Jefferson Waful Talks Directing Umphrey’s McGee Doc ‘Reel To Real,’ Phish Mexico & More

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee just released their documentary film, Reel To Real, online. The film is a look back on the band’s history, using rare footage, recordings, and journal entries to create a nostalgic video that was originally created for a unique performance for some of their most hardcore fans this past January. What started out as a small project took on special meaning, as the project grew into this full length telling of the band’s path towards making their dreams come true.Reel To Real takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the career of Umphrey’s McGee, starting out as a green group of college kids chasing their rock star fantasies and taking us into Umphrey’s present as Progressive Rock gods. The documentary touches on some emotional moments, and certainly shows a private side of Umphrey’s McGee. Specifically, the documentary spends a lot of time focused on the Umphrey’s relationship with former drummer Mike Mirro, his difficult departure, and their subsequent re-birth after Kris Myers joined the band. That portion of the film is emotional, and the band does a good job delivering their honest feelings about the subject. This heavy material is offset by excellent stories about the band on the road, showing us the creation of their famed “Jimmy Stewart” improv segments, an explanation of the genesis of their infamous Halloween mash-up tradition, and lots of excellent footage, specifically a segment later in the film where the band rips it up at Abbey Road Studios during the recording of their The London Session record.This film is a treat for anyone who ever wanted to peak behind the curtain of an up-and-coming band, and gives the viewer an idea of just how difficult it can be to “make it” in the music business.  Certainly, if you are an Umphrey’s fan, you’ll love this film and the stories it tells; who knew that “Miss Tinkles’ Overture” was about keyboardist (and good sport) Joel Cummins accidentally peeing on his pillow in the back of their van?Reel To Real was directed by the band’s beloved lighting designer Jefferson Waful.  While Waful joined the band in 2008, about halfway through their story, he shows a keen eye in Reel To Real, plucking iconic moments from throughout the band’s career and setting their story up with a flowing narrative, turning the rise of Umphrey’s McGee into a real story with complex emotions.Mr. Waful was kind enough to sit down with L4LM to talk Reel To Real and more, see below for the full Q&A!L4LM: The band is so lucky to have so much footage, recorded material, and journals from their past.  Was it a deliberate decision on their part to archive as many moments as they could?JW- A little bit of both.  I wasn’t working for the band in those early days, between 2001-2008.  I think it was just a function of the technology of the time, which now seems a little out of date, but at the time having handheld camcorders was popular, and an easy way to document things. I don’t think they envisioned any specific use, but knew that archiving those moments could be useful one day.L4LM- It must have been difficult sifting through all of this footage and so many years worth of stories.  With so much to choose from, how did you decide which of their stories were the most important to include in the film?JW- The project started with [Umphrey’s Manager] Kevin Browning and Brian Walsh weeding through all this footage.  Kevin had an idea of what the important footage was and what clips would work.  For example, he immediately knew that the “Miss Tinkle’s” footage was perfect for this project, it jumped out because the story was funny and the song was important to the band and to their fans. Anyway, when they first presented the footage to me, it was about 2 Terabytes worth of content.  I took one look at that and it just seemed like an insane amount of footage, so Kevin and I had a discussion mid October, and I asked him if he could go back and whittle some of the footage down since he has the details and the memories that I don’t have from those early years.  So he went back and catalogued everything for me and that made sorting through the content a lot easier.  They made it very easy to go through the folders they’d created and find specific clips.Since they weren’t consciously filming a documentary at the time, it was frustrating that some of the footage was too short or not perfect.  I’d find a clip that might seem perfect, but then the recording would stop after only a few seconds, and that was certainly frustrating, because for the purpose of telling a story I’d have to present clips that were long enough from a narrative perspective.  I ended up sorting by time so I would only look at shots more than 10 seconds long; I wanted to be sure all the clips I used were good story telling devices.  It was definitely a challenge, and very time consuming.  All the credit to Kevin and Brian to whittle down that pile of footage at the beginning.  Not to say that I didn’t go back and look at the raw footage, I definitely stayed up until sunrise and beyond some nights looking for some very specific shots.L4LM- It seems like quite the undertaking,JW- One shot I’m particularly proud of finding is of Brendan opening the back lounge window of the bus, the scene where he screams at the sunrise, and it’s probably my favorite shot of the whole movie.  It encapsulates the experience of being a young band on the road, and I believe that clip is from the first night they ever had a tour bus, so they were so excited to be on the road living their dream.  Even though that clip is only 3 seconds long, it tells that story so perfectly.  That’s one of those shots I never would’ve found if I hadn’t dug through the catalog of footage for hours on end.It was a long process, but worth it to find clips like that.L4LM- You began working with Umphrey’s McGee in late 2008.  