travel Restrictions Ahead of Winter Storm

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  PSA,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency in anticipation of a significant winter snowstorm that will impact the state starting Monday evening through late Tuesday, and announced PennDOT and the Turnpike will restrict speeds on interstates and some large commercial vehicular travel. Governor Wolf also announced that PennDOT will strategically deploy additional assets to areas expected to be hardest hit by the storm, including the Northeast, Poconos and Lehigh Valley.Governor Wolf and state agencies will provide an update on preparations for the impending winter storm at 3:30 p.m. today. The briefing will streamed live at https://governor.pa.gov/live/ or https://www.facebook.com/governorwolf/.“State agencies continue to take proactive steps to ensure Pennsylvania is ready for the incoming winter weather and Pennsylvanians should take their own precautions and prepare for adverse conditions, especially for travel,” Governor Wolf said. “We are preparing for the most significant part of the storm to hit the Eastern half of the state from Monday night through Tuesday’s commute with significant winds to follow and cause additional concerns. I ask residents and commercial drivers across the commonwealth to prepare to avoid unnecessary travel on roadways during this time – as to let road crews and emergency responders do their jobs and minimize dangerous travel.”It is important to note that the proclamation does not restrict vehicular travel on commonwealth roads, but motorists are strongly encouraged to delay all unnecessary travel and heed local road closures that may be in place. A proclamation ensures emergency resources can be procured as needed and increases protections for consumers from price-gouging.Travel Restrictions and PennDOT ResourcesTo help PennDOT and PA Turnpike crews get the optimum access to the interstates and expressways during the storm, beginning at 10 p.m. Monday, these restrictions will be in place on all interstates and expressways east of Interstate 99 and including Interstate 99:45 mph speed limitBan on tandem truck trailers, empty trailers, towed trailers, buses, recreational vehicles and motorcycles.These restrictions will be in place on Interstates 70, 76, 78, 80, 81, 83, 84, 283, 176, 180, 476, 380 and all expressways not on the interstate system. The Turnpike will have the same restrictions beginning at 10 p.m. Monday from the Bedford Interchange east to NJ and on the entire Northeastern extension. PennDOT is also cancelling all superload permits for movement on Tuesday.PennDOT has 4,800 equipment operators, more than 2,000 plow trucks, 49 snow blowers. All of PennDOT’s 11 regions will go on round-the-clock duty beginning Monday evening. PennDOT’s goal is to keep roadways passable and interstates and expressways take priority over lower volume routes.PennDOT will also be redeploying assets to eastern Pennsylvania, where the brunt of the storm is forecast to hit. Three Mobile Equipment Teams will be dispatched. Each team consists of five plow trucks, 10 equipment operators and one supervisor. Teams are being dispatched from PennDOT’s northwestern Pennsylvania district to the Scranton area, from the Pittsburgh area district to Monroe County near Stroudsburg and from southwestern Pennsylvania to the Lehigh Valley area.Proclamation of Disaster Emergency ImpactsThe proclamation authorizes state agencies to use all available resources and personnel, as necessary, to cope with the magnitude and severity of this emergency situation. The time-consuming bidding and contract procedures, as well as other formalities normally prescribed by law, are waived for the duration of the proclamation.In addition, the proclamation authorizes the Department of Transportation to waive regulations related to drivers of commercial vehicles in order to ensure the timely movement of commodities, particularly food and home heating fuel.It also provides consumer protections against price gouging by prohibiting companies from charging a price for consumer goods or services that exceeds 20 percent of the average price that the consumer goods or services were sold for in the 7 days preceding the effective date of the Governor’s proclamation.In the event travel is absolutely necessary, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles by visiting http://www.511PA.com. PennDOT’s Automated Vehicle Locator plow tracking tool is available for all of the more than 2,200 PennDOT-owned and rented plow trucks, with vehicle locations viewable on 511PA. Governor Wolf Announces Emergency Proclamation, Travel Restrictions Ahead of Winter Stormcenter_img March 13, 2017last_img read more

