Jermain Defoe picked Scott Dann’s pocket for a poacher’s finish to seal Sunderland’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory at Crystal Palace. The former England striker nipped in between Dann and the onrushing goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey to secure the Black Cats’ first away win of the league campaign. Shortly after slotting home the winner, however, 33-year-old Defoe hobbled off with a suspected leg injury. Alan Pardew’s toothless Eagles were unable to build on their fine 2-1 win at Liverpool, slipping to their fourth home defeat in seven league games this term. The hosts created precious few real scoring chances, the industry and application of Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie lacking a killer final ball. That profligacy from the hosts allowed Sam Allardyce’s side to steal the points – their first league win on the road since the 2-0 triumph at Everton in May. Sunderland had the only two tangible chances of a dire first half. Allardyce’s wing-back formation twice allowed Patrick van Aanholt in behind the Palace defence, and the first time the left-sided defender ought to have scored. Defoe blasted wide from all of 12 yards midway through a half punctuated with dross. The Black Cats opened the second half the stronger but were thwarted from another fine chance when Yohan Cabaye cleared Sebastian Coates’ header off the line. Substitute Bakary Sako’s curling effort veered wide as Palace attempted to raise the tempo, before Damien Delaney pulled off a full-stretch interception to deny Sunderland an opportunity on the break. Sako’s night lasted less than 20 minutes, the former Wolves midfielder trudging off to be replaced by Patrick Bamford as Pardew threw two up front. The clash had cried out for the home team to alter their formation and double their strike force almost from the off, yet Pardew still waited until after the hour mark to make the switch. While Zaha and Bolasie huffed and puffed in their effort to deliver a telling final ball, Sunderland continued to offer a reasonable counter-attacking threat. Allardyce’s men again wasted a fine opening, however, when replacement Jeremain Lens tapped a tame effort straight at Wayne Hennessey. Pardew pitched Marouane Chamakh into the front line in place of the anonymous Connor Wickham, but still the hosts struggled for fluency. Sunderland finally took advantage via the anticipated direct counter, Dann misreading Billy Jones’ hopeful ball to allow Defoe a clean run on goal. The former Tottenham hitman ghosted in and round Hennessey in one touch, before passing into the empty net. Hennessey had little choice but to leave his area in a bid to cover Dann’s misread, but only succeeded in allowing Defoe to tee up his tap-in. Palace continued to press even through five minutes’ added time, but to no avail, with Cabaye curling a free-kick wide to close out a frustrating night for the hosts. TWEET OF THE MATCH Gary Lineker @GaryLineker Well that was a giant cock-up but decent strikers always expect such errors. Defoe did exactly that. https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/668906833659064320 PLAYER RATINGS CRYSTAL PALACE Wayne Hennessey 4 Joel Ward 5 Scott Dann 4 Pape Souare 5 Damien Delaney 6 Yohan Cabaye 6 James McArthur 5 Yannick Bolasie 5 Wilfried Zaha 5 Jason Puncheon 4 Connor Wickham 4 Substitutes: Bakary Sako 5 Patrick Bamford 5 Marouane Chamakh 5 SUNDERLAND Costel Pantilimon 6 Younes Kaboul 6 Sebastien Coates 5 John O’Shea 6 Billy Jones 6 Patrick van Aanholt 6 Lee Cattermole 6 Yann M’Vila 5 Sebastian Larsson 5 Jermain Defoe 7 Steven Fletcher 4 Substitutes: Jeremain Lens 6 Duncan Watmore 7 Danny Graham 6 MAN OF THE MATCH Jermain Defoe: A woeful night for both sides lit up only by Defoe’s opportunist finish that settled the contest. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce caught everyone by surprise with his 3-5-2 formation, but his side were unable to profit despite several good incisions in the first period. Alan Pardew kept Palace’s changes to a minimum but hauled off the ineffective Jason Puncheon at half-time, but Bakary Sako could not fare any better. Pardew finally threw two strikers into the mix just past the hour but Palace remained toothless and paid the price. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Defoe ghosted in between Wayne Hennessey and Scott Dann to poke into space and then tap into the empty net. On a night severely lacking in quality, this moment of natural instinct deserved to seal the deal. MOAN OF THE MATCH Only referee Martin Atkinson will know why Jermain Defoe was booked for kicking the ball back towards Scott Dann ahead of a free-kick. Dann attempted to steal a few yards on the halfway line, Defoe took exception and nudged the ball backwards, and was duly booked. A fastidious, pointless decision. WHO’S UP NEXT Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Premier League, Saturday, November 28) Sunderland v Stoke (Premier League, Saturday, November 28) Sunderland boss Allardyce hailed his side’s defensive work after their first away win of the campaign. He told Sky