What was it like to join these best friends in the middle of their journey and what has your experience been joining such a tight-knit group?JW- They were and have been very welcoming.  I knew them because I had worked for moe., and they do Summercamp together with Umphrey’s every year.  So we did those festivals together and had been on tour together a bit.  I’d interviewed them a bit and I used to manage a band called Uncle Sammy that toured with them as well, and we were the same age, so we felt like peers.  They were very welcoming and made me feel right at home when I joined the team.  There was an instant chemistry with their playing style and improvisation and my style of lighting design. I definitely had an idea of how I’d light the band, having been around them so much, and it came kind of effortlessly because I wasn’t around for so much of it.L4LM- Was it fun telling the stories behind some of Umphrey’s most iconic songs, like Miss Tinkle’s Overture and Plunger?  Are there any other songs with interesting back stories that didn’t make the film?JW- Not really, not anything that significant.  I was really proud of that Plunger scene, even if it is really short.  The story acts as a narrative device, with the song bridging what was going on with the band at that time to the next chapter of their lives, and it moves the film to it’s next chapter simultaneously. We just happened to have the footage of them recording the song, and happened to have the footage of their “Storytellers” performance, and together it acted as a great plot device.  I had heard that song hundreds of times and never knew that’s what that song was about.  I’m so busy concentrating on the lights that I don’t listen much to the lyrics anyway, but I was surprised to learn the lyrics in this song, and just goes to show you the insight and meaning in some of their song writing.L4LM- To hear the band members talk about Mike Mirro leaving the band, it’s clear that moment in their history was very difficult for everyone involved.  You could tell they all still had complex feelings about it.  Was it difficult to cover that part of their story?JW- It definitely was the most sensitive topic, but also the most interesting topic, as far as a story telling device.  Without conflict you don’t have much of a story.  I didn’t want this to come off like a puff piece or promo, since I am a salaried employee of the band in the end, so from a journalistic standpoint I wanted to bend over backwards to make it seem like an unbiased telling of their real story.  I wanted to let the interviews tell the story of what we wanted to include, and in the end they didn’t ask me to take anything out of the film, band or management didn’t make any changes.  It was one hundred percent honest and it came across that way.  Part of the point of this project was to show the real side of their stories, and that’s why we decided to call the film “Reel to Real”.  Having the word “Real” in the title set the tone for the whole film.L4LM- Was there anything else in Umphrey’s story that you wish you could haveve included in the film, but got left on the cutting room floor?JW- There were hundreds and hundreds of hours of footage and so much that was great that I wish I could have included, but in the end didn’t fit the overall flow of the film.  We wanted it to be an hour or less, because the original vision of this film was to create a video the length of one set of Umphrey’s music. The whole point was for this video to be set 1 and a traditional set of UM music as set 2 for this special show we did on January 1st in Denver.  As we were editing the film, it became more of a documentary, but it still needed to fit in as a first set for this.  I credit a lot of my friends for giving me a lot of advice, specifically Clayton Halsey, and also Steve Brandano from The Howard Stern show.  They watched it with me and told me to cut the film from 75 minutes to 60 minutes.  In this ADD-era of the Internet we wanted to keep the flow moving pretty quickly, so I went back and found the weakest 15 minutes and cut them out.  The things that got cut were the things that were not essential to the chronology of the band and the Mike Mirro plot and all the other things that we had mapped out for the story.  There were countless fun and funny scenes that were great footage, but just didn’t move the story and were, in the end, unnecessary.L4LM- Will we see any more Umphrey’s McGee classic footage released in the future?JW- I would think that at some point we’ll see more of it, there’s certainly a lot more footage and we keep shooting more footage.  We have no specific plans today to release any more footage, but I love doing it and we’re certainly an organization that likes to interact with our core fans, so I can envision us continuing to do more projects like this one.L4LM- Do you have any other special projects that you can talk about that you’re currently working on?JW- At the moment, no. I just finished editing the final version of “Reel to Reel” four days ago, so it feels great to have zero things hanging over my head as far as film projects.  I’m happy to take a little breather, since I started working on this project way back in August of 2015.L4LM- Switching gears, I know you recently got to work with Chris Kuroda as part of Phish’s run in Mexico. Can you tell us a little bit about that experience?JW- I could talk about Phish Mexico for hours, and it was definitely one of the highlights of my life, without a doubt.  I remember walking home from the Saturday show, and I made a pact with myself to never complain about anything again.  I got to work with my favorite band and my biggest influence while lighting up the ocean, and it happened the same week that the original version of Reel to Real was finished, which was quite serendipitous. Thanks to Umphrey’s, Phish, CID Entertainment, and Chris I got to accomplish two of my lifelong dreams in such a short period of time, so complaining about anything just seemed a little ridiculous…but I could go on about the TSA lines at LaGuardia Airport!last_img read more