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S-Bahn expansion in full swing

first_imgINTRO: Despite changes in funding arrangements for investment in Germany’s already extensive S-Bahn networks, new construction and modernisation are forging ahead. Hubertus R Jäger assesses the state of playNEARLY ALL Germany’s S-Bahn networks are expanding. Funds are still flowing from federal sources under the Community Transport Financing Law (GVFG), which requires the Länder to make their own contribution. By doing so they are able to secure numerous jobs, with obvious implications.Nonetheless, the picture is fundamentally different from a year ago. Germany’s railway reforms included the transfer on January 1 1996 of financial responsibility for regional and local services from federal government to the Länder, who order and pay for specific services. The transfer saw the available funds in the GVFG cut from DM6·3bn in 1995 to just DM3·7bn in 1996 and following years. The other DM3bn is still available to the Länder, but there is no requirement to spend it on rail investment projects.For this reason there are a large number of projects which have reached an advanced planning stage, but are not included in GVFG packages. German Railway is therefore seeking other ways to obtain funds, especially through direct agreements with the Länder. This may sound as though developments are being delayed, but numerous schemes are being implemented in 10 cities and conurbations. Not only that, but many enjoy the status of priority projects.MünchenThe most important project under way is to raise capacity on the busy section under the centre of the city. At the moment this limits the number of trains that can be run on the various routes that converge on the city. The aim is to run 10min interval services on some S-Bahn lines.An agreement to fund a DM100m programme to raise capacity is due to be signed shortly with the Land of Bayern. This will pave the way for 120 Class ET420 three-car S-Bahn units to be fitted with LZB continuous speed control. Trains will be able to run at shorter headways on each track of the 13·9 km double track section between Westkreuz and Leuchtenbergring.Extra tracks are being added to segregate S-Bahn trains from main line traffic heading for Rosenheim and Austria. They use these as far as Grafing, where they turn off to reach Ebersberg. Four tracks are available as far as Zorneding, and work is now in progress to add two more tracks from there to Grafing. This will give Route S5 its own tracks throughout from 1999. Double-tracking on the 11 km eastern section of Route S2 from Giesing to Deisenhofen will also be finished by 1999.Funding was agreed on August 28 for the Neufahrner Spange, a chord which will provide a second S-Bahn link to München’s Franz-Josef Strauss airport (RG 3.96 p117). The DM300m project will see a 6·7 km section of new alignment built east from Neufahrn, on the main line to Passau used by Route S1, to the existing underground airport station.NürnbergWork is currently in hand to complete the first phase of the basic network, taking its length from 41 km to 67 km. The project requires upgrading of the 26 km south from Nürnberg to Roth, and efforts are now concentrated on the Eibach – Reichersdorf section and on construction of a bridge over the Main-Danube canal.The second phase covers a 39 km S-Bahn route from Nürnberg north to Fürth, Erlangen and Forchheim. This will be carried out in conjunction with German Unity Project Number 8·1 that will eventually provide a high-capacity high-speed route all the way from München to Berlin. This provides for segregation of regional traffic on the line to Forchheim, and also for some sections of separate alignment for freight.Frankfurt-am-MainSeparate S-Bahn tracks are currently being laid between Frankfurt and Darmstadt in the Rhein-Main conurbation. Two more tracks are being laid as far as Langen, and one extra with passing loops from there to Darmstadt. Services are due to start this summer.Construction of a new station to serve Frankfurt’s trade fair ground is in hand; this is located between the Hauptbahnhof and Frankfurt West. Four S-Bahn routes will call there when it opens in 1998.HannoverOf all the S-Bahn projects currently in hand, this is perhaps the most significant. Around DM1·7bn is being invested in the programme, which will create five S-Bahn routes by 2000, when Expo 2000, a major trade fair, is to take place at a special site south of the city.The five routes will form a 226 km network, of which 67 km will be on dedicated tracks. They are:S1: Stadthagen – Wunstorf – Hannover Hbf – Weetzen – Haste;S2: Nienburg – Wunstorf – Hannover Hbf – Weetzen – Haste;S3: Hannover Hbf – Lehrte – Celle;S4: Bennemühlen – Langenhagen – Hannover Hbf – Weetzen – Hameln;S5: Langenhagen airport – Langenhagen – Hannover Hbf – Weetzen – Hameln.During peak hours trains will run at 30min intervals, reducing to hourly off-peak. The first services will be launched this year, and they will use two extra tracks being laid between Seelze, west of the city, and the main station.In 1998 Hannover will receive the first of a fleet of 60 four-car ET424 trains. The trains are articulated, offering 152 second class and 24 first class seats, plus 30 folding seats and space for 246 standees at 4/m2. Gangways between cars are almost full width, and passengers will appreciate the low floor which is just 798mm above rail top, allowing same level boarding. A continuous power rating of 2350 kW will allow a maximum speed of 160 km/h.To cater for large flows of visitors to Expo 2000, up to four EMUs will be able to run in multiple. To reach the Expo site trains will use the existing main line tracks running from north to south. An extra track will be laid from Bismarckstrasse to Wülfel for about 1 km to take trains right into the exhibition grounds to a terminus at Hannover Messe/Laatzen.Another single track link is under construction to serve Langenhagen airport north of the city. This will have a two-track underground station directly below the terminal area.Rhein-RuhrAs part of the upgrading work for the PBKA high speed line project the Düren – Horrem – Klast_img read more

