Khris Royal & Dark Matter Share New Single Featuring Nigel Hall [Listen]

first_imgNew Orleans-based saxophonist Khris Royal has been busy over the last year! When he’s not touring with Rebelution or playing with George Porter Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners, Royal has been hard at work with his own band, Dark Matter, which features Big Sam Williams (trombone), John Michael Bradford (trumpet), Danny Abel (guitar), and Max Moran (bass).This weekend, Khris Royal & Dark Matter shared their brand new single “Step Children” featuring the one and only Nigel Hall on the Rhodes organ. Says Royal of the track, “‘Step Children’ is a tribute to funk night at Wally’s, the historic jazz club in Boston where I played three nights a week while attending Berklee Collage. The Tuesday night band was called Step Children. No one really knows how they got the name. Some people say it’s because they were treated like step children because the Straight Ahead Band was treated better. They played on Fridays and Saturdays.You can listen to “Step Children” below, via Royal’s SoundCloud:Royal explained the personal significance and backstory of the song to Live For Live Music: “When I first got to Berklee I was only 17 and Wally’s was 21 and up so I never tried to go. One day, Nikki Glaspie (Dumpstaphunk, Beyonce, Nth Power) and James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) told me I had to go with them because Nikki was playing there with (frequent Soulive collaborator) Sam Kinninger . I had no idea Sam played there every Tuesday, so I went with them and Nikki got me in. A week later, Amy and Aaron Bellamy called me because Sam was leaving to tour with Soulive, and I ended up filling in with the Step Children Wally’s. Playing there with that band changed the way I play. Up until that point, I had always looked at myself as a jazz cat. The Step Children made me realize I wanted to be able to play everything.”Continues Royal, “It was only natural to have Nigel Hall on this track. Nigel moved to Boston right as I was leaving for Los Angeles. He would come sit in with us every week so he totally understands the spirit of Wally’s and the Step Children. When I moved, Nigel took my place in the band before being picked up to tour with Soulive and Lettuce who also have roots at Wally’s Jazz Club.[Photo via]last_img read more

Corporate Social Responsibility – Empowering Sound Business Strategies From Within

first_imgPart One – Embracing Ethics – A New Customer-Driven Standard Executives everywhere are recognizing the benefits of developing a strong Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy. At the same time, we see our customers changing as well – they grow continually more hyper-connected, priorities shift, and attention spans get ever-shorter in an increasingly crowded digital marketplace. Today’s customers are a generationally diverse bunch, and their focus is more and more being led by a higher mix of generation Z buyers who are now asking businesses to combine more sustainable, ethical practices with long-range strategic goals.As we all know, the true benefits of any solid CSR strategy must be built into the very fabric of a company’s corporate vision – ensuring better working conditions, adopting more efficient production and delivery modes, supporting underserved communities and using more environmentally friendly materials – but doing so can also be an effective way to encourage customer participation in a company’s brand story.We have seen many high profile examples – most notably in the oil industry – shine a light on how lack of environmental awareness can have a devastating impact on customer perception. Others, such as FedEx’s donation of its fleet services to assist in disaster relief and international organ transport, highlight the potential to be found in using a corporation’s reach to benefit the common good. When companies show the public they are listening, both sides benefit.The beauty of a well-designed CSR strategy is that it offers a positive result in three distinctly important areas. CSR has the power to:Enhance the customer experience Benefit the environment on a global scale Significantly impact a company’s bottom lineIn an earlier blog, I discussed the ways in which social media have given customers an added power over the retail experience, forcing companies to incorporate their interests and demands into the creation of brand stories if they wish to establish trust and promote loyalty. But today’s consumers want to add another chapter to these stories. It is no longer just the availability of information – and how it is packaged – that matters. As we discovered in a recent Dell global CSR research project, customers have begun to take note of a business’ overall accountability as well:Across EMEA countries >75% of customers view CSR as importantAcross EMEA countries 60% of customers are more likely to purchase from a brand associated with CSR initiativesExposure to CSR initiatives increases purchase intent + 13% – + 22%From the customer’s point-of-view, the global benefits of a solid CSR plan are obvious. But to effectively understand how CSR initiatives influence the overall buyer journey, we must first ask ourselves what the customer stands to gain from a psychological stand point. Clearly, today’s consumers feel a new sense of empowerment, and they are eager to flex their economic muscles. Their online reach has extended from simple product reviews to include not just the goods a company offers, but the practices and materials that go into their production, and they are now serving as a virtual ethical police force who feel not just a desire, but a duty to keep companies in check along every step of the product journey. These same social media platforms that have tipped the scales in favor of customers now stand as a platform for watchdogs intent on upholding a standard of global honesty and accountability. When a company’s actions are not in line with its words, the online response is immediate, and often calls the integrity of both brand and message into question. Today’s consumers are watching, and will stand for nothing less than model behavior.Looking Within – Strong CSR Policies Begin at HomeWith today’s hyper-connected eyes on the lookout for any potential corporate misdeeds, companies need to put honest thought into their long-range CSR plans. The days of paying lip-service, or “greenwashing” a company’s image, are thankfully a thing of the past.One smart way to do this involves looking to internal stakeholders and employees for guidance. When management takes an active role in CSR initiatives, the focus is sharper and the reach longer. Not only does this personalize a company’s strategy from within, it also allows employee experience to highlight what is most important to the company itself and ensure that the strategic CSR goals are in fact possible. This enables workers to feel personally vested in the outcome, while ensuring that the effort is genuine at the core, making for a more resonant public message. After all, according to Forbes Magazine, 83% of employees would seriously consider quitting if their employer engaged in unethical practices. We must not forget that employees are customers, too, and their firsthand enthusiasm is often contagious.In just a few short years we have seen the power exchange come full circle, and when a company attempts to align their corporate practices with the opinions of its loyal buying public, it allows customers the chance to have a positive ethical impact on the entire process. Such an impact resonates not only across the globe in terms of sustainability, but also in the minds of customers, in terms of trust.last_img read more