Facing up to climate change

first_imgUniversities are among the most creative and powerful forces for shaping the future. At our best, we prepare students to devote their lives to causes larger than themselves. We bring together scholars whose insights help illuminate and address society’s greatest challenges. We convene conversations that help envision how tomorrow might be better than today.If the future is our genuine concern, we must face up to the stark reality of climate change. The scientific consensus is by now clear: the threat is real, the potential consequences are grave, and the time to focus on solutions is now. Climate change poses an immediate and concrete test of whether we, as members of a university and responsible inhabitants of our planet, will fulfill a sacred obligation: to enable future generations to enjoy, as we are privileged to enjoy, the wonders of life on Earth.While there is much we are already doing, we have far more still to do. Our faculty, students, and staff are seeking to understand the mechanisms and effects of climate change, and to devise technologies that can accelerate the transition to cleaner, greener energy. They are exploring how best to shape policies and incentives conducive to decarbonizing the global economy and mitigating climate risks locally, nationally, and internationally. They are imagining the future of buildings, transportation systems, and communities and cities large and small, in a world where sustainability progresses from emerging ideal to pervasive practice. They are addressing the crucial role industry must play in reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels and embracing an ethos of sustainability. They are asking how individuals, organizations, and entire societies can be motivated to pursue transformative and disorienting change in the face of uncertainty, inertia, and sometimes outright denial. Our efforts must include addressing the concerns of people understandably anxious about the impact of such change on their jobs, their families, and their ways of life. Effectively confronting climate change is a social, economic, political, and human challenge no less than a scientific and technological one.This work is not easy, and the solutions are not obvious — all the more reason they demand our attention. We must build on the efforts of our Climate Change Solutions Fund, our University Center for the Environment, and the growing array of programs and initiatives across our Schools that regard climate change and the future of energy as a focal concern. We must meet a perennial Harvard challenge: not just multiplying our distributed efforts but finding ways to connect and amplify them. We must be a willing partner and active convener in the search for solutions. The stakes are too high, and the need for cooperative effort too great, for us not to engage others in forging pathways forward.As we redouble our research, education, and engagement, we must also pursue sustainable practices on campus — with emphasis on reducing our energy consumption, embracing renewable sources, and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and their harmful effects. Through the Climate Action Plan adopted in 2018, we hope to become fossil fuel-neutral by 2026 and fossil fuel-free by 2050. With the guidance of our Office for Sustainability, we are committed to serving as a living lab for innovative approaches, hoping our work can help others as well. Sustainability is the daily work of each of us — in what we choose to consume, how we travel, how we live our everyday lives.Amid our larger academic and institutional efforts, debate over investment policy — including demands to divest from the fossil fuel industry — will no doubt continue at Harvard and beyond. This debate is healthy. And while I, like my predecessors, believe that engaging with industry to confront the challenge of climate change is ultimately a sounder and more effective approach for our university, I respect the views of those who think otherwise. We may differ on means. But I believe we seek the same ends — a decarbonized future in which life on Earth can flourish for ages to come.Reaching that goal means recognizing climate change as a defining challenge of our time. I hope we can all find common cause in the wider search for innovative, collaborative, effective solutions. We owe the future nothing less.This article originally appeared in Harvard Magazine.last_img read more