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Dominica signs diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica signs diplomatic relations with Azerbaijan by: – March 10, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share 539 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Dominica has signed a document establishing diplomatic ties with the Republic of Azerbaijan, reports say. A joint communiqué on establishing the relations was signed by permanent representative of Azerbaijan to the United Nations Agshin Mehdiyev and Dominica’s permanent representative to the United Nations Vince Henderson, according to sources in the office representing Azerbaijan in the United Nations.The report indicates that both Henderson and Mehdiyev discussed areas of cooperation between Dominica and Azerbaijan after signing the joint communiqué of diplomatic relations. Azerbaijan is located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, and is a member of the United Nations.Source: DBS NewsPhoto credit: GISlast_img read more

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Brown happy to be back

first_img Brown was harshly given his marching orders in last weekend’s 2-0 defeat at the Britannia Stadium when his sliding tackle on Charlie Adam was deemed worthy of a straight red by referee Kevin Friend. Sunderland appealed against the decision, as well as the three-match ban that would have gone with it, and the Football Association duly confirmed that the sending-off had been overturned. Press Association “Everyone goes through spells when they find it hard,” the Scot said. “That’s tough, then you make a decision do you bring him off, or you don’t start him. But you’re doing it for the benefit of him as well. “He’ll come through it, honestly. You can never guarantee anybody anything. But, as a footballer, he’ll definitely come through it.” And fellow Villa forward Gabriel Agbonlahor has also backed Benteke to turn around his form sooner rather than later. “I’ve been through it before when I’ve played as a striker,” he said. “You go through these spells when you feel like everyone’s on your back, the goals don’t come. But Christian’s a quality player, he’s got a big, strong personality and the goals will come. “It’s down to us as a team to keep creating the chances for him.” Wes Brown was happy to be able to play his part in Sunderland’s goalless draw at Aston Villa having seen his controversial red card at Stoke rescinded upon appeal. That cleared the way for centre-back Brown to line up on Saturday at Villa Park, where he helped Sunderland keep a clean sheet and climb off the foot of the Barclays Premier League table with only their second away point of the season. Speaking about an eventful past 10 days, Brown said: “They looked at it and it has been rescinded so I’m all happy now and we can move on. “Obviously, I didn’t think it was a sending-off. I’ve watched it a few times now and I still think I won the ball and my two feet were on the floor. “But it was a decision and the referee has either not seen it or seen it late and we have to get on with it now.” Brown and central defensive partner John O’Shea kept Villa striker Christian Benteke quiet all afternoon as his goal drought stretched into a seventh successive game. Since returning from a month on the sidelines with a hip injury, the Belgium international has looked a shadow of the player who scored five goals in his first five games of this season to add to the 23 he bagged last term. An uninspiring performance against the Black Cats ended when Benteke was substituted before full-time, to a murmur of ironic cheers from the home faithful. But Villa boss Paul Lambert has backed his prized asset to come good. last_img read more

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