Watch Andy Karl & Margo Seibert Talk Living the Rocky Spirit

first_img View Comments Rocky Related Shows Rocky stars Andy Karl and Margo Seibert stopped by The Today Show April 2 to talk about living the “Rocky spirit.” Seibert, who is making her Broadway debut in the tuner, revealed to host Matt Lauer that she had nine callbacks before she landed the role of Adrian and was babysitting when she heard she’d won the part. It also turns out Karl and Today co-host Savannah Guthrie have somebody quite unusual in common…Check out the Rocky stars below and then at the Winter Garden Theatre. And if you should ever see Siebert in the street make sure you yell out “Yo Adrian!” She can’t wait to hear it “all the time!” Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 Andy Karllast_img read more

2014 Tony Award Nominations Announced

first_img Best Featured Actress in a Musical Linda Emond, Cabaret Lena Hall, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Anika Larsen, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Adriane Lenox, After Midnight Lauren Worsham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Best Musical After Midnight Aladdin Beautiful: The Carole King Musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder View Comments Best Director of a Play Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night Michael Grandage, The Cripple of Inishmaan Kenny Leon, A Raisin in the Sun John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie Best Scenic Design of a Play Beowulf Boritt, Act One Bob Crowley, The Glass Menagerie Es Devlin, Machinal Christopher Oram, The Cripple of Inishmaan Best Featured Actress in a Play Sarah Greene, The Cripple of Inishmaan Celia Keenan-Bolger, The Glass Menagerie Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina Best Director of a Musical Warren Carlyle, After Midnight Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Leigh Silverman, Violet Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Best Featured Actor in a Play Reed Birney, Casa Valentina Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night Stephen Fry, Twelfth Night Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie Best Leading Actress in a Play Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons LaTanya Richardson Jackson, A Raisin in the Sun Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn Best Leading Actor in a Musical Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Ramin Karimloo, Les Miserables Andy Karl, Rocky Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Best Sound Design of a Musical Peter Hylenski, After Midnight Tim O’Heir, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Mick Potter, Les Miserables Brian Ronan, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Best Leading Actor in a Play Samuel Barnett, Twelfth Night Bryan Cranston, All the Way Chris O’Dowd, Of Mice and Men Mark Rylance, Richard III Tony Shalhoub, Act One Best Lighting Design of a Musical Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Christopher Akerlind, Rocky Howell Binkley, After Midnight Donald Holder, The Bridges of Madison County Best Lighting Design of a Play Paule Constable, The Cripple of Inishmaan Jane Cox, Machinal Natasha Katz, The Glass Menagerie Japhy Weideman, Of Mice and Mencenter_img Best Costume Design of a Play Jane Greenwood, Act One Michael Krass, Machinal Rita Ryack, Casa Valentina Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night Best Leading Actress in a Musical Mary Bridget Davies, A Night With Janis Joplin Sutton Foster, Violet Idina Menzel, If/Then Jessie Mueller, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Kelli O’Hara, The Bridges of Madison County Best Revival of a Play The Cripple of Inishmaan The Glass Menagerie A Raisin in the Sun Twelfth Night Best Revival of a Musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch Les Miserables Violet Best Costume Design of a Musical Linda Cho, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway Arianne Phillips, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Isabel Toledo, After Midnight Nominations by Production A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder – 10 Hedwig and the Angry Inch – 8 After Midnight – 7 Beautiful: The Carole King Musical – 7 The Glass Menagerie – 7 Twelfth Night – 7 Bullets Over Broadway – 6 The Cripple of Inishmaan – 6 Act One – 5 Aladdin – 5 A Raisin in the Sun – 5 The Bridges of Madison County – 4 Casa Valentina – 4 Machinal – 4 Rocky – 4 Violet – 4 Les Miserables – 3 All The Way – 2 Cabaret – 2 If/Then – 2 Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – 2 Mothers and Sons – 2 Of Mice and Men – 2 A Night with Janis Joplin – 1 Outside Mullingar – 1 Richard III – 1 The Velocity of Autumn – 1 Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu announced the nominations for the 68th annual Tony Awards at the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe April 29, with Tony host Hugh Jackman also popping up to remind theater fans to watch the telecast live on CBS on June 8. The new musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder led the pack with ten nominations, with the revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch trailing closely behind with eight nominations. The new musicals After Midnight and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical each received seven nominations, as did the revivals of The Glass Menagerie and Twelfth Night. As for new plays this season, Act One garnered the most nominations, with five. A complete list of this year’s nominees follows. Best Choreography Warren Carlyle, After Midnight Steven Hoggett and Kelly Devine, Rocky Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway Best Book Woody Allen, Bullets Over Broadway Chad Beguelin, Aladdin Robert L. Freedman, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Douglas McGrath, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Best Score Jason Robert Brown (music & lyrics), The Bridges of Madison County Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics), If/Then Steven Lutvak (music & lyrics) and Robert L. Freedman (lyrics), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman, Chad Beguelin & Tim Rice (lyrics), Aladdin Best Orchestrations Doug Besterman, Bullets Over Broadway Jason Robert Brown, The Bridges of Madison County Steve Sidwell, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Jonathan Tunick, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Best Scenic Design of a Musical Christopher Barreca, Rocky Julian Crouch, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Alexander Dodge, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder Santo Loquasto, Bullets Over Broadway Best Sound Design of a Play Alex Baranowski, The Cripple of Inishmaan Steve Canyon Kennedy, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Dan Moses Schreier, Act One Matt Tierney, Machinal Best Featured Actor in a Musical Danny Burstein, Cabaret Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway Joshua Henry, Violet James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin Jarrod Spector, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical As previously reported, the 2014 Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater will be presented to costume designer Jane Greenwood. Receiving Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater are photographer Joan Marcus, general manager Charlotte Wilcox and President and CEO of The Actors Fund Joe Benincasa. New York’s Signature Theatre will receive this year’s Regional Theater Tony Award. Best Play Act One by James Lapine All the Way by Robert Schenkkan Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanleylast_img read more