Trump Asks Supreme Court For Fast Action In Census Case

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Shealah Craighead / Whitehouse / Pxhere WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court for fast action on its effort, blocked by a lower court, to exclude people in the U.S. illegally from the numbers used to determine how many congressional seats each state gets.In court papers filed Tuesday, the administration suggested the court hear arguments in the case in December, potentially with a new justice appointed by President Donald Trump in place. That would allow for a final decision before the Jan. 10, 2021, deadline in federal law to transmit census numbers that will determine each state’s allotment of seats in the House of Representatives for the next 10 years.Trump said he would reveal his pick Saturday to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week. Senate Republicans plan to move quickly to confirm Ginsburg’s replacement, over the objections of Democrats who say the winner of the presidential election should name the new justice.In early September, a panel of three federal judges in New York said Trump’s order was unlawful. The judges prohibited Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose agency oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, from excluding people in the country illegally when handing in 2020 census figures used to calculate how many congressional seats each state gets in a process known as apportionment. The judges said that those in the country illegally qualify as people to be counted in the states they reside.The administration’s appeal contends the panel was wrong to even consider the case and also came to the wrong conclusion about whether people living in the U.S. illegally must be counted for purposes of apportionment.The court could reverse the lower-court ruling without even hearing arguments, the administration said. It asked the court to decide how to proceed by mid-October and said it would also ask the justices to put the lower-court ruling on hold, if the three judges don’t themselves do so.Opponents of Trump’s order said it was an effort to suppress the growing political power of Latinos in the U.S. and to discriminate against immigrant communities of color. They also said undocumented residents use the nation’s roads, parks and other public amenities and should be taken into account for any distribution of federal resources.The numbers used for apportionment are derived from the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident that is set to end in two weeks, although there is separate litigation to extend the count because of the coronavirus pandemic. The census also helps determine the distribution of $1.5 trillion in federal funding annually.last_img read more

FAMU students offer services

first_imgFulfilling the institution’s mission to assist the underserved, students of Florida A&M University College of Law have provided pro bono legal services to more than 200 indigent clients in Central Florida.Working under the supervision of licensed attorneys, the law students are defending and prosecuting clients through the housing, state attorney, public defender, mediation, bankruptcy, and guardian ad litem clinical programs.“We are going to continue developing the clinical programs so that beginning lawyers can practice in a supportive mentoring environment,” said Jacqueline Dowd, acting director of the clinical programs. Dowd, who joined the program in January, said additional clinical programs will be incorporated in fall 2005, including a youth and family law clinic and a community economic development law clinic.While continuing their regular class load, third-year, full-time law students are required to devote at least 10 hours per week to the clinical programs. In addition, law students must acquire certifications in their respective areas of law.The Supreme Court granted certified legal intern status to several law students in September. The law students who received the CLI certification are working in the state attorney, public defender, and housing clinics. Students in the bankruptcy clinic were approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida to practice as CLIs.The reestablished FAMU College of Law opened in Orlando in 2002 with 89 full-time day and part-time evening students. The current class of full-time, third-year law students — who are the first to provide the free legal services through the clinical program — will comprise the first graduating class this month.“Our law students are gaining valuable practical experience through the clinical programs,” said Dean Percy R. Luney, Jr. “At the same time, the students are contributing legal services that are in high demand in our community.”When the college of law opens its permanent campus adjacent to the federal courthouse in August 2005, students and attorneys will operate the clinical programs out of an office that will resemble a small law firm. April 15, 2005 Regular News FAMU students offer servicescenter_img FAMU students offer serviceslast_img read more