Sports 1: “Keeping the crowd quiet is very difficult because (Crystal Palace) have a lot of players that get in wide areas and get the ball in the box, but we dealt with it extremely well with five at the back. “We frustrated the crowd, we frustrated Crystal Palace and we came out with a fantastic three points and a great victory for us. “In away terms we had to frustrate the opposition, people might say we parked the bus. “In this moment in time we’re trying to build our confidence and the only way to do that is to get points on the board and win football matches.” Goalscorer Defoe added: “The lads worked hard, especially during the international week. It’s paid off. “(The goal) happened so quick. The manager said to keep making runs in behind and I did that. People say if you work hard you get rewarded and I think that happened.” The only downside for Sunderland was Defoe limping off with an injury late on. The former Tottenham striker added: “The only positive is I can put weight on it. I just hope it’s not a ligament.” Palace boss Pardew bemoaned his side’s inability to break down the visitors. He said: “We should have been a bit more clinical in the final third. We just couldn’t find a way to unlock what was a deep defence and a deep midfield. “Sunderland set their stall out, there was no mystery to what they did. Five at the back, three in front, didn’t really move much. Jermain’s also going to be a threat and that threat got them the win today when Scotty Dann just miscalculated.” Press Association
More than 100 students attended the Divest SC Rally hosted by Environmental Core and the Environmental Student Assembly, which was co-sponsored by nine other programming boards in the Undergraduate Student Government, including the Latinx Student Assembly, the Queer and Ally Student Assembly and the Black Student Assembly. Jenni Hunting, a freshman majoring in international relations and environmental studies, said she attended the rally to protest the University’s investment in an industry that could threaten her future. “From the moment I arrived [at USC], I received questions about [divestment],” Folt wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “At the time I said it was important to me, but not something I could tackle in my first semester given other demands. I’m speaking with members of the Investment Committee and will be meeting with students … later this month.” Tianna Shaw-Wakeman, co-organizer and Environmental Core representative, started the protest by telling students they didn’t need to know the details of investing to understand its impact on younger generations. “If you understand that investing in fossil fuels is investing in human suffering, is investing in us not having a future, that’s all you need to know [in that] USC must … make our futures better, must divest,” Shaw-Wakeman said. Student environmental groups led the protest with chants of “Divest! Divest! It’s in our best interest” as protestors held signs with slogans such as “No time for fossil fools.” (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) In response to the December letter, Folt’s office reached out this week to the Divest SC Rally organizers to coordinate a day to speak with students about their demands and questions regarding divestment. Hyman called out world leaders and USC administration for expecting individuals to make their own sustainability efforts when the fossil fuel industry accounts for 76% of the carbon emissions in the United States. Hyman ended the event by reminding students that in order to enact real change, the school needs to know that these issues matter to the student body as a whole, not just a select few. He also let attendees know that President Folt plans to meet with the coordinators of the event later this week to discuss the University’s potential divestment from the fossil fuel industry and reinvestment in renewable energy. Organizers planned the strike after sending a letter to President Carol Folt in December demanding that USC disclose details of its $5 billion endowment, specifically its investments in fossil fuels. “The University has been telling you to turn off your AC and use a fan to save energy, has told you to carry around a metal straw, has told you that climate change is a wicked problem,” Hyman said. “And has also been telling its investment office to invest in coal, natural gas and petroleum oil.” “People of color are way more affected by problems with pollution and their health,” Mauss said. “When we fight for ourselves, we’re not just fighting for us, we’re fighting for our entire community. It’s really important that we remember that we’re not just these privileged students fighting for divestment, we are fighting for something that is bigger than all of us.” Students and faculty crowded around Tommy Trojan Monday bearing posters with slogans like “No time for fossil fools” and “I refuse to pay for a college that won’t be here long enough for me to graduate” to protest USC’s role in advancing climate change through their investments in fossil fuels. As sounds from the rally echoed throughout Trousdale Parkway, ESA co-director Claire Mauss addressed the crowd in English and Spanish. She informed the crowd that more than half of people of color live within 30 miles of an oil rig, which seriously affects their health in the long run. “At the end of the day … I believe [Folt] is conscious of the issue, and I believe what she needs is a legitimization both to her and the Board of Trustees that these demands are legitimate, they’re profitable and they have precedence in other countries and other institutions,” Hyman said. “We just need to keep on making our case.” “For me, it’s just holding USC accountable to their sustainability promise because … all over campus, I see signs saying, ‘We’re a sustainable campus, zero waste!’ and frankly, it’s bullshit if we’re continuing to invest in fossil fuels,” Hunting said. ESA co-director Nathaniel Hyman led the crowd through chants of “Divest! Divest! It’s in our best interest!” and reminded attendees about the growing number of studies showing how little time is left to reverse the effects of climate change. Protest leaders encouraged students to add their personal stories to the dialogue by voting, lobbying and spreading awareness about climate change.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – With a stunning $25 million fundraising haul for his presidential campaign, Democrat Barack Obama affirmed his status Wednesday as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief rival. The freshman Illinois senator proved he could channel his appeal into significant financial muscle, and he dispelled, for now, questions about the durability of his anti-war, ”hope”-driven candidacy. Obama’s total for the first three months of the year stopped just short of the record $26 million Clinton brought in. By any measure, it was an astonishing figure for a political newcomer elected to the Senate just two years ago. ”It means we’ve got broad-based support, and I’m very proud of that,” Obama told The Associated Press while campaigning in Mason City. ”We’re particularly proud that we were able to do this without any money from federal lobbyists or PACs.” Asked if the fundraising totals puts the Democratic nomination in a two-way race between Clinton and himself, Obama said: ”It’s way too early. It indicates that people are really engaged and enthusiastic, and the crowds we’ve been attracting, I think, are indicative of a broad base of support across the country.” In an e-mail message to supporters, Obama said his fundraising success represented ”an unmistakable message to the political establishment in Washington about the power and seriousness of our challenge.” His campaign released additional details illustrating the breadth of Obama’s support. He had 100,000 contributors in the first quarter, with more than half donating online for a total of $6.9 million. Clinton, by contrast, had about 50,000 contributors and raised $4.2 million online. The campaign said at least $23.5 million of the $25 million total was available to be used in the highly competitive primary race. The Clinton campaign has yet to disclose how much of her $26 million can be used for the primary and how much was earmarked for the general election. Clinton also transferred $10 million from her Senate account, bringing her total campaign funds to $36 million. Obama’s strong showing was a blow to Clinton, who sought to position herself as her party’s strongest White House contender in part through her fundraising prowess. She has spent years developing a national fundraising network through two Senate campaigns and her husband’s eight years as president. Obama began his campaign with a relatively small donor base concentrated largely in Illinois, his home state. But his early opposition to the Iraq war and voter excitement over his quest to be the first black president quickly fueled a powerful fundraising machine. He attracted Wall Street executives and big-money Hollywood moguls like billionaire David Geffen, a former Clinton supporter who shifted allegiances. But he also focused on smaller donations and raised money in several small cities, a practice Clinton aides say she will follow this quarter. Still, her strategists point to numerous state and national polls that show Obama consistently trailing Clinton. A new poll of New Hampshire Democrats by CNN and WMUR showed Edwards surging into second place. Clinton was leading with 27 percent, Edwards had 21 percent and Obama 20 percent. Clinton was at home in New York Wednesday and had no comment on Obama’s announcement. But her campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle, issued a statement congratulating Obama and said the fundraising of all the Democratic contenders ”demonstrates the overwhelming desire for change in our country.” Indeed, first quarter financial tallies show the Democrats vastly outpacing their GOP counterparts. Preliminary figures show the Democrats raised about $80 million combined, while Republicans pulled in only about $40 million. Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards reported $14 million in new contributions, including $1 million for the general election. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said he had raised $6 million and had more than $5 million cash on hand. Aides to Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd said he raised more than $4 million and transferred nearly $5 million from his Senate campaign, for a total of $9 million in receipts and $7.5 million cash on hand. Delaware Sen. Joe Biden lagged behind, with his staff reporting that he had total receipts of nearly $4 million, nearly half of which was transferred from his Senate campaign account. Among the Republican candidates, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the top money-raiser with $23 million, another eye-catching sum that placed him in the same league with Clinton and Obama and left his GOP rivals in the dust. Former New York City Mayor Giuliani raised $15 million for the quarter, while Arizona Sen. John McCain posted $12.5 million. Giuliani leads the GOP field in national popularity polls, followed by McCain. For his part, Giuliani said Wednesday he was impressed with Obama’s money totals. ”Congratulations. I admire his fundraising ability. It shows he has a tremendous amount of support,” Giuliani told reporters in Florida. But Edwards said in an interview with Davenport, Iowa, television station KWQC that the prodigious campaign fundraising was evidence that presidential races should be publicly financed. ”We shouldn’t be doing these money contests. They’re not healthy, they’re not good for democracy,” Edwards said. Clinton made a similar plea for public financing Monday, even though she was the first candidate to completely opt out of the public funding system since it was established over 30 years ago. Since then, both Obama and Edwards have followed suit. Donors can give just $2,300 apiece for the primary election, but Clinton, Obama and Edwards can also solicit another $2,300 from each donor to be used in the general election. The money has to be returned if they don’t win the nomination. Clinton’s campaign often solicited the $4,600 donations, while Obama’s campaign focused on recruiting small dollar donors. In the coming months, he can return to those donors and ask those who haven’t maxed out to give more. But Fred Hochberg, a top Clinton fundraiser, said it was important to remember that Clinton had still come out on top. ”She did spectacularly well,” Hochberg said. ”It would be one thing if Hillary raised $14 million or something, but she did so much better than that. If fundraising is a show if strength, she shows enormous strength.” Beth Fouhy reported from New York. Associated Press writers Brendan Farrington in Tallahassee, Fla., and Mike Glover in Mason City, Iowa, contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Go back to the e-newsletter>On 27 January 2016 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and TripAdvisor announced that they have partnered to make Starwood’s global hotel portfolio accessible on the TripAdvisor instant booking platform. From a last-minute business trip to a special luxury getaway, customers can now seamlessly book a room at participating Starwood properties through TripAdvisor’s booking platform. The unique partnership enables Starwood to market and merchandise its world-class, lifestyle brands to a unique customer base, starting in the first half of this year.“We are excited about an enhanced relationship with TripAdvisor as it allows us to deepen our touch-points with TripAdvisor’s global community of travelers while maintaining a consistent connection with guests before, during, and after their stay at a Starwood hotel,” said Julie Atkinson, Senior Vice President of Global Digital for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “We appreciate the work TripAdvisor has done to expand upon the existing distribution models and the partnership will provide a clear benefit to our global hotel portfolio.”With TripAdvisor instant booking, users simply click on a Book Now button to initiate a reservation. Travellers are reminded throughout the booking process that their reservation is powered by Starwood and are provided links and phone numbers to contact the hotel’s customer service associates directly; all support inquiries will be handled by Starwood’s award-winning customer care team.“We look forward to expanding our relationship with Starwood, a hospitality leader and a longtime partner,” said Robin Ingle, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, TripAdvisor. “Adding Starwood’s robust brand offerings and acclaimed properties to our fast-growing instant booking platform provides the TripAdvisor community with even more choice and flexibility when booking travel.”Starwood Hotels & Resorts is one of the leading hotel and leisure companies in the world with more than 1,270 properties in some 100 countries and over 180,000 employees at its owned and managed properties.TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 350 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 290 million reviews and opinions covering 5.3 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.Go back to the e-newsletter>