Why B’way Audiences Should Head Uptown for the Met’s New Season

first_imgEric Owens & Susanna Phillips in ‘L’Amour de Loin,’ Anna Netrebko in ‘Eugene Onegin,’ Renée Fleming in ‘Der Rosenkavalier’ & Sonya Yoncheva in ‘La Traviata'(Photos: Kristian Schuller & Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera) L’Amour de Loin – Begins December 1L’Amour de Loin, the first opera from Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, will be the Met’s first opera composed by a woman since 1903. Conductor Susanna Mälkki will make her highly-anticipated Met debut with the 2000 piece, about a knight and his faraway lover, separated by the sea, their own idealized perceptions of each other. The Met rarely produces work as contemporary as this, making it a solid pick for both opera aficionados and adventurous theatergoers.Other picks deviating from the norm in this year’s roster include Idomeneo, one of Mozart’s earliest works, and Fidelio, Beethoven’s only opera.The Metropolitan Opera’s complete 2016-17 season is as follows:Tristan und Isolde – Begins September 26Don Giovanni – Begins September 27La Bohème – Begins September 28L’Italiana in Algeri – Begins October 4Guillaume Tell – Begins October 18Jenůfa – Begins October 28Aida – Begins November 5Manon Lescaut – Begins November 14L’amour de Loin – Begins December 1Salome – Begins December 5Nabucco – Begins December 12The Magic Flute – Begins December 20Roméo et Juliette – Begins December 31Il Barbiere di Siviglia – Begins January 9Carmen – Begins January 19Rigoletto – Begins January 20Rusalka – Begins February 2I Puritani – Begins February 10Werther – Begins February 16La Traviata – Begins February 24Idomeneo – Begins March 6Fidelio – Begins March 16Eugene Onegin – Begins March 30Der Rosenkavalier – Begins April 13Der Fliegende Holländer – Begins April 25Cyrano de Bergerac – Begins May 2 Rusalka – Begins February 2Following her productions of Lucia di Lammermoor and La Sonambula at the Met, Tony winner Mary Zimmerman will direct a new production of Dvořák’s fantasy, premiering in February 2017. Zimmerman reunites with her longtime costume designer Mara Blumenfeld, whose concepts evoke a blend fanciful and natural: think water lilies trailing down gowns. The opera tells the tale of a water sprite who gives up her voice to be with a prince on land. Latvian soprano Kristīne Opolais, who opened last year’s new production of Manon Lescaut, takes on the title role and the haunting aria “Song to the Moon.” It’s the “Part of Your World” of arias.Sher’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia also returns to the Met this year, as do two more productions with Broadway names at the helm: Julie Taymor’s holiday presentation of The Magic Flute and Michael Mayer’s Vegas-set Rigoletto.Witness La DivaManon Lescaut – Begins November 14Anna Netrebko recently donned wings for her new album cover straight out of Westeros, and this fall, the world-renown soprano flies back to New York to sing the title role in Puccini’s romantic tragedy. For a soprano who sports wings, it’s an appropriate role: Manon transforms from a quiet country girl to Paris starlet to a disease-ridden desert vagrant (all while singingly flawlessly, of course). The visually stunning production places the action in a film noir-era France, replete with beautiful 1940s outfits and a grand-staircase-turned-wasteland. Opolais, who opened the Richard Eyre staging last year, will reprise her role for a few performances as well. Der Rosenkavalier – Begins April 13Renée Fleming will headline the Met’s new production of Strauss’ opera. Joining her in Robert Carsen’s opulent staging are Elīna Garanča and Matthew Polenzani; both received thunderous ovations in last season’s Roberto Devereux. The aristocratic Marschallin has become a signature role of Fleming’s, and it could be one of the last in her illustrious opera career. Fleming has gone on record to say this will be her last major opera appearance, so if you have not yet seen La Diva in action, this is your chance.Looking for more divas? Netrebko will also reprise another signature role centered on transformation, Tatiana in Eugene Onegin this season. After opening the new Roméo et Juliette, Damrau will show off her vocal fireworks in I Puritani, featuring one of the most well-known bel canto mad scenes. Two stunning sopranos—Sonya Yoncheva and Carmen Giannattasio—will take on one of opera’s greatest heroines in La Traviata.Going Against the GrainGuillaume Tell – Begins October 18Many operas can claim at least one tune that rises to notoriety, thanks to the likes of Bugs Bunny, The Fifth Element and Hey Arnold. Such is the case for Rossini’s approach to William Tell, featuring the ubiquitous overture that’s transcended the opera itself. The new staging, a co-production with Dutch National Opera, marks the first time Rossini’s final work has taken the Met stage in over 80 years. Waiting just beyond the familiar overture is an four-and-a-half-hour quest for liberty.center_img The Metropolitan Opera’s 2016-17 season opens on September 26 with a new production of Tristan und Isolde. Wagner’s romantic epic kicks off a lineup of six premiere productions and 20 returning stagings, ranging from perennial favorites to new, exciting experiences. This year’s roster—the Met’s 50th at Lincoln Center—includes the familiar ABC’s (Aida, La Bohème and Carmen), as well as the following operas that Broadway audiences should keep an eye on. Whether you’re a Lincoln Center regular or someone who usually stays between 41st and 52nd Street, here are a few titles to consider.Broadway Directors Head UptownRoméo et Juliette – Begins December 31Tony winner Bartlett Sher returns to the Met to ring in the New Year with his production of Gounod’s take on the iconic tragedy. (Last year, he tackled another Shakespearean opera: Otello.) Taking center stage as the star-crossed lovers are a lineup of superstar singers, beginning with Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo. The two have a proven, electric energy, as seen on the Met stage previously in Manon. Sher transports the story to 18th-century Italy, inspired by Fellini’s Casanova. View Commentslast_img read more