UK roundup: FTSE350 pension deficit shrinks as bond yields rise

first_img“But again it was a volatile month, with the deficit ranging from £58bn to £24bn in the period,” she added. “Schemes that had structures in place to actively monitor their risk position would have had opportunities to bank some of these gains.”The consultancy flagged the impact of Brexit uncertainty, with Charles Cowling, actuary at Mercer, stating that political turmoil in the UK was set to continue to cause nervousness and volatility in markets.Mercer estimates the aggregate combined funded ratio of plans operated by FTSE350 companies on a monthly basis, including UK domestic funded and unfunded plans and all non-domestic plans.Figures from PwC put the deficit of all private sector DB pension funds in the UK at £220bn, down by £70bn from the previous month. The consultancy’s Skyval figures index is based on a ‘Gilts-plus’ methodology it says is widely used by scheme actuaries. Government ‘actively considering’ cost transparency legislation consultationThe government has said it wants to promote further uptake of cost transparency templates by all trustees and all investment managers, and is “actively considering” consulting on legislation to encourage their use.Responding to a report from the Work and Pensions select committee, the government said the effect of the secondary legislation would be to provide for the calculation of charges and transaction costs by defined contribution (DC) schemes to be made using templates developed by the Cost Transparency Initiative (CTI).It said it would also consult on whether such measures should be extended to DB pension scheme trustees, and if so, how this might be achieved.“With our consultation proposals, we do not intend to penalise trustees who are unable to obtain the information in this format, but we expect asset managers to provide all the information that trustees need to make fully informed decisions,” it said.The pensions minister has previously warned the UK could legislate to enforce new cost transparency codes if the voluntary approach did not yield satisfactory results.The Work and Pensions Committee, which published the government’s and the Financial Conduct Authority’s responses to its report over the weekend, said the government had accepted some of its recommendations, but bemoaned it failing to commit to publish by the end of the year a timetable for the rollout of a non-commercial pensions dashboard, including state pension information.Frank Field, chair of the committee, said the government was “missing a trick”.In its response, the government reiterated its view that the pensions industry was best-placed to develop and deliver dashboards – online portals intended to provide individuals with an overview of all their pension savings – and described steps being taken to achieve this.It said a phased approach both to the functions available on dashboards and the level of information provided was important.According to the government the majority of pension schemes will be ready to go live with their data within a three to four-year window, which will be informed by the industry group driving work on the delivery of the dashboard-enabling technology.The responses to the work and pensions select committees’ report can be found here.  Private members’ bill introduced to cap PPF compensation paymentsA bill was introduced in the House of Lords last week that aims to remove the cap on compensation payments made by the Pension Protection Fund and require pension scheme trustees and The Pensions Regulator to give their approval for companies’ distribution of dividends.The private members’ bill was brought before the upper chamber of parliament by Lord Balfe, and seeks to amend the Pensions Act 2004 and the Companies Act 2006. It was introduced on Thursday, the day the first debate of the Pension Schemes Bill was originally due to take place before parliament voted in favour of an early general election.David Robbins, director at Willis Towers Watson, told IPE that the bill had “virtually zero” chances of becoming law.“It’s not being introduced either by the current government or explicitly backed by the Labour front bench or any other party that might be in government in a few weeks’ time,” he said.Robbins also noted that Balfe had been a member of and left both the Labour and Conservative parties so “might not be best placed” to get other parliamentarians onside. The UK’s 350 largest listed companies recorded an accounting deficit for their defined benefit (DB) schemes of £41bn (€47bn) at the end of October, down from £50bn a month before, according to estimates from Mercer.The values of liabilities and assets both fell, with a net positive impact overall on the schemes’ funded position.Liability values decreased by £23bn, from £906bn to £883bn, while asset values stood at £842bn at the end of the month, down £14bn from the end of September.Maria Johannessen, partner and corporate consulting leader in Mercer’s wealth business, said liability and asset values fell as corporate bond yields returned to the levels last seen in early August, while inflation expectations also declined.last_img read more

Lithuania: Klaipeda LNG regas volumes drop significantly in Jan-Jul

first_imgLNG World News Staff FSRU Independence (Image courtesy of Klaipedos Nafta)Liquefied natural gas (LNG) volumes at Lithuania’s first import terminal in the port of Klaipeda have dropped more than a third in the January-July period, according to the latest data by the terminal operator, Klaipėdos Nafta.Klaipėdos Nafta said Monday its Klaipeda LNG import terminal has during the January-July period in total regasified and reloaded 6.5 terawatt hours (TWh) as compared to 10.2 TWh in the same period in 2016.The 36 percent drop in the volumes is explained by lower capacities ordered by the terminal users, according to Klaipedos Nafta. Deliveries to Lithuania’s LNG terminal are being split between Litgas, a part of state-controlled energy group Lietuvos Energija, Lietuvos Duju Tiekimas, and Lithuanian fertilizer producer Achema.On the other side, revenues coming from regas and reloading activities from Höegh LNG’s FSRU Independence used as Lithuania’s first import terminal in the port of Klaipeda rose 2.3 percent to 40.5 million euros ($47.7m) in the period under review.For the month of July, LNG terminal revenues were flat at 5.5 million euros while volumes rose almost 65 percent to 1.6 TWh, Klaipedos Nafta said.Worth mentioning, Lithuania, the largest of the three Baltic nations started importing LNG in December 2014 in order to reduce its dependence on Russian pipeline gas supplies.The FSRU currently provides Lithuania with roughly half of its gas needs with the rest being sourced from Russian Gazprom.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers secure conference title with sweep of Minnesota State

first_imgEmotions ran high in LaBahn Arena this weekend, with the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team celebrating senior weekend Sunday. Two hours later, the team was also celebrating a WCHA conference regular season title.The Badgers (30-1-1, 24-1-1 WCHA) ended the weekend having earned two sweeps of Minnesota State (3-25-4, 0-23-3 WCHA), bringing Wisconsin to its sixteenth shutout of the year.Both games were in front of sold out crowds, who wished the class of 2016 farewell. The eight seniors started off Sunday afternoon with an emotional fanfare, with their loved ones and fans congratulating them on their seasons with Wisconsin.The senior class certainly was present during both games, with captain and senior defender Courtney Burke scoring the first goal of the night Sunday, and senior forward Erika Sowchuk scoring a goal for UW both Saturday and Sunday.While it might have been a bittersweet weekend for the senior class, Sowchuk said head coach Mark Johnson still wanted them to focus on the game at hand.“[Johnson] just told us to stick to our game and do the little things right,” said Sowchuk. “Win our 50-50 battles, keep pushing the puck to the net, and I think we executed that well.”This weekend also gave fans an introduction to some new lineups that they haven’t seen before.Johnson changed three of his four lines, hoping to spice some things up with the teams playing abilities.“It’s a new look,” Johnson said. “Instead of waking up and getting Groundhog’s day, you change it and make it a different flavor to see if something might happen.”And the “new flavor” Johnson sought was there. With a 4-0 score Saturday and a 8-1 score Sunday, all lines were at the top of their game. The Badgers had not seen that high of a shutout score since the beginning of the season.Sophomore forward Sydney McKibbon also helped the cardinal and white this weekend in a big way, netting three of Wisconsin’s 10 goals on the weekend, with two Saturday and one Sunday.Defensively, Wisconsin made sure to keep Mankato at bay, and as usual they relied heavily on junior goalie Ann-Renée Desbiens. Desbiens held down the Wisconsin fort, only allowing one goal during both nights of game play, which her team commended her on.“We have an amazing goalie back there that always has our back,” said Sowchuk.” I think that’s huge and it’s a key part to our success.”Sunday saw a momentum push like none other, with three Wisconsin goals netted within a minute and a half of each other. Sophomore forward Annie Pankowski scored the first goal of the period, and was quickly followed by sophomore forward Emily Clark and junior forward Sarah Nurse.The details helped the Badgers clinch their sweep this weekend, and certainly gave the Badger class of 2016 something to look back fondly on.last_img read more