Dix Hills Crash Leaves Pedestrian Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle while crossing a road in Dix Hills early Sunday morning.Suffolk County police said the pedestrian was walking across Deer Park Avenue at the corner of MacNeice Place when he was hit by a southbound Lincoln at 6:20 a.m.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead. His identity was not immediately released.The driver, 54-year-old John Capalbo of Dix Hills, was not injured.Second Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8252.last_img read more

Sheldon Silver Found Guilty in Month-long Corruption Trial

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), one of the most powerful men in Albany over the last two decades, was found guilty of all seven counts against him at his corruption trial in Manhattan on Monday.Silver, 71, resigned as speaker after surrendering to federal authorities in January but he remained in Albany representing Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Now, under state law, he will also lose his Assembly seat. Silver faces up to 130 years in prison when sentenced.The month-long trial centered around $4 million in illicit profits Silver collected—a sizable income the former speaker failed to report in his annual state disclosure forms. Federal prosecutors said Silver used his powerful position to “secretly direct” a half-million dollars in state funds to a doctor researching mesothelioma. In exchange, the doctor referred asbestos cases to the law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, where Silver worked as a private attorney, prosecutors said.In a separate scheme, Silver, who became speaker in 1994, used his power to convince two real estate developers conducting business with the state to retain a real estate law firm controlled by Silver’s ex-counsel in Albany. State lawmakers are not prohibited from earning outside income but they are required to report such earnings in annual disclosure forms.“Today, Sheldon Silver got justice, and at long last, so did the people of New York,” said Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a statement.Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver leaving the federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan after he was found guilty in his corruption trial. (Timothy Bolger/Long Island Press)The case against Silver comes as Bharara is single-handedly trying to weed out corruption in the state’s capital. Silver’s former counterpart, ex-state Sen. Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), is in the midst of his own corruption trial, which is taking place in the same federal courthouse in downtown Manhattan where Silver was convicted.“Politicians are supposed to be on the people’s payroll, not on secret retainers for wealthy special interests they do favors for,” Bharara said during a news conference on the January day when Silver surrendered to the FBI. “These charges, in our view, go to the very core of what ails Albany: Lack of transparency, lack of accountability and lack of principle joined with an overabundance of greed, cronyism and self-dealing.”Bharara, during the very same press conference, sent a now-infamous warning shot—“stay tuned,” he teased—to other lawmakers potentially scheming the system. Five months later, Skelos and his son Adam were both arrested for allegedly manipulating legislation to pad his son’s pockets. Skelos’ trial resumed Monday following a break for the Thanksgiving holiday.Silver, Skelos, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were once part of an exclusive group dubbed “the three men in the room,” which maintained a stranglehold on New York State politics. Silver ruled the Democratic-dominated Assembly, while Skelos controlled the state senate, where his party has the edge. Cuomo, a Democrat, split the difference.The arrests of Silver and Skelos sent a shock wave through the system.Most likely, Silver’s conviction will have no bearing on Skelos’ trial, but it does signal a clear victory for Bharara, whom many observers believe staked his reputation on his crusade against Albany’s culture of corruption.Silver told reporters as he left the courthouse that he was “disappointed” in the verdict, which his attorneys are expected to appeal.last_img read more

How to keep pace with advances in fintech

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When it comes to technology, one thing’s for sure: it’s constantly changing and evolving. Financial technology, or FinTech, is no exception. And while it can be tiring to keep up—let alone stay ahead—in the industry, financial institutions must do so, since falling behind quickly allows competitors to gain ground.Currently, we’re seeing four major trends in fintech that your financial institution, no doubt, will want to take advantage of. In this blog post, we’ll discuss:Digital convenienceRPA and AI technologyData analyticsOmnichannel payments optionsDigital ConvenienceIn the early 2000s, a “digital wave” of internet development, technology investments, and advances in data processing enabled financial institutions to achieve unprecedented levels of efficiency. According to PWC Global, “This wave extends from customer experience and operational efficiency to big data and analytics. In financial services, we have seen this approach applied to payments, retail banking, insurance, and wealth management, and migrating toward institutional areas such as capital markets and commercial banking.” continue reading »last_img read more