AFCON 2019: Didi Dramani escapes beating while scouting Cameroon

first_imgFormer Asante Kotoko head coach, Mas-Ud Didi Dramani escaped physical assault while watching Cameroon in a pre-Afcon friendly in Spain, it has emerged.The FC Nordsjælland assistant coach was working as a scout for Ghana who have been drawn against the defending champions in Group F.Dramani and two others, David Duncan and Sellas Tetteh, were named Ghana’s scouts for the tournament in a statement by the Normalisation Committee last month.Technical Director of the Ghana Football Association, Francis Oti Akenteng, lashed out at the NC for making the identities of the scouts public and explained how that nearly led to assault on Didi Dramani.“Normally it’s not advisable to announce your scouts because their job is to identify the weakness of opponents so for security sake it is not appropriate,” he said.“I will advise that going forward we should not announce our scouts, I made such recommendations in my report when I was scouting for Ghana in Australia but it’s not being used.“Didi Dramani was nearly beaten up when he went to watch Cameroon same applies to Sly Tetteh whilst trying to watch the Benin game yesterday,” he told Happy FM Sports“Didi Dramani was able to watch the Cameroon game but it was their second game against a Spanish side he got into trouble but he was able to escape”“He had to pretend he is not a Ghanaian. Sometimes he had to go to the washroom before he can note down some things,” he added.last_img read more

Lyon boss confirms Fekir ‘negotiating transfer’ amid talk of Betis move

first_img“For now, the only possible departure is Fekir,” Juninho said.”I have spoken with him. It was about personal things, to know his life. I translated for the coach. [Sylvinho] likes him personally.”Betis, meanwhile, have signed Spain Under-20 goalkeeper Dani Martin from Sporting Gijon on a five-year deal. Betis are believed to want Fekir as a direct, ready-made replacement for Tottenham target Lo Celso but the Seville-based outfit are also said to be demanding €75m (£67m/$84m) for the Argentina midfielder.EUROPEAN SOCCER LIVE & IN HD ON DAZN | DAZN CAThat fee would require the usually frugal Spurs to shatter their club record expenditure for the second time in less than a month, having brought in Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon for an initial fee of €60m (£54m/$68m).Ndombele’s former Les Gones team-mate Fekir, at least, appears likely to be playing in Spain next season.”We don’t control the situation,” Sylvinho told a news conference.”He is negotiating his transfer, we don’t know when it will be resolved but, for him and for the club, it would be best that it happens as quickly as possible.”Of course we will miss him if he leaves. Nabil is a wonderful player, his technical level is exemplary, and it’s beautiful to watch him play.”Fekir came close to joining the Liverpool last year after months of being linked with a move to Afield, but the deal fell through, reportedly because of a failed medical, and the France international remained to captain Lyon for another season.Fekir scored 12 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions last term as his side finished third in Ligue 1.As well as seeing Ndombele leave for Spurs, Lyon have already waved goodbye to left-back Ferland Mendy, who joined Real Madrid for €48m (£43m/$54m).And the club’s sporting director, Juninho Pernambucano, said last week that he believes Fekir will be the last one to leave this summer. Lyon boss Sylvinho confirmed Nabil Fekir is in negotiations for a transfer as rumours of the club captain’s impending move to Real Betis gather momentum.The France international, who turned 26 on Thursday, is expected to be announced as a Betis player soon, although a barrier to a reported €25 million (£22m/$28m) move could be Giovani Lo Celso’s unresolved future.last_img read more