Heineken Champions Cup 20/21: Exeter Chiefs begin defence against Glasgow Warriors | Rugby Union News

first_imgOrganisers announced in September that the Heineken Champions Cup would be expanded to 24 teams in the 2020/21 season to offset the impact of Covid-19.European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) agreed to add four teams to the competition and alter the format for one season to cut one match from the campaign.The new-look Champions Cup will be split into four pool-stage matches, a two-legged quarter-final, a one-off semi-final and the final in Marseille on May 22, 2021. Exeter will begin their European Cup title defence at home to Glasgow Warriors – Advertisement – The 24 clubs have been split into two pools of 12, and teams from the same country will not face each other in the group stage.The Premiership, France’s Top 14 and the PRO14 will each provide eight teams to the tournament.Heineken Champions Cup fixture dates 2020/21Round 1Friday, December 11Northampton Saints vs Bordeaux-Begles, 5.30pmUlster vs Toulouse, 8pmSaturday, December 12 Bristol Bears vs Clermont Auvergne, 1pmRC Toulon vs Sale Sharks, 3.15pmBath Rugby vs Scarlets, 3.15pm Dragons vs Wasps, 5.30pm Montpellier vs Leinster, 5.30pm Edinburgh Rugby vs La Rochelle, 8pmSunday, December 13 Lyon vs Gloucester Rugby, 1pm Racing 92 vs Connacht Rugby, 3.15pm Exeter Chiefs vs Glasgow Warriors, 3.15pm Munster vs Harlequins, 5.30pmRound 2 Friday, December 18Scarlets vs RC Toulon, 5.30pm Wasps vs Montpellier, 8pm Saturday, December 19 Leinster vs Northampton Saints, 1pmGlasgow Warriors vs Lyon, 1pm La Rochelle vs Bath, 3.15pm Gloucester vs Ulster, 3.15pm Clermont Auvergne vs Munster, 5.30pm Sale Sharks vs Edinburgh, 8pmBordeaux Begles vs Dragons, 8pm Sunday, December 20Harlequins vs Racing 92, 1pmToulouse vs Exeter Chiefs, 3.15pmConnacht vs Bristol Bears, 5.30pm Round 3Friday, January 15 Northampton Saints vs Leinster, 5.30pm RC Toulon vs Scarlets, 8pmSaturday, January 16 Lyon vs Glasgow Warriors, 1pmUlster vs Gloucester, 3.15pm Exeter Chiefs vs Toulouse, 3.15pm Edinburgh vs Sale Sharks, 5pm Munster vs Clermont Auvergne, 5.30pm Montpellier vs Wasps, 5.30pm Sunday, January 17Bath Rugby vs La Rochelle, 1pm Raincg 92 vs Harlequins, 3.15pmDragons vs Bordeuax Begles, 3.15pm Bristol Bears vs Connacht, 5.30pm Round 4Friday, January 22 Leinster vs Montpellier, 5.30pm Sale Sharks vs RC Toulon, 8pm Saturday, January 23Bordeaux Begles vs Northampton Saints, 1pm Scarlets vs Bath, 1pm Clermont vs Bristol, 3.15pm La Rochelle vs Edinburgh, 3.15pm Harlequins vs Munster, 5.30pm Wasps vs Dragons, 8pm Connacht vs Racing 92, 8pm Sunday, January 23 Gloucester vs Lyon, 1pmToulouse vs Ulster, 3.15pm Glasgow Warriors vs Exeter, 5.30pm The Champions Cup format for 2020/21 has been altered for one season only, due to Covid-19 The Champions Cup format for 2020/21 has been altered for one season only, due to Covid-19

Arsenal respond to Barcelona’s interest in Alexandre Lacazette

first_imgArsenal respond to Barcelona’s interest in Alexandre Lacazette Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 12 May 2019 10:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Advertisement Arsenal will have to beat Chelsea in Baku to gain entry to the Champions League next season (Picture: EPA)Nevertheless, Lacazette is considered invaluable and the club want to sit down with his representatives once the season finishes to improve his current deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe club are aware of interest from Barcelona but feel the striker is happy at the Emirates and will commit his future to the club.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Gunners will not listen to offers for Lacazette or Aubamaeyang and plan to hold similar talks with the Gabon striker over a new deal, according to the Daily Mail.Both parties can expect to be put on wages closer to top earner Mesut Ozil and around the £250,000-a-week mark.MORE: Manchester United dressing room clash over Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez bonuses Arsenal want Alexandre Lacazette to sign a new deal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal plan to open talks with Alexandre Lacazette over a new long-term deal at the club to thwart interest from Barcelona.The La Liga giants are believed to be keen on signing the Frenchman as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.Lacazette joined the Gunners for a then-club record fee of around £47million in 2017 and he’s formed a formidable partnership with Pierre-Emerick Aubamaeyang under Unai Emery.Arsenal must beat Chelsea in the Europa League final to gain entry into the Champions League and a failure to do so will impact Emery’s budget.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more